If you feel your regular tarot practice has become a little stale or boring, here’s a new way how you can spice up your tarot readings – simply add some divination add-ons like the ones you can see on the pic above.
While I’ve created just eight cards, you can add more prompts, such as
From your selection of divination add-ons, choose specific card pairs like yes/no, or draw random cards to create a spread.
Be resourceful with your cardstock – I’ve used a colourful cardboard box of paper tissues, which would have otherwise been thrown away. Upcycling rather than buying new.
I also decided to try my hand-lettering and doodling skills – not that brilliant, but I like it!
If you would like to download my version of the cards, hop over to my Patreon (more info on membership HERE).
In the meantime, check out my video for more ideas:
Let me know, how my divination add-ons spice up your tarot readings. I’d love to hear from you 🙂
The Emperor in the Tarot (key 4 in the Major Arcana) is our planet’s year card for 2020 based on numerology (2+0+2+0 = 4).
This card symbolises power and control issues in both beneficial and challenging ways.
For many people, the world has become an unsettling place – fascist leaders taking control, inequality, rise in crime, radical climate change activism, environmental catastrophes around the world, the sheer volume of plastic waste, unsustainable consumption, war in the Middle East, fake news, political corruption and gaslighting…
Since then, our heads have been spinning caused by a dazzling speed of change beyond our control.
But 2020 is the year of the Emperor – a reminder we need to step back into our power and become leaders of light and hope in our families, communities, at work, in our relationships and also for ourselves.
This means we have to get fully engaged with the world, get active, speak up and debate, join and support groups to contribute towards making a difference.
Taking responsibility that we are all to blame for the state of the world, and now it’s time to make amends by radically changing our ways.
The Emperor has a vision of where he wants to be in the future. He is passionate, ambitious, driven and doesn’t shy away from confrontation.
He is in control by making plans and getting organised.
He is creating a solid foundation – a springboard – from which he can progress, move forward and grow.
At a global level during 2020, we will see more people questioning old structures and institutions (Meghan and Harry, Iran protests…). This will continue into 2021, the year of the Hierophant.
There will be power struggles between governments and new grassroot movements demanding change.
The dark side of the Emperor will show up, and we have to face it head on: narcissism and control issues.
Look at neo-fascist populist leaders taking control all over the world by spreading misinformation and character assassinations on a global scale through social media.
The population is being controlled by lack of funding for education. The government doesn’t want our children to become digitally intelligent. This would expose government’s lies and damage their power.
We have to take education (including critical thinking and fact-checking) in our own hands.
The Emperor is linked to the zodiac sign Aries – what will be started, may not necessarily come to a conclusion.
Projects borne out of passion or anger may be aborted midway due to intense emotions diminishing, lack of interest, energy, a short attention span.
Without a good plan and preparation, even the best intentions and ideas despite enthusiasm may not lead to anything and just dissipate.
I’m watching the Labour leadership election and development of Extinction Rebellion with the Emperor in mind. How is the Emperor energy reflected in your part of the world?
The Emperor is this year’s global year card, which means that while this masculine, yang energy has a strong influence on our personal lives, it also works combined with our personal year cards.
The global year card represents our external influences – opportunities and challenges, global events and developments we cannot control.
Our personal year card represents internal energy – strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, beliefs, values, choices, desires, our actions and responses to global year card energies.
How does your personal year card interact with the current global year card?
Take these three steps to start exploring:
1. What’s your first impression when looking at both cards together?
2. What element/s are represented? (earth, air, fire, water…)
3. What astrological correspondences? (planets, zodiac)
Elements and astrological correspondences can give you an indication, whether your combination is friendly, supportive, neutral, conflicting or challenging.
You can then explore how to harness, resolve and align these energies to your advantage.
Pluto is one of the three modern planets discovered in 1930, and it was later added to the Tarot as the ruling planet for Judgement.
Together with Mars, it is one of Scorpio’s ruling planets, so in the Tarot it is also linked to Death, the zodiac card for Scorpio.
Pluto in the Tarot is not associated with any Minor Arcana cards, which have all been assigned to the traditional seven planets.
While all planets represent gods, Pluto is the God of the Underworld, so it makes sense that it is now linked to Scorpio and Death.
The energy of Pluto is that of transformation, regeneration, letting go as well as the unconscious.
It is associated with sexuality, physical and spiritual birth, with death and resurrection.
Pluto nudges us to confront our – and nature’s – darker, more instinctive side.
Pluto energy offers us psychological insight and the ability to heal and regenerate.
On the other hand, it can generate obsessive compulsive tendencies.
So what does this all mean for Judgement and Death in the Tarot?
“I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray But when I woke up this mornin’, could’ve sworn it was judgment day The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere Tryin’ to run from the destruction, you know I didn’t even care…” – Prince, 1999
Pluto’s influence on Judgement suggests the ability and necessity to let go of old patterns and baggage in order to move on.
After all, a change of direction is an ending, just like putting closure on a situation by having learned a lesson or practicing forgiveness.
Pluto’s influence on Death suggests the need for detachment, a rite of passage, an emotionally painful transition, resurrection.
Both cards remind me of the rise of the Phoenix from the ashes, endings and new beginnings, but while Judgement’s ending feels more upbeat and the rise is imminent, Death’s ending is lingering and comes together with Scorpio’s sting in its tail – ouch.
If both cards were present in a reading, it can suggest the transformative nature of Pluto intensified and a sense of upheaval, life being turned upside down as a result of external events or decisions being made.
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How can I align with my higher self/authentic self?
What does my soul need right now to evolve?
How to harness the power of the Lion’s Gate?
The best thing to do is to take some time out to go inwards.
Unplug from devices and social media.
Meditate. This can involve the classic meditation of sitting still with your eyes closed, but you could also take an evening stroll through the local park or forest. Time out in nature helps to calm down an overactive, over-stimulated mind.
Take a relaxing bath.
Meditate on the Strength card. Focus on where in your life you want to activate your empowerment, passion, creativity and resilience.
But on its own it also offers lots of insight into how the cards and their meanings are influenced by the planetary energies – and how you can make the most of this knowledge in your readings.
In this 22-page downloadable PDF we explore all the cards linked to planets with excercises and activities to help you make sense of the complex associations and apply them in a practical way without new age or away-with-the-fairies jargon.
The aim of this workbook is to help you understand rather than just memorise card meanings on a deeper level, so you can gain new wisdom from the Tarot to guide you further on your spiritual journey.
There are two ways you can get hold of Planets in the Tarot:
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