Money Matters: 10 Journal Prompts for Attracting Abundance

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1. How do you define the word “abundance”? What does it mean to have an abundant life?

Depending on your upbringing, worldview, personality and needs, your definition of abundance is going to be different from everybody else’s. Cultivate your unique sense of abundance to avoid toxic comparison paradigms when you are trying to grow your wealth!

2. What are some of the attitudes and beliefs surrounding money that you grew up with?

For example, how did your parents handle money? What was considered frugal, and what was considered wasteful? (You can make a chart or graph to represent the opposite sides of the spectrum and explore what falls in the “Temperance”, or the balance zone for you. What’s “just right?”)  How have these attitudes and beliefs affected you and the way you spend your money?

3. Reflect on your experiences with money so far.

Abundance is the experience that we have with money. Have they been mostly positive? Negative? Overflow? Lack? Both? Ups and downs? Be as specific as you can. If your experience has been largely positive–positive in what way? List specific examples e.g. The money that I earn allows me to support myself, my family and the charities that I believe in (positive). E.g. I have always struggled to make ends meet. Life goes on but this stops me from enjoying the pleasures of life (negative). Once you have reflected–what can you do to shifts your attitudes and steer your experiences towards the direction that you want?

4. Money can’t buy happiness. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

More often than not, the answer to this question isn’t absolute. It’s a bit of a yes and a bit no, or a lot of yes and some no.

5. What are your favourite abundance affirmations or mantars? Why are they your favourites? How have they helped you so far in your pursuit of more abundance?

Finding the kind of words and vocabulary that you resonate with is a great way because it helps you use more specific language to set personal goals, because you’ll be writing them down with words that vibrate on your frequency.

6. What are your least favourite abundance affirmations or mantras?

(You don’t have to “hate” them per se, but these would be affirmations and mantras that you don’t personally jam with, or feels disconnected towards). Why is that? Is it the word choice? The concept itself? Does this point to some of your unresolved issues or emotions in money in any way? How can you work towards resolving it?

7. Do you believe you are worth the money you are making, or worth the money that you are trying to attract? 

Your sense of worth and confidence have a direct and crucial connection to your sense of abundance. Do you feel like you deserve to have more money? If not, why do you think you are feeling this way? How can you cultivate a more empowered perspective on your self worth and money?

8. How do you define “success”? How does this affect  your understanding and experience of abundance?

Conventional definitions of success often place pressure on how much we are supposed to have and how we are supposed to live our lives in order to be happy or “abundant”.

9. Do you think money is a good thing or a bad thing?

What are some of the positive associations or positive things you can do with money? What are some of the negative associations or negative things you can do with money? Try doing a free-association exercise with “money” in the centre. You can try using a mind-map or just jot down whatever words or concepts that pop up as you brainstorm. Why do you think you associate money with the things you have written down? How can this insight help you attract more abundance?

10. Other than the life essentials, what is something that you are willing to spend money on–something that brings you genuine joy?

(E.g. a new book, a new tarot deck, classes to develop your talent, investing in a Kickstarter, etc) How does this reflect what you want in life and who you are as a person? Knowing the kind of experiences you want to have (through spending money and purchasing a product or a service) will strengthen your sense of purpose when you are working hard and trying to attract more money. It also allows you to feel like the things you are spending money on are worth your time and effort.

Exercise #3 + Tarot Worksheet #4 Working with the Four Elements in the Minor Arcana

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TAROT WORKSHEET #4

Earth. Air. Fire. Water. The four elements play crucial roles in the symbolic construction and interpretation of tarot, especially in the minor arcana where each suit is represented by a specific elemental affinity. Each element comes with its own temperament and ways it translates into different aspects of your life. As you go forth and try to familiarize yourself with the elemental associations, it is important to go through the process of how you arrive at each conclusion or categorization about each element. For example, why is the suit of wands or fire associated with career, dreams, and drive? Why is the suit of cups or water associated with relationships and emotions? When you make your own connections and relate those insights to your personal life and experience, it is much easier to internalize the knowledge and make it your own.

