Cards, tarot and other oracle decks are wonderful tools of focus and intentions and they can be utilized as a powerful tool of manifestation. They can become a wonderful way of “mapping” out what you want to come in the future.
The cards are a great tool for manifestation because they give you a way to visualize the things that you are trying to bring into your life. The cards are at their simplest level pictures with meanings. By selecting the pictures that mean what you wish to bring into your life, you can start to truly map out your goals.
The concept of mapping out goals with the cards is an extremely powerful method that can help you to attain your dreams and manifest whatever it is that you are seeking in life. The cards are pure forms of concentrated energy and their purpose is to link up with intentions. These can be intentions that have already been laid forth, or the cards can serve as foundation stones for new goals.
The game of Mapping with the cards is basically creating, destroying, affirming and shifting energy patterns. The most essential spiritual tool that we are all here to learn is conscience manifestation and that is exactly what this method of using the cards will do.
I have found two ways of doing this.
Begin by laying out the cards in your spread of choice, allowing the cards to fall in whatever way they wish. Interpret them looking at the meanings based on the placement and interpretation.
Now go back and look at the cards and their placement. Look at what each card means. Is it a something from the past, present or future? And is it something favorable? Do the cards that you have reflect your idea of what you want your life to be like?
If you want something to be different, then go through the deck and look through each card and find cards that speak to you… now lay them over top of the cards that you wish to “Re-route”… you are trying to create a new path on the map of your life. In essence you are sending a different energy into that specific place in your life, thus manifesting something different.
Now this isn’t only reserved to the future, that’s why you look at the past and the present in this exercise too… because you can change the energy that is associated with a past situation and a present one, even if you can’t change the events themselves.
The second process you can do is chose your favorite layout and instead of asking the cards a question and then laying them out you go through the deck and hand pick each card for their placement in the spread. In this way you are actually creating the map from beginning to end.
This idea of Mapping out your destiny is a form of conscience manifestation. I am constantly urging my clients to believe in their own personal power and their ability to manifest. Manifestation starts by changing your thoughts, beliefs and feelings and knowing that you alone have the power to pull into your life the things that you want and need.
The Spread: Hermes Map (Please Click this link to see the PDF of the spread layout)
I have created a spread that will help you in this journey. I have titled this spread, Hermes Map, because Hermes is the god of travel and the messenger to the gods. With this spread you will be laying out intention and giving it to the universe, thus creating a shift that allows the universe to tailor itself to your desires.
I have modeled the spreads layout after the Caput Daconis (The head of the dragon) geomancy figure because this is figure represents positive energy moving and shifting in the direction of something new.
Card One: The Spirit
This card is the essence of your goal. It represents the heart of the matter, the true energy behind what you are trying to pull toward you. Part of manifesting is understanding what gives life to something. For example: if you are trying to manifest a new home then you are in essence trying to manifest security or something along those lines.
This card should be at the heart of your goal. Strip down your desire and find out what it really is. You may even revise your goal based on this. If you are seeking $600 by Wednesday, you might actually be seeking security and not just money. This card takes some thought!
Card Two: The Keeper
This card is the energy that sees the goal through. You are asking this cards energy to keep your goal on target. You need to adapt the identity of this card as you are seeing your goal come to life.
Again you must get to the heart of the goal. If you were trying to manifest a new job your guardian may be “gratitude”, because as you see your goal of gaining a new job, you are trying to learn to be grateful for what you have.
Card Three: The Trickster
This card is about revealing your fears and insecurities behind the goal. If you want to manifest a desire successfully you must learn to be honest with yourself. Keeping negative energies locked away that may sabotage your goal is unwise to this process. You want to get the trickster energies out now so that you can move forward effortlessly.
Ask yourself, “What limiting feelings do I have about this goal? How might I sabotage this? Why can’t this possibly work?” This card is the negative nasty energies that we don’t want to face, but we know exist.
Once you’ve picked this card… Look at it for a second and then affirm that it no longer has power over you. Turn this card face down because it no longer exists in your map of manifestation. You have passed its tricky riddle and you are free to move along your path.
Card Four: The Reflection
The reflection card is basically your image of yourself after the goal has been attained. How will you feel once you have seen your goal come to life? Chose a card that really speaks to the Spirit and the Guardian and that takes back its power from the Trickster.
Card Five: The Treasure
The Treasure at the end of the map is the goal itself. You have followed the map, starting with your intention, holding the hand of your keeper and snuffing out the flame of the trickster… you have seen your reflection as you happen upon this beauty.
The Treasure is truly the manifestation of your goal. You have traveled the path keeping in mind and heart the true essence of this treasure. You have been guided by the Keeper and The Trickster, realizing the reality of your goal along the way and now you have it firmly in your hand.
This card is the manifestation of your goal. This card is your goal. So pick a card that shows your goal specifically!
Once you have laid out all of your cards, be with each one for a second time and focus on their faces. See their truth, beauty and power and take them into your being. You have laid out the map, now you are breathing life into it.
Affirm as you travel through each card that your goal is coming to life. And remember that true affirmations are in the present and you do not use the word “no” or “Not”, you would never affirm, “I no longer feel bad!” you would actually affirm, “I now feel wonderful!”
To affirm the energies of your map, ask for your personal guides and guardians to come in. Pray, write your goal on a piece of paper if you wish and tuck it away somewhere special. Light a candle. You could leave your cards out with the candle. You could even sleep with the cards under your pillow until the goal comes to pass.
The possibilities of the Hermes Map spread are endless… just have fun and add to or take away whatever you like. You may wish to change the layout of the cards to fit with another figure of geomancy. You may wish to add a new piece to the map, such as a card for the timing of your goal!
If any of you are interested in this method of manifestation and need help in the process understanding what cards to pick or how the layout works I would be more than happy to help you. We could even incorporate this in your reading. Let me know if you need any help at all.
© Shaheen Miro 3/4/2011