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Affect Your Reality With Tarot Cards

Did you know that 90% break their New Year's resolutions by the time February rolls around?

Totally true.

One of the reasons I feel this happens is that resolutions tend to be too rigid and specific. It’s like engraving a narrow goal into stone. There’s a feeling of dread and fear when pondering a resolution: can I do it? Will I do it? Should I tell people about it for accountability? But what if I fail?

MittensCheat just once on a resolution, and the floodgates of shame and guilt are thrown wide open.

To make yourself feel better—or in a fit of throwing up your hands and saying “What the hell…I can’t do this anyway”—you toss the resolution out the window, continuing to do what you’ve been doing…for the last few years. Or even decades.

But intentions? So very different, in my opinion.

Intentions are mini-maps that gently guide you towards your desired destination—specific enough to get you there, but general enough to allow for serendipity, sight-seeing and even short-cuts.

I see intentions as a form of course correction, too. Just like an airplane pilot makes dozens of course corrections during a flight, so, too, intentions help us aim the nose of our “plane” in a particular direction to get us to where we want. If we veer off-course, experience extreme turbulence or lose our way—no worries! We can just consult our intentions once again to point our nose in the desired direction.

And, it just so happens that I've written a brand new eBook that not only shows you how to course-correct on a daily (or hourly) basis--but also provides you with 78 mini-maps (Tarot cards) and the hundreds of emotional, physical, mental, relational, spiritual and vocational states that you may want to enhance, invite or ameliorate: Affect Your Reality With Tarot Cards.

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The short answer is “Quantum Physics”, but a thorough treatment of that topic is beyond the scope of this book, although it is its foundation.

Manly P. Hall once said, “The individual who is unable to control his mind will be its victim.”

Intentions help us harness the mind’s extraordinary capabilities to affect the field of matter and energy—what we call “reality”.

Experiments in Quantum Physics have shown that photons can behave as either a wave or a particle. When photons are consciously observed and measured, they act as particles. Myriad studies have proven over and over that the only difference between whether a photon behaves as a wave or a particle is the scientists observing, and attempting to measure, a photon.

Consciously observing, and acting upon, energy and objects changes their behavior.

There have even been studies with plants where a researcher will light a match and put it next to a leaf. Electrodes show the plant “screaming”. But that’s not all. When a group of scientists filed into a room filled with plants—including the researcher—the plant that almost got burned “screamed” when the match holder got near it.

It knew which researcher brought it discomfort and fear.

Life treesIn the book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, author Peter Wohlleben relates how trees live in families, warn others of danger and even have “friends”. (I kid you not: a tree prevents its branches from encroaching upon “friends” beside it, but will allow wild growth to interfere with a non-friend. One tree even grew differently on one side because a “friend” was next to it).

If all this is true for plant life—how much truer would it be for humans, who give off all sorts of electro-magnetic signals?

At a molecular level, everything is vibrating—even objects that appear quite solid, like a boulder or a couch or tree. In fact, most of what’s there (if you look under a microscope) is empty space.

When we vibrate at a certain level, or consciously try to affect the field of “reality”, we do, in fact, change some aspects of it.

In his book How Quantum Activism Can Save Civilization, physicist Amit Goswami, Ph.D.—featured in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? And author of the book God Is Not Dead—writes:

To change possibility into actuality, a new source of causation is needed: we call this downward causation. When we realize that consciousness is the ground of all being and material objects are possibilities of consciousness, then we also recognize the nature of downward causation: it consists of choosing one of the facets of the multifaceted object of the possibility wave that then becomes manifest as actuality….Do we have free will? To the extent that we can access our higher consciousness and choose from there, you bet there is free will, complete freedom to choose from the quantum possibilities offered in any give situation. Free will to choose the world as well as God and godliness, creativity as well as spiritual transformation. Quantum physics is the physics of possibilities, and its indisputable message then is that we potentially have the freedom to choose outcomes to live by from among these possibilities.

