This month's tarotscopes are a rather late, but May's been hectic so far, and I wanted to be sure I did them justice. A tarotscope, for those who are unaware, is a message for the members of each zodiac sign by way of pulling a tarot card. This month I used the Light Grey Tarot, which is the product of an art installation produced by the Light Grey Art Lab. Each card was created by a different artist, which makes it a very interesting, if somewhat challenging, deck to work with. It is one of my newest decks, so tarotscopes seemed like an excellent way to get more comfortable with it. If you find your message enlightening and are interested in purchasing a more extensive reading, I have a variety of options available in my Etsy shop. I also regularly post smaller readings on Instagram. In the meantime, enjoy!
Taurus - Eight of Pentacles
Happy birthday, my dear Taurians! Your message this month is all about being grounded in reality, something that will speak to your earthy nature. The Eight of Pentacles is the card of keeping your nose to the grindstone and pushing forward bit by bit. It's the card of apprenticeship and the learning of new skills, of working hard and making sure that every task gets done and no detail is missed. As a result, this month is all about growth for you, the kind that can easily be measured. You may not be finishing any projects or achieving your final victory, but you are making progress, and like the woman in the card's artwork, you do not find the work you are doing to be dull or menial. Quite the opposite, you are finding you thoroughly enjoy the process; after all, you are in your element when you are required to focus on something and work hard at it. You hold the keys to success in your hands, so immerse yourself in your work this month and allow yourself to take your sweet time with each and every aspect of it. Get your hands dirty, work up a sweat (metaphorically or physically). Allow yourself to rest in the knowledge that all the work you do now will pay off in an epic fashion down the road. Go get 'em, Taurus!
Gemini - Five of Wands
Geminis, this month may not be an easy one for you. The Five of Wands is all about creative conflict and the clashing of opposing ideas. Everyone has a different vision for your projects, your lives, and how things should fit together, and without compromise those visions become an argument that cannot be won by stubbornly sticking to your guns. If you feel the friction beginning to build, whether within yourself or between you and others, you have two options - either concede that there is merit to the suggestions of others and work to find a way to combine your ideas into one complete approach or take your toys and go home. Neither of these options is bad, mind you, and it's up to you to figure out which is the best approach for you. Often compromise makes us stronger and new pair of eyes will see things that we missed. However, if the proposed compromise requires you to give up too much of what you felt was truly important to the situation, then it may be best to extricate yourself from the conflict with your pride and ideas intact and work on things by yourself. There is a time and a place for being flexible and a time and a place for standing your ground. Your challenge this month is to discern which you are facing and then do something about it. Get to it, Gemini.
Cancer - The Fool
Oh, my cautious Cancers, this month is going to be a challenge for you in the best way possible. The Fool is all about taking risks and seeking adventure, something that is far out of the comfort zone of you cozy homebodies. You tend to retreat into your shell at the thought of risking your comfortable life, and The Fool is all about breaking out of it. But before you panic, let me assure you that The Fool does not necessarily mean your risks must be reckless. It's fine to calculate the outcome of your proposed actions so long as you don't spend all your time calculating and miss out on the action part. Deep down, what this card is asking you to do is trust - in yourself, in the universe, in the merit of your dreams and goals. Rather than dwelling on everything that could go wrong, think about everything that could go so very right if you allowed yourself to take a leap. The status quo may be comfortable, but that doesn't mean it's serving you as well as it should. It's time to shake things up a little bit, set out after a life that will be even more enjoyable and fulfilling than where you are now. So take a deep breath and take the plunge. A little adventure is good for all of us, and you may find that it's actually pretty fun outside your comfort zone, once the initial shock of it wears off. Have a good time this month, Cancer. Believe it or not, you deserve it.
Leo - Ace of Pentacles
Fierce Leos, this month is all about new opportunities for you. Seeds are being planted, doors are opening, and you are being called to march forward and seize hold of fortune. This probably sounds like a dream to you; after all, you are all about bold moves. However, before you get too swept up in fiery passion, remember that the Pentacles are the suit of earth, and these opportunities - while exciting - are less about wild inspiration and more about concrete ideas that can grow into something real and tangible. This is not to say don't boldly take advantage of them or dampen the flames of your excitement; far from it, in fact! Just keep yourself grounded and focus on the ways in which you are setting the wheels of your life into motion. Is this something you are prepared to commit to in the long haul? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work that will inevitably follow this bright, shiny Ace energy? If the answer is "yes" (and I sincerely hope it is), then have at it. Go forth with all the ferocity your lion heart can muster and direct your enthusiasm toward the work ahead of you. This is just the beginning, Leo. Great things are coming.
