The Devil is the more perplexing cards one can draw in a reading. He represents all that most find undesirable, distasteful. He embodies the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride). The Devil is evil personified. However, it is unlikely his presence in your cards means you are most suited to be a child of Satan. Think of the saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” The more plausible explanation is that you are actually quite moral, and feel a deep duty to oppose the dark forces The Devil embodies. This in no way implies you should establish your own inquisition, but simply that you are acutely aware of the destructive influences in our world and have the strength to resist them.
After a thunderstorm, or any period of extreme tension, a period of new clarity and fresh opportunity follows. The storm has the effect of clearing the air and suddenly reducing atmospheric tension. Deliverance is at hand. In the wake of a storm on land, deliverance appears in the form of new color and life, which bursts forth in all the fields and flowers. In the wake of a storm at sea, deliverance takes the form of land itself.
In the field of human relations, the rain of forgiveness washes the human landscape clean after a period of conflict and enmity. Great clarity of purpose and renewed vigor can follow the healing of old wounds. But care must be taken not to re-open such wounds by moving too quickly. In the same way, it is important to return to normalcy before moving ahead with new plans after periods of stress.
Following the resolution of a difficult situation, your first priority, should be to return to normal conditions as quickly as possible. Breathe a sigh of relief, but don’t relax completely. It would be a mistake to re-awaken the sleeping dogs of the immediate past before the new situation has crystallized. Look ahead. Attend to any residual matters that need resolution, and do so as quickly as possible. Make a clean sweep of the past, move deliberately and the future will bring good fortune.
Kenaz foretells the coming of clarity and knowledge. It is time for you to grow by exchanging knowledge with others. Opportunities are upon you.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Kenaz
kenaz : torch
Phonetic equivalent:k (can also be used as a hard ‘c’)
wisdom, insight, solution to a problem, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment
for creative inspiration, aid in study, fertility, dispelling anxiety and fear
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim
In modern usage, the Scottish ‘ken’ means to know or understand, and this is the sense in which the rune should interpreted. Today, light, inspiration and knowledge are often associated, as in ‘gaining enlightenment’ and ‘shedding light on the problem’, and even in the image of a lightbulb going on over someone’s head when they get an idea. To bring light is to make the invisible visible.Unlike the wisdom gained at þurisaz, kenaz only allows us to take bits and pieces of this knowledge away with us as we need it, usually at the discretion of the Gods. This knowledge will generally come in the form of a sudden inspiration, and we will be able to see clearly the answer that was once hidden from us. This form of wisdom is more closely associated with the right half of the brain than the left, since it does not come through conscious effort but rather through passively opening one’s self to it. Thus, a more feminine element is added to our journeyer’s experience.
The act of bringing light into the darkness is also a creative one. Again consider the image of the person carrying a torch , representing the masculine elements of fire and air, entering the cave and penetrating the feminine realm of earth and water. This joining of masculine and feminine elements results in the creation of new ideas. In physical terms, this can be correlated to the application of fire to mold and shape matter – the art of the smith.
Hi I’m Brigitte, founder of Biddy Tarot, and this is the Monthly Tarot Forecast for January 2016. Firstly Happy New Year, this is going to be such a cool month.
I’m going to talk about the Blessings that are available to us, the Challenges, and the recommended course of action to make this your very best month.
Blessings card: Two of Wands
Our Blessings are represented in the Two of Wands. This man is standing in his castle, holding the world in his hands. That’s symbolic of the amount of potential that is available to you. And he’s really thinking about, “Wow, what’s possible for me right now?” So the Blessings here are that it’s a perfect time for you to start thinking really big about what you want to achieve this year. It’s about planning. How you will start to make those dreams and goals a reality? Now, he’s not necessarily taking action straight away, because he’s still safe in his castle, laying down those foundations. So the big lesson there is dream big and start planning.
Challenges card: Seven of Swords, reversed
Ok let’s check out what our Challenges are for the month of January. I’ve drawn the Seven of Swords, reversed. Now you’ll notice in this card, the man, he’s got five swords there, and he’s had to leave two behind. Sometimes, in order to do what we want to do, we can’t do everything. So, as we’re creating our really big goals, dreams, and plans, we need to know that we can’t do everything that comes to mind, because if we try to do a hundred things at once, we probably wouldn’t do them very well. Your Challenge this month is knowing, what is it that you’re going to have to leave behind, and you know, being a little bit strategic with it. It’s not going to feel great, but that’s what you’ll need to do so that you can fully manifest your dreams in the way you want.
