August is Upon Us!


These cards look a little scary at first glance, and they can be!


August is an 8 month, and we are in a 5 year. 8 + 5 = 13. For centuries people have hailed 13 as a number of bad luck. I am not sure who decided that Death would be the thirteenth card of the Tarot. Did the fear of the number 13 come first, or did the Death card come first? Who knows?


If you break 13 down, 1 + 3 = 4. And here we have the Emperor card.


At first glance, you may think the Tarot is predicting the death of someone in power. I am not saying this is not a possible interpretation of this combination, but I am going to bypass that interpretation for now. It would not hurt to send the energy of Divine Light to all those in positions of power or to those who find themselves in charge in some way. I always send Divine Love and Light to bring about the highest and best outcome for the benefit of everyone concerned and then leave the details up to the Divine.


Let's put that aside for now and think about other possible meanings for the Death card. Traditionally I do not necessarily associate the Death card with a physical death, although that certainly can be a possibility. Death is the ending of one phase of existence and the birth to a whole new experience of consciousness beyond what is known in this realm. The Emperor is a card of rulership, yes, but also a card of responsibility, organization, power, structure, and rules. If we have Death and the Emperor together, maybe Spirit and the Tarot are calling us to shift the way we do things. Maybe some of our rules and regulations are outdated and in need of a transformation into a more evolved and aware way of living our lives.


Is the way you are living your life working?


Is there something in your life that is in need of a transformation? Perhaps this is the month to change the way you do things. Maybe it is time to leave a portion of your life behind that is not working.