January: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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This month brings groundbreaking changes. The plates are shifting beneath our feet and the results are transformative. We can support these changes by letting go of the past and by strengthening our knowing of our inherent freedom. Remembering how truly free and powerful we are serves us so very well now, as does releasing what does not serve our highest good and opening our hearts to receive what is ready for us. We are getting ready to step into a more powerful iteration of ourselves and we are expanding magnificently. Our guidance now is to take the path of least resistance and flow with trust, knowing that everything is always working out for us and we are always flowing toward what is aligned with our highest good. 

Q1: The overall energies of January: The Tower

Something is getting ready to leave our lives on a grand scale. Weak foundations are crumbling and things are shifting. Preparations have been a while in the making and the end results are getting ready to make themselves known, whether to manifest in the physical or become apparent within. What is making its exit now is doing so to prepare us to step into higher levels and embrace an improved way of living and experiencing life. This could show up in the form of greater precision in our work, more aligned application of the knowledge we hold within, our intuition becoming evident in manifested wisdom, and in other ways according to our path and where we are upon it. 

We can expect to start seeing and feeling these ground-level changes this month, and they may manifest in how we perceive ourselves and others and in the degree of knowledge we are able to access. Blocks are dissolving and outdated belief systems are on their way out. We are stepping into higher levels of self-confidence and as a result, are shifting our vibration. This attracts new experiences that align with wherever we are vibrationally, and experiences, circumstances, relationships, and situations that are no longer in alignment with us pass out of our experience; this is the natural way of things. As new, better ways are preparing to be born, what isn’t in resonance with us in the ever-evolving palette from which we manifest is falling away easily or possibly in more vivid and dramatic ways.

Q2: Week 1: Seven of Pentacles

Now the work before us is becoming more clear, even if it feels as natural as breathing. What is in resonance with our truth emanates from within us like light from a flame: it is the light of who we are, and it cannot be hidden any longer. A shell that once contained us as we gestated is now shuddering loose and falling away. As the pieces crumble, the light shines through, from within us and from without, no longer obscured, and we realize both what it is we are capable of and who we have been all along. 

The light that comes through is truth: the truth of all that is and the truth of who we are. The manifested results can manifest as higher levels of self-awareness. This energetic movement is as powerful as plates shifting in the earth—magnificent, powerful, and game changing. The work that we do, whether on the physical or the spiritual plane, can move mountains. Once we realize what we are capable of, we are an unstoppable force. The old adage of hiding one’s light under a bushel applies; the sun would not think for a moment that it is small and insignificant—its light gives life to the world, and so does ours. 

Q3: Week 2: Ten of Wands reversed

This week is about letting go. When we release our burdens, when we release the things we have carried that are not in resonance with who we are and do not serve us for where we are going, we make room for more light to enter. Lighter, we become more of who we truly are and can move forward faster and see more clearly where it is we are meant to go. When we carry a burden, our focus is almost entirely on the burden. But once we set it down and realize it is not ours to carry, that there is no need for us to carry it, and that it does not serve us to carry it any longer, we must rest. 

Once rested, we are renewed, restored, refreshed, and we can move ahead with purpose and clarity. We are guided to set intentions to release what does not serve our highest good and trust that, even if we don’t know the full weight, nature, or extent of the burdens we carry, our inner being, allies, and guides are working with us to help us let go. When we release resistance, all things become possible. We can almost see it begin to shift. This week brings powerful transformations that begin within, that begin with the decision to let go.

Q4: Week 3: Two of Cups

Harmonious partnerships are more possible, are made stronger, and open up to us more rapidly when we have made room for them through letting go. These partnerships can be partnerships with the self (the higher self), with others on the earth plane, or with our allies in the nonphysical. We may be seeing these play out in our lives now in this number 6 year, a year of harmony and peace. We may be sensing what is on the horizon through a stronger alliance with and attunement to our senses, manifesting as a form of psychic awareness, which is actually the result of our tapping into infinite intelligence through aligning with the whole of who we are. 

