Claiming Your Sovereignty

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As the world shifts and changes in profound ways, it is now more important than ever to stand strong in our truth and in our light. Many of us are awakening to ever-deepening levels of awareness and to a greater understanding of our life path and purpose. The veil is being lifted, and while we are all connected, the ways we each experience this unveiling depends on our unique path. This increasing clarity and awareness often happens layer by layer; we gain greater insights as we are ready to receive and understand them. As we gain new perspectives, such as an awareness of who we truly are and who we are meant to be in this lifetime (understanding that this can evolve throughout our lives as we grow), staying in our lane and staying in our light is so important, especially in the current energetic landscape.

Maintaining our connection to the heart and practicing compassion and kindness are some of the most powerful ways we can navigate the world and our own lives. Our connection to the heart allows us to stayed attuned to our intuition and our highest guidance so we can make the best choices and live in alignment with our truth. From that place of alignment, we become aware of our true power and gain the clarity that we are already free; we are already sovereign. Knowing this helps us to stand strong in our integrity and navigate life in a way that is right for us. It guides the thoughts we think, which create our reality and inform the decisions that we make. It’s the difference between being under the influence of our higher power or not.

It can be helpful to remind ourselves of our inherent sovereignty anytime we realize we are feeling oppressed, controlled, powerless, or helpless. We cannot be controlled unless we allow ourselves to be, because true power comes from within. A simple yet effective mantra is: I am already free. I am already sovereign. I am the creator of my own reality. Focusing on those words while breathing deeply, sitting with the intention, seeing yourself as sovereign, and really feeling your own power can stop the momentum of unwanted feelings. Coming back to this practice over and over, as often as you need to, helps shift your energy and beliefs over time through focused effort, concentration, and practice.

Remembering our inner power and inherent freedom helps us to flow with the heart-centered connection we have to the highest aspects of ourselves. When we become aware of our sovereignty and true inner strength, we can respect the freedom and individuality of others, whether or not we agree with their choices. We are ultimately and primarily responsible for ourselves, the ways in which we navigate the world, and the choices that we make. Claiming responsibility for our own alignment and choices is a way of claiming our sovereignty and standing in our individual power and integrity.

August: A Reading for the Collective

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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August is the eighth month, and the number eight in numerology carries the energies of abundance and expansion. The number eight is also the symbol of eternity or infinity turned upright, and signifies eternal abundance. The lemniscate, or infinity sign, appears in the tarot above the heads of The Magician and the figure on the Strength card in prominent decks, indicating that we are eternal beings and powerful creators of our own reality (The Magician) and have access to infinite wisdom (Strength). Strength appears in the reading for the fourth week of this month. Read on to find out what August has in store for the collective.

Q1: What is the overall energy of August? Two of Pentacles

Pentacles are associated with the material realm and are closely linked to our finances, home, career, and anything having to do with physical, earthly concerns. Twos relate to balance and partnerships, and the Two of Pentacles can come as guidance to maintain balance in our finances, work, and personal life, and it can also indicate the partnerships that impact those areas. August is a month of expansion that can bring new opportunities in just about every area of our lives. This could mean work and career opportunities, promotions, recognition, travel, and new partnerships that impact our finances, career, and creative endeavors. A second source of income is possible. You may find that you need to make a choice between two options; a new job offer could find you weighing your choices to make the decision that is best for you. Maintaining a good work-life balance is important, as is keeping a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Be sure to make time for yourself and to do things that bring you joy.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Ace of Swords

New ideas and ways of thinking show up for you this week. Newfound clarity is available to you. You have access to profound wisdom and insight by simply tuning in (through meditation, prayer, or simply sitting with your thoughts and holding the intention of receiving your highest guidance). You have access to higher knowledge at all times, and especially this week as the energies are supporting expanding clarity and understanding. This week has the potential to bring breakthroughs in your understanding and powerful, lightning-strike insights. Be ready for flashes of inspiration and sudden downloads of knowledge from the universe. Call on your high-vibrational allies and ask for their support in bringing through the highest understanding and clarity that will benefit and support you at this time. Strengthening your focus and sharpening your mental acuity are also highlighted this week. Be strong and unwavering when you know something is right for you; do not allow yourself to be influenced by other ideas and opinions that are not in alignment. Hold strong to the ideas that you know are right for you. Be sharp in your thinking and clear in your speech and communication.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

