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.

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