Aries: The Sun
This month you want to focus on what’s right in your world rather than what might be wrong. The Sun card is all about happiness, optimism and vitality: it’s about being present in the moment and celebrating being alive.
Look around you and take notice of the blessings that surround you. Step away — at least mentally — and turn your attention away from work and mundane affairs long enough to soak in the energizing rays of the Sun.
The Sun card — this version from the Lightseer’s Tarot — represents energy and vitality. Feeling happy to be alive. Getting in touch with your inner child, your true authentic spirit, the part of you that longs to embrace life with ever fiber of your being.
When we think of the Sun, we think of warmth, light and life. It warms our spirits as well as our bodies; it brightens our moods as well as the outside world, and it brings life to our dreams and goals as well as to every living thing on the planet.
The Sun card in the Tarot is much the same way. It refers to the wonder and glory of being alive. Of feeling warm, confident, radiant and spirited. Its attitude is that “everything is as it should be,” for you and all around you.
The Sun reflects your own inner light and inspires you to let it shine. It encourages you to say yes to life rather than letting your troubles hold you back. It tells you to turn your face to the Sun rather rather than looking back over your shoulder toward whatever caused you to dim your light in the first place.
The Sun card is all about optimism, enthusiasm and personal radiance. It’s about being yourself and allowing yourself to “shine,” without any pretense or constraint. Even when the sky is cloudy, the Sun is still shines. We may not always see it but it’s always there — and serves as a reminder of the warmth and vitality that each of us possess
TAURUS: The Empress
You should be in your element this month, with 4 planets (including the New Moon) in your sign. Taurus is a feminine earth sign that ties in beautifully with the blessings bestowed on us by the Empress card.
This card is all about getting in touch with your feminine side. This isn’t related to gender — it’s more about the qualities that are traditionally associated with anima-type energies.
They’re more sensitive, intuitive, reflective and passive. They’re introspective and creative as opposed to extroverted and dynamic. But they are just as powerful and can enrich your life in ways you never dreamed possible.
There is a rich inner world that each of us — male or female — possess, yet few of us take the time to fully explore. It’s a lush, fertile garden where primitive instincts and natural desires reside.
The woman in this card is at one with nature. She’s at home among the exotic animals, fruits and foliage that surround her. She’s nurturing yet commanding and exotic yet organic. If you look closely you can see that her headdress and even her gown is “alive” with plant-life and forest greenery. This is the essence of the Empress card.
The sunlight behind her casts its glow and surrounds her like a subtle golden aura. She wears a crown of wildflowers and has draped a string of them around a wildcat’s neck. A pheasant rises up and rests comfortably in her arms.
Like the lineup of planets in Taurus this month, the Empress Card — this version from the beautiful Paulina Tarot — encourages you to experience the world around you as a garden of earthly delights. It’s all about indulging your senses and getting back in touch with nature.
GEMINI: Two of Cups
Love may sneak up on you when you least expect it this month, especially with Venus turning retrograde in your sign, and potentially bringing someone back in from your past.
This is the Two of Cups from the original Mythic Tarot. It tells the story of Eros and Psyche at the moment fate intervened and set in motion a powerful and unbreakable love spell.
This card represents more than just attraction, affection and romance. It also speaks of the need for balance and harmony, for give and take, and for meeting others half way. This can take on many forms: from a brand new romance to reconnecting with a lover from the past to a renewed passion in an existing relationship.
Questions to ask yourself this month include whether you’re seeing the person you’ve set your sights on clearly, or if you’re just so in love with “love” that you end up ignoring important signs. Also be aware that lovers returning from the past may not stay. Once Venus turns direct again, you may find that your unfinished business has been resolved and your connection is complete.
There’s also an “unrequited love” potential with this card, as in being the recipient of another’s unwanted affections, or of having your heart set on someone who doesn’t even know you exist. But the upside is that love is right there behind you, ready to tap you on your shoulder.
The Two of Cups can be seen as a Soul Mate card, or finding your other half. You don’t want to underestimate the powerful magnetism that is associated with this card, especially when it hits you out of the blue. The overall message here is one of union and partnership. Your relationships provide you with an opportunity to join forces with another, and in doing so learn more about yourself.
Cancer: Three of Cups
This month, with a lineup of planets moving through your 11th house — the area associated with friends and associates, you may find yourself itching to get out there and socialize.
