Sometimes I do what I tell my students not to do. I use the Tarot to answer random questions that I probably already know the answer. A few days ago I was struggling with my desire to change my lifestyle. It’s been tough. I REALLY like sugary foods. I’ve dumped the “real” soda and am now working on letting go of all sodas. I am working on eating better (that’s Lifestyle Change #1). I turned to my cards to see what information the Universe might offer me. Would I be successful in making this conscious change?
First I had to change the question. I mean that’s a yes/no question, right? You all know that Arwen says the Tarot doesn’t do well with yes/no. You just don’t get enough information. I mean if you ask “Does he like me” and you get the 3 of Swords, that’s pretty much a big HELL NO from the Universe. Rephrase that to “What does the Universe want me to know about a potential relationship” and you get a 3 of Swords, then you have more information like maybe it is your fears of heartache that are holding you back. You get something to work on that way rather than a flat cold NOPE! Since I did not want a big fat NO, I revised my question. So I settled on this question after trying it a few ways.
What do I need to do to be successful at my lifestyle change. And this is about my weight and energy specifically.
I focused. I shuffled. I shuffled some more. I shuffled until the cards felt like they were pushing back at me. This idea of the cards are ready is something that has always happened for me. I know of other consultants who have a specified amount or some other way of knowing when to stop shuffling.
Then I cut the cards into three piles. I often will look at the bottom card as the Shadow card or what I may not want to know. For me, my Shadow card was the King of Pentacles. SUPER! Overindulgence and a sedentary lifestyle. PHHHBBBTTT to the cards and the Universe! I already knew that. Of course, that is also a huge part of the Shadow card for me. A 2×4 moment of “I told you so.”
Moving on to the top card, I flipped it over. (NOTE: I don’t read reversals at this time. It’s an ongoing experiment to see if I can get as much out of the cards without reversals.) I laughed when I saw the card.
The Tarot tells me that the 8 of wands is the answer to what I need to do to be successful. Of course. MOVE. ENERGY. The perfect answers to what I knew was missing from this change I’m working on.
I’ve been eating much better. I still need to work on portion control but overall I’ve done a great job at revamping how I eat. But I don’t move. I mean…enough. So I have been layering small things in such as parking as far away as I can at work. One morning I turned on my iPod and danced for thirty minutes. I am moving, Universe. I am.
And I am using crochet as a lifestyle change. I pick that up instead of food. It is working for me. Of course, I am also now a member of Ravelry where I have found all sorts of new temptations like patterns and people who can help me!
Sometimes the Universe uses the Tarot to BOP you over the head, doesn’t it? And that is the lesson I always tried to teach my students. What’s a lesson the Tarot has handed you lately?