Review of Prediction Annual 2015

Here is my review of the Prediction Magazine Annual 2015.
The Prediction Annual for next year, 2015, is an a5 sized, glossy magazine about a centimeter thick and looks like it promises a lot. When I looked at the content list I was inspired to see a number of different divination and predictive methods represented – western astrology, vedic astrology, chinese horoscopes, tarot, and a couple of articles on the first new moon of the year and lunar and solar eclipses. Western astrology is certainly the bulk of the content though, with pages 17 to 170 covering month by month astrological predictions for each sun sign.

Prediction Annual 2015

The first article is tarot predictions and gives two cards from the Rider Waite Deck per month through the year. Talking about meaning for about half a page for each. Then we move onto an article about the first New Moon of the New Year. I really enjoyed this article, with mention of how the other planets are interacting at this time and also what we might expect at a more community level.

Then we move into the western astrology section – here we have a full page of predictions for each month of each sun sign, so it takes up the majority of the magazine – it highlights different areas of life each month such as love life, work, family, friends etc. Depending on what areas are most active that month. It is written in a very accessible manner and makes no mention of what planets are doing what with each other – just gets straight to the likely interpretation of the sky. Personal I felt this was a shame, though I am sure for many people hearing what is means is more to the point than the technical aspects of why.

Next we have the vedic horoscopes for the year with a need to bear in mind the date ranges for each sign is quite different from western signs. Some good advice but with only half a page, per sun sign for the year ahead, it’s a bit thin on the ground in terms of information.

We then have a ‘Week as a Glance’ where there are overall predictions for each week of the year in a few sentences. This is actually quite interesting as there comments on political energy, media energy as well as the personal, and mention is made of the planets positions and influence which I personally likes a lot.

A short article on the eclipses in the year ahead then follows and then we finally move onto Chinese astrology, with a few sentences for each animal sign and a chart to help you decide which is you if you are not already aware. Again this is an article I would have liked to see more content for.

The final article on the upcoming year sign – the Year of the sheep was very interesting and worthwhile reading, just over a page long it detailed the sorts of things to expect in a wider general sense in society in the coming year.

So some interesting things in the Prediction Annual – my personal conclusion was one of disappointment though, as there were some good potential articles but they were very short, and the main body of the magazine was written on western astrology without much mention of where the predictions were coming from. Though this may appeal to many people, I wonder about the value of the magazine as a whole as for almost £8 it seems rather expensive, especially when so many glossy magazine will offer similar astrological predictions through the year as free pull outs, with the magazine itself being almost half this price.

6 of wands – illuminati

This month I thought we would stick with the new Illuminati deck. This month’s card is 6 wands.

Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne - Copyright LoScarabo

Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne – Copyright LoScarabo

The image is very busy as most of this deck’s cards are, however it means all the image is in focus, rather than just the foreground, this enables us to consider meaning in many places of the image as equally important. So what do we have for December?

We see a warrior returning from battle victorious, and being acknowledged for all he has overcome. He has returned victorious. You can see the gold of his costume representing self-esteem and confidence that comes from being honed through challenges. The people greeting him adorned in bright colours, their own self esteem high, rich and lush, they are able to see and truly understand what this warrior has gone through to achieve his current position. With this knowledge they look up to him and honour him for his strength courage and bravery.

So in December we find ourselves reaping our harvest, we have survived the challenges of the year behind us and come out on top. not only are we feeling more confident and proud of ourselves but others can recognise what we have done too – we are seen for our efforts.

We have also come home – back in the safety of the castle we can rest rejuvenate and restore ourselves amongst friends and family are an arduous set of challenges. So enjoy this month in celebration of what you have achieved. Earlier in the year you may have dismissed the efforts you were making as not being enough – or finding things difficult where you felt they should have been easy. You may have found others wondering what the issue was. This month however things are very different, as you look back you see the hard work and effort was worth it and you are able to appreciate yourself fully – without shame. Others reflect this back to you as you hear peoples thoughts and comments on what you have done and realise others do see your value and appreciate you for the risks you have taken, your bravery and your courage.

