December: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The eclipse on December 3/4 is bringing transformation and clarity on a whole new level. We can expect to gain insights and experience change where change is needed. This month’s energies are supporting us with manifestion and opening to greater abundance. We are also guided to rest and spend quality time engaging in self-care; it is important to make time for ourselves, even when it feels impossible to do so, as the space we carve out for ourselves can (and should) be healing, refreshing, and deeply restorative. We may find ourselves needing to summon our strength and courage in order to protect what we hold dear and strengthen and fortify our boundaries, reinforcing them when necessary.

Q1: The overall energies of December: The Empress

This month, energies of abundance and leisure are available to us. We can take advantage of opportunities for rest and relaxation and flow with each moment, as there is always the possibility of making new, happy memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. This month especially, we will benefit from knowing when to stop and take a breather, when to slow down, and when to make good (productive) use of any excess energy. Planning and preparation are like love notes we send to our future selves, as we later get to reap the rewards of the groundwork we laid earlier.

Giving and spending time with loved ones can prove deeply rewarding now. We may find ourselves tapping into energies of nurture to share with others or benefiting from receiving loving, caring support, and emotional warmth. It can be beneficial to look for moments we can treasure, find things to appreciate, and spend moments in gratitude. The Empress’s guidance may be to take time out to do what encourages feelings of luxury, as this is a form of self-care and, much like joy and appreciation, is a way of building energetic momentum that can aid in the manifestation of our goals.

Q2: Week 1: The Chariot

The Chariot ushers in swiftly moving energies this week. We may find we need to course-correct and shift the reins as needed to stay on track as we are quickly carried onward, whether onto new paths or closer to our goals. We could be sensing something coming into being or about to manifest, and may catch glimpses of the new arriving. Going with the flow and taking the path of least resistance can be ways of aligning with the things that are lining up for us. Following what feels good and focusing there can produce dramatic results quickly; we may be surprised what this approach can do, especially this week.

The eclipse on December 3/4 brings energies of transformation and the potential for great change. This change can illuminate the unexpected and reveal something hidden that we didn’t know was there so we can send it on its way and welcome in what is better. Sometimes, what is illuminated is to our benefit, however; what is revealed isn’t always something to be healed or cleared, and a divine gift, spiritual ability, or hidden talent could make itself known. We may also discover new wishes materializing; aligning our intentions with those could create new energetic pathways. This eclipse may bring manifestations and the attainment of long-held goals, and new opportunities that are the next best steps for us and a stop along the way to fulfilling our dreams.

Q3: Week 2: Seven of Wands

On the heels of the powerful solar eclipse, this week may well bring shifts in perspective, new awareness, and deeper understanding. We may need to call on our reserves of courage this week to keep going and to stay aligned with our goals and what we know is right for us. Now is the time to stand strong in our power, and to be confident and assertive. We may need to strengthen our boundaries, be firm, speak up when someone crosses a line, and say no. If old energies or connections reappear this week, it could be to give us the opportunity to respond in a way that is aligned with our truth. Doing so can sometimes be a way of clearing pieces of the past and dissolving connections that do not serve us or who we are now. This week, we could benefit from summoning our better angels, trusting ourselves and our intuition, taking the high road, and leaning into our own strength and sovereignty.

Q4: Week 3: Four of Swords

This week, we’ll benefit from taking a mental break and if possible, a departure from responsibilities, at least for a time. Our guidance is to rest and make space for ourselves, and to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Periodic rest and breaks are so important, especially in the busier seasons. Plenty of rest and downtime, along with quality time alone to just process can yield valuable rewards later. Meditation can produce great benefits this week, and quieting the mind can soften our resistance so we let in the things and circumstances we have been asking for. Refreshed and restored, we can bring our best to whatever awaits us. Our guidance is to ask ourselves what we truly need and then do what we can to align with it.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Wands reversed

The Ten of Wands reversed is a strong, clear request to lay down our burdens. Sometimes we can do this with intention as we work through things and clear them, and other times, letting go is a natural byproduct of finding enjoyment in life, engaging in pursuits that bring us happiness, and making positive connections with others. We’re asked this week to lay down what is heavy and to shine a spotlight on what we’ve been carrying, recognizing the things we’ve hauled for so long that we forgot how heavy they were or even that we were carrying them at all. Clearing away the deadwood makes room for the light to enter. Taking time to assess why we’ve been holding onto our burdens can provide the illumination and clarity that show us how to let go and can also reveal a new, better way forward.

Q6: Guidance for December: Nine of Cups

Whatever our external circumstances, we can always find our way to an abundance mindset. This can be as simple as recognizing luxuries wherever we find them in a state of pure appreciation for their beauty and what they offer, even if they aren’t ours (yet). Honoring what we love wherever we find it, without giving any thought to whether or not we have it, it is a way of attracting it to us. This month may pose opportunities for such states of gratitude and we can recognize these as valuable moments that hold keys for us that can unlock something new. Finding any excuse for joy and fun will yield tremendous benefits now, as we are so supported by energies that are working in our favor. December is magical and we are the lucky recipients of its potent, transformational energies.

November: The Month According to Tarot

Welcome to Scorpio Season!

