Well, here we are in 2012. Many of the people I have talked to recently are of the same idea that this year will be a dynamic and powerful year across the globe. Throughout 2011, we saw an amazing amount of upheaval around the world from political revolutions to natural disasters to nuclear meltdowns. This constant state of flux has had the entire world on the edge of it’s seat for the whole year. There is little doubt that, with these events as a backdrop, 2012 will be a year of re-examining the structures that have gotten us thus far and hopefully rebuilding the ones that are failing us.
Every year, we as a society talk about using this time of year for resolutions. We talk about the things we want to leave behind in the past and what we can do to become a better person in the months ahead. So many of these resolutions get left in the dust midway through January and are only a faint glimmer in our memories throughout the year. In this year’s bucket of resolutions, I would wager that there is an increased number of global aspirations towards world peace, economic recovery and ecological awareness. These are all much needed energies in the coming year, but when it comes right down to it, how many of us have the power and influence to truly impact our world on a global scale?
The problems I see with most resolutions that I make and that which many others make fall into two categories. First, we’re lazy. Plain and simple, when it really comes down to changing our lives for the better it takes work. It takes changing the comfortable patterns and habits we have set up for new ones that our bodies and minds need time to adjust to. We hope for and expect quick results and if we haven’t achieved our weight loss goal or those six pack abs in the first couple weeks we start to lose interest and patience. Next thing you know, were back into the bag of chips and plopped down in front of the T.V again. The second problem seems to lie in our depth perception. There are dozens of motivational speakers out there at any given time that touch on this and yet we all have a hard time really grasping it. When we seek to make change in our lives, we can only affect those things that are directly within our circle of influence. What’s more, the only thing within our circle of influence is ourselves. Take a minute to think about the things that are frustrating you. Maybe it’s people at work that aren’t following your directions. Or your weight? Possibly even the current economic situation that the world is in. Regardless of what it is that is frustrating you, you need to look at how you can affect it. With the people at work, can you make them follow your directions? No, that violates their free will. But you can make yourself into the type of person that holds them accountable for their actions. By making the change in yourself, you allow them to make the choice if they want to continue on their path or not. What about your weight, can you control that? Absolutely! You make the ultimate choice with everything you put into your body. We all make excuses and justifiably there are a number of mental and physical disorders that are related to over eating and obesity as well. However, If you have struggled with controlling your intake, it is still your choice and your responsibility to seek professional assistance and put that advice to use. So what about the global economic crisis? Can you fix that? Well if you’re a member of the 1%, the answer might actually be “yes”. But for the rest of us, we cannot individually fix the economy. You can, however, do your research and find out how you can best manage your money. What financial institutions are the most sustainable and responsible? What things can you do without to trim your budget and get out of debt? By individually seeking personal change, we can create the ripple effect that is needed to impart global change. Our individual waves may be small, but as they combine, they create sweeping forces of change.
So how do we go about creating effective resolutions? Well, with the thought of avoiding the problems outlined above, we need to think about things that we can realistically achieve and are within our personal circle of influence. This is not to say that we shouldn’t push ourselves. But setting a goal of 5 lbs a month may be more realistic for us to grasp than setting the end result goal of losing 60 lbs for the year. Also, we need to keep the focus on ourselves. It may be a great thought that you resolve to help your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former room-mate to get out of debt, but that may not be within your direct influence. If you insist on helping them in some way, resolve to become the type of person that inspires them to become debt free on their own.
I also feel it is important to keep the number of your resolutions to a manageable number. If you are an ambitious and active person, you may be able to manage a host of effective resolutions without a problem. If not, you may be better off only making one or two so that you do not feel overwhelmed by your own expectations. Marcus Katz, the Director of Tarot Professionals, recently published a list of 22 resolutions based on the Major Arcana of the Tarot. These are well written resolutions that focus on personal change and growth within the individual. There were a number that really resonated with me as they represent aspects of this year for me. For example, in honor of the Magician he writes: “Without doubt, I will create willfully, wantonly, astonishingly and authentically”. In honor of the Hierophant: “Without shame, I will teach what I need to teach and learn what I should learn” Marcus is a driven and ambitious individual and I have no doubt that he will hold himself to each of his twenty-two resolutions and probably more. However, I am not quite so driven and actually find myself quite lazy at times. I am impressed by his goal of growth on so many aspects, but I did not want to set myself up for failure by setting such a lofty goal. Instead, I am planning to keep my resolutions limited to a more manageable number and tie them in with things that I am developing in my life now.
For 2012, I am setting four resolutions in place. As I am exploring and educating myself in the world of magick, I will hold each of these resolutions in honor of the four elements and commit myself to honoring Spirit through them.
Beginning in the East with the element of Air: This element governs our thought and communication. To honor the Air in myself, I resolve to speak the words I know to be true with compassion. I will seek to use these words and the knowledge they contain to build my own personal wisdom.
To the South and the element of Fire: This element governs our creativity, humor and passions. To honor the Fire in myself, I resolve to seek the road less traveled and find the humor and happiness in every situation. I will seek these paths and the experiences they bring to spark the divine fire of creativity inside me.
To the West and the element of Water: This element governs our emotions and empathy. To honor the Water in myself, I resolve to allow myself the permission to express my emotions. In doing this, I will honor the depth of who I am as a person and as an emotional being.
To the North and the element of Earth: This element governs our prosperity, safety and security. To honor the Earth in myself, I resolve to free myself of any limiting actions and thoughts in relation to my personal prosperity, safety and security. I will trust in Spirit and take action to create the life I desire and deserve.
In making these resolutions, I commit myself, as a child of Spirit, to the honor and glory of Spirit and all that is that I may be a light and a guide for myself and those who need it.
So may it be.
I invite you to share your resolutions on our facebook page at facebook.com/akashatemple or on my blog at personaltarotwithmatt.com/blog
I also encourage you to join me on Tuesday nights at 7 pm central here on blogtalkradio for Personal Tarot Radio. This week we will be discussing Hematite, it’s uses for energetic protection and taking a guided meditation journey to heal emotional traumas in relationships. Hope to see you all there!
If you would like to read the list of 22 resolutions that Marcus has put together, I have posted them on my Facebook page at facebook.com/personaltarot.