December: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

The eclipse on December 3/4 is bringing transformation and clarity on a whole new level. We can expect to gain insights and experience change where change is needed. This month’s energies are supporting us with manifestion and opening to greater abundance. We are also guided to rest and spend quality time engaging in self-care; it is important to make time for ourselves, even when it feels impossible to do so, as the space we carve out for ourselves can (and should) be healing, refreshing, and deeply restorative. We may find ourselves needing to summon our strength and courage in order to protect what we hold dear and strengthen and fortify our boundaries, reinforcing them when necessary.

Q1: The overall energies of December: The Empress

This month, energies of abundance and leisure are available to us. We can take advantage of opportunities for rest and relaxation and flow with each moment, as there is always the possibility of making new, happy memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. This month especially, we will benefit from knowing when to stop and take a breather, when to slow down, and when to make good (productive) use of any excess energy. Planning and preparation are like love notes we send to our future selves, as we later get to reap the rewards of the groundwork we laid earlier.

Giving and spending time with loved ones can prove deeply rewarding now. We may find ourselves tapping into energies of nurture to share with others or benefiting from receiving loving, caring support, and emotional warmth. It can be beneficial to look for moments we can treasure, find things to appreciate, and spend moments in gratitude. The Empress’s guidance may be to take time out to do what encourages feelings of luxury, as this is a form of self-care and, much like joy and appreciation, is a way of building energetic momentum that can aid in the manifestation of our goals.

Q2: Week 1: The Chariot

The Chariot ushers in swiftly moving energies this week. We may find we need to course-correct and shift the reins as needed to stay on track as we are quickly carried onward, whether onto new paths or closer to our goals. We could be sensing something coming into being or about to manifest, and may catch glimpses of the new arriving. Going with the flow and taking the path of least resistance can be ways of aligning with the things that are lining up for us. Following what feels good and focusing there can produce dramatic results quickly; we may be surprised what this approach can do, especially this week.

The eclipse on December 3/4 brings energies of transformation and the potential for great change. This change can illuminate the unexpected and reveal something hidden that we didn’t know was there so we can send it on its way and welcome in what is better. Sometimes, what is illuminated is to our benefit, however; what is revealed isn’t always something to be healed or cleared, and a divine gift, spiritual ability, or hidden talent could make itself known. We may also discover new wishes materializing; aligning our intentions with those could create new energetic pathways. This eclipse may bring manifestations and the attainment of long-held goals, and new opportunities that are the next best steps for us and a stop along the way to fulfilling our dreams.

Q3: Week 2: Seven of Wands

On the heels of the powerful solar eclipse, this week may well bring shifts in perspective, new awareness, and deeper understanding. We may need to call on our reserves of courage this week to keep going and to stay aligned with our goals and what we know is right for us. Now is the time to stand strong in our power, and to be confident and assertive. We may need to strengthen our boundaries, be firm, speak up when someone crosses a line, and say no. If old energies or connections reappear this week, it could be to give us the opportunity to respond in a way that is aligned with our truth. Doing so can sometimes be a way of clearing pieces of the past and dissolving connections that do not serve us or who we are now. This week, we could benefit from summoning our better angels, trusting ourselves and our intuition, taking the high road, and leaning into our own strength and sovereignty.

Q4: Week 3: Four of Swords

This week, we’ll benefit from taking a mental break and if possible, a departure from responsibilities, at least for a time. Our guidance is to rest and make space for ourselves, and to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Periodic rest and breaks are so important, especially in the busier seasons. Plenty of rest and downtime, along with quality time alone to just process can yield valuable rewards later. Meditation can produce great benefits this week, and quieting the mind can soften our resistance so we let in the things and circumstances we have been asking for. Refreshed and restored, we can bring our best to whatever awaits us. Our guidance is to ask ourselves what we truly need and then do what we can to align with it.

Q5: Week 4: Ten of Wands reversed

The Ten of Wands reversed is a strong, clear request to lay down our burdens. Sometimes we can do this with intention as we work through things and clear them, and other times, letting go is a natural byproduct of finding enjoyment in life, engaging in pursuits that bring us happiness, and making positive connections with others. We’re asked this week to lay down what is heavy and to shine a spotlight on what we’ve been carrying, recognizing the things we’ve hauled for so long that we forgot how heavy they were or even that we were carrying them at all. Clearing away the deadwood makes room for the light to enter. Taking time to assess why we’ve been holding onto our burdens can provide the illumination and clarity that show us how to let go and can also reveal a new, better way forward.

Q6: Guidance for December: Nine of Cups

Whatever our external circumstances, we can always find our way to an abundance mindset. This can be as simple as recognizing luxuries wherever we find them in a state of pure appreciation for their beauty and what they offer, even if they aren’t ours (yet). Honoring what we love wherever we find it, without giving any thought to whether or not we have it, it is a way of attracting it to us. This month may pose opportunities for such states of gratitude and we can recognize these as valuable moments that hold keys for us that can unlock something new. Finding any excuse for joy and fun will yield tremendous benefits now, as we are so supported by energies that are working in our favor. December is magical and we are the lucky recipients of its potent, transformational energies.

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.