Leta Stevens

LIFESTYLE

My First Tarot Reading

As I delve deeper into my spiritual journey, I am taking the opportunity to explore different ways of connecting with my highest self and consciousness.

I love astrology and understanding how, depending on where the stars were when you were born, you may be influenced in your characteristics and personality. I feel the way of the Libra speaks so much to my soul. While I love astrology, I’m not naive and know that most horoscopes are written to be vague enough to apply to many people. That’s one part of astrology I don’t like. I don’t like that there are ways to manipulate what you read to make it apply to your life (whether it does or not). While I am learning to embrace and evolve my spiritual side, that does not diminish the side of me that needs clear cut answers and logical thinking. Before I will take any horoscope to heart, what is written needs to be so blatantly clear that I was meant to read it.

With that being said, you can imagine my skepticism when it comes to tarot cards. As I was looking more and more into tarot, I realized that while there is a way to interpret your own cards, as each card does have it’s own meaning. So while you can read the spread and interpret how the cards apply to the question you asked or spread you choose, there really is no way to completely twist the reading to apply to you just because that is the outcome you want.

After some internal debate, I decided there was no harm in at least trying out tarot cards. At the least, I’ll be briefly let down in my purchase, and at most, I’ll have a new resource in my wheelhouse that allows me to work through things internally. I caved and purchased the most beautiful deck of tarot cards, The Starchild Tarot Akashic Deck.

The night my deck arrived, I cleansed the deck with sage to clear the cards of any energy that may have been transferred to them before arriving to me. Once the energy was clear, I shuffled the deck and meditated on the question that I wanted the tarot to answer for me. I chose a spread of three cards, Situation | Action | Outcome. Continuing to meditate on the question, I cut the deck and dealt my cards. I was nervous and excited.

I flipped the cards:

Two of Cups. Five of Crystals. Strength.

Two of Cups: A card of new beginnings

Five of Crystals: A card that represents a sense of worry, over-speculation; this card reinforces that despite hardships, you are capable

Strength: A powerful card that signifies the emergence of your Higher Self – one that is full of grace, love, and compassion. This card reminds you that you are strong enough to overcome any obstacles

So what did I ask the tarot to answer for me?

Can I turn my blog into a business? Can I teach yoga online?

Let’s remember my spread: Situation | Action | Outcome

Situation: A new beginning (wanting to create a business though teaching yoga online)

Action: A sense of worry (well I WAS asking a deck of tarot cards if I should do this, so yes, there I have definitely been over-speculating and wondering how to — or even if I can — do this.)

Outcome: Strength and the emergence of your Higher self

I initially thought my cards would tell me what action to take and what the outcome of that action would be. That was at least my expectation.

After seeing my cards, that’s not how I read them at all. I read that my Situation is a new beginning, and my current Action is worry and over-thinking, but this same card reads “Do Not Lose Faith In Yourself.” The Outcome I now believe is a result of the tarot cards themselves. The Universe is reminding me of my strength. Somehow, the tarot knew all I needed was a little reminder that I am both strong and capable.

I think we all fall prey to that internal doubt from time-to-time, but we must remember that the power we have inside of us is stronger than we believe. The next time self-doubt encroaches and tries to veer you off a path that you’re excited to take… remember your strength, your power, your heart, and your passion. Like the Strength card says, you are strong enough to overcome any obstacles.

I must say that my heart was so happy after my first tarot reading. I am sure to come to my tarot cards with many more questions.

Would you do tarot? What would you ask the deck to show you?

Let me know!

Xo,

Leta

New Year’s Resolutions: Do’s and Don’ts

The new year is here! It is one of the best times for that “fresh start, clean slate” mentality.

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in an effort to strive for betterment in many aspects of our lives. Many of us also find ourselves failing at our resolutions and thus just giving up completely.

Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts for your New Years Resolutions for 2017.

DO make a resolution (or resolutions!)

Goal-setting and self-improvement is always a good idea, new year or not, but the new year (and the holidays finally being over) serve as stellar motivation for a new goal. What would you like to resolve to do in the new year? Get back on your fitness regiment? Read a book? Try a new restaurant? Travel? Resolve to do it in 2017!

DO write your resolution down

Sure simply thinking of a resolution works, too, but there is just something so solidifying about putting pen to paper. Write down your resolution as a permanent reminder of what you intend to do. To really make an impact, put your resolution somewhere where you will see it often, so that you are constantly reminded of what you want to accomplish. “Out of sight, out of mind” is very much a thing and conversely, if you see something frequently you are much more likely to focus on the task.

