A tarot reading for 2021 is probably what we could all use right now. But the real question is, are we ready to hear it? Of course, let's meet it head-on! With a 15-card tarot spread, we can see what to expect for the second half of the year, what we can do about it, and what is waiting for us on the other side. The good news? There's light at the end of the tunnel; however, there is work to be done yet. So let's dig in.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2021: PART 2
The tarot cards indicate that we were hoping for a new start in 2021 after the massive shakeup we all experienced in 2020. We're not quite there yet as we still have rocky terrain to traverse. We have to be careful to keep our disappointment at bay. From the looks of it, there's a delicate dance at play between multiple cards in the suits of cups and swords. Swords have been heavily tied to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of healthcare, the economy, restrictions, politics, and governance. With this spread, we've swung heavily toward the cups as a solution, which would represent vaccination efforts. Initially, as a global community, we prove to be optimistic about the effects of mass vaccination campaigns to bring the virus to a halt. However, due to a myriad of factors, disappointment over the mixed results starts to chip away at our hopes of putting this completely behind as quickly as we had hoped. As we look to the coming months, it's up to us to greet this period with a different perspective so that we can find and cultivate as much peace in our environment as possible as we prepare for the exit from this nightmare. So what do we do?
HOW TO EMBRACE THE REST OF 2021
First of all, keep your mind in check. The challenge lies in not falling into victim mode. It's normal to be a bit anxious about the unknown and eager to get out of an uncomfortable situation, but sometimes there is only so much within our control. Of course, this is more than a tad frustrating, but our true opportunity is how we show up to meet the challenge. When the wheels are spinning and we feel restricted, move into the details and get hands-on. Precisely because there is only so much we can control as individuals (although we individually have responsibilities to fulfill within the collective), the tarot cards highlight a more practical approach. Focus on your resources, organize them, manage them, maintain yourself grounded in day-to-day routines, slowly build a solid base that will serve you for the momentum that's building for 2022. I know it's probably not what you wanted to hear, but continue to focus on connecting with your skills, refining those skills, putting the cornerstones in place, and keeping things simple. We're almost through the tunnel and we're starting to see the light already. Slow and steady wins the race. Don't let the emotional waves of disappointment pull you under because we're nearing the surface now.
BEYOND 2021, LOOKING TO 2022
Undoubtedly, there will still be things to sort out and some delays toward the beginning of the year, but this is the moment for us to get back in the saddle and get to riding. Those minor delays may get under our skin because we've been waiting so long for this moment but fight the urge to drum on too aggressively. A firm approach is all that's needed to unite what seem like opposing forces around you so you can leverage that power and drive on. If you've spent the last year preparing and doing the preliminary work, this is where you'll get to put it to the test and push the limits. This is the year where you can seize big successes, close major cycles in your life, and celebrate the resilience, creativity, patience, and empathy that helped get you through the obstacles we've faced as a global community.
We got this! Be human, be kind.
SHARING IS CARING
Tarot readings for love are, without a doubt, the request that I most often receive. I mean, we all want to love and be loved, right? How many songs, movies, and other forms of artistic expression do we need to come across to realize "Yep, love is all there is" and act accordingly? I see clients from every phase within the broad specturm of relationship status classifications, and at that heart of things (pun intended), it comes down to the same thing: balance. So let's take a look at what that means in the world of Tarot and how we can apply that to our current, future, and even past relationships.
In traditional Tarot decks, we have four suits that are able to reflect four different aspects of ourselves. We must bring these into balance in order to find flow within, thus it can manifest in our external, physical world. The cards are layered with symbolism and today we're not going to get into all of the meanings represented by the suits, but for this case we can cull them for clarity. Let's take a look at those suits:
Wands: the spiritual plane, passion, adventure, family goals, and legacy
Swords: the mental plane, intellect, critical thinking, communication, ideas
Pentacles: the physical plane, pragmatism, material concerns, security, and stability
Cups: the emotional plane, feelings, happiness, intuition, subconscious, creativity
These are are also related to the four elements, which when we understand their properties and how they work, are a wonderful way to grasp the influence of each suit.
