Three of Cups
It’s the weekend, are you ready to party?
Venus and the North Node are conjunct today (with the Moon joining in in the early morning hours). This is a good time for socializing and celebrating with those you hold near and dear.
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.
Today you want to leave your troubles at the door and go out and have yourself some fun, There’s no room for fretting about work or other mundane concerns.
No matter where the people in your life have come from today — 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.
Six of Swords
You may 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.
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.
The Six of Swords is all about transitions, and in most decks (including this one) about leaving something painful behind in an effort to move toward “the light.”
You may be moving, changing jobs, ending a relationship, or releasing some baggage that’s been holding you back. Although this card refers to change more than it does to endings, there are elements of “clearing the slate” that are a necessary part of this process.
In this version of the card — from the Deviant Moon Tarot — we see the swords used practically and efficiently in the structure of a hot air balloon that is floating toward a better life. The balloon itself emanates from the woman’s head, a nice reference to the importance of using one’s head to overcome obstacles. The city burns behind her. The face on the front of the vessel is serene, and while the woman herself may be sad, she’s not looking back.
This is the message behind the Six of Swords. You may not be where you want to be just yet, but you’re moving in the right direction. It also provides 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.
Take a moment today to reflect on where you are and where you want to be heading. This is the first step, courtesy of the Six of Swords, toward manifesting your goals.
Page of Pentacles
You may have a lot on your plate today as you work to put the finishing touches on half-finished projects. While you may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work before you, if anyone’s up to the task, it’s you.
The Page of Pentacles — this version from the Deviant Moon Tarot — refers to a self-made individual; one who’s busy working on himself and who’s capable of making something out of nothing (or building a better mouse-trap).
This Page is focused on craftsmanship. This isn’t just about “work” for him — it’s about honing his skills and putting his own unique stamp on everything he does. He’s as much a work in progress as the Pentacle he holds in his hand.
He may be young and inexperienced, but he’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work. Notice the nuts and bolts scattered on the ground around him. And notice the factories in the background lighting up the night sky. These are both reminders that the work never ends and that there’s always more to be done.
This card encourages you to throw yourself into something that inspires you — whether that’s on the job or in other areas of your life.
It encourages you to think about ways you can improve: such as going back to school or learning a new trade. But you could also be applying your expertise to areas outside of your profession. Projects around the home, with loved ones or family members, or establishing a partnership with someone are all possibilities.
The Page of Pentacles may be someone in your life, someone youthful and inexperienced but focused on making his (or her) mark on the world. It can also represent an attitude that would be beneficial for you to adopt.
No matter where you are in your journey there’s always something new to learn and some new way to improve on your skills. Like the Pentacle in this card, you are a work in progress. Whether the Page holding it is you or someone in your life, know that he”s here to remind you to never stop growing, learning or evolving.
Six of Wands
Today’s Mars / Pluto trine joins together the urge to make things happen and to bring about change in profound and life-altering ways.
This aspect can be incredibly powerful and transformative. It can bring in opportunities to completely reinvent yourself. And it can see you finally starting to receive the recognition you’ve worked so hard for.
It may come in the form of a raise or a promotion, or 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.
The Six of Wands — this version from the Deviant Moon Tarot — is called “Victory” in some decks; it speaks of validation of your efforts, and is well-deserved; this is the kind of acknowledgment you receive when it becomes clear that you’ve paid your dues.
In this version of the card, a figure emerges as a butterfly from the bud of a partially blooming flower. She wears a crown and holds a scepter in one of her many hands. We see the Sun rising high in the sky behind her as she’s hailed by her peers.
There’s a sense of triumph in this rendition, 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. It’s a time to remember the little people — those who have helped you a long the way.
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.
Nine of Swords
Today you may have to confront your fears or face the music about something that you’re not too comfortable with.
The Nine of Swords — this version from the Deviant Moon Tarot — speaks of finding yourself in a predicament that is largely of your own doing. And while it may be hard to admit, avoiding responsibility for something you’ve created yourself will only exacerbate your problems.