Virgo - Six of Swords
Ah, Virgos, May is something of a respite for you, though not one without a cost. You are being nudged to disentangle yourself from a situation or mentality that has been causing you pain and stress. The Six of Swords is all about moving on from strife, however painful a choice that may be. You recognize that there are people, conversations, and thought patterns that are no longer serving you well and may, in fact, be causing you harm, and you are having none of them anymore. Set your sights on more serene shores, fortify yourself with hope, and step away. Now is a time for setting down boundaries and for healing. Make no mistake, this choice is not an easy one, but it is an absolutely necessary one, and while it may feel like giving up to cut ties rather than fighting through the pain, it is, in fact, one of the bravest decisions you could make. Commit to your own mental wellbeing and do whatever is required to take care of yourself. You will feel the better for it, I promise.
Libra - Queen of Swords
This month is all about clarity and communication for you, dearest Libras, two areas that are right within your airy wheelhouse. The Queen of Swords is all about seeking and speaking the truth and utilizing her quick wit to bring others to her cause. You spend much of your time observing the world and looking at situations from every angle, and now you are being called to put those keen observations into action. This should be easy as pie for you - after all, diplomacy and communication are your bread and butter - but be careful not to get too caught up in trying to balance everyone's perspectives. The Queen of Swords is decisive, and she grows bitter and reckless when she can't put her talents to use. Though it may seem like attempting to meet everyone's needs is the best compromise, it will most likely result in you bottling up your own opinions until they can no longer be contained and you unleash the sharp edge of your tongue upon the world. You are being challenged to take charge and direct conversation in the direction that YOU think it should be going in. If others' opinions are in line with that, great, but in the end it's up to you to achieve success in these endeavors. This is your time to shine, Libras, so step into the limelight. You may just find that leadership suits you.
Scorpio - Temperance
Powerful Scorpios, your message this month is all about balance - specifically bringing yourself into balance. Temperance is associated with the alchemical practice of combining various elements to create gold, and that is exactly what you are being called to do in your own life. It's difficult to operate to our fullest potential when our life is on unsteady footing, so turn your attention towards finding your equilibrium and the perfect mix of elements that turn you into your own golden version of yourself. This could be finding the proper combination of work and play, finding a project that combines your passions and abilities into something that inspires you beyond measure, or even just finding a quiet corner and doing some hard-core self-reflection to realign your own thoughts and feelings. Whatever it is, you'll know when you've gotten it right. Scorpios are all about seeking the truth and learning about the world, but this month, it's about understanding the world as it relates to and affects you. If you can find the proper blend of attributes and opportunities in your life, you will be unstoppable.
Sagittarius - The Moon
Sagittarius, your message this month could not be more clear. You are being prompted to turn your intrepid, enquiring minds inwards towards your own subconscious. It's easy to distract ourselves from the whisperings that come out of the shadows of our psyche by immersing ourself in the outside world, but eventually those whispers grow louder and louder until they cannot be ignored and are all but shouting in our ears. But although the Moon speaks to the shadowy depths of your subconscious, you may not find demons lurking there. Far from it, in fact, for once we shine a light on the dark shapes that populate the edges of our vision we often find that they are, in reality, something quite mundane and unimposing. It is our fear and our avoidance of looking at them directly that gives them the power to frighten and overwhelm. So direct your curiosity and adventurous nature inwards, bold Sagitarrians, and get comfortable with what you find there. The more you understand the darker sides of your nature, the more complete you will feel. It is only by embracing your darkness as well as your light that you will truly be the fearless adventurer you were born to be.
