The Call of the Wild

“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”

–Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero, that Queen of Badass who wrote those fabulous books (nope, not me!) is so spot on with this quote. It’s so true, isn’t it?

I think it’s fair to say that most of us want to get the most we can out of the time we have hanging out on this suspended ball of rock and elements. I for one believe that the best way to do that is to not stay stagnant. Being comfortable is great when it comes to staying fed, warm and loved; and of course if you are in a perfect place with yourself and want to stay right there, more power to ya.

But if you want to have new and interesting experiences and continue to grow your mind, heart and soul, you’ve gotta step outside that comfortable world sometimes and dip your toe into the scary-as-hell unknown.

I myself am doing a bit of that right now–I’m learning to read the Tarot. I’ve bought cards in the past mainly because I thought they seemed cool, but when I realized there is actually a craft to it, I wasn’t interested in going further.

Fast forward to a Tarot/palm reading I had on a whim a few months ago. I was wandering around in what I call a ‘Hooda Hooda’ store in my new neighborhood, enjoying the crystals and the jewelry. As I made my way into their vast tarot card section, a man came up to me and let me know that they had a reader at the store that was giving quickies. (Readings, that is. Get your mind out of the gutter.) I didn’t have much time, but I thought, what the hell?! I’ve always taken this stuff with a grain of salt, but I’ve enjoyed the few times I’ve taken part in it.

This was NOT Brian.

Well my reader was a ‘normal’ guy named Brian in a T shirt and jeans–no fancy sparkly turban, no light and fluffy esoteric kind of vibe at all. I liked him right away. His card and palm reading was simple, to the point, and pretty much right on the money. He didn’t tell my future, but offered up insights about myself that rang true and made me go ‘hmmmm.’ He told me I had big psychic abilities, which made me chuff inside and retort, “You say that to all the girls!”

But as I left the reading, I thought about that. Can I read people’s minds? Do I know the future? HELL no. But am I very empathic, very good at reading and seeing the inner layers of a person? Well, yeah. I am. If that is a definition of psychic, then he’s right. And before I knew it, I felt like I needed to get my own deck of Tarot and start learning this brand of magic for myself.

Those of you who know me well are laughing your asses off right now–believe me, my own ass is in danger of falling off as a result of my inner mirth at the whole deal. I am extremely pragmatic. I am always there with a skeptical squinted eye, ready to call BULLSHIT to anything that isn’t scientifically proven. I’ve never been good at the whole spiritual thing on a mainstream level, and I was broken up with by a friend whose ‘spirit guides’ told her we were “getting in each other’s way of our true potentials”. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well and even if I ever get to the point where I think there are such things, I will never call them that. Assholes.

But Brian mentioned something to me that I already knew…as much as I scoff about a lot of that stuff, I’m also really drawn to it. It’s a constant battle for me–while half of my brain is very practical, and the other is drawn to the mystical. It’s fucking exhausting. And where I don’t believe things necessarily happen for a reason, I do think that we are often led and start noticing things that we need in our lives. As I always say, things happen for an opportunity. Maybe some kind of cosmic asshole is telling me that it’s high time that I get in touch with that hooda hooda part of me a little more.

I guess I already had the crystals, why not the cards?

So needless to say, I decided to let that wild and wooley part of me come out and play. I have committed to not only buying a pack of Tarot cards (or three) but learning to read them. Really learn. Not just throw cards on a table and then look up their meanings in a book, but study the craft. Try to tap into this psychic ability I supposedly have and use it for the good. I look at Tarot as a tool for coaching…a visual representation of messages and lessons that help people take a peek at what is already deep within their own psyches; things they already know on some level but haven’t wanted to look at. IMO the cards themselves are not bewitched, but you are. My practice will be a very practical magic, if you will, which is doing it my way. And who knows where it will lead and how I will grow? I’m finally starting to learn that one can’t predict such things!

I want to live a life I’ve never lived. All the time. I love reinventing the Wheel of Fortune, it satisfies my Wanderlust soul. I always want to change, grow, and explore. And to do this, I know I need to do something I’ve never done. This crazy Tarot thing is the way I am doing that right now.

So if you feel that pull yourself, what is it that you can start doing? Pay attention to things you are drawn to–especially if they seem out of left field, and you have no idea why. If they seem not to necessarily fit you, yet thinking about them feels GREAT and exciting. This is the Call of the Wild, my friends….is it calling to you? And what are you gonna do about it?

Comment below, and/or join The Badass Planners Facebook group and tell me! It’s so exciting! And stay tuned…Badass Tarot readings are on the horizon….!!!

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