Life Updates & November Tarotscopes

Hello, readers, it's been a while. Usually I try to write at least one blog post a month in addition to my tarotscopes, but the past two months have been rather hectic. I even took photos for October's Tarotscopes and then never had a chance to finish writing them up! I'm not complaining. Being busy isn't necessarily a bad thing, and in my case life filled up with some exciting and wonderful experiences that just didn't leave much time for writing (or, when I did have time, my brain was fried and I just wanted to zone out to Netflix instead). 

Over the last two months, I went home to Wisconsin to visit my family, help my sister pack for her move to New York, and meet my best friend's adorable baby. It was as relaxing as a trip home can ever be - I tried to take my time in the mornings, drinking tea on the back porch and drawing tarot cards while my mom's chickens wandered around the yard and our adorable corgi lay nearby, but by evening things were pretty packed, and I didn't see nearly as many people or do nearly as many things as I would have liked. Upon my return, I landed a role in a short film and finished filming on Tamburlaine the Great. I attended a dear friend's wedding and my boyfriend's high school reunion, partied it up for Halloween as Ash from The Fantastic Mr. Fox and told ghost stories at an open mic. I put my sister up on my couch for 3 weeks while she looked for an apartment then helped her paint, buy furniture, and move in. I read tarot at an awesome Tarot Techno dance party at Lot 54 in Bushwick and again at a friend's Halloween party, in addition to my usual Friday nights at Precious Metal and the readings that people booked online. And, of course, I walked a lot of adorable, rambunctious dogs. Life was good, if exhausting, but I'm happy it's settling down a bit now, and even more happy that I can attempt to get back to my schedule of writing entries here.

November has snuck up on me, but I didn't want to miss more than a month of Tarotscopes. This month's readings were done with the Heart of Stars Tarot, my newest deck that was gifted to me by my amazing and generous sister. It's a gorgeous pop culture-heavy deck that adds a little fun and modernity to the traditional tarot structure. I hope you enjoy it!



Scorpio - Six of Wands

Happy birthday, dearest Scorpios! This month, you are being urged to take some time to celebrate all that you have accomplished so far. The Six of Wands represents victory in the midst of great efforts and being on-track to achieve your goals. Just as blowing up the (first) Death Star and the celebration that followed did not signify the end of the Rebellion's fight against the Empire, your work is far from over, but that doesn't mean your achievements are trivial. Far from it, in fact. If anything, the successes that you are currently enjoying are indicative of the fact that you are more than capable of overcoming the odds and reaching your ultimate goals. And this is why it is so important that you seize this opportunity to pat yourself on the back and take a victory lap. It is much too easy to see only how far you have left to go and categorize yourself as a failure for not being closer to your final destination, and nothing takes the wind out of your sails like the feeling that the obstacles before you are insurmountable. By giving yourself a break and celebrating all that you have done, you are able to measure your progress from the beginning and to gain perspective on your true abilities. You can regain your energy and stoke yourself up for the battles that lie before you instead of pushing and pushing until you have burned yourself out. So take a night off. Commemorate your wins. Boost your ego. You have worked hard for this moment, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.



Sagittarius - Three of Pentacles

Sagittarius, this month's message is to slow down and focus on making a plan and building a strong foundation for your future quests before you attempt them. The Three of Pentacles is a powerful reminder that without extensive preparation and anticipation of potential pitfalls, your work will crumble around your ears the minute you reach your first major obstacle. Though the planning stages may be frustrating at times, they are also invaluable. They give you a chance to fully visualize the path ahead of you, to prepare for what lies ahead, to seek the council and opinions of others and perhaps even gather a team of co-conspirators to help you in your endeavors. After all, without the knowledge and advice of Elrond Halfelven, Thorin and Company would never have learned of the Moon Runes or how to open the doors to the Lonely Mountain, and their quest would have been for naught. So, while it may be tempting to skip this stage and rush forward to the more exciting parts, you do so at your peril. Luck and passion can only get you so far, and when you do eventually hit a wall you want to be sure that you have everything in your arsenal prepped and ready to come to your aid. Look at this as an opportunity to ensure the odds of success are in your favor. The work you do now will pay off tenfold in the future. 



