It's the beginning of September, and I spent the afternoon of September 1st drawing cards, and staging photos so I could get these readings written up in a (semi) timely fashion. This month's readings were done with the Book of Thoth deck by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, which was the very first deck I ever bought back when I was a dorky teenager who was making an attempt at being "edgy". It was a little too advanced for me at the time, so I never got particularly comfortable with it, but about a year ago I decided it was time for me to give it another shot. One thing led to another, and it's now one of my favorite decks to work with. I hope it provides some enlightenment for your month ahead!
Virgo - Two of Disks / Change
Happy birthday, dearest Virgos! Your card this month is the Two of Disks, which reminds you of the importance of balance in your life, especially in the areas that affect your physical reality. Things are moving fast for you right now, and there are a lot of moving parts, so it can be difficult to juggle everything that you have on your plate in a satisfactory fashion. However, finding some sense of equilibrium is going to be imperative to your success. Just because there is a lot going on doesn't mean that it's more than you can handle; in fact, you are quite adept at managing a variety of responsibilities at one time. Figure out which tasks take priority for you this month and find an efficient way to divide up your attention and energy. And, most importantly, don't forget to block time out of your busy schedule to enjoy yourself. It's easy to get caught up in all the different tasks you have to get done and forget to take care of yourself, but part of maintaining balance is keeping your mind, body, and soul nourished as well. Lots of changes are coming your way, so make sure you're in the best possible place to handle them.
Libra - Princess of Wands
My darling Libras, this month is all about inspiration for you. The Princess of Wands corresponds to the Page of Wands in traditional decks, and she is all about being open to the spark of a new idea and seeing where it leads. While you are still in the early stages of these new passions, it is important to nurture them so that they can grow into a full blaze. Now is not the time for self-doubt and second guessing. The Princess looks at the world through fresh eyes and sees only possibility; she banishes from her mind all thoughts of how things could go wrong or that which has fallen apart in the past in order to see the potential of the situation at hand. This is a gentle reminder that a strong belief in yourself and in your goals is an essential ingredient to success and a warning not to talk yourself out of trying before you've even begun. However, be careful not to rush into anything headlong without first doing some planning. The Princess is about believing in the possibility of success and starting to make a plan to achieve it, not naively throwing herself into something she is entirely unprepared for. Let things unfold at their natural pace and keep an open mind. You may be surprised at how things fall into place.
Scorpio - Prince of Wands
While fire may not be your element of choice, this month's message is right in Scorpio's wheelhouse in terms of motivation and drive. The Prince of Wands (Knight, in traditional decks) is about taking action and chasing your dreams. He sets his gaze on the horizon and does not stop until he has either accomplished everything he set out to do or burned himself out trying. After last month's message of reflection, it's time to put some of that newly kindled intuition to use. You know what your passions are and what path you want to be on, and now it's time for you to make that a reality. Use the knowledge you have gained and the plans you've made as a strong foundation to support your sustained efforts and allow you to achieve success without completely depleting your resources in the process; after all, just because you're taking decisive action doesn't mean you have to be reckless. In fact, it is far better that you are not. Try to maintain the Prince's drive and commitment to concrete progress without pushing yourself so hard that you burn yourself out. Success is all well and good, but not if it comes from sacrificing your wellbeing, and you want to be sure that you are able to enjoy the fruits of your labors when all is said and done. Pursue your passions with unwavering dedication, pace yourself, and there's nothing that is out of your reach.
Sagittarius - Seven of Cups / Debauch
Intrepid Sagittarians, this month's message is a bit of a warning for you. The Seven of Cups appears when we have an array of options and pleasant distractions at our fingertips, and there is certainly nothing wrong with sampling many of the delights that life has to offer you. It is in your nature to be adventurous, so why not enjoy life while you're at it? The problem lies in the fact that many of these are shallow pursuits, experiences that will give you short-term pleasure but nothing more. Some may even lead you toward misery. You know deep in your heart which path will lead you to a life that is fulfilling and meets all your emotional needs, so it would be wise to be wary of anything that distracts you from its pursuit. There is no harm in engaging in a little debauchery now and again or indulging in some enjoyable distractions, but you'll want to make sure that these dalliances are merely breaks from your sustained quest for fulfillment and not something that derails you completely. All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but swing to the other extreme and you'll find yourself waking up one morning and wondering where the time has gone and what you have to show for it. "Everything in moderation" is your mantra this month. Have fun, but not too much fun.
