Your Personal Year in 2016

This is a tiny sample of the information participants will get at the numerology panel on December 5. The Panel will also use numbers from your name to discover your personality, gifts and challenges.

Let’s look at a quick and fun way to get a sample of Numerology by looking at your upcoming personal year. The personal year goes from January to December, no matter when your birthday occurs. Below is the formula to calculate the energy you will call to yourself in 2016.

Your personal year is calculated by adding the month and day of your birth to the current year, and then reducing them to a single digit. Each number is reduced to a single digit and then added to the other reduced numbers. The final number is also reduced to a single digit. For example, my birthday is April 21:

    April=4, 21(2+1)=3, 2016(2+0+1+6)=9.
So, 4+3+9=16 and we then reduce 16 (1+6)= 7.

    My personal year is a 7.

Now, calculate your personal year. You can surprise your family and friends with their personal year predictions.

People in a 1 personal year are planting the seeds for the next 9 year cycle. This is a year with many new opportunities and activities. The 1 year is likely to be a year of leadership and initiative. Tarot cards that relate to one energy are 1 Magician, 10 Wheel of Fortune, and 19 Sun.

People in a 2 personal year are open to new relationships and opportunities that embrace harmony, balance and cooperation. During a 2 year, when a person is out of balance or in a disagreeable relationship, the person may become depressed because they are not able to act with the 2 energy. The 2 year is an excellent year to build on the new beginnings from the 1 year. Tarot cards that relate to 2 energy are 2 High Priestess, 11 Justice, 20 Awakening.

People in a 3 personal year feel expansive and open to new adventures. This is very much “play time” as people in the 3 energy explore the meaning of joy in their lives. The 3 energy is very creative, especially in art and writing. It’s important to distinguish between creativity and frivolousness. Tarot cards that relate to 3 energy are 3 Sustenance, 12 New Perspectives, and 21 World.

A 4 personal year is the time to focus after the playfulness of the 3 year. It is a year of focus and creating a foundation for the future. It can be considered a “maze” year as the people in this year seem to have more obstacles than usual. As they come to a block, they must learn to change directions to find a new route rather than run into a brick wall. Tarot cards that relate to 4 energy are 4 Authority and 13 Life Cycles.

People in a 5 personal year often feel great relief after the constrictions of the 4 year. The 5 personal year is full of exploration and working beyond the constraints of the 4 year. Many new opportunities present themselves, and it’s sometimes difficult to finish the many projects that they will be tempted to begin. Tarot cards related to a 5 year is 5 Introspection and 14 Temperance.

The 6 personal year is usually pretty smooth, even as the person is likely to be focused on responsibility and service, especially to family. People in this year are focused on home and what home means: who they want in the home, where home is, what home means. People must beware of taking on too much responsibility so that the sense of individuality is lost. Tarot cards that relate to 6 energy are 6 Choice and 15 Entrapment.

People in a 7 personal year spend their time analyzing and trying to understand what their life is about. The 7 year is about choices, often unexpected ones. It is a time to pause, consider, reflect, evaluate and decide. Intuition is important in the 7 year. Tarot cards related to 7 energy are 7 Determination and 16 Chaos.

The 8 personal year is about status and money. It’s often the perfect time for people to explore new employment opportunities, apply for promotions and evaluate their general financial situation. Many people start a new business in an 8 year after the 7 year of analyzing and evaluating the wisdom of such a move. Tarot cards with 8 energy are 8 Strength and 17 Star.

The 9 personal year is the end of a 9 year. People may find they are cleaning out closets, relationships, and anything else that no long serve them. As a part of the completion cycle they may find that giving to others, financially or emotionally, become important to them. Tarot cards with the 9 energy are 9 Introspection and 18 Moon.

Is This Energy Yours, Or Does It Belong To Someone Else?

An empath is a person who is highly sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people or events. Empaths often feel overwhelmed when they are in crowded situations such as a mall or stadium because they may unknowingly pick up the conflicting energy of many people at the same time.  Sometimes an empath will feel sad or upset before a major event, such as a natural disaster, that may not even involve them or anyone they directly know.