Recommendation card: Eight of Pentacles
Let’s check out what the recommended course of action is to make this a really awesome month. And, I have drawn the Eight of Pentacles. Now, this card is both about mastery and paying attention to the details. You might have a skill that you can already do, but you want to take your skills to the next level. Well this is the perfect time to do a little bit of extra training, skill development, courses, programs, in order to take your skillset up to the next level. Now, the other part of the Eight of Pentacles is paying attention to the details, and, as you’re setting up all of your beautiful plans for the year, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re also paying attention to the details. So it might be as simple as getting your calendar out and mapping out exactly when you’re going to do certain things, and making sure you have enough space for those things to happen. It might feel a little bit finicky, trying to get into the exact details of when things will happen, but trust me, this is what’s going to set you up really well for an awesome year ahead.
Make sure that you’re putting in place your plans and thinking really big about what’s possible, also knowing that you might be challenged in terms of having to, maybe not do everything that you’d imagined you’d do, and use this time as skill development, a good time for training, and also paying attention to the details.
The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of conformity.
When The Emperor is among your personal cards, the influence of The Hierophant may be increased. Having The Fool or The Lovers in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Hierophant.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
The Lovers’ influence is increased when The Empress is among your personal cards. Having The Hierophant or The Hermit in your personal cards may diminish the influence of the Lovers.
The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.
This morning’s energy is spunky and edgy, dear Aries. While changes may certainly be in order, watch that you are acting true to your own heart and not simply reacting to others. The Moon continues to stimulate your adventurous side today, but Jupiter turns retrograde today, and this points to some natural waning of misplaced enthusiasm. Until May, Jupiter is retrograde in your work and health sector and this can tame your enthusiasm just enough that you’re seeing these things more realistically. Try not to take on more projects now, and instead focus on what you’ve already begun. Edit, refine, and improve your work projects and self-care endeavors rather than taking on more. Today, good energy is building for trust in your close relationships.
With Jupiter turning retrograde in your solar fifth house today, dear Taurus, this is a time of realigning your thinking and your plans, particularly those along the lines of creative projects, romance, entertainment, and children. Jupiter is retrograde until May 9th. You could experience some waning enthusiasm towards a romance or creative endeavor in the next while. It’s time for some tweaking, and a different perspective on these matters, and is best viewed as a time to catch your breath. There is no need to put things on hold. Some de-emphasis of your pursuit of pleasures/entertainment can be practical now. Romantic prospects are still very good, although in the coming weeks, you might be refining your approach to getting what (and who) you want in love. This can also be a good time for reviewing your financial responsibilities. This morning, your attention can be divided, and you could find it rather difficult to concentrate. Aim to tone down rough edges.
Jupiter has been bringing strong and enthusiastic energy to your domestic projects and home life recently, dear Gemini, and today Jupiter turns retrograde until May 9th. This signals a time for reassessing matters – for making tweaks to your plans – particularly related to family, home, and partnership. Some waning of enthusiasm can be experienced as you adjust to this energy, but any slowdowns encountered now actually offer you the chance to look at your plans from a different perspective so that you can move forward with them with more confidence at a later date. Family life will continue to reward you for many months to come, but some de-emphasis and review is appropriate and beneficial now. This morning favors new approaches and flexibility. If you can avoid the tendency to move too fast and to live on your nerves (or only in your brain), you can come to very interesting, and possibly prophetic, insights. Keep your feet on the ground.
Jupiter turns retrograde today, dear Cancer, and will continue to move in retrograde motion until May 9th. While there continues to be good energy for learning, studies, communications, and transportation in your life, some de-emphasis, review, or toning down in these areas is appropriate and beneficial now. It may be wise to slow down when it comes to taking on new interests and projects, and to focus on enjoying and developing what you already have in place. It’s not the time to abandon projects, but rather for making refinements, and this may also be true for work and health endeavors. Today, there may be cantankerous energies surrounding a partnership or parent/boss, but a sense of moving forward is with you. Avoid quick reactions.