When talking about love and relationships, many people may expect to see Wands or Cups dominate the spread, and depending on the person that may be true, however, the key in forming a long-term, sustainable relationship lies in striking a balance between the four suits. The balance first comes within and then extends to your environment. Many times I see people all up in Swords using their intellect to try to solve then ins, outs and nuances in a partnership, when using their emotional intelligence, located in Cups, would serve everyone in an expansive, understanding way. Other people hold are so focused on the practical security of Coins that they get stuck and keep repeating the same cycles because the cards are beckoning them to revert to Wands to drum up their courage, get out of their comfort zone and pursue an environment that lights their fire and infuses the relationship with passion and adventure. If we are self-aware enough to identify which perspective we're using, we can usually suss out the appropriate course of action. And when we need a little push, the cards are here to help us listen more closely to what our expanded consciousness is trying to tell us.
So how can we know exactly when we need to switch things up to find balance? The cards will lay it out for us pretty clearly if we pay attention. When things are out of balance, we'll see one suit that is overly dominant. We all have one dominant suit but can tap into the other at any time. We may also say reversed cards, which will also indicate an imbalance. If we see a lot of fives, we should also be aware of challenges in that area the suit indicates. The good thing about challenges is that they provide us with an excellent opportunity to grow by navigating them effectively. Once we make it over the hurdle, we no longer have to keep repeating the same, worn out cycles.
When we've identified the points of tension causing the imbalances, then a Tarot spread of guidance is the perfect way to shed light on what vibes and planes we can tap into to reach the point of equilibrium and find balance within to project it externally.
If you would like to know where you stand within the cycles of your relationships, including with yourself, reach out for a reading and we can dig right in!
A Tarot reading for Halloween and the Day of the Dead, or All Saints' Day, is one of the most mystical times of the year to get guidance from beyond. We're extra lucky in 2020, as this year we get to bring both sides together under the full moon, a blue moon nonetheless, being the second in October. So what better time to call on that subtle support system for some guidance? I mean, they must be rolling over in their graves looking at the state of affairs this year! Ok, maybe not, but by the look of the Tarot cards, they haven't been too far away because they've picked up on the struggle, the strife and the need to come together to overcome this global nightmare. You may be a believer, or not, either way is okay, but if you open your mind and listen with more than your ears, you'll find that we're constantly accompanied and nudged along the path of love and courage. Whether we take that path is altogether a different story, but the choice is ours. To get a clearer picture of the situation from a broader perspective, today we're asking for guidance in the following way:
What, above all else, would our ancestors want us to be mindful of at this time?
The Tarot spread starts out with the current situation pointing to a place of authority, leadership, calculated decision-making and responsibility. The King of Swords tells us that now is the time to call on the most mature, stable archetype that resides within us and make decisions from a place of mental balance and intellectual dexterity. This is not the time to get emotional or let our guard down. This is one of the energies in the deck that when it appears, you know that you'll have to put on your big girl/boy britches and do what must be done in order to achieve the desired results. Residing in the suit of Swords, this is about structure, policy, rule-making, decisions that affect others and fully stepping into a space that allows you to come up with solutions to the situation. You make have to be flexible and move like the wind, but that fluid motion will eventually lead you down the path toward your greater goal. The swords can relate to govenment, science, medicine and communications, so it's no surprise that this card showed up to represent our current situation. If it were reversed, we would see despotism and oppression, but as it's upright here, we should heed any advice given by professionals in these fields at this time. What we choose to do on a personal level will have repercussions beyond our own reduced circle, so it's important to take responsibility for our actions.
Even online Tarot readings pick up what's coming through from the other side... this challenge is a big one. Our challenge with this Tarot card is not to become a martyr! There's a lot at stake and given the magnitude of what we're facing, it would be easy to sulk and ask why me? Now is definitely NOT the time to do that. If we allow ourselves to slip into victim mode, we risk inaction and being paralyzed when the situation is demanding that we do anything but that. Do not give in, do not give up. Yes, it's been one hell of a ride, and no, we're not out of the woods yet. Don't let that shake you. This is a test of our mental strength, perserverance and willpower. Keep pushing foward; the card is a 10, meaning that we're nearing the end of the most challenging part. Even if it looks like things are going south, and that may very well be the case, everything is temporary; you must ride it out!
