May: The Month According to Tarot

A tarot spread for the month of May including the Eight of Pentacles, The Hermit, The Empress, the Six of Swords, the Knight of Cups, and the Queen of Wands.
Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month may bring powerful manifestations, and the conditions are right for the seeds of our intentions to sprout, for us to start seeing attainment of our hopes, dreams, and desires. This month, whatever you are working on, go for it! The energies are strongly supporting your manifestations and creations. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get clear on what you want, set goals, and tune into your heart’s desires. You are a powerful creator and you can make the magic happen. You can create the life you wish. Now is the time to reach for the sky, and believe you can get there. Tuning into our expectations and beliefs this month and making any adjustments can be rewarding. Believe in yourself and make it happen!

Q1: What are the overall energies of May? Eight of Pentacles

This month shows us reaping the rewards of our efforts and focus. The goals we have been working toward are beginning to bear fruit, and the seeds we have nurtured are starting to sprout. Reward and gain, achievement and recognition, notable (and noticeable) progress are all being made manifest this month. May inches us ever-closer to summer in the Northern hemisphere, and the abundance of blossoms we see all around is echoed in the potent energies of manifestation and creative fertility that are increasing in the weeks to come, destined to reach their peak in the few months ahead. Everything is cyclical, and as we live our human lives, we feel these cycles too, as the wheel of the year turns and our experiences are echoed in the rise and fall of the sun, the warmth of spring and the cold of winter, the peaks of lush, fragrant abundance and the cool retreat of the plant kingdom into the frozen underworld. Now, we can embrace the beauty and prosperity that are all around us. We may receive fresh ideas and new excitement, burgeoning enthusiasm for new projects and goals or for what we know not yet.

Q2: Week 1: The Hermit

The Hermit says it’s time to retreat into your heart, into your mind, into the truth of who you are. Think of the fertile soil in which seeds hide. There, they gestate and grow and, when the conditions are right, they begin to manifest into the world above. When we retreat within, we can weed the garden and make room for the seeds we will plant. We can add nutrients to the soil to make it a fertile place and decide what we will plant there. When the time is right—and only we will know when it is—we can then plant the seeds and water and nurture them until they sprout. These seedlings hold so much possibility, and so do we. We can plant anything we want. The more we feed and nurture the new life, the faster, stronger, and healthier it will grow. This is the energy of The Hermit—the retreat within to do the inner work, to heal, to clear and release, to connect to our intuition and find the answers we seek to forge a bright new path ahead. The Hermit holds the lantern and is sometimes associated with a guide figure. While we hold our own guidance within, we can also call on our allies for support whenever we need it.

Q3: Week 2: The Empress

The Empress lives in abundance and fertility. Her world is one of her own creation; she is a self-made woman, a woman in her power. This card pertains to all, not just feminine energies, even though it is strongly feminine in nature. We all have within us both masculine and feminine. We may be guided to seek balance if things are off-kilter and to come to a place of fertile resonance and harmony in our own hearts and minds. The Empress may also represent the divine feminine on a greater scale, or the divine feminine in your own life—a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. She may be you—who you are now or what you are striving to achieve. The Empress represents creativity and creation, and indicates the power each one of holds to manifest whatever we wish. In regards to manifestation, The Empress indicates the receiving mode—that state of being or vibration in which we allow all we desire to flow to us unfettered. This week, the energies are fertile for creation and creativity. Abundance and prosperity are flowing, and we can choose to get into the stream and receive.

Q4: Week 3: Six of Swords

The Six of Swords finds us sailing into something new, which could be a manifestation or the attainment of a goal we have been working toward. We may be sailing away from one situation and into a better one. We may be freed from blocks or a situation that held us back, gaining an increasing sense of freedom and hope. Where swords represent the mind and sixes are associated with harmony, this card may see us becoming unblocked, gaining clarity, or being freed from constraints that once bound us. We are working through the conflict of the Five of Swords, coming into greater understanding and gaining awareness or perspective on events that may previously have felt unresolvable. Our focus, intention-setting, goals, hopes, and wishes are becoming evident, our thoughts turning to things as we begin to sail into hope, into improved circumstances and a better way of life. A new phase is beginning.

Q5: Week 4: Knight of Cups

With new beginnings often comes idealism, and that can be a great thing. The Knight of Cups may be asking us to focus on (and believe in) the highest possible outcome. If you are embarking on something new, traveling, accepting an offer, or starting out on a new path, cycle, or phase in your life, believing in the best possibilities will serve you well. After all, we get what we expect. Cups are linked to the emotions, and especially to the heart. This card can sometimes indicate travel, positive change, or an exciting new relationship. It can also sometimes urge us to consider our options carefully and know when it serves us to be practical and when we need to let loose and have a little fun. Only you will know what is right for you. This week may bring something fun to consider and is a good week to travel.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for May: Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is linked to powerful manifestation and creativity, and as an energy, she brings vitality, prosperity, vibrance, and warmth. She is generous and active, enthusiastic and passionate. This month, she may be guiding us to be true to our hearts, to not give up on our dreams, and to pursue our ideas with zest and creativity. “You can do it,” she reminds us, and, “you’ve got this!” This month, ventures bring fulfillment, dreams become reality, and things that were mere seeds of ideas become clay in our hands, which we are moulding and shaping in every moment with our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, goals, and desires. This month, do the thing! You were born for this. Keep going. Believe in yourself. You really have got this.

