Happy Tuesday! Mercury is still in retrograde, and the Moon is waning. This time is not the best for new beginnings, and you may find yourself finding refuge in relationships and pleasant encounters to lighten the mood. Accordingly, this week’s reading will focus on the world of love and romantic relationships. Expect guidance on how to avoid disappointment, keep your relationships healthy and enhance the pleasure within them.
Deck used: Ricardo Cavolo’s Tarot del Fuego
Knave of Swords. When it comes to love, you have a wall up. You protect your heart fiercely, whether consciously or unconsciously. You may not exude romantic availability, and other people can sense it whether they know the reason or not. Your tendency for brief encounters or lack of active effort in love may leave you satisfied, so do not feel you have to change your ways if you are happy. Just remember not to close yourself off completely, and leave a window open for true connection when it eventually comes your way. People need people, and strength without vulnerability is just stubbornness.
Justice. Your moral code means you can build trust and respect in relationships easily. Try not to be too rigid with yourself and partners and accept the grey zone. You are always your own harshest critic, so don’t be too concerned about appearances. Try to follow your gut as much as possible, and remember that confusion, messiness and irrationality are necessary parts of love. Good intentions and authenticity usually shine through, so try not to overthink. Enjoy the knowledge that you have a higher potential for harmony in your relationships than most, if you take it easy and follow your gut.
Two of Cups. Love is in the air, Gemini. You have a capacity for forging connections which cross borders between relationships. Keep your mind open and avoid compartmentalising the people in your life. Although convergences between love, work, and friendship can get confusing, they can also be incredibly creative and productive spaces with even deeper and richer meaning than others. Top tip: make sure you know where your own boundaries lie and what your non-negotiables lie to avoid over-dependence. Do not be afraid to merge with others. You can never completely lose yourself as long as you know who you are.
Knave of Pentacles. You may be a serial monogamist and find focussing on one person or situation a more rewarding use of your sexual and romantic energy. This means you may find yourself in intense relationships more often than others. Be careful not to become too co-dependent with your partner to avoid resentment or a feeling of loss of identity further down the line. If you are in a relationship, make sure you are still spending time dedicated to yourself, separate from partners, friends, or family. Sharing is beautiful, but balance is key.
Four of Wands. Enjoy the ride, Leo. If you are single, romance is on the cards for you. This is especially true within the frame of a vibrant social life – you may meet your person at an event or a party. You are not the kind of person to disappear into a relationship, so don’t worry about balance. If you are in a relationship, expect an active summer with your person. If you have felt frustrated or discontent in your love life recently, know that the fruits of your emotional labour are paying off very soon. Peace and harmony are on the way.
Eight of Swords. Your love life may be rocky, Virgo. When things are good, they are incredible, but when things are bad, they’re difficult to bear. If you feel trapped or discontent sometimes, it may come from criticism or a lack of acceptance from your person. If you feel you need to be treated with more kindness, express this to them. If you are single, try not to think about your love life too much. It does its own thing, and all you can do is remain open and patient. Top tip: do not get into a relationship just because you are afraid of being alone.
Five of Cups. If your gut is telling you this isn’t the connection for you, trust it. Although we can never expect one person to give us everything, the cards are suggesting a relationship in your life really is lacking substance. Imperfection is a part of every human connection, but if you are not able to reconcile this imperfection with the good or find yourself frustrated with it beyond what is reasonable, it may be time to walk away. You are not a person who gives up easily, but remember: there is no shame in leaving behind what doesn’t serve you. The other person will feel the benefit as much as you, eventually.
The Empress. You are in the driver’s seat, Scorpio. You may be especially in touch with your core, feminine energy. You have a deeply nurturing and powerful instinct. You may find yourself in an almost maternal position in your relationships and tend to have a significant influence on your partners. Try to make sure you are not pushing lovers beyond their capacity. Even though you may actually have the ability to change people, that doesn’t mean you should. Try to look for partners who you can accept in their complete being – you will both be much happier.
Six of Wands. There may be a history of disloyalty and superficial harmony in your relationships, Sagittarius. If you are afraid of getting hurt, make sure you have a strong support system around you rather than avoiding new or risky connections altogether. Cutting yourself off from the possibility of love does not serve you well. If your instinct tells you that somebody is betraying you, just ask them. Avoiding confrontation and playing their game will only hurt you more in the long run. If you are currently in a period of delay or stagnation in your romantic life, sit tight. Everything has its natural lulls, so enjoy the scenery where you are.
The Emperor. You may usually be more focussed on your career than your love life, Capricorn. This does not necessarily mean that love does not interest you, but rather that personal success, independence and accomplishment are weighted more heavily in your life course. You may enter relationships with a more masculine energy, bringing your natural authority and clarity into the dynamic. You feel happiest with people that understand your nature and do not try to change you too much. Try not to become too frustrated if your romantic life differs from the conventional – you know best what works for you.
Six of Pentacles. Sometimes, you are like balm for the soul, Aquarius. Your soothing, light energy brings those around you calm and joy. Spreading kindness and cultivating tolerance is especially helpful this week. You are able to access the bigger picture and find going with the flow easy – bring that perspective into tense situations. In love, partners may feel you do not take their problems seriously. Make sure you give other people the space they deserve to express their feelings, even if it risks stressing you out. Avoiding conflict is not always the answer and may create more problems than before.
Nine of Cups. You bloom when you are in love, but when obstacles get in your way you may give up easily or become frustrated. You tend to have an idealised view of love, even if you keep it hidden. You have an ability to care deeply but may take arguments more to heart than you perhaps should. Communication is incredibly important for maintaining your happiness in relationships, Pisces. If you feel anxiety creeping in, do not bottle up your feelings. Remember that perfect bliss never lasts forever – neither should it.