Oracle Outlook: Tarot Reading for May 8-14, 2017

It’s been a while since I did a Tarot reading in this space, so I was feeling the urge for one this week.

And once I decided on working with Tarot, the deck choice became apparent: I wanted to work with the Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (and published by Llewellyn).

If you’ve been following the Oracle Outlook for the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed that I’ve been on a Ciro Marchetti kick: I used his Fin de Siècle Kipper Cards a few weeks ago; and I followed it up by using his Gilded Reverie Lenormand last week.

So, I thought I’d go for a trifecta and use one of his Tarot decks, and like the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, the Gilded Tarot is a deck I haven’t used for quite some time.

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, I pulled three cards for this reading.

Cards for the Week

Starting off this week’s reading, we have The Hanging Man, encouraging you to change your outlook.

The Hanging Man is a card that can indicate a period when it appears things are in limbo. It’s a card of setbacks, delays, and things being put “on hold.”

If this is true for you, this is an opportunity to practice the lesson of this card, which is perspective. The Man hangs upside down from a wheel, which allows him a different way of seeing things.

This week, The Hanging Man is encouraging you to consider how you can see the people and events in your life in a different light.

Part of that process is coming to a place of acceptance–being willing to say, “This is the way it is,” which then leads to the art of learning to let go.

This art of letting go is known as sacrifice. The Hanging Man, a card of sacrifice, says the act needs to be voluntary. We have to get to a place of being willing to let go. But we can, at times, have a negative connotation of sacrifice.

I’m reminded of a quote from author Mark Nepo about sacrifice: “Sacrifice is giving up what no longer works.” With this different perspective (the pun is intended) on sacrifice, how does it help you consider what’s no longer working for you in your life—and would you be willing to give it up?

Moving to the second card for the week, we have The Empress.

The Empress is the archetype of the Mother, the caretaker and the nurturer. The Empress can indicate a time of incubation—the growth and development required before the moment of manifestation.

What are you creatively working on to manifest in your world? The Empress says it’s important to be patient (which is fitting, coming on the heels of The Hanging Man, and its message of things in a state of suspension), but continue to nurture your creative side and still do what you can (this is a card of productivity) while things are still in stages of development.

And here’s another aspect of The Empress for you to consider: 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.

And that brings us to our final card for the week, The Sun.

For me, The Sun is the best card in the deck, outshining all other cards. It’s a card of clarification, suggesting things becoming clear (perhaps the result of that change in perspective/outlook suggested by The Hanging Man?).

The Sun suggests that clarity comes when we choose to become more conscious about ourselves and how we move through and experience our lives. What are you willing to see clearly this week? What situations are you willing to “clear up” this week?

The Sun is also a card of personal freedom. What would you be willing to do this week, as a step toward your own sense of freedom? The Sun suggests you have the energy to take that step.

Being a card of achievement, The Sun asks you to look at all the achievements in your life—those things that have brought you moments of great (personal) happiness and satisfaction. The Sun wants you to know those were your moments of “brilliance” and “radiance.”

So, for this week, consider how—and what—you want to “radiate” out into your world. For, just as the astrological glyphs revolve around the sun in the card’s image (and appear in The Empress card as well), the people who orbit you will both see and feel the energy you’re putting out.

Why not let it be your personal best?

And on that bright and positive note, I’ll let the sun set on this week’s reading.

Wishing you a Tarot-tastic week!




This reading is 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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