By Sarah Marsland
I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is a tarotscope?
BHS, allow me to introduce you to the exciting (and kind of insane) world of tarot cards. Over the summer, while procrastinating on my AP work, I happened to pick up a deck of these so-called “magic” cards to see for myself if there was anything to them. I’d been watching tarot readings on YouTube for about a year and wanted to try it out myself. What I didn’t know, though, is how complex tarot really is – and how much it is related to astrology. So I decided that if I was going to do this, I was going to do it right. I bought a notebook and for the rest of the summer, I taught myself the meanings of the cards, the relationships between the deck and the astrological signs, and tested it out on my family and friends.
I’ve learned a lot from tarot over the past couple months, but the main thing I’ve noticed is that it works best when met with an open mind on both sides. There is something about the cards that demands faith from both the reader and the querent, or the person receiving the reading. The best readings I’ve done have been with people who trust me and the cards. This does not always mean that the reading completely resonates, but a lot of times, the most accurate readings happen when people come in with an open mind.
So, with that said, scroll down and find out what’s going on for your sign this month at Branford High School!
Cards: The Hermit, Death, Eight of Cups, Queen of Coins, The High Priestess, Two of Wands
You are on a journey, Aries. I think a lot of you have already started to shine that light into the darkness of your subconscious, your dreams, your deepest fears and desires. There is a deep need to know this month. There may be a Virgo woman in your life who has taken on a sort of role model status, who is guiding you through this process of self-reflection. She is someone with integrity, and a great sense of self-worth and accomplishment – someone who inspires you.
Don’t be alarmed about the Death card – it doesn’t mean you’re going to die! In fact, the Death card is actually a great card to get in a reading. It indicates a big transformation happening in your life. For you, I feel as though it is a caterpillar-cocoon-butterfly situation. There is a ghost of someone or something which has spurred this transformation. Did you recently go through a break up or loss that caused you to question what you know about yourself? If so, this is a sign that something good is coming out of that loss.
There is something you are walking away from. Ask yourself: are you walking away or trying to escape? Are you leaving something behind because it no longer serves you, or because you’re afraid of what it means? There are full cups behind you – are they full of potential, or full of baggage? Sometimes we escape by returning. Are you avoiding self-reflection by going back to old habits or people from your past? Don’t loop, Aries. Be wise. After this period of inwardness is over, you will emerge feeling powerful. Toward the end of September there will be a new spark of passion or creativity. You will also have a choice to make: will you take what you’ve learned and apply it, or revert back to your old ways? Once you’ve emerged from the cocoon, don’t be afraid to take a risk. It will end in your favor.
Bottom of the deck: Knight of Cups. The person spurring this transformation could be a water sign (Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio).
Cards: The Chariot, Queen of Swords Reversed, The World, Five of Cups, Five of Coins Reversed, Two of Wands
You started the month off with a victory, Taurus. A reigning in of possibilities and potential. You have options, but you know what you want. You are taking on the role of the leader or protector. With the Cancerian energy of The Chariot, you may be taking people under your wing and providing support because you now have the inner stability to do so. Alternatively, there could be a Cancer entering your life who will be a source of support or guidance, or who will help you grow into this next phase.
However, there is some pessimism here. You may be feeling a bit cynical, as if it is impossible that things could really work out for you. Taureans have a tendency to do this, as they are grounded and reasonable by nature. However, there is no need to worry. Good things are right under your nose – or around the corner, if you let them unfold. Don’t sulk – people can feel when your energy is negative, and moping could detract from your enhanced magnetism this month, especially if you’re looking for a relationship.
You’ve got to be careful not to let this newfound power go to your head. You are in danger this month of being perceived as bossy, intimidating, or cold-hearted. Your Cancerian desire to protect people might be interpreted as controlling or overreactive. Take some time to relax and try to veer away from that pessimistic, cynical side of yourself. You are at your best when you’re positive and not dwelling on what could/already did go wrong. In terms of work and money, the worst is over! Maybe you’re starting a new job or have found a new purpose. You’re regaining your confidence, and are ascending to a place of spiritual enlightenment. You’ve recently gone through a transformation that made you reassess your life, and now you are extremely grounded in your power as an earth sign. Use this power and good luck energy to make the world around you better.
Bottom of the deck: The Star. This is an overwhelming sense of healing and hope. Perhaps there is an Aquarius close to your heart this month.
