Picking Your Word of the Year for 2020
I’ve been working with my Word of the Year and Word of the Month for a few years now and I absolutely love this process of connecting with a theme as I move through the year.
I find picking a Word of the Year out of thin air a bit daunting which is why I use a chosen deck of tarot or oracle cards to support me. I love working with my cards in this way and I will show you how I do this for my 2020 word of the year further in this article.
Using my Word of the Year Free Worksheet you can do this too.
- We begin by drawing a card and picking an overall word for the year ahead.
- Then we continue each month drawing a card for the month ahead.
As I’ve done this before, I know that this activity is only beneficial if we come back to the worksheet to reflect and review often but as life gets in the way we often forget about this which is why I’ve set up some free resources to keep you on track…..and to keep me on track too!.
Free Word of the Year Resources
I want to make working with your Word of the Year as easy as possible which is why I’ve set up these free resources for you.
- The Word of the Year Worksheet
You can grab your free worksheet by entering your details in the sign up box below.
Word of the Year Worksheet
Grab your Free Worksheet to help guide you through your personal theme for 2020.
Just enter your details in the box below
- Request a monthly reminder email
To help keep you on track I am sending out a monthly reminder email with support and guidance to make the most out of your Word of the Year. When you sign up for the Word of the Year Worksheet you will get an email with a link to request your monthly email reminder.
- Facebook Live Events
Every 3 months I am hosting a live event on The Magickal Creatrix Facebook page to chat about the Word of the Year and Word of the Month and help you reconnect with your themes through journaling a deeper exploration.
- Tuesday 31st December @ 11 am GMT – Watch the Replay
- Tuesday 31st March @ 11 am GMT
- Tuesday 30th June @ 11 am GMT
- Tuesday 29th September @ 11 am GMT
- Tuesday 29th December @ 11 am GMT
Not in the UK Timezone? Then head over to the Time Zone Converter to convert for where you live in the world. Use 11 am London for the UK time.
Get event notifications – Head over to the event on my Facebook page to request an event reminder from Facebook nearer the time by clicking the link below. Make sure to click interested for each event.
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry as the replay will be available to watch anytime and if you have already signed up for the Word of the Year Worksheet you will get an email with the replay link after the event.
My Word of the Year
I’ve decided to break out a new deck for my Word of the Year as it feels like the perfect choice. I’m using The Wild Unknown Archetypes deck.
How did I choose which deck? In all honesty, it just felt right. I try to go with my gut as much as I can these days and the more I work with my intuition and instincts the stronger that muscle gets. This supports me in all areas of my life as a result. I said the words “which deck should I use?” in my head and The Archetypes deck was the very first thing to pop into my mind.
Picking a Card
How you pick a card is up to you as it’s a personal process. I like to shuffle and take one from the top……..usually that is…….however the Archetypes deck is a large circular deck and I find shuffling a challenge so instead I spread them all out on my bed face down and shuffle them about until I finally pick a card that I am drawn to.
Choosing my Word from the Card
The card I chose was The Mother.
My instant thought was that this is the wrong card for me.
Do you ever do this?
I am not a mother in the biological sense so this is an archetype I struggle to connect with. But therein lies the lesson……I’ve discovered some of the greatest rewards from working with the more challenging cards in a deck……….once I get past my own ego of course!
It’s easy to dismiss a card such as this one as being ‘not relevant’ before giving it a chance, and this is something I used to do until I realised that my behaviour was a symptom of my avoidance of difficult themes. The more I work with rather than against the challenges the easier life flows for me.
My word of the year is Nurture
‘Nurture’ was a very strong theme for me when I reflected on The Mother card, but as other words came up too I wanted to explore how they fit into my theme for the year ahead and here’s what I came up with:
Nurturing myself – I really feel that I am being encouraged to nurture myself by becoming the things that are important to me which are nature, the moon, art and magick, this involves going ‘all in’ and allowing these things to be as important to me as the air that I breathe to keep me alive.
Nurture through Nature – By getting outside often I connect with the seasons, the cycles and the energy of the planet. The more time I spend hiking, biking and enjoying the wilderness the happier I am, and this then shows in everything I do when I create and teach.
As well as nurturing through nature it’s more important than ever to give back. Our planet needs our help and over the past year I’ve felt emotionally devastated on many occasions about the state the world is in. I want to up my game as far as being eco-friendly and become more consciously aware of my personal impact on the world around me in the hope that it will inspire others to do the same.
Nurture through Magick – I have to admit to neglecting my witchy side over the past year and I’ve been craving a magickal outlet more and more as the year has gone by. I’ve struggled to find a supportive community to help me to grow in the way I want and that challenge has resulted in my neglect. Connecting with my inner witch is all about understanding the balance of the planet, people, nature and then nurturing that balance. To work with Magick in this way is important to me so I will take action to find my place and community in 2020.
