As the days become shorter and more starved of sunlight, we settle into a new dance with the darkness that will last throughout the winter. These brief days and long nights require us to fortify ourselves from within. At first, we see just forms in the distance, too dark for us to understand, but as our eyes adjust we learn to see by the moon that we know more than we think, and that our path unfolds before us.

How we move forward: Ace of Swords

There has been a sound you hear in your mind, small and sharp and buried in a symphony of thoughts that have become discordant lately. This week, you become the conductor, isolating that sound until it is clear and true and recognizable. The Ace of Swords is a sign of clarity, of truth, and of wisdom, cutting through the noise. Listen to that sound and command it to ring out–you are in control of the song.

What we embrace: 7 of Cups

What is real, and what is an illusion? The 7 of Cups is a card of fantasy, underlining the tension between our dreams and our reality, and the choices that bridge the two. It’s time to gaze into your gauzy dreamscapes and ask yourself what parts of your imagination do you want to bring to life?

Facing our fears: Blue Heron

Heron medicine is an act of self-discovery, of plumbing the depths of your own darkness to expose the coldest parts of yourself to the light. To move forward you must first turn your gaze inward, examining yourself with equal parts humility, honesty, and compassion. Use what you find there to guide you towards realizing your true potential.

Preparing for what is to come: 6 of Pentacles 

As you ask yourself who you are and what you need, you may find an imbalance of what you have been receiving and what you have been giving away. Recognize feelings of neglect, of not being appreciated in the way you deserve, or even of your own unrealistic expectations, and make your adjustments wisely. Investments in yourself will always pay dividends.


Tarot decks used:

Small Spells, by Rachel Howe

Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson