Dec. 15, 2017
Impressions for 2018 with The Tarot, Crystals, and Stones
Methodology: Blind draws from the following decks:
- Tarot ng Daigdig sa Balintataw by Lynyrd Narciso ©2009
- The Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene ©1986
- Crystal Wisdom Cards by Valencia Chan ©2016
January- The Magician-Blue Calcite
February-Knight of Cups-Bloodstone
March-The Chariot-Blue Chalcedony
The year 2018 opens in January with the energies of The Magician – that part of us which has mastered our lives and the manifestations of the four elements (fire, earth, air, and water). This is the part of us that is skillful, cunning, and is willing to teach and learn. As such, this is an ideal time to learn a new skill or academic discipline, with the objective of fine-tuning the mind and body to face the challenges of the new year. Blue Calcite is associated with the power of the spoken word, with its light soothing color stimulating the throat chakra of self-expression and speaking one’s truth. Monthly mantra: I only speak about what I would like to create in my life, and thus I draw it to me.
Emotional matters come to a head in February, represented by the Knight of Cups. Neither as wet behind the ears as the Page nor as sophisticated as the King, the Knight of Cups speaks to that part of us that is loving, caring, and sensitive. Relationships bloom, marriage proposals may be made, and a general feeling of love may permeate the air. Bloodstone, the key word of which is Restoration, asks, “Is there something that you are wanting to restore – a relationship, health, finance…?” Know that with strength, courage, and faith, you can overcome any adversity. Monthly mantra: I know that with strength, faith, and the power of Divine Restoration, I can heal and bless any situation.
In March 2018, The Chariot symbolizes the qualities needed to win any battle: self-reliance, righteousness, conviction, and plain hard work. In short, there will be no shortcuts for us! However, a warning is in place against overwhelming ambition and expectations set far too high. Cooperation will win the month, not selfishness and arrogance. Blue Chalcedony is known as the Faith Stone. It reminds one to have faith that the Universe has heard their request. More favorable results are obtained when one is happy and hopeful rather than when one is doubtful, frustrated, and impatient. Monthly mantra: I am a faith-filled person. I remain in good cheer no matter what is happening and things always turn around in my favor.
April-King of Cups-Carnelian
June-The High Priestess-Botswana Agate
April 2018 features the King of Cups, so at this point we have leveled up to achieve Competence. Suave and compassionate, this speaks to that part of us who longs for a deep emotional connection. The shadow side of the King of Cups, however, is scandal. It calls for us to be discreet and mindful that we are still part of a community. This month’s stone, Carnelian, is associated with the second chakra, where the sexual organs are, so this stone corresponds to sexuality, pleasure, and desire. Also the stone for self-worth and deservability, Carnelian can help heal sexual abuse and trauma. Because the second chakra is located where the womb is, and the womb is where one gives birth, it stimulates creativity, whether for a baby, one’s artwork, sculpture, painting – the creative possibilities are endless! Monthly mantra: I honor my body and embrace my sexuality. I allow myself to have pleasure and enjoyment.
The Tarot card, The Moon, figures in May. This represents the life of the imagination apart from the life of the spirit. Being the Pisces card, this continues the streak of creativity begun the previous month, but this time with more emphasis on dreams, psychic impressions, and more serious psychic work for those who are so inclined. May 2018 is encouraging us to look deep within in reflective thought. Unikite, the stone drawn for this month, is a heart chakra stone that helps one release unforgiveness to bring healing to one’s heart. Having freed oneself of resentment and blame, it will free us of toxic energy that is contaminating our lives. Only then can we embrace a new future filled with wonderful blessings. Monthly mantra: By releasing negative emotions and forgiving the past, I am free to live a peaceful, harmonious life.
The High Priestess card, associated with the Moon, figures largely in June 2018. To forestall any confusion, The Moon card in Tarot is associated with Pisces, while the High Priestess card in Tarot is associated with the Moon (the Luminary). Suffice it to say that June carries over the general tone of the previous month. The High Priestess is about duality and mystery, wisdom and intuition, psychic ability and the Divine Feminine. As such, excesses of the prevailing patriarchal society must be countered by the peacefulness, harmony, and oneness with nature inherent within us, female AND male. We can stand by no longer while extremes of behavior toward one another and against Mother Nature are perpetrated by the powers-that-be. This is the time to choose the right side of the fight for our collective future. Botswana agate, the key word of which is Excellence, urges us to be precise and attentive to details. It encourages order and efficiency. Do not settle for mediocrity. It only takes a little extra push to make the ordinary extraordinary. Monthly mantra: I take pride in what I do. I reach for my highest potential by striving for excellence.
