Spirit Speak Tarot Deck by Mary Elizabeth Evans
ARIES // Nine of Swords
The New Year is an excellent time for setting intentions and reigniting your inner fire, Aries. Do the work that the season requires. Be willing to say goodbye to everyone and everything that no longer serves you, and mean it. If it doesn’t feel good, set it free. You don’t have to completely overhaul your life, but you do have to get clear on what you truly want and need. Start small. Take a deeper look at your desires. What really turns you on? Let go. Go there. Tap into your childlike imagination this month. Have fun with the changes and transitions. Don’t over think it. Be light. Change can be quite joyful if you stay out of your head, listen to your heart, and go with the flow. With Mercury in retrograde until January 8th, and the shadow period that follows it, we are all advised to ease into our new beginnings, and you are no exception, Aries. Get the fire started, but be wary of burning out prematurely. It’s Capricorn season, and you are advised to take some cues from this ambitious yet grounded and persistent sign. There’s no need to rush. Don’t let your mind bully you into the better, stronger, faster mode of thinking. Slow and steady will undoubtedly win the race this month.
TAURUS // Two of Pentacles, reversed
You’re advised to find a better balance this month, Taurus. Be careful not to take on too much too soon as we move into the New Year. If you find yourself in overcompensation mode, stop! Sometimes life can feel like a cruel juggling act, but before you give up, make sure that you aren’t taking on undue stress or energy that isn’t yours. If you’re still holding onto people or situations from your past that invite chaos, purge them as quickly as you can. You deserve peace, quiet and calm, and you must have them in order to gather the focus needed to carry you through a potentially trying month. You deserve balance, but it isn’t a given. Sometimes we have to work a lot harder than we want to in order to achieve the balance we need, but it is work that must be done. Slow down and create some space before settling into this next phase of your life. Mercury is in retrograde through January 8th, so the cosmic climate is supporting your slow start to the New Year. Trust in this time and know that retrogrades aren’t something to wish away. They are, in fact, a beautiful time for inner work and recalibration if you’re willing to quiet the mind and really feel through your frustrations and discomforts.
GEMINI // Two of Wands, reversed
You’re likely to be stepping up into something really sweet this month, Gemini, but it will require more trust and patience on your part before it manifests. Maybe you aren’t exactly where you want to be, think you should be, or even need to be as we enter the New Year, but don’t start comparing yourself to others. Above all else, you must trust in the unique timing of your life as you embrace your new beginnings. Comparison is one of the quickest ways to kill your joy and block your success. Stay present with whatever shows up for you this month. Own it. Hold space for it. Love it unconditionally. Love yourself unconditionally. If you come up against some discomfort or dis-ease, let it move through you with as much lightness and compassion as you can. Keep working at the things that make you happy and that spark joy within you. Keep writing, making art, singing, dancing, running, skipping, laughing… Keep being you and believing in yourself. Get lost in your passions and give yourself a break. Commit to leaving yourself alone and letting your life unfold. Surrender to the process, trust that you are supported, and you will soon find yourself in an optimal position to move forward and manifest your deepest desires with much greater ease.
CANCER // Four of Cups
Our dreams work in tandem with our creativity. Our dreams are full of wisdom, hope and love. Our dreams hold the key to our future, but not if they become too rigid. Our dreams are worth holding onto, but only if they encourage us to keep flying. Are you clutching to outmoded beliefs about yourself, what you’re capable of, or dreams that you’ve outgrown, Cancer? If so, why? What do you feel you have to gain from holding on? What would happen if you let go? Dreams are meant to inspire. If our dreams aren’t changing, we aren’t evolving. Be willing to examine your old dreams and release what no longer serves as you look forward to the New Year. We can’t fully step into new beginnings until we fully bless and release the past. Focus on what is here now. Honor where you’ve been, but refocus your energy and restart from where you are right this very moment. What dreams have already come true for you? What dreams are you living right now? Take it all in. You have a great deal to celebrate as we begin a new cycle, Cancer. Believe it. Indulge in new dreams. Believe in them, and you will be surprised at how quickly things start to align for you.
