Every year for the last six years I have chosen a word for the coming year – a word to guide me, inspire me, encourage me.
After working with three of the Desert Wisdom Cards in Choosing my Word Part I, I shuffled the 52 card deck again and pulled a new card for each of five categories – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and trans-personal. James Wells writes about these categories and their use on his Evolutionary Tarot site and I adapted the categories to work with my needs.
PHYSICAL (health, basic needs, sexuality, living spaces) — VITALITY
MENTAL (thoughts, beliefs, conversations, writings) – NURTURANCE
EMOTIONAL (feelings, intuition, intimacy, friendships, family) – OPENNESS
SPIRITUAL (soul, essence, self-esteem, personal energy) — HOPE
TRANS-PERSONAL (community, culture, world, cosmos, the web of life) — REVERENCE
As I consider each pair of words, and journal about them, I love how my ideas coalesce – the emphasis of vitality and the physical, an invitation to come alive; nurturance and my mind, an invitation to nurture my thoughts, my studies, my writings; spirituality and hope, an invitation to hold hope with precious intention; reverence and community, the world, the cosmos, an invitation to treat the world and all in it with respect and reverence.
– the INVITATION to live each day with vitality and awareness, with generosity and openness, with reverence and hope.
So my new word for the coming year is INVITATION. The invitation to be present, to live fully. May it be so.