What you need for this exercise:

  • Space. Where you will be required to draw a huge rectangular box. This could be done in your notebook, a loose sheet of paper, or a large poster paper or board. Whatever works for you, really. As long as you have a rectangular shape that has four corners (this is called the four corners exercise, after all!) and allows you to take notes–you’ll be fine. It might not work as well on the laptop, unless you are capable of producing any types of graph via a computer software. If that’s the case, by all means, do whatever that’s comfortable.
  • Something to write with, duh. Whether it is your vintage fountain pen or a Harry Potteresque quill–get your favourite utensils out!
  • A basic understanding of the elemental associations in tarot. Some key words will definitely help you contextualize and engage with this activity better. If you are starting fresh, here is a quick reference guide to help you:
    • Fire is typically associated with motivation, passion and creative self-expression. It is therefore often linked to one’s career and passionate pursuits.
    • Air is typically associated with information, logic, and intellect. It is therefore often linked to language, expression of ideas and opinions, and psychological processes.
    • Earth is typically associated with security, foundation and prosperity. It is therefore often linked to money, health, and society.
    • Water is typically associated with emotional exchanges, intuitive insights and the subconscious. It is therefore often linked to relationships, imagination and spirituality.
  • A sense of adventure and a pinch of poetic spice in your soul. You’ll be working with metaphors, so gear up your right brain!

Warm Up

As mentioned before, you will be working with symbolism and metaphors. Here is a mini warm-up activity that will get your creative and poetic juices flowing. Check out the following few prompts to help you get into the figurative zone:

  • I’m on fire when ___________
  • What grounds me in life is ___________
  • What does it mean when you “get wind of something”? How is the word “wind” used to convey this?
  • What is the social significance of sharing sharing a drink with somebody?

The Four Elemental Corners

Alright…time to get down to business! The first thing you have to do is to create something that looks like this (or you can also click here to download a printable worksheet containing this chart):

elemental-corners

Next, go through your daily activities and routines and examine their elemental nature. Write down a list of minimum 10 things that you do each day. Ask yourself: Is this an “earth” activity? Why? You would then position that activity on the chart according to its elemental association.

Some activities are easily categorized into an elemental corner. For example, maybe you wake up early in the morning in order to go to the gym and exercise. Exercising helps you stay connected with your physical self and keeps you grounded for the rest of the day. Therefore, exercising is an “earth” activity since It makes you feel healthy, empowered and secure. You have to feel your feet on the ground first before you can venture into anything else. Since it’s an earth activity, you put it directly next to the Earth Corner.

Some activities, however, may have a combination of two or more elemental associations. For example, after you finish all your morning routines, you sit down to work on your short story. This engages you creatively and satisfies you emotionally. Creativity is associated with the creative and expansive nature of fire, and happiness is associated with the subtle and nourishing flow of water. So you place this activity in the middle of the Fire Corner and Water Corner, but closer to the Fire Corner because you feel that creativity is more predominant as you engage in story writing.

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You would continue to figure out the elemental associations for each activity until you run out of space. Or you set a timer for 15-20 minutes to help you concentrate your thoughts in a short burst of time. However long you want to do this is up to you, you can set a timer or no timer at all. The purpose of this activity is mostly to help you make connections between how you live your life and the elemental associations behind each activity you engage in.

Post-Activity Reflection

After you have completed the exercise, go through the following questions and prompts and reflect on your progress:

  • Looking at your elemental corners chart, which element do you find yourself gravitating towards the most? What does this reveal about you as a person and the activities you tend to enjoy?
  • How easy or difficult was it to categorize everything? Was there a particular item that you struggled with and didn’t know where to place? Why do you think this was the case? On the contrary, what were the “easy items” where you immediately knew where they belonged? What does this reveal to you about how you think and who you are as a person?
  • How has this exercise deepened your perspective and understanding of the four elements in tarot?

