December: The Month According to Tarot

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

Q1: Overall energies of December: Temperance

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

Q2: Week 1: Nine of Swords

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

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

Q3: Week 2: Five of Cups

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

Q4: Week 3: The Hermit

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

Q5: Week 4: The World

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

Q6: Overall guidance for December: Four of Wands

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

September: The Month According to Tarot

Image of tarot spread for the month of September
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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September isn’t pulling any punches. The strong guidance this month is to do ourselves a favor and clear the deadwood by going within, releasing all that doesn’t serve us, and considering where we may be creating our own obstacles that stand in the way of our goals. We each have a lot of abundance available to us, even if we don’t realize it yet.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of September: King of Cups

The King of Cups is emotional warmth and protection, a caring and creative soul who wants to be liked. As a king, he is at the top of his game and sits at the pinnacle of leadership. He is someone who leads from the heart. He can represent a friend, an ally, someone you can call on for emotional support. He can also represent an aspect of self. This card guides us to ask a few questions. Are we responsible stewards of our own emotions? How do we nurture and care for ourselves? How do we navigate emotionally challenging waters? We may benefit from taking time for introspection this month and allowing ourselves time to go within, to explore the uncharted waters of the heart, and take a closer look at what doesn’t belong there.

Q2: Week 1 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a strong divine masculine energy. He is the wizened warrior who has seen it all and has triumphed over challenges and obstacles. He has created a strong, steady foundation that will support him for many years to come. The Emperor is empowered and self-sovereign, an emblem of the strength we all hold within. This week may find us exploring how we can be more empowered and live sustainably in ways that support our growth. Where The Emperor is not afraid to make hard choices, he follows his own path and always stays focused on his goals. We are guided to do the same, to separate the wheat from the chaff and eliminate with precision and efficiency everything that does not serve our highest good, and to recognize that we owe it to ourselves to do so. Now is the time to gather our strength and take aligned action.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Three of Swords

It’s time to remove the swords from our hearts. This could mean energetic clearing, cord cutting, or taking the time to go within and begin the healing process. The process looks different for everyone and we are guided to do what resonates with us. The process of letting go can change as we do and can be unique for every situation. Setting the intention to process, clear, and heal in ways that are effective and appropriate for us sets the energies in motion. What are we letting go of? What doesn’t belong in our lives anymore? What can we do to move forward? What still hurts? What are we still holding onto that is ready to be released? Sometimes, figuring out where we still need healing can be as easy as noticing our triggers.

Q4: Week 3 energies: The Sun reversed

Where are we blocking our blessings? What obstacles stand in the way of our receiving all we have asked for? What beliefs do we hold that are counter to what we want? Where are we feeling held back and what is the root cause? The Sun in the upright position indicates attainment, manifestations, goals being reached, and success of every kind. It may benefit us this week to explore old and outdated beliefs and to rewrite everything that is not in alignment with what we know now and who we are today. There is always something magnificent awaiting us, improvements of every kind; all we have ever asked for is waiting in the wings. This week is an opportune time to rewrite our beliefs, and to learn what is holding us back so we can get into the receiving mode. The Sun reversed can indicate that we are only letting in a fraction of what is available to us and we may need to do some inner work so we can receive all we have asked for in its fully manifested state.

Q5: Week 4 energies: Two of Pentacles

This may be a week of balancing priorities and things in the material realm, which can include finances, responsibilities, work, studies, relationships, and leisure time. We may find ourselves navigating competing priorities, and we may need to consider what can wait and what needs to be done right away. This week especially, it is important to take time for ourselves, however impossible it seems. Making time for the things we love is a way of nurturing ourselves and can be as simple as getting a coffee on the way to work, taking a short walk, or having a conversation with a friend. The Two of Pentacles can also indicate a second source of income or a job offer. If you are changing careers or seeking employment, this is a positive week to do so.

Q6: Overall guidance for September: Queen of Pentacles

Who’s abundant? You are! This month and beyond, we will benefit from taking the time to appreciate things, circumstances, and people around us. We live in an abundant universe that provides plenty for everyone. When we look for and appreciate abundance in our lives and around us, we manifest more of what we are appreciating. Even if it’s only the blue of the sky or the smile on a stranger’s face, we can always find something to appreciate. One of the greatest benefits of spending time in appreciation is that it gets us into the receiving mode and allows us to manifest more of what we want. By focusing on what we want, we get more of the same. The Queen of Pentacles is a reminder that we all have the ability to live in abundance and to be the masters of our own outcomes.

Daily Reading: February 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the second month, today may bring positive change, ushering it forth with certainty, stability, and sureness that may be swift or catch us by surprise in the strength of its arrival. Good news is indicated today overall. Today may bring expansion and fulfillment. Now through the next few weeks, we are guided to be aware of our thoughts, words, and actions more so than usual; a keen awareness of our environment and our internal landscape will serve us well during this Mercury retrograde period. We best honor ourselves when we believe in our own potential and capabilities. Keeping our expectations positive will go far. We are reminded that we receive what we believe and that others often deliver to us what we expect of them.

