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.

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