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Rediscover Possibility, The Eight of Wands

Updated: Jun 1

The Lunar New Year is a Time to Take Aim led



Welcome to Aquarius season!


We've exited Capricorn, whose card is The Devil, and entered The Star in Aquarius season.


In The Devil, we had to decline invitations from the ego that wanted to feel control over peace. Now, if you've done your spirit work, The Star means you're ready to receive greater support and abundance from the Divine than you could ever have invented alone in self-will.


To help you receive, I am offering a ritual for the New Moon in Aquarius on Saturday the 21st.


As always, we get to work with the power of the New Moon from the time it begins (12:53pm PT) and for three days after. And, as with all my rituals, you can perform it whenever you feel called to.


Today's post is a shorter one because I'm getting prepared and excited to be doing a more in-depth version of this ritual in-person with some of you tomorrow at the EnVision 2023 workshop. There may still be a spot left for you if you'd like to learn more about this vision board workshop and sign up.



To get us grounded in the abundance this New Moon brings, I am calling on the Eight of Wands.


The suit of Wands are ruled by fire. They represent our passion, our hustle, and our creativity.


The Eights of the Tarot are a time of evolution. The symbol 8 is also the symbol of ∞, infinity. We're at a turning point on a road that has no angles and no end.


If you follow me, you know that I feel more 'new year' energy at the spring equinox in late March; however, January's New Moon shares some of that same energy.


As a collective, we may have set our resolutions around the solstice, but it is only now that we're out of those darkest days that we can begin to see what the return to light will bring.


This is the real time to take aim at 2023.


When we look at the Eight of Wands, we see eight staffs flying through the air. We don't know exactly when they will land or if they will hit their mark, but they are in motion. This card shares some of the energy of The Fool.


We get to adventure.


Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash

When we are kiddos, this feeling of adventure and possibility is around us at all times. Someone says that the floor is lava, and we jump to the couch. We commit. We can imagine ourselves on the Moon, on a pirate ship, winning an Oscar, and swimming with mermaids all in one afternoon.


As adults, this 'magical thinking' is lost to the critic. Our New Year's resolutions are a perfect example.


Many people choose not to make resolutions because they can't permit themselves the space to dream change is possible for them. They believe they will fail before they even try.


Many others create resolutions that appeal to the critic, but they aren't tied to any joy, and so they are unsustainable.


To demonstrate, give yourself a moment to consider and write down any questions you have about the year ahead. For example,


"Will I get a promotion?"

"Will my loved one stay healthy?"

"How can I loose weight and exercise more?"

"When will I have time for my artwork?"


There's nothing wrong with these questions, in fact, I really encourage you to actually write down your own questions now...


It is really important for us to ask questions about our futures that are grounded in reality, but too often we define 'reality' only through our fears.


When our questions are bound by our perceived limitations, and our desired outcomes are grounded in fear, our inquiries are led by the critic. They don't inspire the possible.


Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash

Now, I invite you to re-frame your questions from the lens of the possible. For example, they might look more like this:


"What work would make me feel most purposeful? What am I doing to give myself recognition and praise? When do I feel the most abundant? How can I position myself to feel that more regularly? Are there things that I am doing externally to get rewarded, but that don't feel rewarding? If so, what would it look like to stop those things?"


"How can I be present with my loved ones, no matter what? Are there behaviors that would express my love to those I care for that I can enjoy more of? If I stepped away from judgment on the quantity of time with the people I care about, how might that allow me to be more present and joyful in the quality of time we get to share? What do I get to learn about and appreciate in life, when health isn't a given?"


"What would be the most fun way to move my body? If I were to experiment with different foods, how could I make a game of it? When I step away from judging my body, what steps forward in its place? When I think about nourishment, what comes up?


If something feels soothing to me, but it also creates dependency or allergy, is it possible to address that which is longing to be soothed in a more comprehensive way? What would rest feel like if it was a compliment to greater playful activity?"


"When do I feel the most creative? How can I invite my creativity into my everyday tasks? If I were to imagine there were no obstacles, what might I be inspired to create? Who would I share it with? Who would I like to collaborate with?"


For today's New Moon ritual, I want you to invite this sense of wonder and possibility. This is where all creation takes place.


"Nothing ever is, but all things are becoming." - Plato

Photo by Ante Hamersmit on Unsplash

TO BEGIN


For today's ritual, you will use:

  • 8 Candles and a flame

  • Magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board

  • A Journal

1) Gather your supplies and clear some space. You'll want a place you can make a bit of a mess in.


In your journal, without overthinking, write down what you'd like to call in more of. What are you ready to get rid of?


Next, make a list of all the things you are currently doing in each one of these areas of your life:


ADVENTURE/ ROMANCE/PLAY

WORK/FINANCE

SPIRITUALITY

COMMUNITY/FAMILY

MIND/CREATIVITY

BODY/HEALTH


If your list in any one category is much longer than the others, or if you are lacking in a few areas, ask yourself if it feels like an imbalance. If so, ask yourself if you want to make any shifts towards greater balance. The answer doesn't need to have any plan for how to make the shift, only the desire.


2) Take the magazines you've got and start flipping through them to see what sparks joy.


You've just spent some time thinking about the areas of life you'd like to bring greater fulfillment into, are there images that register with that spark?


If one of your adventure goals is to go to Paris someday, but you don't think that you will do it in 2023, don't let that stop you from pulling a picture of the Eiffel Tower. Or a baguette.


The purpose of this exercise, especially in working with the Eight of Wands, is to begin tossing your passion into the world. Eventually, you will need to put your logistical brain to work to book a ticket and pack a bag, but that's not now. Now your purpose is to touch in with the wonderment and vitality of your imagination.


Assemble your images onto your poster board. If you'd prefer to take more time and you're not ready to glue, you can use washi tape, or simply lay them out in an arrangement that looks pleasing.


If it feels right to you, you can group images that are tied to your work in one area and images tied to your family in another, but you are a whole system, not parts, so it's always one thing.


After allowing yourself to be sparked by joy, take a look at your images. What are eight things or the themes you're sending into the universe to manifest?



3) Now it is time to light your candles.


Place your candles around you and your vision board. As you light each candle, say aloud what it is you are calling in from a place of abundance and possibility. For example:


"I am ready to manifest passion and love. Divine, bring me passion and love in ways that surprise and delight me."


Look at the images that align with your intention as you light your candle. Go slowly.


Stay with each candle and as you look into the flame, get in touch with the feeling and the experience of this manifestation. Feel the touch of your newborn baby, smell the air in your blooming garden, and sink into the comfort of your healthy body.


When you have lit each one of your candles, place your vision board in the center of the circle and look at your sacred space as a whole.


This is you. This is what is possible.


4) Close your ritual


When you feel complete with your intentions, give thanks to yourself and the Divine for the work you have begun.


Like the Eight of Wands, your manifestations have been thrown into the world. You have allowed your heart to take aim at what it wants to bring into being. Well done.


Extinguish your candles and place your vision board in a place you will look at it regularly this year. You can always add to it. The most important part of this work is to revisit it.


Remember, you've asked the universe to surprise and delight you. Your job is to stay on the lookout for, and out of, judgments. Where and when and how will be a collaboration between you and the Divine, your vision board is a tool for inspiration and sustainability.


 

I'm sending out many flickering sparks of joy to you all and I look forward to Imbolic next week, which is the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox on February 1st.


xoxo


Meredyth

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