We may also be seeing new partnerships manifesting, the strengthening of existing partnerships and alliances, and new personal relationships developing for us, perhaps unexpectedly. Something new is developing, and it is powerful, harmonious, and beautiful. It restores our faith and trust in ourselves and in others. It rewrites our understanding of what is possible. A new way of partnering with others is coming, and in some cases, it is the unification of energies working harmoniously with one another to create and restore balance, peace, and harmony, both within ourselves and on the planet as a whole. This aids humanity’s ascension and awakens us to greater possibilities and higher levels of being, knowing, consciousness, and awareness, both self-awareness and awareness and understanding of others through unity. 

Q5: Week 4: The World

The World is the last card in the major arcana and signifies the end of a major cycle. Something is winding to a close, and this card in the upright position indicates that we have navigated this cycle successfully and it is closing out in positive ways, perhaps with peaceful resolution. Achievements may be felt or make themselves known in the physical. If felt on the subtle levels or sensed, this may be a commendation from our higher self, allies, and guides for a job well done. We have reached new levels of attainment and are now ready to integrate the lessons we have learned. After or during this integration often follows a period of rest in which we are able to pause before moving on to the next cycle. 

We may find during this time that we are more aware, that we have moved into new levels of strength, or that our spiritual gifts are now more potent or expanded. These new understandings can manifest in different ways depending on our gifts, what we are ready for, where we are on our journey, our current experience, and the ways in which we are open to receiving, perceiving, and understanding. We may begin to experience life in different ways or realize that our perceptions or perspective has shifted. This card is often associated with fortunate endings and conclusions and we could receive a boon before moving into the next cycle. Trusting that everything is always working out for us is most beneficial to us now. 

Q6: Guidance for January: Eight of Swords

We are rising up out of the ashes, the phoenix reborn. We arise transformed, relieved of prior burdens, more self-aware than ever. We realize we cannot be trapped, even in a cycle of our own making, unless we choose it. We are breaking free of bonds; the blindfold is unfurling. We realize how free we truly are and how powerful. We are the masters of our destinies, the creators of our own realities. We devise the world of our own making and it unfolds before us, a carpet rolling out even as we perceive it. As we rise up, our vision stretches out before us, a vista expanding, and we gain the bird’s-eye view.

Now, we can soar, higher than ever before, more free and light and expanded. We fly further faster and come to understand ourselves on deeper levels than we have yet achieved in our human form. The clarity we gain from these new perspectives is the ultimate game-changer, and it is supported by the relief we have and the resulting appreciation for our freedom and our knowledge of it. We now are able to feel deeper gratitude than we would have known had we never explored the contrast. Now, our highest guidance may be to let go of the old as we rise up and let the past crumble as we soar unencumbered. 

Daily Reading: February 3, 2021

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As the third day of the second month, today brings forward motion and progress. Keywords today are prosperity, peace, and truth. We are guided to nurture a stable foundation of integrity within ourselves and to endeavor to practice integrity in all that we do. In this retrograde period, we will benefit from slowing down even when things around us are speeding up, taking our time with our work and practices and diligently, thoroughly, and methodically working toward our goals. Giving ourselves time to focus on the tasks at hand will help to ensure that what we produce is of the highest quality. 

We are guided to maintain balance within ourselves and to do regular self-checks to ensure we are meeting our own needs. This week, we may need to lean more into compassion for others and confidence within ourselves, yet confidence that stems from a place of honesty rather than ego. Endeavoring to understand our own true nature will help us to move forward with more confidence, compassion, and depth of understanding. Connecting with what is in our hearts will enable us to connect more deeply with others. 

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to ten. We may be gaining closure and seeing things wrap up as we prepare to move on to what comes next. Flowing into each day and the changes that lie ahead is beneficial and allows for greater ease in our lives when we are not introducing resistance. This week, we are guided to focus on the ways we can honor our physical bodies, whether by making adjustments in our diets to ensure we are eating more fruits and vegetables, eating clean, getting exercise, or beautifying the space around us so that it is more comfortable and pleasing. These small adjustments can have big impacts on our mood and on our ability to focus, concentrate, and gain more enjoyment out of everyday life. 