Take pleasure in material comforts and in the knowing that the earth provides abundantly for all. Look to your family support system and your community in appreciation of the security and foundations they provide. The energies this week support abundance and good fortune, and new opportunities are likely to reach you now. Family, loved ones, sources of income, home, property, and land are sources of security and stability. Appreciating your foundations strengthens them. This week, set intentions for improving groundedness, stability, strengthening foundations, material comfort, and security. Look to your relationships with love, even those that are not strong, and they will be fortified, growing and healing and becoming stronger over time. Setting the intention that all relationships in your life are always strengthening, growing, and healing is powerful this week and beyond.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Knight of Wands

Expansion, positive change, relocation, shifts, and movement are all in focus this week. You may see new opportunities in terms of moving, work, and career, especially if you have set those intentions and have been actively seeking change in this area. Focusing your thoughts on what you want to manifest is always powerful, but it is key this week. This focus and clarity will help bring smooth, happy, joyful transitions and opportunities to you with ease. Entering into a flow state by connecting with your intuition and higher guidance is also highlighted, as it will help channel and direct the expanding energies into happy outcomes in a more powerful way. The energies this week are supporting joyful results, but aligning with what you desire to create guides the manifestation according to your vision. If you have been seeking adventure, this week is a good time to get away, take a vacation, or otherwise break from your usual routine.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Strength

Now is the time to channel your inner warrior. Hold strong this week, keep your boundaries secure, be self-aware, and note how your thoughts and decisions impact yourself and others. Stand strong, hold firm in your resolve, and steel your mind. Tune into your instincts. Do not be swayed by what is not right for you; do not even give it one second of your attention. Know your power. Connect to your higher self and tap into who you really are. Knowing yourself in your highest truth has a profound impact on your decisions, your understanding, and the ways in which you navigate the world. You have everything it takes to succeed. Do not take no for an answer. Go after what you want and pursue it with steady resolve until it is yours. Standing firmly in your power, you will show yourself what you are made of. Prepare to amaze yourself as you stretch and grow and expand the boundaries of what you thought was possible. By the end of this month you may be asking yourself: What limits?

Q6: Guidance from the universe for August: The Sun

The strong guidance this month is to stay focused on the positive. We are being asked to practice radical self-care by making choices that benefit us and improve our mindset and vibration. Raising our vibration allows us to show up in a more powerful way for ourselves and for others. Because your thoughts inform your vibration and draw to you whatever you are focusing on, it is so important to think about only what you want to see manifested in your life. We get to choose what we allow into our minds, and into our lives. There is plenty to focus on that is undesirable, and even more that can bring us joy. It begins with setting the intention. Our intention is so powerful because it guides the energy to wherever we are focused. Setting the intention to shift your mindset into positive thinking plants a seed that sets this change in motion. Shining a light on the thoughts that come up for us spotlights them in our awareness; if something isn’t helpful to you, noticing it helps shift it out of your awareness. You can then replace it with a preferred thought like I deserve happiness. Simply appreciating what is good raises your vibration, and there is so much to appreciate, if we only look.

Knowing Your Worthiness

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Each one of us is worthy. The only thing that holds us back from that knowledge is ourselves. We are all here to learn and grow, and part of that process involves making mistakes. We can all look back at choices we made with the clarity of hindsight and recognize what the better choice might have been. But did we learn from the situation? That is what is most important.

It doesn’t serve us to hold onto regret or guilt; those emotions only keep us stuck in the past and block us from moving forward and experiencing the happiness we all deserve. It is helpful to look back to acknowledge what a situation taught us, but not to wallow in the negatives. Forgiving ourselves is so important. It is just as important to forgive others and to let go of resentment, which also keep us tied to the past in ways that are unhealthy and prevent us from experiencing the beauty life has to offer.

When you make a mistake, acknowledging it and setting the intention to release it with love and forgiveness to yourself is a powerful way to begin moving forward. Using a similar process to forgive others also helps clear those energies and blockages. The more we forgive ourselves and others, the more we can connect to our sense of self-worth and to an understanding of the unique value we have to offer, both to ourselves and to the world. Now is a time of tremendous karmic clearing, so trust your intuition if you feel like you need to make something right with somebody to clear the energy.

The more we heal, the more we strengthen our connection to what is real, to what is within us—our divine, sacred energy. When we remember that we are sourced from the divine, it is easy to recognize why each one of us is worthy. That is not to say that we are all worthy in the same way, because our individuality means we each have something unique to offer. Every one of us is here to show up in a specific way. By connecting more strongly to our sense of self, we ground further in the knowing of our unique, individual value.

