Tarot: Trusting Your Intuition

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When it comes to interpreting tarot, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend throwing out the guidebook, but trusting your own intuition above all is important. It’s best when you have a working knowledge of the usual meanings of cards and can then draw from that tradition as a springboard to further your understanding. A deepening of understanding comes when you tune into what your intuition is telling you the cards mean—for you in particular, or for the specific querent you are reading for. 

Decks that include symbolism (in contrast to minimalist decks) provide a rich tradition from which we can draw. The symbols themselves—which can be represented by figures or archetypes, animals, what we would traditionally think of as symbols (such as planetary representations), and colors—provide a rich depth of meaning we can use to create interpretations that are unique to us or the querent. Do butterflies symbolize something specific to you, or does the number four hold a certain meaning that only you would know? Those are influences that can factor into your interpretation of the cards. 

If the guidebook says X about a certain card, but you are feeling Y, always trust your instinct. Cards carry messages that impact us where we are, in the moment in which we are interpreting them. Whether a card is a reflection of your current energies or station, represents future possibilities, or what is at the end of the path you are currently on is something a guidebook cannot tell you. This is where your intuition becomes key. The same card could mean something completely different to you depending on when you draw it and where you are energetically at the time.

When you are first starting out with tarot or trying to strengthen your connection to your intuition, writing down your thoughts about each card in a journal can yield insights. Try doing this before consulting the guidebook—you may surprise yourself. When you’re done writing out your interpretation, you can then review what the guidebook says about the card and look for any common threads. This can assist you as you are learning about the cards and can help you develop your eye for symbolism as well as your interpretive capacity. It can also help you to trust yourself more as you confirm your insights with the guidebook’s interpretations, realizing, however, that you may produce deeper insights about the card and its meaning that the guidebook does not delve into.

Trust—that is, trusting our own wisdom and understanding—goes a long way toward improving our ability to obtain meaning and significance from a reading. As with most things, time, commitment, patience, and continued practice will help you to strengthen your connection to your intuition.

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 26, 2021

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As the twenty-sixth day of the first month, today carries energies and aspects of partnerships, co-creation, harmony, and abundance. Through our harmonious relations with others, we create stability, which in turn provides us with a solid platform from which to build, reach higher, grow, and set our sights on loftier goals. We are strongly encouraged now to dream bigger, aim higher, and look to elevate ourselves more than ever before. What is the best version of yourself you have envisioned? Now go beyond that, above that, and see your best you, and then reach even higher for your even better you. We are always growing, always changing, always learning and we can always thrive, more and more continually. We are asked to release the mindset that if something is good, the other shoe will eventually drop. It doesn’t have to be that way. As creators of our own realities, we can create the life we want. If we set the intention that things will always get better for us, and nurture that with a repeated daily mantra, we can reinforce this as a habit which then becomes a belief. Mantras can be repeated in the mind throughout the day and can help us to establish new, positive thought patterns and beliefs. We can rewrite our thinking in this way, through consistency and focus. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen and five. These numbers indicate the strengthening of foundations in our lives and the manifestation of new opportunities and creations stemming from this more stable platform, which may be energetic or could have to do with our relationships (with ourselves, others, the divine), our perspective, our beliefs, our vibration, our goals, our spiritual gifts, and just about anything else in our awareness. Change is indicated that is either positive on its face or that brings about a release of what was not serving us in order to make room for what is better, stronger, and more aligned. We may be experiencing expansion, either in our manifested reality or spiritually and energetically, and we may be aware of this or not to varying degrees. There is an indication today of subtlety and we are guided to tune into our intuition without preconceived ideas, but simply tuning in and allowing what is available to us to flow into our perception and awareness. The subtleties may be developments behind the scenes and it could benefit us to notice and become aware of them as they are taking shape and solidifying so we can make adjustments and set new intentions where necessary. Tools like tarot and oracle cards can be helpful now in guiding us to new understandings and helping us to better understand what may be hidden or just out of view, as well as anything it would benefit us to prepare for. We are asked to release fear, as it is just an illusion and we attract whatever we focus on.

Mantra: My life is always improving in every way. Everything is always getting better for me. Everything is always working in my favor. I am blessed, I am protected, I am divinely guided.

