Aries: The Sun
This month, as your ruling planet (Mars) leaves Pisces behind and moves into your sign, you could be feeling like you’re finally getting your mojo back. You may also be feeling more energetic and alive.
With the Sun in your face and the Wind in your hair, you should be feeling a renewed sense of vitality, enthusiasm and anticipation for the path that’s laid out before you.
The Sun card refers to a period where things seem to be going well for you; or maybe it’s just that your attitude has you focusing on what’s right in the world for a change.
You’re optimistic about the future: perhaps you’ve made New Years resolutions that you expect to keep this time around. Or you could be doing better financially, feeling better about your health, or seeing your relationship in a new light.
In this version of the card (from Robin Ator’s Prairie Tarot) a young boy rides bareback through a field of sunflowers. The Sun shines brightly in the sky while the horse trots along at a steady pace. The sunflowers line the path beside him, each stretching up to bathe in the Sun’s light.
He’s clearly in his element here. So comfortable is he on the back of his horse that he doesn’t even need a saddle or reins (or shoes for that matter). His hat is long gone. This is one of the best versions of the Sun card ever. You can just feel his exuberance and you know he’s on the right path.
Along with the happy, fearless and adventurous energy in this card, there’s also a childlike wonder and exuberance. Keep this idea of “reinventing yourself” alive (especially as Uranus turns direct in your sign this month too) and you can’t go wrong. The emphasis on freeing yourself from worldly burdens and concerns can go a long ways toward achieving your goals.
TAURUS: Three of Staffs
Your card this month — the Three of Staffs from the Alchemical Tarot, is all about preparation, motivation and expectation — and pretty much in that order. This is the “nothing ventured, nothing gained” card, especially with respect to your long-term goals.
With five planets (as well as the New Moon solar eclipse) occuring in your 9th house, this should be a time for thinking about expanding your horizons. It’s not about standing on the sidelines and waiting for your ship come in. It’s about laying the groundwork for an important project or venture, and the satisfaction that comes with seeing initial results.
The Three of Staffs — Wands in some decks — speaks of sailing off toward new horizons and moving away from what has felt comfortable and routine.
It involves taking risks and being willing to put yourself on the line — knowing with every fiber of you’re being that you’re headed in the right direction.
If you look at the imagery in this version of the card, you can see that it’s not going to be all smooth sailing. You may come upon some choppy waters which will either propel you forward or cause you to capsize.
But this small boat is sturdy and seems to have no problem navigating toward its destination. Notice the red sail — action, energy, movement — and the small “eye” on the hull. Also note that one of the three staffs serves as a mast, reminding us that the boat couldn’t sail without it (or you).
You won’t be able to just stand back and watch it sail. The Three of Staffs says that you’re a part of the process and that your ultimate success (or failure) is almost entirely in your hands.
As you move toward your destination consider the other two Staffs standing as beacons on the shoreline. The fertile shores suggest that you’re moving toward greener pastures. And the Staffs themselves — in three different sizes — remind you that success comes in stages and each small step moves you closer to realizing your goals.
GEMINI: Ten of Coins
This month — with five planets — and the New Moon — moving through the area associated with joint resources for you, you may be planning for your future, especially with respect to your security and financial stability.
The Ten of Coins — from the The Artist’s Inner Vision Tarot — is about building your empire, on whatever scale that might be.
It’s about achieving success through hard work and determination, as well as the satisfaction that comes with knowing that it’s all going to pay off in the end. Not just for you but for family and loved ones, as this card is also about creating a legacy that can be built on for generations to come.
In this version of the card a pair of hands reach out toward the planet earth — representing openness and readiness to partake in all of the riches the Universe has to offer.
The hands are a reminder of the give and take that is such a necessary part of achieving success, as we all know that no one gets their alone. Notice how the earth’s energy field / aura glows where the hands touch it.
The words “abundance” and “prosperity” are written on the card, with the word “be” stamped on the palm of one hand and a coin in the other. These are reminders that fulfillment comes from not just monetary gain but also community and global support.
The Ten of Coins is about establishing a lasting legacy for yourself and your loved ones. It’s about planning ahead for the future. No matter how successful you are already there’s more to be done, especially as it pertains to creating something that will live on long after you’re gone.
