Rumi, Goals + Steps

Will I achieve all my goals this year? Well, most likely not but I will achieve far more of them this time than last year. That’s a definite.

Rumi_12SwordsToday’s card is from a deck I just adore. There’s a part of me that yearns to relive my life that I must have lived in the Orient. I am so drawn to all things of this nature. I don’t know what it is.

Do you have a place that does that? A time or area of history that just calls to you? I do. I have two. One is Elizabethan England (and I have a past life memory of that that is hysterical and SOOOO not what I expected!) The other is China. I’m not as sure of the era as I haven’t done work there.

Grin. I know one or two of you rolled your eyes at me just now. Past life? Really?

Yes, really.

But what I want to address in this post is the Knight of Swords energy. The Rumi quote

“May God give you prosperity: then you will have already achieved your aim.”

is a bit of strange one. What does our mental guy have to do with prosperity? Isn’t that the Knight of Coins purview? Well maybe it is, but then again if the Knight of Swords keeps his thoughts on his aim, he will gain more than even the most studious of Coin armored guys.


Because he can see where he is going. He is focused. He has aims. He has achievable steps to reach his goal. That’s something I’m seeing so much on blogs right now. Everyone is interested in telling you (selling you) their way of achieving goals. Hell, even I’m doing that with my constant mention of this workbook+planner which really is all that…


What is at the core of any of this–mine, hers, his, theirs, yours?

Your individual dedication to your individual goals. Have you written them down? Have you listed the steps you need to take to get them?

I have (because of that planner) and one is already in the bag. Another from last year was put on the back burner because I didn’t think I could do it. I wasn’t convinced enough in my own aim to write it down with actionable steps. So it kind of floated into nothingness.

I have to put that back on my list. With steps to achieve that goal.

Will I achieve all my goals this year? Well, most likely not but I will achieve far more of them this time than last year. That’s a definite.

So what goals will you write down? How many steps will each take? Dream big, darlings. Dream big. I’ll be telling you soon about my first big goal that has come to be already. Promise.

Knight of Swords, Guide to the Rumi Tarot, Llewellyn, 2009

Seek joy, y’all. Pass it on.

8 thoughts on “Rumi, Goals + Steps”

  1. Arwen,
    I consider myself an open minded skeptic. There is a part of me that wants to believe in past lives, spiritual mysticism, prophetic vision and all of that. There is also a concrete cynic that is always looking for the man hiding behind the curtain. I guess that could be a Gemini attribute, though I don’t know for certain.

    I think there are a lot of things to be learned from tools like tarot and I appreciate the way you present it.


    1. Definitely hear you on that, Kina! I’ve actually been a 1-900 psychic and had some undeniable things happen to me there. Freaked me out to tell you the truth. The past life I had (via hypnotic regression) was not glamorous (darn it) but it was in a time that I’ve always been drawn to. Other things have also led me to believe quite firmly in the other realm. But having a skeptical approach is never a bad thing! Too many con artists out there.

  2. I do believe in past lives, but maybe that is one too many philosophy classes talking. I once saw a psychic who told me I was a philosopher in ancient times and that I loved learning. Another told me I loved learning, and each life I lived was taking me closer to total enlightenment. I actually ended up minoring in Philosophy in college leading many people to ask ” and what are you going to do with it”. My goal was never to find work in the philosophy field, i just loved learning, especially about philosophy through different time periods and countries!

  3. That’s funny Arwen, I was about to post a question about this on my FB page asking where and when people would choose to live if they could be anywhere in history. We know where you would be, or maybe have even been!
    This is a beautiful deck, I was instantly drawn to the white horse and rider. I’m taking steps just as you described to finish an e-book that never seems to end, so this was good encouragement for me, thanks!

  4. I love the Rumi Tarot. I could sit and look at it for hours. I ordered it directly from Llewellyn and it came missing one card. I emailed them. They offered a whole new deck or just the single card. Within a week, I had the single card I needed. Great customer service from them.

  5. You’re such a tease, Arwen! Come on, tell us about your big dream, already ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I always felt drawn to Ancient Egypt, but perhaps that’s just cos it seemed so romantic…

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