November 2010 Forecast

By Adrienne Abeyta

This month's TarotScopes feature six different decks.  Each deck is used twice.  See the individual scopes for identification and publisher. - Ed.


Temperance (Page of Wands) 

Life is a mixture of many elements which, when discovered how to combine creatively, produce beautiful expressions of ourselves. Too often, though, amazing experiences are passed off as difficult or routine. You even get trapped in labeling them as perfect or stable. Life as an ever-changing flow requires openness. Invoke your curiosity this month as you observe the ups and downs of your emotions. Don’t become swayed by fleeting feelings of anxiety. Think of these feelings as messengers and pay attention to how you respond. Now is a time to balance opposing forces within, find a middle ground, and them flow.

Images used are from the Ship of Fools Tarot by Brian Williams and published by Llewellyn Worldwide.


Justice (Knight of Cups) 

An aspect of your life that carries a heavy emotional tone needs to be analyzed more carefully and honestly. You may find that a situation you are enamored with is not as clear as you wish it to be. Although you want to follow your heart, you may be painfully reminded of how complex it is as your castles dissolve into the sand. Be objective when dealing with things that seem too good to be true. Shine light on the dark corners of your own evasions and see yourself as you really are. Resist the temptation to be charmed by flattery. 

Images used are from the Omaggio a Erte by Amerigo Folchi.


Hermit (2 of Pentacles) 

It’s believed that life demands an active engagement—usually mistaken as activity. Why believe that every moment must be filled with doing? After juggling relationships, work, and family, you often neglect the source of your power. Unfortunately, exhaustion becomes justification for avoiding deeper reflection, which results in feelings of indifference or depression. Instead of pushing these dark feelings away, regard this depression as a way of filtering out the superficial concerns of life. After all, you are constantly impressed with the cares of the world. Make time each day to contemplate. This will restore the sense of balance in your life.  

Images used are from The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin published by Llewellyn Worldwide.


High Priestess (6 of Wands) 

Seeking approval can sometimes be a futile endeavor, particularly when you compromise your standards to obtain it. Look closely at the ways in which you search for attention and ask yourself if they are truly in integrity. A gratifying experience may be nothing more than a superficial back rub. Some of the characteristics you have become accustomed to flaunting might be disconnecting you from your source. Be cautious of those who promise to take care of you. You will be easily distracted by your attachments if you choose only to see the good in people—err on the side of caution.

Images used are from The Wonderland Tarot by Christopher and Morgana Abbey, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


Lovers (7 of Wands) 

Relationships are wonderful mirrors, reflecting back the many facets of your nature—conscious and unconscious. For greater self-awareness, evaluate your relationships and motivations. Why you choose one thing over the other says something about your values. The people and circumstances in your life have a direct correlation to your inner world. All is a reflection of what you believe. If you desire a partner but believe you are not good enough, then you will receive just that: no partner or one who does not recognize your worth. Be conscious of what is going on inside you before you make decisions.

Images used are from the Medieval Scapini Tarot by Luigi Scapini and published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


Fool (8 of Swords)

A part of your life in which you feel trapped must be faced. It is far worse to accept defeat than it is to take a chance and let go of the past. It is likely that whatever you are fearful of is not as bad as you think. If you can make a decisive move in one direction, things will fall into some kind of manageable order. Sometimes jumping into the unknown is better than staying locked in a routine. Use your resources to free you from this stagnation and be prepared for unexpected opportunities to arise.

Images used are from the Ravenswood Eastern Tarot by Dirk Dykstra and Stuart Kaplan, published by AG Muller for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


Chariot (6 of Swords)

Solutions to your problems will come in the most unconventional ways. However, you must be willing to face the apparent discord because within this dilemma is a new path. Rise above your ego’s need to control the situation, otherwise you will find yourself embroiled in an unnecessary conflict. Be prepared for someone to challenge your ideas about something important at home, in the office, or among friends. Although conflict arises, separating your emotions from your better judgment gives the advantage of calm observation. It is through these encounters that you’re able to move into a new position of self-control.

Images used are from the Ship of Fools Tarot by Brian Williams and published by Llewellyn Worldwide.


Moon (3 of Swords) 

Confrontation with your own deception is always challenging and often unwanted. However, to free yourself from this elusive enemy is to create inner peace. Fear has a way of distorting truth because it clings to the most convenient excuses—I didn’t know, it’s not my fault—all which separate you from your deepest knowing. Despite the intellectual pain your mind suffers, you must be willing to walk into the dark. A betrayal this month will teach you a hard lesson. Be honest with yourself about your role in this drama. There are greater accomplishments when you overcome the enemy within.

Images used are from the Omaggio a Erte by Amerigo Folchi.


Emperor (4 of Wands) 

Your hard work and determination will be praised in the eyes of others. This may come in the form of a promotion, a raise, or some wonderful gift. If you’ve been working on a plan or project that is somehow dependent on the opinion or approval of another, now is the time to reveal what you have been doing. This is also an excellent time to show appreciation to all those hard-working people in your life. Be generous when complimenting others and be sure to express the pride you take in having them in your life.

Images used are from The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin published by Llewellyn Worldwide.


Magician (3 of Pentacles)

You are in a very creative spot this month, especially in terms of generating clever ideas or plans for others. You emanate a certain charisma that is recognized by others as a gift for recruiting or delegating. Because you are receptive to the talents of others and mindful of how to assist with practical uses, you are able to animate the latent skills of others. Be aware how this process will also stimulate your own potential for further growth. Let your curiosity lead you to avenues of inspiration. For those in school, take the initiative to start discussion groups or lead presentations.

Images used are from The Wonderland Tarot by Christopher and Morgana Abbey, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


Sun (4 of Pentacles) 

Self-recognition is the highest form of personal power. Embracing the totality of who you are—good and bad—relinquishes the need for superficial importance. During the darkest of times, it’s not your status that comforts or saves you. It’s the awareness of your uniqueness that leads you back into the light. Worldly success is secondary to personal glory and is ultimately only temporary. If you trust in the Universe and the nature of your character, you will attract positive reflections of your confidence. Focus your energy consciously and you will find splendor in the smallest of tasks.

Images used are from the Medieval Scapini Tarot by Luigi Scapini and published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.


World (Ace of Wands) 

Within every seed lies the blueprint of existence, and through your intention and attention, you give birth to the process called life. Inspiration entices you to aspire for more than you expect. You trust that what seems like a vision, is actually a reality. While in the stages of a new phase, it's important to plant seeds you truly desire and then tend to them completely. Half-wanted desires produce diseased crops. Universal principals will guide you so long as you remain active in the process and detach from the outcome. Give yourself to life and it will embrace you with all its beauty.

Images used are from the Ravenswood Eastern Tarot by Dirk Dykstra and Stuart Kaplan, published by AG Muller for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

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