January: The Month According to Tarot

January tarot reading
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

As we begin a new year with a clean slate and set intentions for the days ahead, we are supported in our desires. This month sees the seeds we have planted gathering momentum for the manifestation of wonderful opportunities, collaborations, and partnerships. Setting the stage for us to kick off 2023 in the best way possible means preparing energetically, getting clear about what we want, and launching into what comes next from a place of greater harmony and stability. 

Q1: Overall energies of January: King of Pentacles & Ten of Cups

The King of Pentacles, when representing a person, is often someone in a position of power and authority. Here, that figure or energy is offering tremendous fulfillment and joy via the Ten of Cups. This combination can indicate a financial or career opportunity. These energies are indicated throughout the entire month of January, when they will be growing, developing, and gathering momentum for our tremendous benefit and long-lasting success and enjoyment. There is a wonderful opportunity here that may be developing rather quickly. We can support it by strengthening our confidence and self-belief, and by knowing our value and worthiness, expecting only success and continuous improvements for ourselves. 

Q2: Week 1: The Hanged Man

The start of the new year beckons a pause and comes, perhaps, with encouragement to see things from a different perspective. We could benefit from finding new ways of looking at situations and considering different angles, as well as pausing to consider the choices we can make for the year ahead that feel in alignment and that will benefit us in the days to come. Taking time to rest, relax, recharge, and refresh our energies can set a positive tone for the new year. Now is the time to set new intentions and do the inner work of shoring up our belief in our ability to succeed in all we desire. 

Q3: Week 2: Six of Pentacles

Six is a number of harmony and pentacles, representing the material realm, make the Six of Pentacles a card of stability and harmonious influences on the home front and in relationships, career, and finances. We are attracting new opportunities and strengthening our material stability. Relationships may see renewed or deepening commitment, and we may experience strengthening connections all around, we well as overall improved confidence, happiness, inner peace, and stability. Finding a sense of fun and engaging in joy-bringing activities can support positive manifestations and developments this week and beyond. 

Q4: Week 3: Two of Wands

Two elements or forces are coming together. When they unite, they create a synergy that ultimately generates a third, unique aspect. The Two of Wands sometimes indicates collaborations with fruitful  results, whether partnerships with others or with the higher self. We may find ourselves connecting the dots this week in many ways, and we can expect things to fall into place and begin to move forward. We may also be connecting with new ideas that we can bring forward to benefit ourselves and others. Creative collaborations, new projects, and career opportunities may start flowing in now.

Q5: Week 4: Ace of Pentacles

The Ace of Pentacles often indicates a new project or opportunity, as well as a new source of income. Something is on offer, ready and waiting for us to accept it. The new opportunities that the previous weeks have hinted at are coming forward in manifested form now. Expecting them, believing they will come, is a powerful way of ensuring their arrival. New ideas that feel exciting are always worth pursuing, and we can breathe life into them by believing in their success. Even small, consistent efforts we make toward a larger goal add up to something bigger in the long run. Taking time each day to work toward our dreams—writing a bit in the morning or evening on a book or business plan, working on a painting a little each day, taking fifteen minutes daily to visualize ourselves living and experiencing our dreams—means we are adding more momentum to our goals and they are gradually gathering force. 

Q6: Overall guidance for January: Eight of Wands & The Lovers

A beautiful romance or partnership is coming in quickly, fast and hot! Going with the flow and allowing ourselves to experience the exhilaration and pleasure of the experiences that are available to us now is a way of allowing the momentum to gather steam. The guidance now is to not slow down the energies by second guessing or doubting, and to leave anything that is not positive out of the equation completely to ensure the best and most fruitful possible experience. Allowing ourselves to feel completely the exquisite joy we were meant to experience will yield amazing results. This may indicate the love of a lifetime. For those already in committed relationships, a renewal of vows or rekindling of romance may be indicated. This lovely duo can also indicate a very promising and important career or creative opportunity, collaboration, or partnership.

2023: A Look at the Year Ahead

2023 Annual Tarot Reading
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The annual reading is a spread that takes a look at what the year ahead holds by exploring the energies of each month. Fully six of the cards for 2023 are from the Major Arcana, signifying major life changes. Sometimes it’s good to have a reminder that change can be positive, neutral, or negative, and we can choose to embrace or resist it, but going with the flow can make for a smoother ride. There may be a lot of opportunities coming up for us that we don’t want to miss, and some choice points as we figure out where we want to go next. 

