The year of 2018 has been challenging to say the least. The collective has experienced resistance and has dealt with trials and tribulations testing the resolve that we have within ourselves.
We are by no means coming out of the fog that we previously we entered, but we are going into the new year more spiritually sound than ever before, as well as more bonded to one another as we come to realize that we are one. We will never near the finish line of our spiritual journey, and instead will always be starting new chapters of it. They are life-long lessons that will never expire and will always provide fresh challenges whenever we become a little to complacent in this thing we call ‘life’.
Make no mistake, the soul has grown and you are now more equipped to enter the new year – you are ending a karmic cycle and beginning a new one. This will give you the opportunity to decide what karma you wish to invite into your life this new year and to correct any karma that you put out into the Universe this past year. Not being able to change the past is one thing, but being able to make better, more informed choices for the future is another. The Universe will always give second chances, but the karma you produce for yourself does not.
Heed this observation and commit yourself to making this year the year you begin your journey of becoming the best person you can be for yourself and yourself only. Once you become the best for yourself, you’ve already become the best for the collective.
Every once in a while, a God or Goddess will beckon for my attention. Usually, it is in the form of synchronicity, but sometimes the bold will pop in through mediation or dreams. In this particular instance I can say that Lakshmi has been calling out to me for a few weeks now and I’ve finally decided to pay attention. As a result, I’ve decided to share her wisdom with you and if this resonates then perhaps you have been called too.
Who is the Goddess?
Lakshmi is a beautiful four-armed Hindu goddess that sits upon a lotus flower and is known for her ability to empower you to find creative solutions in order to create abundance in your life. If you want to figure out what your perfect career path should be, how to make more money, finding the love of your life, or even finding the perfect place to live, then consider paying your respects to Lakshmi and ask for help. She will help you find your groove and teach you how to work in sync with the Universe. You will be inspired to act when it is necessary and be blessed with the wisdom of knowing when it is time to take a step back and let the Universe work its magic in your favour. This exercise in particular will help you find the balance necessary in life in order to assist you with the ability to RELAX when you feel like things aren’t going your way.
In order to pay your respects, find something pink, whether it be an actual lotus or a candle as legend has it that this is her favourite colour. Say a blessing and simply ask for assistance.
Ask and you shall receive. Let the Goddess of Fortune bless you with success.
The need for balance and harmony is imperative in this chakra as this chakra is responsible for how we express ourselves. All of our creativity, passion, inspired ideas, sexuality, appetite, goals, ambitions, and healthy relationships are born right here in the lower abdomen. If this chakra is not cleansed or balanced then we risk having all of these aspects of our lives thrown into turmoil.
We stand to lose our creative muses making our paintings less vibrant and our voices less song-like. Our care for the important things in life disappears and the goals we have held on to since childhood dissipates. We begin to take those of importance in our life for granted and abandon all the responsibilities that we once took pride in. We begin to feel self-conscious inhibiting us from freely expressing ourselves physical and sexually and slowly, but surely our outside world falls apart as the very essence of our beings suffers.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of symptoms you may feel if your root chakra is blocked:
Being grounded is all about having control over your own energy and having the ability to choose how much of it you wish to share. More importantly, being grounded gives you the ability to lessen your sensitivity to the energy around you, be it people or even electronics.
The root chakra keeps you grounded. When you are grounded you are able to formulate cohesive thoughts and do not risk being scattered or having your head stuck up in the clouds. Grounded energy also leads to better sleep patterns and reduces the likelihood of experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. When you are grounded, you are in control of your own energy, and have the ability to block energy that does not belong to you. It is harder to push the buttons of a grounded person and get a reaction out of them, because you cannot manipulate energy that you do not have access to.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of symptoms you may feel if your root chakra is blocked:
You feel shaky
You feel wobbly or unsteady on your feet
You can’t help but daydream often or at the wrong times
You feel lightheaded
You feel scattered-brain
You have a hard time finishing your sentences
You keep forgetting what you were doing when you walk into another room
You are feeling irritable, agitated, or moody
When in large crowds you feel overwhelmed
I bring my energy back into my body. I do not entertain that which does not belong to me. I am grounded.
How do you measure progress outside of the systematic approach of institutionalized education?
How do you establish your worth and value, when your teachers can shit on your dreams because they had a bad day?
Why do we expect ourselves to conform to an outdated belief system and way of life?
We are allowing our self-esteem to be influenced by the destructive ways of society and the powers that be, instead of recognising that they don’t hold any powers over us if we choose not to play the game.
Generations before us led a life based on greed, violence, and dishonesty; however, we can make the conscious decision to put a stop to it. This does not require a mass revolution. All that is required is that each of us wake up every day and choose a life led by integrity.
We are seeking approval by those that have misdirected dignity and no integrity or honest character and have given them permission to make us feel bad about aspects of ourselves that we shouldn’t feel bad about.
Strength is the first of the next 7 cards to represent the lessons of independence.
Yellow is the colour of Spirit and is a reminder that true strength has no physicality. Brute force is not the same as mental fortitude. The flowers portray our gentle strength like that of mother nature and the red roses portray will and desire. Recognising that you are as magnificent as mother nature is how you will find your strength.
She is gentle and compassionate – both signs of strength, and she wears a white robe representing her purity that she uses for the greater good. She isn’t fighting with the lion, she gently closing its mouth – taming it. But make no mistake, it is compliant and does not put up a fight. She is the boss.
The lion represents the carnal self and your inner beast. True strength comes from your ability to tame and balance the beast, but at the same time you must learn not to prepress your passions in the process. Your passion is what drives and feeds you, while repressed passion causes illness and misery. Getting the two right is your responsibility to your Spirit, because sometimes you have to let your lion roar.
