tarot card of the year.

On New Year’s Eve, i did an elaborate tarot reading for the year based on the 12 astrological houses. i feel like i got a lot out of it but also that some of it didn’t apply or didn’t really make a lot of sense based on the deck i was using (The Collective Tarot). i wasn’t fully satisfied with my new year reading, so on New Year’s Day i decided to draw just one card as a forecast for my year. i figured i’d use both of these readings to guide me a bit on my path for 2012.

interestingly enough, i pulled the same card that i had pulled the night before for the 1st house (self). i was definitely a bit freaked out when this happened. i mean, i really believe in the cards and have had special, magical readings in the past, but this had never happened to me before. clearly, the cards were telling me something. and i’m doing my best to listen.

the card i pulled: six of keys

some of what it says:

“This is the card of victory. It’s been a fantastic battle, one minute you were laying backside in the mud, and the next, crouched, your inner cub prepared to pounce on its opponent. Mud covers everyone and everything. And now, one wrestler stands…You! … Your creativity and persistence has paid off in the ring, and you get to savor this glory. The time and energy it took to gain this victory wasn’t easy. So take in your shining moment!

We all have a turn at standing on the winner’s platform, sliding through the mud, being one of the crowd, and playing in the band. Recognizing this, we can respond to our losses with more grace, trusting that success will return to us once again. We can also view our victories more modestly, acknowledging privileges that may have brought us this success, helping our opponents up, and whole-heartedly appreciating the challenge they’ve given. …

Be your own crowd and celebrate fabulous moments of personal victory. … Allow it to inspire you to commit to new goals and challenges that will help bring you to future victories. Learning how to pass on what you’ve learned in your own victory can help to lift others up in their lives. Sharing what you’ve learned also helps to remind you of how you gained the victories in your own life.”

i’m going to do my best to carry these words with me throughout 2012.

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