The Fool often appears when a new adventure beckons. In The Spacious Tarot it is quite an unusual card as it doesn’t have any kind of human or animal representation of the Fool. In some ways this frees our imagination to be completely unfettered when visualising our next steps, and it allows us to use this card in a technique called Pathworking.
This is a simple process where we enter a meditative state and then imagine that we are actually stepping into the scene on the card. We can then explore the card whilst in a relaxed state, and notice any symbols, words, associations etc which arise.
As the Fool card often speaks of new beginnings, adventures and journeys, and taking a leap of faith, perhaps we could use the summit of the mountain depicted in this card, as a metaphor for a jumping off point? If we, in our imagination, go to the edge, and peer over the precipice, what do we see below? Does this give us any guidance about our direction and next steps in life?
The Four of Wands often appears when there is a reason to celebrate! This feels like music to our ears after all the bad news and tragedy of the last few months.
The wands are alight…like bonfire night sparklers, showing us the way. Passing under their shimmering archway transports us into a new and magical space. We don’t fully appreciate yet the goodness and abundance we are heading towards, but we feel certain that we are entering better times, as the card seems to beckon us towards a galaxy of sparkling possibility.
This card can also herald a special right of passage, and the announcement of good news. It could be a myriad of happy occasions such as a birth, pregnancy announcement, special birthday or marriage.
The Four of Wands is certainly a very positive card, and augurs well for any new project which launches around this time. It is a beacon of light in what has been a very challenging, and at times, hopeless and despairing period in all our lives.
What needs to die away this week in order to make space for something new? Perhaps your life has become cluttered with too much stuff, whether that is physical, spiritual, digital, or even relationships, which bog you down and mire you in extraneous and superfluous complication. Try pruning back some of these distractions and living more simply. We actually need very little, and often all the ‘stuff’ which we aquire can simply weigh us down with extra responsibility which we would be happier without.
The Six of Pentacles is a card about sharing, prosperity, and giving. Sometimes we will be the ones doing the giving, and at other times we may be on the receiving end of someone else’s help and support.
This card is all about sharing out resources fairly, but not necessarily evenly. It is as if the pentacles are in suspended animation, waiting to drop, like pennies from heaven, exactly where they are needed at any given time. Abundance comes in many different guises….not just monetary….and is an energy which should be allowed to flow, without grasping or greed. If we can trust in the abundance of the Universe to meet our needs, then we don’t need to be so fearful about missing out on what we think is ours.
Another possible interpretation for this card is a caution not to put all our eggs in one basket. If possible it is best to keep several lines of prosperity open so that abundance can flow to us through various different channels.
It is important to remember that there is enough for everyone. The Universe is infinitely abundant, and in order to keep that abundance flowing we must remember not to try and hold on, but to allow prosperity to circulate freely, ensuring that everyone is richly provided for.
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Three of Pentacles from The Spacious Tarot. Pentacles talk of earthly endeavours and so for me, this card tells of a challenging task where teamwork and collaboration will be imperative to getting the job done.Although the task at hand may seem daunting, the energy of the three pentacles working together indicates that they are up to the job.
Collaboration with others will be vital to achieve your aims. People bring different things to the party, so utilise the strengths, talents and skills of the people around you to overcome any roadblocks or challenges you come up against. Remember that the synergy within a group can move mountains when focused in a positive direction. It is therefore imperative to use the skill sets of all the individuals involved for the benefit of the whole team.
To sum up then, the road ahead may be rocky and challenging in places and it will be hard to pull off. However everything required is available and the sense of achievement in the end will be so worth it.
The Ten of Swords often appears when we have reached rock bottom and the only way is up. Although the skies look heavy and grey with turbulent clouds in the foreground, if we look to the horizon we can see that there is a sliver of brightness beginning to form. This is our assurance that better times are coming.
Often the Ten of Swords can also be a melodramatic card. Perhaps we are overreacting to a situation and imagining it to be far worse than it actually is. There can be a sense of martyrdom or playing the victim when the Ten of Swords appears.
