Tarot Contemplation – Death

Something new wants to emerge in your life, but for that to happen you first must release that which has run its course.  Today, take time to seek closure — say goodbye to a relationship, habit, or attitude that no longer serves you.  Though this ending may be painful, know that this is a necessary and valuable step in your personal evolution.

Tarot Contemplation – King of Cups

If there is a difficult conversation you’ve been putting off, today is a good day to have it.  You have a very good understanding of your emotions.  You can feel deeply without being swept away by those feelings.  You can also listen easily, with compassion and empathy to another’s point of view.  Maybe the difficult conversation you need to have is with your self.

Tarot Contemplation – The Emperor

The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hanged Man

You may feel frustrated tht things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like today.  Be patient; stop trying to force things to happen.  Take this time of waiting as an opportunity to practice being present with yourself.  You may find that when you let go of your expectations that things turn out differently, even better than you’d hoped.

Tarot Contemplation – Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is like the Empress card in that it is a feminine sign of material fertility, ambition and success.  This Queen can literally be a light-haired woman crossing your path that brings good fiery energy to you and is your ally … fiery, as in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.  Metaphorically, this card is a message of great accomplishments achieved in a short span of time at work or in your career/occupation.  If you are a young couple trying to conceive, the Queen of Wands is one of the most positive indications that you will succeed … so if you’re not prepared for that possibility, take precautions!  If you’re looking for love, then perhaps a light-haired woman will introduce you to that special someone today.  Even though this card indicates a large degree of material success, don’t be tempted to squander away your resources.  Moderate your spending so you don’t make an extravagant purchase you’ll regret later.  If you’re looking to add to your home surroundings, you’ll do best indulging your creativity with what you already have … like rearranging furniture.  Bottom line:  take your time to read the signs around you and reflect.  Talk to others to gather ideas on new directions before leaping to make huge life changes to maintain the balance.

Tarot Contemplation – Judgment

Today look at the big picture of your life.  Where are you at in your life now?  What are the big lessons you’ve been learning?  What are you grateful for?  What are you tired of?  By taking time to check-in with yourself now, you can calm your mind and spirit.  When you are calm, your inner voice can be heard more clearly.  So, check in, calm your spirit and notice the wise guidance of your soul.

Tarot Contemplation – The World

The World card represents both endings and new beginnings.  You have learnt the lessons from your current phase of life.  It is time to move on.  This card can mean a victory or graduation.  It is telling you that you have enough and that you are enough.  It is time to move beyond thoughts of your personal quest to bigger thoughts of what you can offer the earth.

Tarot Contemplation – Queen of Pentacles (reversed)

When the Queen of Pentacles appears reversed it is a signal to look at the relationship between yourself, your body and your physical environment.  You may be treating yourself badly, particularly in terms of how you are treating your body.  You may be eating or drinking things that bring you momentary satisfaction, but that you know are bad for you.  Pay attention to how you feel after indulging in these “treats”; are the long term costs really worth the short-term pleasure?  You may be eating or drinking in order to soothe difficult feelings, what is commonly called “emotional eating”.  While this may provide you a quick fix in the moment, chances are good that drowning your emotions with food or drink ultimately leads to even more difficult emotions.  Try to let your emotions flow rather than burying them with food.  When we let ourselves really feel our emotions we can begin to get to the root of our troubles.  Short term fixes don’t encourage us to grow.  You may be expending a lot of energy to nurture and nourish your family or friends, or maintain a perfect home, while at the same time neglecting yourself. Remember, we can care for others better if we take care of our own needs first.  If we are caring for others at the cost of not taking care of our own needs and desires, we are likely to burnout or get stuck in negative emotions.  If you’ve been feeling out of sorts and the Queen of Pentacles appears reversed this could be the Tarot telling you to spend time in nature, nourish yourself with whole, natural foods, or treat yourself to some earthy luxury, like the healing touch of massage, or an esteem-boosting makeover.  The Queen of Pentacles reversed can also be someone who has trouble managing money or their home.  They may be wasteful or in some other way damaging to their environment or future security.  They may be overprotective, either of their own self, or their loved ones.  In any extreme example, they may be so protective of their safety that they become afraid of leaving their house.  If you are having trouble managing your own safety and security, this card may be advising you to seek help from others.

