It’s a new week—and that means a new weekly Tarot reading!
For this week’s reading, I’ll be using The Odyssey Tarot by Jean Hutter.
Here’s this week’s reading by video:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
Our cards for this week are:
- Theme: Judgement
- Approach: Queen of Swords
- Challenge: 9 of Cups
When you receive the trumpet blast of the Judgement card, the message is that your life is calling. Are you answering the call?
When Judgement comes our way, we are being encouraged to do a life review, and to see what we’ve learned.
It’s like going to school, and having to take a test or exam to see how much you’ve retained (learned) from all that material you’ve taken in all semester.
The Judgement card is test time.
But life’s tests are different than the tests in school.
In school, most of the time you get only one attempt at the test; either you pass, or, as they say these days, you have an epic fail.
Here’s how Life’s tests differ: You see, we get the same test again and again until we pass it. The class and the instructor (our circumstances) may be different, but trust me, the test is the same.
This could also be a time of awakening, a time to consider adopting a new lease on life.
And with that comes the need to make some decisions and take some courses of action.
Judgement says it’s important to really be honest with yourself about the person you’ve been and about the person you want to become.
So, for this week, consider what you’ve learned about yourself up to this point through the tests in your life. And ask yourself what you want out of life from this point on.
- What choices will you have to make and what actions would you have to take to get there?
- Are you willing?
Because your life is calling.
Are you going to take the call—or let it go to voicemail?
Swords, being the suit that represents our thought life and mental activities, reminds me of the metaphysical adage that “where thought goes, experience follows.” If we no longer enjoy the cycles and patterns presented by our experiences, we must first become aware of the thoughts and beliefs we are holding in our consciousness that help to shape those experiences.
So, the Queen here is asking us to discover—and then let go of—those thoughts and ideas that no longer serve and support us.
When the Queen of Swords glances your way, her message can also be to check the words you are speaking. She builds bridges with words and ideas, helping you to communicate more effectively.
For this week, consider the words you are speaking. Are you talking positively–or negatively–about your life experiences? She will tell you this truth: The words you use are connected to the thoughts and beliefs you have about yourself and Life itself.
And she would know: In more traditional circles, this Queen is known as the Queen of Sorrows; she can represent a person who has been divorced, widowed, or separated. If this Queen were a parent, she would be the one who is estranged from her children.
As a result of having such negative life experiences, she can come across as being very difficult (you know–that word that starts with a “b” and rhymes with witch). This approach, which stemmed from her belief that Life–and the people in it–were out to hurt her and bring her nothing but pain, caused her to do the same thing to others (Swords in Tarot are double-edged, which means we can be “cut” in direct proportion to how we “cut” others; and we can just as easily harm another with a “sharp” tongue).
But this Queen has learned from these experiences and changed her ways. She knows the power to change her life is in her hands. And this is her urging for you today. In order to transform your life, you first must transform your thinking and speaking. There is a spiritual saying that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
I will add this to that thought: It is also in the mind.
So, for this week, be mindful.
Traditionally, the 9 of Cups is known as the “wish card.” Tradition has held that if you have a wish, and this card appears in your reading (especially as the last card), it means that your wish will come true.
So, along with “wish fulfillment,” the 9 of Cups can represent being happy, satisfied, content, and “fulfilled” with life.
Unlike a genie who can instantly grant a wish, though, an emotionally satisfying life takes time and effort to both create and maintain. The 9 of Cups focuses on the end result, as the 9 is a number of attainment.
So, for this week, consider the things you hope and wish for. What would it take (effort) for those hopes and wishes to come true? Are you willing to put the time and effort in to make those wishes come true? Will having those wishes fulfilled really bring you the happiness you think they will?
Remember this old adage: Be careful what you wish for—because you just might get it.
And that wraps up another weekly reading! Wishing you a Tarot-tastic week!