The recent global events – pandemic, environmental disasters, lockdowns, chaotic leadership – have left many people traumatised, which has caused an increase in mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
Millions of people lack direction during these unsettling times as we are all questioning our way of life, what brought us to this point and where the heck are we going from here.
If you feel stuck in your life – perhaps you are thinking about changing your career, letting go of a relationship, moving countries, living off-grid, starting a business, or making some other profound change – then perhaps you want to try the Get Unstuck Tarot Spread.
This spread is designed to help you make the right choices, overcome insecurities and self-doubt, denial, procrastination and perhaps even self-sabotage.
What are you struggling with in terms of choice and decision-making?
What is keeping you in a place where you can’t seem to move forward?
Sounds dramatic, but in reality this energy is often lingering in the background without us realising and can affect various areas in our lives at once.
Pay attention to just one area that needs resolving, and it can have a positive effect on everything else.
When we become aware of it, we can begin to do something about it.
Here is a three-card spread you can try to get unstuck:
1. Where in your life are you feeling stuck right now?
You will probably already know the answer to this question, but pulling a card can offer you deeper insight.
2. What is the underlying cause?
Focus here on internal battles, blocks, attitudes, beliefs, vices.
3. What can you do to get unstuck?
An action you can take to get unstuck. This may not be the holy grail of solutions, but at least a first step towards untanglement.
The Get Unstuck Tarot Spread is a simple spread with straight-forward questions – from getting unstuck to getting inspired to get moving again.
Creating tarot affirmations to overcome anxiety is a magical and effective way to practice mindfulness during difficult times.
There is no doubt that the lockdown measures around the world caused by the pandemic have offered many people a chance to slow down, spend more time with loved ones and even generated new business ideas and opportunities.
Over the last year in this surreal state of stagnation, I also cherished the quiet life away from noisy crowds, busy traffic and hectic travel schedules.
All well and good, but at the same time many people have also been affected by loss, insecurity, worries and fears of what the future might hold.
Affirmations are often used to turn negative thinking into a more optimistic outlook, and they can work really well when used regularly.
Each card in the Tarot offers its own powerful messages, and when you draw your daily card, choose affirmations as suggested below.
Repeat these affirmations to yourself regularly during the day to cultivate positivity, resilience and joy. This can help you snap out of the negative self-talk loop.
Here are suggestions for some of the Major Arcana cards:
Today will be a great day. I am looking forward to what today brings. I find joy in the present. I take each moment as it comes. I am positive. I am open to receive what makes me happy. I am doing well. I am curious and love exploring new possibilities. One step at a time.
I am creative. I am comfortable. I take good care of myself. I draw energy from nature. I treat myself to healthy food and drink. I am natural and at ease with myself. I am loved. I am loving. I love myself. I am beautiful. I am practical and get things done. I have all I need to feel abundant. I am grounded and confident.
When the going gets tough, I am determined to keep going. I persevere despite difficulties. I am in the right frame of mind. I am focused. I will succeed. I am breaking free from my comfort zone of destructive thoughts. I actively choose my destiny. My willpower guides me from turmoil to safe haven. I am a fighter. I am conquering my worries and fears.
I am strong. I am in control of my thoughts. I am determined to overcome what is dragging me down. I am gentle but also persistent. I refuse to give up on myself. I successfully balance my fears with my passion for life. I have the power to tame uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. Today I have the energy and desire to have a wonderful day.
My heart and mind are in alignment. I can see the bigger picture. My thoughts are guided by logic and reason rather than assumptions and drama. I am honest with myself and others. I take responsibility for my wellbeing. I have the power to choose wisely. I balance my intellect with compassion, comfort with challenge. I make peace with my mind.
Today I emerge from my cocoon and rise towards the sun like an eagle. I am changing. I am maturing. I am transforming my life with a new way of thinking. I can feel my mind shifting and evolving. I choose life. I accept change. Out of darkness into the light. I am shedding my limitations. I am regenerating, giving birth to new potential.
I am the master of my own destiny. I sever unhealthy bonds. I stay clear of destructive habits. I am emerging from the shadows of fear and despair. I am tapping into my inner resources to enhance my relationships, work, health, and home. I confront difficulties rather than living in denial. I am persistent and motivated to live my best life.
