October: A Reading for the Collective

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If one word could sum up 2020, it’s change. As we enter October, many of us are keenly aware that there are only three months left in the year. Years are energetic containers, which is why we can look back on some years and see prominent themes that applied to that specific year. It is the same with decades—every decade seems to hold its own style, theme, and personality. One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing these monthly readings is analyzing each month and exploring what that particular segment of time, or energetic container, might hold. What’s in store for October? What will the Universe deliver over the next four weeks? Here’s what the cards have to say.

Q1: What is the overall energy of October? Ace of Swords

This month brings clarity, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. We may have breakthrough ideas. Situations that have seemed stuck, blocked, or stagnant will suddenly start moving forward with ease and flow. The floodgates may open and bring a rush of inspiration and movement—energies that The Chariot in week 2 also supports. This month, remain open to inspiration and new ways of looking at things.

Q2: Week 1 energy: The Moon

To facilitate the flow of energy the Ace of Swords heralds, The Moon tells us that we first need to look within and spend time in introspection. Introspective work is the phrase that comes to mind. We are being guided to look closely and see beyond our shadows. Often, when we really look at fears and deeply held beliefs, we realize that the fears are flimsy, mere illusions that do not serve us, and that we have moved beyond some of those deeply held beliefs into new understanding. A close look can reveal things we were not aware we were still holding onto or that we did not realize were there. This awareness allows us to process and release anything not in alignment with our highest good. This is the work—intentionally examining what we need to let go of and replacing it with new thoughts, beliefs, and intentions that do serve us. I can’t becomes I can and I am capable and I am worthy. This is the work that allows us to move forward and makes room for the breakthrough ideas and inspiration that are in the offing throughout the month. The Moon can also bring forth enhanced creative abilities, intuition, imagination, and psychic abilities.

Q3: Week 2 energy: The Chariot

The Chariot represents a fast-moving energy. Hold onto the reins this week and maintain focus as you navigate, course-correcting as needed to ensure you stay on your path. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial factors to succeeding and moving ever-closer to your goals. Realizing that we are always on a path, and the path is never-ending as every place is a stop along the way on an eternal journey, may be key to really rooting into the importance of living in the now and enjoying where you are as much as possible in every moment. When we can find the joy in the moment, we can reach for a continually better-feeling place so that we rise up and allow more good to flow into our lives. Opening up to this joy is key to receiving the good we have been asking for. Finding inner stability, a place of solace, wisdom, and groundedness, a calm center of focus is important when things are shifting and in the face of rapid movement and change. Know when to reach for the still place within, and know that it is a place you can always turn to. The ability to find the joy in the moment is a way of coming into harmony as life’s chariot hurtles onward.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Empress

The Empress celebrates beauty, creativity, and the pleasures of the material world, and finds joy in abundance. Her power as a leader can be connected to the home or to business. This week, look for themes related to feminine authority and leadership, which can include mothers and maternal figures, mature women, and female business leaders who may impact or influence you in some way. Seeds may sprout this week that you planted earlier; those that do will see growth and favorable outcomes when consistently tended and nurtured with care. This card can sometimes point to opportunities to strengthen relationships with women in your life who fit the role of The Empress; these relationships are well worth tending and yield emotional rewards. The Empress is connected to Venus, indicating that love may be on the horizon or could enter your life this week. Venus is also associated with pleasure and beauty, which may come into fruition this week in some form or another.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Page of Cups

Following on the heels of The Empress, who can represent creativity, the Page of Cups often indicates undeveloped creativity, in the form of potential creative abilities or new ideas in the beginning stages. Cups represent emotions, and pages are young and inexperienced; as such, the Page of Cups can indicate an underdeveloped self-esteem, lack of confidence, lack of boundaries, openness, or being naive. Sometimes, the page can represent a person who embodies these qualities or who is young or inexperienced. This card can point to the need to establish stronger boundaries, trust yourself more, belief in yourself, and quit looking to others for approval or permission. It can also appear when you are relying on others for validation or for happiness. If this is the case, coming back to who you are and strengthening your boundaries and your sense of self is encouraged. When this card indicates creativity and new projects, it can encourage you to develop ideas and talents. This can be done by practicing to further develop and refine skills, and by learning more about a subject. When it comes to new projects and ideas, this card can be encouragement to pursue them and to do what is needed to bring them to the next stage of development. Continually elevating ideas, projects, and talents is done one step at a time, and consistency, focus, and practice help them to bear fruit.