Knowing that we are worthy—of happiness, of thriving, of living a joyful and abundant life—creates powerful shifts in our mindset and in our lives. This knowing guides us along the path to better understanding the reasons we are here and the powerful ways we can show up for ourselves and others. It really changes everything. Our eyes open to new clarity, awareness, and opportunities, and we begin to see ourselves and the world around us in a new light. Every experience and encounter becomes sacred and is an opportunity for joyful expansion, connection, and a chance to create or share or learn something meaningful.

The Importance of Healing Emotional Wounds

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It’s so easy to leave a hurtful or difficult experience unprocessed and simply shift our attention to things that make us feel better or distract us or otherwise help us to forget, at least temporarily, about the pain or discomfort around the situation. Most of us are so good at doing this that we do it automatically. It’s important to be aware that the energy of an experience and the emotions around it don’t automatically go away. That energy can be lodged in our vibration until we shine a light on it by focusing our attention on the experience or situation and feel the emotional impact of it in order to process it. Holding the intention of shifting it out of our vibration and healing from it is a simple but powerful way of releasing something that does not serve us. For energies that are lodged more deeply or that are heavier, this begins the process of clearing them from us. Setting the intention of clearing, releasing, and transmuting (healing) the energies moves them away from us and ensures they do not return.

As we clear and release old energies, a funny thing happens. The more we release what doesn’t serve us, the more room we make for what does. The release shifts our vibration powerfully and increases our ability to draw to us more of what we want, as long as we keep our attention and intentions focused on what we desire to bring into our experience rather than looking at negatives and the things we don’t want. It is a gradual process that happens one clearing at a time but has a powerful cumulative effect. Starting the process now and continuing it every time an unpleasant emotion or memory arises will carry you on a powerful path of healing that leads you to the best version of yourself.

Awareness is essential. Notice when an unpleasant memory or feeling comes up and know that it is arising because it is ready to be released. This is a great opportunity to clear it out of your experience. You can simply sit with the feeling or memory and set the intention that you keep any lessons from the experience that serve your highest good and release the rest. This can be an emotional process as you sit with something unpleasant or uncomfortable. The key is to release it—to let it go with forgiveness to yourself and forgiveness to others. Forgiving others releases you from any harmful connections and from your attachment to the situation. Forgiving yourself is so important, as you can’t really move on from something until you’ve done this. Call on your highest-vibrational allies to support you with this process if you like.

Remember that you are powerful and that true power comes from alignment with the highest energies: compassion, love, peace, bliss, wisdom, grace.

Standing Strong in Your Integrity

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Because everything is energy, what you think and feel matters above all. This is because your thoughts and feelings inform your vibration, which equals your point of attraction. It is so important to maintain integrity in your thinking and not allow anything to sway you from your truth, your path, or your highest good. This is a powerful way to healing, as we continue to be self-aware and monitor our thoughts and feelings, catching what is not in alignment with high-vibrational energies and redirecting to what is. You can turn around thoughts of self-doubt to I can accomplish my goals, I am capable of great things, and I have something valuable to offer that will help people in a way that elevates them. This is a choice that you make—to monitor your thoughts and change them for the better. You are powerful beyond measure, and you have free will. This means you have the ability to make the decisions that are in alignment with your highest path and purpose and you have the ability to connect to high-vibrational energies to receive your highest guidance and wisdom.

Integrity applies in every area of your life. Do you help someone when you see them struggling? Do you offer support to those around you who need it? How do you react when someone is not acting from a place of alignment—do you let their lower energy sway you or do you stand in your truth and choose not to respond to those energies? Choosing integrity every time, staying on your path, and always acting from a place of your highest good is so important, as it spreads good energy around you and also strengthens your own. When we realize we are all connected, helping others becomes second nature. Helping others from a place of integrity is key, and it is important to remember that we never know what someone is going through. Everyone’s reality is different, and approaching everyone from a place of non-judgment is especially important. We are all here to experience life in a different way, according to our highest path and purpose.

This life is a journey, and we can choose to be aware and learn everything we can from our experiences, to reflect on them to glean what wisdom and higher understanding we can from them, and to use what we have learned to help others. The way we show up in the world is so important—the way we show up for ourselves and for others creates a tremendous impact that can leave the world a better place.

