Jaymi Elford lives a tarot inspired life. A deck is always close at hand. She believes tarot is a perfect companion to help explore the world we live in. The author of Tarot Inspired Life and Triple Goddess Tarot continues to study, write, and create tarot innovation from her home in Portland, OR. Find her works in Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, The Cartomancer, The Tarosophist, and Megalithica Books. As a co-host of Tarot Visions, she explores the cartomancy world with Rose Red Robinson. Finally, she’s slightly addicted to teaching techniques at tarot conferences.
To recap, in 2019 I’m using these decks: Awakened Soul Oracle, the Luminous Tarot, and Mudras for Awakening: The Energy Body Deck. I chose them because they fit in with the idea of giving me a theme, a means to apply the theme, and a physical hand position to guide me into the lesson. This last card sits at my desk and helps remind me of my goals and gives me support when I need it.
Theme: Desire How: 2 of Swords Helper: 13. Fluidity
Desire is the focus of this month. And how fun that desire appears in February? Ethony says, “Desire is a driving and motivating force. It can help you complete creative work and bring new things to life. It is the ‘why’ of the work you do in the world.” So for this month, I should look more about my desires and my motivating forces. What drives me to do what I do? How can I align myself better so I can do more of what I love and keep the energy up to continue doing it? I figure I’ll connect to my source, commune with it, and allow it to show me the flow for my work.
The 2 of Swords lends me more insight into how I can make this work. In the card we see a figure whose eyes are closed. Two swords cross in front of their body. It is a card of quiet and peace. Separate myself from the outer noise and lean inwards. Close my eyes, still the fires within, and listen to the voice inside which guides me. Meditation would be a great benefit this month. I can focus on my goals, get clear with the desires and drives behind each one, and uncover the whys for making a successful desire month. Then I can use the logic of Swords to create plans and put them into motion.
February’s mudra is Fluidity. Again, I love the pairing of this card with desire. I feel there’s a real dance going on in this month’s reading. This position assists in emotional ease and nourishment. It also releases muscular contraction, and supports inflammation. Boy do I need this mudra. I tend to clench my jaw and stiffen my shoulders when I’m working. I’m intense. Keeping a rigid posture is probably what lead me to having some neck issues. Maybe if I use this mudra more when I prepare to write I can learn how to release the tension. Let the work flow through me. Once again, I will attempt to incorporate this mudra in my morning and evening rituals.
Okay, here it is, the first planning post for 2019. To recap, in 2019 I’m using these decks: Awakened Soul Oracle, the Luminous Tarot, and Mudras for Awakening: The Energy Body Deck. I chose them because they fit in with the idea of giving me a theme, a means to apply the theme, and a physical hand position to guide me into the lesson. This last card sits at my desk and helps remind me of my goals and gives me support when I need it.
Theme: Song How: 8 of Swords Helper: 14. Harmony
Ethony says this about Song: “I embrace my unique song.” This card reminds me to sing and allow my song to be heard. I took 12 years of choir and while most of the singing I do is at home or in the car, I view Song as my need to be authentic and put myself out into the universe. What notes will I hit this month? Where can I add Song into ritual? Into everything I do? We shall see.
The 8 of Swords is a card of initiation. The swords on this card remind me of people standing in a row. Perhaps these are people who will line up to have their copies of Tarot Inspired Life signed at my Seattle book event on the 26th? Maybe they’re my cheering section and singer partners as I dance and sing and laugh through January? In any case, this card reminds me there’s no such thing as being stuck, that there’s always an exit, and this month, I should laugh and sing my way through troublesome situations.
The mudra for January is Harmony. It assists life transitions, equanimity, and balance. There’s a lot of that going on in 2019 and in this month. I see myself using this mudra to help ease the change from one state to another, to help remind me of that balance when the 8 of Swords sitautions arise. I will sit with this mudra every morning and every night.
Happy 2019 everyone! I hope you all had a great 2018, despite global challenges, etc. I’m excited and raring to go for this year. I have big plans and am looking to pour my enthusiasm and energy into all my items.
Tarot Inspired Life, releases in 7 days. SQUEEEE! Ahem, I hope everyone enjoys it and takes the information within and applies it to their own lives. I’ll be doing book signings this month in Seattle (for the ALA Mid-Winter Conference), and at the various conventions I’m attending this year.