Accurate Tarot by Prism + Fleur
Image by Victoria Constantino

This powerful spread tells a story, one of a journey. On this journey, we begin by focusing our efforts toward our goals and working to achieve them. To get us closer to our goals, we walk away from whatever is holding us back; we may also be walking away from something instinctively or it could be making the preparations to leave on its own, as a part of the natural order and in flow with the universal energies that are always working in our favor. We journey into a new situation, and the old set of circumstances closes out with finality. Soul searching and inner work help us to gain clarity and perspective, and begin to heal. The three eights in this spread tell of a journey to greater abundance, and perhaps a shift to an abundance mindset as we learn to visualize better for ourselves and believe we can have it.

Q1: The overall energies of November: Eight of Pentacles

Resourcefulness and positive potential. The first of three eights in this reading, the Eight of Pentacles shows us working toward a goal and closing in on it because of our focus and efforts, which are yielding results. We may start seeing these results manifest in the physical in large and small ways. Take time to visualize this week and leave the rest to the universe. Trusting that we will receive what we want helps it to arrive with greater speed. Looking at ways to actively work more resourcefully with what we have and with the elements already present in our experience will encourage better ways of achieving our goals. This may involve writing action plans, budgets, and lists of desired achievements.

Q2: Week 1: Eight of Cups

New directions and walking away. Thanks to the momentum we have added to our goals from our focus on them, certain situations may be reaching a state of readiness this week. Doors are closing now so others can open. We’re guided to trust our instincts this week and allow things to line up for us while also putting in the work as we feel guided to do. This could mean making the phone call, submitting the application, or any other action that feels right. When we focus on where we want to be, seeing and feelings ourselves in the situation desired, we begin to head in that direction. Let’s focus there this week instead of looking at where we have been or even looking too closely at where we are. We’re ready for something new and may feel ourselves pulled in that direction. We owe it to ourselves to go where our spirit is calling us. It may be the path to our dreams.

Q3: Week 2: Six of Swords

Resolution and moving on. Where last week, we were walking away, now we’re actively moving to where we want to be. Get ready to climb on board and set sail into the next adventure or take those first steps on a new path. We’re leaving the past behind us and not looking back, heading toward better circumstances and relief, balance, peace, and harmony. Our guidance now is to find the joy in this time of transition, and to allow ourselves the time to reflect and rest. We may have the distinct feeling now of traveling through a certain set of circumstances that are carrying us to our destination. As we rest in the knowing that things are improving, we are more easily able to experience resolution, and to move on physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Q4: Week 3: Ten of Swords

Karmic lessons; it’s only up from here. Where last week saw us navigating away from one reality and into another, this week may see us finalizing certain aspects, and finally reaching a place where we can begin to reflect, process, and just think. In traditional decks, this card often shows a person lying on the ground with ten swords stuck in their back; this symbolism tells us that the worst of the pain, hardship, and struggle is over. An old way of life may be pierced through with swords, something that has passed out of our experience for good. We may find ourselves gaining perspective borne from distance, time, and space, opening our eyes as if for the first time and looking around at this new experience as we see with greater clarity than ever before. Drawing breath as if it were the first in this new life, we may begin to understand with crystal clarity our life purpose, soul mission, or our part in something greater than ourselves.

Q5: Week 4: The Hermit

Contemplation and soul searching. Clarity brings deep knowing and understanding, and this week, our guidance is to spend time in contemplation, which could include meditation, journaling, and working with crystals. Looking within, we may find our greatest inspiration yet and long-sought answers that aid our understanding in powerful ways with far-reaching benefits. Doing this work can put key pieces of a puzzle into place, reveal something of significance, allow us to see the bigger picture, and make connections that feel revelatory. These insights may help us to understand ourselves more and to refine our goals. As we trust ourselves more and strengthen our belief in our ability to create something magnificent, we may find ourselves learning how to dream again, to visualize greater things for ourselves, and to reach higher than ever before.

Q6: Guidance for November: Eight of Swords

Overcoming fears and rising out of self-entrapment. As we move away from limiting circumstances and reach toward freedom and a life lived in alignment, we naturally find ourselves more readily able to leave the past behind, to move forward, and to let go. This month, we can support ourselves and our journey by noticing where our thoughts could be more productive, where we could visualize, imagine, and dream better things for ourselves, as our thoughts equal our point of attraction and like attracts like. Our thoughts become our reality, we are reminded, and as we strengthen our mental ability to focus in ways that help us to rise up and improve, it may benefit us most to consistently see ourselves in the state desired, no matter what the present reality looks like. We can treat it as a game to see how far up we can go, remembering at every step of the way that it can always be better and better and that things can always work out for us. Harnessing these as mantras serves us well. Some mantras for November might be: Everything is always getting better and better for me, all of the time. Everything is constantly improving for me. I thrive in all circumstances. I am grateful for my abundance.

October: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This tenth month of the year holds vibrant new possibilities. The number ten is all about completion. And where there is an ending, there is always a new beginning. Something new is in store and it’s up to us how we greet it. We may find it useful to visualize and focus where we want the energy to go, so it increases the momentum of what we want to manifest. In October, we can dream big and open our hearts wide to receive what is in alignment for us.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of October: Ten of Wands reversed

This month sees us releasing burdens and old energies, and generally clearing out what does not serve our highest good. While this can happen on levels we are not aware of, such as while we’re sleeping or in the form of subtle shifts in the subconscious, we can support this work by setting the intention to clear all that does not align with our highest good and welcoming in energies that are healthy and aligned for us. We may see situations shifting and things falling away as a natural part of the energetic work we’ve been doing. if we’ve been holding onto something that just isn’t moving forward, it may be time to let it go. As we release our grasp, what has been stagnant can flow. We’ll see more progress once we are able to truly let go on a heart level.