Tarot: Trusting Your Intuition

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot
Image by Victoria Constantino

When it comes to interpreting tarot, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend throwing out the guidebook, but trusting your own intuition above all is important. It’s best when you have a working knowledge of the usual meanings of cards and can then draw from that tradition as a springboard to further your understanding. A deepening of understanding comes when you tune into what your intuition is telling you the cards mean—for you in particular, or for the specific querent you are reading for. 

Decks that include symbolism (in contrast to minimalist decks) provide a rich tradition from which we can draw. The symbols themselves—which can be represented by figures or archetypes, animals, what we would traditionally think of as symbols (such as planetary representations), and colors—provide a rich depth of meaning we can use to create interpretations that are unique to us or the querent. Do butterflies symbolize something specific to you, or does the number four hold a certain meaning that only you would know? Those are influences that can factor into your interpretation of the cards. 

If the guidebook says X about a certain card, but you are feeling Y, always trust your instinct. Cards carry messages that impact us where we are, in the moment in which we are interpreting them. Whether a card is a reflection of your current energies or station, represents future possibilities, or what is at the end of the path you are currently on is something a guidebook cannot tell you. This is where your intuition becomes key. The same card could mean something completely different to you depending on when you draw it and where you are energetically at the time.

When you are first starting out with tarot or trying to strengthen your connection to your intuition, writing down your thoughts about each card in a journal can yield insights. Try doing this before consulting the guidebook—you may surprise yourself. When you’re done writing out your interpretation, you can then review what the guidebook says about the card and look for any common threads. This can assist you as you are learning about the cards and can help you develop your eye for symbolism as well as your interpretive capacity. It can also help you to trust yourself more as you confirm your insights with the guidebook’s interpretations, realizing, however, that you may produce deeper insights about the card and its meaning that the guidebook does not delve into.

Trust—that is, trusting our own wisdom and understanding—goes a long way toward improving our ability to obtain meaning and significance from a reading. As with most things, time, commitment, patience, and continued practice will help you to strengthen your connection to your intuition.

Tarot: The Journey Within

Decks: Soul Cards Tarot & Blue Bird Lenormand
Image by Victoria Constantino

Tarot is a reflection of ourselves. When we hold a deck, a sort of energetic transference takes place. It is a connection that takes place all day, every day, and it is as natural as breathing. Anytime we hold something, we are connecting with its energy. It may not be a conscious connection, but it happens nonetheless. When we consider that everything is energy, this isn’t so surprising. Those who are sensitive to energy can connect with objects in this way and obtain any information they may hold.

Anyone who has worked with energy tools, like pendulums and tarot, for any significant period of time will tell you that you can get a skewed or false reading if your energy is off, or not aligned. If you are upset or impatient or having a bad day, for example, or if your thoughts are scattered or you are experiencing anxiety, the cards will reflect this. That is why it is so important to breathe deeply or otherwise connect in to a place of peace before entering a reading, whether you are receiving it or performing it, for yourself or another. Many practitioners develop their own rituals around this, and often, those may include prayer or calling on higher guidance or allies for a message. It can simply involve calling on the highest truth and light to assist with the reading. This is a way of ensuring the truth and accuracy of the cards and interpretation, and that it comes from a place of light to bring clarity and wisdom to the querent.

The way we approach a reading is also connected to the expectations we have for it. If we enter a reading with doubt that it will be of any value, then the cards will reflect that. However, if we enter the reading in a place of trust or positive expectation, expecting clarity to come from it, then that is what the cards will deliver. In precisely the way that the cards reflect our energy, they are also a powerful reflective tool that allows us to peer within. Of course, we can ask the cards anything, which opens up infinite possibilities of exploration for us. If we are examining what we need to release that we may not be aware of, or anything that may be coming up for clearing and healing, or even how best to go about doing the work of healing, the cards can be a valuable tool that allows us infinite insight into our interior landscape.

When we are attuned to our intuition, we can gain exponentially greater value from a reading. In this ideal interpretive space, we can go far, far beyond what the guidebook says to find the meaning and interpretation that is meant especially for us and our specific situation and experience. Certain symbols on the cards may catch our eye, for example; those can hold meanings that we can interpret in ways that are particular to us and, in this way, provide us with unique value. Trusting our instincts when it comes to the interpretation is key, as it opens us up to a greater flow of information. As soon as we doubt, we put up blocks to anything that might want to come through. Overall, tarot provides a medium through which we can tap into deeper and deeper layers of healing, awareness, and understanding that bring us further in our journey into the interior.

March: The Month According to Tarot

March tarot spread
Soul Cards Tarot by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

March is coming in with a grounded energy and aspects of strength and stability. We are being asked to hold steady and stand strong in our truth and confidence so that we can manifest with greater ease and clarity. There is a balance of masculine and feminine energies coming in this month, and each lends its own supporting energies to the tasks at hand. The spread tells a story: beginning with The Magician, we focus our thoughts on what we want to create, then move forward into the intellectual, idea-driven energy of the Queen of Swords, where we tap into visualization, goal-setting, and planning before heading into the energy of the enthusiastic, adventurous King of Wands, who adds a sprinkling of good fortune and delivers manifestations into the physical before sending us to the prosperity and success inherent in the Four of Pentacles.

The Knight of Pentacles, along with the Four of Pentacles, The Emperor (the number four card in the Major Arcana), and Strength (which doubles the four to bring us eight, its placement in the Major Arcana) tells its own story of co-creative partnerships, especially that of our earth selves with our divine aspects and allies, who are echoing our efforts in the realms of the unseen—doubling our efforts, as it were. This points to potent manifestations and unlimited abundance. Our efforts are magnified and echo throughout the dimensions in which we are creating. It also indicates that our previous efforts are being compounded with the current energies to bring forth tremendous success and prosperity. The Page of Swords comes in as guidance from the Universe, encouraging us to pursue our interests with diligence and nurture our curiosity with further study as we strengthen our knowledge. This provides us with the stable footing upon which we can build something that will last.

