ARIES: The Star
Now is the time to acknowledge your dreams and aspirations. The Star card — this version from the beautiful Japaridze Tarot — is a card of Hope and faith in the Universe. It tells you that in spite of all your trials and tribulations,everything is as it should be, and in the end everything is going to be alright.
You could be feeling a renewed sense of hope about a goal that is now starting to feel more reachable. Or you may be feeling inspired to explore your intuition and psychic impressions.
The Star is all about Universal harmony and synchronicity. It’s about being one with the Universe and feeling connected to every single other living thing.
The Star card is associated with Aquarius as the Water Bearer archetype. It is a card of compassion, inspiration, intuition and faith. It also represents a sense of rebirth and renewal. As it follows the Tower card — which is associated with disaster and destruction — it can serve as a welcome refuge or a beacon of hope.
It’s the sense we have that everything will be alright — even if we have to push past our own doubts and fears. It’s also about transmuting those fears and finding a productive outlet for them. Art, music, poetry, dance, creative self-expression are all very meaningful manifestations of the Star card’s energy.
You want to steer clear of negativity this month — yours and anyone else’s. Focus on what is right in your world rather than what could possibly go wrong. if you can do that you’re bound to come out on top.
TAURUS: Ace of Wands
This month you should be focusing on taking charge of your life and making your goals a reality. The Ace of Wands — this version from Nathalie Hertz’s gorgeous Fantastical Tarot — is all about manifesting your dreams and desires.
It’s about taking your life in your own hands. Following your Bliss. And going after your goals with the kind of gusto that makes saying “Yes!” an absolute rather than a maybe. It’s about increased confidence, drive and enthusiasm. Ardor. Vitality. Passion. Creativity. Power. Potential.
The Wand in this card is a pillar of strength. The intricate dragon carvings suggest a sort of magical essence that is very much a part of the Ace of Wands. And there’s beauty and creativity present here as well. The vines and wildflowers springing up from its base reminds us that this card is less about might and more about merriment.
The birds flying in from the distance tell us that there may be messages coming our way. These aren’t always tangible (as in a verbal or written message). But can be gathered from our surroundings and applied just as powerfully.
The Ace of Wands is all about inspiration and potential. It invites you to ask yourself what you really want that you haven’t (up to now) put your whole heart and soul into? And what are the chances of making it a reality unless you do?
This energy is about offering your intentions up to the Universe with every reason to believe you will be rewarded for doing so. With this in mind, it’s time to push all negativity aside and replace it with optimism and inspiration. If you’re truly serious about manifesting your desires, there is no time like the present to do it.
GEMINI: Ten of Cups
This month you want to be counting your blessings, knowing that you’ve come by to a place in your life where you’re aware of what (and whom) truly matters most.
This is the Ten of Cups from the gorgeous Archeon Tarot — speaks of achieving something worth acknowledging and celebrating, as seen in the imagery of this card.
It represents fulfillment and security; a solid foundation of abundance and prosperity, and the sense that you have built something you can take pride in.
This extends well beyond financial or material security. It’s more about family, lasting friendships and a sense of comfort — in your home and your community — surrounded by people you love.
You want to align yourself with a vibration of gratitude as the Ten of Cups speaks of not only getting what you’ve “asked” for (via the law of attraction) but also being thankful for all that you’ve received.
It’s not the time to think about what is lacking in your life but rather what makes it complete. And while you don’t want to be resting on your laurels, it’s important to acknowledge those who are most important to you and who keep your cup continuously full.
Take time this month to let those nearest and dearest to you know how important they are. While the Ten of Cups is also said to indicate the culmination of something, that doesn’t mean you’ve come to the end of the road. This card is all about embracing all you’ve established through your connections and interactions with those who matter most — with your family, friends and loved ones.
CANCER: Nine of Pentacles
This month it’s going to be all about being present in the moment, counting your blessings and being grateful for all that you’ve acquired.
The Nine of Pentacles — this version from the Morgan Greer Tarot — is all about enjoying the bounty that life affords you rather than focusing on what you lack. You may be feeling good about how far you’ve come and deserving of all you’ve been able to acquire. And now is the time to start enjoying it.
There are symbols of abundance and prosperity all throughout this card — from the colors on the card to her lavish jewelry to the bowl of grapes and gold coins around her neck to the partridge on her shoulder. Even the pine bough behind her is said to represent fertility and immortality. The woman in this card appears to be content which what she has: she knows she’s earned and deserves it.
You may not be feeling very “prosperous,” especially if you’ve been struggling to make ends meet. But this card is all about putting that consciousness into perspective, and focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t.