This is sometimes called the “nightmare” card. It refers to the apprehension and fear we experience upon waking up from a bad dream. And when we’re forced to confront a real-life situation that has taken on nightmarish proportions, it can be just as traumatic.
There’s a sense of foreboding in this card. The child has awakened from a nightmare, terrified by what he’s seen. Nine Swords are lined up behind his headboard, their blades alternating left to right. A demon cat scurries across his bed clothes while a tiny ghoul gnawing on his shoulder (whispering madness into his ear) makes it all the more ominous .
You may have created a situation — or contributed to one — yourself that now has you terrified of potential consequences. You may feel like running away from your problems, or pulling the blankets up over your head again and pretending that none of it is real. But you’ll find that not confronting your demons and tackling the situation head on only makes them more harrowing.
The Nine of Swords is strangely empowering as it forces you to face your fears. There’s no more hiding or avoiding, as the circumstances in your life put them right in your path. You may have to remind yourself that it’s never as bad as it seems; that it was only a nightmare and that everything will look better with the dawn of a new day.
Nine of Wands
Today you may be feeling like you’ve given something (or someone) your all and are now *this close* to throwing in the towel.
The Nine of Wands speaks of being on the verge of exhaustion over something you’ve put so much effort into and still haven’t seen the results you’d hoped for.
You may see some sort of resolution in sight, but it’s still a ways off which means even more obstacles and more work than you’re sure you want to trouble with.
So the question becomes what do you do? Do you throw your arms in the air and say I don’t think I can take it anymore? If so you give up all the work you’ve already done and all the momentum you’ve gained.
But if not it means you’re going to have to reach in, dig deep and find the strength, tenacity and fortitude to tackle those final hurdles and keep on going.
The masked figure in this version of the card looks like he’s all but given up. He sits pouting on a ledge in what appears to be a 3-dimensional maze. The staircase beside him threatens to block his every step. But look: there’s another set of stairs and a light glowing in the distance: could it be he’s found the escape route?
The eight wands leading up the first staircase may not be obstacles after all. They may be armholds. And the Ninth wand serves as a torch to both light his path and ignite his resolve.
This is the challenge you’re faced with today. You may be seeing that something you set off to accomplish is not only taken longer than you expected but has also turned into a bigger headache.
But you’re closer to the finish line than you know, and if you just keep going you’ll be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment in the end.
You may be feeling like you’re coming to the end of one chapter of your life and preparing to embark on another.
The World card (Universe in some decks) speaks of a sense of fulfillment and completion as you put the finishing touches on a project or cycle and begin to tie up loose ends.
This version of the card is ripe with symbolic imagery. We see a sea siren or mermaid, framed by the mythical Ouroboros (world serpent).
Two human-faced fish are situated at the top of the card, gazing at one another. A pair of hybrid beasts safeguard the gateway between past and future at the bottom of the card.
According to tradition, the Ouroboros swallows his own tail and devours himself, only to be reborn again and again.
This represents the World card’s on-going cycle of past and future, death and rebirth, transformation and regeneration.
The mermaid is front center here, midway between the past and future. She’s risen from the sea behind her as she begins her transition across solid ground.
She only needs to cross through the gateway before her to complete the transition. She may need to confront her fears (the beasts on the other side), but if you look at them closely, they’re not so frightening after all.
Seven of Pentacles
You could be feeling frustrated today over something that’s taking longer to manifest than you’d hoped for. While the urge to push ahead anyway and move things at a faster pace will be strong, the Seven of Pentacles encourages you to do otherwise.
It says it’s time to step back, test the waters, and assess the progress you’ve already made before you plan your next move.
It’s about getting your ducks in a row and taking the time to finesse your plans before you act on them — even if you’re tempted to push forward prematurely.
In this version of the card we see a little witch figure standing before a tree under the light of a New Moon. Perhaps she needs some of the tree’s life essence to cast a spell. But she pokes at it with her wand and draws blood.
We can see all seven pentacles growing on the limbs of the tree, but there are no leaves and no flowers: they too are not quite ripe for the picking.
There’s a sense with this card that it’s just not time; she’s just not ready; and there are still preparations to be made.
