You don't need to know the difference between a three-card and a Celtic cross spread to get the most out of a tarot card reading. All you need: your Sun sign! Here's what I do: shuffle my tarot deck and pull out the cards in order from Aries to Pisces, plus one general card for everyone so that you can get specific advice around your personality. Let’s go!
A GENERAL CARD FOR EVERYONE: NINE OF CUPS
What a magical card to start us off in 2023! The Nine of Cups is a blessing, a cosmic pass for a dream come true. Make a wish and make an overt move in its direction this week, because who knows what you could manifest. Anything is possible! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Start the year off with a bang — make a long-held or deeply desired dream come true in your world. You deserve this. The Nine of Cups will get everything moving in the right direction this year.
ARIES: NINE OF PENTACLES
Start the year off on the best possible note: do all the things this week that you want to be true for you all throughout 2023. Embed good habits, and create a routine that leads you down all the right paths. Structure an environment that’ll help you succeed and live well. Make it easy for yourself with some planning and prep work. Once you’ve got a path figured out, simply start walking it! The Nine of Pentacles shows you’re on the road to long term growth.
TAURUS: TEN OF SWORDS
Kick a few toxic traits, bad habits, or draining commitments out of your life this week. Now that 2023 is upon us, it’s time for a mini spruce-up, so pay attention to anything that makes you think, “Oh no, I wish I wasn’t doing this.” It’s not too late, or the wrong time, or too early! Get rid of any dead weight holding you back. The Ten of Swords is crystal clear on this: don’t keep doing anything you’re not totally into.
GEMINI: ACE OF PENTACLES
Rome wasn’t built in a day; in fact, very little that’s worthwhile actually happens ultra-fast. Remember this as you look ahead and think about your plans and ambitions for 2023. The Ace of Pentacles urges you to give proper time and space for yourself to reach your milestones. Research your actions carefully. Give things enough time to come to fruition, and counter your impatience with planning. Focus on the big goals and make sure you understand exactly what it takes to fulfil them.
CANCER: TWO OF WANDS
The Two of Wands sees you wanting to start the year in a go-with-the-flow mood. You’re all for making progress and getting ahead, and power to you! But sometimes, it pays to see what the universe is bringing your way, versus expending energy chasing someone or something, or pursuing whatever it is that might not be right for you, right now. So hang around, see what happens, be alert and observant, notice the energies and opportunities. Then react, respond, return the volleys. Anything could happen, let’s see what does!
LEO: QUEEN OF SWORDS
The Queen of Swords is so not your usual M.O. This card urges logic, dispassionate analysis, patience, determination, focus, attention to detail, and solo goals. So, take a deep breath and think rationally. What’s something that really matters this year, which you need to do by yourself, for yourself? Where should your energy and power go first? What relies on your action and attention? Identify and prioritise this list above all else, tailoring your schedule and time around these must-do’s, to start the year off on the right foot.
VIRGO: THE HERMIT
Time to hibernate, focus inwards, practice meditation and mindfulness, breathe, stay calm, and rest deeply. The Hermit is giving you permission to stay in, basically, which I know will be music to your ears, Virgo! Pick something requiring time and concentration: a project, creative idea, financial management task, legal or contractual sort-out, or proposal or pitch. Get in the zone working on something important that’s a little bit challenging or demanding — whatever that dream project that you've gotta time out of your usual schedule to focus on fully. You can make real progress this week.
LIBRA: PAGE OF WANDS
Time to be playful, fun, spontaneous and pleasure-seeking, Libra! (What’s new, you might be asking…) You love to be loved, you love having fun, and you love being in the thick of things. So, head out and join in as many circles, groups, forums, outings, classes and clubs as you feasibly can. Contribute. Share. Collaborate. Being around others and trying out new things is where you’ll find the greatest opportunities and fulfilment this week. No expectations, just go and see what happens.
SCORPIO: PAGE OF SWORDS
Just FYI, you’re getting the green light from the universe to pursue your idea or pitch or proposal. No more procrastination! We’re moving from research mode into action and execution this week. The Page of Swords card is your sign not to overthink things any longer, because you’ll just enter into a paralysing chapter of getting no place fast. Stop thinking and start doing. Make a big leap and don’t plan your landing too much. You can always wing it a bit! Simply get started, any kind of start, even if it’s a messy one. The important thing? Just get things going.
SAGITTARIUS: TWO OF CUPS
The Two of Cups is a magical love card, largely focused on romantic love, but it can also apply to family, deep friendships, or important collaborators or colleagues. Think: people you rely on, and who rely on you in return. Start the year off right by paying attention to those who merit it most in your life. Make inspiring plans and align your goals together for the year ahead. Make sure they know you’re committed, and that you have high hopes for your time together in 2023. Server up some love and respect, and you’ll receive it right back. Feel strong in your relationships this week!
CAPRICORN: THE SUN
Cap, you deserve The Sun: It’s the tarot’s most positive card, and it’ll sprinkle fairy dust all over your 2023. Have confidence in yourself, believe in your goals, have faith in what you desire and deserve, and make bold leaps in its direction this week. Book that trip, ask them out, propose, pitch the idea, push for that promotion... Whatever will make this year a game changer, activate it now. Why not? What are you waiting for? The Sun says it’s yours for the taking.
AQUARIUS: THREE OF SWORDS
Feel like someone is being shady around you? Time to withdraw a bit. If they’ve talked badly about you or backstabbed you, just block ‘em and move along. If you’ve been betrayed by someone in the past and they’re asking for another chance, let them prove themselves to you first. Don’t let toxic or negative people into your life right now, Aquarius. Once they’ve shown their true colours, believe them and act accordingly. Be protective of your precious self! Remove the toxic people from your life.
PISCES: ACE OF SWORDS
The Ace of Swords is a truth card which always urges you to speak your mind, say it how it is, get it off your chest, and enter into any tough dialogue you’ve been overthinking recently. Better out than in, Pisces. However, be prepared for potentially tough convos —you might hear something that stings a might sting a little. That’s okay. Everyone has their own version of reality, through their lens, and they rarely totally add up to the same picture. Live and learn, hear them out, absorb their truth, then respond, calmly and compassionately. You can get to a really good place this week with a little back and forth. Be honest and kind.
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