November: The Month According to Tarot

Welcome to Scorpio Season!

Accurate Tarot by Prism + Fleur
Image by Victoria Constantino

This powerful spread tells a story, one of a journey. On this journey, we begin by focusing our efforts toward our goals and working to achieve them. To get us closer to our goals, we walk away from whatever is holding us back; we may also be walking away from something instinctively or it could be making the preparations to leave on its own, as a part of the natural order and in flow with the universal energies that are always working in our favor. We journey into a new situation, and the old set of circumstances closes out with finality. Soul searching and inner work help us to gain clarity and perspective, and begin to heal. The three eights in this spread tell of a journey to greater abundance, and perhaps a shift to an abundance mindset as we learn to visualize better for ourselves and believe we can have it.

Q1: The overall energies of November: Eight of Pentacles

Resourcefulness and positive potential. The first of three eights in this reading, the Eight of Pentacles shows us working toward a goal and closing in on it because of our focus and efforts, which are yielding results. We may start seeing these results manifest in the physical in large and small ways. Take time to visualize this week and leave the rest to the universe. Trusting that we will receive what we want helps it to arrive with greater speed. Looking at ways to actively work more resourcefully with what we have and with the elements already present in our experience will encourage better ways of achieving our goals. This may involve writing action plans, budgets, and lists of desired achievements.

Q2: Week 1: Eight of Cups

New directions and walking away. Thanks to the momentum we have added to our goals from our focus on them, certain situations may be reaching a state of readiness this week. Doors are closing now so others can open. We’re guided to trust our instincts this week and allow things to line up for us while also putting in the work as we feel guided to do. This could mean making the phone call, submitting the application, or any other action that feels right. When we focus on where we want to be, seeing and feelings ourselves in the situation desired, we begin to head in that direction. Let’s focus there this week instead of looking at where we have been or even looking too closely at where we are. We’re ready for something new and may feel ourselves pulled in that direction. We owe it to ourselves to go where our spirit is calling us. It may be the path to our dreams.

Q3: Week 2: Six of Swords

Resolution and moving on. Where last week, we were walking away, now we’re actively moving to where we want to be. Get ready to climb on board and set sail into the next adventure or take those first steps on a new path. We’re leaving the past behind us and not looking back, heading toward better circumstances and relief, balance, peace, and harmony. Our guidance now is to find the joy in this time of transition, and to allow ourselves the time to reflect and rest. We may have the distinct feeling now of traveling through a certain set of circumstances that are carrying us to our destination. As we rest in the knowing that things are improving, we are more easily able to experience resolution, and to move on physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Q4: Week 3: Ten of Swords

Karmic lessons; it’s only up from here. Where last week saw us navigating away from one reality and into another, this week may see us finalizing certain aspects, and finally reaching a place where we can begin to reflect, process, and just think. In traditional decks, this card often shows a person lying on the ground with ten swords stuck in their back; this symbolism tells us that the worst of the pain, hardship, and struggle is over. An old way of life may be pierced through with swords, something that has passed out of our experience for good. We may find ourselves gaining perspective borne from distance, time, and space, opening our eyes as if for the first time and looking around at this new experience as we see with greater clarity than ever before. Drawing breath as if it were the first in this new life, we may begin to understand with crystal clarity our life purpose, soul mission, or our part in something greater than ourselves.

Q5: Week 4: The Hermit

Contemplation and soul searching. Clarity brings deep knowing and understanding, and this week, our guidance is to spend time in contemplation, which could include meditation, journaling, and working with crystals. Looking within, we may find our greatest inspiration yet and long-sought answers that aid our understanding in powerful ways with far-reaching benefits. Doing this work can put key pieces of a puzzle into place, reveal something of significance, allow us to see the bigger picture, and make connections that feel revelatory. These insights may help us to understand ourselves more and to refine our goals. As we trust ourselves more and strengthen our belief in our ability to create something magnificent, we may find ourselves learning how to dream again, to visualize greater things for ourselves, and to reach higher than ever before.

