This week’s card is all about manifesting dreams and turning visions into reality. Coin cards, also known as Pentacles or Disks, depending on the deck, have us dealing with the material world — the Earth element, our physical self, our possessions, and often times our work or professional life. They’re practical and help us relate to, create, shape, and transform our physical world.
The question I asked when pulling this card was “What is necessary to reflect on right now?” and the Universe answered with the Five of Wands. In this practice of Tarot, I’ve come to view my role as a bit of a guide, using my personal experiences as tools to help you connect more intimately with yourself. The synchronicity of the Five of Wands showing up in this moment tells me that the lessons I’ve learned are valuable and meant to be shared.
The Six of Wands is a fitting card to round out this month of Tarot: it’s all about celebrating your success and drawing courage and inspiration from your (or others’) achievements. Personally, I’m proud that I was able to commit to something for an entire month and not waiver — my track record with follow-through doesn’t always shine brightly… and this project took more coordination than I expected!
The Universe decided to stop yelling so loudly at us this week. After 3 straight weeks of Major Arcana (or “larger secret”) cards, we’ve finally got one of the suits with the Page of Wands.
In the Minor Arcana chronology, Page cards follow the Ten card and precede the Knight — they’re kind of like the teenage years, not fully formed, but well on their path. They can often indicate immaturity, naivety, or innocence. Wands represent fire and action; they’re connected to our primal energy, personalities, and ego. They offer us action, movement, and a way forward.
Okay, team... this is getting serious. We have another Major Arcana card for this week: Judgment. (Apparently, you can spell that with the ‘e,’ but it means you’re not American. Guess I’ve been British for my whole life.)
In the chronicle of the Fool’s Journey through the Major Arcana cards, Judgment follows The Sun — it asks you to be reflective and self-aware, looking back on what you’ve learned with an observant eye. The Fountain Tarot describes this card as a “reconciliation,” or an uncovering of the past to live a brighter truth.
April 9, 2019: The Sun. Like last week’s Tower card, the Sun is one of 22 "Major Arcana" cards in the Tarot deck, which follow the Fool's journey to enlightenment. These cards speak to the greater secrets of our lives and can indicate something big or significant. Two in a row… I’ll take it as a nod from the Universe that this weekly reading on the blog as a solid choice!
Use of Tarot cards dates back to the 15th century, when the decks were used to play games, much like we use a standard deck of cards today (people also still play games with Tarot cards, too!) There are many variations in Tarot decks, based on region and purpose. The most common decks used for cartomancy, or card-reading, are the Rider-Waite deck, Tarot of Marseille, and Tarot of Thoth.
Each week for the month of April, I’ll pull a card from the Fountain Tarot deck with the intention to understand what messages are important for us the week ahead. You’ll receive an email (like this one) with the card pulled and my own insights, and I’ll encourage you to reflect on how the card connects with you — feel free to share your thoughts on my Instagram, where I’ll also post the card and my interpretation.