ARIES: Eight of Wands
It may feel like things are moving very quickly for you this month, with your ruler (Mars) in Gemini and in mutual reception with Mercury.
The Eight of Wands — this version from the fabulous Gypsy Palace Tarot — refers to progress, mobility and rapid change, usually for the better. You could be bursting at the seams with new and fresh ideas, juggling interests or overseeing different projects that all seem to be nearing completion at the same time.
This card refers to being decisive, making the most of your time and cutting through whatever distractions stand in your way. There may be a lot going on around you — like the woman in the center of this card — but the Eight of Wands encourages you to remain focused and engaged in the task at hand.
Look at all of the swirling colors in this card. There’s a lot happening there — and certainly some distractions. But there’s also movement, creativity and energy which are hallmarks of this card.
This is also a networking card. It relates to exchanging ideas and interacting with like-minded people. Blogging, disseminating information, and expanding social horizons are all indicated.
You could receive news from afar; be preparing to embark on a spiritual journey, or planning a literal journey that takes you out of your daily routine and into uncharted territories. At least for now, you want to be taking the initiative to make things happen rather than sitting back and allowing life to just pass you by.
You want to strike while the iron is hot so that you can take advantage of the opportunities that are presenting themselves to you this month. It may involve a few risks, but with so much going on for you now your chances of acing them are high.
TAURUS: Nine of Wands
If you’ve been thinking about where you’re heading — in your relationships, with your career, or in your life in general — now is the time to reflect on how far you’ve come and to make preparations for whatever obstacles may still lie ahead.
You may be hesitant about what the future holds, especially if things aren’t laid out before you in ways that are crystal clear. Like the figures in this card — from Elizabeth Hazel’s gorgeous Whispering Tarot — you may need to exercise caution when scoping out your horizons.
The Nine Wands in this card are actually trees that offer refuge and protection for these weary travelers. They offer a safe haven — a place to rest — for them to get their bearings and gather their strength.
You may be working too hard, demanding too much of yourself and taking on responsibilities that others could easily take on.
The Nine of Wands can have you asking yourself “what else could go wrong?” and “how much more of this can I take?” when life seems to throw you one curveball after another. It calls for perseverance and determination, especially if you find yourself starting to wonder whether the Universe is conspiring against you.
You may also need to take a breather, like the figure in this card. But you’re almost at the finish line and are closer to your goals than you realize, so dust yourself off, get back to work, and push yourself past this final test.
The Nine of Wands asserts that while things may not be easy — and while there are bound to be more challenges ahead — it’s hardly the time to throw in the towel. You need only think about how far you’ve come (and how much you’ve already accomplished) to find the motivation to push ahead.
GEMINI: White Tiger Ten
There may be times this month where you feel like you’re swimming against the tide, or like you’re surrounded by turbulent waters that are rising all around you.
With your ruler (Mercury) retrograde at the beginning of the month — and not crossing its shadow point until the 21st — you may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle at times, especially in the relationship department, since your relationship ruler (Jupiter) is retrograde too.
But Mercury and Mars are in mutual, offering you a comfortable respite, as seen in the imagery of this card. The waters may be swirling all around the Tiger but he doesn’t fight against the current; he surrenders to its movement finds a place of calm in its center.
This is the Feng Shui Tarot’s version of the Ten of Swords. It’s called the White Tiger Ten in this deck, a reference to the completion of the Tiger’s tumultuous journey.
Surrender is a big factor in this card. Surrendering to the knowledge that what you may have wanted so desperately was not what you needed at all. As the Ten of Swords is often tied to fighting a losing battle — and ultimately giving up the fight — there’s a sense of liberation that comes from cooperating with the Universe rather than pitting yourself against it.
This is the message behind this card. It speaks of aligning yourself with the current rather than fighting against it. It encourages you to go with the flow and find creative solutions to your problems.
