ARIES: The Chariot
This month you’ll have Venus retrograding back into your relationship sector while Uranus retrogrades back into your sign. As a result you may feel yourself being torn between the desire to merge with another (Venus) and an overwhelming desire for freedom (Uranus).
Like the Charioteer in this card — from Timothy Lantz’s gorgeous Archeon Tarot — you may be in for a bit of a bumpy ride, at least in the relationship department.
This Charioteer is depicted as warrior goddess, harnessing two vastly opposing energies. The blue and red stallions embody hot and cold (or fire and ice) energies and are rearing up in two different directions.
You may be met with obstacles, but you’re clearly up for the challenge: there is a sense of confidence and strength seen here in the way she takes charge of the two rearing beasts. And there’s a sense of fatedness as well: as in the symbol of the goddess Maat above the moon and the overlay of constellations in the background.
The Moon in the background glows a brilliant gold. It almost looks like a Sun: more “opposing/diverging” symbolism. And yet we see the warrior goddess standing front and dead center, as she strives to restore order to the chaos around her.
You’ll likewise be called upon to both maintain control and harness the opposing forces in your own life. Your challenge will be to find a way to pull your energy inward and funnel it outward into one solid direction.
You can accomplish a lot through sheer force and determination — as long as you’re aware of the need to focus your energy in one primary direction. You’ll have find a way to balance the diverging energies in your life. But if you can “pull it together” you’ll make great strides toward accomplishing your goals.
TAURUS: The Hermit
This month, with Uranus getting ready to back out of your sign and with your ruling planet (Venus) retrograde, you may feel like retreating from the outer world and turning inward toward your emotional center.
The Hermit card — this version from the Mary-el Tarot — refers to solitude, introspection and internal analysis. It’s about getting a better understanding of yourself and searching for a deeper meaning to life’s most pressing questions.
The Hermit card can appear at a time when you’re so bombarded with external stimuli that you just want to “get away” from it all. But be careful that you don’t spend so much time in your head that you miss out on opportunities that present themselves.
You also want to be conscious of your own motivations: the downside of this card is the urge to hide things, close yourself off from others and avoid those who matter to you most.
The Hermit in this card is submerged deeply into the realm of the unconscious, as shown by the waves surrounding him. He blends in so completely that he becomes one with them, a reflection of the need to immerse yourself fully, which is the essence of this archetype.
Notice that this Hermit’s lantern dangles almost carelessly from one finger. While it does provide illumination, he doesn’t even glance at it. Perhaps he doesn’t need it. The lantern though can serve as a reminder to let your true self “shine” rather than hiding it away from those you care about.
These transits can indicate a period of reflection and contemplation, during which all of your psychic impressions are intensified. The Hermit card encourages you to quiet your mind, sharpen your intuition, and reach deep within your psyche for the riches that abound.
GEMINI: Eight of Wands
You may find yourself in the midst of a whirlwind of activity this month, courtesy of the Full Moon in your sign, and your ruler planet (Mercury) moving into the opposite sign (Sagittarius)
This card is all about action, initiative and movement — getting to point B from point A without a lot of dilly-dallying along the way. As Wands are tied to the Fire element, we automatically associate cards in this suit with expressive, dynamic and creative energy.
The Eight of Wands (Rods in this deck, Tarot of the Northern Shadows) often also brings news from afar. It could be a letter, a phone call, a friend request or an invitation. It can also refer to someone delivering news (or you delivering news to another).
This version of the card is full of action. As usual with the Eight of Wands there’s a lot going on. We see the legendary Herla’s Hounds — phantom hounds sent to drag the souls of hapless mortals into the underground.
They surge across the countryside, even knocking down one of the 8 posts on their way. The huntsmen soaring above them are also a part of the legend: note the one turning to dust and dissolving into nothingness.
The Eight of Wands refers to swift movement and progress. It’s action, energy and motion. But the imagery in this card must also remind us to be careful and exercise some discipline as there are potential ramifications to pushing too hard or rushing too fast.
Eights are all “power” cards — for better or worse. In this case it’s usually positive, as it emphasizes the drive and assertion of the Fire vibration and channels it through the confidence and determination of the Eight vibration. For this reason you should feel like you’re on top of the world this month. You should be busy making plans, getting things done, and handling your obligations with the utmost competence and finesse.
Cancer: Ace of Swords
Your card this month — from Robert M. Place’s Alchemical Tarot — is all about clearing your head and focusing your intentions in order to achieve your goals.
The Ace of Swords — as with all Aces — can act as a tool for manifesting. It is raw, pure, unharnessed energy that can be channeled into something both powerful and magical.
It can act as a lightning rod for either positive or negative energy, depending on how it’s used. It refers to getting to the heart of the matter, cutting through the BS, speaking your mind and honoring your truth.
But the Ace of Swords can also be somewhat aggressive and argumentative. When used negatively it really does “cut like a knife” with respect to cruelty or hurtful words.
In this version of the card, a rainbow-hued basilisk is entwined around the blade of the Sword, while a white dove flies in the distance. The dove’s wings are repeated on the hilt of the Sword.
The juxtaposition of these two disparate forces — the dove representing peace and the basilisk representing a powerful yet destructive alchemical force — reminds us of the need to balance our decisions with forethought and our actions with foresight.
Think about what’s been weighing on your mind that now needs to be decided once and for all. And what discussion needs to be had in order to iron out any differences. The Ace of Swords encourages you to speak truthfully but to do so from the heart. Be honest but diplomatic. And be forthright but compassionate.
A healthy dose of discretion can take you a long ways. Be considerate of the feelings of others: remember that words can be both helpful and hurtful, so you want to use yours wisely.
LEO: Red Phoenix Queen
This month you may need to settle back into a role that you’ve undervalued in recent months. Perhaps you’ve been so involved in your career or your goals that you’ve neglected your most important role — that of Queen of your castle.
As a result, and with the New Moon taking place for you in the area of home, family and personal security, you’re likely to want a little time to yourself, or a respite from taking care of others.
The Queen of Cups — this version from the Feng Shui Tarot — is sensitive, loving, nurturing and maternal. She may take on a motherly role among friends and co-workers. People look up to her and rely on her for guidance.
If this is you, you may need to remember how much people value you in this role. If you’re so caught up in business or social affairs that you don’t have time for one-on-one with those who matter most, it’s time to take a second look at what’s most important to you.
The Queen of Cups is sensitive, compassionate and nurturing. She’s also incredibly loving and giving; she’s known to forfeit her own needs as she focuses her attention on others. She sometimes has to work on reining her emotions in, and you will have to do the same — especially if they threaten to jeopardize your relationships with loved ones.
The Queen of Cups though may be someone in your life — a parent, older sibling, friend or supervisor. If this is someone in your life, know that she’s got your best interests at heart. She may be the person you need to turn to when you’re feeling insecure or uncertain. She may also be a version of you that needs to be brought to the forefront.
Either way — it’s all about giving and receiving comfort. Making others feel at home. Letting them know you are there for them. And being willing to take off your business attire and assume that role yourself.
VIRGO: Two of Pentacles
This month you may find yourself needing to weigh options and figure out what is the best way forward. You may be torn between two opposing forces or you may be feeling the urge to heed the call of both.
The figure in this card — from the Morgan Greer Tarot — appears to be leaning in both directions. One on side — with his heart — he leans toward travel and adventure (Jupiter). The sea, the boat, the wind in his hair and a longing to immerse himself into the turbulent realm of emotions.
On the other side — with his head — a flock of seagulls rise and take flight. These are symbols of logic, intellect, higher mind and learning. Mind over matter. Head over heart.
While one of the giant pentacles he holds in his hands appears heavier, it’s really just an illusion — you can see that the coins are attached to one another in a lemniscate formation, illustrating the ebb and flow of one’s decisions, values and desires. As one comes up the other moves down, in an infinite and never-ending cycle.
Your job should be to recognize these imbalances as much as it is to right them. In fact righting them will probably be secondary.
With all of the activity going on around you (much like all of the motion in the background of this card) you want to stay on your toes. You want to remain adaptable, agile and observant. Giving into the call of one desire without neglecting the call of another should be foremost on your list.
The idea is to be alert enough to remain aware of your surroundings and flexible enough to immerse yourself in them fully. Although there are bound to be distractions and demands on your time, the Two of Pentacles says you have it in you to stay centered and attend to your obligations by pulling those opposing forces together and striking a balance between them.