January: Four of Pentacles

Where the suit of pentacles represents the material realm—encompassing home, family, career, finances, and material resources—fours represent stability. We may be seeking or finding greater stability this month. This is a great time to expand or start a business, seek new clients, begin a training or educational path, explore investments, purchase a home, change jobs or career, and say yes to new opportunities. Paying close attention to the opportunities that feel resonant can guide us to greater satisfaction and fulfillment. Things are not always what they seem; giving the unexpected a chance can lead us down a happy road.

February: The Magician

You create your own reality and the world is a vast palette with infinite ingredients just waiting for you to mould and shape them into your heart’s desires. Exploring a few questions can lend insight: What are you letting in? What are you blocking or resisting? Finding ways to come into stronger alignment with our innermost self can open the valve, so to speak, to let in more of what we have been asking for. The Magician knows their power and strength, and they expect things to go well for them. Positive beliefs and expectations are powerful and act as magnets that draw to us similar energies and experiences.

March: Nine of Cups

Following on from last month’s Magician, the Nine of Cups indicates fulfillment and an abundance of resources. This may indicate something arriving this month or that is waiting for us to be ready to receive it. Finding things that lift us up and bring us joy, peace, and happiness is a powerful way to reach a place of receptivity. There is a celebratory energy this month that we can tap into. Knowing that we are worthy and deserving of all we desire and believing that the good things we want will happen for us can help align us to their energies and creates a conduit through which they can flow to us. 

April: Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles can herald recognition for a job well done and increase coming to us as a result of the work we do, whether creative or career-related. New projects are fruitful and this month may see us reaping the rewards of past efforts. Seeds we planted earlier are sprouting and ready for us to harvest. There is tremendous abundance available to us. Thanks to our focus and determination, and our commitment to the task at hand, wonderful opportunities are arriving. Remembering that alignment is more powerful than hard work can serve us well this month. It is through our connection to our higher self that we can receive inspired action, which is the most powerful action we can take. 

May: Knight of Swords

The first of two knights in a row, the Knight of Swords signifies a fast-moving energy that may bring a message. Wielding his sword, he cuts through anything that is unnecessary. In addition to being the bearer of a message and swift action, he can also represent outside influences that may present a challenge. Our guidance may be to stay the course and to strengthen our focus, knowing that we are always, inevitably, heading toward the destination we have set for ourselves. The only mystery is the path we will take to reach it.

June: Knight of Cups

Another messenger knight, the Knight of Cups can herald change, romance, or travel. This knight is typically associated with immaturity and frivolity and can encourage us to live in the moment, to do what is fun, and to allow ourselves to experience what thrills us. There need not always be strings attached, and in matters of the heart, we may experience something or someone fun and exciting who is not necessarily after commitment or anything long term. Entering new situations with the mindset of enjoying them for what they are without any further expectations can serve us well.

July: Two of Swords

This card often represents a choice point, and the need to look within to make a decision. What is right for us? What will serve us best? Which choice feels better? The suit of swords is associated with thought and the mental realm, but logic isn’t always the best determiner of outcomes. Paying attention to how something makes us feel and going in the direction of what lights us up or just feels better is a way of following our built-in emotional guidance that flows from the higher self. Relaxing and loosening our grip from the problem can allow the solution to arrive.

August: The Tower

Something is ending, and it is good that it does. The tower crumbles because it is not structurally sound; it is no longer safe and cannot support itself or those who wish to enter it. The infrastructure collapses because it is weak. It is time to let go, make our peace with something, and move on. One way of doing this is to focus on the better that we want to see in its place, the stronger, sturdier, stabler structure. The building is the fun part: what do we want it to look like? How will it be improved? How will it serve us? Visualizing the new and aligning with it can help us to move forward in productive ways.

September: Wheel of Fortune

The wheel is turning in our favor. Change, good fortune, and unexpected turns of events are indicated. Something is getting ready to manifest and we may see it come through this month. The universe is always conspiring on our behalf, and it’s time let it in. The path of least resistance is a way universal energies prepare us to move into what we’ve been asking for. Allowing ourselves to go with the flow and letting go of the desire to control outcomes can be just what is needed to allow us to step into that better place and experience the improvement we seek.

October: Ten of Wands reversed

Releasing burdens makes way for the better to arrive. A holdover from August’s tower card, there still may be some brush that needs clearing. This may refer to a cluttered vibration. Where we are holding onto the past or find ourselves remembering the past, we can choose to shift our thoughts, which directly inform our vibrational output, so that we are focusing on the good and anything we can find to appreciate. Imagining ourselves living the life we desire can be a good way of shifting our focus, clearing up our vibration, and bringing us into alignment with what we wish to manifest. Our thoughts inform our reality.