Guidance from the Universe for October: The Magician

The energies this month are generative and supportive of new ideas (the Ace of Swords) and undertakings (the Page of Cups and The Empress). These energies are like fertilizer, and The Magician is us—we are the ones who plant the seeds, water and tend them, and apply the fertilizer to help them grow. As creators of our own realities, we are the architects of our own lives. We call our own shots. With confidence (Page of Cups), and having done the inner work (The Moon), we strengthen our ability to manifest. We get what we expect. If we expect good things to happen to us, they will. If we are strong in the belief that, for example, everything is always working out for us, then it will. The Magician comes to remind us of these truths. Confidence, knowing, belief, and expectation are so powerful, and the Universe is letting us know that these serve us especially well this month. This year has already brought powerful, profound, and deeply life-changing manifestations, and the year is not over yet. We are living in a time of rapid manifestation. That, combined with the knowing that our thoughts create our realities, and that we have the ability to focus our thoughts, and cause energy to flow in the direction of our thinking, is everything we need to know. We always have the ability to write our own destiny, and to rewrite our beliefs simply by choosing our thoughts. The Magician is encouragement from the Universe to make the most of the powerfully supportive energies this month by focusing our will, our thoughts, and our intentions on what we want, and not giving a moment’s thought to what we don’t want.

September: A Reading for the Collective

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September brings exciting new beginnings as both fresh and long-awaited manifestations are coming into being. New partnerships and collaborations, as well as joyful celebrations with friends and community are all an important part of this month. Read on to find out what each week has in store for us, and for the guidance and overall energy that will carry us through the weeks ahead.

Q1: What is the overall energy of September? Page of Wands

The Page of Wands shows us learning to wield our power in new ways. We may be focusing on specific manifestations this month. Remembering that where thoughts go, energy flows can be useful, especially in light of the fact that what we think about informs our vibration, which in turn attracts more of the same to us. As Wands are associated with the element of fire, this suit is connected to our passion. What are you passionate about and what steps do you feel motivated to take? Paying attention to what feels good, what thrills you, can provide an indication of your next steps. This Page also indicates new beginnings and fresh starts. You may see new relationships, career-related goals, things, and circumstances that you’ve long wished for begin to show up this month. Watch as the seeds you planted, some long ago and some recently, begin to sprout. Be open to learning new things and to new possibilities. You are gaining footing in new and significant areas of your life.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Seven of Swords

A tarot reader once described this card to me as having a vacillating energy that can appear sometimes when we are caught up in indecision or when we are waffling back and forth. If you find yourself in that energy, it is important to really tune in and pay attention to your inner guidance as you lean into trusting yourself more. Watch for situations that show you areas of weakness, either in your thinking, emotions, or in your self-confidence. Believing in yourself and moving forward with inner strength, determination, and in the knowing of your worthiness brings you closer to your true inner power. Remember that you are a divine, magnificent being. You are truly powerful, and knowing your true inner strength and power opens up a world of possibilities. Life offers us a great palette of choices, and it is up to us what we choose to paint. Paying attention to what feels good can be helpful as you navigate choices; your emotional guidance system, as Abraham-Hicks refers to it, is a built-in mechanism that shows you which way to go.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Two of Cups

The Two of Cups points to emotional partnerships. This can be the co-creative partnership between you and your higher self. It can also indicate fruitful connections and emotional relationships between significant others, friends, family, co-workers, and employers. For some of you, a new job or career advancement may be on the horizon. New relationships are developing and existing ones are growing and reaching new levels. Nurturing relationships and connections is always beneficial, but especially so this week. Bonds are strengthening and deep healing may be taking place between you and others, especially in your emotional connections to one another. Honor those in your life simply by feeling into gratitude for the relationship, and that energy will not only be felt by the other, it will also be returned to you and will strengthen the energies between you.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Temperance

Be wise and practice discernment in all that you do. Connecting to your intuition and holding the intention of achieving a state of harmony will support you this week. Foster harmonious relationships by first embodying harmony in your thinking, and peace will follow. Practice patience with others and redirect your thoughts and energy toward compassion if you catch yourself in a judgmental space. Unity consciousness is important, and remembering that we all are one can be powerful; as each one of us is part of the collective, what one of us experiences is felt by all on some level. Reach for kindness and cooperation in your dealings with others, and be kind to yourself. Happy resolutions to long-stagnant situations may pleasantly surprise you. Look within this week and notice where inner growth is needed. Self-awareness is key as you navigate through life; notice where life is showing you opportunities for growth as you set your ego aside and make the decision to elevate your thinking and vibration, taking it moment by moment, situation by situation. As the number 14 card in the Major Arcana, Temperance is aligned with the creation of solid foundations: the number one indicates new beginnings and manifestations, and four carries the energies of strength, solidity, stability, and groundedness; by embodying harmony and peace, we create the outward manifestation of these, which sets us on solid ground and establishes strong foundations for our future.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Three of Cups