To close…

So that’s it. How did it go? I hope you enjoyed this exercise and I hope this exercise has helped you reach a better understanding of tarot’s four elements, or that it has given your brain some new “tarot food” to chew on. Either way, please let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Much love,

xoxo
Kim

More Resources

If you are interested in reading more about viewing tarot cards through the lens of storytelling as well as cultivating an intuitive tarot practice, check out my e-book: Tarot Beginnings: An Introduction to the Story and Study of Tarot. 

10 Listopia + Journaling Prompts for the Major Arcana

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A few tips and suggestions before you dive in:

  • Pinterest for lists in general.

  • 8tracks of making musical playlists.

  • Do this with a tarot buddy and see what you come up with together!

  • No stress + have fun!

Alright, here we go. 10 listopia + journaling prompts for the major arcana!

  1. If each archetype were a _______________, what would they be? (PLUG-IN: song or soundtrack, book, movie, TV show, fictional character, celebrity, historical site, country, colour, place/location, animal, mythical creature, cup of tea, quote, household appliance, crystal/precious gemstone, stationary, sport, dance, kind of weather, tarot deck, vehicle, emotion, philosophical perspective, etc.)
  2. Who does each archetype remind you of in real life? Associate each archetype with a person you know and explore your answers. They can be people who are in your life, public figures or celebrities that you look up to, a historical figure, or a mixture of all three.
  3. Associate or create a major arcana inspired fashion look for each archetype. What would be a “Magician” look? How about “Death”? What materials, brands, colours, and/or accessories would you choose and why?
  4. Pretend you have the world’s food ingredients and spices at your disposal and you are free to use them to create any dish you want–sky’s the limit. What would you create for each archetype? Or, if you are not much of a cook, what kind of food or dishes would you associate with each archetype?
  5. If you were a career counselor offering advice to each and every archetype, what occupation(s) would you encourage them to pursue? For example, The Star archetype might be a yoga instructor or a nurse because of its healing properties.

  6. The archetypes are invited to be the judges of a reality talent show & competition. How would they react and what would they say to a good performance? How about a bad one?

  7. What relationship advice would each archetype give you if you are trapped in a toxic relationship?

  8. What would each archetype say to a person who is having a shitty day?

  9. If the archetypes had a dark secret or addiction, what would it be? For example, The Wheel of Fortune might be addicted to gambling and Justice might be addicted to the television show CSI. This can be a fun secret or guilty pleasure, or you can really explore the shadow side of the archetype.

  10. Speaking of shadow side–let’s pretend the archetypes have all given in to the dark side since, you know, the dark side has cookies. What “advice” would they give you when you are having a shitty day? How would they try to convince you or coax you into remaining with your ego?

Aaaand that’s it for now. I hope you had fun! Which journal prompt did you enjoy the most? Which question gave you a light bulb moment and was deeply revelatory? Let me know in the comments below and share your lists with me!

Check out my major arcana instrumental soundtrack playlist! 🙂

More Resources

If you are interested in reading more about viewing tarot cards through the lens of storytelling as well as cultivating an intuitive tarot practice, check out my e-book: Tarot Beginnings: An Introduction to the Story and Study of Tarot. 

Exercise #2: Get Cozy with the Major Arcana! 3 Creative Storytelling Exercises to Help You Tell the Story of The Fool’s Journey

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Hate memorizing tarot card definitions? Well, read on…

Once upon a time.

Except that wouldn’t be a proper way to begin the story, because The Fool’s Journey is a never-ending story about the human experience. It is an allegorical narrative about the journey of life in which The Fool, the protagonist, traverses through the major arcana and encounters various archetypes in order to learn from them.

If you hate memorizing definitions, then The Fool’s Journey is a great framework for studying the major arcana cards. Incorporating elements of storytelling is a great way to strengthen your personal connections and understandings of the cards. Not only does it activate your imagination and engage your creativity, it also allows you to tap into and the wisdom you have already internalized through your experiences on an intuitive level.

And plus, telling a story is just super duper fun. Am I right? Am I right!??

To hear my version of The Fool’s Journey, check out my latest video on Youtube!

But if you have already done that and in fact have been sent here for the tarot exercises, read on!

Exercise #1: Create your own Fool’s Journey story.

