I felt drawn to draw two cards this month and have drawn The Hanged Man, and The Seven of Wands.
The Hanged Man is ruled by the element of water and the zodiac sign of Pisces. There is a waxing Moon in Pisces 21.22, 23 November and this could be when we see the most intense effects suggested by the appearance of this card.
The Hanged Man, appropriately enough, is the card of ‘Time out,’ and suggests letting go, surrender, sacrifice, or a period of life in suspension. There is a pause, a break in normal patterns. We need to look at things differently and do things differently, but this is also a card of bright ideas. Look at his halo. The guy’s not just a saint, or a wannabe saint. He’s a genius.
The Hanged Man is also reflecting the wider social contract, and the current requirement for us to guard our own well-being while also doing our best to protect others, exercising ‘self-sacrifice’ at a cost of temporary limitations on our normal personal freedoms.
The Seven of Wands is a fire sign card, the third decan of Leo – and interestingly enough this is ruled by the water sign of Cancer, in a steamy fire and water combination.
The Seven of Wands shows a stalwart figure, alone, outnumbered, but standing his ground, beating back the challenges coming at him thick and fast- but he’s not going to be defeated or overwhelmed (unlike the Five of Swords)
He’s occupying the (strategic and moral) high ground, looking down on the problems, keeping a strategic overview, steadily battling away, just as life is sometimes like that.
These are testing times, but so long as we don’t cave or crumble, we will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Eight of Wands is the next card up, and the Eight may be delayed, but when that train arrives, it is always good news.
Global and General
The Hanged Man feels strikingly appropriate, given the state of the wider global collective this November, with so many countries in various degrees of recurring lockdown in the effort to contain any exponential new rise of this virus.
Some are declaring that this is all a plot to ‘control’ us. Various conspiracy theories are gaining traction right now, and this is classic of the Moon influence embodied in The Hanged Man, visions, illusions, and delusions, even paranoia.
Public health emergencies have always meant temporary measures impacting the freedom of the individual. In 1347 it was the invention of quarantine as the Black Death was carried along the Silk Road and spread across Europe by ship.
In 1666 the people of London were boarded up inside their houses if any person in the family was sick. No coming out for food or medicines. The loved ones who died were taken away at night by masked men to be buried in communal plague pits. In 1918 there were restrictions on movements and face masks, which sparked protests, The Anti-Mask League etc, but then came a resurgence, and there were far more deaths in the second wave.
This virus may not be so dangerous, purely in terms of the numbers, but we’re not out of the woods yet (Seven of Wands) and history tells us the first interface of any new virus with humanity is always the most dangerous time. There are strains of flu these days which may still cause death, but which we more or less take for granted, though when they first emerged, they arrived as a killer pandemic, as with the so-called Russian flu in central Asia in the 1200’s.
These emergencies passed, the freedoms were restored, and The Hanged Man climbed down, counted the losses, and got on with his or her life. Meantime there had been a few changes, and some were lasting, others not.
The Hanged Man is watery in the extreme with its Pisces, Moon and Neptune energy, while the watery Cancer influence of the Seven of Wands adds up to a marked emphasis on water.
We could be in for a lot of rain this November, though the fiery Seven of Wands suggests there may be more fires in California or other places, especially later in the month. This, however, is merely a whisper on the wind as we examine the potential interpretations of the card. It is by no means inevitable, and with luck and care, even if showed signs of happening again, may be headed off at the pass.
Mr. Biden currently looks like the inevitable election winner on 3 November according to the polls, but psychics and astrologers do not agree, and the picture is somehow not as clear as one might logically expect, looking in the cards. It’s one or the other, right? If the future exists, we can see it, yes?
Well, no, it’s not so simple. The future is not a lump of concrete waiting to drop out of the sky and it’s not like seeing it on a screen. We don’t so much see it as get odd glimpses of it, and mutations, for example, happen in Nature precisely because the nature of life is mutable, suddenly changeable.