Think about the things in your own life that need still need time to develop and mature.
It could be a promotion that feels like it’s taking too long to materialize. It could be a relationship that’s not moving forward as quickly as you’d like. Or you may be just feeling frustrated with the pace things are moving in your day to day life.
Five of Pentacles
Pay attention to your finances today — meaning not just your income, but also savings and expenditures.
The Five of Pentacles 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.
In this version of the card we see a woman attempting to slink away from a church unnoticed, under the dark of night. Has she sought sustenance there, only to be turned away? Or is she so afraid to reach out for help in the first place that she never even bothered to knock?
There’s a cross in the window, made up of five gold coins (pentacles). An eye watches her from the doorway as she slips away.
There are elements of shame and humiliation inherent in this imagery. She may have gotten caught doing something she knows was wrong.
She doesn’t have anything on her person to sustain her — and she doesn’t have a friend to turn to. She’s naked and alone.
Today — as Mars moves into Scorpio — you may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, in the form of giving something up that you’ve been clinging to for far too long.
It may be a relationship, a job, a dream, or even an out-dated belief system that is no longer conducive to your growth. Whatever it is, it’s going to feel like a loss, and may bring with it a period of mourning.
The Death card can be frightening, as it promises both loss and change — two of the scariest notions that any of us are ever faced with. But Mars is essentially dignified in Scorpio, meaning that it works well in this sign (as opposed to the disharmony and discord it experienced through its long 7+ month transit through Libra).
In this respect, it’s more about leaving behind something that probably wasn’t working for you anyway and moving toward something that you’re naturally more aligned with.
In this rendition we see two figures: “Death” represented by a pregnant female corpse, and her groveling progeny underfoot.
The smaller figure reaches out for his mother, begging to return to the safety of her womb. But death holds him at bay — with a new baby on the way, there’s just no room.
Think about what must be put to rest in your own life to make room for something new. It won’t be something you’re ambivalent about; in that sense it wouldn’t really feel like a loss, would it? No it’s something you’ve been holding onto — perhaps too tightly — that may be forcefully ripped away.
Two of Cups
Today you may find yourself bonding intimately — or strengthening an existing bond — with another.
The Two of Cups speaks of falling in love, finding your other half, or connecting with another on such a powerful level that the two become one.
This isn’t necessarily a love-connection. It can refer to a sisterhood, a business partnership, a parent/child relationship or some other deep bond. It refers to the “sum of the parts being greater than the whole” axiom, which reminds us that two heads (and hearts) are better than one.
In the context of romance though, this is a very passionate depiction. The trine between Venus and Pluto today can intensify your encounters with prospective partners, as it lends a smoldering sexual undertone to those connections.
They say opposites attract and nowhere is that more evident than it is in this rendition of the card. We see a skeletal figure dressed in lavish royal garb. He commiserates seductively with an under-dressed and blackened representation of night (or “midnight” judging from the clock in the background). A crescent moon hangs low in the sky between them.
Has he impregnated her? She places a protective hand over her swollen womb. Droplets of blood collect on the floor, implying that he’s also stolen her virtue. This is not an unwelcome seduction though. They’re in this together.
Seven of Wands
You may feel the need to defend yourself today, or to hold your ground against what feels like perilous opposition.
The Seven of Wands speaks of a need to be more alert, guarded and cautious, rather than accepting things at face value.
You may face opposition from others — in the form of competition or outright resistance.
You may feel attacked or ganged up on. You may also have to reconcile a “me against the world” attitude before it turns into a chip on your shoulder.
As with all Sevens, there’s usually a moral dilemma or a situation in which you feel you’re being asked to compromise your ideals.
This may be a friend who asks you to keep an uncomfortable confidence, an accusation that’s put you on the defense, or a situation in which you feel unfairly targeted.
Either way you’re going to be called upon to take the high road, to stand your ground and to not allow yourself to back down.
The figure in this card is braced for adversity. She’s guarded and defensive, but she doesn’t retreat: she proceeds cautiously ahead.
And while the moon is partially obscured behind the thicket, it sheds just enough light on the path to help her find her way.