Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, May 10, 2015

By Sarah Taylor

Look at the angel in The Judgment. Do you hear what she is saying to you?

“You have a choice. One way or the other. Choose to be hemmed in and enclosed, or take a risk, and leap.”

After I drew the cards today and before turning them over, I placed the first at centre, the second to its left, the third to its right, and, looking at the central card, said out loud to myself: “This the ‘pivot point’.”


Seven of Wands, Judgement, Ten of Wands from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig. Click on the image for a larger version.

I am going to start with The Judgement, for she is the first and last word — or, rather, clarion call — in this reading.

Associated with Pluto in astrology, The Judgement in tarot is about the reclamation of Self through the resurrection of Spirit. The card directly before The World, The Judgement speaks of a rebirth into the light, a sweeping aside of the veils that have held you separate from your sense of who you are, from the world and from others.

The 20th card in the major arcana is also transpersonal. In other words, this is not simply about you; it concerns itself with how you and what happens to you are an indelible part of the whole. What happens to you also happens through you, and the effects both ripple out into the collective, and also return to you from the collective. The card asks you to see who you are, and what you are experiencing, from a higher perspective. You are no longer solitary and hidden. You are Neo in The Matrix. Except we are all Neo — no one more special than the other, no one more worthy of salvation than someone else.

It is only when you see that you cannot be separated, and that your coming to life has repercussions of which you are possibly unaware — and, what’s more — you see yourself as a unique part of what is inseparable — that you can heed the call to something greater. You are worthy; and so is everything else.

Looking at the cards as a whole, I am drawn by the colours that unite them: deep blue-black, purple, mauve and white. The darker side of the face of the angel in The Judgement is echoed in the darker shades of the Ten of Wands, or Oppression. It is the shadow. In this particular shadow, there seems to be the assumption of a burden for which there is an energetic price to pay.

By “energy” here, I mean life force. There is something that you have elected to do that is taking up a lot of space in your reserves — so much so, there is a feeling that you haven’t much space for anything else. Ten glass wands weigh heavily down on a naked figure enclosed in a box of stone.

What is that box? And why have you chosen to stand in it?

The Ten of Wands is the last numbered card in the Wands suit. It is like an existential migraine: a squeezing of the self through a high focus of this life-force in a concentrated area. You are in a metaphorical oven, the heat up, your back turned to the exit point.

Again: What is that box? And why have you chosen to stand in it?

Because this is very much about a choice that now feels like it has become an obligation. That obligation, however, is probably more out of direct cognition than something that is staring you in the face. This is not a tangible obligation — though it may also take that form — but a psychic one. It is a contract you have signed with yourself, perhaps without knowing you were even holding the pen. It might have happened a while ago — perhaps a long while ago. While your back was turned. And yet you are the one who is in the hot seat, still holding the reins, still taking the heat.

Maybe it’s time to step out of your cell of solitary confinement.

And so to the first and final card, the one to the left of The Judgement. Look at the colours and how they correspond differently. Here, there is a sense of lightness, echoed by the light that is received from the card on the face of the angel. There is a message in this; a white feather pointing the way.

The Seven of Wands speaks of valiantly vaulting over the abyss of the unknown and into — well, into The Judgement. Here, in the Seven, life force is liberated — as you are — to make that leap. The Wands rise up to meet and to usher you across. The light is the light of what was once dark coming into consciousness. You now know what you are able to do. The world on the other side beckons, and you ride on the emergence of a part of you that had been held down in the darkness.

And, thus, you find yourself looking into the eyes of an angel. One who knows you because you now know yourself that much better. And you know what you are not. You do not have to stand, hemmed in by a contract that is no longer being called in by anyone but you. Tear it up, throw it away, take a run-up if you need it.

She is waiting for you. The world is waiting for you. You are waiting for you.

Astrology/Elemental correspondences: Seven of Wands (Mars in Leo), Judgement (Pluto), Ten of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius)

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11 thoughts on “Weekend Tarot Reading — Sunday, May 10, 2015

  1. Stephanie Morris

    Just exactly what I needed to see today. Thank you so very much. I’ve forgotten who I am, and I’m no longer willing to maintain and expired contract. It’s time to take the next leap into what most definitely is a brighter future. Many blessings, Sarah.

  2. Edith Miller

    Ouch – this rings with truth. And I feel as though I am in the stone prison of who I have always been, but don’t know how to turn around and find the way to be who I Am. Thank you ….

  3. Mandy

    I’m definitely aware that a chapter has closed, and in the last week integrated a shadow aspect that seemed to come from deep confines, just waiting for the right moment to happen. I’m excited for this next New Moon.
    And speaking of incredible perfect timing, I gave my mother some white feathers many years ago for Mother’s Day, so the gift of the one from today is dearly appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Cowboyiam

    Sarah, the order is appreciated. I feel a confidence rising up within that allows me to reach out and be my truest me without fear of imperfection. I can ride the wave of energy and accept my flaws and shortcoming’s without feeling defeated by every misstep. I can apologize, correct, and move on.
    I can become someone of vastly more secure inner faith, and apologize only when I am convinced it was my bad. When I am opposed by others for whatever reason – I will decide whether I followed my highest path or not. When I fall short of my highest desires I will forgive myself, get up and move on. I have not come for perfection or punishment but to live a full expressive life; to be a conscious villain or victim granting myself the freedom to be as I am.

    That is the leap for freedom I am making. It is the only leap worth making and it holds my highest aspiration, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.

  5. Jeff Fisher

    This week I’m moving as my house has been sold and my wife and I are going separate ways. Talk about taking the leap, choosing to no longer be be hemmed in the box, and reclamation!
    Been a long time ‘comin!

  6. pam

    Judement’s eyes seem to mirror the colour of the cliffds/stone blocks, and her hair is reminiscent of the wands but no longer rigid; and growing…

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