I’m especially excited to see what’s in the cards this week. Why? Because my birthday is March 7th, and I’ve been reading cards long enough to know this: While the messages are intended for the readers and the viewers, there are always messages pertinent to me as the reader.
With that in mind, I’m being self-indulgent with this week’s deck selection (well maybe a bit more self-indulgent than usual), going with one of my personal favorite decks to read with: The Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).
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:
The cards for the week are: The Empress, 8 of Hearts, The High Priestess, King of Clubs, and 9 of Spades.
The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is The High Priestess.
If decisions need to be made this week, The High Priestess is a card that suggests waiting (she adopts a “wait and see” approach) for further information. You don’t have all that you need to make a well-informed decision.
And speaking of information, The High Priestess is a card of news and messages. This can be news or information of a “sensitive” nature, information that’s on a “need to know” basis, or that requires some level of confidentiality.
All of that could suggest information coming to you. On the other hand, The High Priestess can suggest that you have information that maybe you should be holding on to, and be selective as to who you share it with. It’s kind of like not giving out unsolicited advice—let people come and actually ask for the information or knowledge you possess, which is a clearer signal to share what you know. In this vein, just because you know something doesn’t mean everyone you know needs to know it.
Not all information is for public consumption.
Also, The High Priestess can represent the deeper study of metaphysics and esoterica. So if you’re a student of the intuitive arts (astrology, numerology, palmistry, dreams, Tarot), how might you be able to deepen your studies this week?
Taking another page from her book, The High Priestess can indicate a state of independence. She is typically stationed between two poles, which can suggest polar opposites. So, if you’re a bit too dependent on others, consider how you might practice being a bit more independent this week. If you find yourself being fiercely independent, how might you allow others to assist and support you a bit more this week?
The High Priestess is a card about finding the balance between two extremes.
Looking at the Line
Starting off the line, we have the The Empress.
What are you creatively working on to manifest in your world? The Empress says it’s important to be patient, 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.
Moving to the next card, we have the 8 of Hearts.
The 8 of Hearts can suggest going on a spiritual quest, a search for meaning in one’s life. This can mean literal travel, but most often, spiritual quests are taken by going within. Either way, this means that you’ll be “going it alone,” that it’s a trek for you and you alone. You may be moving into unfamiliar territory, into spaces and places you have never gone before.
This journey will require you to leave the past behind–and with that, some people, places, circumstances, and conditions that no longer serve and support you–in fact, those very things may now be draining you (the 8 of Hearts warns of “toxic” people, environments, and circumstances that may be having an effect on your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being).
The 8 of Hearts is known as an emotional choice card, sometimes called “a change of heart” card. We sometimes have to get to a point where we think, feel, and say that we’ve had enough and that it’s time to move on—even if we don’t know where we’re going or what lies ahead, because what’s familiar is no longer working for us.
When we can do this for ourselves, we’re taking the steps to reclaim our personal power (the number 8 is a number of power). When we stand in the power of who we are, we’re standing in, what spiritual teacher Gary Zukav calls, our “authentic power.”
In some circles, this card is also known as “the Amethyst Rose.” When the 8 of Hearts crosses your path in this regard, you’re going through a time of “spiritual purification.” To aid in this process, you’re encouraged to either wear or carry on your person a piece of amethyst. Doing this will cleanse your energy, and allow a spiritual awakening or enhancement to possibly occur.
This is a time of release that will help to improve your overall well-being.
Moving over to the cards on the other side of the 7 of Hearts, we first have the King of Clubs.
This is the card of the spiritual leader, the business leader, the politician, and the entrepreneur. No matter the position or title, the King of Clubs brings passion and devotion to his (or her) work.
This card asks us to consider the idea that we are powerful, creative, spiritual beings. As spiritual beings having a human experience, this card urges us to take what we have learned from life (the King is about maturity) and use that as fuel (passion) for our creative self-expression (the suit of Clubs being about our public and private image and identity).
The King of Clubs is a reminder that we’re not “becoming someone.” Rather, we’re allowing the masterpiece that’s within each of us to be revealed–when we choose to get out of our own way.
The suit of Clubs is about intention and action. So, this week, I invite you to consider how you might step more fully into your own power–and take the step.
At the end of the line, we have the 9 of Spades, suggesting that thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety may be disturbing you, and may be causing restlessness.
I have found, that, for me, 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?”
The 9 of Spades 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 (which we all do, whether we believe in it or not), something to consider: If we’re always thinking the worst and putting feeling with it (in this case, worry), we have a greater chance of creating that experience.
In Christian scripture, Job has been quoted to have said, “My worst fear has come upon me.” In this case, the 9 of Spades becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Lastly, the 9 of Spades can be a message to analyze your dreams, especially if you’ve had any disturbing ones. In my work as a dream analyst, I believe the disturbing ones are grabbing your attention because of the message they have for you–and don’t want you forgetting them.
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.
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