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I bought tarot cards.
I know, I know. I may have lost you.
But before you throw a sweeping judgment my way, hear me out.
I’ve been consistently looking for fun ways to increase my self-awareness and intuition because in the age of information overload those two hot commodities are entirely under my control.
My entire life I have been working on finding the bull’s eye balance of not taking myself too seriously, so I don’t lose it and taking myself serious enough to have follow through and focus. I’m a major work in progress and have to keep setting little reminders for me to ebb and flow smoothly.
Like most people, I need outer accountability to keep me on track.
Cue the tarot cards.
They are the gentle hammer dropper for me. My newfound guilty pleasure allows me to see the forest for the trees and not get lost in the woods.
Also, being a huge lover of productive efficiency, combining intuition, play, curiosity, and self-awareness into one beautiful, magical bag is a godsend.
I look at tarot cards as a fun and exciting way for me to face myself straight on. Of course, each card has in-depth universal meanings and symbols (I’m learning), but at the end of the day, they are each as unique to my situation as they are to yours. It’s all in how we choose to look at it.
‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
– Albert Einstein, just some guy
What happens after I draw a card is that I am either faced with fears, passions, or both. Instead of dismissing the pain points that creep up, I am much more tolerant of them and find myself looking into what I can learn that day from the specific fear that arose.
Practicing this ritual daily helps me distinguish between my intuition, fear of the unknown, and hunger pangs. It is an incredible reminder that my intuition needs to be tended to daily so that I become more and more cognizant of the thoughts that I’m sowing. That way, I will be acting from a place of my deeper truth so that I can continue to build a life that grows from my authenticity, creativity, and integrity.
It gets me excited to wake up in the morning while the house is still asleep, creek downstairs, quiet myself for a few minutes, and then shuffle the deck until I feel a slight ping telling me to stop. That ping is the excitement. That ping is the moment. That ping is when I flip the card of the day over to be my anchor; to be my reminder; to help navigate me in the world that day, so I stay more connected inside than giving myself aimlessly to the outside. It’s a little secret that I keep within myself that makes me giggle and feel more in tune with me. Nobody knows but me. In a culture where everybody knows everything about everyone, keeping secrets is one hell of a rebellious act.
I ask one simple question like What is the lesson for me to learn today? Where do I need to focus my energy so that I make the most out of today?
Then the serendipitous moments of running into that person, or hearing about that class or finding that piece of mail, may still give me a thrilling chill, but they make sense. I feel safe. I feel protected. I feel seen.
From a place of stillness and openness, I can be vulnerable and listen without any judgments from anyone but myself. (And even those harsh self-judgments begin to dwindle.)I can pay attention to the thoughts and words that I’m telling myself, and I’m given the opportunity to choose from my heart first and then use my head later to problem solve and think critically about my next move.
Sometimes I don’t even need a process, I just know. Other times, I know but I need the strategic plan to bring my goals and dreams to fruition. If I listen honestly, I know when I’m being hard-headed and need more information and when my I’m scared sh*tless of the unknown and my faith is enough.
Above all, it reminds me that life offers moments every day for me to tap into my own practical magic. I just have to be willing to do it.
What’s your morning ritual? Is there a way for you to add some play to it? Share with me. I’d love to know!