Capricorn - Seven of Pentacles

Diligent Capricorns, this month you are being called upon to pause and honestly ask yourself if your labor is paying off as richly as you'd hoped. There comes a time in every project or quest when you must take a step back and critically evaluate the work you've done so far. As much as we'd like to believe that we can get things right from the start and that all the effort we put into things will yield impressive results, the fact of the matter is that we are constantly trying, failing, and learning how to improve our chances of success. Sometimes, this requires abandoning the methods that you hold dear in favor of something more effective. Examine the evidence of your accomplishemnts through a practical lens, without your emotional attachments clouding your judgement, and ask yourself where you have been truly successful and where another approach may be warranted. Then, once you have identified the changes you must make, commit to them wholeheartedly and do not look back. As Yoda famously said, "Do or do not. There is no try." While your intentions may be admirable, at the end of the day it comes down to the ultimate question of whether they are yielding results. If the answer is no, then no amount of good intentions will salvage them. Be ruthless in your assessment of your position. It may be frustrating now, but it will help you to learn, grow, and prosper in the long run.



Aquarius - Eight of Wands

Ah, my innovative Aquarians, this month is all about inspiration for you. The Eight of Wands speaks of the breakthroughs that happen in the midst of a journey or effort, the moments of clarity that help you determine where and how to direct your passions and energy. You have been working toward your goals for quite some time now, and it may feel as though all of your efforts have been for nothing or that you've finally hit a roadblock that is insurmountable. It's natural to feel beaten down and exhausted when you have been pushing forward for some time, but good news and fresh options are on the horizon. Keep your eyes open for reinforcements and fresh opportunities. This isn't a call to start over but rather a continuation of everything that you have been fighting for so far and an affirmation that you are on the right path. It may take the form of aid from an external source, or you may just wake up with an "aha!" moment that changes everything, but regardless be prepared for a fresh burst of energy and renewed clarity as to where to turn next. Believe it or not, you've got this whole "life" thing under control and great things are in store for you, so get out there and be the superhero that we all know you to be!



Pisces - Seven of Swords

My fellow sensitive Pisceans, this month you are being called to examine the masks you wear and how they are serving you and your attempts to interact with the world around you. Are they necessary for your protection or are they blockades that prevent you from making authentic connections? The Seven of Swords is the card of deceit, but deception isn't always malicious. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps us safe in a world full of danger. However, sometimes even deception born out of necessity can cause damage, especially as you try to navigate the world and forge deep bonds with the people you meet. Your mission this month is to ground yourself in your intuition so you can discern when it is safe for you to unmask. If you find yourself feeling on edge and vulnerable, ask yourself whether this sensation is a natural reaction to taking risks and allowing others to see you for who you truly are or whether it's the result of your gut instincts trying to warn you of danger. As the appearance of Jordan Belfort indicates, not everyone has good intentions, and if all your senses are shouting at you that someone is not above board, it is wise to take precautions to protect yourself. But be careful not to retreat so deeply into your armor that you forget how to remove it and be wholly and truly yourself, for without authenticity you will find your life lacking in meaning. Trust your instincts and choose accordingly. They will not steer you wrong.



Aries - The Chariot

Bold and boisterous Aries, The Chariot speaks of taking control of your own destiny. This month you are being pushed to decide for yourself the direction in which you want to take your life and then go out and make it happen. True, there are plenty of risks that accompany this sort of decisive action, but if you sit around and wait for someone else to hand your dreams to you, you will be waiting for a very long time. Sometimes the only way to find a path to your goals is to go out and forge it yourself, come what may. You may earn some bumps and bruises as you push forward, but the satisfaction of victory will more than make up for them. And even if your plans go awry and you go down in flames, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that at least you tried rather than letting fear get the better of you. Achilles may have died in the Battle of Troy, but his efforts were immortalized in tales and legends. You know you won't be content with a quiet, uneventful life, and while your own adventures may not involve blood and war (and thank goodness for that), they are no less impressive. Gather your courage and strike out after your dreams. At the very least, it will make for a good story.