July-III of Cups-Picture Jasper
August-The Star-Snowflake Obsidian
September- III of Wands-Golden Quartz
July brings the conclusion of the matter, whatever the matter is. This second half of the year brings more emotional drama to the fore, but this time the end is within sight. This frees up energy to devote to one’s self-improvement, mental house-cleaning, and material tying up of loose ends. Picture Jasper, the key words of which are Law of Attraction, means that whatever you think of and speak about, that is what you will attract into your life. It’s really that simple. Additionally, once you realize that you are the creator of your reality, it will give you the power to mold your life any way you choose. Monthly mantra: My outer world is a reflection of my life within. I am mindful of the thoughts I think and the words I speak.
August 2018’s card is The Star, a very fortunate card to have. The pool of water refers to the subconscious while the land refers to the material world. Fresh hope and renewal are available to sincere seekers of enlightenment, and The Star makes healing of old wounds possible. The shadow side may be expressed as self-doubt, cynicism, pessimism, and the inability to express oneself. This month’s stone, Snowflake Obsidian, clears such negativity. It represents light overcoming darkness, it being basically a black opaque stone with flecks of grayish-white. This stone brings new beginnings, hope after a setback, and a gentle gradual improvement of an area that has caused pain in the past. Monthly mantra: As I focus on the positive, the negative energy gradually dissipates.
September is represented by the Initiative contained in the III of Wands. The shadow side of this card is delay. To prevent such an occurrence, it is best to be clear about your intentions and to plan ahead, not overlooking any single detail. The stone for this month is the Golden Quartz, the key word for which is Success. Quartz opens up the crown chakra, bringing enlightenment, and the color gold promotes abundance and success. Recognize the golden treasure that you truly are. When you can see your Divinity and know that you deserve the highest and best, you can create success in every area of your life. Monthly mantra: I connect with my Higher Self before I take action. When I do so, everything I touch brings abundance and success.
October-Ace of Swords-Amethyst
November-The Hanged Man-Crazy Lace Agate
December-The Tower-Yellow Jasper
October 2018 is ushered in by the Energy of the Ace of Swords. One month before the 2018 presidential election in the U.S., everybody wants to be Numero Uno again. We are bombarded by conflicting rhetoric from all sides, all proclaiming that only their solution to the ills of society works. The shadow side of all this energy is fear, and it may either cow us into blind submission or paralyze us into apathetic inaction. If there ever was a time to use our collective voice and movements to express our positive intentions to counteract mindless mass panic, this should be it. The Amethyst opens up the crown chakra, stimulating spiritual growth, enlightenment, and self-realization. Working with this crystal can help relieve anxiety and stress and helps connect us to our Higher Selves. Monthly mantra: I am committed to my spiritual growth. As I raise my consciousness, I become a source of light to the world.
November 2018 is represented by The Hanged Man. This Major Arcana card appears when there is a sense of having to sacrifice one thing to obtain another. It is a card of transformation, transition, flexibility, rebirth, release, and deliverance. Its shadow is materialism and an inflated ego. Being easily influenced and a lack of commitment ultimately lead to a loss of some kind. True enough, this month the fates of Presidential hopefuls hang in the balance like the Hanged Man. Self-inflicted martyrdom will either spell the beginning or the end of an era in American politics. The Crazy Lace Agate has layers of repeating lace patterns. It asks: “Is there a person or situation that has been driving you crazy, that is, repeating in a pattern?” This stone releases the negative loop, heals the anger and frustration, and gives one the courage, hope, and optimism to start again. Monthly mantra: I can start a new cycle focusing on what I want and not on how things have been. As I focus on the new, the old patterns fall away due to lack of attention.
Whether upright or reversed, The Tower in December 2018 is about sudden, violent loss, a disruptive overthrow of an existing way of life. In the disastrous political and financial aftermath, necessary changes are gradually put into place, accompanied a re-evaluation of personal and family goals, and nation-building directives as a whole. It may be hard to believe, but all of these could be a huge blessing in disguise. Appropriately, the stone drawn for this month is the Yellow Jasper, the key word of which is Optimism. The happy-go-lucky color of yellow helps one see the bright side of any situation. Yellow Jasper keeps one in a state of gratitude for all the wonderful blessings the Universe has to offer. Monthly mantra: I am a positive person. When I find things to appreciate, the Universe sends me more things to appreciate.
YEAR 2018 CARD: STRENGTH
YEAR 2018 CRYSTAL: JADE (Good Fortune)
Strength is the Leo card, ruled by the Sun (the Luminary). A regular Rider-Waite-Smith card shows the figure of an angel gently opening the jaws of a lion. The Strength card is about discipline and control. The lion represents the primal part of the mind, and the woman, the more elevated parts of the mind. Hence, the true strength demanded of us in the entire year of 2018 must come from within, our internal compass, our inner Co-Creator. No matter what goes on outside in the world, be able to say, “It is well with my soul.” Overall, the crystal for 2018 is Jade. To the Chinese people, Jade is the crystal for good luck, good fortune, and good health. It helps attract prosperity, happiness, well-being, and longevity. Year 2018 mantra: As I am grateful for all the good fortune that I have, more blessings flow into my life.
Maraming Salamat, Mabuhay, Namaste, and Blessed Be!