The Three of Cups has a celebratory energy that builds on the partnership energies of the Two of Cups from week 2, and on the energies of harmony and cooperation from week 3. This feels like a culmination of positive momentum that has been building throughout the month and reaches a happy fulfillment of celebratory energy and harmonious resolutions. This week ushers in fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and celebrations and gatherings are highlighted. Community, friends, family, and joyful collaborations are a significant part of this week. It is important to make time for happiness and fun, and allow yourself to enjoy the feelings of fulfillment. Soak in the nurturing energies of emotional warmth and joy, and allow them to strengthen and elevate your vibration. The more you raise your vibration, the higher you can soar.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for September: King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles carries the energies of power, strength, and material success. Much like the numerological interpretation of Temperance, this king also indicates solidity and stability. This is a very fortunate card to draw, and it informs the entire month of September. As the guidance card for the month, it encourages us to embody the energies and mindset this king represents. Embodiment of those energies can manifest in a variety of ways, whether that is practicing gratitude for job security, focusing on your leadership abilities, knowing that you are capable of manifesting wealth and financial security, appreciating figures of support in your life, or knowing your own strength. This card can also encourage us to take the long view and consider where investing in our future now might pay dividends later. As seeds are starting to sprout, start considering now the most fruitful outcomes and think about the highest and best possibilities for all that is becoming.

August: A Reading for the Collective

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August is the eighth month, and the number eight in numerology carries the energies of abundance and expansion. The number eight is also the symbol of eternity or infinity turned upright, and signifies eternal abundance. The lemniscate, or infinity sign, appears in the tarot above the heads of The Magician and the figure on the Strength card in prominent decks, indicating that we are eternal beings and powerful creators of our own reality (The Magician) and have access to infinite wisdom (Strength). Strength appears in the reading for the fourth week of this month. Read on to find out what August has in store for the collective.

Q1: What is the overall energy of August? Two of Pentacles

Pentacles are associated with the material realm and are closely linked to our finances, home, career, and anything having to do with physical, earthly concerns. Twos relate to balance and partnerships, and the Two of Pentacles can come as guidance to maintain balance in our finances, work, and personal life, and it can also indicate the partnerships that impact those areas. August is a month of expansion that can bring new opportunities in just about every area of our lives. This could mean work and career opportunities, promotions, recognition, travel, and new partnerships that impact our finances, career, and creative endeavors. A second source of income is possible. You may find that you need to make a choice between two options; a new job offer could find you weighing your choices to make the decision that is best for you. Maintaining a good work-life balance is important, as is keeping a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Be sure to make time for yourself and to do things that bring you joy.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Ace of Swords

New ideas and ways of thinking show up for you this week. Newfound clarity is available to you. You have access to profound wisdom and insight by simply tuning in (through meditation, prayer, or simply sitting with your thoughts and holding the intention of receiving your highest guidance). You have access to higher knowledge at all times, and especially this week as the energies are supporting expanding clarity and understanding. This week has the potential to bring breakthroughs in your understanding and powerful, lightning-strike insights. Be ready for flashes of inspiration and sudden downloads of knowledge from the universe. Call on your high-vibrational allies and ask for their support in bringing through the highest understanding and clarity that will benefit and support you at this time. Strengthening your focus and sharpening your mental acuity are also highlighted this week. Be strong and unwavering when you know something is right for you; do not allow yourself to be influenced by other ideas and opinions that are not in alignment. Hold strong to the ideas that you know are right for you. Be sharp in your thinking and clear in your speech and communication.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

Take pleasure in material comforts and in the knowing that the earth provides abundantly for all. Look to your family support system and your community in appreciation of the security and foundations they provide. The energies this week support abundance and good fortune, and new opportunities are likely to reach you now. Family, loved ones, sources of income, home, property, and land are sources of security and stability. Appreciating your foundations strengthens them. This week, set intentions for improving groundedness, stability, strengthening foundations, material comfort, and security. Look to your relationships with love, even those that are not strong, and they will be fortified, growing and healing and becoming stronger over time. Setting the intention that all relationships in your life are always strengthening, growing, and healing is powerful this week and beyond.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Knight of Wands

Expansion, positive change, relocation, shifts, and movement are all in focus this week. You may see new opportunities in terms of moving, work, and career, especially if you have set those intentions and have been actively seeking change in this area. Focusing your thoughts on what you want to manifest is always powerful, but it is key this week. This focus and clarity will help bring smooth, happy, joyful transitions and opportunities to you with ease. Entering into a flow state by connecting with your intuition and higher guidance is also highlighted, as it will help channel and direct the expanding energies into happy outcomes in a more powerful way. The energies this week are supporting joyful results, but aligning with what you desire to create guides the manifestation according to your vision. If you have been seeking adventure, this week is a good time to get away, take a vacation, or otherwise break from your usual routine.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Strength

Now is the time to channel your inner warrior. Hold strong this week, keep your boundaries secure, be self-aware, and note how your thoughts and decisions impact yourself and others. Stand strong, hold firm in your resolve, and steel your mind. Tune into your instincts. Do not be swayed by what is not right for you; do not even give it one second of your attention. Know your power. Connect to your higher self and tap into who you really are. Knowing yourself in your highest truth has a profound impact on your decisions, your understanding, and the ways in which you navigate the world. You have everything it takes to succeed. Do not take no for an answer. Go after what you want and pursue it with steady resolve until it is yours. Standing firmly in your power, you will show yourself what you are made of. Prepare to amaze yourself as you stretch and grow and expand the boundaries of what you thought was possible. By the end of this month you may be asking yourself: What limits?

