The Tarotcast – Week of July 25, 2016

What was happening round about the beginning of June for you? Can you think back and remember?

This is significant because it links into this week’s reading — through the presence of the Nine of Cups, whose reappearance and changed position are both giving us a hint about what’s going on here.


Nine of Cups, Ten of Disks, Prince of Disks from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.

On June 6, I described the Nine of Cups in the following terms:

“Bring your curiosity to bear on a gift that is swirling in front of you. You might not take it entirely seriously after your Ten of Swords encounter. It might feel insubstantial. It might feel like it’s not up to the task of the moment.

“What right do I have to believe that things could be different in any way at all?”

Okay, let’s run with that: what right do you have to believe that things could be different in any way at all? What right do you have to have a meeting with Happiness?

But that’s not the question to ask here. My invitation to you is to ask this question instead:

Why do you not have the right to Happiness? You’ve sure-as-hell earned it (with an emphasis on “hell”). …

What does your heart want to do – knowing that you need nothing more than what you already have? Knowing that you, alone, are the answer you’ve been looking for?”

The Nine, today, is on the left of the reading. This means that that enquiry, and your response to it, lie at the foundation — the heart — of what is happening right now.

So what is happening? What has grown out of the enquiry into a love of yourself and the right to embrace the possibility of things being different, supportive, enlisted to fill you with a kind of blessing, a benediction where you are both the giver and receiver of a current that moves through you?

What stands before you now in the Ten of Disks is something altogether more tangible. Something so tangible that it offers you a key — quite literally — to step through the doorway and into something different. That deceptive ‘whimsy’ of the Nine had substance to it after all, that spiral of peach, white and blue crystallising it into a landscape that has the potential to feel more present.

It is a presence, and not just a promise. It is the wish card made manifest.

This has been possible through an aspect of your personality that has been operating on your inner and outer environment. The Prince of Disks. And if you’ve been following the Tarotcast over the past few months, you’ll know that the Prince is no stranger to the readings either, appearing twice, on May 30, and June 13 — in essence, ‘sandwiching’ the Nine of Cups’ appearance on June 6.

Remember, when the Prince of Disks shows his face in the reading, he is reflecting to you your innate, focussed, and indefatigable ability to plan and bring something to fruition.

An architect who uses his considerable powers of perception and precision, and his tireless devotion to his work, the Prince of Disks may not be the most exciting party animal in the deck, but if you want something done, and done well, then he’s your man.

In those two earlier readings, the Prince brought his top-notch skills to bear on less desirable aspects — which means that you may have experienced a tendency to focus on recrimination and despair, two states of mind of which nightmares are made.

As Prince of Disks, you also probably did a damn good job of it.

Here, however, finally, he is looking at two cards that are shaping a different story: the right to joy that is both yours to create and to own.

This is not a joy that skates the surface of life, but the deep, complex joy of life itself and the revivifying feeling that underlies the resurrection of what felt lost, or which seemed to have fallen forever beyond reach.

This is not a joy that ignores the realities of life either, nor does it replace them.

It is a joy that claims its rightful place among them — as it is in the central card, the Ten of Disks.

It seems that there is an area where you are richer in resources than you may feel or know (or maybe you do know, and if so, all credit to you).

Pragmatism and a willingness to buckle down have combined with what may have felt like their polar opposite at times — a sense of something utterly impractical, light-infused, yet undeniable. What has been forged by both of these in the pressure and heat of your experiences has been that very key that is now presented to you. It is both the fulfilment of something in the world you inhabit, and also the threshold of a shift into something new. Joy, as seen and held through the eyes of your inner master-planner and -realiser, hands you that key, and the pathway opens to what you can now unlock.

It’s yours — that’s the most important message of all. It really is. You have what you need; you have the key.

Now. What are you going to do with it?


Astrology Correspondences: Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces), Ten of Disks (Mercury in Virgo), Prince of Disks (the airy aspect of earth)

The Tarotcast – Week of July 25, 2016


  1. Leannne on 26 July 2016 at 4:02 am

    Wow! First reaction… Yeah!! When seeing the happiness and wealth and then the blessed Prince turned inward manifesting; one in the same. The key. Which key? Being lightfully me?! Yes.

    And to start it off, the week today went into a complete vortex time spiral. Not even sure what that means, no other description fits better. I have felt it before, a huge reshuffling cosmic whirl feeling, to change. Shifted. Quite the complete fog flowing through it, and still a little whipped up. But I have experienced this same before, and it is always interesting the major changes that show up after.

    A beautiful Monarch Butterfly flew directly into my windshield while driving today, and then spun out on the wind currents sailing along happily in the otherway.. No more say. Perfect in every way it representation, to the general feeling of today.

    Thank you Sarah, a very great reading on a good day of blessings. It’s my Son’s 16 B-Day. 16!! How did that happen so fast? Personally i am also celebrating, the best 16 years of his beautiful life, love and the sweetest blessing to my life. He gets his drivers licence tomorrow.. and on his way. : o. We did share a piece of the most precious, greatest (love) story ever told. I am so thankful for his presence, the gift.

    Jupiter is also exact Trine Natal Jupiter today and at the same time square Natal Venus and Mars. Many wishes and opportunities out there for us too! With the final letting go, and saying no to the ones that no longer (never) fit. And up, and away we all may go… but need to push a bit this evening on working that to delivery, as the day got away from me in the experience.

    One final thought which I find quite fitting to your reading is Juipter’s current position, now Sabian Symbol Quest Degree, and will be crossing over the same degree in a few days.

    KEYNOTE: The certification of aristocratic status, at whatever level “nobility” expresses itself in cultural eminence.

    Which to me is quite fitting to the cards and your reference to the timing. The whole period from June till now to me was very much about certification (lessons) of self worth, in it’s (our own) finding, responsibility in deserving.

  2. Leannne on 26 July 2016 at 8:16 am

    These Sabian Symbols are incredible. Just this eveing, 4 hours after writing the comment above, I reread my Natal Jupiter position. Then I carried on to read my quest degree:

    In closing Rudhyar’s intrepretation offers:
    ” At this stage we are concerned with the social process which brings about a CERTIFICATION OF PERSONAL WORTH.”

    I know the degrees go round and can work and be read in unison/reflection, in each sign to the same degree. But this is almost word for word as I commented above. I had never read that degree before. This is not the first time this has happen either. I guess my Jupiter is pulsing/rising 😀

    Thanks again Sarah for you gift. And for my birthday gift to myself, I am going to get a personal reading with you. Hope you have some free time. Will reach out to connect on tomorrow.

    • Integrated Tarot on 27 July 2016 at 11:01 am

      Dearest Leanne –

      Wow! So much going on and many things being unlocked by that key, it seems! The Sabian Symbols feel like such a fit for the reading and your comments. Thank you for sharing your experience here.

      And Happy Birthday to you and to your son. The time flies, yes, it does. And the vortex swirls sometimes too. And we can choose to celebrate the evanescence of everything while denying nothing in terms of how we feel.

      Much love!