Your Week in Tarot: March 7-13, 2016

So glad you dropped by for this week’s reading! From time to time, I’ve shared that I was excited to conduct a weekly reading for one reason or another. Well, I’m excited to see what’s in the cards for this week.

I'm super excited about this week's reading, as my birthday is at the beginning of the week.

I’m super excited about this week’s reading, as my birthday is at the beginning of the week.

Why? Because my birthday is at the beginning of the week (March 7)!

With my birthday in mind, I wanted to work with a deck that I really get on well with for the reading, and I’m turning to the Archangel Power Tarot Cards this week. This deck is by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Jeff Bedrick, and it’s published by Hay House.

I’m taking 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.

9 of ariel-archangel powerThe card is 9 of Ariel.

When 9 of Ariel gallops in, the message is that your accomplishments have created a rich, safe, stable, and secure life.

The woman on the card represents a self-made person; she is self-sufficient and financially independent. If you think or feel that’s not true for you at the moment, the symbolism of the woman riding the galloping unicorn tells us we all have the ability (the suit of Ariel represents our resourcefulness) to strive toward attaining (the number 9) this level of independence.

The appearance of this card represents the teaching, training, instruction, and guidance we need to learn—and apply (the suit of Ariel also being about practical application)—to create that type of life.

This card says it will take dedicated training, discipline, hard work, and self-mastery to attain the life that many see as an alluring dream.

9 of Ariel is telling you that life, right now, is quite good. You’ve worked hard for what you have. You have every right to appreciate, enjoy, and indulge in all the wonderful things you have accomplished and attained.

On the other side of the coin (in some decks, the suit of Ariel is called “Coins”), since this card is associated with gain, as you go through the experiences of this week, ask yourself what you’ve gained from each one–for that will be the value of those experiences–and making them valuable lessons.

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.

3 of michael-archangel powerFor the beginning of the week, we have 3 of Michael, and we may be faced with a painful experience.

A woman cries into the chest of Archangel Michael. The suit of Michael is reputed to be the suit of challenges, problems, and troubles, and you can get that sense by this image. Meanings associated with this card are pain, hurt, and heartbreak.

Those feelings can be attributed to a break-up, separation, or divorce, which are situations associated with 3 of Michael. I have also come to see this card as an indicator of severance in job/career-related questions, as well as a move that leads to one’s independence—but it will be a painful process.

3 of Michael can be a reference to situations that involve a “third party” and lies and betrayal play a part in that.

3 of Michael suggests that no matter the situation, it’s going to leave a mark of some kind; it will be a scar that’s either physical, mental, or emotional. It just depends on the severity of the situation. The more severe the situation, the greater the scar could be.

But all scars heal more and more with time (the card actually says, “Time heals all wounds.”).

If you face this kind of situation this week, 3 of Michael encourages you to call on Archangel Michael to help you cut any energetic cords to the people and environment connected to your pain, hurt, and sorrow. Ask Archangel Michael to watch over and protect you as you express whatever thoughts and feelings that are true for you, as the 3 is a number of self-expression, and Archangel Michael is the angel that allows us to stand in our truth.

The dove on the card is a harbinger of what’s to come. If you allow yourself to release yourself from the pain of the past, you will find peace (the dove). And once you find that peace (the peace that passes all understanding), as the card says, “You will grow from this situation.”

the lovers-archangel powerNot exactly the card I wanted to see represent my birthday, but let’s move on. Moving to the card for the middle of the week, we have The Lovers.

This card is also called “The Choice.” This card can suggest you’re at a crossroads in your life, and now you’re faced with having to make some major life choices. This card encourages you to use both your head (the man) and your heart (the woman) in your decision-making process (they go “hand-in hand”).

Some of those choices may involve commitments. Who and what are you committing yourself to–and why? The Lovers is the sixth Major Arcana card; 6 is a number that represents balance, so be sure that you aren’t over-committing, and allowing yourself to become a slave to the needs of others. When we choose to become a slave to the needs of others, we may convince ourselves that we’re doing so from a place of love for them. But is it truly? And are we being loving to ourselves?

When we over-commit, we can tend to take on more responsibility than we need to, and allow other people to not step up and assume more than they have been (the 6 is also a number of responsibility).

We may need to get to the root of why we take on more than we need to—because it has served and supported us to do so. But once we understand the “why” of making that choice, we can choose again.

And when we choose again, we can do so with the knowing and understanding that we are choosing from a place of love—love for others, and love for ourselves.

When The Lovers appears, it can also suggest a time of great healing (this card is associated with Archangel Raphael, the angel of healing), especially as a follow-up to 3 of Michael.

Listen to your heart as well as your head as you determine what you need to aid that healing process. Perhaps, this would be a perfect opportunity to invoke (invite) Archangel Raphael to assist you in your healing journey.

Finally, if you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction, start looking at what you’re attracting in your life (The Lovers is a card of attraction). What’s showing up is a reflection of your thoughts (the man) and your feeling energy (the woman).

If you don’t like the experiences, this is your opportunity to choose again.

9 of raphael-archangel power-updatedFor the end of the week, we have 9 of Raphael, and it asks you to consider the things you hope and wish for.

Traditionally, the 9 of Raphael (which is the suit 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 at the end, as it does here), it means that your wish will come true.

So, along with “wish fulfillment,” 9 of Raphael can represent being happy, satisfied, content, and “fulfilled” with life.

Unlike a genie (the genie on the card) who can instantly grant a wish, though, an emotionally satisfying life takes time and effort to both create and maintain. 9 of Raphael focuses on the end result, as the 9 is a number of attainment.

So, at the end of the week, consider the things you hope and wish for. How can you take on the role of being your own best genie–and making the magic happen in your life? What would it take (effort) for those hopes and wishes to come true? Are you willing to put in the time and effort 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.

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.

the moon-archangel powerAdding 3 + 6 + 9, we have a total of 18. The 18th Major Arcana card is The Moon.

The first thing that comes to mind is that this is the week of a new moon (March 8th), so, if you’re “moon sensitive” like me, this will be a time for you to honor your body’s wisdom, pay attention to its messages, and practice good self-care.

Along those lines of wisdom and messages, The Moon is asking you to be guided by your intuition. Intuition is subtle and speaks softly. It is, as symbolized by the dog and racoon on the card, instinctual; it’s 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 also a card of dreams. So, this week, pay close attention to your dreams to see what messages they hold for you (Archangel Michael can offer us clear guidance and instruction through our dreams). 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.

The Moon can suggest that emotional issues may come to the surface this week, and if that should be the case, they are coming up to be healed, especially with the energetic presence of both Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael through the cards in the reading.

Things come up to be acknowledged, and awareness is the first step toward healing and clearing issues that create all sorts of blocks in our lives.

And since I mentioned blocks, The Moon card is asking us to consider examining the things that we fear, as fear can create blocks, and keep us stuck. 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 this week, consider it an acknowledgment that you’re ready to face that fear. But you don’t have to wait for the nightmare; 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 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.

That’s all for this week—wishing that it’s a Tarot-tastic one!

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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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