Cards: Nine of Swords Reversed, Ace of Swords, Four of Wands, The Emperor Reversed, Five of Swords, Six of Swords
You’ve been worrying about something, Gemini. Something is gnawing at you and taking up a lot of space in your thoughts. You might be having sleepless nights or bad dreams, and you could be stressed about work or the future – how are you going to get where you want to go? You’ve put a lot of expectations on yourself to succeed. These worries could also be related to an authority figure in your life. Although not necessarily a man, this person has masculine qualities, and is somewhat dominant and controlling. You may see them as an obstacle. Look for an Aries who has plans and big ideas of their own – there might be a clashing of egos going on there.
Intellectually, you are bursting at the seams. You’ve got so many ideas and not enough time to work on all of them. You feel invigorated and ambitious. Perhaps you’ve met someone who challenges or stimulates you intellectually, and is a match for your wits. Don’t be afraid to loosen up a bit. You don’t always have to live in your head, and collaborating with others could be a way to resolve the tension/conflict of the Five of Swords, which denotes a power struggle. You may be feeling defensive or isolated. Remember that you do not have to juggle everything on your own, although you are skilled at doing so.
There may be celebrations coming up with friends or with family. Take advantage of these times to get out of your head and have fun. At the end of September, you will find yourself moving away from something that no longer serves you. It could have to do with pride, or irreconcilable differences with a boss/friend/significant other. Maybe you feel like your potential isn’t being put to work as much as it could be. You’re ready for another challenge. Just make sure that before you leave, you make peace with those who your decision affects.
Bottom of the deck: The Hanged Man. You may feel as though your hands are tied, and that something is boxing you in. Don’t panic. Sit in this state of suspension for a while. Let the tension work to hold you in the air, rather than letting it build up inside you. You might learn something from letting go.
Cards: Nine of Cups Reversed, Death Reversed, Eight of Wands, Four of Coins, The Hermit, Four of Cups, Ten of Swords, Seven of Swords, Four of Wands
You’ve got a full plate this month, Cancer. Nine cards came out for you, with three Major Arcana and all four elements represented. You started the month off dissatisfied, perhaps a bit heartbroken. There is something in your past which you put a lot of work into but which did not ultimately work out, and now with the Death card in reverse, you aren’t able to move past it. The urgency of the situation is emphasized by the Eight of Wands – there is something important beginning in your life, but if you are still hanging onto the past, this opportunity will whiz by you faster than you can catch up to it. There may be positive messages coming in from a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sag) at the beginning of the month.
There is definitely a theme of missed opportunities here. There is something waiting for you, begging to be seized, but which, for reasons of self-doubt, you do not take. What is that? The Hermit is the card of the Virgo. During this Virgo season, take some of that hardworking energy and swim, even if it’s against the tide, toward what you want. Otherwise you will be left like the Four of Cups, indulging your sorrows away and failing to see what is right in front of you – or what once was.
The Ten of Swords signals a rejuvenation of some sort. Perhaps the pain of losing that opportunity will propel you to steal back what’s rightfully yours. The Seven of Swords is the thief card. I see this as you finally taking charge: sending that text, making that move, taking that risk. Similarly to the other signs, you are set to receive a healthy dose of fire at the end of the month. For you, this will take the form of a celebration – perhaps of the achievement which resulted from that risk. Get out of your head and move, Cancer. The world can’t wait for you to act.
Bottom of the deck: The Magician. This message reads loud and clear: you’ve got all the elements at your disposal – don’t just stand there, do something!
Cards: Seven of Wands Reversed, Eight of Swords, Queen of Wands, Ten of Wands, Nine of Coins, The Emperor
With the Queen of Coins Reversed at the bottom of the deck, the main issue this month is one of self-worth. As Leos, you are notorious for your egos, but internally you can actually be the most sensitive of the signs, and small criticisms can really get to you. You may have started this month with the feeling that everyone is against you, or that you are disliked. Normally, you might feel defensive and fight back against these perceived criticisms. But for whatever reason, this month you have given up that fight. Perhaps the sun moving out of your sign and into Virgo has made you more self-critical and prone to perfectionism. However, it is important to remember that the whole world is not, in fact, against you. The Eight of Swords is self-imposed slavery – you are the only person in your way. There may also be issues with money this month. Toward the middle of the month you may find that a fellow fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sag) will encourage you to have more faith in yourself. Who do you know who is confident, ambitious, and bold? Look to them for inspiration.
This problem of self-worth is heavy, and it may be a burden you are used to carrying alone. This can be a very lonely battle. Reach out to loved ones for support. Rebuilding confidence after a hurtful situation can be hard work, but it is worth it. With the Nine of Coins, this insecurity could stem from loneliness, or feeling like you are unwanted by those who you love, especially in a romantic way. The way to regain this confidence is to define yourself not by your relationships to others, but by your relationship with yourself. The Nine of Coins is a person who is single, independent, happy, and free. She is focusing on her money (which by the end of the month will be flowing in), and that which she’s passionate about. By being confident on her own, she then attracts others who respect and admire her, and who match that power she holds. Toward the end of the month you may form a close relationship with an Aries.