Q6: Guidance from the universe for August: The Sun

The strong guidance this month is to stay focused on the positive. We are being asked to practice radical self-care by making choices that benefit us and improve our mindset and vibration. Raising our vibration allows us to show up in a more powerful way for ourselves and for others. Because your thoughts inform your vibration and draw to you whatever you are focusing on, it is so important to think about only what you want to see manifested in your life. We get to choose what we allow into our minds, and into our lives. There is plenty to focus on that is undesirable, and even more that can bring us joy. It begins with setting the intention. Our intention is so powerful because it guides the energy to wherever we are focused. Setting the intention to shift your mindset into positive thinking plants a seed that sets this change in motion. Shining a light on the thoughts that come up for us spotlights them in our awareness; if something isn’t helpful to you, noticing it helps shift it out of your awareness. You can then replace it with a preferred thought like I deserve happiness. Simply appreciating what is good raises your vibration, and there is so much to appreciate, if we only look.

June: A Reading for the Collective

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June promises to be a powerfully transformative month filled with shake-ups, endings, revelations, empowerment, expansion, and fresh starts. Here’s what the cards have to say:

Q1: What is the overall energy of June? The Tower

This is a month of endings and subsequent new beginnings. Old energies are clearing out and certain infrastructures that are no longer working and those that have weak foundations are collapsing. Out with the old and in with the new is this month’s theme. It’s time to let go of the past and release anything we have been holding onto that has kept us feeling stuck or trapped, or that has limited us in any way as we recognize and clear any self-imposed limitations. We can call on our allies and ask for their support as we set the intention to clear, release, and transmute everything that does not serve our highest good and welcome in what does.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is a card that shows us still standing after the trials, chaos, and confusion. We may be bandaged and bruised, but we have won the battle. We are still alive, stronger and wiser for the experiences we have made it through. This card shows better times ahead but advises us to remain watchful and vigilant, and to stay on our guard to ensure we remain safe as we protect ourselves and those we love. This week, protect your energy and the energy of your home as well as your physical safety. Visualizing energetic barriers surrounding you and your loved ones is a recommended daily practice; call on Archangel Michael to assist you with strengthening this forcefield of protection. You can set up similar protections around your dwelling.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Cups

In a natural progression from the nine to the ten, the Ten of Cups shows us advancing beyond the energies represented by the Nine of Wands as we embrace emotional fulfillment, happiness, and abundance. We celebrate the joys of life and revel in the beauty that fills our hearts and surrounds us in the form of home, family, friends, peace of mind, joy, and the myriad other ways fulfillment can manifest for us. This card can indicate that we will see significant improvements in our situation and that things are shifting for us, and it also reminds us that we attract what we believe and think about; the more we recognize the abundance all around us and appreciate the things we have, the more those things will come to us. To assist us in protecting our energy and our living spaces, a positive, high-vibrational mindset supports us by attracting the good things in life.

Q4: Week 3 energy: King of Wands

This king is a leader who is passionate about his purpose and successful in all that he undertakes to do. This card shows success, fortune, and good things coming our way this week. The king can represent a person in your life who represents the qualities of the King of Wands; this can be an honest employer or leader, someone who is fair, wise, and kind. It can also show these qualities developing in you and indicate success in leadership as you spread your wings with confidence, knowing that you have what it takes to lead with skill, competence, honesty, wisdom, and fairness. Wands are aligned with the fire element and indicate manifestation, passion, and purpose.

Q5: Week 4 energy: The Sun

By the end of the month, many of us will see expansion, new opportunities, growth, freedom, and abundance. The sun is shining upon us, and life is good. We are enjoying the fullness of our lives and feeling fulfilled in many ways. We are seeing growth and the manifestation of the things we have been working toward creating as we build a better life for ourselves, fully supported by the Universal energies and our team in spirit. This card indicates unbridled happiness and joy, clarity, vitality, achievement, success, and confidence. We can make the most of this week’s energies by lining up with them vibrationally. It can be helpful to remember that we are able to receive only as much as we believe we can. If you don’t believe something is possible, it isn’t; if you believe that it is possible for you, then it is. We are powerful creators, divine beings who set the course of our own lives with our intention and our beliefs.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for June: Four of Cups reversed

The Four of Cups tells us it would be to our greatest benefit this month to rest, to take time for ourselves, and to find a retreat. This could be in the form of daily walks, long baths, journaling, or meditation. It asks us to consider what is making us feel drained and what we can release, whether situations, commitments, or relationships that are no longer serving us. This month, we can ask ourselves questions like, What are we better without? What isn’t working for us? What is causing us undue stress? What saps our energy? What do we dread doing? This month, remember that you cannot give from an empty cup and prioritize your emotional well-being over all else, because it informs everything in your life. Go within and seek guidance from the Universe and your allies. Pay attention to your emotional guidance system; it’s your built-in compass and is there to help you navigate through life. What feels right? What sparks joy when you think about it? That may be the natural next step for you.