You could be thinking of starting a family or putting money aside for children you already have. You may be in the process of giving birth to something else — a business, a creative endeavor or a body of work. Whatever it is, know that this is something you want to be proud of, so put the extra energy into making sure you do it right.
Cancer: Five of Cups
You may be dealing with relationship issues this month that force you to face some difficult realities. You could be struck by a sense of discontent and disillusionment over what once seemed like a “magical” union but is now developing cracks. Misunderstandings or miscommunications can abound, sending you hurdling back to earth and back to the reality of your situation.
Look at the imagery in this card (the Five of Cups from the Mary-el Tarot). We see a mythical Unicorn seated atop an old-fashioned wishing well. At first glance it looks like something you’d expect to come across in a fairy-tale. But if you look closer, you can see that the Unicorn is not seated at all. He’s trapped in the well and has been hobbled, immobilized by his unfortunate circumstances.
The water flowing from the sides of the well has slowed down to a trickle. He looks away from the set of withering vines on the left and toward those that are lush and plentiful on the right. The skeleton key symbol over his heart is reminiscent of the astrological glyph used for Greek Mythology’s wounded healer, Chiron.
How might this imagery apply to you? And what can you learn from the circumstances that make this card now relevant in your life?
The Five of Cups can refer to heartache, disillusionment and lost love. You could be stuck in rut, reeling from a rejection or coming to terms with a relationship that was never meant to be. You may also—just like the Unicorn in this card—be refusing to see what no longer sustains you. There is as much danger in not learning from your mistakes as there is in focusing only on what might have been.
But there are positive aspects of this card as well. There are messages to be unraveled and lessons to be learned. Perhaps the “wounded healer” aspect provides you with an insider’s understanding of what it’s like to hurt, to be alone, and to be denied the very thing you’ve so desperately wanted.
Your heartache becomes a powerful conduit for healing. It can also become a gift that you pass onto others: the gift of empathy. Your own experiences lead to a deeper understanding of what others may be dealing with, and can translate into compassion, understanding, forgiveness and unconditional love.
LEO: The Moon
Your card this month honors the total lunar eclipse that takes place in your sign just as the Sun moves into Aquarius on the 21st. This is a Full Moon eclipse, and not just any full moon, but a Super Moon to boot.
This is the Moon card from the beautiful Ceccoli Tarot. From an astrological perspective, the Moon is tied to feelings, emotions, intuition and primal instincts, as well as the unconscious mind. It relates to security issues and needs which can translate to insecurity, uncertainty, fears and apprehensions. These are all emphasized in the Tarot’s version of the Moon.
It can manifest as confusion, uncertainty or paranoia, especially when we try to analyze it logically, which is foreign to the Moon. Just as we can’t fully appreciate the beauty of the Moon in the light of day (consciousness), we struggle to grasp its archetypal meaning through the lens of reason.
Eclipses first hide and then expose the deepest, darkest regions of the unconscious via the shadow of the Earth crossing over the Moon. But none of us are left in the dark. Whatever has been hidden or repressed is revealed again as the Moon re-emerges with newfound clarity.
This card speaks of the need to get in touch with your emotions. Even the deeper, darker, scarier emotions, the “Shadow side” of you psyche, the part that so many of us deny or ignore.
It’s related to mystery and the unknown, all that is hidden and that lies beneath the surface. This is the realm of the unconscious: that which is churning beneath your awareness and which often translates externally as anxieties, suspicions and fears. This card forces you to face those fears and do what needs to be done to overcome them. It brings what has been hidden to light and encourages you to embrace change.
You can quiet your fears by reminding yourself that you won’t be left permanently in the dark. The Moon Card reminds us that things are still “up in the air” and that the future has not yet been written. There’s still much to do and still time time to achieve the outcome you desire. You can work on curtailing some of the more harrowing elements (doubt, fear, suspicion and paranoia) and tap into the more uplifting aspects (intuition, perception, sensitivity and discernment) instead.
VIRGO: Knight of Pentacles
With five planets — including your ruler and the New Moon — moving through Capricorn this month, you might be thinking about pursuing your goals with more dedication and dogged determination than ever.
