Forward to the Past! A Tarot Reading – The State of the United States

A year on into the Biden Presidency, where does America stand?

The Queen of Wands at the centre of the 7 day week spread to me indicates that qualities of courage, independence and confidence are growing; despite trying circumstances, the wish for freedom and a meaningul philosophy is growing paramount.

The 6 of Wands in the Moon position hints that emotionally and domestically there is a sense of overcoming those trying situations, particularly over the last two years, of course. There will emerge a need for spiritual renewal.

A Long Lasting Dilemma

The 2 of Swords in the Mars position, is a strong indication of the dilemma that has faced US troops and also those responsible individuals who have to take action. There has and still is something of an impasse within the country between the two opposing sides of the political spectrum. This is unlikely to be resolved quickly.

The Death card in the Mercury position means that there is much to change in the local environment, the manner of short distance travel and most particularly within the media industry as a whole. This doesn’t merely suggest some tinkering at the edges, but a wholesale transformation in these crucial areas, as befits Pluto’s up and coming arrival at the point it was in the 1776 independence chart for the USA. Be prepared.

A Return to Family Values

The 4 of Cups in the Jupiter position shows that home and family will enshrine a new philosophy, indicating something of a restoration to more traditional values among certain populations. Religion too may well see a great growth; having had more time to think about core values over the last two years, many millions have examined their own hearts and family and have found solace there.

The Knight of Coins in the Venus position is a further indication that more traditionally conservative values can help to make many feel better, more wholesome. A certain pleasure can be gained from looking after the practical side of life too, even finding enjoyment in routine. Home crafts and local industries are likely to boom.

The Hierophant in the resolution or outcome position underlines the likely outcome for the USA this year; there will be a return to traditional spiritual beliefs and a need to conform to them, which has been brought about by the great uncertainty of the world around us. Sometimes, perhaps at all times, our souls need a cleansing and an assurance. Many Americans are beginning to understand this, it seems.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading – Week Beginning Monday January 17: Accentuating the Feminine

There is plenty of feminine energy this week, perhaps as befits the full Moon in Cancer on Monday.

Overtly: The Queen of Cups corresponds to Pisces in general. She is generous, charitable, protective, compassionate, understanding, yet capable of giving authoritative advice too. Similarly, we must be equally understanding with each other and accept that things can and will get better if we allow them to, always recognising the spiritual bond between us.

Covertly: The Star is number 17 of the Major Arcana, which reduces down to number 8, reflecting the number of stars in the card. Behind the scenes of the present situation, many good things are happening. Despite what we may think, these achievements result from many different considerations, but all ultimately for the benefit of humanity and securing our future. The light of the sun, and the stars, does indeed shine upon us all.

Resolution: 7 of Coins or Pentacles, the first decanate of Virgo ruled by Mercury. Our everyday activities and our health are highlighted and will ultimately see benefits this week. We shall, towards the end of the week, see real progress in strategies that will make our lives just that bit easier and tolerable, healthwise, and in the workplace.

Copyright Francis 2022

Partygate – A Short Tarot Perspective

As you may know, the United Kingdom is gripped by a government scandal, involving numerous individuals flagrantly breaking their own rules of isolation during the pandemic. I asked the cards, ‘will the government survive?’

The first card, representing the overall overt situation, was the 5 of Swords. I see this card as the equivalent of the second decanate of Aquarius ruled by Mercury. I think this shows rather well the conflict, the ongoing arguments, not only within the British Conservative party, but also in the whole political establishment and particularly the media. It will be temporary, but it is quite clearly very serious, a situation which has rightly raised the ire of the public.

The second card position is the covert, or hidden perspective. Here I drew the 6 of Cups, which is the third decanate of Scorpio ruled by the Moon. To me this suggests that underlying the headlines and the fury, we are now emerging from the pandemic paradigm which has completely dominated our lives for two years. Could it be that the stories and the headlines will act as a segue towards some form of normality in our lives? For me, this is a healing card.

However, there is an elephant in the room, constituting two profound questions that are still rarely asked. 1. Why has it taken until now, nearly two years into this pandemic, to discover the full extent of this scandalous behaviour?; and 2. Just what was/is it that many political and celebrity types knew that allowed them to brazenly carry on partying as if there was no deadly virus around us at all??? To me this covert 6 of Cups suggests in itself that there is something hidden and that all is not quite what it seems.

The final card on the right is the outcome, or resolution position, where I drew the Knight of Swords. For me this is Libra and to do with justice, perhaps swift justice in regard to this scandal. Swords are thoughts, information and the media; I think there may be a rather quick resolution to this issue, which will also clarify the truth of the situation which we have all faced for far too long. And that truth, I am sad to say, may be much more shocking than even the behaviour of certain government and other responsible officials.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading: Will England Retain its Monarchy?

