Tarot Enlightenment

in-depth readings by Heather-Rose Ryan

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.

Today's card for you, Monday, April 8

Ten 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’ve been working hard for quite a while to achieve financial security. This card comes up today to let you know that you’re very close! Think about your approach and see if you can pare down your expenses and your debt at all. Every little bit will help. Also, when making decisions about your money, try to plan for the long term - don’t invest in anything that promises quick returns. Conservative choices will serve you best at this juncture. You’ll make it to your goal if you’re patient and disciplined. The Ten of Pentacles can also mean family, the stability of multi-generational relationships. If you haven’t had much contact with your relatives in recent years, particularly those who live at a great distance, this would be a good time to reach out to them and reconnect. You’ll find them to be a source of support and encouragement.

Today's card for you, Saturday, April 6

The Sun

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

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

What a lovely card to draw to start this spring weekend! The Sun represents strong positive energy and bright vitality shining forth. You’re entering a phase in your life in which you’re coming out of the darkness and into the light of success and newly-awakened confidence. Believe in yourself and what you’re going to accomplish! Your creative juices are starting to flow, just like the sap is beginning to rise in the trees as the springtime sun warms the earth. Since this is a Major Arcana card, the message is that this new surge of positive power holds great significance for you and is likely to be the “theme” of your life for the foreseeable future. Now is the time to take action towards your goals. Maintain faith in your creative abilities and your strength to overcome obstacles, and whatever you choose to undertake will meet with success.

Today's card for you, Friday, April 5

Five of Pentacles

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

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

It was only a few days ago, on April 1, that this card came up reversed. The message on that day included the warning to “consider your mindset and your approach to things. You could be thinking in terms of lack and scarcity rather than the possibility of having plenty of resources to support yourself. That mentality, while no doubt rooted in your present reality, is likely to lead to more of the same lack.” And here it seems that this may have come to pass. You may be overcome with depression and anxiety, feeling lost and alone, stuck in a negative thought pattern. Or you may be faced with a financial setback: a job loss, a failure of an investment, or a sudden expense that you can’t cover. If so, don’t panic. It’s bad news, but it’s temporary and you’ll find a solution. Try to look beyond the immediate crisis and see what’s possible in the future. The warm light shining through the stained-glass windows of the church sends the symbolic message that there is help, both spiritual and practical, available to you if you’ll only look, and ask, for it. This episode could be a blessing in disguise as it could lead to a change in your thinking, opening the door to greater security and peace of mind.

Today's card for you, Thursday, April 4

The Hermit

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

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

The Hermit comes up at this time to advise you to take a break from your hectic everyday activities and focus on your “inner work”. You are at a crossroads in your life and you need to re-evaluate some things and get pointed in the right direction. Start by spending time in silent meditation and solitary contemplation. This is how you get in touch with your true self. This is a big challenge in a world where you are required to be in constant action, thinking about a thousand different things at once, and talking all the time. But you don’t need to ditch all of your responsibilities and join a monastery. Simply take 20 minutes or half an hour every day to sit quietly with no distractions and concentrate on your breathing. Turn your attention inward, set aside the demands of the ego, and listen.

Check out this page for some tips on how to get started:

Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Today's card for you, Wednesday, April 3

Knight 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.

The Knight of Pentacles is a hard worker and dedicated to his mission. He’s well-organized and attentive to every detail of his responsibilities. He’s the least glamorous and exciting of the Knights - he might even be seen as boring - but he’s the most reliable and can always be trusted to do his duty. The fact that he’s appearing reversed in today’s reading suggests that your current approach to life could use more of his single-minded, diligent energy. Ask yourself if you can be counted on to do what people expect of you, and what you expect of yourself. Are you living up to your potential or are you wasting your time? Are you able to discipline yourself to pay attention to your tasks or are you prone to distraction and confusion? Maybe it’s time to challenge yourself to change your habits. Listen to this Knight’s advice - buckle down, focus, and get some serious work accomplished.

Today's card for you, Monday, April 1

Five 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.

The reversed Five of Pentacles came up last week on March 26! The fact that it’s returned again so soon is a clear indication that its message is especially important and you should pay close attention. Here is the reading from the 26th:

If you’ve been going through a period of financial difficulties that have led to you feeling downhearted and shut out of society, there’s good news - you’ll be moving out of that phase very soon. A major reason for this is that your priorities are changing. You’re gradually realizing that your focus on material wealth and career achievements isn’t enough. You’re searching for a spiritual connection in life, a deeper awareness that goes beyond mere “stuff”. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your job and move into a monastery (though you might want to consider that option). What it does mean is that you’ll be cutting the superficial, the excess, out of your life and freeing yourself from carrying those burdens. Clear your schedule for meditation and “alone time” now - the insights you receive will guide you to rebuild your financial support system in a sensible, down-to-earth way that will work for you.

