Happy Tuesday! Mercury has been in retrograde since Saturday the 29th, and Gemini season is in full swing. A chatty and sociable energy mixes with the disruption and recalibration of our (least) favourite astrological event, which means rumours, gossip and misunderstandings are extra likely right now. This week’s reading will focus on how to keep your relationships healthy and the vibes good. Enjoy!
Deck used: Rider-Waite Tarot
4 of Cups. New connections should not be a way of running away to what you think might be a better place. The social climbing ladder leads to empty space, and the air is thin at the top. Make sure you appreciate the relationships you have and keep appreciating them when you’ve found a new and shiny toy. Remember: looking for perfection in relationships is a futile pursuit. Open your eyes to the unique gifts of every person in your life. How do they bring you joy? How can you bring them joy?
The World. There is movement in your relationships, Taurus. Open yourself up to the new connections that are coming your way. Trust your gut – if you feel a deep connection to somebody that doesn’t fit into your status quo, throw status quo out of the window. Loosen your concept of what friendships looks like. If they bring value to your life, that is all that matters. Your circle is about to expand – this is an exciting time. Top tip: if you receive a rogue invite to something, do not listen to your anxieties. Go! Everything worthwhile happens outside of your comfort zone.
10 of Wands. Sometimes, relationships can feel dissatisfying without an obvious cause. If this is the case for any of your close relationships, think about whether they are based on a version of yourself which is tailored to mirror the other person, or whether they truly align with your authentic self. Discovering new sides to yourself through other people is valuable, but forcing common interests is not. Try to be completely honest with yourself and others this week. Check in: have you outgrown anything? A spring clean will keep the good vibes flowing in the right direction.
Queen of Wands. You are much more complex than can be defined through words, Cancer. To keep your relationships in a positive place this week, look at your tendency to self-impose guilt about your shadow self. Loved ones will accept every part of you, and give you space to evolve. Do not deny yourself something just because it is off brand. Change is a beautiful thing. If you tend to see yourself in the third person, try to give the external gaze a break and just do what feels right. Good relationships are built on authenticity – and authenticity doesn’t need to be labelled.
10 of Pentacles. Pay extra attention to your family this week, Leo. When did you last catch up with them? Although life can sometimes get in the way – especially when you like to stay busy – remember that they are thinking about you more than you know. If you are separated from them right now, show them they are in your thoughts and tell them you love them. A little goes a long way – the same goes for chosen family. Top tip: write a postcard or a handwritten letter for a more personal touch.
2 of Wands. Try to practice acceptance when it comes to your relationships, Virgo. This does not mean ignoring read flags, but rather finding contentment when something is good enough. You can always make more room for new people in your life, but letting relationships drift just because they aren’t as you imagined is a waste of real human connection. The potential for happiness in your relationships lies within you. Do not expect more from a person than you know they can realistically give – putting people on a pedestal only leads to disappointment.
The Chariot. To avoid drama this week, make sure you are really listening to the people around you. Most minor conflicts arise from misunderstanding and misinterpretation. You tend to approach your relationships in an open and enthusiastic way but run the risk of seeing them through a limited lens. Try not to ascribe your own meaning to others’ actions. If you are unsure of somebody’s intentions, just ask them! Top tip: stay quiet and observe the next time you are socialising in a group. You will pick up on valuable cues that otherwise go unnoticed.
The Tower. Give the people you love the space they need. If you tend to cling on a little too hard – even if it’s out of love – loosen your grip a little. Free will is a beautiful thing, even if two people’s courses of action do not always align. To avoid the intense and fiery conflict that is on the cards for you this week, be as kind and patient with those around you as possible. It is a sign of respect to show another person enough trust to make their own decisions. A certain level of independence keeps relationships healthy.
3 of Swords. You may be drifting away from somebody you were once close with or be going through the conclusion of a relationship. Although endings can be difficult, accepting them as a natural part of your connections with others will ease the transition period. Patience is key here, Sagittarius. Always allow yourself time to heal, whether that be a quiet process in the background or a dedicated break for emotional recovery. Do not be afraid of loss or division – indulge in the relationships you draw joy and value from and know that everything runs its due course anyway.
Temperance. You tend to approach your relationships with a healthy dose of tact, Capricorn. Moderation, patience, and kindness are valuable approaches – just make sure you aren’t getting bored. Don’t stir the pot for no reason, but try new things together with loved ones alongside the little traditions that work for you already. Learn and explore together with friends and lovers to deepen the complexity and richness of the emotional and intellectual bonds you share with them. Top tip: try not to run from conflict when it is inevitable. A good blowout can sometimes shake loose what needs to be.
6 of Wands (reversed). Try to take other people’s preferences and reservations into account this week, Aquarius. You may not be the kind of person who gets bogged down in small anxieties, but that shouldn’t invalidate the feelings of those who do. Try to respect others’ boundaries this week, even if you feel they are unreasonable. Make sure you are aware of what loyalty means to your friends. Not everyone is as open to new people as you, and that can create issues. Top tip: avoid bringing uninvited guests to closed functions this week without asking for permission first.
King of Wands. This week is not the time to suppress your feelings, Pisces. They will come out one way or another, and a lack of communication will only create misunderstandings. Avoid giving into passive aggression. Your conscientious and caring nature will enable you to approach any arguments with delicacy and tact – just try not to overthink. Trust that those around you will appreciate complete frankness much more than avoidance or masking. People can handle more than you’d think – you are never too much.