Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for May 16-22, 2016

oracle outlook header-tarotIt’s a new week, and that means one thing—time for a new Oracle Outlook!

For this week’s reading, I’m turning to the Tarot for assistance, specifically the Universal Waite Tarot by A. E. Waite & Pamela Colman Smith. This variation of the classic, time-honored Rider Waite Tarot deck is published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.

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 lovers-universal waiteThe card is The Lovers.

This card is also called “The Choice.” When it appears, The Lovers can suggest you’re at a crossroads in your life, and now you’re faced with having to make some major life choices.

Some of those choices may involve commitments. Who and what are you committing yourself to–and why? The Lovers represents balance, so be sure that you’re not 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?

The Lovers is an obvious nod to partnerships. This week, you may begin a new relationship, or an existing one grows deeper, as this card is about attraction.

And going with attraction, The Lovers is a card connected to the Law of Attraction, and manifestation, under the Law, requires the union of your thoughts (the man) and your feelings (the woman).

Going with this aspect, The Lovers may be asking you to pay particular attention to what you “attract” into your life this week, as you may get a sense of both the thinking and feeling energies you’re bringing to the situations you’re experiencing—and being asked to consider choosing differently, especially if what you’re attracting is not what you consider to be ideal.

Aside from the relationship aspect, The Lovers asks you, when you consider choices and decisions this week, that you do so from a heart-centered place. Consider asking yourself how the choices make you feel. You could imagine yourself having made the choice, and seeing how it might play out, and how that outcome makes you feel.

The Lovers asks you to go with the heart.

And speaking of the heart, Archangel Raphael, the healing angel, is pictured on the card with our couple. This week, if you’re experiencing challenges and difficulties in any relationship, call on Archangel Raphael to assist you in healing from any pain or discomfort you’re feeling.

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

10 of wands-universal waiteFor the beginning of the week, we have 10 of Wands.

When 10 of Wands appears, it warns you of having too many responsibilities—and being burdened by the load you’re carrying (a natural follow-up to The Lovers and its message about the possibility of over-committing).

But do all those responsibilities belong to you? If not, this card is asking you to consider allowing other people to be responsible for themselves. You are not to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders!

You may be thinking you’re being helpful, but are you really? 10 of Wands warns that you may be enabling other people not to take care of their own situations in life—especially when they are able and capable. If that’s true for you, why is that?

In working environments (Wands being the suit of work and business), the 10 of Wands can suggest having new job duties and responsibilities. It can suggest you’re in a position where a lot of work is put upon you.

People around you may be calling you a workaholic. You may also believe you have to do it all yourself. If this is true for you, the 10 of Wands is cautioning you: If you’re not careful, you’ll experience exhaustion and fatigue, and put yourself on the road to burnout.

It’s not too late to learn the art of delegation—which is really learning to let go of control. Not everything has to get done by you—whether you believe it or not. It’s a matter of acknowledging that things may not get done the way you would do it—and that’s because not everyone works the same way you do, or has the same motivations about the work as you (Wands being about motivation).

Sometimes we think holding on to everything gives us control. But does it? It may very well be that those things we are holding on to are really controlling us.

And a side note: With Archangel Raphael (The Lovers) being the healing angel, 10 of Wands cautions you about either heavy lifting or back issues. Either way, you’re being urged to work within your limitations, and not to exceed them. Don’t overdo it!

king of wands-universal waiteMoving to the card for the middle of the week, we have King of Wands.

As the approach Tarot is encouraging you to consider adopting this week, King of Wands is the card of the spiritual leader, the business leader, the politician, and the entrepreneur. No matter the position or title, the King of Wands brings passion and devotion to his (or her) work.

This card asks you to consider the idea that you’re a powerful, creative, spiritual being. As a spiritual being having a human experience, this card urges you to take what you’ve learned from life (Kings = maturity) and use that as fuel (Wands = fire = passion) for your creative self-expression (the suit of Wands being about public and private image and identity).

