While considering what deck to use this week, I was guided to work with the Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).
Typically when I work with playing card decks, I pull three cards for the reading; this time, I was receiving guidance to conduct a Line of 5 (a reading I usually reserve for Lenormand and Kipper cards) instead.
Given that this reading is done for a week that starts off with a total solar eclipse and a new moon, any Major Arcana (Tarot) cards that show up in the reading will indicate possible energetic themes, while the playing cards that appear will point to ways we can ground those energies (apply them to life).
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:
The cards for the week are: 9 of Clubs, 3 of Diamonds, Judgement, Page of Hearts, and The Star.
Focus of the Reading
The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is Judgement.
Judgement, being a Major Arcana card, offers a central issue or focus of some significance, as Majors point to important issues and/or events. In the case of Judgement, the focus here is on adopting a new lease on life.
Judgement can suggest a time of evaluation, and with that, a need for being honest with oneself. Situations and circumstances have led to a time of assessment (or re-assessment), of conducting a life review, of taking personal stock and inventory of one’s life, resulting in a decisive call-to-action to make some changes.
In my personal experience, Judgement is a card of existential angst, where a person is searching for his or her raison d’etre (reason for being), wondering what his or her life purpose, mission, or calling might be.
Another possible message with Judgement is that of rising above whatever we perceive to be limitations and restrictions in our lives, whether they’re self-imposed or imposed by others. In this regard, Judgement is a card of spiritual awakening, and for some, experiencing a form of ascension.
And finally, Judgement offers the message that this is a time to rise above the boxes, labels, and categories we place on ourselves, others, and on our world (and real-world experiences).
The question then becomes: Will you answer the call—or will you let it go to voicemail?
Looking at the Line
Starting off the line, we have the 9 of Clubs.
Keeping with the decisive call-to-action aspect of Judgement, Clubs is the suit of work, which can also suggest effort. This reinforces the idea that once you declare (decide) to take action, you then have to actually do the work or make the effort that will actually help you achieve that new life (Judgement can also represent the spiritual concept of being “born again”).
The number 9 is also associated with divine life purpose, reinforcing the life purpose/calling/mission aspect ascribed to Judgement. The 9 of Clubs can represent one’s spiritual and/or psychological journey, and a sense of being guided or nudged by the Divine to move in a new direction.
And since the energies of the solar eclipse and the new moon will have an effect on many people, the number 9 is connected to brotherhood and humanity. Something will be gained or attained (9) for many people (humanity), helping them to make progress (Clubs) in the spiritual and/or life journey this week.
Moving to the next card, we have 3 of Diamonds.
This is a card of increase and expansion (the number 3), which may be gradual. This may be an energetic expansion (Diamonds can represent energy) for the spiritually-minded; for the more practical, this might be of a financial nature (Diamonds also represent money).
Clubs is the suit of work and business, so having the 3 of Diamonds follow the 9 of Clubs can suggest that financial increase can be the result of putting in extra hours on the job, or from additional part-time or temporary full-time work.
The 3 of Diamonds suggests that sustained efforts can lead to achievement.
Jumping over to the cards on the other side of Judgement, we first have the Page of Hearts.
The Page, being a face card, can offers ways to approach situations we might experience this week.
The first thing that comes to mind with this card is that it represents heightened sensitivity, as I see this as the highly sensitive person (HSP). In the context of the solar eclipse and new moon, some might be more sensitive than others when it comes to feeling the effects (Hearts is the suit of feelings) of these energies.
Along those energetic lines, the Page of Hearts can also come up when we’re being encouraged to listen to our intuition, as intuitive prompts and impulses may become more heightened at this time.
If you’re already aware of your intuitive sensitivities, this card coming up after Judgement in the line might suggest a shift in how you receive intuitive guidance, and you’re to learn more about this new mode of receptivity.
Going with the spiritual implications of Judgement, the Page of Hearts can suggest that a new spiritual experience may be emerging (the fish poking its head out from the cup being held by the Page) in your life, and may lead you to study more about what’s being presented to you in the future.
And that brings us to the final card in the line, The Star.
The Star, like Judgement, is a Major Arcana card, suggesting that this week’s reading is wrapping up on a significant note.
The first thing that strikes me with The Star is that it can represent both astronomy and astrology, which fits with the context of the solar eclipse and the new moon. The Star reinforces the significance of these events, especially for those who are spiritually-minded—or in the process of waking up, becoming more conscious (Judgement).
Since The Star comes on the heels of the Page of Hearts, and its message about sensitivity, it can talk about feeling vulnerable. For some, this can be an uncomfortable experience, and if it should occur this week, The Star is also a card of healing, suggesting the possibility of healing from some sort of emotional discomfort.
Sticking with the healing aspect of The Star, I personally see this as Reiki; this reminds me of what I said in last week’s reading about spiritual healing, so those messages are being repeated. Those who are spiritual healing practitioners may feel the need to give themselves healing treatments more this week; others may feel called (Judgement) to extend healing energies to the world-at-large after the solar eclipse and new moon.
And finally, The Star can be a card of the metaphysical and esoteric sciences, so there may be an interest to explore things like astrology, numerology, and Tarot (or other card-reading types of divination systems) to name a few. This interest could lead to learning about and developing a gift or talent—that could very well be of service to humanity in the future.
Whatever the specifics of your particular situation and experience, The Star bodes well; coming after Judgement, there may be a collective restoration or resurgence of faith, optimism, and high hopes for the future.
And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing indeed!
Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week,
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