It’s the first post of 2015, so Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours! However you’ve come to my blog, welcome!
So, it’s a New Year. What about a New You? Yes, I’m being serious here. The card that I pulled was The Shaman. What a great card for the first blog entry for 2015! (And it’s going to take me a little while to get used to writing that number) The Shaman is like the Magician from the RWS, but he’s so much more than that. He’s the hub of the Wheel of the Year, on which this deck is based.
Do you see his eyes? They’re clear and open, not closed or cloudy and his gaze is steady. On the ground before him, are tools of the elements, indicating that he’s able and willing to wield the tools of his trade. Do you want to ask this ancient and profound being any questions? It might be a bit like asking David Cooperfield to show you how he does his tricks; I doubt you’ll get an answer, but if you ask Penn and Teller, you might have far more luck.
The Shaman is a Gateway card, offering (as the book says) illumination to the inner universe and the other-world of the universal mind. The magic often happens within, and before we can change the outside world, we must change ourselves within. The Shaman has the skills of communicating with all levels of sentient life, from the Timber wolves that howl, to the bugs that crawl around. He knows what fungi are healing, and which are not (more than I do!).
The Shaman is about working through your inner self, using meditation to bring personal insight and understanding of your true self. Once you’ve worked out your true self, you can being the practical application and manifest the knowledge, wisdom and power we’re all born with, but somehow, lose along the way.
So, my advice for the New Year, with this card, is work out what it is you want, what you really need, then start by making changes to YOU. Once you’ve done that, you have the tools for you future and therefore, a new YOU.