Your Tarot Mission 2019

Happy New Year, dear readers!

In this new year – 2019 – I’m changing things up a little bit. I’ve decided to be more assertive about presenting Tarot in an active way. That is to say, connecting Tarot wisdom and personal intention with action steps to maximize abundance and positive outcomes.

The Tarotscopes are affected in a few ways, actually. For one, they are moving from weeklies to monthlies. Because of my own personal obligations, I can no longer offer them at the same frequency. But though they’ve moved to a monthly appearance, they have expanded definitions and/or practical action steps (depending on the card), so I hope you will continue to find the Tarotscopes useful.

And behold, should you choose to accept it, your Tarot Mission for 2019!
Below I have pulled a Major Arcana card for each Zodiac sign and I have meditated on the most positive and affirming aspects for your personal advancement and for the benefit of all those in your spheres of influence. Offered as an invitation to cosmic participation, feel free to choose your adventure…or not. But I hope you do! And I hope you are super excited to consciously expand your empowerment skill set!

With all my best wishes for a truly inspired 2019,
Jen


ARIES:
Card: The Magician
Theme: Practice makes amazing
Meditation for yourself: I amaze and delight with my well-rehearsed show.
When in doubt, try: Inventing your own magic phrase as a mantra to pump yourself up, Experiment with a new trick and add a new routine to the act
Practical action: Take a class or renew a license, Offer to take the lead and direct the team, Invest in better tools, Practice every day

The Magician from Mucha Tarot

This is the card of someone who seems to pull advantages out of thin air. However, the truth is that it’s an act. A well-practiced act, but a show none-the-less. It takes practice and skill and most importantly: a belief in your ability to pull it off. This card is inviting you to be bold AND ALSO put in the practice. Your audience doesn’t know about your efforts behind the scenes, your fans think you have special powers because you make the magic you do look so easy. Your Tarot mission this year, should you choose to accept it, is to use a bit of flair while accomplishing a seemingly impossible feat. (Ta-da!)

 

 

TAURUS:
Card: The Empress
Theme: Embodying grace, amplifying beauty, nurturing abundance
Meditation for yourself: I create safe spaces where beauty expands
When in doubt, try: A charm bomb, an expectation of satisfaction, believing compliments
Practical action: Make something beautiful with your own hands, start a gratitude journal, indulge in nature

The Empress from the Mucha Tarot

The Empress is the archetype of the giving, responsive mother. For some readers, this card could suggest actual pregnancy. For most others, it’s a metaphor for ripeness and increase in creative ways. This card is all about planting or cooking, decorating or party planning, artistic endeavors and/or craft projects. Your 2019 Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is amplifying beautify and nurturing good times with joyful people. This card reverberates with being receptive but that’s not the same as passive. It’s about creating an environment and holding space where invitations, compliments, gifts, guests, and general loveliness can thrive.

 

 

GEMINI:
Card: The Star
Theme: Everything falls into place
Meditation for yourself: I am in the right place for good things.
When in doubt, try: Believing in a benevolent universe, Wishing on a star, Singing a lullaby
Practical action: Create a vision board and load it with positive images and quotes, pick a social media platform to be inspired and share your inspirations, look for the silver lining

The Star from the Mucha Tarot at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Star from the Mucha Tarot

 

The Star is inspiration, hope, guidance. This card is the sign that you are moving in the right direction. If you have been looking for a path, praying for a little help, this is it – you are on your way. Perhaps more importantly: you can inspire others of the rightness of their journey too. Your 2019 Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to trust your guiding stars AND to be a guiding star to others. Look for synchronicities to validate your forward momentum and then share those vibes. Go ahead and believe in signs and omens, consult an astrologer, have faith in a benevolent, magical universe. And then take all that to conversations and social media.

 

CANCER
Card: The Fool
Theme: A new adventure
Meditation for yourself: I revel in personal reinvention!
When in doubt: Dare to fail, try getting lost, make a boo-boo, laugh at yourself
Practical action: Take a different route, eat something weird and foreign, introduce yourself to a cute stranger

The Fool from the Mucha Tarot

A new you. There is a new journey ahead, new opportunities, new environs, new faces…all inspired to rock you! It’s kind of like being a big, overgrown kid, because you are being called to do things you haven’t done before. Mistakes will be made. New skills will have to be learned. It’s very likely that you might even feel a little foolish from time to time as you explore and find your way. Your Tarot mission – should you choose to accept it – is to let yourself get lost, feel like a weird outsider, learn, grow, laugh at yourself. The Fool card does not let you “save face”. In order to grow into the new and improved you, your ego gets to take a leap and splash into puddles of the unknown.