This exercise is simple and straightforward. Pick up your favourite deck of cards, invite the major arcana archetypes (it’s an exclusive party–no “minors” allowed!) and huddle around a camp fire (which can really just be the floor if you want to–you don’t need anything fancy, but do make sure everybody’s comfortable!)

A note before you start: Don’t stress too much about story logic or the need to have everything fall perfectly into place. The idea of this exercise is for you to explore the archetypes and their relationships with each other through creative storytelling. Think of it as your “first draft”–and first drafts are rarely perfect. It’s more like fun word vomit and a discovery process.

Also, it is recommended that you tell this story in textual format, either through spoken or written words. Of course, there are many forms of storytelling–some are more visual and graphically representative than others. Telling a story with language, specifically, will be a good exercise for you to translate your intuitive and abstract understandings into concrete, linguistic forms, which will then help you reach a clearer mental understanding of the archetypal concepts. In addition, when you are doing a tarot reading (either for yourself or for another person), you will need to express your insight through language one way or another. In short, it will be good practice!!

Alright–let’s get on with it. Here are a few things to start you off, if you have no idea where to begin:

  1. Put on your storytelling hat and get in the zone. Pick out The Fool’s card. He is going to be moving around a lot since he has a long trip ahead of him, so I do hope your inner sense of wonder isn’t out of shape. If it is, meditate with The Fool and ask him to grow you a unicorn horn, give you a pair of winged boots, and a six-dimensional backpack.
  2. Start with “Once upon a time”. If you still don’t know how to start, you can always start with “Once upon a time”–even if you’re not particularly into fairy tales, this classic opener will automatically activate your story muscles. Fairy tales are another form of archetypal storytelling and most of us will be familiar with them on a subconsciously level.
  3. Focus on character development. Since this is a story of personal development and individuation, try to make your story character-centred–which means the story you tell will be mostly about what The Fool is thinking, how he is reacting and processing his experiences, and the kinds of decisions he makes as a character.
  4. Brainstorm and do some character concepting. Here are some questions for you to consider when you construct The Fool’s character:
    • The Fool typically represents adventure, innocence, and beginnings. As you take a look at the key words associated with The Fool archetype, what is your personal interpretation or understanding of each word? For example, how would you define “adventure” and what does it mean to be “innocent”?
    • How does The Fool remind you of yourself? If you were to tell your life story right now with you as the protagonist, how would you describe your “character” in 5 words or less? (The Fool’s Journey is the journey of life, and the story you tell will inevitably reflect your own journey and your life lessons. So if you don’t know how to begin, “you’ would be a good place to start.)
    • What is The Fool’s intention as he embarks on this journey? Does he just want to go on an adventure? Does he want to learn more about life? What does The Fool want or what is his character motivation? Also, is he aware of his desire at the beginning?
  5. Set the scene. Another place to start is to describe what is visually happening on the card you are working with. For example, if you have the Rider-Waite or a deck based on the Rider-Waite–what is The Fool doing? Is he about to take a leap of faith? Is the dog barking at him to warn him of danger and recklessness?
  6. Think about how The Fool will interact and respond to each archetype. Here are a list of questions that will help you tell The Fool’s story as she encounters each archetype. You don’t have to answer them all, but feel free to use any of them as a starting point!
    • Based on your Fool’s personality and experience, how would she react to the specific archetypal figure?
    • Does The Fool have any stereotypical understandings of the archetype before her? For example, before she meets the Hierophant, does she have preconceived notions of who the Hierophant is or what a teacher is supposed to look like?
    • What is the lesson he needs to learn in order to move on to the next archetype?
    • How have the lessons she accumulated from the previous archetypes contributed to her current understanding of the archetype before her?
    • Reflect on The Fool’s original intention or motivation for the story. We all evolve as we live out our own stories in life, so The Fool is no exception. Throughout the story, how does The Fool change or evolve?
  7. Think about how you want to end your story.
    • Has The Fool achieved what he has set out to achieve? Does the Fool get what he wants? How does he feel?
    • What does The Fool learn at the end of his journey? What is his ultimate lesson? What is the most important thing for him to realize in this journey of life?
    • Even though you are most likely telling this story for yourself, but pretend you have an audience. As the author or storyteller, what is the most important message that you want to share with your readers?  What kinds of impressions or feelings do you want to leave your audience feeling after the story is over? Hopeful? Empowered? Or Bad-ass?

