When the swords appear, we can generally count on some challenges heading our way. The first reaction can be to tense up and brace for impact, head turned the other way to avoid facing the situation head-on. It would be a good time to note that just because we're not looking doesn't mean that it's not still coming toward us. The suit of swords is going to indicate mental activity, analytical processes and intellect, so that's the arena that will demand our attention throughout July.
The Eight of Swords is also known as the card of Interference which brings our attention to the clarity of our thoughts and capacity for discernment. The image in the card shows us that we're having difficulty seeing the obstacles around us; our intellect is bound. The bindings around our body, however, are quite loose so we could effectively shimmy free and thus be able to take off the blindfold and move forward. It's up to us to free ourselves here so we can get a clear look at the real challenges that surround us instead of fearing the worst while looking through our fingers.
You may feel that your surroundings are restrictive, or you feel bound in some way to your current situation. This can stoke the fear inside of us which leaves us powerless to act. We become indecisive and wallow in inaction because we're too afraid to move forward.
Recognize these inclinations this month and remember that you can take the blindfold off anytime. Once you do, you'll be able to face reality, eliminate the interference, get those emotions into a more balanced state and tap into your intellect to free yourself.
Trouble is brewing this month and it's mostly due to volatile, shady characters in your environment. Wake up and smell the coffee because if you pay attention, you'll be able to spot these problematic people before they are able to do much harm. You'll want to be careful about the extermination process, however, because this type of person is very intelligent and is aware of just how to manipulate the stage so that they get what they want.
One characteristic that will make this person fairly easy to spot is his/her inclination to brag constantly about personal achievements, whether they are real or fabricated. This comes from an internal imbalance on their part which is further fueled by jealousy. Unfortunately, this person can employ cruel and even deceitful tactics to swing things in their favor, but only if they are left to their machinations.
It's best to avoid this person, or these type of people, altogether. Since that's not always entirely possible, if you need to push the situation toward a confrontation to call them out, be diplomatic. Your opponent is well prepared and is not afraid to take low blows so by using your diplomacy, you'll have the upperhand and can quell any disturbances before they become truly disruptive.
One piece of counsel, make sure to look in the mirror often, because sometimes this card can even represent the shadow version of ourselves. If we've become hardened and begin to use the sword of intellect in an ignoble way, better to ask ourselves why and address the issue head-on to resolve it. If we ignore this facet of ourselves, it can eventually lead to self-destruction so tread lightly. Be forgiving, but be ready to change; afterall, it's in your own self-interest.
This is an exciting month for you, Gemini. All of this renewed action is just the push you need to further explore ideas that you had already been mulling around. This dynamic energy favors your communication style and quick decision-making skills, even if you do go back and forth a bit while making up your mind. Now is the time to dive in head first and seize the currents to lead you to your dreams.
In Tarot, the Two of Wands shows us looking out over our dominion with the world in our hands. We've been contemplating our next move and now we have the support from friends and colleagues to give it our best shot and expand the empire. We will need to be courageous as we set out on this passionate, new adventure , but if we can do it, the effort will pay dividends. Material increase is indicated with these endeavours, so focus on your aspirations and make it happen.
Though the energy is fast and productive, it will still take time before you can harvest the fruits of your labor. Because you're more comfortable with the light and airy aspect of life, the time between begining a new adventure and finally reaching the destination can cause restlessness and a desire to change route. Don't give in; stick to the plan. This is the perfect opportunity to foster an appreciation for patience. Rome wasn't built in a day, so check your goals, keep on the path and follow through to reap the rewards.
It's natural to freak out a bit when you see the Death card, but it's not as bad as it looks. It would be much worse if it were reversed, so at least you have that. At this point, there's not much you can do except surrender to the change. I suppose you could resist transformation, but in doing that you're only delaying the process ultimately. Besides, when one thing comes to an end, it makes space for something new to be born. As painful as it may seem, it's for your own evolution as a person to take you one step closer to becoming the highest version of yourself
The end of something in your life is nearing, but right on the other side you'll find positive change awaits. This type of transformation is, in reality, a renewal and even a rebirth after death. This is the phoenix rising up from the ashes.
The transformative process is like getting an update to your software. Now you're open to new ideas and new opportunities that had been passing you by. You can discard what is no longer serving you in order to become leaner, more efficient and definitely improved.
Don't skirt change this month! The sooner you dive in, the quicker you'll come out the other side.
The Tarot cards indicate this month that we're finally going to catch a break from the Universe. Of course there will be challenges along the way, but it's nothing we can't overcome by being self-aware and carefully observing the cogs in the machine that surrounds us. After weeks of stagnation, some emotional upsets and discord in our most intimate relationships, watery Cancer and the intuitive Moon will be making way for us to shine like the Sun as we approach the sign it rules, Leo. This month get ready for the speed to pick up and prepare to claim your victory as things come into balance. There's no time like the present and right now, it's showtime!
Tarot Reading for July
This Tarot card initially may seem a bit daunting, after all, the Five of Cups is also known as the Lord of Disappointment. The good news is that it's reversed, so we've flipped the disappointment on its head and we've been able to take control of the situation from an emotional standpoint to rewrite the narrative. We step fully into our personal power and take responsbility for our actions and the way we feel about situations. This is clearly still an influence of the Moon in Cancer before the zodiac continues through the cycle drawing on Leo's Sun for a different kind of energy later in the month. Because we've taken the time to check in with ourselves, we're on steadier ground and we now make room in our lives to be able to enjoy things once again. We get our head into a more positive space and it is from here that new alliances can be formed and old friendships can be nurtured. We're holding our chin high and our hopeful expectations keep us on the path to victory and success this month.
The challenge this month is to stay grounded amid the influx of buoyant energy. We've got to play the long game here so keep your eyes on the prize. You'll be tested in July and defeat is certainly one of the possible outcomes if we aren't careful. Pride comes before a fall so be realistic about what your contributions are and how much you've actually accomplished. If you are in a struggle or competition, do not underestimate your opponent or you will end up being woefully unprepared for the task at hand. Don't cut corners to win either because it will only lead to an empty victory which really isn't worth much in the grand scheme of things. It's easy to dilute ourselves into thinking we've got everything covered so we don't have to keep putting in the work, but this weakness is also a challenge we must overcome this month. All talk and no action won't be enough to get you by this time. Moral strength, preparation, intellect, quick thinking and hard work are required to turn defeat on its head and come out victorious.
Great news here! The energy in your environment is incredibly supportive this month and encourages us to keep moving foward. We'll be able to put some of our material problems behind us this month as we move out of the darkness and into the light. We can start to move on from that all-consuming worry as we finally start to see where this is all going. You can expect your finances to get better this month and you may even start a new job or project. Although this work would seem to be temporary, it's enough to bolster your high vibes and spring you toward your goals. As the Universe appears to be cooperating more with the way you think things should play out, you may even turn to your more spiritual side as a token of gratitude for the wind at your back.
The Tarot cards advise you to get busy this month and take advantage of the swift activity surrounding you. Things are moving fast and you better not be left behind. Hold on to that hope we saw bring in the month and keep a positive attitude while you're going through the motions. Where things were stagnant before, now we see them take off so run with it! The Eight of Wands also indicates that the movement will be in an area of passion, adventure and even love. Get a head start so you don't find yourself playing catch-up all month.
You made it! The Sun is shining bright in Leo and if you've taken the stage and committed, you'll be one hell of a performer this month. It is showtime and victory is on your side. The success you experience this month is due to your good decision-making, balanced emotions and intellect and showing authority as you move forward. The Chariot is the card of Triumph so as long as you hold yourself accountable, you'll be moving in the right direction and you will have gained control of the natural forces shaping your life. This is a spectacular moment for celebrating hard-earned success, so congratulations on sticking it out and bringing your game face this month. It's worth it!
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Many of you will be celebrating upcoming birthdays and will be looking forward to what this new trip around the Sun brings. Celebrate on, but keep in mind that there will be another task at hand this month that can affect our pocket, and not in a good way. This July we'll need to be prudent about where our money is going and how we can maintain our material wealth. As a someone ruled by Cancer, your gut feelings will serve as an important guide, however you really need to get practical when it comes to money matters.
In Tarot, the Six of Pentacles is also known as the card of Success, so when it's reversed, you can already start imagining what that might look like. This month analyze all financial decisions with a fine-tooth comb so you don't miss anything. If you're thinking about taking out a loan or borrowing money from a friend, take a closer look as there are likely to be hidden implications. As much as the person may be your friend, it's probably not pure altruism that's motivating this gesture of support; there will be a price to pay later.