I have asked this question previously, in fact several times. Each time I do not get a definitive no. I have got the impression that the monarchy will remain but in a different form.

So I asked the question again, and I got a broadly similar answer. I used a three card spread, as I often do, the centre card being the overt position, the left card the covert position and the right card the outcome or resolution position.

The three of wands is a generally positive reply. For me this card corresponds to the third decanate of Aries, ruled by Jupiter. I think the monarchy’s future will come up for some debate rather soon, but not to remove it, at least I don’t think so. The three of wands is quite expansive, forward thinking, even joyous, creative, so I think we could see a very different monarchy in the future, one that both harkens back to the past, spiritually, but also looks forward to new possibilities. This might mean a change of dynasty, or in the role of the monarch.

The Fool in the covert position is an indication that in the background the discussion about the monarchy’s future is already being seriously debated – and I don’t think anything is being ruled out. Some of the controversies involving some members of the Royal Family will have certainly contributed to the situation. The Fool represents primal energy, endless possibility, but also cautions one to ponder on decisions. Look at the dog scratching The Fool’s leg; is he trying to caution him? I think we are being warned here not to ‘throw the baby out with the bath water’, so to speak. The monarchy is the one steadfast element remaining in the English ‘constitution’ and I believe nations will remain an important factor in the future. Yes, changes are almost certainly needed but we should be careful what some of us may wish for.

The resolution card is The World, card 21, which also adds up to three. For me this indicates that the future decision in regard to the English/British monarchy will have a profound and universal effect. It would seem that England, and thereby Great Britain too, stands to have much influence in the future world, particularly its new monarchy, whatever form that may take. I do not think this means a united world ruled by the British monarchy! No, that would be awful; however, it could be that somehow it will become a spiritual beacon for the rest of the independent nations of the world to follow, however unlikely that might seem right now.

Copyright Francis 2022

World Tarot Reading for Sunday January 9: Time to Begin Anew

Today is the day to begin something new, especially in regard to the way we think and communicate. It is also a good time to reestablish links with our local communities.

In the background, however, as a backcloth to this, there is some upheaval, changes which may well be disruptive, though not necessarily seen in plain sight or understood.

Nevertheless, rest assured that anything begun this day will potentially have long lasting practical value in establishing new modes and methods in the immediate future.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading for the World – January 8: Changes afoot

A theme I have been getting a lot of recently; changes afoot, some of which may be drastic; endings and new beginnings, the latter changes in regard to travel, communication and media usually being obscured.

That said, today is also a good time to cross the Ts and dot the Is in any practical work, to ease the process of change which is definitely occurring despite most appearances. This is important work and a sure sign of progress as the 7 of coins indicates. Any detailed work in regard to health and efficiency should go well.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading for Friday January 7

Change is in the air. Change materially, financially but also spiritually. Their is an ongoing shakeup and today may seem some significant developments that cannot be ignored.

The old ways, the old stories, cannot stay forever. The ensuing unsettlement – and today’s energy feels somewhat unsettled – is only part of the process. There are only so many fingers one can put in the dam before it breaks. But that deluge is not quite yet. We don’t know when that might be.

However, covering all this, there is also a benign, steadfast authority looking out for us today. Call it God, or the universe, but ultimately all will be well if we have faith.

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading January 4 2022: Trust the Process…

I drew 3 major arcana, hinting that today could be significant for the world.

It’s time to trust the process. Perhaps we feel nothing is happening and there is equally nothing we can do about it. It’s probably true, but in the background much is happening, slates are being wiped clean and something new and bright and meaningul will emerge. Ultimately, we are more secure than we know, someone powerful and beneficient is looking out for us. As Julian of Norwich said, “All will be well…”

Copyright Francis 2022

Tarot Reading January 3 2022 – Money, Money, Money.

Today, January 3 2022, I drew three cards from the coins or pentacles suit, which looks significant in terms of practical issues.

It is a good day to make practical changes and adjustments in our lives. I think there may well be significant news (if it makes the major news outlets) in regard to money, finance, banking and other similar areas, such as investment.

It could be that a major block in this field has now been lately overcome and that we will begin to see a roll out of something more substantial and equable. Let’s hope so.

Copyright Francis 2022

What Can We Expect in January? Oh My! Surely Not Good News..?

I recently did an overall ‘luminary spread’ for the year 2022 and it looked more positive.

So what can we expect in January? I asked the cards that question. For this reading I used the the rather lovely Soprafino deck.

In the Sun centre position I drew The Chariot. It would appear that we can expect some changes, sudden, fast moving events which may shock many. This card is number 7 in the major arcana and so any such changes ought to be quite significant and meaningful, hopefully progress towards freeing up the world.

