It's been a while since I was able to sit down and write a post, but I wanted to make sure I got August's Tarotscopes up for everyone before we got too far into the month. The deck I used this month is the Light Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, a limited edition deck that I was lucky enough to be gifted as a Christmas present when it was first released. It's one of my absolute favorite decks to work with, and doing readings with it was one of the things that got me to invest time and energy into reading tarot more seriously. What can I say? It's an amazing deck. One might call it life-changing. I hope you enjoy your monthly forecast, or at least find it illuminating. And if you're looking for something more personalized, check out the Tarot Readings tab above or head on over to my Etsy shop to purchase your own!
Leo - King of Chalices
Happy birthday, Leos! This month, your message is to get in touch with your watery, intuitive side. The King of Chalices is all about mastering your emotions and using them to empower you rather than allowing yourself to be ruled by them. This is a great chance to approach your feelings about things and deal with them on your own terms. We're often taught to see being emotional as the opposite of wisdom, but this could not be further than the truth. There is much insight to be gained from trusting your feelings and using your past experiences to inform the way you handle whatever life throws at you in the present. Being calm and centered is not often something you hear associated with Leo, but even you dramatic souls can benefit from an even keel now and again. You may even find that others will recognize your abilities to temper emotion with logic and will seek you out for advice. If you can avoid the pitfalls of veering into melodrama and ground yourself in your intuition and sense of self, you will find yourself in a position of great personal power. Use it wisely.
Virgo - Death
Fret not, Virgos, this card signifies a month of great transformation for you. Death refers to the rebirth we experience when we let go of the things that are no longer working in our lives and make space for newer, better versions of ourselves. While this change may not always be pleasant, it is by no means something you can't handle, and it is absolutely necessary. You are being urged to embrace this process of regeneration; the more you resist critical changes and cling to the past, the more painful this transition will be. Instead, take some time to sit with yourself and figure out exactly what it is that you need to be separating yourself from in order to give yourself room to blossom. Thank the things that are no longer serving you and then let them go. Welcome this transformation with open arms. You will be amazed at the opportunities that open before you once you've stepped into your next phase of life.
Libra - Two of Chalices
It will please you to note, Libras, that this month is all about balance. In particular, it's about emotional balance. The Two of Chalices refers to perfect partnerships, the relationships that balance us out and bring out the best in us. Whether this takes the form of a romantic partnership, a platonic relationship, finding the ideal business partner, or even achieving a balance within yourself, you are being urged to focus on nurturing those connections and spending your time and energy with the people who matter the most to you. The Two also serves as a reminder to see yourself through the eyes of those who love you, because too often we can be our own worst critics. It doesn't matter if you've achieved the goals you set out for yourself or if you've fallen behind, this month is about directing your thoughts toward your emotional wellbeing. Neglect that, and the rest of life becomes that much more difficult to handle. Love is the watchword, both for yourself and for others.
Scorpio - The High Priestess
Mysterious Scorpios, this month you are in your element. The High Priestess is a meditative card that focuses on connecting yourself with your intuition and spirituality. It's all too easy to let this aspect of our lives slide, especially when the demands of the corporeal world can be overwhelming, but we ignore our inner voice to our own detriment. Your message this month is to explore the depths of your personality, to center yourself in your beliefs and trust your gut instincts. Whether you are a religious person or not, connecting with those things that make us feel spiritually connected to the world - whatever they may be in your own personal case - is vital to our overall wellbeing. If you don't have a means to center yourself and care for your spiritual health, any successes you achieve may still leave you feeling hollow. We need to see to all areas of our life - mind, heart, body and soul - in order to be truly fulfilled. Practice listening to your inner voice and trusting your intuition. It will not steer you wrong.
Sagittarius - Ten of Swords
Bold Sagittarians, this is not going to be the easiest of months for you. The Ten of Swords speaks of the moments when we almost give into despair, the times when it feels like everything is going wrong. But fear not, there is a light on the horizon. The Ten is the darkness before the dawn, the moment before everything shifts and you are granted new perspective. Your message this month is to allow yourself to be okay with not being fine. Get comfortable with discomfort. As unpleasant as these moments may be, they teach us a lot and leave us with valuable insight about ourselves and the world around us. Give yourself permission to hurt, to struggle, to not have your shit together. It doesn't make it any less frustrating in the moment, but you will come out of this month wiser and better equipped to process any hand that life deals you. After all, you've been through this before and come out (relatively) unscathed. Square your shoulders and face life in all its ugly, unfortunate glory. After all, the best breakthroughs often come after our darkest hour.
Capricorn - Knight of Swords
Steady Capricorns, your message this month is to boldly face your fears and doubts and overcome them. The Knight of Swords cuts through confusion and self-doubt to the heart of the matter, taking no prisoners on his quest for truth. It's easy to get bogged down in all the reasons why something is not possible and all the obstacles that stand in your way, but the Knight tells you to have none of that. You've locked your eyes on your goal, and you refuse to let anything stop you from reaching it. When insecurity bubbles up in your mind, you slice it apart and keep moving forward. However, it is wise to be mindful of others even as you keep your focus on the path ahead of you. Sometimes the Knight's desire to cut away negativity can lead to hurt feelings, and when someone is questioning you it's often because they care about you and want to see you ultimately succeed. Action is all well and good, but you don't want to find yourself picking up the tattered remains of relationships at the finish line. Find a way to be diplomatic while still maintaining your resolve. You'll be glad you did.
