2019: An Empress in Waiting

“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet”

French Proverb

Many of you will be familiar with the concept of linking numerology with Tarot. In order to get the underlying card for the year. In order to achieve this,  you add the figures of the year, until you get a digit that can be aligned to a number

in the major arcana. In the case of 2019, it goes like this: 2+0+1+9=12…. which in Tarot, is the number associated with THE HANGED MAN, and we could also reduce this to 3 (1+2=3) THE EMPRESS. In practice, these pairs work together, in this case for 2019 we have The Hanged Man and The Empress.

Last year’s card pair was LUST & THE PRIESTESS… a year of looking within, to find the strength of our own intuition, and to discover the true nature, whether we are male or female, of our individual feminine power.  e1aa094dc1200fd589671a30393e3514crop

You can go a step further if you like, and add your birthday on to this, to get your own personal card for the year.

Together, The Hanged Man & The Empress bring the opportunity to manifest beauty, creativity and abundance in the coming year, not by any force or outward displays of power of energy, but rather through the stillness of bringing our own hearts into harmony with our purpose.

Through stilling the chatter, and looking at life in a different way, we move closer to loving ourselves, and creating the kind of life that nurtures and empowers us, bringing ourselves more into alignment with who we really are.

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This story spoke to me today, as a way in which to understand these two energies, as they work together, as part of a whole.

“Once there was a man who had reached the middle of his life, and he decided that it was time to contemplate his worth and to evaluate his direction, so leaving his friends, his family and most of his possessions behind him, he walked off into the woods where he could think undisturbed.

5c2b82520fb351be401fc30bfb37628d--brian-froud-faeriesWhen he entered the woods, he didn’t really know if he was doing the right thing, but he did know that he had to do it. At first the beauty of his new surroundings filled him with awe  and wonder, and he soon learned how to listen to the sounds of nature; eventually as weeks turned into months, he slowly found himself changing.

Every now and again he missed the people he had left behind, but the great beauty of his new environment lured him further into the mystery he was seeking and he could not turn back. In time he learned how to listen to his own thoughts; he could see his mind in the trees and feel his emotions in the bushes. The perfect balance of nature that surrounded him was starting to become him, and the fighting that used to go on within himself slowly beginning to disappear. At first he was frightened, for although he hadn’t realised it, the turmoils to which his mind were accustomed to had kept him company; now they were gone, and instead there was only the great stillness of nature. 

More time passed and he began to realise that you could no longer categorise the people about whom he used to hold opinions about. He began to see the unimportance of classifying all the little things that used to trouble him, but now he had a different problem . With a clear mind, empty of the wearisome worries that had always vexed his spirit, what was he to do? In the past the voices of others with their strong opinions, somehow guided him and the effects of other people’s lives had impinged upon his own so much, that he never really had to concern himself with the direction his life should take.

After two years in the woods he began to wonder if the outside world had changed much . He thought of the people that he had known, and wondered what they would be like now. Then he discovered an amazing thing about the changes that had taken place within himself. All he had to do was to think of a person and somehow, through some strange miracle, he instantly knew what the person was like now. At first he found this difficult to believe, but after a while he discovered what the woods had done to him. He could touch a leaf, and know when it was going to rain; he could somehow sense the presence of even the smallest of animals hundreds of yards away, and always he would be right. Something had brought him in tune with the perfect harmony with nature. The slightest upset in the  ecological balance to which he had grown accustomed to, would instantly attract his attention, and for the first time in his life, he realised that he was a part of god’s creation . He had read about it, he had read about the state of being in books, he had secretly dreamed of it but this was different, he was actually participating in reality.

He sat down and leaned against the trunk of a giant sequoia tree to contemplate.

Somehow in ways which he did not understand, he put himself through years of emotional torture; then he tested his ability and his desire to survive amidst the natural elements which were unfamiliar to him, and much to his amazement he he was intact after all.

froud-9Would he spend the rest of his life in the forest, or would he in time, go out to meet people like he had in the past? The question perplexed him because he knew he could never tell anybody about what he had found. In some ways he was frightened that the strength of the people’s desires would bring him back to all he had discarded, but still, after two years in the woods he was growing lonesome. It was not the same kind of loneliness that he had known before his journey, he longed for the sounds of nature in people. The long months of solitude had made him silent, and he wanted to share what he had found with others, but he also knew that he must preserve it for himself. He remembered how it had once seemed so important to try to reform the world or perhaps redeem it from some vague impending doom. Now he did not have the same feeling, he had found his identity amidst the trees and the flowers, and he had witnessed how everything in nature fulfils itself in its season. He too was now filled with the abundant joys of nature, and for months he compared everything he felt in the woods with what he knew he would feel from other people. Hearing the words, he watched each moment renew itself through the vividness of the ever happening Now. Regardless of the weather or the changing days there was great peace within him.

He picked up a tiny flower and stared at it Somehow he knew the flower would be able to answer him, but he picked the flower and he knew that it could grow no more; this saddened him, for if only he had been able to get his answer by looking at the flower without picking it from its natural habitat. 

Then he became enlightened. If he left the forest to enlighten others, he would be removing himself from his natural source. How long could he endure? Like the flower he could only bloom for a while and then fade. He decided it would be wise to stay within his source; the Now, after all, was not something to boast of, or a reason to lead others to, rather to experience for oneself. He smiled as he thought ” Let all who want to know, venture into the forest themselves, where deep within the recesses of their minds and hearts they will feel the wind, taste the rain and  let the Gentle Wisdom of natural law guide their journey 

An allegory taken from the book: The Karma of the Now by Martin Schulman.

Art credits: Brian Froud.

To find your own personal card of the year, add the day & month of birth to 2019 and keep adding until a single number is reached…. eg: a birthday for May 3rd would be as follows: 5+3+2+0+1+9 = 20=2 For the interpretations click HERE

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My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

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