Happy March, the days of rebirth as the days grow longer, weather is unpredictable and flowers burst from the earth. It’s a time to nurture yourself and others as exemplified by Sustenance, the Empress in traditional decks, that corresponds with the third month.
March is named after Mars, the god of war and agriculture. Likewise Coventina, the Celtic Goddess of water and sacred wells is also celebrated. Much like the Tarot of Empowerment card Sustenance described below, Coventina nourishes, replenishes and inspires those around her. Her symbols of the chalice and wells represent births from the earth’s womb.
Bunnies and eggs are March symbols of fertility and new beginnings. The yoke of the egg represents the sun (male energy), while the white represents the moon (female energy). Throughout many cultures the egg signifies the promise of wonderful things to come in life.
Please, take some time in the next few days to decide what you want to create in the coming months. What do you want to bring into the light? What seeds in your life do you want to nurture and grow? Go to the free daily draw at Tarot of Empowerment.com and ask what card will have the energy to personally help you grow your dreams.
Blessings and hugs,
The photo in the header is from Bayview, WA as we come into March.
Card for March is Sustenance (Empress)
Sustain us with love and compassion;
Lead us to new possibilities.
Help us grow and nurture us
As we move through the world.
Sustenance represents the time to nurture yourself in order to become empowered to use your words and skills as tools to strengthen worthy causes and people around you.
Practice honing your abilities as a compassionate leader, and your intellect and skills to sustain those in your sphere. Recommit to the welfare of nature and the earth as well as to people. You will find that you are abundant in all ways. When you are strong, be generous in what you give to help empower others.
Personal Cleansing and Energy Release Ritual
Light a candle and take a bath with scented water. Use a flat stone, butter knife or other implement to signify cutting loose all attachments. Start with the intention that you are releasing EVERYONE, knowing that at the end of the ritual those that love and support you will reattach.
Go over your body with the implement from head to toe while repeating, “I release all cords.” Be as thorough as possible. Any places you miss (like your back) will be okay because your guides understand your intention. The images of people and scenes may come up. Just let them pass like a slide show. Some scenes may be surprising or of people you have forgotten. Don’t stop to analyze, just let them all go.
Stay in the bathtub so that you don’t track the psychic “gunk” in your living space while you drain the water. Turn the shower on and wash yourself from head to toe. Invite healthy re-attachments by saying, “I invite only those who love and support me to re-attach to my heart and soul.”
Often people have told me that the water actually feels oily or dirty at the end of the bath and are very happy to take the shower. Expect to be tired at the end of the ritual. I suggest taking a nap rather than going to bed for the night so that you can remember information that comes to you as you sleep.
Once you have done this ritual it’s important to break the habit of giving energy to what you have released. Each time you think about or have a reminder about what was cleansed say, “release,” and brush the thought away. In the beginning you most likely will need to say this numerous times, but eventually you will cease to give energy to those negative thoughts and you will be truely cleansed.
If you could, would you?
The theme of many readings lately has been around the dilemma concerning what a person thinks s/he “should” be doing, rather than what the person wants to do. In a moment, I’ll let you know how being a victim of my own limited thinking delayed my commitment to what has become my life’s passion and purpose.
In almost every instance, including my own, there was a presumption that what the person wanted to do was not viable, proper or possible. In every case the cards pointed out that the person’s “should” and “want” were not contradictory.
In every case it was a matter of rephrasing either the “should” or the “want.” Let’s look at two examples. We’ll call person one, Sam. Sam wanted to go have fun, going to festivals where people want to transform the world, listening to music and meeting like minded people. However, he had started a business and felt that the business was what he “should” be doing. Well, the reading showed that what Sam really needed to do was to combine the festivals and the business. His product was perfect for the festival crowd and his presence there promoted his business as well as his personal philosophy.
The second example actually comes from my own life. Every time I made a career move in the last 15 or 20 years I felt a nudge from Spirit to do the work I love: tarot, coaching, teaching and healing. Each time my ego convinced me that I needed a “real” job and I continued to do my spiritual work on the side because I thought that’s what I should do. That is, until one night when I heard a voice say, “You will never make another dime unless you put us in the middle of your work.” In the morning the same voice said, “Remember, not one more dime.” And here I am, writing to you.
Once I reframed what I do, using language that embraces what I actually do, I was thrilled. I am an Empowerment Coach and I use Tarot as a tool to provide new perceptions and begin new conversations for my clients.
I invite you to go to the one card draw and ask the cards for the key for you to be able to do what you want.
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