Q1: What is the overall energy of March? The Emperor & Knight of Pentacles

The Emperor is a strong, powerful leader who can represent a foundational aspect of a situation, manifestation, goal, or relationship, or someone who is key in this way. Represented by the number four, he epitomizes strength and stability. With the Knight of Pentacles, who tells of slow, steady growth that provides support for the long term, these two make a powerful combination that brings in grounding and stabilizing energies for the month. Being that manifestation is in focus this month, as the first week’s energy is represented by The Magician, this combination indicates that we are supported by universal energies that are bringing in stabilizing forces to provide us with a stronghold that will support our dreams and goals and all we are creating. This pair points to slow, steady, stable growth as we are building something that will last.

Q2: Week 1: The Magician

Staying focused on our goals is key this week. We are creating as never before, reaching new heights in our ability to manifest. We are alchemists of own reality. Keeping our thoughts focused on the positive and ensuring that our beliefs align with our desires will take us far. Kick out those doubts! They have no place in your future. In fact, any negative belief on any subject will block your manifestations or slow them down. This week, let’s focus on the magic. Allow yourself to dream big and see yourself in your highest and best reality. Remember that you’re not stuck with one goal; just as energy is never static, neither are we, and that means our goals are always evolving as we identify new preferences and make adjustments to previous ones.

Q3: Week 2: Queen of Swords

From the ideation phase to setting clear goals, the Queen of Swords is a powerful creator. She is a visionary who brings dreams to life and visions into reality. This queen is powerful and her inner strength shines through in all she does. The Strength card appearing in week four echoes her energy throughout the rest of the month. This is the week to use your mental power to focus and gain clarity on your goals and dreams, without limiting your manifestations by getting too specific. Think getting into the energy of the end result—seeing yourself driving the new car without giving any attention to how you got it (leave that part up to the universe; it knows the fastest route to get you to where you want to be, and that is probably not a route you would even be aware of). The Queen of Swords lends energies of clarity and focus that support us in visualizing this week.

Q4: Week 3: King of Wands

The King of Wands is enthusiastic and his adventurous nature is evidence of his association with the fire element. Fire is associated with the will, freedom, choice, and manifestation. This card brings a dose of good fortune and indicates success and imminent manifestations. Dreams and visions may spring to life this week, and they appear even quicker when we stand behind them with confidence and belief that they will come about. The fours, Strength, and the Knight of Pentacles in this spread lend viability to the manifestations that the king’s energy brings about. The energies this week support the idealism, zest for life, enthusiasm, honesty, and integrity this king represents. This card also carries aspects of individuality and personal freedom, so the manifestations coming forth this week may also help to support our personal sovereignty.

Q5: Week 4: Four of Pentacles & Strength

The Four of Pentacles in this spread represents solid foundations for our manifestations, success and stability in the material realm, and prosperity in all aspects of our lives. This empowers us with the strength to be able to elevate in other areas of our lives from a place of comfort and stability. The strength in this area helps us to be stronger in others, and supports us as we walk our path and serve our purpose and mission for this lifetime. These cards together are also an indication that we are supported in all regards by our allies in the nonphysical. This support is a stronghold of energy that boosts us and supports us in our earthly lives. Through our inner strength, and our belief in ourselves and in our goals and purpose, we reach a greater place of stability and build from that strong foundation. A strong foundation ensures that we can build higher and reach new heights.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for March: Page of Swords

The page shows us branching off into something new, starting fresh, and perhaps even shifting our perspective to gain greater clarity. We are encouraged to pursue intellectual studies and follow our curiosity to boost our knowledge and understanding about things we are interested in, remembering that we are interested in them for a reason. Our interest could be a cue from our higher self, who places guideposts to lead us toward our mission and our goals. We are asked to trust ourselves and have confidence yet set ego aside and pursue our quest with authenticity. This card may indicate that we are ready to expand and embrace new challenges.

Whatever you are working on, whatever your goals, now is the time to dream big and aim high. We are elevating further and faster than ever before. Believing in ourselves and moving forward with confidence, our sights set on the end result, will get us to our goals quicker than we ever imagined was possible. We are powerfully supported by a loving universe, which asks us to be clear and focused in answer to the question: What are you manifesting?

January: A Reading for the Collective

Image by Victoria Constantino
Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

The reading this month tells a powerful story of closure, attainment, new beginnings, success, opportunity, and manifestations that lead us to a place of peace, comfort, prosperity, fulfillment, and joy. We have done the inner work and are ready to move on and welcome great things into our lives, circumstances and situations that bring us happiness and fruitful new ways of living, being, doing, and thinking that benefit us in every way and help us to uplevel. The upheavals of the past have transformed the ground we stand on, ripping apart the crumbling structures and allowing us to create solid foundations to support a future that will, in turn, support us. We have shifted into something so much greater than we ever would have dreamed, even a year ago. We can look back on our progress and feel deeply into gratitude for how strong and brave we have been, and for allowing ourselves to heal and expand beyond our comfort zones. We have reached new heights and in the process, have learned so much more about ourselves for having sounded the depths of our being to discover how strong and powerful we truly are. We have risen like the Phoenix from the ashes, reborn again from fire, transmuted into something more magnificent than ever before. We now realize why we had to burn.