Intention expTo read about more fascinating scientific studies, I highly recommend the book The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart (including experiments demonstrating changing the shape of bicep muscles simply by sitting on a couch and using your brain—or showing how directed thoughts produce demonstrable physical energy, even over a remote distance—perhaps altering the very molecular structure of the object of intention.)

You may have heard of the ice cube experiment: participants were blindfolded and told that their hand would come in contact with very hot water. However, the researchers—unbeknownst to the participants—touched their skin with an ice cube, instead. Surprisingly, the ice cube caused a burn on the skin. How is this possible? Expectation—and the power of the mind to change our body’s sensory experience and reactions.

Here are some samples from my eBook Affect Your Reality With Tarot Cards:

The Magician – Use For: Bringing a Project to Life; Catalyzing; Unleashing Creativity; Mesmerizing; Enhancing Communication; Applying All Your Gifts and Skills; Channeling Power; Using All Tools Available to You; Influencing Others


Temperance – Use For: Encouraging Moderation; Starting and Maintaining Sobriety; Walking a Middle Path; Avoiding Extremes; Alchemy; Being the Change You Want to See; Advocating Tolerance; Celebrating Mabon; Blending; Right Use of Medicine


4 of Cups (Challenge Card) Use For: When You’re in a Funk; Feeling a Lack of Interest; Unmotivated; Cynical; Pessimistic; Malaise; Unable to See the Good; Acting Like a Wallflower; Refusing to Participate; Experiencing an Emotional Flat Line; Battling Apathy; Blind to Goodwill. (Helpful Focus Cards: The Fool; The Sun; Ace of Cups; 6 of Cups)


Ace of Coins Use For: Choosing a Material Gift; Attracting an Unexpected Windfall; Starting Over; First Home; A New Way of Eating; A Chance for Better Health; An Opportunity to Make Money; Invitation to Prosperity; Seeking Sanctuary; Desiring an Entry-Level Position; A Seed Fund; Scouting Available Property; Promoting Environmental Well-Being; Applying for a Grant, Scholarship or Internship; Creating a Refuge; Making the Intangible Tangible; Desiring a Bonus


3 of Wands Use For: Securing Backers; Operating Under Your Own Power; Intuitive Foresight for Business or Art; Amalgamation of Resources; Expecting Fruition; Enlargement; Marketing Your Strengths; Creative Collaboration; Enterprise; Expanding Influence; Operating as a Free Agent; Heightening Senses; Awaiting Results; Becoming Alert to Opportunities for Advancement; Trade and Commerce; Social Media Efforts; Doing Your Own Thing; Encouraging Feedback; Promoting Humble Confidence


Queen of Swords Use For: Promoting Critical Thought; Nurturing the Intellect; Advocating Discernment; Supporting Rationalism; Encouraging Curiosity; Valuing an Open Mind; Influencing Academics; Catalyzing Complex Ideas; Mending Disparity; Cultivating Inquiry; Preserving Principles; Teaching High Standards; Coordinating Communication; Persuading Scholasticism; Endorsing Analysis


Can you really affect your reality with intentions--using Tarot cards not as as receiver (as most do)...but as a transmitter? You betcha. I do it all the time to adjust my mood, increase productivity and promote clarity.


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-- Janet

8 Step Tarot

In his fun Facebook Group Tarot Tarot Tarot, Paris Debono often posts memes and pictures, encouraging members to share which Tarot cards best represents the image.

Often, he asks for three cards--but I often feel like an image could be best represented by only one...or perhaps more.

This was the case with a recent Which Step Have You Reached Today? meme. I thought I'd share, and break down, my own answer--especially for those newer to Tarot.

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I Won't Do It: 4 of Cups

The 4 of Cups is often a card of petulance and stubbornness--of refusing to try new things. This figure would rather stay in the emotional doldrums than exert some effort to change, or improve, his state. I mean, look at his body language! Just like toddler refusing to eat his peas...