The Queen of Coins Reversed could also denote an overarching conflict with an earth sign woman (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). Perhaps this person is the reason for your feelings of self-doubt. Reconciling this issue could be helpful in solving your problems.
Cards: Ten of Coins, The Lovers, The High Priestess, Six of Swords, Page of Swords, The Hermit
Virgo, I want to start this reading by saying this: don’t worry. You’re in a good place, and you don’t need to stress yourself out. You’ve done a great job of preparing yourself, and it’s going to pay off really soon, most likely in terms of money and grades. This month, it would be awesome to see you guys take that internal security as a green light to explore, and get out of the little burrow you’ve worked yourself into. I feel that you’re starting off the month from a place of stability in terms of love, as well. Either you’re in a committed relationship, or just very balanced within yourself. The nuances of love and self-love aren’t really on your mind at the beginning of September. But as the month progresses, you’re going to be called to question those ideas and your relationship to them. With the High Priestess card, you’ll be going into unknown spiritual territory. You may have been so focused recently on physical reality that when this spiritual questioning arrives, it feels very foreign. That High Priestess part of yourself might even seem like a stranger. Don’t be afraid. Embrace the uncertainty.
This is a very linear spread of cards, and it reads like a story. You start as the card at the bottom of the deck, The Fool, blissfully unaware or oblivious of some aspect of your life. Until now you have not had to question much. You might be the kind of person for whom relationships come easy and without much thought. But for whatever reason this month, you are finally having to ask yourself the big questions: who am I and what do I really want? This process of questioning will eventually lead to you walking away from a relationship, job, or general mindset which has stayed the same for quite a while. It’s scary, but you know in your gut that it’s the right choice, and you’re realizing the immense power you have within you. If it’s a relationship you’re leaving, it might be with a Gemini. After this transition, you’re going to have a new sense of identity – it is no coincidence that the last card in the spread is the Virgo card. There will be a sense of clarity, and you will be able to shine a light onto the events of the past few years, seeing them for what they really were. This month is all about perspective, and although there will be struggles, I think overall you’re going to enjoy this time of self-discovery.
Cards: Judgment Reversed, Five of Cups, Ace of Cups Reversed, Ten of Wands, Six of Cups, Page of Swords
Libra, I have this image of you running. Not beginning to run, not finishing the race, but running. There is a sense of infinity here, and a lack of finality. Something is dragging on so long that it feels as though it will never be over. I get the feeling this conflict has something to do with your home life, but it could be anything – mental health, a rough patch in a relationship, even writers’ block. Whatever it is, you are very much in the middle of it. You’ve been running for so long that you’ve reached this sort of meditative state, where the past and the future are contained in the present. What do I mean by that? This month, you may find yourself daydreaming of the past, or of simpler times, to get through whatever problem you are facing. Or, you could be prone to imagining the future as a way to “escape” your present circumstances. Just as the body has strategies of self-preservation during a workout, like breaking down sugars and pumping blood faster, your soul is trying in various ways to cope – and one way we cope with pain is by putting our mind someplace else. I feel like a lot of you are doing this at the moment.
So, let’s talk about all these cups. You are an air sign, represented in tarot by the suit of swords. I interpret the presence of cups in this reading as a sign that you are trying with all your might to be compassionate, but it is just not yielding the results you need. You are trying to be softer, to be understanding, but in the end all it’s doing is draining you. And you’ve only got so many cups of that energy left to give. You may also be dealing with a water sign (Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio), and trying to communicate with them in a way you think they’ll understand, but which feels foreign to you. It’s like trying to write a novel in a language you don’t speak. The Ten of Wands is a brief experiment in fire. Perhaps during the middle of the month you will act violently or aggressively out of desperation and then immediately regret it. This tendency to try on different identities this month could stem from a yearning to be accepted by your peers. As a Libra, you are impartial and objective by nature, and when friends or family are experiencing a perceived injustice, it can be annoying for someone to insist on “seeing both sides.” But by the end of the month, you will realize that it is no use trying to be something you’re not in order to please others. Your power is your ability to see both sides, and it is a renewable, inherent source of energy that will allow you to get to the finish line of this seemingly endless journey.
