The year is rolling on at a breakneck pace and we’re looking October in the face already. For some, the onset of winter is nigh; for our friends in the south, summer is beckoning. Fall is a good time to take a step back and look at our lives objectively. Has the year gone as planned? Do we need to make an adjustment and change direction slightly? We’re combining our two favorite things – tarot and astrology to offer you small nuggets of wisdom for the autumn months – Lunarcafe’s Fall Tarotscope.
The deck we’ve chosen for our Tarotscope is the Wheel of Change by Alexandra Genetti. The concept of the wheel of the year is a traditional one and, as it turns, there’s always a feeling of exciting change during the autumnal months. A little more energy, a certain anticipation which could be linked to our ancestors preparing for a new season. Gathering resources, making sure that they could deal with any adversity during the winter to come. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, there’s a bite in the air and we look forward to cozying up and celebrating mid-winter holidays.
The deck has been shuffled and the cards drawn at random, one by one.
Aries March 21 – April 19
The Queen of Cups in this deck is an Inuit woman with a baby in a papoose. The sun is low on the horizon; day is night is day. She is aware that her family depends on practical support as well as emotional sustenance. The Queen of Cups is not a card normally associated with outgoing Aries, so this is a message to wind your horns in and tune into your sensitive side. Who, in your life, needs your compassion? Who needs nurturing? It might be you. Grab some time out of your busy schedule, breathe, relax and do what you must do to re-balance yourself.
Taurus April 20 – May 20
The Two of Cups is illustrated by two champagne flutes on a delicate lace-dressed table. Fruit and flowers are in abundance. This is a good time to re-establish your bond with a loved one or friend, or even to begin a new romance or friendship. Don’t be stubborn; accept that dinner invitation, make that apology (if necessary) and have fun. Revel in the joy of intimacy – share your love and make an emotional connection. This connection may not be one particular person but with a whole community. There’s a sense of belonging; that you will find your tribe and feel whole within the group.
Gemini May 21 – June 20
The Six of Cups shows a pueblo (southern native American village) in the background with six broken clay pots in the foreground. It is raining heavily, but above the lowering clouds is a beautiful sun-streaked sky. This card indicates that decisions and choices will feature strongly for you this fall. Sixes in tarot can mean that you feel pulled in different directions. It might also mean that that you have made it through a difficult time. Now you just have to choose which path to take. Take stock of where you have come from and work out if your past can be of help in your near future.
Cancer June 21 – July 22
Another Cups card. The Five of Cups has turned up for you, Cancer. The card is illustrated by five abalone shells circling a starfish in a rock pool. The creatures who occupied the shells are dead, but the starfish is alive. Your fall tarotscope tells you it’s time to look your fears fully in the face. Difficult though it may be, you cannot keep pushing them aside. Only by bringing them out and examining them, can you live life as it is meant to be lived. Grief and loss is part of the cycle of life and we all experience these emotions from time to time. Know that those feelings mean that you are a loving, emotional being. It’s part of who you are. Also know how much you are valued and loved.
Leo July 23 – August 22
Death is shown as a skeleton wrapped in an upward spiraling shroud. Death walks along a cliff top, looking down onto a river valley. Between the distant mountains the sky is aflame with the setting sun. In this context, Death asks you to examine the structure of your life, Leo. To strip it back to the bone to see what is really important to you. You may be undergoing a great transformation at this point in time. The fewer burdens you have to carry, the better. In a practical sense, it’s time for a major clear out – of both possessions and obligations.
Virgo August 23 – September 22
The Nine of Swords is depicted by three wind turbines, each having three blades. There are green hills in the distance where nine more turbines are visible in a group of six and a group of three. These numbers may be significant to you, Virgo. Each one – three, six and nine – represents a life cycle. The wind turbines show how the friction between metal and air can be put to good use to produce energy. If you are dealing with a problem or an uncomfortable situation right now, understand that it will help you to grow and develop. There are valuable lessons for you to learn. Embrace the energy of change.
Libra September 23 – October 22
The Magician is your card, Libra. It is illustrated by a four-armed magician standing between two columns that support a star-strewn canopy. In each hand he holds the tools of his trade: a flaming torch, a wheel, a sword and a bowl. Each one is symbolic of your power. This power means you can do anything you want to do. You may be on the verge of a new adventure – going to college, starting work, a new relationship, career, anything that sets your heart beating with excitement. Whatever this new period in your life represents, make it work for you. You have the power to chart your course.
Scorpio October 23 – November 21
The Queen of Swords shows an elderly Japanese woman engrossed in the meditative activity of cutting out paper snowflakes. Through the window we can see a frost-encrusted cherry tree, and a blue stream bordered by snow-covered banks. A crane flies over the scene. This is a time for quiet reflection, Scorpio. You feel sometimes as though you don’t quite fit in – that’s because you are different and unique. There is most definitely a need for ‘different and unique’. Put aside your judgment and allow your intuition to guide your thoughts and actions. Ask for truth and truth will be revealed. And the truth you are looking for is acceptance of your place in the world.
Sagittarius November 22 – December 21
The Princess of Cups is represented by Kore, the daughter of Demeter. Kore is carrying ale through the galaxy. She has been cut down and reborn as grain. Hence the ale. The Princess of Cups tells you that you have a great opportunity to experience a process of healing and learning. One part of your life has ended (or will shortly end) and a new phase is about to begin. You may need to give, or ask for, emotional support during this time.
Capricorn December 22 – January 19
The Devil has shown up, some might think appropriately as Capricorn and the Devil are connected by their goat symbolism. The Devil is a naked shaman, sitting astride a goat. The shaman beats a tambourine above his head. In the background is an abundant landscape and an ancient stone on a hill, silhouetted against the full moon. This Devil represents anarchy and freedom. He personifies the Fall energy and exhorts you to abandon your inhibitions, Capricorn, and embrace all that is life and death. If you are hesitating over a decision or course of action, hesitate no longer.
Aquarius January 20 – February 18
Ace of Cups for you, Aquarius. A beautiful silver and gold, rainbow-filled chalice floats in the heavens. The background is layers of earth, oceans, sky and space. This card says you may be enveloped in the emotional realm, that you will be trying to make sense of what you are feeling. It’s new and it is beautiful. Don’t be overwhelmed – go with it. You will emerge as a different person – you’ll have all your previous experiences and wisdom but you will be able to view life from a new perspective. Love fills you and guides you.
Pisces February 19 – March 20
The Prince of Wands is your card for Fall, Pisces. A young native American has journeyed to a spiritual place where he has built a fire. He holds a pipe and stands before a totem pole. A black raven is his companion. The young man is carrying out a ritual, a vision quest. This card represents the need for you to shake yourself from your dreams and to take action. There may be a need for you to break away from some current aspect of your life. To regain and embrace independence. It’s time to take the first steps. Being in tune with nature will help you keep your balance on this unfamiliar path.
We hope you have enjoyed reading your tarotscope and that it will help you along the leaf-strewn path of a beautiful Fall.