I Can't Do It: 8 of Swords

The 8 of Swords depicts a woman trapped by her own self-defeating thoughts. She could easily remove the blindfold and loose wrappings--but chooses to stay where she is. "Can't" is an excellent keyword for this card, because those who utter it assume defeat before even trying. This could be because of a fear of failure--or, a fear of success. Change of any kind, especially for the better, encourages a "repeat performance". This is the nature of growth. And some would rather say in an unlocked cage, proclaiming incarceration, rather than walk out towards freedom...and all the personal responsibility it entails. 

I Want to Do It: Ace of Wands


In my opinion, the Wands is the "want" suit--cards of personal identity, desire, passion, gumption, self-starting and excitement. The Ace of Wands is the first stirrings of "wanting" something--much like "wanting" to make, and keep, New Year's resolutions. Whether or not an individual actually follows the desire and takes those first steps...well, that remains to be seen. But the initial enthusiasm is there.

How Do I Do It?: 7 of Swords


I'm sorry, but the 7 of Swords gets a shitty rap among most Tarotists. I see it mostly as a card of strategy and cunning. It's the energy of figuring out a plan, playing a video game and solving a puzzle.

I'll Try to Do It: Page of Coins


Pages will try anything...but its the Coins/Pentacles/Earth suit that takes the most convincing...and enters the fray the most cautiously. Given the hesitancy of the previous steps, this Page seems like the best fit to me.

I Can Do It: Strength


Several cards could fit for I Can Do It, but Strength seemed the most appropriate to me. Whether in a fit of bravado or quiet confidence, Strength comes with an assumption that a task can be met. Still, "can" leaves some wiggle room for loss of confidence or strength: assuming you can tackle, and overcome, a challenge doesn't mean you can. (Why am I feeling a sudden urge to do the Can-Can...?)

I Will Do It: Knight of Wands


You know that famous quote by Thomas Paine "Lead, follow, or get out of the way"? That's Knight of Wands energy. Now, whether he'll do it well...that remains to be seen. But at least this Knight charges right in there!

Yes, I Did It! - The World


Initially, I chose The Sun for this one. But then I got to thinking: The Sun would be more I Am Doing It--it's active, shining and public. But past tense "did it"? Well, that would be The World, methinks.

What about you, Tarot enthusiasts? Do you agree with my choices? Or would you choose other card? Weigh in at the comments section below!

-- Janet

Deck Used for This Exercise: The Aquatic Tarot

Tarot Cards About Beginnings - Fool, Death, World and the Aces (Tarot Look-a-Likes)

Starting a new job, school, relationship, eating plan or exercise program? What about needing a blank slate--a life do-over or reboot? And then there's New Year Resolutions and/or Intentions!

Fortunately, Tarot can help us usher in this new, exciting phase of our life--especially The Fool, Death, The World and all four Aces. You can use this energy intentionally and consciously (my favorite way to use Tarot), pulling them out of your favorite deck and then focusing on card imagery and their energy/meanings via prominent placement or ritual. 

Card images courtesy the Snowland Deck, Aquatic Tarot and Coffee Tarot

The Fool Montage

The Fool - OK, this is THE herald of new beginnings. Naive, carefree, without assumptions or expectations--he's just ready to hike rocky mountaintops, sled down a snowy hill...or ready to start his life is as good cup of joe! When this card comes up in a reading, you won't feel the weight or baggage of the past. It will be almost as if your memory has been wiped (almost) clean--or that you were just born, no preconceived notions to limit or stop you. If your Fool is carrying a hobo pouch, you can be sure it's only filled with joy...and maybe a pencil with blank notecards to record his new adventure.

