2017 is winding down, and what a year it has been. True to form, this year has seen many rapid, unexpected and fateful changes on a global level. Victories and defeats. It was truly a Wheel of Fortune year (according to tarot) and we influenced our own luck by how we handled the things with which we were presented. This has been a year where it’s been easy to feel out of control because of what has been happening in our world around us. Did we learn that we get to control how we respond, and to look for solutions instead of covering ourselves in ashes and wailing?
2017 was for me personally, the year of The Hermit. On a macro level my life has been influenced by the Wheel of Fortune energy, on a micro, or personal level my being and growth has been influenced by Hermit energy.
I’m an introvert by nature, so lessons of solitude weren’t the focus, though I have indeed spent quite a bit of time alone this year combing through my subconscious. No, this year, my lessons had more to do with living according to my inner wisdom above the ruckus of the world’s opinions.
It was a year of developing greater inner strength, of remaining impartial and holding up a light for others, and it was a year filled with much confusion and turmoil (along with some really fantastic times), as I did my best to listen to my inner wisdom and follow it.
I’m grateful for the difficult lessons because they have shaped me for the better, bringing about a stronger resolve and prying my metaphorical hands off of viewpoints and opinions and ways of being that weren’t conducive to my growth or highest good. As Mary Oliver wrote:
“someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
That sums up my year pretty well.
Some of the things I learned this year:
- Other peoples’ opinions of me are none of my business. Much as I might have wished I fully believed that in the past, now I finally do.
- Creating a sacred space at home is worthy work. Everyone who came into my home this year told me they felt immediately grounded, safe, and at ease. Being able to provide a haven for others has been one of the greatest gifts this year.
- Generosity of spirit is a welcoming beacon.
- I can collaborate with others without compromising myself or my integrity. It just takes finding the right people to collaborate with. This one was a difficult lesson indeed. I am more apt to entirely avoid collaboration because group projects have never been kind to me.
- It’s possible to be both spiritual and petty. We can’t slice ourselves into pieces and then call ourselves whole. The light and the darkness must coexist for a true sense of unity.
- It may be a good use of my gifts to begin teaching courses.
I’m very grateful for these lessons. Other things I’m super grateful for from this year are as follows:
- Cats! Snow! Summer nights!
- Full moon celebrations
- Diversity in friendship
- Meeting one of my pen pals of 18 years
- Seeing San Diego
- Game nights with friends
- The Rochester community
- The tarot community
- All the people I’ve met
- All the clients I’ve given readings and have had the privilege to get to know
- Officiating a wedding for two people who had to struggle against the world to finally be married to each other
- Small Kindnesses
- Sleeping in
I had the privilege of reading tarot at the Kutzky Pop-up market, the Olmsted County Fair, the UU Handcrafted Bazaar, and the Healer’s Holiday Open House, among other events. Hosting my Grand Opening at Café Steam was total blast! Being on the Faith Talk Show was so much fun!
It has been a year of growth for me and for Owl in the Oak Tarot. I’m excited to continue to serve the Rochester community (and those who live outside of MN who I have the privilege of reading tarot for) and to see what the new year brings.
Thank you to everyone who has been in my life in big and small ways. Thank you to all who have been instrumental in my growth, and who have allowed me to be instrumental in yours. Thank you for being you!
P.S. If you would like to know what tarot card represents your personal year for 2018, and if you’d like a forecast to help you navigate the year ahead, click here.