You Can’t Take My Freedom?

The Moon card position to the top left was the 3 of Wands, corresponding to the last decanate of Aries ruled by Jupiter. I think we should see events that will lighten our hearts a little, allow us to breathe and to smile and make us feel more like human beings once again within our family circle and emotionally.

The Mars card to the top right was the 4 of Cups, which relates to the first decanate of Scorpio ruled by Mars. I think we can begin to feel more self assured about what to do in our lives. We have taken a lot over the last two years, now is the time to move forward steadfastly, secure in the knowledge that we are indeed sovereign.

Get Out And About

The Mercury card at the top is The Sun. This is card 19 of the Major Arcana which adds up to 1. Anything to do with communication, short journeys, our siblings and local environment look well starred this month. We ought to be looking at new and innovative ways of communicating, as well as reaching out to others in more traditional ways.

The Jupiter card at the bottom is the Ace of Wands, which is the 1st decanate of Aries ruled by Mars. To me this suggests that travel will truly begin to open up during this month. We should also see renewal and changes in religion, the justice system and philosophy of all kinds. The overall sense of positivity should grow in our lives.

Financial Changes?

The Venus card at the bottom left was the 2 of Coins, which is the 2nd decanate of Capricorn ruled by Venus. To add to the general feeling of posivity, I think we should all begin to feel a little more secure in our lives, that we can plan ahead and look forward to feeling good about ourselves. We may also see some significant change or split in the financial situation, yet even this would appear to be largely beneficial.

And finally we have the Saturn card at the bottom right, where we have the 9 of Swords. Now in the Rider Waite decks we all know about the upsetting imagery of this card, when really all it represents is some final attainment to do with our minds, communication or perhaps the media. The 9 of Swords is the last decanate of Gemini, ruled by Saturn. To me this suggests the culmination of something that has been worked towards in regard to the media, for some time. Are we to expect some rather significant announcements to underline the overall sense of change and renewal this month?

Of course I might be wrong, but let’s hope that January 2022 will not just be another depressive, frustrating month.

*Copyright Terrence 2021

What Does 2022 Hold – A Much Better Year? Tarot Luminary Spread

Let’s be honest, 2020 and 2021 have hardly been great years, have they? We need to look forward to something better in 2022, surely. So I asked the cards about the coming year, using my Luminary spread.

The first card I drew was the centre, or Sun card, which was the 2 of wands, and which I associate with the second decanate of Aries ruled by the Sun.

Overall I think 2022 will be a year of important decisions for us all and the key will be to make that choice. Anything decided next year will have a long term effect on the world and ourselves as individuals. I think we will have to decide what truly is central or fundamental in our lives.

The second card to the top left is the Moon card; here I drew the Star, number 17 of the major arcana. The Moon is our home, emotions, feelings, family relationships and the Star is very positive here. I think we will all be generally concentrating more on our feelings, our family and relationships, appreciating them and getting more out of what is already surrounding us at home and to hand.

Card 3 is the Mars card and here I drew The Fool. Mars represents our actions, what we must do. With this I think we should be encouraged to do something new and rather different, to start new projects and to do those things we may have been putting off for too long. Let’s get creative.

Card 4 at the top is the Mercury card, representing our minds, siblings, local environment, travel and the media. The Queen of Wands here, which I correspond to Sagittarius, suggests to me that the restrictions that have been put on us in regard to travel and associations with those around us will certainly lift through this year. This card is more of free spirit and highly positive. We should also see big changes in the way the news media works.

At the bottom is the Jupiter card, which is to do with our philosophy, religion, long distance travel. Here we have one of my favourite cards, the King of Swords, whom I associate with Aquarius. This card is assured in what he knows, works swiftly, yet with justice. I think long distance travel restrictions will go along with the more local ones. This will also be an important year spiritually, during which we see something of the beginning of a revival in traditional religious belief and philosophy.

The Venus card is at the bottom left position and here there is the Knight of Swords, which I view as Libra. Venus in astrology shows how we relate in general, and how our sense of worth is pitched. I think we will all be reassessing what is most valuable to us, and I think relationships will come right at the very top. After two years of suffering, we need not be surprised by this!

The final card is the Saturn card at the bottom right position. Here I drew the Four of Coins, or the first decanate of Taurus ruled by Venus. The Saturn position is to do with outcomes, practicalites and limitations. The Four of Coins here suggests that in financial and security terms, 2022 will be a much better year, certainly much better than we might be expecting right now. By the year’s end we may all, in general, be feeling much more secure and looking forward to a future that promises greater abundance.

*Copyright Terrence 2021