Welcome to the next decade beloveds! I hope this beginning finds you well.

I’m well, but also looking forward to becoming even better! With all the transformation forecasted for this week, January is already shaping up to be quite the metaphysical ride. Now, as we approach a Full Moon/Annular Lunar Eclipse on January 10th and an even more exciting comic dance throughout 2020, we are being instructed further about our role in these paradigm-shifting changes.

Casting Ourselves at the Mercy of the Divine

January 2020 Spread – Shadowscapes Tarot Deck

I had an interesting experience when drawing for this month’s reading: I couldn’t feel what spread to use, or more accurately, no known spread felt attuned to the reading. When I discovered and accepted this truth amidst my trying, I relaxed into the channel and was told to cast my crystals.

As soon as the crystals fell, meaning and placement was illuminated. The spread would start at the base, winding up in a zigzag pattern to the top, from right to left – creating a counterclockwise spiral upwards that appeared as golden energy in my mind’s eye.

There is significance to the direction of the spiral, as counterclockwise indicates an undoing or regression but upwards also portends elevation and assent. I believe this is representative of the overall themes for the reading which include: inspired/”forced” change or disruption leading to personal metamorphosis, realignment with Divine grace, wisdom and balance for the purpose of Self mastery and manifestation of our highest calling/service.

Another Illustration of True Metamorphosis

Amethyst and Four of Wands (reversed)

At the base of the spread, the amethyst crystal starts our reading with a message about the intuitive insights available to us this month. Our reading also starts with the only card pulled reversed for the entire spread.

Four of Wands has a foundational, supportive, focused and purposeful energy that arises from the solidarity and balance the number 4 infuses, as well as the passion and creativity of the Fire element, represented by the suit of Wands. Showing up here reversed echoes that melting/dissolving/decay energy necessary for the True Metamorphosis we are already undergoing.

This is challenging, and not in a nice way. It’s earth-shattering, plateau eliminating and to say the least, uncomfortable work.

This energy is akin to going through all the fears, biases, justifications and excuses of our entire lives in order to discover the codependent, toxic patterns and conditioning that must be rooted out to avoid unnecessary karma. Our destiny’s will be fulfilled, but we have to do the work. Avoiding the work will only prolong the work and make more work for us and others.

Do the work. May we all rise up and do the hardest, scariest most earth shattering and paradigm shifting work we possibly can right now – not because it’s fun, easy or enjoyable, but because it’s our work to do and handing off our responsibilities to the next generation is one of those patterns we all have the opportunity to break this month.

An Invitation to Expand Beyond All Previously Imaginable Possibilities

Goddess of the Void talisman (reversed) and X – The Wheel of Fortune

Continuing up through the spiral, we find a position marker reversed. The Goddess of the Void talisman representing “that which contains nothing but every possibility” being flipped on its head as if to ask, “do you really understand what ‘every possibility’ means?”

Aptly, the Major Arcana card X – The Wheel of Fortune shows up to again challenge everything “we think we know.” The Wheel represents the cycles of life, it’s fullness and completeness, and yes that includes pain, heartbreak and grief too.

This pairing is an attempt to remind us that what we believe is ‘true’ for us. That is why we must all guard our faith, not relinquishing our power to anything demanding it via the vanity of human ego and the desire to be “right,” but rather only to that which our faith is inherently devoted: Truth. We can find justification, excuses and reason anywhere we look for it, but it is our responsibility to ensure what we are making allowances for is what we want to be responsible for permitting, encouraging and enabling in this world.

Reimagine everything. We must take responsibility for the evil we see in the world and dare to demand better – first from ourselves, and then via the organic potency of Truth we will watch powerful change spread like wildfire.

We are a part of the cycle, if the egoic sickness of our species, society and culture persists, it is in part due to our participation, regardless of how passive and apathetic we are. We must “be the change [we] wish to see in the world,” or be willing to be an accomplice to the unimaginative and disempowered cycles we’d rather merely complain about.

Our Greatest Obstacles will Always be Those We Insist Upon

Smokey Quartz and the Two of Swords

Smokey Quartz is a neutralizing, clearing and balancing frequency, very powerful for transmutation and alchemy. The Two of Swords card represents a stalemate of mind, indecision and duplicitous thoughts. In this next position we have the extremes of our mental realms being brought into balance.

We know life is hard. We know life isn’t fair. We know we’re here to “struggle until we die.” Right?

What we think we ‘know’ inherently binds us. That’s why cognitive dissonance is so valuable for adaptations and progress. We have to challenge ourselves, bring things back into balance and avoid extremes. This doesn’t nullify the statements above, but it does inform and reclaim them.

Yes, life is hard, and it is often the most difficult and painful experience that provide us with strength, confidence and wisdom. Yes, life isn’t fair, and as a result our novelty and progress obsessed human intellects get to explore, examine and grow throughout our lives. Yes, we can certainly “struggle until we die,” chosing to ignore the miracles all around us, set in trying to survive by our own justifications and efforts, but we can also choose to enjoy each moment as another opportunity for life and all it’s dynamic fulness.

We have the power. This placement is asking us all to consider why we have chosen to invest our power into the outcomes we are experiencing in life right now and what would we need to change within our perspectives and understanding in order to foster more balance instead of extremes?

The Most Ancient Wisdom Reemerging

The Key, Garnet and II – The High Priestess

We have reached the split in the cast here at the placement of the Key. Signifying “answers” or revelations, the Key has two messages for us this month.

This first side of the Key, designated by a tear-drop Garnet, represents the most ancient and mythological archetype of Genius or “everything that makes us that does not belong to us.” This is the primordial, ancient wisdom of our bones, blood, DNA and breath – the intelligence beyond our conciousness that orchestrates all the miracles we are blessed to be able to take for granted every day.

The High Priestess is a Major Arcana card that represents a strikingly similar archetypal energy: the forgotten wisdom of the Divine’s consorts. She is the Devoted of Genius, the Lover of God and the Mistress of Majesty. She has forsaken everything with the exception of Divine Truth and finds her sustenance and power within all and every space and time, truly liberated through her blessed service.

We are being invited to come into this type of freedom and empowerment through our own recognition and devotion to the Divine. We are being asked to remember, beyond ourselves, to the depths of Truth. It is a reckoning – in response to all our cries for help and deliverance we are being asked to accept our Divine birthright, step into our power as a devotee of Purest Love and DO THE WORK.

If we are the hands and feet of God and we fail to perform our capable service, it is no fault of God’s for not forcing us. We must accept that we aren’t helpless, we are blessed, and it’s time we started acting accordingly.

Emboldening Our Quest for Truth

The Key, Snowy Quartz and The Kight of Swords

The next revelation the Key provides is designated by Snowy Quartz, which signifies a place of safety, home and comfort. The Kight of Swords has an aggressive mental energy, such as an insistence of knowledge. Energy created as a result of this placement is conflicting: we are being asked, yet again, to question everything we think we know.

Appering here, it is seemingly opposed to the energy of “accepting the Truths that exist independent of our understanding” that we just saw on the other side of the Key. In actuality, it is another invitation to expand and extend our consciousness into the dissonance of faith and discovery.

In this way, the Key has acted as a coin of sorts, with its two-sided placements representing the two sides that make up its whole. To come into Truth, we must be willing to accept that which is beyond our feeble human understanding as well as challenge the assertions of our ego’s “knowing” in order to do so.

Accepting the Responsibility of Being Our Own Masters

Fluorite, Jade wishing stone and The King of Swords

The final positions of the spread represent another split, supported and signified by fluorite. This crystal vibrates with a frequency of spiritual alchemy and transformation, crowning our January themes of metamorphosis and transition.

On this side we have Jade, and it also happens to be a wishing stone. This crystal has the energy of metaphysical favor, luck, abundance and spiritual wellbeing. Paired here with the King of Swords, I take this to be a very good sign for the results of all this tireless and difficult work of change. Doing this hard work will enable us to rise to the position of our soul’s highest potential.

The process of realigning with Truth and destiny is not one of subjugation, though our ego’s will try and entice us away with this assertion. Walking in the dignity and sovereignty of Divine grace provides the ultimate freedom through assurance, not that we will be everything to everyone but rather, that we are the only one who can be us.

We become the masters of our BEing not so that we can take as much as we can from the world – success, validation or experience – while we can. No, a true master of Self has no gluttony or greed to attain that which isn’t theirs and exists instead in the abundance of what they alone are inspired to give to the world. No one else can fulfill our destiny for us, we must work through our own karma and offer this world what we can – accepting that is the first step to true personal mastery.

Investing Our Power with Intention

Fluorite, Citrine and the King of Cups

Finishing out our first monthly reading of the decade, in the other crowning position supported by fluorite, we find a second King. This King of Cups falling as the final outcome, is informed by the crystal Citrine.

Citrine represents the prosperous material counterpart to the Jade energy we just saw in the corresponding fluorite supported position. This is money as opposed to love, time as opposed to respect and success as opposed to truth – the more modern-traditional, albeit shallow markers of wealth. The fact that we have both these material and ethereal stones of abundance appearing together supported by the spiritual alchemist frequencies of fluorite is quite profound in and of itself. Then of course come our glorious Kings, as if the Divine is simply showing us just how regal and magnificent the crowning of this month can be.

And what a set of Kings too. Acting as a sort of counterbalance to the energy of our King of Swords, the King of Cups brings the potentials of our mastery into manifestation. Claiming the formidable powers and potency of all emotions, he represents the element of water and the unbounded, reckless grace of the Divine.

Committing to the Divine is a bold act of faith that requires the willingness to feel it all: the heights of heavenly bliss as well as the ever collapsing depths of hell’s sorrow. It is the wisdom that love also contains grief, joy can require sacrifice and growing is often painful. To be enraptured by Spirit is not to be saved from this world but rather, to allow yourself to be used as a tool of Divine grace and blessings while you are still in it.

And with that my beloveds, Blessed Be!

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