September: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month includes its fair share of focus on both the material and the mental. To keep us from getting too heady about things, we’re reminded that it’s good to get out and have fun, to enjoy ourselves and live life, even if only to get out of our own heads for a while. We’re being guided to do the inner work, to be sure, which comes in the form of being more self-aware, paying attention to our thoughts and choosing ones that are more positive, therefore deliberately improving our vibration. We’re also reminded that we’re powerful, we’re worthy, and we’ve got what it takes to achieve our goals. But it’s also good to have fun along the way—in fact, that might be the most important part. 

Q1: Overall energies of September: Four of Pentacles

The Four of Pentacles brings a stable, grounded influence for September, especially in the areas of home, family, relationships, finances, and career. We may be asked to focus on solutions and imagine ourselves in the better circumstances we desire. Supporting those desires with the belief that we are worthy of living our dreams and fully capable of achieving and realizing them is a powerful aid to our manifestations. The Four of Pentacles says stability is imminent and not only possible, but ready and waiting for us to line up with it and receive it. Believing in our stability and happiness can help shore up our vibration.

Q2: Week 1: Six of Wands

Great expectations… This week, victory is at hand. Small and large gains may come in the form of physical manifestations, ideas (which are also manifestations), or vibrational improvements. Our guidance is to look for and nurture an improved mood and a more positive outlook, and expect good results to come flowing in. We can expect to see positive results. Our expectations are powerful, and when our expectations line up with our beliefs, we are capable of creating any set of circumstances and any manifested reality. A powerful aid this week may be to remind ourselves of good things we’ve already manifested. Expect great things to come to you and they will. 

Q3: Week 2: Five of Pentacles

This card can indicate a turning point or change in our material, physical lives. The guidance this week is to stay focused on the solution and forget about the issues and challenges, as those only hold power when we give our attention to them. What we focus on grows. To allow improvements to enter our lives, we’re being encouraged to spend time visualizing ourselves in the state manifested and to vibrationally line up with the energy of what we wish to create. If we want to experience more wealth, we can find the feeling of abundance on any subject. We may be abundant in a certain area, and finding a feeling of appreciating that abundance can help to grease the wheels on all other subjects and allow more abundance of money, positive relationships, opportunities, and anything else we desire to flow to us. This week, the advice is to focus on what’s working and forget the rest. 

Q4: Week 3: Queen of Swords

This queen is all about the power of the mind and guides us to focus on the positive—what serves us, what we desire, what is good. We may be called to use the power of the mind this week to shift our momentum and get it going in a more positive direction. Once we’re vibing or trending in positive directions, it gets easier to stay on a positive wavelength. From there, we can watch things shift around us for the better. It’s all about the energy we hold and the vibration we are projecting out into the universe. 

The Queen of Pentacles is a non-nonsense, clear thinker who knows her own power and is steady in it. This card can also signify that creative ideas are flowing in now in a most potent way. Pay attention to your ideas this week; write them down, but don’t just let them sit and grow stale. Act on them when you get the notion! There is tremendous power in inspired ideas. They are the gifts of the universe, the seeds that hold within them the possibility of great transformation, ideas that can change the world. 

Q5: Week 4: Seven of Swords

The Seven of Swords can signify a shift in thinking. If we have been doing the vibrational work and ensuring we are vibrationally in a good place, we can expect to see a shift in our thinking, focus, and point of attraction. This card can simply indicate the desire to do so. If we wish it, we can live it; if we dream it, we can do it. What we are being, where we are vibrating, magnetizes similar energies to us, thanks to the law of attraction, which states, that which is like unto itself is drawn. We are what we think; we live what we think. The Seven of Swords may urge us to shift our thinking in ways that benefit us and to think more positive thoughts to get more positive momentum going, which in turn improves our vibration and allows us to receive what we have been asking for. 

Q6: Guidance for September: Three of Cups

There is a celebratory, playful, collaborative energy at hand, ready for us to receive and work with, or rather, to enjoy. Positive collaborations may yield fruitful results, whether creative or professional. Our guidance this month is to have fun, to do things that bring us joy and take our minds off of the mental focus that is so prevalent this month. While it’s good to be aware of our thoughts and make the effort to focus in ways that serve us—which often means deliberately choosing thoughts that are more positive—this card also encourages us to lighten up and do things that give us a sense of lightness, freedom, and buoyancy. In moments of fun and laughter, we open the valve for good things to flow in; in that state, everything we have asked for can come to us. The key is to take our minds off of making something happen, to just have fun and let go, to truly enjoy ourselves in the moment. (Read: Fun is important!)

August: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

As the eighth month of the year, August is associated with the energies aligned with the number eight, which, symbolically, is a lemniscate (the infinity symbol) turned on its side. Whatever it means to you, the number eight is filled with potent symbology that may include a reminder of our eternal nature and the infinite progression of things, of time, of change which is constant, and growth, evolution, and abundance. This month, the cards tell a story about trusting ourselves, finding balance and harmony, and letting in what we’ve been asking for, which may require making room by letting go of the old stuff. Some good, old-fashioned self care and fun outings with friends or loved ones may be in order to help us gain perspective over the weeks ahead.

Q1: Overall energies of August: Ten of Pentacles

Tens are often associated with completion and fulfillment. The Ten of Pentacles may indicate financial prosperity and the receiving of abundance and resources. It can also tell of prosperity in business and career as well as fulfillment in areas of life concerning the physical world, which may include relationships and overall life goals.

How to make the most of the energy this month: Because our expectations and beliefs inform our reality to a large extent, expecting things to come our way draws them to us like a magnet. We’re all capable of living abundant, prosperous, fulfilling lives in which we are living our highest manifested reality, and this card says great things are on their way. This month’s guidance is to practice living in the now moment, appreciating yourself and your experience wherever you are and whoever you are now. 