Q2: Week 1: Seven of Cups

This card asks us to consider what we’ve been spending our time focusing on and whether that is something we really want to allow to take up our headspace. We may unintentionally be making something unwanted bigger by giving it our attention. Those shifts mentioned above can also apply to the mindset, as this week our highest and best way forward may be to start focusing on what we do want to make bigger and on where we want to be. The message is to nevermind the getting there, as that’s not our work but that of the universe. This week, we may be called to consider our goals, refine them, and set new ones as we feel guided to do. Our intuition may have a little something it wants us to heed, some new directions it wants us to follow.

Q3: Week 2: The Hermit

Our guidance is calling us this week, and support is all around. It’s up to us when and whether we want to call on our allies and lean into our inner strength and wisdom. Going within can provide clarity and new understandings. An idea like a seed may be gestating, waiting for us to water it with our attention so it can sprout. To find it may require digging deep. Journaling, meditation, and otherwise going within will serve us well this week and perhaps, as we plunge into the depths, we will uncover a gemstone, something that can light our way and show us where it will benefit us to go. This week may call for a divine reset, and getting plenty of sleep will support us on all levels. We are opening up to new wisdom, new gifts and abilities that are part of our true essence. We may be finding the truth within now and seeing new facets of ourselves that help us to gain a greater understanding of who we are.

Q4: Week 3: The Emperor

The Emperor is strong, and his foundations are solid. We may be asked to lean into our innate wisdom this week, and to consider ways we can support the strengthening of our foundations. This week may see us headed toward greater security and we can support this by planning for our future and taking measures to ensure the comfort of our future selves and that we are provided for. Making plans and arrangements to support this is indicated, and we are also supported with this work this week and beyond. Energies are coming in to help us prepare for the road ahead and help us lean into our strength and wisdom so we can make the choices that will most benefit us now and in the days to come. The Emperor can represent a wise, strong leader we can lean on for support or look to for guidance. This person can show us that we have the ability to succeed, prosper, and grow.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Pentacles

Business and career aspirations are supported now, as are financial planning and investing. The future holds something bright, and we have great abundance available to us now. As we drink from the well of gratitude this week, we may see our hopes, wishes, and dreams materialize before our eyes. Others may show us that we, too, can walk the path of abundance, whatever that means to us. We can allow ourselves to be inspired by our own dreams and hold the vision of our highest and best possibilities, wishes, hopes, and desires. We are allowed to want what we want, and it is good to want more for ourselves. It is good for our cup to be full and this week we may realize that we cannot fill the cup of others, or at least, not in any meaningful or lasting way; we each have to learn to fill our own cup. We can be the wayshower helping others as we live by example and align with our highest and best possibilities.

Q6: Guidance for October: Knight of Cups

An offer is at hand. Travel and adventure are indicated, as is going with the flow. This month, we can best serve our goals by allowing ourselves to get into the flow state and opening our hearts to receive. Something magnificent is waiting in the wings; it’s so close all we have to do is pull back the curtain and it’s there. We may be rekindling romance or reigniting the flame within our hearts that allows us to want more for ourselves, to fall in love with life again, to realize that there are no limits other than our own minds. It may be time to fling the doors to our hearts open wide and realize that every day holds bright possibilities. There is nothing we cannot do, be, or achieve, as long as we will allow ourselves to do it, to be it, to receive it.

The True Nature of Tarot by Diane Wing: A Review

10th anniversary edition
Marvelous Spirit Press, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-61599-584-4
Paperback, 346 pp., $27.95
Reviewed by Victoria Constantino

Released this year in an updated 10th anniversary edition, The True Nature of Tarot by Diane Wing is an exploration of a beloved system of divination that continues to increase in popularity and widespread use. Prefaced by eight chapters filled with guidance and approaches for beginners and seasoned tarot readers alike, at the heart of the book is an index of interpretations for each card and a compendium of card combinations with possible meanings. Chock full of helpful information and insight, The True Nature of Tarot is a valuable guide for both professional tarot readers and seekers.

An understanding of tarot as “a dynamic tool that reflects where we are on the path,” Wing notes in the book, aids us through life as we grow and seek deeper wisdom. A tool for reflection, tarot offers a method for us to connect with the divine and the truth within, to understand ourselves on deeper levels so that, ultimately, we can discover our own answers. “The ultimate goal,” Wing writes, “is self-mastery, where you do not need to consult those external to you; you’ll be able to tap into your own intuition and your own sovereign judgment. When you master yourself, you master your destiny. It will no longer be a question of prophecy, but rather creative direction.” And part of the value of tarot is as a tool that can help us to achieve self-mastery. It is a tool for spiritual growth and development, something that can guide us on our path to self-sovereignty.

Spreads, approaches to reading and interpreting cards, detecting patterns in readings, and guidance on choosing a practitioner are some of the book’s highlights. Of exceptional value is the guidance on tuning into the intuition, psychic development, and preparation techniques such as grounding. The True Nature of Tarot is packed with useful information that evidences the author’s deep understanding of tarot derived from a decades-long practice. This is a book that belongs on any reader’s or seeker’s shelf.

