ARIES: Ace of Pentacles
October is going to be a good month for you to focus on attracting abundance and prosperity into your life. The Ace of Pentacles — this version from the Animism Tarot — refers to new opportunities for growth, prosperity and abundance, of which material (financial) gain is only a small part of. It refers to planting seeds which then grow and flourish, and ultimately begin to propagate and replenish themselves — much like the grape vines framing the scarab on this card.
You want to be thinking about what you have this month rather than what you lack. What you’ve invited into your life rather than what you’ve left behind. And what you’re putting out there now, as a means of attracting more of the same.
The Ace of Pentacles is a card of assurance and inspiration. It’s a “Yes” card, a manifesting card, a card of limitless promise and potential. It’s an essence rather than a “thing,” which means you have a lot of say in how it plays out. If it’s money you want (or security, stability, comfort, etc.) now is the time to work on attracting more of it into your life.
It represents the start of something new, in this case new financial opportunities. It encourages you to plant seeds that you can tend to, nurture and grow.
The scarab is a sacred symbol of mystery, magic, creation and transformation. How fitting is it then that this one — suspended mid-air between shade and Sun — is participating in an energetic exchange? It pulls energy from the Sun and sends it right back out.
The Ace of Pentacles encourages you to participate in your own energetic exchange. Whether it’s time, money, energy or aid, all of us have resources at our disposal. Put yours to good use this month and see what the Universe sends back.
TAURUS: King of Swords
This month you’re going to be thinking about business and finding your place in the world. The King of Swords is all about power and authority. Success, Accomplishment. Strategy. Intelligence.
You’ll have all of these things at your fingertips and should be taking advantage of them — particularly in the first two weeks of the month. 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.
This is a colorful version of the King of Swords — from the Gypsy Palace Tarot. He’s spirited enough to capture the dynamic Uranus in Aries transit you’re dealing with and disciplined enough to capture the Jupiter in Virgo transit that’s moving through your (work) house.
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 accomplish much of anything if it’s all play and no work.
If this is someone in your life, you will know him by his high standards and infallible sense of justice. He may be a boss, a mentor, a parent or a friend — and you would do well to heed his advice. He may just offer you a perspective that you hadn’t considered.
But it can also indicate qualities that you need to embrace. What is it about the King of Swords that you could incorporate into your own personality? What about clarity, precision and attitude? What about honoring your own moral compass and adhering to your highest principles?
The King of Swords encourages you to be decisive and to start thinking ahead. It asks you to clear away the debris and work on attaining better focus. And it challenges you to step away from emotional attachments and make your decisions based on what is right, fair, and most importantly best for you in the long run.
GEMINI: Three of Fire
This month you’re going to be focusing on goals you have put in place and the progress you’ve made as you plan your next moves. You should be thinking about how your own unique contributions to the world are giving you a head start and setting 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. Having completed the initial stages of something — having “lifted off” — and seeing that there are vast new horizons to explore. This card is all about enterprise and innovation. Bringing something new and different to the table and doing it in a way that’s never been seen 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.
You may have recently discovered that you’ve found your life’s purpose. Or you may be just now acting on aspirations that you were too afraid to reach for in the past. Either way, this card speaks of a new burst of inspiration, a second wind, and the confidence with which to see it through.
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.
CANCER: Black Tortoise Seven
This month you might find yourself up against what seems like an insurmountable obstacle that you’re going to have to use discipline, strategy and cunning to see yourself through.
This is the Feng Shui Tarot’sversion of the Seven of Wands. It focuses more on the barriers that stand in your way than on the conflict and combativeness that’s usually associated with this card.
The Black Tortoise in this card gazes through the rungs of a locked gate at a mountain range in the distance. He may be longing to escape, or he may be pausing to consider more creative solutions to crossing over to the other side.
But it’s all a matter of perspective. Is he really locked out? Or is he safe in the confines of his own kingdom, protected from the turbulent storm clouds that are brewing in the distance.
The Seven of Wands — like all Sevens — is associated with strategies and decisions. It encourages you to look at all sides of an equation to determine the best course of action. There is a “hold your ground” element to this card which is in keeping with the traditional Seven of Wands. But rather than fighting off someone trying to unseat you, you may be fighting off your own urges to see the grass as greener on the other side.
Think about what’s been obstructing you in your own quest to reach your goals. As there’s an expanse of water (emotions) between the gated ledge and the mountains across the way, there’s more than likely an emotional component at work here.
You may have to explore uncomfortable feelings or conquer hidden fears. Whatever it is, know that you do have the tools at your disposal. The Black Tortoise Seven requires you to consider solutions that might not be readily available as you plan your next move.
LEO: Ten of Swords
You may find yourself feeling overwhelmed with some of the hurdles in your life this month and tempted to run for cover. You could be feeling beaten down or at your lowest point and wondering whether you have the strength to carry on.
The Ten of Swords — this version from the beautiful Ostara Tarot — reminds you that “yes of course you do.” But it’s going to take some soul searching and maybe a painful admission to yourself that what you’ve been fighting so hard for needs to be put to rest.