Taurus - Seven of Wands

Reliable Taurus, this month your message is to keep sight of your goals and push forward regardless of the obstacles you may face. The Seven of Wands represents singleminded dedication to the pursuit of your passions, fighting for your dreams with the cunning and determination represented in this card by the Red Viper himself, Oberyn Martell. It stands as a reminder that success requires defying the odds, and sometimes defying the odds means ignoring their very existence. If you give yourself the chance to pause and think of all the ways you might fail, you will falter and lose your nerve. So lock your eyes on the horizon, and do not look down. When you encounter challenges, face them head on and dismantle them quickly and efficiently. You are resourceful, clever, and capable of handling whatever life throws your way, but it's far too easy to let doubt creep in and trip you up. So don't give it the opportunity. Trust in your ability to achieve everything you set your mind to, then fight like hell to do so. You'll have all the time in the world to sit back and marvel at the impressive feats you've pulled off once you've reached the finish line. Until then, stay focused. You've got this.



Gemini - The Hanged Man

My lively Geminis, this month your message is to take advantage of the new perspectives life is granting you. The Hanged Man shows up when life has turned you upside down and you are faced with the choice of fighting to get back to familiar ground or seeing what opportunities this new angle is offering you. Like Luke discovered in the Wampa's cave, this experience isn't always a pleasant one; in fact, it may be just the opposite. But when your position is out of your control, you can either expend a lot of energy trying to right yourself or you can try to find another way out of it. The message of the Hanged Man is that often going with the flow and utilizing the current situation's options is far more productive than wishing things were different, and you may be surprised the clarity that is brought to you when you allow yourself to see things from a new angle. You just may find the solution to a problem that was troubling you or discover a completely different direction in which to take your life, one which could be far more lucrative than whatever you were initially planning. So while this experience can be unsettling, embrace the discomfort, breathe through it, and then try to use it to your advantage. You never know what will come out of it.



Cancer - Judgement

Intuitive Cancers, at first glance this month's message may seem far outside your comfort zone - after all, Judgement represents leaving the familiar behind, taking a leap of faith and trusting that you will fly rather than fall. But the message of Judgement isn't one of impulsive change, but rather the final step in a long journey, one that you have been preparing for a while. You are being called upon to connect with your instincts, to center yourself in the deep-seated knowledge that this is the right decision for you and take action based on your convictions. True, there is no guarantee that things will turn out the way you are hoping, but try to see this as comforting rather than threatening. While it's possible you may find the reality does not meet your expectations, it is equally possible that it will far exceed them. The fact of the matter is that if you want to move forward, this requires change, and change requires taking risks, in this case carefully calculated risks. But all the calculations in the world can only prepare you so much, and if you're not willing to finally step up to the edge and take the plunge, you will go nowhere. This month you are being offered the opportunity to evolve and take your life to the next level, and as terrifying as that is, the results will be well worth it. Trust that you know what's best for you even if it doesn't always make sense to others and hold onto that knowledge as you step forward into the unknown. Great things are waiting, you just need to step out and meet them halfway. 



Leo - Wheel of Fortune

Dramatic Leos, who knows better than you that life is full of twists of fate? You fluctuate between feeling like everything is coming up Leo and like the whole world is against you on a regular basis. The Wheel of Fortune is a powerful reminder that so much of our life is out of our control and the best thing we can do is spin the wheel, hope for the best, and then make the most of whatever we're handed. After all, just because we can't dictate every event that comes our way doesn't mean we should just give up and succumb to the whims of external forces. If you find yourself feeling like luck is on your side, take advantage of that. Throw your energy into using this good fortune to improve your life and move yourself forward while you have the chance. Eventually the Wheel will spin again, and there will come a time when it does not land in your favor. Similarly, if you are feeling like nothing you do is having a positive effect, take heart. Luck will come around again, it's just a matter of waiting it out. In the meantime, you are still largely responsible for your own health and happiness, so do what you can to work with and mediate the effects of fate, coincidence, divine intervention, or whatever you want to call it. The more you learn to work with the flow of the Universe, the happier you will be. 



Virgo - The World

Good news, Virgos! This month your hard work has paid off and you're seeing the returns on your efforts in a big way. The World encourages you to celebrate your accomplishments and appreciate the present moment, without worrying about what comes next. There's a time and place for planning ahead, but you deserve a break and a chance to just enjoy everything that you've created. This doesn't mean there aren't other goals you're still trying to reach or that everything in your life is going perfectly, but there will always be more you want to achieve. Instead of comparing your progress to a future goal, take a deep breath and appreciate the present moment. Chances are there are several ways in which you are succeeding, all you have to do is look for them. To our knowledge, we only have the one life, so do your best to enjoy it. Aspirations are great motivators, but when you reach a milestone be sure to mark it and give yourself a chance to recharge and just be happy (and exhausted and sad and anything else the completion of this cycle makes you feel). Take a night off from doing to just be. Not only is it good for your mood, but it will make you far more effective in your future pursuits when the time comes to tackle them. You have worked hard for this, Virgo, so celebrate yourself. 



