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TALK WON"T COOK the rice in 2017. 

In many places, the outside January air is cold and bracing, while the indoor air is warm and aromatic, filled with smells of goodies baking in the oven, burning firewood, and authentic hope. January casts her magic spell for a new chapter eager to be written, helping us to tune in to the delicious sweetness of life, and inviting us to bring order into our home, and within ourselves. 

January is the time to stop chewing the fat— take inventory of your reliance on beliefs that made good sense once upon a time but that are now irrelevant or counterproductive, and get cooking with all four burners. Stop digging your own grave with a knife and fork— take control of your health this month. 

The spirit of the Kitchen Tarot understands that our three basic needs for food, security, and love are so entwined that it's impossible not to think of one without the other. Like ingredients on a recipe card, each tarot card serves up a buffet of tips concerning your home and the welfare of its inhabitants. 

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The Kitchen Tarot, when blended with the philosophy of numerology, provides organic food-for-thought. From tarot, January brings to the table the energies of the number Two for the main course—the reduced single-digit for January=month #1, when added to the year 2017 becomes 1+1+2+0+1+7=11, whose sum total, 11, reduces down to (1+1 ) 2—making January 2017 a month of self-nurturing and contentment, for exploring and improving personal relationships, embracing intuition and creative movement, and understanding your body's natural rhythms. Be open to the unexpected, as cycles of all types—menstrual, included—are likely to be half-baked and out-of-sync.

This month, you're granted a temporary exemption from acting and feeling like your same old self, and possess a tremendous capacity to convert your old wounds, as well as the old wounds of others, into brilliant opportunities. Like the classic High Priestess tarot card of inner-feminine wisdom, Kitchen Tarot's card Two—the Teapot—is about hidden motivations and unseen answers coming to a boil. Don't let what you once could not do interfere with what you can do now.

Throughout January, card Two delivers time off for good behavior, post-holiday bargain shopping, visiting old friends and family. The Teapot whistles songs of change and whispers clues about long-missing pieces of the puzzle, deep feelings, and mysterious dreams. Still waters run deep. Be patient, and hungrier for meaning than for any specific outcome. Your intuition is slowly beginning to boil, burning off tired, old beliefs and stale theories in the process. Before you resume untying some of your karmic knots, stop to smell the roses as you sip your tea. 

January's Kitchen Tarot Affirmation: I trust my resourcefulness and intuition.

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Susan Shie is an acclaimed master multi-media artist from Ohio, and the creator of The KItchen Tarot. To view her work, visit: www.turtlemoon.com. She asked me to write the book, and Hay House made it so.