 

 

LEO
Card: Temperance
Theme: Better together
Meditation for yourself: I find myself whole while submitting to new ensembles
When in doubt: Tag along with the tribe, Invent a new fusion genre, Improvise
Practical action: Join a group (or reinvest in your membership), Make ensemble art, Upcycle something old into something beautifully useful

Temperance from the Mucha Tarot

 

This is the equality of opposites. Yin and yang spin and fuse into something newly whole…or wholly new. Your Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is creating opportunities to orchestrate some divine art by bringing together two different objects (or philosophies, or art forms, or people…) and making magic. As corny as it may sound, this work is Meant To Be. You are being called to upcycle, merge and meld, mix and co-mingle. You can lead the project AND serve as Head Muse.

 

 

VIRGO
Card: The Emperor
Theme: Building your vision
Meditation for yourself: I manifest my visions for the good of all.
When in doubt: Tell everyone you are building a thing…then build the thing
Practical action: Hire the best people, Print up some business cards, Introduce yourself as an expert

The Emperor from the Golden Tarot

The Emperor is a master planner – one who can envision a better world for him(her)self, and one who has the moxie to build it. First, the vision, then the belief in the vision, then the building. You’ve got to have all three parts. And since this card has shown up for you, your Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to build it. Whether it’s an actual physical thing (like a cabin by a lake) or an entrepreneurial thing (like a freelance business), build it. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to the handle the power tools yourself…feel free to find tasks to delegate. You are the boss, you are the architect, you call the shots and outsource the menial labor. (Unless you really dig getting your hands dirty, then by all means, knock yourself out.) Sit comfortably in your authority, make it happen.

LIBRA
Card: The Moon
Theme: Messages from other senses
Meditation for yourself: I am the sum of many wise parts
When in doubt: Close your eyes and use the force, Give your heart the floor
Practical action: Make a list of pros and cons, Take your time with big decisions

The Moon from the Mucha Tarot

The Moon signals a period when your intellect does not have all the info you need, but your other senses fill in the blanks.  Your Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to release your preference for intellectual knowledge and explore other ways of knowing. Like, sometimes your heart has some good information that actually contradicts the intellect. And if you’ll pardon the notion, sometimes your loins have a good idea. But also, there’s the less tangible senses – like a gut feeling. Or sometimes fear has a message for you. Let go of any expectations about what part of you ought to be in charge, and start listening to all of the different states of you. You are being encouraged to make new kinds of choices based on a more democratic panel of you

 

SCORPIO
Card: Justice
Theme: A balancing of the scales
Meditation for yourself: I delight in justice for all.
When in doubt: Meet someone in the middle, play fair
Practical action: Negotiate a contract, Ask a loved one to draw boundaries

Justice from the Aquarian Tarot

It’s verdict time. It’s time to restore balance, fairness, and harmony. That’s what Justice is, a return to right-ness. Karma. You may see a verdict fall in your favor under this card, or you may be informed of an inheritance, or you may be presented with a contract. Or it’s just as likely that you will be in a position to judge what is in the interest of fair play, what will resolve issues and bind agreements, what will restore the peace. Your Tarot Mission this year – should you choose to accept it – is to embody justice as you go through the world. Honor boundaries, speak your truth, and be prepared to meet someone in the middle. Do the right thing and Karma will do right by you.

 

 

SAGITTARIUS
Card: The Devil
Theme: Aligning with healthy choices
Meditation for yourself: Now that I know better, I make better choices
When in doubt, try: Rehab, Keto, A long walk
Practical action: Start a food and/or exercise log, go to a 12 step meeting, cut up your credit cards

The Devil from the Mucha Tarot

There are a couple of cards that always freak people out, but this is not a gloom and doom card. It is a call to healthy routines. It is a reminder that bad habits limit you – you know, like cigarettes, booze, junk food, or surfing the internet. Or you may be in the habit of giving too much power to another person or a belief system. It could be that a job or even a hobby that is sucking up all of time, energy and resources, leaving you one dimensional and keeping you from succeeding in other areas of your life. Your Tarot Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to create a routine that gives you your power back. And as you master a healthier schedule, you’ll be leaving more room (and time, and resources) for being more of who you really want to be. And hanging out with people who share similar healthy outlooks.

 

CAPRICORN
Card: The Sun
Theme: Allowing for simple pleasures
Meditation for yourself: I delight in the warm comfort of the Sun
When in doubt: Go for a walk outside and breathe in some sunlight
Practical action: Trust in the goodwill of others, see a comedy, organize a group game night

The Sun from the Aquarian Tarot

Remember easy summer days when you were a kid? When you had nothing you had to do and nowhere you had to be? When pleasures were free, fun was around every corner, and everyone you met was instantly your friend? That’s your Tarot Mission for this year – should you choose to accept it – assume that making fun is cheap and easy, and there is a whole neighborhood of playmates at hand. Expect that having fun as a grown-up can be as easy as finding a game of kick the can when you were a kid. And if you didn’t find fun so easy when you were a kid, know that this is your year to make up for it, and create simple pleasures for yourself and good-hearted (if misunderstood) others like you.

