Rather than use a tarot deck, I pulled out my latest deck acquisition, the Vintage Wisdom Oracle, published by US Games.
1. Opening message from your guides: Disconcernment
Sadly, in the year 2013 my circle of friends shrunk to a much smaller size thanks to several eye-opening events that occurred both professionally and personally. In retrospect, I see that these failed friendships were unhealthy and did not serve me well anyway. For starters, they were imbalanced and one-sided, with me doing all of the giving. And then, during key moments when I needed their support, understanding, and encouragement, these so-called friends disappeared or actually threw me under the bus.
So thank you, Guides, for addressing this issue and giving me some guidance with this card on how to build healthier friendships. This year I definitely need to work on being more perceptive of others, especially when it comes to their motivations and their character. I also need to honor my own boundaries and not be so willing to jump in and do so much for others in order to gain their friendship. Doing so only seems to make me more vulnerable and open to users and manipulators rather than attracting true friends that are worthy of my trust.
2. How to achieve your goals and dreams: Nature
I spend a lot of time outside biking and walking but I think I need to spend more time "smelling the roses" and interacting with nature more. I have been growing a few herbs and we have a tiny garden but I want to do more with it and spend more time in the yard.
3. Actions to take: Adventure
I see this card as a thumbs up to the changes I have been making in regards to how I have been working with my cards and my recent decision to take part in owlmoon513's Solitary Deck Challenge. which will allow me to work more deeply with various decks. Plus, this card could point to me working with my guides more as the Eiffel Tower appears in this card and that is the symbol that we have agreed is a sign from "them."
4. Departing energies (what last year was all about): Surrender
I had a difficult time this year with letting go and accepting some changes. But sometimes things are just outside of our control and all one can do is accept change as a part of the cycle of life.
5. The main "theme" of this new year: Intention
Ah, this card appeared in another reading I did using this deck. I think that this card points to me setting my sights on various projects or tasks and really focusing on them. Some times I just bob along, not really making any plans or goals. So this year I hope to do things a bit differently.
6. Future opportunities and energy: Awakening
"Could it be time to wake up and own your part in a situation where it may be otherwise tempting to blame others?"
Absolutely, especially when it comes to toxic relationships. I allowed myself to get pulled in to them. It also easy for me to point fingers at others and various circumstances to explain why I haven't made more time for my family and my hobbies. But the bottom line it come down to setting priorities and committing to them.
"The transitional energy of awakening helps liberate you on your journey of awareness, and assists you in discerning the valuable from the valueless."
7. Obstacles and how to overcome them: Strength
"This card invites you to evaluate the role strength plays in your life and how it manifests in you. The quality of strength you have directly depends on whether you are aligned to the ego or the Higher Power. Notice your intentions and what motivates the call for strength."
Oh, how I struggle with issues concerning strength and personal power. I am usually viewed as a push over or someone easily persuaded. One goals I have for 2015 is to work on establishing healthier boundaries for myself and remaining firm. However, it is difficult (especially with certain people in my life) who have grown accustom to me putting my needs second (or not voicing them) or just caving in.
Perhaps this card is also pushing me to learn to saying "no" more often and before I feel backed into a corner. I shouldn't wait until I have been run into the ground or taken advantage of one time too many. Then the "no" feels more like a defensive move rather than a pro-active stance.
8. Talents you will be expressing this year: Listening
Immediately, this made me think about the YouTube videos I have been enjoying lately on deck reviews, reading, etc. I haven't been listening to too much music lately, but I have found listening to these YouTube videos (especially by owlmoon513 ) really soothing and educational. They have been helping me listen more to my intuition and feelings rather than just pushing them down by keeping myself "busy."
I think that the Listening card also ties in with the first card. One way to work on disconcernment would be for me to improve my listening skills and utilize them.
9. Parting message (how to approach things this year): Beauty
I think this card nicely links back to the Nature card. This year I need to look for the beauty in things. Even difficult events offer opportunities for growth and learning.
Plus,I also need to stop being so hard on myself and see myself as beautiful, flaws and all. My self-esteem really took a beating in 2014 and I need to nurture and care for myself.