Q1: What is the overall energy of January? Nine of Cups

The nine indicates the energy of endings that will be prevalent throughout this month. Situations, relationships, and cycles that have reached a point of fulfillment are coming to a close. The Nine of Cups foretells a fullness and great joy. We may be rewarded for work well done, and could receive abundant new opportunities and blessings that assist and support us in our growth and allow us to move forward on our path. This card can also speak of happy endings, as we may reach points of closure that have been long-anticipated or long-awaited. We are at an emotional point on our journey, and abundant joy is becoming available to us with new changes, developments, and opportunities this month.

Q2: Week 1 energy: The World

As the number 21 card, The World is the final placement in the Major Arcana. It is indicative of achievement, mastery, fulfillment, and wholeness. You have reached the end of a journey or major cycle in your life, and congratulations are in order. This point marks a significant achievement, which could be apparent in your physical reality or hidden in the spiritual realm, beyond sight as an energetic reality. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done, and take time to celebrate your achievements and successes. The number 21 is significant, as it indicates new beginnings and partnerships, and manifestations borne of co-creation. Our focus and allowing have opened the doors for us to receive all that is good and abundant and that is meant for us.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

This happy card indicates abundance on all levels, material comfort, pleasure, success, good fortune, and overall happiness and well-being. It also relates to stability, family (especially a lucrative family business), and property. There is an indication of legacies being built and established, or passed onto the next generation. Those of you who may be considering starting a business are especially supported in doing so now, as this could provide a foundation of support for you and your family for generations to come. Inheritances of the material, emotional, and spiritual kind could be integral to the events of this week. We may be reaping the rewards of our efforts in clearing family karma and in upleveling through healing and energy work; this very important work can have positive effects on our family line and those connected to us through our DNA. As we clear, release, transmute, and heal, we make room to hold more light. We are guided to welcome in the light as we clear out the old. Spending time in the sunlight this week, and grounding often, will be especially beneficial. There is a strong aspect of completion and closure related to family.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Magician

We are capable of manifesting powerfully. As creators of our own realities, we may be seeing stronger evidence of our intentions and goals as they come into fruition and begin to make themselves evident in our lives. Opportunities may come our way, and we may be guided to take the path of least resistance, as we flow with the magic the universe sends our way. Finding alignment with our inner being—whether through art, creativity, joy, laughter, fun, or meditation—can open the floodgates to receiving or allow our desires to seep in through the cracks. How much are we allowing and how much are we blocking? Often, when we examine the reasons we are putting up blocks of resistance, we find that they are as flimsy and inconsequential as leaves blown by the wind. When we remember how powerful we truly are, we realize that nothing is off-limits to us. As the number one card in the Major Arcana, The Magician symbolizes new opportunities, focus, determination, and thoughts and efforts made manifest. This could arrive as guidance to focus your thoughts in ways that serve you, to think positively, and to think only about what you want, or it could be a sign that what you have been working to create and the seeds of intention you planted are now beginning to sprout.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Ten of Cups

In this final week of January, the Nine of Cups indicated for the month’s overall energy leads into the Ten of Cups, as though in a natural, sequential progression. The changes, developments, opportunities, abundance, and good fortune indicated by the Nine of Cups becomes the completion and integration of the Ten of Cups, which brings us deep comfort, harmony, and a sense of peace and well-being. The rewards and manifestations this month has ushered in now find us in a place of happiness and security. This week it is beneficial to revel in joys, however small, and to feel authentically into appreciation and gratitude for the abundance and comfort we are able to experience in our lives. Doing so will magnetize more of it to us and allows us to perpetuate the momentum of comfort, domestic peace, harmony, love, and anything else we choose to feel into gratitude for.

Q6: Guidance from the universe for January: Six of Pentacles

Maintaining harmony in all we do and appreciating our abundance serves us well throughout the month. Where we have the ability to be generous to others, we are guided to give, as we can all give from where our cup overflows. We may be rich in laughter or in resources. We are guided to enjoy our abundance, in whatever form it may take, to the fullest extent, to allow ourselves to fill with joy, and to recognize where we can uplift others, whether materially or emotionally. Generosity, giving and receiving with joyful authenticity, are strong aspects of this card. We are asked to look on others—who may have less than we do or who may be struggling—with kindness and compassion, as we recognize we are all on different parts of the journey, and are all here playing different roles for one another. When we see ourselves as one, we see the divine in the face of the lone wanderer, in the eyes of a child, and in the aged as equally as we see it within ourselves. Looking on others with an understanding of our connection and unity fosters deep love within the collective that creates shifts and is felt by all. We can always choose to be kind.

December: A Reading for the Collective

Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, we are asked to do the inner work, to heal and clear what does not serve us and send it into the light for transmutation. We are also asked to protect our energy and stay focused on our goals in order to receive the opportunities and manifestations that are waiting for us. This month carries a lot of opportunity, and we are guided to not let anything knock us off our path, no matter how challenging it may be. Read on to discover what each week holds and the overall guidance this month from the universe.