Q6: Guidance for November: Eight of Swords

Overcoming fears and rising out of self-entrapment. As we move away from limiting circumstances and reach toward freedom and a life lived in alignment, we naturally find ourselves more readily able to leave the past behind, to move forward, and to let go. This month, we can support ourselves and our journey by noticing where our thoughts could be more productive, where we could visualize, imagine, and dream better things for ourselves, as our thoughts equal our point of attraction and like attracts like. Our thoughts become our reality, we are reminded, and as we strengthen our mental ability to focus in ways that help us to rise up and improve, it may benefit us most to consistently see ourselves in the state desired, no matter what the present reality looks like. We can treat it as a game to see how far up we can go, remembering at every step of the way that it can always be better and better and that things can always work out for us. Harnessing these as mantras serves us well. Some mantras for November might be: Everything is always getting better and better for me, all of the time. Everything is constantly improving for me. I thrive in all circumstances. I am grateful for my abundance.

October: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This tenth month of the year holds vibrant new possibilities. The number ten is all about completion. And where there is an ending, there is always a new beginning. Something new is in store and it’s up to us how we greet it. We may find it useful to visualize and focus where we want the energy to go, so it increases the momentum of what we want to manifest. In October, we can dream big and open our hearts wide to receive what is in alignment for us.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of October: Ten of Wands reversed

This month sees us releasing burdens and old energies, and generally clearing out what does not serve our highest good. While this can happen on levels we are not aware of, such as while we’re sleeping or in the form of subtle shifts in the subconscious, we can support this work by setting the intention to clear all that does not align with our highest good and welcoming in energies that are healthy and aligned for us. We may see situations shifting and things falling away as a natural part of the energetic work we’ve been doing. if we’ve been holding onto something that just isn’t moving forward, it may be time to let it go. As we release our grasp, what has been stagnant can flow. We’ll see more progress once we are able to truly let go on a heart level.

Q2: Week 1: Seven of Cups

This card asks us to consider what we’ve been spending our time focusing on and whether that is something we really want to allow to take up our headspace. We may unintentionally be making something unwanted bigger by giving it our attention. Those shifts mentioned above can also apply to the mindset, as this week our highest and best way forward may be to start focusing on what we do want to make bigger and on where we want to be. The message is to nevermind the getting there, as that’s not our work but that of the universe. This week, we may be called to consider our goals, refine them, and set new ones as we feel guided to do. Our intuition may have a little something it wants us to heed, some new directions it wants us to follow.

Q3: Week 2: The Hermit

Our guidance is calling us this week, and support is all around. It’s up to us when and whether we want to call on our allies and lean into our inner strength and wisdom. Going within can provide clarity and new understandings. An idea like a seed may be gestating, waiting for us to water it with our attention so it can sprout. To find it may require digging deep. Journaling, meditation, and otherwise going within will serve us well this week and perhaps, as we plunge into the depths, we will uncover a gemstone, something that can light our way and show us where it will benefit us to go. This week may call for a divine reset, and getting plenty of sleep will support us on all levels. We are opening up to new wisdom, new gifts and abilities that are part of our true essence. We may be finding the truth within now and seeing new facets of ourselves that help us to gain a greater understanding of who we are.

Q4: Week 3: The Emperor

The Emperor is strong, and his foundations are solid. We may be asked to lean into our innate wisdom this week, and to consider ways we can support the strengthening of our foundations. This week may see us headed toward greater security and we can support this by planning for our future and taking measures to ensure the comfort of our future selves and that we are provided for. Making plans and arrangements to support this is indicated, and we are also supported with this work this week and beyond. Energies are coming in to help us prepare for the road ahead and help us lean into our strength and wisdom so we can make the choices that will most benefit us now and in the days to come. The Emperor can represent a wise, strong leader we can lean on for support or look to for guidance. This person can show us that we have the ability to succeed, prosper, and grow.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Pentacles

Business and career aspirations are supported now, as are financial planning and investing. The future holds something bright, and we have great abundance available to us now. As we drink from the well of gratitude this week, we may see our hopes, wishes, and dreams materialize before our eyes. Others may show us that we, too, can walk the path of abundance, whatever that means to us. We can allow ourselves to be inspired by our own dreams and hold the vision of our highest and best possibilities, wishes, hopes, and desires. We are allowed to want what we want, and it is good to want more for ourselves. It is good for our cup to be full and this week we may realize that we cannot fill the cup of others, or at least, not in any meaningful or lasting way; we each have to learn to fill our own cup. We can be the wayshower helping others as we live by example and align with our highest and best possibilities.

