Out With the Old, In With the New: January

It’s official, 2020 is here and we’ve already made it through the first week!

A new year always brings new challenges and change. Whether you create resolutions or just keep chugging along, it’s a great time to take a look at where we are in our lives, and how we want to move forward.

The Emperor from Spacious Tarot
The Emperor from the Spacious Tarot by Annie Ruygt and Carrie Mallon Β© 2019

If we take 2020 and break it down, we are left with the number four (2+0+2+0=4). This corresponds to the Emperor card in the major arcana, and tells us that this a great year to build foundations – really start working towards your goals. No more letting things fall to the side; it’s time to get organized and follow through. Share your wisdom and experience, but be open to learning from those around you. Don’t back away from challenges – you are knowledgable, and capable. Harness the energy of the Emperor and take charge of your life!

So, where do we start? For this month’s general reading, I chose a two-cards to represent out with the old, in with the new. Discard old habits and thoughts that no longer serve you, and welcome in a new opportunities and ways of thinking. I went with The Spacious Tarot – new year, new deck.

If you’re looking for more clarity in 2020 and would like a reading to gain some insight, I do offer individual readings on my Tarot Readings page.

Take a look at the four pairs below, and choose the number which feels best to you.

The Spacious Tarot - Choose a number between 1 and 4

Pair One: Two of Wands and the Lovers

Pair One: Two of Wands and the Lovers

You’ve been planning, thinking, weighing options, but not really making any decisions. You have that spark of inspiration, and you’ve done some great groundwork. Whether it be indecision or fear of the unknown, it’s time to put that behind you.

This month the Lovers are giving you a push to go be you. Do what makes you feel alive; follow your heart and your intuition. They won’t steer you wrong. Remember to nourish your relationships as they will help you grow and thrive. You have so much to offer the world, and we can’t wait to see it!

Pair Two: The Moon and Six of Wands

Pair Two: The Moon and Six of Wands

It’s time to stop hiding. It’s easy to retreat into a false reality that we have created for ourselves – a place that feels safe, where we can hide from our fears and anxieties. Unfortunately, this illusion isn’t sustainable and only hurts us in the long run.

Building self-worth and self-confidence takes hard work and doesn’t happen overnight. This month, try to break out of your shell – even if it’s just one small step at a time. Turn off those negative thoughts, and celebrate each accomplishment. Realize that you deserve compliments, praise and support. Get yourself out into the world, and let the sun shine bright on your face. You can achieve success.

Pair Three: Child of Cups and Ace of Swords

Pair Three: Child of Cups and Ace of Swords

You’ve had your fill over the last little while of new ideas and creative ventures. Your curiosity has been through ebbs and flows, and you’ve been able to see where it takes you. It’s a wonderful feeling to be lead by your emotions and imagination, but it’s time to stop swimming in mere possibilities.

For January, move away from your emotions and intuition and focus on thinking logically. You have a lot of great ideas. Choose wisely (and with much thought) which ones you will act upon. Stay on task, and be sure to communicate effectively. Focus and allow that mental breakthrough to happen. If you keep your mind uncluttered, you will find the mental clarity that you need for success.

Pair Four: Seven of Pentacles and the Chariot

Pair Four: Seven of Pentacles and the Chariot

You’ve spent a great deal of time cultivating your skills, and investing in experiences that will benefit you in the future. You’ve shown dedication and perseverance, and you’ve made a lot of great progress in your journey.

However, this month is time to take a step back from the cultivation and put everything you’ve learned into action. You have to offer, and as long as you keep the momentum going, you are well on track to reaching your goals. Take the reins, face challenges head on, and know that as long as you’re putting in the effort, you are unstoppable.

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