Healing Spaces

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Sixteen years ago, I left the desert and never looked back. Since then, I’ve gained an appreciation for the austerity of that landscape that has been largely brought about by time, distance, and perspective. The desert is purifying, a place stripped bare, pared down to the essentials. Its energy too has a way of peeling back layers, dissolving everything that isn’t needed, whatever doesn’t serve, all excess and unnecessary energy. In this process, the desert poses several questions: Do you need it, is it helpful, is it weighing you down, is it holding you back, why are you still carrying it, what lessons have you learned from it, what wisdom is yours to keep?

Nature is deeply healing, without question. Lush, fragrant forests rich with moss and deep green chambers flow through the heart and give balm to the spirit. In the ocean, a yoga teacher once told me, every crashing wave holds all the sounds the human body needs to hear, sounds that clear us and heal us through sonic frequencies. The mountains bring clarity and perspective; they challenge heart and mind to ascend, to be more, to rise above, to consider the importance of all we hold dear, to sort the wheat from the chaff. Every landscape holds a different energy. Cities, states, countries, have their own energy, and certainly different landscapes do, too.

These different landscapes are healing spaces that interact with us on another level, one we don’t consciously sense. It’s atoms talking to atoms, energy flowing into energy. For those reasons, we may be drawn to certain areas in nature without understanding exactly why. It’s important that we trust our natural instinct, our desire to be in those places, and to follow our heart there. They have unique wisdom to impart to us, a particular sort of healing. To commune with nature is to connect to a greater aspect of the divine, of which we are all a part.

Protecting Your Energy

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When we consider that everything is energy, including ourselves, it gives us an understanding of how easy it is to be affected by the things we read, the conversations we hear, and the potential impact of the invisible world around us. Because we are energy, we can also absorb energy. And although we cannot see it in the form of feelings, thoughts, and emotions, these energies are very real and a crucial part of the fabric that weaves our reality together. It almost goes without saying that it is important to protect our energy. Even more so in times of difficulty or adjustment, and especially during periods of upheaval and massive global shifts like we are experiencing now. If you are sensitive to energy, the need to protect yourself multiplies.

I recommend clearing your energy field during meditation on a daily basis and anytime you begin feeling heavy or weighed down. When we absorb energies that do not belong to us, we can experience this as anxiety or sadness or anger, or any emotion that seems to arrive out of the blue. We may also start feeling uncomfortable but cannot pinpoint exactly why, and this could be because we have picked up on something that is not our own. It is so important for our mental and emotional health that we clear anything that does not belong to us and keep our field clear by putting up a protective barrier that we reinforce on a regular basis to shield us against anything that is not for our highest good.

There are several ways to create this barrier. One powerful method is through visualization. You can enter a quiet, reflective space with no distractions around you and visualize an energetic forcefield surrounding you past the outer layer of your aura. Try visualizing this as a sphere with a strong external layer like a thick shell that surrounds you and fills your aura with golden light. Gold is a high-vibrational color that can strengthen your protection and bring you healing and peace. You can set the intention that the only energies that may enter your field are those that are for your highest good, and nothing else may enter. As you make this visualization part of your daily practice, you solidify the barrier more and more with your belief and intention, and in the process, you become better at visualization, which, like many things, improves with practice.

Just as we engage in rituals of physical cleanliness on a regular basis, protecting our energy is an important part of self-care that ensures our energetic cleanliness. In this way, we can make sure we are always our best (and truest) selves as we navigate through life and interact in our relationships, in our careers, and in the way we show up in the world.

Sending Peace and Healing to the World: A Meditation

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Now more than ever, it is important for us to focus on healing. Everyone, including light workers, has an obligation to do the inner work, to heal ourselves first, before we show up for anyone else, and to notice, on an ongoing basis, what comes to the surface to be processed and cleared, to be acknowledged and healed. It is so important that when we are done processing and clearing, we invite the energies we wish to embody, such as peace, healing, and divine light, or whatever it is we need. Compassion is something that is so needed right now and, like any other energy we invite in, we can set the intention of integrating it into our field. There are many ways to do this, but here is one meditation that works for me. Of course, you can adjust it as you like.

To begin, go to a quiet space where you will have privacy (away from distractions and furry friends). To enter the meditative space, sit comfortably with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. Breathe deeply and envision your energy field as a sphere that surrounds you past the outer layer of your aura, which extends past the tips of your fingers when you have your arms outstretched. Breathe in light, then exhale it into your field. Do this for as long as you need to fill your energy field entirely with light. Then imagine this sphere of energy surrounded with a layer of protection. You can set the intention that this protective layer allows in only energies that serve your highest good, and that all else immediately bounces off and is returned to sender via Source. I recommend re-energizing and strengthening this boundary every day.

