Happy Tuesday! The cards say: relax. This week begins with the Sun moving into Taurus, marking a period of logical thinking, plans solidifying and security standing at the centre of our needs, which is reflected in the heavy swords energy in this week’s reading. Although this energy is incredibly useful for bringing all those plans in your head into reality, it can tend towards overly rigid patterns of thinking. This week’s reading focusses on which areas in your life you may need to approach with more flexibility and openness, as well as some tough love on unhelpful patterns you may need to let go. Enjoy!
Deck used: The Rider-Waite Tarot
The Lovers. You might have a tendency to run when things start to get uncomfortable. Even if that works for you most of the time, remember that there is beauty in the ugly. Next time you have an easy out, don’t take it – face the music even if no-one’s making you. Stepping out of your happy place will make you appreciate it all the more. In any case, stagnant patterns aren’t good for anyone.
6 of Swords. When you feel you’ve made up your mind, you may find it hard to change course even if your gut tells you to. There is no shame in turning back. Keeping your word is a virtue, but so is being able to admit you were wrong. Decisiveness is useful when it has to be, but the next time you’re making a minor decision, don’t ignore your doubts completely. Top tip: make a list of pros and cons and really listen to your intuition. Maybe you’ll find yourself where you really wanted to be all along.
The Tower (reversed). You may have a tendency to wallow when you’re feeling down. It’s true: processing your emotions requires facing them. Just remember: if it’s dark outside, you can turn on the light. If you sometimes feel you have little control over your emotions, don’t worry. Just try not to give your triggers more power over you than they deserve, and don’t build your own prison out of negative thoughts. The only person that hurts is you.
9 of Swords. You might have a tendency to delay taking action in order to avoid being disappointed. Failure can be one of the most productive experiences – standing still is worse for the soul than tripping up once in a while. Try not to overthink, Cancer. Aries season is the perfect opportunity to take action, so make use of this productive energy and run straight ahead. Trust your intuition and sharp discernment – you can always fall back on it.
Queen of Swords. Don’t build your walls too high, Leo. Your self-protective instinct can sometimes spill over into stubbornness and emotional detachment, even if others can’t tell. Make sure you aren’t performing on autopilot, and leave a little room for imperfection – no one can be ‘on’ all the time. Set healthy boundaries but make sure you are willing to renegotiate them if they no longer serve you. Top tip: hang out with a Cancer friend this week, and push each other out of your comfort zones. Don’t be afraid to put your heart on the line.
The Chariot. You need to learn to let things go sometimes, Virgo. Although you don’t seek out confrontation, you may find it difficult to leave a quarrel unresolved when you feel your perspective hasn’t been given its due attention. This, coupled with your competitive streak may leave you feeling exhausted after conflict. Try to preserve your energy – when you know you’re right, knowing is enough. Grudges serve no one. If something triggers your fight or flight this week, acknowledge it and let it go. Practicing acceptance can be liberating.
Ace of Swords. Your willpower is a gift, but it can sometimes lead to excess. Try to practice moderation this week. If you find yourself feeling impulsive, make a compromise with yourself. Cherishing something slowly can be so much more indulgent than consuming it whole. Top tip: make sure you really listen to others this week. If somebody is finding it hard to speak up, create a safe space for them to do so rather than taking the spotlight yourself.
4 of Swords. You have a flair for the dramatic. Don’t sulk when something doesn’t go your way – nothing worth having comes easy. It looks like you’re going to get what you want one way or another, but make sure you set aside some time for quiet contemplation this week. Use Aries season’s potent energy to your advantage – just try not to step on too many toes in the process, even if you could. Soften your quick wit and sharp tongue this week, and try to use kindness instead. There are more paths to get where you want than you might think.
Ace of Cups. Your week is looking sunny, Sagittarius. You may be feeling pretty content with life right now – an abundant energy surrounds you. Recently, you might have been working on figuring out what your heart really wants, and you’re getting closer. Just make sure you don’t get comfortable to the point of stagnation when you get it. Keep your mind sharp even when your body has everything it desires and deserves. Joy and alignment with your higher purpose are in the cards for you – appreciate them consciously and do not take anything for granted.
6 of Pentacles (reversed). You may sometimes put on a façade without realising it, but remember: the truth always shines through. Your authentic self holds its own beauty, so nurture what you have and don’t give into envy when it bubbles up in your subconscious. In order to feel true alignment, you need to say no to the things you don’t want, and yes to the things you truly do, even if it’s difficult sometimes. Remember: people pleasing won’t make you happy in the long run. Put yourself first this week and try not to worry about what other people think.
10 of Wands. Your open-mindedness and desire to experience everything life has to offer may sometimes become a burden for you, Aquarius. Being a ‘yes’ person opens you up to life-changing experiences and wonderful stories, but it can also lead to burnout. Be careful that you are not taking on too much. You have time, so don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make sure you’re only saying yes to what you can actually follow through on, and don’t turn straight towards the next thing. Practice mindfulness and enjoy what is in front of you before the moment is gone forever.
2 of Cups. Sometimes when you’re upset, it isn’t really about you. Make sure you try to see the other side – there isn’t always a good guy and a bad guy. Remain open to the kinds of relationships you may not have considered before – creating a dynamic that works for you is more important than being understood by people who aren’t involved. Being comfortable around those you love is a beautiful thing, but remember not to close off from the new when you feel you’ve found your people. There is always more out there.