I am shining my light. I am showing up. I am standing tall in my grace and serenity. I believe in my inner strength and abilities. I connect with spirit. I am hopeful. I am inspired. Positive thoughts are flowing through my mind. My self-esteem is flourishing. The universe is guiding me in the right direction. I believe in miracles. Magic is all around me.
I am present. I am joyful. I am vibrant. I am inspired to create magic guided by my inner light. I can see and think clearly. All is falling into place. All is making sense. All is unravelled. I am true to myself. I am unique. I am healing, and I heal others. All is well. I take time to just be. Life is good.
I am safe. I am enough. I am right where I need to be. I am comfortable in my own skin. I keep my options open. I have the power to seek new adventures and experiences at any time. I have the power of choice. I know myself and make the most of my knowledge. I am the master of my hopes and fears, dreams, and reality.
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After a tumultuous Emperor year, we have now arrived in the year of the Hierophant, and we are all looking forward to better days ahead.
But our problems haven’t disappeared overnight, and we still have to muster up more patience and resilience to weather the remaining storm.
During the Emperor year, the world has witnessed leadership (and lack of) at its worst, and the newly elected leaders in the US will have to rebuild what has been destroyed, especially since the pandemic took hold back in March 2020.
The Hierophant, linked to Taurus in the Tarot, is about established structures, organisations, education and tradition, much of which has been damaged in recent months.
We have also realised that many structures, systems and ways we do things are outdated, archaic, and no longer working.
During the year of the Hierophant it is our task to rebuild, restructure, re-organise and change what is rigid and restrictive.
Old alliances are dismantled, new ones established.
While home-working was one seen as the lazy option, it is now an essential part of working life.
Money and investment will be paramount to revitalise the economy.
On a personal level, savings plans and debt reduction should be on everyone’s priority list this year.
We are beginning to realise
how dependent many of us are on employment, and how disastrous it can be when suddenly everything shuts down.
to look for more sustainable alternatives, which also includes a different economic model to capitalism.
to question everything that has been solid, steadfast, safe and secure including our democracy – how safe is it from being taken hostage and dismantled by a rogue corrupt psychopath?
Uncertainty has taught us that it’s okay to discard or change what we have been used to for so long, and life didn’t seem possible without it.
But it is possible. After the devastating destruction 2020 has brought, we begin to understand what isn’t important and what is essential:
a university degree vs. entrepreneurship and life skills
a highly paid job vs. jobsatisfaction at lower income
material success vs. mental and spiritual wellbeing
flying on holiday vs. holidaying in a camper van independly from hotels and public transport
lots of overtime vs. more time with family and friends
keyboard activism vs. meaningful local community work
Starbucks coffee vs. home-brewed coffee
Uncertainty is part of everyday life, and that’s why it is also important to create stability represented by the Hierophant to alleviate fear of the unknown.
The year of the Hierophant offers us immense opportunities to begin again in all areas of life.
Emphasis is on the collective and community building. Learning and teaching beyond schools and universities. Flexible working. Mental health. Taking care of others and our planet.
There is a need to step away and emotionally detach from tribal thinking to see the bigger picture and heal polarised communities.
Consciously reject anyone stirring up hatred, aggression and division and instead seeking and encouraging meaningful dialogue that brings people together.
The traditional RWS image of the Hierophant depicts two acolytes kneeling in front of a religious figurehead.
They seem to listen and absorb his every word.
In today’s world, many people feel lost and look for new guidance due to chaotic governance, uncertainty and the fallout of the pandemic.
It is easy for manipulators to take advantage of this situation by spreading misinformation and antagonism.
During the year of the Hierophant, it is important for us all to be discerning and aware of how easily we can fall for gaslighters with dark hidden agendas.
Always keep an open mind, allow yourself to change your point of view and avoid emotional attachment to specific groups, movements, parties and personalities.
The Hierophant also represents philosophy. During this year, explore your personal philosophy – your values, ethics, and rules to live by.
Write your personal Manifesto. There is more guidance on how to write your Manifesto HERE.
The year of the Hierophant will be another year of ups and downs, but we will also begin the slow process of rebuilding and reforming the crumbling structures we have been used to for so long.
More than ever this also includes discarding old, out-dated habits and beliefs to make way for new and better possibilities.
If you want to know what Mars Retrograde (RX) is all about, just take a look at the reversed Tower in the Tarot.
A picture says a thousand words, and in the current climate it rings eerily true.