Once you feel your protective layer is stabilized, you can envision low-vibrational energies and energies that do not serve your highest good clearing and releasing. If specific situations come to mind, know that they are rising to the surface to be released. Notice any energy you feel. You can release unwanted energies by naming them specifically; for example, you can say (to yourself is fine) something like, “I clear and release all energies of anxiety.” Or, “I release this situation with love. It is no longer part of my energy and it is now cleared and transmuted.” If you can feel energy, you may feel a physical sensation of something lifting from you each time you do this. You can call on your allies to support as you go through the energies and situations one at a time and ask that they transmute the energy into the highest form of light. When you feel clear, you can invite the energies of healing, peace, divine light, and compassion, or any energies you choose, and set the intention that they integrate into your field (your allies will help with this).

Once you feel the energy is stable, you can begin to send healing to the planet by envisioning, setting the intention, or asking your allies to release all energies from the planet that do not serve the highest good of humanity and ask that they are transmuted into the highest possible form of light. You can then send peace, healing, and compassion to everyone around the world. I like to envision this as light surrounding the entire globe that sends the energy to everyone who is willing to receive it. You can ask your allies, the universal forces, the angels, Source, or whomever you feel guided to call on to support you in sending out and integrating this energy.

One type of healing that is so needed right now is ancestral. When we enter into a physical body, we also enter into a family lineage whose past experiences are encoded into our DNA. With that lineage comes family karma. We can set the intention to clear and release family karma and clear ancestral energies that do not serve our highest good, and to clear the energies that are ready to be released, that do not have any place on the planet, that are holding us back from elevating into our highest path and potential, and that are keeping us from living in alignment and in our highest truth. Archangel Michael is a powerful ally to call on when performing this type of clearing, but of course, you can call on any allies you wish. Doing this work in the meditative space helps to focus the mind and our efforts so that we can draw on our power to release these energies from ourselves and from the planet for good as we welcome in healing, unity, and compassion.

We are all one, and the more we realize that we are all in this together as spiritual beings experiencing a human existence, the more we will be able to heal and make powerful forward progress, so that we can expand and grow as individuals and as a collective. When we look at others through this lens of oneness, we experience life differently. We have more compassion and are more willing to help others because we understand that the good of one is the good of all.

June: A Reading for the Collective

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
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June promises to be a powerfully transformative month filled with shake-ups, endings, revelations, empowerment, expansion, and fresh starts. Here’s what the cards have to say:

Q1: What is the overall energy of June? The Tower

This is a month of endings and subsequent new beginnings. Old energies are clearing out and certain infrastructures that are no longer working and those that have weak foundations are collapsing. Out with the old and in with the new is this month’s theme. It’s time to let go of the past and release anything we have been holding onto that has kept us feeling stuck or trapped, or that has limited us in any way as we recognize and clear any self-imposed limitations. We can call on our allies and ask for their support as we set the intention to clear, release, and transmute everything that does not serve our highest good and welcome in what does.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is a card that shows us still standing after the trials, chaos, and confusion. We may be bandaged and bruised, but we have won the battle. We are still alive, stronger and wiser for the experiences we have made it through. This card shows better times ahead but advises us to remain watchful and vigilant, and to stay on our guard to ensure we remain safe as we protect ourselves and those we love. This week, protect your energy and the energy of your home as well as your physical safety. Visualizing energetic barriers surrounding you and your loved ones is a recommended daily practice; call on Archangel Michael to assist you with strengthening this forcefield of protection. You can set up similar protections around your dwelling.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Cups

In a natural progression from the nine to the ten, the Ten of Cups shows us advancing beyond the energies represented by the Nine of Wands as we embrace emotional fulfillment, happiness, and abundance. We celebrate the joys of life and revel in the beauty that fills our hearts and surrounds us in the form of home, family, friends, peace of mind, joy, and the myriad other ways fulfillment can manifest for us. This card can indicate that we will see significant improvements in our situation and that things are shifting for us, and it also reminds us that we attract what we believe and think about; the more we recognize the abundance all around us and appreciate the things we have, the more those things will come to us. To assist us in protecting our energy and our living spaces, a positive, high-vibrational mindset supports us by attracting the good things in life.