Tarot Contemplation – Ten of Wands

This card shows up when someone’s enthusiasm has resulted in them taking on a lot of responsibility, so much responsibility that they feel overburdened or resentful.  When we try to do too much we are often unable to do anything effectively.  When we’re doing too much, we miss opportunities for new inspiration and growth.  We may even be at risk of physical or emotional injury.  This card reminds us to pare down, remember our priorities and eliminate the unnecessary.  Take stock of your priorities.  Is everything you do serving your ultimate goals, or have you acquired some habits that take your time and energy with very little payoff?  Delegate responsibility to someone else.  You may think that if you don’t do it, it won’t get done right.  Try taking a step back to see what happens.  You may be surprised!  So, for today, all the things you’ve let pile up are dragging you down.  When we get stuff done, it boosts our energy and fires up our momentum.  So start tackling that to-do list today.  This might mean delegating tasks, or crossing things out that really aren’t that important to you.  Clear out the energetic clutter in your life and prepare to be revitalized.

Tarot Contemplation – Ten of Pentacles

Today, chances are you are feeling like you have everything you need, maybe even everything you want.  Give thanks for the gifts and experiences of you ancestors, or the vast body of knowledge created by the masters in your vacation.  This is the legacy that has brought you to where you are now.  You are taking your place in this lineage.  How do you want to be remembered?  The Ten of Pentacles is about physical security.  It could mean a successful financial venture, an inheritance, or an auspicious partnership.  It is also a card of traditions so could represent a holiday celebration or doing things the way they have always been done.  If you have a question about what you should do, think back to the way your elders would solve the problem.  The warning with this card is that you may be thinking that financial wealth is the only kind of wealth there is, and may be forgetting about spiritual and emotional wealth.  Is there a cost that you have not considered in achieving the comfort of your desire?

Tarot Contemplation – The Sun (reversed)

The Sun Reversed appears when you lack clarity, or when you are feeling dim.  You may get The Sun Reversed when you are having trouble shining.  You may be afraid of attention or of letting your true nature show.  You may be uncomfortable with praise and compliments.  You might be unable to shake off worry and doubt and have a good time.  Try to get at the upright quality of this card by being in the present and being proud of the divine and unique self you are.  The Sun Reversed can also mean too much of a good thing.  You may be helping others left, right and center and not taking care of your own needs.  Burnout is a big risk.  Or, you may be feeling the consequences of having a good time:  sunburn, hangover, or an empty wallet.  Let this card remind you about the value of moderation.  While the Sun upright symbolizes clarity, the reversed card can indicate delusion and fogginess.  You may be being deceived, or only getting half truths from someone.  You could be deceiving yourself by only seeing what you want to see.  This card can indicate self-centeredness, as in acting like the sun revolves around you.  Be sure to give credit where it is due and to remember that the needs and wants of others are just as important as your own.  You may be feeling good about yourself, and that’s wonderful, but beware of appearing to be a braggart or show-off.  Lastly, this card can indicate delays and setbacks due to bad weather.  Think about having a back-up plan in case of clouds and rain.  So, for today, feel good, have fun and be happy.  Think about what activities make you feel the most content and fulfilled and do that.  Maybe it’s reading a book in a sunny spot, spending time with a dear friend, creating art … it might be helpful to think back to what you loved doing as a child.  Whatever you decide to do, have a wonderful day!

