Today transits may see you looking back over the year and thinking about purging whatever has not served you well as you surrender to a greater power.
With Mercury squaring Mars today and the Sun also sextiling Neptune, you may be feeling torn between the part of you that wants to hold on for dear life and the part of you that recognizes it’s time to throw in the towel.
The Sacrifice card is the Tarot of the Origins version of the Hanged Man. This beautiful card illustrates the act of surrender that is traditionally associated with the Hanged Man.
The vibrant reds and oranges in this card may symbolize anger and fear (think Mercury in Capricorn square Mars in Libra). And the arrow-head pointing down from the heavens suggests that the figure in this card doesn’t have much choice in the matter.
But his posture says he’s not only open to the process, he’s ready and willing to embrace it.
The Hanged Man represents sacrifice and surrender. Obstacles and delays. And the Universe saying “no,” “wait” and “let it go.”
As the year 2015 comes to a close, you may be more prepared than ever to let go of what is just not working for you.
You may be doing a personal inventory and taking the time to look back and see what changes need to be made. In order to this you may need to put things on hold — at least long enough to assess the damages and formulate a plan for the future.
The Sacrifice card is all about surrender. Letting go and letting God. Holding back from trying to change the natural course of things because your own input could (and would) interfere with their development. And figuring out what you want to do differently in the year ahead.
King of Swords
Today, as Uranus turns direct in Aries, you should be feeling more like shaking things up and breaking new ground in all the different areas of your life.
This transit can represent as an innovative and electrifying change in direction, but it can also manifest as an abrupt and unsettling wakeup call.
The King of Swords — this version from the fabulous Gypsy Palace Tarot — is a powerful and masterful king. He’s progressive and forward thinking and even a little eccentric. Just like Uranus in Aries.
He is intelligent, inventive and accomplished. He’s innovative and progressive. And he’s an expert at communicating his ideas and getting people to listen.
This is a time for putting your ideas out there — verbally or in writing — and communicating them to others. It’s not the time for ambivalence or uncertainty.
Look at the King in this card. He’s a bit more colorful and flamboyant than we’re using to seeing with the King of Swords. He’s usually rather stoic and somber.
But this whimsical version is just spirited enough to capture the dynamic and playful Uranus in Aries transit we’re dealing with and just dignified enough to capture the essence of planets moving through Capricorn right now.
This King says you can have the best of both worlds. It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. And you won’t get anywhere if it’s all play and no work. Think about putting your own unique and creative spin on whatever you’re trying today. You can expect good things if put yourself out there, and if you play your cards right you can do it without having to sacrifice any of your own personal flair.
Today’s card — The World from the beautiful Christmas Tarot — is all about looking at the bigger picture and tracing the steps that have led you to where you are today.
It’s a card of fulfillment and completion; recognizing milestones that have passed and goals that have been achieved as you prepare to close the door on one chapter in your life and open another.
You may be setting new goals in place or you may be taking some time to celebrate how far you’ve come. You may be also thinking about the year ahead and the changes you want to set in motion.
As the last card in the tarot, the World complete’s the Fool’s journey, with the understanding that he’s grown, evolved and matured along the way.
This card can also have you thinking about where you fit in in the world and about your contributions to humanity. It speaks of not only realizing your dreams and achieving your goals, but also becoming one with the Universe, fulfilled and complete.
Mercury trines Jupiter today, and we’re also being graced by a Full Cancer Moon. These transits remind us that we’re all in charge of our own destinies and that we all create our own luck.The Mercury / Jupiter aspect is also generous and benevolent, in keeping with the Christmas spirit.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, the message behind this card is one of coming full circle and seeing the bigger picture. Whether you’re taking some time to relish the satisfaction of having achieved something, or are ready to dive back in and start again, the message behind the world card is best received with insight and awareness.
Four of Wands
Today’s Venus / Jupiter sextile can bring out the kindness, warmth, graciousness and congeniality in all of us as we move into the final days of the year.
No matter where you are in the world today, you may feel like Spring is in the air, as this transit moves in like a breath of fresh air. This is a gentle, easy-going transit that brings feelings of benevolence and goodwill to the forefront.
Today’s card — the Four of Wands from the Samurai Tarot — is all about reflecting on accomplishments and looking forward to where those accomplishments may lead. It speaks of rejoicing and celebrating — whether this means planning for a party or special event, or getting yourself out of the doldrums and washing away the blues.
