Have you noticed that the Minor Arcana in the Rider-Waite Smith deck has focussed increasingly on a single figure as we have moved through the numbers, from Ace to Nine? This sense of isolation started in the Sevens, continued in the Eights, and is present in the Nines for the final time.

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When you’re feeling stuck, when you’ve reached an impasse, when you feel like you’ve been put on the back-burner; whenever any of these sensations colour how you experience your life, drawing an Eight is a clear message that things are on the move, about to move, or that you at least have the power to make a move.

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In tarot, I believe that when we meet the Sevens we meet the idea of “consciousness” more fully than we have before. We have an opportunity to see ourselves in a different light, and we are only able to do this when we step back and inquire into the nature of who we are.

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Today’s reading couldn’t have chosen more apt cards: one of the most favoured in the tarot deck, and one of the least favoured. One that elicits a sigh of relief, the other a short intake of breath between the teeth. One the promise of pleasure; the other, pain. One “Success”; the other “Mourning.”

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Something is reaching a zenith, and something is about to be revealed. In these lie the potential for a courageous and creative act – one that’s simple to describe, and somewhat more challenging to perform. It could be that you’re ready this time.

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What is it about a vision becoming a possibility that also holds in it something that makes you uneasy because its arrival suggests having to contend with something that, until now, you’ve niftily avoided looking at or conversing with face-to-face?

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