If you're analyzing a new investment opportunity, give it a closer look as this month holds the possibility of becoming prey to a malevolent financial scheme, or even a loan shark. You may even get sucked into paying a bribe, and while it might alleviate the present tension, it will only open you up to becoming further compromised.
The key here is due dilligence. Give your material and financial decisions more than a once-over as they may not turn out to be what you initially thought. If you are aware of where that energy is going and of any leaks in the system, you'll be prepared to call it off or take any necessary detours that will save you in the long run.
This Tarot card suggests the dark night of the soul is almost behind you as the movement picks up in your material realm. That's certainly good news! This month we're finally moving in the right direction. The action may come about more slowly than we would like, but there's gratitude to express for the renewed activity nonetheless.
It seems like the world has been turned on its head, and for many people it has. During these next few weeks you'll see the consolidation of your material goals as you move into a space where your finances may now be restored. If it's been a bit tight economically, we now have a respite from worry as the money begins to flow again... in the right direction.
You may even receive a job offer or the possibility of collaborating on a new project. It's likely that the employment will be temporary, but you're not exactly in a position to be passing these opportunities up at the moment. Go for it, give it your best and get to work. Even if it is for a short time, the exercise in being productive can open our mind and fill our energy reserves so that we're ready for future, more long-term professional possibilities.
This card also indicates that this monetary stability can even come in the form of a gift, inheritance or possibly a loan with great terms. Your luck is changing but the only way to make it stick is to not rely on luck, but take matters into your own hands and make it happen!
The Tarot card backing your this month could not play more to your strengths. The Queen of Pentacles aides you in bringing out your nature proclivities and inclinations. Working with the wonderful energy of the cards brings stability and beauty to your life. As a Taurus, you can certainly appreciate the finer things in life and you're not afraid to put the work in to earn them. That's exactly what this month has in store for you.
As an Earth sign, you can vibe right along with the Queen of Pentacle, or the great Earth Mother. She brings out your nuturing side and gives you gentle guidance in tending to your affairs. This is a generous, charitable energy that leads you to be productive in a paused, patient way; just your style!
Your taste for opulence and love of luxury can be satisfied this month by throwing a little elbow grease into your work. The best things in life may be free, but that doesn't negate the fact that there are still plenty of amazing things in life that are far from free. You are dedicated and head strong so any time spent developing your practical talents will pay off. Move forward step by step in a solid and secure way, donning your hat as Mr. or Mrs. Practical and you'll find that milestones are met and you'll be approaching your goal before you know it.
We're entering your native month and according to the Tarot cards, things are looking great for you! Even the final result of the general reading is pointing to the Sun, which is your governing body. This is your time to shine, and there's almost nothing more Leo than that.
This month you get to tap into a new drive and new energy for life! This powerful and vital flow pushes you right into the action which is exactly where you would prefer to be. We've seen things moving pretty slowly the last few weeks and a certainy lethargy can start to set it, however a now you've regained your strength and you have new ambition to pour into your projects and hobbies.
All of this abundant energy in your environment throws the door open for new possibilities now. If you have some ideas you would like to explore, now's the time to go for it. This may mean a new relationship, new goals, exciting new challenges. The sky is the limit and emotional satisfaction is yours to be had.
Get moving and followup on any ideas or opportunities that are coming to you at this time. It will be an excellent way to honor yourself and channel that innate energy to blast forward and shine!
The Tarot cards this month play to your strengths as you power forward and directly challenge more established ways of thinking. A sense of enlightenment and adventure stoke your inner flame and have you ready to so some exploring this month, even if it's more in the inner realm or in terms of concepts as opposed to acting things out in the physical world.
With the Hierophant reversed, idealism envelops your world and you start to look more deeply into the structure of things to see if perhaps there is an alternative way of doing things. You don't back down when faced with a challenge and this gives you just the brazen energy to march to the beat of your own drum this month.
Your creativity is ramped up and you're open to new ideas. This willingness to see things from a different perspective is especially efficient in fostering creativity in the spiritual sense. Maybe you're ready to make contact with the more esoteric side this month which could lead to enhanced intuition and guidance. However this creativity takes shape, it's sure to buck social norms and step outside the parameters established by mainstream society. No worries though, if anyone can handle the scrutiny, it's you! Don't be afraid to think outside of the box in July, it may even be necessary!
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.