Capricorn - Eight of Wands / Swiftness
Good news, Capricorns, this month is all about inspiration for you. The Eight of Wands is the fresh burst of energy that reinvigorates you in the middle of a project, the sudden breakthrough in a problem you've been working on, and a change of direction mid-journey that opens new doors you hadn't even considered. This is a month for stepping up your pursuit of your goals and being open to whatever opportunities and messages the universe sends your way, all while maintaining a steady push toward success that is grounded in your earlier efforts. You're not burning things to the ground and starting new here, but rather being flexible and understanding that what you once thought was the right way to proceed may evolve as you get closer to your ultimate goal. Be careful not to get too distracted by new ideas and inspirations or abandon the work you're already doing. Instead, look for ways to incorporate it into your current journey. We are constantly learning and growing, and sometimes a fresh perspective or idea is all you need to get yourself moving toward your dreams with greater purpose and focus. You never know where life will take you, but remain on-target throughout and great things will grow out of it.
Aquarius - Ten of Cups / Satiety
Clever Aquarians, this month is shaping up to be a good one! The Ten of Cups is the feeling of emotional fulfillment and abundance you find when you reach the culmination of something you have been working towards for a long time. While it may be tempting for your whirring brain to second-guess your contentment or look forward and try to figure out what comes next, resist that urge. You have earned this moment of respite and pleasure. Give yourself a chance to sit back and appreciate just how happy you are at this point in time and how much you have accomplished as this particular chapter of your life winds to a close. You may not have every aspect of your life figured out, but you are incredibly wealthy in friends, family, love, and happiness. Take a moment to fully realize that and honor it. You did this. All this joy that you feel right now stems from relationships you've built and actions you've taken in the past, all the times you made your emotional wellbeing a priority. Soak it in. Catalogue these memories for later recollection. Once you've started the next cycle, you will be once again caught up in the hustle and flow of building something that feeds your spirit, and you'll want something to look back on and remind you of just how worth it your efforts are.
Pisces - Knight of Cups
Pisces, you are in your element this month. The Knight of Cups is the Thoth equivalent of the King in other decks, and he is the master of his emotional world. This month is all about you processing your emotions and connecting to your intuition in ways that are both healthy and serve your ultimate goals. You know that it is never a good idea for you to repress your feelings, but it can be all too easy to let them get the better of you and find yourself getting dragged down by conflicting sentiments. Not this month, Pisces. This month you are confident and in control, able to work through things on your own terms and see your sensitive nature as a strength rather than a shortcoming. You may even find that your own experiences with overcoming internal tumult make you uniquely qualified to advise others and provide a much-needed voice of reason. If you can hit that sweet spot between cool logic and mutable feelings, you will be perfectly poised to take the world by storm without having to suppress any of that quintessential Pisces sensitivity that makes you who you are. Embrace your watery nature, because that's what makes you stand out from the crowd. Make it work in your favor.
Aries - Three of Wands / Virtue
This month's message should please your fiery disposition, Aries. The Three of Wands urges you to take your wild passions and channel them into something productive. It speaks of the importance of a strong foundation and a clear vision of your goals in order to achieve the success you're looking for. After all, the initial spark of an idea is all well and good, but without structure to guide it, it will flicker and fade away before you can figure out what to do with it. Take some time this month to look towards the future and lock down a concrete idea of what it is that you're aiming for. Get as specific as you can. What does your ideal version of success look like? What would make you feel fulfilled in your work and your life? Once you have that picture in your head, you can turn your attention towards making a plan to achieve these dreams. And, of course, don't expect success to happen overnight. You are still at the beginning of your journey, just starting to see the path crystallizing in front of you. If you jump forward when you have not yet worked out all the details, you will find yourself faltering just as surely as if you took no action at all. Work like this takes patience and preparation. While you may not be able to foresee every pitfall or obstacle that may rise up in your path, a solid game plan will at least give you a strong foundation from which to work. Take your time with it, and it will serve you well in the long run.