Tarot Contemplation – The High Priestess

The High Priestess urges you to trust your inner wisdom.  Spend time in solitude and silence.  Pay attention to your dreams.  Trust your intuition.  Notice synchronicity as you go through your days.  Look for the answers you seek within yourself.  Practice spending time in meditation so that you can hear your inner voice and tune in to your own rhythms.  What you most need to know today, you will find within yourself.  Answers will come to you if you can quiet your mind.  Seek a quiet solitary place and just listen to the voice that comes from deep inside you.

Tarot Contemplation – Five of Swords (reversed)

While the upright Five of Swords represents battles and disagreements, the Five of Swords Reversed indicates the time after the fighting.  You may want to make peace, but hesitate to be the first to apologize.  While you see that you were mistaken in some ways, you don’t want to take all the blame.  This time after conflict is ideal for reflecting on what happened.  You may realize you were triggered by some underlying problem.  You may see that your anger was directed at the wrong person.  Everyone involved in the conflict could benefit from an honest conversation about what happened.  You may realize that the current problem is very difficult to solve alone and seek help.  For example, two people may see a marriage counselor after repeated failed attempts to “talk it out” alone.  If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to solve some problem in your life, this card could be advising you to reassess your “battle plan”.  For example, if you’ve tried to quit smoking “cold turkey,” only to relapse over and over, maybe you need to try a more gradual approach.  For today, watch out for the a need to win or be right.  Though “winning” may be gratifying in the moment, your ego-based stubbornness will get in your own way eventually.  It’s OK to say, “actually, you’re right,” or “I need your help.”  It’s not a sign of incompetency or weakness; it’s a sign of growth.

Tarot Contemplation – King of Wands (reversed)

When the King of Wands appears reversed, it indicates that you or someone around you is having trouble with authenticity.  It could be that you are having trouble knowing what you truly want or who you want to be.  You could be doing things that don’t feel aligned with your authentic self.  Someone else may seem like a phoney to you.  You may come across someone who is a real charmer, but does not follow up on his or her promises.  You may be using authenticity as an excuse to do what you want.  You, or someone around you, may have an attitude that says, “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, I don’t give a damn!”  Though it is important to follow our inner light, doing so with lack of consideration may be ill-advised.  The King of Wands Reversed could also be warning against risky behavior, such as gambling with your financial security or physical safety.  Ask yourself if you could survive the worst-case outcome of the risk you’re taking.  If not, a change of plans may be in order.  For today, sit down and think about your goals.  You have a very clear understanding of yourself, what you’re capable of and what you want in your future.  Use that energy to get intentional.  Not only can you set great goals today, you also have the energy to start working towards them!

Tarot Contemplation – Six of Cups (reversed)

When the Six of Cups appears reversed, there may be memories that you are blocking.  You may be choosing to only remember the bad parts of your past, and overlooking the good memories.  Or, it may be that your memories are too painful and you are blocking them.  Though it might hurt, letting those memories flow through you may help you in your current situation.  You may be ignoring the kindness someone is trying to share with you or refusing to be kind to someone.  Ask yourself why you have such resistance to letting this person in.  This card can also indicate immaturity.  You may be acting childish in order to avoid an unpleasant situation.  Finally, this card could be a reminder for you to lighten up, stop taking life so seriously.  Let your playful side out!  So, for today only, let “kindness” be your guiding word.  When you let your happiness flow through gentle, friendly interactions with others, that happiness multiplies in the world and will keep coming back to you.  So, reach out to someone from your heart today.  Even the smallest gesture of kindness could make a big difference to them.

Tarot Contemplation – Nine of Cups

The Nine of Cups is a card indicating satisfaction, of wishes coming true and of feeling “on top of the world”.  In fact, you are likely feeling really good about now, or you are going to be feeling good very soon. This is a lovely card, known as Lord of Happiness. It talks about a sense of inner fulfillment and bliss, which radiates outward to touch everybody with whom you come into contact. At a spiritual level, we’re talking about inner harmony, contentment and tranquility – an appreciation of the High Powers, feeling at one with the Universe. This feeling leads to feeling that we are blessed by life. On an everyday level, the card will often come up to mark periods of high achievement, and the resulting sense of pleasure and satisfaction. It will also come up to acknowledge joy and happiness in an emotional relationship. When this card appears, it’s important to make the time to simply enjoy your own feelings, to revel in your sense of calmness and joy.

