Tarot for the week ahead, 18.7.21

Cards from the Commonplace Tarot

Ah. Now this is a bit different from the last couple of weeks!

The heavy emotional work, it seems, may be behind us for now. The Ten of Cups speaks to the conclusion of an emotional cycle and the chance to recognise our progress, celebrate our achievements in this area. It’s a happy card, one of fulfilment.

As with all cycles, however, endings are also beginnings and the Six of Swords tells us we are in transition. Leaving behind some heavy feelings and emotional processing (completed under that crescent moon) means it’s time to look ahead and consider where we’re going next.

The Two of Wands suggests that this week is the time to begin to form plans. The mage here is scrying to gain insight: he weighs up what is close at hand against the wider picture. So, too, might we decide to cast our eye beyond the immediate personal preoccupations of the last couple of weeks and look further outward. What’s on the horizon that may require some thought and preparation? Now is the time to decide.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 11.7.21

Cards from the Dark Wood Tarot

There’s some really interesting emotional weather coming up these last couple of weeks. Cancer season doing what it does best!

This week we have care of our physical selves at the centre of the message. The Queen of Pentacles embodies manifestation, pleasure, the full use of our senses: she knows the importance of taking care of the self in order to fully appreciate the sensory experiences the world offers us.

The flanking cards, however, come with a warning and a lesson. Remember the Four of Vessels last week, with the balancing elephant? Here we have another Four representing stability, but at a potential cost. This week’s tells us that we are in a secure position materially – there is strong groundwork in place – but cautions against holding on too tightly to what we perceive as the things that keep us safe. Note too that here it’s a mandrake holding on tightly to his Pentacles. Mandrake was well known in arcane lore as an aphrodisiac (fatal in large quantities). Is this a nod to the relationship questions raised in last week’s reading?

Perhaps it is, because on the other side we find the much feared Three of Swords. I really like the Dark Wood deck’s particular take on this card: the accompanying guide says it is “the wound that lets in the light… To imprison love is to lose its essence. Allow the Three of Swords to break your heart wide open.” So often we try to shield ourselves from pain by avoiding intense emotional experiences, attempting to rule the heart with the head. We would rather risk being stuck in the web – possibly even devoured – than feel the discomfort necessary in order to set our hearts free. How well does this really serve us in the end?

In combination, these cards urge us to be a little braver this week: be willing to take risks. We can risk letting go of our material comfort blankets; we can accept the risk of pain to open ourselves to the breadth of emotions that make us living, feeling humans. If we truly want to take care of ourselves and honour what we need, we should be prepared to risk doing uncomfortable things to achieve those ends.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 4.7.21

Cards from Robert M Place’s Alchemical Tarot

Hmm. Relationships are our central theme this week. I don’t think I need to explain that part any further, do I?

What needs more attention are the surrounding cards. Look at the Four of Vessels (aka Cups). Never mind how the elephant got up there: the question is, how is it going to get down without something breaking? So it stays put, precariously balanced and in all likelihood, feeling rather stuck.

Meanwhile, we have the Moon – another strong link to Cancer after the Chariot last week. We are approaching the mid-point of Cancer season (June 21st – July 22nd), which again suggests to me that we should pay close attention to what happens in this time period. In particular, we should note the strong energetic currents at work – three major arcana cards last week, two today – because it feels very much like the significance of what happens in Cancer season will have implications well beyond its end date.

But back to this week. If we are at a stalemate in a relationship just now, unsure where to turn or afraid to make a bold move in case we break something, this is a time for caution. Robert Place describes this version of the Moon as a card of “rest, retreat, anticipation, preparation, dreams.” For me, its advice is to heed those dreams, our intuitions and the things that come from the dark and still places within us. These are where we will find answers.

So, take your time before tackling any relationship matters this week and when you move – if you choose to move – do so very carefully.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 27.6.21

Cards from Pamela & Joyce Eakins’ Tarot of the Spirit

Here we are in Cancer season and here is its ruling card, the Chariot – wheeling in with another two Majors, the first time that’s happened for a while in a weekly reading. Big energy in the wake of the Solstice and the official start of summer.

What should be on our minds these next seven days? Well, the Chariot is a card of movement. Literal travel yes, sometimes, but also consider the metaphorical meaning of a vehicle. Our own person is a vehicle – mind and body harnessed to take us where we want to go, careful driving required to avoid crashing. Are we in control of where we’re heading this week?

I think the metaphorical vehicle is apt due to the remainder of the reading. The Hierophant’s primary role, Pamela Eakins suggests, is to illuminate – from within, of course, channeling our inner wisdom, or as Eakins puts it, to become both student and teacher.

The Star, on the other hand, represents a more universal kind of illumination: truth, hope, the interconnectedness of all things. As above, so below.

I’m not suggesting this all means we’re heading for some kind of grand spiritual epiphany this week. I’m more interested in the dualities we see represented in each of these cards. I think it suggests that in order not to lose sight of our way – or control of our vehicle – we must be careful to keep a balance between the dual aspects of our nature this week.

Go after what you want, but not at breakneck speed. Do what you feel called to, but don’t ignore wise advice. Daydream a little, let your head float up to the clouds, but keep your feet firmly on the ground. If you can do that, that’s a good start to summer.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 20.6.21

Cards from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot

Summer Solstice yet here’s a moon card instead of a sun. Interesting.

