For the first of my monthly readings, I used the Shadowscapes Tarot, the deck I used for this week's reading, as well. I was aiming for a 10-card spread, but as you can see, there are 11. The 11th card is what we call a "jumper," or a card that leapt from the deck during shuffling.
Sometimes, a card will escape from my hands during the shuffling process, but it's not always a "jumper." I usually classify a jumper as one that inexplicably separated from the deck rather than a card or cards that fell out due to my poor shuffling method. It's also an indicator, to me, that the deck has arrived at its proper configuration for the reading and doesn't need to be shuffled anymore.
For the month of May in 2018, the cards are:
- Physical Health: Four of Wands (reversed)
- Spiritual Health: Strength
- Mental Health: The Hermit
- Career: Queen of Pentacles
- Romance: Queen of Swords (reversed)
- Home: The Emperor (reversed)
- Expectations: The Chariot (reversed)
- Other People: Five of Cups
- Successes: The Wheel of Fortune (reversed)
- Outcome: Three of Wands
- Jumper/Overall Tone: Seven of Cups
Usually, when there are this many reversals, I worry I've flipped my deck upside-down somehow, but it's a pretty even split between reversed and upright. Given that factor of this reading, I'd say the month of May is looking to be rather tumultuous.
Physical Health: Four of Wands (reversed)
Physical limitations are evident this month, possibly due to the sudden weather change. This will affect vitality and endurance. You won't feel the energy to do much from within, so you'll need to seek it from without to get things done in the physical realm in May. Spend time outside and let the sun help you out. Look for opportunities to be active with others; the gazelle-like creatures in the image are together, so find a group to help motivate you.
Spiritual Health: Strength
Not only will you find your will strong this month, but you'll find it easy to be strong for others. The woman and the lion are a pair, with the swan and two cats finding support and protection with them. Use the strength you have to draw motivation and action from in your daily routine. You may also find your spirituality strengthened, whether that be secular or religious. Know that you are on the right path and can be strong in your convictions.
Mental Health: The Hermit
You need some time alone this month with your thoughts to get things in order. While seeking a group for physical activity might be necessary, activities of the mind should be undertaken in solitude. Where the Four of Wands and Strength draw their power from the sun, the Hermit looks to the moon for reassurance. Your most productive mental time may be at night this month, when temperatures are cooler and (most of) you don't need to be at work.
Career: Queen of Pentacles
Nurturing your prosperity will come easily this month, and you'll find a strong foundation from which to build success. You'll also have opportunities to be generous, so please take them and share your wealth with others, be it monetary or otherwise. The Queen of Pentacles fosters stability and reliability, so take advantage of this month's career strength to really shine and get some good work done.
Romance: Queen of Swords (reversed)
You're not going to want to be alone this month with regards to romance. If you're in a committed relationship, you'll want to spend more time with your significant other; if you're single, you'll be looking to find someone. Remember to balance expectations and don't overburden your partner with neediness. You'll also want to be wary of any hidden agendas on your partner's part, as your judgment in the realm of romance will be off this month.
Home: The Emperor (reversed)
While your career is under control this month, your home is not. You may find yourself focusing too much on thing outside the home, which will result in a bit of a mess if not addressed. Don't neglect your hearth or your family in pursuit of financial success, and don't be afraid to exert a little authority to make sure things are getting done.
Expectations: The Chariot (reversed)
Things are not moving at the pace you want them to be. You'll find yourself impatient with yourself and others often this month, whether it's warranted or not. Take a breath and recognize that you may be expecting too much from yourself and the people around you.
Other People: Five of Cups
You may feel judged or surrounded this month, like the fish in the bowl the woman is holding. Know you aren't trapped by the assumptions of others and have every opportunity to jump out of that bowl into the ocean below. Don't let the eyes of others influence your behavior.
Successes: The Wheel of Fortune (reversed)
Apart from things not moving as quickly as you desire them to, you'll find success isn't coming as quickly, either. Head back to the drawing board to understand exactly what you need to bring yourself the success you desire, or just accept that your project isn't finished and needs more time on its journey to be completed.
Outcome: Three of Wands
Ultimately, this month is about embarking on new journeys and exploring new ways to accomplish your goals. Don't let anything small get in your way, but don't forget to take care of yourself, either. It is just as important to complete the journey as it is to experience everything along the way.
May 2018 is going to feel like a bit of a lost cause, even if you do accomplish things you desire. You can see your goal clearly on the horizon, but you can't decide how you're going to get there. The lesson you need to internalize is that the journey is just as important as the destination, and you'll need to accept your experiences as being significant rather than waving them off as bumps in the road. It may take longer than you expect to reach your goal, and you probably won't get there this month, but you'll learn a lot along the way.
This spread isn't the same as the Celtic Cross I offer, but it is a great example of the kind of in-depth explanation a 10-card reading gets you. Remember, a reading for an entire month with no one in particular as the subject isn't going to be as specific as one for a singular person with a singular query. If you're interested in what your May is going to be like just for you, I would encourage you to buy a 10-card Celtic Cross reading.
Thank you so much for reading, and if this resonated with you (or didn't), I would love to hear about it in the comments below!