October 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify October’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #48 wishing well
How: wheel of fortune
Helper: mystery

October 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

Goals, and achieving them, are some of my favorite things to do. It’s one of my primary focuses around Inner Compass Tarot. October’s Wishing Well theme is all about understanding the fertile ground of goals and what ingredients it takes to achieve them. We can wish for whatever we want, but receiving those wishes takes a few ingredients. Some of it we put in and others come from fate, the universe, or whatever external forces you believe in. So, this month, while I’ll start planning for 2019, I’ll also let the Samhain energies to channel their ideas and thoughts into what my life should look like as well.

The Wheel of Fortune spins, spins, spins. So many lessons, so many ways life turns out. This card reminds me…  No matter how hard we push, things happen in their own time, in their own way. I see this card blending perfectly in with the Wishing Well theme. The universe is out there and I need to harness the energies it’s way, not force it into my own.

Esmerlda is this month’s spirit cat guide. She embodies mystery. If there’s something not known, she’ll run towards it. Mystery is never easy to guess. And I need to remember to enjoy those moments when they come. We’re only human, and there’s so much out there we do not know and maybe weren’t meant to know (waves at Cthulhu). So it’s time I make peace with this and allow the magic to spur new wishes in my life.

September 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify September’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #27 home
How: 4 of Cups
Helper: unconditional love

September 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

“Home is where…” okay, yeah, we all know where this quote goes. September is time to think about what home means to me and to mirror these values both in myself as well as in my physical space. Autumn is here and I associate September with comfortable settings. Finding places to snuggle in and read, wearing hoodies, and cozy clothing. As the leaves on the trees turn colors, I too, need to work on stabilizing my heart.

The 4 of cups is the best “meh” card out there. It describes a longing, for something we don’t have yet. It’s the card of daydreams and in my line of work, they are necessary. Time to take my mental images out for a good look and match them up with what I think home and comfort are. I need to be careful, I don’t want to get trapped in these illusions, for they will always appear better in my head, than they do when I implement them.

Helping me solidify these items is Aiko, the spirit cat of Unconditional Love. Throughout this month she’ll remind me that love and home are one in the same, and if I am placing limits on either of these two items…well, then, it’s not true unconditional love. Part of loving is to learn to accept a person, or a situation (or home) for everything it’s made of, even flaws. So, while my dreams provide some design and insight into what I want my home to look like, I cannot limit what that vision will become. Time to accept the flaws.

August 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify August’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #35 Education
How: 8 of Swords
Helper: cuddles

August 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

I swear, I didn’t hand pick this card for August. The month most kids go back to school in the States is the same month I’m being asked to delve deeper into those subjects I don’t know well. It’s time to go back to school and learn something new. I have a lot of classes (purchased online), so I’m thinking I’ll make my way through the classes I have not finished. Expand my mind, my horizon, and learn something new this month.

I’ll use the 8 of Swords to help focus my attention as I work through this material. I need to pull myself out of feeling stuck. We’re never truly stuck, we just forget about the options surrounding us. The blindfolded person featured on many 8 of Swords cards remind us that we have many senses to work with. If one doesn’t provide a strong enough answer, then another will. Sometimes, when I’m learning new material, I’ll close my eyes and let my ears soak in the voices speaking. Cutting the visual clutter down helps me focus more and gives me a clear headspace to learn more.

Fluff, the cat of cuddles, is this month’s guide. The card’s message is time to disconnect from the external and to reconnect with the body. It’s a perfect compliment to intense learning situations where we focus so much on the brain and the work, but forget about nourishing the body that houses it all. I’ll use this energy to check in while I’m learning. Let part of my lessons be how my body reacts to what I am doing. And to give it the stretches and attention it needs to keep me working at my best.

July 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify July’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.
Theme: #10 rock bottom
How: Tower
Helper: majesty

July 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

When I think of Rock Bottom, I think about hitting a personal low. Everything has gone to hell and there’s no coming back from it. This month’s theme sounds a lot like disaster but it’s not. Strangely, this card asks us to surrender through challenges. The only way up from a deep, dark place is to surrender and gain perspective. So, this is what I will attempt to learn this month. See the challenges I’m facing, surrendering to them, and using the new perspectives to help me grow and rise up.
The Tower becomes the perfect mechanism to learn this lesson. It’s all about stripping yourself bare, to see what you are made of, so you can build your self back up, stronger. The flashes of insight during this moment give us power to see what is really important, and what our character is made of. Good stuff for a month all about surrendering.
Majesty is my spirit cat guide this month. She’s regal and helps illuminate the traits that make us shine. Surrendering and stripping myself bare is hard and dirty work. She’ll be next to me to remind me of the beauty that I am and to honor and respect myself as I work thorough this transformation.

June 2018 Planning Spread

In this post, I’ll attempt to demystify June’s 3 card mini-spread from my Overview of 2018 spread. To recap, the three decks I used were The Enchanted Map, Triple Goddess Tarot, and Spirit Cats. I chose these 3 for their ability to give me concise info and for their ability to work together. The Enchanted Map card represents the theme of the month. The Triple Goddess card elaborates ways to achieve the theme. The Spirit Cats card gives me a guide card whose energy I can call upon when I need support.

Theme: #3 wizard of awareness
How: Knight of Swords
Helper: patience

June 2018’s 3-card spread. click to embiggen

Wizard of Awareness reminds me to be observant this month. Being aware of my internal and external worlds can push me into a deeper understanding of how everything works. It can help me spot trouble areas. It can give me insights to share and write about. It can also prepare me for what is coming by allowing me to release attachments. Nothing going on is personal unless I allow it to become such. This month’s theme will be a great lesson to remind me of this.

Knight of Swords is how I shall accomplish this. I have a lot going on and will keep my head forward and my game on what I am doing, rather than what is going on around me. I will use my smarts and ask good questions, which will, in turn, help my powers of observation grow.

Snugpuff, the spirit cat of patience, is my guide this month. Another wonderful synchronicity between the cards, Snugpuff will remind me to let go of the things not in my power, and keep focus on what is in front of me. I have a hard time relaxing and releasing. I am sure this month will not only challenge the speed at which I normally live my life, but enhance it by reminding me what is important and to really deep into enjoying those moments more.