Q6: Guidance for October: Knight of Cups

An offer is at hand. Travel and adventure are indicated, as is going with the flow. This month, we can best serve our goals by allowing ourselves to get into the flow state and opening our hearts to receive. Something magnificent is waiting in the wings; it’s so close all we have to do is pull back the curtain and it’s there. We may be rekindling romance or reigniting the flame within our hearts that allows us to want more for ourselves, to fall in love with life again, to realize that there are no limits other than our own minds. It may be time to fling the doors to our hearts open wide and realize that every day holds bright possibilities. There is nothing we cannot do, be, or achieve, as long as we will allow ourselves to do it, to be it, to receive it.

The True Nature of Tarot by Diane Wing: A Review

10th anniversary edition
Marvelous Spirit Press, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-61599-584-4
Paperback, 346 pp., $27.95
Reviewed by Victoria Constantino

Released this year in an updated 10th anniversary edition, The True Nature of Tarot by Diane Wing is an exploration of a beloved system of divination that continues to increase in popularity and widespread use. Prefaced by eight chapters filled with guidance and approaches for beginners and seasoned tarot readers alike, at the heart of the book is an index of interpretations for each card and a compendium of card combinations with possible meanings. Chock full of helpful information and insight, The True Nature of Tarot is a valuable guide for both professional tarot readers and seekers.

An understanding of tarot as “a dynamic tool that reflects where we are on the path,” Wing notes in the book, aids us through life as we grow and seek deeper wisdom. A tool for reflection, tarot offers a method for us to connect with the divine and the truth within, to understand ourselves on deeper levels so that, ultimately, we can discover our own answers. “The ultimate goal,” Wing writes, “is self-mastery, where you do not need to consult those external to you; you’ll be able to tap into your own intuition and your own sovereign judgment. When you master yourself, you master your destiny. It will no longer be a question of prophecy, but rather creative direction.” And part of the value of tarot is as a tool that can help us to achieve self-mastery. It is a tool for spiritual growth and development, something that can guide us on our path to self-sovereignty.

Spreads, approaches to reading and interpreting cards, detecting patterns in readings, and guidance on choosing a practitioner are some of the book’s highlights. Of exceptional value is the guidance on tuning into the intuition, psychic development, and preparation techniques such as grounding. The True Nature of Tarot is packed with useful information that evidences the author’s deep understanding of tarot derived from a decades-long practice. This is a book that belongs on any reader’s or seeker’s shelf.

July: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month is bookended by pages, signifiers of new beginnings, fresh starts, the beginning stages of a journey when we are filled with enthusiasm, excitement, and joy for what is to come. Each week of the month is ruled by a Major Arcana card, which could tell us that this month, we are going on a journey that is related to our life path or soul mission for this lifetime. We may be going on an inner journey or taking those first steps into a grand adventure.

Q1: What are the overall energies of July? Page of Wands

This month, we may be striking out on a new path, learning new skills and discovering how to apply them to our goals and our current circumstances. In many ways, we may be learning to navigate our lives anew, truly discovering our abilities as creators of our own realities and tapping into our innate penchant for moulding and shaping our lives as we wish. We may be coming into our true power for the first time or upleveling to new heights of sovereignty, freedom, and autonomy. When we embrace the newness with enthusiasm, we are opening ourselves up to the best opportunities and highest path. Energies of new beginnings and higher paths are available to us now. This month and beyond, we can choose to open our hearts to receive our highest manifestations and our highest guidance.

Q2: Week 1 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a grounded pillar of strength, a person or energy of sure-footedness and solid foundations. There is great support here for us, great love and wisdom. We also have this strength and knowledge within us, our own best and highest guidance. The Emperor can signify a guide or supportive energies shepherding us along on our path, bringing us to a place in which our goals are made manifest, our dreams writ large across our lives, fully available to us in every given moment. This card can indicate a force of stability, perhaps an employer or source of support, either coming into being or strengthening in ways that benefit us. This could be us gaining more solid footing in certain areas of our lives. It could also be our strongholds (career, finances, emotional support, relationships) becoming more established and firmly rooted.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Temperance

