Strength embodies qualities such as passion, creativity, resilience and soft power, which I am hoping to utilise and develop during 2017.
My special word CREATE indicates activities I would like to focus on, such as making and creating things, including arts and crafts.
Together with Strength, it also relates to becoming more assertive, ruthlessly expressing my values and opinions openly without fear, which is especially important in today’s divisive isolationist world of Trump and Brexit.
This means that instead of avoiding debate, I will engage in a constructive way and not turn away from people with different opinions.
You cannot CREATE change, if you retreat to the echo room full of like-minded folk.
Strength isn’t about running away from it all; it’s about having the courage (or CREATE-ing it) to face that lion and roar back into his face
With regards to Tarot, CREATE will involve completion of my tarot deck and a new tarot journal ebook, Cosmic Journaling Through the Year.
If you love journaling, then you know how therapeutic it can be. If you haven’t really done any regular journaling yet, then perhaps because blank white pages in a notebook don’t inspire you, or you just don’t know where and how to start.
I am at a stage now, where writing down words alone is no longer enough, even if it’s in a pretty notebook. I need to express myself on a visual level, too.
Don’t worry if you think you’re not very good at art. You don’t have to be. The resources I am offering are designed to spice up your tarot journal and even help you create your own unique journal from scratch.
If you are learning the Tarot, then journaling is a powerful tool to help you connect with the cards.
Journaling can help you put your mind in order, relax, loose yourself in words and art, and switch off from an otherwise busy life at least for a while.
Visual journaling with your tarot and oracle cards creates mindfulness and awareness in everyday living.
This is the kind of thing I want to work on this year, helping you to help yourself with creative tarot art journaling, and I hope you are interested in joining me on this venture.
You can download plenty of creative journaling freebies here, where you can also sign up to my newsletter for more free stuff and updates on the latest developments at Cosmic HQ.
And until the end of January, I am offering 20% discount on Cosmic Faery’s Journal workbook to get you into the swing of things straight away (use coupon code CREATE20) on checkout page.
This card depicts my little familiar of 14 years, who now resides in the spirit world.
I adopted Mondy when she was five years old, and she died at the age of 19, a ripe old age for a cat, which makes me believe that she felt content living her life with me and my family.
After all this time with her, I still sometimes see her from the corner of my eye in the house or in the garden at her favourite spots (where she is also buried), and I know that she is still around.
When this card comes up in a reading, it indicates that a loved one (person or pet), who has passed on, is still watching over you.
They may want you to know something important, so you can pull an extra card to see what message they want to convey.
The Cosmic Cat may also represent your spirit guide or guardian angel, so do pay attention to what they are trying to say to you.
The Happy Bunny
Whatever challenges or strife you are currently battling with, the Happy Bunny indicates that all will be well in the end.
Despite your worries, fears and insecurities, don’t forget to enjoy the little and simple things around you that can lift your spirits even in the darkest of times.
Life can be short, the future is unknown, so make the most of what you have in the present.
The Happy Bunny may also ask you to be vigilant. Protect yourself by not being too trusting and apply some healthy scepticism. You will be okay as long as you keep your eyes open to any harm that may just lurk around the corner.
I hope you enjoy using these two additional cards in your readings. Please do feel free to add your own interpretations to these cards.
For more information on the deck and to buy, please click here.
If you have been thinking for a while to learn more about using astrology in your tarot readings, then now is the perfect time to dive in with these two workbooks.
Six months of 2016 have already passed, but it is never too late to start embracing the lunar cycles to enhance your tarot readings.
And with my Tarot Astrology self-study course, you will be getting more than just the workbook. You can find additional information here on my website, and soon I will add some tutorials to my YouTube channel.
I always strive to offer more, and even though it is a self-study course, I’m only just an email away, if you get really stuck.
I’ve been working on my own Tarot deck since 2012, and the Tarot of Quotes has turned into a challenging labour of love, which is still in the process of being completed.
When you have a look at the Empress above and compare it with the original version, then you’ll know why I haven’t met my self-imposed deadlines over the years.
The Tarot of Quotes has evolved, and only the free downloadable images will keep the quotes on the cards.
I have decided to remove the quotes from the printed version and change a couple of images along the way.
Not many cards are left to do, but heck it’s tough to create the images for them. Getting it right takes time, especially when I’m also working on other projects.
But now that I’m totally in love with my new Empress card, I’m determined to get this deck finished – one day very soon!
In the meantime, it’s Earth Day tomorrow, which also coincides with it falling on a Friday.
Friday is dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who in turn is linked to the Empress in the Tarot.
Although the Empress symbolises the archetypal mother, who on my card is represented by a Madonna and Child statue, she also embodies creativity relating to art, crafts, writing, home-making and gardening.
So in order to celebrate Earth Day, nurture your creativity by ditching electronic devices and work with what Mother Nature has on offer.
plant flower bulbs, plant a tree, paint motifs on pebbles, bake a cake, make something of twigs, paint, draw, sketch, write poetry, knit or crochet, woodwork, make beeswax candles, pottery…
And by turning off your electronic devices, TVs and not use the car for the next couple of days in honour of Earth Day, you save on valuable energy and will also reduce your utility bills while enjoying some good old-fashioned creative fun.
Last week I received the printed version of my Cosmic Journaling Oracle deck, and I’m very pleased with the result!
Does the world need yet another set of oracle cards? I hear you ask
Well, it’s up to you to decide, but I have created this one to offer you something different:
The universal keywords on the cards all refer to one of the Major Arcana cards in the Tarot and are easy to make sense of (unlike card names such as The Hierophant). This way it should work well in readings whatever issue you’d like to explore.
The cards have been designed for you to create your own meanings and interpretation for each keyword. Journal about the cards to explore what each keyword means to you, so you can apply it in your readings (hence the word ‘Journaling’ in the name of the deck).
There will be a digital version available in addition to a very limited printed edition. With a digital copy of the deck you can print the images as often as you like for personal use – a reading copy on good quality heavy card stock (any kind of paper in quality and colour of your choice) as well as prints on paper to cut out and stick in your journal.
You can also use the digital images on your website, if you want to blog about them, use them for collages or other creative projects…
The pocket-size cards are cute and ideal to take with you on your travels, to the coffee shop, work, uni, etc…
I’m planning to create additional cards (for timing, astrology, etc…), which will be available as separate sets both digitally and in printed form, so you can add to the deck to build a comprehensive system as it suits you best.
You can even make card suggestions and request personalised cards.
This deck will compliment my Tarot of Quotes, which will be available as digital and printed copy in the same style (except the size of the tarot cards will be larger).
As you can see above and in the gallery, the printed version has a black background and border.
However, the digital version will have a white background and a small black border.
The reason for this is to make this deck printer-friendly (won’t be using up all your black ink!) and also allow for the flexibility to choose the colour of paper you prefer.
With a digital copy it is also easier for me to offer you some free bonus cards as I create them. Oh the wonders and delights of the virtual world!
In the meantime, there are two copies available to buy at Cosmic Collection. Buy a printed copy, and you will also receive the digital edition for free, when it is available end of March 2016.