I am still trying to figure out how to do more book signings here in PDX and in select places around the US/Canada. You can find all this information over at the book companion site: www.tarotinspiredlife.com. It also contains downloads, informative posts, and other book-related info.
This page is a place holder for this year’s full series of planning spreads. I had a ton of fun doing this last year. However, that first 36-card all at once glance was hard. So this year, I’ll be doing monthly updates as they happen. Then I will link everything back to this page for easy reference. Just like last year, I’ll post a detailed overview of each set of cards and how I think they’ll influence the month.
What I love about doing these planning spreads is the flexibility of how you can build ritual and structure in with any sort of cards. As you look through this spread, and read each month’s details, look for pattens. Some cards might have similar colors, others may have similar names. All these little insights help in understanding the readings and add to interpretation.
Anyhoo, here’s the overall theme spread for all 12 months using the Awakened Soul Oracle. I still need to pick the tarot deck, so I’ll get January’s post up tomorrow; complete with notes. Until then enjoy this small visual peek into my new year!
January Theme: Song How: 8 of Swords Helper: 14. Harmony
February Theme: Desire How: 2 of Swords Helper: 13. Fluidity
March Theme: Devotion How: Knight of Wands Helper: 40. Reverence
April Theme: Leadership How: Page of Cups Helper: 21. Determination
May Theme: Silence How: 6 of Pentacles Helper: 31. Inner Truth
Welcome to the 2018 installment of a NYE Spread. I performed this spread during the day because in a few hours I’ll be reading tarot at a local private event. This year’s spread is from Lori Lytle and is called Pomegranate New Year Tarot Spread. This six card spread caught my eye because it has a combination of future casting and magical attraction.
Once again I used Benebell Wen’s Spirit Keeper’s Tarot as it’s still December. I’m sad to say this reading will be the last time I work with this deck exclusively. According to what Lori says, the spread has no fixed layout, so I made my own circular pattern. (I did, for a brief moment, think about shuffling the deck, picking six cards, and then tossing those into the air and randomly selecting their order. However, it’s a bit chaotic to record in a blog post.)
Card One: The Outlook for the Year Ahead. The Empress. One of my birth cards, I feel right at home drawing her on the first shot. Next year is going to be big. I am promoting Tarot Inspired Life, teaching classes, touring, and I have two new books I want to work on. This is all in addition to reading tarot and all the other cool things I do. She is my creativity, and reminds me about the abundance of all I do. So indulge in what I do best: write, art, tarot.
Card Two: Where My Luck Lies. 7 of Pentacles. The title for this card is The Gardener, and I agree. My luck for next year lies in knowing when to plant a new seed and when to harvest. Timing is key there. So I need to listen to my intuition and get a bit of help from astrology and other systems for sharing new projects and moving forward with other items.
Card Three: Plant These Seeds Now. 3 of Cups. Considering we’re closing out 2018 with the word I picked for the year “connection”, I think I’ve done a good job of building my circles. Time to continue connecting and celebrating with my community and those I love.
Card Four: Put This On Hold For Now. Ten of Pentacles. I view this card as the “legacy” cards. It’s the stuff I’ll leave behind because I’m not going to have kids. While I want to leave behind a body of work people can enjoy and respect when I am gone. This is not what I should focus on this year. Instead, I’ll be planting new seeds, writing new drafts, and working on the elements for new works.
Card Five: What is Already Growing. Page of Pentacles. I planted a lot of new ideas and seeds for new works this year, so I can rest knowing that these plans are in motion and working on my behalf. I’ll be listening out for the messages my guides, spirits, and helpers have so I can continue to nurture this growth.
Card Six: Do This to Attract Abundance. Two of Pentacles. Hah. This one is too perfect. I have issues on finding the right balance. I tend to get in the “flow” of things and hyper-focus on what I am doing until my body is sore, or it’s way to late for bed. In order for me to have more abundance, I need to learn the cycles of work and play more. If I’m not physically or mentally well, then my work suffers and people around me suffer.
What NYE spreads are you performing tonight? Let me know!
We’re down to the last days of 2018. What a wild ride this year has been. Here’s a recap of everything I’m proud of for 2018. I also had many great clients and reading events. Thinking about them all puts a smile on my face.