Centering yourself in the moment can help with releasing expectations, blocks, and resistance. Go easy on yourself; if you find yourself veering into lower-vibe energies like worry and fear, catch yourself, stop, and recalibrate. Practicing doing this produces positive results over time and steers your habits of thought and energetic momentum toward the positive, creating new energetic pathways and more beneficial habits and thought patterns, and ultimately, more beneficial outcomes. Reaching a positive critical mass tips the scales toward the positive and manifests what you’ve been asking for, instead of what you’ve been pushing against. Going with the flow can be key.

Q2: Week 1: Six of Pentacles

Associated with harmony, balance, and family, sixes are positive numbers to come up in a spread. This happy card tells of harmony on the home front, of balance and peace in finance, career, and relationships. The Six of Pentacles indicates joy in areas of life associated with the physical world, like money, love, jobs, and relationships. If that’s not looking likely this week, this card is gently steering you toward a mindset of balance and peace and reminding you that you create your own reality through your vibration, which attracts like energies (thanks to the law of attraction, which posits, ‘that which is like unto itself is drawn’). 

How to make the most of the energies this week: Consider where your heart is guiding you. What feels good? Who do you like to be around? What makes your heart sing? Who or what brings you joy? Go there, do that, be with those people. Doing more of what makes you happy leads to more positive outcomes in the end. Feeling good is your indication that you’re in alignment with your truth. Sometimes following your heart means tuning out distractions, going against the grain, and ignoring the often well-meaning advice of others. 

Q3: Week 2: Ten of Wands reversed

It’s time to release your burdens. The weight you’ve carried is unnecessary and most of the time, you never needed to carry it anyway. But we don’t always know the extent of our own burdens or how to let them go. Sometimes we’ve carried them for so long it feels like they’re part of us. Though the weight we’ve carried may have made us strong, we may have forgotten we’ve been carrying that heavy load; maybe we hardly even feel it anymore. But we don’t have to carry it any longer. We’re lighter without it, for sure, and more free—more able to be ourselves, unfettered and lighthearted.

How to make the most of the energies this week: Coming back to your truth, who you really are, your core essence of self, may be of the greatest importance this week and beyond. Though the journey may begin here, the full unfolding is often a process that takes time. This card’s message is to be gentle with yourself. Love yourself enough to let go of what doesn’t serve you. Loving yourself unconditionally is a powerful way to forgive yourself. Trust yourself and who you are now. Breathe. Relax. Flow. Know that you’re powerful, you’re amazing, and you’ve got this.

Q4: Week 3: Knight of Swords

Knights are often messengers and swords are associated with the element of air and the realm of thought. A new message or idea may be trying to make its way to you now. This could be a creative or intellectual idea or concept, such as a business idea, plan, or development. There may be an offer or opportunity awaiting you. If you work with ancestors or guides, they could be urging or encouraging you to take some action. This knight represents a quickly moving energy that is coming in strong and coming in fast. Whatever or whoever it is, it’s headed your way with sure and swift momentum.

How to make the most of the energies this week: Keep your energy shields up and protect your boundaries, as this card can sometimes indicate someone on the offensive. When it comes to acting on ideas and taking action, aligned action—which comes from a place of alignment with the higher self or inner being—is the most fruitful kind of action. Action for its own sake is like stabbing in the dark and hoping to spear an apple. Flowing where your emotions guide you can allow your mind to be the powerful receiver it is meant to be.

Q5: Week 4: Ace of Wands

Where wands are associated with the will, passion, intention, and manifestation, aces bring new beginnings. The Ace of Wands heralds new beginnings, opportunities, and perhaps job offers. Rekindling romance or sparking a new flame is indicated. You may be experiencing a rebirth or transformation of some kind. Allowing the new to flow to you without doubting it or pushing it away ensures you can receive more of what you’ve been asking for, but be aware: it may not arrive in the ways you expected it to. 

How to make the most of the energies this week: Remaining open to possibilities you may not have considered before can open the right kinds of doors. You may feel inspired, confident, ambitious, and spontaneous this week—go with it! Allow yourself to have fun and branch out; explore new terrain and embrace the unknown. If you’re a job seeker, put yourself out there and apply for new opportunities that feel aligned. Similarly, if you’re looking for romance, allow yourself to be found, whether that means joining a new platform or joining groups of like-minded folks in your area.

Q6: Guidance for August: Two of Pentacles

Balance, focus, choices, decisions… These are the focal points of the Two of Pentacles, and it’s what we’re being guided toward this month. When the path is unclear, we can tune into our guidance and trust the options that feel good rather than the logical decision, as our emotional guidance will never steer us wrong. When life feels like a balancing act, it may be good to take a time-out to gain perspective on what’s really important, on what can stay and what can go. This card can sometimes ask us to recalibrate and consider what is more deserving of our attention, to set priorities and choose where we spend our time.

July: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The presence of so many major arcana cards in this month’s reading signifies major change and developments on the horizon. Something is transforming beneath the surface, or more accurately, in the energetic, and is preparing to make its way into the physical. Week four of July looks especially promising for manifestations, with the Eight of Wands signifying powerful momentum and rapid forward movement. With Strength coming in as the card signifying this month’s energies, we’re reminded that we have what it takes to move through this period successfully. We can call on our inner strength to prepare ourselves mentally and emotionally for the change that lies ahead.

Q1: Overall energies of July: Strength

If nothing is certain but change, this beautiful card gives us reassurance that we’ve got what it takes  to not only get through it, but to ride the wave and come out on top. Change can be positive, neutral, or negative, depending on how we view it, but even when things may not look as we had hoped or expected, we have the ability to choose how we are calibrated through it all. The Strength card reminds us that we’re powerful and our greatest strength is within. It can also appear when we reach certain milestones that we could not have otherwise achieved were it not for our strength, persistence, and tenacity. 

