Use Your Best Judgment | Weekly Tarot Reading | 8/8 - 8/14 - Cosmic Updates

Use Your Best Judgment | Weekly Tarot Reading | 8/8 – 8/14

Hello, Tarot Friends, 

Your reading this week is all about discernment and rooting yourself in supportive situations. 

And you’re going to need this clarity, because the next step will be one that could take some courage. 

Luckily, everything is working in your favor, and even if there is some uncertainty, the overall excitement is what will pull you through to the other side. 

Your first card is a sign you will have a powerful and sobering encounter with the truth of a situation in your life. Let’s take a look. 

Card #1: Queen Of Swords | Sword Of Discernment

The Queen of Swords sits among the clouds, high above the earth. She represents objectivity, independence, and empathy. Her strength is her ability to see things from an unbiased perspective. 

The Queen of Swords possesses an interesting combination of attributes. She rules the air, which symbolizes the realm of ideas and the mind. As a result, she tends to be quick-witted, intelligent, and has a built in lie detector. 

However, the red ribbon on her left hand is a Victorian tassel, which tells us that the Queen of Swords is, in fact, a widow. 

As a result of losing her husband, she has an air of sadness, but also deep empathy for those who have experienced loss in their own lives. 

Her empathy balances and evens out her sharp intelligence. 

When this card arrives in a reading, you are being asked to become somewhat detached from your life circumstances, while still remaining connected enough to avoid becoming cold or heartless. 

In other words, take a step back from the drama, but don’t lose your humanity. 

You might see your life from a greater distance this week, where a higher perspective gives you insight into what needs to happen next. 

Instead of getting pulled into your emotions, or drawn toward the same old story lines, take a step back from troublesome situations in order to see life through a broader lens. 

Have you fooled yourself into thinking something would turn out the way you want, even though deep down you know it won’t?  

It could be that you’ve been playing along with someone or something without acknowledging it’s not really where you want to be. 

Look at the evidence, rather than merely following your emotions in the coming days. 

The Queen of Wands holds the sword of justice down the midline of her body. This is a reminder to listen to all sides of the story, and to balance your perspective. 

Even if you feel aligned with one perspective, it will be important to question your allegiances, and give due diligence in understanding the other side of things. 

It’s possible you already know someone who holds the energy of the Queen of Swords. This would be the type of person who has a piercing intelligence, and doesn’t get caught up in drama. 

This person could be a strong ally for you right now. So consider reaching out to someone who can be impartial in their assessment. 

Use this time to discern what’s working in your life, and what is getting in your way. Your next card is a sign to reconnect with something that has helped you in the past. Spending time with like-minded people could also be very soothing for your soul. 

Card #2: The Hierophant | True Teachers

The Hierophant is a symbol of tradition, ethics, and spiritual knowledge. This card tends to be about the conventional way of doing things. There are priceless lessons you can learn by paying attention to traditional ways and paths. 

These days, people on a spiritual or life journey often have a loose relationship with many different beliefs. They have been told by different teachers to follow their bliss, and to only listen to what resonates with them. 

While this is true, and certainly can provide a powerful kind of freedom, there is also wisdom in focusing on depth rather than breadth. 

When you believe something only when it suits you, and then have a totally different set of beliefs when it doesn’t, the lack of structure can get in the way of making progress. 

The Hierophant is a reminder to find qualified teachers, and to seek out traditions that offer tried and true ways of getting you where you want to go. 

This is a good time to connect with ideas and beliefs that feel bigger than just you. Concepts like truth, kindness, honesty, or seeking a larger understanding about reality can help you gain momentum. 

By building yourself a map, or inheriting a map from a belief system, you may lessen the tendency to veer from your path when things get hard. 

Creating lasting change in your life takes grit, but having a supportive community can make it a more joyful experience. 

This card is also about community. Finding like-minded people who have similar goals or understandings can be very supportive right now and help you gain perspective. 

This isn’t a call for you to give your power away to a teacher’s authority, or to relinquish your uniqueness to a group. 

Instead, it’s a reminder to seek knowledge that can come from old traditions and from teachers who have developed an area of interest to the level of mastery. 

You don’t have to become the same as the teacher, or even take on everything that they say. But they might have something for you that you may otherwise miss. 