A further message that comes through today is to consider your mindset and your approach to things. You could be thinking in terms of lack and scarcity rather than the possibility of having plenty of resources to support yourself. That mentality, while no doubt rooted in your present reality, is likely to lead to more of the same lack. Difficult as it may be, concentrate on reprogramming your thinking to seek the positive in your situation and to find ways to take constructive action. That will be your key to change.

Today's card for you, Sunday, March 31

Nine of Cups

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

The Nine of Cups also came up on December 5. The message on that day was that this card is “all about satisfaction and enjoying life. It encourages you to seek out whatever gives you pleasure, savoring each moment. Treat yourself! Don’t feel guilty - a little over-indulgence once in a while is okay. As the quote goes, ‘Everything in moderation, including moderation’.” In addition, this card signifies that a wish of yours might be granted. If this turns out to be the case, accept your good fortune humbly and remember to “pay it forward” to others. Keep the joyful energy flowing!

Today's card for you, Saturday, March 30

The Chariot

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

The Chariot also came up in the readings for January 18 and January 29, plus reversed on November 13 and November 20. Apparently it’s an important card for my readers! The Universe wants to get you moving! The card generally indicates firm control and rapid progress. Today the card suggests that you should take charge of something that is meaningful to you - maybe a project, an organization, a professional position - and use your vision and your strengths to drive it in a new direction. Don’t be afraid to speak up clearly and take the wheel. There are times when strong, authoritative action is necessary to get things moving, and this is one of those times. This - particularly your sudden assertiveness - may come as a surprise to others involved, but rest assured, you’re on the right track!

Today's card for you, Friday, March 29

Five of Swords

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

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.

Today's card for you, Thursday, March 28

Six of Wands

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

You’re about to achieve a triumphant success! You worked hard and patiently for it and now it will unfold. Celebrate it! Cherish it! Spread your good feeling around to your friends, family, and colleagues - they were instrumental in getting you to this place. Make sure to thank them for their love and support. Enjoy your moment in the sun and remember everything about it so you can remind yourself of it the next time the clouds start to roll in and you face adversity. This success may lead you to new ideas and inspire big changes - a different career or a move to another place - so be alert to all opportunities that arise. Good luck!

Today's card for you, Wednesday, March 27

The Empress, reversed

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

The Empress comes up reversed today to remind you to take time for yourself and your needs. You may have been running yourself ragged lately trying to care for others and nurture their growth. But you may have neglected your own self-care during this period. “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” For today, switch the focus to yourself - take a solitary walk, get your hair done, spend an hour or two with a good book and a cup of tea. You need to “refill the well” in order to keep taking care of others. This card is also associated with creativity and bringing new ideas and projects into the world. The reversal suggests that you could be encountering some kind of creative block. If so, you might be pushing yourself too hard to achieve your goals. Back off and allow yourself to have breathing room. This will enable you to see the project in a different light when you eventually return to it.

Today's card for you, Tuesday, March 26

Five of Pentacles, reversed

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

If you’ve been going through a period of financial difficulties that have led to you feeling downhearted and shut out of society, there’s good news - you’ll be moving out of that phase very soon. A major reason for this is that your priorities are changing. You’re gradually realizing that your focus on material wealth and career achievements isn’t enough. You’re searching for a spiritual connection in life, a deeper awareness that goes beyond mere “stuff”. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your job and move into a monastery (though you might want to consider that option). What it does mean is that you’ll be cutting the superficial, the excess, out of your life and freeing yourself from carrying those burdens. Clear your schedule for meditation and “alone time” now - the insights you receive will guide you to rebuild your financial support system in a sensible, down-to-earth way that will work for you.

Today's card for you, Monday, March 25

Eight of Cups

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

This card is from the Rider-Waite deck, published in 1910.

You may be in a situation which has been frustrating you for a long time and you’re tempted to walk away from it. If so, this card suggests that walking away would probably be the best course of action. There are many positive aspects to the situation in question, but the negatives are weighing too heavily on your shoulders and are holding you back. You’ve done your best to improve matters but some things are out of your control. It’s time to acknowledge your regrets, cut the emotional ties, and move on. There are greener pastures ahead of you once you emerge from this phase in your life. As the song goes, “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”