It’s Monday– which means it’s time for a new weekly Tarot forecast! Yay!
If you’re here with me for the first time, here’s how I conduct the reading:
I take the entire deck (this week I’m using the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore & Aly Fell) and separate it into three piles: the first pile being the cards of the Major Arcana; the second pile being the Court Cards (which I also call the People cards); and the third pile being the remaining Minor Arcana cards.
Then, I pull one card from each pile, which will represent different aspects of the week:
- The card from the Major Arcana, which is the suit that represents the lessons we are learning through the experiences of life, represents the Theme for the week.
- The card from the Court Card pile represents a particular Approach we are encouraged to consider adopting for the week.
- And, the card from the pile of the Minor Arcana, which are the cards that speak to our daily activities of everyday living, represents a Possible Challenge we might face through the course of the week.
Here’s the video presentation of this week’s reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
Our cards for this week are:
- Theme: The Magician
- Approach: Knight of Swords
- Challenge: 9 of Pentacles
As our theme for the week, the message of The Magician is that you have all the resources you need at your disposal—how will you use them?
The Magician stands with the four representatives of the Minor Arcana (he holds the Wand, while the Sword, the Cup, and the Pentacle hover around him), each one symbolizing a different aspect of life (the Wand, his spiritual and business life; the Sword, his thought life; the Cup, his emotional life; and the Pentacle, his material life and physical well-being). This lets us know that we have all the tools and resources at our disposal in life—the question becomes how we will use what we’ve been given.
The Magician signals that we can use what we’ve been given either constructively or destructively. When seen in a negative light, he can be the Trickster or the Con-Man, practicing sleight-of-hand, manipulation, and deception. Think of the archetypes of the Snake Oil and old Car Salesmen, and you get the idea.
In the more positive light, our Magician has one arm raised, and one pointing to the ground, which symbolizes the spiritual principle of “as above, so below.” This says that he is aware that he is a channel for the Divine to work through him. He is also aware (as this card represents conscious awareness) that his experiences in the material world reflect his thoughts and actions of spiritual principles. In this vein, he realizes he is a co-creator with Spirit.
In metaphysics, it is said that every idea is contained within Divine Mind, and that when we have a “great idea,” we are really pulling that idea from that One Mind. Every person who has created and invented everything in this material world has undergone this process. They have taken that inspired idea/thought and given it form. And all the future inventions of our lives will come in the same manner.
And we are just like those creators and inventors. So, for today, consider what you have manifested in your life thus far. What possible thoughts about yourself and life have produced your experiences?
What inspired thoughts are you receiving that you could be taking action on—and manifesting (given them form)? If it’s coming to you, it’s quite possible that you have the tools at your disposal to make it happen.
What magic will you work this week?
The Knight of Swords, being the approach we are being encouraged to consider adopting, can suggest there may be challenges and obstacles to face and conquer moving forward—some of which you may know when you see them, and others not so much.
Swords, being the suit in Tarot that is associated with beliefs, can suggest that you may need to be prepared to defend some of your beliefs as you move through the week.
Another aspect of this card is that it is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, and for me, this can mean that there is a potential for communication issues this week (The Magician, being assigned the Mercury, which is the planet of the mind and communication in astrology, reinforces this aspect). In your communications with people this week, be focused on making your point.
If you are the headstrong and overly aggressive type (the Knight can be this type of person), and while it might be good to express your opinion freely, be mindful of speaking too freely and telling others where and how to get off —if you’re not careful, you could find yourself with a fight on your hands, based on something you said. If you find yourself in an argument, be sure you are solid in your reasoning and your approach is logical.
Based on the imagery of the card, it can suggest that there may be a situation in which you are being encouraged not to rush into. The Knight of Swords can be the type of person who rushes into situations without first thinking them through—and then wants to get out of them just as quickly.
With the 9 of Pentacles, we see what form the Possible Challenge may take this week.
The woman on the card represents a self-made person; she is self-sufficient and financially independent. She tells us we all have the ability (the suit of Pentacles represents our resourcefulness) to attain (the number 9) this level of independence.
The bird on her hand represents the teaching, training (a nod to The Magician), instruction, and guidance we need to learn—and apply (Pentacles also being about practical application)—to create that type of life.
This card says it will take dedicated training, discipline, hard work, and self-mastery to attain the life that many see as an alluring dream.
The 9 of Pentacles is telling you that life, right now, is quite good. You have worked hard for what you have. You have every right to appreciate, enjoy, and indulge in all the wonderful things you have accomplished and attained.
On the other side of the coin (in some decks, the suit of Pentacles is named Coins), since this card is associated with gain, as you go through the experiences of this week, ask yourself, what you’ve gained from each one–for that will be the value of those experiences–and making them valuable lessons.
And that wraps up our reading for this week. I look forward to sharing this space here with you again next week!
Until then…have a Tarot-tastic week!