Daily Reading: January 7, 2021

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As the seventh day of the first month, today may bring us fortunate new opportunities, experiences, and manifestations, and may see us working with determination as we persevere toward our goals. Persistence may be key at this time to ensure our efforts deliver the desired results, but patience and guided action are also indicated. The steps we take are most effective when they come from a place of inner knowing and alignment with our truth and intuition to ensure the best outcome. This may also be a good time to expand your knowledge and awareness in certain subject areas that are of interest to you. Following your intuition regarding possible new avenues of income and studies that could lead to expansion or changes in your career may bring about positive change and could lead you on a new path of discovery. 

Tuning into the heart and staying the course are highlighted now, as is inner strength. Know that you have deep reserves of inner strength; many of us are unaware of just how powerful, and how strong, we truly are. We are reminded that true power comes from love, kindness, and compassion rather than a need to control. We are leaving behind old systems of proscriptive thought and setting aside the desire to control outcomes as we instead begin trusting more in the universe to deliver optimal results in divine right timing. We are asked to continue, as the powerful creators that we are, to set forth our intentions and desires but relinquish the need to control how our desires come about or what they will look like. This allows the universe to deliver to us something better than what we had in mind, and more than we knew we wanted. What we receive doesn’t always look as we expect it to, and the universe is brilliant at assembling the disparate components of what we have asked for in manifestations that meet our needs and desires, even those unvoiced.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us thirteen, and four. These numbers carry strong aspects of manifestations that help to build solid foundations, and that build upon the foundations and structures we have already created. These manifestations are strengthening what is in place and creating new foundations of support that will serve as strongholds to ensure the longevity and integrity of what is coming about now and in the future. Integrity is strongly highlighted, and we are guided to maintain integrity in our thoughts, words, and actions, and to course-correct as needed to ensure that what we speak, think, and do is of the highest light. We are always learning and growing in our understanding and awareness, and we are asked now to shift our focus to our thinking and begin to consider where we could be more positive and generative in our patterns and habits of thought. Sometimes this means dismantling thoughts that do not serve our highest good one at a time and rewriting them to the positive. We can rehearse positive mantras in our minds as a way of changing our thinking to the positive. One favorite mantra suggested by Abraham-Hicks is Everything is always working out for me. When we remember that our thoughts create our reality and the thoughts that we think over and over become our beliefs, we begin to understand the power and magnitude such thinking can have. 

Mantra: I trust in my intuition and in the divine to deliver to me the best action steps I can take to ensure the fulfillment of my greatest desires.

Daily Reading: January 1, 2021

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Today is the first day of the first month and the first day of the new year. Today marks the beginning of a brand new cycle. We are guided to write down, speak aloud, or otherwise get clear on what we would like this year to bring, what we desire to create this year, and what we would like to experience in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Writing down goals now sets our intentions for the rest of the year. Just as our dreams and goals are always growing, changing, shifting, and developing, so too can our goals. Grounding in this now moment, wherever you are and whenever you are reading this, know that you can establish new goals. This now moment is all we ever have and we can create and manifest from this time, now, wherever we are. We are reminded of our power to create and we are asked to reclaim our power and our sovereignty. Taking back our power is partially about taking ownership of our path, and realizing that life doesn’t happen to us, but rather, we are in control of our own destiny. We have the power and the ability to shape our lives as we wish. Declarations are indicated now. When we declare to the universe what we want to manifest in our lives, the changes we wish to create, and otherwise set our intentions—whether that is for joy, success, abundance, new relationships, financial stability, freedom, or anything else—we are planting the seeds of intention that will begin to grow and gather momentum. 