Jupiter turns retrograde today, dear Leo, and will continue retrograde motion until May 9th. This yearly event points to a need to reassess some of our projects, or to work on developing existing projects rather than taking on new ones. You might experience what seem like turnarounds or waning enthusiasm in the areas of finances, creativity, or romance. However, as you adjust to the retrograde period, you’ll recognize that this is a strong period for reassessing these matters more realistically, for easing up on spending, and for more realistically considering how much time and energy you have for your projects and recreation. This is about restoring balance in your life. This morning requires patience, particularly regarding opinions, directions, and instructions. Something you hear might stimulate a new way of thinking, so don’t totally disregard communications now. Simply take some time before reacting.
Jupiter turns retrograde today, dear Virgo, and while it continues to transit your sign and stimulate enthusiasm and optimism, some of this is now turning inward. It’s a good time to tame excess and overreaching. If you’ve been overdoing the seeking of freedom, this is the time to rethink and make adjustments that bring you a little closer to earth. This morning, you could be feeling a little on edge, particularly related to creative projects and intimate relationships, and especially if you don’t know where you stand in a situation or with someone. Try to remain flexible and avoid sticking stubbornly to old methods. The Moon continues to transit your home and family sector, all day, and the need to stick with familiar or secure and safe situations actually serves to replenish emotions and heal you in small but significant ways.
Jupiter turns retrograde in your privacy sector today, dear Libra, and will continue to move in retrograde until May 9th. This can be a time when you have much going on behind the scenes. Your faith in your own instincts may not be as strong as it has been, or you could struggle a little with your faith in life itself to meet your needs. This is a temporary and in fact necessary process that allows you to reassess where it is you want to be, where you’re headed, and whether your connection to your spiritual side is in need of some nurturing. In fact, as you adjust to this energy, you may find that coming out of your protective shell more often can be beneficial. You may need to slow down taking on new mental interests and learning projects so that you can come to a better balance in your life. Today, there can be difficulties concentrating in the morning as you may feel pulled in a number of different directions, and it may be unclear where you’re headed. As the day advances, you might find that focusing on the moment is best and worrying too much about your next step can be a waste of energy when you are uncertain of the final destination.
Jupiter turns retrograde today, dear Scorpio, and will remain in retrograde motion until May 9th. This annual period is good for review and taming of extravagances. For you, Jupiter retrograde periods always affect money matters, and this year, also influences your friends and goals. If you have too many ideas or projects on your plate, this is a good time to see which ones are most viable. Aim to pare things down. Some of you could be reassessing your involvement with a friend or group or simply toning down your social life a little. It’s a good time to look at spending and business matters in a new way. This morning, there can be some chaotic moments as things may not go exactly as planned. Know your limits and respect them.
Your ruler, Jupiter, which is currently moving through your professional zone, turns retrograde today, dear Sagittarius. You may need to curb your enthusiasm a little on the professional front now – just enough to gain new perspective and to focus on projects that are doable. Even so, there can be a pleasant feeling of letting things unfold naturally, and faith that they will work out in the end. You are seeing your capabilities for what they are, rather than over or under-estimating them. You might decide to review, edit, and perfect current projects rather than taking on new ones just for the time being, as you may have been sensing recently that you’ve taken on too much. Enjoy the moment, but capture it as well so that you can carry it forward. This is not a time for actively expanding, but rather for reaping the rewards of recent successes, and focusing your energy on those projects already underway. Generally speaking as well, this is a natural time for easing up on excesses. The Moon continues to transit your sign all day, however, and some self-pampering today is quite appropriate. It’s a time of the lunar month for recognizing needs for nurture. This morning’s Sun-Uranus square can overstimulate, so watch for too-quick moves, particularly with money and love.
With Jupiter retrograde today until May 9th, dear Capricorn, it’s a natural time for adjusting expectations to better match energy levels and time. This is a good time for turning inward and getting in touch with what truly motivates and enthuses you, particularly related to belief systems, intellectual pursuits, and long-range goals. Some of the faith you’ve been nurturing may seem to drop away, but only just enough for you to see your plans in a different, more realistic light. Jupiter will continue to excite your interest in venturing out and broadening your horizons until October. While it’s retrograde, you’re more inclined to think over and review current projects and ideas, however, than actively pursue new ones. Today, a Sun-Uranus square can overstimulate you this morning, particularly if you have been holding on to frustrations that beg release. It can be difficult to accept restrictive conditions right now.