DON’T make your resolution ‘all-or-nothing’

If you’re resolving to get back on the diet train or hit the gym five times a week and you end up having a big ol’ slice of pizza and a lot of wine or you skip the gym four days in a row… that’s okay. Don’t let any slip-ups get under your skin. Simply start over the next day. You’re a human-being, you aren’t perfect (NEWSFLASH: none of us are) so slip-ups and mistakes are bound to be made… but it doesn’t mean you should give up on yourself and your goals. Nope! If you mess up, just dust yourself off and keep at it.

DON’T doubt yourself

How many times have you said, “Well I never make it through January, so we’ll see how it goes this year…” or something of the like in regards to past resolutions? We all let past failures play a part in our perception of present resolutions. “Oh I never keep these, so I won’t keep this one either.”  Y’all, let me tell you… your perception shapes your reality. If you go into the new year thinking your resolution won’t even see the light of day come February… it really won’t. Instead, tell yourself now that this is an ongoing, always improving resolution and this year will be different. Tell yourself that 2017 is YOUR YEAR and you will accomplish everything you resolve to do in 2017. This belief in yourself will make all of the difference.

What are you resolving to do in 2017? Share your resolutions with me! 2017 isn’t ready for all of the light + high vibrations we are going to take into this new year. Let’s shine brighter, laugh louder, and love more… together!

Happy New Year, y’all!

Xo,

Leta

The Next Chapter

Have you ever found yourself immersed in a book? It’s almost as if you are there, watching the story unfold before you. You’re entranced and eager to find out what happens next, quickly turning the page as your eyes scale from left to right, top to bottom.

The joy you get from each finished page, from each completed chapter! Sadly, you know the end of the book is coming, as you can see the numbers of pages before the back cover is dwindling at an incomprehensible rate. But alas, you cannot stop. It’s one of those “It’s so good! I just can’t put it down!” type of books.

As bittersweet as it is for the story to the end, there’s also a sense of excitement and joy that washes over you as you finish the last word on the last line of the last page. It is a contentment of finally knowing how the story ends; and knowing that an end can only lead to a new beginning.

With mere hours left of being 26, that is exactly how I felt. I took a chance to pause and reflect on my last year and I cannot believe that it came and went so quickly. There were many twists and turns, unexpected events, highs and lows, great adventures and periods of stillness. I believe the year flew by because I was genuinely savoring every minute of every day, simultaneously living in the present moment while eagerly anticipating what happens next.

I was reveling in my growth. A growth that I can proudly say encompassed more than just my physical body. My growth was also, as I have said time and time again, very spiritual and mental. I jumped into new paths, fell into the depths of my own soul, and connected with God + the universe on a much larger level.

 

Hands at Heart Center, Photo by HMS Photography
Hands at Heart Center, Photo by HMS Photography

 

I am completely overwhelmed with all of the changes that the year of 26 brought me. In fact, I think 26 will forever be one of my favorite chapters in my life.

From starting my own blog/website, getting a promotion at work, a third season of competing, to finding myself through meditation, my very first solo photoshoot, to starting yoga teacher training… It’s been a wild ride.

In Chapter 26, I found depths of my own soul that I did not even know existed. I found the ability to let all facets of my being coexist. I found the strength to be soft, open, and vulnerable. I found the gentleness to love myself in any physical capacity, in any form or amount of space my body takes. I found the quiet hums of stillness to be the time that my inner voice is the loudest. I found on my darkest days that my vision is the clearest. I found the only way to truly mend was to stop trying to keep myself from breaking. I found my worth in periods of loneliness and solitude. I found connection in the absence of physical bodies through social media. I found happiness and comfort in the unfamiliarity of change. I found that I shine the most when my candle lights another’s.

In Chapter 26, each day… every little experience… each book read, tear shed, laugh cracked, coffee sipped, weight lifted… it all tied together. It all acted as a catalyst for the evolution and creation of the Leta that I will be in Chapter 27.

In Chapter 26, I found my magic. If Chapter 26 can hold all of that amazement and wonder… my oh my, what possibilities Chapter 27 could hold!?

Today, I begin a new story. I have a blank page and all of the ink in the world to write with. I have the power to make Chapter 27 just as glorious and adventurous as I desire it to be. How beautiful is it to start again?

So, how will I start Chapter 27, Page 1?

With a grateful heart.

Thank you all for your unbelievable support; thank you all for being a part of my story. I hope you join me for Chapter 27. It won’t disappoint.

Xo,

Leta