The scene outside my window today is all summer: bright sunshine, clear blue skies, clover overtaking the grass in the lawn across the street. I feel the call of the wild today, and although going for a long walk around the lake or meditating in the back yard are about as wild as I get, the pulse of the natural cycles of the Earth beats furiously along with my heart. Maybe that’s why I’ll be using the Lord of the Rings Tarot today for our readings. The story of Frodo and the ring of power seems to symbolize the journeys all of us take toward our own spiritual understanding and our struggle to balance the dual nature within.
A reminder of what the Lord of the Rings Tarot looks like:
Just one card, but you can get a feel for the deck just by gazing at one simple picture. Now, on to the readings!
Our first question today is from Lib, who writes: “Where should I focus my energies right now to achieve the best results? What can I expect in the coming weeks/months?”
To explore this question for Lib, I’m going to throw 6 cards, setting the intention that the first 3 will illuminate possible focuses for her energy, and the second 3 will show energies around her for August, September, and October (the next 3 months of the year). After concentrating on these questions and the intention, here are the cards Spirit drew for Lib:
Card 1: Ace of Coins (Pentacles)
Card 2: Ace of Swords
Card 3: Major Arcana The Tower
Card 4: Major Arcana Death
Card 5: 9 of Wands
Card 6: Knight of Swords
The first thing to notice in this reading is that Lib has drawn two Major Arcana cards, both dealing with major changes coming into her life: The Tower and Death. Neither are bad cards, although the imagery on these cards and their names often bother some people who may see these as negatives. We’ll interpret those cards in just a moment, but the important thing to note here is that Lib is coming into a cycle of energy very soon where change will happen, and these changes will alter the course of her life. There are larger lessons at work here for her, and it’s important for her to pay attention to all that is going on around her so that she doesn’t miss any of these spiritual lessons. I have found that when Major cards play a large role in a reading, it’s time for the querent to meditate and listen to the voices of Spirit that speak in our minds and hearts, for this is how clarity of purpose comes to us.
The first 3 cards, as set by the intention of the reading, represent where Lib should put her energy right now and in the coming 3 months. She has 2 Aces that appear here, so she needs to recognize the important new beginnings that are prevalent for her right now. Change is definitely coming, and although the Tower can signify radical change that shakes the foundations of our beliefs, the 2 Aces temper the more challenging aspects of this card. Especially in this deck, the Tower symbolizes instead things that are washed away in Lib’s life that were not built on strong foundations. She can expect to see changes, but they will be ones that benefit her and leave space for the terrific new beginnings that are signified by the two Aces here. The Ace of Coins represents a new direction or opportunity coming in career or job-related activities, and perhaps a little extra money to make physical things a bit easier. Lib’s search for a new job or a new career path should be coming pretty soon, and this will be a good opportunity for her. The Ace of Swords also indicates Lib’s new ideas or new ways of thinking that help to bring this opportunity to her. Having a positive outlook is vital to her success. Because of the unique symbolism of this deck of cards, this may also herald the help of another person who brings good news and victory to Lib along with the change signified by The Tower. I get the sense of movement here as well, so it may be that Lib is moving house or finding a new living arrangement that suits her and her needs better. Whatever it is, there is a definite sense of excited, active energy, and Lib should be prepared to focus on her intentions and know that what she’s seeking will be found.
The last 3 cards highlight energies around her in the next 3 months. The Death card appears in the month of August, signifying a major change in Lib’s life. This card is always about the death of something old and the beginning of something new. Coupled with the Ace cards in the first part of the reading, this card may highlight this new job opportunity and new way of thinking that is coming into Lib’s life, but this is only the material side of this energy. Death also talks about spiritual rebirth, so Lib needs to pay close attention to her own spiritual awakening and be sure to focus on what feeds her soul, not just her pocketbook. Great changes are coming in August, very positive ones, and it’s important for Lib to see these with spiritual eyes.
September looks to be a month of work, with the 9 of Wands indicating progress in the past that has paid off. Lib may feel, however, that she needs to defend someone or something in the career area of her life in September, but stability is the energy of that month.
October may bring some challenges in these new energies, as the Knight of Swords indicates the coming and going of a challenge. It may come in the form of a young man who figures somehow into Lib’s life, and Lib needs to think hard about how she allows this energy to affect her. Defensiveness will not serve her well at this time, but quiet strength and belief in her own abilities and talents will pay off in this conflict. It will not last long, one way or the other, and whoever is the cause of this conflict will pass out of her life fairly quickly.
Lib, I hope this reading gives you some insight into upcoming energies. Thank you for allowing me to read for you!
Our last question today comes from Tanya, who writes: “Just wondering what you got for me.” Well, let’s see what the Tarot has to reveal to Tanya in a simple 3-card throw:
Card 1: Major Arcana The Tower
Card 2: Ace of Swords
Card 3: Major Arcana The High Priestess
Just in this small 3-card throw, Tanya has drawn 2 Major Arcana cards, indicating that Spirit is operating at a high level in her life right now. Two of the cards in this throw also appeared in Lib’s reading, which is interesting. Sometimes people are working in similar energies when I do readings for more than one person at a time, and Spirit recognizes it.
Coupled with the Ace of Swords, The Tower in Tanya’s reading seems to indicate that many of Tanya’s beliefs are shifting and changing. She has new ideas and new beliefs that she is beginning to explore, and these may change the way she lives her life in the mundane world. Sometimes this can be challenging because it can affect our relationships with other people who do not understand our need to explore and to grow in a different direction. Tanya may experience some of this right now, but Spirit encourages her not to lose faith in herself. The High Priestess indicates that she is very intuitive and psychic herself, and an exploration and study of metaphysics and the esoteric arts would only benefit her. I feel a great pull with this toward Goddess energies as well, so Tanya might consider looking into the Divine Feminine and how this may enhance her life and her spiritual progression. No matter what, she’s in a period right now of divine change–embrace it, Tanya!
I hope this reading has been enjoyable for you, Tanya. Thanks for your question!
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