Embrace Your King of Swords

Today’s card is the King of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Man Law.

Many of the women I work with are afraid to embrace their more masculine sides. They see this power as pushy, bossy, and even downright scary! Unfortunately, not wanting to embrace all of your sides can lead to imbalance, frustration, and even depression.

Today this King of Swords invites you to embrace some of the aspects of your masculine energy. He is calm, centered, and focused. He has friends around him who fly ahead and look out for him, and who are loyal and kind. He is a wise leader who has grown sure of himself over time.

Where can you use this energy in your life? Perhaps you need to dig deep and discover who you truly are. Maybe you need to say no to that next bake sale or driving 10 kids to soccer practice so you can sleep in this weekend. Or maybe you just need to look in the mirror and say, “I’m okay, and my life is pretty darn good!”

Embrace the King of Swords today. What can this energy do in your life?

 

Wheel of the Year or Zodiac Spread

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time to begin looking ahead. What will 2013 hold for you? Doing a Year or Zodiac Spread can help you understand what might be coming up, what you need to look out for, and where you want to focus your efforts in the coming year. The card to the right is IV The Emperor from Tarot of the Sweet Twilight.

This is one of my favorite spreads, and I like to do it sometime between Yule and the New Year. I find this more enlightening than sitting down and make resolutions, which most people don’t keep anyway. This spread covers what will happen overall for the next year, and gives you a card for each month that will be the focus for that period of time.

The Year Spread is dealt out like the face of a clock. Place one card in the center first. This is your overall card for the year. Then place a card where each number would be on a clock. This is your card for that month.

I like to place mine all face-down first, and then turn them over one at a time, beginning with the card in the middle. Some people like to turn everything over at once and then look for patterns.

If your year spread doesn’t turn out the way you want, remember, the Tarot is only showing you the most likely outcome  based on where you are in your life right now. If you choose to make new decisions, your cards will change in the future. The further you get out in the year, the more likely things will change because of the decisions you make.

This is the true power of Tarot – the ability to direct your life and choose a new future based on the information it has revealed. One of my favorite ways to do this is to choose another card for each month while asking the Tarot what I can do about the first card.

If I like the card, I might ask, “What do I need to do to ensure that this is the outcome I get?” or “What do I need to do to make this even more positive?”

If I don’t like that particular card, I ask the Tarot, “How can I make this month more positive?” or “What do I need to create a more positive outcome?”

These questions will give you more insight and help you put your life on the path that you choose so you can have the best year ever!

Do your own Wheel of the Year Spread, and let me know how it turns out. I’d love to hear about it!

How to Plan Your Blog Posts

Today I want to share a fabulous video from my friend and colleague Michelle Shaeffer. She is a total blogging expert extraordinaire.

Have you filled out your blog plan for the next month yet or do you still try to wing it day by day? Michelle shares some easy ways to get great content.

You can also get her great free resource 51 Ways to Explode Your Blog’s Awesomeness!

What’s your favorite tip? I’d love to hear about it!