Taurus - Four of Swords / Truce
Ah, my patient Taureans, September is all about giving yourself a break. The Four of Swords is a pause, the calm before the storm, the a break between battles to regroup and recharge before diving back into the fray. While you may be more comfortable when pushing steadily forward in the face of adversity, you need this rest in order to get your thoughts in order and make sure that you are attacking obstacles as efficiently as possible. Use this time to process everything that you've been through so far and mentally prepare yourself for the challenges ahead of you. It's far too easy to get swept up in the busy nature of life, hopping from one trial to another and never giving yourself a moment to recover, but spend too much time and energy on these non-stop mental sparring matches and life will eventually spit you out, exhausted and spent. As counterintuitive as it may seem, enforcing a break now and again will make you more likely to achieve victory, not less. Pushing yourself is all well and good, but we all need a respite from time to time. Let yourself relax. You'll be back in the thick of things soon enough.
Gemini - Princess of Disks
Flighty Geminis, this month you are being called to open yourself to new opportunities and take the time to ground dreams in reality. The Princess of Disks is the Thoth's Page, and like the other Princesses, she is all about seeing infinite possibilities in the world around her. Unlike the other suits, however, the Princess of Disks is particularly concerned about the tangible world and how to pursue opportunity in such a way that it will yield measurable results. This month, turn your attention towards planting the seeds of your goals and figuring out exactly which tasks will need to be accomplished in order to see them grow into reality. Do be careful not to get so bogged down in the logistics that you find yourself losing faith in your ability to achieve everything you set out to do, but there is nothing wrong with taking a more practical approach to life. In fact, sometimes it is necessary. It may not be as glamorous-sounding as rushing out after a wild dream with only your belief in yourself to sustain you, but it is far more likely to actually lead you to success. Make a conscious effort to look at the world with new eyes and seek out enticing new prospects, then set yourself to figuring out how to make those goals achievable. Your hard work will pay off in droves down the road.
Cancer - Six of Cups / Pleasure
Sensitive Cancers, it will please you to hear that this month's message lands you safely in your comfort zone. The Six of Cups is all about taking the time to indulge in things that bring you joy, particularly in those pastimes that invoke pleasant memories of times past. It urges you to look at where you have been in order to inform where you are heading. Our histories, both personal and ancestral, are a treasure trove of information, and if you find your present situation is feeling somewhat lackluster in the emotional fulfillment department, you need only look back for suggestions on how to infuse your life with bliss. Now is the time to shift your focus from a goal-oriented approach to one that fills your life with joy and meets your emotional and spiritual needs. It's an opportunity to pause and ensure that you are choosing a path that is fulfilling in the here and now rather than one that indefinitely dangles the promise of future contentment in front of you. This is by no means a call to settle for less than you desire or take your eye off the prize, but rather a gentle push towards shifting your perspective and taking a different approach to dream-chasing. After all, what is the use of pursuing success if you are miserable while doing it? We only have one life, so make sure you are filling it with all the things that keep your spirits up as you navigate its shifting seas. Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself, wherever you are in your journey. You will feel the better for it.
Leo - Nine of Swords / Cruelty
Bold and brazen Leos, this month is not going to be particularly easy for you. The Nine of Swords appears when we come face to face with our fears, anxieties and doubts and are forced to meet them head-on, whether we are prepared for it or not. It's understandable to feel overwhelmed when your brain is throwing every negative thought it can dredge up at you all at once, but the danger lies in allowing yourself to become paralyzed by fear. If these worries are rising to the surface, it's because you have disturbed the depths where they have been lurking. As distressing as it may be to find yourself confronted with every pessimistic thought your mind can dredge up, it also provides you an excellent opportunity to see these apprehensions for what they are and identify their root causes. Remember, these are not cold, hard facts but rather the insecurities that wait in the back of your mind, preparing to rise up when you least desire them. Rather than pushing them to the side or allowing yourself to be overrun with fear, ask yourself where they are coming from and what truths they can teach you. There is knowledge to be gained from even the most unpleasant experience, and by addressing the heart of the problem rather than the symptoms you stand a much better chance of overcoming these anxieties once and for all. In short, a little discomfort now can prepare you for success down the road, while trying to avoid the pain will only lead to it coming back louder and stronger in the future. You are more than strong enough to handle this, Leos, so hold your head high and boldly face your fears.
And so concludes September's tarotscopes. I hope they provide you with more than a little bit to think about over the course of the month and guide you toward a better and brighter life than you initially imagined. If you enjoy these readings, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for daily tarot draws and check out my Etsy shop! I'll be back with another blog post later this month. Until then, enjoy the first stirrings of Autumn.