We've seen the challenge at this time is no joke and now we have an idea of what it entails. The thing is, the environment won't necessarily be conducive to drawing on that inner strength. There's a lot going on and the material matters in our lives will likely be a source of worry. There's a possibility of further material loss in the environment (job, money, social status) but again, this is a test. Now that our ancestors have been gracious enough to validate what many of us are probably feeling on some level anyway, we can be grateful for the awareness that it can bring us so that we may face it all head-on. Just when we thought this whirlwind of a year was hopefullly winding down, it seems that its effects live on like a zombie. Knowing that, recognizing that, will help us steel ourselves and gain perspective on this situation, understanding it for what it is: a cycle. Just like any cycle, there are ups and downs, highs and lows. We've got to ride them out just the same. It may manifest differently in people's lives, but no one is exempt. How we choose to swim during the changing tides is what makes the difference.
Crystal clear, even without the crystals. Harness that valor and bravery to stand strong through the challenges. Sometimes it may feel that we're outnumbered and even within our own families we can feel the tension. Take a firm position and don't be afraid to show up, stick to your values and most importantly, keep your balance. Face the music. If you don't you surely won't be able to accomplish what you've set your mind to. This card also encourages us to do our homework and think a couple steps ahead so you'll be more prepared. The Wands are also about fire; draw on that inner spark and let it be the source that guides you.
The outcome is glorious! We are not alone. This Tarot card shows us holding one wand while two others surround us. These are our counsellors, are friends, our partners that are on this journey with us as we look at and prepare ourselves for the next chapter of our legacy. Three is a number of creation and with the fire of courage, passion and our squad, we can achieve great things. The Lord of Virtue heralds cooperation, creation and expansion. This card in a Tarot reading is especially indicative of new business ventures, entrepreneurship and collaborations. Foster friendships and nurture your relationships. Think about where you want to go, how to get there and put a plan into action.
Happy Halloween, Happy All Saints' Day and happy full moon!
Let me know in the comments if the reading resonated with you :)
The tarot reading for September is full of good news; the first time we've seen a reading like this in months! The tarot cards are clear about one thing, this month is all about action and taking responsbility. If you keep your focus on the tasks at hand and go crossing them out, one by one, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you are able to accomplish this month. The dominant presence of the coins, or pentacles, reveals that the area where we're most apt to move forward this month is in the physical, material world: our job, projects, finances and earthly expansion. Let's take a look at the wisdom this month's tarot reading brings.
Tarot Video For September
The tarot spread begins with the Four of Coins in the position of the current situation. We're beginning September 1st on solid footing with the number four. We've put in the work over the last few months to sort out what serves us and what we can leave behind, providing a solid base on which we can continue to build. The coins are generally related to material matters and practical practices within our life with the intention of being expansive and channeling our energy toward laying the foundation of our dreams while we're here. This card does indicate that we're starting from a favorable position, with a fairly firm financial base, so now we need to focus on maintaining that footing. These efforts must go beyond the material into the social aspect of abundance. We have the ability to build stronger relationships and expand our realm of influence, hopefully in a positive way. While we're occupied with our growing prosperity, we must not forget to balance those material desires with our spiritual growth as well. Money is energy so don't be stingy, be generous with your energetic flow and you will see how it comes right back to you multiplied.
On the surface this tarot spread may seem contradictory, however we must remember the dual nature of reality. While we see flow in the material world, it's also not so surprising to see that's where the challenge lies as well. Here it's going to require extra effort on our part to focus on our goals and put in the hard work to achieve them. This will entail going beyond what's expected of you this month. If you want to stand out, you need to go the extra mile and pick up a few skills that can take your professional endeavors to the next level. Seek out that which can enrich your practice and don't shy away even if it seems daunting at first. Step by step the apprentice becomes the master with the steady application of what's been learned. Throw yourself all in; don't be afraid of failure. The only true failure is not having tried. This challenge is relatively easy to overcome this month when compared to some of the cards over the past few months so let's put it in a word of gratitude as we continue on our journey.
Wouldn't it be nice to have the assurance that all of our projects will be a resounding success even before beginning? Sure it would, however I can't think of a more boring plotline. That same absence of a guarantee is what shapes us through the challenges. We learn to think on our feet, adapt, create and find solutions. The tarot cards this month are all about expressing the idea that you reap what you sow. Make sure you have quality seeds, water them and care for them as needed and that dilligence will reflect the juicy and flavorful fruits of your labor when it's time for harvest. Take it one day at a time and even spend a few moments dreaming about what the next tier of your plan looks like. If you put the effort in, you'll be impressed at what you've been able to accomplish when the fruits are ready to be picked from the vine.