Q2: Week 1: The High Priestess

This enigmatic card guides us to the feminine power within. The High Priestess may ask us to consider what is hidden within, what is preparing to come forth, and what remains unseen, the catalyst behind our motivations. Our inner life may be in focus this week, and that can include the way we approach things, as well as our creativity, imagination, and spirituality. Our intuition may be heightened now and we could benefit from considering where it is guiding us before heading off in new directions or making significant choices. Our emotions may be trying to tell us something.

Q3: Week 2: The Moon

Coinciding beautifully with this week’s full moon, The Moon card may ask us to pay attention to how the full moon’s energies are affecting us. The sister card of The High Priestess, The Moon is also closely aligned with the hidden, the subconscious, and what some may think of as the shadow side. This week, our intuition may be guiding us toward something; our inner being or higher self may have a message for us in the form of wisdom, guidance, or images that flicker across the mind’s screen in quiet moments. The Moon may cast its light on secrets and mysteries. This week could find us separating truth from illusion as we attempt to figure out what is real and get to the core truth of the matters at hand.

Q4: Week 3: Temperance

Temperance is a card of balance, cooperation, harmony, and patience. This week, we may benefit from considering where we could use more balance in our lives. Something may be reaching a point of resolution and we could find ourselves easily untangling knots that previously, were not so easily unraveled. Patience serves us well now and we may find it more easier than ever to breathe deeply into a space of quiet peace and strength and call on our wellspring of patient reserves. In peace, the path will reveal itself. In harmony, we find resolution. We may discover great healing available in the quiet knowing that all is well and in discovering the well-being that is at the center of who we are. 

Q5: Week 4: Eight of Wands

The pace picks up now as fast-moving energy makes itself known. Energy is gaining momentum, gathering behind the scenes and building on what is growing, aiding the development of new manifestations. Energies are continuing to gather throughout the week as they prepare to make themselves known in some form or another. Expect new opportunities, change, and rapid developments. When faced with choice points, our inner guidance steers us toward what feels good, which is where we find resonance with our truth. 

Q6: Guidance for July: Seven of Cups

This card says dream big—there are no limits to what you can be, do, or achieve. The message this week is that what you focus on grows. The Seven of Cups may guide us to be mindful of what we give our energy and attention to and arrives as a reminder that we create our own reality. Backing up our desires with beliefs that we can have what we want, and supporting those wishes with the expectation that they are manifesting and will be ours, can be the powerful catalysts that help give powerful momentum to the change we seek to create. The universe is powerfully supporting us in manifesting our desires.

June: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The cards for this month indicate change that may be coming via endings and new opportunities. It’s time for a freshening of energy and for building new creations. June, as the sixth month of the year, is a time of balancing and harmony—energies that align with the number six. Endings, change, and new beginnings are arriving to bring greater stability and improved ways of living, being, doing, and thinking. New approaches and ideas may make themselves known to us this week, and we are guided to flow with the energies that feel best to us, as that is the stream where we will find our truest alignment.

Q1: The June energy: Strength

This card says we have what it takes to succeed. Strength can arrive like a pat on the back, congratulating us for getting to where we are now. This card can also appear as encouragement reminding us of our ability to thrive, succeed, and rise above, and it can arrive when we may need to call on that strength, the strength we have built up ourselves through our lived and emotional experiences. The Strength card is associated with the number eight, which is the infinity symbol turned on its side and a reminder of our eternal nature. 

As infinite, divine beings, we are always only ever at one point on a timeline that goes onward forever. We are always growing, expanding, and moving forward, and our power—our strength—is in every now moment. We can recalibrate our vibration anew at any time by remembering that our power is in the now and stopping to ask ourselves: Where am I now vibrationally? Where do I want to be? What can I do to improve my experience right now? Finding our inner strength, that deep reservoir within of calm and alignment with our truth, our divine nature, allows us to move forward from a place of confidence and stability.

Q2: Week 1: The Wheel of Fortune

Traditionally, this card signals good fortune and positive turns of events. Something welcome and much anticipated may be manifesting or evolving in a significant way. Fresh opportunities and positive new connections could be coming about this week. Things could be turning around in a favorable way. With the revolution of the wheel comes the closure of a cycle, which could make itself known now or may be developing unseen in the nonphysical. The Wheel of Fortune is associated with the number ten, which signifies completion.

Q3: Week 2: Ace of Pentacles

Ones herald new beginnings, manifestations, and opportunities. The Ace is a fitting card to receive on the heels of last week’s ten. Something new is making itself known and could be associated with a new cycle. The suit of Pentacles is connected with earthly, conscious, physical manifestations, outcomes, experiences, relationships, and situations. Pentacles especially align with abundance, prosperity, and material possessions, including money and other resources. They are also commonly associated with a means of earning income, such as a business or career. New pathways are being created that have the potential to lead us in new directions.

Q4: Week 3: Death

Something is ending. With the cards of the previous two weeks, The Wheel of Fortune brought something energetically to a close, making room for what the Ace of Pentacles ushered in. This progression of events has allowed something to finally and completely make its transition out of our experience. We may need to do what is needed this week to finally let go of whatever has left. If what has exited is not readily apparent, taking time to breathe deeply, quiet the mind, and spend time in nature can help us to release any energies that it is healthy for us to release. This clearing makes room for the new to fully enter and integrate vibrationally into our experience.

