This month you should be presented with opportunities to look back over the strides you’ve made and the challenges you’ve faced in recent months as you begin a brand new cycle.
The young child in this card stands at the doorway between past and present. He still has an opportunity to look back behind him and clear up any unfinished business. But he has that same opportunity to venture forward and face a brand new world.
This is the Druid Craft Tarot’s version of the Judgment card. It’s the endless human journey that we sometimes refer to as “karma.” We reap and sew with each thought, action, and decision.
This card calls for self-evaluation and awareness, a need to develop enough spiritual altitude to look objectively at your mistakes and short-comings as well as your triumphs and victories.
It is a powerful reminder that in order to put the past behind us we must not only let go of prior judgments but heal the wounds that have been holding us back. It’s a card of both atonement and forgiveness. Of unconditional love, understanding and acceptance — for both ourselves and for those who’ve hurt us or let us down.
This card represents a summation of all that has come before, and an awareness that each step taken — from here on out — leaves an indelible imprint on our future. It represents a calling — a spiritual call to action, where the past meets the present and beckons you toward the future.
TAURUS: Queen of Cups
This month is going to be about taking care of yourself as well as others and if there has been any imbalance between the two lately, then maybe it’s time to take a look at that too.
There is a touch of the fairy about this image — the Queen of Cups from the Faerie Tarot — and predominance of the colour green shows that there is healing around for you.
You may wish to choose where and whom you deliver this healing to as if you need more energy for yourself there is no use giving it out to others when you could be replenishing your own reserves.
Any pet project you have going on or in the pipeline will need careful surveying today and the finishing touches may need to be put in place.
There is help at hand for this as the white petals float down from the tree in the background giving new thoughts that come from nowhere to help you.
You may feel as if you have a lot of energy to share around as can be seen from the red dress worn, yet you do not need to put as much of that energy into everything you do as the delicate fairy wings show just a smidgen of energy goes a long way. Therefore go from one project to the next and don’t get bogged down in any one thing.
Do not take on the problems of others as if they were your own. Keep a healthy distance and take notice of boundaries. This may be the lesson you are learning this month… where you begin and others end.
GEMINI: Nine of Wands
You may have to muster up the courage this month to let someone know what you’re no longer willing to stand for.
You may have to put your foot down, show that you mean business and stand up for your rights.
The Nine of Wands — this version from Nora Huszka’s beautiful Gypsy Palace Tarot — says it’s time to gather your wits and rise up against whatever challenges you face, which means you’re also going to have to push your fears and anxieties aside.
Have you ever heard of the phrase “blowing your stack?” That’s what it looks like the woman in the card is doing. She’s gotten herself so angry and flustered that she’s blown the crown right off of the top of her head.
She’s telling someone “Get out and don’t come back!” Or maybe she’s saying “How many times do I have to tell you to get out there and mow the lawn?”
Whatever it is, it’s clear she means business. She’s standing up for her rights and is not about to take no for an answer. She’s so convincing that even the cats beside her are cowering in fear.
The Nine of Wands is all about stamina, perseverance and persistence. It invites you to mobilize your forces, stick with the program and get the job done — no matter what. It says that while you may be wary from the struggles that have brought you to this point, you’re not going to let them get the best of you or cause you to back down.
CANCER: Two of Pentacles
This month you may be reflecting on the changes that you need to make to bring your world back into balance.
The Two of Pentacles — this version from the beautiful Crystal Tarot — is all about finding a comfortable compromise between opposing forces. That could mean between work and play, head and heart, fantasy and reality or material vs. spiritual values.
In this version of the card, we see the Sun shining brightly in the sky and a flower-like disk reflected below. Two birds in the upper corners of the card appear to be lifting the Sun, while two plants sprouting from the earth appear to be anchored to the flower. The smiling face on the Sun is replaced by an inverted Venus symbol stamped on the flower’s face.
All this brings to mind the hermetic principles of “as above so below” that reflect the essence of the two of pentacles (or any of the “two” cards for that matter).
What’s apparent on the surface (the Sun in this case) is not literally reflected beneath the surface (the flower), but is instead a complementary force.
The Two of Pentacles is most often associated with money, but that’s only one small part. While Venus (the symbol we see inverted on the face of the flower) is associated with money, it also represents love, romance, aesthetics and personal values.
In some decks this card is called “Change.” What is it in your own life that you would like to see changed? Remember that when you make adjustments to your outer world, your inner world will change in accordance with those same universal laws — and vice versa.
LEO: White Tiger Ace
As you look around yourself this month, you may find you are coming into a new way of thinking. One that has nothing to do with what others think of you and everything to do with what you think about yourself.
The beauty of these new thoughts will be that you are nourishing yourself and not giving away any of your energy to others. This is a great time to plan something new in your life and do it your way!
Don’t take any notice to what others are telling you to do or which way to think because you have the opportunity today to not only nourish yourself with your new thoughts but to also show by example what can be accomplished if you give yourself over to nourishing your own mind.