Tarot Contemplation – Five of Wands (reversed)

The Five of Wands Reversed may come up when a disagreement is finally resolved.  You may be ready to admit you were wrong, or apologize to someone, or someone may apologize to you.  However, beware of smoothing over a situation to avoid conflict, as the issue may come up again and again until you confront it.  This card may also come up when you back down too quickly when faced with opposition.  Remember that challenging situations often have the most rewarding outcomes.  If you are finding a relationship dull, this card could indicate a need for increased competitiveness.  Play sports or board games together.  This card may also indicate inner conflict, like wanting to do two things that cannot both be done together.  Just for today, chances are you’re feeling feisty.  Today, you may get involved in a heated debate, or have a craving for some fun competition.  The warning is to not get too attached to winning — keep it light, have fun.  New ideas and strengthened friendships are possible.

Tarot Contemplation – Four of Pentacles

Matters of security and control are center stage today.  You have reached a point where you feel secure wit your resources, bu you don’t want to chance anything.  You are holding on tight to what you have and refusing to move from your position of control.  You may be protecting your money, your job, your time, your home and possessions, or your material body.  While a sense of security is to be valued, change is also necessary for us to develop.  When you let loose and go with the flow, whether by taking a chance with your money, letting someone else be in charge, or clearing out the unused clutter in your home, you are creating an opportunity to learn, grow and acquire more.  This card indicates that you have a firm foundation.  At this time, sitting firmly may be exactly the right thing to do.  As you move into the future you will have to decide whether you’d like to stay where you are or use your foundation to continue building.

Tarot Contemplation – Nine of Swords (reversed)

This card might come up when you are denying your inner voice telling you there is something to worry about.  You are acting like everything is fine, but deep inside you have doubts you ought to address.  You may be putting on a brave face when secretly you are afraid.  Or, this card may come up when your fears or nightmares have become seriously disruptive in your life, like when you’ve developed a phobia (irrational fear) or have become insomniac.  This card can also come up once you’ve finally done something about the fear, yet still worry about your feelings.  Perhaps you have told someone what you are afraid of, or wrote about your worries in your journal.  Confessing your fear has freed you from it to some degree.  It might be therapeutic for you to work with your fears and nightmares — write them down, analyze where they come from, peel away the layers to learn about yourself and grow.  So, for today only, it’s time to start getting to the roots of your worry.  There is something you’ve been pushing down or trying to ignore, but it’s not working for you anymore.  Your worries creep in when you’re trying to sleep, disrupt your appetite, create so much noise in your mind.  A good way to start facing what’s bothering you is to write it down.  From there, you can decide if there’s something you can do about it, or choose to just let it go.

Tarot Contemplation – Nine of Pentacles

See this well-dressed woman standing in this beautiful garden?  She got there by working hard and is now enjoying the fruits of her labor.  She acted with discipline, taming her impulses like she’s tamed the bird on her arm.  When this card appears, it may be a time to act with such discipline.  You will accomplish much by quieting your animal instincts.  It could also be a time for self-reliance, for taking charge of your own future.  You may be craving more independence.  This card could also mean that you have already accomplished much.  Now, it’s time to indulge in rewards that you deserve.  Pamper yourself.  Take yourself out on a date.  The Nine of Pentacles could also be telling you that you give off the impress of not needing anyone else, or could represent somebody else that gives that impression.  So, for today only, reward yourself for all the good, hard work you’ve done lately.  Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and treat yourself well!  By making the effort to celebrate now, you’ll be reinforcing your good work and replenishing your energy for even more success in the future.