If you’re thinking about ways to increase your income or conserve the income you already have, it’s a good time to get an early start. The Knight of Pentacles speaks of working hard and making money, as you proceed toward ultimate success.
But this card is not just about about making money. It’s about preserving your resources while maximizing your potential so that you’re always at least one step ahead of the game.
This is the essence of the Knight of Pentacles. Taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves so that you’re always working toward your goals. It’s that unique combination of instinct and strategy that guarantees your success.
The Knight of Pentacles doesn’t just sit back and wait for success to fall into his lap. He knows that it takes hard work and discipline to reach his goals. He’s willing to do what it takes — not matter how long it takes — to get to where he needs to be.
There may be “mysterious forces” at work here too. Notice the Knight’s stallion in this card from the beautiful Prisma Visions Tarot. It’s not a stallion at all, but a magical unicorn feasting on the giant berries that flourish at its feet. And the tree is etched with colorful esoteric symbols. Call it luck or call it fate, there are indications here that you’re able to align yourself with unseen cycles and trends.
Whether you’re working on generating more income, saving for the future or paying down debts, you can make a lot of headway toward securing your financial independence. The spirit of adventure is not lost here: it’s still a big part of this process. But it’s the foresight and efficiency with which you go about achieving your goals that makes them so achievable in the end.
Libra: Six of Arrows
As you put one year behind you and prepare to start a new one, you could 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.
The Six of Swords (called Arrows in the Wildwood Tarot), is a card of transition. Moving from one chapter in your life to another, which does require leaving something behind.
You may be moving, changing jobs, ending a relationship, or releasing baggage that’s been holding you back. Although this card refers more to changes than endings, there are elements of “clearing the slate” that are a necessary part of this process.
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.
In some versions of this card, a figure is being ferried across an expanse of water, hunched over and hidden from view. But here a lone sailor navigates his own craft through uncharted territories. He stands at his own helm, taking charge of his own destiny.
Think about what’s been holding you back (and what you now must leave behind) in order to move forward. This card also signals an opportunity to get clarity and perspective. We may see things we don’t want to see — or admit to ourselves — but it’s that kind of clarity that motivates us toward change.
You may notice the Sun (consciousness, what is known) setting behind the sailor in this card. He’s moving away from it and toward the unknown, guided by only his intuition (the Moon). Take this with you on your own journey — knowing that there are new adventures in store that can take you out of your comfort zone and lead you to a whole new world.
Scorpio: Six of Wands
This month should see you getting some much-deserved approval or recognition from your peers. The Six of Wands refers to support, approval and acclaim, brought about by something you’ve worked hard to achieve.
You may have been putting a lot of effort into your work and not even realizing that others have taken notice. Or you could be unexpectedly pulled aside by a loved one, just to tell you how much you’re loved and appreciated.
The Six of Wands — this one from the Ostara Tarot — is called “Victory” in some decks; it’s about winning and validation and being rewarded for you efforts. This is the sort of acknowledgment you receive when it becomes clear that you’ve paid your dues.
Mars moves into your work sector this month and the Full Moon (solar eclipse) takes place in your career sector; this puts the focus on your public standing and on professional aspirations, but those are not the only areas where blessings come your way.
Yes, they may come in the form of a raise or a promotion, or they 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.
There’s a sense of triumph inherent 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 its 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. 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.
Sagittarius: Ace of Pentacles
Now is the time to start attracting more abundance and prosperity in your life. With Jupiter in your sign and with five planets moving through your money sector, there should be plenty of opportunities to improve your financial outlook.
The Ace of Pentacles represents the start of something new, in this case it happens to relate to money. As in new financial opportunities coming your way. While you probably won’t see a windfall, it’s a positive affirmation that you’re putting your energy into the right areas.
You may have recently gotten a raise, started a new job or become the benefactor of someone else’s generosity. You could also be starting to see returns on your earlier investments. Either way, you should have more opportunities and more financial resources at your disposal than you’ve had in recent months.
You may also feel that your luck is changing. As the Ace of Pentacles is associated with a change in fortune — a positive change. I also see Aces as “Yes” cards — as long as the “yes” answer is a positive affirmation.