Death Montage

Death - When something passes, it stands to reason that something may take its place some day--or changing into something else (First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. It only transforms or transfers). Snowpeople melt and nourish the ground or evaporate to return again some day. Businesses close--only for the owner to find a new vocation or job (or retirement!). The old business may be bought by a new owner for another incarnation--or its building might serve a different function. Death is inevitable for all carbon-based entities (like us!). At least, our physical form passes away. (It's up to theologians and philosophers to discuss what happens when we die, but the book Journey of Souls by Dr. Michael Newton provides compelling evidence for an afterlife--and life between lives).

When the Death card pops up in a reading, inevitable change is afoot. Resistance is futile. In fact, it's inadvisable since it's one root of suffering, in my humble opinion. You're being invited to transition, to surrender to a passing away, to walk through a door labeled "No Turning Back". Oh, you can try to escape it. But like the merchant in Baghdad, you'll still meet your appointment with impermanence...

World Montage

The World - This card often features a circle or mandorla quite prominently within its image. The circle evokes a sense of containment, wholeness, totality, integration and completion (to come "full circle", springs to mind). The mandorla, the pointed oval motif often seen in architecture and the vesica piscis, often appearing in sacred art, is reminiscent of the female vulva--the place where a little life exits the body and enters a brand new world. It's a garden in full bloom, a degree from an intuition, a birth, the film credits at the end of a movie, The End at the close of a book--even enlightenment (if there truly is such a thing on this dualistic planet).

If world peace would ever be achieved, this would be the card! In some versions of The World, a hermaphroditic dancer--symbolizing both ecstatic joy and the integration of masculine/feminine energies--features prominently. Maybe even the soul after death, triumphing at yet another life well-lived (with pats on the back all around from angels and spiritual guides) would feel the exultation of The World.

A word about the Aces: They are offerings of new beginnings--not a guarantee nor proof. It's up to you if you plant it, grab it, wield it or drink from it.

Ace Coins Montage

Ace of Coins - You are being offered a chance to invest in the material realm. Time, money, resources, health, job, food, clothes, house, environment, property, seed--any new opportunity within the physical, tangible realm falls under the Ace of Coins (aka Pentacles, Earth, Disks, Crystals or Rainbows). But again, it's just a chance. A lot can happen between the Ace and the Two: Indecision, lack of action, opportunity going to someone else, fear of accepting the offer, laziness, indifference, bypassing the chance to buy lottery ticket (or worse, forgetting to scratch off and redeem a winning one!)--snooze and you lose. The portal only stays open for a short time before it closes unexpectedly. (By the way, when I look at RWS versions of this card, I'm reminded of a basketball hoop for some reason. Don't drop the ball! may be the message in this case). You don't plant the seed, don't expect to see any ROI.

Ace Wands Montage

Ace of Wands - If a person offers you a match to start a fire for roasting marshmallows...there's no guarantee you'll see flames. The match holder may change his mind. He may drop it amid fallen foliage. You strike it...but wind blows the damn thing out (the holder may not have anymore). Ya just never know. The Wands suit (aka Batons, Fire, Staves, Sticks) governs energy, action, ambition, enthusiasm, courage, gumption, career (as opposed to actual job), as well as many issues related to the "self" (as in, "self starter", “self esteem”, "self propelled", "self possessed", etc.). When the Ace of Wands shows up, you're invited to reinvent yourself--to "grab the baton" and begin the race of becoming a fulfilled, courageous, self-defined, passionate creature. I also consider this the big "thumbs up" card in the Tarot (i.e. a resounding yes! or go for it!). Reversed? Negatory. Nope. Hell no. 

Ace Swords Montage

Ace of Swords - Aha! What a brilliant idea! Are you content to just "sit with it"? Ponder it? Play with it? You can, you know. Who says that we need to be production fiends, right? Or share our lofty ideals or dazzling musings. Nope, our thoughts can remain just ours if we desire. But what if we want to "make something of it"? Say, communicate it via written or spoken word? Like the other Aces there's both opportunity and risk involved here: wield the sharp Ace of Swords--and risk bursting balloons or bubbles. The Swords suit covers the intellectual realm, as well as words, beliefs, assumptions, thoughts, decisions, analysis, facts, data, logic and judgement. The Ace of Swords (aka Athames, Blades, Air or Wind) also cuts through BS; its clarity and precision is beloved and embraced by truth-seekers...but feared by poseurs, charlatans and liars. It's a force to be reckoned with, as are all the Swords cards. Of all the Aces, this is the one most passed over for the sake of maintaining the status quo, avoiding scrutiny and averting disruption. 