You may have to concede to a few losing battles, but you’ll also want to look at how it’s brought you to where you are today. Are you not now a stronger and better person as a result? Take some time to put the past behind you and focus on what lies ahead. You may see all that’s led you to this moment as a blessing in disguise, as long as you’re willing to embrace the changes to come..
CANCER: Page of Cups
This month is going to be all about getting in touch with your feelings and working on processing your emotions. As a result, you may find yourself being more sensitive, self-conscious or even a little shy.
The Page of Cups — this version from the Mary-el Tarot — depicts this energy beautifully, with the intricate fish and water symbols etched on the Page’s skin.
You may be feeling overly sentimental or self-protective at times. Or like the Page in this card, you may feel like keeping your feelings to yourself. The Page of Cups is gentle and tender-hearted, but can have difficulty expressing emotions.
Although the pale blues in the background of this card are linked to the throat chakra and the concept of expressing ideas, you may be feeling so sensitive and vulnerable that you have trouble putting your feelings into words.
It may be preferable for you to think about ways to tap into your own rich inner world today, rather than reaching out to others for comfort.
The Page of Cups may be someone in your life — a young child or someone with childlike qualities, gentleness, sweetness and idealism. Or it may be a set of qualities that you’re being called on to embrace. This card focuses less on romantic love and more on tending to the needs of others. Seeing how love spreads and is responded to in kind.
Is there someone in your life that needs a little nurturing in order to lift their spirits or reach their full potential? Perhaps you’re in need of some tender loving care yourself. The Page of Cups is here to remind you that when you give even a little you get a whole lot back in return, so see what you can do this month to gladden the hearts of others.
The soft hues in this card and the gentle energy exhibited by the Page are also reminiscent of healing, purity, and a soothing calm energy that you can access to restore peace and harmony. Take some time to bring these images to life and hear what they have to say.
LEO: Six of Pentacles
This month you may feel the need to reach out and lend a “helping hand” to someone. The Six of Pentacles is all about benevolence — giving what you can afford to give: whether it’s your time, your money or your energy — to someone who needs it more than you.
In this version of the card — from the Vertigo Tarot — we see the mirror images of a positive and negative (or black and white) set of hands. Six coins (pentacles) are spread across the images, also in perfect harmony.
As stark as the imagery in this card is, the message is still very clear. Along with the obvious first impression: “one hand washing the other,” there’s an implicit understanding that everything we put out there comes back to us eventually, in one way or another other.
Money is only one form of energy. And yet most of us struggle trying to balance the value we place on it with the value we place on all other forms. We think mainly of money when we think about giving — but as we all know, the things that matters most turn out not to be “things” at all. It’s more likely to be words of encouragement, validation and support.
This is the attitude you want to hold onto: that there is always enough for everyone and that prosperity and abundance can be continuously replenished.
The Six of Pentacles serves as a reminder to pay attention to (and be grateful for) the blessings that you receive. You may find yourself loosening your purse strings after all, or you may find yourself the recipient of someone else’s good will.
Either way, it’s all about appreciating the pathways between giving and receiving, to the extent that there are no expectations for being repaid. The Six of Pentacles encourages you to give because you can and because the gratitude you receive in exchange is more than enough reward in the end.
This month may see you feeling like getting away from it all, or escaping into a world of fantasy and illusion.
There’s a nebulous quality associated with this card, that can see you feeling overly dreamy, romantic and idealistic. But it can also translate to a desire to escape — away from the cold harsh glare of reality.
Like the figure in this card — the Temperance card from the beautiful Ceccoli Tarot — you may find comfort and contentment in your dreams, where you can be one with the Universe and where all things are possible.
The Temperance card speaks of searching within yourself for that wellspring of inner grace and finding a way to bring the good and bad, light and dark, happy and sad back into balance..
In what areas of your life are you too inflexible, too rigid and too unwilling to hear another’s point of view? Your challenge will be to overcome those impediments and to integrate the opposing forces in your life.
The Temperance card refers to bringing the opposing facets of your personality (or your relationships, or your desires) into alignment by finding the perfect middle ground. It represents peace and harmony, synthesis and equilibrium, moderation and restraint.