Your next card is a sign that good things are coming your way. While you may still be in the planning or testing phase, you could be on the cusp of something fresh and exciting. 

Card #3: Three Of Wands | Building Momentum

The Three of Wands is all about exploration, expansion, and foresight. When this card arrives in a reading, you either have been, or will be, making plans for a future endeavor. 

The essence of this card is excitement. 

As you begin to look at the possibilities before you, don’t limit yourself by having a “my way or the highway” attitude. 

Instead, let yourself dream a little bit. 

You might have a clear sense of what you want next, but don’t rule out the “X’’ factor that could change things and send you in a direction that’s even better than what you were imagining. 

The excitement you feel could have a twinge of fear to it. This is good! It means you will be growing. 

The Three of Wands is a sign of expansion. So you could be stepping out into unexplored areas and doing something you haven’t done before. 

Considering your first card, something hasn’t been working, and life is asking you to use the sharp blade of the Queen of Swords to pinpoint where change needs to take place. 

Whatever that might be for you, it could become very clear to you this week. And the result is, you’ll begin seeing the next steps with more clarity. 

You’ve been wanting this insight, and maybe even waiting for it. So if fear or uncertainty starts to fog your view, come back into clarity by asking yourself some penetrating questions. 

“What do I truly want?”

“Is it worth staying with what I know if it means I’m sacrificing what could be?” 

You’re more capable than you think. And when the time comes to start taking action, you’ll know what to do.

Nothing Can Stop You

The Queen of Swords is a sign you’ll be creating distance from something that could be troubling you. Give yourself the time to assess what is and isn’t working. 

You might find there’s something from your past that can help you move forward in a good way. Along with this, The Hierophant is a reminder to open up to like-minded people, and align yourself with ways of doing things that have a long, time-tested past. 

One way or another, something is shifting, and you are in a planning period. Whether you know what it is that you are wanting to do or not, the Three of Wands indicates there are changes coming that will improve your circumstances. 

This is an exciting time, even if it feels a little overwhelming. If you let go of what you don’t need, what you do want will start knocking on your door. 

Keep going! You are rocking it! 

With love,

And in service, 

Jonathan Lionheart

P.S. What is something you would like to learn more about? In what ways have you been deceiving yourself? You can leave me a comment here on our blog, and let me know!   

P.P.S. If you could use some clarification, or guidance regarding your next move, you can schedule private reading with me here.

Jonathan Lionheart
jonathan@cosmicupdates.com

As a doctoral student in Somatic Studies, Jonathan Lionheart has always been fascinated with things beyond this world. His thirst for knowledge led Jonathan to the Tarot, which he quickly absorbed as his go-to method for getting direct insights from the Universe.

39 Comments
  • ALISON
    Posted at 23:39h, 14 August Reply

    Hi Jonathan, sorry I’m late replying. I have been looking at how I react to life situations good & bad & gradually changing my way of looking at it all so that I can move forward into a life doing what I want & I’ve deceived
    Myself thinking I could live not following my dream!

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 09:11h, 16 August Reply

      Thanks for saying hi Alison, always nice to hear from you 🙂

  • Diana Limonta
    Posted at 18:51h, 10 August Reply

    Hello Jonathan, I had so many plans and they were working well but in less than a week the buyers of my house stepped out of the contract A previous job offer job was declined, The school I was planning to join rejected my application and a man that could be a good friend of mine never contacted me again. Is there something that I need to change?
    I look forward to receive your messages. The are very close to reality.
    Thanks.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:53h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Diana, I’m sorry for the bumpy road you’ve recently experienced. I don’t know if something needs to be changed or not. Sometimes life seems to give and take in a random way, but there could be something regarding trusting what is taken, and going with the flow of it. A deep trust or faith in how things occur, which can mean not expecting particular results, can make each twist and turn an adventure, rather than a torment… Sending love.

  • Felicia Lanaster
    Posted at 12:59h, 10 August Reply

    How can u prevent ppl from stealing/ harvesting your energy’s?

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:55h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Felicia, by totally and completely residing in and owning your own energy. People can only “steal” your energy when you don’t completely reside in the totality of yourself. Until then, you can practice staying in your body, clearing your energy, and choosing to be around people who do not vamp off of you. Sending love

  • Jasmin Perez
    Posted at 04:01h, 10 August Reply

    I really enjoy receiving emails from you. You are awesome.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:55h, 10 August Reply

      Thanks Jasmin 🙂 so happy you are enjoying them.

