2019 Tarotscope

December 31, 2018

2 card spread with the Lioness Oracle Tarot

2019 tarotscope

(Author’s note: prior to this reading I burned some Smokey Spells palo santo incense and swear on each and every tarot deck I own that it charged the room with actual magic.)


Welcome to the first Smokey Spells/Folkloracle collaboration! Dawn from Folkloracle Tarot here and I am so honored to provide this 2019 Tarotscope for you.


To capture the energies at play as we teeter on the precipice between 2018 and 2019, I chose to do a 2-card reading (using the Lioness Oracle Tarot) that would take us right to the heart of the matter: outgoing energy for 2018 and incoming energy for 2019. 100% transparency: this reading gave me actual goosebumps.

Outgoing Energy for 2018: the High Priestess
Incoming Energy for 2019: Six of Swords

First let’s look at the outgoing energy of 2018: the High Priestess.

the high priestess tarot card

Aligned with the moon, the High Priestess embodies intuition, insight, and wisdom. She is the keeper of ancient mysteries and esoteric knowledge. She not only minds the doorway to the secrets of the universe, she sits at the threshold and holds the key. The High Priestess calls us to look within for guidance, to mine our own psyches for answers rather than seek this knowledge outside of ourselves.

With the appearance of this card, I can’t help but reflect on 2018 as the Year of the Woman and how that relates to the High Priestess, an archetype of the Divine Feminine. The High Priestess is a major arcana card, more complex and allegorical than the minor arcana, which represent our day-to-day lives. In a nutshell, the High Priestess heralds a paradigm shift.


While 2018 saw many wins for women, it also demanded so much from us and of us (everyone, not just women). It took a lot of inner work and strength to get through this year and lead us each to where we now are.


{Let’s pause briefly so you can take a moment to be with yourself where you are at right now. Wherever that is, it’s perfect and I love you.}


2018 led us to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place in the world, now and throughout history. We witnessed women rising up together, supporting each other, finding strength and sharing it with others. This was mirrored in my own life this year, to be sure.


Let’s be real though: 2018 was kind of brutal. It challenged us to look at ourselves in ways many of us never had -- which required a willingness to acknowledge and accept the dark parts of ourselves and others. The concept of “darkness” as evil or bad has been around for millennia but I like to think of this inner darkness -- over which the High Priestess presides -- as a place where our most precious secrets are kept and protected until they are ready to be revealed.


Someone I loved once gave me a box of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.
~ Mary Oliver, “The Uses of Sorrow”

Growth begins in darkness. The growth that occurred in 2018 -- and I’m talking collectively -- was inspiring. Making positive change occur in a year that could perhaps be best described as a bit of a shit show took strength, endurance, fortitude, dedication, and courage. It’s easy to wallow and complain; ascending and transforming is hard work. But let’s not forget: shit is a fertilizer. It may be yucky and unpleasant, but it is required for growth.


Now for the Six of Swords.

6 of swords tarot card

Swords are ruled by the element of air and align with the mind. This includes our thoughts, ideas, beliefs, logic, reason, and communication. It is also a suit of action and swiftness - being “sharp,” if you will. If this energy becomes unbalanced it can lead to anxiety, depression, and mental anguish.

Six, obviously, comes after five. In the tarot, fives are generally rather unpleasant cards representing devastating circumstances across each suit. Sixes, however, tend to signal a respite, a cooling off period, a break from whatever tragedy or pain the fives hath wrought.


The Six of Swords acknowledges that trauma and suffering (likely mental) have occurred. While the wounds may still be painful and likely need more time to heal, an energetic shift has occurred, bringing relief and allowing a glimpse of the Bigger Picture.


When we arrive at the Six of Swords, it is a time to look back and reflect on what we’ve endured and what we’ve learned from a place of comfort and healing. We can take a breath and center ourselves, knowing that we’ve moved forward and are headed in a new direction.


The High Priestess led us on a journey through darkness and bestowed upon us gifts of illumination and insight. We have begun to imagine, envision, and build the world we want to live in. We know how to trust ourselves and each other. We have the ability to move forward with new perspective and new ideas.


Now is the time to consider how we will use this newfound knowledge and perspective -- like a sword, it is a responsibility.


As we go forth into the new year, how we wield our sword is up to us. Let’s use it to cut through lies and sever ties with that which no longer serves. Knowledge is power, but wisdom is a choice.


May 2019 bring abundance, fulfillment, and fierceness to all. Happy New Year!

About the Author

Dawn Frary, founder of Folkloracle Tarot, is a tarot reader, photographer and wildlife educator based in Iowa City, Iowa.

As a lifelong student of mysticism and the occult, I’ve studied tarot for over twenty years and seek to make it accessible to everyone, regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs. I firmly believe anyone can apply the wisdom of the tarot to their lives while remaining grounded in reality and use that wisdom to craft a future based on a solid foundation of intuition, will, confidence, and, ultimately, an unshakable belief in oneself.

You can book a personal reading and find out more on her website: Folkloracle Tarot Be sure to follow along on Instagram: @folkloracle





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