Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 29, 2018

Page of Coins, reversed; The Magician

This week's guidance comes from the Page of Coins, reversed.  It indicates that there is a block that's holding you back from going after something that you really want. Whatever this thing is, it has the potential to bring you a lot of happiness, so I encourage you to ask yourself where you've been holding yourself back. Trust what comes up for you.

Perhaps this block stems from feelings unworthiness. To get a better idea, I pulled the bottom card, which is often referred to as the foundation card. It helps us get a better idea of what the underlying energy of the situation is.

The foundation card turned out to be the Magician. The Magician is such a powerful force in the Major Arcana, and it felt like we're afraid of our own power. We're afraid of what happens if succeed.

There's a wonderful quote from Marianne Williamson that speaks volumes about this that I'd like to share with you:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson; A Return to Love

This week's cards encourage you to stop being so afraid. Stop holding yourself back. You are meant to shine, and it's time to let yourself do so.

Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 22, 2018

Nine of Cups, Reversed

Normally, the Nine of Cups is a card of happiness, joy and peace. However, this week it has turned up in the reversed position. I read reversals a little differently than some and, to me, this reversal is about an inward expression of energy.

What this means is that this card feels like its message is about turning inward and discovering the things within us that bring us happiness, joy and peace. When we no longer depend on our outer circumstances to make us happy, we become like a brick in a raging river. The water may be rushing one way or the other, but we remain unchanged and don't allow it to drag us along with it.

Your circumstances are constantly changing, but they can't affect you if you have an inner source of joy. The other great thing about this shift is that the more you start to focus on that peace within yourself, the more it will begin to manifest in your life - "As above, so below. As within, so without."

Discover what it is within you that lights you up and you'll be able to see a clear path even in the darkest of times.

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
— Albus Dumbledore

Abundance Blocks Tarot Spread

I’ve had many clients asking how to open up and create more abundance and prosperity in their lives, so I created a spread to help understand where people are feeling blocked and create a plan to make space for abundance to flow.

Abundance Blocks Tarot

1. Past Influences - These represent energies or situations from your past that are influencing your current abundance mindset.
2. Current Influences - Identifies the energies currently surrounding you and your thoughts/beliefs around abundance.
3. Subconscious Beliefs - Sometimes our subconscious beliefs can be hidden, so this card allows you to bring them up to the light. What subconscious beliefs do you have surrounding abundance and prosperity? How does this card relate to your past Influences card?
4. The Obstacle - What’s standing in your way of allowing abundance to easily flow through your life?
5. A Path Forward - Think of this card as the next step to take to help you welcome more abundance into your life.
6. Higher Guidance - A message from your Spirit Team to help you along this path towards abundance.

If you try it out on your own, please let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below.

Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 15, 2018

This week we have the energy of the Two of Swords coming into our lives.

If you look at the imagery of this particular card, you'll see two swords crossed together underneath a sun that appears to be eclipsed. However, it feels like it's still creating light amidst the darkness.

Swords are a suit that corresponds with our mental processes and communication. Coupled with the fact that this is a number two, it felt like the message coming through is in regards to the decisions we have to make this week. Yes, we make decisions every single day, but with the sun being eclipsed, it feels like we don't have everything we need in order to make a decision that feels aligned with our higher good. There's something we might not yet have that would help us make the best choice.

Therefore, this card would suggest that you not be afraid in asking for what you need prior to making a decision. Don't be afraid to hold off on any decisions until you have what you need from someone or something. When you're advocating for yourself, you're able to get a big picture view rather than feeling like you're stumbling in the dark.

This week's message, plain and simple: Don't be afraid to ask.

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Tarot Forecast for the Week of January 8, 2018

As I was shuffling the cards this week, the image of a rose came into my mind.  I've had a couple rose bushes for a few years, and I know the amount of work they require. You can't just plop a rosebush down and expect it to grow without any care. They need plenty of sunshine, water, pruning, fertilizer, and other beneficial things like egg shells and coffee grounds.


As this image of the rose faded from my mind, the Ten of Pentacles came leaping out of the deck. To me, this is a card of abundance, prosperity, and essentially represents the life of your dreams.

