by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC
As explored in the previous blog post in part 1 of the life mapping series, a life map is a tool that can be used to help you gain insight into your current situation, as well as plan out what you would like to achieve in the future. It’s a great way to visualize where you are in your life, and how you can move forward to create the life of your dreams. The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards deck by Colette Baron-Reid is an incredible tool for creating your own personal life map. This card deck follows an easy-to-follow format for creating such a map—one that combines the power of visual imagery with the principles of manifestation and oracle card readings. In this article we’ll show you how to create your own life map utilizing Enchanted Map Oracle Cards.
Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards is a deck made up of 54 oracle cards each containing words and images based on the themes around one’s life journey. This journey is meant to include places you may have been, experiences you may have encountered, emotional and environmental conditions that may have influenced you and your direction in life, as well as challenges and points of resilience you may have encountered. This deck of cards offers an enchanted pathway that leads to self-discovery, insight and creativity. Developed by author Colette Baron-Reid, it utilizes the power of symbolism to break down self-imposed blocks that prevent us from unlocking our true potential - perfect for anyone wishing to create a life map!
Into the Unknown
Ride the Wave
Making a Choice
Stuck in the Mud
Creating a life map is a great way to get a sense of direction and purpose. It can be used as a tool for problem-solving and decision-making, or simply as a way to get a better understanding of your life. To get started, you may choose to have the oracle card deck listed, as well as a large piece of drawing/mixed media paper at least 12x18” in size along with any drawing materials you would like to work with- colored pencils, markers, chalk pastels, oil pastels, etc. To create your life map, you may choose to fan out or lay out each of the cards from the deck face up so that you have the ability to choose cards as you go along or feel inspired by the imagery or words depicted. As presented in the previous blog, you may choose to pick a card that relates to following questions:
Where does your journey begin?
Where have you been and what have you experienced along the way?
What aspects of your journey or experience seem most influential and/or impactful? (remember that a life event only needs to be considered significant to you and it is you who gets to decide how important an event is in your lived experience)
Where are you right now on your journey?
Where would you like to be headed or what direction are you moving towards in your life journey?
What obstacles or resources are needed to get you there?
You may also choose to go through each of the cards slowly and devote some time to free associate with each one for 1-3 minutes, thinking about past experiences and memories that connect to the theme depicted on the card. Consider pivotal moments in your life, large transitions, losses and accomplishments as you begin sifting through and realigning with your life’s narrative.
The organization and visual structure of your life map can be inspired by geographical landscape maps with an aerial perspective, road maps, game boards, mazes and any other structure of your choosing. Think about the symbols that you would like to incorporate into your map as you reflect on each of the experiences you would like to showcase. Remember that there is no right or wrong way to create your life map and consider what it is that you want to include, as well as what you may be choosing to exclude.
Link to Colette Baron-Reid’s The Enchanted Map Oracle Card deck cited in this blog post:
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