2021: The Year According to Tarot

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Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

Six months of 2021 are represented by Major Arcana cards, which indicate karmic, life-changing, large-scale, and sometimes fated events. Think soul contracts, life purpose, and soul mission. But that is only half of the story. The rest of the year is balanced out by pip cards, which tell the story of our everyday lives. In these small moments lie choice, and choice lies with us. We are strongly guided to tune into and strengthen our connection with our intuition so that we can exercise our free will and sovereignty, and make the truest and best choices for ourselves without being swayed by outside influences or the will or opinions of others. Here’s what the cards have to say for each month ahead:

January: Five of Cups reversed

In the wake of an emotionally challenging situation (or year—ahem, 2020), we are picking up the pieces or just opening our eyes to see what lies scattered about. As we gather our senses and come back to ourselves, we look around and assess the situation, our emotions, our feelings, and consider what is whole and what lies broken. We have choices to make. How to move forward? What to mend and what to walk away from? We are guided to take time to ourselves this month for self-care and nurturing, and to really take a close, unflinching look at what serves us best right now and for the month ahead. Take your time and go within. Rest, heal, dream, and envision your brightest future. What is part of that future, and what is not? As the first month of the year, January is a time of new beginnings. This is the time to welcome new opportunities and set our sights on where we want to be and what we want to create. This is the time to consider how you want to reshape your life. Remember, you are the potter.

February: Wheel of Fortune

Now that we are clear on what we want, here comes the hand of fate ready to deliver what is due. Being that this card is in the upright position, it signifies positive, happy changes that bring momentous outcomes. Get ready for-life changing opportunities and events this month. This second month of the year brings energies of two—i.e., partnership, cooperation, and maybe even love, either rekindled or new. The Wheel of Fortune is also the number 10 card in the Major Arcana; ten brings energies of conclusions, cycles endings, completion, and fulfillment. With endings come new beginnings. This month may usher in things we never even realized we wanted as they come dropping out of our vortex and catapulting into our lives. New jobs, businesses, marriage proposals, and major life changes are all indicated this month. And remember: the less your resistance, the more you can receive. It’s time to get happy, as our joy and positive vibrations attract to us all that is good and wonderful.

March: Nine of Wands

In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Nine of Wands shows a figure, guarded and bandaged, holding a large staff as if in protection. He is wary and watchful as he protects his battlement. He has been knocked about and knows better than anyone the importance of self-protection. This month, stand your guard, stand up for yourself, reclaim your power, stand in your power, and protect what is yours. Say no. Speak up. Channel your inner warrior. You have what it takes to succeed, and you are stronger than you realize. This card also guides us to be wise, to be kind yet strong, compassionate yet powerful. Being a spirit warrior does not entail the old 3D version of the bloody, angry warrior charging ahead with a weapon of destruction; we are moving beyond and above that into intelligence, strength, personal empowerment, and wisdom. We are kind and loving, yet smart enough to know how to protect our energy. This month, tune into your powerful inner strength—you have a deep wellspring of it that lies within. Call on Archangel Michael for strength and protection.

April: The High Priestess

The High Priestess is powerful and sovereign, and guides us to tap into our inner power and sovereignty. This wise leader first leads herself. She is aligned with the truth of who she is, her divine nature, and is keenly attuned to her intuition. This card bears the number two, which further strengthens the energies of co-creation between our inner being and our earthly self. Like The Magician, which appears later this year in October, she creates her own reality and holds the power of transformation as she draws from a vast palette of resources and ingredients. In contrast to The Magician, The High Priestess creates from a soul level, from the divine aspects of herself as she attunes to her power within and draws from her inner resources. While The Magician does draw on his inner power, he tends to be more outwardly focused in his creations and manifestations. Tuning in through meditation and committing to the spiritual practices that resonate with you can summon forth hidden abilities and spiritual gifts that are ready to expand within you. As we look within, we find vast reserves of inner power, our innate gifts and abilities, and the authenticity and truth of who we are at a soul level. This figure of the divine feminine asks us to find the magic within.