Being an empath can be exhausting, especially if you don’t know that you are picking up on feelings that are not your own. Empaths may become depressed because they can’t seem to control their feelings or they don’t understand why they are suddenly angry or overwhelmed. Empaths can’t choose what they will pick up on and sometimes they will experience panic attacks or high levels of anxiety.

If you are an empath, the best thing you can do is to acknowledge this gift, and be gentle with yourself. More than most people, you will benefit from having strong boundaries and controlling your environment by deciding what visual (movies, media) and auditory stimulation you want to expose yourself to.

When you feel that you are losing yourself in another person’s issues learn the habit of releasing their energy. Release the unwanted energy by imagining  you’re are cleansing it from the top of your head and running it down your body from your feet into the earth. You may feel most people’s pain, but your life purpose is not to take on their pain. Instead, try to find a sanctuary where you can reconnect with your own energy.

Below are some resources you might want to read to understand yourself, or an empath you may know:
An Empath’s Guide to Staying Balanced:
The Happy Sensitive:
The Joys and Sorrows of Being an Empath

Are You Worth it?

Don’t be too quick to claim the stories that you believe about your life, they can easily become blocks to creating the future you want for yourself. The stories often justify actions and support your dis-empowerment. In these times of transformation, think about your stories and re-write them to empower yourself. The point of power is now, and now you can create a story-foundation that will support the new, empowered you.
– Karen Crane: Wisdom Work for Women

Karen’s words are so true. People often say things that lead to us feeling unworthy to accept love, money, success or joy, yet we adopt them as our story. It’s not possible to be empowered when we don’t feel worthy to claim what life has to offer.

Empowerment is about disengaging from the stories that create low self-esteem and to accept that it is our right to claim all of the majesty of life. To become empowered we need to take responsibility for our lives rather than passively accepting what comes our way. We can’t always control what life brings, but we can learn to respond from different perspectives.

You are worthy. You are worth the best that life has to offer.

Believing negative stories that others tell us about ourselves allows their perception to influence how we are in the world. Learning to reinterpret our own story from a new perspective gives us the freedom to respond in a way that we would like to become.

Over the years I’ve learned to listen to different stories from people who love and support me and now I can accept that I am more the empowered, positive person I want to be. Don’t listen to the people who don’t love you.  Listen to the people who do care.

We often don’t recognize where in our life we feel unworthy. Below is an exercise to help you identify where you lack self-esteem and how to connect with empowering changes.

Do the work. You are worth it!

1.     Pick an area in your life where you experience a lack of fulfillment or joy. Now, write down the feeling or beliefs you have about this part of your life. For example:

I feel unattractive, therefore I don’t deserve someone to love me.

I don’t have money because only selfish people have money.

I can’t improve my work (school, home) situation because this is the best I can do.

2.      Look at each of those points and identify the story behind these feelings. For example,

I was teased about my looks many years ago.

My parents were poor and were jealous of those who had money.

I was encouraged to make decisions to benefit others rather than myself.

3.      Make a list of where and from whom, you heard these stories. Acknowledge the beliefs had a hold on you and release them into the universe by burning the paper. Burning transforms the energy.

4.      Now, decide how you want to rewrite your beliefs and make a list of what beliefs you WANT to be true about yourself. Acknowledge and embrace those beliefs. Put this list in a safe place and periodically review what you have written.

5.      Finally, practice your new beliefs about yourself.

Get out of the habit of believing the negative and embrace who you want to become. Call in the energy to support your new beliefs. Every time you catch yourself reacting in the old paradigm again, release the old and firmly replace it with the new paradigm.

You are worth it. Let me know how this works for you.

More Wisdom Works for Women can be seen on facebook at Karen D Crane or she can be reached at KCsoul53 [at] yahoo.com

Empowerment Work for 2015

Be empowered in 2015! Use the exercise below to make a commitment to taking control of your life in the New Year. There are several approaches to his exercise: journal about what comes to mind for each question; pull a Tarot card for each question and think about what it means; randomly open an inspirational book to a different page for each question, or pull a rune for each question.

