Year of the Fire Rooster: Stoking the Fire

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This Imbolc I decided to do a short Tarot reading for myself and the months ahead. And it looks cracking!
So much energy flowing through these cards and it makes sense because 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. The rooster is an animal on farms that wakes every body up at sunrise to prepare farmers for the day and so this year will represent that energy. The fire rooster is here to wake us up and get to work, it will make us bring to reality all the things we’ve been manifesting from last year (the year of the fire monkey). Last year was also a wild year, monkey’s are mischievous, sociable and hyperactive and I did take small risks to get things going- like my Kids yoga teacher training in Brighton and starting my TEFL English teacher training. I had literally had enough of the year before and I began to take action to change my life, the fire Monkey energy kicked my butt! This year with the Fire Rooster it’s a new dawn, a new me and a new way of vocalizing what I want. Like the Rooster I will stand proud, show off my new plumage and cocka-doodle-doo my desires. The Rooster is independent and takes no shit, have you seen how they attack intruders? They can be quite volatile if they have to be and I kinda feel the same way, I’m tired of people seeing me as this pretty little gentle thing, I’m actually a tough cookie (when I have to be).
So lets get to the cards!

The Ace of Wands
This card represents new ideas and feeling confident about a new project, field of study or business venture I am working on or starting up. This is a courageous and bold card that represents high energy in the form of creativity. This is about boldly finding my own voice and insisting the universe makes room for this manifestation to become a reality. It is a moment of gregarious expansion (depicted by the vast landscape in the background) and can therefore represent the potential to include my project with travel. It is holding up my torch and allowing my inner flame to burn brightly. This is very true for me, my plan is to teach conversational English online throughout the rest of this year using my TEFL qualification and teach children’s yoga in my local community in Plymouth just to give me confidence, practice and a routine in teaching before I decide to potentially move to the Far East to teach English in schools and children’s yoga in a local studio over there. The potential is staring me in the face and I am visualizing myself doing this in a place like Bali- literally telling the universe to make room for this to happen so much so, I clearly see myself in a jungle-like place, where elephants come to swim in the sea and I’m eating lunch in a beach cafe in prep for my next lesson.

The Star
This is my soul card (you can find yours here). And so is of significant importance to me as a person, it represents my personality and general direction in life. It’s over all meaning for me implies there is a new, replenished sense of hope and faith. Inspiration is flooding in and I feel as though the universe is supporting me rather than putting external obstacles in my path. I need to continue having trust in myself and the universe that a better future is waiting for me. This card is also about personal transformation which I relate to very much right now. I am making changes to my physical self by opting to have tattoos (as a way to mark my right of passage), changing my style to fit who I am and not societal standards of beauty-essentially just being fricken weird and not caring if someone tells me my outfit doesn’t match my shoes and also changes to myself from within, I am on a spiritual quest and I don’t care if people once again think that is weird and I am also being unabashedly rebellious too.

King (Father) of Pentacles
This card represents worldly success, abundance, ambition and financial stability. Kings, Queens and Pages often represent a person in your life that have these attributes. So could imply I receive financial support or inheritance that helps catapult me to the level I need to be at in a much quicker way than plodding along trying to fund things myself in small chunks. Or it might mean this is a symbolic message telling me my fight is coming to an end and I will soon be rewarded with the fruits of my labour, after years of methodically saving, planning, studying and manifesting all I desire. It is time now to reap the benefits? Perhaps my children’s yoga classes gain popularity? Perhaps I acquire a good amount of online students in my English teaching? Either way, it is a sign that like King Midas, everything I touch (do) will turn to gold from now on, while it will still be hard work, it will feel less like I am trying to walk up a mountain with a piano strapped to my back and more like trekking on a walk through a valley and building bridges to cross the river. This is another card where creativity meets financial gain and you can see it in the original imagery of a king sat around material objects that are physical representations of what he has worked for and what he created.

King (Father) of Wands
This is a card of Entrepreneurship, of someone who embodies strong leadership and visionary qualities. I do believe these are aspects of myself I am working on because I am attempting to live a life away from the societal hamster wheel. People around the world are already doing this whether they live off grid in a home they built from found objects to freelancers who don’t need to be stuck in an office on a 9-5 schedule and yet still get paid for their services and can live anywhere in the world! What if I could live in the Far East, in a cute little beach shack (with the mod cons obviously) and teach about two online English sessions a day and teach yoga to kids, teens and adults at a local studio near the beach in the mornings and evenings? Why the hell not? It sounds like a far fetched dream but my partner and I have met people doing this already, we met a British man running his UK based business from Nepal! And because living in Nepal is cheap his profit from his company meant he could live very comfortably. Everything is possible! And this is what this card embodies, its having the drive and vivaciousness to do it! It is also about keeping to your goals to create your vision and striking when its hot. On a universal scale it also implies an opportunity will present itself to me and that I now have the power, skills and confidence to accept it if I wish.

Six of Wands
This is a wonderful card to end on because it means public recognition, victory, more progress and confidence. Perhaps people will recognize me through my writing? Via my online presence or perhaps I am given the opportunity to lead a retreat? Who knows? It could also simply mean being patted on the back by friends and loved ones for all my great efforts and finally qualifying as a teacher? Perhaps we celebrate with a fancy meal? The six of Wands also states, it is a new state of self awareness and acknowledging I’ve finally overcome past obstacles and I can take a (short) well earned rest. Which again makes sense because I am planning on visiting family in the North of England for some much needed respite but also my partner and I are planning our next backpacking holiday to the Far East too as a celebration of both our efforts. The Six of wands encourages the individual to be proud of who they are and what they have accomplished.

Daughters of the Red Tent (Oracle)
This card represents being on the cusp of a threshold. Things are changing and I will be passing into a newly transformed way of life. It is time now for me to surrender to the will of the universe when it presents me with a path of new opportunities very soon. I need to be willing to leave the secure life I’ve been leading the past few years in order to build my career and have courage to enter into unknown territory for a new dawn is rising. This is the willingness to die a death of the old self so the new self can emerge. I might have once taken refuge in a certain type of relationship, job, social group or ideology for a while and lived a lifestyle where my spirituality took a back seat because of society pressure and structure and now I am being asked to give up that old life. The Daughters of the Red Tent symbolize people in my life (primarily women) who fully support and love everything I do and a message of a new cycle is fast approaching so I need to be prepared because everything is coming to fruition and the phoenix will rise from the ashes.

And so, here are a few things that I am looking forward to as Spring arrives…
Eating: Homemade fruit smoothies!
Drinking: Plentiful green tea, always.
Practicing: My latest belly dance choreography and back bending.
Mastering: The Splits. I am even dreaming that I can do it.
Learning: How to use my Yoga wheel & doing my level 2 Reiki attunement.
Playing: With my Ukulele, totally out of tune but will learn it one day.
Finishing: My 140 hour TEFL English teaching course.
Starting: In April specialist TEFL modules in online teaching & teaching young learners.
Reading: The hidden life of Trees and Goddesses in every woman.
Listening: To Meghan Currie’s new EP, her songs are beautiful.
Wearing: More colourful outfits, I’m tired of woolly jumpers and thermal socks!
Making: Dream Catchers and erotic illustrations.
Working: On a temporary business website to showcase prices & schedule.
Traveling: To the North West of England Mid February to see friends & family.
Planning: A backpacking adventure to Vietnam & Cambodia.
Hoping: To set-up regular twice weekly kids yoga classes plus teach English online from home.
Wishing: For Summer, being barefoot, to wear sari skirts & maxi dresses!

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