May: Six of Cups

This happy, nostalgic card indicates peace, balance, joy, and generosity of heart. This month may bring an abundance of emotions in the form of emotional renewal, happiness, and a discovery of the joy we each hold in our hearts. We may have reason to celebrate this month, and we are guided to remember our past successes and know that we are capable of achieving that and so much more. Our relationships bring happiness and are a reminder that we are never alone and that we have a wellspring of support to drawn on. Our loved ones, family, and friends can be a source of support for us. While our truest and best support comes from within, this is a month of happy connections, new and renewed, that brings camaraderie and fun. Where we created happy memories in the past, we can create new and happier ones in our present and future. When we set the intention to constantly improve and elevate in every way in our lives, the universe conspires in our favor to deliver what we have asked for. It is never too early or too late to seek improvements in life. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we can be happy and fulfilled, and we can realize our greatest dreams.

June: Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups shows us turning away from something—whether a relationship, a situation, a locale, an ideology… Whatever it is, it is no longer working for us. We will know when it is time to walk away, as we can often sense energetically when something is no longer worth our time and effort. Have we put in more than we got out of it? Is it lopsided or out of balance? Are the other parties doing their part? These are some of the questions we may find ourselves asking this month. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, this card shows an empty space where, presumably, one cup had been before. We feel intuitively and emotionally when something is missing and we are guided to trust ourselves to know when it is time to try to find it and put it back where it was, to seek it elsewhere, or to look for something new altogether. This is very much a card of letting go and walking away into what is possibly the unknown. Wherever we go, when we carry the intention of honoring our highest good and seeking better for ourselves, we are establishing the energetic foundation for what will come next. It is important for us to get clear on what we do want before we walk away; writing it down grounds the energy and takes the concept from thought to manifest form or physical creation and begins a stronger momentum that allows it to grow so that it can show up in our physical experience.

July: Three of Swords

After last month’s decision to turn away from what wasn’t working, we now find ourselves doing the inner work of feeling the pain of the situation we have left and processing it. The number seven indicates shifts as we move from one energy to another. Keeping our focus clear and strong and keeping our eyes on what we want will be our guiding light this month. The phrase You have to feel it to heal it comes to mind. It serves us best to do this inner work now and clear it all out so we can create space for joy, happiness, and positivity, and welcome better situations. When we hold onto energies that do not serve us, when we do not do the work of processing and clearing the painful bits, they stay there and inform our vibration, which attracts more of the same to us. The only way out is through, in this case. Our guidance this month is to do whatever is needed—cry, journal, meditate, take salt baths, go for long walks in nature, dip in the sea, rest, engage in self-care, put on a favorite record and dance with abandon, create art—or all of it. On the other side of this, we will be a clear vessel that can hold the light. But we are a work in progress. It can benefit us this month to remember that healing isn’t a one-off project; it’s a lifetime commitment, and the results are so very worth it. We are so worth it.

August: Strength

From this period of processing and healing emotional wounds, we now begin to summon up our inner strength. Within each one of us is a deep wellspring of strength and power that comes from love, which is the strongest force in the universe. This eighth card of the Major Arcana aligns with the eighth month of the year. The number eight is, visually, the lemniscate, or infinity symbol, turned on its side. The lemniscate is a reminder of eternal life, while the number eight represents abundance and prosperity of all kinds, not just in the material realm. This makes eight a number of infinite abundance. This month, we have the Lion‘s Gate Portal, which is active from July 26 through August 12, and reaches its peak on August 8 (8/8). Get ready to absorb the powerful energies from Sirius, which beams in its magic during this time. This is a potent time of manifesting abundance and clearing our energy so we can make more room to hold the light and receive more of the abundance that is our birthright. This month, we are rewarded by setting strong intentions and writing down our goals, dreams, and desires. This month’s guidance is to sit in meditation, visualizing yourself living your desired life and achieving your goals while feeling how you would feel if you were living that life; this will help it manifest more quickly. Try doing this for 20 minutes each day beginning on July 26, or throughout the entire month of August, and see what unfolds. This card is also related to courage, persistence and determination, and overcoming weakness.

