Tarot for the week ahead, 4.4.21

Cards from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot

Ooh OK… a three Majors kind of a week. That’s a sit up and pay attention spread!

Look carefully at our horned figures at either side. We have the Emperor – logical, rational leader, proponent of order and ethics – on the one. On the other, our old friend the Devil: a slightly less straightforward character. I tend to view the Devil as dealing with our instinctual, animal selves and how well we are able to integrate those parts of us into our whole person. Are we honest about our basic needs, our desires, our darker impulses? Do we deal with them in a healthy way? Do we have hang-ups, fears and inhibitions or do we go too far in the other direction?

Either side of the Star, then, we have the logical vs. the primal. Now look at what she’s doing in the centre. See how she pours her vessels in a kind of circular motion, connecting the land and the water (the material and the spiritual, in metaphorical terms). She bridges the gap between two states of being, and she does so while shining a light of hope and encouragement.

So. This week, we may struggle with the balance between order and chaos. We may feel we should act in one way, whilst our inner voices tell us what we actually want or need is entirely different. But the Star offers us balance: she tells us to maintain our faith, and to keep going. When she shows herself, things are going to be OK. We just need to remember that.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 29.3.21

Cards from Robert M Place’s Alchemical Tarot

This feels like a week about resources: mental, practical, emotional.

The Ace of Swords urges us to part the clouds and see clearly. Maybe there are new insights and ideas, or maybe we will just get out of our own way for long enough that the things right in front of us will begin to make sense?

The Nine of Coins (aka Discs/Pentacles) always feels to me like such a lovely, grounded card in this deck. Here is a tree that is healthy, mature and ‘fruiting’ generously. Fruit like this does not come on demand – we have to nurture it, wait for our patience to pay off – but its generosity is worth the wait.

The Ten of Vessels (aka Cups) is distillation: it is about connectedness, “the many connected to the one” as Place puts it. It is the emotional payoff from being brave enough to trust in the process of connection: the way individual vessels create something new together. It’s not without risks and unpredictability, but perhaps this week we need reminding that it’s a risk that can pay off.

Two cards, then, full of the practical and emotional harvest we can expect from trust and patience: and one that tells us new ideas or insights will result. Should be an interesting few days!

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 21.3.21

Cards from Pamela & Joyce Eakins’ Tarot of the Spirit

Back after a recovery week… and what an interesting reading to come back to. Anyone else feeling a bit of a Spring Equinox rush in these cards?

Here is heat and power and dynamic energy, fizzing to be used and directed. There’s a little risk too – Brother of Wind (aka Knight of Swords) can be hot-headed, impetuous, quick to jump. If you act decisively this week, temper any anger with the controlled foresight and strength of the Father of Fire (aka King of Wands). Pick your battles, and if you do so successfully – the Sun will be there to shine on you.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 7.3.21

Cards from the Zillich tarot

I almost didn’t read tonight – got distracted with other things – but I’m glad I did, now. I like the strength emanating from this spread.

I also think it’s a simple message for the week in which, here in England at least, we take the first steps towards easing ourselves out of lockdown and back towards a more integrated life. At the centre is prudence: we must be gradual, methodical. This is not a time to rush. The Emperor reminds us of the importance of order and rule. Let’s not get too giddy for change, not just yet?

And the Sun – well, there is the warmth and possibility awaiting us if we can do those things. A reward worth waiting for.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 28.2.21

Cards from the Crowley/Harris Thoth tarot

It’s a very blue, green and gold week we have in store, apparently! I always think it’s worth noting when a reading presents this kind of colour theme – it speaks to me of consistency, a firmness of purpose and message. So what message, then?

We begin with the suits of Swords and Cups, both of which are concerned with the internal realm and, respectively, the areas of thought and feeling. We have cards which, again respectively, initiate and complete each suit. The Ace brings us clarity and inspiration: I tend to think of it as the ‘cuts through the crap’ card. The Knight (aka King) of Cups can be a romantic, changeable character, as befits his watery realm, but he speaks to us of ideas concerning emotional matters. So… it’s a week for thinking, and sorting out how we feel about new ideas or information.

And what of the Magus? He is Hermes/Mercury, the winged messenger – yep, there’s that new information again. He is rather more concerned with the external over the internal world, but as card 1 in the Major Arcana he too is an initiatory force, a figure who speaks of manifestation and the force of will. So whatever is on its way, don’t just sit around thinking about it. This is a week to turn thoughts and feelings into action – and to bear in mind Hermes is also known as a trickster, so keep your wits about you when new things come to light!

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 21.2.21

Cards from the Pagan Otherworlds tarot

Well, I’d say that’s a bit of a contrast to last week, wouldn’t you?

The moon cards in this deck very rarely make an appearance for me, but this is the second time in a week after another one showed up in a daily pull. I’m taking that to mean that we’re looking at some noticeable shifts this lunar month, with this quarter moon a sign that something is building, on its way.

