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Challenge: Think about if you want to make any resolutions or set any goals for the year ahead. Pull one card for what your greatest strength/what to do more of with regards to achieving your goal might be and another card for your greatest weakness/what to do less of.

 

Two Tarot cards:

Seven of Pentacles and Santa Muerte- XIII (Death) from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Bravo! Made it to the end of the prompts. The list did skip from Day 26 to Day 31, so here we are. If you made it this far with me, thank you for visiting and reading.

I usually do not set resolutions. However, I recently read John Scalzi’s blog, his post “Wasting my own time,” where he wants to look at how he uses his time, wanting to waste it less and use it more for productive things and things that make him happy. “Is this the best use of my time?” is the question. I think I can consider that question as I move ahead, plus may help me with keeping the mental sanity as I have mentioned previously in this blog.

 

On greatest strength/do more of this: Seven of Pentacles. Ability to plan, lay the groundwork, then let things grow. Use common sense. Plan, look at what needs to be done, then get to it. Take time now to choose what to focus on, then do it after careful consideration. Clear thinking and calm patience.

On greatest weakness/ do less of this: Santa Muerte- XIII (Death). Avoid getting too dramatic or extreme. Do not rush to just kill or cut something off. But also do accept when you do need to let something die and be out of your life. Do not hold onto things you should let go sooner. Let go what you cannot control or do anything about.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Think about something you really hate about 2018. It has to be something that is within your control to change… What is it? Pull a card for the power you have to change this thing. Pull another card for what you need to do next to make sure that there is none of this in 2019.

Two Tarot cards: Six of Cups and Page of Pentacles from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Six of Cups and Page of Pentacles from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

If anything, worrying about affairs of the nation, the politics, so on. I can’t control those, but I hate reacting to them. When I say I do not want to give a fuck, I mean it. And while I did a good effort tuning out sources, sharing less and responding to stories, I can and should do more. I got to work more on keeping my mental sanity in the “Hard Times.”

 

On my power to change this: Six of Cups. A bit more walking away. Work more on stepping back. Find other constructive things to do and engage in. Read more. Do more things you like. Seek to simplify things more, take pleasure in simpler things. Keep your balance and your counsel. Exercise and explore imagination more.

Some looking back is good but do not overdo it. Again, seek more calm, simple things.

 

On what I need to do to change it: Page of Pentacles. Think in practical terms. Cups suggest creativity. Page of Pentacles suggests taking steps and starting the work to bring the creativity to life.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: What do you want Christmas 2019 to be like? Can you picture yourself a year from now. Think about one thing you will want to have achieved by then and pull a card for the outcome. The next card is for a message from the Ghost of Christmas Future about what things might be like in general around Christmas time next year.

Two Tarot cards: The Chariot-VII and Four of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

The Chariot-VII and Four of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

 

Not sure I can picture myself a year from now. If I can make it to one more year relatively safe and stable, I’ll be good. I do not think that is asking much.

On how it’s likely to turn out: The Chariot- VII. How about that? The Chariot-VII once more in this series. Movement is clearly indicated. One way or another, you’ll make it to the end of another year. The question remains as to how you’ll steer. Taking strong control you should be able to stay on a good path. Keep to the road, but make some time to stop along the way to see the sights. Remember that much of the fun of a road trip is in those small stops and attractions along the way.

On message from Ghost of Christmas Future: Four of Cups. A note of regret perhaps. Do not let opportunities pass you by. The future is not fixed so make the most of the present. Don’t get complacent either. Look up, you may find better options and/or perspectives. Do not overthink.

Fours are about stability, but do not let it become excess routine and stagnation. Keep moving and looking up and ahead, seek out the new, hold on to the good and what serves you.

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: How do you really feel about the holiday celebrations? Pull one card for the pros about celebrating Christmas this year and one for the cons.

 

Two cards: Ten of Wands and Five of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

Ten of Wands and Five of Cups from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

I suppose that as I get older I want to simplify things. Also, by now, I have no tolerance for people who cause stress and drama, so they get cut out. Holidays for me are a time of rest, not stress, and if that means I do not see certain people, some family, or otherwise, I am good with that. I want as much peace as possible in my Christmas holidays.

On pros about Christmas present: Ten of Wands. Part of me felt this should have been for the cons being this is often a card of burdens. But in the Santa Muerte Tarot we get a moth, a symbol of transformation. So it is more liberation, letting go of those burdens, releasing them during the holiday season. Follow your bliss embrace your passions, and release those loads and baggage.