Libra - The Sun

Fairest Libras, this month your message is to tend to your confidence and faith in yourself. The Sun is about being fully, and authentically you and trusting that the people who will appreciate that will find their way to you. Too often in our pursuit of balance and success we try to tone ourselves down, make ourselves smaller or different, and attempt to change in order to fit others' ideas of who we should be (or what we assume they are, at least). But when we dim our lights, we reduce our power and effectiveness and put ourselves into positions where we are not operating to the best of our abilities. It's true that being honest about who you are and showing up as your raw, unfiltered self can be intimidating, maybe even off-putting, to some, but look at this as a test of who you want to invest your time and energy into. Do you really want to forge relationships with people or organizations where you constantly have to mask parts of yourself? Besides, the more you fill your life with people who don't truly understand you and take opportunities that don't utilize your full potential, the less space you leave for those that do match you and the more likely you are to miss out on something incredible. You are an amazing, vibrant, talented person, and you deserve to surround yourself with people and places that validate that about you. Don't dim your light to satisfy someone else. Shine out brighter so that those who are also fumbling in the darkness will have a bright star to navigate by. 


As always, if you enjoyed your tarotscope and would like a more personalized reading, head on over to the Tarot Readings tab to book yours or check out my Etsy shop, Lady Lionheart Tarot. And if you're in the mood for more daily nuggets of wisdom, be sure to follow me on Instagram! I'll try to post another blog between now and next month, but at the very least I will see you in December for next month's readings. 

September Tarotscopes

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. 

July Tarotscopes

Welcome back for your July Tarotscopes! We skipped a month there, but everything is back on track. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of tarotscopes, this is a monthly reading where I draw a card for each sign in the zodiac. Think of it less as a prediction of your future and more as a bit of advice to help you navigate the month. For me, it's just one more fun way to experiment with my decks and bring the experience of a tarot reading to the public. This month's readings are done with the gorgeous Raven's Prophecy Tarot by Maggie Stiefvater. 


Cancer - Three of Cups

Happy birthday, sweet Cancers! You are in your water element this month; the Three of Cups is the card of celebration, emotional support, and community, and your message for July is to focus your time and energy on your nearest and dearest. These are the people who have your back no matter what, the ones who root for you time and time again and are there to lift your spirits when you're feeling down. Perhaps you have one or two friends or family who fill this role, or maybe you have a whole crew (a squad, if you will). Either way, it's time to shower them with a little TLC and let them shower you with love in return. Life can get busy, and it's easy to push socialization aside as other responsibilities clamor for your attention, but chances are the longer you go between conversations and coffee dates with your Person(s), the more stressed out you become. And what better way to spend your birthday month than celebrating with the people you love best? If you find yourself feeling run-down (or even if it's just been a while), schedule a reunion with one or more of the folks who make up your Three of Cups community. You will feel so much better for it.



Leo - Knight of Wands

Bold Leos, your message for this month is to harness your creative energy and channel it into single-minded pursuit of your goals. The Knight of Wands is a brave adventurer and passionate artist, someone who sets her sights on success and doesn't give up until she reaches it. This kind of dedication and zeal is the bread and butter of your fiery personality; without something to focus your energy on, you often find yourself becoming listless. Let this serve as your permission to launch yourself headlong into your pursuits without thought or fear of what could go wrong. You know what your soul is truly craving - chances are you've been secretly plotting its pursuit in the back of your mind for quite some time now, even if it was just in idle daydreams. Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and make your dreams a reality. True, you may get burned along the way, but what's passion without a little risk? The end results will be well worth it. Go get 'em, Leo!