2021 is a number five year. Twenty and twenty-one together create a numeric sequence of progression, indicating progress and forward movement. Twenty and twenty-one indicate partnership and progress, new beginnings arising from collaborations, and manifestations of the new that are fruitful, beneficial, and generative. These partnerships can be between us and our higher selves, us and our allies in spirit, and between us and our allies and collaborators here on the earth plane. This year, we can expect progress, continued change that lends to our growth and expansion, and tremendous soul growth. This deep level of growth and transformation is often not without discomfort; as the caterpillar experiences a period of compression and constraint within the cocoon, it is exactly these circumstances that allow it to transform and become something greater. It is this constriction and these circumstances that allow it to reshape its entire structure and being, to become more than it has ever been or known before, and to develop the wings that will allow it to fly. When we are ready, in divine right timing (remembering that we ourselves are divine and this timing is also up to us), we will emerge from the cocoon, ready to fly. When we leave this constricted, 3D place, we will soar up above everything we have ever known before and arise, transformed, into higher levels of consciousness and awareness. From this higher perspective, we will ascend and be able to see more than we ever have before. 2021 adds up to five, and five is all about change, transformation, freedom, growth, expression, and expansion. Where 2020 was like a chrysalis, an incubator that allowed us to take the great journey within to know ourselves on deeper levels, 2021 is the year in which we will emerge. This is the year we will find our wings and learn to fly.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seven, a number of spiritual gifts and abilities, good fortune, intellectual pursuits, expansion, inner strength, and manifestation. It is also a number that points to our life purpose and soul mission. It asks us to continue on our path, to persevere, and indicates success and the successful completion of missions, cycles, and journeys, as well as overcoming obstacles. It is a number of encouragement as well, and guides us to continue learning, growing, expanding, and attuning to our higher wisdom and intuition to seek growth in all areas and aspects of life. Today, we are encouraged to look at our successes and how far we have come, and to allow ourselves to feel appreciation for our own growth. We are never done growing, and we are eternal beings. Know that there are always opportunities for growth on the path ahead. When we do not resist growth and change, but instead allow it and allow ourselves to experience it and open to let it flow into our lives, the journey is much smoother and we can gain much more from the experience. Today’s strong message is to believe in yourself and know that you have what it takes to overcome all challenges and to rise up stronger, brighter, and better than ever before.

Mantra: I honor myself and my inner strength. I honor my successes and acknowledge how far I have come. I welcome growth, expansion, positive change, and freedom.

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 16, 2020

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Today is the sixteenth day of the twelfth month. Sixteen asks us to stay focused on the positive and to maintain faith, trust, and belief in ourselves and in what we wish to create. It can also bring new beginnings and renewal in the realms of home and family. We may see positive forward progress in our close relationships. Today carries aspects of working together to co-create with family, friends, partners, and business associates in a way that has the potential to yield transformative results. There is also a positive momentum available to us that we can build through our focus on the positive and through allowing ourselves to authentically experience high-vibrational emotions such as joy, excitement, and enthusiasm. Where the one and six create seven, there is also an aspect of learning, wisdom, and a growing depth of spiritual understanding. We are asked to tune into our intuition and heed our inner knowing.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen, and five. Today may contain events that act as a catalyst for positive change, expansion, growth, and forward momentum. We may be growing in our awareness of the positive potential of change that is currently contained within our lives and that is flowing to us. We may be able to more readily ascertain the positive aspects of new developments that are becoming apparent now. Today could bring shifts in perspective. Allowing ourselves to receive new information, knowledge, and wisdom can help us in manifesting stronger foundations in our lives, both spiritually and materially. Flowing with changes is highlighted now, as is knowing when to take the path of least resistance and when to say no and course-correct. There are energies of The Chariot at play now, and this is the seventh card in the the Major Arcana of the tarot; changes are flowing to us rapidly. We are all in the midst of great change and upheaval that is necessary for our betterment; remembering that these changes are transformative and are happening for our highest good can be helpful. We are asked to know when to stay on our path and when to take a new direction by tuning into our highest guidance and our inner knowing. 

Mantra: I attune to my inner wisdom, divine knowledge, and intuition to guide me. I always see and perceive with perfect clarity and understanding. All is working out according to my highest good.

Daily Reading: December 7, 2020

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Today is the seventh day of the twelfth month. Seven carries aspects of healing, integrity, inner strength, the intellect, good fortune, perseverance, learning and education, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, and expansion and forward movement in these areas. It is also a number that indicates expanding spiritual gifts, psychic awareness, strengthening intuition, and connection with our allies and guides in the nonphysical. Today, we are supported in awakening to our spiritual gifts and strengthening them through gaining clarity. This clarity can be gained through clearing and healing what does not serve us, both mentally and emotionally as well as in our physical environment. Today is a good day to let go of clutter in whatever form it may take (physical or energetic, i.e., emotional or mental) and make room for clarity. When our windows are dirty, it obscures our vision, but when they are clean, we can see with clarity. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date yields fourteen, and then five. Fourteen indicates strengthening foundations and improving balance and stability that are supported by and work hand-in-hand with new manifestations and opportunities. Look to your intuition for guidance and to your support systems for a strengthening sense of stability and groundedness. Appreciating where we are strong in our lives can serve us well now, as can leaning into gratitude for the abundance that we have. There is great joy in sharing and we may feel guided to give from where our cups are full. The five indicated today carries aspects of change that persist throughout the week. We may see unexpected changes that bring improvements, although at first they may seem jarring or out of the blue. Understanding that things are not always as they appear at first, or what they look to be on their surface, can be helpful.