At the time of writing, 14 October, this election would appear a shoo- in for Mr. Biden, almost a dead cert, his to lose, but that’s not quite what I’m seeing here, and can only conclude that Mr. Biden absolutely cannot afford to discount Mr Trump, whatever the polls may say
Mr. Biden is being portrayed as The Hanged Man but so is Mr Trump. The Hanged Man is a sacrificial figure, ready to sacrifice himself for the wider good, or at least, not averse to being seen that way
Mr. Biden is a Scorpio sun sign and the water of The Hanged Man represents his own sun sign element but Mr Trump, a Gemini subject, is conveying this message, the Hanged Man, in respect of his recent COVID-19 illness and recovery (a symbolic resurrection.)
Whoever wins on 3 November, there could be further twists and turns to come, perhaps a challenge to the results, and perhaps a health issue will be part of the picture going forward, suggests The Hanged Man.
On the 20 September. I blogged elsewhere online that we were in for further surprises in respect of the US Elections, following the passing of Ms Bader Ginsberg. This observation was based on an appearance by the Joker. The equivalent card in the Tarot is The Fool, and within the next few days, the Joker manifested, we learned of President Trump’s positive diagnosis for Covid19, and now he has apparently tested negative. By the time this is published we may well have seen further surprise developments
The UK government has so far agreed more than 50 Free Trade deals with non-EU countries and not including the US, and overall the UK seems to be heading for a hard Brexit with the end-game moving ever closer during November, but with ‘a’ last minute deal, or deals with the EU in respect of Fisheries, Trade and other specifics. This has been the picture shown in my Tarot ever since 2016 and it has barely shifted during that time.
The Hanged Man describes the new lockdown measures, and the Seven of Wands may be indicating, amongst other things, the effects of those measures during November.
There is a sense through these two cards that the new three tier lockdown measures in the UK, while stopping short of a full second lockdown, may demonstrably halt the current rise in cases of infection, and it will bring results. The data will demonstrate a clear, though not massive degree of headway made during November, hopefully just ahead of the expected winter surges in flu, etc.
Not surprisingly this month could feel like something of a rollercoaster, highs and lows, especially around mid- month, which could be emotionally intense, or downright passionate whether in a fun way or the absolute opposite.
Arguments could go like this in a typical Hanged Man argument:
- Grow up
- Wake up and smell the coffee
- Snap out of it.
- You’re being so lazy/untidy/selfish
- It’s always about you, isn’t it?
- When are you going to fix this/actually do something (about this?)?
- Leave me alone.
There may be secrets and surprises while ancient personal history, previous issues may come back to haunt us, though this could be an opportunity to finally heal or otherwise resolve them.
Mid- month seems calmer and we might get a sudden burst of energy. This is good. We can do something with this, and then the pace picks up again towards the end of the month, though with less intensity: surprise messages, sudden developments, speed of communications, new contacts, and possibly having to make snap decisions.
We might feel like hibernating right now, says The Hanged Man, and who could blame us? But Life goes on, and feast or famine we all have something to bring to the table. The Seven of Wands says we soldier on, dealing with things one day at a time, one hour at a time if it helps, and if there are battles to be fought, fight them, but we choose them wisely and keep our powder dry.
All the best till next time.
Katie-Ellen Hazeldine, BA Hons, is a Tarot and Rune reader/consultant, writer, and historian in the UK, and has been reading professionally since 2006. Website – True Tarot Tales. Twitter: @truetarottales
The tarot card I drew for you this November is Ace of Cups Reversed. This card’s image demonstrates a hand holding the cup of life, and a dove filling that cup. In one interpretation of this visual, the bird offering its communion wafer represents divine gifts you will be given when you open to a higher consciousness, and the hand of life becomes the material world which is there to support you when you align with a spiritual practice. Ace of Cups highlights how we can quickly hook up with Nature by acknowledging the Divine, or merge with the Divine by immersing ourselves in Nature.
Generally, Ace of Cups is a card that indicates a new relationship to yourself or others. It also illustrates an opening of opportunity for expressing creativity. If you join with something beyond the physical through prayer, meditation, ritual, chanting, or otherwise, the Ace of Cups becomes a sign of your new or renewed relationship to Divine Consciousness, your own intuition, or both.