The King of Wands is a reminder that you’re not “becoming someone.” Rather, you’re allowing the masterpiece that’s within you to be revealed–when you choose (The Lovers) to get out of your own way.

The suit of Wands is about intention and action. So, in middle of the week, King of Wands invites you to consider how you might step more fully into your own power–and take the step.

10 of wands and king of wandsWith the King facing 10 of Wands, he’s giving “direction” (the directional cue) about taking on too much, as if to reinforce the message of 10 of Wands. As a person in a position of authority, he knows when to delegate the workload—to give those duties and responsibilities that he’s not so passionate about to those around him who do have a passion for them—allowing both those individuals, as well as himself, to shine from working with their strengths.

Taking another position (the King is seated) on this card, The Lovers, being associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, suggests communication issues could figure into the week, with King of Wands asking you to consider being tactful and diplomatic when engaging with others.

3 of pentacles-universal waiteFor the end of the week, we have 3 of Pentacles.

The message of the 3 of Pentacles is to put your focus and dedication into mastering your craft.

This is one of the “work” cards from the suit of Pentacles, and it’s a notice that success can be attained through focus and hard work.

It’s a positive card that says progress will be gradual—and it urges you to put your creative talents (the number 3 is the number of creativity and self-expression) to good use. The artisan on the card is using his talents wisely and creatively, and is gaining a quiet and solid satisfaction from his work as he advances in his craft.

Being a work card, the 3 of Pentacles can suggest self-employment or work that builds into a long-term career (this is a good card that can indicate promotions and moving up the ladder).

Whatever the profession, the 3 of Pentacles is a solid indication that you have a reputation for the skill, talents, and abilities you possess (this is a card of having your work noticed by others).

It may be time to get into a formalized study program, as the 3 of Pentacles can indicate getting the education and training needed and obtaining a certificate or diploma.

Whatever the plan (this card is about implementing plans), now is the time to perfect your craft.

Keeping with the relationship aspect of The Lovers card, 3 of Pentacles can sometimes suggest working on repairing some damage that’s been created in a relationship. The blueprint on the card symbolizes coming up with a plan to rebuild the relationship; the 3 of Pentacles, in that regard, can suggest that the work could produce results—but gradually.

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

The Hermit-Universal Waite TarotAdding 10 + 14 (I value Kings at 14) + 3, we have a total of 27. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in the Tarot, so with a number over 22, I add the digits together. In this case, 2 + 7 = 9; the 9th Major Arcana card is The Hermit.

When The Hermit appears as your lesson card, the message is to take some time out for yourself. This is a card of withdrawal, being alone, finding some quiet time or engaging in solitary activities.

If you’re a person who meditates, this week would be ideal for that. If you’re an active dreamer (meaning that you recall and record your sleep dreams), consider pulling out one of your most recent dreams and work with it.

The Hermit is about being self-aware, and gaining wisdom from your life experiences. If you’re finding yourself in the middle of a challenging situation (The Hermit calls this “a dark night of the soul”), take a step back and ask yourself, “What’s the possible lesson in this situation for me? What is it teaching me–about me?”

If you’re sometimes prone to “preaching” to people in an effort to get them to change, The Hermit is asking you to consider a different approach. This card is about leading by example (The Hermit holds a lantern), showing others the way–without words.

Gandhi was quoted to say “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” (The Hermit, in this case, can reflect Wisdom Teachers and Ascended Masters.) When people see the positive changes you’ve made in your own life, which I call your “demonstration,” it will attract people who will want to know what you’ve been doing. That will be your “hook” to then tell them, because they’re interested.

The Hermit tells people what he’s done, and offers that they can do the same–if they want (he would then add, “No pressure,” because he knows there’s a lesson involved whether they choose to follow his example or not).

And since I mentioned Ascended Masters, The Lovers, The Hermit, and the 3 of Pentacles share a theme: working with your angels and spirit guides. With The Hermit being a card of meditation and dreams, you could find yourself connecting with your spirit team while awake (meditation), asleep (dreaming), or both.

angels and spirit guides-universal waiteSigning Off

With that, I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close and sign 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.

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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