October: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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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.

Tarot: The Journey Within

Decks: Soul Cards Tarot & Blue Bird Lenormand
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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.

Daily Reading: February 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the second month, today may bring positive change, ushering it forth with certainty, stability, and sureness that may be swift or catch us by surprise in the strength of its arrival. Good news is indicated today overall. Today may bring expansion and fulfillment. Now through the next few weeks, we are guided to be aware of our thoughts, words, and actions more so than usual; a keen awareness of our environment and our internal landscape will serve us well during this Mercury retrograde period. We best honor ourselves when we believe in our own potential and capabilities. Keeping our expectations positive will go far. We are reminded that we receive what we believe and that others often deliver to us what we expect of them.

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to twelve, and three. New manifestations are being borne out of partnerships and collaborations. We may find ourselves aware of our own potential, and also of the need to reclaim our power and sovereignty in certain areas of life. Personal freedom is in focus now. Staying aligned with our purpose and goals and reminding ourselves of our achievements and personal growth may be helpful. We are capable of great things, and every moment holds the potential to begin something magnificent. Allowing ourselves to fully experience joy will help us to grow and also heals the heart. This weekend, consider doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. We are guided now to fill our own cups so we can show up in the best way for ourselves and others. 

Mantra: I welcome positivity, growth, freedom, and positive change. I stand strong in my sovereignty and integrity. 

Daily Reading: January 30, 2021

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As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.

Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease. 

Daily Reading: January 29, 2021

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As the twenty-ninth day of the first month, today may see us passing through into new beginnings, healing, upleveling, gaining new awareness, wisdom, and understanding, and moving forward in significant ways toward new beginnings and into increasing levels of light. As we are exiting old situations, we are guided to leave them behind and not look back. There is a time of integrating lessons and new knowledge, and when we flow and allow ourselves to integrate what we have learned and acknowledge how we have grown, we can close those chapters of our lives and move forward with confidence and grace. The path of least resistance presents itself as the universe lines up our next steps; we are guided to flow rather than resisting. There are often multiple paths to the same destination. Taking the path of least resistance allows us to flow gently into what comes next. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seventeen and eight. Seventeen underscores the aspects of the path of awakening and asks us to focus within to gain perspective on our spiritual journey. Through journaling, meditation, getting into the flow state, quiet contemplation, and other methods, we can receive the messages spirit has for us and access our higher knowledge, as well as any guidance that may be available for us at this time. We may be experiencing higher levels of awareness that are part of our awakening journey and healing path. As we progress and grow, we are guided to stand strong in our integrity and move forward in the new knowledge we have gained so that we can more strongly integrate it into our lives and continue ascending. When we are ready, we will be able to reach the next step. The spiritual path is like a continuous staircase, one which we are always climbing one step at a time. Each step represents progress on our path, new levels of growth, and greater heights of awareness and understanding. We are guided to be patient with ourselves in our progress and to honor how far we have come, even as we ascend in our journey one step at a time.

Mantra: I honor my progress and welcome new understandings and awareness that will help me to reach greater heights. I seek to elevate in every way and to always walk in integrity.

Daily Reading: December 26, 2020

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Today is the twenty-sixth day of the twelfth month. The two and six indicate harmonious partnerships. We are guided to foster greater harmony, balance, and peace in our connections and communications, and to begin to reconsider those that do not bring us harmony, peace, or joy. Setting boundaries and respecting our energy are indicated now. We may need to establish firm boundaries around ourselves to protect our time, energy, and emotional health. We need to love ourselves first and fill our own cups so that we can be fully present for others in a way that honors our own energy and is respectful to ourselves first, and then, secondarily, to others. 

Others should honor the boundaries that we set; we do not need to provide space for those who do not honor us, our time, or our energy. We benefit from putting our time and attention into relationships that are respectful, balanced, loving, and harmonious. Self-care is indicated now. Taking time to attune to the Source within is one of the most significant acts of self-care we can perform, as it benefits us from within and on deeper and more expansive levels than may be immediately apparent. The two and six in today’s date add up to eight, a number of infinite abundance. This is a reminder that through joy and harmonious connections, we open our hearts to receive all the prosperity that is available to us as we release resistance through reaching elevated vibrational states.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen, and six. This numeric combination suggests that change, expansion, and freedom are imminent. These changes foster greater harmony in our lives, and bring us more freedom and growth. They may be karmic in nature or could be part of our life path. We are awakening and expanding into more, becoming more, learning more, understanding ourselves and the universe on deeper levels, and reacher greater depths of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. Study and learning are indicated now, and we are guided to pursue more in-depth learning in areas of interest. We are also reminded that we are the gatekeepers of our own minds, and can choose what we allow in, both to our mental and emotional spaces, and to our energy. 

Mantra: I welcome harmony, peace, and love into my life, into my mind, and into my heart. I protect my space and my energy and receive all that is good for me. I bless and honor the grace and abundance that are already present in my life.

