Your Week in Tarot: January 25-31, 2016

lantern video thumbnailBefore I get into this week’s reading, I want to thank you for sharing this space with me every week. And because of that, you’ve helped to make last week’s video reading the most watched Tarot video I’ve produced. I was pleasantly surprised that so many people checked it out, and followed up with likes, comments, and personal e-mails and texts about how the reading resonated with them.

So, again, thank you, because there would be no “Your Week in Tarot” without you!

For this week, the deck is the Angel Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Steve A. Roberts. I’ve had it in my collection for some time, and rarely use it, but now that I’ve become a Certified Angel Card Reader™ (which I’ll talk more about in future posts), I felt like pulling it out and giving it a go.

As always, with these weekly general readings, I take the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking this question: “What do we need to know about the possibilities for 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 dreamer-angel tarotThe card is The Dreamer.

When The Dreamer crosses your path, it’s a signal that you’re about to embark on a new journey; it may be literal or metaphorical.

This is a card of new experiences; you’re about to experience a new chapter in your life. You’re getting a clean slate and a fresh start—what will you do with it?

The Dreamer can suggest that wherever this new chapter takes you, you may not have the experience—but that’s okay! We can’t know everything going in—sometimes we have to learn along the way. The best experience comes when we, as Nike so fondly says, “just do it.” There will always be a phase or stage where we’re the beginner, the novice, the one who’s “green” and just starting out. In that sense, The Dreamer is each and every one of us.

The Dreamer can suggest having a sense of awe and wonder about it all; it’s about seeing your world with a fresh set of eyes, with a child-like innocence (this card can sometimes represent birth and children in their formative years). What new way could you look at—and therefore have a new experience of—your life today?

The Dreamer is a card that can tells us to take that leap, as our young man faces a portal opening up to a new world. It’s a leap of faith, knowing and trusting that Source—the Universe—has your back, and will support you along the way.

For some of us (myself included), that first step can be a scary one to take. For some, this card can suggest being carefree and spontaneous, and for others, it can mean being foolish and reckless. We’re not all wired the same way. And that plays into how we view—and experience—new phases and stages.

While I’m on the subject of how we are wired, The Dreamer is a card that asks us to be Who We Are. We’re all different and unique expressions in this world we’ve chosen to be born into—and we’re being encouraged to show up as ourselves. How can we help each other learn to respect and embrace differences in others—when we’re seeking to fit in and be the same?

And, since this is the Angel Tarot, if you’re embarking on your next new chapter, you can call on Archangel Metatron, as he is the angel that supports us when we decide to walk a new path. The color green is associated with Metatron, reinforcing the idea of The Dreamer being “green” because he or she is a beginner or novice.

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.

2 of fire-angel tarotFor the beginning of the week, we have 2 of Fire.

When the 2 of Fire appears, its message is to consider where you’re at in your life right now—and where you’d like to be in the future.

This is a card of planning for the future—and with that, beginning to work up a timetable that puts some action with those intentions (Fire being a suit of intention and action). Having goals with a timeline attached to them allows you to know that you’re making progress, each action bringing you one step closer to that bigger, larger success.

With The Dreamer as the foundation or underlying energies this week, 2 of Fire is the plan–the bigger picture, if you will–that allows you to take that first step The Dreamer card mentions.

And 2 of Fire, for me, can mean that the path you’re on is the right path.

As a side note, when The Dreamer is paired with 2 of Fire, there may be the possibility that the new experience could be the forming of a gay partnership, symbolized by the pair of men on 2 of Fire. There may be someone who, in the process of “coming out,” meets a prospective partner or ally this week.

unity-angel tarotFor the middle of the week, we have Unity.

Unity, being a Major Arcana card, like The Dreamer, carries more weight in a reading, as it can suggest important issues and events.

Unity can represent traditions, families, and rites of passage; Unity can sometimes represent the Church and traditional spiritual traditions (symbolized by the spheres containing the symbols of the world’s religions).

Another thing Unity can suggest is that we might be faced with having to examine our beliefs in some regard, because Unity can represent belief systems.

Most of the things we believe are the result of what we’ve been taught through the various institutions we’ve been socialized in (I see this card as socialization). This week, we might be faced with asking ourselves if what we’ve been taught to believe about a particular issue is still true for us. If not, we’re being encouraged to consider changing that belief (the 5 is a number of change).

But, with that, comes an issue about approval. Do we believe what we believe because we get the approval of certain people—and we fear their disapproval if we now—for whatever reason–believe differently?

There is a dichotomy with The Dreamer and Unity. The Dreamer is about being who you are, and being true to that. In contrast, Unity can come when we might be trying to fit in, trying to be mainstream, trying to maintain the status quo, and running with the crowd.

If we find our beliefs changing, and we’re no longer fitting in with the communities and groups we’ve been associating with, we might have to consider finding a new group of like-minded people that resonate with the new vibe we’ve got going on.

strength-angel tarotFor the end of the week, we have Strength, another Major Arcana card.

When Strength appears, we’re being encouraged to consider our self-esteem and self-confidence. Strength urges us to be bold and stand in our personal power.

As we see in the image of the card, Archangel Ariel rides on a tiger. She has tamed the beast, which is a demonstration of how we, at times, need to curb our own natural, instinctual tendencies.

In order to do this, Archangel Ariel is indeed using strength, but not the brute force typically associated with physical strength; instead, she is using the gentle—yet extremely powerful—ability to love unconditionally.

In most (if not all) spiritual teachings, unconditional love is said to be the most powerful force there is.

And, just as those teachings encourage us to love others unconditionally, we must also love ourselves in the same manner—especially in those moments when we let our wild and untamed side come out and roar its head.

By week’s end, there may be experiences where our self-control will be tested. We’re being encouraged to identify our problematic habits and unhealthy tendencies (Strength is also a health card) and to weigh their overall impact on our lives.

Call on Archangel Ariel if you find that you need a boost in your confidence at the end of the week (or anytime!), because it will be in those moments that when we choose to be confident in our power and to be strong and capable—and show ourselves that we are up to the test.

To round out this reading, I’ll take the numbers on all the cards, reducing them to a number between 1-22, seeing what Major Arcana card will be the Lesson card for the week.

Adding 2 + 5 + 11, we have a total of 18.

the moon-angel tarotThe 18th Major Arcana card is The Moon.

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 has a full moon, symbolizing 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 also a card of heightened sensitivities, so 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 this past weekend, 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.

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 and attempt to move in a new direction (The Dreamer).

The energy and intention of releasing, associated with a full moon, may also bring up the fear of letting go of a role that we’ve identified with for so long—because, if we were to do so, we might faced with the question, “Who am I now?

Both letting go of the old and embracing the new can be fraught with fear, as both carry elements of the unknown. The Moon encourages us to move through the bewilderment and the confusion of it all—and know, that, at some point, the sun will come out again (which, if you notice, is symbolized by the backdrop being daytime—because, even during the day, you can see the moon in the sky).

That’s all for this week’s reading. I’m wishing you 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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