Congratulations to Rachel, who won the auction at Simon’s Auctions for a Spirituality Package. Rachel asked: Last year, I had a lot of success, work-wise. Will that continue, will I struggle… or will I do even BETTER?
The Knight of Cups in this position shows that you are full of passion and a proud sense of accomplishment. You’ve had great success and are doing what you love. You are on a journey that, with each step, takes you closer to your desires and in knowing the path ahead you feel a great joy, your step is light and all the world is beautiful.
Blended with and inhibiting this buoyant sense of love and harmony is The Tower. It forces you to recognise change. Change is always a positive force but the process can be painful. The Tower reminds us to let go of that which will not aid us in our ultimate goals, they will inevitably fall away no matter how hard you cling to what feels safe and real in the moment. Learn to embrace change rather than fear it.
Your current joy and your fear of change are founded in the King of Pentacles. You’re doing very well, you feel secure in your financial footing and the material world around you is abundant.
The greatest issue you may not see shows itself in The Chariot. This is a conflict, usually a struggle within yourself to find balance between your baser instincts, your competitive nature, your sense of self-righteousness, arrogance and aggression war against a calm, easy-going attitude. Here, you must learn to bring both sides of yourself to a harmony where they can work together.
The Ace of Wands and Ace of Swords come together to show your past, a new and exciting venture. Business that embraces your intelligence and creativity. You have had a great deal to learn and often felt out of your depth but you embraced the challenge with enthusiasm and even excitement. It has been an adventure of new learning.
You’ve come away from those Aces as you gain experience and are coming into the Three of Wands. You have skill and a little experience. The earlier lessons are behind you. You have created a firm footing in your career and go forward knowing there is still much to learn. You continue to grow and as you continue to grow you come to greater knowledge.
The Six of Wands shows that as you and those dearest to you celebrate your successes, you feel as if all eyes are upon you. You’ve attained a glorious victory and have good reason to celebrate but don’t allow this celebration to overcome your forward momentum.
Around you, others see you as The Hierophant. You are the teacher, the mentor, ready to pass on what you know to others. They look to you for guidance and direction, perhaps imitating you in the hopes of achieving similar success.
Serenity’s favorite deck, The Mythic Tarot, describes the Seven of Pentacles in your situation perfectly. Your hopes and fears are highlighted with a question, “whether to continue to develop what one has already built, or to put energy into a new project.”
The final outcome shows me that your fear of needing to start over is unfounded. You are on the right path and swiftly moving toward a greater understanding of your career and all that is involved in being successful. The Queen and King of Wands come together here, united in their dominance of thought and power. Your warmth, loyalty and compassion rise to the surface allowing you to guide others. You will be in a position to teach and to create lasting change for yourself and for those around you.
Miss Michele didn’t have to pull a daily card today… the Tarot did it on its own.
Miss Michele left her Hanson Roberts deck sitting face up on the table and noticed the Nine of Swords on top. She shuffled for the daily draw, and the Knight of Cups fell out.
She tucked him back in and drew a card. Nine of Swords.
She put the card back in the deck, pondered it, and began to start another reading. The first card she drew? Knight of Cups.
These are the cards for today and indicate a new opportunity that Miss Michele’s alter ego is afraid to take. She fears the project may lead to sleepless nights and added anxiety if she gets involved. Worse, it could lead to a repeat of certain “character types” from her past.
She’ll take this project, but only on her terms.
Mrs. Cogan requests a five-card spread and asks:
I just launched two new directions with my writing. I’m entering every contest I can (I’m a semifinalist in the Amazon.com novel contest!) and I’ve started blogging seriously. I basically need to know if I’m going in the right direction.
Heart of the Matter – The Hanged Man in the past/heart of the matter slot shows Mrs. Cogan’s writing career at a standstill. She knew she needed to find a new direction, new perspective and different goals before things take off.
Near Future – Strength – It’s not easy, and her new writing direction won’t meet with success right away, but Mrs. Cogan has the strength of character to push ahead.
Hidden Influences – The Universe has many opportunities in store for Mrs. Cogan, exemplified in the Knight of Cups. Her best assets as she pursues her writing career are her feminine traits: intuition, kindness, gentleness. This is supported in nearly all the cards in the reading, other than the Hanged Man. As she moves out of the phase of “wondering what to do, waiting for the next opportunity” she is embracing her feminine strengths.
Tarot’s Advice – The Ace of Cups – The card of new beginnings, this card clearly tells Miss Michele that Mrs. Cogan has selected the right path, and that she should grasp the opportunities offered to her!
Possible Outcome – The Sun – Her new pursuits will lead to a chance for greater creative expression, personal fulfillment and happiness. Number 19 of the Major Arcana, the Sun corresponds to a “10,” the fulfillment of a cycle.
Overview: Two cups in what should be a question about career shows that, while Mrs. Cogan won’t get rich from her new pursuits, she will find greater fulfillment and more time for her family. Sometimes, that’s more important than material gain. However, the lack of Wands or Pentacles show Mrs. Cogan may lack some of the drive and ambition to take her business where she really wants it to go, financially. She’s got more important things on her mind. She’s still “dabbling,” (emotionally, if not in reality) but opportunities are coming up, nonetheless, and there’s potential to carve herself a nice little niche.
Three Major Arcana show Mrs. Cogan is in a major life change right now, and Miss Michele suspects it may have a lot more to do with personal relationships and children than with business. Something more important than career is on Mrs. Cogan’s mind right now, and the Tarot is seeing that. Additionally, her writing pursuits could turn into a much bigger decision than she suspects, putting her on the path to major (and very, very positive!) changes!
Another AW member has found their way to Miss Michele’s Tarot Blog and wants to know what path their career should take…
Looking for Peace writes: I have a HUGE decision to make and it’s wearing me down. I want to leave my soul-sucking (but well compensated) corporate communications job and try my hand at freelance writing, but I worry if this is the right move for me/my family. Financially we’ll be ok for a year, but frankly, I’m scared/worried that I’ll fail miserably and end up looking for another corporate job – and I won’t find one that pays as well as the one I’m thinking of leaving. Staying part-time isn’t an option – it’s all or nothing. I’ll be more at peace once my decision’s made. What do the cards show?
As a writer, Miss Michele would recommend testing the freelance waters while working full-time. Put in a few hours a week after work or on weekends and try to line up some clients. As a corporate communications writer, you have experience and presumably, some clips, so you’ll have a leg up on others just getting started. Before you consider working from home, ask yourself: are you self-motivated, disciplined, or are you overly social (ie, will working from home, with a lot less person-to-person interaction, drive you crazy, or do you thrive in a quiet environment?)
But that’s just Miss Michele’s two cents. Let’s see what the tarot have to say about your chances of success in freelance writing…
Two deception cards came up in this reading, however, with two Knights present, a new career opportunity is certainly in the off-ing. I want to say that those at your current job will “connive” or bribe or promise you things to get you to stay.
Card by Card:
The >Seven of Swords is the card of stealth and deception. Showing a man slinking away with five swords, while the other two are firmly embedded in the ground, it indicates using cunning to get what you want—or that someone is using this against you. You’ve admitted that your current company is soul-sucking… they are, quite literally, slinking away with the best of you!
The Knight of Wands in the Near Future shows an escape from difficulty. Change is in the air and things will work out well. Even if you do wind up taking a lower paying job after trying freelancing (which I don’t think will be the case), you’ll be happier in the long run.
The Knight of Cups in the outcome came out, but reversed. While upright it symbolizes a new relationship or career, it shows deception when it is reversed. Don’t be passive—follow your heart and stand up for yourself, regardless of what your current employers offer. If you want to leave, do it. But don’t let this company keep getting the best of you. Things will work out whatever your choice.
Cyclops took advantage of Miss Michele’s New Year’s Special for his 13-card reading. It is going to be an interesting, yet balanced, and overall positive year for Cyclops as he grows, learns and then is rewarded with some fun times!
Overview: Card 13 gives us the Page of Rods, showing a year of new opportunities and good news across the board. An overview of the spread shows a good balance of Pentacles, Cups, and Swords, meaning there will be balance between change and opportunities, finance, work and learning, and relationships/fun. A plethora of Pentacles in the first half of the year shows a focus on money-making, learning and study, setting the stage for a fun, relaxed second half, where Cyclops can focus on personal relationships.
January: Ace of Pentacles: A new business or wealth-building opportunity will show up in January, if it hasn’t already (and Miss Michele has inside information that it may have!) There will be further opportunities for Cyclops to exercise his creativity, as well.
February: The Hermit: This month will be quiet. The querent should take the time to plan his next move, meditate, contemplate and rest. Don’t rush into any of the new opportunities yet… consider all angles, ask others for advice, keep learning, but mostly, trust your gut.
Because things are going to explode in …
March, with the Ten of Pentacles. It will be a time for activity and travel, and Cyclops will have the money to do it, and do it right. With all this activity, he will be building a strong foundation for the future, in his paintball activities with his team, family relationships, and his career.
April: Eight of Pentacles: This brings hard work and study. The financial benefits and security from March won’t come without a price, he’ll have to study even more to pay back what he was given in March. But people are trusting that he *will* pay it back, so they are giving it to him before he even delivers. He should be careful with money management in April, although things were good in March, he shouldn’t squander it.
May: Knight of Cups: This card brings a shift from the tangible (Pentacles) to feelings and emotions. May will bring a new social experience, possibly a new love. Of course, when you’re not paying attention to it, that’s when these things happen. There will be an emphasis on fun and passion.
June: King of Swords: Cyclops may be afraid to take the leap into this new romance. He becomes overly rational, almost cold, which is not like him, at all. This new love will scare him, perhaps because it’s not what he expected to happen, romantically.
July: The Sun: By July, these feelings will pass and Cyclops will be feeling more like himself. There will be a focus on vacation, fun times. Whatever was troubling him or closing him off emotionally in June, he will be ready to throw caution to the wind, let loose and have fun in July.
August: The Emperor: Another major arcana tells us it’s going to be a pivotal summer. While the King of Swords represented Cyclops, The Emperor is someone else—a mentor who warns Cyclops it’s time to stop the party and get down to business. Enough focus has been placed on love and relationships, it’s time to get back to business and learning.
September: The Wheel of Fortune will bring new wealth and success in unexpected areas.
October: Five of Swords: Be on guard for people trying to bring you down because of their own jealousy. They will spread gossip, make you look bad, and if you stoop to their level, although you may win, you will lose because that’s not the type of person you are.
November: Two of Cups: You may re-unite with an old love or someone from your past, and this time, things will be much better as you find balance in your relationship. You’ll also find balance between money/career, romance and fun. The year will bring you to extremes of each side, but, toward the end, you will better learn how to balance it all.
December: The Hanged Man tells us the new/revived relationship hasn’t reached its happy outcome yet. You’ll be exploring the relationship from different angles, seeing each other differently, deciding how to proceed. You’ve been here before, but it looks very different this time.
The Page of Cups hitched a ride on The Hanged Man to show itself, and that signifies the birth of new emotions. You’ll be taking things slowly in your relationship, but it will be soft, warm and emotional. There will be a turning point of sorts, a strong emotional commitment where you both decide this is what you want, but no marriage proposal or formal commitment.