Aquarius - Justice
Aquarians, Justice is your bread and butter. There is nothing you value more than fairness and equality, and Justice represents the cosmic scales of balance. As a result, you're being asked to turn your gaze inward and focus on the effect your own actions have on your life and the world around you. How are the things you've done in the past having a positive impact on your present? Which actions may have yielded negative results? This doesn't mean you should be beating yourself up for past deeds when things seem to be going wrong for these things are never a case of direct cause and effect. What Justice urges is an understanding that you have a place in the world and that no act is too small to shift the scales. If you find yourself in frustrating circumstances, ask yourself what actions you can take to bring things back into balance. And if things are going well, be sure to acknowledge the part you played in your own successes. We may not be able to control everything in our lives, but that doesn't mean our decisions are meaningless. Once you grasp that concept, there's nothing you cannot do.
Pisces - The Tower
Oh, my fellow Pisces, this month promises to be an exciting one, if not in the most pleasant of ways. The Tower speaks of the shattering of illusions, the moment when the situation you've been clinging to comes crashing down around your ears and leaves you to build something fresh from the smoldering rubble. While this may sound terrible, the truth of the Tower is that whatever you were holding onto so tightly was never meant to last, regardless of what we may have convinced ourselves, and any assurances that things were fine were merely our own attempts to soothe ourselves. This change, however violent and unwanted, is necessary in order to help us build something brighter and better out of our lives, and the more you can embrace the transition and help it along, the less painful it will be. Once the dust settles, you'll be able to see which parts of the structure remain standing and create a stronger foundation from which to move forward. So take a deep breath and let it all go. Be gentle with yourself when things are tough and remember, at the end of all the chaos you'll be left with a fresh start. Remain hopeful. It will all work out for the best.
Aries - Ten of Wands
Fiery Aries, this month it may feel as though the flames of your passion are guttering. You have been working hard to pursue your goals and get yourself to where you are today, but now that you've reached the finish line you're not sure it's all it was cracked up to be. While we paint a romantic picture of success in our minds, the reality is that it's an ongoing process, and once we achieve the goals we set for ourselves we not only have to figure out where to go next, but we are also tasked with the responsibility of continuing to care for everything we've built so far. Your message this month is to evaluate everything that is resting on your shoulders and determine which is still lighting up your soul and which it's time to let go of. It may seem like giving up to release something that was once so important to you, but it's just another part of life. We have finite resources to dedicate to our lives and our projects, and the more you try to hold onto everything you once held dear, the more thinly spread you'll become. Hold onto the things that still feel important, delegate what you can, and as for the rest, thank it for everything it's meant to you and then let it go. Your heart will feel so much lighter once you do.
Taurus - Page of Pentacles
Taurus, this month you are being open yourself to what the world has to offer you and take advantage of any new opportunities that come your way. The Page of Pentacles is all about planning for the future and planting new seeds that will grow into wild success down the road. More importantly, the Page approaches each new situation with fresh eyes; it doesn't give into cynicism or doubt. You have the opportunity this month to begin a brand new stage of life, one that will have lasting positive effects going forward into the future. Allow yourself to take advantage of that, wholeheartedly and without any reservations. You are creating something beautiful; trust in your ability to do so. Even if it's a small step now, you are investing in your future and your own visions. What seems small now will have ripple effects that continue for days and weeks and months to come. If you see a chance to pursue a new goal, take it. Great things will come of the work you're doing this month.
Gemini - The Hierophant
Curious Gemini, your message this month is to commit wholeheartedly to the process of learning. The Hierophant represents traditional structures and the exchange of knowledge. If there's a topic or a skill set you've been contemplating exploring, now would be an excellent time to dedicate yourself to its study. Seek out classes, spend time with those who are experts in the field - whatever you can do to expose yourself to new knowledge. However, this exchange would not be complete without you also stepping into the role of teacher or mentor. Whether this is a direct exchange with the person you intend to learn from or just the process of giving back and paying it forward, keep yourself open to opportunities to share your own skills and wisdom with the world. After all, just because you are somewhat lacking in experience in one area does not mean that you have nothing to offer. Find the subjects that pique your curiosity and the structures that enable you to successfully explore them and then have fun. The knowledge you will gain from this will be invaluable.
Cancer - Six of Wands
Sweet Cancers, this month you are being gently nudged to acknowledge your own successes. While you may not have reached your ultimate goal, you have come a long way since you began your efforts, and that is nothing short of amazing. It may seem arrogant or uncomfortable to beat your own drum, but if you aren't willing to applaud yourself, how will anyone else know to do so? Oftentimes we find ourselves waiting for external validation in order to see our accomplishments as anything noteworthy, but taking pride in your own work is vital to success. Otherwise, it's far too easy to focus only on our failures and difficulties, which can lead to increased frustration and lack of motivation to push forward. Take some time to celebrate your victories along the way and you will feel energized and excited to begin the next stage of your journey. Besides, the way in which you talk about your efforts will inform other people's impressions of it. Make sure to give them a good one.
Happy August, everyone!