The waxing crescent moon period is often thought of as a time for beginnings, attraction, setting out new intentions to work on in the coming lunation. The Ace of Pentacles, too, is a card of opportunities or beginnings: at the head of the suit of earth, this signals a spark of something new in the material, physical sphere.

The Knight of Cups is a rather different creature. Creative, romantic – a little wild, even – and immersed in deep feeling, he is also strongly associated with desire. That, of course, can be anything the heart wants deeply – not necessarily just another person!

So, we seem to have before us an opportunity to transform a heartfelt desire or longing into a more tangible reality. We should be alert for signs that we can seize our chances this week and take the first steps in this process, in expectation of things developing further in a few weeks with the onset of the next waxing crescent phase (around mid-July).

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 13.6.21

Cards from the Field tarot by Hannah Fofana

Valour, intuition, curiosity. These are the things we should do our best to embody this week. To claim the things we have earned, we need to stand firm externally as we dig deeper internally. Listen to those little prompts and hunches, follow the trails that you stumble upon, ask questions. This is how we will succeed.

Sound simplistic? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Let’s find out.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 6.6.21

Cards from the Zillich tarot

The Sun has been a frequent visitor in my daily card pulls of late. Anyone would think we were approaching the summer solstice…

This week we are asked to draw both on its nourishing warmth and its light. The message: all will be well. The Four of Wands shows a meeting of complementary figures, balancing each other harmoniously, cementing a partnership. They too speak of harmony, of positive outcomes, a decisive step on the way towards what we desire.

The Prince of Swords can indicate a note of caution – sometimes he signifies a tendency to charge too eagerly into battle. Here though, see how Zillich’s Knight sits almost ceremonially on his mount, surrounded by what look like amethyst points. He encourages crystal clear thinking, creativity and a confident (but not cocky!) bearing. If we follow his advice, we can expect the Sun to be at our backs in the coming days.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 31.5.21

Cards from the Wildwood Tarot

I’ve had this deck for several months and yet I haven’t opened it, haven’t touched it, until now: I don’t know why. Somehow today seemed like the right time and I felt compelled to use it for the weekly reading.

Looking at what it’s offered us, I can see why. Here is Death once again (the Journey) at the centre, after its appearance last week too. This is a time of strong currents of change. We heard this message last week, and here it is again in a different, more powerful form – two strong major arcana cards to push the message home. If we weren’t listening before, can we sit up and pay attention now?

The Ten of Vessels shows us an abundant flow of positive feeling: all our cups are filled. This is what we are aiming for – this vital, refreshing energy – but trust in the cycles of change and renewal we are all subject to will be essential in order to get there. This isn’t always going to be comfortable. Accepting death as a natural corollary of life and progress can be a challenge. Likewise, the lessons of the Great Bear (aka Judgement) do not come easy. After Death has stripped away what is no longer needed, how do we weigh the version of ourselves, of our lives, that is left? Are we ready to emerge into something different, to forgive ourselves for our failings and difficulties on the path to where we are now? Are we ready?

That might all sound like a bit too much existential angst for a Bank Holiday Monday. Fair enough. Consider, though, the world we find ourselves in as we tentatively move away from lockdown restrictions towards a version of ‘normal life’ that is both comfortingly familiar yet distinctly, perhaps irreversibly, changed. We are reshaping ourselves and our surroundings as the longer term impacts of the previous 18 months – on us as individuals and on the collective – begin to make themselves known.

Change is not often sudden and explosive (we have the Tower to tell us when that’s coming!), rather it is incremental and steady: the flow of a sparkling waterfall subtly reshaping the rock below. And yet, so often, those tiny increments carve out huge shifts over time. Harder to recognise, perhaps, but hugely significant. This week, the Journey and the Great Bear ask you both to acknowledge what is changing for you and to do the work necessary to fully align yourself with that process in order to reap the emotional rewards.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 23.5.21

Cards from the Crowley/Harris Thoth tarot

Don’t mind Death. He turns up sometimes to clear out things that are no longer required – that great big scythe is pretty effective.

This week, I think he is here to signal an end to some things that have been holding us back (the Eight of Swords). Often this card indicates a mental prison of our own making – the barriers that we put up around ourselves because we’re afraid to act, or we’re telling ourselves negative stories about who we are and what we are capable of. However, it can also signify malign external influences in the shape of people who – consciously or otherwise – are interfering with our ability to make progress.

Death is here to say: no more of that. A period of frustration and inaction has to come to an end. Instead it’s high time we consider the application of our personal will towards what we want and how we intend to get it (the Two of Wands). No need to plunge headlong in just yet – the Two is still near the beginning of the Wands journey – what’s important is the creative impulse, the focus on the goal. Know where you’re going. Know that you are free to do what you need to in order to get there.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 16.5.21

Cards from Robert M Place’s Alchemical Tarot

A simple message for this week.

There’s potential for things to get a bit heated – competitive, fractious, argumentative even (7 of Staffs aka Wands). If you feel this happening, step away for a while to give your mind a rest and collect yourself (4 of Swords): you don’t have to bite. Instead, aim for clarity. Master your own thoughts and communicate with confidence (King of Swords).

Have a good week and stay safe x