The Tarot

Spring, 2022 / No. 48
Kara Pyle

Need a message from the universe right now? Here are some oracular offerings from the tarot to help.

Aries (March 21–April 19): The past is your teacher these days, Aries. The Queen of Cups encourages you to get nostalgic for the times you’ve had. Be tender to yourself even when memories feel bittersweet. Reflecting on where you’ve been is your key to deciding where you want to go next.

Taurus (April 20–May 20): You’re at a time in your life where so many things feel possible that it’s not always easy to know what to focus on first. The Magician card reminds you that you will make good of whatever path you choose. Let yourself play and experiment more often in the weeks to come. You’ll soon learn the depth of your capabilities. 

Gemini (May 21–June 20): If you could give in to your brightest, wildest, boldest idea, what would you do, Gemini? What would you create? What would you reveal about yourself to the world? The Eight of Wands reminds you that your capacity for inspiration is your superpower. It’s time to give in to your creative impulses like never before. 

Cancer (June 21–July 22): I had a friend who had an interesting way of making decisions. She would ask herself, “Does it make me feel rich?” If the answer was yes, the decision was a go. The Nine of Pentacles suggests that you might have fun with a similar approach, Cancer. Are the things you’re saying yes to adding to your life or draining the fun out of it?

Leo (July 23–August 22): Quiet time is quality time these days, Leo. The Four of Swords urges you to give your mind a rest. Put up whatever boundaries you need right now and beware of commitments that pull you in all directions at once. It’s not your job to keep the world turning. 

Virgo (August 23–September 22): The Queen of Wands asks you to take charge of your path, even if it feels a bit risky sometimes. Stop worrying about whether every choice you’re making is the “right” one. You don’t need to have every detail worked out before you can make a move, and it’s not realistic to expect guaranteed success every time you go out on a limb. What calls to you has your attention for a reason. Answer it.

Libra (September 23–October 22): Let go of the guilt, Libra, especially when it comes to taking time for yourself. Work on your art, write more poetry, or take that class you’ve been considering. Not everything you do has to be in service to someone else, and not every moment of your day has to feel productive. The Knight of Cups says it’s time to make more room in your life for things that are just for you.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21): The Ace of Wands suggests that it’s time to seek out new experiences, Scorpio. Don’t feel the need to stay stuck on old ideas of who you thought you were going to be. An unexpected path is calling to you. Don’t feel the need to explain a thing if anyone questions it—as long as you’re being true to yourself, you’re exactly where you need to be right now.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Patience pays off. That’s the message the King of Pentacles offers to you, Sagittarius. What big dream of yours requires more time to cook? Where are you playing the long game right now? Don’t let go of something just because it’s not happening as quickly as you want it to. You’ve planted the seeds, and the harvest will come, even if you can’t always see what’s growing beneath the surface yet. 

Capricorn (December 22–January 19): I know that when you commit to something, you like to go all in. Which is great, until it’s time to quit—and that’s where you tend to run into trouble. The Death card is your ally right now, Capricorn: endings are its expertise. Let this be a reminder to you that jobs, relationships, and other obligations all have life cycles, too. If something is no longer feeling alive to you, you have permission to lay it to rest.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18): You don’t have to be just one thing, Aquarius. The Temperance card invites you to make space for all of the different ways you want to live your life each day. You’re not here to conform to a single vision or path but instead to find ways to merge all of your ideas into one grand experience. 

Pisces (February 19–March 20): Whatever has knocked your confidence in the past is losing its power in your life, Pisces. The Six of Wands shows you’re moving into a time where it’s imperative that you brush yourself off and keep moving. The world needs your words and wisdom. You have advice people can rely on and a presence that is needed. Show up for yourself and others will follow your lead.

Liz Worth is a tarot reader and the author of seven books, including The Power of Tarot. Her writing has appeared in Flare, Chatelaine, and the Globe and Mail. She runs an online tarot school. Last updated spring, 2022.