Mantra: I flow with positive changes and allow what is for my highest good to arrive to me with ease. I hold more compassion for myself and for others. 

Daily Reading: January 30, 2021

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As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.

Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease. 

Daily Reading: January 26, 2021

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As the twenty-sixth day of the first month, today carries energies and aspects of partnerships, co-creation, harmony, and abundance. Through our harmonious relations with others, we create stability, which in turn provides us with a solid platform from which to build, reach higher, grow, and set our sights on loftier goals. We are strongly encouraged now to dream bigger, aim higher, and look to elevate ourselves more than ever before. What is the best version of yourself you have envisioned? Now go beyond that, above that, and see your best you, and then reach even higher for your even better you. We are always growing, always changing, always learning and we can always thrive, more and more continually. We are asked to release the mindset that if something is good, the other shoe will eventually drop. It doesn’t have to be that way. As creators of our own realities, we can create the life we want. If we set the intention that things will always get better for us, and nurture that with a repeated daily mantra, we can reinforce this as a habit which then becomes a belief. Mantras can be repeated in the mind throughout the day and can help us to establish new, positive thought patterns and beliefs. We can rewrite our thinking in this way, through consistency and focus. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen and five. These numbers indicate the strengthening of foundations in our lives and the manifestation of new opportunities and creations stemming from this more stable platform, which may be energetic or could have to do with our relationships (with ourselves, others, the divine), our perspective, our beliefs, our vibration, our goals, our spiritual gifts, and just about anything else in our awareness. Change is indicated that is either positive on its face or that brings about a release of what was not serving us in order to make room for what is better, stronger, and more aligned. We may be experiencing expansion, either in our manifested reality or spiritually and energetically, and we may be aware of this or not to varying degrees. There is an indication today of subtlety and we are guided to tune into our intuition without preconceived ideas, but simply tuning in and allowing what is available to us to flow into our perception and awareness. The subtleties may be developments behind the scenes and it could benefit us to notice and become aware of them as they are taking shape and solidifying so we can make adjustments and set new intentions where necessary. Tools like tarot and oracle cards can be helpful now in guiding us to new understandings and helping us to better understand what may be hidden or just out of view, as well as anything it would benefit us to prepare for. We are asked to release fear, as it is just an illusion and we attract whatever we focus on.

Mantra: My life is always improving in every way. Everything is always getting better for me. Everything is always working in my favor. I am blessed, I am protected, I am divinely guided.

Daily Reading: January 25, 2021

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As the twenty-fifth day of the first month, today may bring changes in partnerships and alliances. We may experience shifts regarding teamwork and in who we choose to work with, even as we are flowing into new experiences and opportunities and taking new paths. We may reach an unexpected fork in the road, before which we can pause to consider the best way to take. We are reminded that it is most often our first inclination or instinct that is correct, right, true, and best for us. We are being asked not to doubt or second-guess ourselves, and to avoid overanalyzing, as this can lead to ‘analysis paralysis’ and can muddy the waters of our clarity. We are guided to seek clarity and integrity in all that we think, do, and say. Continually seeking clarity will bring lightning flashes of insight and inspiration, and will facilitate a deep inner knowing and connection to the wisdom of the ages. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us thirteen and four. We can expect new developments and manifestations to enter our experience now. Today’s shifts and changes are tomorrow’s stronger foundations. We are building anew from a place of greater harmony and stability that allows us to build higher than ever before. We are facilitating our own growth and strength through the new creations that we built on integrity as we give them a stable, secure base. We may become aware of seemingly small or minor actions we can take to facilitate strength, harmony, and improvements in our lives; know that the smallest action taken from a pure place of truth and integrity can have much further-reaching consequences than we could imagine. Establishing intentions for our own strength, harmony, and stability goes far now. As we are positioned at the beginning of a full-moon week, we are currently in a growing phase. This week powerfully supports our healing through clearing and release of what does not serve us to make room for new developments and manifestations. Full moons are powerful times of healing. We are guided to be our own best allies by continuing on our healing path and cutting through any weeds that may appear along the way, with the ferocity, strength, and integrity of a lion, yet staying grounded in our truth and in our light. We are guided to stay on our path, to stay true to ourselves, and to not let anything or anyone lead us astray or knock us off our path.