LEO // King of Pentacles, reversed
What do you value most, Leo? How worthy do you think you are? Make sure that your longing for success and your desire to be admired by others doesn’t cloud your perception of self-worth this month. You may be one of the most driven and ambitious signs of the zodiac, but as we begin the New Year, you are advised to examine, and perhaps even reroute, where you’re putting the bulk of your focus. Are you spending more time and energy on outward accomplishments as opposed to inner growth? Goal-oriented living can be a great inspiration, and it will certainly provide results, but make sure you are truly invested in the work required to accomplish your goals before moving forward with them. If you find yourself out of alignment, don’t be afraid to make some adjustments. Stick up for yourself and what you truly want and need. Keep coming back to your personal truth throughout the month. Look to the cycles of nature for reassurance and support. Trust that your lack will always be replenished even if the season feels like it will never end. Abundance comes in many different forms, but remember that it has less to do with what you achieve and more to do with your core beliefs about who you are and what you deserve.
VIRGO // Knight of Pentacles
It may not be completely clear where the path is leading you at this moment, Virgo, but know that you are on it and that you are being led in the right direction. The energies of the month have you aligning with truth and deeply deserved success. Trust that you have all the tools that you need in order to reach your goals, and keep going! January will not be so much about new beginnings for you as it will be about perseverance and keeping the faith. The seeds of desire that you planted months ago will begin to sprout when you least expect it, but you must be patient. Mercury is in retrograde until January 8th so don’t worry if things seem to be getting off to a less than stellar start this month. Keep doing the things that inspire you and ground you in your creativity and your truth. Tune into your roots and reach out to your established systems of support for nourishment and a boost in confidence if you fail to see results and start to feel wary. It’s not your business to know how long, short, bumpy or smooth the road will be. This season is about the joys and rewards of committing to something bigger than your fears and then reaping the rewards.
LIBRA // King of Cups, reversed
Endings are hard, but beginnings can be even harder. Rejoicing in a fresh start doesn’t mean that you won’t have difficulty navigating the changes that lie ahead. Be extra kind to yourself this month, Libra. You are moving through a lot. You may find yourself oscillating between optimism and dread as we begin the New Year. The current Mercury retrograde period that lasts until January 8th will most likely exacerbate the imbalance that you’re feeling, but you really don’t have anything to worry about. Ease up on self-criticism and trust in the transitions that are occurring for yourself and others. Allow adjustments to be made accordingly and with as little strain as possible. You may feel stuck, but trust that you are still part of a larger flow and that you are truly being taken care of. Be careful not to create your own problems just because you feel restless and uncertain about where things are headed. Take more time to be alone if you need it, and be mindful of your relationships. First and foremost, work toward greater self-acceptance. You might not feel it just yet, but greater equilibrium is on the horizon. You will have a better chance at receiving the clarity and calm that you desire if you simply leave yourself alone.
SCORPIO // Five of Cups, reversed
As we welcome in the New Year, we must make a conscious and concerted effort to purge the things that will not serve us as we move forward. Does it feel like you are carrying some extra baggage, Scorpio? Lighten your load! New beginnings and setting intentions work well in tandem, but your efforts will be rendered useless if you don’t fully let the past go before committing to the new. Take the time you need to mourn what needs to fall away, but be careful not to romanticize the past or hold on too tightly. Don’t expect immediate change. You must lean into your personal evolution and allow the process of transformation to unfold. Transformation can be very uncomfortable, but trust that it is unfolding in your favor. Transformation can feel like a downward spiral, but you will ultimately be released from the discomfort and directed toward a future where you are more likely to align with your purpose and optimize your joy. How can you build deeper trust, Scorpio? When we strive but fail to understand our circumstances, we can be overcome with fear. You may not always be able to understand, but you can always trust. Let go and get solid in your faith. Trust when no one else does and you will be invincible.