Mental tension can continue this morning, dear Aquarius, with the Sun in hard aspect to your ruler, Uranus, in mutable houses. Avoid overthinking, but also sidestep impulsive moves. Find a balance now. This can in fact be a good time to see areas of your life that have become dysfunctional and that are best left behind you. With Jupiter turning retrograde today, you may need to redirect some of your energy away from a partnership or a focus on others if this has been excessive. In the coming months, until May 9th, there is good energy for reviewing, reassessing, and moderating debt. It’s also a time for developing current projects rather than taking on new ones. Think in terms of correcting excesses. If you’ve been overspending or over-borrowing, or otherwise too dependent on others for your happiness, then this is a time for bringing things back into balance.
A Sun-Uranus challenge this morning can put the pressure on, dear Pisces, but it’s better not to rush anything right now. If you haven’t been recognizing a need to make changes in your practical affairs or social life, there can be some tension experienced today, but also an important awakening to new ideas and possibilities for improving your methods, income, and relationships. Today, Jupiter begins a four-month retrograde period. This annual event tends to affect your professional goals and aspirations, and this year, also your partnerships and negotiations. This is a time for taking a more realistic look at current projects and for developing these rather than taking on more. A partnership or friendship may need a little breathing room and the chance to unfold naturally. Jupiter retrograde and direct periods honor the natural ebb and flow of things – there are times to push forward and times to slow down and review.
Exceptionally hard working, your work means the world to you, and if you don’t choose a career path that truly reflects your goals, you are unlikely to be very happy! You are a list maker, an organizer, and a person who loves order, even if you don’t always feel you are orderly enough. You are at your best when you have a goal in mind. You are loyal and somewhat of a perfectionist. As peace-loving and security-minded as you are, there is a decidedly stubborn and argumentative side to your personality.
Famous people born today: Syd Barrett, Carl Sandburg, Loretta Young, Rowan Atkinson, Bonnie Franklin.
There can be a nice feeling of acceptance in your closest relationships today, dear Aries. The Moon is now in your adventure sector, stimulating latent restlessness. You are looking for intellectual challenges now. However, you might feel a little scattered later in the day and into tomorrow. Watch for a tendency to challenge authority or tradition in ways that instigate rather than help bring positive change with the Sun in challenging aspect to Uranus in your sign. Look within for a need to make changes and answer that call, rather than simply react to others and circumstances.
You may be entertaining your deeper feelings and desires today, dear Taurus, more than usual, and you can be a little introspective as you do so. This is a good time to observe rather than act. There can be surprising new information or circumstances that throw off your schedule or plans later today and into tomorrow with a Sun-Uranus square. The regular routine might seem especially boring or restricting now. Seek to satisfy your cravings for something different by varying your routine, learning something new, or enjoying a new activity, rather than stir up trouble or remain in limbo.
The Moon moves into your partnership sector early into the day, dear Gemini, and you can be quite focused on your relationships or in restoring balance in your life. You’re more inclined to notice areas of your life that need more attention. This is a good day for connecting with others about work objectives, or with co-workers and associates. There is better understanding. Later today and into tomorrow, however, surprises or changes in plans and moods can point to a need to adjust expectations and attitudes. If you’re feeling especially tense or restless, try to channel excess energy into something productive. Investigating new approaches and experimenting with new methods can satisfy an itch for doing something different and unusual. While it can seem natural to part with things or even people now, wait until you’ve thought or talked things through. There can be uneasy feelings about commitments temporarily.
Today, you are likely to be putting more energy into activities that leave you with a sense of accomplishment, dear Cancer. You’re inclined to want to be productive, to fix problems, and to help others accomplish their goals. However, with an impending square between the Sun and Uranus, it can be challenging sticking to a schedule or following all of the rules closely. There can be some difficult or erratic energy in a relationship, particularly with a partner, parent, or authority figure. People can seem to demand more of your time and attention, or you might be expecting a lot from others. There can be insensitivity or coarseness to deal with, and this can be frustrating. If a change in approach is needed, try to think of one now.
Creative energy is strong now, dear Leo, but finding a channel for it can be a challenge. You want to be noticed, to shine, and to stand out for your unique qualities with the Moon now in your solar fifth house. You may stumble upon a new way to approach an old health or work problem from upset or interrupted plans today and tomorrow, so try to stay positive and centered if your schedule changes at a moment’s notice. There can be a real disdain for routine now, however, and even if you want to stick close to your plans, something can come up that changes them. New interests can distract you from the task at hand. Aim to find ways to fill your need for change, new horizons, and learning new things, but keep your routines going so that you stay grounded.
