The Tarot Forecast

By Naomi Westwater for Boston Compass (#122)

April 14, 2020


The Tarot Forecast is a look at the month ahead in a tarot spread. For April, I pulled The IV of Cups. Cups represent water and our emotions. The IV of Cups is a card of apathy and greed. You may be feeling very disconnected and discontent with your life right now. While that’s understandable, if your focus is on what you don’t have, you will always feel like you never have enough. Are you taking for granted the goodness in your life? Stop that. Check in with yourself. Greed is an emotion that is not logical. The IV of Cups is asking you: When is the last time you took a moment to be thankful for what you have? What in your life are you ignoring because you are focusing on what you lack? The antidote to greed? Sharing.

The full pink moon is on Tuesday, April 7th, and for the full moon I pulled The Hermit. The Hermit is here to remind us that there is a fine line between solitude and isolation. There is so much beauty in solitude, especially in our plugged-in, overly-connected world. Being at home alone and on Instagram is not true solitude. Find moments during this full moon for genuine solitude. Moments where you sit in silence with your phone turned off; a walk around your neighborhood without your headphones on. True solitude, like meditation, is a spiritual practice —it takes patience and effort. On the flip side, The Hermit can also represent the negative things that happen when we spend too much time alone. Are you feeling socially isolated right now? Do you know the difference between being alone and being lonely? These are not the same. Loneliness is an emotion that can trigger depression and sadness. How can you find ways to practice solitude without alienating yourself from your community?

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For the new moon on April 22nd, I pulled The Page of Pentacles. There are four Pages in the tarot, often called Daughters in modern decks. They are a part of the court cards and represent a person in your life or an aspect of your personality. The Page of Pentacles is connected to earth energy and work. This is a personality who is responsible, hardworking, and humble. During the new moon, The Page of Pentacles is asking you: What work can you do to be supportive and kind to those around you? This card is asking us all to not take the spotlight away from those who truly need it. Sometimes you need to be behind the scenes to do the most efficient work. When The Page of Pentacles is out of touch, the energy of the card can become lazy or disconnected from self. Try spending some time in nature if you need to recharge. Be open to answers on how you can humbly be of service.

A final card for guidance: Temperance. When I pulled this card, I asked, “What does the world need?” Temperance responded with healing and renewal. Temperance is asking us all to show up with grace and sobriety right now, in this very moment, for the world. Because our world is on fire! We are inflamed with climate change, tumult, and disease. So we must react now with calm, tempered healing. Depicted on the Temperance card is a person mixing fire and water. How do you mix fire with water? With balance, and with care. Temperance is about taking the extremes of life and bringing them into harmony with one another. In times of chaos and discord, we must come together —meet at the center, for that is where transformation and healing will begin. Balancing fire and water is complex and takes patience and skill. How can you blend the polarizing components of your world to live in balance? What small thing can you do everyday to create and promote equity? Temperance is here as a guide to find meaning in your life. Because when you master the ability to mix fire and water to make compromise, you will find meaning.

—Naomi Westwater is a witch and musician based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Follow her music and tarot @naomiwestwater

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