Mantra: It is easy for me to make the decisions that are right and true and best for me. I trust my instinct and connect easily to my intuition.

Daily Reading: January 19, 2021

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As the nineteenth day of the first month, today ushers in energies of endings and subsequent beginnings. Changes may be happening rapidly or just under the surface, shifting things energetically in preparation for their physical outcome. Transformation is indicated all around. Notice where your interests are being guided today and trust your intuition, especially when it comes to making decisions. You may find yourself facing choice points; trusting in your highest guidance to make the decisions that are best for you will yield the most positive outcomes. We are reminded that everything is always working out for us, and that the universe is conspiring in our favor, regardless of how things appear to be on the surface. Today, we may become aware of hidden meanings and forces at work, even within the seemingly ordinary and unimportant. We may be rewriting our thinking in ways that benefit us. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us sixteen and seven. Sixteen brings energies that facilitate harmony, balance, peace, and love. We may see these energies increasing in our personal and career relationships. Leaning into the warmth of community and familial support provides us with strength and solid foundations, a springboard from which to launch new manifestations from a place of steady footing that ensures our best success. With the seven bringing in energies of good fortune, we are sure to succeed. Happiness, growth, positive change, and welcome manifestations are on their way now. We will soon begin to see, if we have not already, amplified outcomes that bring us increased success and forward momentum in the things that matter to us. We are guided to trust where our interests lie and nurture ourselves intellectually, reading and pursuing courses of study that will broaden our horizons and enhance our future possibilities. 

Mantra: This day, I will make powerful improvements in things that are of importance to me. Today, I am advancing in ways that support my highest path and purpose. I am rising up and elevating in every way. 

Daily Reading: January 17, 2021

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As the seventeenth day of the first month, today carries aspects of manifesting good fortune and expanding in our spiritual gifts and abilities. We may receive lightning flashes of clarity and divinely inspired ideas, and may become aware of new opportunities. Tuning into the heart and noticing what feels right and in alignment is a way of tapping into our truest navigation. Today may find us considering how we might like to grow and expand, how we can better tune into our spiritual gifts and abilities, and how we can nurture our natural gifts and talents (such as painting, writing, music, etc.) and make them a bigger part of our lives. Meditation is key, as it allows us to receive messages from the divine and strengthens our energy. Before entering into meditation, we can ask our allies in the light to be present for us, to protect us, and to keep watch around us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen, and five. Five brings change, growth, and expansion, and, along with the seventeen/eight indicated today, especially highlights spiritual growth and expansion. Fourteen is a number of stability and strengthening in our foundations, as well as manifesting new opportunities that can bring us growth and stability. Fourteen also carries aspects of justice and integrity. Right action is always rewarded, as nothing we say, do, think, or feel goes unseen. We are reminded that we are all part of the fabric of the universe, integral threads that connect to everything. We are divinely loved and supported and are guided to seek higher wisdom and knowledge at all times. Just as we have nonphysical allies, we have physical allies as well that can support us energetically and in our spiritual growth. Among these are crystals, music, and, especially highlighted today, aromatherapy. 

Mantra: I tune into my heart and receive divine messages, guidance, and wisdom. I welcome and receive the opportunities, ideas, and information that will help elevate me.

Daily Reading: January 15, 2021

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As the fifteenth day of the first month, today carries a six energy that brings harmony, balance, and restoration, which can come through change. Things may be shaken up now but it is part of a continuing process of dismantling what wasn’t working to make room for what is better, stronger, and more stable. Soul growth through lived experience is highlighted now, and we may be hurtling toward expansion through a series of interconnected events. While all is connected, certain threads or strands may stand out at this time as being significant and even pivotal to our experience. We are guided to flow through the changes and release resistance in order to welcome the most optimal experiences to us. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us twelve, and three. Along with the changes we may be experiencing, and possibly in accordance with them, comes an end-of-cycle energy that sweeps out the old energies to close out the past. This may be a time of integration for some of you, and you can instill the knowledge gained from recent and past experiences through reflection. Thinking about how far you have come, how you have grown, and what you have learned can help to integrate and fully close out the cycles that are ending now. This allows us to move on to what is next. Between cycles, there is always a period of integration, a liminal or transitional state that prepares us for what is to come. Manifestations, new beginnings, and opportunities are all indicated today. You may receive news or messages that can bring change. Tune into your intuition before making decisions.

