Tarot Reading for Week of 7/4/21

I have not been very consistent with my weekly tarot readings on here. I really want to get better. I am in the process of making some changes in my overall life focus, so maybe that will help. I guess only time will tell!

The energy of this week’s reading is powerful. It really calls on us to change how we are caring for ourselves during this time. But I am going to let the spread speak for itself….

Energy of the Week Ahead: Five of Pentacles

I know what you are thinking right now. When I pulled this card for the energy of the week ahead I thought, “Uh, oh. We are going to be in for a rough week!” When we see the Five of Pentacles we typically think of scarcity, that there is not going to be enough to go around. And this is not surprising since we live in a cultural system that has as a pillar of foundation the proliferation of a scarcity mindset. “Buy more, consume more! Get it now because soon it will be gone!” That kind of energy leads to contraction as we feel like we are competing with everyone else for basic life necessities.

So we might be looking at that this week. We might be looking at a “not enough-ness” of some kind. How are we going to handle that energy this week? When we feel threatened by anything, including not having what we need, our brain can go into a fight-flight-flee response. If we don’t have enough staff coverage at our job our brain might knee-jerk into thinking that we need to get another job. If we run short financially our brains will pick us apart over every little thing we have bought in the last two weeks and foster guilt and shame. These patterns the brain has of fighting or fleeing difficult situations make it hard to be mindful in the heart of the situation. Which is what we need to do. What can we do to foster mindfulness in the heat of a situation of scarcity so that we don’t do something that we might regret? How can we keep ourselves in the present moment and not worry about what happened in the past or what is going to happen in the future? How can we stay in the now so that we can productively work through the situation and come out on the other side with our sanity intact? That is what we need to keep in mind as we look at this energy for the week ahead.

What Are We Being Invited to Pay Attention To: Two of Swords

So we know that the energy of this week is going to be one where we have to practice mindfulness so that our brain does not drive us crazy regarding the scarcity that we are going to face this week. Two of swords builds upon that call for mindfulness by telling us that we need to work self-care into the week. Typically with this card it means stopping and coming back to center whenever we feel that the brain is going to start taking over with its stories. The imagery on the Witches Tarot deck by Ellen Dugan shows a woman who is blindfolded, holding two swords as if to protect herself. Behind her is a lake. Water typically signifies the emotional realm. The blindfold suggests that the woman cannot see her outer reality at this time, so she must be in her inner reality. And the swords suggest that she is doing this to protect herself from what is going on in the outer reality, that she is protecting her emotional state from the circumstances that are happening in her outer reality.

This kind of thing is as simple as setting up a mindfulness reminder on your phone so that every so often you are reminded to just stop, drop in, and check in. We can get so frantic, especially if we are going through tough times, that we can become out of our bodies in a manner of speaking. We can be totally focused on what comes next, putting out fires around us, and not fully present with ourselves or how we are doing emotionally. Two of Swords reminds us how important it is to stop and check in with ourselves, to go within and make sure that we are okay emotionally.

What We Should Be Mindful Of: Six of Swords

Six of Swords asks us to be aware of who is steering our boat. The imagery of the card shows a person in a boat, paddling on the water. Again, the emotional realm is very present here.

We know that if we put someone else in charge of our emotions, in charge of steering our boat, it can come out badly for us. In my training as an early childhood educator, I learned that any time you make statements like “You are driving me crazy,” you are putting someone else in charge of your emotions. Basically, you are making them captain of your ship. You are then subject to any whims and desires that person has, and it can drive you crazy. Six of Swords tells us to take ownership of our own emotional state. When we go from, “You are driving me crazy,” to “I feel crazy when you do ______,” we begin to build a foundation where communication can happen and change can take place. If we don’t like how something is going down, we can problem solve rather than blame someone else for our emotional upset. This is a powerful skill that Six of Swords reminds us that we have. We are the captains of our emotional ship. This week, it is important that we are mindful of that.

What Should We Embrace: Knight of Wands

Knight of Wands is about moving in a way that feels good to you. Sometimes the pace of the people around us can be fast, especially in our society where productivity and grind culture are major focuses for a lot of people. Knight of Wands asks us to be aware of what pace feels good to us and move at that pace. Stop worrying about the way everyone around us moves.

Sometimes it can be hard to feel what pace will work best for us. We are so busy seeing the paths that other people are on and we think that we should be doing what they do as fast as they seem to be doing it. We push ourselves into burnout because we are trying to go someone else’s pace instead of our own.

In order to find our own pace, it is important that we drop in and feel what works best for us. We keep in touch with our inner emotional realm and take care of our nervous system. And then we move, we flow, we dance, we do in ways that feel the best to us.

What We Should Let Go Of: Death

We need to let go of old ways of doing things. The cards in this spread ask us to change how we are dealing with the energies that we are going through at this time. COVID has change a lot about the way the world works, the way business works, and we have to take care of ourselves. We have to remember that the economic system that we are living in right now does not put our needs first, and the staffing shortages, sickness, separation, and other factors brought about by COVID, the political climate, systemic inequality, and other factors require us to rethink how we are living and working in the world. No one else is going to put our needs first, except maybe our families. It is so important that we take care of ourselves during this time, and the death card is here to tell us that the way that we used to do things needs to go. We need to take care of ourselves, guard our nervous systems, take charge of our emotional health, and move in ways that benefit us, not the capitalist system that has burnt us out.

Good luck in the coming week! Let me know in the comments section how it goes!

Tarot Spread for Week of 10/11/2020

What a year this has been. I think we can all agree that with everything that has been happening during this year, it has been energy draining, to say the least. Personally, I have been moving through the year with a lot of fear due to the pandemic, and the energy involved in the elections is always draining to me.