Sometimes the Nine of Pentacles appears as a generous benefactor who opens a door for you that leads to opportunity. In this the case be mindful of his (or her) contribution and give credit where credit is due.
Sometimes it’s an event that turn out to be a catalyst that leads to opportunity. It is this shift in consciousness — to that of prosperity, abundance and gratitude — that will make all the difference in your life. Remember that whatever you put out there — whether it’s time, energy, money or yourself — as well as whatever you’re open to receiving, will all balance out and be replenished over time.
LEO: Seven of Wands
You may find yourself fighting to protect yourself and your loved ones this month. If this is the case then make sure you have a game plan in place because the opposition looks as if they are not taking any heed of your words or actions.
If there is a situation building up in your workplace that looks as if it may blow up you need to take several steps back and watch from the side lines. Do not get embroiled within the game that is being played out here as it looks suspiciously like bullying and the more power you give to this bullying the more the bully will benefit from it.
You may wish to look at what rights you do have because even though you look like the “under dog” (or “under fox”) in this situation you have other avenues to explore and those avenues will need to be you keeping a clear head while you ascertain what legal rights you could use to get this bully off your back.
If you look at the image in this card — the Seven of Wands from the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot — you will see that you are perhaps trying to protect others with your behavior or that you are trying to protect what you have earned whether this be your reputation or your position you will not back down and just hand it over without a fight.
There is also the position you hold within the image and it looks as if you are the one whose territory is being encroached on. The other person though is pushy, aggressive and will not back down so for your own sake a new game plan needs to be hatched so that you are seen as the person in the right so that nothing can be misconstrued or used against you. Be a crafty fox… don’t play the bully’s game… play your own. A game they will not see coming.
VIRGO: Eight of Wands
It may feel like things are moving very quickly for you this month, with your ruler (Mercury) moving through three signs before the month is through. As we move into May and the warmer, sunnier months (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) we bring you the Eight of Wands — this version from Charissa Dresden’s Steampunk Tarot — and a gorgeous array of sunny parasols.
The Eight of Wands is a high energy card that represents a highly focused sense of action and activity. It’s not without distraction: you may find that you have too much going on or too many interests and have to figure out where to direct your attention.
You may also find that you’ve got so much on your plate that you have to scramble to keep up with it all. The Eight of Wands is all about action, progress and momentum. It’s about getting things done and making things happen. It may be as simple as ticking off all the little things on your to-do list, and it may be as significant as making great headway on an important project.
And while it might feel to you like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, you could be surprised when it’s over at how much you really accomplished. The Eight of Wands can also refer to travel. In that respect it relates to being literally and physically on the go.
Are you planning a weekend getaway? Use this extra energy to make preparations for your trip. Keep in mind though that the all this fiery energy can be impatient and therefore somewhat reckless. You want to stay alert and pay attention to your environment if you do end up making travel plans.
Libra: The Empress
This month is going to be more about getting in touch with your feminine side — your loving, nurturing and caring side — than it will be about getting down to “business.”
The Empress card — this version from the beautiful Chrysalis Tarot — is associated with beauty, creativity and love.
She represents the aspects of ourselves that evoke the principles of feminine strength and power. As the counterpart to the Emperor card, this archetype is all about the yin or feminine aspects of parental authority and protection, regardless of gender.
Where the Emperor focuses on wisdom, stability and responsibility, the Empress relates more to nurturing, comfort, support and emotional security. It is the “Earth Mother” archetype personified.
This card represents fertility and abundance. Surrounding yourself with all things living and growing. Being in touch with the earth and your sexuality, as well as your ability to create and foster life.
The Empress is a mother, as depicted in this card. But that doesn’t always translate literally. It can refer to mothering impulses, such as tending to the needs of others.
She’s surrounded by flowers and herbs, and if you look closely you can see that even her headdress and gown are “alive” with plant-life and forest greenery. This is the essence of the Empress card. You do want to make sure you’re not neglecting your own needs while you’re busy taking care of others. You want to tend to your own gardens and nourish your own soul. But as you can see in the imagery in this card, what you give out will come back to you in ways that reverberate endlessly.
Scorpio: Knight of Pentacles
This month you may be taking a more serious look at where you’re heading, with respect to your career, your professional goals, your education, your finances and your “brand.”
The Knight of Pentacles is generally all about taking things slow and steady with a keen eye on the future and the discipline to keep “plodding along” as you move toward your destiny.
Don’t make the mistake though of focusing too much on the nuts and bolts of achieving success. If there’s any negative aspect that can be associated with this card it’s usually the dearth of inspiration that can lead to getting stuck in a rut of tedium and routine.
But this Knight of Pentacles — from the Gypsy Palace Tarot — doesn’t appear to be lacking in inspiration at all. We see him pausing at the onset of a vibrant and colorful path, reaching up to the heavens. Is he praying for guidance or expressing his gratitude?
