Is it that time already? It is–time for another weekly Tarot reading!
And the first one for the new summer season!
This week’s reading was conducted using my longtime Tarot companion, the Robin Wood Tarot by Robin Wood.
Taking the deck and shuffling it, I pulled three cards: the first would be a card to show us what our Overall Experience of the week might be like; the second would be Guidance/Advice Tarot is offering us for our consideration, and as empowerment to move through the week; and the third card would show us a Possible Outcome of our efforts by the week’s end.
This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
Our cards for this week are:
- Overall Experience: 9 of Wands
- Guidance/Advice: 6 of Cups
- Possible Outcome: The Sun
When our card for this week’s Overall Experience, the 9 of Wands, comes up, it can suggest that you’ve been through a lot of challenges. So much so that you may be a little battle-weary, a bit tired of the constant struggles, which seem like one continual headache (a nod to our fellow’s head being bandaged).
Because of this, you may now always feel the need to keep your guard up, to stand your ground, to be on the lookout–while you wait for the other shoe to drop.
If that’s true for you, the 9 of Wands is also the card of the survivor (I always hear Destiny Child’s “Survivor” in my head when I get this card). So, consider that, yes, you’ve faced a lot, but you’ve also been strong enough (this card being about inner and spiritual strength) to overcome each and every one of those challenges.
Affirm this week—in the lyrics of that Elton John song—“I’m still standing (yeah, yeah, yeah!).”
Taking a different stance with the 9 of Wands, this card can come up when we’ve got our defenses up, working our “defense mechanisms,” as the suit of Wands can represent our actions (work and activity).
We can put up walls as a way to protect ourselves (the wands behind our fellow are up so he can “watch his back”) from possible hurt from outside forces (people and circumstances). With that, we may give off a “don’t mess with me attitude,” that does the trick in repelling people, and keep them from trying to scale those walls.
But the walls we put up to keep others out also keep us in. They become a prison of our own making.
If you find this aspect of the card resonates with you, consider how you might begin the process of deconstructing those walls this week. It will be a gradual process, as the walls didn’t go up overnight; rather they were constructed over time, and it will take time for them to come down.
This is a card of memories and nostalgia. You may be feeling (Cups being the suit of feelings and emotions) like taking a stroll down “Memory Lane.” Are things still the way you remembered? If not, what’s changed?
And while it’s fun (sometimes) to revisit the past, the 6 of Cups also encourages us to look to the future. Sometimes, though, we have to be willing to let elements of our past go in order to move forward. The 6 of Cups, from this perspective, can be a card of tribute. What ceremony or ritual can you create that both honors—and frees you from—the past so you can move forward now?
The 6 in Tarot is the number of choices, and the floral bouquets, for me, are a visual pun for “making arrangements.”
So, for this week, consider these things:
- The events of the past have brought you to where you are now.
- Knowing that, can you look back at the past differently? How can you pay tribute to the past in a way that heals and empowers you?
- You get to decide where you want to go from here. What “arrangements” do you feel you need to make so you can get there?
When our card for this week’s Possible Outcome, The Sun, rises and shines upon you, it’s time for the happy dance! In my Tarot circles, we look at the Sun card as the “happy happy, joy joy” card. I consider this to be the best card in the deck, and when it appears, it basically indicates everything good that could happen to, and for, you.
The Sun is a card of happiness, satisfaction, and clarification. Things always are clearer in the light of day The Sun is about conscious awareness.
Clarity comes when we choose to become more conscious about ourselves and how we move through and experience our lives. What will you be willing to see more clearly this week? What situations will you be willing to “clear up” this week?
The Sun is a card of personal freedom. What would you be willing to do this week, as a step toward your own sense of freedom? The Sun suggests you have the energy to take that step.
As a card of achievement, The Sun asks you to look at all the achievements in your life—those things that have brought you moments of great (personal) happiness and satisfaction (meaning you accomplished those things for yourself—not with the expectation of making others happy with you). The Sun wants you to know those were your moments of “brilliance” and “radiance.” And there may be more moments to come!
And with the 9 of Wands, some of those achievements may have been the direct result of persevering through what seemed a challenge at the time you faced it head on.
Which make those achievements all the more sweeter.
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!