On our recent camping trip to Eastern Washington I took a look at the book Life Reimagined by Richard Leider and Alan Webber. I was struck by the correlation between the suggestions the authors make to recreate your life and the Major Arcana lessons in the Tarot of Empowerment deck.
The authors talk about the essence of reimaging your life to be choice, curiosity and courage. In Tarot of Empowerment the Choice card reminds you that you are empowered when you chose between doing things as you have in the part or to do them in a new way. Curiosity is shown by the Quester who is empowered by taking the journey to find answers to questions she doesn’t even know she has. Courage is depicted by many of the cards, but the card that comes to mind for me is Determination who is absolute in pursuing his goals. Go to our online card draw and ask yourself what will help you be empowered at this point.
The concept of reinventing, reimagining, or recreating yourself is not new, but it is more accessible, and acceptable, than ever before. In today’s world people of all ages are changing professions, elders are still active and involved in the world and in their communities, families are constructed in new configurations, and even ones’ sexuality may be in transition.
Reimagining your life is an issue of empowering yourself. Empowerment is about having the courage to evaluate your life, decide where you would like to see a change and have the courage to go after that change. The purpose of my work, as an Empowerment Coach, is to hear what change you want to create, to give you tools to create that change, to provide support as you push your boundaries and to witness your transformation.
At my age I have had the opportunity to seek empowered choices in many different circumstances and over many years. The main thing I have learned is that having the courage to take the next step, even when you don’t know what it is, is essential. Of course you will feel fear when you move into the unknown, leave a job, end a relationship, or any of the other decisions that you make to be in your highest good. Feel the fear and go beyond it.
When I approached 50 I felt stagnant and too old to take risks. It really was a “poor me” period. I decided that for my birthday, in spite of a fear of heights, I would jump out of a plane (with a parachute) and it was the beginning of changes I could not imagine. It was bumpy for a few years because I didn’t understand where my path would lead me, but by facing my fears and taking action, new possibilities came up. And so far the journey has led me here, as an Empowerment Coach.
On Tuesdays and Fridays I will make Facebook posts about what empowerment is and how to call it into your life. Usually I’ll provide a ritual so that you will have an exercise to do for posts that resonate with you. Contact me if you would like to receive these notices directly by email.
Blessing to you all,
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What empowerment is, and what it is not
Empowerment is being willing to look at your life and identify the changes you want to make
Empowerment is NOT looking at someone else’s life and identifying changes you want THEM to make.
Empowerment is being willing to push your boundaries by exploring new thoughts and actions.
Empowerment is NOT conforming to your current limits.
Empowerment is being willing to release people, situations, and ideas that are not in your highest good.
Empowerment is NOT holding on to what is not in your highest good.
Empowerment is having the courage to walk in the fog of the unknown until you have clarity.
Empowerment is NOT being paralyzed by fear of the unknown.
Empowerment is not for the weak of heart.
I invite you to engage on a journey to Empower yourself.May
Using Moon Phases for Empowerment
Just as the moon affects the tides, so it will often affect our emotions (after all, we’re 90% water!). For at least the next month become aware of the phases of the moon and of your own energy patterns. I suggest you write the dates of these phases on your calendar as a reminder to pay attention.
For the next few days the moon will be in a waning (getting smaller) phase. This is the phase when the energy supports completing projects in order to make room for something new to come into your life. This phase is a great time to reflect about what you might want to release to change your life.
On May 6 is the new moon phase when the moon is dark. Plant seeds of your intention. It might be as simple as saying, “I am planting the seeds to empower myself to grow in a new way.” Write down what you intend to begin in the course of this month.
The moon waxes (gets larger) during the first quarter moon phase until May 13 when the moon appears as a half moon. Energy to get things done is pretty pronounced during this phase. You may find you have a greater sense of purpose which may involve a struggle to release old forms.
Even more pressure builds up to support the new during the second quarter until the full moon May 21. During the full moon emotions tend to run high, intuition feels stronger and creativity is heightened. The full moon is a wonderful time to manifest the change you want to bring into your life based on the work you did in the earlier phases. The energy of the full moon will be present a few days on either side of the actual full moon date.
The phase after the full moon is called the waning moon and represents the time to complete the details of the projects you started in the earlier phases of this cycle. The first quarter of the waning (thinning) moon is still a time for action and lasts about 7 days.
May 29 marks the last quarter moon phase and tends to be an introspective time. This is the time to figure out what seeds to plant in the next moon phase, which is June 5.
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There are many things to take into account when considering who will perform you wedding ceremony. Please contact me if you are looking for someone to create an individualized ceremony based on your beliefs and in alignment with your joy.
I have worked along with wedding planners and with couples who are planning their own ceremony. We will work as a team to ensure the ceremony reflects your values and desires.
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Free Empowerment Workshop!
Are you ready to embark on the journey to become empowered?
Do you have friends who want to go on a simultaneous journey of empowerment?
Are you ready to do the work to explore new options?
Are you ready to release what has been holding you back?
I’m looking for a few special someones who want to become empowered to work with me to create a place and space for this important work.
In exchange for finding a location and getting people there, I will offer 1 free class space and materials. (Additionl free spaces may be available depending on the number of participants.)
I am willing to travel anywhere to bring this work to you!
Gordana Curgus and I will be reading in Bellingham at Mystical Winds May 14. Our show special is $20 for 15 min. Please stop by:
Private readings by Judyth in person, by phone, or by Skype
10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Email: JudythSult@gmail.com or call (360) 305-1491 Readings are $55 for 30 mins