Virgo - Ace of Wands

Clever Virgos, your card this month is the Ace of Wands. The Ace urges you to seize hold of the creative spark, that first inkling of an idea that lights up your brain with possibilities. You are being called to get in touch with your muses and see what delicious prospects you can stir up. No idea is too outlandish, no goal too far out of your reach. Now is not the time to bog yourself down with logistics, plans, or doubts. There will be plenty of time for plotting your way forward later. This is simply the first step, that small stirring of possibility in the corner of your mind that makes your heart skip a beat. Focus your energy on nurturing this tiny spark into full blaze; even the slightest whisper of doubt may be enough to snuff it out, so feed it with your belief, your curiosity, and your determination. Once you are sure of its viability, you can dedicate yourself to figuring out how to make it a reality. For now, enjoy the feeling of creating something new and starting fresh. 



Libra - Ten of Swords

Dearest Libras, this is not the easiest of months for you. You may find yourself venturing into dark places in your head or feeling like the world is working against you. The Ten of Swords is all about the discomfort that we often find as we end one mental cycle and prepare for the next. The good news is that this despair is temporary; in fact, it always appears right before things take a turn for the better. Brighter days on the horizon, even if it doesn't necessarily feel like it. Your message this month is to sit with the discomfort and find what it has to teach you. After all, even the worst days can bring us wisdom and help us grow into the person we're meant to be, and you better than anyone know that our light side is nothing without darkness to balance us out. You have survived life's trials in the past, and this time is no different. Hold your head up high and face whatever life is planning to deal you with grace and confidence. The sooner you find your rhythm, the sooner you'll find yourself on the Ace of Swords' bright shores once again. 



Scorpio - Four of Coins

Passionate Scorpios, the Four of Coins speaks of the dangers of having it all. Often we work and work until we gain everything that we set our sights on, only to find ourselves trapped by the very treasures we sought. We become so afraid of losing everything we worked for that we become paralyzed, unable to move or grow as we cling tightly to our hard-earned gains. Your message for July is to take a moment to get comfortable with letting go. After all, just because you fought for something doesn't mean you should be bound to it forever, nor does letting go mean you will never find such riches again. Coins may refer to physical gains, but like everything in life the material world relies on having a free and natural flow and an exchange of goods. The more you clutch your possessions to you, the more stuck you will become, leaving you feeling stagnant and impoverished. Take a deep breath and loosen your grip. Yes, you will have to release some things that you were hoping to keep for a while longer, but this frees you up to seek even greater gains. Thank them for their service and step forward, unburdened. You will be amazed at how free you feel.



Sagittarius - Four of Cups

Ah, my restless Sagittarians, you are being handed a pause yourselves, but in the realm of emotions. The Four of Cups speaks of isolation and solitude, perhaps not of your choosing, and it can be easy to feel like the rest of the world is off having fun without you. You may find yourself feeling just a bit out of sync with the people around you, which can lead to frustration and bitterness. However, this is also a chance to get in touch with yourself and recalibrate your needs and desires without the input of others. If used for your own purposes, this moment of quiet contemplation can be a blessing in disguise, as it forces you to shut out distractions and points of view that may conflict with what your intuition is telling you is necessary. If you do find yourself feeling shut away from the rest of the world, you have two choices: you can wallow in loneliness and jealousy, or you can take this chance to get really clear on what your own heart is trying to tell you. I'm sure you can guess which option will be more beneficial to you. It may not feel comfortable or natural to sit silently with your own thoughts, but it will bring you more wisdom than you can possibly imagine, and you will end the month fully prepared to jump back into life's adventures with renewed vigor. 



Capricorn - Ten of Cups

My dearest Capricorns, your message this month is to relish the feeling of accomplishment. You may have missed it as you toiled away at your work, but you have succeeded in achieving emotional abundance beyond your wildest dreams. The Ten of Cups speaks of perfect harmony and the feeling that all is as it should be. True, like all suits, this is just a stage in a cycle that will soon start all over again, but for the moment you are being urged to enjoy yourself. Regardless of where you are in your physical or creative journeys, you have found a sense of wellbeing and purpose, and that is worth more than gold. You cannot control what happens next, but you can choose to make the most of this feeling for as long as it lasts. It's not something that comes around all that often, so give yourself a break from all that hard work and spend some time celebrating your hard-won happiness with your friends and family. You have more than earned it.



