Welcome to your weekly Tarot forecast! The recent Pisces full moon seems to have cleared the energy from the solar eclipse, and the smoke from wildfires here in Oregon has retreated. Gorgeous start to the week here. Hope your location is mellow, although I know the folks in the southern USA in particular are still dealing with hurricanes, either presently or in the recent past.
I’m using the Tarot of the Hidden Realm this week. This fae folk-based deck is fascinating, but also quite subtle in terms of Tarot imagery. You won’t see the suit symbols drawn on the cards necessarily, although there are themes for each suit; it seems to be more about the energy of the card more than visible symbolism, but I like the earthy feel and connection to natural forces.
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 mirrored pairs to round out the message.
The Timeline View
We begin with the first/last of the Major Arcana, The Fool. Note that he is ignoring all the other cards and is focused solely on the message from his butterfly soul. He seems pretty happy with the prospects and holds his flower lazily in hand. In contrast, in the female in the Six of Swords looks for guidance among the birds in a stormy sky; she sees her kindred spirits there (note the feathers on her forehead), and I think she’s about to fly away into that area of light beyond the darkness. And yet, she carries the dark with her, in her hair and clothing. She doesn’t look upset, though, just hopeful and determined. I think the message here (both cards’ figures are facing in the same direction) is to decide how you want to move, possibly to stay disentangled from the energy of the card that comes next. You may start the week without much to worry about, with lots of room to dance and play, but you will shift into challenges by Tuesday and Wednesday, so it will be your challenge to choose focused effort versus just drifting along.
By midweek, you are faced with a reminder to discipline your passions and make the principled choice. Looks like we have Cernunnos here (The Devil), the Celtic god of fertility and the underworld. So, life’s creation (the “good”) and recycling into the Earth (the “bad”), all in one package. He’s looking slyly at us as a couple gives into their passions in the background. I’m seeing the contrast between the two cards that came before this one, and it seems that the “foolish” optimism of The Fool may be misplaced this week. May be we need to access the more focused energy in the Six of Swords and make sure we keep moving in a positive direction without distraction (and that gorgeous Cernunnos is a definite distraction!).
Moving toward the end of the week, we get a chance to leave Cernunnos behind and learn from a sage (The Hierophant) how to focus our creative energy to gain real momentum into next week (Eight of Wands). It’s a definite message that we will be tempted, and that we’ll need mental discipline and creative drive to choose the good in whatever we are working on. If you are feeling distracted and out of control this week, be prepared to allow someone to come in and help you regain your path.
The Mirrored Tarot Pairs
The focal point for this view of your cards is the Devil/Cernunnos, a symbol of passion with no thought of consequence, distraction from our principles and goals, a slavery to our obsessions, because, hey, tomorrow we could die. The pivot point in this week of making choices.
Now let’s pair the outer cards up to see how they might inform your situation. The Fool and the Eight of Wands seem to represent passion without purpose vs. passion with purpose. It will be for you to choose which to tap into this week.
The inner pair of the Six of Swords and the Hierophant seem to send a message that you can take important guidance with you in making the best choice. Just reach back beyond Cernunnos there and grab the sleeve of the Hierophant to access his calm guidance and you’ll avoid all that distraction.
Cosmic Whispers of the Week
I’ve noticed another phase of renewed interest in the Lenormand reading system lately, and Donnaleigh has a wonderful short video (like 3 min) that focuses beautifully on three principles to make this system work well. Check it out here.
Meanwhile, Sandra Geddes, over at Firerose Tarot, is glorying in the change of season, and to celebrate her love of autumn, she’s developed a great Tarot spread for you to try. Check it out here.