The deck assisting me this week is the Tarot of the Lotus Circle, created by Marilyn Campbell, with art by Syneca, Darrell King, and Lissa Waitley. It’s published by Jasmine Jade Enterprises.
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 The Chariot.
When The Chariot pulls up into your life, you’re being encouraged to consider your life direction. Where do you want to go? How will you get there? When will you know that you’ve arrived? The Chariot urges you to realize that your life is about both the journey and the destination.
In the image on the card, our driver rides alone, the emphasis of the 7 (the number of the card) being on solitude. Sometimes, in life, you have to go through experiences alone–no one can accompany you (which is the case when it comes to a spiritual journey).
The Chariot also says that you’re responsible for both where you are in your life in the present moment, as well as where you want to be in the future. You can’t be the passenger in your own life experience. When you choose to blame other people for where you are in life, you’ve given them the steering wheel, allowing them to control where you go and wind up.
If that’s 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 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.
So, this week, I invite you to consider where you want to go, and how you will get there. Just like your daily travels, you don’t just hop in the car and go; you have some idea where you want to go, and the route you’ll take to get there.
And part of that process, just like you probably learned when you were taught how to drive, is to take a moment and consider where you are at in the present moment. You know, that time you check your surroundings and the interior workings of the car, as you strap in and start the ignition.
Look around you, and appreciate those previous journeys that have brought you where you’re at now. Ask yourself what you’ve learned, being grateful for the learning opportunity, as you wave bye-bye in the rear view mirror, on to the next exciting leg in the road trip of your life.
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 Strength.
In the image of the card, a woman stands over a lion in the middle of a busy downtown intersection in the city. She has tamed the beast, which is a demonstration of how you, at times, need to curb your own natural, instinctual tendencies (symbolized by the lion).
In order to do this, the woman is indeed using strength, but not the brute force typically associated with physical strength; instead, she’s using the gentle—yet extremely powerful—ability to love unconditionally.
In most (if not all) spiritual teachings (the infinity symbol above the woman’s head represents your connection to the Infinite), unconditional love is said to be the most powerful force there is.
And, just as those teachings encourage you to love others unconditionally, you must also love yourself in the same manner—especially in those moments when you want to let your wild and untamed side come and roar its head.
At the beginning of the week, there may be experiences where your self-control and self-restraint will be tested. Rather than tearing into people and biting their heads off, you’re being encouraged to develop more patience and possibly practice kindness and maybe even forgiveness.
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 others around you that you’re up to the test.
And, in the process, demonstrating your greatest strength: Your strength of character.
Moving to the card for the middle of the week, we have 4 of Wands.
The 4 of Wands is a card of celebration; it can mean that you’ve reached a stage of completion in your endeavors, and being encouraged to take things to the next stage or level, now that a firm foundation (symbolized by the number 4) has been set.
An enterprise or endeavor has reached a successful stage of development, and it’s time to celebrate that achievement! You can enjoy the initial fruits of your labors (Wands being the suit of work, enterprise, and business) before beginning the next round of work—or the next leg of the journey, keeping with The Chariot; the 4 of Wands is asking you to consider a time of rest and rewarding yourself.
The 4 of Wands, being a card of celebration, can suggest a special ceremony or ritual that marks a rite of passage (this card can be seen as a “stage of life” card), acknowledging the achievement of one stage of development as we embark on a new one.
So, at the middle of the week, look at the progress you’re making in your life and find a way to acknowledge or celebrate that progress. What ritual or ceremony could you come up with?
And as you do so, also know that the foundation has been set for the next stage and chapter…
For the end of the week, we have The Empress.
The Empress is the archetype of the Mother, the caretaker and the nurturer. The woman in the image on the card is pregnant, 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 who need you. And sometimes, the best self-care is to allow others to take care of themselves, especially if they’re in a position to do so.
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 8 + 4 + 3, we have a total of 15. The 15th Major Arcana card is The Devil.
When The Devil is the lesson card, you’re being asked to look at the ways you block yourself. Going with the idea that The Chariot is about progress and moving forward, The Devil, being a card of limitation and restriction, is about roadblocks. It’s a card, though, that suggests these “roadblocks” are self-imposed, so as you move through your week, consider if any of your habits and tendencies (Strength) are tripping you up.
If you find that you do have a tendency to “be your own worst enemy,” The Devil card can suggest that the culprit may be unconscious conditioning and programming (right now, the psychologist in me is coming out, as The Devil card can be about psychological blocks).
You may find that there are roles you play in certain relationships and environments that have been imposed upon you by other people, and if these roles no longer serve and support you, The Devil card says you can make the choice to break free.
Here’s a little more on that…. The Devil is a card that, for me, can represent a long-term commitment. Depending on your beliefs (conditioning and programming), you could choose to see making a long-term commitment as getting “trapped” or you could choose to “be all in,” and possibly over-committing. And the result of over-committing could lead to blaming the people and the environment you’ve committed to, because they’ve “missed the mark.”
With the Strength card in the line this week, The Devil is asking you to check yourself and to consider if you’ve been making unhealthy choices. This combination can suggest looking at possible foods and beverages (Strength can be a card of diet and appetite), and see if you need to limit or restrict (The Devil) how much of them you consume.
Sharing a personal example, I used to drink a particular caffeinated beverage every day on the job, when I was out in the working world before becoming self-employed. I discovered, that on my days off, I would have intense headaches because I hadn’t had this beverage. I realized (with the help of a dream) that the headaches were the result of my body going through caffeine withdrawal, and I quit, not only that beverage, but all forms of caffeine, because my body had become addicted to it.
So, The Devil card is a signal to consider what your “addictions” are (they come in many forms, from the benign to the detrimental and harmful), and how you might be allowing them to rule your life.
With The Empress on the other end of the line, if you choose to let these tendencies come into the light (if you look at the card, there is a woman holding a child in the doorway, surrounded by the light), you can begin to take better care of yourself (and others, if you’re a caretaker) and regain your productivity.
And anything you’ve given a back seat to might come back into your life front and center.
With that, I’ll bring 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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