Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Firecracker Spread: How I'll light up 2018

In 2017 I struggled through my share of challenges, and one particular deck challenged me the most—Shadowscapes. Though I could achieve fairly clear readings with the deck, it's beauty made me want to be able to go deeper with it. I toiled through the Vision Seeker challenge with it, and made it out the other side finally able to appreciate the deck. It's for this reason I chose this deck to kick off my first reading of 2018.

I'd be amiss to not do (and share) the Firecracker spread created for the New Year.

The Firecracker!
  1. Resolution — 3 of Pentacles (reversed):
  2. I'm a believer that a rising tide lifts all boats, and in that belief I've repeatedly extended myself at home and at work to help others in various ways from training people unwilling to be trained (but needed to be) to helping others achieve personal goals at the cost of my own. My time is filled with being a team player, and I've had to learn that if you help someone once, they'll remember the next time they need help. That sounds great on the surface, but what happens is you become the person everyone comes to when they want to be spoon fed. I've had to claw my own way up in life, and I've had to teach myself a lot of the skills I currently possess. Each time I acquire some new skill along comes someone who wants me to hold their hand through a Google search. Information may be free, but it takes time and energy to accumulate. This time and energy is a toll that has to be paid, and in this year I need to be firm on my boundaries and refuse to pay that tax on behalf of other people.

    In addition to setting my "team player" boundaries, I need to assert my own mastery in places where I know I possess mastery. I often find myself ignored when I try to assert my own knowledge, and in the spirit of being a team player, I go along with ideas that I already know won't work from experience. Trying something that's already been tried a dozen times without success wastes time that I could have for myself. It's an unfair cycle and the only way to make it fair is to balance the scales myself through setting boundaries and asserting myself.
  3. Obstacle — The Emperor:
  4. My way of doing things may not be everyone's cup of tea. As with any and every attempt at planning, I have to be able to navigate naysayers and know-it-alls. In some cases, they may mean well, but they simply are not respecting my own knowledge. 
  5. Ignition — The World:
  6. What drives me forward in everything I hope to accomplish is the peace of mind I have once a task is completed. There are a number of projects and responsibilities hanging over my head that remain incomplete. This has become a source of endless stress for me, and I would like to alleviate some of the negative feelings associated with these tasks left undone.
  1. 4 of Swords:
  2. I have a lot hanging over my head that I need to accomplish. It drives my stress levels through the roof and makes me feel pulled in a million directions. Stephanie Law's version of this card reminds me that I can't do everything. I need to take a time out and meditate on what is most important to me. That one thing I need to pursue relentlessly until it is complete. The other items on my to-do list can wait. 
  3. The Chariot:
  4. I feel like this card reaffirms the lesson in the 4 of Swords. In this version of the Chariot, the driver does not hold the reins, but is in complete control. Essentially, she's a boss ass bitch and her movement forward is magical. Her steeds are unicorns born of the waves. The creatures of the deep rise up to watch and lend their assistance to her path forward. This relentless, but serene approach to power over life is something I should channel to realize my goals in 2018.
  5. The Hanged Man (reversed):
  6. Before I turned to tarot, I was active in my local pole fitness community. Seeing the reversal of the Hanged Man immediately made me think of the effortless power of surrendering a seemingly impossible position. At a glance, a well-executed pole move appears smooth and undemanding; however, it is anything but. All muscles are active and ready. In a swing from one position to the next, you are always ready to catch yourself. Transitions and drops appear dangerous, but with discipline and training are almost always safe.

    The confident movement and power of pole dancing made me feel as though I could fly! In 2018, I need to find that feeling again even if it isn't through dance.
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  7. The Lovers:
  8. A tricky card that has appeared for me many times in 2017, I believe in 2018 I need to actually learn the lesson this card has to impart. The Lovers is not just a card of relationships, it is a card of following your heart. Unfortunately, the heart can be a fickle mistress and along the way there is temptation. It's important to keep your eyes on your truest desire as you work toward it. This is the lesson I have to learn and carry into 2018. Once I prioritize and begin to work toward the goals I want to achieve, I have to quit allowing distractions and sideways paths into my life. Part of this comes from the lesson in the reversed 3 of Pentacles. I must be firm in rejecting the apple I'm offered if I want to see my goals realized.


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