Change can bring us expansion, progress, and growth. Not all change is to be resisted and yet not all change is for our highest good. Change can be powerful and we may need to check in with our intuition to determine whether something is right for us, or not. We always have freedom of choice, and we can always ask our highest allies for assistance. We may have the opportunity this week to pivot to something totally new. It is important, when considering our focus on our goals, to remain aligned with the desired state of being—such as freedom, joy, etc.—rather than what it will look like or how we will get there. When setting forth our intentions, if we remain open to what we have asked for or something better, more opportunities for us to experience our desired state of being can flow to us, and often more rapidly as we are allowing them to take the path of least resistance without putting restrictions on how they will get to us or what they will look like. We may be asked this week to release any fears of change; change in and of itself is not negative, but in fact, it is necessary and it is always happening. Expecting positive changes to flow to us and setting the intention that only change that is for our highest good can come to us could be helpful now in alleviating any concerns.

Mantra: I welcome all that is for my highest good to flow to me now, and I release all resistance. All good things flow to me now, and I welcome positive energies to surround me. 

Daily Reading: November 21, 2020

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Today is the twenty-first day of the eleventh month. Twenty-one brings strong aspects of manifestation. New partnerships and co-creations are highlighted now, and seeds planted previously may soon be sprouting. Enjoying time together with family and friends and sharing moments of joy can not only be uplifting but also get you into the receiving mode, allowing manifestations to gather momentum and begin entering your experience. When you are fully in the moment of an experience, you release your grip on what you want, which releases resistance and allows you to receive.

The numbers in today’s date add up to nine, which indicates that endings and closures are still at hand. We are continuing to clear, release, and transmute old energies and belief systems. With every release, we make room for more blessings, more light, and an improved overall life experience. Leaning into partnerships and support systems can build the momentum of love and further support the process of healing. 

Today, above all, we are guided to lean into love, joy, gratitude, and appreciation. We can be grateful for everything from the breath in our lungs to our friends and allies. Spending time in nature and soaking up the sun’s rays today can be beneficial to us on many levels. Today may bring new, empowering revelations. You may experience heightened levels of awareness, an increase in your perceptive ability, and a stronger connection to your intuition. 

Mantra: I lean into love and support. I send appreciation and gratitude to all good things in my life and welcome better to flow to me, now and at all times. 

Ritual and Intention

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When we want to create a certain outcome, we begin by focusing on what we want. This is a way of setting intentions. Because we are powerful creators of our own reality, and our thoughts become things, intentions are a key aspect of manifesting change. The more deliberate we are about what we want and the more carefully we choose our thoughts, the more streamlined our focus will be, which allows our desires to materialize more rapidly. We may choose to supplement our intention with ritual because it is a part of our practice, or because it is a means of honoring our allies. Some choose to perform rituals because it is a way of working with intention in the physical world. Writing down what we desire, for example, on a sheet of paper and burning it releases our intentions to the universe.

Most of us participate in rituals in some form. Holiday traditions are often accompanied by rituals like specific songs or foods. Performing these rituals shifts our energy and the energy around us by helping us to focus in a certain way. When we express our gratitude during Thanksgiving, for example, we are honoring and appreciating certain things by giving them our attention, which draws more similar energies to us. Certain holiday dances are ways of expressing joy. Sports rituals can honor a certain team and can focus on a specific desired outcome for a game. Rituals can be elaborate or bare-bones simple; they can be timeless or created in a sudden burst of inspiration.

Accoutrements like tarot and oracle cards are simply tools we can use to tune into the universal energy that is all around us. In ritual, we often use objects like specific colors, crystals, and incense as ways of helping to shift the energy, concretize our intentions by making them physical (like writing down goals and desired outcomes), and to set a mood or create a sacred space. Because physical objects have certain energetic properties, they can support the energy behind our intentions as we work toward making them manifest in the physical world. Cinnamon and bay leaves are associated with wealth; rose quartz brings self-love; sandalwood supports us in protection and healing. Whether or not you choose to supplement the energy of your intention with physical objects and actions is a matter of personal preference. Ultimately, all we really need is intention and intuition.