The example below is based on using the Major Arcana cards.

What one card represents one major goal for my life for 2015?
To reach my goal, what do I leave behind?
What energy do I call to myself to help me reach my goal?
What is the key opportunity that will present itself to me this year?
What is the key challenge I’m likely to face in 2015?
In a perfect world, how would I deal with the opportunities and challenges this year?

After you answer and consider each question, put your responses aside in an accessible place. Make a note on your calendar to periodically review what you’ve written. The information gleaned from answering these questions will help to keep you on track to reach your goals in 2015.

Ritual for Balance

Periodically it’s time to look at the roles we have taken on in our lives. In readings, the Temperance card will often come up during those times. It is about acknowledging, honoring and balancing all aspects of who you are. This is an exercise for you to consciously explore which parts of you that may be out of balance.

Write down all of the roles you play in your life, for example, friend, son or daughter, student, employer and so forth. The roles you play are not inherently good or bad. However, the way you think about them may be in a negative or positive light.

Once you have identified all aspects of yourself, write a 1 to 3 word positive description about that role. For example, friend might have the words laughter, playfulness. The areas where you have a difficult time coming up with a positive description are probably where you need to bring balance into your life.

Draw a pie chart and divide it proportionate to the attention you currently give each role of yourself. Note if a relationship, work, or whatever, has absorbed a disproportionate piece of the pie.

Explore what roles you would like to add to your life, and what words you would use to describe that energy.

Happy exploring!

Grumpiness is Not Empowerment

I’ve been a bit snarky to my wonderful husband lately. Could be I’m over extended, or maybe it’s about adjusting to more together time now that he has just completed his first year as a retired person. In any case, I need to remind myself that, whatever is going on with me, I do not have permission to be less than kind to those around me, especially my supportive, caring mate.

To truly be empowered, we need to be able to express our emotions in a way that is honest and honors the other person. Be truthful about what you want to say, and then say it in a way that invites discussion. Look at the motivations behind the language and tone of voice you are using, and then imagine you are the recipient of the conversation.

When you imagine you are the one listening, how does it feel? If it feels good and clean, then it’s probably empowered communication.

What Is Empowerment?

Empowerment is the ability to make choices and take actions based on those choices while understanding the consequences of those actions.

Have clarity of purpose

Make decisions

Take responsibility for your actions

What empowerment is NOT

Power over others

Excuses

Blame

How to become empowered

Make goals

Investigate options

Expand your awareness

5 Things to Do to Re-energize You Life

Making conscious, intentional decisions about those things you can change in your life will lead you to a more dynamic present life.

1. Pay attention to how and with whom you are spending your time and energy. You don’t have to answer every text or call from people who drain you. Decide if you are responding to “should” rather than what you want to do. You may not be able to eliminate everything that’s not fun, but by paying attention you will become aware of how many pleasant and exciting things you are doing in your life. Pay attention!

2. Set your intention around what you want in your life and then allow the change that will make the intention a reality. That’s right; you need to change if you want things to be different. Do you want more fun, better health, or healthier relationships? If so, you need to set your intention and figure out how to make that intention become a reality.

3. Live creatively. Creativity opens new horizons, provides new insights and stimulates your senses. Creativity is doing things in a new way, be it cooking, art, music, business, problem solving, relationships or whatever. Children are creative because they figure out how to do things without knowing the rules. Let the child in you take over and forget the rules. Try breaking at least 1 rule a day for a week and see how free you become.

4. Expect and accept the unexpected. When you change the rules, pay attention, and make changes to create your intention, you can expect that things will be different in your world. New opportunities will become available. New people will appear in your life. New gifts will be given and received.

5. Say YES more often and be courageous enough to say NO. Huh? Learn to say yes to things that are fun and new. Learn to say yes to risk (a little risk to one person can be a big risk to another). Learn to say yes to gifts from other people. Have the courage to say no to obligations that don’t feed your soul or when your boundaries are intruded upon. When your idea of a good time is staying home and reading a book you don’t have to go out to prove you are a good sport.