As you can see from the imagery in this card, nothing needs be sacrificed in attaining that balance. Just remember to rise above whatever situations in your life that are pulling you down, without rising so high that you neglect them or fail to take advantage of opportunities to learn from or grow from them.
Libra: The Aeon
You may feel like you’re undergoing a spiritual awakening this month, brought about by an awareness that everything far in your life so far has “led to this.”
This card, the “Aeon” — the Thoth Tarot’s version of the Judgment card — refers to eternity, infinity and timelessness. In this version we meet the Egyptian star goddess Nuit, whose translucent form contains the image of the child-god Horus. Horus was conceived thru the union of Nuit and her mate Hadit (the winged ball of fire).
This card relates to the endless human journey that we sometimes refer to as “karma.” We reap and sew with each thought, action, and decision.
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.
On a personal level, this card speaks of compassion, understanding, forgiveness and acceptance. It’s a card of rebirth and transformation, of getting in touch with your inner child, and of unconditional love.
This is the “grace of God” card, which bestows infinite blessings on those who are able to recognize them. Even for those who are not, it is a powerful catalyst for personal growth and evolution.
As Jupiter continues its retrograde transit through your sign, you may be thinking about old mistakes and regrets. But the Aeon card speaks of atoning for your transgressions and washing away your “sins;” so that you too can be born anew.
Scorpio: The World
This month is going to be a time for you to focus on personal fulfillment. You’ll have opportunities to look back over how far you’ve come as you prepare for the next chapter in your life.
If you sit back and take stock of what has actually changed for you will get the sense that while some things change others stay the same and this is neither good nor bad.
Everything is as it should be for you to enter the next phase. The World — this version from the self-published Jaen Tarot — card completes the Fool’s journey and as such, speaks of fulfillment, integration and completion.
And just like the Fool, you’ve come full-circle, from instinct to essence to progress to development, as you end one cycle and embark on a new one.
This card represents endings and new beginnings.You must tie up loose ends and close the door on one chapter in your life — even if that leaves you with feelings of longing or regret
While some people are busy looking at the glass as half-empty, you’re seeing it as more than full. You’re focusing on how far you’ve come and how much you’ve achieved over the last several months.
You could be finishing a course or internship, tying up lose ends on a project that you’re ready to launch, putting a failed relationship behind you and getting back into the dating scene, finishing (and feeling good about) a self-improvement regimen. The possibilities are endless.
The World card is a card of both fulfillment and completion. With that in mind, it’s time to put the finishing touches on projects that are almost finished, and also time to rest anything that just didn’t pan out for you. You’re preparing to start a whole new journey, and in doing so will want to with as clean a slate as possible.
SAGITTARIUS: Seven of Swords
You want to give some serious thought to everything you say or try to communicate to others this month.
There may even be times you want to keep your thoughts to yourself. With both of your relationship rulers (Jupiter and Mercury) retrograde, you are likely to be more introspective than usual, at least until Mercury goes direct on the 3rd and crosses its shadow point on the 21st. After that, you’ll have good handle on what should be withheld and what should be disclosed.
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.
What do you think the man in this card — from the Druidcraft Tarot — is writing? He’s clearly deep in thought and something is weighing heavily on his mind. Perhaps he’s drafting a treaty or agreement that he doesn’t expect to be well received.
His swords are stacked against one another, an indication that he may be at cross-purposes with those he’s communicating with. For this reason, tact and diplomacy are going to be paramount.
Take some time this month to think before you speak, as you may not have all of the information before you that can help you make a proper assessment. As the Seven of Swords is also a card of suspicion and distrust, you want to make sure you’re not reading into things that just aren’t there. Choose your words wisely and to take all things into consideration before you take a stand.
CAPRICORN: Knight of Swords
This month you may need to act quickly and decisively, like the figure in this card. The Knight of Swords is a no-nonsense individual who’s focused on attaining his goals. He’s fearless, driven and competitive and not about to let anyone (or anything) stand in his way.