Aries have been participating in some self-deprecating thoughts lately, but being at war with yourself will only make your journey more difficult. Instead of allowing yourself to adopt this ‘woe is me’ attitude, choose to see the small gifts in your life as a wonderful stroke of good luck. Sometimes things don’t happen for a reason, but that does not mean it’s necessary to bully yourself in the process.
You need to trust in the process and trust in yourself. Your own self-doubt is what is currently holding you back. Let go of the feeling of being ‘stuck’ or not knowing where you are going to go from here and trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this very moment. You are where you are for a reason.
You are currently experiencing a change of perspective when it comes to where you want to direct your life and how you are going to live it from this day forward. This birthday in particular marks the time that you have chosen to do something different with your life, because what you have going at the moment is no longer cutting it for you. In order to change that, have the courage to follow your dreams and passions at this time, as they will direct you towards a more fulfilling future.
Cancerians can expect a win this month! The Universe is currently conspiring and working in your favour. Stay humble, keep your head down, and continue to do what it is that you are meant to do at the moment. As long as you stick to your responsibilities, the Universe will come in and clear out any outside obstacles. The giving nature of Cancerian has been noticed and you will soon be rewarded.
Last month, you’ve probably experienced some conflict with those around you. This month you will be getting a handle on those emotions that have resulted from that aggravation and will realise that you are better off holding those people at arms length. Their energy no longer serves you and in order to save yourself it is best to keep them at a safe distance.
Virgos have been contemplating new work and monetary possibilities. If you’ve been asking yourself if you should start that new venture, it is time to start it! If you’ve been applying for a new job, you will get it!
Phew! Talk about an emotional time for Libra! Currently, you are your own worst enemy and you’re killing yourself with all of your negative talk and thoughts concerning yourself. Nothing productive is going to get done this month if you decide to continue down this road. Trust in your intuition and allow that to lead you out of this emotionally dark time. You are choosing to see the glass as half empty instead of half full.
You are having a hard time trying to decide where you are going at the moment. You don’t know which way is up and which way is down or if you should go left or if you should right. The problem with being in this headspace is that we don’t allow ourselves to see any opportunities that may be presented to us. Adapt a more positive approach and watch the Universe sprinkle some magic into your life.
You’re going to be challenged this month, whether it is a co-worker trying to make you look bad in front of your boss, or someone that is feeling particularly brave and demonstrates this by being slick with their mouth leaving you feeling like, “Oh! They tried it!” Maintain your integrity by standing firm in your truth. You are better than that negativity.
Burdening yourself with too many commitments and responsibilities is not the right way to chase after your goals. In fact, it is the least effective way to get where it is you want to be. Take the time this month to reprioritise and decide what is really necessary to get you to the end.
Aquarians can expect a harmonious time this month. You’ve got all of the right energies working in your favour at the moment, so if there is anything you desperately want to do or accomplish, now is the time to get on it! You’ve got all of the tools you need to kick some ass, so trust your gut instinct and have the courage to succeed.
You are now turning the page on the last chapter of your life and moving forward. You’ve had times that were good and this makes you question if you are actually ready for new experiences; however, the cycle has completed and it is now time to move on. How are you going to write this next chapter of your life?
Which card could be helpful in understanding the idea of self-discovery?
VII of Wands
Self-discovery is not only a battle within yourself, it is a battle for other people that are on the side lines observing your growth. For this reason, you will be in battles with others that do not understand your ways and cannot comprehend the concept of growth. The scariest thing that someone can become is a person that is comfortable within their truth and power.
Does self-discovery help us in a practical sense?
VI of Wands
The art of self-discovery leads to more joy in everyday life and to the wonders of success. When you discover all of the beautiful aspects of yourself, there is nothing you can’t accomplish.
Is there an end to self-discovery?
II of Pentacles
Self-discovery does not end! It is part of your life’s journey to figure out the ins and outs of this life of Earth while also maintaining our spiritual, ethical, and moral principles in unison. Finding ourselves is an epic battle with many wins and loses that must be navigated around the trials of life.
What can we do with our discovered self?
VII of Cups
When you discover your true essence and power there is nothing that can stop you. You can go in any direction you choose and pick your own path in life without retaining the negativity of judgment from others. The act of discovery leads to expansion, opening you up to a world filled with more opportunities and possibilities.
Any other insights or advice for those that are on the journey?
VIII of Pentacles
Your journey requires hard-work and diligence. It won’t always be easy and occasionally will require blood, sweat and tears, but at the end it definitely will be worth it.
Because the Major Arcana represents the Fool’s Journey, or our journey here as Spirit in the human form, the Chariot is the last card in the Major Arcana that represents us in the developmental stage. This card marks the end of our development and signifies scope and potential. If we choose to move forward, then victory will be assured. Note, that because this is the end of the developmental stage, it does not mean that we cease to learn as shown through the rest of the Major Arcana.
The Sphinxes represent Osiris, Egyptian God of the Underworld, and also the God of regeneration, resurrection, and most important of all, transition. The Magician is the one that drives the Chariot. Notice that he does so through summoning his will through his wand.
The star canopy represents our connection to the Universe and reminds us that we are star dust. The two crescent moons are a reminder that we are influenced by that of the heavens. The mercurial wings signify communication and is the tool that the Magician will take with him on his journey.
Remember that when you are on the Chariot, you will be pulled around by wild forces. As you will need power to gain control, you must ask yourself: where am I sending my will? Wild forces will pull you around if you don’t know where you’re going.