Take it easy and enjoy some down time today. That is what today’s card is suggesting.
This Nine of Diamonds card is from the Illuminated Tarot deck. It corresponds to the Hermit card and Nine of Pentacles in the traditional Tarot. Think about how you can willingly sacrifice the busy work you would normally do and practice self care instead.
Self care varies from person to person. For some, it’s sitting down with a good book, taking a long hot bath, going for a walk, or taking a nap. If you can, carve out time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes to an hour. You work hard and you deserve to do what your want to do once in a while.
This reminds me of the song Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae.
When the Five of Coins appears, it can show that you feel unsupported by the people around you or simply that you feel insecure in some way. This could be in relation to your finances, but it also could be in any area of your life dealing with practical matters.
However, the lesson of this card is that perhaps you are overlooking something in your life that may be able to help you. Perhaps you need to redo your budget in order to see your way through your problems. It could be that you have people around you can ask for help, advice, or simply an ear to listen to. Perhaps you need professional help from a doctor, financial institution, or social service. The person on the card is ignoring the shelter he can get from the church next to him. Maybe you need to pray, meditate or consult with your spiritual guides.
Bottom line, when we feel off-kilter and alone, we can be proactive and do things for ourselves to get us in touch with the people and resources we need.
One of the things I like most about being on social media is meeting people I may not have otherwise. One such happy synchronicity is my connection with artist Pamela Steele. Steele is the creator and illustrator of the Steele Wizard Tarot, among other Tarot and Oracle card decks. She kindly gifted me a copy of the Steele Wizard Tarot deck. It is enchanting and powerful, and I was immediately drawn to its energy.
Steele, who has been a Tarot practitioner for decades, shared with me her long-held vision of bringing Tarot into the mainstream. She sees Tarot not just as a divination tool but rather as a tool for spiritual and personal development. I totally agree with that viewpoint and the Steel Wizard Tarot comes through beautifully in this regard.
First published in 2006, the Steele Wizard Tarot is an 88-card deck that follows the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition. It includes four additional court cards—Maidens for each suit. It also has six additional Major Arcana cards that are placed after the World card—in order, the Weaver, the Universe, Truth, Evolution, Soul Twins, and I AM. I have found that these cards add a rich resonance to the readings in which they appear.
The illustrations are beautiful and resonant. The scenes are set in a fully realized fantasy kingdom where both magic and simplicity play a part. While there is a touch of the supernatural, there is also evidence of real human struggle. Those who are familiar with the RWS system will be able to follow along. However, the pictures are not exact duplications and many include some subtle and interesting differences. One example is the Six of Swords, which shows only one person in the boat and the swords are not taken with them, but left behind. In the Five of Cups, only two cups are spilled over and three cups remain standing. The Strength card (not pictured) features a dragon instead of a lion.
Among the court cards, the Maiden comes between the Page and the Knight, giving a more nuanced transition between these youthful characters. In the guidebook, Steele gives brief interpretations of the cards upright and reversed, yet strongly encourages the reader to use their intuition when it comes to card meanings. Generally speaking, though, as I understand her guidelines, the Pages carry the elemental energies of new beginnings as it relates to the suit. The Maiden is an introspective energy and the Knights indicate outward action.
The Major Arcana in this deck is similar to the traditional Rider Waite Fool’s journey in some ways and different in other ways. In the Steele Wizard Tarot, Death is called “Transition” and the Devil is “Materialism.”
The Weaver, according to the guidelines, “shows you where you are on your path”—your destiny, if you will—following the events of the World card. The Universe indicates an awareness of infinite possibilities, not just those confined to 3D existence. Truth represents authenticity as you allow yourself to be seen for who you truly are. For me, Soul Twins is essentially the “shadow work” card—that is, the ability to accept yourself for who you are and who you are not, and loving yourself unconditionally. Evolution represents personal/spiritual growth in new dimensions across the expanse of the universe. And finally, the I Am card represents the awareness that each of us are connected as individual expressions of Source (unity consciousness).
The deck is rich with meaning and I love working with it. I recommend it for newbies and experienced readers alike. The third edition of this deck will be released in 2023. Visit Pamela Steele’s website for more details.
The new moon/solar eclipse in Taurus will happen on April 30, 2022, at 4:28 PM EDT. Eclipse energy is powerful and can set events in motion that will affect us for months to come. Here is some Tarot advice to help you get you through the first blast of energy and to get a peek at what might be in store for you down the road.
Taurus – Leo – Scorpio – Aquarius (sun/moon/rising/north node/south node)
Nine of Blades (Swords) and Three of Wands
You fixed signs may feel the eclipse energies more than others, especially Taurus and Scorpio.
Your anxiety may try to send you over the edge. But once you calm your nerves, the path forward will be clear for you to see
Happy Taurus Season, all! Here is a Taurus Season Message from the Tarot del Toro:
Take the bull by the horns and steer it in the direction of your heart’s desire. Mercury retrograde will be a big influence in the coming weeks so mind what you say and don’t believe everything you hear.
How’s everything on this lovely Wednesday? In astrology, Wednesday is associated with the Roman god Mercury. Generally speaking, Mercury deals with matters of communication and logic. Here are some Tarot messages for you! Check for your sun, moon, rising, and Mercury signs.
Aries – Leo – Sagittarius
Be careful with how you express yourself. Sensitivity translates into success in relationships and the job.Professionalism is key,
Taurus – Virgo – Capricorn
Sometimes life is a riddle. Don’t give up on trying to find the meaning. Seek answers in many different places and enjoy the journey.
Gemini – Libra – Aquarius
There’s a work around solution to your problem. It may be best to bypass the situation in this case instead of trying to deal with it head on. Think totally outside the box.
Cancer – Scorpio – Pisces
Get advice. Ask someone how they would handle your situation if they were in your shoes. Work together, if that makes sense.