Gaining Perspective

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Like The Hanged Man in the tarot, we could all sometimes use a change in perspective. But this can present its own challenges. How do we know when we need to step back from something, think outside of the box, gain further clarity? The short answer is: when we feel stuck or stagnant, when we aren’t progressing, when we feel the excitement and enthusiasm for something we once celebrated or looked forward to has vanished. When the ideas aren’t coming or the next steps aren’t presenting themselves.

Tarot can be helpful when it comes to seeking advice or guidance. If you’re here reading this blog, you probably know that already. Beyond that, finding clarity can be a phone call (or text message, or email, or visit) away. Conversations with others can open our eyes to things we never considered before. That one friend (you know the one) who helps you figure things out just through asking questions or making casual observations. Talking with people you know less well can also be eye-opening, as they may be able to offer insights more objectively.

Gaining perspective is usually simple—and often, the simpler, the better (or more effective). Getting out in nature, going somewhere you’ve never been before, spending time away from your usual environment can do wonders. Something like this is often the catalyst that gets the ideas flowing again. After time away from the usual scenery, especially if you’ve been confined to a certain locale due to the pandemic, you tend to come back with fresh eyes.

If we’ve been holding onto a problem for a while, it can be hard to let go of the need to find the solution, but that is often exactly what is needed for it to make itself known. When we shift our focus to something we can appreciate or we otherwise get into the receiving mode, we create a path that allows what we’ve been asking for to flow to us. Followers of the Law of Attraction know this well. Let go to receive. It’s usually when we stop looking for the answer that the answer comes.

For all you seekers, here’s a spread you can use to support your process:

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  1. What am I not seeing?
  2. Where could I use some perspective?
  3. How can I gain perspective?

Daily Reading: January 30, 2021

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As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.

Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease. 

Daily Reading: January 25, 2021

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As the twenty-fifth day of the first month, today may bring changes in partnerships and alliances. We may experience shifts regarding teamwork and in who we choose to work with, even as we are flowing into new experiences and opportunities and taking new paths. We may reach an unexpected fork in the road, before which we can pause to consider the best way to take. We are reminded that it is most often our first inclination or instinct that is correct, right, true, and best for us. We are being asked not to doubt or second-guess ourselves, and to avoid overanalyzing, as this can lead to ‘analysis paralysis’ and can muddy the waters of our clarity. We are guided to seek clarity and integrity in all that we think, do, and say. Continually seeking clarity will bring lightning flashes of insight and inspiration, and will facilitate a deep inner knowing and connection to the wisdom of the ages. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us thirteen and four. We can expect new developments and manifestations to enter our experience now. Today’s shifts and changes are tomorrow’s stronger foundations. We are building anew from a place of greater harmony and stability that allows us to build higher than ever before. We are facilitating our own growth and strength through the new creations that we built on integrity as we give them a stable, secure base. We may become aware of seemingly small or minor actions we can take to facilitate strength, harmony, and improvements in our lives; know that the smallest action taken from a pure place of truth and integrity can have much further-reaching consequences than we could imagine. Establishing intentions for our own strength, harmony, and stability goes far now. As we are positioned at the beginning of a full-moon week, we are currently in a growing phase. This week powerfully supports our healing through clearing and release of what does not serve us to make room for new developments and manifestations. Full moons are powerful times of healing. We are guided to be our own best allies by continuing on our healing path and cutting through any weeds that may appear along the way, with the ferocity, strength, and integrity of a lion, yet staying grounded in our truth and in our light. We are guided to stay on our path, to stay true to ourselves, and to not let anything or anyone lead us astray or knock us off our path.

Mantra: It is easy for me to make the decisions that are right and true and best for me. I trust my instinct and connect easily to my intuition.

Daily Reading: January 21, 2021

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As the twenty-first day of the first month, today offers a sort of gateway, being 212021. Twenty, a number of partnerships, clarity, and divine co-creation, appears between the twenty-one pillars. This presents aspects of clarity as our co-creative manifestations are coming into being. We can best support our manifestations and partnerships now by intending to look ahead (as we are always moving forward) with clarity and a higher perspective. Meditation and quiet contemplation can yield profound insights and unheralded guidance. What we discover when we allow ourselves to receive can be transformative and empowering. We are empowered through unity consciousness and attuning to unconditional love. We are asked to dream even bigger, to set our sights higher than ever before, and envision our perfect reality. It is time well spent, as this energy of hope, optimism, and the vision of a better reality flow into the collective and inform the energy around us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine. This indicates that we have the opportunity now (as always, but especially supported today) to expand our spiritual gifts and receive stronger messages from higher guidance. We may also be gaining clarity on our life path, purpose, and goals. Messages await us that can help further us on our path and assist us in advancing and elevating. We are guided to proceed with integrity in all we do, and to consciously strive for integrity. When we place integrity as a foremost concern, along with unity consciousness, nonjudgment, and respect of others, we are setting an intention to embody it through our thoughts, words, and actions. We are empowered by releasing and letting go of anything that is not in alignment with us. If it doesn’t serve our path ahead or support us in reaching our goals, it may not need to come with us. As always, tuning into our intuition is helpful. Sound therapy through certain frequencies, music, singing bowls, and tuning forks may help bring about clearing, clarity, transformative healing, deep restoration, and alignment.