The Moon moves into your family and home sector, dear Virgo, and you’re inclined to be a little more introspective or self-protective than usual now and in the next couple of days. This is a good day for communicating your understanding of a significant other’s point of view. Later today and into tomorrow, a Sun-Uranus influence challenges you to better understand your feelings and expectations of others. With the “noise” around you rather chaotic, it can be difficult to discern how you feel, but don’t ignore what you’re seeing now, as Uranus is an awakener. You might open your eyes to something very important today, particularly about a love relationship. Alternatively, you can find creative inspiration right now. Expect the unexpected and avoid hanging too tightly to traditions or the past.
The Moon moves into your communications sector early into the day, dear Libra, and you’re especially alert to the things happening around you. You need a little variety in order to be engaged today. Competitive energies with family may prevent you from truly unwinding later today and into tomorrow. Uranus energy is strong and challenging, and while Uranus can be a fickle and rebellious energy, it also has the effect of awakening us to new ways of thinking, and new spins on old traditions. Change, of course, can be unsettling, but if it helps us to move forward and away from bad habits, then it’s beneficial. What’s important now is to work with Uranus instead of resisting it. Think of new ways to relate to others, freshen your mind with alternative possibilities, and open your heart to change. Interruptions to your plans may put you on a detour that ends up feeling right.
The Moon moves out of your sign early into the day, dear Scorpio, and some of the urgency of the Moon in your sign subsides. You are interested in acquiring and building, and have a little more patience to fill these needs. Later today and into tomorrow, a Sun-Uranus aspect suggests some unrest or interruptions of plans, but a new perspective on a matter can be the result, and this can lead to good things and possibly happy new directions. Take extra care with directions and instructions as there is a tendency to skip important details or steps. A minor work or scheduling crisis may need managing. It can be difficult to be productive with scattered energy, so do what you can to center and relax yourself. Don’t overschedule.
The Moon moves into your sign early today, dear Sagittarius, and the desire to be yourself and assert your individuality is strong. However, it’s also a time when you’re craving feedback and validation of your feelings. As the day advances, you’re under a Sun-Uranus influence that challenges your recent interest in taking control of your practical affairs, such as business and finances. Inconsistencies occurring now remind you that control is never entirely ours, but how you react to changes and problems is something you can manage. Changes in plans can actually stimulate new approaches and ideas, so keep an open mind. Expect some impatience and/or unreliability, particularly in dealings with romantic interests or friends. Extra care should be taken with personal possessions, as you can be a little scatter-brained today and you might lose something.
The Moon moves into your privacy sector early today, dear Capricorn, and you may need to take a little break from the regular pace of everyday life in order to catch your breath on an emotional level. This is a good time for reviewing and processing recent events and feelings. Later today, the Sun and Uranus are moving towards a square aspect, exact tomorrow morning, and if you’ve been burying frustrations, they could come to the surface and disrupt your day. Family relationships can be a little tense or strained, or unexpected events in your personal life have you feeling off schedule. Try to take a break from the routine and find new ways to enjoy yourself if things are feeling too stuffy or stifling, but also seriously consider what you may need to stay stimulated and engaged in the longer term. Remain as open and flexible as possible today and tomorrow for the best results. Changes of plans can sometimes lead to new ways of looking at a matter, which can be helpful.
The Moon moves into your social sector early into the day, dear Aquarius, and you’ll find that you’re a little more interested in happiness goals than material or worldly goals today. There is good energy for connecting with others without limiting expectations, and this suits you well. As the day moves forward, there can be changes of plans to deal with, or possibly news or conversations that touch a nerve. There may also be a tendency to say things out of turn or speak of a matter prematurely now. Follow directions, as much as you’d prefer not to, because the inclination now is to skip important steps, but listen to ideas and instincts even if you don’t act on them just yet. Don’t be afraid to look within for answers. A little self-knowledge now goes a long way, and Uranus, your ruler and a planet known as the awakener, is offering you a chance to see yourself and your inner motives more clearly.
The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart early into the day, dear Pisces, and you become more strongly aware of what you’re projecting to others, your responsibilities, and your major life goals. While this is typically a time for paying closer attention to rules, a Sun-Uranus aspect challenges that as we move closer to it as the day advances. Others may be a little abrupt now, and schedules may be overturned. You may feel some pressure to come up with ideas for new projects – to plant some seeds, so to speak. Others might be especially motivated to fix a friendship, or could want to break free of someone’s hold on you. Address the need for change and a little more freedom, but aim to make these changes consciously rather than simply reacting to the limits or restrictions you may be feeling.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for Wednesday, January 6
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Energy Forecast for January 2016. We made it to 2016, and we got through 2015. So please join me in taking a breath to just be present…
And now a breath to take in and release 2015.