The Four of Wands takes the “dream big” energy that came with the Three of Wands and turns it into something tangible, solid and lasting. It represents a joyous celebration: a marriage, a promotion, the birth of a child.
It tells you that “this is only the beginning” of something you’ve already established and that it’s going to just keep getting better and better.
You may be planning a special event — one which will be way more fun than you are anticipating. You are likely to meet people, have fun, put your worries aside and focus instead on the promise of friendship, companionship and socializing.
No matter what else you’re up against today remember to be grateful for what you have. It’s not the time to isolate or withdraw from social opportunities. Look around you and take note of all you’ve accomplished thus far. Chances are good there’s a lot to be grateful for and a cause for celebration right there in front of you.
Three of Cups
Today is a good day to connect (or reconnect) with loved ones and focus on putting your differences aside.
The Three of Cups — this version from the wonderful Morgan Greer Tarot — is a joyful and festive card that emphasizes partying and celebrating over work and responsibilities. It also emphasizes friends and casual relationships over serious romantic entanglements.
It refers to being surrounded by like-minded people and putting your differences aside. It’s about coming together and joining forces with those who have your best interests at heart.
The focus is on merriment and gaiety rather than monotony and drudgery. It’s on interacting and networking with others, allowing you to push aside some of your more serious concerns — at least for the time being.
It represents people gathering together to connect, interact and socialize. It’s a happy, joyful energy that can manifest as a party or celebration, or it could be as simple as a girls’ night out. There’s a strong sisterhood vibe to this card — as well as most other versions of the Three of Cups — too.
Pay attention to new people coming into your life too. You could find yourself developing friendships with people that seem random at first but can turn into important connections over time.
No matter where the people in your life have come from today — no matter what your connection or history or relationship with them is — the Three of Cups is a card of companionship and camaraderie. It serves as a reminder that there’s always something to be grateful for, and always someone to share your gratitude with.
Today you want to focus on what’s right in your world rather than what might be wrong. The Sun card is all about happiness, optimism and vitality: it’s about being present in the moment and celebrating being alive.
Look around you and take notice of the blessings that surround you. Step away — at least mentally — and turn your attention away from work and mundane affairs long enough to soak in the energizing rays of the Sun.
The Sun card — this version from the Crystal Visions Tarot — represents energy and vitality. Feeling happy to be alive. Getting in touch with your inner child, your true authentic spirit, the part of you that longs to embrace life with ever fiber of your being.
When we think of the Sun, we think of warmth, light and life. It warms our spirits as well as our bodies; it brightens our moods as well as the outside world, and it brings life to our dreams and goals as well as to every living thing on the planet.
The Sun card in the Tarot is much the same way. It refers to the wonder and glory of being alive. Of feeling warm, confident, radiant and spirited. Its attitude is that “everything is as it should be” today, for you and all around you.
The Sun reflects your own inner light and inspires you to let it shine. It encourages you to say yes to life rather than letting your troubles hold you back. It tells you to turn your face to the Sun rather rather than looking back over your shoulder toward whatever caused you to dim your light in the first place.
The Sun card is all about optimism, enthusiasm and personal radiance. It’s about being yourself and allowing yourself to “shine,” without any pretense or constraint. Today may be the shortest day in the year (for those in the Northern Hemisphere) but the Sun is still shines. We may not always see it but it’s always there — and serves as a reminder of the warmth and vitality that each of us possess
Wheel of Fortune
Today you may be looking at the ups and downs in your life and thinking about how they’ve led you to where you are today. The Wheel of Fortune is associated with fate, destiny, “karma,” life cycles and both good and bad luck.
Sometimes we blame ourselves for the down times (assuming we’ve “brought it all on ourselves”) while viewing the up times as outside of our control.
We all experience these up and down cycles — and we all try to maximize the former while minimizing the latter.
But the Wheel of Fortune — this version from the beautiful Spiral Tarot — tells us that both are necessary and that the good times wouldn’t be good without the frame of reference of the not-so-good times.
The Wheel of Fortune is tied to “luck” and you may see yours turning today as the Sun squares the North and South Nodes and moves people in and out of your life.
There are also elements of karma and fate associated with this card; yet the Wheel of Fortune refers as much to creating your own destiny — and mastering your own fate — as it does to dealing with karmic repercussions.
It’s a reminder that all we send out comes back to us in some form or another. It may not be today; it may be months, years or even lifetimes away. Remember that as one one door closes, another one opens — just as the wheel turns and the seasons change. Today’s transits speak of finding ways to voice your intentions while at the same time putting disappointments and heartaches behind you.