Your Week in Tarot: Week Ending April 5, 2015

It’s Monday–and that means a new weekly Tarot forecast!

As you know, here’s how I conduct the reading:

I take the entire deck (this week I’m using the Tarot of the Lotus Circle by Marilyn Campbell) and separate it into three piles:

  • The first pile being the cards of the Major Arcana, will will represent this week’s Theme;
  • the second pile being the Court Cards (which I also call the People cards), which will be our Approach towards the week;
  • and the third pile being the remaining Minor Arcana cards, and the card here will indicate a Possible Challenge we’ll face this 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 Chariot
  • Approach: Prince of Cups
  • Challenge: 8 of Wands
Your Week in Tarot: The Chariot, Prince of Cups, and 8 of Wands, from the Tarot of the Lotus Circle by Marilyn Campbell.

Your Week in Tarot: The Chariot, Prince of Cups, and 8 of Wands, from the Tarot of the Lotus Circle by Marilyn Campbell.

The Chariot-Lotus CircleWhen our Theme card for the week, The Chariot pulls up into our lives, we are being encouraged to consider our life direction. Where do we want to go? How will we get there? When will we know that we have arrived? The Chariot urges us to realize that life is about both the journey and the destination.

As we see in the image, our driver rides alone, the emphasis of the 7 (the number of the card) being on solitude. Sometimes, in life, we have to go through experiences alone–no one can accompany us (which, most often, is the case when it comes to a spiritual journey).

This also says that we’re responsible for both where we are in our lives in the present moment, as well as where we want to be in the future. You can’t be the passenger in your own life experience. When we blame other people for where we are in life, we have given them the steering wheel, allowing them to control where we go and wind up. If that is true for you, this is the week for you to consider why that might be (the 7 being about self-awareness and personal insight) and how you can create positive ways to get back in the driver’s seat.

Lastly, this card is all about forward movement, advancement, progression, and being on the right track.

So, this week, I invite you to consider where you want to go, and how you will get there. Just like our daily travels, we don’t just hop in the car and go (well, most of us don’t, anyway); we have some idea where we want to go, and the route we will take to get there.

And part of that process, just like we learned when we were taught how to drive, is to take a moment and consider where you are at in the present moment. You know, that time we check our surroundings and the interior workings of the car, as we strap in and start the ignition.

Look around you, and appreciate that previous journeys have brought you where you’re at now. Ask what you learned, being grateful for the learning opportunity, as you wave bye-bye in the rear view mirror, on to the next exciting leg in the road trip of your life.

Prince of Cups-Lotus CircleAnd speaking of invitations, the Prince of Cups, being the Approach we are being encouraged to consider adopting this week, is inviting us (this is a card of invitation) to move to a place where we can begin to learn to embrace change (this Prince is known as “the lover”). So much so, the Prince decided to invite himself back for a return appearance, as he was the Approach card last week too. He really wants to drive (a nod to The Chariot) this point home, I guess.

Cups, being the suit of emotions, says that the idea of change in our lives can bring up lots of feelings–some good, and others not-so-much.

If we find ourselves wanting to create and experience (positive) changes in our lives, the Prince of Cups is a signal that we just can’t dream or fantasize (the Prince of Cups is the dreamer) about our lives changing–we have to be committed enough to engage with the process.

Put your power of imagination to work this week by visualizing the “afterglow” of the changes you want to experience. It’s not just about the thoughts–it’s about how those thoughts make you feel.

Being a card of movement like The Chariot, when we stop and reflect (Cups are associated with the element of water, which is connected to reflection and being reflective) on the direction of our lives, and where we’d like to be headed, the Prince of Cups is asking us to consider what we are passionate about. What would you love to do at this point in your life?

Let what you love be the fuel you put in The Chariot—it will be the very thing that keeps you moving when you hit the bumps and the potholes, have to take the detours, and occasionally have to pull off to the side of the road along the way, getting from where you are to where you want to be.

This Prince says if you’re going to go, go with your heart.

Movement is this week’s recurring theme, as we shift gears to our Potential Challenge card, the 8 of Wands.

8 of Wands-Lotus CircleWhen the 8 of Wands zips its way into your week, its message is to buckle your seat belt—because things are moving–and moving fast!

This is a card of things speeding up (one of its name over the years is “Swiftness”). It suggests rapid growth and development.

It’s also about communication, so be on the lookout for news and messages that come your way this week (the Prince of Cups shares a similar “message”). It can mean that word is getting around about something—and that news is traveling fast.

I see this as activity on the internet, and the fastest way we used to communicate through the internet was e-mail; now that has been trumped by text messaging. So you might want to keep an eye on those inboxes!

The 8 of Wands can be a card of travel (going along with both The Chariot and the Prince of Cups), going with the idea of it representing movement and speed.

So, if you find yourself out and about, you may experience having to zip in and out of places and spaces because you have so much to do (the 8 of Wands can suggest a flurry of activity). The most common mode of travel with this card is by air, so someone may be coming in—or going out—on the “red eye.”

If you’re the entrepreneurial type (the 8 is the number of the entrepreneur), seeing this card bodes well: you may have a lot of “irons in the fire” (Wands can typically represent the element of fire and is the suit of business and enterprise), or launching some projects. The trajectory of the wands, in this sense, suggests that not all those projects can be put out into the world at the same time; some are contingent on the success of others going out before.

So, no matter what your profession, or the activities you choose to engage in this week, be sure to take some time to let those who matter to you that you care for and appreciate them (this card can be about letting our loved ones know that we care about them and appreciate them). They’ll love that you took time out of your busy week to tell them how you feel.

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!

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About James Himm

James Himm Mitchell, the Dreamer and Visionary of LifePlan Coaching & Consulting, LLC, works as an intuitive life coach, with a focus on personal growth and development. His specialties are Dream Decoding, Oracles (Tarot, playing cards, and Lenormand), and Energy Medicine (Reiki), and he uses those modalities coaching individuals to create the tools and develop the strategies that transform their lives.
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