It’s Monday once again–and that means I’m back with a new weekly Tarot forecast!
If you’re here for the first time (welcome!), here’s how I conduct the reading:
I take the entire deck (I’m using the Tarot of the Lotus Circle by Marilyn Campbell again this week, because it generated such a great response) and separate it into three piles:
- The first pile being the cards of the Major Arcana, 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, the card here will indicate a Potential 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: Princess of Coins
- Challenge: 9 of Swords
Our Theme card for the week once again is The Chariot! The road trip continues—or as the song goes, we’re “on the road again!”
And, just as I said last week, when 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.
This card is all about forward movement, advancement, progression, and being on the right track. And since the card is repeating, while we may have made some progress last week, we still may have some more “road” to cover this week.
Also, understand that moving forward and being on the right track doesn’t mean that the journey is linear and moves along in a straight line—far from it! The “road” to success (of any kind) means there will be wrong turns, sidetracks, potholes, obstacles, roadblocks, detours, off-ramps (see where I’m going here?) etc. There will be times when you will ask, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Some trips will be short commutes, and others will be road-trekking odysseys.
So, once again this week, 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 to have some idea where we want to go, and the route we will take to get there.
Look around you, and appreciate that your previous journeys have brought you where you’re at now. Ask what you learned, being grateful for the learning opportunity, wave bye-bye in the rear view mirror, as you continue on the next exciting leg in the road trip of your life.
Which is a nice segue to our Approach card this week, the Princess of Coins. This card can represent a student or a learning stage of development. The Princess doesn’t necessarily mean a student of school or university, though, but a student of life itself. Life is a school of higher learning—and we are all enrolled.
If you’ve read my posts for any length of time, you know I’m big on asking the question, “What are you learning from your life experiences?” And that is true this week in this space. What have your travels through life (The Chariot) taught you? How have those journeys played a part in the direction (The Chariot) life is taking you at the moment?
In the image on the card, our Princess strikes a pose (Vogue!) on a fashion runway, for all those in the audience to see. Playing on the imagery, what are you modeling for the people in your world—your audience—to see? Are they accurately seeing the image you want to project—or are you making a fashion faux pas and now’s the time for a makeover?
Sometimes moving into a new direction calls for a reinvention of ourselves.
When the 9 of Swords comes to you, its message is to check your thinking.
Being our Potential Challenge card this week, the 9 of Swords can suggest that thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety may be disturbing you, and may be causing restlessness. The 9 swords on the card are following a pattern. This can suggest a pattern of thought (a “mental pattern,” if you will), or thoughts that comes to mind again and again.
I have found, for me, that worry can be such a waste of time. It doesn’t change the situation, and all I’m doing is giving it more power by focusing my attention on the problem, rather than looking for a solution. Also, worry is rooted in fear, so a couple of questions to consider, when we find ourselves worried are, “What am I afraid of? What do I fear will happen?”
The 9 of Swords can be about what we fear will happen. As a psychologist, I see this card representing those of us who have a tendency to imagine the worst possible case scenario, to jump to the worst possible conclusion, and to fear and dread the future. More often than not, when we imagine the worst possible thing that could happen, it doesn’t happen at all. Why do we put ourselves through that mental agony?
As a person who works with the Law of Attraction (which we all do, whether we believe in it or not), something to consider: if we are always thinking the worst and putting feeling with it (in this case, worry), we have a greater chance of creating that experience. As Job once said, in Christian scripture: “My worst fear has come upon me.” In this case, the 9 of Swords becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lastly, the 9 of Swords can be a message to analyze your dreams, especially if you’ve had any disturbing ones. In my work as a dream analyst, I believe the disturbing ones are grabbing your attention because of the message they have for you–and don’t want you forgetting them.
So, for this week, consider the things that worry you and frighten you–and then ask yourself why that might be. And then see what you might be able to do proactively to alleviate those worries and those fears.
This week, thanks to the Princess of Coins, we have an additional card! Princesses can represent news and messages, so our message card is the 7 of Swords.
This card, traditionally, can be considered the “theft” card and can suggest that someone is trying to get away with something and not wanting to attract attention.
But all things being relative—and a matter of perception—it could also suggest that someone wants to do some good—and remain anonymous.
So, as you go about your week, check your motivations. You’ll find them underneath the actions you take.
And be mindful of the motivations of others. Their motives might not be what you think (going back to the 9 of Swords, and making assumptions and jumping to the (possibly wrong) conclusion).
Another perspective on the 7 of Swords is that we may be holding on to outdated ideas and thoughts. Did these ideas belong to us in the first place–or did we pick them up from others along the way? We may need to let those go.
The swords catching the attention of our man in black are the new ideas waiting for us once we are willing to let go of those that no longer serve and support us (the ones he already has). What ideas are you willing to let go of this week?
Keeping with the model-on-the-stage imagery of the Princess of Coins, yet another aspect of the 7 of Swords is the observation of others, symbolized by the audience as our girl struts her stuff on the runway.
How are you allowing the observations of others to affect you? Sometimes this “observation” is not in your best and highest good (judgment, criticism, even gossip); we allow people who are not that close to us to have a greater impact on us when they “point things out” to us. They may mean well, but they are too far removed from our experience and are basing it on their own perceptions and life experience.
On each side, we tend to react from what goes on in our heads–and not in the heads of others (which we will never know–unless you happen to be a mind reader—I don’t know about you, but I’m keeping that ability on the QT myself).
And that wraps up another weekly reading. I look forward to sharing this space here with you again next week!
Until then…have a Tarot-tastic week!