September: The Month According to Tarot

Image of tarot spread for the month of September
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

September isn’t pulling any punches. The strong guidance this month is to do ourselves a favor and clear the deadwood by going within, releasing all that doesn’t serve us, and considering where we may be creating our own obstacles that stand in the way of our goals. We each have a lot of abundance available to us, even if we don’t realize it yet.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of September: King of Cups

The King of Cups is emotional warmth and protection, a caring and creative soul who wants to be liked. As a king, he is at the top of his game and sits at the pinnacle of leadership. He is someone who leads from the heart. He can represent a friend, an ally, someone you can call on for emotional support. He can also represent an aspect of self. This card guides us to ask a few questions. Are we responsible stewards of our own emotions? How do we nurture and care for ourselves? How do we navigate emotionally challenging waters? We may benefit from taking time for introspection this month and allowing ourselves time to go within, to explore the uncharted waters of the heart, and take a closer look at what doesn’t belong there.

Q2: Week 1 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a strong divine masculine energy. He is the wizened warrior who has seen it all and has triumphed over challenges and obstacles. He has created a strong, steady foundation that will support him for many years to come. The Emperor is empowered and self-sovereign, an emblem of the strength we all hold within. This week may find us exploring how we can be more empowered and live sustainably in ways that support our growth. Where The Emperor is not afraid to make hard choices, he follows his own path and always stays focused on his goals. We are guided to do the same, to separate the wheat from the chaff and eliminate with precision and efficiency everything that does not serve our highest good, and to recognize that we owe it to ourselves to do so. Now is the time to gather our strength and take aligned action.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Three of Swords

It’s time to remove the swords from our hearts. This could mean energetic clearing, cord cutting, or taking the time to go within and begin the healing process. The process looks different for everyone and we are guided to do what resonates with us. The process of letting go can change as we do and can be unique for every situation. Setting the intention to process, clear, and heal in ways that are effective and appropriate for us sets the energies in motion. What are we letting go of? What doesn’t belong in our lives anymore? What can we do to move forward? What still hurts? What are we still holding onto that is ready to be released? Sometimes, figuring out where we still need healing can be as easy as noticing our triggers.

Q4: Week 3 energies: The Sun reversed

Where are we blocking our blessings? What obstacles stand in the way of our receiving all we have asked for? What beliefs do we hold that are counter to what we want? Where are we feeling held back and what is the root cause? The Sun in the upright position indicates attainment, manifestations, goals being reached, and success of every kind. It may benefit us this week to explore old and outdated beliefs and to rewrite everything that is not in alignment with what we know now and who we are today. There is always something magnificent awaiting us, improvements of every kind; all we have ever asked for is waiting in the wings. This week is an opportune time to rewrite our beliefs, and to learn what is holding us back so we can get into the receiving mode. The Sun reversed can indicate that we are only letting in a fraction of what is available to us and we may need to do some inner work so we can receive all we have asked for in its fully manifested state.

Q5: Week 4 energies: Two of Pentacles

This may be a week of balancing priorities and things in the material realm, which can include finances, responsibilities, work, studies, relationships, and leisure time. We may find ourselves navigating competing priorities, and we may need to consider what can wait and what needs to be done right away. This week especially, it is important to take time for ourselves, however impossible it seems. Making time for the things we love is a way of nurturing ourselves and can be as simple as getting a coffee on the way to work, taking a short walk, or having a conversation with a friend. The Two of Pentacles can also indicate a second source of income or a job offer. If you are changing careers or seeking employment, this is a positive week to do so.

Q6: Overall guidance for September: Queen of Pentacles

Who’s abundant? You are! This month and beyond, we will benefit from taking the time to appreciate things, circumstances, and people around us. We live in an abundant universe that provides plenty for everyone. When we look for and appreciate abundance in our lives and around us, we manifest more of what we are appreciating. Even if it’s only the blue of the sky or the smile on a stranger’s face, we can always find something to appreciate. One of the greatest benefits of spending time in appreciation is that it gets us into the receiving mode and allows us to manifest more of what we want. By focusing on what we want, we get more of the same. The Queen of Pentacles is a reminder that we all have the ability to live in abundance and to be the masters of our own outcomes.

August: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

August is a month of abundance and manifestation. Be prepared to receive this month and reap rewards as never before. We stand poised on the brink of great success, tremendous satisfaction, and the ability to connect deeply with ourselves—our own truth and our hearts—more powerfully than ever. Get ready to uplevel and to welcome in deep gratitude and prosperity. This month, we can rewrite our belief systems to serve our greatest and highest good. Are you ready to receive?

Q1: Overall energies for the month of August: The Hierophant

Traditionally a religious figurehead, The Hierophant stands for religious belief and the doctrines underpinning our beliefs. This card may be a call to action, asking us to examine any beliefs that do not ring true or resonate at a heart level. Many of us may carry energies, beliefs, and indoctrination from past lives, and these may still impact our lives and our beliefs on a certain level, whether we are aware of it or not. It may benefit us to clear and release ties, energies, pacts, contracts, promises, and commitments from past lives, as these may be lingering unseen, still affecting us.

This card can also encourage us to examine what we truly believe and the indoctrination we were raised with, and to release any hindering or non-resonant beliefs and all energies associated with them. We are ready to make our own path, supported in the ways we know to be true and resonant for us and our present realities. Timelines are shifting, many from past lives, that are taking with them man-made religious distortions. These are crumbling, ready to fall away as we walk a path of truth and light, called to our oneness in the awareness of the divinity at the heart of all.