Temperance arrives this week to encourage balance and prudence. As part of the Major Arcana, this card can connect to our life path and soul mission, or may indicate karma and karmic events. This could mean that we are peacemakers or ones who bring harmony, or that it is part of our path to facilitate this; or, we may find ourselves in this role this week. Peace, balance, and harmonious resolutions are indicated, as well as support that brings us peace. Anytime we encounter conflict, a peaceful stance and focus on unity promises the best possible outcome. This may be a week in which we need to maintain balance so that nothing spins off kilter; this could be in any aspect, such as finances, career, or relationships. We can nurture our own energy this week to bring ourselves to a stable, harmonious, and peaceful place so that we can facilitate this in the outside world and in those around us, encouraging peaceful resolutions in all relationships.

Q4: Week 3 energies: Strength

Anytime we need to call on our strength, we have the ability to tap into an endless reserve that is within each one of us. We may be remembering our own strength or discovering it for the first time. Each one of us has what it takes to live our best life and walk our highest path. The figure on the Strength card has a lemniscate, or an infinity sign, above their head, signifying our eternal nature—a reminder that we are eternal and we are divine. Because of who we are, we hold infinite strength and wisdom within us. This card may be appearing this week to gently encourage us to be still within ourselves, to look deeply at who we are and tune into our true nature. This can be a journey, a rediscovery of the authentic self, the divine self, and the truth within us. Once we make this connection, we are fortified to handle, with grace and powerful strength, whatever we may encounter.

Q5: Week 4 energies: The Hierophant

The Hierophant may be calling us this week to commit or recommit to a daily spiritual practice. This could be meditation, grounding, walks in nature, journaling, or anything that forges our connection to the larger universe of which we are a part. This card can also call us to examine our beliefs and perhaps release those long-held ones and anything that does not serve us; it can also ask us to examine our own hearts. Who are we now and what beliefs serve us where we are, given what we have learned and experienced? We may feel called to rewrite our beliefs, to forge new paths within our own minds and hearts that support the path we are currently on. This card can also appear for those who are meant to be spiritual leaders, wayshowers, lightworkers, or lightbringers: This is your time to shine. It’s time to light up, to activate your gifts and step into your true calling. Trust your heart, your support, and your intuition. Trust the wisdom within you.

Q6: Overall guidance for July: Page of Pentacles

This page can show us learning new skills, preparing to walk a new path, or change careers. We could be getting ready to step foot into a new adventure or perhaps just learning to walk again, figuratively speaking. This could mean re-entering the workforce after some time away, and taking this opportunity now to prepare ourselves in the best way possible, by learning, training, and preparing in ways that support our highest and best outcomes.

As guidance for the month, the Page of Pentacles asks us to prepare, to set goals and intentions, and to take the necessary steps we need to reach our goals. Something new is in the works. The journey of each week in this month is held by a Major Arcana card. Something big is being prepared for us, and when we step up to support our own preparation, we are working in concert with our best and highest outcomes. We are asked especially to allow ourselves to feel all the joy and enthusiasm that is part of this new becoming. We are capable of catapulting into the stratosphere, and all it takes is that first step. Let’s just keep going and believe in ourselves; let’s believe in the journey.

June: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

June is a month of making room for happiness, fulfillment, prosperity, and all that is good. Before a house can be built, the brush must be cleared away. As we continue to heal, forgive, and release what does not serve us, we open the door to opportunity and improvements in all aspects of our lives. There is so much waiting for us this month, and we are asked to clear away the debris so we can build something solid and stable that will serve us well for years to come. We are reminded this month that things can always improve for us, and we are asked to do what it takes to gain clarity and align our expectations and beliefs with all our hearts desire. We do not experience the desire for something unless it is possible for us to have it. We receive our wishes, hopes, goals, and dreams from the higher aspect of ourselves, and we receive them when we are in a state of readiness for them.

Q1: What are the overall energies of June? Queen of Wands

Fruitfulness, generosity, prosperity… This queen epitomizes abundance and security. She is a masterful artist of manifestation, ushering in her dreams and goals with efficacy, ease, and grace. Her appearance heralds energies of opportunity, happiness, and peace. This week may see us considering new options as we consider the path ahead. When the road forks, we must choose which way to go. We may be encountering happy choice points this week, and may feel guided to follow our creative inspiration when it arrives to us, without questioning or doubting. Trust is key—trusting ourselves, our new ideas, and that following them will bring us joy and fulfillment. We may also be asked to lean into trust that we have what it takes to succeed, and to make adjustments to our beliefs so that they align with our hopes.