While looking at the card I began to think about how those dreams don't just appear out of thin air. They take work, just like a rosebush. You can't just set your intention and expect everything to happen without any work on your part.

Think of your intentions as a tiny seed you plant in the ground. In order to help that seed grow into its full potential, you have to nurture it. You help it blossom by pruning old habits and beliefs that no longer serve you, and taking steps towards it every single day. The more love and attention you give it, the stronger it will grow. But, like a tiny seedling, if you neglect it for too long, it will just wither and die.

This week, you're being asked to plan out how you can give those intentions the love and care they need in order to thrive. Maybe it's something as simple as placing that phone call you've been putting off or starting to build your website. Whatever it is, do it! Take that step because both you and your dreams deserve it.

New Year Intentions, Not Resolutions

Happy new year, you beautiful Lightworkers!

It's that time of year when everyone is knee deep in their new year resolutions. We're cutting out carbs or sweets, hitting the gym five times a week and doing everything we can to try and feel better about ourselves. Then, come February all of this will die out and most of these resolutions will fail or stop being prevalent for us.

I'd like to invite you to try something new this year. Instead of setting resolutions, try setting intentions based on how you want to feel in the year ahead. For example, instead of "I'm going to lose 25 pounds," say something like, "I am fit and feel confident about my body."

Phrase your intention in the present tense as if it has already happened and include emotional words to help give it that extra oomph. By phrasing it this way and adding in emotion, you're essentially tricking your brain into thinking it has already happened. This helps to raise your vibration to match whatever it is (especially if you're expressing gratitude for it), and the Universe can't help but to bring it into your life.

Spend a few minutes every day reading your intentions. I keep a list by my bed and on my phone, so that I can read them as soon as I get up and throughout the day. I recommend choosing one a day to spend a few minutes visualizing and really feeling the emotion associated with it. With the example above, you could visualize people complimenting you on your appearance or feeling really awesome in your swimming suit at the beach.

When you say "I'm going to lose 25 pounds," that's all you focus on. Then you tear yourself apart if you don't meet your goal by the time you decided you would. When you say, "I am fit and feel confident about my body," you have the opportunity to manifest this multiple ways.

Perhaps you start with some mirror talk telling yourself how beautiful you are. Maybe you take up a daily exercise regimen or start being more mindful about what you're putting into your body. You end up creating multiple beneficial practices that aid in manifesting your intention instead of just focusing on losing that 25 pounds.

Give it a try and see what you think! I'd love to hear what you're manifesting this year in the comments below.

If you'd like some help setting your intentions for the year ahead or need help identifying and overcoming the obstacles that are stalling your momentum, consider booking a reading with me. Together, we'll develop a plan to help you start living fearlessly and creating the life of your dreams.

Every Critic is a Messenger

Think about the last criticism you received that really hurt you. You know, the one that felt like a punch to the gut, sucking all the air out of the room. The one that made all of your walls go up and the alarms start ringing.

Mine was this past week. I was told "You are disgusting," because I make a living as a spiritual coach and sell assorted products that are within that same umbrella. It might be hard to believe, but that one sentence put me out of commission for a few hours.

I think I went through an entire spectrum of emotions -- First, I was flabbergasted, then angry, followed by being upset, sad and defeated. It wasn't until I took a second to separate from the thoughts racing through my head that I heard a familiar voice saying, "Every critic is a messenger." 

Every critic is a messenger. They are simply holding a mirror up to you and showing you your internal dialogue.
— Sue Bryce

BAM! It was no longer about this random Instagram commenter. This was about me and my own thoughts and beliefs. If the comment didn't hold any type of "truth" for me, it wouldn't have had such an enormous impact on my day. I put the word truth in quotation marks because it's more my own perception (based on my internal dialogue) than it is an actual truth.

I knew that deep down there was an old way of thinking trying to creep back in, and that I needed to acknowledge it and let it go. I reread the comment again realizing that, in essence, what made me feel so awful was being told I was disgusting for making money doing what I do.