The greatest obstacles are behind him. He steps out of the darkness and into the light and sees a great big colorful world out there ahead of him.
If the Knight of Pentacles is someone in your life, know that he has his eye on the future and he knows where he’s going. He will be someone you depend on to do what he sets out to do.
If on the other hand this card refers to you — as in some new educational or professional undertaking — you definitely want to look before you leap. The Knight of Pentacles reminds you that good things do come to those who wait, especially if the focus is on preparation and planning.
You may start the month feeling as if you are a bit off balance. It may be time to contemplate where you have come from and where you are going.
If life has not been going your way lately take heart that this month looks to be quite cathartic for you in finding a path that suits you better.
Others may be looking to you to lead them or show them the way in what is possible and while you are finding your own feet you may have some trouble with this. Nevertheless you have been given wings to fly and fly you will even if it is a small step.
As you look around you this month you may find the past, present and future colliding as well as laid out before you and clearly being seen for what it is. Like the caterpillar in this card — from Stolen Child Tarot — you may be wondering where want to go from here.
You may feel as if the ground has been knocked out from under you which is disorientating but rest assured you will soon pick yourself up in a different way to the past which also gives you new ideas on what you will do next.
You may not be ready to take a leap of faith and launch yourself forward but you will certainly be feeling as if you have been given a helping hand in finding what it is you want and who you are. Like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon you will find this metamorphosis not only working in your favor but also a chance to show off your skills to others who may be following your path.
CAPRICORN: Ace of Swords
Your card this month is the Ace of Swords — this version from the Druid Craft Tarot — is all about gaining the insight that is necessary to make decisions that are best for you.
It’s also about taking back your power. And nothing says that like an arm with a sword in it rising up from the depths of a murky pool.
The Ace of Swords can be victorious or it can be defiant. And there’s no saying which one this one is. But that’s also a part of taking back your power — deciding whether you want to wield your sword for the greater good or use it as a weapon.
This Sword has its own electrical current. Perhaps it’s stopped a bolt of lightning dead in its tracks, or has harnessed its own energy which is just as powerful.
Some things to think about this month: First of all, your actions can have far reaching consequences (notice the ripples in the pond). And secondly, no matter how small or alone you feel in the world, you absolutely do have the capacity to make your presence known.
You want to be mindful of what you put out there. This card has a dual meaning just as the blade itself is double edged. Be conscious of your words and actions as they will have an impact on others.
This card suggests that there will be opportunities for you to start something anew. 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 wield your sword not as a weapon but as a conduit for fairness and honesty.
AQUARIUS: The World
Your card this month— The World from the beautiful Jaen Tarot — is all about looking at the big picture and being able to trace the steps that have brought 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.
With your ruler (Uranus) moving out of Aries and into Taurus — for the first time in 84 years — you may be setting new goals in place or you may be taking some time to celebrate how far you’ve come. As the last card in the tarot, the World complete’s the Fool’s journey, 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, becoming fulfilled and whole.
You may be tying up one cycle this month and preparing to embark on a new one. 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.
Ask yourself: “What is is I’ve learned through all that I’ve experienced in this chapter of my life?” and “What must I now give up in order to start anew?” If you can answer those two questions with honesty and humility, you’ll be able to carry those lessons into the next chapter.
Pisces: Three of Coins
This is a good time to put your head together with others and work on bringing a project to fruition. The Three of Coins — this version from the Joie de Vivre Tarot is a “teamwork” card, among other things.
It’s about hitting your stride and seeing initial results of something you’ve been working hard on. Sometimes you need help to take it to the next level, even if that comes in the form of a critical eye.
The Three of Coins — like all threes — refers to the initial stages of progress where you’ve taken an idea (the Ace), put it into production (the Two), and are making progress now toward creating something real (the Three).
The imagery in this card describes this process beautifully. All three of these creatures are working together in harmony, with the central figure holding a coin that has a Full Moon inscribed on it while the other two are presenting him with coins of their own: one with a crescent (New) Moon and the other a crescent (Balsamic) Moon. These three phases of the Moon refer to the stages of a project from start to finish.
There’s an interdependence depicted here and a camaraderie. Each of these figures needs the others and all of them are contributing equally. It’s a good time to reach out to others and ask for help if you need it. It can’t hurt to offer it to those who’d benefit from your assistance too.
You may need a little push to get past a hump, or you may need the discerning eye of someone you trust. The Three of Coins says that you’re making progress and should be feeling good about what you’ve accomplished so far. But there’s still work to be done, and you won’t be able to do it alone.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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May 2018 Tarot Scopes
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