September: The Month According to Tarot

Image of tarot spread for the month of September
Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

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.

Gaining Perspective

Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi
Image by Victoria Constantino

Like The Hanged Man in the tarot, we could all sometimes use a change in perspective. But this can present its own challenges. How do we know when we need to step back from something, think outside of the box, gain further clarity? The short answer is: when we feel stuck or stagnant, when we aren’t progressing, when we feel the excitement and enthusiasm for something we once celebrated or looked forward to has vanished. When the ideas aren’t coming or the next steps aren’t presenting themselves.

Tarot can be helpful when it comes to seeking advice or guidance. If you’re here reading this blog, you probably know that already. Beyond that, finding clarity can be a phone call (or text message, or email, or visit) away. Conversations with others can open our eyes to things we never considered before. That one friend (you know the one) who helps you figure things out just through asking questions or making casual observations. Talking with people you know less well can also be eye-opening, as they may be able to offer insights more objectively.

Gaining perspective is usually simple—and often, the simpler, the better (or more effective). Getting out in nature, going somewhere you’ve never been before, spending time away from your usual environment can do wonders. Something like this is often the catalyst that gets the ideas flowing again. After time away from the usual scenery, especially if you’ve been confined to a certain locale due to the pandemic, you tend to come back with fresh eyes.

If we’ve been holding onto a problem for a while, it can be hard to let go of the need to find the solution, but that is often exactly what is needed for it to make itself known. When we shift our focus to something we can appreciate or we otherwise get into the receiving mode, we create a path that allows what we’ve been asking for to flow to us. Followers of the Law of Attraction know this well. Let go to receive. It’s usually when we stop looking for the answer that the answer comes.

For all you seekers, here’s a spread you can use to support your process:

Image by Victoria Constantino
  1. What am I not seeing?
  2. Where could I use some perspective?
  3. How can I gain perspective?