Mars RX occurs just once a year or even every two years, but when it does, we can all feel that planetary kick in the bum somehow.
Mars is linked to the Tower in the Tarot, but it also rules Aries, the Emperor, and this year, Mars stations retrograde in Aries on the 9th September until 13th November.
So, we can also envision the Emperor reversed, a ruthless, destructive and despotic male figure with an inflated ego, lack of empathy and not a care in the world how much damage is caused while pursuing his dubious goals.
It’s funny, how Mars RX timing coincides with this year’s US election. But we don’t want to dive too deeply into those events. We all know how divisive, tense and even violent the situation is.
Let’s take a look at what we can expect in our own little individual worlds.
Reversed aspects of the Tower include suppressed anger, power struggles, an impending destruction, revelation, epiphany or even revolution.
Mars RX is about acknowledging what is really going on and facing facts, even though it’s more comfortable sticking your head in the sand.
But ignorance isn’t bliss, and sooner or later it all comes to a head. Boom!
But there are also positive Martian energies bubbling amongst the mayhem:
a fighting spirit, more ambition, standing up for what you believe in, courage to tear down restrictions and start again from scratch, purging outdated beliefs, making space for a breakthrough, a re-structure of your life, acknowledging misplaced anger…
When you reverse the image of the Tower, the figures seem to rise rather than fall, which reminds me of the Osho quote Don’t fall in love, rise in love.
A radical change of perspective.
Whatever upheaval or destruction you are facing, it may push you into a new way of thinking and acting, or you will realise that you don’t have a choice if you want to survive this storm.
Retrogrades tend to focus on activities starting with the preposition re-:
…and so on.
Re-tro. Blast from the past. Re-surrecting the past (and maybe not in a good way…)
The old world order is breaking down and shaken up, but new possibilities and opportunities are emerging from the wreckage. Mars RX intensifies the emotional upheaval.
Here’s a tarot spread you can use to explore how to make the most of the Mars RX energies:
Something I am angry about, and I need to acknowledge it:
How to use my anger in a more creative and constructive way:
What aspect of my life do I need to be more ambitious about? Where am I aiming too low?
What is worth fighting for?
What do I need to be radical about?
A sudden realisation:
A limiting belief I need to discard:
What I am trying too hard to control:
What needs rebuilding:
My new world order:
Here is a layout suggestion, which is inspired by the Tower:
Have fun exploring this spread. If you found it useful, please do let me know and share this page with your tarot friends.
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It coincides with the rise of the morning star Sirius, which will be visible in the Eastern sky above the horizon just before dawn between the 26th July and 12th August.
Sirius is situated below Orion’s belt in the Canis Major (Greater Dog) constellation.
In ancient Egypt it marked the annual flooding of the Nile, which nourished the dry soil for growing crops.
There is a theory that the pyramids of Giza including the Sphinx (lion’s body!) were built in such a way that they aligned with Sirius and two stars situated in Orion’s belt forming a triangle.
This triangle – the Gate Portal – is now temporarily visible in our night sky before sunrise, and Earth’s alignment with Sirius marks a time of empowerment, accelerated evolution, spiritual activation and ascention.
That all sounds pretty epic, but just like eclipses, solstices and equinoxes, we can observe and harness these powerful portal energies to raise our vibrations.
Now we are standing in front of the Lion’s Gate Portal and are about to step through.
Stepping through and stepping up.
This is a joyous and exciting moment. Tune into this magical cosmic energy to spiritually cleanse and renew.
Focus on your Solar Plexus Chakra, which is associated with Leo – confidence, abundance, healthy boundaries, willpower, creativity and leadership, making decisions, setting directions, personal identity, authenticity, courage and resilience.
Remember, we are experiencing a global shift at the point of no return, but stepping through the Lion’s Gate Portal into unknown territory also opens up to new potential and possibilities.
Activate your inner power with this tarot spread to guide you through the Portal:
1. What do I need to leave behind?
2. What do I need to take with me?
3. What will I find?
4. What energy will I activate?
5. What will become clear to me?
6. How will this change me?
7. How will this benefit me?
8. Enlightened message from Sirius:
What insights are you receiving from the cards? How are they challenging you? What do they trigger? What shift can you sense?
Enjoy exploring this spread, and please do share with me, which cards you have drawn. I’d love to hear from you.