SAGITTARIUS // Justice, reversed
It takes incredible courage to examine oneself. It takes an immense amount of work to fully take responsibility for one’s life. Blame is the easy way out, but it always comes with strings attached, and those strings will inevitably prevent us from moving forward. Are you holding a grudge, Sagittarius? Do you find yourself feeling angry or resentful often? Who makes you feel unworthy? What keeps you small? Are you willing to take a stand? Are you willing to cut some energetic chords? Are you willing to embrace new beginnings? It’s easy to identify with pain because we see and experience it all of the time. We have become so used to our suffering that many of us have forgotten that we still have the power of choice. Even in the midst of terrible pain and injustice we have the power to choose how we react. Life is more often about our reactions rather than our actions. Get your reactions under control and you will be able to see yourself and others more clearly. Once you have clarity you will no longer question when and how to act. Have compassion for yourself and others. Take more responsibility for your choices. Control is an illusion, but you can overcome any obstacle when you engage your personal power and choose a higher perspective.
CAPRICORN // Three of Pentacles, reversed
It’s your season, Capricorn, and it’s time to do what you do best – work! You may not be feeling very motivated as we kick off the New Year, but don’t get discouraged. With Mercury in retrograde until January 8th the cosmic climate will be very conducive for taking a pause before moving forward. Use the downtime to get yourself, your relationships and your affairs in order so that when things do start moving more quickly, you will be feeling centered and ready for action. Consciously align with your innate powers of dedication and persistence this month, but be careful not to overwork yourself or get stuck in a rut. If you feel like you want to switch things up or explore working in a new way, go for it! New beginnings call for creativity and experimentation, so allow yourself to have more fun and a greater sense of freedom in all that you do. Have you been feeling the urge to engage in more creative pursuits lately? If you feel called to pick up an instrument, a paintbrush or a pen, don’t hold back. The energies of the month are very much in favor of your creativity, so if you feel the call, answer it and let yourself be surprised at what unfolds.
AQUARIUS // Two of Cups, reversed
You may be the visionary of the zodiac, Aquarius, but that doesn’t mean you’re always right. Let the current Mercury retrograde period that will last until January 8th, be a time where you can really lean into the discomfort of not knowing. Let yourself be open to greater guidance from others. You can still lead yourself and others without assuming complete control. In fact, you’re wise to give up more control in all areas of your life as you move forward into the New Year. Create more space for experimentation and enchantment. Share your ideas with others and invite them to collaborate with a deeper sense of play and pleasure. Find greater joy in your work and your relationships. You may feel like you want to hole up this month, but make an effort to connect with others. Take your time and ease yourself into the New Year. You don’t have to have everything and everyone figured out right away. Let the insights and information that you are seeking come to you slowly. If you allow yourself to have more fun gathering the pieces, the process won’t feel like such a complicated puzzle. Don’t take everything so seriously and be open to inspiration. There’s more magic out there than you think!
PISCES // The High Priestess
Forgiveness is a crucial part of release. If you’re having a difficult time moving forward, Pisces, perhaps, you need to take a step back and see if there is anyone or any situation that needs your forgiveness. Forgiveness isn’t about pardoning negative situations or the deeds of others who have wronged us. Forgiveness is about transforming pain, hurt and injustice into self-love. We forgive others so that we can free up the time and energy that they have occupied in service of our own expansion and evolution. When you hold onto toxic feelings or emotions you hold yourself back from living a free and joyful life. Take some time this month to go over past hurts and be willing to release them. You can do this simply by sitting with yourself and requesting that your mind, body and spirit purge anyone and anything that no longer serves you and your higher purpose. Or, you can write down the people, situations and things that cling to your heart the most. Ask the universe for assistance in releasing them and then set the paper on fire. Bury the ashes somewhere in nature or give them to a body of water. Let the power of alchemy take over, celebrate your freedom, and move forward with more confidence and ease.