By Naomi Westwater for Boston Compass (#124)
June 18, 2020
The Tarot Forecast is a look at the month ahead in a tarot spread.
For the month of June, I pulled the VIII of Pentacles. This is a card that I pulled for you all in April as well, but in April the energy of this card was revered, now it is right side up, and brings a new meaning to it. The VIII of Pentacles is here to talk to us about work. It reminds us to reflect on what the last few months have been like for us and our relationship to work. This card reminds us that work is not about grinding just to scrape by, work is not about a long commute, or feeling depleted at the end of the day. Work is about our skills and craft. Work is the thing that we do that brings us pride. How can we make work an achievement, and not a burden in our lives? Look for a project to bring meaning or a mentor at work, these things will help us find joy.
For the Full Moon on June 5, I pulled the Knight of Swords. The Knight of Swords is a person of action and speed. They are ambitious and determined, and always ready to move quickly forward. But sometimes, the Knight finds in their rush to push forward they lose all sense of direction and disregard consequences. This card asks us all to check in with ourselves, in our desire to move forward, we must still have grace and foresight. We cannot push forward and wreck everything in our path.
The Summer Solstice is on June 20 and marks the halfway point of the year, and the beginning of Summer. For this day, I pulled the IX of Wands (revered). The reversed IX of Wands is a card that arrives when we are almost at the end of the race, but then find ourselves utterly exhausted. We are reaching burn out, and there is also a little bit of cowardice in us, as we cannot seem to gather our bravery and push ourselves to the finish line. We are being called during the Summer Solstice to use our last reserves of energy and keep going. This is a test of our faith.
I pulled the II of Wands (revered) for the New Moon on June 21. In reverse, this card is about a lack of planning and disorganization. We have been prioritizing the wrong things, and trying to move forward, but alas, our plans were a mess and now we are lost.
These cards, although pulled at random, all seem to have the theme of moving forward and the consequences of that. Be cautious this June, Boston — if we are slow, steady, and careful we will be able to handle this month. However, if we rush, we will create disorganized chaos and become exhausted and stalled.
Naomi Westwater is a witch and musician based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Follow her music and tarot readings @naomiwestwater.
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