I am so excited to see what this month will bring! When I think about what’s ahead, I feel almost giddy with joy. That must be because a part of me knows that something good is coming. Better things, positive changes, are on the horizon. Sometimes it can be helpful to remember that certain situations can be blessings in disguise. When things don’t turn out as planned, it can be because there is something better in store for us, or that the circumstances are causing us to expand, grow, and learn, or the Universe is steering us toward better outcomes than we had planned. Be open to what comes your way, and follow the path of least resistance. Find things to enjoy in life, and let yourself experience freedom, if only in your heart and mind.

May: A Reading for the Collective

If anything, this year has brought plenty by way of change. Here’s what the cards have to say about the month of May.

Q1: What is the overall energy of May? Queen of Pentacles

This queen rules the earthly realm and is a caretaker related to domesticity, finances, home and family, and all things material. She can also represent earthly pleasures and creature comforts of all kinds. This card indicates a focus on life’s necessities, on having what we need and procuring resources. It speaks to our financial well-being and prosperity, and all concerns related to these. As we continue to be homebound, it makes sense that our focus is on hearth and home, on providing for ourselves and those we care for, and ensuring our material and domestic needs are met. This card can also represent a motherly figure or caretaker of some kind, someone who is ensuring the comfort, well-being, and safety of those in her charge. Be sure to show her some extra love, kindness, and appreciation this month. And how appropriate; in the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10. This card is also related to Mother Earth, who provides for us in abundance every day of our lives. Let’s show her some extra love, too.

Q2: Week 1 energy (May 1-7): Seven of Cups

It’s interesting that in April’s reading, the week 4 card was also the Seven of Cups. This energy continues into the first week of May. This card is inward-looking and is very much about visualizing our desired outcomes. It’s a strong message to keep focusing on what we want and to keep visualizing, to keep daydreaming, as this is keeping our vibration at the desired state. Manifesting a better living situation? Spend time daily visualizing where you would rather be: see it, feel it, live it, breathe it, and otherwise fully immerse yourself in that place. This will keep your vibe high and help you to manifest what you want. Abraham-Hicks teaches that the Universe doesn’t know whether we are in the state at which we are vibrating or not; the Law of Attraction doesn’t make that distinction—it simply delivers whatever we are a vibrational match to.

Q3: Week 2 energy (May 8-14): Knight of Pentacles

Whereas knights can be messengers or can represent movement, this knight appears to be stalled. Money may be delayed or finances can be held up in some way. A message may be on its way to you but there could be delays or unforeseen circumstances preventing its timely delivery. Just know that it is on its way to you. If you start to feel discouraged, find something to celebrate. Celebrate your wins, your successes thus far. Acknowledge how far you have come and take heart in the fact that what you want is on its way to you, and that a world of possibilities is open to you, not just in the immediate future, but always, throughout your life. Trust the Universe and your internal guidance to help you navigate and show you the way to where you want to be. This knight can also come as encouragement to be steadfast and resolute, to not give up on our goals. He can indicate that we may be seeing gains but they are not as significant or rapid as we would like them to be. In that respect, we may best be served by continuing in practicality, focus, and unwavering determination.

Q4: Week 3 energy (May 15-21): Eight of Pentacles

This month is so focused on material needs, and it’s no wonder. We are all experiencing a collective upheaval that is rare enough. These unusual cirumstances place material concerns at the forefront, and the Eight of Pentacles indicates a welcome reprieve. It shows us reaping rewards for work well done. This is a card of material accomplishment, achievement, gain, and increase. This week, let’s focus on staying in receiving mode and not give attention to what isn’t there for us yet or what we don’t have, but instead appreciate what we do have, and find joy in every way possible. When you let go and give yourself over to laughter or a joyful conversation with friends or to hours lost in creative pursuits, it opens you up to receiving everything you’ve been asking for.

Q5: Week 4 energy (May 22-31): King of Swords

This king is pointing at all of the other cards for this month, and he is closest in proximity to the Eight of Pentacles; it looks as though he is pointing directly at it, as if to say, I brought this forward. And indeed he may have, or may be. The King of Swords can be a judge, justice, lawyer, legal figure, or decision-maker of some kind, and he can also represent someone who is in the arena of communication and thought who is further up the scale, a leader in his field. This figure may have an impact on your life in some way, and he may be directly related to bringing forth the financial abundance and rewards indicated in the Eight of Pentacles. On a practical level, this can indicate a raise, new job, promotion, award, recognition, or legal ruling in your favor. It can also come as advice to take charge of a matter, especially regarding paperwork, contracts, or legalities, or to step into a position of leadership.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe: Wheel of Fortune

Whereas the Minor Arcana cards, which comprise all the other cards in this reading, indicate earthly matters—transient and temporal concerns that are passing through our lives, rather impermanent in the grand scheme of things—the Major Arcana, of which The Wheel of Fortune is a part, indicate karmic and universal forces at play. The Wheel of Fortune’s upright position in this reading tells us that there will be a major turn of events in our favor, and essentially, that fortune is smiling upon us. Things really are always working out for us. Even when circumstances look grim, we can ask what they are there to teach us. This card is an indicator that a major upswing is taking place for us, which, being that this month is so pentacle-heavy, could have to do with earthly concerns and matters material. Being that this is a reading for the collective, this upswing is taking place on a broader scale. This card indicates that there will be a major shift and events are turning in our favor.