And now a breath to invite 2016 in.
One of the big themes for 2016 will be boldness. This was something that kept coming to me over and over again as I was tuning in on a message for you today. The theme of boldness will show up a great deal in 2016, so this will mean you personally will have both the capacity and the growth lessons to help you become more bold in your life — more bold in your way of living and your way of being present as a conscious, fully functioning being.
It will also mean that boldness will be a theme on the world stage. We are already seeing this happen on the world stage (particularly as we saw in the last few months of 2015) in the sometimes aggressive, destructive actions that are designed to put the collective into chaos, designed to bring chaos and fear to the collective. Often, this is expressed as revenge, where anybody who acts destructively towards another being is taking their own inner pain, inner turmoil, and projecting it outward, whether they are doing that one-on-one in an argument, or whether they are doing that to a group of people as an aggressive or destructive act. But there is also the chaos that comes from rising consciousness on a planet that has a great history of pain, suffering and war that has to be experienced and purged as consciousness rises.
The Solution To The Chaos
Think & Act Locally
It’s not an easy dance, and it’s not a dance that will ever make sense if you look at just one component aspect of your life journey, or if you focus only on what’s going on out in wider the world. But it can start to make sense if you think and act locally.
So this is the bold message and invitation for January: How small, simple and local can you keep your actions, your focus and your way of being?
Stepping Out of Overwhelm
Achieving Balance Inside Our Hyper-Connected World
It’s very overwhelming to those of us in the 21st century who suddenly have this enormous amount of information, stimulation and awareness of what’s going on in other parts of the world — and in a way that our parents and our grandparents did not have. It has become very quickly a globally-connected world, and there is a wonder in that — and there is a horror and a shock in that too. And even though many of you are now getting used to dancing through that and finding your new way of being as you are aware of the multi-dimensionality that’s taking place on the planet, it can still be A LOT for the system to take in. It can be a lot for us as human beings, conscious beings and spiritual beings to allow to settle into ourselves and into our awareness.
So overwhelm is still going to be a theme for many of you.
These are overwhelming times. So finding simple, achievable ways of stepping out of overwhelm are going to be very important. For example, some of you (particularly in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions) may have this idea that you need to do something big, like sign up for a six-month coaching course, throwing $8,000 down on it, or whatever it is you need to do that is dramatic and strong. Just check that in yourself, because for a few of you that might be true, but for most of you that will be you trying to extend too far into something that isn’t that achievable — partly as a reaction to this chaos energy.
The truth is that the best way to deal with chaos energy is to keep it small, keep it simple … one step, one day, at a time.
So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and like you aren’t doing a great job of looking after yourself at the moment, just think: What is the one thing I can add to my daily routine right now that will help?
It could be:
A simple spiritual practice
Watching a two-minute youtube video that makes you feel better each day
Don’t give-in to judging what it is. In this moment, just ask yourself: What is the one thing I know makes me feel better? Bring it into your mind and your awareness. If you have a pen and paper handy, write it down. Or type it into your computer or smartphone.
Knowing Your Needs… Each & Every Day
It’s important for you to start to know what it is you need on a daily basis because January is a month of really strong energies, but not necessarily strong in a horizontal, explosive way. We had a lot of that in November and the earlier part of December. What January is going to do is give you the chance to truly expand horizontally, if you want to, using your spiritual connection. But where those two meet (the expansion and spiritual connection) is in your daily practice and your daily actions.
So, you may have an exhausting story that you have avoided doing something for four years. “Oh, I never do that thing.” You’ve got two options now: You can either agree to try it this month (to do it), or agree to let it go and stop thinking you need to do it because obviously you don’t. You may be more attached to the story and to the disappointment that you feel when you replay that story than you are invested in actually creating that action in your life. So just acknowledge that.
New Year’s Resolutions 2.0
The End of Self Judgment
It may initially feel a little heavy to admit to yourself that you’re more invested in disappointing yourself or repeatedly judging yourself. But for each of us there is also a liberation that comes when we can be that honest with ourselves about what our addictions are. Whether our addictions are to a certain energy, a certain pattern, a certain substance, or a certain doing.