  • Lanie Cubay
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 August Reply

    Let myself “Dream A Little Bit” can touch my heart…thank you so much Jonathan 😘

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:56h, 10 August Reply

      Hey Lanie, you’re so very welcome. Our imagination can open powerful doorways 😉

  • Jamie
    Posted at 23:10h, 09 August Reply

    😮 wow so spot on I can’t even begin to tell you. I need to let go of someone and I don’t want to it’s all right here. I’ve been played.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:57h, 10 August Reply

      Hey Jamie, totally understandable, and never easy to come to terms with. Blessings and be kind to yourself. Sending love

  • Nompumelelo Motaung
    Posted at 18:16h, 09 August Reply

    I’m dating this guy and he wants to control my life I don’t have a say on anything because he still holding on to his past life and he wants me to be part of that and I don’t want to what should I do?

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:59h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Nompumelelo, sounds like you need to make a decision in regards to how you want to live your life. If it’s with this person, and you don’t want to be controlled, then you will need to find a way to express that in a way that he can hear you. It might also be helpful to set up boundaries such that if he starts controlling again, you leave and spend some days away from him until he can learn to let go. Ultimately, you’ll need to choose. Sending love

  • Lea Centauri
    Posted at 14:14h, 09 August Reply

    Lionheart….thank you so much….you are gifted here….and in touch with something wonderful…

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 19:59h, 10 August Reply

      Thanks Lea, wink wink, so are you 🙂

  • Candy
    Posted at 13:50h, 09 August Reply

    Blessed Jonathan sometime I feel like the world is against me and can’t have clarity in my thinking of understanding what I need to do

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 20:01h, 10 August Reply

      Hi Candy, I know what you mean. Life isn’t against you, even if it feels like it. Life does want you to grow, and in this sense it can feel intense when it is pushing you to come into higher awareness. You might try telling yourself hard truths, or praying in such a way that you reveal every single thing both to yourself and to the cosmos. This unburdening may help clear your mind, and remind you of how supported you truly are. Sending love.

  • ingrid seals
    Posted at 11:36h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Jonathan
    Thank you for your insights. I feel them also and am planning to do the right thing, whatever that might be.
    Am in the middle of trading in my horse ranch for a condo. Have never done that before, lots of stress and uncertainty. With you preparing and guiding me i should be able.
    thank you Jonathan.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 11:50h, 09 August Reply

      Sure thing Ingrid, happy to be of help 🙂

  • Marija Leitch
    Posted at 09:18h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Jonathan.I have fog in my head and i really don’t know what i want.I live in Serbia,my husband in Scotland.Being separated is so hard but i have no guts to go to Scotland because of health problems.My back is the main problem and i can’t walk for long.He can’t liive in Sebia because of his age and also he have children from his first marriage.I am totally lost

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 11:52h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Marija, that sounds like a complicated situation. Sometimes it’s helpful to get really still in prayer or meditation rather than trying to figure a challenging situation out in our heads. Slow down, find something simple to focus on. Give your uncertainty over to something bigger than you. The more you can relax, and find peace within, the easier it will be to trust the next step and perhaps find a solution.

  • Gloria Maxwell
    Posted at 05:59h, 09 August Reply

    I want to make a move out of state, but my family relies on me so much. Although I want to help them, I feel its holding me back from my dreams.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 11:54h, 09 August Reply

      Hi GLoria, that sounds difficult. Thank you for sharing. Deep down, I trust you know when it is time to move on and follow your heart, and when it is right to stay and help out. Ask yourself, and ask the Divine. Sending love and blessings towards clarity.

  • Evelyn Malanda
    Posted at 03:16h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Jonathan , this reading mind blowing . I had tried to pinpoint what I should let go of but I can’t find exactly where because I had tried everything in power to let go of does not save me . But I pray to mother universe to show me exactly where am not letting go of things , people or anything in my life . But you know Jonathan everytime your reading is like open book to me or you knew me more than I knew myself thank you dear for your help you are indeed a true friend thx.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 11:55h, 09 August Reply

      Hi Evelyn, thanks for reaching out and sharing. Sometimes the things we are still holding onto are out of our view and control. In this case, it can be helpful to trust the timing in which something is revealed, and find gratitude for the organic process. Sending love.

