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The card drawn for this week is the Nine of Wands reversed.
The Nine of Wands depicts a weary, injured man who holds a staff as though in a posture of final defense. He is protected by a number of wands propped up like a wall behind him. This card indicates struggle and the need to call up out of ourselves the strength needed to overcome a challenge which may seem insurmountable. The man in the card has survived many battles and even wears a bandage around his head. Yet in his eye is the determination to overcome this final challenge to his accomplishment and victory.
The Nine of Wands reversed suggests that you may be hesitant to make a long-term commitment. You may be feeling as if life is all work and no play, and you may feel overcome by responsibilities or a lack of support from those around you. As such, you are hesitant to make any commitments in fear that the responsibilities will become all too much. Be careful also of dwelling on past frustrations and grievances. Just try to let go.
You may also be more inclined to be a little ‘on edge’ and on the defensive. The boundaries you have set around yourself are now becoming your cage, locking you into your old habits and behaviours.
Be careful not to assume things or make hasty judgments. Lighten up a little and return to the eight of wands where you take life as it comes in all its various forms. Go with the flow and release yourself of the pressures you are feeling. A holiday or a break might do you some good where you can re-energise and rejuvenate yourself.
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The card drawn for this week is the Three of Swords reversed.
In the Rider Waite deck, the Three of Swords shows a heart pierced by three swords. Behind it lie some heavy rain clouds pouring down in a sorrowful manner. However, beyond these grey clouds, there are two white clouds and the hint of some sun rays to offer some salvation. Upright, this is a card of sorrow, heartache, grief and disappointment.
In its reversed position, the Three of Swords indicates that you have recently gone through a difficult patch where perhaps a relationship has ended or has experienced challenging times, a loved one has passed, or you felt hurt from a situation that affected you deeply. Thankfully, this time has passed and you are on the path to recovery, realising that with behind every cloud is a silver lining and there are indeed other things in your life which you can feel happy about. You have reached a point where you can accept the pain and hurt and are ready to move on.
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The appearance of this card is quite fitting given that 2010 is the year of the Empress! I see this as an important week for reflecting on the energy of the Empress as it relates to the year ahead and how you can harness this energy within your own life (see http://www.biddytarot.com/2010_Year_Card_Empress.php for more details).
In its reversed position, it suggests that the Empress energy is currently blocked and this blockage needs to be cleared in order to create a more fulfilling year ahead. Contemplate how you can connect with nature and the Mother Earth, perhaps by spending a half day this week somewhere natural that you love, be it a beach, forest, lake, mountain, etc. Draw your energy from the trees, animals, water and plants around you and notice how ‘balanced’ and at peace you become in this environment.
Contemplate how you can tap into your femininity and beauty (both inside and out). You may spend this week reviewing your self-image and how you present to others. You may also find that a visit to the day spa or a luxurious bath at home helps to revitalise you. The key is to feeling good about yourself and honouring your outer and inner beauty.
Finally, contemplate how you can strengthen your relationships through open communication and love. If you have been holding back expressing your feelings to someone you love, ask yourself why and encourage yourself to let go of any fear associated with sharing your feelings. Open your heart to those around you and watch as the love comes pouring in!
2010 is the year of the Empress, and with it brings a connection the Mother Earth and our feminine energy in a way which creates abundance and radiance in our lives.
To understand the energy of the Empress, let us first look at the imagery of this Tarot card. The main feature of this card is the Empress herself, a full-figured woman with blond hair and a peaceful and calm aura about her. On her head she wears a crown of stars, showing her connection with the mystical realm of angels and fairies. She is dressed in a patterned robe of pomegranates, symbolic of fertility, and is seated upon a luxurious array of cushions and flowing red velvet. In the background, we see a beautiful forest with a stream running through, demonstrating the Empress’s deep emotional connection with Mother Earth. She draws her sense of peace from the trees and the water and is rejuvenated by the energy of nature. In the foreground, golden wheat springs from the ground, reflecting abundance from a recent harvest.
The symbolism of the Empress translates into three key themes which we can apply to the new year, 2010.
Connection with Mother Earth. On a global scale, there is no question that the environment is an increasingly important topic as we grapple with issues of climate change and sustainable living. The 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen was a significant step which saw not only the introduction of the Copenhagen Accord but also a new kind of dynamic in global climate policy. As the Empress influences 2010, we can expect to see an ongoing dialogue between world leaders on how we can not only reduce our impact on the environment, but how we can work in unison with the earth and respect that we are indeed part of the earth and surrounding universe. Too often we forget that we do not own the earth – the earth owns us.
On a more individual scale, the Empress encourages you to spend time in nature this year. Use your vacation time not to stay in fancy hotels in busy cities, but to explore nature by pitching a tent or hiking through its beautiful terrain. Allow yourself the time and the space to enter into a different frame of mind where you can truly connect with the Mother Earth and receive her into your heart and mind. Take a trip to your favourite natural setting, be it a forest, beach, mountain or lake, and simply sit for a couple of minutes, hours or even days to breathe in the energy that surrounds you and marvel in the beauty of the earth.
Connection with our femininity. Femininity translates in many ways – beauty, sensuality, fertility, creative expression, nurturing – and is necessary in creating balance in both men and women.
In 2010, the Empress calls on you to connect with your feminine energy. Create beauty in your life. Get in touch with your sensuality through taste, touch, sound, smell and sight. Draw on these senses to experience pleasure and deep fulfillment. Treat yourself to a day spa, learn massage, enjoy a fine dining experience, or simply spend more time with your partner. Discover new ways to creatively express yourself, be it through painting, music, drama, or other art forms. This may be the perfect year to take up a new hobby which enables you to access this part of yourself.
The Empress may also indicate pregnancy or birth. This does not necessarily mean birth of a child, but also birth of a new idea, a product, or a new way of being. Bring forth those ideas which have been growing and developing inside of you.
Connection with others. The Empress is a deeply nurturing and caring card. For those who are already mothers, 2010 sees you exploring your ‘mother’ role even more deeply than you have before and truly appreciating the gift that has been bestowed upon you. For fathers, the Empress encourages you to nurture your children and open the lines of communication between you and your child. Encourage growth and development of your children, being there to support and guide when needed.
More broadly, the Empress encourages you to connect with others by nurturing, caring and supporting those around you. Find ways to create dialogue and open communication, creating a space to openly express your feelings.
When we allow ourselves to truly experience the connections with the Mother Earth, our femininity and those around us, we create abundance and radiance in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the love that surrounds you and build on this energy to create even more abundant love in your life. Know that love is limitless.
Personal Tarot Readings for the New Year
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Enjoy this year of the Empress, 2010!
Biddy – http://www.biddytarot.com
HOW TO CALCULATE THE YEARLY TAROT CARD
The Yearly Tarot Card can be calculated by adding each number of the current year, and aligning it with the numbers of the Major Arcana. So, for 2010, the number is 3 (2+0+1+0) which corresponds to the 3rd card of the Tarot, the Empress.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PERSONAL YEAR CARD
To calculate your Personal Year Card, add the numbers of your birth day, birth month and the current year. For example, if your birthday is April 27 and you would like to know your Year Card for 2010, add 4+27+2+0+1+0 = 34. Since there are only 22 Major Arcana card, add 3+4 = 7. This corresponds to the 7th card of the Tarot, the Chariot.
To find out more about year cards and birth cards, visit http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/learn/a_tarot_new_year.shtml