I've been working through my abundance blocks for many years. I've uncovered quite a bit of shame and guilt around money that I've carried around for a while, and I'm learning to let go of it. It's a daily process and some days are more difficult than others, but I've been making good headway in removing those blocks and being open to abundance and prosperity. It seems my message from this critic was that there's still work to be done in this area.

When I examined the actual truth around this situation all of that mental anguish melted away. Am I disgusting for making a living helping to empower people to create a kick-ass life? No, definitely not. Am I disgusting for creating and selling products that I've used to deepen my spiritual practice and improve my own life? Nope. Am I disgusting for making money doing something that I love and that lights me up? No. Suddenly, this "truth" didn't hold up. It was an old abundance block (aka guilt) popping back up, but by acknowledging it I was able to easily let it go.

Every critic gives you an incredible gift because you're being shown where it is you have room to grow. Next time someone criticizes you, take the time to dive into the criticism. What is it that they said that affects you so much and where do you see that in your own mindset? By acknowledging it and working through it, you'll finally be able to let it go.


Change Your Story, Change Your Life

Yesterday morning I received a text from the Market Director for the farmers market I read at that said that there were a lot of last minute vendor cancellations, so the market was going to be very small for the day.

I thought, "Great! Today is going to be so slow, and no one will stop by because there won't be many vendors. It's going to suck." However, the second that thought passed through my head I paused. Why would I want to create that reality? If I tell myself it's going to suck and be slow then it will be. Instead, I took that moment to change my story.

I acknowledged that it was okay for me to be frustrated with vendors cancelling at the last minute, but then I told myself that I was going to have an awesome day and be able to help a lot of people. Lo and behold, I had one of the best days I've ever had at the farmers market. I had some powerful readings and connected with so many awesome people, and it's all because I changed my story and expected it to happen.

If I would have continued to tell myself that the day was going to be miserable, I would have stayed at that lower vibration and not have attracted so many great people over to my booth. I would have been repelling energy instead of attracting it. In order to manifest the things we desire, we have to be on their same vibration; otherwise, they're unable to come into our lives.

You can dramatically change your day if you just shift the story you're telling yourself. Start as soon as you get out of bed. Do you wake up and immediately proclaim you didn't get enough sleep or do you get up and decide that something extraordinary is going to happen to you today? You'll cut yourself off at the legs if you say things like "I don't have enough time," because you won't if that's what you believe. Flip that story on its head by saying something like, "I create time for the things that are most important to me."

A Short Biological Explanation 

Your brain is always changing and adjusting according to the things you learn, which is also known as plasticity. When you first start changing your story, the information you put in is originally stored in your short-term memory. However, over time it shifts to your long-term memory and your old story is let go of through a process called synaptic pruning. Basically, the synapses used to confirm your old story become so weak that they are eventually "pruned" from the brain.

Take note of the stories you're telling yourself throughout the upcoming week and decide whether they're serving you or not. If not, start telling new ones that will help you create a life you love. It might feel like learning something new for the first time, but if you keep at it eventually it will become your predominant story and the old ones will no longer control your life.

The Best Way To Level Up Your Manifestation Game

The most effective way to become a master manifester is to practice gratitude.

It's really that simple.

Gratitude has such a super high vibration that when we start engaging with it, it helps to raise our own vibration to match the frequency of the things we wish to attract into our lives. If we continually practice it every day, the Universe can't help but work its magic and help us manifest our dreams.

Now, you can't just make it a "one and done" deal. There's no authenticity behind that. Gratitude is something that must be practiced authentically and consistently in order to supercharge your manifesting powers.

Start small by expressing gratitude for three things right when you wake up or before you go to bed -- and really feel grateful for them! Then, expand your practice and start expressing gratitude in the moment for the the things you encounter throughout the day.

These things don't have to be huge. You can be grateful for the beautiful flower you saw on a walk, the sound of the birds chirping outside your window, the great book you read, or even a hug from a friend.

While all those things sound lovely, we also have to be grateful for the "bad" things in our lives. When we're grateful for those bumps and obstacles in our path, we're accepting responsibility for them as the creator of our life and the fact that we've manifested them in order to help us evolve. Everything occurs in alignment with our vibration.

