I’ve talked to a lot of people this past year about embracing their Inner Court Card. We do an exercise in some of my groups where we choose a future court card that exhibits qualities that we want to embrace – but for some reason we are not quite there yet, and we are not quite ready to move forward. Usually it’s because we are scared.
When I did this exercise around last May or June, I chose the Queen of Wands from the Gilded Tarot as my future card. And let me tell you, this lady scared the BeJeezus out of me!
When I saw this Queen, I thought, “There’s no way I could ever do all of the amazing things she does!” Then I wrote down some of the things that she could do, but that I couldn’t do, such as:
~ writing a book
~ leading workshops and classes without worry or fear
~ writing and publishing magazine articles
~ stepping up in her business community and asking people to be a part of something bigger
~ talking to her heroes
~ taking on one-on-one clients
~ believing in herself
These are some of the qualities and things that I wanted to do, and honestly I thought it would take me YEARS to get there. But with the help of some exercises and some hard work, I feel like I can honestly say that I have accomplished many of these goals!
This past year I:
~ wrote my own book and turned it into a self-published book and video series; I am currently writing another book to submit to a traditional publisher
~ lead several workshops and classes without fear. When I was told that one workshop needed to be 3 hours instead of 1 (the day before it was scheduled) because someone had cancelled, my response was, “Cool. I can totally do that. It’ll be fun!” I couldn’t believe that I really felt that way.
~ I’ve written and been published several on-line magazines. I now have a regular feature in one of them.
~ I arranged the Purpose, Passion, and Profits Business Training Series as well as the Free Tarot Valentine’s Day GiveAway
~ I fairly regularly chat with Barbara Moore and Theresa Reed on Facebook. I can’t wait to meet them in person. One of these days I will corner Mary K. Greer at a convention. 🙂
~ I regularly hold private conversations and coaching with clients on a one-on-one basis. This was a HUGE fear for me. I have always loved speaking to large groups rather than one person. It’s a numbers thing. If you are speaking to 40 people, at least a couple of them will like you, but if you’re only talking to one person, you’ve only got a 50/50 shot!
~ I completely believe in myself now. Sure, I have some down days here and there. Who doesn’t? But I have a plan for my business, a plan to become a traditionally-published author, a plan to host my own new radio blog show, and a plan to make 6 Figures a year.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because it was the act of embracing my inner court card ~ the person who I wanted to become, even though I thought she was so terribly out of reach, that helped me reach every one of these goals last year. And you can do this, too.
Find the court card you most want to be like. Write down all of the qualities that person possesses. Write down all of the things they do, like public speaking, writing, or networking. Write down some real, tangible things that person can do: write and publish 3 magazine articles, meet 4 new possible clients, attend a network lunch.
Then start taking steps toward those things. Pretty soon, you will look back and be amazed at how far you have come.
As for me, my Queen of Wands has served me well, but I feel like it is time to move on, to embrace another Court Card and another aspect of myself. It is time to evolve once again. So I am choosing:
I’ve been working on this for some time, and I think I’m ready to move forward and embrace that abundance.
And it scares the BeJeezus outta me!
In fact, that’s one way that I know this is truly the next card I need to work with. I literally tear up looking at it. When choosing between the Queen of Pentacles and the King of Pentacles, I went with the King because I like the way he’s chillin’ on his throne. Plus, he’s wearing purple tights ~ how cool is that?
Honestly, though, the sky is dark behind him and the moon is out, suggesting a balance with his feminine side, as well as the ability to listen to his intuition and Inner Guidance.
So what are some things this King does? I’ll be writing some of those down over the next few days, as long as some real-World stuff that he would accomplish.
Now some people ask me, how do you get from where you are to where you want to be? When you are really scared, and that future seems so distant and so far away, how can you really get there?
The answer for me is simple: I use a Transition Knight Card. I’m a big fan of King Arthur and the whole Knights of the Round Table thing, so this is what I do: I find a Knight card that I CAN be right now, and I expand on those qualities until I can have enough courage to become that future court card that I want to be. So my new Transition Knight Card is the Knight of Swords: I am secure in my new knowledge. I know that I have everything I need to be right now to be successful and reach those goals.
And when I have to do something scary, I just throw on my suit of armor so nobody can hurt me. Yes, seriously, metaphorically this is what I do. And this is what I recommend to people. Your Knight can help you take baby steps to reach your goal. If you can’t be the Queen or the King yet, you can still be a Knight, and start making your way there.
So embrace your Inner Court Cards and go out there and slay your dragons!