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.

February: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, potent and ultimately positive change is taking place. The supporting energies this month are helping us to step into improved ways of living, thinking, and being, and we may notice that our perception and awareness are heightened as never before. Our spiritual gifts may be increasing, especially as we do the inner work, which may mean releasing outdated beliefs and aligning with our truth in more powerful ways. 

Part of aligning with what resonates may include taking up activities that bring us joy and inspiration. These may be solo activities or, as February is the second month and two is associated with partnerships, we may be collaborating with others on projects that bring excitement and fulfillment. The Emperor and the Ten of Pentacles appear to guide us to find our strength and are supporting us in reaching a solid rock upon which we can build.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of February: Ten of Pentacles and The Emperor

There is great abundance available to us, whether through a new client or employer, or through a business. Trusting the intuition and letting the heart lead us in new directions this month can pay off handsomely. Trusting new ideas may also be key to success. The Emperor can represent an energy (such as that of a business or new endeavor), person, or institution of some sort, and it is one that is steady, strong, solid, stable, reliable, and grounded. This is a rock we can build something magnificent upon, something that will always be there for us and that will provide. 

Something may be getting ready to pay off big time. The best path forward is to release resistance, and get into the mindset and vibration of allowing so we can receive what’s ready to manifest. Strengthening in the knowing that we are powerful creators and that we are capable of receiving and living whatever we wish is like the secret alchemical formula that transforms energy into manifested things, situations, and circumstances. This month, we have the great opportunity to uplevel and to shift into steadier circumstances and move into what we’ve been asking for. We’re reminded that our power is in the now and we create from every now moment.

Q2: Week 1: King of Wands

What can we learn from the king? The King of Wands is a wise leader, powerful in his own right and fair, a masterful creator of his own reality. Like this figure, we can learn to first master our own will, our capacity as creators, and our ability to navigate the world by being strong and steady in the knowing of our power. From there, all things flow. The king carries inspired energy, the power and fire of the will, the freedom of choice, and the impetus to follow the desires of the heart. 

This week, we could benefit from exploring what lights us up, what inspires us, what brings us joy. Making the decision to set aside even small increments of time to do what we love on a regular and consistent basis can add up to something much bigger down the line. Mastery is the result of focus, dedication, and continued practice. We can start the ball rolling on something that will become bigger and better over time. Confidence will take us far. 

Q3: Week 2: Nine of Wands

This week, we can benefit from considering how far we’ve come. Looking at how far we’ve come can remind us of how much better things can be. Through perseverance and tenacity, we’ve overcome so much to be where we are today. The person we are now is the result of everything we’ve learned in the past and the culmination of our experiences. We are strong, perhaps stronger than we know, and we benefit from keeping our boundaries strong as well. It’s healthy to have strong boundaries, and it’s okay (and sometimes necessary) to say no. This week may find us assessing our obligations and duties against what our heart wants. The heart is our truest compass, and it will never steer us wrong. 

How do we feel when we think about or do something? That feeling response is our barometer, the one that lets us know how in alignment (or not) something is for us. Once we’ve identified where we want to go, we can trust that our inner being, our source, is lining it up for us. There is something better for us, and it’s on its way to us the moment we ask for it. We ask vibrationally, and we do this all the time. Simply being happy opens the valve to let in what is ready to manifest for us. We are strong and powerful in our joy. Where the Nine of Wands is about determination and strength, it can also ask us to strengthen our knowing of who we are within so we can confidently move through the world from that place.

Q4: Week 3: Six of Pentacles

Sixes are concerned with harmony, balance, home, and family. This week’s guidance is to seek balance and harmony, and to place our attention on the home, relationships, and domestic concerns. Good news and new opportunities may be coming through this week, and may be something that fulfills our needs, hopes, dreams, or goals (and maybe all of the above!). This six indicates generosity and abundance, whether we are giving or receiving it. Giving and receiving joyfully always benefits us, and it’s almost certain that we will be both the giver and receiver at different points in our experience. Basking in appreciation for what we’ve given and received can help move the needle.

Giving and receiving encourages the flow of abundance, and releasing resources (such as spending money or selling a home) makes room for more resources to flow to us, as long as we are not blocking it with beliefs or resistance. Aligning with the more improved circumstances this week can benefit us greatly, whether that’s seeing and feeling ourselves in the situation or manifestation we wish to move into next or shoring up our beliefs so they match our desires. Simply through reaching alignment with our inner being, we can quickly receive everything we’ve been asking for, which often arrives through an inspired idea received in a place of alignment.

Q5: Week 4: The Hierophant

We may find ourselves shifting our beliefs and assessing or reassessing beliefs we’ve carried with us that are no longer resonant. Throughout life, we learn from the experiences we engage in, and these teach us and help us to move into new understandings that are more aligned with who we are now. This week, we may find that a spotlight is shining on what is out of resonance for us and what we’ve outgrown, whether those are relationships, practices, or ideologies. We may also be gaining traction on deeper understandings of self that aren’t necessarily so obvious.

Five, which is the number of The Hierophant, is associated with change, and there are changes taking place this week, perhaps shifts of great significance. Something may be hovering beneath the surface, unseen but felt. Our senses may be preparing to heighten, awareness is increasing, and transformations like those within a chrysalis are taking place, potent and hidden. Something may be preparing to surface from the subconscious for clearing and subsequent healing, and our spiritual gifts may be preparing to reach the next level of awakening, awareness, or activation.

Q6: Guidance for February: Ace of Swords and Death

New ideas bring clarity and an end to old, outdated beliefs, ways of thinking and living, and energies we have outgrown. Likewise, endings bring new clarity, expansion, understanding, and greater awareness—both awareness of ourselves and awareness of the universe and physical world in which we live. The Death card brings endings that are necessary and positive, although they may not always seem so great at the outset. As we traverse the path in the wake of what’s gone, we’ll find ourselves in a new realm of discovery and enlightened understanding that helps us to align to our deepest truth and wisdom. 

Our guidance this month is to allow what happens to happen, to let go of the desire to control outcomes, to flow, and to take the path of least resistance. Understanding that we have already vibrationally asked for what we wish and that it is already becoming, as soon as we ask for it, can help us to lean into trust in stronger, more meaningful ways, and use our energy to focus more effectively, efficiently, meaningfully, productively, and fruitfully on living from every now moment, which is where our true power always is.