Another month is dawning! I really enjoy doing monthly outlook tarot reading to help center myself and connect myself with my intuition. Usually I stick with a 3-card spread of 1) where I am, 2) what my challenges are, and 3) what advice does the universe have for me. If this reads to you like I am a novice tarot reader, it’s because I am.
This month I decided to challenge myself to do the Classic Celtic Cross (as outlined by Biddy Tarot), which is a 10-card spread. This took me a solid 2 hours to complete. Its a complex spread and often reveals an underlying worry and provides advice to the seeker.
As a note, I do not use tarot reading as a method to fortell the future, but to only investigate my own inner workings and as a tool to examine my life and make adjustments were needed.
As far as how the right cards show up at the right time…. I dunno. Haha.
I am currently learn tarot from a site called Biddy Tarot.
I also use the Tarot Mucha Deck. that is available on Amazon. The artwork is inspired by the artist Alphonse Mucha, known for his Art Nuevo style. (affiliate link)
Let’s dig in!
CARD 1: THE PRESENT
Eight of Pentacles: ideas of mastery and skill development.
This card represents hard work and the intention of becoming an expert or obtaining a mastery over something. This could be representative of the hard work I am putting in my person health, mental wellness, and overall improving my human experience. I’ve also been contemplating returning to school (yes, again) to complete my degree. Just to have it.
I’ve also been wondering if I need to develop more skills professionally and what direction to take in my career or in what matter I make my money. I’ve concluded that I want to be paid for the talents I have and for simply sharing them. I’ve been considering Human Capitol Development or even seeking executive level training.
CARD 2: THE CHALLENGE
Page of Swords: ideas of curiosity and thirst for knowledge
This care represents youthful excitement and enthusiasm in communication or in ideas. Often this card can appear in reference to new ideas, thoughts, knowledge, or skills. This care innately exudes a novice feel, meaning that it’s okay to be a beginner or just to exploratory in these ideas.
I tend to get ahead of myself. Because I trust and believe in my capacity to complete a task or handle an matters in my career, I tend to bite of more than I can chew. Not to say that I should “learn my place” but that I should accept my current limitations and accept mentorship when pursuing new opportunities.
This could also represent my distaste of being viewed an inexperienced or not capable because (in my professional industry) I am considered quite young. In addition, I lack a formal certificate proving my capacities.
CARD 3: THE PAST
King of Pentacles: Leadership, Abundance, security, discipline
The card represents an ambition for security in wealth and abundance. It also reflects the capacity to lead the self, a team, or organization to material wealth.
In its placement in the “Past,” I think this card represents the work and level of responsibility I have had in prior occupations. I have had the opportunity to step into leadership roles (paid or unpaid) when I saw a need in my organization. I was able to develop employee development programs and help with policy and procedures by executing action plans and strategies.
It also reflects my inner desire to help others fulfill their dreams and obtain financial stability. That has reflected in my actions in my career and in my personal life.
CARD 4: THE FUTURE
Six of Pentacles (rev): Self-Care, Unpaid Debts, One-Sided Charity
This card serves as a reminder that while it is noble to serve and give to others, I must also take care of myself. It can also represent relationships that are one-sided and invitation to re-examine them.
I believe this card is serving as a warning card for the future. I have a bad habit providing financial relief that I may not be able to afford easily or even accepting responsibilities that I complete only with great difficulty and time restraints. This is a warning to not over-commit.
CARD 5: Above (Goals and Aspirations)
Page of Pentacles: Manifestation, Financial Opportunity, Skill Development
This card represents the desire or opportunity for new beginnings and fresh starts. There is a feeling of abundance in the realm of earthly blessings like health, wealth, and material possessions.
Manifestation is what I would like to call total alignment. It happens when the mind, heart, spirt and body are in alignment. This is what I have been working towards. I have a dream of helping those in need, my family and friends, and myself. I want to have abundance in order to spread it.
CARD 6: BELOW
Queen of Cups: Compassion, caring, emotionally stable, intuitive and in flow
This Queen is a literal QUEEN. She is a leader that exercises nurturing and caring actions. She is connected mind, heart, spirit and body. She knows she is in touch and connected to that Universal Intelligence that connects us all. She is someone in whom people trust and rely. Importantly, she has the capacity to be trusted and relied upon.