The tail of the tiger in this image — the Feng Shui Tarot’s version of the Ace of Swords — is placed over the background landscape showing the far reaching consequences of how far you can go if you take your power back and give it to yourself… as opposed to giving it away to others.
It’s like a river which runs into the water hole your are drinking from which perfectly describes that what you give out you get back and also what you get back you give out.
Think on those words because you want to be truly independently thinking for yourself so you make sure that what you are giving out comes from you and not from someone else’s way of thinking that has you acting like a puppet to their thought processes.
VIRGO: The Empress
Now is the time to get in touch with your true self and your own wants and needs. Usually the Empress card — this version from the Shadowscapes Tarot — is about nourishing and taking care of others but as the image on this card implies, you also need to give yourself that same exact, loving care.
You can do this by going deep within yourself and “listening” to what your “soul” is saying and allowing yourself to be nourished by stepping aside from your daily routine and being kind to yourself.
Pampering yourself should be high on your list of priorities this month and once you slow down enough to feel your true self you can see that the world is your oyster and are open to new opportunities coming into your life. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to choose between someone else and yourself… choose yourself! It may not feel comfortable for you and if it doesn’t perhaps that is because it is something you need to do more of.
There is a rich inner world that each of us — male or female — possess, yet few of us take the time to fully explore. It’s a lush, fertile garden where primitive instincts and natural desires reside.
The woman in this card is at one with nature. She’s at home among the exotic birds and butterflies — as well as all the bounty of fruits and foliage that surround her. She’s nurturing yet commanding and exotic yet organic.
There is no shame in choosing “you” over someone else and look at the benefits this will bring you. With more self love and acceptance for yourself you will find this flowing out towards others where it then comes back to you. In other words… what you give out you get back.
Libra: Seven of Mirrors
This month may find you torn between competing interests and desires. You may be pulled in different directions: either away from the things you want to do, or toward the kind of mindless diversions that cause you to lose sight of your priorities.
The Seven of Mirrors — Chrysalis Tarot’s version of the Seven of Cups — is a card of temptation, often fueled by irrational thoughts or fantasies. There can be too many options available, which makes it hard to decide. But it’s often a case of wishful thinking and foolish day-dreaming that can interfere with actual progress.
The woman in this card gazes off in the distance, weaving a tapestry at her loom. She doesn’t notice the mirrors behind her (even the one directly behind her that is shattered) though they may be her only passage to the outside world. She’s lost in a world of world of fantasy, perhaps dreaming of a more exciting existance.
This is the dilemma with the Seven of Cups. What you long for looks so appealing while what you have appears so drab. But it’s just an illusion and even if it weren’t — even if it were perfectly attainable — it’s not going to come about by sitting around daydreaming about it.
There are elements of seduction also inherent in this card. Being seduced by something intangible or just out of reach, or being lured in by a fantasy that falls short in the harsh light of day. Notice the woman’s hypnotic gaze as she mindlessly weaves her destiny.
While you may think that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, chances are good that when you got there you’d want nothing more than to return back home. The message behind this card is to aim for reachable goals and to participate in attaining them rather than allowing yourself to fall into the trap of wishful thinking.
Scorpio: Six of Swords
You may be on the verge of making important changes in your life, and in doing so will have to think about what you’re taking with you and what you need to leave behind.
This doesn’t necessarily mean material things; in fact that’s rarely what it means. It’s more about attitudes and belief systems, as well as a life you may have built and dreams you may have dreamed that are no longer capable of sustaining you.
The Six of Swords — this version from the Morgan Greer Tarot — is a card of transition and change. Moving from one “place” to another, if only in your mind. Notice how the woman in this card is huddled and shrouded from view. She’s protecting herself from more than just the elements.
She may be mourning the loss of her previous existence, or she may be reflecting on the choices she’s made to leave it all behind. Either way, she’s put her faith in the ferryman to get to her safely to her new destination.
Notice too that while the waves are choppy beneath them, they start to smooth out the closer they get to the other shore. And speaking of that other shore, the landscape’s silhouette appears to be promising. It’s lush, flourishing and full of potential.
This is the message behind the Six of Swords. You may not be where you want to be just yet, but you’re moving in the right direction.
SAGITTARIUS: Two of Cups
This month may find you ready to start intimately bonding with another. The Two of Cups speaks of falling in love, finding your other half, and connecting with another on such a powerful level that the two of you become one.
It’s not always a love connection. It can refer to a close friendship, business partnership, or some other deep bond. It refers to the “sum of the parts being greater than the whole,” which reminds us that two heads (and hearts) are better than one.
In the context of romance though, this is a very loving and romantic card. This version — from the Crystal Visions Tarot — is about as romantic as you can get. In it, a pair of star-struck lovers bathe in a shimmering lotus pool under the light of a full moon.
