Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for April 4-10, 2016

oracle outlook header-tarotHello, and welcome to this week’s Oracle Outlook! I kicked off this new series a couple of weeks ago with a Lenormand reading, and last week I shared an Angel card reading. This week I’m doing a Tarot reading, in the way I did them for my “Your Week in Tarot” column.

The deck assisting me this week is the Fairy Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Howard David Johnson. It’s published by Hay House.

As I do every week for these general readings*, 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.

Foundation for the Week

The card is 5 of Autumn.

5 of autumn-fairy tarot5 of Autumn is a card of having physical needs and seeking assistance to have those needs met.

I typically see this card as being an outcast or outsider, as being on “the outside looking in.” It might be coming from that place which causes us to re-examine and change certain beliefs we’ve held. It could mean making a change (the number 5) from a traditional, conservative type of group or institution to one that’s considered more non-traditional or unconventional.

One thing we might be faced with is our beliefs about money, as 5 of Autumn can suggest worries and anxieties about finances.

For some, who are self-employed, this card can suggest a time of “feast or famine,” that the work you do might be prone to “cycles,” as I have believed about the very work I do now.

I was good for saying that my business is “cyclical,” that certain times of the year were better for readings than others. But, what I was doing was affirming a lack/poverty consciousness (another aspect of this card), and I had to take a closer look at my “money story,” which is comprised of the beliefs I learned about money from my family.

Whatever the particulars of the situation, 5 of Autumn is a card that’s asking you to consider what you believe about the resources you have at your disposal, as well as your beliefs about being worthy and deserving.

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.

Cards for the Week

For the beginning of the week, we have Prince of Winter.

prince of winter-fairy tarotWhen Prince of Winter slides into your week, there may be challenges and obstacles to face and conquer moving forward—some of which you may know when you see them coming, and others not so much.

Winter, being the suit that’s associated with beliefs (which was touched on with 5 of Autumn), can suggest that you may need to be prepared to defend some of your beliefs as you move through your week.

Another aspect of this card is that it’s associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, and for me, this can mean that there is a potential for communication issues. In your communications with people this week, be focused (Princes are about focus) on making your point.

If you’re the headstrong and overly aggressive type (the Prince can be this type of person), while it might be good to express your opinion freely, be mindful of speaking too freely and telling others where and how to get off —if you’re not careful, you could find yourself with a fight on your hands, based on something you said. If you find yourself in an argument, be sure you’re solid in your reasoning and your approach is logical.

Prince of Winter can suggest that there may be a situation in which you’re being encouraged not to rush into. This Prince can be the type of person who rushes into situations without first thinking them through—and then wants to get out of them just as quickly (this card can indicate sudden and hasty exits).

Here’s an analogy I see with Prince of Winter: consider him the car mechanic of the Tarot. He’s the guy who wants to get under the hood of a car and make sure everything’s in working order—he likes to investigate things. And that’s good—especially in those moments when he wants to get in the car and just go—and go immediately.

What might you need to check out further so when it’s time to jump in, you know full well what you’re getting into?

Moving to the card for the middle of the week, we have Awakening.

awakening-fairy tarotAwakening is a card that can indicate a period when it appears things are in limbo. It’s a card of setbacks, delays, and things being put “on hold.”

If this is true for you, this is an opportunity to practice the lesson of this card, which is perspective. The fairy on the card is doing a handstand, putting himself in a position that allows him a different way of seeing things.

This week, Awakening is encouraging you to consider how you can see the people and events in your life in a different light (symbolized by the nimbus of light around his head, which is enlightenment). Part of that process is coming to a place of acceptance–being willing to say, “This is the way it is,” which then leads to the art of learning to let go.

This art of letting go is known as sacrifice. Awakening, a card of sacrifice, says the act needs to be voluntary. We have to get to a place of being willing to let go. But we can, at times, have a negative connotation of sacrifice.

There’s a quote, from author Mark Nepo, about sacrifice I especially like: “Sacrifice is giving up what no longer works.” With this different perspective on sacrifice, how does that help you consider what’s no longer working for you—and would you be willing to give it up?

Another possibility with Awakening is that it’s a card about being different, being unique, and marching to the beat of your own drum.

Sometimes, though, when we choose to stand in that, and speak what is true for us, others around us may express discomfort with our expression. Their discomfort can come in the form of this question: “Why can’t you be like everyone else?”

Awakening says for you to be you. Awakening also says to not retaliate against those who would rather you conform (it is a card of inaction), but rather consider how you could see things from their perspective (whether you agree with them or not), so you might be better able to understand where they might be coming from (the yin-yang symbol at the fairy’s foot).

And how’s this for perspective: Just as you would want for others to accept you being who you are, you must also accept and allow others to be who they are.

For the end of the week, we have 5 of Winter.

5 of winter-fairy tarot5 of Winter, is known as “the price of victory”–which means that a victory can come with a price or cost to you. The question then becomes if you’re willing to pay it or not.

This may be the week where you draw your line in the sand and set some much-needed boundaries.

Winter is also the suit associated with communication, so you’re encouraged to be mindful of getting into quarrels and arguments with others (remember communication was mentioned with Prince of Winter) this week. There are better ways to get your point across than bickering. Saying things to embarrass and humiliate others will not win them over.

It may be the better part of valor to walk away from a fight than to remain engaged. Pick and choose your battles carefully–you won’t win every time.

Or, since the suit of Winter is also about problem-solving and decision-making, consider this alternative: What would you be willing to forfeit to create a win-win for everyone involved?

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.

Lesson Card for the Week

Adding 12 (Princes for me are valued at 12) + 12 + 5, we have a total of 29. Since the total is a number above 22, I’m adding 2 + 9, giving us a total of 11.

The 11th Major Arcana card, in this deck, is Strength.

strength-fairy tarotWhen Strength appears as the lesson card, you’re being encouraged to consider your self-esteem and self-confidence. Strength urges you to be bold and stand in your personal power.

In the image of the card, a fairy maiden stands next to a lion, touching and caressing its mane. 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, our fairy maiden is indeed using strength, but not the brute force typically associated with physical strength; instead, she’s using the gentle (symbolized by the lamb she’s holding in her other arm)—yet extremely powerful—ability to love unconditionally.

In most (if not all) spiritual teachings (the infinity symbol on our fairy maiden’s forehead represents our connection to the Infinite), 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.

This week, there may be experiences where your self-control will be tested. You’re being encouraged to identify any problematic habits and unhealthy tendencies (Strength is also a health card) and to weigh their overall impact on your life.

It will be in those moments that you’ll choose to be confident in your power to be strong and capable—and show yourself—and those around you—that you’re up to the test.

Signing Off

And, on that note, I’m bringing this week’s reading to a close and signing off. Thanks so much for joining me in this space and I look forward to seeing you here again real soon.

Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week!

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*These weekly readings are general in nature. If you’re interested in having your own personalized Tarot reading, please visit my Tarot Consultations page for all the details.

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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, Lenormand, and Angel cards), 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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