The Chariot is all about accessing and using one’s will and determination to manifest. You have the power to make things happen. The charioteer is ready and the sphinxes are awaiting his command. They are black and white symbolizing the duality of personal power, how the qualities of light and dark must work together for the best result. However here in this week’s card pull the Chariot is reversed. So beware of self-doubting, procrastination, the choir of negative voices in your mind starting to warm up for a concert. DO NOT GIVE THEM THE STAGE. Dig deep within yourself and reaffirm your intentions, call upon your higher self and your guides for support. Notice there’s a pretty lady in the left hand corner of the picture here springing to life? Like the charioteer who needs no reins because the power is within himself, so too like the lady here your energy and self-belief plus perseverance and determination are all within you to pull on to get the job done. Let light illumine your way and reach for the stars.
Justice sits on a throne wearing a red robe holding a double-edged sword in her right hand of action and golden scales in her left hand of intuition. The sword is upright and cuts through matter with logic and clarity. The scales harken back to Egyptian mythology when the dead person’s heart was placed on the scale and weighed against a feather placed on the other side. If the scale remained balanced the dead person was able to go to Paradise. Which brings us to the question…how heavy is your heart? And are you combining it with your logic to make your decisions? For that matter, what is justice? How is it given? Is it the difference between right and wrong, fair and unfair, just and unjust? And who makes the call? The person seeking justice or the person giving it? When making decisions we seek the truth because we know that each decision we make has an effect. We may not see or feel it right away but in the karmic cycle of life we will. This week we pay attention to the effects of our decisions and we do not take lightly the import of our actions.
Perhaps there’s a snag in that great new romance. Or maybe your work partner and you are not seeing eye to eye on a particular issue. Something is in the air and it isn’t very pleasant. When the waters of emotion were flowing and all was in perfect alignment the world was rosy and happily ever after seemed more real than a fairy tale. But reality has its ups and downs and the nature of relationship is just that…relating. We need to find alignment in our misalignment. There are times when we will see the other’s point of view and perhaps that will cause us to adjust ours. And other times when we see their point of view and choose to stick with ours. This exercise is a lesson in the art of acceptance, of when to choose battles and when to raise the chalice to toast another day. This week choose to work through the challenges with the vision of a perfect union as inspiration.
What would you do if you lifted a beautiful golden chalice up to your lips for a sip and a fish jumped out of it? You’d probably jump with surprise yourself! Life is full of surprises, good and bad. This week we think the surprises will be positive, lacking in harm, of a joyful perhaps inspirational nature. Maybe you’ll be graced with an inspirational idea, a new friendship, or something spontaneous and unusual, quite unexpected. Don’t be alarmed. You’re on steady ground (the rolling waves are behind you) and you can handle a bit of frivolity right now.
There he sits, the wise Emperor, on his throne of stone with the figurines of rams standing guard. He might have a long white beard but his cloak of red hearkens to his vitality and readiness to impart to us all that he has experienced and learned in his many years of ruling. His alert eyes aren’t about to let anything get by him. This is a great card to pull early on in the new year. We are at the start of our plans, resolutions, implementation of new ideas. The Emperor reminds us to build carefully and to put our emphasis on building strong foundations for stability and longevity.
Whenever I pull a Major Arcana card reversed I tend to interpret the reversal as a call to take the message of the card inwards. We know the Major Arcana is a group in the tarot deck having to do with great life lessons. Therefore it stands to reason that the reversal points to an internal focus rather than the customary delays or postponements of everyday situations. Perhaps there is a resistance or lack of awareness of a certain energy or practice. The High Priestess sits on her throne wearing beautiful blue robes the color of spiritual knowledge. She guards the veil to the unknown and those wishing to see beyond are instructed to look within. And so I dedicate 5-10 minutes daily THIS WEEK to meditate and listen to my inner voice. If I don’t hear anything I will look for signs in other phenomena. I will abide within and wait upon my soul. For the High Priestess encourages me with her mystical gaze to peer within for the answers I long to find. Will you join me in this practice?
One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending a New Year’s Eve party where we participate in a ritual of letting go and letting in. After some time of mingling, drinking, eating and making merry, the hosts pass out little pieces of paper and pens and we are instructed to write on one side what we choose to let go of in the new year and on the other side what we choose to let in during the new year. Then we are instructed to place the piece of paper in a big copper bowl. The papers are mixed around and then the bowl is passed from one person to the next; we are sitting in a circle at this point. Each person picks out a piece of paper, reads out loud each side (in 2019 I choose to release…and in 2019 I choose to let in…). After reading the words out loud, we pass the paper back to the host who lights a flame and sends the intention into the air as the paper burns out in the bowl.
I’ve been doing some thinking as I ready myself for tonight’s festivities. This year I did a lot of letting go–some relationships that were no longer serving my higher purpose, patterns of behavior which blocked my spiritual growth. At the same time I let in some truly wonderful people, awesome practices such as tarot and crystals which helped me connect to my intuition and step onto the heart path. In keeping with these I decided to pull two cards for tonight’s intention. And here they are.
Tonight I will be letting go of intolerance, the critic and a combative nature and letting in heart, flow, compassion and acceptance. Blessings to all. And Happy New Year!