November 8-14, 2018: Eight of Swords

A woman is bound and blindfolded, feeling trapped in a prison of swords. The landscape is stormy and gray, indicative of despair and depression. The comfort and peace of the castle are far away. This card represents self imposed boundaries. The ties are not very tight, the woman could free herself from her prison.

Be careful making big decisions if you’re feeling like the Eight of Swords. Your way of thinking is limited, probably because there is a perspective you haven’t uncovered yet.

This week, scholarly Jupiter enters fiery Sagittarius. This energy will increase your cultural and spiritual awareness. The Eight of Swords symbolizes an intellectual assessment of a situation.You might feel like a victim, for very valid reasons. However, it takes an emotional response to pull yourself out of the victim mentality and take back your power. The energy of Jupiter and Sagittarius will help give you a push. Call on them for confidence.

You are able to create your own opportunities and attract good fortune with your energy. Don’t be like the Eight of Swords; make your own path. It’s time to take back your power!

October 18th – 24th, 2018: Two of Swords

This card shows a blindfolded person sitting on a hard, cold stone bench. Her arms cross her chest, protecting her heart. She holds a sword over each shoulder. The swords are heavy to hold, so long that the tips disappear off of the card. The water behind her is flooding the land, coming closer to her. This person is so set on protecting her heart, that she’s missing the point. She’s backed herself into a stalemate of indecision. The moon in the sky represents the passage of time while she is in this state. Is she waiting? Thinking? Hiding?

On the 19th, Mercury is in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pluto. Use this energy to get to the heart of issues and shine a light on dark places. Seek mindfulness. The sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, which is the best time for self transformation. If you are sensitive, subtle and complex, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to upset the status quo. Be the person that you’ve always wanted to be. Start today!

The full moon rises in Taurus on the 24th. It’s important to ground yourself on this full moon. You can do this by meditating, walking barefoot in the grass or simply having a nice meal. Appeal to the five senses. This is a more simplistic time than last week. Counterbalance the energy of the Two of Swords. Don’t hide from the truth. Life passes you by if you stick to comfort and security.

September 6 – 12, 2018: The King of Wands

The King of Wands is methodical and successful. A natural born leader, he has a strong influence on others. Even though he is very creative, he is not the type to sit around dreaming up new ideas. Instead he makes plans, and once he sets a goal he will not quit until it is accomplished.

The lions, salamanders and warm color palette make this a firey card, which is a good way to describe the planetary energy of this week. On the 6th, Saturn returns to direct motion in Capricorn. Your focus will shift to your career and your social status. It will be easier to practice self discipline because your efforts will pay off quickly.

On the 9th there is a new moon in Virgo, which will heighten your analytical skills. The same day, Venus enters Scorpio. Many people will have an, “all or nothing” sort of attitude during this time. If you are feeling that way, check to make sure you aren’t acting out from a place of jealousy or defensiveness. The King of Wands has a tendency to overbearing and bossy at times, but it’s always with good intentions.

August 30 – September 5, 2018: The Magician

The Magician is number one in the tarot deck; the card of new beginnings and opportunities. The Magician easily manifests what he wants in this world.  He says, “abracadabra,” a phrase with Hebrew origins that means, “I will create as I speak.” He has all four suits of the tarot deck at his altar: wands, cups, swords and pentacles are at the ready.

This card is associated with Mercury, a planet that has some interesting things happening this week. On September 3rd Mercury is in Leo, at a significant angle to Venus in Libra. There will balance and harmony in relationships with others. You should take great care with your words. You are well equipped to promote your ideas clearly, and with style.

On the 5th, Mercury enters Virgo, which will improve your critical thinking skills and help you multitask, handling tedious details with ease. Like the Magician, you have all of the tools you need to accomplish your goals right at your fingertips. Set ambitious goals, and with the best of intentions, get to work!

How to prepare for a tarot card reading

Tarot readings are what you make of them. The energy that you bring affects the interpretation of the cards. Before you sit down for your tarot reading, it’s important to be centered in mind, heart and body so that you can get the most out of the experience.

1. Clear your mind

Take some time to consider why you considered getting a reading in the first place. What thoughts are crossing your mind lately? Then, let those thoughts go and practice meditation. When I say mediatate, I don’t mean that you have to necessarily sit cross legged on the floor. You can go for a quiet walk, listen to a guided meditation or a podcast, practice yoga or even take a nap. Come to your reading with an open mind that is ready to receive new information.

2. Feel your heart

What do you want to get out of this reading? You might have a pressing question or situation that you want to discuss, or you be open to whatever the cards turn up. While you don’t need to come with a question, it is very helpful to know what direction you want to explore. The cards can not answer what will happen or what should happen. You have free will and you have the power to shape your own future. The cards are more powerful when we ask for direction or a new perspective. Questions like, “what do I need to know about this situation?” Or “what should I be more mindful of when making this decision?” are excellent ways to start.

3. Center your body

What kind of energy are you carrying with you? Be aware of how your body feels the day of your reading. I always find it helpful to get a good night’s rest, some light excersize and a snack before a reading. You should be sober for your reading, its not good to mix spirits with spirits. Most importantly, relax and make yourself comfortable.

Every tarot reader has a different way of doings things. As long as you bring an open mind, positive energy and a healthy outlook you will do just fine. Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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How to prepare for your tarot reading