Mantra: I send love to all of my partnerships. All that does not serve my highest good is falling away. I open my heart to receive love and blessings. I bless my day with grace.

Daily Reading: January 20, 2021

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As the twentieth day of the first month, today brings forth new manifestations borne of partnerships. Our co-creative efforts with the divine and with those on the earth plane are supported with a divine frequency. New partnerships may be made apparent now. These partnerships create synergy that manifests new energies and brings about efforts quickly in manifested physical form. We are reaching new, elevated heights of being, seeing, thinking, and understanding. Twenty brings clarity and perspective, and may find us dreaming bigger than ever before and looking toward the long-term as we unite our resources and come together with co-creators to build the manifested dream. The two twenties in today’s date followed by twenty-one indicate forward progress that is preceded by clarity; this clarity generates positive momentum that leads us forward and helps us to progress.  We are asked to proceed with integrity in all we do.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eight, which yields energies of infinite abundance and prosperity. Abundance is ours for the asking—and the receiving. Allowing ourselves to be in the receiving mode today is to our benefit. Remaining open to new ideas, possibilities, and opportunities can take us places we never thought we would go, and can lead us to what we desire more quickly. We are asked to remain open to alternate routes, as the universe knows the most direct path toward our manifestations, and it isn’t always the path we thought it would be. Trust is important and we are asked to examine where our beliefs don’t line up with our desires. Do we want something but not believe we can have it? If so, we can rewrite the beliefs that do not serve us with new ones that do, simply by thinking new thoughts until they become beliefs. We are asked not to give up on ourselves or our dreams, and instead, to dream bigger, to reach higher than ever before. Every wish, every thought, every hope is heard, felt, understood, and received by the universe, and it all matters, more than we could possibly know. 

Mantra: I allow my biggest dreams, my deepest desires, and my loftiest goals to flow into my life in the highest and best ways possible. I trust in the universe and receive all that is good with an open heart. 

Daily Reading: January 12, 2021

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As the twelfth day of the first month, today carries a cyclic aspect. Twelve being related to cycles and also manifestations, new beginnings, and opportunities through partnerships, we are embarking on a new phase that leverages our connections to yield fruitful abundance and pave the way for a new path ahead. The repeated ones and twos in today’s date strengthen the energies of co-creation, both with our partners and allies on the physical plane and with those in the nonphysical who are assisting and supporting us on our journey. Twelve shows us growing and expanding as never before, reaching higher levels of consciousness as we continually reach for improvements in all areas. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number that guides us to our own light. We are growing, expanding, upleveling, and achieving greater and higher ways of being, thinking, and doing, as we are growing in our ability to rise up above the constructs of this manifested earthly realm to see beyond the physical and beyond what is readily apparent. We are growing in awareness and in our ability to discern truth from fiction. As we elevate, we are sharing our knowledge with others in authentic ways. We are connecting more strongly to the truth of who we are and discovering our true nature as beings of light. Many of us are here at this time to assist in the awakening of the planet, and as we navigate the dark spaces, we are asked to hold strong and steady in our light, remembering that the light is infinitely more powerful than the darkness, as it is generative, it is growth and truth, it is reality and is stable. It does not destroy but generates, creates, produces. We are asked to remember this and that our true strength comes from within, from our divine light, when we need encouragement. Some of us are asked to be the light, and that may mean shining it into dark places. Staying strong and true to ourselves and holding steady to our truth is indicated now. We are asked to share the knowledge we discover through our own healing journey, as it may help others who are on similar paths, are trying to find their way, or are beginning to awaken.

Mantra: I call upon the Source within to expand within me. I call upon my inner strength and the divine wisdom within to guide me in all that I do.

Daily Reading: January 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the first month, today brings opportunities for growth, change, and expansion. We may experience breakthroughs in areas of life where we have been stagnant, stuck, or blocked, and flashes of clarity that will bring resolution to problems long unresolved and questions long unanswered. As we are seeking greater freedom, we may be presented with options. Choices are indicated today; these may be significant or seemingly inconsequential, but all can have greater impact beyond our immediate understanding. 