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to twelve, and three. New manifestations are being borne out of partnerships and collaborations. We may find ourselves aware of our own potential, and also of the need to reclaim our power and sovereignty in certain areas of life. Personal freedom is in focus now. Staying aligned with our purpose and goals and reminding ourselves of our achievements and personal growth may be helpful. We are capable of great things, and every moment holds the potential to begin something magnificent. Allowing ourselves to fully experience joy will help us to grow and also heals the heart. This weekend, consider doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. We are guided now to fill our own cups so we can show up in the best way for ourselves and others. 

Mantra: I welcome positivity, growth, freedom, and positive change. I stand strong in my sovereignty and integrity. 

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 29, 2021

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As the twenty-ninth day of the first month, today may see us passing through into new beginnings, healing, upleveling, gaining new awareness, wisdom, and understanding, and moving forward in significant ways toward new beginnings and into increasing levels of light. As we are exiting old situations, we are guided to leave them behind and not look back. There is a time of integrating lessons and new knowledge, and when we flow and allow ourselves to integrate what we have learned and acknowledge how we have grown, we can close those chapters of our lives and move forward with confidence and grace. The path of least resistance presents itself as the universe lines up our next steps; we are guided to flow rather than resisting. There are often multiple paths to the same destination. Taking the path of least resistance allows us to flow gently into what comes next. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seventeen and eight. Seventeen underscores the aspects of the path of awakening and asks us to focus within to gain perspective on our spiritual journey. Through journaling, meditation, getting into the flow state, quiet contemplation, and other methods, we can receive the messages spirit has for us and access our higher knowledge, as well as any guidance that may be available for us at this time. We may be experiencing higher levels of awareness that are part of our awakening journey and healing path. As we progress and grow, we are guided to stand strong in our integrity and move forward in the new knowledge we have gained so that we can more strongly integrate it into our lives and continue ascending. When we are ready, we will be able to reach the next step. The spiritual path is like a continuous staircase, one which we are always climbing one step at a time. Each step represents progress on our path, new levels of growth, and greater heights of awareness and understanding. We are guided to be patient with ourselves in our progress and to honor how far we have come, even as we ascend in our journey one step at a time.

Mantra: I honor my progress and welcome new understandings and awareness that will help me to reach greater heights. I seek to elevate in every way and to always walk in integrity.

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 18, 2021

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As the eighteenth day of the first month, today brings energies of manifesting financial abundance and new opportunities that can lead to increased prosperity. The new developments coming about now are helping to usher out the old and anything that is not working for us. Allowing yourself to tune into positive expectation, excitement, interest, and hope can encourage new ideas that can lead to improved manifested states. We are guided, as always, to stay positive in our thinking.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen and six. We can expect to see energetic improvements through change and expansion. We may also have the growing sense that positive changes are just on the horizon and are encouraged to lean into those feelings, as they are evidence of things unseen coming into being. We may be growing in our awareness and experiencing further spiritual growth, development, and expansion, especially if we are putting in the work. This can be through reading, meditation, and anything we are doing to nurture and develop our spirituality. We are asked to continue using discernment when tuning into any information, as there many different sources of information that are of higher and lower frequencies, and that are more or less aligned to the truth. Developing a keen sense of intuition takes time, patience, and practice, but is well worth the effort it takes to strengthen it. We are divinely supported in our intentions to improve on all levels. 

Mantra: I welcome abundance and new opportunities that are aligned with my highest good. It is easy for me to focus on the positive. 

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 12, 2021

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As the twelfth day of the first month, today carries a cyclic aspect. Twelve being related to cycles and also manifestations, new beginnings, and opportunities through partnerships, we are embarking on a new phase that leverages our connections to yield fruitful abundance and pave the way for a new path ahead. The repeated ones and twos in today’s date strengthen the energies of co-creation, both with our partners and allies on the physical plane and with those in the nonphysical who are assisting and supporting us on our journey. Twelve shows us growing and expanding as never before, reaching higher levels of consciousness as we continually reach for improvements in all areas. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number that guides us to our own light. We are growing, expanding, upleveling, and achieving greater and higher ways of being, thinking, and doing, as we are growing in our ability to rise up above the constructs of this manifested earthly realm to see beyond the physical and beyond what is readily apparent. We are growing in awareness and in our ability to discern truth from fiction. As we elevate, we are sharing our knowledge with others in authentic ways. We are connecting more strongly to the truth of who we are and discovering our true nature as beings of light. Many of us are here at this time to assist in the awakening of the planet, and as we navigate the dark spaces, we are asked to hold strong and steady in our light, remembering that the light is infinitely more powerful than the darkness, as it is generative, it is growth and truth, it is reality and is stable. It does not destroy but generates, creates, produces. We are asked to remember this and that our true strength comes from within, from our divine light, when we need encouragement. Some of us are asked to be the light, and that may mean shining it into dark places. Staying strong and true to ourselves and holding steady to our truth is indicated now. We are asked to share the knowledge we discover through our own healing journey, as it may help others who are on similar paths, are trying to find their way, or are beginning to awaken.

Mantra: I call upon the Source within to expand within me. I call upon my inner strength and the divine wisdom within to guide me in all that I do.