There is an enormous amount of energy that gets released into your body when you start to be really honest with yourself about why you aren’t doing the things you aren’t doing, and just recognizing that. “Oh, I’m not doing that thing, and I’ve been saying I would be doing it for years.”
I think the reason this is coming to me intuitively is due to all the January New Year resolution energy, which can be a wonderful thing and can be really powerful, but it can also be a real guilt trip for many people. So if you are already noticing that you are already failing at your New Year’s Resolutions, let your New Year’s Resolution be to not mind what you do and to not judge yourself, because that is a really important power for us as human beings.
If we stop judging our behavior—and stop believing that we are right about what we perceive we are doing wrong—an enormous amount of spiritual, psychic and mental energy frees up. So if you make one commitment to yourself this year, agree to be kinder and more loving to yourself. Here’s why: It will affect others in such a beneficial way. There are people who say it’s selfish to practice to self-love. But it’s a kind of idiocy to say that. I’m sorry to be so strong, but I’ve heard that from so many people who are very unloving people to others in their life. And if those people would be more self-loving, not only would they free themselves from a lot of their pain, but they would also be putting a nicer energy out into the world.
Of course we can’t do it every day. We are human: We have our moments; we meet our compressions; we meet our contractions. But we can hold self-love as an aim.
So, if your New Year resolution was “I’m going to be more loving and more kind to myself,” the great bonus of you doing that is that you will naturally want to be that way to the rest of the world in a stronger way than ever before.
Your Body Was Designed To Thrive… Even in Chaos
A part of the theme of the last few years has been the chaos and overwhelm that you can sometimes feel. As consciousness rises, it is very multi-dimensional, which means you can go through so many things in just one day, which wasn’t the case prior to then. This concentration of energy in itself can be quite a lot for a system to take in. The body, the mind, the energy body, your spiritual self—the whole caboodle gets re-worked.
So there’s a lot of chaos. There is chaos outside, there is chaos within. And the way to let chaos settle is to keep breathing, come back to your body, and know that your body was designed to handle this.
It IS a lot to take in, but we were all designed for this period of time that we have incarnated into … we just didn’t realize that it was going to be such a stretch.
Discovering Who You Could Be
For those of you who are feeling more balanced than you ever have, January is going to be a wonderful time to really get to play with life, to recognize the synchronicities and the magical connections that can happen when you get into that balanced place. You have the skills now to pay attention to what’s happening and to acknowledge it: “Wow, just last week I was really wanting to have more space in my life, and this week three things got cancelled. Something over here moved out and then this person offered me a great opportunity that I can experience in a spacious way over here on Tuesday night.”
In that same way, you have to get honest about whether you are tracking the improvements that you say you want. Going back to what I said earlier, sometimes we can get attached to wanting improvements and telling everyone we are wanting improvements, but we don’t really because those improvements would create an alchemical change in our body that we are afraid to go through.
Who would you be if you let go of your habitual fear? Your habitual worry? Who would you be with your parents if you didn’t show up at their door and immediately go into the pattern of remaining silent while they moan at you about who you are? Or you moan at them about who you are because that’s what you do with them—that’s the script that you have with them.
Being Supported Through Your Changes
Change is extraordinarily powerful. With an uplifting or inspiring quote from a wise individual, we touch the surface of how attractive change is (the seductive mind really likes this). But actual change takes place in the body—and then the whole of your life becomes quite different because the whole of your inner self is being invited to transformation.
This is quite a strong process to go through, which is why we need support from each other; and why we need support from inside ourselves.
And for those of you who are ready to really go there, the month of January is going to be supercharged for you.
A Time of Internal Power
Self-Mastery Through Honesty
It doesn’t mean that your outer world will explosively change in January. That’s not so much the energy of this month. This month is very much an inner month, a time for you to really consolidate and move new energy into your body so that during the spring months—or in the fall/winter, depending on which hemisphere you live in—you’ll start to notice a change happening for you in what you can create in the outer world.
January is going to be a very strong internal month where you can consolidate and master your relationship to chaos and your relationship to overwhelm. You can also have an experience where you start to live in a freer, more present way inside yourself. And you can look at changing those scripts a little bit. It might not be that you take the action to change certain scripts this month, but using the inner energy of the month of January is the perfect time to get really honest with yourself.
