Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for June 27-July 3, 2016

oracle outlook header-tarotIt’s a new week and that means it’s time for a new Oracle Outlook. Now that I’m rotating the different types of decks I’m doing these readings with, I noticed a bit of a “blue moon” effect with this week, in that I began the first week of June with a Tarot reading and I’m ending June with another.

And while I used the Fairy Tarot Cards for that first reading, the deck assisting me for this one is the Universal Waite Tarot Deck by A. E. Waite & Pamela Colman Smith, with coloring by Mary Hanson-Roberts. It’s 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 card is Strength.

strength-universal waiteWhen 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, a maiden caresses the lion with her. The maiden can be a representation of Archangel Ariel, whose name translates to the “lion/lioness of God.” 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 (Ariel being an angel symbolizes the connection to Spirit), 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 and roar its head.

So, 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 that you’re up to the test.

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 the 4 of Swords.

4 of swords-universal waiteThe 4 of Swords is a “peace of mind” card; it suggests putting issues “to rest” or “to bed.” This is a card that represents healing, recovery, and recuperation. You may find that life is forcing you to slow down so you can rest and recover.

It can also indicate taking a much-needed break and creating some “me” time. This break in your normal activities and routine is long overdue; you’re being encouraged to use this time to revitalize yourself. Putting some distance between you and your daily routine may help you put certain matters into a more proper perspective.

The 4 of Swords can suggest that enlightenment is possible by finding time to be alone and going within (getting in touch with your inner self). Wisdom may come to you from spending time in meditation and working with your (sleep) dreams this week.

See what concerns you can put aside and take some time out. If you do, you’ll come out renewed and refreshed.

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

king of swords-universal waiteThe King of Swords rules the mental and intellectual realms, so you’re being asked to approach (this is a Court Card, and, for me, can indicate a particular approach) things this week with a sense of mindfulness and using your ability of critical thinking.

You may be faced with a challenge that calls for you to take a stand for what you believe. This is the “going before the judge” card, and can suggest that you might be judged or criticized for your beliefs—or that you might be judgmental or critical of others for theirs.

Again, be mindful, for this calls to mind the adage As you judge, so shall you be judged.”

Keeping with the idea of “going before the judge,” there’s also the possibility that a decision of some sort may be rendered.

And, lastly, this King is known for working in the industry of law enforcement. In the spiritual sense, this is asking us to consider how we “work” and “enforce” the Universal Law (of Cause & Effect)—and the way we do that is through what we believe, and how we judge and perceive the effects that appear in our lives.

When you’re greeted by the King of Swords, he’s empowering you to use the power of your mind to cut to the heart of any matter before you.

For the end of the week, we have the 7 of Cups.

7 of cups-universal waiteWhen the 7 of Cups drifts into your life, you may be faced with many options; the only thing is, the more options that are placed before you, the more you may be unable to decide.

You’re being asked, with this card, to narrow your focus. Ask yourself, “What do I need (from an emotional standpoint, as Cups is the suit of feelings and our emotional nature) right now?”

The 7 of Cups suggests the need to concentrate on a single goal to ensure success.

This card can also warn of fantasies, daydreams, and having your head in the clouds, so be sure that your decision is grounded in practicality—or life will give you a reality check. Don’t build castles in the clouds or bake pies in the sky. Check those rose-colored glasses at the door, please!

This card, for me, is a very spiritual and psychic card. I always encourage people to write down and interpret their dreams. Since dreams were also highlighted with the 4 of Swords, dreams may be particularly vivid this week. You could also experience some psychic visions.

Daily meditation (being acknowledged again here, as it was with the 4 of Swords) and visualization are also highlighted with this card. Before anything we want in the outer can manifest, we first need to go within and see, with our faculty of imaging and imagination, as being/doing/having that very thing.

So, this week, know that positive things lie ahead, and begin to look forward to experiences that will open a new chapter in your life.

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 4 + 14 (I value Kings at 14) + 7, we have a total of 25. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in the Tarot, so with a number over 22, I add the digits together. In this case, 2 + 5 = 7; the 7th Major Arcana card is The Chariot.

the chariot-universal waiteWhen 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 life is about both the journey and the destination.

As we see in the image, our Charioteer rides alone, the emphasis of the 7 being on solitude. Sometimes, in life, we have to go through experiences alone–no one can accompany us (which, most often, can be some form of a spiritual journey).

This also says that we’re responsible for both where we are in our lives in the present moment, as well as where we want to be in the future. You can’t be the passenger in your own life experience.

When we blame other people for where we are in life, we have given them the reins, allowing them to control where we 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. But look at our image once again: our Charioteer has no reins to move the Sphinxes; the movement here is a mental process (a nod to the cards this week, which represent the faculties of thinking and imagination), which reflects the metaphysical characteristics of the 7, which is that everything in life first begins with the thought.

It reinforces the idea that our thoughts create our experience.

I’ll bring this joyride to a stop here: Consider where you want to go, and how you will get there.

Just like our daily travels, we don’t just hop in the car and go (well, most of us don’t, anyway); we have some idea where we want to go, and the route we will take to get there.

And part of that process, just like we learned when we were taught how to drive, is to take a moment and consider where you’re at in the present moment. You know, that time when we check our surroundings and the interior workings of the car, as we strap in and start the ignition. Look around you, and appreciate that previous journeys have brought you where you’re at now.

Ask what you 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.

Wishing safe travels (of all kinds) this 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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