Q5: Week 4: Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords urges us to cut through the noise and clear out what doesn’t belong, what doesn’t serve, and what doesn’t matter. This can include anything from the past we’re still holding onto, whether emotions, energies, or situations that it’s time to move on from. She urges us to get clear on where we want to go, strengthen our focus, and trust that we have what it takes to succeed in our chosen path. 

This card can also encourage us to make changes to our lifestyle or habits that aren’t serving us in order to clear the way for a new, better path. With the changes indicated by the previous weeks, this queen could be urging us to do what it takes to find stability in the new path we are walking. We could do this through using our mental focus and inner strength to create something amazing and transform the new into something that will last and that will serve us well for a long while to come.

Q6: Overall guidance for June: Page of Swords

The cards of this month indicate change, especially endings and new beginnings. Like the Page of Swords, we may be using our wits, skill, knowledge, and intellect to navigate the new. We may be finding new ways of doing things, testing out methods, honing our abilities, and discovering new processes through trial and error. 

Ultimately, the suit of Swords, which is present this month with the Queen of Swords and with this page, is a suit of the mind and the intellect. Where the Queen is skilled at figuring things out and has a lifetime of experience as a problem-solver, the page arrives to remind us that we all start somewhere. Trusting ourselves and building confidence may be the name of the game now, especially as we are finding our footing on new paths.

May: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The month of May has a strong focus on manifestation and the cards are guiding our attention to our vibrational output via our thoughts, focus, beliefs, and expectations. May is the fifth month of the year and the number five is all about change. The guidance for the month arrives to us via the Five of Pentacles, which asks us, in this context, to consider how we are thinking about our lives on the material plane; we may benefit from making changes to what we are focusing on in order to improve the manifested outcomes. You’ve got this, reminds The Magician; you have all the tools you need to create whatever you want. 

Q1: Overall energies of May: The Magician

The Magician comes in with a reminder that we create our realities. We get to mould and shape outcomes through what we focus on, believe, and expect. This month, we may become especially aware of our own power as we align with our truth and strengthen our confidence. Life on Earth affords us a great palette from which we can select the ingredients we want to play with and choose what to include in our experience. Knowing—believing—that we can have whatever we ask for brings it to us with surety. 

Q2: Week 1: Nine of Cups

This week, we are encouraged to revel in the feeling of abundance. When we find things to appreciate and spend time appreciating them, we draw to us more of the same. The world is rich with manifestations and experiences to admire and we may benefit from doing more of that, even if only in our daydreams. We get what we focus on, and this week we’re encouraged to choose what we focus on with care. We can decide to allow into our minds, and therefore our vibrations, only what we want to see grow.

Q3: Week 2: Knight of Swords

The Knight of Swords is a man on a mission. He goes after what he wants with single-minded focus. This is a good card to follow the previous two, as it offers encouragement to focus our attention and our thoughts only on what we want. This month is all about manifestation, says The Magician, and we have what it takes to create the change we seek. You can do this! says the knight. While this card seems action-oriented, the best action we can take is inspired action that comes to us when we are vibing high. It’s like they say: consider the source. If the inspired action comes when you’re not feeling so good, it’s better to get into a high-flying place and choose from there.

Q4: Week 3: Queen of Wands

Wands signify the will and manifestation, and this queen is very much in her power. She’s confident and creative, and her abundant life is evidence of her fertility and her ability to create what she desires. Let the mind be a fertile garden, says the queen. Do not let the weeds into your garden. Choose your thoughts with care and go easy on yourself if you falter. Simply pivot to choose thoughts that reflect what you want to focus on when you catch yourself in a place you don’t want to be. Flow and trust yourself. Practice yields improvement.

Q5: Week 4: Justice

The scales will balance. Where something has been off-kilter, it will be set to rights. Where you have made room in your life by clearing out what was old, what needed to go, and what no longer served, the universe will fill with what you are attracting, which is wherever you’re vibrating. Keeping your vibe high will bring to you only what is good and what you have asked for. Abraham-Hicks teaches that, when beliefs and expectations align, manifestations flow in to match them.

Q6: Guidance for May: Five of Pentacles

Five is a number of change and pentacles represent the physical plane, which includes home, career, finance, and any other aspects of the lived experience. The only constant is change, and meanwhile, we get to choose what we focus on. If this card is the guidance for the month, then it may be inviting us to change where we’re focused to improve our vibration. That could mean intentionally shifting our thoughts to the positive and focusing on the solution to activate what is wanted and allow the solutions to flow in. Doing this consistently can be a game changer.

April: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, we are set up for success before a major shake-up. We’ve been doing the energetic work to prepare ourselves for a better future, and it pays off big time. Two tens make their appearance this month, which tells us something is ending. These endings are necessary and positive. The Ten of Pentacles says we’re in a good place materially so that, when the Ten of Swords arrives at the end of the month, we’re prepared to let go of what is ending. What’s happening is happening quickly, says the Eight of Wands, and going with the flow is ultimately the best way through.

Q1: Overall energies of April: Six of Pentacles

The Six of Pentacles is a card of balance, stability, and harmony in the physical. Things are coming into balance in more evident ways this month. As spring ushers in new growth in the Northern Hemisphere, so too is April bringing abundant manifestations and opportunities that are making their appearance. As we tend to them and nurture them, soon they will be ripe for the picking. 

Q2: Week 1: Ten of Pentacles

The Ten of Pentacles is a card of earthly fulfillment and abundance. Ten is a number of completion and fulfillment and this card says we have all we need. Taking satisfaction in what we have and spending time in appreciation draws to us more of what we are appreciating. This card can be related to finances, work, home, or career, and this week could see us purchasing a home, receiving an allotment of money, getting a new job, starting or making progress with a business, or simply gaining the realization that we already have all we have been asking for. It can be helpful to take a step back and remember when we wanted what we now have.