One technique to help you through those difficult times is to pause and say out loud, "I am grateful for this because ___________." For example, as an actor I face rejection a lot. You're never going to book everything you audition for. So, rather than expending my energy complaining about not booking a show, I'll say, "I'm really grateful for this audition because it allowed me the time to practice my craft."

The more you start incorporating gratitude into your daily life, the higher your vibration will be, and the easier it will become to manifest your desires. Start small and pretty soon you'll see how gratitude can change your life.


Using Failure to Create Success | The Intrepid Hearts

There is no innovation and creativity without failure
— Brené Brown

"You will fail."

This is how I start one of the first games I play with my Improv students every semester. It's called the Impossible Scene game. There are only five rules that the players must follow, and if they break any of them the entire class yells out "IMPOSSIBLE!", bursts into wild applause, and two new players jump onstage ready to go. Typically, I'll get the next pair of players by shouting out, "Who's ready to fail next?!"

You would think that if you told someone that they would fail at a game they wouldn't even want to try to do it. However, that's never been the attitude I've seen in class. These kids can barely wait to get up onstage to try and complete the game even though I've already told them that they're going to fail at it. Often times, multiple kids rush to the stage to play.

This is the whole point of the game. I want my students to be unafraid of falling flat on their face, and if that does happen, I want them to get back up and go at it again. As audience members, I want them to cheer on their classmates whenever they fail because it's important to celebrate that that person dares to fail.

Recently, I started thinking about what would happen if we embodied the energy of these students playing the Impossible Scene game every day of our lives. I feel like we'd see a transformation. Instead of allowing our perceived failures to stop us, we'd jump right back into the ring ready to try again.

Rather than feeling like we have to go at it alone, we'd build a community of people ready to cheer us on and encourage us to keep going should we "mess up". We'd be more empathetic about other peoples' failures because we'd know that they were trying their best. Instead of tearing others down, we'd build them up.

I'd like to challenge you this week to play your own version of the Impossible Scene game. If you fall on your face, don't tear yourself apart. Celebrate the fact that you totally kicked ass trying, get back up, and get back to work. Whatever you do, don't stop moving forward! Use what you've learned from each failure to innovate and create something magnificent.

Now, who's ready to fail?

Working Through Fear Even When It Scares You | The Intrepid Hearts


Fear has been pretty prevalent in my life this past week, but now that I've made it to the other side, I'd like to share what I learned.

Last week was a big leap for my practice. I had been thinking about creating and offering my own energy cleansing spray as well as beginning to carry crystals to help my clients on their journey. Finally, last month I pulled the trigger and started creating a "High-Vibe Energy Cleansing Mist" as well as ordering crystals.

It all culminated this past Sunday when I was set to bring my sprays and crystals to the farmer's market I read at every week. Instead of waking up excited, I woke up with a knot in my stomach - "What if no one likes them? What if people think it's stupid?" Instead of listening to these fears I sat down at my altar space and meditated, and that's when it all clicked.

What if we used our fears to guide us like a map? If I'm afraid of something, doesn't that just show me where I have more room to grow? Because when I start moving through that fear, eventually it doesn't scare me any more and I've grown because of it.

When we start working through these fears we begin learning lessons we might not have otherwise been able to learn. I think a lot of the times, when our fear is the loudest, it typically means we're on the cusp of a huge transformation. We just have to be willing to start walking in that direction.

Because my fears had been on full blast that morning, I realized this was definitely the next big step for me. I packed up my stuff and headed to the market where I had the most amazing day with clients. Not only were my new offerings a success, but I was able to use them to help so many people. I felt empowered and uplifted, and now I'm even more excited to take the next steps in my practice.

Try it for yourself! The next time you're feeling fearful, sit down and befriend your fear. Ask what messages it has for you, then take a moment to thank it for its wisdom and let it go. Then, get up and start moving towards whatever it is that's scaring you. I'm not saying it will be easy, but you'll come out on the other side empowered and transformed.

