Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

Today's card for you, Thursday, January 17

Five of Cups

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

Today you may be brooding over a disappointment. Someone may have wronged you, or a project that you’ve been very much looking forward to may have fallen through. In this circumstance, it feels like the end of the world. But it’s not! This, too, shall pass, and it’s possible you’ll discover you’re better off without that person or project in your life. Note the two cups left standing behind the man’s back. He’s so absorbed in his grieving for the cups that have spilled that he’s oblivious to them. This card comes up to remind you that, even though the prospect before you may look bleak, there’s a lot of positive stuff in your life that you’re not noticing. Time to sit down and take stock of where you are and recognize the blessings that you have. This will give you a firm foundation to build on in the future.

Today's card for you, Wednesday, January 16

Eight of Wands, reversed

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

This card is from the Morgan-Greer deck, published in 1979.

You may be hearing unexpected news soon. Something in your situation may abruptly change. Alternatively, though perhaps connected, you may be shifting into high gear on a new project. A lot of things will start to happen and your plans will come together. Be prepared for this moment. Don’t set your ideas in stone - be flexible and go with the flow of new energy. It may turn out to be a hair-raising roller-coaster ride, but if you hang on tight, keep your cool, and accept what comes, you’ll be pleased with the eventual result.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, January 15

Ten of Cups

This card is from the Morgan-Greer Tarot, published in 1979.

This card is from the Morgan-Greer Tarot, published in 1979.

Joy and peace can be yours today. If you’ve been wanting to cultivate more harmonious relationships with your family or your colleagues, this is the day to start. Look around you and count the blessings in your life. Allowing a sense of deep gratitude to flood through you is the best way to sweep out the stagnant energy of discord and stale resentments. If you’ve had long-standing issues with someone that prevent you from getting along, resolve to leave those in the past. It’s always possible to start afresh with people. It only requires a commitment from you to let go of the old hurts. Celebrate the positive aspects of life and don’t dwell on the negative.

Today's card for you, Monday, January 14

Ace of Cups

This card is from the Morgan-Greer Tarot, published in 1979.

This card is from the Morgan-Greer Tarot, published in 1979.

Today you’ll feel a strong intuition about something. You might be entering a phase of development in which your “sixth sense” is becoming more vivid and intense. Listen to what it’s telling you. It’s possible that it will lead you to re-evaluate your current path in life and point you in a more fruitful, positive direction. You can sharpen your intuitive ability through daily meditation. A regular practice of silent meditation (even 15 minutes a day!) will help you to distinguish your quiet “inner knowing” from the louder shouts of your ego-driven mind.

Today's card for you, Sunday, January 13

Ace 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.

You may be thinking of starting a business or building/remodeling a home. If so, there’s a lot of positive energy surrounding this plan, and it’s very exciting to you, but don’t rush ahead - it’s not time to begin yet. There’s still research to be done and many questions to be answered. Hold back on the project for the next few months while the seed slowly germinates. By the spring, you should have all the information you need to go forward with it. And your concept of what’s involved probably will have changed somewhat, thanks to your careful consideration of all the facts.

Today's card for you, Saturday. January 12

Three 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 might hear sad or shocking news today, so be prepared. It’s not always possible to look on the bright side of things - sometimes the situation is just plain bad. Today it might have to do with an emotional betrayal of some kind. If this does happen to you, hang in there and weather the storm. Resist the urge to blame yourself and think you could have avoided this if you’d done things differently - it was out of your hands. It will be painful for a while but eventually the sorrow will fade and the sun will come out from behind the clouds again.

Today's card for you, Friday, January 11

The Magician

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

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

The Magician inspires you to realize your potential. You have talents and abilities that you haven’t yet developed, or perhaps even recognized. What is necessary to bring them out in your life is a single-minded focus driven by powerful force of will. Spend time in contemplation to clarify what you wish to achieve - you must have a clear goal in mind - then put the wheels in motion to make it happen. Channel all your energy into it. You alone can do this. When you find your ideal goal and unlock your creative power, you can create miracles. You can make magic.

Today's card for you, Thursday, January 10

The Devil

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

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

The Devil comes up today to warn you that you’re stuck in a destructive pattern of negative thoughts. It’s true that in this current world situation, there are many things that cause fear, anxiety, and anger. It’s normal to feel some of these emotions in reaction. But you shouldn’t allow them to take over your life and trap you. They are like dark clouds that collect in your mind and blot out the life-giving sun. Instead, make a conscious effort today to direct your thoughts to whatever you have in your life that makes you feel love and gratitude. This will help disrupt the pattern of negativity. If you train your mind to shift its focus to these positive feelings whenever you’re faced with an onslaught of negativity, you’ll soon break the chains that hold you down.

Today's card for you, Wednesday, January 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 feeling stuck in a situation that isn’t what you want. Or you have a dream that you believe you can’t ever fulfill. This card comes up today to advise you to look beyond where you are right now and take the long view. You can pull yourself out of your current stagnation and move forward towards your goal if you take it seriously and make a detailed plan. As you focus on your plan, creative ideas will come to you that will enable you to achieve your dream. Take it one step at a time and always keep your eyes on the prize.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, January 8

Ace of Pentacles

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

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

A seed has been planted that will soon grow and blossom for you. It could be an idea for a new business, a project, a home or garden, or even a way to reorganize your living space to make it more comfortable and efficient. You may receive an unexpected offer related to this opportunity. This could take your life in a totally new direction. Consider your options carefully, be open to practical solutions, and stay grounded. Now is the time to take concrete action towards achieving your goals rather than daydreaming about them!

Today's card for you, Monday, January 7

Six of Cups, reversed

Card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

Card is from the Robin Wood deck, published in 1991.

This card encourages you to get in touch with your kind, generous side. You may have been feeling cranky lately, fretting about your own problems and not thinking about the people around you. But that’s not really you. You’re at your best when you reach out to others and share the love. Make an effort to do this for the next few days. Donate some things to charity, volunteer at your local library or animal shelter, give a little money to a crowdfunding project. Carve out time in your day to spend with your loved ones and pay conscious attention to them. Think good thoughts about people who annoy you. Compliment a stranger on his hat. You’ll find that the Universe will ensure that your energy of kindness will be returned to you on many different levels.

Today's card for you, Friday, January 4

Eight of Clubs (Wands), reversed

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

You might experience a rapid change or hear unexpected news in the coming days. You are moving into a new phase in your life and the Universe might be giving you a little kick in the pants to speed things up. Stay calm and relaxed and go with the flow, but be ready to take action quickly if necessary. Be alert to communications and messages so you don’t miss out on important information. Sometimes the Eight of Wands suggests air travel. If you have plans to fly somewhere in the next several days, it’s possible that there will be delays or hassles of some sort. Double-check your reservations, make sure you have all the necessary travel documents, and be prepared in case your luggage doesn’t show up!

Today's card for you, Thursday, January 3

Ten of Cups

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

The joy of a loving, happy family is yours today. Savor it and be grateful for it. If you don’t have a close-knit family, perhaps this feeling will come from your connections with dear friends, or even co-workers. There is the sense that all of you are on the same page, caring for each other and working together harmoniously. If there has been hostility or disagreement between you, all that should be left in the past today. It’s more important to have peace. You may need to forgive some people and accept their human flaws in order to achieve this. Embrace this warm feeling of well-being as you move forward in the New Year. Make it happen every day. You can do it!

Today's card for you, Wednesday, January 2

Two of Clubs (Wands)

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This card tells you to “seize the day”! The Two of Clubs, or Wands, is all about combining your personal power with a daring attitude in order to achieve what you want. It’s about being sure of yourself and taking the initiative. If you’re facing a difficult, contentious situation today, be assured that you’ll sail through it with flying colors as long as you stand up for yourself and speak your mind clearly. If you’ve been considering starting a new business or project which is different from the usual, this is a great day to do it. Today’s energy favors those who are innovative thinkers and risktakers. You might also be weighing the idea of moving to another state or country in order to pursue your dreams. If so, spend today researching and inquiring into the possibilities. You’re likely to find some great leads that will move your closer to your goals.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, January 1

Eight of Swords

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

On this first day of the New Year, when everyone is supposed to be optimistic and put their best foot forward, you might instead be feeling stuck. You might be in a situation in which you are confused and think you have no options - your thoughts are going around and around like a mouse in a maze. If so, this card advises you to look at things from a new perspective. Stop overthinking and instead open up to your intuition. You know deep within yourself what the right course of action is. You have the power to throw off the imaginary cords that bind you and are holding you back. Simply listen to your heart.

Today's card for you, Monday, December 31

King of Clubs (King of Wands), reversed

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

This card is from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, by Yury Shakov (completed by an unknown artist after Shakov’s death in 1989), published 1992.

The King of Clubs (Wands) is a forceful character, a highly-creative personality who is also a strong leader. Think of some of the most brilliant, charismatic artists and performers and how they put themselves forward on the world’s stage. They were filled with this King’s fiery, outgoing energy. This card, reversed, comes up now to suggest that you should try channelling some of this energy into your own life and work. Don’t hide your light under a bushel! Open up the gates and let your ambition run wild! At the same time, though, be careful to respect everyone around you, listen to their viewpoints, and accept their assistance where necessary. You can have a laser focus in pursuit of your dreams but you will meet with greater success if you have a strong support system behind you. And be sure to help others when they need it. A true leader is considerate of every member of his team and their well-being.

Today's card for you, Sunday, December 30

La Justice (Justice)

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What goes around comes around. Justice appears today to remind you that for every cause there is an effect. What we’ve done in the past will return to confront us eventually, whether for good or ill. Now that we’re approaching the New Year, it’s an excellent time to sit down and take stock of our past actions and see where we might have gone wrong. Then we can begin to attempt to make things right. In addition, we should work on letting go of our resentments towards others who have wronged us and caused us pain. As long as we allow ourselves to obsess about that pain, we are connected to the wrongdoers with emotional cords, allowing them to feed on our energy. Visualize your force of will transformed into a big sword and cut these cords with it! (You might have to cut them several times over a long period before they finally dissipate.) After you’ve done this, you’ll find that you’re refreshed and more powerful. This card calls you to perform two tasks: 1) taking responsibility for wrongs you’ve committed in the past and making amends, and 2) cutting the cords that attach you to your past pain and grief due to being wronged by others. If you can focus on these tasks in these last couple of days before the New Year, you’ll go into 2019 with clarity of conscience and purpose.

Today's card for you, Saturday, December 29

Le Diable (The Devil)

This card is from the Piatnik Wien deck, also known as the Pointner Deck, after the artist Rudolph Pointner. It was published in Austria in 1974.

This card is from the Piatnik Wien deck, also known as the Pointner Deck, after the artist Rudolph Pointner. It was published in Austria in 1974.

The Devil card comes up today to warn you that you, or someone close to you, may be falling into negative patterns in order to obtain gratification. Addiction and obsession might be in the picture as well. Once caught in this kind of a trap, we tend to believe there’s no way out. There is, but it takes tremendous effort, and the first - and most important - step is to admit that you have a problem. This card encourages you to think about this issue and open your eyes to look clearly at what’s happening. Be honest with yourself. Question your beliefs and discern the truth. When we cut through ignorance, delusion, and confusion, our chains will fall away.

Today's card for you, Friday, December 28

La Maison Dieu (The Tower)

This card is from the Piatnik Wien deck, also known as the Pointner deck, after the artist Rudolph Pointner. It was published in Austria in 1974.

This card is from the Piatnik Wien deck, also known as the Pointner deck, after the artist Rudolph Pointner. It was published in Austria in 1974.

The Tower suggests that an abrupt, unexpected change is at hand and it will shake the foundations of everything you’ve come to think of as normal. The old structures will fall away and chaos will reign for a time. But this card comes up today to advise you not to panic. The upheaval is a necessary one which must happen in order to get rid of negative patterns that weren’t working. The destruction will clear away the fake facades and reveal the world in its true light. Stay cool and centered. Be prepared to ride the wave and go with the flow as we move into a different paradigm. It will be an adventure for a while, but eventually, all will be well.