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Inkling: A Tarot and Journaling Workshop

IMG_5798Last March 17, I attended a tarot and journaling workshop at Craft MNL. It was my first time to attend a workshop with Craft MNL and my first time to attempt learning about tarot reading. I was very excited and though I was still recovering from my sprain, I made it a point to attend (I was half-way paid even before I got sprained).

It was a small group. There were only six of us attending the workshop led by Chinggay Labrador from @practical_magical for the tarot reading and by life coach Aurora Suarez from @yourheartcraftedlife for the journaling part. The workshop package included a brand new deck of Rider Waite tarot cards which made the deal and experience even sweeter!

We started by talking about intuition and how powerful of a tool it is. The workshop was not meant to make us really good at tarot reading right away and I think three hours is not enough for that. Instead, it helped us tap into our intuition to know what the card is telling based on the basic knowledge given to us about the card meanings.

For my Past-Present-Future reading attempt, I got the following cards: The Fool, Nine of Swords and Ten of Pentacles.

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Research says that The Fool indicates innocence and beginnings. It is also the card of unlimited potential. That is my past.

Nine of Swords means anxiety, despair, excessive worrying and fear of the future. That is my present.

For my future, I got Ten of Pentacles which indicates wealth, establishment, comfort, accomplishment… Okay, I got it. It’s the card of success. That sounds good, right?

So how can I relate to these cards? I recently moved from an internal audit to an IT audit type of job. I am aiming for certifications that will help me get the tools that I need in order to achieve my goal of going into fraud examination that is somehow on the IT side of things. In order to achieve those certifications, I must have IT audit experience. Thus, I arrived at my decision for a career change.

In December of 2017, I was ‘The Fool.” I was someone who was embarking on a new journey in my career life and venturing into my third field of audit. I had no strong background in IT general controls but I do have a good background when it came to risk identification and assessment. The more technical stuff, they expect me to learn and master as I go along.

This leads me to my current situation. My line manager is leaving. Hence, as his deputy, I have to take on most of the tasks of his role once he is gone. I do worry because I am only just getting the hang of my new work and now, I have to take on more tasks too. And that of a more senior officer!

Despite that, I welcome it as an opportunity to improve myself and be better in my work. It’s an experience that will surely make a better professional out of me. I just could not help but overthink stuff sometimes. At least our senior team manager is very supportive and he assured me that he will guide me along the way until they find a replacement for my line manager.

This makes it sound like my future card reading is a sign that if I worked hard enough, I will achieve what I want. The pentacles represent the element of earth though so I have to make sure I stay grounded and humble. Instead of seeing obstacles here and there, I am now seeing lots of open doors–opportunities to prove myself. I just need to work really hard at it and not give up when I am having difficulty already. No pain, no gain.

I am not in a hurry to take those certifications. I want to build a solid foundation first by really knowing my job well. At least the card reading gives me a boost of confidence.

I know, I know. The cards cannot determine my destiny because it is something I should work hard for. I just use it somehow as a motivation to do even better. That being said, I should work on my motivation board already.

After learning about tarot, I learned more about self-care and how journaling can help me be more in touch with myself. I learned how to get my thoughts to flow and turn into ink on paper. It was not about the usual dear-diary writing. Instead, it was something deeper than that.

I fell in love with that notebook and card that they gave to us during the workshop because the messages written on them were exactly what I needed to hear. What’s even more amazing is that the supplier of the cards and notebooks, Micah, joined us in our activity! IMG_6030

For more of these cute paper products that are filled with positivity and inspiring messages, visit Micah’s Eden Street website. I am sure you will love her products!

Also, Eden Street is on a summer-long sale to celebrate its second anniversary! Go check out her products right now!

In a world of competing demands for our attention and focus, it’s sometimes difficulty to listen to ourselves and to know how exactly we are feeling. Journaling, I believe, helps a lot in that aspect as it is something very personal and requires us to be honest with ourselves in order to have something to write about. It’s like thinking out loud but our voice is the paper and our mouth, the pen.

I tremendously enjoyed this workshop and hope to learn more about tarot reading. I have uncovered my sister’s old tarot cards and books that she used when she was also into learning this art way back when we were teenagers. I plan to read the books and practice reading the cards. I do not want to make a career out of it though. I want to do it for fun.

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My sister’s old tarot cards and reading materials.

28946985_605049846500859_8452938138205940165_oI also started journaling already, using the pens I have hoarded over the years but have not used since I got them. My golly! I am such a pen hoarder! In the picture is just a quarter of the pens I have all in all. I wonder from whom I inherited this habit…

Do you like tarot readings? Have you tried them and have they worked for you? I still believe we create our own destiny but, these are fun to do from time to time, right?

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