Ace of Cups Montage

Ace of Cups - With this card, we're being offered warm, fuzzy feelings: love, peace, compassion, harmony, forgiveness A new chance for romance is possible; the conditions are certainly favorable when the Ace of Cups pops up. The Cups suit (aka Chalices, Water or Vessels) governs matters of the heart, as well as succor, healing and spiritual communion/connection (after all, the corresponding ancient TdM suit relates to the clergy). Moods, emotions, feelings, dreams, aesthetics and preferences also indicated by the Cups suit. Thus, when the Ace of Cups shows up in a reading, there's an invitation to forgive, to remedy, to kiss the boo boos--as well as feel deeply, widely and strongly. 

Card images courtesy the Snowland Deck, Aquatic Tarot and Coffee Tarot

A note on inspiration: you may be thinking "Which Ace deals with inspiration? Isn't that the 'breath' of something new?" I'm glad you asked this! Early in my Tarot career, I pondered long and hard on this very topic. Personally, I feel all the Aces provide inspiration. Ace of Coins: If someone gives you a $50 gift card, you're suddenly inspired to buy something (unless your a 4 of Coins miser!). For a creative, this could mean paints, canvas, pens, paper, classes for further study and so on. With the Ace of Wands, you're inspired with a rush of energy to start a project or accept an opportunity to collaborate. A sense of passion and vitality infuses your being.

With the Ace of Swords, you're inspired by a singular idea--some notion or observation that could revolutionize the world, shake up the sleepy, solve a problem or communicate a complex concept with clarity and simplicity (alliteration unintentional!). And the Ace of Cups? That dreamy, flowing, kaleidoscopic inspiration that feels like you're tripping on acid (just guessing...honestly). It's warm, watery, luxurious. 

Welp, I hope you found this post on Tarot cards about beginnings to be illuminating and helpful! Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comment section. I'd love to hear from you.

Want even more information on the cards that often signify new starts? Check out my video below!


-- Janet

78 Tarot Tips for the New Year

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Imagine the cards of Tarot lined up to give you advice for the New Year. First the Major Arcana cards, followed by the Wands, Swords, Coins and Cups suit. Each card considers the wisdom it offers to you, and melds it with the anticipated wisdom of the next card.

Which of following 78 Tarot Tips for the New Year resonates most with you?

Major Arcana

The Fool – Leaps of faith invite magic.

The Magician – Creativity generates intuitive guidance.

High Priestess – Honed intuition nurtures the soul.

The Empress – Abundance benefits from boundaries.

The Emperor – Inner authority begets wisdom.

The Hierophant – Tradition determines our commitments.

The Lovers – Commitment fuels forward movement.

The Chariot – Force submits to grace.

Strength – Courage lends itself to individuation.

The Hermit – Solitude prepares for vicissitude.

The Wheel of Fortune – Fairness is but one setting on the Wheel…and never a guarantee.

Justice – The relentless pursuit of fairness halts progress.

Hanged Man – Reality upends less when practicing non-attachment.

Death – Once the rumbles of transformation settle, balance is restored.

Temperance – When caught between heaven and earth, always side with heaven.

The Devil – Chains explode when illumination dawns.

The Tower – Remove the roof to see the stars.

The Star – Hope is a star navigating us through uncharted waters.

The Moon – Only by embracing the dark can you appreciate the light.

The Sun – Earthly achievement pales in comparison to spiritual fulfillment.

