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A Three Card Tarot Reading for 2017

Holidays, SpiritualityMarisol DahlComment
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While I am not an expert in reading the tarot, I do enjoy pulling out my deck every once in a while. I find the tarot to be a wonderful channel for mindfulness, with each card a prompt to contemplate where we are, what we have, and how we might focus for the future. 

One of my favorite traditions is to do a three-card spread on New Year's Eve as a way to reflect and align for the year ahead. The first card represents the past—maybe the big lesson or dominant energy of the year that is concluding. The second card signals where one is right now: how we're feeling and what's top of mind. The third card sheds light on the future. 

Here's my three-card spread:

Past: The Magician 

Representing "self-empowerment, action, and expansive energy." This year may have been quite tough in terms of public and political affairs, but personally it was oh so sweet and powerful. I felt many things come into greater harmony and alignment, which lent me the strength and ability to confidently take action on some personal projects. 

Present: Father of Pentacles

A "steady, entrepreneurial" figure. The past few weeks has seen me returning to side projects with a renewed passion, as a way to gain a sense of stability. Things have definitely been quiet outwardly, but on the inside ideas are brewing. And with the holidays, this past month (especially this week) has seen a shift towards family, home, and personal nesting. Right now I am focused on nurturing my entrepreneurial side and setting strong foundations for the new year. 

Future: Daughter of Pentacles

"Hard working, responsible, and vast amounts of inner strength." This card is fairly spot on in describing my role at work and with my clients, as I am a behind the scenes figure and seek to provide a sense of calm and stability. The future will have me rely on the strengths and skills that have already taken me so far. I'm more than happy to keep going. 

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If you're interested, I am using The Wild Unknown tarot deck and guidebook. This year I also performed a 13-card spread. It's a rather future-oriented set-up, but a nice reminder of the mystery and thrill of everything to come. Happy New Year! 

Infusing The Holiday Spirit

Happiness, HolidaysMarisol DahlComment

During my senior year of college, I wrote a whole term paper on the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I spent a good chunk of my finals period talking about Starbucks and copy-and-pasting Tweets with emojis into my paper. As a complete holiday nut, that was fine by me. 

In my study, I found that the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become a substitute for age-old traditions we don't really have time for. In our crazy-busy lives, we can't always manage the fall festivity line-up: pumpkin carving, pie baking, walking in parks surrounded by the beautiful fall foliage, jumping in leaves, decorating for the holidays.

But the Pumpkin Spice Latte saves us. Its smell is comforting and nostalgic. It brings us back to relaxed childhood days. We incorporate it into our morning coffee ritual easily, so holiday merry-making is effortless. The PSL is "fall in a cup" and provides just enough break with the ordinary routine to make one feel as if he or she is having a nice holiday treat without threatening regular work and life duties.

And okay. Maybe Instagramming a Pumpkin Spice Latte instead of going on a family hayride is just another way that we are being lazy and "busy" and self-important.  Maybe we really are just blindly buying into the crazy Starbucks marketing ploy.

It's important to be mindful of that—those things that we lean on with maybe a little too much importance. But we should also honor the role these little things play in our lives. After all, we just want to join in on the festivity of the season however we can.

In a world plagued with fear of missing out, a culture of "busyness," and just a pinch of commitment-phobia, maybe we should be more embracing of the small things we can do to brighten our days and infuse a little holiday spirit.

Personally, Starbucks syrups leave me sick. So while I happily enjoy watching others delight in the red cup festivities, I find other ways to get in the holiday mood and soak up as much of this time of year as I can. 

How to Infuse the Holiday Spirit Into Your Day

Listen to Spotify holiday playlists. No need to labor over compiling the perfect playlist. Have it softly playing in the background as you work, do laundry, shower, and get ready for the day.

Burn a holiday candle. Make the house smell like fresh-baked Christmas cookies, a real fir Christmas tree, or fall spices. 

Wear that one red sweater you have in the back of your closet. Everyone will think you put so much thought and effort into your holiday season style. And this simple change-up will help you feel much more festive. 

How do you (effortlessly) keep in the holiday spirit?