The Three of Cups — this version from the Deviant Moon Tarot — represents people gathering together to connect, interact and celebrate. It’s a happy, joyful energy that can manifest as a party or celebration, or it could be as simple as a girls night out.
Look at the figures in this card. They’re all so different, yet they’ve found a common ground and embrace one another with a the kind of joyful camaraderie that says they know how to have fun.
They rise up from the belly of a monster fish. Are they celebrating their impending release? Or are they resigned to a more sinister fate and engaging in one last last hurrah?
Either way this card is all about socializing and participating in group activities. Hanging out with like-minded people and expressing feelings of affection and good-will.
But what happens though when global issues force us to not only tone down the partying but to distance ourselves from others? This is where we have to get creative and think about alternate ways to interact with one another socially.
This card is about leaving your troubles at the door and putting mundane concerns behind you. It’s about connecting with those you hold near and dear, even if it can’t be face to face. No matter where the people in your life are right now, and no matter how far away they might be, this 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.
LEO: Knight of Pentacles
Your focus this month, with several planets moving through your work and professional sectors, should shift your focus to areas associated with work, duty, discipline and service.
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.
But the Knight of Pentacles– this version from the Prisma Visions Tarot — 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.
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.
VIRGO: Five of Pentacles
Your card this month is the Five of Pentacles from the beautiful Ostara Tarot. It can indicate a need to rethink what you value, especially when it comes to your own sense of worth or self-esteem.
It can mark a period of financial adversity, such as seeing your earnings held up or seeing your resources dwindling as a result of unexpected expenses.
As Pentacles are linked to “values,” we most often think of money. But they also relate to self-worth: it’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re struggling — financially or otherwise.
As Pentacles are linked to “values,” we most often think of money. But they also relate to self-worth: it’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re struggling — financially or otherwise.
In this respect the Five of Pentacles can also refer to feelings or loneliness or rejection. You may be feeling isolated and unsupported — but it’s important to ask yourself truthfully whether the support you so desperately crave has been there for you all along. And whether your own issues with self worth and self esteem have caused you to either miss it or reject it outright.
The Five of Pentacles refers to feeling lost and alone, isolated or excluded, shut out, rejected or unworthy. It doesn’t have to manifest in a big way. It can be as “simple” as being dismissed or overlooked — an insignificant occurrence that can take on a life of its own. It’s a harsh word, a careless remark, a lack of consideration or a call that doesn’t come. Something that makes you feel small, dejected or demoralized.
This is what you want to think about as you look at how these incidents affect you and what you can do to offset their impact on your own sense of self-worth. Take some time today to nourish that tender heart of yours and remind yourself that you’re worthy of being loved and accepted. The challenge with the Five of Pentacles is not to give in to those fears, but to overcome them.
Libra: The Star
This month it’s going to be all about counting your blessings. In recent months you may have been too focused on what you lack — or on what you feel has been missing in your life, But the Star card speaks of putting all that aside and focusing instead on what you do have.
This is a very calm and peaceful version of the Star card. In it — from Robin Ator’s Prairie Tarot — we see a young Native American woman sitting on the banks of a river, replenishing it from the water in her vessel.
She sits with her eyes closed and her feet dangling comfortably in the water. A large white star shines above her to the right, while seven smaller stars, in the colors of the rainbow are lined up on the left.
There are elements of tolerance and acceptance here too. The gentle imagery of the young woman in Native garb coupled with the rainbow stars act as symbolic reminders that the world is full of different kinds of people and all of them belong here. Even the act of pouring water into the stream reminds us of how important it is to “give back.”
With your ruler (Venus) going retrograde this month, you want to revisit some of the plans you’ve made that you didn’t follow through on. The Star card is full of hope and inspiration but it’s not exactly well grounded. There’s a need to work in order to manifest your dreams, as they’re not about to fall into your lap.
Whether you’re making new plans or dusting off the old ones, now is the time to make a commitment to seeing them through. And don’t forget to add a healthy dose of gratitude: in other words, remember to “thank your lucky stars!”
Scorpio: Page of Cups
This month, with your ruler (Mars) moving into your 5th house and the New Moon taking place in your 7th, romance and relationships are likely to take center stage. The 5th and 7th are the two main relationship sectors, and yours are going to be lit up like a Christmas tree this month.
