Are you lucky? Do you feel in control of your life? Or do you see yourself as a victim of circumstance, wondering how to change the course of your life? From a distance this Wheel of Fortune looks like a bright orange sun in a blue sky where puffy clouds serve as bedding for winged creatures who like to read books. Those four winged creatures represent the fixed signs of the Zodiac (Angel/Aquarius, Eagle/Scorpio, Lion/Leo, Bull/Taurus) and are presumably reading the Torah, the Book of Knowledge. Sure, there are some odd figures too–a snake who apparently represents Typhon, the Egyptian God of the Evil, Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead and a Sphinx up top symbolizing knowledge and strength. On the Wheel itself are Hebrew Letters for God and TORA (Torah?) plus a few alchemical symbols. What’s it all mean and what’s it got to do with you and this week? The Wheel of Fortune is always turning and in the midst of change there are always angels with knowledge to keep you grounded and help you adapt, expand and grow. Cosmic consciousness will serve up answers if one is open to receiving them. Be steady, be ready, and know that what goes around comes around, so be kind and loving.
There he sits, the King of Pentacles, on his throne adorned with carved bulls (he most definitely is a Taurus) and surrounded by the vines of his vineyard, the grapes of which are displayed so magnificently in his luxurious robe. This king is all about material success resulting from a disciplined approach of tried and true stratagems for building and maintaining wealth. He is smart and generous and will share his wealth and advice with those who ask. Are you a business owner? Do you know how to attract wealth and enjoy material success? If so then share it with others. There’s nothing wrong in enjoying the good life, especially if you have the gift of making things grow.
Are you feeling disappointed? Let down by a relationship, job, career, life in general? Is there a feeling of malaise due to expectations not being met? Enter the Eight of Cups. The arrangement of golden cups in the foreground with one missing indicates that with all this abundance something is lacking. It is nighttime. A golden moon shines down on a man forsaking his worldly life to journey into the wilderness. He is searching for something more…what will it be? Is this a spiritual journey where he discovers that his happiness comes from within and is not dependent on the fixtures of the external world? Will he return with the knowledge that he is the missing cup? And are we to learn once and for all to do away with expectations as they do not speak to our existence in the now which is where true happiness abides.
Storm clouds, pelting rain, three swords stuck through a plump, red heart. This is not a good harbinger for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! In Tarot, swords represent the element of air, thus thoughts, words, communication in general. If you’ve been hurt by someone’s words or if you’ve been the one to lash out, now is the time to come to terms and reconcile. Swords are double-edged–they can vanquish and save the day or they can wreak havoc and destruction. Consider the effect of your words. What kind of communication do you think fosters best results? If you’ve been hurt, try to forgive and move on (it’s best for you to let it go). Maybe try not to take things so personally–we all have our moments. And if you are hurling invective into your universe, check your attitude. There may be better ways for you to communicate your needs. The good news is that storms don’t last forever. The sun will come out and even perhaps a rainbow.
Happy New Year! And we have the ten of swords for our first card of the year. Is this a joke? No, it’s not. In fact, it’s a resounding finish to the year that was. It is a visual to an ending in your life–could be a relationship, a job, a cycle of life. A figure lies prone on the ground in his blood with ten swords in his back. It is over; it is complete. What comes next? A strip of golden light appears in the dark sky pointing to a new beginning on the horizon. Time to pick out the good from the bad, acknowledge what has been learned, bless the past and MOVE ON!