Exercise #2: Create an imaginary television series of The Fool’s Journey.

If you want to explore each archetype in greater detail, you can also create a more fragmented or episodic storyline in which The Fool encounters the archetypes and spends more time with them instead of just quickly moving on. This way, your Fool’s Journey story doesn’t have to be super linear, nor does it have to develop according to how the archetypes are lined up in sequences. You can take a freer approach as you spend some quality time with, say, The Star, and have multiple cups of tea plus dinner instead of just a fly-by.

When you are imagining each “archetypal episode”, here are some fun questions for you to consider:

  • Which TV genre would you assign the archetypes based on their attributes? For example, the Hierophant could be a documentary video, the Chariot could be a Gladiator series, and Justice could be a law or crime drama.

  • What are some of the common character tropes or “TV archetypes” that you can think of? For example, a lot of fantasy stories have an “initiator” figure which leads the hero or heroine across the threshold between the mundane world and the world of magic and wondrous potential. This figure can easily be represented by The Magician, which “initiates” The Fool into the world of magic and teaches him about his creative and personal potential + help uncovers a new layer or aspect of his identity.

  • As this exercise requires more time, you can start by associating each archetype with a TV genre and write a short story synopsis for each “episode”. Give the episode a title if you want! For example, You’re a Wizard, Harry can be the title of the episode in which The Fool meets The Magician, and the story synopsis could look like: In this episode, Hagrid initiates Harry into the world of magic by dropping in uninvited to Dursley’s slumber party and opens the door to his creative and magical potential. Okay, that was Harry Potter. But you get what I mean!

Exercise #3: Tell The Fool’s Story in reverse!

This is the perfect exercise if you are looking for a bit of “review”–if you have already defined the archetypes for yourself and know what they are and who they are like the back of your hand–this is a great exercise for you to revisit that narrative and perhaps discover new elements in your story.

The Fool sits in his rocking chair; the wrinkles on his forehead stack comfortably on top of each other. He wakes with a start by his own snort. He is greeted by the world atlas on the wall across from the room, secured by cheap poster stickies from the dollar store. He tried to peel off the darn paper one time, but the paint came right off. Non-stick and Non-mark my ass! He thought. But ah, he remembers that time he was in Europe for the grand Prix car race……

This will be an interesting story to tell because you are starting at the end–which means The Fool has already finished his journey and he is telling the story in hindsight. He will have access to the entire timeline, along with the knowledge and wisdom he has already gained from the journey. This gives you a lot of creative room when you want to introduce story elements that are not possible if you are simply following The Fool’s story as it unfolds.

Some fun things you can inject into your story:

  • Who are the most challenging archetypes that he has had to work with?

  • Who are his friends? His enemies? Why are they friends and why are they enemies? Do they represent the strength in The Fool’s character? Do they represent a recurring lesson?

  • Does The Fool have any regrets? What is something he wishes that he could have done differently?

  • Is there a part of the story that he is reluctant to tell? Why or why not?

  • What would he say to his younger, former self? What advice would he give him?

So how did it go? Be sure to leave a comment because I would love to hear about your experiences!! 🙂

More Resources

If you are interested in reading more about viewing tarot cards through the lens of storytelling as well as cultivating an intuitive tarot practice, check out my e-book: Tarot Beginnings: An Introduction to the Story and Study of Tarot. 

Exercise #1: Exploring your personal relationships with tarot + Tarot Spread!