It may be worth noting that, in the image above, after I arranged the cards in place, a band of sunlight made its way across them before I took the photo. Note that, in the weekly energy reading cards for this month, the sunlight seems to increase at it spans across those four cards, becoming widest as it reaches the fourth week’s card. The Universe communicates with us in all sorts of ways, and this lovely visual metaphor is no exception. It indicates that the light is increasing througout the month of May, expanding us in our own truth and light, and bringing more light, hope, happiness, and promise into our lives as the month goes on. Thank you, Universe.

April: A Reading for the Collective

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Last month’s expansion arrived in unexpected ways, yet here we are in the midst of a powerful collective shift. Here’s what April’s energy has in store.

Q1: What is the overall energy of April? Knight of Cups

There is a focus overall on interpersonal relationships, our interactions with others—those who are close to us and to the community at large—and the impact one person can make. As a collective, we have begun to come back to what matters as we remember the value of the people in our lives. Those in isolation have had the time and opportunity to explore their emotions—to process, clear, and release, and to get in touch with themselves on deeper levels than before. Those sequestered with family, friends, and loved ones have been able to explore an emotional range and to deal with challenges that have helped them to understand more about themselves and others.

This is a chance to heal wounds, to clear and let go of the past, to reconnect with each other from the heart, and to reconnect with our own hearts. As we heal, we can begin to lift up the people around us. Some may be in the midst of an emotional journey that has pushed them past their boundaries into expansion that may not always feel like expansion, that may not always be pleasant or pretty or comfortable. When strong emotions come to the fore, it’s an opportunity to sort things out and to heal so that we can emerge on the other side stronger, wiser, understanding ourselves on deeper levels, and more in charge of ourselves and our emotions.

Q2: Week 1 energy (April 1-7): The Star

There is a light in the darkness. This is the light at the end of the tunnel. We are beginning to find hope, to see the new beginnings that are just on the horizon. As this hope spreads, it brings continually increasing joy, optimism, and awareness that assist in our expansion. As this light dawns, we realize the beauty that surrounds us, and the wealth of possibilities that lay ahead, that are ours if only we choose to make use of them.

Q3: Week 2 energy (April 8-14): Death

Something significant is coming to an end. Because this is a Major Arcana card, it indicates something karmic is on its way out. This week will see closure and there is a certain sense of finality. We can begin to breathe a sigh of relief, because this is a welcome change that allows growth, rebuilding, and restructuring. The image of emerging from a cave feels significant, as we are exiting a place of shelter and emerging into the light. The cave is like a womb and we are being reborn. We enter into a new world, a new energy. We look around us with new appreciation, with fresh eyes, as we literally begin re-visioning. This is a divine reset. We realize on deep levels the significance of the world in which we find ourselves, and how precious are our planet and our resources. We begin to realize the significance of ourselves, the decisions we make, and the impact our choices have on the world we live in.

Q4: Week 3 energy (April 15-21): Page of Pentacles

This is a time of beginning anew on the material plane. We realize we have an opportunity for a fresh start as we consider our new beginnings and the resources at our disposal. Where to start? We begin to make assessments and consider the possibilities, surveying the new landscape as we prepare to lay the groundwork. This is also a time of picking up the pieces. After the tower crumbles, someone must come in to gather up the fallen pieces and rebuild the new structure. Sometimes it’s better to level it all and start over with a new plan. This time, we can build a stronger tower.

Q5: Week 4 energy (April 22-30): VII of Cups

Set goals, dream, and envision your life the way you want it to be. Find the best version of yourself, see it in your mind’s eye, and hold your attention there. According to Law of Attraction teacher Abraham-Hicks, “You are more productive by doing fifteen minutes of visualization than from sixteen hours of hard labor.” This week, spend time in appreciation and gratitude and make it a point to surround yourself with whatever makes you happy. Find any excuse to be joyful. Laugh, dance, play music, get creative, and let your heart soar. These high-vibrational emotions will bring about powerful shifts and forward momentum for all the things you desire to create in your life.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe: VIII of Cups

The strong message here is to turn away from the old ways, from the modes of thinking and being and doing that no longer serve you or society as a whole. If it doesn’t work, don’t give your attention to it; don’t support it in any way, even by thinking about it. Instead, turn toward what is working by giving your thought, energy, and attention to how you want things to be. This is a time of powerful energetic shifts. The tower is collapsing as weak foundations, structures, and ways of life are crumbling to make way for stronger foundations and better ways of thinking, being, and doing, ways that serve us better, that serve our planet better, and that are sustainable. The new ways are generative, not destructive. They support growth and forward movement, and are building something lasting for the future. Now is the time to build foundations upon which future generations can thrive. This is done energetically first, because everything is energy. A building begins with an idea, and from that idea a blueprint is created, and from that blueprint a structure is built that will be used for generations to come.