Bottom of the deck: Ace of Swords
Cards: Nine of Wands, Five of Wands, King of Cups Reversed, The Fool, Four of Cups, Seven of Wands Reversed
Scorpio, you are in fighting mode. September starts with you in a war, maybe against a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sag), for territory or attention. I feel as though you both want to prove that you’re in the right and the other’s in the wrong. You’ve got secrecy on your side, and the other person is constantly confused as to what you’ll do next. But I think you might’ve overestimated your opponent. Toward the middle of the month, don’t be surprised if they drop out of the race. If this was a conflict in the context of a romantic relationship, you might have scared this person away. Perhaps you thought they were just as intense as you, but once you got together you realized they were more bark than bite. So they flee, and you’re left feeling like you overstepped some kind of line, a feeling that I think you guys are very familiar with. Lorde’s a Scorpio; she said it the best: it’s feeling like you’re too much, like you make people “wild” and then make them leave you. And this whole situation is just sending you into a spiral of emotions. I think there’s a lot of brooding going on, mulling over decisions you’ve made, feeling angry, confused, sad. There’s definitely a feeling like you ruined an opportunity. You’re withdrawn. You’re not looking at what could be, but instead at what could have been. And then there’s the Seven of Wands, which is just so pessimistic. Giving up. Don’t do that!
The bottom of the deck is the Ten of Wands. This fits so seamlessly with that feeling of being a liability: you feel as though you just have so much baggage and you’re tired of carrying it all by yourself, but giving it to someone else hasn’t worked either. But there is a light. There is something good amid all this darkness. You’ve got so much fire this month, and I almost feel like the cards are telling you to burn that baggage. Write down all the things that hurt and throw them into a fire or something. Be done with it. End with a bang. And let the light that those things make show you where to go next.
Cards: The Sun, Page of Coins, Ace of Coins Reversed, The High Priestess Reversed, Ace of Cups, Justice
Alright, Sagittarius, so things are going well. It’s such a blessing to start off a reading with any major arcana, let alone the Sun. I love this energy, the playfulness of it, and I know you love it too, because of how much you crave freedom. You’ve been exploring a lot recently, whether that’s through travel or just learning new things, reading, etc. And that’s great! But I feel as though something is a little bit off. There are issues you might be overlooking. While you’ve been off on this exploration, things have been shifting, and I think there’s going to be a rude awakening when you come back to reality.
The High Priestess in reverse tells me that someone in your life who you respect might be raising an eyebrow at your behavior and perceiving you as a bit childish. You guys love truth and wisdom, and you’ll go to great lengths to get it. But I think there might be too much of an emphasis on big ideas and not enough on details right now. Sometimes the truth is more subtle, and finding it is not always an adventure. Sometimes it’s slowing down and being calm and observant which helps you find what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re in a class, or a job, that feels too easy for you. You’re kind of looking at the material or the work and thinking, “why am I even here?” You feel like you’re being put back in square one when, on the inside, you’re way ahead of the crowd. This could apply to love, as well. Perhaps you’re in a relationship that feels too easy or “safe,” because you’ve become used to a sort of reckless, passionate idea of love, and you feel as though you’ve “seen it all.” If that’s the case, I’ll tell you something a wise person once told me: “Oftentimes a great relationship happens when two people don’t need each other. They just enjoy each other’s company.” This softer, easier side of love might seem elementary to you, but there actually could be quite a lot to learn. There is a process of humbling here, of realizing nuance, and it could very well involve a Libra.
Bottom of the deck: Knight of Cups Reversed. Be careful that you’re not being manipulative, Sagittarius. This goes along with your need for adventure. I get the feeling you might be making problems for yourself in order to legitimize your relationships as “real.” But in doing this, you could be hurting the other people involved.
Cards: The Tower Reversed, Page of Coins Reversed, The Sun, The Fool, Queen of Swords, The Hermit
Capricorns, I love you guys. You’re scared, and so am I, since I’m a Capricorn moon. I’m in this with you. We shudder at instability and vulnerability. We shield ourselves, we self-deprecate before anyone else can even think of a way to make fun of us, we build walls – anything to outsmart the enemy. But these cards have got me thinking…who even is the enemy? I think we’ve spent so long protecting ourselves that many of us have forgotten from what. Sure, we might have examples of people who have betrayed us in the past, but are those people really the enemies? They can’t hurt us anymore. What apocalypse are we so desperately planning for?