The big thing I did this year was accept a contract from Llewellyn for my first book, Tarot Inspired Life. It’s a dream come true for me, years in the making. I received my author copies a few days ago, and have been hearing from friends that they’ve received copies. I’m both elated and nervous but that’s par for who I am. While copies are available in some stores and online at Google Play right now, the official street date is January 8, 2019. So there’s still time to preorder your copy now!
I also got some professional pictures taken of me for the book and all my sites. My photographer, Christy Carr, was fabulous in keeping me focused and helping me feel like a rockstar, despite my mind-body issues. I’m so grateful for her help.
In addition to the book release, I separated out the two tarot domains I own. Inner Compass Tarot, the business site, got moved over to www.innercompasstarot.com. The www.tarotinspiredlife.com domain has been repurposed to promote my book. I spent most of autumn and winter creating worksheets, templates, and other downloads. I plan on posting book specific entries over there.
I taught Pop Culture Tarot with Rose Red at PantheaCon this year. We had a full room full of eager attendees who learned many ways to integrate tarot and pop culture references in their cards and spreads. Each table created a unique spread, which we collected, and I created a fun download as a keepsake.
Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone asked me to run a Breakfast Round Table at Readers Studio this year. I chose to focus my discussion around how we as tarot readers can promote great change in the world as we’re going through all these political, social unrest, and environmental changes. I was blessed to receive many awesome responses to this question and have integrated many suggestions into my personal practice.
While I din’t teach at NWTS this year, I did focus on producing a quality conference for everyone to enjoy.
The year in review posts are especially important for me to see what body of writing I produce out into the world every year. Much of what I wrote throughout these months, won’t be released until next year, so it creates this weird perspective where I feel like I haven’t done much of anything. However, as you’ve seen I have.
The editor asked my advice for the Sage Advice Experts Roundtable. I’m one of six experts answering the question “What is your favorite card in the Tarot and why? Or cards, if that works better.” (Link goes to the PDF version because the print issue sold out.)
This was a HUGE project and an honor. I wrote the tarot introduction section, the keywords, how to use the cards, and created two spreads for this David Bowie inspired deck by Davide De Angelis. I also ended up being a primary editor for the whole book which he and his wife co-wrote.
Rose and I continue to produce episodes of Tarot Visions. We added a new member to our team who has taken over audio processing. While I enjoyed processing episodes, having our new teammate doing them gives me the space I’ll need in 2019 to tour for my book. We’re still interviewing people and we’ve also expanded our solo episodes to discuss our own practices and thoughts. I also took small breaks during this year to focus on TIL edits and website work.
My word for 2018 was community. I wanted to make better and stronger connections to my friends and to share who I was with the world. I think I’ve done a good job of that with my various platforms.
I stepped away from Facebook on my birthday and haven’t logged in since. I feel less stress and it gives me more opportunities to talk about what is going on with friends over the phone or email, or… gasp.. in person! I’m still active with Facebook Messenger, as many friends use this service to communicate. I am also very active on twitter. For some reason, I don’t see twitter as threatening to my mental stability as Facebook.
You’d think that with all this new time on my hands, I’d have read a lot of books. Sadly, I only got through 27 books. One of the books in my current reads pile I’ve been working on since last year! Sheez… maybe I need to read more.
I DID get caught up on podcasts this year. Podcasts got weird for me after my dad died in 2016, and it felt like a huge relief to get most of them current. Perhaps this is one step along my grieving process?
A lot goes on in my head. Last year I lost a dear friend and my personal counselor. While I’m sad and miss him, I’m happy to say I found a new counselor to help me navigate my brain and the challenges of being bipolar. I feel more grounded, heard, and helped through the difficult changes. It can be hard to admit mental health challenges, so if you’re struggling…please know I’m here. I hear you. I hold space for you.
I continue to listen to my body and give it what it needs. I exercise, get massages, and see a chiropractor. I also am working on changing my perspective of my body and self image. I’m still facing pita pain in my neck, and as such, I am eager to add acupuncture into the list after the new year.
I look forward to 2018 drawing closed and seeing what 2019 has to offer. I have big plans for this next year: adding new services to the Inner Compass Tarot site, new blog posts here and at the tarot inspired life domain, and yes, I am working on new book ideas. I’ll also be teaching and traveling. There’s never a dull moment in my life.
This about wraps it up for 2018. I look forward to 2019 and what surprises it has in store for me. More travels, more words, more thoughts, more tarot!
What achievements have you done this year? What are you looking forward to doing in 2019? Let me know!