Q3: Week 2: Nine of Wands

This figure on this card in traditional RWS decks is shown with a bandaged head, standing alone and holding a staff, poised in defense before eight other wands or staves. This figure has seen much and won the battle, and has the scars to prove it. They stand guard, ensuring their protection. This card can be a reminder of how far we have come, how much we have triumphed over, and it can also guide us to strengthen our boundaries energetically and otherwise. Our beliefs and expectations inform our experience, so when we believe we are safe and self-sufficient, we are. This card indicates victory, success, courage, and reclaiming one’s power. We may gain sudden realization of how we’ve been giving our power away without realizing it. Once we have the understanding, we are empowered to make the change and take back our power to stand in our strength. 

Q4: Week 3: King of Wands

The King of Wands brings success and good fortune of all kinds. He is a master creator at the top of his game. He is wise and fair and creative. Whatever this week brings, it will turn out well. For manifestations we’re working on, this card reveals positive and beneficial outcomes. We’re making good headway, and may begin seeing evidence of our progress, if not full-blown manifestations. Coming from the stability of the Six of Pentacles and the Ten of Pentacles, and the strength and victorious outcomes of the Nine of Wands, the King of Wands follows in a progression that signifies taking control of our own lives by shaping things as we wish, being the deliberate creators we’re here to be, and aligning with the desired outcomes.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Swords

The second ten to make its appearance this month, this card signals the end of a painful cycle. Something has come to a close, and it’s good that it has. This is a necessary ending, one that we may need to heal from but that will yield rich rewards in terms of lessons learned. The painful lessons of this cycle have caused us to grow and expand and get super clear on what we do want and what we don’t want. The lessons of this time will help us to shore up our understanding of our own strength, worthiness, and capabilities—if not immediately, then certainly over time.

Q6: Guidance for April: Eight of Wands

The message of this card is to flow with the fast-moving energies! Things can change on a dime this month, but it’s all for the greater good. Trusting that things are always working out for us is the best approach. We may find that new understandings reveal themselves swiftly and unexpectedly, but once we see them, we can’t unsee them. This is a shake-up type of energy that is much-needed. What isn’t working will crumble quickly. What isn’t a vibrational match will no longer be part of our experience. This is a transitional type of energy that we can align with by pivoting to what is better for us and shifting our focus away from what doesn’t. Focusing in the energy of the solution helps us line up with and receive solutions and resolutions.

Soul Cats Tarot: A Deck Interview

Soul Cats Tarot by Leeza Robertson and Adam Oehlers
Image by Victoria Constantino

This deck interview is based on the spread and corresponding questions by Katey Flowers.

Soul Cats Tarot is the newest deck by prolific author and deck creator, Leeza Robertson. The gorgeous illustrations are from UK-based artist Adam Oehlers. This deck releases from Llewellyn in April 2022 in the US and in May 2022 in Canada and the UK. 

It was a pleasure to sit with this deck for an interview. A deck interview is a wonderful way to get to know the personality of a deck. In my experience working with tarot and oracle cards, messages arrive in different ways from different decks, which can color our perspective and interpretation of a reading. 

After working with Soul Cats for a few days, I found it to have a strong healing aspect. It also provided a new (to me) way of looking at the cards through the interpretations written in the guidebook. The artwork is intriguing and captures the essence of the cats and their relation to each card. So, without further ado, the interview:

Q: What can you teach us? 

A: The Fool

The teachings of this deck offer fresh wisdom and new approaches, present new ways of thinking, and can provide guidance for the journey ahead. Every day is a new beginning, I am reminded, and our power is always in the now. Where there are new beginnings, this deck can be a touch point along the journey. It’s the guide that says, Take my hand, I’ll show you the way, and then I’ll show you how to find it for yourself.

Q: Describe yourself.

A: Justice

Where justice is an equalizer, this deck balances the scales, bringing clarity where there is confusion and harmony where there is chaos. More than simply shining a light on the truth, it provides understandings that help us to attain balance in our understanding and from there, to forge a better path ahead.

Q: Describe your audience.

A: Page of Swords

This card portrays a dreamer, a visualizer, someone creating a new path that originated long ago, perhaps with dreams and goals established in youth. Do journeys begin in the mind or the heart? The suit of Swords relates to the mental realm, and can have to do with where we are focusing. The Page of Swords tells of new beginnings gestating in the mind.

Q: How can we work together? 

A: Temperance

This deck can help with tapping into our own power and magic. Temperance specifically calls attention to opposing forces and may ask us to consider how we can unite those forces or use them both to our advantage. It also asks us to relax and flow to let the magic in. This deck encourages balance and helps provide perspective, all the while pointing us back to the greatest source of knowledge, which is within.

Q: Your strengths

A: The Sun

This deck’s potent capacity for delivering messages and energies of healing, along with its words and images, can be a balm to the heart, providing us with peace and the understanding we need to reach a place of greater harmony. This deck provides illumination and clarity, which we can make best use of from a place of receptivity. It has a sunny, cheerful personality and is a source of wisdom that can guide us to improvements.

Q: Your weaknesses

A: The Star

This deck won’t (and no deck can) do the work for you. It’s up to each of us to tap into our own inner knowledge and guidance. True radiance comes from within, and when we find that luminous place within, we shine from there. We can use this deck’s guidance to gain clarity and perspective, but from there, the rest is up to us. However, this is less of a weakness than an aspect. This card underscores the message that the deck will show you the way, but the rest is up to you.

Q: Our potential together

A: Two of Swords and Knight of Cups

This deck provides a new perspective that can help in broadening one’s outlook. We can ruminate on its unique teachings and how they might apply to our own lives. Feeling into its messages and what they have to teach us can provide deeper clarity and understanding. Above all, this deck rewards contemplation. When working with it, really sitting with its messages and using it as a meditation or journaling tool can yield valuable results. 

