The Tarotcast – Week of October 10, 2016

This reading describes the makings of something significant — wrapped in complexity and the potential for the unexpected or unknown.

Then again, aren’t those the greatest journeys of all: the ones that have at their heart the promise of gain accompanied by the presence of catches, snares, and the unpredictable? This is the archetypal Hero’s Journey first described by Joseph Campbell, and this is the Tarotcast in a nutshell today.


Ace of Disks, The Fool, The Lovers from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.

First up, we are contending with the complexity presented by the card types in front of us: an Ace and two Major Arcana cards.

For those of you unfamiliar with Tarot, or who are new to the Tarotcast, I’ll explain a little further.

The Major Arcana are the 22 cards in the Tarot deck that describe our Soul themes. They’re not the day-to-day actions, situations, and personalities described in the 56 Minor Arcana cards; they are grander, to do with a state of being and becoming. So they are more difficult to get to grips with for the very reason that they are not visible as those day-to-day actions, situations, or personalities.

Couple that comparative invisibility with an inability to see your own psychology as clearly as you can see others’, and it’s like trying to feel your way through something that is both present, and yet strangely intangible, as if on another plane of existence — one that’s running parallel to your conscious, waking life.

Now, if you had a Minor Arcana card that could focus you on a particular situation or a particular person or personality trait, then you would have a conduit through which you could see the Major Arcana cards taking shape. But no.

You have a Minor, yes, but it is one of the four Minor cards that does not deal with the day-to-day: it is one of the Aces.

Aces are potential, pure and simple. They are the pure, limitless quality of their suits, which sits outside the human experience, waiting to be called through from that potential — in this case the potential for something to manifest in the physical world. (Disks are the densest of the suits, anything we can interact with bodily.)

So the Ace of Disks isn’t the presence of untold material or physical riches; it means that the atmosphere is ripe for material or physical riches to come through. The catch: you need to take action, take a risk, put in the sweat equity, take it as if it’s there (even though it isn’t — yet), carpe diem. You get the picture.

I’m taking quite the while to describe this — and for a reason:

So that you have the chance to notice what is taking place, but which might have a “voices in the room next-door” quality to it.

You’re aware something is going on, but in order to find out what and who, you need to listen harder, notice more, attune your skills of perception and awareness to a different kind of seeing:

Inner sight, intuition — following the transparent silken strand of what is being woven that lays itself perhaps more subtly over the hard edges, loud noises, and garish colours and flavours of your everyday world.

And it will involve reaching for something, taking that risk, carpe-ing that diem.

The themes that are brushing into consciousness like spider silk (and remember that spider silk can be deceptively and exceedingly strong, drawing you into the thread of its weave) are those of The Fool and The Lovers.

The Fool at centre represents change, rebellion, and the unknown. It corresponds with the planet Uranus, and it’s worth bearing in mind that Uranus plays a large role in the astrology of the Full Moon this weekend.

The energy that The Fool embodies may be one that you’re embodying yourself. You may be ripe for change and shift. You may know it; you may not. Either way, shift is here.

It may also be an energy that you are feeling out in your world — and if you’ve been reading the news, then you’ll have an idea of how The Fool can make itself apparent in groups, movements, and the mood that is both active in, and activating, consciousness at large. We certainly have unpredictability, a sense of being on the precipice of the unknown. Rebellion, for sure.

How is this mirroring what’s going on in your immediate experience? And how is it mirroring what is going on inside you? Do you have a sense of a parallel, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it?

This is the start of a journey. This is a moment when something steps into existence. It is neutral, this energy. It will be your own subjective response to it that attaches a particular judgement, whether that is positive or negative. What is certain is that there is an air of the new, a beginning.

With that newness comes a fair amount of volatility. There can be no other way, because how can you hold steady to what you know when you are facing what you do not know?

Volatility and the new beginnings that volatility accompanies are neither inherently good nor bad.

The question is how will you choose to feel about it? Because your response is entirely in your hands. Whether you are aware of it or not, whether completely or only in part, you are an initiator of your own journey. And becoming aware of this kind of agency also has an affect on your ability to hold agency over your response to what is happening.

That agency only increases with the card to the right of The Fool — The Lovers.

The Lovers is the moment of embodiment, when who you are and the journey you are on are married into your bodily experience. You are no longer concepts or energies; you are a living, breathing, reproducing container of those concepts and energies. They move through you; you live them out. You also live them out by experiencing them with and through others.

The Lovers card brings duality into play in your experience. Why is this so important? Because it enriches your human experience.

“Self” without “other” does not take the whole into account.

It is the difference between playing the violin with one hand, or two. It is the difference between having only one half of the colour spectrum, or the whole gamut. It is the difference between egg and sperm. Both are necessary for the full encounter.

Both poles in any situation offer that full encounter.

And then? Then you get to choose. But you get to choose because you have both, not in spite of it.

The Lovers is much misunderstood, and such a critical part of the puzzle that is life. It is duality, embodied; it is choice.


Here you are.

On the edge of an adventure that is, itself, neutral, but which you are empowered to respond to, and to shape, in the way that you choose.

It will bring you an encounter with something that completes the picture. It will bring a choice point. It is a moment of birthing something into your tangible world — something that requires you to do some of the leg-work yourself. (Extra note here: when the Ace of Disks and The Lovers appear together, particularly with The Fool, that can mean a baby of the entirely biological kind. Do with that information what you will.)

You have more power than you think — even if it is over how you respond, and how you act based on that.

And that is still a significant amount of power.

Astrology Correspondences: Ace of Disks (the pure, limitless potential of Earth), The Fool (Uranus), The Lovers (Gemini)

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The Tarotcast – Week of October 10, 2016


  1. Jim on 11 October 2016 at 1:37 am

    Before i logged on to this reading I was feeling like I can see very far and I can perceive deeply insightful concepts with clarity but i also perceive seemingly opposing personalities. I think if you asked me who i am five days in a row you’d likely get five different answers. I seem to spend most of my day trying to collect the concepts necessary to define myself. My personality seems all scrambled up and i seem to be trying to redefine myself based on how i feel. It is raw confusion with moments of wonder and awe but also times of powerful rage and immense resentment and ultimately fear. It is a bit overwhelming and it feels like something is shifting under my feet.

    When i looked at the cards you chose this week I see myself on a mountain top seeing far out in every direction but i am vulnerable there with nothing to hide behind – and i feel small there. Then i saw the fool card and i felt the utter confusion and ultimate dilemma of polarity. I know the frustration of competing beliefs existing together. I feel there is some important decision to be made and i figure i am afraid to know yet. I think i am allowing confusion to distract me as an almost subconscious defense mechanism. Then i look at the Lovers card and it felt like I already know that i am going to fall in love with all aspects of myself and that I’ve been choosing this for a really long time – and that really felt good to me.

    The interpretation you give Sarah, is very helpful to me. You have me very alert now. I am so grateful for your words and your choice of words; you spoke to me.

    • Integrated Tarot on 11 October 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Jim. It’s only when the defence mechanism becomes conscious that you can even begin to be ready to see something that matches up with that knowing that you’re already feeling in The Lovers. It takes time — and your awareness. This has been true for me anyway 🙂