Things have been crazy! The energy of the last month has had many of us reeling and feeling uncertain of ourselves and the direction that we are heading. This end of the year shake-up, which also coincides with the wrapping up of the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar (ending in late January), has come to help us shed all that no longer serves us. We have been doing this for the last few months and it has really accelerated in the last few weeks. Spirit is giving us what seem like jarring opportunities and lessons so that we can enter 2014 with clear intentions for our highest good. It is no surprise then that the reading for this week of transition begins with the Compass card. This card reminds us that no matter how disoriented or confused we feel, as long as we maintain a conscious contact with the Divine, we will remain on course. We are entering into a period of new experiences and adventures and the compass allows us to do so feeling supported and loved. No matter how dark the night, if we stay aligned with our higher self and Spirit, we will never be lost.
This is a powerful reminder for us as we move into mid-week and the New Year. As we move into 2014, we are being asked to leave behind those relationships that no longer serve us. This is a tough one. What Spirit is asking us to do with the Coming Apart card is to honor our own path – the one that allows us to feel fulfilled on the highest level and that provides us with the most opportunity for growth. This card is coming to us to ask us to look at the relationships in our lives that no longer uplift us. When we stay with a relationship out of fear or obligation, we cheat ourselves and the other person out of the opportunity to fully express our highest selves. It is time to release these relationships gently and with love so that each individual may flourish.
The end of the week is all about Education. As you set your intentions for the New Year, ask yourself what it is that you’ve been holding back on. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking cooking classes or learning a foreign language. Maybe you want to take up roller skating. Whatever vision it is that you’ve had tucked away, now is the time to take it out. Start this year by honoring your desires. Another meaning of this card, and one that is important as we release the old to bring in the new, is that of being teachable. Allow yourself to be open-minded and know that there are opportunities for learning and growth all around us. Even as we release ourselves from relationships and situations that no longer serve us, we can empower ourselves by being present to the experience and learning through it each step of the way. The crane is with us in this endeavor to provide focus and balance to stay on course.
This week’s reading is from The Enchanted Map oracle cards by Colette Baron-Reid.