The Page of Cups is all about allowing yourself to be vulnerable and open to new emotional experiences. But as you can see in this version of the card — from the Mary-el Tarot — that can also translate as being self-conscious and shy.
With your relationship ruler turning retrograde this month, you may be feeling sentimental. You may long to reach out to someone from your past or restart a connection that never quite go off the ground.
This Page of Cups is gentle and self-protective. But she sometimes struggles with putting herself out there and expressing her fears. She’ll have to decide how much she’s willing to reveal and how much she prefers to keep to herself.
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 too have trouble putting your feelings into words.
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.
Sagittarius: The Hierophant
If you’re busy seeking answers to life’s most pressing questions this month, where better to turn than toward the wisdom of the masters?
The Hierophant card is associated with pursuing knowledge, studying tradition, reflecting on Universal laws and principles and deciding where we stand.
He’s seen as the Pope or Priest in some decks, but here — in Charissa Drengsen’s wonderful Steampunk Tarot — he’s the wisest, most mystical and brilliant mind of our times, the incomparable Albert Einstein.
The Hierophant is often portrayed as conventional, but this card is not just about formal education and organized religion. It’s more about carrying the wisdom of the ancients forward. It’s about gaining a greater understanding for yourself and using it to guide others.
The Hierophant is a teacher, a counselor and a mentor as well as a student. He’s a seeker of knowledge and an imparter of wisdom.
You could be immersing yourself in your studies this month or making plans to embark on a spiritual journey. You may also be called upon present your ideas to others — either formally or informally. If you find yourself having to defend your views, do it in a calm, practical manner. The Hierophant is not about being radical or fanatical. It’s about building on the conventions of those who’ve come before you and presenting your ideas with clarity and precision.
CAPRICORN: Ten of Pentacles
This month, with your career ruler (Venus) in your work sector and Saturn (your ruler) joining Mars in your money sector, you’re likely top be thinking about your future, especially with respect to your security and financial stability.
This card — the Animal’s Divine version of the Ten of Pentacles — 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.
The “pentacles” in this version are stars that coalesce into tangible currency as they light the rabbit’s path. The greens and golds that are so prominent here are also significant. These are the colors associated with wealth, prosperity and abundance.
The Ten of Pentacles is about establishing a lasting legacy for yourself and your loved ones. It’s about enjoying and appreciating what you have while planning ahead for the future.
No matter how successful you are there’s always more to be done, especially as it pertains to creating something that will live on long after you’re gone. You may be thinking of starting a family or putting money aside for children you already have.
You could also 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.
AQUARIUS: Ace of Swords
Your card this month — 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.
With both Mars and Saturn now moving through your sign, there’s a lot of focus on independence and individuation. Aquarius is associated with doing your own thing and doing it in a way that no one has ever done before, This combination is rife with electrical energy, bringing with it the certainty and clarity that are intrinsically tied to the Ace of Swords.
It’s also associated with 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 keep in mind 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 do want to be mindful of what you put out there. The Ace of Swords can have a dual meaning just as the blade itself is double edged. You want to be aware of your words as well as your actions and the impact those have one others.
Pisces: Two of Wands
This month you’re going to need to be be mindful of the need to balance your plans and ideas with the actual work that goes into making them manifest.
The Two of Wands — this version from the Faerie Tarot — speaks of taking the spark of an idea (brought about by the Ace of Wands) and turning it into something tangible.
But this doesn’t just happen magically — despite the imagery in this card. We can see the little faerie seated on the edge of a fountain and framed by two blooming wands.
One is clearly smaller than the other and this is the one she’s directed her attention to.
The key here is balance: you won’t be able to make something happen without careful consideration and planning; but all the magic in the world won’t cause your ideas to materialize without putting in the effort.
There’s a certain give and take with the Two of Wands (and will all Twos in the tarot) that is mirrored right back to you.
There’s also a need for discrimination — throwing out the unrealistic or half-baked ideas and focusing on what has a genuine shot at being successful. The Two of Wands requires you to be objective and this is why it’s always wise to bounce your ideas off of another.
If you want to make something happen this month, prove it by participating in its development. The outcome you achieve will be directly proportionate to the energy you put into making it manifest.
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May 2020 Tarot Scopes
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