You can get honest about what it is you would really like to leave behind as you enter 2016, something that you recognize in yourself that has kept you staying smaller or more limited than you would like to be moving forward. That recognition and awareness is far more than a New Year’s Resolution
Forget What You Thought You Knew…
I recognize that everything I’ve just said is a little more complex than perhaps I would have liked it to be, but I will tell you that this is about my 12th attempt to record this energy forecast. I tried six times yesterday, and this is the sixth time today. I was actually going to abandon doing it because it wouldn’t come together, and then I stepped back and realized: Everything is so chaotic right now, and there are so many things going on around us. How do you bring all that into the body and simply let it be there?
So, I decided to give myself permission to just record a video for you saying anything. And of course by giving myself that permission, it was easy to give you a more traditional energy forecast than I thought was possible. But first I had to strip away everything that I had perceived and get very simple.
I think January just did that to me, and I think that is what it’s going to be calling for from a lot of us who are aware and sensitive. There are many layers of energy coming in now, and they require us to forget what we thought we knew and approach things in the simplest way possible. Things are quite complex out there in the world at the moment, so there is an opportunity for us to harness the power of simplicity and presence.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 26.00 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 397,847.92 km Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,100,872.16 km
Sage is the herb most people think of when it comes to smudging, but adding thyme to the mix really boosts the power to clear away even the most stubborn negativity from a space. This is a good ritual to use after a long winter, or to dispel a feeling of being in a “slump.” Be sure to give the space you’re smudging a good dusting and sweeping first— dust and dirt can interfere with the sage’s ability to completely clear away unwanted energy.
You will need:
1 sprig of dried sage
1 sprig of dried thyme
As you light the herbs, say the following (or similar) words:
“Spirit of sage, spirit of thyme, thank you for your cleansing, healing powers. With your energies I transform this space into a place of only love and light. Blessed Be.”
Stand facing north, and move the smoldering herbs throughout the space, walking in a clockwise direction. Be sure to smudge the corners of the room as well as the more central area.
Visualize the space being saturated with white light.
When you’re finished, leave the room for a few moments and then return. Notice how much lighter and easier you feel in the space now that the energy has been cleared!
Lisa Chamberlain, Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells
While burning incense is traditionally associated with Wicca and other forms of contemporary Witchcraft, the practice of smudging has been used in sacred rituals around the globe since ancient times. Both incense and smudging involve the use of dried herbs, but incense is usually made from a more complex blend of powdered herbs, oils, resins, and bark, which creates a richer, more perfume-like scent. Incense is often an ingredient in spellwork, and various types of incense have specific correspondences with particular magical purposes. Smudging, on the other hand, is usually done before spellwork, and generally has a singular purpose: purifying the energy of a space, or a person.
The particular herbs used may depend on the reason for the purification, which can range from healing from a physical illness to eliminating negative, “haunted” energy from a house. (Incense can also be used for purification, but because it doesn’t tend to burn as cleanly as simple dried herbs, many Witches prefer smudging for this purpose.)
These days, you can find smudge sticks— bundles of dried herbs tied with string— at most New Age shops, as well as other places where medicinal herbs are sold.These are easy to handle and tend to last a long time, so they can be used repeatedly.
However, you can also burn loose sprigs of dried herbs for a “single use” smudge, which requires a bit more caution, but allows you to choose exactly which herb( s) you want to burn, depending on your purpose. (The two workings described below make use of loose herbs, but you can substitute a pre-made smudge stick if you prefer.)
The easiest way to approach smudging with loose herbs is to find sprigs of the dried herbs, ideally four inches long at a minimum, that you can hold with your fingertips. However, you can also place the herbs inside a fire-proof dish, and then place the dish in a skillet, using the handle of the skillet to carry the smoldering herbs. Whichever method you choose, be sure to thank the spirits of the herbs before lighting them. Remember that it’s the smoke from the herbs that does the cleansing, so only light them enough to get them smoldering, rather than trying to set them completely on fire. As with anything involving flame, use extreme caution. And if you’re working indoors, be sure to leave at least one window cracked open so that the energy being removed from the space has a way to get out.
When the smudging is finished, you can put out the burning herbs in a pot of soil or leave them to burn out on their own in a heat-proof dish. Many smudging traditions use a feather to fan the smoke around the space, or over the person, being purified. This is symbolic of the element of Air.
Likewise, many use a sea shell to catch the ashes from the smoldering herbs, which honors the element of Water. (Earth and Fire are already represented by the herbs and the flame.)
Whether you incorporate these items is up to you— you can also use your hand to wave the smoke around, and a bowl to catch the ashes, if you like.
Lisa Chamberlain, Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells