Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Tuesday, May 21

Seven of Pentacles, reversed

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

Have you toiled long and hard at your job, only to find it tough to advance? Have you plowed a lot of energy into starting up a new business, only to find success elusive? Or perhaps you’ve made a major investment in purchasing or remodeling your home and you’re worrying that you’ve gone over budget. The Seven of Pentacles has to do with putting work into our business, investments, our homes, and our physical surroundings. It comes up reversed today to suggest that you should re-evaluate your position. Consider that you might be experiencing a block because you made a wrong turn somewhere. Take time to think deeply about what you want to accomplish. Examine it from every angle. Then when you’re clear on that, challenge yourself to carve out the correct path to your goal, even if that means backtracking and taking a completely different route than before. You can achieve your dream if you’re willing to change your approach.

Today's card for you, Monday, May 20

The Empress

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

The Empress is full of fecund Mother Earth energy. She radiates positive, creative power like a tree sprouting pale green buds in the spring. She is kind, loving, and nurturing, with all the tenderness and strength of a dedicated Mom. This card comes up today to suggest that her energy is important to you at this time. You may be about to conceive a new project that will become your central focus in the future. Indeed, you might even conceive an actual pregnancy! So be mindful!! The vibrations of fertility, both physical and figurative, are fizzing around you strongly now. Take charge of your role as creator and nurturer - regardless of your reproductive status - and consider carefully what you wish to bring into the world. Tap into the pure, supportive love of the Empress and bask in her sunny warmth. Allow her to guide you as you start on your path to your creative destiny.


Today's card for you, Sunday, May 19

The High Priestess, reversed

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

The High Priestess signifies intuition, enlightenment, and spirituality - the Divine Feminine. Reversed, the card is a call to you to go deep inside yourself and recapture your connection with these aspects of your life. You may have become too caught up in the nitty-gritty of everyday existence and no longer listen to the still, small voice within. When you are cut off from your intuition, it diminishes your natural vibrancy, your creativity, and your connection to the world. Try starting, or resuming, a regular practice of meditation. This is the best way to block out the babble that surrounds you and turn up the volume on your inner voice. Also try visiting a place of worship and engaging in silent contemplation. If you aren’t drawn to a religious setting, go for a long walk in nature and observe mindfully. The Universe is attempting to communicate with you but you need to tune in to the right spiritual wavelength in order to hear the message.


Today's card for you, Saturday, May 18

Seven of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

Someone has “done you wrong” - ripped you off, been unfaithful, betrayed a confidence, let you down in a significant way. Either this has recently happened, or you’re about to discover it. The emotional repercussions have been (or will be) major for you. In dealing with them, try to remember that it’s only the culprit who’s at fault here, not you. Also, while it doubtless would feel good to confront the person and call him or her out, avoid the temptation to do that. It would only inflame your emotions and allow the other person to get his or her hooks even more deeply into you. The best course of action is to cut all ties, both emotional and practical, with the person and simply fade him or her out of your life, PERMANENTLY. In the future, you may feel the urge to reconnect in some way. Resist it with every fiber of your being. It would be a very bad idea. You need to move on for good.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, April 30

Six of Pentacles

This card is from the    Ellis Deck   , by Taylor Ellis, published in 2013.

This card is from the Ellis Deck, by Taylor Ellis, published in 2013.

What does it mean to you to be generous? How do you view a “giving person”? The Six of Pentacles is about the paradoxes and contradictions associated with generosity, particularly concerning money. Money is a symbol for power. Anyone who donates to a cause is, on the surface, being selfless, but deep down, wants to get something in return. This card calls us to examine our attitude toward money and how we use it to maintain our status in society. It’s admirable to give to support the less-fortunate, but would we do it if nobody was looking? Today, you might find yourself in a position where you’re asking for financial support from someone, or alternatively, someone is approaching you for it. Consider your options carefully.

Today's card for you, Monday, April 29

Two of Cups, reversed

This card is from the    Ellis Deck   , by Taylor Ellis, published in 2013.

This card is from the Ellis Deck, by Taylor Ellis, published in 2013.

You may be experiencing difficulty in a close emotional relationship or a creative partnership. The connection which once felt so effortless is being interrupted by something, like static suddenly interfering with your favorite radio station. Misunderstandings and conflicts are pushing the two of you off the same page. If this is true for you right now, this card is coming up to warn you that if you don’t take action to transform the pattern, a split is inevitable. Usually these problems occur because of a communication breakdown. Try changing the way you talk with the other person - open up more and let go of any rigid expectations. Be willing to listen. Stay “in the moment” rather than bringing up past issues or thinking about what the future may hold. The message today is that the relationship is salvageable if you’re willing to work to take a different approach.



Today's card for you, Sunday, April 28

The World, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

The World, reversed, suggests that something wonderful, perhaps a great creation or accomplishment, is hovering just outside your grasp. It’s been a long time in the making and it’s almost complete, but for some reason, the energy isn’t quite there to manifest it in your life. Why is that? It’s time to go inward and ask yourself what’s holding you back. Is it self-doubt? Self-sabotage? Fear of failure? Or has the process been such a struggle that you’ve faltered near the end, like an exhausted marathon runner encountering Heartbreak Hill? This card comes up today to remind you of the beautiful prize that awaits if you can get your head together and re-focus. Often we run into a mental block right before we’re about to break through and reach a higher level. It’s as if we subconsciously realize our lives will change drastically once we reach that level, and we stop ourselves. Even though it’s positive change, we humans tend to be reluctant to embrace change of any sort. We still have primitive reactions - we fear change because it might bring danger. We know we’re uncomfortable and unhappy in our present situation, but we prefer that to the unknown. This is everyone’s challenge when we engage actively in our own personal development.. We have to overcome our doubts and face the new future, and that takes courage. This card is an assurance that you are on the right track and as you step forward into the next level of your advancement, you’ll be safe and protected. So go for it!

Today's card for you, Saturday, April 27

Knight of Wands

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

There have been many Swords in the readings lately, but not so many Wands. Both suits are about thoughts and ideas, but while Swords reflect an analytical kind of intellectualism, Wands signify creativity and the spark of inspiration. The Knight of Wands is a fiery, charismatic character who’s not afraid to charge recklessly toward his goal. Nothing can stop him - except distraction! He’s prone to dropping one great idea when he finds a new one that’s more attractive. He loves the excitement of a new concept. While he might be a little flighty in this way, his brilliant creative energy enlivens everything he comes into contact with. This card comes up today to advise that this is an excellent time for you to plunge ahead with the creative project you’ve been putting together. You have the basic structure in place but you’ve been holding back from committing to it. This Knight tells you to throw caution to the winds, be bold, and seize the day! Don’t waste any more time! The world is waiting for you to express yourself.

Today's card for you, Friday, April 26

Knight of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

The Knight of Swords is a guy who is bright, sharp, analytical, and always one step ahead of his colleagues in terms of strategic thinking. He speaks with honesty and authority. He’s committed to supporting the big ideas of Truth, Justice, and Freedom. When his card is reversed, however, it indicates the darker side of those traits: he can be overly harsh, judgmental, and lacking in emotional intelligence. He can be domineering and brusque, a “bull in a china shop” type. While no one doubts his sincerity about his devotion to his ideals, he seems to think of them in terms of grand theory, and often fails to recognize how they play out in real life. There’s a coldness to his intellectualism. He’s missing the warm charisma, practicality, and emotional intelligence embodied by the Knights of Wands, Pentacles, and Cups. Does this sound like someone you know? This card comes up to suggest that you might have to deal with a person like this now. Either that, or you might be behaving like this yourself, and if so, should stop and consider. Are you getting too carried away with ideas over human needs and desires? Are you too quick to cut people off when they suggest other approaches? Are you listening to what your heart tells you?

Today's card for you, Thursday, April 25

Five of Cups, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

You may have experienced a setback which has shaken you emotionally. This may have left you feeling stuck in a never-ending cycle of grief, remorse, and general negativity. If so, this card comes up today to advise you to GET OVER IT!! Sometimes we need a good kick in the pants (figuratively speaking, of course!) to get us moving forward again. The Five of Cups, when upright, shows a person gloomily gazing at the spilled cups, while oblivious to the two upright cups which are out of sight. The message of this card when reversed, in this case, is to break out of that hyperfocus on what’s gone wrong, and instead, look around to see the big picture. The Cups are all about feelings and emotions. Reversed Cups in readings suggest that we are allowing those feelings and emotions to confuse us and lead us astray. Try to set your emotional reactions aside for now and look at the situation as objectively as you can. It’s time to get better perspective on the situation that faces us, and think things through, rather than being consumed by negativity. What’s past is past - there’s no use crying over spilled milk (or wine).