Q2: Week 1 energies: The Chariot

The Chariot’s fast-moving energy takes us full speed ahead as we hurtle into the fiery, powerful energies of manifestation contained in August. This is a chariot illuminated by The Sun, and it rockets forward, flames trailing in its wake. This is manifestation and empowerment the likes of which we’ve never seen before. We rush headlong into who we were meant to be, expanding at the speed of light. We hold magic in our hands and in our hearts.

Our expansion combines with the knowledge of our oneness as we align with the truth of who we are and become the divine magicians and creators we came here to be. We are infinite, eternal, magnificent. We are magical. New paths open before us as we walk, as we move forward grounded in the certainty of the beliefs and desires that propel us onward.

Q3: Week 2 energies: The Sun

The Sun illuminates all it touches, everything in our reality. Light codes are coming in strong this month, elevating us and giving us the opportunity to uplevel as never before. We have the power and ability to reach long-held dreams and goals now—those long-awaited moments are now. Every moment is now. Centered in every instance of our present reality, aligned with the truth of who we are and connected with our own divinity, we can reach zero-point manifestation; from there, the sky is the limit. All the glory we have wished for is possible now. Connect to the divine within, the sacred immaculate heart.

Solaris, our sun, works with the energies of Sirius to bring us to the portal of manifestation and receive divine upgrades from cosmic light. We may be gaining greater awareness of our celestial nature and perspective on our own realities as we zoom out, noticing ourselves as a tiny speck somewhere with the vast starry blanket of all that is. We hold the vastness of eternity and the power of the universe within our own hearts. This power is a game changer, as it empowers us and reminds us of our own magnificence. When we realize this, all untruths fall away as though they were nothing, and we stand in our sovereignty and truth, each of us a bright light, luminous in the infinite universe.

Q4: Week 3 energies: Knight of Cups

This is an offer of the heart. Some movement or travel is indicated now, something making its way steadily into our experience. We can expect pleasant changes and opportunities for levity and fun. An uplifting energy is indicated now. This month favors career changes, seeking new employment and business expansion, and this week, it is especially favorable. Applications, financial transactions, and paperwork promise to yield success.

This week, we are supported with journeys into the heart. Romance and flirtatiousness could make their way into our experience; there is the chance now for lighthearted enjoyment. We can go with the flow, ensuring our beliefs support our desires. Now is a good time to rewrite belief systems to ensure future prosperity, success, and happiness.

Q5: Week 4 energies: King of Wands

The King of Wands is fortunate, foretelling of success and favorable outcomes. Whatever we have been desiring, this card says we will be successful. New employment, raises, great opportunities, and good fortune of all kinds is indicated now. We will be victorious and receive the recognition and results we have been hoping for. Manifestations are coming in hot this week! Our focus and intentions are supported by our beliefs and the energies at hand now give everything a powerful, positive boost.

The King of Wands can also indicate that we are coming into our own power. Confidence, rootedness in our own sovereignty, and success are our new modus operandi. This king is a reminder that we hold the keys to our dreams, wishes, and hopes within. Our will gets a boost this week and we are on fire with new ideas and manifestations. This is a positive forward momentum that fulfills the truth that, to quote Abraham-Hicks, the better it gets, the better it gets. We hurtle onward into greater success and positivity.

Q6: Guidance for the month of August: Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups guides us to be seekers of truth and to look for that truth within. This queen is the master of her own heart. She rules her own emotional realm, and knows her emotional landscape so well she could draw a map of it. This month, she encourages making a daily practice of looking within and tending to our own emotions and needs—of making self-care a part of our daily ritual. We are guided to nurture and nourish our hearts and our emotional needs this week, to take time for ourselves in the fast-moving energy that is present throughout the month.

Engaging in creative practices can be deeply rewarding and provide a platform for deep healing and soul nurturing. We can process and clear so much by getting into the flow state, whether that’s via acting, writing, singing, painting, drawing, creating new concoctions, or dreaming up ideas. Tapping into our creativity can be richly satisfying. Engaging in a daily visualization practice throughout the month of August and beyond can yield tremendous rewards. We are getting to know ourselves on deeper and deeper levels, connecting to our emotions and our truth as never before.

July: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month is bookended by pages, signifiers of new beginnings, fresh starts, the beginning stages of a journey when we are filled with enthusiasm, excitement, and joy for what is to come. Each week of the month is ruled by a Major Arcana card, which could tell us that this month, we are going on a journey that is related to our life path or soul mission for this lifetime. We may be going on an inner journey or taking those first steps into a grand adventure.

Q1: What are the overall energies of July? Page of Wands

This month, we may be striking out on a new path, learning new skills and discovering how to apply them to our goals and our current circumstances. In many ways, we may be learning to navigate our lives anew, truly discovering our abilities as creators of our own realities and tapping into our innate penchant for moulding and shaping our lives as we wish. We may be coming into our true power for the first time or upleveling to new heights of sovereignty, freedom, and autonomy. When we embrace the newness with enthusiasm, we are opening ourselves up to the best opportunities and highest path. Energies of new beginnings and higher paths are available to us now. This month and beyond, we can choose to open our hearts to receive our highest manifestations and our highest guidance.

