April: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, we are set up for success before a major shake-up. We’ve been doing the energetic work to prepare ourselves for a better future, and it pays off big time. Two tens make their appearance this month, which tells us something is ending. These endings are necessary and positive. The Ten of Pentacles says we’re in a good place materially so that, when the Ten of Swords arrives at the end of the month, we’re prepared to let go of what is ending. What’s happening is happening quickly, says the Eight of Wands, and going with the flow is ultimately the best way through.

Q1: Overall energies of April: Six of Pentacles

The Six of Pentacles is a card of balance, stability, and harmony in the physical. Things are coming into balance in more evident ways this month. As spring ushers in new growth in the Northern Hemisphere, so too is April bringing abundant manifestations and opportunities that are making their appearance. As we tend to them and nurture them, soon they will be ripe for the picking. 

Q2: Week 1: Ten of Pentacles

The Ten of Pentacles is a card of earthly fulfillment and abundance. Ten is a number of completion and fulfillment and this card says we have all we need. Taking satisfaction in what we have and spending time in appreciation draws to us more of what we are appreciating. This card can be related to finances, work, home, or career, and this week could see us purchasing a home, receiving an allotment of money, getting a new job, starting or making progress with a business, or simply gaining the realization that we already have all we have been asking for. It can be helpful to take a step back and remember when we wanted what we now have.

Q3: Week 2: Nine of Wands

This figure on this card in traditional RWS decks is shown with a bandaged head, standing alone and holding a staff, poised in defense before eight other wands or staves. This figure has seen much and won the battle, and has the scars to prove it. They stand guard, ensuring their protection. This card can be a reminder of how far we have come, how much we have triumphed over, and it can also guide us to strengthen our boundaries energetically and otherwise. Our beliefs and expectations inform our experience, so when we believe we are safe and self-sufficient, we are. This card indicates victory, success, courage, and reclaiming one’s power. We may gain sudden realization of how we’ve been giving our power away without realizing it. Once we have the understanding, we are empowered to make the change and take back our power to stand in our strength. 

Q4: Week 3: King of Wands

The King of Wands brings success and good fortune of all kinds. He is a master creator at the top of his game. He is wise and fair and creative. Whatever this week brings, it will turn out well. For manifestations we’re working on, this card reveals positive and beneficial outcomes. We’re making good headway, and may begin seeing evidence of our progress, if not full-blown manifestations. Coming from the stability of the Six of Pentacles and the Ten of Pentacles, and the strength and victorious outcomes of the Nine of Wands, the King of Wands follows in a progression that signifies taking control of our own lives by shaping things as we wish, being the deliberate creators we’re here to be, and aligning with the desired outcomes.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Swords

The second ten to make its appearance this month, this card signals the end of a painful cycle. Something has come to a close, and it’s good that it has. This is a necessary ending, one that we may need to heal from but that will yield rich rewards in terms of lessons learned. The painful lessons of this cycle have caused us to grow and expand and get super clear on what we do want and what we don’t want. The lessons of this time will help us to shore up our understanding of our own strength, worthiness, and capabilities—if not immediately, then certainly over time.

Q6: Guidance for April: Eight of Wands

The message of this card is to flow with the fast-moving energies! Things can change on a dime this month, but it’s all for the greater good. Trusting that things are always working out for us is the best approach. We may find that new understandings reveal themselves swiftly and unexpectedly, but once we see them, we can’t unsee them. This is a shake-up type of energy that is much-needed. What isn’t working will crumble quickly. What isn’t a vibrational match will no longer be part of our experience. This is a transitional type of energy that we can align with by pivoting to what is better for us and shifting our focus away from what doesn’t. Focusing in the energy of the solution helps us line up with and receive solutions and resolutions.

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.

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?