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.

Oracle of Mystical Moments: A Deck Interview

Oracle of Mystical Moments by Catrin Welz-Stein
Image by Victoria Constantino

This deck interview uses the spread and corresponding questions by Katey Flowers.

Originally drawn to this oracle deck for the otherworldly yet timeless qualities of its artwork, I’ve found that it conveys meaning primarily through its imagery. Though I suppose that can be said of all (or most) decks, the messages in the Oracle of Mystical Moments are directly informed by its resonating qualities of beauty and the celebration of the natural world. We sat down for an interview, and here’s what it had to say.

What can you teach me? To the Moon and Back
Keywords: Desires, Wishes, Longings

This deck can reveal desires that are hidden and the path to attainment. It provides encouragement to reach for goals and the reminder that we all have wings; we just need to remember how to fly.

Describe yourself: Pure Nature
Keywords: Grace, Blooming, Youth, Freshness

This deck honors the natural world and brings a sense of fresh vitality to readings. It reminds us of the pleasures of nature and that we are an integral part of it. It is through this lens that this deck offers guidance, bringing to the fore the simultaneous ephemerality and eternal spirit that characterize nature. Like us, nature is eternal in its continuity of cycles, yet each flower has its day in the sun and so should be treasured while it blooms.

Describe me: All Is Connected
Keywords: Innovation, Transformation, Growth, Release

The butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.

How can we work together? White Rose of Hope
Keywords: Hope, Beacon, Solution, Beginnings

This deck is a resource that can be tapped into for solutions, guidance, and direction. It offers illumination to light the way forward.

Your strengths: Flower Spirit
Keywords: Friendship, Soul, Tenderness, Joy

The lovely artwork of the cards reveals everything the keywords mention above. The spirit of this deck is captured through the images, which convey how beautiful life can be. It encourages us to open our hearts and minds to the wondrous possibilities that are all around us and helps us to forge and strengthen our connection with them.

Your weaknesses: Eva
Keywords: Duplicity, Deception, Caution

Like a friend who fibs to spare your feelings, this deck may present things through rose-colored glasses and may not always be completely forthcoming. Whether this plays out in the form of actual deception or gentle glossing over remains to be seen, but there is wisdom to be gained here: knowing this aspect will encourage me to tune into my own awareness and intuition above all.

Our potential together: Elixir of Life
Keywords: Healing, Consolidation, Reinvigoration, Truth

Through the messages it conveys, this deck can provide guidance that brings about restoration and healing. While the indication of truth seems to veer from the card above, ultimately, it is a medium through which deeper understandings are conveyed that can bring about a consolidation of wisdom and encourage their integration.

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck: An Interview

A Jane Austen Tarot Deck by Jacqui Oakley
Image by Victoria Constantino

This deck interview uses the spread and corresponding questions by Katey Flowers.

In this charming deck, Clubs = Wands, Diamonds = Pentacles, Hearts = Cups, and Spades = Swords.

The Deck’s Personality

I found this deck to be very forthright, refreshingly so, allaying my initial concerns that it would offer only surface readings lacking any real depth. It has substance and a certain manner of getting to the heart of things, conveying truth in no uncertain terms—much like Jane Austen herself.

Additional Aspects

One thing to note about the deck—and this may be considered a benefit or a compromise—is that, because it is structured on playing cards and doubles as a gameplay deck, the Major Arcana cards are duplicated over the Minor Arcana. For example, The World is also the Ace of Diamonds (Pentacles), The Sun doubles as the Nine of Clubs (Wands), and so on. Ultimately, as with any tarot deck, the reader should use their instinct to direct them in the interpretation, considering the question, the situation at hand, the influences of surrounding cards, and what their intuition is telling them.

In a feature perhaps more suited for novice readers or those who read purely for entertainment, the accompanying guidebook distills the essence of each card into a single word. Those are included in parentheses following each card below.

What can you teach me? Jack of Clubs (Energy)

This deck accurately conveys the energy of a situation or undertaking. It has a firm pulse on the inner workings and motivations of a thing or situation; it is an instrument of acute vibrational attunement.

Describe yourself: 7 of Spades/The Chariot (Assertion)

Before doing this interview spread, I gave myself a reading and came to the conclusion that this deck’s personality is characterized by forthrightness, as mentioned above. My observation is confirmed in this card, whose keyword is, aptly enough, assertion.

Describe me: 2 of Diamonds (Adaptability)

Go with the flow, live and let live, make the best of every situation. What can I say? Adaptability is my superpower.

How can we work together? 3 of Diamonds (Collaboration)

I love the literalness of this. Yes, we will indeed be working together collaboratively. It’s the beginning of a beautiful partnership.

Your strengths: 3 of Hearts (Celebration) & 5 of Diamonds/The Hierophant (Tradition)

This deck celebrates traditions—again, so literal! It honors the beloved author, embodying the essence of her personality and her persona as a writer, while embracing the lovely heritage her work encompasses. The strengths that shine through in this deck are some of the same strengths that defined her life, work, and personality.

Your weakness: 7 of Hearts (Choice)

This deck’s weakness is not really a weakness, per se. This card simply confirms that the deck cannot dictate for us, that ultimately it can only guide us as we rely on our free will to make our own choices and determine our fate. This card seems to say, The choice is yours and reminds us that we are the masters of our own reality. After all, as Jane Austen wrote, “We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

Our potential together: Ace of Diamonds/The World (Completion)

Ah, this is interesting. The World comes to say that this deck can be a powerful tool to help guide me to the best outcomes in any situation, and its aspect as the Ace of Pentacles indicates it can help steer me toward new beginnings and help me to see new potential. Whatever questions I bring to it, it will be a loyal companion, assisting me in ways that will benefit my highest good and show me accurately the outcomes so I can make informed decisions and move ahead in confidence.