In spite of all of this, my guides gave me a vision to follow quite some time ago. Due to all of the uncertainty and fear, it has been hard to follow the vision. I haven’t really been doing much of anything on a consistent basis. But it is time to change all of that. I am making a commitment to begin using my cards more because they are an awesome tool for figuring out the way forward. There are other things that I am committed to doing, but for now, this is where I am going to start.

The Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan

1. What am I being invited to pay attention to in the week ahead?

Nine of Swords – Sit with yourself and do no buy into the bullshit that your brain is telling you. Your brain’s main job is to keep you safe, and in order to do that, it tells you things that keep you playing small, keep you working in the same capacity that you have been in all this time. What is your brain telling you that is keeping you playing small and safe? What is it telling you that you are using to prevent you from moving forward with your dreams? There is a lot of anxiety and fear out there right now. Don’t let the messages that your brain tells you keep you from following your dreams. What is the best way for you to be in truth this week?

What is the best way for you to be in your truth? The moon

The moon tells us that no one knows what is going to happen moving forward, least of all your brain. Your guides have given you a goal to work toward. You can be with the uncertainty of the times without allowing your brain to run your whole life. Surrender to the uncertainty and don’t allow it to dampen your desire for the future you have been shown.

What card can I call upon for motivation to reach my goals as I move through the week? The King of Pentacles

2. What card can I call upon for motivation to reach my goals as I move through the week?

King of Pentacles – You have work that you are meant to do in this world. Your true self is aching to do this work. Listen to your true self. Let it guide you as you move through your week. Commit to doing the work that you are meant to do in this world, and realize that everything else is just a vehicle to help you get there. Let your soul guide you through the process of using the vehicle and moving through the world.

What am I being invited to let go of? Knight of Swords

3. What am I being invited to let go of?

Knight of Swords – Let go of the thought that you can’t do this. You don’t have what it takes. The Knight of Swords says that you do have what it takes. It says that your brain tells you one thing about your energy and your heart knows something else. Sit with yourself and find that part of you beyond your mind that truly knows what you are capable of.

Archetype Card of the Week: Aletheia (Kim Krans)

Aletheia tells us that we are being called to reclaim our truth. Live in that truth. According to the book, “Reclaiming your own truth is a way to reclaim your vital energy, health, and sense of belonging in the world,” (Krans, 221, Archetype Guide Book from The Wild Unknown Archetypes).

What is your story? What is your truth? Speak it to yourself and begin to live by it in a place free from guilt and shame.

Wishing you a week lived in your truth.

Full Moon in Taurus: Reframing the Story

Beauty of fall

The full moon in Taurus is upon us today, and brings into focus our foundations, home, friendships, and partnerships. This came very fully into focus for me when I contemplated how much I have contracted when it comes to authentic connections with the other people in my life. As humans, we thrive on connections, and the full moon in Taurus had me questioning the health of my connections.

My connections have not been that healthy, or even that existent. Case in point, I recently started frequenting a new nail salon that just opened, and the owner asked me, “Isn’t this something that people usually do with their group of friends, all come together to get their nails done?” in a bid to get me to invite my friends to his new business, but to which I replied, “I don’t have friends like that.”

I have definitely been in a yin period in my life, and the contraction away from pretty much all social connections has been very real. But connecting with the energy of the full moon in Taurus has been prompting me to question why the strong contraction, what I have gained from it, and what I need to do to begin expanding in this area.

The answer came in reframing my story. I have had a hard time with friendships my whole life, probably related to my lack of self-esteem and inability to find and use my voice. Couple that with a few years of massive burnout, and it is no wonder I have been in a state of contraction for a few years.

I have been listening to the Tarot for the Wild Soul podcast during the last couple of days, trying to get caught up, and in episode 43 it was mentioned that tarot, rather than being something that predicts the future, is like a therapy session. I pulled some cards related to an experience I had with a friend many years ago, and it flipped the script on what I had been telling myself about this friendship. Rather than focusing on what had been done to me, it reminded me about the strength I had in standing up for who I was and what I believed in, and getting out of the friendship when it became toxic based on those beliefs (it was pretty toxic anyway, but that is a story for another day). It also told me through the five of pentacles that, yes, my social life has been very barren, but a new time of growth is coming.

It was a powerful session because it made me look at a situation in which I had been feeling sorry for myself with new eyes. Instead of focusing on what had been done to me, I was focusing on the actions I took, which were really brave and showed an amazing amount of growth in the area of my own self- esteem. To stand up for who I was and who I was growing into in the face of a massive amount of judgment and ridicule, and then to make the decision that I was not going to put up with that in my life and choosing to take my energy elsewhere – that was brave for a lot of reasons, because that was just about the entirety of my support system at the time, since I was a single mom.

Reframing is powerful, and giving the guilt, shame, and other negative feelings I had been feeling to the Taurus full moon was very powerful as well. I am very grateful that the rain didn’t come until morning, so that I had opportunities to talk to the moon and give up those feelings to it. Hopefully focusing on my strength rather than my weakness will help me in my connections with others moving forward.

The Spread

I used a very basic spread for my story reframing – and keep in mind that the reframing came from what the cards showed me, not from the questions that I asked.

  • What was the experience? How is it defined?
  • What lesson do I need to learn from the experience?
  • How do I need to move forward after the experience?
  • What energy do I need to pay attention to after the experience?

Those are the questions that I asked the cards. Notice that I did not define the experience. I asked the cards to do that. I think that was a key in being able to have the story reframed.

Have fun with this and I hope it helps! Don’t be afraid of what comes up, and make sure to journal about it.