Q2: Week 1 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a grounded pillar of strength, a person or energy of sure-footedness and solid foundations. There is great support here for us, great love and wisdom. We also have this strength and knowledge within us, our own best and highest guidance. The Emperor can signify a guide or supportive energies shepherding us along on our path, bringing us to a place in which our goals are made manifest, our dreams writ large across our lives, fully available to us in every given moment. This card can indicate a force of stability, perhaps an employer or source of support, either coming into being or strengthening in ways that benefit us. This could be us gaining more solid footing in certain areas of our lives. It could also be our strongholds (career, finances, emotional support, relationships) becoming more established and firmly rooted.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Temperance

Temperance arrives this week to encourage balance and prudence. As part of the Major Arcana, this card can connect to our life path and soul mission, or may indicate karma and karmic events. This could mean that we are peacemakers or ones who bring harmony, or that it is part of our path to facilitate this; or, we may find ourselves in this role this week. Peace, balance, and harmonious resolutions are indicated, as well as support that brings us peace. Anytime we encounter conflict, a peaceful stance and focus on unity promises the best possible outcome. This may be a week in which we need to maintain balance so that nothing spins off kilter; this could be in any aspect, such as finances, career, or relationships. We can nurture our own energy this week to bring ourselves to a stable, harmonious, and peaceful place so that we can facilitate this in the outside world and in those around us, encouraging peaceful resolutions in all relationships.

Q4: Week 3 energies: Strength

Anytime we need to call on our strength, we have the ability to tap into an endless reserve that is within each one of us. We may be remembering our own strength or discovering it for the first time. Each one of us has what it takes to live our best life and walk our highest path. The figure on the Strength card has a lemniscate, or an infinity sign, above their head, signifying our eternal nature—a reminder that we are eternal and we are divine. Because of who we are, we hold infinite strength and wisdom within us. This card may be appearing this week to gently encourage us to be still within ourselves, to look deeply at who we are and tune into our true nature. This can be a journey, a rediscovery of the authentic self, the divine self, and the truth within us. Once we make this connection, we are fortified to handle, with grace and powerful strength, whatever we may encounter.

Q5: Week 4 energies: The Hierophant

The Hierophant may be calling us this week to commit or recommit to a daily spiritual practice. This could be meditation, grounding, walks in nature, journaling, or anything that forges our connection to the larger universe of which we are a part. This card can also call us to examine our beliefs and perhaps release those long-held ones and anything that does not serve us; it can also ask us to examine our own hearts. Who are we now and what beliefs serve us where we are, given what we have learned and experienced? We may feel called to rewrite our beliefs, to forge new paths within our own minds and hearts that support the path we are currently on. This card can also appear for those who are meant to be spiritual leaders, wayshowers, lightworkers, or lightbringers: This is your time to shine. It’s time to light up, to activate your gifts and step into your true calling. Trust your heart, your support, and your intuition. Trust the wisdom within you.

Q6: Overall guidance for July: Page of Pentacles

This page can show us learning new skills, preparing to walk a new path, or change careers. We could be getting ready to step foot into a new adventure or perhaps just learning to walk again, figuratively speaking. This could mean re-entering the workforce after some time away, and taking this opportunity now to prepare ourselves in the best way possible, by learning, training, and preparing in ways that support our highest and best outcomes.

As guidance for the month, the Page of Pentacles asks us to prepare, to set goals and intentions, and to take the necessary steps we need to reach our goals. Something new is in the works. The journey of each week in this month is held by a Major Arcana card. Something big is being prepared for us, and when we step up to support our own preparation, we are working in concert with our best and highest outcomes. We are asked especially to allow ourselves to feel all the joy and enthusiasm that is part of this new becoming. We are capable of catapulting into the stratosphere, and all it takes is that first step. Let’s just keep going and believe in ourselves; let’s believe in the journey.

June: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

June is a month of making room for happiness, fulfillment, prosperity, and all that is good. Before a house can be built, the brush must be cleared away. As we continue to heal, forgive, and release what does not serve us, we open the door to opportunity and improvements in all aspects of our lives. There is so much waiting for us this month, and we are asked to clear away the debris so we can build something solid and stable that will serve us well for years to come. We are reminded this month that things can always improve for us, and we are asked to do what it takes to gain clarity and align our expectations and beliefs with all our hearts desire. We do not experience the desire for something unless it is possible for us to have it. We receive our wishes, hopes, goals, and dreams from the higher aspect of ourselves, and we receive them when we are in a state of readiness for them.

Q1: What are the overall energies of June? Queen of Wands

Fruitfulness, generosity, prosperity… This queen epitomizes abundance and security. She is a masterful artist of manifestation, ushering in her dreams and goals with efficacy, ease, and grace. Her appearance heralds energies of opportunity, happiness, and peace. This week may see us considering new options as we consider the path ahead. When the road forks, we must choose which way to go. We may be encountering happy choice points this week, and may feel guided to follow our creative inspiration when it arrives to us, without questioning or doubting. Trust is key—trusting ourselves, our new ideas, and that following them will bring us joy and fulfillment. We may also be asked to lean into trust that we have what it takes to succeed, and to make adjustments to our beliefs so that they align with our hopes.

