I love the spreads Arwen of Tarot by Arwen comes up with. Recently I read this one, and had to give it a try! It's about understanding your life's purpose, where you are currently getting stuck, and what will help move you forward:
1) What thought patterns are keeping me stuck?
2) Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back?
3) Where is my energy best focused right now?
4) How can I put this information to use now?
Seeing as I'm on a bit of a Lenormand kick right now, I decided to use the Burning Serpent Oracle (Pollack & Place, 2014).
1) What thought patterns are keeping me stuck? House, Cross, Birds
I am trapped by my own anxiety around the burdens of my home life. So, it's not just the weight of the issues around my son's health, for instance, but how I react to them. Which makes perfect sense, and highlights that it really is my thoughts that are getting me stuck, not the reality of the situation.
2) Why do I seem to take two steps forward and one step back? Ring, Clover, Letter
Ha, sarky cards. The reason I take two steps forward and one step back is because my commitment to writing (which I do see as being a big part of my life purpose) is rather small right now. Admittedly, having a five month old child does interfere with committing to other things, and perhaps I need to accept that this is just where I am for the moment. So, an explanation without judgement.
3) Where is my energy best focused right now? Ship, Sun, Snake
Now here's an answer worthy of Arwen! My energy should be focused on enjoying the journey, no matter how winding it may seem :D Following on from the last two sets, these cards say that I should enjoy where I am, even if I sometimes feel stuck and like I'm going slowly...
4) How can I put this information to use now? Bouquet, Woman, Moon
I can put all this information to use by tapping into my creativity, femininity and intuition. I will find joy and purpose in life if I accept the gifts offered to me, even if they aren't always the gifts I wish I was receiving.
This fits well with something I experienced on Monday with the hypnotherapist. She got me to experience three gifts I had already received that day, and appreciate them. My baby's smile was one, as was the joy in having worked on a creative project, and the excitement of doing a reading for someone (using my intuition). I am living my life's purpose, even if not always at the speed or with the focus that I might ask of myself. Accepting where I am and what I'm doing is definitely the key.