Q1: What is the overall energy of December? Three of Wands

The Three of Wands is a strong indicator of manifestations coming to us this month. This is also a time of profound growth and expansion. We have the opportunity to uplevel in many ways in our lives, all of which begin with the spiritual. As we allow more of what we want to come to us, it begins showing up in manifested form, whether through ideas, situations and circumstances, or physical objects. This is a time of great abundance, and as we align our beliefs with our desires, we can receive new manifestations and opportunities. The Three of Wands also guides us to continue working toward our goals and shows our efforts bearing fruit. We may begin reaping the rewards of our dedication and applied skill this month. As we shift our intentions toward our desires, hidden forces conspire to deliver to us the fruits of our asking. This month rewards goal-setting, self-expression, and creativity.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Four of Swords

Our guidance this week is to rest. By allowing ourselves some downtime, getting extra sleep, and relaxing, we create the time and space in which we can heal, which furthers our growth on every level. This week, as we release, clear, and process what does not serve us, we make room to let in the light. Relaxing and clearing our minds from any worries and stress, and reaching for things that make us feel happy, brings us into the receiving mode and allows what is good to flow to us. When we are in the flow state, we magnetize good things to us and receive answers to our questions, along with clarity, new ideas, and physical manifestations. Jumping off the mental hamster wheel this week will allow for a reset. On the other side of it, we will be able to easily and quickly find better ideas and think with greater clarity and positivity. There is an aspect this week of clearing energetic blockages around the mental and emotional bodies in our auric field. Spending time in meditation and visualizing golden light around us and within us can help to clear and transmute those energies and fill and strengthen our field with more light. This protects us, energizes us, and prepares us to better handle what comes next.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Five of Wands

Fives indicate change and wands are associated with the will, motivation, passion, inspiration, drive, and manifestation. Our goals may be shifting this week and we may begin seeing things in a new light. Our ideas may be gathering momentum and reaching a fulcrum point on which they will pivot. We may start seeing expansion and changes in unexpected ways, as well as movement in situations that were previously stagnant, or even those that we thought were steady and stable. Aspects that were on pause could now begin to move and shift. New challenges could make themselves known this week; we can choose to look at them as opportunities, and they may in fact be blessings in disguise. Unexpected changes are flowing this week and it may be best to go with the flow and take the path of least resistance, as a detour may lead us to just the place we never knew we wanted to go. When we find ourselves there, we may realize it was better than anything we were expecting or had asked for.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Seven of Swords

It may be of critical importance this week to stay focused on our goals and not let anything sway us from our path. In the face of challenges, we can choose to let ourselves be knocked off our path or to stay the course. We are guided to keep coming back to our truth and to protect our boundaries. Remaining aware of the intentions of others and knowing who we can trust and whom we should guard ourselves against can play into the events of this week. Remember that you can determine the people you allow into your personal space. Knowing when to distance yourself from others and becoming aware of false motives from those who pass themselves off as genuine could be of the utmost importance now. It may be necessary to create stronger boundaries around yourself and to protect your energy, as not all visitors are welcome, and not all visitors are physical. Striving to move forward with integrity in all that you do and maintaining your integrity are also highlighted. We are asked to proceed with truth and clarity and remember who we truly are—divine beings sourced from pure, positive energy.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Temperance

This could be a good week to set a budget and stick to it. Practicing frugality is highlighted, as is planning ahead for the future, both financially and otherwise. Looking at the resources you have with gratitude rather than looking at what you don’t have with regret will bring you more of what you appreciate. We are asked to be aware of our vibration this week. Abraham-Hicks notes that sometimes, when we think we are focused on the thing we want, we are actually focused (vibrationally) on its absence. This week, we are guided to call on our allies to help promote greater balance, harmony, and peace in our lives, minds, and hearts. Calling on our allies for assistance is a good supplement to doing the work—of healing, meditation, and any other internal work we are focused on, such as changing our mindset to one of positivity and shifting our expectations to the positive. Know that you are worthy and deserving of everything you desire, and remember that you are a powerful creator who is shaping your reality from moment to moment simply by your focused thought and intention.

Q6: Guidance from the universe for December: Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands guides us to expect positive outcomes and is a strong indicator of new opportunities, adventures, developments, and manifestations coming to us this month. We are asked not to let anything or anyone distract us or get in our way—not challenges, nor disappointments, nor upsets of any kind. This month, we would benefit from maintaining our focus on our dreams, goals, and desires and taking action toward making them happen when it feels right to take it. When we begin to second-guess ourselves or start to doubt our ideas, we may be killing something beautiful before it ever has a chance to blossom. We may see opportunities where we least expect them this week, and we are asked to be open to possibilities we may never have considered before. This month’s energy supports new beginnings, fresh starts, and creative opportunities.

November: A Reading for the Collective

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True to form, the eleventh month of one of the most transformative years in history promises more change. The number eleven represents a gateway energy; the two ones side by side look like a door, and eleven symbolizes the transitory mechanism as one reality transitions into another, or one type of energy transmutes into another, higher form. All of the cards representing the energies for each week in this month are Major Arcana. This tells of karmic, life-changing, and fated events. Some of these events may have to do with our life path, purpose, and soul mission. We can expect powerful changes—sea changes—to happen for us this month. Some may be unexpected, and some may be less than welcome, but know that all is a part of everything working out for your highest good.

Q1: What is the overall energy of November? Seven of Wands

The Seven of Wands is a reminder to stand strong and remain courageous. It tells us that we have what it takes to be victorious as we face any challenges head-on and fight for what we believe in. When we push through, one step at a time, toward our goals, always focusing on the outcome we want and keeping it in mind, we ensure that we are steadily getting closer to achieving our desired results. We can accomplish anything we desire with perseverance, and belief in ourselves is a powerful ingredient that commands our success. 

Know that you have what it takes to win any battles and to overcome every challenge, and that you can always draw from the well of inner strength that comes from the magnificent, limitless part of who you really are. And you are never fighting alone; you can always call on your allies in the nonphysical for their support. Your team in spirit is always there for you, but because they cannot interfere with your free will, you have to ask them for their help. Know that you are divinely loved and supported, and you are never alone. Your team of light is always on your side, always loving you, ready and willing to help when you call on them. 