Daily Reading: November 12, 2020

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Today is the twelfth day of the eleventh month. Twelves can indicate new partnerships and developments in current relationships, as well as manifestations arising from those we are co-creating with. Twelve also relates to cycles and shines a spotlight on the wisdom we have gained from what is now closing out. We are upleveling and elevating into higher experiences and ways of thinking, being, and doing. As the numerals in twelve add up to three, a number of manifestations, the energies of new developments and the attainment of goals is even more strongly underscored. 

The numbers in today’s date add up to nine, a number of endings, awareness, empathy, and life purpose. We may be expanding spiritually and gathering a greater awareness of our higher calling. This can relate to our current work and goals, where we may be elevating through attaining greater understandings, opening up to seeing different aspects of our work in a new light, gaining a higher perspective, and seeing with clarity what once was a problem to be solved. Leadership is in focus now, and we may find ourselves in positions or situations in which we are guided to step forward and lead—whether by example, through our current role, or because we see a clear path forward to achieving a common goal. We are asked to speak up when we have something important to say, and to share our knowledge for the benefit of others. 

Today’s guidance is to breathe through the endings, to let go softly with love and compassion. We are being guided toward understandings of what is no longer working, as what needs to leave is gently flowing out of our experience. These energies are being cleared from us like an afternoon breeze coaxes crisp leaves that were just waiting to fall from the trees; sometimes, a light nudge is all that is needed, while other times, the earth has to move beneath our feet. When that happens, it’s best to protect yourself by getting to safety and let what needs to happen simply run its course. Some things are outside of our control, but we can control what happens within our experience by changing our energy or moving out of the way, always taking care to ensure our own safety, both energetically and otherwise.

Mantra: I let go with love what needs to leave me and welcome what is for my highest good. It is safe for me to speak my truth, and I do so with compassion and clarity.

Daily Reading: November 7, 2020

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Today is the seventh day of the eleventh month. Seven is a number of good fortune, spirituality, intuition, knowledge, logic, and understanding. Tuning into our intuition with the intention of perceiving what is right and true and good for us is highlighted. We may reach new awareness with a keen and focused mind, heightened perception, and newfound wisdom. From there, we are asked to consider what changes it would be beneficial for us to make. Now presents an opportunity for us to realign ourselves with our highest path and purpose and to see the way forward with increasing clarity.

The numbers in today’s date add up to four, a number of stability and balance. Family is in focus today, as is the strength we gather from our loving, supportive connections. We are asked to lean into these strong relationships, as they are helping us to strengthen energetically and to rise up into our higher purpose from a solid foundation and a place of security. Finding joy in the little things may be an important aspect of today, and we may find gems where we least expect them to be. These can come in the form of important knowledge or wisdom gained that helps us along on our journey or provides a certain key for us that unlocks new understanding, wisdom, new senses or abilities, and paves the way forward as we broaden our perspective and reach toward new goals, ideas, and ideals. Trusting yourself and your instincts today may be of crucial importance. You may find yourself on an unexpected excursion. Allowing yourself the enjoyment of letting go of the must-do, if just for a little while, and simply being in the moment will flow in the stability that only peace and happiness can bring and will further your energetic alignment.

Mantra: I welcome joy, clarity, and new ideas, and move forward from a place of energetic alignment. 

Daily Reading: October 12, 2020

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Today is the twelfth day of the month, and twelve is associated with the home, cycles, life mission, wisdom, knowledge, the intellect, and education. Because it also adds up to three, 12 indicates manifestation, which is supported by the number one, which lends energies of new beginnings, and two, which indicates co-creative partnerships and support, whether by physical or nonphysical partners and allies.

Adding together all digits in today’s date gives us 8 (10 + 12 + 2020 = 8. Eights are numbers of infinite abundance and prosperity that remind us that everything we want is always available to us. Flowing now with manifestations—whether those come in the form of thoughts or ideas, opportunities, or new connections—can lead us to the situations, things, and outcomes we desire to make manifest in our lives. The 12, given its association with the home, asks us to stay grounded even as we take on the mental tasks of visualization and imagining desired outcomes, and as we plan and dream for our goals. Vision boards can be a nice way to ground the intellect, bringing together the elements of earth (the material world) and air (the realm of thought) and energetically encouraging our dreams to become reality.

Daily Reading: October 8, 2020

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Today is the eighth day of the month, and eights are associated with manifestation, infinity and eternal life, limitless abundance, success, wealth, inner strength, and confidence.

Adding together all digits in today’s date gives us 4 (10 + 8 + 2020 = 13; 1 + 3 = 4). Fours are associated with stability, solid foundations, strength, balance, fortification, wisdom, integrity, organization, discipline, patience, progress, and the angels and archangels. Today is a good day to work toward goals and strengthening foundations in your life. It’s also an opportune time to build and grow projects and things that require cumulative, steady contributions to progress toward a certain desired outcome. You can always call on your angels for assistance, strength, wisdom, and support of any kind. They work quickly and they are here to assist us whenever we need them. All we have to do is ask.