March: A Reading for the Collective

Here we are, already in March! This year seems to be zipping by at lightning speed. With the first day of March being preceded by a leap day, we are hurtling toward powerful expansion, supported by universal energies to connect to our truth and our divine nature, and to stand firmly in our empowerment.

With so much exciting energy flowing all around us, I felt moved to do a reading for the collective for this month. The three Major Arcana cards that appear for three out of the four full weeks in March indicate that significant changes are happening that are life-altering and possibly karmic.

Q1 (Ten of Cups): What is the overall energy of March?

This month will be filled with joy and emotional fulfillment. This card also says that feeling into our joy brings us further expansion. This month will bring harmonious changes and developments. Abundance and celebrations are highlighted. There is much to be grateful for.

Q2 (The Emperor): Week 1 energy (March 1-7):

The Emperor tells of material success and leadership. He is in a powerful position but he is wise and fair, intelligent and responsible. He represents solidity and security in the material, financial, and business/career sectors. He can represent an authority figure in your life who impacts you in a positive, supportive way. This can indicate moving up in your career, getting a raise, a new job, or a successful outcome for you in matters of law.

Q3 (Three of Pentacles): Week 2 energy (March 8-14):

Flowing nicely from The Emperor, the Three of Pentacles shows you excelling in your work, receiving recognition for a job well done, and achieving rewards and satisfaction. You are skilled, and your work is being recognized and bearing fruit. You enjoy expressing yourself through creativity, you enjoy what you do, and others enjoy what you create. Your work and ideas are profitable and this week, you could see an increase in income and more work coming in.

Q4 (The High Priestess): Week 3 energy (March 15-21):

The High Priestess is depicted in the Rider-Waite deck sitting between two pillars, one black and the other white, signifying duality–that of the inner and outer self, the material world and the spiritual, light and dark. She encourages us to look within, to tune to our own perception and inner guidance, to examine our hidden talents, and consider what may be coming to light. Something is gestating that will soon emerge into being. This week, spending time in meditation, contemplation, and journaling will pay off in meaningful ways.

Q5 (The Hierophant): Week 4 energy (March 22-28):

Like The Emperor, The Hierophant is in a position of supreme leadership, but he is a spiritual authority where The Emperor is a figure of worldly power. The Hierophant can represent a guide figure, traditions, or a religious institution that will play a significant role in this week’s unfolding. Upright, this card indicates you are benefiting in some way or are being supported by institutions, that you are ascending to a position of leadership within such an institution, or that you are or are becoming a spiritual leader, teacher, or authority.

Q6 (Eight of Wands): Guidance from the Universe:

This card says keep moving! You are going places and life is rising up to meet you. Embrace all of the excitement and new experiences this action-packed month has for you. This is a busy time and you may even take a whirlwind trip or two. Seize the day; seize the moment! Expect rapid-fire changes, sudden advancements and progress, split-second decisions, and opportunities coming to you from out of the blue. Everything is going really well for you! This promises to be an exciting, inspirational month. Flow with the changes.

For the Collective: A Reading for Right Now

This reading is all about about manifestation, about creating what it is we desire, about constantly moving toward what we want and away from what we don’t. It is about focusing our thoughts and standing strong in our beliefs and in our knowing of who we are and in the unequivocal understanding of our own true power so that we can manifest our desired results.

It’s interesting that the first card to fall out for this spread represents the current moon phase, indicating that what follows is significant to the collective for the energies as they are right now. The first thing that strikes me about these cards is all of the generative energy—not just the Page of Wands and the Knight of Wands, but also The Magician holding his wand and the Page of Swords wielding his sword. This speaks to new beginnings as well as manifestation, which starts with our thoughts and beliefs. 

Read from the top row, left to right, this current phase is one in which we are learning to use our willpower, learning how to be better creators of our own reality. These energies are represented by the Page of Wands—who is blindfolded, looking inward and trusting his instincts as he ventures into the brave unknown of creating and manifesting in his world. He leads to the Knight of Wands, who brings good news, perhaps regarding manifestations coming into being and new opportunities, and the Three of Wands, which signifies manifestation, dreams becoming reality, developing goals and seeing them manifest in the physical realm. Two of the wands on this card are, significantly, set apart together on the right side of the card, symbolizing the co-creative partnership between you and your inner being, which brings about a physical manifestation, represented by the third wand on the left side of the card. 

On the bottom row, the Page of Swords has the skills he needs to succeed but he is still learning how to implement that knowledge in the real world. This page encourages us to set goals, branch out, and test ourselves by learning new things and thinking in fresh and different ways, approaching what we do with new methodologies and applying them on a practical level. It could also indicate beginning a new career or project that has to do with ideas and communication. This card encourages us to learn as much as we can, to study and gain practical knowledge as well as wisdom, and put those skills and new knowledge to use to give us the greatest chances for success. The sword represents thought and focus, and in regards to manifestation, focused thought is key.