Q2: Week 1 energy: The Devil

This card signifies the old structures of control, and the darkness and chaos that is rising to the surface to be cleared. Light is already dominant on our planet, although if we are just looking at what isn’t working, we can miss seeing what is working (and working beautifully). This earth continues on its trajectory, and we stay grounded to it, living our lives and continuing to manifest, create, and seed new desires as we set intentions for improved conditions and continue to co-create a better life and a better world for ourselves and others.

We won’t get what we want by focusing on what we don’t want, and this card is a reminder, together with the Seven of Wands, to summon the great strength and courage that is within every one of us to stay focused on the positive, even in the midst of the darkness. We are asked to always look to the light, to celebrate what is good and joyful and happy. We are asked to keep love in our hearts, to look on others with compassion, and to realize that we are all one. Separation is an illusion. As more and more of us focus on improved conditions and celebrate the beauty in our lives and everything that is worth appreciating, we strengthen and give energy and momentum to the light.

Q3: Week 2 energy: The World

As the final card in the Major Arcana, The World is a card of victory, success, and congratulations. We have been on a journey that may have been long and arduous, and this card shows us reaching a place of enlightenment. This card is a reminder that we are all in this together. When we lift one another up, we rise much faster. Our world is reaching the end of a cycle, and in our own lives, we may see this play out as certain aspects come to a close and new ones begin to flow in. This card represents fulfillment and the mastery of lessons. We have reached new understandings, gained significant wisdom, and have come to know ourselves on deeper and deeper levels. The more we understand ourselves, the better we can understand our place in the world, serve others, and fulfill our life path and purpose in more meaningful, long-lasting ways.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Chariot

The Chariot showed up for us last month in week 2, and its energy carries over into this month—it’s go time, this card seems to indicate. We are still being guided to stay the course and keep our focus on where we are going, not where we have been, and certainly not on where we don’t want to be. We are being asked to relentlessly keep our eyes on our desired destination so that we can be sure to reach it without straying from the path. Let’s continue to move ahead, move up, move forward, and honor and acknowledge our progress and accomplishments along the way. As we look around us in gratitude, appreciating the things we like about our lives and circumstances, we invite more of that energy—whether abundance, joy, or fulfillment—to flow to us.

This card can also indicate that things are moving quickly. Travel, moving, and transportation may be lining up for some of you. The Chariot hints, too, at opposing forces; we may need to stay strong and stick to our ethics, principles, and ideals yet remain attuned to our intuition so that we are not stubbornly holding onto something that doesn’t actually serve us just because it once did. Part of the process of growth is expanding beyond old beliefs, habits, and ways of thinking and doing, and sometimes that means walking away from what isn’t serving you anymore. It is important to know when to stick to our principles and when to let go of something and expand our minds and our energies into greater awareness. Sometimes this card can indicate a conflict within; the opposing forces may be between old beliefs and new ones coming in. Spending time in thought and in journaling can help you sort it out. When this card relates to willpower, you may need to take control over a situation or circumstances in your life. Like the Seven of Wands—and The Chariot is the seventh card in the Major Arcana—it can be guidance to stand strong and to fight for what you believe in.

Q5: Week 4 energy: The Hermit

After the battle, we go within. The Hermit can be like a healing chamber. This week, we are asked to practice self-care and introspection. Journaling, walks in nature, and time spent in the sun can be beneficial. If the battles we have been fighting this month have been mental or emotional, we need to take time to rest our minds this week and process what we’ve experienced to gain further clarity and understanding. The Hermit is a wise one who represents solitude and inner wisdom. Spending time alone to regroup and gather your thoughts will help you. The Hermit can also represent a guide figure, like a guardian, angel, or guide, and seeing this card can be a nudge or a reminder to call on your allies to assist you with whatever you need, whether that is healing, clarity, or emotional support.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for November: Queen of Swords

Make no mistake—this queen speaks her mind and she comes to advise us this month to cut through the bull, to speak our minds, and to be done with playing small, once and for all. Those days are past, and we are advised to never, ever look back. She comes to say, remember who you are. Speak your truth. Stand in your light. Stay strong and be relentlessly positive, no matter what you are facing. You have what it takes to succeed in all that you do. Know that you have an inner power you can draw on, and an inner strength the likes of which would amaze you. We are powerful, at the core of who we are, and our power is beyond measure. Rise up in joy, in confidence, and in love, because in those energies is the greatest power of all and the truth of who we are.

Daily Tarot Draws

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Pulling a card at the beginning of the day can offer a glimpse of what lies ahead. Just as you might choose to begin your day with a few quiet moments spent in reflection or meditation, doing breathwork, connecting to divine guidance, journaling, or repeating affirmations, tarot can support a practice of mindfulness. The beauty of tarot is that it is as versatile as the intention you apply to it. We can ask the cards anything, after all.

If you practice meditation or yoga, you may find it helpful to do those first before tuning into the cards. If yoga, meditation, or some other method of quieting the mind is not part of your routine, you may find it beneficial to first sit with quiet intention as you hold the cards. You can ask a specific question, and you can also pull a card that reflects the overall energies of the day ahead. It is important to remember that the information you receive isn’t set in stone; it can change just as your choices can change. The card you draw is a reflection of one possible outcome. Remember that you are a powerful creator of your own reality, so if you receive an answer you’re not satisfied with, set the intention for what you would like to see happen. You can always ask for further guidance by pulling more cards after setting your intention and fine-tune the unfolding as you plan your ideal day.

Following this practice with visualization can be helpful. Sitting for even 5 or 10 minutes imagining—really seeing and feeling—the outcome you desire can be so powerful. Doing this daily can be life-changing. We can focus on a long-term goal, and use every day to take one step closer to that goal. A day at a time, a step at a time, we move closer to realizing our goals. Tarot can be valuable in answering our questions about possible outcomes as well. But it is important to remember to always tune into your intuition above all. How you feel about something is your emotional barometer and tells you whether something is a good idea or not.