Today's card for you, Wednesday, April 24

Eight of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

Swords have been coming up a lot lately - five out of the last eight readings. The suit of Swords has to do with power, conflict, and an intellectual rather than emotional approach to life. While Swords can represent people with sharp minds that can cut through what is unnecessary, they can also represent those who are rigid, harsh, and overly legalistic. Mostly the Sword cards in our last several readings have been reversed, which suggests that they are advising you to soften your stance on some important issue, and relax your Swordslike rigidity of thinking.

The Eight of Swords, reversed, suggests that you’ve been held back by your own internal doubts and anxieties. You see obstacles that aren’t actually there. Perhaps they did exist at some point but have now been eliminated, yet you persist in fretting about them. The blindfold is key in this card’s imagery. If you can slip off the blindfold, you’ll see your way is clear. How can you do that? First, challenge yourself to re-evaluate the situation honestly, using actual facts, not your opinions. What you think is real might not be. Second, whenever you sense negativity in your mind, ask yourself if it is really warranted. You might be getting yourself into conflicts with people in order to subconsciously put roadblocks in your way. Third, clarify your ultimate goals and ask yourself how your thoughts and actions support your efforts to achieve them. Then decide which attitudes/behaviors no longer serve your goals and use your powerful Sword to cut them out of your life.


Today's card for you, Tuesday, April 23

Wheel of Fortune

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck, from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck, from 1909.

The Wheel of Fortune comes up today to announce that you’ve come to an important turning point in your life. You’re leaving one phase and entering another. The reasons for this aren’t really under your control. Fate is at work here. But you can choose how you react to what you’re presented with. Go with the flow and adapt. A flexible approach will serve you well. You might consider some introspection at this time to help recognize the patterns that are emerging and to attune yourself to the Universe so you can pick up the messages that are being sent to you. A regular practice of meditation would be a tremendous help. It would also be good to find a trustworthy spiritual advisor/confidant. When being borne on the swift current of Life, it’s sometimes necessary to let go and stop trying to steer. “Lean not on your own understanding.”

Today's card for you, Monday, April 22

Five of Swords

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck, from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck, from 1909.

The Five of Swords appeared in the daily reading on March 29. When we see a card come up repeatedly in readings, it’s a sign that its message is important for you and you need to pay closer attention! The Tarot is patient and will keep reminding you. Here’s that reading again:

The Five of Swords suggests that you’ve recently had a conflict with someone and you’re still dealing with the repercussions. You might have technically “won” the dispute but you’re now figuring out that there are considerable downsides to your “victory”. This card cautions against getting embroiled in controversies and engaging in showdowns. Sometimes it’s necessary to put up a fight, but in general, it’s best to pick your battles. Constant combativeness alienates everyone around you. But it’s not too late to transform the situation and salvage your relationships. Open up a line of communication and try to find common ground. Focus on what you agree on and how you can move forward in the future. Your change of approach will pay off for you in the long run.

A further warning which comes through today is to beware of attracting people into your circle who are abrasive in this way. They may resonate with you because you’re putting out those vibes yourself. These people will do you no good - you may feel that they’re exciting and honest, but they will only cause chaos in your life. There’s a difference between disagreeing and being disagreeable. So work on your attitude and avoid “stirring the pot” (even if you enjoy the charge you get out of it). There are times when being feisty is appropriate, but this is not one of them.




Today's card for you, Sunday, April 21

Ten of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

This card is from the Borderless edition of the Rider-Waite deck from 1909.

Welcome back to the Card of the Day readings!

A great sadness has been weighing on you for a long time, but this card comes up today to say that this cloud of grief is finally passing. You’re emerging from this dark period and leaving it behind. Part of this is due to the positive phase that’s developing for you, and part of it is due to your conscious release of the negative emotions that you’ve held for so long. The Ten of Swords tends to signify one’s internal mindset - the way one handles adversity. Often when it appears upright in a reading, the card is suggesting not to get stuck in your misery and cling to victimhood. Instead, look tragedy in the face, acknowledge it, and then move on. Reversed, the card tells you that you’ve finally learned to do that and are now free. A new day is dawning for you. Make the most of it!