Nurture through Art – I started creating art as a way to heal and nurture myself so it’s no surprise that this is part of my Word of the Year exploration. As nature and magick have also come up for me I feel that my art is to take this direction in 2020. I often forget that my art doesn’t just nurture me during its creation but it nurtures and inspires others when I share my work too. Both the actions of creation and sharing are important.
What is your Word of the Year?
Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this article or come and join my FREE Facebook Group Moon and Craft and join the pinned post inside the Group.
Check out my Word of the Month throughout the year by clicking the dropdown links below
Word of the Month – January
Word of the Month for January is INWARD
As we are at the start of a New Year we choose a card for the Year ahead to help us determine our word and theme and also a second card to represent the month of January.
Choosing my Word from the Card
The card I chose was The Pilgrim, again from The Wild Unknown Archetypes deck.
Immediately this felt internal, spiritual, evolutionary. For the pilgrim, his/her outward journey is part of the inward journey. We often spend too much time looking outside ourselves for the answers when actually everything is right here.
My word of the month for January is – Inward
Looking inward used to be a scary thing for me as I really didn’t like what was in there. Inward used to be the place where the broken and bruised version of myself spent her time wallowing and suffering and as a result reflecting inward was impossibly challenging.
Today, I can look inward with more confidence and courage. The past events which broke me once before are now the beams which hold me up and keep me strong. I am not as easy to break these days and as a result I can now sift through my internal world and pick out the foundations onto which I build my future month after month, year after year.
The action I take from this theme is to explore ways of going inward.
- Through Art: I find my art helps me explore my internal realm in a way that then brings it into the real world.
- Through Music: I recently purchase a Cajon which is a type of drum as I want to use the practice to explore an active meditation. I’m not very good which means January can be a month of learning.
- Through Reading: I’ve created a reading list for the first quarter of the year and I find reading a great way to explore my internal world through learning.
- Through Journaling: Last year I journaled more than any year previous as I used the phases of the Moon to guide me. This year I want to take this to the next level and continue growing in my journaling practice.
Word of the Month – February
Word of the Month for February is EXPRESSION
For the second month of the year I again drew a card from the Wild Unknown Archetypes deck. The card I chose was The Orphan.
My first thoughts were “well that feels a bit morbid” and at first I had no idea what my word could be so it was time to consult the guidebook. Kim Krans mentions that we are right to fear the haunting message of this card, so my initial reaction to it was to be expected. She talks about how we are so isolated even in our super connected world and how healing ourselves and the planet are more important than ever. I couldn’t agree more.
My word of the month for February is – Expression
I learned how to heal myself by creating art. It was an accident really as I didn’t consider myself to be creative at all. But after years of suffering I needed an outlet for my grief and anger. I talk about this more in my blog – I changed my life by becoming more creative
I was recently talking to my friend and business mentor Emma Holmes from Rebels and Rockstars about my creativity as I’ve been struggling to find my style and personal art vibe. After some journaling I understood that I needed to remember where this aspect of my life was birthed from. My art and my work needs to be an expression of who I was, where I am now and where I am going. All of this began with pain, it began with so much pain.
Art has been a way to express my feelings and emotions without having a total breakdown. It’s allowed me to release stored grief, trauma and pain which was causing me significant harm. And now it’s time to really embrace this form of expression and explore who I am as an artist and a creator.
Word of the Month – March
Word of the Month for March is Stillness
My Word for the Month of March is Stillness. The word was determined from my card draw using The Wild Unknown Archetypes deck and the card which came up for me was The Pilgrim. This was actually also my card for January and in January the word I came up with was Inward.
Back in January I reflected on my inward journey and how exploring art, music, reading and journaling would support my inward journey.
At the start of the Pisces New Moon cycle I’ve felt drawn to explore meditation without judgement while I wiggle and fidget my way through each daily ten minute session I am guided to consider that my physical movement is a reflection of the chaos in my mind.
Stillness therefore seems like a perfect word to explore and I aim to discover ways to be still in the physical world, my mind and the spiritual word as a process of growth and self-development.
If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will catch my regular stories about my journey into stillness.
Word of the Month – April
Word of the Month for April is Otherworldly
My word for April with Otherworldly. It’s a strange one, isn’t it? But in a moment it will make a little more sense. The word was determined from my card draw using The Wild Unknown Archetypes deck and the card which came up for me was The Bardo.
The Bardo is the space in between. In Buddhism it’s the state of existence between death and rebirth. It’s where we tap into when the veil is thin. It’s the place where cosmic messages and guidance can be heard. And it’s how we communicate with things that are not of our physical world as we know it.
This month I start an online course all about accelerating ascension and this feels like the connection to the work I am about to undertake over the next 10 weeks and beyond.
Have a wonderful 2020.