The whale in this card has been hit hard by the ten swords that have been driven into its flesh. But they don’t look so imposing against his massive frame. Perhaps this is a good reminder that things aren’t always as bad as they seem and that our problems are only as big as we allow them to be.
Think about what in your own life you’ve been fighting a losing battle against and whether it’s time to surrender. The Ten of Swords invites you to not only come to terms with the reality of your situation but to consider how much effort and energy have been put into fighting for something that’s just not meant to be. You may have to concede that you’ve fought a losing battle, but you’ll also want to look at how it’s brought you to where you are today.
You may have to face a painful reality. You may have to let something go. But ask yourself: are you not now a stronger and better person as a result? This card tells you that no matter what you’ve been through and no matter how much you’ve lost, the worst is over and there’s n where to go but up. .
As hard as it is, you know what you’re up against: there’s no more fretting or worrying about the future (that was left to the Nine of Swords). The Ten of Swords tells you that it’s time to put the past behind you, pick up the pieces and begin the process of moving on..
VIRGO: Six of Tulips
This month should see you surrounded by friends and loved ones and reminiscing about the past. Whether you’re physically with those who are near and dear or just revisiting them in your memories, you’re likely to taking a trip down memory lane.
The Six of Cups — Tulips in this version, from the charming Rabbit Tarot by Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven — speaks of innocence, sentimentality and memories from days gone by. You may be missing someone, longing for the comforts and companions that have gone by the wayside over time.
You could hear from an old friend unexpectedly — someone who’s been on your mind and who reaches out across the miles, reminding you of long-forgotten events that come rushing back in a wave of nostalgia.
You may also feel the urge to reach out to those who remind you of life’s simpler pleasures, such as a family member or a childhood friend. And if you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by loved ones this month, you should have no problem recapturing those memories.
This is not the time to bring old grievances back to the forefront. It’s a time for appreciating the simpler things in life and not allowing yourself to become jaded by life’s small disappointments. It’s time to focus on pleasure, playfulness and joy, and working on creating new memories with those you love.
You may have been taking life too seriously and find yourself needing to get in touch with your inner child. Or you now may have to let your guard down and allow yourself to trust again — especially if you’ve been trying to guard your heart from pain. The Six of Tulips is about sharing — like the Rabbit in this card — and bringing the happier memories from your past forward to today.
This month you may be called upon to make a decision that is fair and just — without regard your own personal investment or leanings. The Justice card refers to a conscious awareness of cause and effect, action and consequence, right and wrong.
It may be a situation that you’re personally involved in, such as a relationship that tugs at your heartstrings but is not aligned with your principles. Or you may be asked to mediate a disagreement among friends or family members.
This isn’t about choosing sides. It’s about being able to tap into the “truth” objectively and impartially.
In this version of the card — from the Black Cats Tarot — a pair of black cats — one facing towards us and one facing away — are balanced in a set of scales that are emerging from the depths of the sea. A shark circles around them from just below the surface of the water. The orb of the Sun shines through a hinge at the top of the scales, while the cats lounge comfortably in their individual clouds.
The shark infested waters remind us of the need to “rise above” turbulent emotions in order to get a clear perspective, which the Sun shining brightly provides. Finding balance, staying centered, maintaining composure and getting clarity are all important features of this card.
The Justice card refers to Universal justice — right vs. wrong rather than what you might desperately hope for or want to happen. Sometimes it refers to justice in the legal sense. And sometimes it has to do with a situation that may seem unfair to you specifically — especially if you’re personally invested in the outcome.
This symbolism speaks of balancing head against heart and desire against logic. While we all strive to keep these areas in sync in our own lives, it’s a constant and precarious battle. In this respect if you’re dealing with a legal situation, workplace drama, marital discord, or some other problem that calls for third-party mediation, know that this is the kind of Justice that will prevail in the end.
SCORPIO: Queen of Cups
This month is going to be all about taking care of yourself as well as others, and if there has been any unbalance between the two lately then it’s time to take a look at that.
There is a touch of the fairy about this image — the Queen of Cups from the gorgeous Faerie Tarot — and the 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 this month, 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 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 can go a long way.
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… not only about where you begin and but also about where others end.
Remember that the Queen of Cups has a tendency to “mother” everyone around her. And this can be taken to an extreme. So as much as you want to embrace the sensitive and caring aspects of this archetype, you’d do well to remember the most loving gift of all: allowing others to stand on their own two feet.
SAGITTARIUS: Eight of Disks
After working so hard to fine-tune your skills, now is the time to start thinking about showing the rest of the world what you’re made of.
You may be putting the finishing touches on a project or getting ready to dust off your degree. Or you may have discovered a new passion that has you prepared to invest your time and energy into.
The Eight of Disks — this version from Marie White’s gorgeous Mary-el Tarot — has been called the “apprenticeship card.” It refers to finding your personal labor of love and devoting yourself fully to it. It’s the precarious balance of passion and discipline that calls on you to hone your craft to perfection.