  • Paul
    Posted at 00:51h, 09 August Reply

    Hi Jonathan,

    I have been in a relationship for far too long. I really expected changes but the status quo remains.
    We are not suited but insecurity has kept me hanging on in quiet desperation. I have put a distance between this person and feel better. I thought this person was very honest and sincere but am now having second thoughts. This person has instigated manipulation far more than I realized. I also feel a type of betrayal that I can’t put my finger on.
    Your cosmic updates have given me profound inspiration. I now want to move on and hope that it is possible. I also wonder if I really will meet my true Soul Mate after so many losers.

    Kind regards Paul

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 11:57h, 09 August Reply

      Hey Paul, thanks for reaching out. Sounds like you know what is best in this situation. Blessings on your continued search for love 🙂

  • Kimberly A Lombardi
    Posted at 00:44h, 09 August Reply

    I know there are things holding me back I need to let go of in order to move forward. Easier said than done. I’m having a bit of a hard time with that. So I feel stalled in every aspect of life at present.
    I do agree with comments of other on this blog. You are brilliant, your words chosen well and eloquent for sure. If I haven’t said this in a while I greatly appreciate you spending your time to bring us these insights and messages as you have for so long thank you.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 12:40h, 09 August Reply

      Hey Kimberly, nice to hear from you again 🙂 I’m sorry things feel stalled out, hopefully they will begin to get in gear again soon. Sending love.

  • Isabel Mulvihill
    Posted at 00:06h, 09 August Reply

    Thank you Jonathan, your reading has validated all the work I have done , the path I am on and my process. I am intrigued with “reconnect with something from the past that has helped me” at the moment nothing clicks but I am sure I will recognize it as it reveals itself to me . I resonate with the Queen of swords very strongly as if ” I am” the Queen of Swords in this case. I am a widow, open hearted and empathetic, and always walk away from drama . I look for guidance from trusted and like minded people and have a strong built in lie detector.

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 12:41h, 09 August Reply

      Hey Isabel, I’m so happy the reading has helped remind you of the powerful work you have done. Let me know what ends up showing up for you from the past 🙂

  • Julie Lopez
    Posted at 00:04h, 09 August Reply

    I am wondering about the guy I am with is he seeing other people/women and hiding it. I dont trust him regarding this because of previously doing this to me

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 12:42h, 09 August Reply

      Hey Julie, I’m sorry, that must be challenging. I hope everything comes to light, for better or for worse. Blessings

  • Mary Cathrine Messano
    Posted at 23:39h, 08 August Reply

    Hello Jonathan, wow, your words were very much on point. But than their were words I had a hard time resignations with. The part where you said I can follow a set of rules when it suits me. And when it doesn’t I don’t. That is partly true. But the part I struggle with. Is yes their are a set of rules I have followed for a long time. But when I saw hypocracy their. I pulled back. But I find myself going back and forth. I believe in a lot of those things, But I still see hypocracy their. And therefore find myself stuck. In what ways have I been deceiving myself? Well I do know my relationships have been suffering. And are not close to what I feel they could be. But am at a loss as to how to fix it. Sincerely Mary

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 12:44h, 09 August Reply

      Hey Mary, thank you for sharing so authentically. Yes, it can be hard to trust when people do not live by the rules they expect others to live by. Ultimately, we need to hold our own integrity, regardless of how other people are living their lives. Blessings on bringing more awareness to your relationships! nice to hear from you 🙂

  • Marion
    Posted at 22:17h, 08 August Reply

    Jonathan, you are brilliant!
    Even though I take a deep breath before reading your predictions, I beyond love them. They are accurate, beautifully expressed and written, and they tell a lot about your brilliance.
    With gratitude.
    Marion

    • Jonathan Lionheart
      Posted at 12:46h, 09 August Reply

      Aw, thank you Marion 🙂 Sending love

  • Nadia Malik
    Posted at 21:09h, 08 August Reply

    Jonathan Your readings amazed
    Me always.I can’t explain you the depth of how I feel when I read your Cosmic updates.It gives me goosebumps.The way you write is mind blowing.🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

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