As with all court cards this can refer to someone in your life, a frame of mind you need to adopt, or it can refer to you personally. Either way, it’s about someone going after what he wants with the willful drive and determination that all but guarantees success.
In this version of the card — from the Tarot of Reflections — the Knight and his stallion charge through the countryside toward their destination. The speed with which they ride blurs the hillside behind them, as the Knight’s cape billows in the wind. The landscape itself is dull and dreary: it looks like it’s pouring down rain. Still they charge forward, past the rocky terrain and over the Sword that appears as a hurdle at the base of the card.
If this is someone in your life right now — and especially if you’re at odds with him — your best bet is going to be to just get out of his way. This isn’t someone you can reason with or who will be deterred by emotional displays.He may however represent an energy or attitude that you need to learn to embrace. If you’ve been wavering in your convictions, this guy is here to show you how it’s done.
As with all the cards in this deck, there is one element reflected. In this case it’s the stallion’s face, juxtaposed against the backdrop of the dreary sky. It’s larger but somehow less daunting in that light, and although it’s an exact replica, it appears much softer and gentler.
With this in mind, you might want to counter some of that Knight of Swords aggression today with patience and sensitivity. it can help you to rein in the wilful defiant individuals you encounter, and can help you to temper those qualities in you.
AQUARIUS: Eight of Pentacles
This month you are likely to be thinking about being more productive. About honing your craft and turning your skills into something you can be proud of.
The Eight of Pentalces is a card of craftsmanship — however that might apply to you. 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.
It’s also sometimes referred to as the “apprenticeship” card as it relates to fully investing yourself in a skill or trade. It’s usually a labor of love. It’s not about seeing work as drudgery, but instead being totally engaged in whatever it is you’re devoting your time to.
See the woman in this card — from the gorgeous Paulina Tarot — putting the finishing touch on one of her pieces. All the others are displayed with pride on the wall behind her. She’s not hunched over some desk crunching numbers: she’s got a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. This is the essence of the Eight of Pentacles: It’s all about perfecting your skills and doing it with such joy and contentment that the finished product is something you can be proud of.
The Eight of Pentacles also sometimes has to do with changing gears — as in finding your calling at a point where you might have already considered yourself well on the road to success in some other profession.
Take some time to to think about what you might like to be doing if you could do whatever you wanted. And then find a way to spend the rest of your life doing it… or perhaps just spend today going through the first steps in realising your dream.
Pisces: Five of Tulips
You may be dealing with feelings of loneliness and isolation this month. Like the poor little rabbit in this card — from the gorgeous Rabbit Tarot — you may have a hard time seeing what’s right in the world as you find yourself focusing on what’s wrong.
The Five of Tulips (Cups in most decks) refers to feeling left out. You may feel like you’re all alone and haven’t got a friend in the world. Or you may feel you’ve been dismissed by those you have.
The Five of Tulips can indicate a sense of loss or disillusionment. A betrayal. Feeling rejected or shut out. Or like the rabbit in this card, left out in the cold.
Notice the tulips the rabbit holds in his hands. They’re upside down, indicating a reversal of the sentiments you’d usually expect to accompany a bouquet of flowers. Where there should be joy there’s sorrow, where there should be promise there’s despair, and where there should be contentment there’s regret.
Remember though that you do participate in your destiny. While you may not have any control over what goes down, you do have some say in how it all plays out.
Your heartache can become 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.
If you’re in a relationship now, ask yourself whether you’re happy with where things are headed? Are you seeing things clearly or are you too focused on what’s wrong to consider what just might be right? You may have to face some very painful realities and make some very difficult decisions.
If you’re not currently involved, chances are good that you’re still healing from a recent loss. You may be mourning a relationship’s demise, or you could be licking your wounds over a painful rejection. Either way, you could benefit from seeing the glass as half full this time and being willing to get back out there and drink from it.
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May 2017 Tarot Scopes
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