Adrienne’s Monthly Tarotscope
To forecast the coming month, I draw a Major and Minor Arcana card for each sign
and offer you my insights.
Wheel of Fortune (10 of Pentacles)
Life is a collection of repetitious patterns. Seasons display similar qualities; science explains the nature of reality based on noticeable patterns, and even astrology predicts upcoming themes based on the rotation of the planets. People find security in familiarity. History is the story of these patterns, from which tradition and culture are born. Families have individual narratives that reach through generations. Not only do you inherit your parent’s physical genes, but you also inherit their soul genetics. Your life is an extension of theirs and their parents before them, and so on. You are destined to play out particular stories with shifting plots and different characters, yet your purpose (as some would call it) is to move this story on. You’ll notice a theme this month and rather than try to avoid it, change the pattern. Whatever you resist, persists. If not in your generation, then your child’s. Breaking a pattern means engaging with it differently. You don’t have to suffer the same fate as your predecessors, but you do have to live through it – evolve it. You’ll receive an inheritance this month – perhaps tangible – be sure that you use it wisely. Family holds the key to your personal freedom.
Star (2 of Cups)
Faith is like the wind, although you cannot see it, you feel its effects. You may even see how it moves objects around you, hear how it moves through space, smell how it enhances the surrounding fragrances. All the while, its invisible force remains a mystery. Unlike the wind, faith can be conjured up simply by focusing, believing in something greater than yourself. However, It’s more than a mental practice, it envelops the heart – the emotional mind – and engages the soul. Perhaps love can be described similarly; love, in its many varieties, is also an enigma. It stirs something deep within yet obscures any real evidence of its existence. How do you know you love someone or that you don’t? Before you go counting the ways, consider that if there was no object to love, could you still experience it. Perhaps god can be described similarly; god, in its many forms, is the ultimate paradox. Faith invites your curiosity to commit through love; love persuades you to surrender to the greatest mystery of all. Take time this month to deeply connect with those you love. It may be the very thing that restores your faith in love and life. The god-ness in you is reflected in the god-ness of others.
Moon (10 of Wands)
Einstein said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Since most of us are creatures of habit, we must all be insane as well. It’s fair to accuse the limitations of reasoning for fooling us into believing we can solve our way out of problems. However, Einstein also declared that “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.” That said, your problems, while troubling and inconvenient, might be nothing more than a riddle you’ve yet to answer. Confusion, in this case, could actually help you see the situation differently, releasing your stubborn mindset into finding more creative ways of looking at the problem. For some, this will be less complicated because you’re conscious of how you are part of the problem. For others, though, you’ll be the victim of some seemingly senseless and unfair wrongdoing that will be much harder for you to resolve. It is through these trying times that reciting the serenity prayer can help: “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Devil (7 of Cups)
What’s holding you back from success is how you view it. You’re either overly focused on the tangible rewards, the elevated status, the promise of elusive happiness, or you’ve completely avoided the fact that any of that matters to you. Success, while relative must also be defined, to at least reflect the values you hold sacred. You’ve been spinning your wheels trapped in the someday syndrome: “someday, I’ll….. or once I have __ I’ll be….” Don’t commit yourself to an illusion. Be honest about what motivates you. If money motivates you, fine, but ask yourself why. Does it make you feel safe, popular, powerful? Equally so, are you denying your desire for money because it makes you feel greedy, shallow, worried? Success is never really about what you have; it’s about who you become. What you create in the world begins with what you’ve created internally. On another note, don’t over promise anything this month or it will come back to haunt you.
Lovers (2 of Wands)
Saying yes to something or someone means saying no to the other. Choices often involve sacrifice or at least postponements. What you’re willing to sacrifice or delay is up to you, and ultimately reflects what you value. If you choose work over leisure or vice versa, ask yourself what it is you value that motivates the decision. If you look closely enough, you’ll find a relationship – healthy or dysfunctional – of contradictions. Is responsibility prized over freedom because you fear too much autonomy? Do you save your money then spend it frivolously? Are you in a committed relationship only to curb your sexual desires, do you conform to societal norms while restraining the impulse to speak frankly? The superficial reason you choose what you do usually has a more interestingly and real purpose if you dig deeper. You’ll be called to evaluate the consequences of recent decision making. Rather than offer some shallow excuse, or avoid the issue altogether, admit your real motivation and learn something valuable about yourself. Those involved in a casual relationship, it’s time to take it to the next level or hit the road.
World (3 of Pentacles)
Life is a collection of endings and beginnings. Just as you believe that you’ve seen the last of something, the experience arises in another context pushing you to dig deeper within yourself. Problems, issues, challenges are all opportunities to recognize and refine your talents. Relationships also foster this discovery - even the people you least expect. This month a goal you thought complete remains unfinished, asking for more of your energy and attention. This time you must approach it from a different angle. Rather than looking at what you’re doing as a means to an end, look at it as a piece of you. Success or completion is not as critical as integration. How has this process changed you? When you involve yourself authentically in your pursuits, the payoff is fulfilling and long term.
