tarot tuesday: november’s stop|start|continue|focus

Each month I do a spread concerning what I should stop doing in the coming month, get started on, and continue with. I also pull a focus card to direct my path.

October’s spread, which I pulled using the Sun and Moon tarot deck , was all about flow; if you missed that post, you can catch up here.

November’s spread, which I pulled using the Osho Zen tarot deck (my deck for this month), is really about continuing to go with the flow, do what I know how to do, trust my heart, and trust the process.



The Stop Card – Trust (Knight of Cups) + Clarifier Card – Laziness (9 of Cups): The Trust card, as denoted by the picture, really is the jump card. The don’t-think-about-what happens-when-you-get-to-the-bottom card. This card, in the Stop position, caused me a bit of trouble reading it within the context of the entire month; it almost seemed to contradict my Focus card for the month (Going with the Flow), so I drew a clarifier to find out a bit more about what exactly I am not supposed to trust. I pulled Laziness, and things immediately clicked. This month is about walking the walk as opposed to talking the talk. This year has been a year of transformation and discovery for me. I have really jumped into living more naturally. Into “zenning the fuck out” as I put it. Into meditation and my intuition. But lately, I’ve gotten much better at declaring these things, despite a slacking practice. This combination of cards is a gut check card. It’s a stop-just-talking-about-it reminder; it’s the just-do-it card combo.


The Start Card – Thunderbolt (The Tower): The Thunderbolt card is never thunderbolta positive card to see, and for me, to see it in the Start position for November was particularly jarring. My sister did a birthday spread for me when I turned 27, and for the month of December, she drew The Tower—the card of upheaval. Destruction. Ruin. So when I drew it as my Start card, I immediately texted her. [Insert sad emoji here]. I can’t interpret this card any other way than to start girding my loins. Start preparing for what is to come. It seems to be that part of the challenge in my Stop card combination is to make sure I am practicing my yoga and meditation, because I am going to need the strength it provides in the coming month.


The Continue Card – Control (King of Swords): As I transition back into my office (I’ve been on a detail) and into a new performance year (just had my annual review!), I read the Control card not as a figure in my life (as the King of Swords can sometimes represent) but as a message to keep doing what I was doing when I left: harness the positive attributes of this King—organization, intellect, and good management of people and assets.


going-with-the-flowThe Focus Card – Going with the Flow (Ace of Cups): The Going with the Flow card is a card about beginnings, specifically in the emotional realm. I read this card as the start of an emotional journey, and, in combination with the Goddess Oracle card I drew for this new moon cycle (Guinevere, the True Love card), I have a feeling that it could mean things for my love life. Time to trust the process.

If you need a song to get you through this month, this is your tarot-inspired shower jam: Mama Said by The Shirelles


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