Happy 2011 Everyone!
Last night I did my annual New Years Eve ritual. I've been doing it every year (except when my gall bladder blew up on New Year Eve 2008) since NYE 2005. My usual ritual involves casting a circle and then writing out a ritual in a large format notebook I keep for this purpose. I write out my hopes for the new year, and ask for a blessing over them, and then I draw cards from at least two decks and note down the messages on the cards for the coming year.
Last night I did a two part ritual. A banishing and protection ritual, following by my usual notebook ritual. I was inspired to draw from three decks yesterday and the following is an account of the cards I drew, as well as my interpretation of those cards. My interpretation will be a bit vague in places because this is a public blog and it involves private matters, but the cards sure were a kick in the pants!
Card 1: from the Goddess Cards deck;
Coventina: It is time for a cleansing detoxification of your body and mind
This message comes as a help, not an affront or a criticism. Your vessel has become clogged by overuse of harsh chemicals and the offending source is within your psyche. You've been ignoring your body's many signals and screams for relief from the steady ingestion of impurities. Perhaps you've also noticed a slump in your energy levels and your degree of joy has lagged as well. Never mind these past effects, though, as the solution is at hand right now. Now that you've heard this message, do not hesitate for even a moment to make new arrangements. You'll want to keep a sharp focus on the contents of your mind and speech as well, for the words you think and speak are the very diet that supports or thwarts you. Choose purity and I promise you a changed outlook for the better.
- Follow your intuitions guidance about making lifestyle choices.
- Stop abusing alcohol or drugs.
- Avoid processed foods such as sugar, white flour and so on.
- Eat more organic foods
- Keep your thoughts and speech positive.
- Adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet.
- Go a fast or detox diet.
My Interpretation: I had to have a bit of a laugh at myself when I read this, because for the past couple of weeks a lot of my friends have been talking about doing a detox in the new year, and I've kind of been scoffing at it, partly because it's so cliché and partly because I know I get obsessive and miserable about this stuff whenever I attempt to do it myself. Then yesterday I decided to get some green tea to try and calm my rampant anxiety, and also to start drinking green smoothies again because when I've had them in the past, I have had a bit more energy. I've shifted away from the need to be thin, or slim, or trim, but I already knew that a diet consisting of Cheetoh's and Coke and M&Ms probably wasn't ideal either. I also decided yesterday that our family will be eating salad with dinner every night this week - again something we did a few summers ago and which Dave and I benefited from (the boys weren't as keen, mind you). So, yes, my intuition was speaking to me already, and this card was confirming that I do, indeed, have to make some changes because my previous habits have been contaminating my very psyche!
Card 2: from the Messages from Your Angels deck;
Grace and Antoinette: To help heal this situation, see the other person's point of view with compassion.
This misunderstanding has occurred because of judgments about the other person's motives and character. To heal this situation the judgments need to be released. Instead of seeing someone as "good" or "bad" have compassion and know that everyone is doing the best they can. Instead of pitying someone, see the person's inner strength and Godliness. In that way, you encourage Divine light to be expressed within the other person and yourself.
You are projecting something from your own shadow side onto the other person. So this situation is an opportunity for you to clear away an ego issue. Simply affirm "I am willing to release that part of me that is irritated when I think of you" We angels are helping to heal this situation miraculously so that everyone will forgive and forget judgments and act responsibly. Compassion is key.
I immediately knew which situation this was referring to, but also intuited that it is a general message to view other people with compassion and to have insight that the things that irritate me about other people reflect my own ego issues that need releasing (have heard this before, of course, but it's something I do struggle with). I believe this also links directly back into the previous card, in that it speaks about my thoughts and speech - my attitude. I recently realised that the situation referred to actually came into being on exactly the same day our family started having so much trouble. Two years ago today! So, getting this message last night was like getting a key out of hell! To heal the troubles of the past two years, I need to release my ego issue and think and speak positively and have compassion for people around me (and NOT have pity - which I do have far too often, eek!)...
Card 3: from Healing with Angels;
Celebration: Good news! Cause for celebration is here and it is time for you to know the fruits of your labour.
The angels want you to know this is a light-filled time in your life. You have been working towards making changes and your intentions have now manifest into form. This is a time for you to fill your heart with warm feeling of gratitude.
The angles ask you through this card to hold strong to this gratitude. You are like a gardener who plants seeds and nurtures them because she has faith her labours will yield new growth. Keep watering and tending to your work and you will soon see them sprouting through the surface. The angels are your co-gardeners who will help you tend your crop.
My Interpretation: Basically, the very acceptance of the contents of these cards means a manifestation of the outcomes. The moment we choose to change something, it is already changed, achievement or victory is ours the very moments we commit to change, and this card confirmed that the outcomes of the other two cards are already created by my choosing to act on those pieces of insight and advice!