Focusing only on what we want brings about the desired results, as The Magician knows. He wields his wand with confidence, looking toward his goals, knowing that he is manifesting them. He reminds us that confidence is key in bringing about our desired results. Where the page above him is just learning how manifest, The Magician is the more experienced and mature version that the page will ultimately become. This master manifestor is significantly positioned beneath the page, supporting him much like our higher selves support us.

The King of Cups is in touch with his emotions. He is inward-looking like the Page of Wands, but he is the still more mature version, the page all grown up. This king is thoughtful, wise, and loving. He can represent a supportive figure in our lives or he can be a symbolic archetype, urging us to master our emotions, not letting them overwhelm us, but rather encouraging us to take a deep dive into our emotional terrain to fully understand and process and work through everything it is that we are feeling, to clear out and release what doesn’t belong, what is holding us back, and to get in touch with our emotions and our emotional guidance system so we understand that when we are feeling negative emotions, it is an indicator that we need to recalibrate—possibly by exploring and clearing old beliefs and energies and always to get into alignment with our all-knowing inner being.

In this way, we can navigate our thoughts and our emotions, releasing ourselves from limiting beliefs, which are represented by The Eight of Swords. This card shows us in a prison of our own making, the imprisonment of self-imposed beliefs and thoughts that constrain us, that keep us from moving forward and manifesting our desires. It is significant that this eight appears under the Three of Wands, an indicator that we are blocking our manifestations with resistant beliefs. 

This reading indicates a progression, a journey of manifestation. We start off blindfolded, feeling our way through life, then at some point, for some of us, the blindfold is removed and we face things head-on, as the Knight of Wands is here looking directly outward, facing the audience, as it were. In the next step of this progression, we begin looking toward what we want to create in our reality, as here, the Page of Swords looks toward The Magician as he learns and gains wisdom and begins to manifest with ease, and The Magician in turn looks toward the older, more experienced King of Cups, who understands that emotions are everything. The King of Cups is who we become when we reach maturity as truly masterful manifestors. This king knows that we get what we feel; we attract what we are vibrating at, limited only by our thoughts and beliefs. The goal as powerful creators of our own reality is to be unlimited, or rather, to realize that we already are unlimited, and to break free from the thought-prisons of our own making, to release ourselves from the self-imposed constraints of our own beliefs. 

Abraham-Hicks teaches that there are two ways to go about manifesting something—the hard way and the easy way. The former is accomplished by hard work and effort, which is slow going, often exhausting, and brings about minimal results. The easy way is to let go of all resistance in the form of self-limiting beliefs and thinking along the lines of we don’t deserve something or we can’t have it or it’s beyond our reach, and fully trusting, fully knowing, fully believing, and fully allowing everything that we want, being 100% in receiving mode. This state of complete allowing lets everything we want to flow to us.

Because we create our own realities, we get what we believe; we get what we focus on. When we free ourselves from self-limiting beliefs by truly knowing our own power, understanding that we are creators and divine, remembering that we are one of One, that we create our own realities, and stand strong and true in that knowledge, we manifest whatever it is we are focusing on, whatever that may be. 

February: A Very Manifestational Month

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the second month of 2020! It’s going by so fast, with so many changes happening, both energetically and on the physical level. The energy feels like the VIII of Wands, as we are hurtling toward our destinations, whether we know where we are going or not, with a fast-moving energy that is supporting us in creating the lives we desire, manifesting our goals, and bringing to fruition all that we have been focusing on.

February is a “2” month, indicating partnerships, alliances, and alignment: the alignment of you with your inner being, your co-creative partnership with your higher self. It is also a month where new relationships of all kinds–professional, platonic, romantic, and spiritual–are coming into being and forces are uniting to bring together their unique power in a single, focused mission or intent that strengthens the collaboration. The forces together are stronger than they are separately, and their unity creates a force all its own that combines the strengths, attributes, and energies of the disparate parts.

With so much energy moving so rapidly, there is a fine line between surrender and maintaining focus. While on the one hand, it can be important to direct these energies so that we don’t lose focus, surrendering and allowing are key. We can maintain a healthy balance by keeping our sights set only on what we want, by keeping our minds focused there and not giving any attention to circumstances or conditions that are undesirable, which keeps the desired results active in our vibration and attracts more of the same to us (thank you, Law of Attraction!).

At the same time, we need to be in receiving mode, allowing our manifestations to enter our lives in physical, tangible form. When we laugh and experience moments of joy, appreciation, and gratitude, we let it in, releasing resistance and feeling fully the wholeness of who we are. This month, take pleasure in the fact that you are a being of light and abundance, that this is your divine nature, and enjoy the fact that you create your own reality. Your vibration, your emotions, and your beliefs are something you have complete control over. Isn’t that nice to know?