Trusting Your Intuition When Your Fear Won't Shut Up | The Intrepid Hearts

I used to feel like there was a war being waged in my head. I'd decide that I was going to do something, but then I'd hear those dreaded words -- "Yeah, but what if..." and my fears would start spinning a different tale in my head. They'd show me how things couldn't work the way I had imagined them and then I'd start doubting myself.

Our fears are powerful, but they're not malicious. They're our ego's way of protecting us, but since the ego is afraid of the unknown they rarely allow us to venture beyond our comfort zone.

Want to try a new business offering? "What if people think it's dumb?" Want to leave your miserable, soul-sucking job? "What if you can't make money doing anything else?" There's another way though!

When I stopped letting fear govern my life and started trusting my intuition, I noticed a profound shift. My fears started to quiet down and take a back seat. After a while, those "what if" questions became things like "What if I succeed?", "What if everyone loves it?", "What if I can make money doing something I love?"

There are many theories as to what exactly intuition is. I believe it's our energetic connection to the collective unconscious. It's able to see beyond what we can see with our eyes, and it can offer us insightful guidance along our journey when we start listening to it. I'd like to offer you a few ways to help you tune in and start trusting your own intuition:

1. Body Dowsing

Our bodies are connected to our intuition, so here's an easy way to start listening.  Stand with your feet about hip-width apart with your weight centered between the pads of your feet and your heels. Close your eyes and start repeating the word "Yes" until your body either starts to sway backwards or forwards. Take note of which way your body sways for "Yes". Next, recenter yourself and do the same thing with the word "No". Now you have a simple way of asking your body yes or no questions!

All you need to do is center yourself, ask the question and take note of which way your body sways. You can even use this technique while grocery shopping to see what foods your body needs. Hold a piece of fruit in your hands, focus on it, and see which way you start to sway. Is it your "Yes" or "No" response?

2. Your Inner Compass

This is a great way to find out how "yes" and "no" feel in your body. It's kind of like creating your own inner compass. During a meditation, after you've grounded and centered yourself, silently ask yourself what "Yes" feels like for you. Take note of any emotions, sensations, images, or colors that come up. Then do the same for "No".

For me, "Yes" is an expansive feeling in my stomach, a deep peacefulness and the color yellow. "No" is a tightening in my heart or throat accompanied by a dark, murky green color.

You can use this at any time. Thinking about that new business offering? Take a moment to center yourself and ask. See which of your responses come up.

3. Use a Pendulum

You can buy a pendulum at any metaphysical store or you can make your own by tying a weighted object to the end of a string or chain. Find or create one that resonates with you.

Imagine yourself surrounded by a white bubble of light and set the intention to connect with your higher self to receive guidance that serves your greatest good. Holding the end of the chain between your thumb and pointer finger, ask to see your "Yes". Watch the movements of the pendulum and take note of it's response. Is it swinging vertically? Horizontally? Moving in a circle? Once you've gotten a response, say "Thank you." Then, do the same process for "No".

During this process your body is performing little micro-movements based on the messages it's receiving from your intuition. It's best to work with a pendulum when you're feeling centered and you're not too fired up about the particular subject you're asking about. Otherwise, you might start deliberately trying to cause it to swing a certain way.

I'd be lying if I said that I no longer have any fears or that everything is sunshine and rainbows now. However, when I started trusting the messages I was receiving I noticed that the unknown didn't seem so scary, and when it did I'd simply thank my fear for wanting to keep me safe, but I'd let it know that it wasn't going to control my life anymore.

You'll find that the more you start trusting your intuition, the more opportunities and growth you'll experience. Instead of making decisions steeped in fear, you'll feel confident moving forward because you're being guided by love.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | The Intrepid Hearts

Recently, I've been exploring the concept of minimalism and have become quite fond of The Minimalists. So fond, in fact, that I'm already a week ahead of myself in the minimalism game that they put out. However, this isn't about that. It's about the realization I came to when I felt like I was being attacked for my new found passion of getting rid of stuff to make room for the things that add value to my life.

The other night I found out that The Minimalists would be doing a talk close to where I live, so I invited a few people to come along. Granted, they are not as into minimalism as I am, but I love sharing new ideas with others, especially if I feel like those ideas could help improve peoples' lives.

