If you know me at all, you’ll know that for the past 5-6 years, I have been on a complete decluttering kick. It’s been one of my favourite things to do, and one of the demons that has challenged me – in short, a bittersweet companion. My house is still not completely decluttered – far from it – but as I am slowly working towards a more minimal lifestyle (note: minimal, not minimalistic! I am not ready to rid myself of everything unnecessary just yet), I am noticing some changes.

Through the process, I have discovered that decluttering my physical space has become somewhat of an emotional and mental clearing exercise.

I am what they call an “angry cleaner”; if I’m mad or upset, I clean. It calms me, it clears my living space as well as my head, and both end up with more clarity, understanding and purpose.

I came to the realisation that what I was doing was actually magic. As within, so without. This is real magic, with real results. The effect of decluttering, organising and cleaning my space actually achieves the same for my thoughts and feelings.

It is no different to creating sacred space for ritual or meditation or to simply be. You prepare a physical space in order to enter a different headspace, even a different spiritual plane. By caring for the space around you, you care for the space within.

I will go more into my decluttering journey in future posts, but I share this information now because I realise so many people live in a mental state of dismay and helplessness; maybe, just maybe, doing something for your physical space might help you.

In gratitude, attitude and empowerment,

Daily Tarot Draw

When I started reading tarot a few years ago, I tended to just read full spreads and for other people.

I almost had an aversion to – or a fear of – reading for myself.  I kind of had this idea that my ideas and feelings about the situation I was reading about were going to counteract the advice that the tarot could provide, that my personal biases would get in the way and I’d only read the cards to receive the answers I wanted to hear, not what I needed to hear.

However, in the later part of 2016, I started to come around to the idea of reading for myself.  Why the heck shouldn’t I? At minimum, I would be getting practice, and at best I’m receiving helpful advice and an insight into my situation that I may not have seen or realised before.

When Vix at NewAgeHipster posted her ‘January Clarity’ challenge, I took this as a sign that I should a daily draw practice.

On 1 January 2017, I started the challenge, and while we’re only a little over a month into this new journey, it has absolutely changed my life.

I am receiving information and advice that I hadn’t considered before, and a theme has been recurring for me, at least over the month of January, which was that this year I need to take what is useful and leave what is useless.  Let go of what no longer serves my life and my goals.  Make room for more joy and less bullshit. Being able to work through the card, write the results down, and go back to reflect on the issues that have come up, has clarified for me what is important, the actions that I need to take to be more happy and more successful, and has simply provided a true clarity around how I want my life to look.

Of course, implementation is key, so I am also looking at the various areas of my life and seeing where I can make small-but-significant changes in order to bring about the results I want.  Because we all want a life that is magical and inspirational, right?

This journey-so-far has also reassured and empowered me to realise that this my own life; I have the ability to change things, shift things about, make room for more or less as necessary – that I have the power here.  I am not a victim of circumstance; I make my circumstances. If something isn’t making me happy, I have the ability to remove that from my life.

In gratitude, attitude and empowerment,