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For more information and context, please check out the blog post “Google-Translate Your Soul with Tarot”! if you want to read more about how the process of reading tarot is similar to doing language translations, and how your relationship (or lack of relationship) with specific cards in tarot reveal about your own wisdom and your own awareness towards your psyche.But by all means, get started with the following exercises immediately. 🙂 All of the activities you find here in this post are designed to help you explore a single tarot archetype so you can learn more about how those archetypal energies, personalities and scenarios play out in your life and your psyche. Your unfamiliarity and inability to form an immediate connection with a card may reflect many things about you: you may have failed to integrate this archetype into your personality, it may be an archetype that you don’t really practice in your day-to-day life, or it may be an archetype that you have repressed. By examining your response and relationship with the cards, you will also be examining your relationship with your Self.

Hopefully these activities will help you deepen your bonds with your deck and also help you cultivate a deeper awareness towards your own complex innerscape!

Exercises 1: identify the types of relationship that you have with the tarot cards

Pick up your go-to deck, a new deck, or a deck that’s been sitting on your shelf patiently waiting for your attention. Any deck, really! After you’ve selected your deck, go through the 78 cards and identify your relationship type for each card and create 3 piles for your peeps, acquaintances, and aliens.

  1. Peeps are cards/archetypes you can immediately form a connection with. They are usually cards that represent traits or experiences that you visibly recognize or identify. If you look at your peeps cards, how do they paint a picture of yourself, your personality, and worldview? Are there any surprises? Why or why not?
  2. Acquaintances are cards you can understand on a theoretical and logical level but have not been fully integrated into your understanding on a practical level. How do you define each card? How are they different from the conventional or traditional meanings of tarot? When is the last time you have had a [insert tarot card] moment? To what extend does this tarot card reflect your thoughts, attitudes and actions? Are they concepts or practices that you aspire to? Do you wish there are more [insert tarot card] moments in your life? Why or why not?
  3. Aliens are the ones that feel distant and it is difficult for you to wrap your head around them or form a personal connection with them. They usually represent aspects of yourself that you have repressed, failed to recognize, or seldom practiced. Why do you think you have difficulty connecting this card? In what way is this archetype absent, repressed or ignored in your life? How much of it is your own doing? (Consider the suits and elements as well. For example, if lots of wands show up in your selection, do you think you have issues with feeling motivated or implementing creative momentum in your life? If lots of Queens show up, do you think you have issues with the concepts of caring and nurturing?)

Exercise 2: exploring a card and making personal connections

Choose one card from your deck that you want to work with specifically. List 5 key concepts or key words that it embodies, then relate each key word or concept to your own life. For example:

  • Name of Card: Emperor
  • Key words/concepts: authority, structure, business, masculinity, control
    • authority: I have no issues with authority figures and have no trouble following orders when they are reasonable. I do have a rebellious streak when the instructions I have been given are overly demanding or unreasonable. On a personally level, I have trouble speaking up for myself or upholding personal authority, especially when it comes to emotional boundaries and saying “no” to others.
    • structure: I am a go-with-the-flow person so I don’t like to implement to many routines or too much structure in life, but as a result I often procrastinate and use “go with the flow” as an excuse to not push myself harder or be productive.

Exercise 3: Do a tarot reading for yourself using the Small Party Spread!

A small party is an intimate get-together in which you are able to interact closely with your very important guests. I thought this was the perfect idea for a spread title because the purpose of this spread is to help you explore your relationships with tarot and yourself, so you get to be better buddies.

Small Party Spread

More Questions for Journaling & Reflections 

  1. When you pick up a particular card and engage with it, are you having a positive or negative reaction? Each tarot carries both the light and shadow aspects of that archetype–which one is speaking to you more? Why do you think that is?
  2. In addition to examining your own relationship with yourself and how the tarot archetypes are reflecting your inner shadowscapes, you can explore how some of the archetypal energies you are working with have actually come from an external source. Does anyone in your life embody this archetype? Are they a positive or negative influence? How have they changed the way you regard certain archetypes? (E.g. how does your father change your way of relating to the Emperor, etc?)

More Resources

If you are interested in reading more about viewing tarot cards through the lens of storytelling as well as cultivating an intuitive tarot practice, check out my e-book: Tarot Beginnings: An Introduction to the Story and Study of Tarot.