Welcome to this week’s card reading!
I’m very excited about this week’s reading. Why? For one thing, this is the last weekly card reading I’ll be doing for 2015. This week, we’ll be ushering in 2016, and I’m really excited to see what the cards have to say as we transition from one year to the next.
For another, this reading celebrates the fact that I’ve been doing a weekly card reading for an entire year! Spirit gave me the inspiration to begin this project one Sunday morning while driving to church, right down to the format, which was good, because I asked how taking this on would differentiate me from all the other readers out there doing something similar.
And, truth be told, I wasn’t sure if I would actually keep it up. But I have, and I got to see this feature evolve over the course of the year, because it’s now nothing like it was when I started. It’s really a reflection of my own evolution as a reader.
Assisting me with this week’s reading is, once again, the Fairy Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Howard David Johnson. One of the reasons for turning to this deck (again) is that it’s the last Tarot deck I’ve purchased this year. What better deck to use for the last reading of the year than the last one I bought?
So, with deck in hand, I’m shuffling the cards with this question in mind: “What do we need to know about the week ahead?”
This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
After shuffling the deck and pulling the three cards for this reading, I turn the remainder of the deck over to look at the card at the bottom, which I consider the foundation for the week.
The Empress is the archetype of the Mother, the caretaker and the nurturer. In the image, the fairy looks after the “peas in the pod.” This is a nod to the traditional image of a pregnant Empress, indicating a time of incubation—the growth and development required before the moment of manifestation (the baby coming out into the world).
What are you creatively working on to manifest in your world? The Empress says it’s important to be patient, but continue to nurture your creative side, and give your “baby” the love and care it needs. Still do what you can (this is a card of productivity) even if things seem like they’re “in utero.”
And consider this: if you play the role of caretaker in your life, The Empress urges you to make sure you’re also creating the time to take care of yourself. If you find you’ve put yourself last on your list of things to be taken care of, see if you can make yourself more of a priority.
When you care for yourself, it enables you to better take care of those you need you. And sometimes, the best self-care is to allow others to take care of themselves, especially if they are in a position to do so.
Moving now to the three cards I pulled: the first for the beginning of the week; the second for the middle of the week; and the last to round out the rest of the week.
The cards are: The Chariot, Ace of Spring, and The Wheel.
When the Chariot pulls up into our lives, we’re 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 Charioteer rides alone, the emphasis of the 7 being on solitude. Sometimes, in life, we have to go through experiences alone–no one can accompany us.
This also says that we are 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 reins, 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 (The Empress being a card of creativity) 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. With The Empress as the foundation card, this can suggest getting the “green light” to move that creative endeavor (our “baby”) forward in its next stage of development (trimester, perhaps?).
I’ll bring this joyride with The Chariot to a stop here: Consider where you want to go, and how you will get there.
When Ace of Spring sprouts into your life, a new cycle, phase, or situation is beginning. Aces suggest the promise and potential for the future, so consider this the starting point for new thought-seeds to be planted now that will develop and manifest at a later time. This is a time of power!
This week, look for anything that comes your way as a source of inspiration, motivation, passion, and sparks your interest.
This source could be the thing that gets you started on a new business or creative endeavor, as Ace of Spring helps to reveal the creative path or the career path you are on. You may be considering a new job or up for a promotion on your existing job.
Ace of Spring can also suggest a spark or passion being re-ignited, so some of us might find ourselves returning to a former project we started that we may have sidelined and allowed to collect dust. Time to blow the dust off!
When Ace of Spring appears, look at it as a power boost of supercharged energy. As with all the Aces, it is a gift of the Spirit to do with as you like. If you accept it, be clear of your intent, as the suit of Spring can represent our intentions and the actions that result from those intentions.
The Wheel suggests a major turning point is possible this week, which seems very appropriate with the “turning” of the years, moving from 2015 to 2016. This is the card of growth, evolution and expansion. It can signal an opportunity for things to change for the better.
With this card, we’re being encouraged to examine the repetitive cycles and patterns we find ourselves experiencing again and again. If these cycles and patterns are not serving and supporting us, this is the chance to interrupt those patterns and break those cycles.
This is a week to pay attention and take cues from unexpected events and synchronicities—they may very well be signs that you are being gently steered in a new direction (The Chariot). You can choose to resist (we have the power of choice and free will, after all), but you will probably profit by going with the flow—and seeing where it takes you.
It’s interesting to note that both The Chariot and The Wheel are cards of travel; the pair together can represent a new vehicle, which could be both literal and figurative. A vehicle is simply the means of getting from one point to another.
What will be your “vehicle” to get you from where you are to where you would like to be in the coming new year?
To round out this reading, I’ll take the numbers on all the cards, reducing them to a number between 0-22, seeing what Major Arcana card will be the Lesson card for the week.
When The Moon shimmers your way, it’s asking you to be guided by your intuition. Intuition is subtle and speaks softly. It is instinctual, a natural part of our being.
Intuitive prompts often don’t make sense to our conscious, rational, analytical mind, which is why the card’s backdrop is the night—the night symbolizes our subconscious mind and awareness.
In some decks, this card is named “Luna,” and one of its meanings is “lunacy,” which is derived from “Luna.” That’s just another way of saying that “something doesn’t make sense.” Intuitive prompts often don’t make sense, and we can, at times, often say, “Well, that’s just crazy! That makes absolutely no sense!” But, instinctually, it does.
The Moon is a card of dreams. So, this week, pay close attention to your dreams to see what messages they hold for you. The Moon is a card of heightened sensitivities, and an aspect of that is the ability to recall more of your dreams, which may seem more vivid.
And speaking of heightened sensitivities, be aware of how people around you may “trigger” emotional reactions and responses from you. We’re coming off the heels of a full moon last week (Christmas Day), and, if you’re like me, you might be “moon sensitive,” meaning that the energies of certain lunar phases can have an effect on you. The reactions of being “moon sensitive” can also play a part in being triggered by those around you.
With The Empress as the foundation card, it’s important for you to find ways to take care of yourself during this period of sensitivity.
Finally, the appearance of The Moon card is asking us to consider examining the things that we fear, which can trip us up and create roadblocks when we try new things (Ace of Spring) and attempt to move in a new direction (The Chariot). I mentioned dreams earlier, and one form of our dreams is nightmares, which are usually rooted in some kind of fear.
Should you experience a nightmare, I consider it to be an acknowledgment that you’re ready to face that fear. But you don’t have to wait for the nightmare; like I said before, you could be proactive and ask yourself, “What do I fear? What scares me?”
But that’s just the beginning. Follow that with the question children (like the fairy child pictured on Ace of Spring) so wisely ask: “Why?” The fear is the surface appearance; the truth (another aspect of The Moon is confusion and bewilderment) beneath the fear is in the why.
And that wraps up the last weekly reading of 2015! I wish you a Tarot-tastic week and a Happy New Year!
See you next year!
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