Cards for the Year 2013

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To kick off the new year, I chose a card from 4 of my decks for four different areas of life: Love, Career, Role, and Spiritual Focus.

I used The Cinderella Deck for love and got the final card showing Cinderella and her Prince going to the castle together. Wow, sounds great…now where to find a Prince?!

For career, I chose a card from my Pathways to the Soul deck. It shows a path leading up a stone stairway. Moving up is positive but all the steps I have to climb seems pretty daunting.

I chose a card from Oracle Historique to reveal the chief role I will play this year. This guy looks like a teacher in a monastery. I am already scheduled to teach at least 6 classes at schools this year, none of which is a monastery so we’ll have to wait and see.

The final card was chosen from the Flower Children Cards. It’s Zinnia and she reflects my spiritual focus in 2013. Here’s some info on Zinnia flower essence:

Zinnia by itself is a giggle. It can lighten up the most dedicated workaholic and bring out all the best qualities of childhood — I daresay in Scrooge himself — seeing the world with wonder, awe, and its limitless possibility. It is an attitude adjuster of the most upbeat kind…. Zinnia replaces shyness with healthy curiosity and intimidation with speaking up.
–via http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/nov03/zinnia.html
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My Career Path Reading

Using my Pathways to the Soul cards, I chose 3 to signify my career path.

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Card 1 — My past career path

I’m on a highway out in the country, traveling pretty fast as miles of green pastures zip by. There is a hill on either side so right now I can’t see much of the scenery around me. I’ve been traveling pretty fast down my career path but haven’t really been able to enjoy the scenery around me. This card is like having tunnel vision, very focused on moving forward but not really enjoying life.

Card 2 — My present career path

This is a pretty path full of pink flowers. The color pink always reminds me of compassion and healing so perhaps this relates to my current career as a reflexologist. It looks like this path branches off up a hill and around a curve. Compared to the highway I was just on, this path becomes quite narrow when it branches off. Interestingly, this is another scenic path much like the card I chose in my Life Path Reading. This card suggests I will be branching off in a new direction that is narrower in scope, perhaps specializing in a particular area.

Card 3 — My future career path

Bridges signify transitions to me and on this path the bridge leads to the city. I take this to mean that in the future I can expect a career transition which will allow me to reach a wider audience with my skills and talents.

READ: My Life Path Reading

My Life Path Reading

I just got my Pathways to the Soul cards and I’ve been excited to try a Life Path reading with them. I want to examine my journey through the past, present and future. My intention for these cards is to see life as if I’m walking along these different paths, taking note of the description of the path (rocky, clear, barren, populated). Am I on the fast track? Or out in the middle of nowhere? Is life an uphill battle? Or am I coasting downhill? Instead of having set meanings for these cards, I’m using a Story Divination technique that involves looking at the picture and just stating what you see.

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Past life path (where I’ve been)Out in the middle of nowhere

This looks like a desolate road, an old highway out in the middle of nowhere. I don’t have an especially warm feeling about this one – just makes me feel lost, hot and wandering. I feel like I might be hitchhiking. All the telephone poles create a certain monotony that makes me uneasy. There are cars in the distance but I can’t tell if they are coming or going.

This seems to describe a long stretch of my life — lost and wandering — where I felt I was out in the middle of nowhere, unsure of where to put my talents and energies…just hitchhiking along trying to figure out where I fit in. Cars in dreams usually symbolize your direction in life and how you’re moving through it. In this image, the cars suggest I wasn’t sure what direction I was headed in….couldn’t tell whether I was coming or going.

Present life path (where I am now)Taking the scenic route

This is a pretty path with lots of pretty flowers and plants to look at. It looks like a car or something has made a well-worn path here. We’re going around a curve and I can’t see that far ahead but it looks like more of the same pretty flowers. Very scenic although a bit hazy. Actually, it looks like there’s a clearing up ahead.

At this time, I AM taking the scenic route. Even though I’m working on a million projects and I’m in school, life is pretty easy right now because I have the luxury to focus on what I want to do. I’m a little bit more focused on where I’m headed but things are still a bit hazy. Just realized I used the word “pretty” three times which suggests things are NOT as pretty as they seem.

Future life path (where I’m headed)Coasting downhill

Wheeee! Going downhill on roller skates is how this feels…like I’m sliding down this path very quickly. I like the surroundings but it doesn’t look like I’ll have much time to look around since I’ll be passing by so quickly. This reminds me of a zoo for some reason. I imagine the animals are in pens just behind the bamboo. Everything looks very gated and closed off to the side of the path but in a subtle way. It’s like saying you’re not supposed to see all this behind the bamboo curtain. Up ahead it looks like a wide open area but I can’t see that far.

The zoo doesn’t sound good BUT I really like zoos so maybe it’s a positive omen. I’m hoping once I get out of school things will take off career-wise in some areas I’m shoring up now. I am having trouble “seeing” what the future might bring because many of my projects depend on other people to help move them along. I do like that the path appears clear of any debris or lines. It makes me think of starting with a clean slate or not having any obstacles in my way – sounds good!

Make an Oracle Deck on Printerstudio.com

I’m a little addicted to card decks. I have had many night-time dreams of finding the perfect tarot deck. Alas, it has not become a reality. So, I’ve started to create my own oracle decks on www.printerstudio.com. I like the easy drag-and-drop interface and ways you can customize your deck. Here are a few I’ve created:

Over the Moon Tarot – a tarot deck of 78 cards + blank card featuring images from The Real Mother Goose book (Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com).

Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com

The Cinderella Deck – a deck of 54 cards (27 images repeated twice), featuring 27 images from The Wonderful Story of Cinderella – Rhymed and Retold (Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com). It’s turning out to be a great deck for love and relationship readings.

Images courtesy of OldBookArt.com

Pathways to the Soul – a deck of 54 cards featuring photographs of pathways. I’ll be using this as a personal meditation and soul coaching deck (Images courtesy of Photorack.net).

Images courtesy of Photorack.net

Made any decks on Printerstudio.com? Add a link to the images in the comments section!