This card is telling you to keep up the good work, to go after your dreams, and to see the bounty that’s coming your way as confirmation from the Universe.
This version — from Timothy Lantz’s Archeon Tarot — is filled with scattered symbols of success and good fortune. There are old coins, an ancient manuscript, an astrology chart, old time pieces, and other esoteric symbols. Think about what these things mean to you, and how you can turn them into something tangible.
You can be confident in the knowledge that fortune is smiling upon you with this month, and while that doesn’t mean you should be foolish with your money, you should have more of it than usual to work with. The Ace of Pentacles encourages you to participate in your own energetic exchange. Whether it’s time, money, energy or assistance, all of us have resources at our disposal. Put yours to good use this this month and then see what the Universe sends back.
CAPRICORN: The Raven
Your card this month — the Raven, from the Animal Wisdom Tarot, is this deck’s version of the Magician card. Here it’s called the Messenger of Magic, a reference to the Magician’s ability to harness the magic within to both send and receive important messages.
With five planets — and the New Moon — all in your sign this month, you want to be thinking about ways to tap into the furthest reaches of your psyche and unleash your own power.
You want to be thinking about the hand you’ve been dealt and what you can do to turn it to your advantage.
The Raven is a power animal associated with arcane knowledge and wisdom. He’s capable of bending time and space so that you’re exactly at the right place at the right time.
He’s a shapeshifter and emissary who acts a harbinger of things to come, carrying messages from the other side.
In this version of the card, the Raven is perched on a branch above a shimmering pool, his reflection a wizard peering up from the depths below. He extends one wing in a welcoming wave toward someone or something just out of sight.
Notice the single Raven feather floating on the water’s surface and it’s inverse reflection, a nautilus shell. These are both also symbols of mystery and magic.
Think about the messages you’ve received in recent days and how they may have impacted on decisions you’ve made. You also want consider the messages you’re sending to others: not only what you’re sending out there but how you’re sending it as well. The Raven tells you that you not only do have the power to alter your destiny but that you’ve had it all along.
AQUARIUS: Four of Swords
You may feel the need to take a breather this month — at least for the first few days of the New Year, to recharge your batteries or to get some much needed rest.
The Four of Swords — this version from the beautiful Wild Unknown Tarot — encourages you to disengage from all the commotion that surrounds you find your strength through rest and recovery.
It could be as simple as getting away for a few days to relax and recharge your batteries. And it could be as profound as going on a life-altering pilgrimage or spiritual retreat.
It refers to removing yourself from all of the distractions in your life and reflect rather than “act.” It speaks of detaching from the whirlwind of activity around you and choosing to observe rather than participate.
You might also be thinking of getting away from it all. You could be feeling the strains of mundane responsibilities; or maybe you just long to escape from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
Swords represent thoughts and ideas and Fours are all related to some kind of structure. Sometimes that structure is positive — as in forming a concrete plan — and sometimes it can be limiting, as in feeling boxed in or restrained.
In this case the focus is on taking time for yourself and aligning body, mind and spirit. If you can’t get away there are other ways to regain your sanity. Meditation, breathwork, self-imposed silence, etc. — any of these can help you to de-stress and restore your equilibrium.
While you may feel pressured at times to “get a move on,” you’d be best served to stay calm and carry on, rather than let yourself fall out of balance. The Four of Swords reminds you of the need to take care of your inner needs as much as you need to take care of your outer ones.
Pisces: Three of Cups
It’s a New Year and there is much to celebrate! And with five planets moving through your 11th house this month, you’re not going to want to do it alone.
The Three of Cups — this version from Svetlana Ava’s contribution to the beautiful 78 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 only 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 more serious concerns — at least for the time being.
Notice the colorful fruits, berries and flowers scattered at the base of this card. And the women dancing around in merriment are just as alive and colorful. There are elements of playful reverie and joyful abandon that are shown in these young women taking part in the festivities.
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. With respect to romance, it can refer to reconnecting with an old flame or reuniting with an ex. It can also manifest as a natural progression from the Ace of Cups (an attraction) and the Two of Cups (a mutual attraction) to the Three of Cups (taking that attraction to the next level).
No matter where the people in your life have come from this month — 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.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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January 2019 Tarot Scopes
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