If you follow any yogis on social media, you’ve probably seen posts about the Himalayan Institute’s Year Long Meditation (YLM) initiative popping up this week. The non-profit organization committed to furthering education and experience around holistic health, yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice, has created a completely free platform to encourage people from around the world to sit in silent meditation each day for the next 365 days (a little less, since it started on July 15th).
This is the final #TarotTuesday post for a while, rounding out 3 months of this dedicated practice. I’ve learned a lot from tapping into my intuition and digging into some deeper inquiries. The cards often applied so directly to a situation, emotion, or theme — sometimes, like our card today, it felt a little too on the nose. But that’s what I love about a card pulling ritual: It forced me to look at myself and my life in an intentional way, giving me the space to work through whatever was in my way.
I enjoyed collaborating with my friend James on last week’s post so much, and I have another friend-inspired update for this week’s pull. #TarotTuesday is getting a little creative injection thanks to some sweet new decks I’ve received. They aren’t Tarot decks, per se, but Oracle decks, meant to offer a different type of reading. I’m wrapping up these 3 months of #TarotTuesday with a card pull from each deck.
This week is a guest post from my dear friend, James. We reconnected at our annual friend reunion, and discovered our mutual interest in reading Tarot. I thought it’d be fun to have him do the interpretation of this week’s card. I used my Fountain Tarot deck, and he looked at the same card in his deck from Robin Wood. The decks are different, so some of his explanation comes from the images on his card.
Yesterday was the new moon of Gemini, which holds a special place in this astrological twin’s heart. New moons are a time of releasing the past and setting an intention to manifest during the time until the next full moon. It’s a transition period, bathed in potential and possibility.
To honor this time, I chose a 2-card spread this week, asking these questions of the Universe:
What do we need to release?
What will help us with our intention?
This card reminds me a bit of the Game of Thrones finale, no? A little stabby?
Good news: There are no dragons. Bad news: You are being asked to confront something this week, to look it in the eyes and say goodbye. The Ten of Swords represents a final release, the letting go of a long-held belief, relationship, dream… whatever you’re holding on to that is no longer serving you.
So, I guess the GOT finale is kind of fitting. Don’t get me started on Bran.
This week’s #TarotTuesday is brought to you from the beach! I’m on a much-needed vacation (are vacations ever not needed?) with my family, but I’m still finding inspiration and ready to share with you. As I was shuffling the deck to set up my spread, a card jumped out of the pile. While it could just be my sloppy shuffling skills, in Tarot, when a card pops out of the deck, it’s considered to be the universe raising its hand with something to say. I’m listening, and here’s what landed (quite literally) in my lap this week.
This week’s card is all about manifesting dreams and turning visions into reality. Coin cards, also known as Pentacles or Disks, depending on the deck, have us dealing with the material world — the Earth element, our physical self, our possessions, and often times our work or professional life. They’re practical and help us relate to, create, shape, and transform our physical world.