Capricorn - The Star
This card feels like a blessed relief after your difficult message last month, stolid Capricorns. The Star is all about hope and faith after a period of hardship. Once the dust has settled and the clouds have cleared, we are finally able to look up and see that, despite how it felt at the time, the world has not ended and there is still light to be found. This month you are feeling a renewed sense of well-being and possibility. The struggles of the past have only made you stronger and helped you to see the belief systems and parts of your life that were no longer serving you well. Now that the detritus has been cleared away, you feel as though you can finally breathe again. You are able to look at the world with fresh eyes, to find inspiration, and to trust in your ability to turn it into something incredible. This isn't the naïve and wide-eyed perspective of the Fool, though. This is the positivity of someone who has faced their demons, come out the other side, and still chooses to see the good in the world. It's a revolutionary approach, when you really think about it, to reject negativity and cynicism despite personal knowledge of the world's capacity to cause pain. Bask in your own power, Capricorns, trust it, and let yourself be inspired by it. There is truly nothing you can't do.
Aquarius - Two of Cups
Sweet Aquarius, this month is all about love for you. The Two of Cups is sometimes referred to as the soulmate card, but before you rush to embrace (or reject) a life of romance, consider the fact that not all love is romantic, nor are all soulmates amorous in nature. The love and connection that the Two of Cups speaks of may be romantic, but it also may be the love you and your family have for one another, the bond between dear friends, or the devotion you feel for a business partner who compliments you perfectly. Most difficult for many of us, it also speaks of the love we have for ourselves. While loving others is second nature to you big-hearted Aquarians, this card also serves as a reminder that it is no good pouring your love out into the world without receiving an equal amount of tenderness in return. This month you are being pushed to accept the compassion that you receive from your nearest and dearest without reservation, to understand that loving someone is a two-way street. This also means making the decision to set boundaries and distance yourselves from those who take and take without also giving back. After all, part of loving yourself is knowing when your resources are being drained by another and taking steps to ensure this does not keep happening. But mostly, this month is about relishing the warm and fuzzy feelings that come from connecting with others on a deep and authentic level and trusting in the bonds that you have forged. You are inherently lovable, Aquarius, and nothing makes you happier than sharing your fondness and care with the world.
Pisces - The Emperor
Fellow Pisceans, your message this month is to focus on structure and stability. This may make you a bit uncomfortable, for on the surface the archetypal masculine energy of the Emperor seems to be in direct conflict with your mutable and dreamy nature. But nowhere does it say that the structure you create must be at the expense of your creative, spiritual qualities. In fact, it is possible to impose order on your life in a way that enhances those qualities and puts them to productive use. Just because society has taught us that certain rules and regulations are the "right" way to go about doing things doesn't mean you have to force yourself into a mentality that feels wrong or unnatural to you. Instead, look for ways that you can increase stability on your own terms and create a schedule that works for you. Find a way to build a framework that allows you to engage with your watery nature and channel it toward your goals in an effective and powerful fashion. This isn't about doing what others think you "should" be doing, it's about understanding that floating about in a dreamworld, while emotionally fulfilling, often doesn't produce tangible results. The more you can use your natural abilities in a productive way, the happier you will be overall. Create a system that works for you, Pisces, and then stick with it. You may be surprised by the results it produces.
Aries - King of Cups
Proud Aries, this month you are being called to not just embrace your emotions but rule them. This is a venture that requires you to sit with the way you are feeling, understand it, and work through it. In short, it requires patience, something that does not always come naturally to you. However, the rewards for getting comfortable with your feelings are beyond measure. Rather than pushing them aside or letting them explode everywhere, you will be able to work with them and channel them in a way that benefits you. This is not about iron fisted control but rather the soft touch of a beloved leader who has earned the respect and loyalty of his subjects. The more you engage with your emotions and fully understand them, the less energy you will have to spend fighting them when they rise up and threaten to swamp whatever projects you truly wish to be focusing on. Instead, you will be able to recognize them, greet them as old friends, and then find a way to use them to your advantage. Becoming one with your internal world, while it may not always feel productive at the time, allows you to focus intently on your passions in the future without anything distracting you. It's a long-term victory, one that you will be the better for winning. So get cozy with your feelings, Aries. I am confident that you can tackle this challenge with as much zeal and success as any other.
I hope you enjoy your May Tarotscopes as much as I enjoyed writing them. Until next time!