The challenges may have been on an inner level – you may have been fighting old patterns of thought and behaviour, perhaps battling with depression or some form of psychological demon. Often unseen these battles we do alone, or with just a few to support us, this month though you find acknowledgement and support everywhere. Focus on acknowledging yourself, giving to yourself credit for the things you have had to face. Dealing with painful events requires a great deal of courage and the determination of the inner warrior, as you recognise yourself so your external world will understand you also and you will feel welcomed.

The challenges may have been on a physical level, an illness, difficult living conditions, work or money, these too you have addressed head-on or with conscious strategy, as you have taken on the fight so you have used your courage and resilience to keep battling on – this month sees solutions, victory over difficulties and the chance to rest, celebrate and enjoy comfort with others in a place of safety and support.

Whatever the challenges have been you have used them to further your spiritual growth, consciously or as a by-product, and now life rewards you for your effort. Enjoy your days spent with people – honour the team’s contribution to your efforts and recognise each person who congratulates you has their own areas of victory and valour, their stories of bravery and challenge. As you realise each person has their own battle field and turns up to do battle each day, so you also share your honour with those around you. You inspire some as they inspired you previously, you become a beacon for what is possible if you set your mind to it. And you build support within yourself for battles that will challenge you in the future.

 

 

 

Ace of Wands – Illumiinati

This month I introduce a new deck – The Tarot Illuminati, by Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne. I have been using this deck as an app for a while now and really like it so I recently purchased the actual deck and am using it here for this months Card of the Month reading.

By Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne - published by Lo Scarabeo

By Kim Huggins and Erik Dunne – published by Lo Scarabeo

Appropriately enough for using a new deck we have a card representing beginnings for November, the Ace of Wands. This card represents inspiration and creativity in all forms and the start of something new that we have great passion and enthusiasm for. So in November we are likely to be introduced to new ideas, to have some great inspiration and feel a lot more energised than we have done for a while. The personal power we gained through October now sets us up in a centered place to allow our inspiration to flow forth from our deepest selves. Pay attention to your ideas and possible projects, write them down and record them as you will have more than you can act on at this time – but keeping a record will help you have a resource to turn to at a later date to inspire you when you feel less connected with your depths.

As we can see from the image our dreams are built amongst the mountains of aspirations, and the city we  see pictured here has a regal and spiritual feel to it, in the same way your ideas this month spring from a spiritual source which will help you express your deepest self and access your true nature. They will help you be who you really are – giving you a platform for expression. Choose to start to work on the ideas that you have the most passion for to follow your truth the most accurately.

It is a month for asking yourself, ‘what do I have the energy for right now?’ and following that energy, you may not feel like doing what you planned, and as you ask yourself what you do feel like doing and follow up on that you will find things flow much more smoothly and you will see much more clearly what needs to grow in your life and what needs to diminish to give you a life that is both balanced and an expression of your true self.

Creative pursuits are highlighted this month too as they will help this process. The seeds of new creations are planted and though they may not come to fruition this month, the roots will be put down and they can then be allowed to grow organically through regular nurturing in the months ahead before they are ready to flower. This nurturing will need to be little and often so pace yourself rather than thinking that the high energy you experience this month will continue indefinitely. This month’s enthusiasm is to help your ideas germinate and take root, and will then reduce a little in the future to give space for other aspects of your life to be dealt with. If you think of your dreams like the growing of plants, there is a bit input of energy at the start as we prepare the ground, plant the seeds and take care of the initial seedlings, then we can simply water each day and weed, taking a little of our time and be patient, until the next high energy phase of harvest. Trust your energy levels right now without clinging to them as necessary in the long term.

Use your will to make the thing happen you know are needed in your life right now. Taking action brings positive results. Allow your vision to guide you and disregard those who would tell you you have pipe dreams – your aspiration may be impossible from their perspective, but if you heart is telling you this is the way to go then it indicates that these ideas are very possible to come to fruition in your world, given your will, energy and patience.