Ultimately, we can never precisely predict the future, but we can prepare ourselves energetically. Setting intentions for what we want to happen is a powerful tool that we all have at our disposal. We can look at tarot like an ally, much like crystals are allies. Tarot can support us in tapping into the energies at hand as we make use of the power of our will to create the change we desire.

October: A Reading for the Collective

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If one word could sum up 2020, it’s change. As we enter October, many of us are keenly aware that there are only three months left in the year. Years are energetic containers, which is why we can look back on some years and see prominent themes that applied to that specific year. It is the same with decades—every decade seems to hold its own style, theme, and personality. One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing these monthly readings is analyzing each month and exploring what that particular segment of time, or energetic container, might hold. What’s in store for October? What will the Universe deliver over the next four weeks? Here’s what the cards have to say.

Q1: What is the overall energy of October? Ace of Swords

This month brings clarity, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. We may have breakthrough ideas. Situations that have seemed stuck, blocked, or stagnant will suddenly start moving forward with ease and flow. The floodgates may open and bring a rush of inspiration and movement—energies that The Chariot in week 2 also supports. This month, remain open to inspiration and new ways of looking at things.

Q2: Week 1 energy: The Moon

To facilitate the flow of energy the Ace of Swords heralds, The Moon tells us that we first need to look within and spend time in introspection. Introspective work is the phrase that comes to mind. We are being guided to look closely and see beyond our shadows. Often, when we really look at fears and deeply held beliefs, we realize that the fears are flimsy, mere illusions that do not serve us, and that we have moved beyond some of those deeply held beliefs into new understanding. A close look can reveal things we were not aware we were still holding onto or that we did not realize were there. This awareness allows us to process and release anything not in alignment with our highest good. This is the work—intentionally examining what we need to let go of and replacing it with new thoughts, beliefs, and intentions that do serve us. I can’t becomes I can and I am capable and I am worthy. This is the work that allows us to move forward and makes room for the breakthrough ideas and inspiration that are in the offing throughout the month. The Moon can also bring forth enhanced creative abilities, intuition, imagination, and psychic abilities.

Q3: Week 2 energy: The Chariot

The Chariot represents a fast-moving energy. Hold onto the reins this week and maintain focus as you navigate, course-correcting as needed to ensure you stay on your path. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial factors to succeeding and moving ever-closer to your goals. Realizing that we are always on a path, and the path is never-ending as every place is a stop along the way on an eternal journey, may be key to really rooting into the importance of living in the now and enjoying where you are as much as possible in every moment. When we can find the joy in the moment, we can reach for a continually better-feeling place so that we rise up and allow more good to flow into our lives. Opening up to this joy is key to receiving the good we have been asking for. Finding inner stability, a place of solace, wisdom, and groundedness, a calm center of focus is important when things are shifting and in the face of rapid movement and change. Know when to reach for the still place within, and know that it is a place you can always turn to. The ability to find the joy in the moment is a way of coming into harmony as life’s chariot hurtles onward.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Empress

The Empress celebrates beauty, creativity, and the pleasures of the material world, and finds joy in abundance. Her power as a leader can be connected to the home or to business. This week, look for themes related to feminine authority and leadership, which can include mothers and maternal figures, mature women, and female business leaders who may impact or influence you in some way. Seeds may sprout this week that you planted earlier; those that do will see growth and favorable outcomes when consistently tended and nurtured with care. This card can sometimes point to opportunities to strengthen relationships with women in your life who fit the role of The Empress; these relationships are well worth tending and yield emotional rewards. The Empress is connected to Venus, indicating that love may be on the horizon or could enter your life this week. Venus is also associated with pleasure and beauty, which may come into fruition this week in some form or another.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Page of Cups

Following on the heels of The Empress, who can represent creativity, the Page of Cups often indicates undeveloped creativity, in the form of potential creative abilities or new ideas in the beginning stages. Cups represent emotions, and pages are young and inexperienced; as such, the Page of Cups can indicate an underdeveloped self-esteem, lack of confidence, lack of boundaries, openness, or being naive. Sometimes, the page can represent a person who embodies these qualities or who is young or inexperienced. This card can point to the need to establish stronger boundaries, trust yourself more, belief in yourself, and quit looking to others for approval or permission. It can also appear when you are relying on others for validation or for happiness. If this is the case, coming back to who you are and strengthening your boundaries and your sense of self is encouraged. When this card indicates creativity and new projects, it can encourage you to develop ideas and talents. This can be done by practicing to further develop and refine skills, and by learning more about a subject. When it comes to new projects and ideas, this card can be encouragement to pursue them and to do what is needed to bring them to the next stage of development. Continually elevating ideas, projects, and talents is done one step at a time, and consistency, focus, and practice help them to bear fruit.

