I love, love, love the New Year. It’s my favorite holiday by far. I’ve said it before: the feeling of a fresh start makes me happy.
While it’s true that ANY day can be a new beginning, there is something about January 1st that just seems to work for me. It might be the date itself but it also might be due to all the intention I put into this day.
Every year, I pick a theme song for the year and listen to it promptly at midnight. It may seem silly but I swear that it creates magic! As the year progresses, it never ceases to amaze me at how much that theme song seems to represent what’s happening. I swear, it’s uncanny.
I’ve been doing this for years and I’ve also had another little ritual that I’ve been exploring for a few: picking a “word for the year.”
Choosing a word for the year is another way to set an intention or focal point. Putting that energy out into the world attracts more of that energy. It’s law of attraction stuff, friends. Even if you don’t believe in that stuff, I can tell you from experience that it does work. Set your intention, focus your energy on what you want, and the Universe cooperates.
Well, at least it’s worked out like that for me.
There’s another reason to pick a word (or theme song) for the year: it gives you an anchor. For example, if you pick the word “love” and you find yourself getting angry over some injustice in the world, tapping back into your word helps you to shift your focal point towards something positive. It’s good stuff for those times when you feel upset, uninspired, or sad.
That’s because intention is everything. I aspire to always live intentionally.
There are lots of ways to pick a word for the year. You can meditate on it. Or you might want to check out something like Susannah Conway’s excellent Word of the Year workbook (her Unravelling the Year is pretty amazing too – I highly recommend both).
My way: using tarot + a bit of numerology to figure out my word. (You know I have to put a mystical spin to everything I do!)
Here’s how: add your birth month and birthday to the year (in this case, 2017).
Example: 6 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 18
Now grab your Major Arcana and find the card with the corresponding number. In this case, The Moon (you can choose to reduce the number if you wish – for example 1 + 8 = 9 which is The Hermit). From there, use the card as a prompt to find a word. For the Moon, that word might be: mystical, intuitive, change.
You may even want to play with one of those words by consulting your thesaurus. For intuitive, I got these additional words: emotional, instinctual, spontaneous, perceptive, natural.
Here’s a list of all the Majors with some suggested words to play with (The Fool is not included because no one gets 0):
1 – Magician – power, talent, skill, magic, manifest, potential, action
2 – High Priestess – intuition, psychic, feminine, fertile, mystery, receive
3 – Empress – abundance, pleasure, nurture, birth, create, luxurious, harvest, grow, beauty
4 – Emperor – security, stability, powerful, respect, leader, honor
5 – Hierophant – tradition, sacred, teach, guidance, spirituality
6 – Lovers – romance, unity, share, choice, love, connect, cherish, beloved
7 – Chariot – ambition, destiny, willpower, focus, accomplish, victorious
8 – Strength – strong, control, calm, grace, thrive, determined, brave
9 – Hermit – wisdom, inward, peace, solace, enlightenment, quiet, awareness
10 – Wheel of Fortune – change, lucky, fortunate, uplevel, auspicious, blessed, opportunity, prosperity, golden
11 – Justice – balance, integrity, truth, principle, honesty, goodness
12 – Hanged Man – trust, faith, release, surrender, believe
13 – Death – transformation, beginning, transition, metamorphosis, evolve
14 – Temperance – harmony, moderation, centered, gentle
15 – Devil – desire, passion, lust, dominate, flame
16 – Tower – rebel, innovate, revolution, provoke, liberate
17 – Star – hope, inspiration, heal, renew, wish, aspire, imagine
18 – Moon – mystical, change, intuitive, deep, shift, emotional, dream
19 – Sun – joy, happiness, success, passion, freedom, laughter
20 – Judgement – rise, rebirth, awaken, listen, ascend, mission
21 – World – achievement, complete, accomplish, fame, triumph, recognition, expand
Pick your word and then put it somewhere where you can see it every day. I have mine on a little sticky note on the computer and also in my planner. You can even use a program such as Photoshop to create a screensaver for your computer or cellphone! I’ve even had my word stamped on a piece of jewelry one year.
Just make sure it’s somewhere close. Refer to it often throughout the year. See how that word shows up in your life.
This is magic in action. Word to that.
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Got a new deck? Little Red Tarot has this gem for you: Get to know your new tarot deck with the interview spread.
Liz Worth wrote a brilliant post: Why I no longer answer the question “When will I get married?”
Fascinating: the women of Ghana’s witch camps.
OMFG: Trailer homes with mad style.
I got this insanely practical storage case for all my planner supplies. I am IN LOVE.
My little bro got me the Pok Pok cookbook for Christmas. I’m already dreaming of all the things I’m going to make!
Looking for a fun activity this winter? Grab a copy of The Tarot Coloring Book and a big ole box o’ crayons. Make yourself some hot chocolate and color your little heart out!
Santa was good to him: my husband was beyond stoked to receive this kickass 72 count Derwent Inktense Pencil kit with a wooden box.
Every year, I get my copy of Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar. It’s my fave!
I’m not sure if this is cool or terrifying: an octopus knit beanie.
But I am sure that THIS is adorable: octopus and monster wall art.
Wanna learn tarot but don’t have all day? I have a free podcast for you: Tarot Bytes.
What I’m Grateful For
A fresh start
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Cats playing in the yard
Cat-claw proof pjs
Soundtrack for 12/31/16
Word Up by Cameo
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016