In relationship terms you may find November brings new friendships and relationships that are really in line with your own energies, people you have a lot in common with and who share passions in your life. There is a gathering of forces to create something more that the sum of the parts. Perhaps a romantic relationship finally takes off or you meet someone out of the blue who matches the sort of person you were looking for. It maybe you have been searching for someone to share a creative pursuit with and now you find yourself meeting people who could fill this role in your life and you in theirs. Allow yourself to take up those invitations courageously and see where they lead. It may be helpful to create a list of what you are looking for to help you know when you find it. The clues will be evident in the first meetings.

A month with high excitement and energy, you have the inspiration to recreate your life again. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Page of Swords – Mary El

This months card is the Page of Swords from the Mary El deck. This powerful image can evoke a strong response. The woman is tattooed with a red dragon and she has won the right to wear the dragon through her strength and integrity. This card speaks about having a deep strength within ourselves that we can rely on. We have survived battles in our lives without becoming bitter and are still full of youthful fighting spirit. There is no fear, we can stand up for ourselves, our truth and anything we have strong beliefs about. We stand fully in our power able to affect change in the world simply by coming from our center and from our truth. Areas of her body that are emphasised are the heart and throat, so this month speak openly your truth to the world. Have no fear, you are able to carry this power because of your experience and your personal growth. You know enough to take a stand where things are unjust. You are not frightened to challenge the status quo in situations you find yourself in as you have the faith in yourself that you can handle the uncertainty and then respond in the highest way when things are uncovered that others would rather push under the carpet.

Page Swords

So this month sees us feeling a lot of our personal power, our courage, and also our passion. Events trigger feelings in us which show us where our passion lies and ways open up for us to follow the passion we discover. We might be asked to start something new which may cause us to feel fearful about where it will lead, however we have this inner resource of courage and self-confidence we can rely on. Remember what you face now, even though it may remind you of something from the past, it is not the same situation. You have experienced so much since the memory you are recalling, you have a wisdom and strength that is much increased and with this the power to create something new from similar building blocks – the power to create something that is more in line with your truth now. Trust and step forward into the scarey places. The risks you take now you will be able to follow through with in joy and passion. You have the strength to deal with the line between earthly needs and spiritual needs, that the dragon so often represents. That boundary between the two can now be walked with confidence.

There is no need to hide behind image and glamour – you can be yourself through this month, as you are vulnerable and also open so your true strength can be seen. Your strength lies in your vulnerability and there is no need to feel you have to ‘cover  up’ some part of you to make others feel comfortable, nor do you need to protect yourself through half truths and deceit. You can just speak your truth and know when to be silent, trusting yourself and knowing you can handle any conflict that arises through your expressed personal power. Remembering too that those who you may have hidden your light from in order to gain acceptance in the past, in this new time, will not be the people you are trying to address – your very honesty and openness will draw those to you who match this authenticity and are of  like minds to you. All others will slip away and you will gain deeper more fulfilling connections with the world around you, without judgement nor conflict.

So a dynamic month when there may be new opportunities presented to you. Take what has heart for you and leave the rest – focus on your authenticity and strength and move forward fearlessly. You may feel drawn to fight for a cause or rebel against a standard procedure or status quo – allow yourself to follow your heart and the truth, whilst maintaining personal awareness of your truth in any moment – as you do this you can benefit more than your own goals and can help organisations, groups of people and many others to find their truth and move forward where there has been stagnation.

Strength – Xultan Deck

This month’s card is Strength from the Xultan deck. This deck departs from the traditional style images of strength of a woman and a lion or beast tamed. Here we see a cactus in full bloom – none the less the energy of the card is very similar. We see a natural energy restricted, a cactus growing in a pot, yet despite this restriction it is in bloom and thrives. In many shamanic traditions plants are used as teachers and help us learn to understand our deeper selves and to be able to contain our darker sides without repressing them, yet making them work for our, and others overall good.