Tarot Contemplation – Page of Wands

Today is a day for following your excitement.  Do something new that ignites your curiosity and invites your creativity.  It is quite likely that a little fear will come up as you take these new steps, but that’s all part of the fun!  There are endless possibilities for each of us in this crazy world.  Start expanding your horizons!  You might be feeling eager to begin a new project, or set off on a new adventure.  This card could also represent exciting news!

Tarot Contemplation – Nine of Cups (reversed)

The Nine of Cups reversed is a card that indicates disappointment or smugness.  You may be feeling emotionally empty, despite your efforts, or that you can’t be happy until you have what someone else has.  It may be that your current path will never bring you the joy you seek and that you need to look for it elsewhere.  Alternatively, happiness may be very close at hand but you need to begin noticing all you do have, instead of what you lack.  This card could also indicate that you are very happy, but you are using your happiness in ways that hurt others.  You may be so self-satisfied that you are not noticing the feelings of those around you.  Your bragging and smugness may be very unappealing to those around you.  Today, delight in your senses and emotions.  Taste the delicious food you eat, feel the comfort of your home, appreciate the amazing gifts of music and art that have been created for our pleasure, feel the amazing love that flows in and out of your heart.  What an amazing world!  What an amazing thing to be alive!  Choose to be happy today; it really is a choice.

Tarot Contemplation – Knight of Swords

This Knight is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies.  In the design, he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry.  He might almost be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is clean of heart.  The Knight of Swords represents skill, address, bravery, capacity, defense, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin.  There is, thus, a sense in which the card signifies death, but it carries this meaning only in its proximity to other cards of fatality … but not today.  This Knight is in alignment with Gemini, which is synchronous with the Sun and Moon in Gemini tonight.  Gemini characteristics include intelligence, independence, freedom, enterprise, adaptability, communication, curiosity, persuasiveness, amusement, variety, fickleness, superficiality, impatience and reactive to circumstance.  What does this all mean for you?  This Knight is often taken as a person who is young, confident and articulate, but who may act impetuously.  The problem, thus, is that you might be carried away by unrealistic expectations.  You may come up with strong arguments for your position, but your impatience and impulsiveness might work against you in the end.  So, don’t be too quick to rush in and engage in conflict.  Scope out the lay of the land first before you open your mouth.

Tarot Contemplation – Knight of Cups

The Knight of Cups is graceful, but not warlike.  He rides quietly, wearing a winged helmet that refers to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterizes this card.  This Knight is also a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.  Today is a great day for creative play and for spending time with people you love.  You have a lot of love and passion flowing through you, so find ways to share it.  It’s not a great day for big decisions, however; the dreamy energy surrounding you today could make something seem better than it actually is.

Tarot Contemplation – Eight of Wands

When this card appears, things are happening or about to happen, quickly!  This is the card of things set in motion, rapid communication and intense energy.  Matters at hand will quickly be resolved, often in satisfactory ways.  Be careful what forces you set in motion when this casrd appears, because they will be nearly impossible to halt.  Prepare now, because once the energy of this card appears, all you’ll be able to do is hold on!  A warning here may be to ask yourself what you’re rushing into and why.  If this rapid action is in line with your ultimate goals, then enjoy the ride!  This card may appear when romance is passionate.  Love at first sight and being swept off your feet are indicated by this card.  Expect a message you’ve been waiting for to arrive.  Travel by air is often indicated by the Eight of Wands.

Tarot Contemplation – Page of Cups (reversed)

The Page of Cups Reversed represents emotional immaturity.  Someone may be acting self-centered, needy or insecure.  Someone may expect others to care for them, as if they were a helpless child.  If this is you, know that there is a great power in learning to care for and please yourself.  Someone could also be very protective of their emotions.  They may be avoiding relationships and foregoing pleasure out of fear of being hurt.  This card could also indicate discomfort with your own intuition.  You may be ignoring or distrusting of your intuitive voice.  If this is the case, seek guidance to help you connect with your inner wisdom.  So, for today only, be gentle with yourself and be sure to set aside some time for daydreaming.  It’s ok to say “no” to invitations or uncomfortable situations.  Having good emotional boundaries is essential to restoring your energy on days like today.