Temperance (7 of Pentacles)
Patience is acquired when you respect the natural progression of time, as all things come into being in their appropriate season. Through the awareness of cycles, it is possible to learn the perfect time for movement or retreat. You have an innate awareness of what’s developing under the surface, yet your suspicion can often derail your intuition. If you push too hard in any direction, you will interrupt this delicate balance and lose momentum. Feel it out. A project you’re currently working on may seem delayed but is actually waiting to be carefully refined. Keep an open mind and see what happens. You may discover that something you discarded last month is the missing ingredient. Movement, even when subtle, leads to changes. Keep going but slow down.
High Priestess (Ace of Swords)
Original ideas have their roots in a collective past – the collective unconscious – which is to say, the idea isn’t all that original but what it produces is. We can also apply this to self-awareness or those big ah-ha moments when suddenly something you’ve known rings true much louder than before. You know yourself inside and out, yet there is a thin veil between your conscious believing and soulful knowing that must be accessed through various methods and cathartic experiences. Consider how much you ‘learn’ about yourself after suffering a major crisis, or falling in love, committing to a spiritual practice or going to therapy. Insights that make an impact must resonate with something familiar or you won’t believe them. Unless the right conditions, like maturity, openness, and curiosity are available, even the wisest of counsel will fall on deaf ears. Remember what your parents and teachers taught you that didn’t make sense at the time? An epiphany this month strikes through your awareness, stoking a chain of effects that will at first be disorienting and uncomfortable. You asked to know the truth about something, so here it comes. Don’t squander what insight emerges, even if it means losing something or someone you’re attached to.
Hanged Man (4 of Swords)
Although you may feel puzzled by a seemingly impossible situation, suspend your judgment and wait for your feelings to simmer. Planning and plotting will not alleviate your stress, there’s nothing to figure out right now, so give it a rest. Find ways to calm your mind and you’ll realize that the answer to your dilemma was within you all along. This so-called “problem” is really a blessing in disguise. Resist the urge to go for the easy solution as it’s only a distraction from the stress. Most dilemmas are self-imposed anyway and result from over thinking. Ask yourself what you'd be doing if you weren't thinking all the time. Believe it or not, there’s a small part of you that thrives off the excitement of drama because it gives you something to feel passionate about. Also, don’t jump at the first opportunity because a much better one is coming your way next month. Patience is your friend.
Strength (3 of Wands)
Passion is like a wild beast, searching for a meal or a mate. It has the power to create and destroy. Many people are addicted to the intensity that flows from this unbridled force. Some use love to kindle the internal fire, others use art to incite the creative flow. Both seeking an outlet to contain their own surging energy. Passion is a form of agitation, it’s not meant to be a lasting state, you can’t maintain this heightened emotion for too long or you’ll explode. It needs to be focused, trained, soothed into submission, which is not to say repressed, rather - purposeful and direct. This month, you’ll need to call upon the power of this energy either to confront a conflict or express your needs. Your charisma is contagious so be sure your speaking from a place of honesty. Self- promotion is also highly supported now. If you’ve been putting off marketing yourself or your business, get on it. Lastly, a dwindling love affair could use a dose of excitement. Don’t blame the other for lack of passion, get creative and build a fire together.
Magician (2 of Swords)
Not making a decision, is still making a decision. All the procrastination in the world will not release you from the responsibility of deciding your future. Too much analysis has led to a form of paralysis which is costing you confidence and motivation. Stop focusing on making the ‘right’ decision and just act. There are important matters that require your attention, and if you are unwilling to commit yourself, you have no one to blame when things go awry. You are also past the point of anything changing on its own. You’ve seen the signs, received the validation, double and triple checked your information, now act! There is an amazing opportunity this month to excel in area of interest. You’re qualified, talented and ready to take this to the next level. For those less reserved souls, the project you’ve been patiently waiting to begin, comes swiftly and involves another element. Expand your budget a little to make space for this. It’ll likely require a tad more effort on your part but in the end, will be well worth it. Your creativity will shine as you assert your power of confidence.
Fool (8 of Wands)
A surge of excitement will electrify an area of life that has been less than thrilling. With this comes all sorts of enthusiasm, some of which has the potential to catalyze you into another dimension of living. A project or relationship that felt stagnant will quickly begin to grow new potentials. You might have to kick start the issue one last time. Go for it! What do you have to lose? The possibilities are endless or so they seem. Just be wise to consider the long-term possible outcomes as well. What feels right in the moment may have side effects you're not into. For the travelers, now's the perfect time to book that vacation or dream adventure. Don't let your wanderlust go to waste. There is so much to explore, and you deserve the experience. Lastly, if given the opportunity to do a presentation, speech, sales pitch or sermon, take it! You've got charisma that will attract positive energy.