From Xultan Deck

From Xultan Deck

So this month we see themes of experiencing and developing our inner strength. This comes about through knowing our shadow selves and accepting these more undesirable sides of ourselves, as we do so so the gold they also contain is released for our use. As an example, anger and rage are often parts we would rather not have or experience within ourselves, however if we avoid feeling angry and spend too much times saying “its ok, no I am not bothered by x, y or z” then we weaken our sense of who we are and unconsciously our anger builds up inside. Often this can lead to unconscious manifestation such as accidents, or slip ups where we betray or let someone down even though we have been doing our best to be understanding and good. Conversely if we allow our own recognition of our anger, with acceptance and compassion towards ourselves also this leads us to be more assertive in situations which require our boundaries, and to not allow the build up of anger unconsciously and so we feel more in control of ourselves and in charge of our lives. We are able to say no to what is not for our highest good and we have the strength to speak our truth even in the face of opposition. Often voicing other peoples concerns which have yet to be expressed. We work more effectively for the good of the whole.

So this month be aware of all your feelings – even those you would rather not experience. Ask yourself what is the grain of truth this feeling is leading me to, even if the feeling feels out of proportion to the event. Acknowledge and accept you have a right to feel how you feel and once you allow yourself to know how you feel you can then have the strength not to allow your feelings to control you, but to inform you, you find the golden ability to truly respond to situations you are in with full authenticity.

This month sees a time for this inner strength to be more and more conscious within your life – it is less likely that you will be holding back unnecessarily, but more that you will be able to be more compassionate with yourself and others, and more able to act from your center without feeling guilty or apologetic for your responses.

Another way to consider this energy this month is the idea of allowing yourself full access to all your desires and wishes and then ensuring you both express yourself in these areas but don’t allow any one area to take over from the other. Its not a time to become obsessive about one pursuit but a time to enjoy the many aspects of expression of yourself, in balance with each other.

 

As we see on the card there are many aspects of your life that can bloom at this time, and you can be of service to others by allowing yourself to be more fully who you are. Stay aware and stay in balance and the restrictions you place upon yourself and those you find around you will also serve you in a positive way.

This month thus is also a time for great enjoyment and fulfillment as you don’t struggle with things you can’t change, but through acceptance, find a deeper more satisfying way of life.

The card is strong coloured yellow and this is a colour of the solar plexus, the area of personal power, a strong sense of self and an independence from others control. As you focus on what your spirit truly wants so you can be of greater service in the world – your developing self-confidence allows for you to truly play the part you are made for. This month sees increasing self confidence and self esteem after the challenges and trials last month removing old patterns of thought and behaviour.

 

The Tower – Margarete Petersen

This months card reading is taken from the Margarete Petersen deck. We have the Tower. Often a card that is fears as it brings sudden change in the world outside ourselves, however this is more usually a reflection of the world outside adjusting to our new strengths and abilities. we can find great healing through the events that unfold and suddenly come about. It may be you have been working on changing your life on an internal level for a while – this month sees a breakthrough – which may not be in the manner you expected, however if you bear in mind that you are seeking the truth you will find that the final outcome will bring with it gifts and release from old patterns. what used to work no longer is needed and you are updating your whole operating system to something more powerful and effective in the current times.

from Maragete Petersen deck

from Maragete Petersen deck

 

The card depicts a lot of straight dynamic lines and a lot of white light shown up against the contrasting darkness. What was hidden is revealed and the light breaks through the dark structures that have been imprisoning us, as this occurs our life spirit is renewed and we find more inner power than we are used to welding.

It maybe that old patterns of behaviour from childhood environments are no longer needed in your life and you can release them now and start afresh. Work may provide you with the arena to see this happen in the form of redundancy that leaves you able to more easily take the risk of self employment. Your love life may see the change as truths come to light and suddenly everything makes more sense and you know from a deep part of you what needs to happen next. It maybe you find yourself able to risk being more honest about what your needs are and what you like to do, though there is a fear of not being accepted for being yourself – you can overcome this now and take that risk – what is lost wasn’t actually of value, and what is found is pure gold; internally and externally.