The answer is: there isn’t one. At least not outside of our own heads. The Page of Coins is a sign that life is changing, whether we want it to or not – we are growing up into Knights and Kings and Queens. Our values are shifting. Our whole perception of risk is being revolutionized. And I think this is where the Leo comes in. The Sun card indicates a person who is so, totally unafraid, it’s infectious. Leos are performers, the inner children of the zodiac – so it makes sense we should gravitate to them when we’re scared of growing up. I see this experience with Leo energy as constructive rather than destructive. Everyone’s gotta be the fool once in their life (or twice, or three times…). This is so beautiful for you guys, because it’s courage. And you’re gonna gain wisdom from this, because who’s on the other side of The Fool? The Queen of Swords. I think in some ways you guys are an example of the book smart vs. street smart idea. You are deeply intelligent people, but you don’t often put yourself in situations which require quick thinking or being on your feet. This experience with the Leo and the risk is going to instill some of that quick, air energy in you. I really feel like this month you could be performing in some way, or public speaking. Have you been wanting to audition or try something out, but have been too scared to do it? Now is the perfect time. Of course, after you’ve had this little excursion, you’ll inevitably go back into your shell, but hopefully this time you will have some new knowledge to chew on, and a boost in confidence, as well. It’s time to live a little.
Bottom of the deck: Four of Swords. The meditation card. A confirmation of The Hermit card at the end of the reading, and the reflection which comes after this risk.
Cards: Knight of Coins, Ace of Swords, The Chariot Reversed, King of Coins Reversed, The Star Reversed, Knight of Wands
There are a lot of opposites in this reading, Aquarius. You may be experiencing an inner conflict, or feeling “split down the middle” in terms of mood. The Ace of Swords rooted down by the Star card reversed indicates to me that there is a disconnect between how people see you and how you really are, or between how you’re acting and how you’re feeling. Perhaps you don’t feel like yourself, or are “spacier” than usual – stuck in your head, pondering, overthinking. You may even be feeling a bit desensitized, or numb. This could be due to dissatisfaction with your job or with school. The Knight of Coins combined with the King of Coins reversed indicates that although you may be earning plenty of money, your heart is not in it. You might feel overwhelmed by your classes, or just plain uninterested in what you’re learning. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing poorly – in fact, I think a lot of you are doing quite well in school – but due to stress or unhappiness, you’re not able to enjoy your accomplishments, and they feel like hollow victories.
This lack of motivation/enthusiasm could stem from ongoing problems in other areas of your life. As Aquarians, it is very important to you to be able to connect with others, and to feel like you’re part of a community. There could be problems with relationships, whether it’s with a significant other or with friends or family. There might be a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sag) in your life who is contributing to this, and making it hard for you to appreciate the positive aspects of your life. I feel that you might be surrounding yourself or engaging with people who don’t have the same values as you, who don’t share your passion or your creativity, and that’s what’s keeping you stuck in this rut. With the Nine of Swords at the bottom of the deck, you are definitely dealing with some negative, pessimistic people, and that’s filtering the way you look at the world. This is also a card of weariness. Have there been issues in your life which have worn you down? Do you feel as if, even though the school year is just beginning, you’re already at the end of your rope? For seniors, this could indicate some early-onset “senioritis.” This month, try to surround yourself with people who are motivated and enthusiastic about the year to come, and reach out to them for help if you feel stressed or overwhelmed. I would also suggest getting outside. Do anything you can to ground yourself in nature, whether it’s swimming while it’s still warm, or just going for a walk. Some earth energy might do you good.
Cards: Two of Cups, The Emperor, Three of Cups Reversed, The Magician Reversed, Knight of Coins Reversed, Temperance, Queen of Wands
Pisces, I need to tell you this: don’t give up on something good just because things are getting rough. There is something beautiful that you have in your possession, something hopeful, something harmonious. I want it to work out and I know it can. But you can’t let other people get in the way. There are going to be people this month who will try to sabotage you and get under your skin. The Three of Cups Reversed is gossip, lies, pettiness. It’s people devaluing your work, or devaluing your ideas, or devaluing your relationship. And it’s making you feel powerless. It’s making you doubt yourself and wonder if they’re right and you should just throw it all away. Don’t listen to them. Your ideas, your work, your relationship is not weak. It is held up by something powerful and strong: that Aries, Emperor energy that is all about beginnings. You’ve been given a good start by the universe. Take that energy and run with it while you can. Don’t doubt or save, because at the bottom of the deck is the Four of Cups, the card of missed opportunities. Be careful not to get lazy, Pisces. Knight of Coins Reversed is like that friend who complains about not having money but who hasn’t ever applied for a job. Love, school, work – these are all hard things, but they pay off, and you’ve got something good going. So keep going.
There might be a Sagittarius woman who inspires you. She is able to manifest the things she wants without appearing to exert much energy. Talk to her. Let her know you’re feeling stuck, and ask for help. Perhaps she can help you get back on track if you feel yourself falling behind.