As 2016 began to wind down, I bought two new decks, one arriving on Christmas Eve and the other on New Year’s Eve. This week, I’m working with the one that arrived on Christmas Eve: The Urban Tarot by Robin Scott.
Having this deck in my collection is like having a full-circle moment, which I shared with Robin in an e-mail I sent her way.
When I began my Tarot journey, the first deck I bought was the Crowley Thoth Tarot deck (which I still have to this day, soon-to-be 18 years later); The Urban Tarot follows the Thoth tradition, only the imagery has been updated with the backdrop of New York City (hence the name), for the modern-day reader.
It’s like having my Thoth deck for the 21st century!
So 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
The Chariot urges you to realize that life is about both the journey and the destination.
The card, being numbered 7, emphasizes spiritual growth and development, and The Chariot, in that case, can suggest a solitary travel. Sometimes, in life, we have to go through certain 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 also about self-awareness and personal insight) and how you can create positive ways to get back in the driver’s seat and take control of the steering wheel.
I’ll bring this joyride (or, going with the imagery of the card, this thrill ride) 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 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.
Here, the Princess of Cups is dubbed “The Costume Designer,” bringing in the message (Princesses in Tarot are the messengers) that there might be a need for a bit of “creative flair” as you embark on this new direction (or course correction) mentioned with The Chariot.
Clothing—and in this particular case, costumes—suggests playing or adopting a role. The Costume Designer could be suggesting that the roles we’ve played or adopted—the ones that got us to where we are now–may need to be “altered” (just as a seamstress makes alterations) in order to get us to where we want to be in the future.
What new role are you willing to play in the stage production of your life?
The Princess of Cups is also a card of being highly sensitive, so we’re being encouraged to listen to our intuition.
Keeping with the car analogy of The Chariot, consider that cars these days are equipped with GPS—designed to be programmed to provide directions that take us from where we are to where we would like to be—giving us the best route for that arrival.
It is the same with our intuition, as it is our own inner GPS. With that, the Princess of Cups is encouraging us to be led and guided by our intuition this week.
The Princess of Cups is about making a great first impression, so this week, in the course of your travels, check in with your intuition. When you meet a person for the first time, check in and ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” Do the same when you enter a new environment.
When you check in with your inner guidance, it will help you to steer and navigate through your experiences. You’ll learn (Princesses are about learning and learning stages of development) how your intuition speaks to you, as well as how to hone and sharpen it.
With the Princess of Cups, it’s about trusting your “vibes.”
The 2 of Wands is a card of planning for the future—and with that, beginning to work up a timetable that puts some action with those intentions (Wands being a suit of intention and action).
Having goals with a timeline attached to them allows you to know that you’re making progress (The Chariot being about progression, advancement, and moving forward), each action bringing you one step closer to that bigger, larger success.
The 2 of Wands is the plan–the bigger picture, if you will–that allows you to take that first step.
And the 2 of Wands, for me, can mean that the path you’re on is the right path. The Chariot can be about getting the “green light” to move forward, and the 2 of Wands, as the last card in this week’s reading, punctuates that statement.
Wishing safe travels (of all kinds) this week…
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