Every secular New Year, I do a reading for an overview of the next 12 months and I pull one card as a significator for the coming year, for a total of 13 cards. For 2010 the significator is the Ace of Swords.
This year 2010, will be a time of reckoning. This year focus on tying up loose ends and making things right. Use the obstacles you currently have to show you a new direction and create a better way by eliminating the habits that create these obstacles. There is power in adversity, in that if you are not shown what you need to overcome, you may never learn to do so and continually repeat these habits.
By the power of will and focused intention we can make necessary changes. This will not usually come easily, as the double edge of the sword will require the destruction or elimination of old ways and situations. However, this creates the room in our lives for creating a better future. Clear away anything that is not helpful to you, all the things and situations that are causing the same or similar issues to arise again and again.
Seek help where you need it to make these changes and try not to slip backwards into old habits. Some example situations:
Financial: Maybe you need to seek help from an accountant or make a claim of bankruptcy with a trustee. Changing the negative patterns of financial loss just begins there. Be sure to follow up with a plan of action to prevent the past experiences from happening. If you are owed money or lost money, think about how you got into that situation to learn from it. Did you trust someone with a history of financial irresponsibility? Did a business fall through due to something you had overlooked? Were there circumstances that were not prepared for? Or was it just a sheer lack of planning that got you into a mess? Whatever the situation it is imperative that you learn from it in order to create a better situation from it. If the lessons are not learned, the you are doomed to repeat them.
Work/Career: New methods will be instated and you must keep up. If you are changing jobs or looking for a new career make certain you are up to date with new procedures. There may be a necessity to sacrifice positions and thus, people, in business. If you are a business owner or a manager, you may find these things hard to execute, but you need to analyse and understand the reasons for it. Use compassion, but do not continue old patterns to avoid hard decisions - I assure you, the axe will fall regardless, and it may fall on you (and the other person, also), if this lesson is not learned.
If you are in a situation where you are let go and are looking for work, try very hard to view this as a blessing no matter how difficult your current situation is. See the opportunity of the double-edged sword. There is a quote which applies here:
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer (I have heard this quote comes from Buddha, but I think Albert Schweitzer said it. Although, Buddha has said many similar things.)
Not to be trite or cliche, but this is the single most important key to success. Keep your chin up and send out the energy you wish to attract.
Relationships: This is for all relationships from friendship to romance, to family or spiritual relationships. There are noted changes, distinct changes. Things seem to go from hot to cold or vice-versa. This could be initiated by you, since you may recognize that a relationship is not serving you well, or that this is relationship needs to take a completely new direction. Most importantly, in the re-assessment of the other areas of your life, you will find which relationships are able to make the transitions needed to fit into your new plans and those which are too stuck to do so. If a relationship cannot change to meet the needs of your new situation, or the other person does not consider your needs, then this may be the time to re-assess that relationship too.
The most important relationship we have is the one we have to ourselves. Do not undermine or dismiss the importance of this. Learn from the relationships that do not grow with you to develop relationships that do. Ultimately, denying your own needs will destroy connections you make with others. If you end up feeling hurt all the time, it is probably due to a pattern you have developed that reinforces those self-defeating situations. This year, make a point of changing any relationship patterns that do not serve you well, and remember, if they are not serving you well, they can't possible be in the best interest of anyone else either.
In my next post I will reveal the monthly cards for 2010. I wish everyone the very best for the new year. Blessings on all of you!