I was listening to a great podcast this AM. At least, if you’re a Tarot reader it was great. From Biddy Tarot, she interviewed the Daily Tarot Girl, Kate Fisher, about using Tarot as your own life coach. I think I use Tarot as a tool for coaching others with the goals they set in life. This conversation resonated with me. So I thought I would turn Kate’s technique on myself to identify a 2016 goal.
Kate recommends pulling the card that represents your goal with intention and purposefully. The card is not pulled randomly from the deck as most readings are performed. You look for and set out the card you want to represent your future state. It’s amazing the depth that can be mined from one card. I pulled the death card.
Now for those of you who haven’t experienced seeing the death card before, it does not foretell my death, indicate my propensity for suicide, or any other variation of the theme! I choose this card because I’m looking for change. I want the way my life is today to be radically different in, let’s say, 6 months.
Movement in the CardWhen I look at this card today I see movement in the River Styx. I see the ferryman moving his boat with purpose. The raven appears still and watchful. The reaper’s arm is stone and frozen in space. What I do notice of the reaper’s hand is that the dark shadow behind it seems to be growing and it hangs over the ferryman. I don’t even notice the birch sapling in the upper left.
So if I pay attention to the imagery that is “alive” in the picture for me today, there is a growing shadow that hangs over my ability to move on and towards my goal of change. Like growing dread. Like the raincloud that follows Eeyore.
What’s not in the picture? Me. I feel like I’m on the bank staring at this world. So I’m not even on the boat. And with the raven so close I must be far from the bank. It’s like the boat left without me. Which tells me that I’m not even close to making the change I’d like to be making. Instead, I’m watching change pass me by. In other words, others are changing and I’m standing still.
History in the CardWhen I consider how change might have existed in my life in the past, I immediately focused on the birch sapling. I saw the sapling sway and leaves sprout. But you know, the sapling didn’t have to do anything to grow. Growth happened to the sapling because it was meant to do just that. It’s nature is to mature.
So I guess I’ve made it to a point where allowing personal growth to occur on its own is a mute effort. Passivity and growth no longer go together.
Honestly, I think I’ve known this for a while. It’s interesting to formalize it and put it down where I’ll see it again.
Action Items in the Card – Moving ForwardWhen I take a third look at the death card to find what I need to know about moving forward, the reaper’s scythe took a swing. To me that means to cut out the old habits and try something entirely new. So if I historically would passively wait for change to come to me, it’s time to institute my own change in a cutting way.
Some questions for myself (I smell a Tarot reading coming soon…)
- What is a part of my life today that I need to release?
- What behavior is a part of my life today that I need to consider a completely different approach?
- What passivity exists in my life today that I can turn into action?
- What people in my life need to be released or included
2016 Goal – Action Now
I will pull some cards for myself to answer the questions above in another post. So keep an eye out for that! I do think that an immediate action I can take from this card is that a mindset change is required of me now.
- The status quo is no longer acceptable – It’s time to rise above the norm and put in extra effort.
- The removed space of comfort is no longer acceptable – It’s time to step out into the water and onto the boat
How have you approached change in your life?