Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Saturday, July 20

Queen of Cups

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition.

This Queen represents love, compassion, and acceptance. She is a powerful woman but comfortable being a gentle nurturer and healer. She can smooth out disagreements and quell strife just with her peaceful presence and her ability to listen attentively. Have you been embroiled in some stressful, rage-inducing situations lately? If so, this card comes up to encourage you to get in touch with your inner Queen of Cups and allow her energy to come through you. Try not to react defensively when challenged. Instead, step back and take your “emotional temperature”. Attune yourself to a higher vibration - open yourself to empathy with others. Fear generates anger, and you have nothing to fear. Rise above. “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.”

Today's card for you, Friday, July 19

Seven of Cups

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition.

Yesterday’s card was the Wheel of Fortune, which promised that you were entering a period of good luck, and encouraged you to take advantage of this fortunate hour to move forward with your big plans. But there’s a catch. The Seven of Cups comes up today to call attention to the fact that you must be mindful when it comes to deciding on what your big plans will be. You may have a tendency to juggle too many projects at once, never really finishing any of them. Or you may be focusing on one major project, but have a hard time moving from the concept/visualization phase to the action phase, where you roll up your sleeves and plunge into the real work! It could be that you love playing around with different ideas, but get bored or distracted when it comes to putting the necessary energy into them to make them happen. This card might also suggest a tendency to be stuck in a dream world, confused by illusions. This needs to be sorted out before you can accomplish anything. And this must be done soon, to take advantage of the window of opportunity indicated by the Wheel of Fortune. So take the time now to carefully examine your goals and ambitions. Write them down. Think about which of them you feel devoted to and are willing to be “married” to until completion. Consider, too, if you’re seeing them clearly - if you truly understand what’s involved, and what your final goal will actually mean to you. Avoid wishful thinking and be realistic. It’s hard to challenge your dearly-held dreams, but it’s necessary in order for you to get to the next level.


Today's card for you, Thursday, July 18

Wheel of Fortune

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, borderless edition

The Card of the Day reading is BACK!!!

And what a great card to start with - the Wheel of Fortune! We are constantly facing ups and downs in our lives. It’s as if we are on an ocean voyage where the weather is calm one day, and the next, we are being tossed around on the waves of a gigantic storm. Well, this card signals that we are heading into a good stretch in which we can expect things to go our way. We can’t control everything that surrounds us but we can learn to let go and appreciate these times when the seas are peaceful, the sun is shining down on us, and the wind fills our sails. Now is your chance to launch a business, start a project, or make a significant change in your life. Good luck is with you. Even if you see major obstacles in your way, you’ll catch a break that will enable you to get around them. Take full advantage of this beneficial energy! The positive actions you take now will pay off later when times are difficult and growth stagnates - as inevitably will happen, since our lives go in cycles. Prepare now for the eventual downturn.


Today's card for you, Monday, May 27

The Hanged Man

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

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

You’ve reached a point in your life when it’s appropriate to stop and wait. Circumstances have arisen that temporarily prevent your moving forward - you need to stay in a holding pattern for a while. This can feel frustrating, especially if you’ve been thinking you were making great progress. You may wish to press ahead by sheer force of will. But this is not a good time to attempt that. This is a time in which showing restraint, holding back and waiting, will reap rewards in the future. Quell your desires - they are often based in fears and anxieties - and instead adopt an approach of calm acceptance. Let go of your need to control things. Focus only on the present moment, not on the past nor the future. Soon you’ll be able to spring into action again - you’ll know when the time is right - but for now, just hang in there and take it easy.


Today's card for you, Sunday, May 26

King of Swords

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

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

You may think of yourself as a quiet, mild-mannered person, but deep inside you is the no-nonsense authority of the King of Swords, and now it’s time to unleash it. You’ve found yourself in a position where disorganized and/or untrustworthy people are causing you grief. So kick ass and take names! Lay down the law. Let them know you’re in charge. Maintain the unemotional, even cold, demeanor of the King of Swords and stick to the hard facts. Be clear and firm in your words. Don’t be afraid to take a stand - you’re in the right. Depending on what kind of issue is involved, it might be a good idea to hire a lawyer, accountant or other relevant expert to come in and back you up. There is much shady confusion on your adversary’s side and it’ll help to have another sharp, focused mind helping you to cut through the crap. Victory this time will be won through the power of intellect, not feelings.


Today's card for you, Saturday, May 25

The Magician, reversed

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

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

You have the potential to unleash brilliant creative power, but something is holding you back. Is it self-doubt? Distraction? Lack of energy? Or perhaps you have an ambition that you’ve been striving mightily to achieve but can’t seem to get close to it, for some reason. First, make sure your goal is something honorable, pure, and good for all of humanity. The Universe tends to open the way to seekers who are on the proper path, while throwing roadblocks in front of those who are only out for their own gain. Then, concentrate on allowing, rather than forcing, the creative energies to flow through you. This involves quieting the Big Voice of your ego and listening instead to the still, small voice of your intuition. The Magician represents the strength of individual will, but it also symbolizes the human channelling of cosmic forces to make magic. When you make yourself a receptive conduit, the Universe co-creates with you. Many blocks (and much bad art) are caused by ego: overthinking and trying too hard to do it all by oneself. Remember that creation is also a kind of discovery - bringing something into physical form which already exists on another plane.


Today's card for you, Friday, May 24

Queen 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.

This Queen is loving and nurturing in practical, earthy ways. She makes sure that everyone in her care has a comfortable life with plenty of good food. She’ll make you a cup of tea and listen attentively to your problems. But she’s more than just a willing ear and a shoulder to cry on - she’ll suggest solutions and will give actual assistance. What’s more, she’ll stick with you through the rough spots. Pentacles are all about dedication - you can trust them. And they won’t give up on you. Today this card comes up in reverse to say that you should look within and find the Queen of Pentacles in yourself. Her qualities are in you and you may not even realize it. When you’re facing a problem or a crisis, nurture yourself and take care of your physical needs. Learn to move past the emotions and focus on the nitty-gritty, real-world details so you can deal with the situation effectively. This takes practice and discipline but you can do it! Also, don’t be shy about asking for practical help from others. There are many tasks that are far easier with helping hands - moving, housecleaning, yard work, taking things to the dump or the thrift shop, and so forth. Even getting a ride somewhere can be a godsend at times, and you’ll find people are happy to assist.


Today's card for you, Thursday, May 23

Two of Cups

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

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

A partnership is coming into being today! It could be a romance, a close friendship, or a business relationship. Whatever form it takes, it’ll be a wonderfully harmonious pairing, one which will grace your life for years to come. You’ll find yourself on the same page with this other person, thinking and feeling as one, in spite of your being quite different people (and possibly from different backgrounds). In fact, your differences help you support each other - each of you is strong where the other is weak. You and your partner are very fortunate to have found each other. There might be outside stressors on your relationship, probably coming from jealous acquaintances or negative-thinking family members, but if so, rest assured your connection is strong and you’ll both rise above it. As Shakespeare wrote, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.”


Today's card for you, Wednesday, May 22

Six of Cups, reversed

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

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

Reminiscing about the past is fine as long as you don’t set up house and live there. The Six of Cups comes up reversed today to suggest that perhaps you’ve been spending too much time longing for days gone by and relationships with loved ones you’ll never see again. Perhaps you’re dwelling on your regrets as much as on your happy memories. If so, you should move on. When you’re stuck in the past, you can’t appreciate what you have in the present, and you can’t take advantage of opportunities for the future. Look around your home - are you surrounded by old stuff that suggests memories to you? Difficult as it will be, work hard to divest yourself of it - if you can’t bring yourself to ditch it all, at least try to get rid of MOST of it! It holds stagnant energy and tends to stifle one’s progress. Take loads of stuff to the thrift shop. And remember, the dump is your friend. Think of Miss Havisham in Dickens’ Great Expectations - sitting in a dark old house surrounded by the long-rotted remains of her doomed wedding feast. You don’t want to end up like her! Make a conscious decision to cut yourself free from the past and move ahead into a bright new day.

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).