Q2: Week 1 energies: King of Cups

The King of Cups holds emotional depth; he is a masculine energy in touch with his emotional, nurturing side. He is giving, caring, a good provider, and someone who wants to be liked and appreciated. He stands by those he cares for and wants to ensure their well-being, as he feels responsible for their emotional landscape to an extent. This may be a person who wants to make everyone happy. If a person, he may be a key figure in this week’s events. He is warm and benevolent, and he is also creative, like the Queen of Wands. The strong aspect of creativity that is coming into play this month may be guidance to get creative in our manifestations, in our emotional approach to relationships and situations, or to recalibrate our emotions in some way. Creative problem-solving is also highlighted this week.

Q3: Week 2 energies: Temperance

This week, we are supported by universal allies who guide us to consider our options before choosing, to be practical, patient, and to make wise decisions. We may feel guided to consider how we can invest in our future and plan for our happiness and success down the road. This week we may find ourselves writing intentions for our future. Where do we want to be in five years? A decade? Twenty years? We can set those intentions now and establish the momentum of energy, like a snowball rolling downhill, which gathers snow (energy) and speed as it travels. Peaceful resolutions, harmonious outcomes, and cooperation are all highlighted now, as those will prove the best and most fruitful path forward. As we grow within and as our hearts expand, we are more readily able to see the highest possible solutions and path forward in any circumstances. The more we open our hearts, the more ego falls away and we are aligned with the truth of who we are—with our divine, highest nature.

Q4: Week 3 energies: The Emperor

The Emperor is a wise leader, one who is just and fair. He has weathered battles and is still standing, successful and with strong, clear boundaries around him. His energy is grounded, stable, and protective. This week may find us grounding into strength and stability, and leaning into our wisdom as well as our practical side. Someone—a leader, perhaps an employer or patriarch—is supporting you and wants to see you succeed. It may be necessary to drop veils this week, as we may have been seeing things through clouded vision or may have misunderstood a situation. Grounding in nature can help us gain clarity and structure. This structure and support may be necessary for the stability of future endeavors. We are building what will grow; we are planting the garden of our future. As we take control of our own future, finding that balance between surrender/receiving and maneuvering the reins so that we stay on course, we are empowered for ourselves and fully grounding in our strength and highest capabilities.

Q5: Week 4 energies: Five of Cups

The Five of Cups asks us to process and clear the pains of the past so we can heal. We are asked to practice forgiveness and to look where we can bring peace to a situation, which may be within us. This week we may be guided to focus on clearing the deadwood from the heart and to look to how we can emotionally nurture ourselves. Something may be ending, reaching its natural conclusion as its purpose is served, but that doesn’t make it any less painful. Surrender feelings of loss, disappointment, betrayal, hopelessness—whether through prayer, ritual, or intention. We can write down what we wish to release on paper and burn it, sending its ashes to the wind with gratitude for the experience and the lessons we have learned. We then create peace within our hearts and make room for what is better, what is meant for us, to arrive. The peace may not come instantaneously, but may progress with time and as we gain clarity and perspective. It is time to begin to rise above and start moving forward.

Q6: Overall guidance for June: Ten of Wands reversed & Nine of Cups

The Ten of Wands reversed stands as much with the Nine of Cups to offer guidance for June as it represents the energies of the last four days of the month. The Ten of Wands reversed asks us to lay down our burdens, to focus there throughout the month, and to practice compassion and forgiveness, for ourselves and for others. We are asked to clear the past, to let go the detritus and all that does not serve so we can make room for the abundance and emotional fulfillment that awaits us, symbolized by the Nine of Cups. There is a world of joy that is ready for us to be ready for it. This month, we can welcome in abundance, new opportunities, and a joy we have never known. This month is powerfully positive. While we are all at different places on our journey, we can always open our hearts to receive the improvement that is available to us at all times. The universal energies are waiting for us to open our hearts so we can flow in all that is better.

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.