There’s a sacred connection here, a blending of energies with the pouring of an essence from one cup to another as the tiny faerie rises in the mist and bestows her blessings on the couple below.
This is the essence of the Two of Cups. It’s not just relating to another romantically, but also sharing, merging and uniting in love. It can also relate to finding your “soulmate” or your other half. It brings with it the ability to see yourself through someone else’s eyes (and heart). In this respect it’s about falling in love with yourself — at your very best.
If you’re already involved in an established relationship, this card can relate to reinvigorating the love you felt upon first meeting. And if you’re not involved and just looking, it may very well be the time you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Like these two figures, you may find yourself on the verge of a passionate, all-consuming affair. It can be riveting and it can be intoxicating, and as long as you keep your wits about you, it can also be a life-altering experience.
CAPRICORN: Sage of Pentacles
This is going to be a good month for you with respect to business and financial opportunities.
Meet the Sage of Pentacles, the World Spirit Tarot’s version of the King of Pentacles. He sits on his throne surrounded by symbols of opulence and luxury, including lush foliage, colorful flowers fruit-filled trees and a satiated pig.
The Sage of Pentacles is all about living the good life. Generating income and availing himself to opportunity everywhere he turns. He’s reached pinnacle of success through hard work and determination. He represents power, authority, ambition and worldly acclaim.
This could be you or someone in your life, such as a parent, teacher, mentor or boss. It could also represent a set of values you need to adopt in order to attain your goals.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? What about ten or twenty? What steps are you taking now to manifest that vision? Even though the Sage of Pentacles is a “King,” he didn’t arrive at his station by sitting around doing nothing.
He had to work his way to the top and once there must maintain his position, even if he’s comfortable enough to relax and enjoy all he’s accomplished. The Sage of Pentacles has his feet planted firmly on the ground. He’s a businessman, a entrepreneur, a financial advisor — in general a self-made man.
And while you do want to be practical about putting together your long term goals, you want to be careful not to get stuck in a rut. Just like the King in this card, it would do you a world of good to stop and smell those flowers from time to time. All work and no play isn’t good for anyone, least of all you.
AQUARIUS: Six of Wands
This month should see you feeling more passionate about your calling and ready to make things happen. You may feel like you’re on the verge of life-altering changes which can manifest in powerful and transformative ways.
These can bring in opportunities to completely reinvent yourself. And they can see you finally starting to receive the recognition you’ve worked so hard for.
It may come in the form of a raise or a promotion, or may be as simple as reassurances from loved ones that you’re valued and appreciated.
You may feel like a million bucks, and rightfully so.
The Six of Wands — this version from the Deviant Moon Tarot — is called “Victory” in some decks; it speaks of validation of your efforts, and is well-deserved; this is the kind of acknowledgment you receive when it becomes clear that you’ve paid your dues.
In this version of the card, a figure emerges as a butterfly from the bud of a partially blooming flower. She wears a crown and holds a scepter in one of her many hands. We see the Sun rising high in the sky behind her as she’s hailed by her peers.
There’s a sense of triumph in this card, as in being chosen as a leader or someone to look up to. You may feel unexpectedly revered or idolized. But with that comes expectations that you’re going to have to live up to. More recognition but also more responsibility. More people counting on you to show them how it’s done.
This is not the time to “bask in your glory,” but rather a time to mirror back to those who are acknowledging you the same sense of gratitude and appreciation. It’s a time to remember the little people — those who have helped you a long the way.
If you’re in line for a promotion, an award or some other form of external validation, be ready to embrace it as confirmation that you’ve earned it and deserve it. But leave your ego at the door as there’s still more work to be done.
Pisces: Three of Swords
This month may see you having to get creative in how you decide to handle conflicts. If you’re dealing with stress at work (or drama with loved ones) you may find that your emotions are difficult to contain, particularly the more aggressive emotions like anger, impatience and indignation.
You want to be on your toes — especially where relationships are concerned — as you may have to deflect a few daggers that come your way.
The Three of Swords usually refers to pain and suffering. But this version — from the Chinese Tarot — veers significantly from traditional imagery, as a welcome and refreshing change.
You may not be particularly happy at times during the month. You may feel the sting of rejection or love lost. But as you can see from the figure in in this card, it’s more about stopping pain in its tracks than it is about allowing it to cut you to your deepest core.
The warrior in this card is a whirlwind of action and energy. She sees the sword coming at her and acts with deftness and precision. She wields two swords of her own and uses them to block the third one, thus minimizing the damage done.
The Three of Swords can refer to deep psychic wounds that are cut open by circumstances beyond your control. Usually a disappointment or sense of heartache that even if you saw it coming you felt powerless to stop.
But this version tells you that you can take charge of the situation and decide how you want to handle it. It tells you that you don’t have to suffer needlessly. It reminds you that while what happens to you may be outside of your control, how you respond to it is most definitely not.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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August 2016 Tarot Scopes
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