The tarot prediction brings us a piece of important advice for the month, go by the book. There are times when we can inject our surroundings with creativity and innovation and there are times when we would do better to follow the rules. The latter is what reigns supreme this month. It may feel like a bit of a burden or a fine line between servitude and captivity but sometimes that's the sacrifice we need to make to move forward with our macro goals. Don't steer off the beaten path this month as your alternative way of thinking may not give you the results you had hoped for. Life moves in cycles so there will be a time to march by the beat of your own drum in another moment, but for now, stick close to the institutional way of doing things to maximize your possibilities for advancement.
The last tarot card is a wonderful parallel to the way we began the month, with the Four of Coins. This four, however, is on an even bigger scale as we look to the Emperor we're able to embody be the end of September. This card denotes responsibility, security, leadership and benevolence. Associated with the ram, Aries and the ideal father archetype, we can feel especially empowered as we achieve our goals this month through our own responsibilty and diligence. We are up to the task and from here we're on the up and up as our focus nurtures and expands our material goals and the way we express this responsibility in the world. This is a card of action and movement and that's exactly where we're headed in September as long as we keep moving down our checklist toward our goals! Let's get to it!
The online tarot reading for August 2020 shows that this month will be pivotal in determining the next several months ahead. We're at odds with where we want to go and how, and how quickly, we can get there. Maybe if it only came down to us, we could swing something but that's not how the world works, is it? We're subject to the guidelines our environment imposes as well as the consequences from our actions once they ripple beyond our own microcosm to affect others. This is a delicate dance we're up to and we all hold some responsibility in determining the outcome. The Tarot card that may jump off the page at you is the Death card on the far right, but don't worry too much. This card is mostly associated with transformation and rebirth, lending us the theme for the month.
Tarot Reading for August
The first Tarot card in the spread is the Page of Wands in the position of the current situation. We begin the month ready for action and feeling inspired as we look to the horizon. We're willing to step forward with courage and we're feeling hopeful about our ability to build a better future. After a period of stagnation, or perhaps false starts, there's a restless edge that has us stirring for movement. The suit of wands in Tarot is related to the element of fire, so we're talking about a burning, fast-moving energy that forces us forward.
The Tarot card that plays out in the realm of our challenges this week is the King of Swords. Here we see an imposing figure that can occupy a position of leadership. As the question this month is regarding the state of the world in August, this can even refer to the collective decision-making power of governments and policy-makers globally. The suit of swords in Tarot is related to communication, ideas, laws and governance. It can even be extended to mean the field of medicine and the sciences. This card shown as a challenge can indicate the two-fold nature of the difficulties this month for governing bodies to find a solution to the medical crisis and implement the prescribed measures successfully. The other side of this is the challenge we may experience while trying to direct that fiery go-getter energy from the wands at the same time we're being restrained by government restrictions. This would seem to put progress and safety at odds, however as we continue through the reading it becomes clearer how we should be considering the situation to make the most of the month. Maybe we could benefit from slighlty adjusting our perspective to the reality in which we find ourselves.
The Wheel of Fortune in Tarot corresponds to the number 10, which when upright, indicates the closing of a cycle or phase so that we may begin a new stage. When this Tarot card is reversed, we see this potential ending become truncated which inhibits our ability to wrap this up effectively. In the environment, we're going to see that it's going to take hard work on our part as individuals to contribute to the collective progress in closing this chapter. It is not going to be easy because likely this implies some type of personal sacrifice to attain our goals on a bigger level. This can feel like the wheel has stopped and we're suspended in time, that's where the stagnation and setbacks can play out. This aspect is more pronounced this month because it is directly in contrast to the passionate push forward we've already seen in the wands. Given the influences in the environment, it might be good to take a deep breath and not get too worked up if things to go exactly as you planned.
