Yesterday was Easter, and we had some close friends and family over for dinner. I ended up doing a reading for one of my close friends, something I've loved doing since I was fourteen years old or so. She's been dealing with some tough personal issues, and it was a very strong reading - the cards that came up were so right on, we both got a little teary! I've seen divination tools at work now for almost ten years (through readings I've done and readings I've gotten from others) and over and over again I've seen them offer up exactly the advice that we most need to hear in order to move through our troubles and come out on the other side happier, healthier, and more whole.
During the course of it she asked me how I target my weekly forecasts.
It occurred to me that this is something I should share with you as well. I have things I do to center and ground myself before I begin. Then, when I sit, I close my eyes and ask that I receive the guidance for the upcoming week that will be most beneficial for my community. I'm not focusing on the entire planet, I'm focusing on my community - I see this as being much more specific and I do feel this helps me direct information that is most applicable to you. My community encompasses anyone who is drawn to my book, any of my friends and family who tune in each week when I publish these forecasts, and any of you who have joined my Facebook author page or keep in touch with me over email or Twitter. But it also encompasses anyone who stumbles upon my blog or webpage: we are all part of this community of Seeking, seeking to reconnect with a sense of magic and daily enchantment in whatever ways feel right to each one of us. I focus my forecasts on the information that is most helpful for the upcoming week for this community because I believe we are a spiritual family. The best part of it is that the door is always open, and let me tell you - It's been nearly four years since the US edition of FAERY TALE hit the shelves and I continue to delight in all the incredible people who have fluttered into my life - whether it be in the cyber world or the physical one - because of our shared passion in living.
Although we may all be in different moments of personal growth and exploration, when we are drawn to similar things it is for a reason. We resonate together. Synchronicities happen. We learn and we expand. So that's how I do it.
And these readings are for you.
Once again this week, I'm working with The Wisdom of Avalon cards by Colette Baron-Reid.
Monday - Tuesday (April 21 - 22): The Queen
Yesterday I mentioned that the word Easter comes from the Old English ēastre; a word of Germanic origin that relates to Ostern and east. According to the Christian chronicler Bede, who wrote in the 7th century, Ēastre was the name of a goddess associated with spring. So perhaps it is no surprise that we have The Queen showing up here. Among other things, she represents fertility, beauty and earthly pleasures. Just like springtime, The Queen comes to remind us of the beauty of new life, and of life itself. And as supreme feminine royalty, she reminds us how important it is to value ourselves and to hold our head high - not with arrogance, but with a calm and loving assuredness of our own incredible value and our place in the world. Early in the week, you'll want to ensure you're being mindful of your personal boundaries. Don't be afraid to delegate responsibility if that's what you need to do, if you're feeling like it's all too much at the office or working on a difficult project. Or perhaps she is coming to remind you that you have the inner power and ability to take something on yourself, if you have been doubting whether you were worthy.
This card also has to do with self-nurturing and friendships. Take the time out to recharge yourself early in the week - treat yourself in whatever small way, like the royalty you all are. Many of you are busy and taking time or doing something special for yourself can seem like an extravagance, but it's not. We are each the rulers of our own lives, our own private kingdoms, so to speak. And a good ruler must be healthy and strong themselves if they are to manage all the things that need doing, and all the supporting of the people they love.
Wednesday - Thursday (April 23 - 24): Death
Wait, wait, wait! Don't be frightened. No one is dying here! The Death card might bring to the surface a word that terrifies us, but I promise you it is truly it is a beautiful card, and one of the most powerful cards that signals transformation. What better card to get just as we are launching into Spring?
Mid week this week you may be faced with things that are outmoded - things that are no longer useful to you or helpful for you to be engaging with. On the planetary side of things, we are passing through a time of eclipses. These are times in which old relationships, old patterns, or things we have swept under the rug resurface in our lives so that we must deal with them once and for all and MOVE FORWARD with our lives. So perhaps it is no surprise that the Avalon cards are asking you to do the same. If you find yourself dealing with a difficult situation, realize that this isn't just "life," this situation is being brought to you so that you can do right by it this time, learn, bless it, and send it on its way. If you can do this, the Death card promises transformation - a rebirth, or if you follow the Christian faith, your own personal form of resurrection. So don't be frightened. There is a new life and a new way of being that lies ahead. Undertake to do the work, whatever it may be, joyfully, and know that once you put this behind you, behind you it will stay.
Friday & The Weekend (April 25 - 27): The Serpent
If you're wary of snakes like I am, perhaps it seems only natural that Death and a serpent would show up together! But if you've done any reading into the symbols of antiquity, you know that The Serpent is a symbol of ancient wisdom and magic of the spiritual world. This weekend, right on the tail of your transformation, the Serpent comes to remind us of the magic of wisdom and the enchantment of learning. This weekend, take time to do something new that you feel drawn to, or carve out the space to indulge in your favorite hobby - whether it be art, music, reading, or even learning a new recipe. "The Serpent also lets you know that you may be suffering because there are aspects of yourself that are wounded and still need tending."
Sleep, rest, meditate, make time for your favorite gym class or take a walk in nature.
If you're at a place where you're making a change in your life and seeking guidance, ask the power of this card to bring you a sign about what direction to head. Then keep your eyes and ears open to whatever new information finds you in the coming week. Rest assured that The Serpent "heralds success" if you follow his guidance.