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December 2020 Advent Draw 6

December 6, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Devil. Click to embiggen
December 6, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Devil. Click to embiggen

On the sixth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Devil.

All hail the trickster, the one who tempts us all. In another fitting synchronicity, today is one of Krampus’s festivals. He’s a devilish figure who would come out to frighten children who acted horribly. In some stories, Krampus takes the children away; in others, he leaves them sticks or stones instead of presents. No matter which myth you believe, I smiled when The Devil arrived on my tree today.

Traditionally, this time of year would bring me lots of tempting sweets and treats. I have a huge sweet tooth and would indulge in my favorite pumpkin pie or holiday cookies. We’ve been pretty lucky this year with the treats. No pies to tempt me with, and we ate the one bag of “Tabi cookies” gifted to us by Kendra’s family. Mmmm, Tabi cookies are the best. While I’m feeling better, I’m still going to do my best to lay down and do nothing for one more day. Although, I’m tempted to return to life full blast! Thankfully, I know my body better and that if I return to a life fully lived now, I will have to stay down a few more days.

What are your favorite holiday temptations? Please email and share them with me.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 5

December 5, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Sun. Click to embiggen
December 5, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Sun. Click to embiggen

On the fifth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Sun.

We continue the light theme from yesterday with The Sun. The Sun sustains us with its power. After a few days of overcast, we all rush out and enjoy the illumination. The squirrels in my yard scamper around as they continue to collect and eat the acorns they’ve hidden. Dogs proudly carry sticks in their mouth as they walk around the streets. Kids giggle while their parents decorate the house. The Sun is an inspiring force for us all.

I’m continuing to rest today. This means enjoying the small rewards of sleeping on the sofa, watching terrible horror movies while snuggled under a cozy blanket. I am happy, content, and feeling fulfilled despite the health set back. Today has brought many small gifts in the mail, and a large one being put together in our dining room. We got a new sideboard that matches our counters’ height, with space to house our board game and table-top gaming collection. I foresee many nights and weekends spending time going through each game and having some fun conversations.

Kendra putting together the new gaming sideboard. Click to embiggen.

What abundance does life give you right now? How does the Sun brighten your days? Please email me and let me know.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 4

December 4, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Hermit. Click to embiggen
December 4, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Hermit. Click to embiggen

On the fourth day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Hermit.

As we get closer to the winter solstice, the days grow darker and shorter. The Hermit’s lamp, shining ever so brightly, becomes an essential beacon of hope. The light reminds us of our connection to one another. It removes the shadows and the doubts that creep in from the outside. It gives us warmth when we’re cold. The Hermit, who remains a lone figure on most cards, has an important job sharing the light for all to see and help them come home.

I’ve been feeling sick the past few days. It’s a familiar weight in my chest, the sign of a winter cold. Receiving The Hermit today reminds me that I need to place my needs first. It’s time to withdraw for a few days to give my body a chance to heal. So, I’ll retreat from the world, block off the next four days, and give my body all the rest it needs. I’ll see you all in a few days!

Where do you find your light in the dark? What is your source of warmth in the winter months? Please email me and let me know.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 3

December 3, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Chariot
December 3, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw: The Chariot. Click to embiggen

On the third day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Chariot.

This is a hard symbol for me to transpose. I use something similar for the Wheel of Fortune and the World cards in my journal, so when I see this image I immediately think of those cards. It will take time to adjust. The Chariot is the card that gets me going. I am moving along my path and heading to greatness. This card reminds me to focus on the long term goal, those desires I want to have manifest. Time to break out the idea books and sift through them for fertile ideas. Time to revise book two!

So far I’ve been given the tools to manifest this month and cataloged my fundamentals. Now it’s time for me to pick a direction and head into it. Focus my awareness and energy and put it into motion. 

What areas are you focusing on this month? What energy has you excited for? Email me and let me know what you have got going on.

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December 2020 Advent Draw 2

December 2, 2020 Advent Calendar Draw. Today is the Tower
December 2, 2020, Advent Calendar Draw. Today is the Tower. Click to embiggen

On the second day of December, my solstice advent gave to me… The Tower. 

The Tower is a powerful card, one many readers do not like to get for their clients. Over the years of working with tarot, however, I have found kindness in this card. It asks us to let go and to get back to our fundamentals. These are the building blocks that make each of us unique and can help us recenter and focus our intent on what we want to put out in the world. I used to play a lot of basketball in high school. Our practice sessions weren’t just us playing games over and over again. No, we ran laps around the gym to improve speed. We’d practice various dribbling and passing skills. We’d also play games to help with our aim to make baskets. These are the fundamentals which help players get better. You never stop dribbling or tossing a ball during a game. Dropping a ball or missing a pass can make or break a win.

As we grow older we have our own fundamentals for who we are. These days fundamentals might includes meditation, which helps me breathe. Writing, in the form of blog posts like this, or playing with words to make better sentences. They also include shuffling tarot cards and drawing one daily. Fundamentals help ground us and keep our minds sharp. We never grow out of them. Instead, we always return to them, over and over, so we get better and build new towers where we can see the world afar. And this is the message the Tower shares with me every time I draw it. Go back to the beginning: breathe, read, write, shuffle.

What are your fundamentals? What Towers have you torn down to rebuild anew? Feel free to email me and let me know what activities you go back to over and over again.