Spring Soul Cleansing Ritual

This ritual takes as long as it takes. It isn’t a race, nor do you get extra credit for taking all day. You will know when you are complete with the exercise. Stay with it until you feel that sense of completion.

The intent of the ritual is to clear out the old which may be keeping your from reaching your highest potential. However, nature abhors a vacuum and it is best for you to fill the space you just created by calling in what you want to replace the old.

Decide on a time and place where you will not be disturbed for however long it might take you to finish the ritual. Clear the space of unnecessary and unwanted energy by smudging or sprinkling salt and water with the intent that the space has clean energy and is a protected place for you to go into a conversation with your guides without unwanted entities entering into the conversation.

Lie down, or sit in a comfortable place. Use music if it is helpful. Call on your angels and guides to support you, and guide you, in releasing that which may be in the way of achieving your highest good.

Try to stay open and clear. Allow the images or words to come into your awareness. Stay with the images as long as you wish and simply state, “I release you.”

Next, call on the angels and guides to bring into your awareness that which is in your highest good to replace what you just released.

Take as long as it takes for you to be complete. You will know if you listen.

When I did this ritual recently I realized that fear and self-imposed limitations were in the way of me reaching my highest good.  Now, mind you, I don’t go around afraid every day, but as these words came to me from my guides many images came up.

Writing has always been difficult for me because I’m dyslexic and learned to read and write later than my peers. I realized that the way I integrated dyslexia was a self-limitation and that I have grown beyond the limitations of the condition.

My decision is to replace the limitations I set for myself by embracing my writing abilities and trusting that I will find the newsletter, website text and handouts easier to create.

As I floated in a vague state of letting my angels and guides speak to me more information came through to help me reach my highest potential. As a result of the ritual I know what I’m releasing and what I’m calling in to fill in the space. My soul feels sparkly and clean.

Let me know how this works for you.

Tarot and Empowerment

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the earliest use of the term empowerment was used in 1648 as a legal term to bestow power and authority to a person, government or institution. In other words, the power was given to another.

An issue that sometimes arises with the word “empowerment” is that it contains the word “power”. Power often implies domination and control in a relationship of any kind, or in the social or political arena. In such relationships it’s difficult to take control and create change. When one is empowered, she holds the ability to take control over her own life and make decisions that can change her life.

In recent times the term empowerment has been so overused that it’s become almost a cliché and has lost meaning for a lot of people. Businesses, political and social organizations often make false promises about how employees or community members can become empowered to make their own decisions, only to snatch the power away with rules and hierarchical decision-making.

The Journal of Extension from Connecticut University People Empowering People defines empowerment as a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It is a process that fosters power in people for use in their own lives, their communities and in their society, by acting on issues they define as important.

An article about empowerment by Judi Chamberlin of the National Empowerment Center identified the key elements of empowerment including access to information, ability to make choices, the ability to assert changes and the self-esteem, or self-worth to make it all happen.

How does Tarot relate to empowerment? The cards are a tool to help access information and new perspectives. Information from the cards reveal choices that are open to you and can identify the consequences of making those choices. A reading can reveal the energy you call to yourself according to the choices you make. The information and lessons from the cards can also help the querent work towards self-worth as she becomes accustomed to embracing her own power.

The cards themselves do not empower an individual, rather, it’s the willingness to explore the options, assess the information and take action.

Make sure that when you ask a question for the cards that you frame the question in a way that leads to empowerment. I like to ask questions that include a card for a best course of action, how to do the best course of action and what is most likely to get in the way of completing the best course of action.

If you asked a question and the Justice card came up in the spread in the place of the best course of action, it would indicate that you would be best served by looking at all aspects of the question and consider the consequences. Justice suggests using both your rational and intuitive abilities when considering the action.

If the Hanged One came up in the reading as the best course of action you would do well to get a different perspective about the issue.