On cons about Christmas present: Five of Cups. Holidays can make one dwell on the past a bit much. We see what we missed, lost, so on during the year, and we might not notice there is still some good left we can hold on to. For me, it recalls an old Spanish song:

“Navidad que vuelve
Tradición del año
Unos van alegres
Y otros van llorando.

Hay quien tiene todo
Todo lo que quiere
Y sus navidades
Siempre son alegres
Hay otros muy pobres
Que no tienen nada
Son los que prefieren
Que nunca llegara”

 

I become more aware that the holidays are not good or happy for everyone. Yet close to home, there is still much to be grateful for, if I remember to see it.

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Challenge: Think about all the memories of Christmas past that are triggered now and pick one such memory. Pull a card for what you can learn from it. Pull another card for how this memory has shaped your current expectations of Christmas.

Two Tarot cards: The Chariot- VII and Page of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

The Chariot- VII and Page of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck

 

On what I can learn from Christmas Past: The Chariot- VII. I laughed. In reflecting, I recalled our family trips to New York to see aunt, uncle, and cousins, and I get the card of movement and travel. Sometimes travel could be good. My memories are treasured, of good experiences. Today, I dread travel, especially by aircraft. Back then, travel was more positive, and family at our destination were always loving, kind, and generous. Overall, whether near or far, Christmas can be a journey with a good destination.

On how this memory shaped my expectations: Page of Swords. There is a bit of seeking to cherish the memory of the past, a past that for many reasons cannot return or cannot quite be replicated. Part of me every so often says I need to write out those good memories while I can. Those times helped shape some of my values now. This is about experiences, which money definitely cannot buy. Do your best to remember, never forget.

Some of this is about the desire to accumulate experiences, something I can appreciate a lot more now as an adult.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Celestial event: Full Moon in first decan Cancer (2 of Cups)

 
Challenge: Contemplate how free you feel to express yourself and follow your dreams. Pull a card to reflect how free you actually are (as evidenced by walking your talk). Pull another card for something that could shut you down in 2019 unless you stay conscious and aware.

 

Two Tarot cards: Seven of Cups and Four of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

Seven of Cups and Four of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

On how free I am: Seven of Cups. Looks like I have some choices, and knowing that is a good thing. On a side note, I even had a colleague in the field invite me to apply for a job position. I stayed where I am, for I am happy here overall, but again, it is good to have options. I am grateful for that.

On what to watch out for: Four of Swords. Initially I thought beware of isolation. However, the real issue for me is often not resting when I should. Burnout can be a danger, so I do need to remember to take rest and moments of self-care where and when I can.

Taking time to study and think deeply is important. Do not neglect this.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

 

Celestial event: Sun enters first decan Capricorn (2 of Pentacles)

 
Challenge: Think about what you feel is worth celebrating today and contemplate how your effort in the past year took you to this point worthy of celebration. Pull one card for how to celebrate. The second card is for something you should be celebrating but haven’t yet consider worthy of celebration.

 

Two Tarot cards: The Emperor- IV and King of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

The Emperor- IV and King of Swords from the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.

In simple terms, making it to the end of another year is worth celebrating. Also, lasting six years working at Berea is worth celebrating. This is the longest I’ve remained in a single workplace, and I hope for at least another six years, maybe more. Overall, we are doing well at home, so that is worth celebrating too. We worked hard, and good work needs to be celebrated. Also, I’ve enjoyed my Tarot and oracle journey, and I hope it continues.

On how to celebrate: The Emperor- IV. I laughed a bit when I saw this card. It tells me to sit back, relax, and take satisfaction in what has been built and accomplished. This is a good time for you, so embrace and celebrate it. We also have a good foundation going into the New Year. Things are stable and secure, and that is good.

On something else to celebrate: King of Swords. Before I go further, I notice these two cards together bring a healthy amount of male energy. The King of Swords is about the mind, intellect, thinking, and not accepting any nonsense or bullshit. He is also about acting with honor, integrity, and decency. These are not things I would feel a need to brag or such, but perhaps celebrate a bit in private. Celebrate doing your best to lead a decent life, watching out for those close to you, a day at a time. Again, theme of security here too. Seek to avoid excessive cold rationality.

 

As noted previously, you can find all the prompts here; Lisa Frideborg Eddy, the author, has put them in a PDF book that you can download for free. For this series, I am using the Santa Muerte Tarot deck.


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