Libra: Five of Wands
This month, with Venus (your ruler) moving back into your sign, you should be presented with opportunities to resolve conflicts in your relationships. And with Uranus retrograding back into your relationship sector, you may be forced to confront them head on — whether you like it or not.
These transits can awaken your competitive drives as well as your fighting spirit, especially the Uranus retrograde, which is known to be feisty in Aries. And because of a mutual reception with Mars, it can bring out Martian impulse, such as anger, aggression, impatience and combativeness. It may see you acting without thinking or ignoring repercussions.
On the up side, this transit can increase your natural confidence and self-esteem. It can see you feeling invincible, to the extent that you’re willing to put yourself out there — letting nothing stand in your way. But on the downside it’s careless and potentially reckless — especially if you allow your ego to take charge.
The Five of Wands — this version from the beautiful Gypsy Palace Tarot — refers to conflict, strife and competition: forcing your will on others, trying to be heard above the “roar” of opposing viewpoints and struggling against cross-purposes.
The important thing to remember is that most disagreements are based on misunderstandings in the first place. The inability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes –- coupled with the need to be heard — is behind almost every argument out there. And this combination can be a recipe for disaster.
Steer clear of those with impatient, combative and aggressive tendencies. And consider certain topics that you want to keep off limits. Things like politics and religion. Not because they’re unimportant, but because everyone involved is going to be already so invested in their own point of view that absolutely no progress can be made.
Scorpio: The High Priestess
With the New Moon in your sign, and with Venus retrograding back into your 12th house this month, you may be feeling the urge to turn inward and explore the deeper, darker, more mysterious regions of your psyche.
The High Priestess — this version from the New Century Tarot — represents a call to listen to your intuition and heed your inner voice. It challenges you to look beneath the surface and find hidden nuggets of information that can help you round out the vast reservoirs of knowledge you already possess.
She is the feminine counterpoint to her predecessor, the Magician. Where the Magician is all about accessing mastering your skills and abilities, the High Priestess masters the rich inner world. It seeks to understand what feelings, intuitions and perceptions. What we don’t necessarily show to the outer world. What makes us “tick.”
She’s associated with wisdom and insight, psychic awareness, and a sense of “knowing” even when there is not a factual basis for it.
The High Priestess is at home in the world of arcane knowledge and esoterica. She’s both young and old, masculine and feminine, innocent and wise. She is the keeper of secrets, knowledge and mystery.
You may be getting more in touch with your own intuition or experiencing profound instances or deja vu or synchronicity. It’s important to embrace these visions and try to understand them, rather than shying away from them. They can bring insights into not only your own personal choices, but the direction you need to be heading in the coming days.
Sagittarius: King of Wands
This Month Jupiter moves back into your sign, for the first time in almost 12 years. It marks the onset of a period of personal growth and expansion, along with a desire for travel, exploration and adventure.
During this time, you may be thinking about how your own unique contributions to the world set you apart from everyone else. It may be a matter of rising above your current situation and getting an overview of all the opportunities that are out there for you.
The Three of Fire — the beautiful Japaridze Tarot’s version of the Three of Wands — is all about expanding your horizons and finding ways to make an imprint on the world around you.
Chances are good you’ve already started to hit your stride. This is a hallmark of the Three of Fire — and for that matter, Jupiter in Sagittarius. Having completed the initial stages of something — having “lifted off” — you’re better able to see that there are vast new horizons to explore.
This card is all about enterprise and innovation. It’s about bringing something new and different to the table and doing it in a way that’s never been done before. It’s about building a better mousetrap and setting your sites on distant horizons.
“What can I do with what I already have to make a difference in the world?” “What do I have to offer that will bring the greatest reward?” These are the questions you want to be asking yourself right now.
The Three of Fire encourages you to push past your limitations and expand your horizons. It will mean stepping outside of your comfort zone and exploring uncharted territories. And while you may run into pitfalls or have to take detours along the way, know that these are often blessings in disguise that can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
CAPRICORN: Eight of Pentacles
With Saturn and Pluto both moving forward in your sign now, you may find yourself focusing more on your career, as you work on perfecting your skills and honing your craft.