Judgement – What is it to gain the whole world if you forget your soul?

The World – All the world’s a stage, and I am the writer, actor and director of my personal play.

Wands Suit

Ace of Wands – Original ideas and passionate purpose never go unchallenged. 

2 of Wands – As iron sharpens iron, so does one man to another.

3 of Wands – Do it because you love it, not because you expect attention or applause.

4 of Wands – Even the most idyllic neighborhoods host troublemakers.

5 of Wands – Participation in high-spirited fun sometimes leads to unexpected victories.

6 of Wands – Hollow victories are the ones unearned and undeserved.

7 of Wands – When you view people as friends, resolution arrives quicker.

8 of Wands  – Hurrying may lead to delays at best and disaster at worst.

9 of Wands – Choose your battles wisely, for some will lead to even more struggle.

10 of Wands – It’s a sobering moment to realize that most burdens are self-created.

Page of Wands – Usually, necessities are required before great quests are undertaken.

Knight of Wands – Inner Sight often guides trailblazers and renaissance souls.

Queen of Wands – Valuing our Inner Sight helps others to see clearly, too.

King of Wands – Exercising creative muscles often leads to mastery, then benefaction.

Swords Suit

Ace of Swords – First thought, best thought.

2 of Swords – Better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.

3 of Swords – Going it alone makes for lighter travel.

4 of Swords – Calm focus prepares for activity.

5 of Swords – Healthy competition can pave the way to new discoveries.

6 of Swords – It’s easier to think on your feet when the proper groundwork has been laid.

7 of Swords – It only pays to be fast on your feet if you’re actually heading somewhere.

8 of Swords – A rut is a grave with the sides knocked out.

9 of Swords – A close mind prevents compromise and alliance.

10 of Swords – Forgiveness covers a multitude of sins.

Page of Swords – Harsh words stir up anger.

Knight of Swords – If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.

Queen of Swords – Reviewing in the early stages prevents mistakes later on.

King of Swords – No outcome is ever guaranteed, so go big.

 Coins Suit

Ace of Coins – Jumping through windows of material opportunity may lead to monkey in the middle.

2 of Coins – Balancing tasks on your own time gives you an advantage when collaborating.

3 of Coins – Budgeting wisely protects sweat equity.

4 of Coins – A scarcity mindset perpetuates loss.

5 of Coins – Suffering opens our heart to the struggles of others.

6 of Coins – Giving without expectations erases the need to keep score.

7 of Coins – Taking stock early on makes for less work later.

8 of Coins – Dedicated effort brings personal satisfaction and material reward.

9 of Coins – Enjoying abundance is your birthright.

10 of Coins – Your future isn’t defined by your lineage or the past.

Page of Coins – Tackling chores as they arise creates the habit of completion.

Knight of Coins – Extraordinary discoveries are made amidst caution and care.

Queen of Coins – To feel rich, appreciate the intricacies of the natural world.

King of Coins – How are profits and losses measured in the business of humanity? 

Cups Suit

Ace of Cups – Knowing you deserve goodness paves the way for comfortable intimacy.

2 of Cups – Better to have deep love with one than shallow ties with many.

3 of Cups – Cliques and chicks can prevent beneficial solitary pursuits.

4 of Cups – Familiarity breeds contempt, but sadness results when it disappears.

5 of Cups – Better to regret something you’ve done than something you haven’t.

6 of Cups – Your past doesn’t equal your option-filled future.

7 of Cups – Confidence in your selection leads to enjoyment.

8 of Cups – It’s only a vacation when you’re enjoying it.

9 of Cups – Food is not a substitute for human connection.

10 of Cups – It’s easier to navigate a cold world when love and warmth waits at home.

Page of Cups – Precocity will open the door, but ardency will keep you there.

Knight of Cups – If you can’t have what you want, then want what you have.

Queen of Cups – The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

King of Cups – Provision for games and diversions pays great dividends during lean times.

-- © Janet 

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