September: Queen of Wands

A card of fruitfulness and abundance, this Queen is the master of all that the suit of wands represents—will, passion, fire, drive, excitement, and manifestational abilities. The Queen of Wands knows how to use these attributes to her greatest benefit, and does so in a loving way. Compassionate, generous, loving, and kind, this queen is a masterful creator. She also represents creativity, which is linked to creation, as what we make is linked to our will. Getting creative this month and making things—whether related to the arts, business, plans, travel, or goals—can link us into this energy of manifestation. Similarly, when we reach the flow state through creative activities, we open ourselves to receive what is for our highest good. This card carries a generative force that reminds us of our ability to shape our own realities. Following last month’s Lion’s Gate Portal, this month we are guided to get into the receiving mode by opening our hearts and allowing ourselves to experience joy, fun, happiness, and any high-vibrational emotions. Getting into the flow state also helps us to be in receiving mode. The seeds of intention we have previously planted are getting ready to sprout, or they may be ready to bear fruit. This month is the time of the traditional harvest, and is a great time of receiving.

October: The Magician

The Magician is depicted in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck as having all of the tools of the trade at his disposal. He works with the forces of earth, wind, water, and fire, symbolized respectively by the pentacle, the athame, the chalice, and the wand. These elemental energies are forces of creation that are all around us, and that we can work with anytime we wish. Crystals represent the earth, feathers and incense the air, candles fire, and salt baths or goblets water; these tools aid us in working with each element. And we all have these elements within ourselves: the body is earth and contains water, the breath in our lungs is air, and our will or spirit is fire. They support and strengthen our work through their aligned energy, but ultimately, all we really need is our intention. This month we are strongly supported in our creations, in manifesting, and in taking outward action (like submitting resumes, writing down goals, drawing up business plans, and so on) to add momentum to what we are working toward. We are guided to remember that integrity is important in all we do, and that energy intended to harm another comes back on us multifold. Live and let live is a good motto to live by; we are asked to concern ourselves with our own energy, life, practice, and creations first and foremost, and focus on expanding into the highest and best versions of ourselves. This card bears the number one, which aligns with the energies of focus, manifestations, new beginnings, and fresh starts. We are supported this month and at all times in setting the intention to elevate ourselves to higher and better ways of being, thinking, and doing; when we set this intention, the universe backs us all the way.

November: Justice

In the upright position, Justice signals a happy conclusion to something in question, whether it is directly related to legal issues or to matters concerning the heart, happiness, health, or well-being. This card bears the number 11, which brings a gateway energy through which we pass to enter a new experience, phase, or cycle. The 11 energy is especially strong, as it comes through so synchronously on the eleventh month of the year. Something karmic or life-changing may be taking place for you, and the universe may be tipping the scales in your favor or making adjustments to create balance. You may be passing into a new situation that represents an energetic upleveling, as you may have successfully fulfilled a contract, agreement, or obligation of some kind. The Justice card also carries energies of receiving karmic rewards and justice being served. If you have been struggling with a situation, feel you have been treated unfairly, or have had enough of the same lessons over and over (i.e., repeating themes and cycles throughout your life), give this to the highest guidance of the universe and ask the angels and your allies for support and clarity. Requesting an end to lessons you feel you have truly learned can benefit you now. On the other hand, there may be something you are still missing that keeps bringing the same cycle around; ask for clarity and guidance on closing it out for good so you can learn what you need to learn and move on into better things.

December: The Sun

This is the happiest card in the deck, and it shows our efforts paying off. The Sun bears the number 19, which indicates the completion and fulfillment of a cycle (possibly karmic, as this is a Major Arcana card), which is now being brought to its happiest outcome. Expect brighter days ahead and a surge of confidence, inspiration, vitality, and achievements. Fame, fortune, accolades, success, and bright, happy new beginnings are all indicated now. Honors and goals fulfilled, the manifestation of dreams long dreamt, and the physical evidence of circumstances long desired are now entering your experience in the best possible way. You are receiving clarity and new understandings like never before. This card also indicates that light is being shed on new subjects, bringing you information and wisdom that can be life-changing and may open up new paths and opportunities. You could be gaining a newfound sense of self as you find a sense of surety, peace, profound joy, and deep satisfaction that will illuminate your days to come and the year ahead.

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