In global news, this card in reverse can portend information being held back between or amongst powerful countries that are normally allies but will soon become adversarial. Subsequently, disruption in international trade might be forthcoming.* Ace of Cups Reversed can also mean that a new form of international relations will be necessary for moving into the next phase of our collective existence. For example, if this card shows up in the future position of a spread, there would be an upcoming period of upheaval followed by a completely new way of life. More specifically, originality and uncharted waters are indicated. Near-future news magazines will feature articles about legal matters regarding the protection of marine life, as well as human rights for those living in freshly formed oceanic societies. Groups of individuals who hope to live outside of traditional society will attempt to form their own governments between continents. Maritime law, admiralty justice, and immigration rights amidst a seafaring way of life are topics you can expect to read more about in news headlines this month and increasingly throughout the coming years.
A water-driven global reading of Ace of Cups Reversed particularly points to the climate crisis, whereby symptoms of fossil fuel consumption will become so obvious in the reactions of Nature that there will be no choice but to adopt a new system. There is also an indication in this card of water overflowing, as in flooding, rising ocean levels, and increased sea travel. I’ve been having recurring dreams for years which take me into a future period when a heightened frequency of oceanic navigation becomes more commonplace. In these dreams, there are new port cities which welcome boats, cruise ships, and other sea vessels en masse. There was never a negative feeling during these nocturnal prognostications; on the contrary, the tone was both friendly and welcoming. I recall these dreams as a period of adjustment to a new way of life that revolves more around the ocean than land alone. I do get carried by the water in some of these dreams, which brings me to another point: if you haven’t already, one of the most important skills to acquire while you adapt to this new time might be how to tread water and swim. We are, after all, in an age of Neptune in Pisces.
In your own life, Ace of Cups is about finding healthy ways to express your emotions in real time, as they arise. This is a card of self-love, and as such, serves as a reminder to practice self-care. If your mood isn’t where you want it to be, do something healthy for yourself. If that doesn’t improve your state of mind, take an action that is benevolent for someone else—no matter how small or simple. Thoughtfulness is essential to existence, but the trick is balancing acts of caring between oneself and others, as both are necessary for leading a fulfilling life. Keep in mind that the more you help others, the more you will karmically be helped in time. Additionally, the emotional phase represented by this card signals that you might be ready to delve into your unconscious mind to acknowledge and explore your deepest wishes or desires. If you had more time and didn’t have to worry about money, how would you choose to spend this day? If you can’t plan your preferred activity right now, when is the next time that it would be possible? Is there anything on your to-do list for today that can wait until tomorrow? If none of these options are possible and your current obligations seem ceaseless, this is an ideal time to seek celestial guidance through prayer or meditation. When no earthly force is capable of providing you with an answer to your question, turn to the incorporeal and you might be delighted to see that your faith and humility is rewarded with unexpected solutions to even the most persistent of problems.
If you are focused on relationship right now (whether that’s expressed through romance, friendship, or family), this card in its reversed position asks if you are ready to open up more, share your feelings, or simply trust in the outcome. Conversely, perhaps you’re in a phase of introspection similar to The Hermit tarot card, in which case the Ace of Cups Reversed is saying that you will benefit from being honest with yourself and true to your identity or calling. For instance, if you’re more focused on your inner or outer life to the exclusion of relationships, this card in its reversed position marks a time when you might benefit from reconnecting to an act that has brought you great joy in the past. The cup in this card’s image is overflowing, so when it’s reversed, you’re being asked to refill that cup with what makes you happiest, even if it’s as uncomplicated as making a cup of tea and looking out the window to put yourself in the moment, or incorporating some hygge into your autumn and winter evenings with the lighting of a candle. If the exercises that normally bring you good feelings aren’t quite doing it for you in these times, you can try to turn to service. Serviceable acts build self-esteem and reestablish your relationship to community and divinity all at once.
Sometimes reconnection to a higher vibration of ethereal energy will be initiated by an appreciation or creation of art, music, or performance. The gesture of listening to music that moves you or consciously witnessing the beauty of Nature can be enough to commence a meaningful journey into another realm of consciousness. I ask for inspiration and guidance in the morning, which has frequently resulted in my rediscovery of synchronicity and encounters with magical miracles. If you are ready and willing, let the days throughout this month and beyond surprise you with fresh insights, guidance, heightened intuition, and the ever-present possibility of progressively positive feelings.
“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda
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NOTE: These predictions are for entertainment purposes only. Please consult with your financial advisor regarding any monetary decisions.