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March: The Month According to Tarot

Accurate AF Tarot by Prism + Fleur Design Studio
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month takes us on a journey that begins with our emotional state and where we are focusing in week one, and culminates with the forward-moving energies of The Chariot in week four. March is a three month, and three is a number of manifestation. The strong energies coming in for March are those of making choices and setting goals, and this month and beyond, the universe is asking us to enjoy the process of creation. New things are ready to take shape. This is a hands-in-the-clay time, in which we may find ourselves especially guided to mould the possibilities into something new, which may feel like the next logical step on our journey. We get to be creative and have fun with it. Letting the imagination soar can be deeply rewarding. 

Overall energies of March: Two of Wands

The Two of Wands resonates with choices, balance, co-creative partnership (with one’s own higher self or with others), and enthusiasm. This month, we may feel especially motivated to set sight on our goals and keep our focus and actions aligned with our desired outcomes. New partnerships and collaborations could manifest this month, and we may be setting new goals. We could find ourselves realizing we have outgrown certain aspects or choices that once served us and instead begin navigating toward what is more in alignment with who we are now. If the joy is in the journey, the Two of Wands encourages us to enjoy the process of figuring out what we want (and not how we think it should happen for us or how it should take shape, as that is the work of the universe). Playing in the imagined reality of the state desired can take us far. 

Q1: Five of Cups

The journey this month begins with self-awareness. The Five of Cups is a card of focusing on losses rather than what still fills our cups. Our guidance may be to catch ourselves in thoughts of lack, and to instead pivot to focusing on what we are grateful for. What we focus on grows, and we always get to choose what we give our attention to. Changing habits of thought takes time, persistence, focus, dedication, and practice. Beating up on ourselves for any reason puts us back in the lack energy. Finding things to appreciate about ourselves and the world around us gets the momentum going in positive directions. 

Q2: Two of Cups

Cups are all about the heart, and this two can indicate we are finding or improving emotional balance or strengthening the connection with the intuition, higher self, or relationships with others. We may be making new, harmonious connections this week or finding deeper meaning in our current relationships, whether those are with friends, family, clients, collaborators, or others in our lives. After last week’s emotional awareness and guidance to pivot, the Two of Cups says we are successfully shifting into better harmony and balance. Emotional renewal and an increased positive momentum will help us gain traction toward what we want to manifest.

Q3: Spirit of Wands

The Spirit of Wands corresponds with the Knight of Wands in a traditional RWS deck. Like The Chariot for next week, this card relates to motivation, fast-moving energy, and willpower. This week may find us ignited with inspiration, passion, and enthusiasm. This is sometimes a card of receiving messages, news, and manifestations that bring change. Taking inspired action can lead us to fun, new possibilities, and possibly the first steps on a new path that is glittering with possibility. Remaining in a state of positive expectation can help us to stay in the receiving mode. Keeping the vibe high and staying positive is key. Confidence can take us far.

Q4: The Chariot

The Chariot indicates a quickly moving energy that has gathered momentum and is hurtling full steam ahead. Whatever we have been giving our attention to is reaching a state of culmination and preparing to manifest. We may need to make swift changes to stay on course, but through our willpower, we can reach our destination and overcome any challenges or obstacles. We may need to be either flexible or firm in our decisions and tune into our intuition to determine what feels right at each turn, trusting that we will attain the desired outcome. While this week may bring challenges, we have the ability to navigate them in ways that are perfect for us so that we end up precisely where we’re meant to be.

Guidance for March: Ace of Wands

This card is as much about new beginnings and manifestation as it is about focusing the will with deliberate intention. New ideas and growth are indicated this month, and our guidance may be to flow with those ideas and find ways to get into the receiving mode. Finding the flow state through doing what brings us joy can benefit us tremendously, both in recalibrating when we need to pivot and in receiving inspired action. Spending time with those we love and doing things we enjoy, as well as changing habits of routine and doing something out of the ordinary this month, can bring us new experiences and shake things up a bit. This enlivens us and keeps our energy fresh.

February: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, potent and ultimately positive change is taking place. The supporting energies this month are helping us to step into improved ways of living, thinking, and being, and we may notice that our perception and awareness are heightened as never before. Our spiritual gifts may be increasing, especially as we do the inner work, which may mean releasing outdated beliefs and aligning with our truth in more powerful ways. 

Part of aligning with what resonates may include taking up activities that bring us joy and inspiration. These may be solo activities or, as February is the second month and two is associated with partnerships, we may be collaborating with others on projects that bring excitement and fulfillment. The Emperor and the Ten of Pentacles appear to guide us to find our strength and are supporting us in reaching a solid rock upon which we can build.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of February: Ten of Pentacles and The Emperor

There is great abundance available to us, whether through a new client or employer, or through a business. Trusting the intuition and letting the heart lead us in new directions this month can pay off handsomely. Trusting new ideas may also be key to success. The Emperor can represent an energy (such as that of a business or new endeavor), person, or institution of some sort, and it is one that is steady, strong, solid, stable, reliable, and grounded. This is a rock we can build something magnificent upon, something that will always be there for us and that will provide. 

Something may be getting ready to pay off big time. The best path forward is to release resistance, and get into the mindset and vibration of allowing so we can receive what’s ready to manifest. Strengthening in the knowing that we are powerful creators and that we are capable of receiving and living whatever we wish is like the secret alchemical formula that transforms energy into manifested things, situations, and circumstances. This month, we have the great opportunity to uplevel and to shift into steadier circumstances and move into what we’ve been asking for. We’re reminded that our power is in the now and we create from every now moment.