Two major arcana cards to complete the reading feels like another sign of big shifts: these cards especially. Notice that they’re all about the X’s? I’m a pretty bad numerologist, but tens (including the 10s in each suit of tarot pips) are often associated with the completion of a cycle, a point pregnant with possibilities as to what happens next. Judgement suggests that we’ll know that when we hear it: that’s a pretty big trumpet, right? The Wheel of Fortune, though… I have a feeling that whatever’s shifting, this is not about the kind of change where the results are fixed, permanent, definite. A new phase of some kind perhaps, but a step along the road rather than the end of the journey.

And if that all sounds very hand-wavy and general, well – sometimes that’s how life is, isn’t it? We roll with it, and we keep going. Roll with it, this week, is my advice.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 15.2.21

Cards from Robert M Place’s Alchemical Tarot

Ooh, I love an Ace of Vessels (aka Cups) week. A big inrush of heart energy (yes, I know I’m a day late and Valentine’s Day was yesterday).

I think we have a pretty simple task this week, actually: to tend to ourselves, and our interactions with others, thoughtfully. Ourselves in terms of care of our physical health, as recommended by the Queen of Coins (aka Discs/Pentacles), and externally how we cross metaphorical Swords with others. The Two suggests that wisdom should be our guide in these interactions, but with the Ace at the centre of things, that wisdom cannot be a purely intellectual exercise.

So, think carefully about what your heart tells you is needed this week, be sure that your head and body are in agreement, and then you’re good to go.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 7.2.21

Cards from Pamela & Joyce Eakins’ Tarot of the Spirit

There are those who will see the Three of Wind (aka Swords) and The Moon in a reading and suck in a sharp breath through their teeth. I’ll admit I’ve certainly struggled with this Three in the past myself, while I was becoming acquainted with tarot. These days, however, I try not to jump to the obvious (and sometimes incorrect) ouch conclusion.

What are we looking at here, then? Two major arcana cards is pretty big energy for the week. Larger currents are at work, things are moving, changing. The Moon tells us that we can’t yet see the path ahead clearly, or focus on where our feet meet the ground in the darkness. The clouds will obscure her light and we will have to rely on our other senses to keep moving.

The Hermit, sat between the other cards, is reinforcing that message by reminding us quite literally to centre ourselves. It is so noisy outside, there are so many external stimuli, demands, conflicts trying to grab our attention. If we ignore these and head off to our (metaphorical) cave in the wilds for a while, and just listen quietly in the silence – what does our inner voice tell us? What do we learn if we allow that voice space and time?

And the Three of Wind… well, yes, there has been pain this last twelve months, hasn’t there? We all know it. I really like the way this card avoids the traditional pierced heart motif that we often dread seeing. Recognition. Pamela Eakins says “you have seen so much and you sometimes wish you hadn’t.” That hits home in Covid times.

I’ve worked backwards today, but now to draw all of that together. We’ve all taken the mental hit of 12 months in a pandemic. This week, we are encouraged to recognise and understand how that experience has touched us, changed us, affected what our future looks like. Those answers are within us and it will benefit us not to block them out but to spend a little time getting our thoughts straight about it all. That’s not to say it will make the future certain, or straightforward: but if we sharpen up our awareness it equips us better to walk the path in spite of the shadows.

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 31.1.21

Cards from the Zillich tarot

Just look at those colours! There is light, this week, light and movement. That’s a welcome sight, isn’t it?

We’re still concentrating a good deal on material matters – the Knight (aka King) of Discs is back again – but flanking the Sun on the other side is the Two, a dynamic card that speaks of motion and of energy for getting things done.

In the centre, the Sun casts both literal (daylight is increasing!) and metaphorical illumination on our business. We can feel supported in our efforts as the Sun offers us insight and warmth. Maybe those of us who have been feeling stuck, whether physically or financially, will find ourselves beginning to stretch and move again?

Have a good week and stay safe x

Tarot for the week ahead, 24.1.21

Cards from the Crowley/Harris Thoth tarot

Well now, there’s a thing. Three Court cards. I can’t remember that happening in a weekly reading before!

The first two cards indicate that we are preoccupied by practical – dare I say, even, mundane – matters this week: health, finances (I’m looking at you, last minute tax return folks), self-care and routine. Honestly, I know that’s not sexy, but we all have to do it: steady as it goes, says the Prince, just keep it moving.

But… the Queen of Wands is back for the second week in a row, so clearly we need her fiery, assertive energy to encourage us. A little spice, a little risk sprinkled in amongst the everyday grind, just to make things a little more interesting.

So, do what must be done this week, but let your hair down a little every now and again as a reward. It’s been a tough January, and you’ve earned it.

Have a good week and stay safe x