Look at the imagery in this card. There’s a pair of lions, one red and one gold, framing a delicate lamb. They rise up on either side like pillars of strength and virtue, leaving little room for error. Ask yourself; are you protecting the lamb or are you preparing to devour it? The desire to hold on to your work may be just as compelling as the need to set it free.
You may be making a pivotal move toward achieving what it is your really want to achieve. It takes focus, determination and preservation (notice the lamb so peacefully situated between the two pillars) to achieve this level of mastery.
The symmetry here, along with the 8-pointed star at the apex, serves as a reminder that balance, harmony and synchronicity are all important features of this process. Keep this in mind as you work toward manifesting your goals.
Whether you do so quietly or you do so loudly, it’s up to you to DO something. Take action, make a move and stop seeing things in black and white. You don’t want to be sitting there frozen in place and unable to move indefinitely.
CAPRICORN: Page of Swords
Thoughts flow through you mind this month that are uplifting and enlightening.
It is time to rise above anything that has been bothering you and look towards new ways of thinking, like the luminous fairy in this version — from the Ceccoli Tarot — of the Page of Swords. Notice that the darkest part of this image is underneath the feet yet the feet do not touch it. It is as if by rising above a situation or your thoughts on this situation that you free yourself from it.
White butterflies are seen in abundance and most of these are above the figure’s head meaning new thoughts are coming to you and these thoughts are pure and true. They will guide you and further help to set you free. There is one butterfly held within the hands giving the impression that if you speak your truth and let it fly then you will be further released from what has held you trapped.
With the wings holding the figure aloft looking remarkably like the butterflies flying around it there is a sense of transformation especially as the majority of the butterflies are around the crown chakra which is lit up and shining.
Do not dismiss any thoughts that pass through your mind, for they are there to show you a different way of thinking. The yellow/golds of the gown worn is also reflected in the crown chakra showing there is protection around at this time. If you need to tackle something which you have been putting off then now is the time you will either confront what has been bothering you or rise above it to the point it no longer is a problem for you.
What do you have to lose? Either way you will walk away intact and unaffected, with a newfound sense of lightness and freedom.
AQUARIUS: Queen of Pentacles
This month you want to be thinking about ways to establish security for yourself and your loved ones. This means financial security first and foremost, but ties into other areas of your life as well.
Building a solid foundation in your relationships for example. Making sure you’re where you need to be with your education and professional credentials. Fortifying your relationships with family and friends.
The Queen of Pentacles — this version from the Morgan Greer Tarot — is all about security and longevity. She appreciates the finer things in life and is not afraid to work for them. But she also wants to see returns on her efforts — material and otherwise.
She’s not a pushover. She stands firm in her convictions and does what it takes to achieve her goals. As a strong, solid practical business woman, she’s probably weighed all her options before she’s made a move.
She’s practical and efficient. She also tends to move a little more slowly, for two reasons. One, she knows from experience that practical choices are more likely to pay off than get rich schemes in the end. And Two, she wants to savor the life she’s built rather than scrambling to earn her next buck without taking the time to appreciate her gains.
She wants to be ready for the future. Notice the fall colors and foliage in this card. You could say she’s getting ready for a long cold winter and is not about to face it ill-prepared.
This month you want to be thinking about your long-term goals and what you might need to do in order to bring them to fruition. It may require you to make some short-term sacrifices. But what you gain in return — through hard work, discipline and patience — will make it all worthwhile in the end.
PISCES: Four of Cups
You may not feel like you’ve got much energy this month, or maybe you’re just lacking in motivation. A hard aspect opposition between Jupiter and Neptune for a good part of the month can bring on feelings of apathy or disillusionment, and can deplete your energy levels if you’re not careful.
This aspect is good for fantasizing, daydreaming or tapping into your creativity (such as free-style poetry, music, dance or art), but not so great for applying any of those things to your mundane existence.
You may be more sensitive to any kind of external stimuli, and more susceptible to being deceived — even if that means deceiving yourself. It’s not a good time to make promises or decisions or to sign contracts.
The Four of Cups — this version from the Tarot of Trees — is associated with melancholy, apathy and indifference. This doesn’t mean that whatever you desire is lacking, in fact the Cups in this card are not only full but they’re all overflowing. What it does mean is that you may not even notice (or value) what is right there in front of you.
The water (emotions) that pours from one cup to the next doesn’t flow back to its source. Even though they’re seated right next to an ocean, the water spills out onto the ground. The Tree pulls its limbs away from the cups and in toward its own center. But notice the spiral symbols that are repeated throughout the imagery in this card — from the tree’s limbs, to the ocean’s waves, to the clouds in the sky, to the bough of flowers on the ground. This is a theme of centeredness that speaks more about autonomy and fulfillment than it does of discontent.
With this in mind, you want to work on finding your center this month, and pulling your energy inward rather than allowing it to scatter to the wind. Whether the Four of Cups manifests for you as disillusionment or personal fulfillment, will depending on how successful you are at achieving that aim.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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October 2015 Tarot Scopes
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