December 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.


Magician (Knight of Wands)

It’s time to take action and make the most of your talents. You’re in a favorable spot to manifest the reality of your dream. The potential has emerged, awaiting you to apply it. Be assertive with your mode of operation, and don’t be afraid to creatively manipulate a situation to your advantage. If you don’t seize this opportunity with determination, the window may close and you’ll be stuck on the outside looking in. Remain humble in your pursuit and remember: everyone plays an important role in your life, yet only you have the innate power and ability to control your destiny.

Images used are from the Buckland Romani Tarot by Raymond Buckland with Lissanne Lake, published by Galde Press.


Emperor (9 of Swords) 

Feelings of anxiety may cause you to feel out of sorts. While there may be nothing to substantiate this, it‘s worth examining. Issues related to leadership and confidence are possible suspects. Whether you’re male or female, you could be struggling with how to express these qualities. Take note of the power struggles you encounter. The challenge is to stand up for yourself without losing control or integrity. Don’t make excuses about being afraid to hurt others’ feelings when what you really fear is your own anger. Take responsibility for your actions and be decisive. You must believe in yourself before others will believe in you.

Images used are from the Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti.


Sun (7 of Swords)

The clouds of doubt begin to clear as you glimpse a shimmer of happiness. Allow this to radiate through your being and burn away excess stress. Life should begin to look brighter. That’s not to say that your problem will magically disappear, but you will begin to understand and accept the deeper meaning of what’s been happening. Issues from the past must be let go of – especially if you want peace and contentment. This release requires forgiveness of others and yourself. So let your love shine through and lead you out of the dark, into a new day.

Images used are from the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke, published by Simon & Schuster.


Chariot (7 of Wands)

Your willpower will be tested this month. It’s imperative you gain control before reacting to any situation. Something you recently shared may not elicit the response you had hoped. Instead of arguing or running away, prove your strength by showing them your determination. Stick to your convictions and remain composed; this shows integrity, no matter what happens. Victory lies more in the manner in which you conduct yourself than in the actual outcome. Keep in mind that behavior can communicate as much as language can – what are your actions saying?

Images used are from the Tarot de Paris by J. Philip Thomas.


Star (3 of Pentacles)

Make a wish, because your plans will soon take form. If you’ve been out of touch with your faith or have forgotten what your purpose is, take a moment to re-imagine your vision. Ask yourself what it is that you love or what makes you happiest. Find your Dharma and infuse the seemingly mundane parts of your life with it. A sense of purpose makes anything you do meaningful. Share your splendor with others; as you rekindle your own light, you inspire others to shine theirs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People you know want to lend support.

Images used are from the Gaian Tarot Limited Edition by Joanna Powell Colbert.


Justice (Ace of Cups)

A current emotional experience in your life requires an unemotional sorting out. Although you may be feeling overwhelmed at the moment, getting an objective perspective – perhaps by asking a friend – can help you understand your situation better. Although wise to follow your heart, be cautious not to be taken over by sentiment. To determine the most appropriate course of action, you need a balance of mind and heart. If you’re just beginning a relationship, the standards you set at the start will dictate the theme of your time together. Notice how people treat you when you respect yourself.

Images used are from the Golden Tarot of Klimt by Pietro Alligo and Bepi Vigna and published by Lo Scarabeo.


World (8 of Swords)

This month you’ll find resolution to some conflicting aspects in your life. The feeling of being trapped that has kept you from accomplishing your goals is nothing more than fear of making a decision and the potential consequences of such. This inertia is precisely the cause of the dilemma. Once you face your fears, confidence in yourself will lead you to fulfillment. Then, no matter what the results, you’ll be grounded in a sense of purpose. You will experience inner healing when you resolve the conflicts you create for yourself. Frustration is merely the aversion of opposition. 

Images used are from the Buckland Romani Tarot by Raymond Buckland with Lissanne Lake, published by Galde Press.


Empress (7 of Pentacles)

Security issues become more prevalent this month as you begin to feel that nothing is getting better. Pause and think about what it is you really want. Perhaps you’re afraid that you’ll lose what you have by taking a step in a different direction. This is normal! When you outgrow a phase in life, it's simply time for another one. Like the seasons, the positions, places, and faces in life constantly change. Instead of making excuses or putting off the inevitable change, trust your creative urges; they will show you what to do next.

Images used are from the Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti.


Judgment (10 of Wands)

Feeling completely overwhelmed and oppressed by either doing too much or doing things the hard way is challenging you to make an honest appraisal of your past actions and mistakes. This wake-up call is your redemption. Renounce feelings of guilt or sorrow, because it’s essential to make peace and create space to channel this pent-up energy more effectively. For those who feel inhibited or unable to make a move, it’s important to realize where you may have betrayed yourself. Understanding this will help you clarify your next steps.

Images used are from the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke, published by Simon & Schuster.


Fool (5 of Wands)

This month, anything’s possible when you trust the unknown and in your ability to take risks. Even if you’re struggling, you must look at obstacles as stepping stones instead of boulders. Although it may seem like your ideas and deeds are met with strife and complications, it’s only a temporary hindrance. The purpose of seeing this through is to adopt patience and flexibility while continuing to entertain the integrity of your vision. You are known to be a strategically oriented person, but try letting loose and be spontaneous. Follow your instincts and take that leap into the unknown!

Images used are from the Tarot de Paris by J. Philip Thomas.


Devil (5 of Cups)

Your negative feelings, whether conscious or not, are sending the wrong message to others. There’s a factor you’re choosing not to see, or perhaps being too blasé about. Emotions of loss or guilt about something may be the cause. These feeling have you chained to a negative outlook, causing things to appear worse than they really are. Within every loss there’s a lesson; yet, in order to realize this, you must completely shift your paradigm and let go of these destructive feelings. New possibilities are available as long as you don’t resist change.

Images used are from the Gaian Tarot Limited Edition by Joanna Powell Colbert.


Hermit (Page of Swords)

You may need to withdraw a little this month to analyze yourself more closely – reflection without distraction. This type of contemplation restores the actual nature of your character. By quieting the noises outside, you can become more aware of the voice inside you. Perhaps you will learn a thing or two. As the age-old proverb advises:  Accept the things you cannot change, change the things that you can, and wait patiently until you know the difference. Remember that this is about what YOU think and feel, so don’t listen to what anyone else has to say.

Images used are from the Golden Tarot of Klimt by Pietro Alligo and Bepi Vigna and published by Lo Scarabeo.

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