2021: The Year of Five

This began as an Instagram post and I quickly realized that this called for more than a quippy caption. 

This is more like an in-depth analysis of the year ahead, through the lens of tarot. 

If you are here, you likely know that when I talk tarot, I see the cards as a reference, offering opportunities for reflection and growth. Know then, dear reader, that moving forward I am not predicting any sort of future because of numbers or cards. I am inviting you to look closer at experiences, both personal and collective, to seek a deeper meaning and assign purpose.

Before we dive in, however, I want to be clear that this could be triggering, friends: I’m talking about 2020, therefore the pandemic, police brutality, death, and similar topics will be mentioned. 

Breathe through this content. I’m especially calling on white people for this—being uncomfortable is part of the process and not a reason to opt out. Breathe through it. Welcome it.

We may have exited 2020… but we entered 2021 folks.

Let’s recap a bit of emerging themes from 2020, the Year of 4, represented in the tarot as the Emperor.

2020 Review: The Year of the Emperor

Tarot Card: The Emperor, Rider Waite Smith deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

Looking through the lens of The Emperor, we understood that situations involving authority, state, systems, structure, discipline would be deeply prevalent, giving us the opportunity to review the foundations on which our society is built and reveal the cracks, to determine what is working and what is not.

Although healthcare crisis, white supremacy, police brutality, wealth inequality, etc are not new in our world, 2020 intensified our awareness and experience of them.

A global pandemic revealed willful ignorance and inaction of government on federal, state and local levels. Viral videos of police brutality unlocked conversation and realization of white supremacy and its part in all systems we are part of. While people lost ability to earn a living, while people faced evictions, while small businesses closed left and right, and the term “essential workers” became common, the wealthiest members of American society became wealthier and wealthier. Jeff Bezos became the word’s richest person by $90 billion. 

Although many call it a dumpster fire year, valuable and long-overdue realities about our society became apparent, with a high cost, from 2020.

2021: Emergence of The Hierophant

2021 comes to ensure that change persists.

2021 is the year of 5. In Tarot, this the year of the Hierophant. 

Even at a glance, one can notice similarities of energy in these cards. 

Side by side comparison of The Emperor and The Hierophant from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

The most powerful evolution from The Emperor to The Hierophant, is that the picture widens the frame to create awareness beyond the rulers, bringing focus to the people.

As your read through the rest of this, and feel any sensations of overwhelm or hopelessness, remember this and call your energy back to you:

If you want change, you must rise. 

After all, the most prevalent message of The Hierophant is to have faith in yourself, in something bigger than yourself, and serve something outside of yourself. 

The belief that you can accomplish hard, scary, big, things is necessary to pursue them, and is what makes change possible.

Because 2021 brings a continuance of 2020 messages, we will need faith to push through.

The following are messages I channeled through the fives of the Tarot, which relate to 2021. These are themes that may emerge. I share this as a collective message about who this energy impacts us as a whole – it is up to you to determine how these themes show up in your life, and how to respond. 

As always, take what works, leave the rest.

5 things you need to know about the year of 5

The Hierophant from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

1️⃣ The Hierophant is a heavily loaded card. Although faith and belief are the ultimate messages, a closer gaze reveals another aspect: how authorities abuse and take advantage of that faith to create discrepancies of power. 2020 showed this in wealth, in whiteness, in authority figures, even organized religion. 

We need to become aware of power dynamics at play so we can detach from those systems, and trust there is another way.

BREATHE & CALL YOUR ENERGY BACK TO YOU.

Five of Pentacles from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

2️⃣ Five of Coins: With this wealth gap widening, and no real solutions in sight, this year will bring attention to houselessness, and resources. Concepts of shelter, providing places of solace, will be important. Perhaps this is your cause to contribute. This is also an opportunity to think about where your money goes and how to use it to create meaningful impact, as well as learn about ways to divest from big banking and oppressive financial systems.

BREATHE & CALL YOUR ENERGY BACK TO YOU.

The Five of Wands from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

3️⃣ Five of Wands: Last year, many set intentions, but this is a year we will be given opportunities to put skin in the game. A card that represents rising intensity, the change, the conflict, it’s getting real. This is not the time to step back, even when there is conflict from different methods of change. Consider where your energy is best spent and where you can be of most use for the greatest good. Collaboration is key.

BREATHE & CALL YOUR ENERGY BACK TO YOU.

The Five of Swords from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

4️⃣ Five of Swords: Themes of conflict, deceit, colonialism, imperialism come with this card. It is a call to reframe ideas of ruling ideologies like capitalism, organized religion, the state, US history, etc, to uncover who benefits and why. For example, why were we taught lies about Thanksgiving? Why were we told a completely watered down version of slavery? Once we begin to pick at our conditioning, we break open the limiting mental thresholds and realize that more is possible. But it will take mental and physical fortitude. 

BREATHE & CALL YOUR ENERGY BACK TO YOU.

The Five of Cups from The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Deck. Background: Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death, Page 42-43, The Flower Garden Display’d

5️⃣ Five of Cups: first and foremost, give yourself a chance to grieve and honor true loss, to nurture yourself through the flood of emotion. 

There are themes of loss, but not for nothing. This is mostly for white folks. In a system of oppression, when one group is high and one group is low (for lack of better terms), as the low group rises, even if unmoved, the group in power feels a perceived loss of power. That if people have more, then somehow that means we have less. This perceived threat is something that our systems of power, like capitalism, rely upon to maintain status. 

For example, let’s say we come up with the solution to end houselessness: houseless persons are allowed to move into one of the thousands of empty houses that are just sitting unoccupied. This is perceived as a loss by people who own houses: you had work for yours right? This is perceived as a loss by realtors: then who will buy houses if we give them away for free? The people in power suddenly begin to feel like it’s unfair. Forgetting that being cold, hungry, sick, in need of water is unfair and inhumane. Forgetting that even at its simplest, giving people an address can change their likelihood of becoming employed. Giving people shelter doesn’t diminish how hard you worked. It doesn’t change that people will still need to buy new houses.

My point with the five of cups is this: when you begin to feel like you have lost because “normalcy” is gone (can’t get your hair done, or go to a concert, or seem to have any discussion without race coming up), that is the perception of loss coming to take away your drive to keep shifting the dynamic. When people of power and privilege can begin to realize it’s not about the losses, but the very full cups of awareness that are just within reach, that build a bridge to community, that’s when we begin to shift.

BREATHE & CALL YOUR ENERGY BACK TO YOU.

My friends, ultimately, 2021 as a year of faith, is a time to separate from what is misaligned with your spirit. It’s a time to believe in the greatest good, and make contributions toward that energy.

What are your takes on the year of 5?

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