November: Temperance

Temperance is a card of balance, moderation, patience, and inner growth. This card may encourage us to seek ways to foster our inner growth, which informs our outward reality and the experiences we attract. It may also be encouragement to slow down, take more time for ourselves, and allow ourselves the space of quiet moments in which we simply breathe, relax, and be. Profound healing can happen in that space, which is also a place of energetically resetting.

December: The Hermit

This is the time to go within, to integrate some of the wisdom we’ve gained in recent months. Beginning with August’s Tower card, followed by October’s reversed Ten of Wands and last month’s Temperance, we may have experienced major shifts that we would now benefit from processing and integrating in order to find a place of inner peace. Sometimes, it’s a matter of giving ourselves the space to think and process what has transpired so we can make sense of things and clear mental clutter, preparing the way for more productive thinking and improved focus.

Energies of the Year: Justice

Seeking and finding harmony and balance are indicated throughout 2023. This year may see us experiencing tremendous change and growth, and we are advised to seek stability and balance, to stabilize in the positive aspects of our lives and in our growth. This paves the way for more growth and better outcomes, ensuring that the good will last and become even better.

December: The Month According to Tarot

December tarot spread featuring the Soul Cards deck by Kristine Fredheim.
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

December is an introspective month, one in which we may find ourselves on a healing journey. We are so very supported by the loving universal energies that are all around us and we’re encouraged to allow that guidance to come through. The cards show us dealing with grief, pain, hurt, loss, or disappointment and working through the emotions to move on and learn what we can from what we’ve experienced. As we shift out of the lower vibrations and move up the emotional scale into a better-feeling place, we find peace, healing, and resolution. This month holds the opportunity for tremendous inner growth and we’re encouraged to do the inner work to allow the powerful transformations to take place within us.

Q1: Overall energies of December: Temperance

Seeking balance, harmony, peace, and resolution is the name of the game this month. We may benefit from moderation and patience. Doing so can promote our inner growth. We are reminded that our outward reality is a reflection of our inner one. 

Q2: Week 1: Nine of Swords

This card says we may be feeling tormented or agonizing over a situation, whether past, present, or future. We are reminded that diamonds are formed under pressure. Through grief and trials, we can transform our pain into something exquisite. For those who are creative, the guidance may be to turn that pain into art. Others may seek to channel this energy into healing and inner transformation. 

Creating, and allowing the creative force to flow through us in whatever way resonates for us, brings forth life-giving energies that also bring us healing and growth. Through the creative process, we may receive deeper understandings and increased awareness—what some may call downloads. Allowing new knowledge to arrive to us can promote our understanding and awareness, paving the way for a better, brighter future. 

Q3: Week 2: Five of Cups

This card encourages us to find a way to move on from loss and disappointment. The Five of Cups often depicts a solitary person, someone who appears to stand alone in their grief and sadness. Five is a number that indicates change and this card encourages us to find things that bring us joy or a break from the ordinary to help us shift the energies. This can help us to shake off the stagnant energies and move up and out of a challenging situation. The next challenge may be to leave behind the past for good, rather than continuing to return to it in our thoughts. The grass is greener where we water it. 

Q4: Week 3: The Hermit

Going within and doing the inner work can help us tremendously after the pain, loss, disappointment, and sadness indicated in the first two weeks of the month. Rather than staying focused on, and therefore giving more energy to, negative feelings, we are guided to find ways to shift the energy. There are many ways to do this, some of them being walks in nature, meditation, journaling, writing, making art, listening to music, playing an instrument, running or physical exercise, or anything that brings you to a flow state. This promotes our healing and provides us with greater clarity and understanding. As we open up to improved feelings, we can find a greater sense of our own value and worthiness and can ground into self love. 

Q5: Week 4: The World

As the last card of the Major Arcana, The World symbolizes completion and fulfillment. We’ve reached the end of the journey that began with The Fool, the first card of the Major Arcana. Inherent in this achievement are mastery and wholeness. In light of the cards for weeks one through three this month, the appearance of The World is significant. It indicates that you’ve done the work and have gone through pain and challenges to reach a place of healing, self knowledge, balance, stability, and self love. You are now ready to enter the next phase of life, greeting it as a better version of yourself and therefore welcoming, in the most fruitful and enriching way, what comes next. 

Q6: Overall guidance for December: Four of Wands

Four is a number of balance and stability, and as we go through challenging and difficult situations, we are guided to find a stable place within ourselves as well as in our external environment. Finding stability and security can bring us a sense of support, which can be crucial when our internal landscape is shifting. Finding a space of your own, a quiet place in which you can journal, create, process, decompress, and just be by yourself can be an important factor in allowing restoration, deep healing, and positive vibrational shifts to take place and to integrate.