Aquarius - Four of Wands

Lovely Aquarius, you have spent so much time focusing your energy on getting your projects off the ground that you haven't given yourself a chance to acknowledge just how far you've come. It's all too easy to get stuck looking at the finish line, and while it's always good to know how much further you have to go, it can also lead to the feeling that you aren't making any progress at all. This could not be further from the truth. The Four of Wands reminds us not to underestimate the difficulty of starting something new or how much it takes out of you. The next time you find yourself measuring yourself against a goal that seems as far away as when you started, turn your gaze instead to where you began. Look at how much you have accomplished since you took those first steps and give yourself a chance to fully appreciate and celebrate just how much it has taken to get you where you are today. Pushing forward with no chance for rest is a surefire recipe for burnout, whereas stopping to boost your ego adds fuel to the fires of your passions so that when you're ready to jump back into the fray, you can do so with even more energy than before. You have come so far, and you deserve a night off to recognize that. 



Pisces - Page of Cups

Dreamy Pisces, your message this month falls well within your comfort zone. The Page of Cups reminds you to open yourself up to the messages of the universe and approach each new situation with a clear heart and fresh eyes. Yes, you may have been hurt in the past, but that has no bearing on where you are now; if anything, it's made you more resolute to see the best in people and surround yourself with those who live up to your high expectations. The emotional connections you make with others are your secret weapon - where others succeed because of their diligence and determination, you find opportunities simply by engaging with the people you meet along your journey. Keep your eyes open to the possibility for happiness, new friendship, and even magic wherever you go. By believing in the best in the world, you will set yourself up to uncover it. Resist any inklings of cynicism or doubt and greet the world with your arms stretched wide open. It will respond in kind.



Aries - Six of Coins

This month's message is clear, brash Aries - share in your wealth. The Six of Coins speaks of the importance of giving and receiving resources, and while you may not be swimming in money, chances are you have an excess of something that others are in need of. If you find yourself in a position to give, do so freely and without expectation of reciprocation. But while you may give selflessly, do not be ashamed if you find yourself in a position where you are in need of help yourself. We all have finite resources, skills that are less than polished, or advice that we lack, and true success comes from acknowledging when we cannot make it on our own. Do not look at it as an admission of failure but rather as a natural part of life, one that you can and will handle confidently and graciously. It takes great courage to admit when you cannot do something all by yourself, and by doing so you will put yourself in a position to be far more triumphant than had you continued pushing forward on your own. Give freely, accept willingly, and engage fully in the exchange of goods and services that keeps the world working. Even the most independent among us is much stronger as part of a community than they could ever be on their own. 



Taurus - Ten of Wands

Loyal Taurus, you have reached the end of an endeavor and discovered that success is not all you thought it would be. It's not that you are disappointed by the results, but you have discovered that your burden has grown rather than shrunk as you've gotten further towards your goals. The Ten of Wands reminds you that everything comes with a price, and the price of success is the responsibility of maintaining all that you worked for. This can be a daunting and exhausting task, so this month you are being charged with figuring out which parts you want to maintain and what you want to delegate or let go of in order to free up some of your energy for wherever life takes you next. Whatever you decide, remember that the burden may be heavy but you are up to the task of bearing it, and there is pride to be taken in carrying your work on your own. Everything that you have achieved was born of your blood, sweat, and tears, so hold your head high, square your shoulders, and let the weight of responsibility settle comfortably on you. It may not be the most glamorous of resolutions, but it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that you have shaped your own world. That's more than many can hope for.



Gemini - Nine of Coins

Gemini, my love, this month's message is that you have everything you need. The Nine of Coins is the card of abundance and self-reliance. This is not the wild and decadent wealth of the Ten, but rather having just enough to get by comfortably. Not only that, but everything that you possess came as the result of your own hard work and careful planning, so while you may still dream of riches and luxuries that are currently out of your grasp, there is something deeply satisfying about looking at the world around you and knowing that you built it from scratch. Take some time to enjoy everything that you have created - the happy home, the check that covers this month's rent, the good health. Having your material world under control, even for a moment, is no small feat. Don't let up in your efforts to create the life you want, but as you continue pushing forward, dedicate some of your energy and time towards enjoying all that you have earned for yourself. After all, what is the point of building a beautiful life if you aren't going to soak it in? Gemini energy is all about duality, so bring that into your life by balancing your hard work with a healthy appreciation for all that you have done so far. It will make your continued efforts that much more rewarding.

I hope you enjoyed your tarotscopes this month, or at least found them enlightening. If you want more tarot readings, be sure to check out the daily and weekly draws I do on Instagram and check out my Etsy shop or the Tarot Readings link above for your very own personalized reading.