In Tarot readings when the Emperor shows up, we see a strong emphasis on authority, security and what would be the cornerstone of whatever it is you're trying to build in life. When the Emperor is reversed, the leadership, maturity and responsiblity native to this card take on the imbalanced, harsher sides of their nature. In the position of advice, the Tarot cards are asking us not to be immature but to accept the responsiblity we have to the world around us. This month it's necessary to set strict rules, that likely feel oppressive, and follow them if we don't want the situation to get worse. If we try to push forward at all costs, we will only compound our problems. In essence, we should bite the bullet and make those personal sacrifices now so that we can regain our stability in the long-term. Again if we don't, the current state of the world, primarily induced by the chaos of the pandemic, may further deteriorate or become even more complex when trying to untangle it all. Better safe than sorry.
The Death card looms over the Tarot reading as the outcome for August, which isn't usually a bad thing. In Tarot, this card brings about a transformation that leads to renewal or a type of rebirth. There is one caveat, in order to get to the renewal part, you have to discard and shed what no longer serves you first. This can be painful because it entails the death of certain ideas you've held or ways of living out your life. Once you've separated the wheat from the chaff, you can now make something greater and truer to your highest values. It may be hard to see from the beginning, but it's an exercise well worth undergoing to come out leaner and more energized on the other side. Think of the caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly. It's a whole process and it can't be rushed. Use the time to think about who it is you want to be after the transformation and welcome the opportunity when it presents itself.
Meditation classes, gurus, books and more have inundated the scene as a cure-all recipe for mindfulness and self-control. There must be something to it, right? It can seem a bit overwhelming to just jump right in when there appear to be so many different versions of how to do it the "right way." Something I found on my own inner journey is that the right way is what makes you feel most relaxed, uninhibited, comfortable and ready for the spectacular adventure that awaits when you're set to surrender. Once you start the path, you'll find more flow in your daily life as well as that voice in the back of your head that guides you intuitivetly along the way. It will grow louder and you'll be able to more easily identify what feels right for you as you act to fulfill your dreams and desires.
Your intuition will come bubbling forth like a babbling brook if you put some time into the practice evey day. Just like anything, practice makes perfect so commit to getting to know yourself in a deeper way and you'll be seeing signs everywhere before you know it. The following are a few tips on how to sharpen those skills and a bit of anecdotal seasoning to show you what's possible.
1. Start Small
At the beginning of any new pratice, you can't go in expecting to be an automatic expert. Meditation is like learning any new skill. If you keep your approach simple and realistic from the beginning, you're more likely to stick to it. As you keep showing up to practice, you'll start noticing how much you've improved. Your natural state of mind will become more peaceful, your inner journeys will become more insightful and you will enjoy meditating for longer periods of time.
The first time I meditated, my time limit was five minutes. That may almost not seem like it was worth it, but you wouldn't believe how slowly those minutes passed. I could barely sit still for five minutes in waking life, let alone carve out a corner to spend them in immobile silence. The entire first week, I kept the time limit to five minutes. By the end, I could say that during five consecutive days, I had managed to keep up the practice. The next week, a full 10-minute period of meditative silence was the goal. I confess, I stayed there for a couple of months before jumping up to the 15-minute mark. It's a process afterall, getting used to tuning everything out, merging with the stillness. As any skill, regular practice is needed to maintain the proficieny. In busier moments, sometimes I don't manage to set aside the time to meditate, but once I come back, I often need to revert to a prior developmental stage until I am again able to practice with ease. The point is, set a small goal first and work your way up to stick with it long enough to see the benefits everyone raves about.
Bonus tip: Start with guided meditations to get used to relaxing into a state of stillness. A quick search for guided meditations will give you tons of options. Pick the one that resonates with you and don't be afraid to try a few until you find a guide and a vibe that make you comfortable.
2. Set Your Intentions
Meditation is a way to access an entire universe within. There is boundless knowledge you can tap into to guide you along your path. You can ask any question and you will receive an answer, but you must ask the question. While you can leave the experience open-ended, it becomes more difficult to apply what you've learned if you can't nail down what specifically the information is referring to. It can be a broad question, but you'll get the best results if you have some parameter for the experience, or intention. Your intention can be anything you want to manifest, understand more clearly, areas where you would like to grow, the universe is the limit. Write it down before you meditate to crystallize the intention, leaving it there while you clear your mind during the meditative practice.
