I was meditating in the middle of last week, and one of the thoughts that floated in during that session was about the deck selection for this week’s reading. It was shown to me to use the Archangel Power Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Jeff Bedrick (published by Hay House).
The reason I was shown to use this particular deck is that its theme, according to Virtue and Valentine, is self-empowerment, and given that we’re still riding out the intense collective energies of the past few weeks, we can take on thoughts and feelings that leave us disempowered.
The angels, in this vein, take on the role of life coaches, and being a life coach myself, I often say that the purpose of a coach is to empower people to make positive life changes.
Now that I’ve explained the selection, I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the general 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, I pulled three cards for this reading: 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 9 of Michael, and its message is to check our thinking.
Thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety may be disturbing you, and may be causing restlessness. Thoughts may be falling into a pattern, because this card can suggest a pattern of thought (a “mental pattern”), or one thought that comes to mind again and again, running in your head like a loop.
In my personal experience, I have found that worry can be such a waste of time. It doesn’t change the situation, and all I’m doing is giving it more power by focusing my attention on the problem, rather than looking for a solution.
Also, worry is rooted in fear, so a couple of questions to consider, when we find ourselves worried are, “What am I afraid of? What do I fear will happen?”
9 of Michael can be about what we fear will happen. As a psychologist, I see this card representing those of us who have a tendency to imagine the worst possible case scenario, to jump to the worst possible conclusion, and to fear and dread the future.
More often than not, when we imagine the worst possible thing that could happen, it doesn’t happen at all.
Why do we put ourselves through that mental agony? As a person who works with the Law of Attraction, here’s something to consider: If we’re always thinking the worst and putting feeling into it (in this case, worry), we have a greater chance of creating that experience.
In this case, 9 of Michael becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So, for this week, consider the things that worry you and frighten you–and then ask yourself why that might be. And then see what you might be able to do proactively to alleviate those worries and those fears.
For the middle of the week, we have Page of Raphael.
The Pages in Tarot can represent a learning stage of development. Each one has a different quality, and this particular Page is about learning through our feelings and intuition, through our emotional relationships and spiritual experiences. These may be new experiences, as the card, in part, reads, “A new emotional situation!”
This Page is what I call the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). This can mean two things: a high degree of emotional sensitivity and high degree of intuitive sensitivity. In the metaphysical world, many intuitives and psychics are also called “sensitives.” This can be the Page of Raphael, as the card also reads, “Great intuitive insights.”
This week, we’re being asked to consider our level of sensitivity as we approach people and situations this week. We’re also being asked to start listening to our intuition by checking in with our “first impressions,” which are usually our intuitive impulses.
This week, we may need to consider how certain people and situations make us feel, about the “vibes” we get—and, as intuitive teacher Sonia Choquette says, “Trust our vibes.”
For the end of the week, we have 4 of Ariel.
4 of Ariel, for me, is a card of retention, of conservation, and of preservation. Archangel Ariel presides over this suit, as her domain is the material resources of this world. I refer to her as the “environmentalist angel,” as she works with those who protect nature and the animals.
And 4 of Ariel comes up when we’re working to protect our material resources, those things that enable us to live with a sense of stability and security.
As the mirror bookend to 9 of Michael, the implication is that the worry and stress energy of 9 of Michael is connected to our sense of future stability and security.
If that’s true for you, the 4 is an angel number that means your angels are near you and with you, so know that you are not alone; you can call upon your angelic support system and release your worries and fears to them when they come up.
The 4 is also a number of laying a foundation, so this card can suggest that if your financial future is of concern, this is the time to rebuild, to restructure, to get organized, so you know what you have on hand and what you’re dealing with.
This reduces the unknown and uncertain energy of 9 of Michael; for me, 9 of Michael can mean we’re letting our imaginations run wild, and when this happens, we create assumptions and stories in our minds to fill in the blanks. And all that energy is simply a response to not knowing, not having the facts.
Staying on top of what you have (4 of Ariel) to the best of your ability also means that you’re keeping yourself informed.
Another message coming in is that the 4 of Ariel is connected to The Emperor, the 4th card of the Major Arcana. The Emperor is a card of managing our life affairs, as well as self-empowerment, bringing me back to the reasoning for the deck selection this week.
Part of the fear and worry may be, in part, because others factor into things and we don’t know what they might do that could potentially affect our sense of stability and security in the future.
The message with 4 of Ariel, in this regard, is to consider why we might be willing to give a person or persons so much of our personal power, and what we might consider doing that allows us to reclaim some of that lost power.
Because here’s a truth to consider: We can’t control what another person thinks, says, or does. The only person we can control is ourselves.
So what are you going to do this week to regain some control and reclaim some personal power?
And, with that question as “food for thought,” I’ll bring this week’s reading to a close. If you’re observing Thanksgiving this week, I hope you have a happy holiday.
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