Embodying the Cards

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The Queen of Swords is the card I drew on January 1, 2017 to represent the energy to manifest my dreams. She is disciplined, self-reliant and intelligent and she has the ability to reason and communicate clearly — all traits needed, in my humble opinion, to be an outstanding tarot reader and Nia practitioner.

I’ve changed the name of my blog once again…it’s still found as “myjoyfuldance.com” but I now call it Conscious Movement – Embodying the Cards: My Journey with Nia and Tarot.

I’m working on building a website entitled Awakening the Tarot which will have a link to this blog. So far I’ve been unsuccessful in creating the website myself, being the non-technical person I am, so we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.

My “Tarot Tuesday” classes are now called “Awakening the Tarot: Embodying the Cards” and each week we will discuss a tarot card contained within “The Tarot Coloring Book,” authored by my own tarot mentor, Theresa Reed (aka The Tarot Lady).

The class is blend of Tarot and Nia.  A story is told using the selected Tarot card for the book as well as a number of other tarot cards.  The elements of music and movement using Nia choreography are combined to “dance the cards”.

It is fascinating to see how the energy of the cards can be embodied using music and movement.

I am manifesting a dream.

Queen of Swords

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I think it’s pretty synchronistic that on this day specifically named to honor women, I would pick the Empress for my daily card.  Abundance, nurturing, beauty, maternal, birth — all of these and more are traits of the Empress.

I am a woman, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a dancer, a teacher, a tarot reader, an energy worker, a small business owner.  I am the mother of felines. I have no children by conscious choice. I’ve never regretted that decision. To anyone who would judge me as being less than whole for not going through childbirth I say this: I have given birth and nurtured the growth of countless creative projects, ideas, thoughts and dreams. I have dug my hands into the wet soil of the earth, planted seeds, watered and watched as trees, plants and flowers pushed forth into lush gardens for many to enjoy.

Along with my life partner (my husband and soulmate), I have grown a small business of 10 employees into a successful small corporation with 37 employees.

I honor my Mom who instilled in me a good work ethic. I honor my sisters who paved the way for me to grow up in a loving household.  I honor my girlfriends, past and current, goddesses who continue to offer me compassion and extreme companionship  through thick and thin.

I honor the girl I was, the woman I grew to be and the beautiful essence of feminine power I am today. My love, my earthy, grounded spiritual expression serves as notice to all:

I am Woman.  Hear me roar.

 

Tarot Dancing

For those who are following my blog…I’ve changed the name of my blog from “Conscious Movement” to Tarot Dancing: Living the Truth of Who I Am. I wanted to better represent this blog with my passion for both Tarot and Dancing.  You can still find my blog on WordPress as myjoyfuldance.com.

I trust you will continue to follow me! I will be posting about my passions in life: Nia, Tarot, Reiki, Meditation and Chakradance plus my love for my husband, my cats and my world.

Mystical Cats Tarot

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My good friend, Mary Carol, gifted me with the Mystical Cats tarot. I have 2 cats and have always been a “cat person”…of course I love dogs and all animals, but cats are my fave.  There is something mystical about them.

I drew the Strength card today.  As aways, my one card draw always speaks some truth to me.  Today is no exception.

With this deck comes the usual booklet that gives the meanings for each of the cards and additionally their is “the cat’s advice”. The cat’s advice for the Strength card includes this:  “You have overcome your baser instincts to choose the higher path. Your courage and strength are deeper than you know. Draw upon them to carry you through any challenge.”

 

I’m needing to make some positive changes related to the evolving tarot side of my business offerings (creating a specific tarot website and maybe even a tarot Facebook page).  Being more of an introvert though I hesitate in putting myself out there in the world; yet my love for tarot is a passion whose flame continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  What to do, what to do?

The Mystical Cat speaks.  Strength.

Hear me roar.

And a special kind of thanks to my mentor, The Tarot Lady.

 

A Remarkable Woman

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I was afforded the gift of meeting a remarkable woman on Saturday.

I’d say she found me by chance, but there are no chance meetings — life planned this I’m sure, just as life has moved me about like a chess piece making sure I’m in the right place at the right time.  Even on those occasions when I manipulated the direction thinking, of course, that life didn’t know what it was doing, I find myself exactly where and with whom I need to be — most of this recognized in hindsight. My intuition however is being honed.

It’s actually pretty magical.  No, I don’t just sit around waiting for life to tell me what I need to do — I am in action, I’m doing AND being.  I remember oh so well my next door neighbor where I grew up coming home from school and announcing “I am a noun verbing.”  That was what…50 years ago?…but it stuck with me because she’s right.  I am a noun verbing. And I’m rarely disappointed.

So this meeting with a remarkable woman…I’m still not quite sure how she found me but she scheduled a Reiki appointment with me. We had only spoken on the phone and then via a text message so I had no idea what she looked like.  I had evidently left the front of the office for a moment and when I returned, she was standing at the cash register paying for her Reiki session.  The moment she looked up from the cash register I sensed that she and I were connected at some level beyond time and space. I find it curiously exuberant when I recognize spirit incarnate.

The Reiki session alone was extraordinary.  Afterwards we chatted as I do with all my Reiki clients — about the session, about life and work…yet underneath, around, above and through it all was this intense sensation of familiarity, of connection. We both acknowledged it without much ado.  And I think we both left with the certainty that we would meet again.

I’ve thought about this connection all weekend.  It is a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Two of Swords

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The mighty sword — and in this case two of them.

One sword is for action and the other for introspection.  Which to choose?

When I was younger, I was a “play by the rules; don’t rock the boat” kind of person. Since the age of 40 though I’m pretty much a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of gal. Decision needs to be made?  No problem. Do it.  Now that I’m in my 60’s, I’m kind of liking the “wait and see” what needs to happen version of me; more introspection.

So today, my decision is to pay attention to my blog.  It’s been a month since my last post.  My intention was to post once a week…scratch that.  Maybe once a month is the answer right now.

That’s my decision.  Today.

Love Warrior

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I am a love warrior.  That really about says it.

The sword of love is at hand. I am a love warrior and I sense creative changes coming for my Tuesday night classes that involve Nia, Tarot and Chakradance™.   Nothing has emerged in form yet…

When it’s time, all will be revealed.

Trust.