Aside from an intention, I usually write a line of gratitude as well. Any action involving the soul will be amplified when it's done with gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is also the quickest way to manifest more of that for which one is thankful.
In this Tarot reading, the first thing to catch our eye are the suits present. We have plenty of Wands as well as Cups with a few Pentacles sprinkled throughout. The Wands are going to put a particular emphasis on entrepreneurs and small business owners. This suit is also related to legacy building and the passion we pour into projects that are dear to us. Combined with the Pentacles, we see that the financial challenges facing small business owners aren't letting up yet. Three months from now, we'll still be in the thick of it as we continue trying to reinvent ourselves and adapt to the global changes forced on us by the Coronavirus outbreak. Only from October onward will we see the winds finally begin to change as we are able to start moving forward again. Big businesses, while undoubtedly being affected, won't experience anywhere near the dire consequences that small and medium-sized organizations face.
Another aspect of the Tarot reading that calls our attention is the distinct lack of Swords, with one exception (the Three of Swords, which we'll get into a little later). Swords would be related to the medical fallout, Coronavirus itself and the global healthcare system. Instead of Swords, we see Pentacles in the key positions of the Tarot spread. This tells us that the core of the problem and hardships people face have not been primarily medical in the grand scheme of things, but in the economic realm. The biggest harm done by the virus has not been to the healthcare system, but the financial repercussions of the decisions made by world leaders. Sure, who could have known how to deal with this situation appropriately mitigating the impact on the economy? But the cards leave one thing resoundingly clear, the consequences of the decisions made have weakened the global economy exposing the middle class and the attention given to the economic woes of populations all over the world have been negligent, at best. While it doesn't look like anybody will be coming to the rescue, the Tarot cards do tell us that it is within our power to start pulling ourselves out of the mess but it will require creativity.
Currently, the Ace of Pentacles is reversed which indicates that we've tried to adapt to the situation and have either modified the way we do business or have jumped into new ventures to hold us over for the time being. Unfortunately, and mostly in the case of entrepreneurs, the yields have been less than impressive. Change takes time to show results and we're not seeing much in the way of money flowing back to us at the moment. These new endeavors can even result in false starts. We've launched an idea but it didn't quite get off the ground in the way we had expected.
There's also another factor that is slowing our progress. The Tarot card that covers the reading and is the influence over this situation shows that in trying to reinvent ourselves and recover that lost income, we are being pulled in too many directions. We may have several different ideas on how to move forward, or maybe it's unclear to us what we really want now that we have the opporunity to usher in big changes. This lack of focus leads to our projects being unable to manifest consistently in the material world, so you end up dreaming of castles in the sky. Now is the time to choose the path and stick to it. You must know your limits, what's possible and what's not, clearly define your objectives and get to it before any more time transpires. If you continue mulling over 500 different ideas of what could be, you'll end up staying exactly where you are, and by the look of the cards, that's nowhere you want to be.
If we take a look back at the Tarot cards depicting Wands, it will give us an idea of the impact on our decisions given the difficult nature of the situation. The 10 reveals that our head is focused on navigating this oppressive state of affairs. We recognize that we have responsibilities but due to the environment, they become a heavy burden which make quick progress almost impossible. Under such pressure it's necessary to see where we can redistribute some of those responsibilities so we can find the focus to move forward. We may also need to go a little easy on ourselves. Given the circumstances, we're not going to handle everything perfectly or even as well as we would in a more "normal" atmosphere. Yes, we're a bit stuck, but we are masters of creation so think outside the box to see where you can beat a new path forward.
The other two Tarot cards in the suit of Wands are reversed, so that quick-moving nature that this suit normally represents is turned on it's head and is restricted from barrelling ahead as it would normally given its native proclivity. The feeling of lacking the strength to move on will finally ebb thoughout this second half of the year so we will see some movement forward. In the position of the short-term future, at around three months from now, we still won't be able to consider the transformation a victory. Our plans, especially regarding our home environment and small business adaptations will continue to be delayed. They may not yield any positive results at all at this point. Once we reach October we'll finally get a respite from the heaviness and chaos and we will be able to regroup at this point.