Mantra: I bless my communications with purified Source energy, unconditional love, peace, truth, integrity, clarity, kindness, and compassion. I speak my truth with clarity and compassion. 

Daily Reading: January 9, 2021

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On this ninth day of the first month, we are in a waning moon phase, headed quickly toward the new moon. Waning moons are times of release and clearing, and these energies, coupled with the nine of today’s date, facilitates endings and closure. We are being asked to surrender, in faith and trust to the divine, all that has been holding us back, and to release all obstacles to the loving hands of the universe for healing and transmutation. Saturdays are ruled by Saturn and are optimal times for clearing and letting go of what does not serve our highest good. Together with the waning moon phase and today’s nine, this day is a powerful time of healing and growth. Today, setting the intention to release all that does not serve us sets forth a powerful catalyst of clearing and transmutation that rapidly gathers momentum to sow the seeds of our intentions in the fertile womb of the forthcoming new moon. As we clear and release from now until the new moon, we are making room for what is new and fertile and for our highest good to prepare to enter our lives.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen, and six. Fifteen carries aspects of change that is helping us to grow and expand in opportunities and in our own abilities. We may also be facing certain choices that will impact us in ways beyond our present understanding and awareness. Taking guided action, according to our highest guidance and intuition, is indicated now. The number six is a strong aspect of today and brings energies of harmony, stability, and balance. Tuning in, we may feel guided toward actions and setting goals that improve the balance in our lives and strengthen our connections in harmonious ways. We are asked to consider how we can bring greater harmony to our relationships, not only with others, but also with ourselves, and how we can instill more balance in our daily routines and in our homes. Beauty is indicated now; beauty is an aspect of divine creation that can bring us joy, deep gratitude, and peace. Bringing more beauty into your space, surrounding yourself with beauty, being in nature, and enhancing the environments around you so that they are more relaxing and pleasing to you are ways of positively impacting the energy around you. This in turn has positive effects on your own state of mind and energy, as well as on your ability to create from a deeper, more relaxed space.

Mantra: I allow all that does not serve my highest good to clear, release, and transmute. I welcome healing and the highest light to take its place. 

Daily Reading: January 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the first month, today brings opportunities for growth, change, and expansion. We may experience breakthroughs in areas of life where we have been stagnant, stuck, or blocked, and flashes of clarity that will bring resolution to problems long unresolved and questions long unanswered. As we are seeking greater freedom, we may be presented with options. Choices are indicated today; these may be significant or seemingly inconsequential, but all can have greater impact beyond our immediate understanding. 

Even the smallest stone dropped into the water creates a ripple. That ripple can create change as it expands outward, shifting the sands and moving the things in its path. When making choices, we are encouraged to pause and reflect to consider the response that is right and best for us. When we make the choices for ourselves that are aligned to our own highest good, rather than what we think others want us to choose or what may benefit others, we are acting in accordance with our own truth and authenticity. This is different from making choices on behalf of others who cannot do so of their own accord.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, and two. We are asked to monitor our thoughts to ensure we stay focused on the positive, and always reach for the highest and best possible outcomes when thinking of ourselves, our future, and any outcomes we may see for ourselves. We are guided to cease thinking that does not serve our highest good, including the imagining of worst-case scenarios, instead turning those around to best-case scenarios. When we only allow room for what is for our highest good to enter our lives, we are influencing the energies around us and the outcomes in ways that benefit us. Making this a practice can be life-changing on all levels, and can positively impact our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Mantra: I attune to my intuition and receive my highest guidance to make the choices that are right for me. I allow improvements to enter my life on every level, in accordance with my highest good.