On a mundane level you may need to do some renovations to your property, and renew what has worn down and worn away generally in your material possessions. Some things you may find you no longer need anyway, other things you can give new life to by changing them quite drastically. The outcome is for the better despite initial appearances sometimes being deceiving.

What is solid and true in your life stands up to any changes in the current month so you can trust it is only deadwood that is being cleared out and that shifts that occur now help you realise more and more of your true spirit. It can be an exciting time if we allow ourselves to enjoy the thrill of the unknown. If we try and cling to a feeling of safety where change is needed though, then the journey can be more troublesome – so let go and trust to make the most of this time.

It is a time of revelation and understanding of our deeper selves too and from this knowledge of ourselves our wisdom increases. We heal from old hurts and fears and become a much freer spirit able to make more decisions in our life that reflect our true nature.

So this month step out into the unknown, embrace change as it comes towards you and allow the uncertainty to feed your adventurous spirit rather than to hold you back, or feed your paralysing fear. You can trust in yourself now and trust in events around you to be meant at this time, bringing healing and more of the life you truly want.

4 Swords – Llewellyn

This months card is 4 swords.

We see here a woman asleep and resting peacefully, there is a feel of her being protected from the harsh realities of life by both the mosquito netting and also the loyal dog resting beside her. If we look to the tree in the background we get a sense of the struggles she has been through to get to her current state of growth and how she has had to twist and turn in order to survive and reach out for nourishment.

 

from Llewellyn deck

from Llewellyn deck

 

Applying this to the month ahead, we have been struggling with internal issues in the last month and now it is a time to take a break – the work is not yet over and there will be more to do but it is safe to rest up and gain some recuperation. It is possible if you continue to push forward then minor illnesses, coughs and colds will assist in your taking time out from your usual routines and work. So to prevent this take time before you feel you actually need it and focus on getting good rest at night.

As we rest we begin to dream, this serves to rejuvenate our energies and to help us make sense of changes that we have been making in our lives or that our lives have been presenting to us. Allow time for your inner world to catch up with external changes. We also have to be aware that the peacefulness we are likely to experience in July will be temporary, as taster for what is to come ultimately, but actually just a period of respite before we continue with the hard work of  manifesting our dreams, our ambitions and our highest potentials. So enjoy this month’s time out and allow yourself to take space.

It maybe you need to compromise to achieve this, but do not let this worry you – you will be able to get back on the fully authentic path once you have rested. Issues you may have been fighting for in work or your personal life may reach a compromise that suits everyone for now and allows things to move forward, the deeper issues to be re-assessed at a later date when more is known and can be demonstrated.

Within relationships we let things lie, with the awareness that we are extending ourselves for the sake of peace, and that we are not losing sight of our true selves nor our own personal life paths in doing this. Being accommodating shows goodwill and helps relationships find a more satisfying place to be in the long term.

It is not a good time for long term decision making as actually you can not see the whole picture right now, there can be a veil over the truth of things, and some difficulty in finding out the full story. Allow things to rest, make only temporary decisions and return to the issue in a month or two when the fog has lifted and energy is renewed.

It is a good month for allowing your creativity to have a free reign without being at all precious about what is actually produced. Allowing ones fantasies to have a voice and to enjoy ones own thoughts brings a release from the tension of trying hard to stay grounded. It is safe to let go into the world of imagination this month as long as you do so with awareness that much of what you see, feel and think will not be the complete story, however it will be a story and one you can enjoy that can inform your of your true desires in the future.

Retreat from struggle and perfectionism this month in all areas of your life – see it all as good enough – including yourself and take a break. Know you are safe and nothing will fall apart as you do this, you will simply renew yourself ready with passionate energy for the next steps in the future.