 

AQUARIUS
Card: The Hanged Man
Theme: Seeking wisdom
Meditation for yourself: I value the wisdom of those who have gone before
When in doubt: Save your decision for later, Meditate
Practical action: Take a poll of your friends, Ask more questions, Ask for an extension while you do more research

The Hanged Man from the Aquarian Tarot

The Hanged Man from the Aquarian Tarot

The Hanged Man is the chance to experience a new way of understanding yourself and your contribution to a situation. You will have to sacrifice your own, old way of doing things but the old way wasn’t really working for you anyway, so good riddance. Before you get your next Big Idea, you need to get a new vantage point. That is your Tarot Mission this year – should you choose to accept it – assume you are not already an expert. Despite your gifts and many past successes, you can grow the most this year by taking on a humble approach. Invite dialogue, ask lots of questions, read more books. Whatever it is that really matters to you is worth an in-depth exploration and your A-Game. Take this little time out to let go of expectations and really learn a new approach.

 

PISCES
Card: Death
Theme: Evolution to your next form
Meditation for yourself: I embrace my evolution, ready for the butterfly
When in doubt: Molt, Purge, Cocoon, Grow new wings
Practical action: Let go of dead associations, Find a safe space for transformation

Death from the Golden Tarot Deck

Death from the Golden Tarot

This card tends to freak people out, but it does not show up to indicate physical death. It is about endings because a new cycle has to begin. There is something in your life right now – a job, a relationship,  a philosophy, etc – something needs to change for your benefit. A phase is complete and with it comes your evolution. Your Tarot Mission this year – should you choose to accept it – is to nurture personal transformation. It might be a bit like going from a caterpillar to the butterfly. So your year may include a little hibernation, or schooling, or pronoun adjustments, or it might be about issuing terms of engagement. However it shows up for you this year, consider performing a small ritual to honor your rite of passage. You owe it to yourself to confirm for others your new butterfly status, and you are likely to inspire others to their own evolution in the process.

 

 

 

Haiku for the Seven of Cups

The Seven of Cups from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738702994/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0738702994&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=3b22303668986d40b3cd27499f225005">The Llewellyn Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0738702994" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com

The Seven of Cups from The Llewellyn Tarot

 

Shiny distractions

spark little revolutions

and hopeful missions.

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven of Cups from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738726389/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0738726389&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=7d0582e6eda0425f8dfc415c81615636">The Steampunk Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0738726389" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com

The Seven of Cups from the The Steampunk Tarot

 

 

Shiny distractions

spark little revolutions

and hopeful missions.

 

 

 

 

Daydreams get a bad rap.

A little fantasy can be a good thing, if it leads to positive change. That’s the trick of the Seven of Cups. For some of us, it’s easy to get stuck in illusions and make believe. But it’s not enough just to dream. Using your imagination to visualize a more compelling life is just the first step. Giving yourself permission to expect more fulfillment and taking action to support your vision is where the real magic is. It’s about using your dreams and yearnings as a compass to reach out of your current place of discontent and moving into a more vibrant path.

Traditionally, the Seven of Cups suggests a passive state, where there are lots of ideas and feelings and hopes and dreams. While not all of the dreams are possible – or even likely – they are good information, telling you where you are ready to expand. Use the dreamy phase as a brainstorming session, let yourself imagine every crazy option. Then pick one or two to reach for in the real world. One of your daydreams is actually your future calling you.

Haiku for the Seven of Cups at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com, image from the Aquarian Tarot

Haiku for the Seven of Cups

My first Tarot deck

The Page of Cups from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0!important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Page of Cups from the Aquarian Tarot

The first time I got a Tarot reading, I was in college. I can’t remember how it came about exactly, but we were totally sober and maybe a little bored when my friend offered to read for me. Getting a Tarot reading sure beat the alternative of doing homework on a Sunday afternoon, so I eagerly accepted.

My friend pulled out his deck from a scarf wrapping, and I was surprised that the Tarot deck was so much larger and thicker than regular playing cards. I marveled at the beauty of the deck he used, the Aquarian Tarot. I was even more amazed that it was a gift from his mother. His mother was a hippy, he told me, and he learned how to read the cards from her. I was jealous – my mom was more about coupon-clipping and mentoring frugality than encouraging esoterica and self-actualization.

Minor Arcana from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The 10 of Cups, 5 of Pentacles, 2 of Wands, 9 of Swords from the Aquarian Tarot

As my friend went through the cards and characters, I hoped to hear exactly when I was going to get my “big break” and how much money I was going to make and when someone was going to fall in love with me. Instead, the reading covered some mundane matters – school stuff, really. It encouraged more focus and fire on my part. Which was not super romantic but so, so real. And because it was honest, I was hooked.

A few months later, my friend gave me my own Aquarian Tarot deck for my birthday. My first Tarot deck. I handled the cards regularly, fawning over the lovely images. The artwork alone inspired ideas and possible interpretations that hinted at more than the “Little White Book” suggested, so I also got a bigger book. And another. I tried to memorize other folks’ definitions, I practiced on anyone who would sit still long enough for a reading.

I got more decks, more books. I started a Tarot journal. And I kept practicing.

The Eight of Pentacles from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Eight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot

There were books that helped to build a structure for understanding the Tarot (like Choice Centered Tarot by Gail Fairfield), and other decks that helped set specific cards as elements of a story that fit together (like the original Mythic Tarot or the Lover’s Path Tarot). But the significance of my first Tarot deck to my Tarot journey was really underscored by a first time client.

I was doing Tarot readings at a Goddess party a few months back, and I gave the readee a choice of decks to choose from. Since my Tarot collection is now over 30+ decks, I usually bring 3 or 4 decks to parties – one deck whose imagery goes with the theme of the party, then one sweet/romantic/relationship-y one, then maybe a bold deck that gives strong advice, and always my old standby, the Aquarian Tarot.

The new client looked at my collection of decks and picked up the old Aquarian Tarot, now yellowed and quite worn, and she said, “This one looks…cherished.”

I said, “Oh yes, that’s my very first deck! This is the one that began it all. I’ve been reading with this one for almost 30 years!”

“Then that’s the one I want my reading with,” she replied.

Excellent choice.

Ace of Cups and Wands, Page of Cups, Queen of Wands from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

Ace of Cups and Wands, Page of Cups, Queen of Wands from the Aquarian Tarot

Four Major Arcana from the The Emperor, Justice, The Sun, and Judgment from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Emperor, Justice, The Sun, and Judgment from the Aquarian Tarot

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles

The Knight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot, Tarot thoughts at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Knight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot

 

 

Knowing my value
I take action to expand,
Sowing seeds for growth

 

 

 

 

 

The entire suit of Pentacles is one big farming metaphor, as far as I am concerned. Everytime a pentacle shows up in a reading, or in a question from a student, or as a writing prompt, there’s always a “seed planted” or “growing crops” or “full harvest” in the response. After decades working with the tarot, it’s not even a conscious construction anymore.

The symbolism is firmly planted within me.

(See what I did there?)

The metaphor has taken root.

(And again!)

Its resonance blossoms to feed every interpretation.

(I could do this all day.)

Sorry. That’s my literarily-inclined Page of Swords aspect showing off, with her love of puns and word-play. I need to get out of the weeds and back to hoeing my metaphorical fields, Knight of Pentacles style.

Stay symbolic, my friends.
Until next time.

 

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles at BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com, www.BohemianPathTarot.com

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles

Haiku for the Five of Swords

The Five of Swords from the Aquarian Tarot

 

 

Reviewing missteps

Fueled by misinformation

Can expose new truths.

 

 

 

 

In many Tarot decks, the central image of this card is a figure picking up swords. It looks like a post-melee shot, like the aftermath of a fight. And it looks like it didn’t go well.

Traditionally Swords are a gloomy suit in the Tarot. Interpretations vary from reader to reader, of course, but for a long time Swords were usually understood to be the bearers of bad tidings: illness/injury, loss, curses, general bad mojo. Like, bad things were fated to happen when a Sword appears.

Today, however, more Tarotists allow for the interplay of free will. Myself included. I align the Swords with classical element of “Air” and the qualities associated with mental processes and conscious choices. For me, Swords are all about refining communication skills to strengthen – or evolve – life philosophies. Especially when “bad” things happen – we still have choices.

The Five of Swords is an opportunity card, actually. It does seem to appear around a minor loss or misunderstanding, but more importantly, it announces the potential for the discovery of deeper insights when a first try doesn’t succeed. Sometimes we start a project without enough resources, or make a rash choice based on rumors, or try to put together a piece of ikea furniture without the instructions – and then we are surprised when it does not go well. But if we go back and check our sources (or ask more specific questions or consult an actual map, etc) we discover an error or a gap in our knowledge. When we uncover the misunderstanding, we can shift our way of thinking to move forward towards success. This is the chance to rid ourselves of limiting beliefs and expand into wisdom.

This card does not augur a loss. It suggests a win – if you do some more research, if you get more specific. Instead of feeling like a failure, call your first attempt “an experiment” and go back to the drawing board. Retrace your steps and cross-check your references. Interview more experts and ask more specific questions. Let go of assumptions, instead reach for a depth of understanding. Follow the directions. Make an actual plan. Then try again.

 

Haiku for the Five of Swords by BohemianPathTarot.com

Haiku for the Five of Swords by BohemianPathTarot.com