Q2: Week 1: King of Wands

What can we learn from the king? The King of Wands is a wise leader, powerful in his own right and fair, a masterful creator of his own reality. Like this figure, we can learn to first master our own will, our capacity as creators, and our ability to navigate the world by being strong and steady in the knowing of our power. From there, all things flow. The king carries inspired energy, the power and fire of the will, the freedom of choice, and the impetus to follow the desires of the heart. 

This week, we could benefit from exploring what lights us up, what inspires us, what brings us joy. Making the decision to set aside even small increments of time to do what we love on a regular and consistent basis can add up to something much bigger down the line. Mastery is the result of focus, dedication, and continued practice. We can start the ball rolling on something that will become bigger and better over time. Confidence will take us far. 

Q3: Week 2: Nine of Wands

This week, we can benefit from considering how far we’ve come. Looking at how far we’ve come can remind us of how much better things can be. Through perseverance and tenacity, we’ve overcome so much to be where we are today. The person we are now is the result of everything we’ve learned in the past and the culmination of our experiences. We are strong, perhaps stronger than we know, and we benefit from keeping our boundaries strong as well. It’s healthy to have strong boundaries, and it’s okay (and sometimes necessary) to say no. This week may find us assessing our obligations and duties against what our heart wants. The heart is our truest compass, and it will never steer us wrong. 

How do we feel when we think about or do something? That feeling response is our barometer, the one that lets us know how in alignment (or not) something is for us. Once we’ve identified where we want to go, we can trust that our inner being, our source, is lining it up for us. There is something better for us, and it’s on its way to us the moment we ask for it. We ask vibrationally, and we do this all the time. Simply being happy opens the valve to let in what is ready to manifest for us. We are strong and powerful in our joy. Where the Nine of Wands is about determination and strength, it can also ask us to strengthen our knowing of who we are within so we can confidently move through the world from that place.

Q4: Week 3: Six of Pentacles

Sixes are concerned with harmony, balance, home, and family. This week’s guidance is to seek balance and harmony, and to place our attention on the home, relationships, and domestic concerns. Good news and new opportunities may be coming through this week, and may be something that fulfills our needs, hopes, dreams, or goals (and maybe all of the above!). This six indicates generosity and abundance, whether we are giving or receiving it. Giving and receiving joyfully always benefits us, and it’s almost certain that we will be both the giver and receiver at different points in our experience. Basking in appreciation for what we’ve given and received can help move the needle.

Giving and receiving encourages the flow of abundance, and releasing resources (such as spending money or selling a home) makes room for more resources to flow to us, as long as we are not blocking it with beliefs or resistance. Aligning with the more improved circumstances this week can benefit us greatly, whether that’s seeing and feeling ourselves in the situation or manifestation we wish to move into next or shoring up our beliefs so they match our desires. Simply through reaching alignment with our inner being, we can quickly receive everything we’ve been asking for, which often arrives through an inspired idea received in a place of alignment.

Q5: Week 4: The Hierophant

We may find ourselves shifting our beliefs and assessing or reassessing beliefs we’ve carried with us that are no longer resonant. Throughout life, we learn from the experiences we engage in, and these teach us and help us to move into new understandings that are more aligned with who we are now. This week, we may find that a spotlight is shining on what is out of resonance for us and what we’ve outgrown, whether those are relationships, practices, or ideologies. We may also be gaining traction on deeper understandings of self that aren’t necessarily so obvious.

Five, which is the number of The Hierophant, is associated with change, and there are changes taking place this week, perhaps shifts of great significance. Something may be hovering beneath the surface, unseen but felt. Our senses may be preparing to heighten, awareness is increasing, and transformations like those within a chrysalis are taking place, potent and hidden. Something may be preparing to surface from the subconscious for clearing and subsequent healing, and our spiritual gifts may be preparing to reach the next level of awakening, awareness, or activation.

Q6: Guidance for February: Ace of Swords and Death

New ideas bring clarity and an end to old, outdated beliefs, ways of thinking and living, and energies we have outgrown. Likewise, endings bring new clarity, expansion, understanding, and greater awareness—both awareness of ourselves and awareness of the universe and physical world in which we live. The Death card brings endings that are necessary and positive, although they may not always seem so great at the outset. As we traverse the path in the wake of what’s gone, we’ll find ourselves in a new realm of discovery and enlightened understanding that helps us to align to our deepest truth and wisdom. 

Our guidance this month is to allow what happens to happen, to let go of the desire to control outcomes, to flow, and to take the path of least resistance. Understanding that we have already vibrationally asked for what we wish and that it is already becoming, as soon as we ask for it, can help us to lean into trust in stronger, more meaningful ways, and use our energy to focus more effectively, efficiently, meaningfully, productively, and fruitfully on living from every now moment, which is where our true power always is. 

January: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month brings groundbreaking changes. The plates are shifting beneath our feet and the results are transformative. We can support these changes by letting go of the past and by strengthening our knowing of our inherent freedom. Remembering how truly free and powerful we are serves us so very well now, as does releasing what does not serve our highest good and opening our hearts to receive what is ready for us. We are getting ready to step into a more powerful iteration of ourselves and we are expanding magnificently. Our guidance now is to take the path of least resistance and flow with trust, knowing that everything is always working out for us and we are always flowing toward what is aligned with our highest good. 

Q1: The overall energies of January: The Tower

Something is getting ready to leave our lives on a grand scale. Weak foundations are crumbling and things are shifting. Preparations have been a while in the making and the end results are getting ready to make themselves known, whether to manifest in the physical or become apparent within. What is making its exit now is doing so to prepare us to step into higher levels and embrace an improved way of living and experiencing life. This could show up in the form of greater precision in our work, more aligned application of the knowledge we hold within, our intuition becoming evident in manifested wisdom, and in other ways according to our path and where we are upon it. 

