Reverb17: The Chariot / Travel

(For the past seven years, I’ve used #Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, integrated them into my tarot practice, and created my own month-and- a-bit of questions. )

THE CHARIOT / Travel. Where did you go this year?

To a place I thought I hated: Las Vegas, Nevada to be decedent with friends.

Out of my comfort zone as a person, citizen: Downtown Los Angeles for the Women’s March.

To an old familiar favorite for the last time: San Francisco, California to surprise a friend for his birthday.

To romance: Seattle, WA.

Back to a temporary home that is created and deconstructed every year ; Portland, Oregon for the Northwest Tarot Symposium.

To sacred ground: Japan to hike the Kumano Kodo Trail

To a place I knew I liked enough to move to before I got there: Tacoma, Washington to interview for a new job.

Out on a limb: Tacoma, Washington to hunt for a new house.

To a part of California I’d always avoided: Visalia, California for a conference.

All the way up the coast by car: Tacoma, Washington for reals.

To see friends for a yearly ritual: Boston, Massachusetts for a conference.

In the pouring rain: Beaverton, Oregon for a conference.

For family: Whistler, in Canada.

(P.S. Last time I wrote this.)

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Reverb17: The Lovers / Heart

(For the past seven years, I’ve used #Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, integrated them into my tarot practice, and created my own month-and- a-bit of questions. )

THE LOVERS / Heart. How did you give and/or receive unconditional love this year?

This year love was about patience. Accepting that people age and need different things, become different versions of themselves. Accepting that people go through dark times, and don’t need you to rush in with a solution or a perspective, they just need you to show up and be normal and loving. Accepting you can’t fix people’s problems for them. Accepting that people get stressed, and need space, forgiveness, and patience.

Patience sucks. It’s really hard. I hate hate hate having to count to ten, take a breath, let it go. Over and Over. And again next week. It’s not normally in my nature. But it is a form of love. It’s a practice of love. It’s how I loved this year. It’s how I had to love this year. So I did. I counted to ten. I showed up. I let things go. I was patient.

(P.S. Last time I wrote this.)

Reverb17: The Hierophant / Education

(For the past seven years, I’ve used #Reverb10 prompts to give myself a question to answer every day of December. It’s a great way to reflect on the year and set goals for the future. I’ve kept my favorite prompts, integrated them into my tarot practice, and created my own month-and- a-bit of questions. )

THE HIEROPHANT / Education. What do you want to learn in the next year?

I want to learn Spanish! The classes I took this past year provided a taste of what it could be like and I’d like to give it a real go. I’ve given it a lot of thought, and have a plan. My workbook for the Great Courses Spanish class just arrived, too. My New Year’s Resolution is to devote time to Spanish learning every day. I’ll use online classes, podcasts, flash cards, television shows – I’ve got tons of resources. I think I can commit to doing a ½ hour of work after my workday ends every day, and looking at flashcards in the morning over breakfast. My measurable goals are to learn the 100 most common Spanish words. Be able to speak, write/spell, and define them and then use them in a sentence. I’ve even asked a Spanish teacher here to let me take a 1st year Spanish class Final Exam and see if I can pass with a 75%. Never in my life have I set my sites on such a low grade with such enthusiasm, but I’m a totally different student now.

(P.S. Last time I wrote this.)