The Eight of Pentacles — this version from the Sun and Moon Tarot — is called the “apprenticeship” card, a reference to the dedication that is put into refining everything you do into something you can truly be proud of.
It refers to taking on an interest — a brand new one or a lifelong dream — and devoting yourself fully to it. It doesn’t have to be career related, but because it’s a labor of love wouldn’t it be great if it were? Doing what you love and seeing the money follow is something we all aspire to achieve.
It can be as simple as being 100 % focused on your work and wanting to show the powers that be your level of dedication and service. And it can be as innovative as taking something you are uniquely capable of and turning it into a career.
You may be making a pivotal move toward achieving what it is your really want to achieve. It takes focus, determination and perseverance to achieve this level of mastery. It’s the precarious balance of passion and discipline that calls on you to hone your craft to perfection.
The Eight of Pentacles (as well as Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn) can refer to an all-work / no-play mentality. But this is all relative, as the hours that you’re putting in will likely not feel like “work” at all. Not if you truly love what you do. This is about being fully engrossed in what you’re learning, creating or developing.
Take some time this month — even if you’re still out there somewhere punching a time clock — and think about what you really want to be doing. Chances are good that once you start seriously considering your options, taking steps toward making them happen will come to you naturally.
AQUARIUS: Seven of Swords
This month your ruler (Uranus) moves back into Aries and forms a mutual reception with Mars. This can manifest as a need to act swiftly and decisively, especially if you’re wanting to strike while the iron is hot or jump on an opportunity before it’s too late.
The Seven of Swords — this version from the Norse Tarot — is all about guile and mental acuity. It speaks of stealth, cunning and ingenuity, which may require you to keep your plans under wraps or to act entirely on your own.
Sometimes this card emphasizes treachery and evasion. And you do want to be on your guard against suspicious actions and behaviors. Feeling like you’re being spied on, cheated, stolen from, or lied too are all common aspects of this card. But here the emphasis is on planning, cunning, ingenuity and problem-solving.
Notice the protagonist deftly slipping away from the sleeping Dragon as he makes his escape. He’s crept into the Dragon’s lair and has stolen 5 of the 7 swords. Now he must carefully retrace his steps as he makes his way toward the exit. He must maintain his composure and not lose sight of his mission: one false move could send a river of gold spilling out from under him, which would surely wake the Dragon.
The Seven of Swords — like all Sevens — requires you to evaluate all the different sides of a complicated situation, and arrive at a solution that causes the least amount of distress. It can refer to a moral dilemma or one with no easy answer, such as a decision that favors the head over the heart. But it also involves strategy, planning and cunning.
While you may have to muster up the confidence and courage to do what must be done, you do have all of the necessary resources at your disposal. Be prepared to act at a moment’s notice, as there may be opportunities that you’ll have to be on your toes to take advantage of.
Pisces: Four of Pentacles
This month you want to be thinking about aligning yourself with a prosperity consciousness and making your money work for you.
The Four of Pentacles (this version from Cathy McClelland’s gorgeous Star Tarot) is sometimes just the opposite — holding too tightly to what you have or being too resistant to change.
But it doesn’t have to be. It’s the difference between allowing yourself to be trapped by the reality you’ve created for yourself, and seeing it as a living, breathing and growing extension of you.
In this regard it’s also about trust — or a lack of trust more specifically. The implication is that someone could take something from you (something you’ve ascribed a false sense of value to), which prompts you to hold on even more tightly (or hide it away).
Ask yourself, what are you holding onto too tightly and what potential opportunities are you missing out on as a result? It could be money or material possessions; or it could be loved ones or ideals. Whatever it is, remember that in protecting your own assets and keeping peril at bay, you’re also preventing new experiences from getting in.
The Four of Pentacles can caution you against holding on too tight: to your money, loved ones, or your ideals.You’ll have to examine your priorities to determine what’s worth holding onto, and what needs to be given a little more room to breathe.
Remember that the Universe doesn’t appreciate a vacuum. Letting go of your fears and aligning yourself with this consciousness can let the darkness (avarice, hoarding) out and the light (enlightenment, prosperity) in. Think about sharing what you have with others this month, and giving something back.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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November 2018 Tarot Scopes
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