We can expect to start seeing and feeling these ground-level changes this month, and they may manifest in how we perceive ourselves and others and in the degree of knowledge we are able to access. Blocks are dissolving and outdated belief systems are on their way out. We are stepping into higher levels of self-confidence and as a result, are shifting our vibration. This attracts new experiences that align with wherever we are vibrationally, and experiences, circumstances, relationships, and situations that are no longer in alignment with us pass out of our experience; this is the natural way of things. As new, better ways are preparing to be born, what isn’t in resonance with us in the ever-evolving palette from which we manifest is falling away easily or possibly in more vivid and dramatic ways.

Q2: Week 1: Seven of Pentacles

Now the work before us is becoming more clear, even if it feels as natural as breathing. What is in resonance with our truth emanates from within us like light from a flame: it is the light of who we are, and it cannot be hidden any longer. A shell that once contained us as we gestated is now shuddering loose and falling away. As the pieces crumble, the light shines through, from within us and from without, no longer obscured, and we realize both what it is we are capable of and who we have been all along. 

The light that comes through is truth: the truth of all that is and the truth of who we are. The manifested results can manifest as higher levels of self-awareness. This energetic movement is as powerful as plates shifting in the earth—magnificent, powerful, and game changing. The work that we do, whether on the physical or the spiritual plane, can move mountains. Once we realize what we are capable of, we are an unstoppable force. The old adage of hiding one’s light under a bushel applies; the sun would not think for a moment that it is small and insignificant—its light gives life to the world, and so does ours. 

Q3: Week 2: Ten of Wands reversed

This week is about letting go. When we release our burdens, when we release the things we have carried that are not in resonance with who we are and do not serve us for where we are going, we make room for more light to enter. Lighter, we become more of who we truly are and can move forward faster and see more clearly where it is we are meant to go. When we carry a burden, our focus is almost entirely on the burden. But once we set it down and realize it is not ours to carry, that there is no need for us to carry it, and that it does not serve us to carry it any longer, we must rest. 

Once rested, we are renewed, restored, refreshed, and we can move ahead with purpose and clarity. We are guided to set intentions to release what does not serve our highest good and trust that, even if we don’t know the full weight, nature, or extent of the burdens we carry, our inner being, allies, and guides are working with us to help us let go. When we release resistance, all things become possible. We can almost see it begin to shift. This week brings powerful transformations that begin within, that begin with the decision to let go.

Q4: Week 3: Two of Cups

Harmonious partnerships are more possible, are made stronger, and open up to us more rapidly when we have made room for them through letting go. These partnerships can be partnerships with the self (the higher self), with others on the earth plane, or with our allies in the nonphysical. We may be seeing these play out in our lives now in this number 6 year, a year of harmony and peace. We may be sensing what is on the horizon through a stronger alliance with and attunement to our senses, manifesting as a form of psychic awareness, which is actually the result of our tapping into infinite intelligence through aligning with the whole of who we are. 

We may also be seeing new partnerships manifesting, the strengthening of existing partnerships and alliances, and new personal relationships developing for us, perhaps unexpectedly. Something new is developing, and it is powerful, harmonious, and beautiful. It restores our faith and trust in ourselves and in others. It rewrites our understanding of what is possible. A new way of partnering with others is coming, and in some cases, it is the unification of energies working harmoniously with one another to create and restore balance, peace, and harmony, both within ourselves and on the planet as a whole. This aids humanity’s ascension and awakens us to greater possibilities and higher levels of being, knowing, consciousness, and awareness, both self-awareness and awareness and understanding of others through unity. 

Q5: Week 4: The World

The World is the last card in the major arcana and signifies the end of a major cycle. Something is winding to a close, and this card in the upright position indicates that we have navigated this cycle successfully and it is closing out in positive ways, perhaps with peaceful resolution. Achievements may be felt or make themselves known in the physical. If felt on the subtle levels or sensed, this may be a commendation from our higher self, allies, and guides for a job well done. We have reached new levels of attainment and are now ready to integrate the lessons we have learned. After or during this integration often follows a period of rest in which we are able to pause before moving on to the next cycle. 

We may find during this time that we are more aware, that we have moved into new levels of strength, or that our spiritual gifts are now more potent or expanded. These new understandings can manifest in different ways depending on our gifts, what we are ready for, where we are on our journey, our current experience, and the ways in which we are open to receiving, perceiving, and understanding. We may begin to experience life in different ways or realize that our perceptions or perspective has shifted. This card is often associated with fortunate endings and conclusions and we could receive a boon before moving into the next cycle. Trusting that everything is always working out for us is most beneficial to us now. 

Q6: Guidance for January: Eight of Swords

We are rising up out of the ashes, the phoenix reborn. We arise transformed, relieved of prior burdens, more self-aware than ever. We realize we cannot be trapped, even in a cycle of our own making, unless we choose it. We are breaking free of bonds; the blindfold is unfurling. We realize how free we truly are and how powerful. We are the masters of our destinies, the creators of our own realities. We devise the world of our own making and it unfolds before us, a carpet rolling out even as we perceive it. As we rise up, our vision stretches out before us, a vista expanding, and we gain the bird’s-eye view.

Now, we can soar, higher than ever before, more free and light and expanded. We fly further faster and come to understand ourselves on deeper levels than we have yet achieved in our human form. The clarity we gain from these new perspectives is the ultimate game-changer, and it is supported by the relief we have and the resulting appreciation for our freedom and our knowledge of it. We now are able to feel deeper gratitude than we would have known had we never explored the contrast. Now, our highest guidance may be to let go of the old as we rise up and let the past crumble as we soar unencumbered.