For me, this card reflects my inner to desires 100%. This is the woman I want to me. This is the being at my core that I strive to be like. I believe she is my capacity and my truest self. This is the source of all my benevolent decisions.
Strangely enough, she also reflects the Pisces Placement of my North Node in my astrological birth chart. This simply meaning that I this spiritual journey I am on is helping me become one with my emotions and spirit. I will take this as a message that I am on the correct path at this moment.
CARD 7: ADVICE
Nine of Wands (rev): Inner Resources, Struggle, Overwhelm
This card points out there are struggles and obstacles in the way of working towards my goals. It advices a “dig deep” message inviting me check my self-talk and mindsets. In other words, my judgements of people, myself, and my circumstances are inhibiting my ability to make progress. It also points out that my plate is currently full of obligations in work, hobbies, and my spiritual work.
I know that when I am overwhelmed I am not able to properly take care of my whole self. I often overeat, sleep too much or not enough, laze about and tend to be very irritable. This comes back to the Six of Pentacles (rev) in the future position. I need to not overextend and overcommit.
This is also a reminder that not all things have to be done alone. If I need help or support, I must reach out to those around me for assistance.
EDIT: Let’s Clarify Romantic Pursuits.
After the reading, I wanted to circle back on the idea of not taking on new commitments. Since your girl (me) is single, I wanted to see what the cards would reveal about romantic commitments and relationships.
Jumper Card, Ace of Pentacles: A new financial or career opportunity, manifestation, abundance.
Ace cards typically represents a “new” or “sudden” something. Specifically, the Ace of Pentacles can me it’s a “green light.” While pentacles normally represent material wealth, it can also mean wealth from a holistic sense. Continue to send good vibes into the universe while waiting for your sudden opportunity.
Clarifying Card, Knight of Pentacles: Hard work, productivity, routine, conservatism
This card often represents repetition and routine of the mundane aspects of life. This card invites me to ensure I am taking proper can of daily obligations and continue to practice self-care.
Summary of Clarification Cards
Looks like a month of no romance. Haha. These cards offer the advice of taking care of obligations I already have and ensuring I am taking care of myself.
CARD 8: EXTERNAL INFLUENCES
King of Swords (rev): Quiet power, inner truth
The King of Swords in reverse speaks to quite power. This means that even though I may not be the most experienced, the most excellent, most popular, or by any other metric outwardly and obviously influential, I still have a message to share and input to give.
My power comes from being the most authentic person I can be. I cannot shape the opinions of others, nor can I control things outside of my authority, but I can contribute to society in quiet and small ways. I’m sure there will be energies of opposition. I’m sure there will be obstacles, but this care reminds me that true power comes from within us.
This card also notes that there is indecision lingering on what opportunities to take and what relationships to cultivate. In both these life areas, I don’t have much control as they are dependent on the decisions of others. All I can do is take the advice of the Nine of Wands Reverse and not overcommit myself and my resources.
CARD 9: HOPES AND/OR FEARS
Seven of Swords (rev): Imposter syndrome, self-deceit, keeping secrets
The upright Seven of Sword typically represents betrayal or deception. In this case, the Seven of Swords is reversed turning the sentiments of betray and deception into self-betrayal and self-deception.
Strangely enough, one of my hopes is being completely authentic on a public platform and one of my fears is being completely authentic on a public platform.
I believe the world needs less polished bloggers and influencers. I think the obsession with perfections needs to be let go, not just by society but by me personally. Perfection doesn’t exist. Only the journey to achieve is real.
Undeniably, there is a vulnerability in showing your authentic self… you leave yourself vulnerable to rejection and hurt. You paint a target on your whole soul for the world to accept or to take aim.
And to never expose the truth of who you are is the ultimate betrayal of self.
CARD 10: OUTCOME
King of Wands: Natural-born leader, vision, entrepreneur, honor
This card represents visionary leadership and an acceptance to help others succeed as well. As the King looks out and over the horizon, he can see the path he needs to take clearly and knows we will be successful. He may start on barren land, but he believes in his own capacity to manifest abundance. He walks intentionally and can create any outcome he desires.
The King brings to my mind the idea of a long game plan. This month, August 2019, is a definitive one. This month should be used in fulling current commitments and strengthening self. These small yet intentional actions, aligned with my intuition, will bring about the person I want to be and the life I want to have.
So what did you think? Looks like some hard work ahead in August with reminders about selfcare… seems about right. :)