Guidance from the Universe for October: The Magician

The energies this month are generative and supportive of new ideas (the Ace of Swords) and undertakings (the Page of Cups and The Empress). These energies are like fertilizer, and The Magician is us—we are the ones who plant the seeds, water and tend them, and apply the fertilizer to help them grow. As creators of our own realities, we are the architects of our own lives. We call our own shots. With confidence (Page of Cups), and having done the inner work (The Moon), we strengthen our ability to manifest. We get what we expect. If we expect good things to happen to us, they will. If we are strong in the belief that, for example, everything is always working out for us, then it will. The Magician comes to remind us of these truths. Confidence, knowing, belief, and expectation are so powerful, and the Universe is letting us know that these serve us especially well this month. This year has already brought powerful, profound, and deeply life-changing manifestations, and the year is not over yet. We are living in a time of rapid manifestation. That, combined with the knowing that our thoughts create our realities, and that we have the ability to focus our thoughts, and cause energy to flow in the direction of our thinking, is everything we need to know. We always have the ability to write our own destiny, and to rewrite our beliefs simply by choosing our thoughts. The Magician is encouragement from the Universe to make the most of the powerfully supportive energies this month by focusing our will, our thoughts, and our intentions on what we want, and not giving a moment’s thought to what we don’t want.

September: A Reading for the Collective

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September brings exciting new beginnings as both fresh and long-awaited manifestations are coming into being. New partnerships and collaborations, as well as joyful celebrations with friends and community are all an important part of this month. Read on to find out what each week has in store for us, and for the guidance and overall energy that will carry us through the weeks ahead.

Q1: What is the overall energy of September? Page of Wands

The Page of Wands shows us learning to wield our power in new ways. We may be focusing on specific manifestations this month. Remembering that where thoughts go, energy flows can be useful, especially in light of the fact that what we think about informs our vibration, which in turn attracts more of the same to us. As Wands are associated with the element of fire, this suit is connected to our passion. What are you passionate about and what steps do you feel motivated to take? Paying attention to what feels good, what thrills you, can provide an indication of your next steps. This Page also indicates new beginnings and fresh starts. You may see new relationships, career-related goals, things, and circumstances that you’ve long wished for begin to show up this month. Watch as the seeds you planted, some long ago and some recently, begin to sprout. Be open to learning new things and to new possibilities. You are gaining footing in new and significant areas of your life.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Seven of Swords

A tarot reader once described this card to me as having a vacillating energy that can appear sometimes when we are caught up in indecision or when we are waffling back and forth. If you find yourself in that energy, it is important to really tune in and pay attention to your inner guidance as you lean into trusting yourself more. Watch for situations that show you areas of weakness, either in your thinking, emotions, or in your self-confidence. Believing in yourself and moving forward with inner strength, determination, and in the knowing of your worthiness brings you closer to your true inner power. Remember that you are a divine, magnificent being. You are truly powerful, and knowing your true inner strength and power opens up a world of possibilities. Life offers us a great palette of choices, and it is up to us what we choose to paint. Paying attention to what feels good can be helpful as you navigate choices; your emotional guidance system, as Abraham-Hicks refers to it, is a built-in mechanism that shows you which way to go.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Two of Cups

The Two of Cups points to emotional partnerships. This can be the co-creative partnership between you and your higher self. It can also indicate fruitful connections and emotional relationships between significant others, friends, family, co-workers, and employers. For some of you, a new job or career advancement may be on the horizon. New relationships are developing and existing ones are growing and reaching new levels. Nurturing relationships and connections is always beneficial, but especially so this week. Bonds are strengthening and deep healing may be taking place between you and others, especially in your emotional connections to one another. Honor those in your life simply by feeling into gratitude for the relationship, and that energy will not only be felt by the other, it will also be returned to you and will strengthen the energies between you.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Temperance

Be wise and practice discernment in all that you do. Connecting to your intuition and holding the intention of achieving a state of harmony will support you this week. Foster harmonious relationships by first embodying harmony in your thinking, and peace will follow. Practice patience with others and redirect your thoughts and energy toward compassion if you catch yourself in a judgmental space. Unity consciousness is important, and remembering that we all are one can be powerful; as each one of us is part of the collective, what one of us experiences is felt by all on some level. Reach for kindness and cooperation in your dealings with others, and be kind to yourself. Happy resolutions to long-stagnant situations may pleasantly surprise you. Look within this week and notice where inner growth is needed. Self-awareness is key as you navigate through life; notice where life is showing you opportunities for growth as you set your ego aside and make the decision to elevate your thinking and vibration, taking it moment by moment, situation by situation. As the number 14 card in the Major Arcana, Temperance is aligned with the creation of solid foundations: the number one indicates new beginnings and manifestations, and four carries the energies of strength, solidity, stability, and groundedness; by embodying harmony and peace, we create the outward manifestation of these, which sets us on solid ground and establishes strong foundations for our future.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Three of Cups

The Three of Cups has a celebratory energy that builds on the partnership energies of the Two of Cups from week 2, and on the energies of harmony and cooperation from week 3. This feels like a culmination of positive momentum that has been building throughout the month and reaches a happy fulfillment of celebratory energy and harmonious resolutions. This week ushers in fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and celebrations and gatherings are highlighted. Community, friends, family, and joyful collaborations are a significant part of this week. It is important to make time for happiness and fun, and allow yourself to enjoy the feelings of fulfillment. Soak in the nurturing energies of emotional warmth and joy, and allow them to strengthen and elevate your vibration. The more you raise your vibration, the higher you can soar.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for September: King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles carries the energies of power, strength, and material success. Much like the numerological interpretation of Temperance, this king also indicates solidity and stability. This is a very fortunate card to draw, and it informs the entire month of September. As the guidance card for the month, it encourages us to embody the energies and mindset this king represents. Embodiment of those energies can manifest in a variety of ways, whether that is practicing gratitude for job security, focusing on your leadership abilities, knowing that you are capable of manifesting wealth and financial security, appreciating figures of support in your life, or knowing your own strength. This card can also encourage us to take the long view and consider where investing in our future now might pay dividends later. As seeds are starting to sprout, start considering now the most fruitful outcomes and think about the highest and best possibilities for all that is becoming.