Q4: Week 3 energy: King of Wands

This king is a leader who is passionate about his purpose and successful in all that he undertakes to do. This card shows success, fortune, and good things coming our way this week. The king can represent a person in your life who represents the qualities of the King of Wands; this can be an honest employer or leader, someone who is fair, wise, and kind. It can also show these qualities developing in you and indicate success in leadership as you spread your wings with confidence, knowing that you have what it takes to lead with skill, competence, honesty, wisdom, and fairness. Wands are aligned with the fire element and indicate manifestation, passion, and purpose.

Q5: Week 4 energy: The Sun

By the end of the month, many of us will see expansion, new opportunities, growth, freedom, and abundance. The sun is shining upon us, and life is good. We are enjoying the fullness of our lives and feeling fulfilled in many ways. We are seeing growth and the manifestation of the things we have been working toward creating as we build a better life for ourselves, fully supported by the Universal energies and our team in spirit. This card indicates unbridled happiness and joy, clarity, vitality, achievement, success, and confidence. We can make the most of this week’s energies by lining up with them vibrationally. It can be helpful to remember that we are able to receive only as much as we believe we can. If you don’t believe something is possible, it isn’t; if you believe that it is possible for you, then it is. We are powerful creators, divine beings who set the course of our own lives with our intention and our beliefs.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for June: Four of Cups reversed

The Four of Cups tells us it would be to our greatest benefit this month to rest, to take time for ourselves, and to find a retreat. This could be in the form of daily walks, long baths, journaling, or meditation. It asks us to consider what is making us feel drained and what we can release, whether situations, commitments, or relationships that are no longer serving us. This month, we can ask ourselves questions like, What are we better without? What isn’t working for us? What is causing us undue stress? What saps our energy? What do we dread doing? This month, remember that you cannot give from an empty cup and prioritize your emotional well-being over all else, because it informs everything in your life. Go within and seek guidance from the Universe and your allies. Pay attention to your emotional guidance system; it’s your built-in compass and is there to help you navigate through life. What feels right? What sparks joy when you think about it? That may be the natural next step for you.

I am so excited to see what this month will bring! When I think about what’s ahead, I feel almost giddy with joy. That must be because a part of me knows that something good is coming. Better things, positive changes, are on the horizon. Sometimes it can be helpful to remember that certain situations can be blessings in disguise. When things don’t turn out as planned, it can be because there is something better in store for us, or that the circumstances are causing us to expand, grow, and learn, or the Universe is steering us toward better outcomes than we had planned. Be open to what comes your way, and follow the path of least resistance. Find things to enjoy in life, and let yourself experience freedom, if only in your heart and mind.

Using Tarot to Deepen Your Spiritual Connection

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck
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Tarot is a wonderful tool for understanding ourselves and the world in which we live, work, and play. We can use it for guidance on any conceivable subject. While I am a firm believer that it should be approached with trust and respect, we can use it to consult on anything that genuinely matters to us and for more general guidance in a given situation. It can help us to navigate with confidence and from a place of understanding the energies that are to come in the days and weeks ahead. In this way, it helps us to better prepare for what is on its way and to make any necessary adjustments.

Now more than ever, we have time to sit with our thoughts, to examine our lives, and consider where making changes would benefit us. Many of us have the opportunity to connect with ourselves and with our spirituality on deeper levels than perhaps ever before. There are many ways to strengthen our spiritual connection, including systems, beliefs, and practices that we may find beneficial to varying degrees. Meditation and yoga can help us practice mindfulness, center our thoughts and being-ness, and open to receive messages, guidance, and wisdom from the divine.

The beauty of using tarot to deepen that connection is that we can ask a question and receive an immediate answer, albeit one we may need to sit with for a while to fully comprehend. Tarot is a medium through which we can tap into understanding and wisdom that is only as limited as our capacity for interpretation. Best of all, when we approach the cards with reverence, trust, and from a centered state in which we intend to receive guidance that is for our highest good or to receive messages from the divine, our guides, or allies, we can connect with energies linked to source and draw from the well of infinite intelligence.

There are so many questions we can ask, depending on our needs and situation, that can help us strengthen our connection to source, our allies, the higher self, and to our own spirituality and intuition. Some of those might be, What guidance is available to me? How can I deepen my connection to source/my allies/my higher self/my intuition? How can I strengthen my trust? Tarot’s strength is in its versatility, which allows it to speak to us on many levels throughout our lives. Because it is based on archetypes that speak to the whole of human experience, it is a guiding light we can turn to anytime we need it.