After they declined the invitation, I felt like they were starting to tear into minimalism and my interest in it, so I tried to explain the concept as best as I could. I found myself getting upset and defensive, but then I remembered that people are only mirrors reflecting back at us. 

This had nothing to do with them, they were simply reflecting back my own insecurities regarding this drastic change in my life. It was as if my ego was screaming, "What the hell have you been doing?!" I paused to take a moment to acknowledge my fear, feel it, and then I consciously made the decision to let it go. Within minutes, the whole energy around the situation had changed and I was back to my normal self. I didn't feel attacked anymore and my entire body felt so much lighter.

People are simply mirrors reflecting back at us. If there's someone you don't care for, ask yourself what it is that you don't like about them. Then, ask yourself, "Where do I do that same thing in my own life?" Once you've identified it, feel it and release it. The reason you don't like them is because you're seeing something within yourself that you don't like being mirrored back at you. 

If you take the time to identify, feel and start releasing these things you'll notice that your spirit becomes lighter, your vibes run higher, and the things that used to bother you stop getting under your skin.


Superhero Tarot Spread | The Intrepid Hearts

A week or two ago I was watching Spiderman: Homecoming when the idea for this Tarot spread popped into my mind. We all have things that we keep secret, masks that we wear depending on who we're with, strengths and weaknesses, so why not learn to harness these energies to help us serve the highest good? 

I've included the spread positions and explanations of each card below. If you try it out, please leave a comment and let me know how it goes!

  1. Your Secret Identity - The things you keep buried deep for no one (possibly including yourself) to see.
  2. The Mask You Wear - What you’re showing the outside world.
  3. Your Greatest Superpower - Where you’re currently excelling
  4. Your Weakness - Where you can improve
  5. Your Closest Ally -  The energy that will help you serve the highest good
  6. Your Arch Nemesis - The energy that’s will hold you back

Life is Empty and Meaningless | The Intrepid Hearts Tarot

The other day I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed that my friend had posted "Life is empty and meaningless." I was concerned, so I commented on the post asking for a some clarification. Within an hour, she commented back:

"It's actually a lot better than it sounds. It's part of an exercise of creating new possibilities and choosing the meaning we assign to our lives (rather than assuming it has inherent meaning that we can't choose... It's an interesting exercise if nothing else, right?). My life is definitely full of meaning"

I love this exercise because I feel like it totally embodies the idea of "change your story, change your life". Many people move through their day believing that life just happens to them, that they're a victim of circumstance and they have no control over it.

I'm a believer that thoughts become things. If you're continually telling yourself "There's never enough" or "I'm no good at this" then you'll keep attracting circumstances that prove those thoughts to be true. But, if you deliberately start changing your story you'll have unlimited potential. 

Start looking at each day as a blank canvas on which you can create anything you want. Don't look to the past to define your future. One of my favorite exercises is to wake up each morning and proclaim "Something extraordinary is going to happen to me today!" Then, I spend the rest of the day playing a game to find that extraordinary thing.

What would happen if you start thinking "I'm going to kick so much ass at this!" the next time you start a project, or "Things are always working out for me in the best possible way." any time you face an obstacle?

Can you imagine the change that you would see? You'd be unstoppable because you would be actively co-creating your future instead of believing it's outside of your control. And, if you "fail" (FAIL = First Attempt in Learning), you'd get back up, review what you learned, and keep moving forward towards your dreams!

What stories are you telling yourself that aren't serving you? How can you change those stories to start empowering yourself? Leave a comment below, and let's chat about them!

Unlock Your Creativity with Tarot | The Intrepid Hearts

"I'm not good enough."

I used to tell myself this all the time. I'd hold myself back from going after opportunities because I was continually telling myself that I wasn't good enough. Slowly but surely, I was stifling my creativity because I'd find more excuses not to use it than allowing myself to harness this innate freedom of expression.

We're all born creative individuals. When we're children we create all sorts of artwork, songs, skits, etc. without any worries. However, as we grow older we start censoring ourselves, judging our work and comparing it to others. Soon we start deciding that our creations aren't "good enough", so we stop allowing ourselves to use our creative muscle.

Comparison is the thief of joy.
— Theodore Roosevelt

I believe that the act of creation is a deeply spiritual and personal process, and that Tarot has the ability to help us tune in and reconnect with ourselves so that we can create something that resonates with us on a soul level.

When we create from this space we stop comparing our work to others because our focus shifts to birthing our creations into the world. Today I'd like to offer some exercises for using Tarot to reconnect with your creativity and make something that deeply resonates with you.

How Does It Feel?

*I'm using painting as an example, but please note that this exercise can be used with many different things. You can use this to develop a song, the mood of a story or picture, choreography for a dance, the set design of a play -- the possibilities are endless!

Let's say you're staring at a blank canvas, frozen because you don't know where to start. Shuffle the cards and pull one. Acknowledge your first reaction to the card, but continue to gaze at it. Notice what images, emotions and sensations come up for you while taking in this card. How does it make you feel? Elated? Numb? Are there butterflies in your stomach or do your feet feel like lead blocks? Whatever it is, pick up your brush and start painting using those feelings and sensations as your inspiration.

What's the Story?

If you're a writer feeling blocked, your Tarot cards can help! Shuffle your deck, pull a card, and start telling the story you see in the picture on the card. How can you incorporate this into your own story? Could it help create a new plot line or character?

Creating Characters

As an actor, this exercise is fun for me. If I feel like I need help developing a character I'll ask my cards for inspiration. Then I incorporate whichever card I pull into the character. For example, maybe I pull the High Priestess so I decide that my character has a secret. I define what that secret is based on the text to help add a more depth. You can use the cards to define how a character moves, talks, etc.

Asking for Inspiration

Maybe you want to start a new creative endeavor, but you're not exactly sure what that is just yet. You can ask the cards for inspiration and then pull a few. See what ideas pop up while looking at them and then get started creating with these in mind. Maybe you're an artist and you pull the Emperor, so your next piece could be a reflection of strength and power, filled with lots of straight lines and right angles.

These are just a few of the exercises I've created for myself, but there's no doubt in my mind that you'd be able to find many more uses for the Tarot to help inspire your creativity. My biggest piece of advice is to find what resonates with you and continue moving in that direction. 

It might feel strange at first because our creative muscle starts to atrophy if we stop using it, but the more you continue creating from that soul space, the stronger it will become and soon you'll find yourself back in that creative flow.

If you'd like help busting through your creative blocks, consider booking a reading. Together we'll see what's holding you back and develop a plan to help you move forward.

Can the Tarot Predict My Future? | The Intrepid Hearts Tarot

"When people say the cards can predict the future, what they really mean is the cards can reveal to you the most likely destination of your current journey, based on which forks you've chosen to take in the road. When you make adjustments, you change your future."

It's time for a confession.

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Like many people, I used to believe that the Tarot cards were used to predict the future. I thought they could tell people the name of their soulmate or when they'd land their dream job. It wasn't until I started learning how to read Tarot that I found that the card's true purpose was more aligned with providing the insight and guidance necessary to allow us to create our own future, preferably one we loved.

As human beings, I believe we all have freewill; therefore, our future is not set in stone. I feel the Tarot is like an energetic snapshot of our life at the moment of the reading, and it gives us answers and projections based on those energies that are currently surrounding us. Because of our freewill, we always have the ability to change the outcome.

What's the big deal about Tarot then?

Since everything is connected energetically, we receive the cards that are meant for us in that time and space. They allow us to tap into the collective unconscious to bring forth the messages we need to move forward or create change in our lives. It's like receiving a personalized map or trail guide for the crazy adventure that is life.

The key here is to use the map we've been given to take action. If you're not taking action based on your readings you're just hoarding information, and that's not serving anyone. You'll just stay stuck in the same place. However, if you take action based on the guidance you've received from your reading, you'll soon start to see the future you want to create unfold before your very eyes.

So, no, I don't believe the Tarot can predict the future, but I do think it's a fantastic tool to help empower you to create a life you truly love.

If you're ready to live fearlessly, bust through your blocks and create a life you love, click below to book an Eye Opener Tarot reading.