This week is a guest post from my dear friend, James. We reconnected at our annual friend reunion, and discovered our mutual interest in reading Tarot. I thought it’d be fun to have him do the interpretation of this week’s card. I used my Fountain Tarot deck, and he looked at the same card in his deck from Robin Wood. The decks are different, so some of his explanation comes from the images on his card.
Yesterday was the new moon of Gemini, which holds a special place in this astrological twin’s heart. New moons are a time of releasing the past and setting an intention to manifest during the time until the next full moon. It’s a transition period, bathed in potential and possibility.
To honor this time, I chose a 2-card spread this week, asking these questions of the Universe:
What do we need to release?
What will help us with our intention?
This card reminds me a bit of the Game of Thrones finale, no? A little stabby?
Good news: There are no dragons. Bad news: You are being asked to confront something this week, to look it in the eyes and say goodbye. The Ten of Swords represents a final release, the letting go of a long-held belief, relationship, dream… whatever you’re holding on to that is no longer serving you.
So, I guess the GOT finale is kind of fitting. Don’t get me started on Bran.
This week’s #TarotTuesday is brought to you from the beach! I’m on a much-needed vacation (are vacations ever not needed?) with my family, but I’m still finding inspiration and ready to share with you. As I was shuffling the deck to set up my spread, a card jumped out of the pile. While it could just be my sloppy shuffling skills, in Tarot, when a card pops out of the deck, it’s considered to be the universe raising its hand with something to say. I’m listening, and here’s what landed (quite literally) in my lap this week.
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.