Even the smallest stone dropped into the water creates a ripple. That ripple can create change as it expands outward, shifting the sands and moving the things in its path. When making choices, we are encouraged to pause and reflect to consider the response that is right and best for us. When we make the choices for ourselves that are aligned to our own highest good, rather than what we think others want us to choose or what may benefit others, we are acting in accordance with our own truth and authenticity. This is different from making choices on behalf of others who cannot do so of their own accord.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, and two. We are asked to monitor our thoughts to ensure we stay focused on the positive, and always reach for the highest and best possible outcomes when thinking of ourselves, our future, and any outcomes we may see for ourselves. We are guided to cease thinking that does not serve our highest good, including the imagining of worst-case scenarios, instead turning those around to best-case scenarios. When we only allow room for what is for our highest good to enter our lives, we are influencing the energies around us and the outcomes in ways that benefit us. Making this a practice can be life-changing on all levels, and can positively impact our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Mantra: I attune to my intuition and receive my highest guidance to make the choices that are right for me. I allow improvements to enter my life on every level, in accordance with my highest good.

Daily Reading: January 3, 2021

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Today is the third day of the first month. Three and one both bring energies of manifestation, new beginnings, and opportunities. We may still be gaining clarity on our desires, and yet there is a strong energy of wishes fulfilled and wishes becoming. Manifestations are speeding up as energy is ramping up with increasing momentum, bringing thoughts, wishes, goals, dreams, and desires into the physical at a more rapid rate than previously known. In light of this, we are especially guided to monitor our thoughts and to stay positive in our thinking. It also benefits us to still our minds when we find our thoughts racing and observe any thoughts that are not serving us. We can rise above our thinking and be conscious observers of our own mental processes. Some of us may hear a ringing in the ears; know that this indicates higher vibrational frequencies around you. These higher frequencies are universal energies of unconditional love and support, and higher beings of light who are guiding you and available for you to call on for guidance and assistance. Notice what you are thinking that draws them near. Attuning your consciousness to these higher pitches can bring them into your awareness. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings nine, an energy of finality that indicates the closure of cycles. Whereas ten brings full completion, nine carries an energy of endings that are occurring. Nine also asks us to tune into our intuition and consider the higher aspects and purpose that certain situations may be serving. Considering that we are all here playing certain roles, and that, as eternal beings, we experience all aspects at different points in our journey, may be helpful in assisting us in rising above with a higher perspective to look at certain behaviors and injustices in a new light. While some are here to be lightbringers, lightworkers, and wayshowers, others are here to shake things up and call attention to what needs to change and what isn’t working. When we witness less-than-desirable behaviors and situations, it causes us to desire change for the better and improvements more strongly than perhaps we ever have before. Our strong desires help launch the seeds of manifestation for improvements on all levels. Today you may feel called to consider your life purpose and also to attune to the nature of the divine, both within you and beyond you in Source, of whom you are a part. Desiring to know and fulfill your highest mission and purpose here in this lifetime will bring answers and guidance. Watch for signs to light your path.

Mantra: I welcome blessings and positive manifestations. I welcome higher guidance and open to receive the truth of the divine light.

Daily Reading: December 31, 2020

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Today is the thirty-first day of the twelfth month and the final day of the year. Thirty-one is a number of manifesting new opportunities and tells us that new beginnings are at hand. Today marks a significant point of closure in a landmark year. The doubled twos in the year 2020 add up to four, which is a number of stability and solid foundations. This indicates that the changes that have come about this year have been to create stronger foundations on many levels. As we have had more time to go within, we have healed on deeper levels and gained a greater understanding of ourselves and our goals, dreams, and desires. In order to build the strong foundations, first the old, weak structures that were not serving us had to go so that we could rebuild a strong framework on solid footing. The changes we have experienced have transformed us and continue to do so. We have gained insight on what wasn’t working for us and are now ready to move ahead stronger than ever before, although the inner work still continues. 2020 also indicates 20/20 vision, and it is a year that has brought us greater clarity on many levels. It has caused us to look at things we needed to look at, unveiled what was hidden, and brought to our attention what we needed to see and become aware of. This year has brought greater awareness on many levels, and has shaken loose what needed to be released from our lives, both as individuals and as a collective. 