Q2: Week 1 energies: King of Cups

The King of Cups holds emotional depth; he is a masculine energy in touch with his emotional, nurturing side. He is giving, caring, a good provider, and someone who wants to be liked and appreciated. He stands by those he cares for and wants to ensure their well-being, as he feels responsible for their emotional landscape to an extent. This may be a person who wants to make everyone happy. If a person, he may be a key figure in this week’s events. He is warm and benevolent, and he is also creative, like the Queen of Wands. The strong aspect of creativity that is coming into play this month may be guidance to get creative in our manifestations, in our emotional approach to relationships and situations, or to recalibrate our emotions in some way. Creative problem-solving is also highlighted this week.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Temperance

This week, we are supported by universal allies who guide us to consider our options before choosing, to be practical, patient, and to make wise decisions. We may feel guided to consider how we can invest in our future and plan for our happiness and success down the road. This week we may find ourselves writing intentions for our future. Where do we want to be in five years? A decade? Twenty years? We can set those intentions now and establish the momentum of energy, like a snowball rolling downhill, which gathers snow (energy) and speed as it travels. Peaceful resolutions, harmonious outcomes, and cooperation are all highlighted now, as those will prove the best and most fruitful path forward. As we grow within and as our hearts expand, we are more readily able to see the highest possible solutions and path forward in any circumstances. The more we open our hearts, the more ego falls away and we are aligned with the truth of who we are—with our divine, highest nature.

Q4: Week 3 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a wise leader, one who is just and fair. He has weathered battles and is still standing, successful and with strong, clear boundaries around him. His energy is grounded, stable, and protective. This week may find us grounding into strength and stability, and leaning into our wisdom as well as our practical side. Someone—a leader, perhaps an employer or patriarch—is supporting you and wants to see you succeed. It may be necessary to drop veils this week, as we may have been seeing things through clouded vision or may have misunderstood a situation. Grounding in nature can help us gain clarity and structure. This structure and support may be necessary for the stability of future endeavors. We are building what will grow; we are planting the garden of our future. As we take control of our own future, finding that balance between surrender/receiving and maneuvering the reins so that we stay on course, we are empowered for ourselves and fully grounding in our strength and highest capabilities.

Q5: Week 4 energies: Five of Cups

The Five of Cups asks us to process and clear the pains of the past so we can heal. We are asked to practice forgiveness and to look where we can bring peace to a situation, which may be within us. This week we may be guided to focus on clearing the deadwood from the heart and to look to how we can emotionally nurture ourselves. Something may be ending, reaching its natural conclusion as its purpose is served, but that doesn’t make it any less painful. Surrender feelings of loss, disappointment, betrayal, hopelessness—whether through prayer, ritual, or intention. We can write down what we wish to release on paper and burn it, sending its ashes to the wind with gratitude for the experience and the lessons we have learned. We then create peace within our hearts and make room for what is better, what is meant for us, to arrive. The peace may not come instantaneously, but may progress with time and as we gain clarity and perspective. It is time to begin to rise above and start moving forward.

Q6: Overall guidance for June: Ten of Wands reversed & Nine of Cups

The Ten of Wands reversed stands as much with the Nine of Cups to offer guidance for June as it represents the energies of the last four days of the month. The Ten of Wands reversed asks us to lay down our burdens, to focus there throughout the month, and to practice compassion and forgiveness, for ourselves and for others. We are asked to clear the past, to let go the detritus and all that does not serve so we can make room for the abundance and emotional fulfillment that awaits us, symbolized by the Nine of Cups. There is a world of joy that is ready for us to be ready for it. This month, we can welcome in abundance, new opportunities, and a joy we have never known. This month is powerfully positive. While we are all at different places on our journey, we can always open our hearts to receive the improvement that is available to us at all times. The universal energies are waiting for us to open our hearts so we can flow in all that is better.

May: The Month According to Tarot

A tarot spread for the month of May including the Eight of Pentacles, The Hermit, The Empress, the Six of Swords, the Knight of Cups, and the Queen of Wands.
Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month may bring powerful manifestations, and the conditions are right for the seeds of our intentions to sprout, for us to start seeing attainment of our hopes, dreams, and desires. This month, whatever you are working on, go for it! The energies are strongly supporting your manifestations and creations. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get clear on what you want, set goals, and tune into your heart’s desires. You are a powerful creator and you can make the magic happen. You can create the life you wish. Now is the time to reach for the sky, and believe you can get there. Tuning into our expectations and beliefs this month and making any adjustments can be rewarding. Believe in yourself and make it happen!

Q1: What are the overall energies of May? Eight of Pentacles

This month shows us reaping the rewards of our efforts and focus. The goals we have been working toward are beginning to bear fruit, and the seeds we have nurtured are starting to sprout. Reward and gain, achievement and recognition, notable (and noticeable) progress are all being made manifest this month. May inches us ever-closer to summer in the Northern hemisphere, and the abundance of blossoms we see all around is echoed in the potent energies of manifestation and creative fertility that are increasing in the weeks to come, destined to reach their peak in the few months ahead. Everything is cyclical, and as we live our human lives, we feel these cycles too, as the wheel of the year turns and our experiences are echoed in the rise and fall of the sun, the warmth of spring and the cold of winter, the peaks of lush, fragrant abundance and the cool retreat of the plant kingdom into the frozen underworld. Now, we can embrace the beauty and prosperity that are all around us. We may receive fresh ideas and new excitement, burgeoning enthusiasm for new projects and goals or for what we know not yet.