Long Weekend

I’m away for a few days on a short break! The Card of the Day readings will resume on Thursday, April 18. UPDATE: I’ve extended my mini-vacation! I’ll resume the readings on Sunday, April 21.

Until then, try your own readings at home. Let me know how it goes!

Blessings, Heather-Rose

Today's card for you, Friday, April 12

Nine of Pentacles

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

The suit of Pentacles has been cropping up often in these readings. By my count, six of the last 18 daily readings have come up as Pentacles. This Minor Arcana suit concerns physical, practical, and financial matters, and grounding your actions in a firm foundation in order to manifest your dreams in reality. In terms of the elements, Pentacles correspond to Earth. Frequently, Pentacles indicate a literal connection with earth, such as building a new home, planting and tending a garden, and spending time in the outdoors communing with nature. Having so many Pentacles in recent readings suggests that you’ve been thinking about issues related to your work/career and your financial situation. It might also suggest that you’ve been caught up in your emotions and your racing thoughts and need to physically ground yourself in order to move forward.

The woman depicted in the Nine card is independent and the ruler of her own domain. She’s comfortable walking in her beautiful garden, enjoying the fruits of her hard work. The message here is to think of yourself in the same way. Look around and give thanks for everything that’s going well in your life. Pay special attention to the things that YOU have made possible. Consciously filling your heart with gratitude resets your thinking and prepares the way for even better things to come. Another message that this card conveys today is to go outside and appreciate the springtime, focusing on the details of new growth - the buds and tiny green shoots that are appearing everywhere, even in the most unlikely places. Nature persists and grows against all odds, and so will you.

Today's card for you, Thursday, April 11

Three of Pentacles

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

Building a great cathedral takes time, expertise, painstaking work, and careful planning. The message of this card is that your dreams for your future can be within your reach, but you need to plan well and work hard and diligently. The value of teamwork is also highlighted. One stonecarver is depicted here, but in fact cathedrals can’t be built without a massive crew of workers from many trades and disciplines, all listening to each other and cooperating. Consider how this message might be significant to you in your current work/career situation. Perhaps you’re in the process of connecting with mentors, allies, and colleagues who will support you in your goals. Be open to paying attention to their advice and agreeing to collaborate with them. This is the second Three that has come up this week - Tuesday’s reading, the Three of Wands, also had to do with your work and ambitions for the future. Threes in Tarot suggest a positive, creative, forward-moving energy and something that can be greater than the sum of its parts - for example, in the way that adding one musician to a duo makes it a band. The Three energy is powerful but does require structure and control to harness it. Today’s message reinforces the one in Tuesday’s reading - have a clear plan and take your time.

Today's card for you, Wednesday, April 10

Six of Swords, reversed

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

Have you been dealing with a difficult transition lately? Perhaps you’re involved in a move, a job change, a breakup of a relationship, or caring for an aging or ill relative. If so, this card advises that you have significant baggage you must work on getting rid of before you can move forward. This could be figurative, as in emotional attachments, or literal, as in sorting through a lot of physical possessions. Clinging to this “stuff”, be it emotional or physical, is holding you back and keeping you stuck. Perhaps you’re not 100% sure about the next phase that you’re moving into and that’s why you haven’t “cut the cord” yet. This could have to do with disagreements and conflicts that haven’t yet been resolved. Take time to examine your deep emotions around the situation. Reach out to anyone involved who might feel hurt, loss, or resentment because of the transition and have a heart-to-heart talk with them focused on healing. It’s best for everyone to move on, but the break has to be made with kindness and careful consideration.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, April 9

Three of Wands

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

You might be contemplating expanding your work horizons, either through launching a business that can be accessed worldwide, or through a major move to a different city, or even overseas. If so, this card comes up today to advise you that you’re on the right track. But be sure not to make any rash, impulsive decisions. Think everything through very carefully before you take action. Be open to exciting new ideas, but fit them into the world of reality so they can grow firm, trustworthy roots. Have a clear plan and wait patiently for the best possible moment to launch. There’s no hurry, and the more time you take to consider all options, the more successful your venture will be.