The changes we have experienced in 2020 have prepared us to enter 2021, which is a 5 year. Five is a number of change, choices, expansion, and growth. 2021 promises to bring about changes and shifts that create improvements in our lives. 2020 has created a foundation of support from which we can now move forward and in many ways, it has been a catalyst for better things to come. Because 2021 is also about choice, we are guided to tune into our intuition to feel whether or not choices are right for us and to seek our inner guidance when choosing anything in our lives, as one decision, no matter how seemingly small or inconsequential, can have a powerful impact on our lives. We are asked to remember that we are the masters of our domain, rulers of our own kingdom, in the sense that each one of us is the master of ourselves. When we claim our own sovereignty, it can look like reclaiming our choices and decisions, reclaiming our power by taking back the choices that are ours and taking ownership of our decisions. Sometimes it can mean drawing on the well of inner strength that we each have within us and standing tall and strong, standing up for ourselves, and speaking our truth with authenticity. It can mean making our voices heard and speaking up for ourselves or for what we know is right. It can also mean aligning with our highest path and purpose, our life purpose and soul mission for this lifetime. We are asked to remember that we can always call on our allies in spirit for their assistance when needed. Today, we are guided to tune into our higher guidance via meditation or sitting in quiet contemplation, as there may be important messages awaiting us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, a gateway number. We are passing through from one phase into the next, as one cycle closes and another one begins. We are guided to take time for ourselves, to practice self-care, and to bring beauty and happiness into our lives, minds, and hearts. Decorating your space with flowers or in any way that uplifts you can bring about a positive shift in the energy around you and within you. As eleven also reduces to two, it indicates partnerships, cooperation, duality and oneness, harmony, balance, and co-creation. We may be guided to make certain important decisions and changes in our lifestyle, habits, and relationships so that we take ownership of our well-being and emotional health. As we stand on the brink of a brand new cycle, we are guided to remember that we create our own reality. Today is the perfect day to make a list of goals and desires that you want the universe to deliver into your life in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Getting clear now on the changes you want to make and the shifts you want to see in your life will benefit you. Giving these to the universe through the spoken or written word will establish the path for the year ahead, or for any time frame you designate. 

Mantra: I trust that I am supported in making the choices that are for my highest good. My connection to my intuition and higher guidance is always strengthening.

Daily Reading: December 25, 2020

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Today is the twenty-fifth day of the twelfth month. The two and five in today’s date bring forth energies of co-creating change. We are strongly supported in reaching a point of clarity on the changes we wish to see in our lives and in setting goals for the year ahead. We are reminded that we are never alone. Each one of us has a team of loving, supportive beings of light backing us every step of the way, along with our higher self. We are also reminded that everything is always working out for us, regardless of how things may look on the surface. We are being guided every step of the way to the life we desire; we have only to open our hearts and receive. When we believe in ourselves and in our worthiness—and each one of us is worthy, regardless of our choices in the past—we are elevated in every way, and we also allow ourselves to come closer to receiving all that we desire. As we release the past with love and compassion, we make room to invite in the good.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen, and five. Fourteen is a number of manifesting solid foundations, as well as opportunities and new ideas that support us for the future. Five further underscores the energies of change that are so prevalent today. Five also indicates expansion, freedom, empowerment, and flexibility. Being flexible doesn’t mean tucking tail and giving in, but rather being adaptable and flowing with the path of least resistance in the knowing that the universe is always conspiring in our favor. ‘Adapt or die’ is a phrase that comes to mind. Rigidity is associated with non-movement, death, and stagnation, and while there are times for us to stand strong and immovable in our strength, there is a distinction between standing our ground and going with the flow, and we are guided to be discerning in knowing when to choose one or the other. Tuning into our intuition is always our greatest ally as we seek to make the choices that are best for us.

We are expanding in our spiritual growth, knowledge, and understanding. We do much work on the etheric planes when we are sleeping, and accomplish much soul work in this way. Keeping a dream journal is recommended, as looking back on it later can be deeply enlightening. This can help with revealing repeating themes and patterns, and disparate dreams can weave a tapestry that together tell a whole story and provide a bigger picture, or bird’s-eye view, that can unveil deep and invaluable understandings and guidance for our life path. Noticing also the unbidden thoughts that come into the mind in the form of ideas, messages, remembered conversations or events, imagery, or songs can be revealing. This is a way that spirit communicates with us—our guides and higher self may send us information and messages in this way. Noticing also where our thoughts are not serving us is very important now, as they are evidence of where we need to rewrite our habits of thought and patterns of thinking, as well as our self-talk. We are asked to come back to the remembrance of our worthiness and purpose for this lifetime, and to move forward in confidence, kindness, and compassion.

Mantra: I welcome the growth and change that serves my highest good to transform me in positive ways. It is easy for me to attune to my truth and my intuition, and to the messages that come from a place of truth.