Q2: Week 1: The Hermit

The Hermit says it’s time to retreat into your heart, into your mind, into the truth of who you are. Think of the fertile soil in which seeds hide. There, they gestate and grow and, when the conditions are right, they begin to manifest into the world above. When we retreat within, we can weed the garden and make room for the seeds we will plant. We can add nutrients to the soil to make it a fertile place and decide what we will plant there. When the time is right—and only we will know when it is—we can then plant the seeds and water and nurture them until they sprout. These seedlings hold so much possibility, and so do we. We can plant anything we want. The more we feed and nurture the new life, the faster, stronger, and healthier it will grow. This is the energy of The Hermit—the retreat within to do the inner work, to heal, to clear and release, to connect to our intuition and find the answers we seek to forge a bright new path ahead. The Hermit holds the lantern and is sometimes associated with a guide figure. While we hold our own guidance within, we can also call on our allies for support whenever we need it.

Q3: Week 2: The Empress

The Empress lives in abundance and fertility. Her world is one of her own creation; she is a self-made woman, a woman in her power. This card pertains to all, not just feminine energies, even though it is strongly feminine in nature. We all have within us both masculine and feminine. We may be guided to seek balance if things are off-kilter and to come to a place of fertile resonance and harmony in our own hearts and minds. The Empress may also represent the divine feminine on a greater scale, or the divine feminine in your own life—a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. She may be you—who you are now or what you are striving to achieve. The Empress represents creativity and creation, and indicates the power each one of holds to manifest whatever we wish. In regards to manifestation, The Empress indicates the receiving mode—that state of being or vibration in which we allow all we desire to flow to us unfettered. This week, the energies are fertile for creation and creativity. Abundance and prosperity are flowing, and we can choose to get into the stream and receive.

Q4: Week 3: Six of Swords

The Six of Swords finds us sailing into something new, which could be a manifestation or the attainment of a goal we have been working toward. We may be sailing away from one situation and into a better one. We may be freed from blocks or a situation that held us back, gaining an increasing sense of freedom and hope. Where swords represent the mind and sixes are associated with harmony, this card may see us becoming unblocked, gaining clarity, or being freed from constraints that once bound us. We are working through the conflict of the Five of Swords, coming into greater understanding and gaining awareness or perspective on events that may previously have felt unresolvable. Our focus, intention-setting, goals, hopes, and wishes are becoming evident, our thoughts turning to things as we begin to sail into hope, into improved circumstances and a better way of life. A new phase is beginning.

Q5: Week 4: Knight of Cups

With new beginnings often comes idealism, and that can be a great thing. The Knight of Cups may be asking us to focus on (and believe in) the highest possible outcome. If you are embarking on something new, traveling, accepting an offer, or starting out on a new path, cycle, or phase in your life, believing in the best possibilities will serve you well. After all, we get what we expect. Cups are linked to the emotions, and especially to the heart. This card can sometimes indicate travel, positive change, or an exciting new relationship. It can also sometimes urge us to consider our options carefully and know when it serves us to be practical and when we need to let loose and have a little fun. Only you will know what is right for you. This week may bring something fun to consider and is a good week to travel.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for May: Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is linked to powerful manifestation and creativity, and as an energy, she brings vitality, prosperity, vibrance, and warmth. She is generous and active, enthusiastic and passionate. This month, she may be guiding us to be true to our hearts, to not give up on our dreams, and to pursue our ideas with zest and creativity. “You can do it,” she reminds us, and, “you’ve got this!” This month, ventures bring fulfillment, dreams become reality, and things that were mere seeds of ideas become clay in our hands, which we are moulding and shaping in every moment with our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, goals, and desires. This month, do the thing! You were born for this. Keep going. Believe in yourself. You really have got this.

Tarot: Trusting Your Intuition

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
Image by Victoria Constantino

When it comes to interpreting tarot, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend throwing out the guidebook, but trusting your own intuition above all is important. It’s best when you have a working knowledge of the usual meanings of cards and can then draw from that tradition as a springboard to further your understanding. A deepening of understanding comes when you tune into what your intuition is telling you the cards mean—for you in particular, or for the specific querent you are reading for. 

Decks that include symbolism (in contrast to minimalist decks) provide a rich tradition from which we can draw. The symbols themselves—which can be represented by figures or archetypes, animals, what we would traditionally think of as symbols (such as planetary representations), and colors—provide a rich depth of meaning we can use to create interpretations that are unique to us or the querent. Do butterflies symbolize something specific to you, or does the number four hold a certain meaning that only you would know? Those are influences that can factor into your interpretation of the cards. 

If the guidebook says X about a certain card, but you are feeling Y, always trust your instinct. Cards carry messages that impact us where we are, in the moment in which we are interpreting them. Whether a card is a reflection of your current energies or station, represents future possibilities, or what is at the end of the path you are currently on is something a guidebook cannot tell you. This is where your intuition becomes key. The same card could mean something completely different to you depending on when you draw it and where you are energetically at the time.

When you are first starting out with tarot or trying to strengthen your connection to your intuition, writing down your thoughts about each card in a journal can yield insights. Try doing this before consulting the guidebook—you may surprise yourself. When you’re done writing out your interpretation, you can then review what the guidebook says about the card and look for any common threads. This can assist you as you are learning about the cards and can help you develop your eye for symbolism as well as your interpretive capacity. It can also help you to trust yourself more as you confirm your insights with the guidebook’s interpretations, realizing, however, that you may produce deeper insights about the card and its meaning that the guidebook does not delve into.

Trust—that is, trusting our own wisdom and understanding—goes a long way toward improving our ability to obtain meaning and significance from a reading. As with most things, time, commitment, patience, and continued practice will help you to strengthen your connection to your intuition.