Sometimes though, this card can have a fairly literal meaning, and can indicate that there are people in your circle who may be backstabbing you. There is a real possibility that someone is not to be trusted and may be betraying your loyalty. Be aware that someone may be badmouthing you to further their own agenda, and keep this in mind in your interactions with others at this time. All may not be as it seems.
Whatever the actual interpretation of this card, as it pertains to your circumstances, it does come with an assurance that although some things may end at this time, with endings come new beginnings, rejuvenation and renewal. Don’t forget that when one door closes another one opens, and that often things happen for a reason for your souls growth and development. Although the Ten of Swords can look negative, ultimately it is a card of redemption and new beginnings.
This weeks card from The Spacious Tarot reminds us that it’s okay to take a pause when we need to.
For some people “lockdown” has been a stressful, full on, and scary time. If you have been one of the people keeping essential services functioning for the benefit of everyone else, then by now you are probably feeling exhausted and depleted of energy. This card is saying that now is the time to lay down your sword and take some much needed respite. Even if it’s not possible to take time off to rest and recuperate, then it might be possible to at least take some timeout to come back to centre and recharge your batteries.
It is a cliche, but even small things can help to ground and calm. Perhaps you could make yourself a beautiful, nourishing meal, and sit down, uninterrupted, to fully appreciate and enjoy it.
Soaking in an indulgent bath, with an aromatic bath oil to soothe and unwind tense and knotted muscles can calm body and soul, and help to restore a sense of well-being.
Or simply giving yourself time to connect with nature and green spaces can be super restorative and relaxing.
I hope that this week you can find a few minutes to come back to yourself, look up at the sky and feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. You so deserve it.
This weeks card, drawn from The Spacious Tarot, is The Devil.
This can be a scary looking card in some tarot decks, but really isn’t anything to be afraid of. It often points to a situation where we have become entrapped in a situation of our own making, usually a behaviour pattern or way of thinking, which is having negative repercussions for us.
It can indicate addictive patterns which are keeping us enslaved to another person, a substance or a negative, self defeating pattern. In order to break free from whatever is holding us back, we will need to confront our shadow side and work through the personal issues we uncover there. There is no quick fix to take us out of the forest and back into the light….the only way is “through”.
We must not despair though as through the darkness of the trees we can see the light of the sun shining. It gives hope that if we do the inner work, and get professional help with this if necessary, we can emerge into a new place of hope and positivity, having conquered our inner demons.
The Empress is a beautiful, bountiful card. It asks us to consider if we are nourishing ourselves on a regular basis? Are we doing the things which will empower us to create and sustain the important things in our lives. In order to be strong and abundant we are required to attend to the three main areas of body, mind and spirit. These must be stoked in a positive way to ensure that we are strong and able to squeeze all the juice out of life. Ask yourself if your perpetual daily habits are moving you nearer or further away from the strength and empowerment you seek.
This week’s card, The Child of Wands, features an intrepid little salamander, setting out on a voyage of discovery.
This brave and curious little character marches to the beat of his own drum. He is secure in his own creative process and takes his vision from within and makes it manifest in the world. This card seems to be asking how we can embrace our unique creative spark?
During lockdown maybe we have experimented with new creative ventures…perhaps returning to things we used to love as children, but which we long ago abandoned. As adults we tend to judge our creative explorations harshly, more often than not finding our efforts falling short of an illusory perfection impossible to achieve.
Maybe we could allow ourselves to simply explore and play, finding joy in the process of creating rather than obsessing about the finished product? Too often our creativity is cut off at the knees and never allowed to bloom because we don’t think it’s “good enough”.
But good enough for whom? If we are too invested in the outcome instead of enjoying the journey, we will miss out on so much of what life has to offer. So this week, why not just revel in creativity for it’s own sake? Experiment and explore, being guided only by your inner muse.