Tarot Contemplation – The Empress

It’s time to create!  Your environment offers you the abundance you need to feel nurtured and comfortable so that you can manifest your vision in the world.  Inspiration is all around you.  Be sure to nourish yourself with whole foods.  Indulge all of your senses.  Connect with nature by working in a garden or deeply inhaling the scent of trees and flowers.  Connecting with creative, empowered people will enhance your creative spirit.  It’s time to celebrate your fertile, sensual, creative self.  Your mother or the general principle of mothering may be significant now.  Today is about nurturing your creativity.  Do something you love to do:  make art, cook a meal, beautify your home, spend time with the kids, work your garden.  Wherever you focus your loving attention today will spark healthy growth.

Tarot Contemplation – Page of Swords (reversed)

Today is a day for insights about your self and your life.  There is the possibility you realize some truth that is difficult or painful.  Be compassionate with yourself.  You may want to seek guidance from a wise and trusted friend or teacher.  This card represents trouble with words and truth.  This could represent someone in your life now, or an aspect of yourself.  There may be misunderstandings and missed messages.  You may not be able to express your thoughts clearly.  Nervous stuttering and stage fright  may be represented by this card.  You may have difficulty standing up for yourself or your beliefs.  This could be because you lack confidence in yourself or simply because you cannot find the right words.  Be wary of someone trying to take advantage of your trusting nature.  You could be lying to yourself.  You may be so convinced of your own idea that you ignore signs that you are mistaken.  This card can also appear when you have spoken without thinking.  You may have inadvertently hurt someone’s feelings.  While you may not be able to take back what was said, you can think honestly about what you’ve done and use your words to admit your fault and make an apology.  You may be gossiping or sharing secrets in order to gain friends.  If this is the case, think about what kind of friend you appear to be when you speak maliciously.  Lastly, this card could indicate a missed message.

Tarot Contemplation – Knight of Wands (reversed)

You are full of energy and desire something new.  Shake up your routine today.  Do something different and fun!  Go outside, get some exercise, follow your whims and fancies.  Though you may not be creating long-lasting change now, a bit of disruption will benefit your creative spirit.  You may be lacking inspiration, such as a bout of writers’ blocck, or feel like you don’t have the energy to follow your passion.  You might be saying “no” to opportunities for fun and growth due to laziness or fear of failure.  You may not trust your instincts and hence do nothing.  Alternatively, you may be so spontaneous that you don’t even think through your plans, soon leading to trouble.  This card can show up when you do not understand your own unpleasant emotions.  Instead of investigating your feelings, you turn your bad feelings towards others in irritation or anger.  If you’ve recently freaked out at someone, look at what inner pain or fear may have caused the outburst.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hierophant

Today is a day for learning. Ask yourself, “What one thing could I learn that would improve my life now?” Once you’ve decided your subject, hit the books. Go to the recognized experts and pay close attention to their words. Once you’ve absorbed the traditional teachings on this subject, you can begin to innovate, but for now be a willing and cooperative student.

Tarot Contemplation – Two of Wands (reversed)

Slow down and consider your options today.  You have amazing potential. Consider carefully how you want to use your time and energy.  Don’t go running after the first opportunity that comes along if it doesn’t feel exactly right.  Take your time.  The Two of Wands Reversed can indicate either being stuck, or suddenly being able to move forward.  You might feel forced to make a decision before you are ready.  You could be feeling stuck because someone else seems to be limiting your options, or because you don’t have the abilities or motivation to move forward.  You may be too idealistic about your potential and abilities, and heading down a path that will inevitably end in failure.  You may have moved forward too quickly with a plan, and may now need to give up and start again.  You may be thinking of using your power in abusive or hurtful ways.  Alternatively, you may suddenly be able to move ahead because you’ve gained clarity about your future desires, or because you’ve been given what you need to move forward.