Moving on to the inner worlds of expectations and anxieties, we can see some of the currents that make us hesitate. In the position of our fears and anxieties, we see the card of change, especially when it comes to business and finances. We're afraid we'll be unable to juggle several things at once and we're reticent to implement major changes still. Well, now is definitely not the time to hesitate. Pick your path and start moving forward. Sure change is scary, but if you don't roll with it, you'll be hanging on to dead weight at this point.
It seems that those closest to us also have their doubts about whether we'll be able to get new ventures or modifications off the ground as well. These people feel that the sadness at what's been lost has become blinding and this is what makes our progress difficult. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so you can take it or leave it. You can fulfill their prophecies or prove them wrong; it's up to you.
As for our expectations, we see the Three of Swords, or the card of Sorrow. Anytime Coronavirus has appeared in a reading since early February, at least in my readings, this is the card that's been associated with it. This shows that we expect the fallout from the virus to continue through the end of the year. No wonder we're feeling oppressed! Yes, of course the impacts will be lasting, but we can choose to use them to our advantage and move on or stay stuck in a rapidly changing world and be left behind.
Now for the final result! What will things look like at the end of 2020? The card of abundance awaits us at the end of the year! What's curious about this card is that it doesn't necessarily indicate material abundance, but an influx of creativity, inspiration, fulfillment, joy and even celebrations with those that have supported us along this difficult journey of transformation. The Three Graces are waiting at the finish line to receive us as we've been able to tap into our creative side to find a more fulfilling way to live our lives. We can look back on the challenges we've faced this year and appreciate how much we've grown, the beauty that has been brought forth in times of darkness and take a breather while we count our blessings and give ourselves a pat on the back.
The takeaways? This isn't over, but it's time to focus, get creative, and move through the delays with resilience as fulfillment awaits us on the other side of all of this.
The tarot reading this week shows a battle between the airy intellect of the swords and the stable, slow-moving material world found in the pentacles. There's a certain tension between the mind, which is almost too quick for us to keep up with, and bringing those ideas to manifestation in the physical world. It's going to take some hard work, there's no way around it. It seems that we intend to do more than just pay lip-service to what's going on upstairs, however there is some interference from the environment. We have to fight off the feeling of being overwhelmed, quiet the external noise and take a step by step approach to get things done. If we don't spring into action, those rogue elements in our surroundings will tug us back toward inaction, lethargy and poor decision-making based on a reactive mentality. These shadowy figures may even be putting on a farce, showing you one face while they are sneaking about behind your back to prey on your mistakes. We're well-equipped to tackle the challenge, but will our willpower pull us through? Read on to find out!
The tarot cards indicate that we enter the week aware of things and alert of our surroundings, but we'll need to hang on to that clarity to make it through unscathed. Mentally we're feeling courageous but we'll need to carry that energy over to the doing part, not just thinking. Still, half the battle is won because we are in the right frame of mind. We're taking our projects seriously this week and integrity is incredibly important to us. We have to be a bit careful because sometimes that can lead us to get carried away, to a place where we think we're always right. Courage is a positive trait to display, however it's only a fine line from arrogance. The sword we hold is double-edged, it can protect and defend or it can do some serious damage. Use it responsibly and you'll be able to defend yourself well this week against any forces that try to pull a quick one over on you.
The Eight of Swords is back this week after having made a few appearances last month. This would indicate that we still haven't moved past this particular challenge. This card is also known as the Lord of Interference, and that seems to be just what is going on this week. The interference is going to affect our ability to make decisions and find clarity to properly analyze situations. We can feel overwhelmed, or surrounded by danger on every side, but we really just need to take the blindfold off for ourselves to see the circumstances as they are. Once we face the challenges, we can finally start planning a way forward to safety. This is largely an interior process and reflects the need to calibrate the wheels in our head that ceaselessly spin, burning precious energy that could be channeled into something more prodcutive. While we're unable to escape the interference, we'll find it difficult to make decisions and we'll be faced with inaction. Because we're so caught up in our own thoughts, we may also miss identifying the rotten apple in our environment that's stirring up trouble. This would leave us exposed to being taken advantage of. Baby steps. Really, one foot in front of the other toward action and buidling the life you want. Once you get further down the road, you'll have more perspective to make the kind of decisions that will shape your future.
