Today I’m using a my Robin Wood Tarot, the first deck I ever owned. It’s a great beginner’s deck, especially if you are not into the traditional Christian-based imagery for some of the Major Arcana in the RWS deck. Robin took a more pagan perspective on some cards while still expressing the “spirit” of the card’s archetypal meanings.
Since there is no specific question or area of concern for these readings, my interpretation will be very general in nature, based on my sense of what the Tarot itself is addressing and the general energy potentials for the week.
Let’s do a chronological look first, and then we’ll use some mirror pairs to round out the message.
The Timeline View
We begin this week with comfy start (9 of Cups). Happy, happy, joy, joy! But looks like we need to take this underlying sense of satisfaction with us into the rest of the week to deal with some challenges. So, no matter what, it’s really all good! Even though this card is followed by the 10 of Wands, which comes in to remind us that there will be a lot to get done this week. Let us go cheerfully forward into whatever we have to deal with.
By midweek, it will be important to be satisfied with less than optimum resources to make it through the week (2 of Pentacles). Might be juggling time or finances in order to get all those things done from the 10 of Wands burden you may still carry. But the juggler seems to be happy with his act thus far, so the satisfaction of the 9 of Cups continues…
As you move on toward week’s end, though, a major disruption may occur (Tower). Not necessarily life-changing because this is just a weekly forecast, but certainly something that makes it so you have to start over on one of those tasks you’ve set for yourself, or that you may need to lay down one or more of the tasks at hand in order to address a crisis. But at the end of the week, things look to get sorted out fairly with Justice countering the disruptive energy of the Tower. If you were looking for a decision on something that didn’t seem to be working out, the decision will likely go your way.
The Mirrored Tarot Pairs
The focal point for this view of your cards is the 2 of Pentacles, which indicates that you will need to focus on working with less than optimum resources for what you want to do, either time wise or financially.
Now let’s pair the outer cards up to see how they might inform your situation. These are the positive influences on your situation, where a sense of satisfaction with the way things are (9 of Cups) is paired with a sense that the outcome will be a fair one (Justice). So, keep juggling and enjoy the challenge!
The inner pair focuses on your major challenges for the week. Seems like the burden you carry (10 of Wands) may be too heavy this week, and you may need to relinquish some of it or reprioritize; otherwise, the Tower’s disruptive energy will cause a loss and prioritize for you. Be realistic about what you can juggle (only two things?) this week to avoid that disruption.
Cosmic Whispers of the Week
Alison at Alison’s Alembic has a wonderful expertise in coordinating the Tarot with astrology, and this article in particular intrigued me because it helps us see the court cards in a new way. Details here.
Chloë McCracken has a very interesting magic practice that provides lots of opportunities to deal with personal challenges and work on inner self-improvement. This past week, she’s been exploring self-hypnosis in light of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, spirit). Check out her insights here.