And here we have the rotten apple; unless the rotten apple is you! This is that sluggish energy that pulls us back toward inaction, in direct contrast with our quick-moving mind. In our environment there is a tug toward the earth's shadow characteristics. Where we would generally find a nurturing, productive and vibrant energy, we see sluggish, depressive influence around us. This can take form as a particular person, generally a woman, the same shadow aspect of ourselves, or the feeling in the environment. If this is a woman hanging around, you'll want to be extra careful with her because she'll likely put on a bit of a show for you in hopes that you'll trip up so she can swoop in and steal your glory. This is a stubborn energy, dark and gloomy; a lazy person that mooches off of the people around her. There can also be a potential material loss waiting for you, but mostly because it was spent carelessly and foolishly. Now you know what's lurking in the environment, you can call it by it's name and move right around it.
Take note here because the advice has us focusing on the material world. We're still trying to operate from the mind, but the universe is telling us that it's time to get our head out of the clouds. This is another wake up call to be aware of what's going on around us, especially in the organization and coordination of our material affairs. If we don't come down from our high-flying intellectualism, our plans may be cancelled, misunderstandings could lead to a loss of friendship or in really drastic cases, the loss of your home. Get it together! Here it would not be remiss to be overly cautious this week in any deals or decisions involving money and finance. We're distracted at the moment, so if we can't get our thoughts together and focus, better push back any decisions on money matters until next week.
Just like a sword, the outcome this week has two sides to it, so it's going to come down to you. This tarot card is the Lord of Peace, turned on its head, so either way the sword falls, we'll probably be a little taken aback at the course of events this week. If we apply the advice, we'll be able to release ourselves from the prison of the mind that the challenge represents. We'll find movement again as well as clarity in our decisions to move forward. We'll also be able to identify any two-faced imposters that are awaiting our downfall. This will be a relief because we've avoided becoming prey to a predator, however, it will be alarming as well when this person's true identity is revealed as something other than what we thought. If we fail to heed the counsel given by the cards, we won't recognize this duplicitous imposter and we'll be cut, in reality by our own sword because we didn't use it appropriately. This kind of disloyalty will shake things up and further rob our peace of mind. Just because we refuse to see things, doesn't mean that they aren't still there.
You got this! Get out of your head this week and make sure you're grounded to continue along your journey. Good luck on your own mystic revolution this week!
July Tarot Predictions & Private Tarot Readings
The Fool carries such a fun and adventurous energy! The boundless hope and quest for self-knowledge associated with this card is something we should all strive to maintain throughout life. When this card is reversed, however, we see the same courageous spirit turn slighlty foolish as the meaning takes on tint of immaturity.
Make sure you think plans through twice this month because there is decent chance that there is some aspect your haven't considered. It may even be substantial enough to delay your whole adventure. When beginning a new project or developing an activity to a new stage, set realistic goals so you set yourself up for success.
Check your sources when jumping into new arenas because there is a risk of false information in the environment. A dose of humility will serve you well as you encounter unexpected setbacks and perhaps even misadventure along the way.
Don't let any delays get you down. Take a minute to reflect on anything you could have miscalculated that contributed to the difficulties, fix it and move on. A preventative second glance at any serious plans in the making this month can pay off in avoiding unwanted detours along the way.
The Tarot reading for July brings stability and cooperation in your environment. The energy at play with the King of Wands is favorable for leadership, passion, stability and a trustworthiness that has been gained through experience. This is a force that stimulates curiousity and intellect and has a mature, practical approach to any undertakings.
If you are a woman and this man is in your surroundings, he is someone who places much importance on family life and securing a legacy for his descendants. This is a responsable man with a great sense of humor who enjoys the outdoors and country life. He is a noble, honest man that will stand up for what he believes in and does not tolerate pettiness. If this is you, a position of leadership with a tight-knit team would be a great fit.
This month this solid, guiding figure will be the wind at your back as you aim to secure your homelife and place in society. Don't be afraid to reach out and collaborate with this King as he can provide much wisdom for the journey.
Tarot readings are a fantastic tool to examine your life and all of the influences at work. With this knowledge of self and setting you can consciously move toward the path of greatest growth and self-realization. Here we explore recurring themes in the human experience and practices to promote self-care. In becoming more attuned to our own vibes we can consciously create a better space that benefits everyone.