I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day; if you’re in a relationship, I hope you enjoyed the day with your significant other, and if you’re single, I hope you honored the relationship you have with yourself (I know I did).
Jumping right into this week’s reading, I’m turning to the deck assisting me, which is, once again, the Fairy Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue, Radleigh Valentine, and Howard David Johnson. Last week, I used this deck, and I think it helped that reading become one of the more well-received I’ve done. So, my thinking is, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
As always, with these weekly general readings, I take the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking this question: “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”
This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
After shuffling the deck and pulling the three cards for this reading, I turn the remainder of the deck over to look at the card at the bottom, which I consider the foundation for the week.
What an interesting card to appear as the foundation, coming off of Valentine’s Day. When 2 of Summer appears in a reading, you’re being encouraged to consider how you relate to others.
Being a card of proposals, engagements, commitments, partnerships and relationships (of all kinds—not just the romantic variety), this card could suggest this is a time of getting to know someone else better—and allowing that person the same of you. What would you be willing to share with another that you haven’t yet?
2 of Summer can also be a card of restoring balance (the number 2) and a time of reconciliation with another, which can be a courageous step for both parties.
Reconciliation can take place when each person is willing to put his or her pride aside for the sake of the relationship.
From a spiritual perspective, it’s said that one of the ways we grow and develop spiritually is through our relationships. It’s said that the people we form relationships with–no matter the level of intimacy involved–mirror to us what we need to learn—and we reflect the same for them.
So, consider how the people you connect with this week may be a reflection for you—not in an effort for you to get to know them better, per se (although that could happen)—but in an effort for you to get to know yourself better.
Moving now to the three cards I pulled: the first for the beginning of the week; the second for the middle of the week; and the last to round out the rest of the week.
When 4 of Autumn is among the stack, it can suggest being possessive, trying to tightly hold on to what you’ve got. You’re working hard to reach your goals, but your achievements aren’t bringing you that sense of satisfaction.
This card can be encouraging you to not be afraid of change, and to be on guard about clinging to the status quo because it’s all-too familiar. This card can suggest holding on to things because it creates a sense of security—and change can bring out all our insecurities, which we can consciously and unconsciously try to avoid at all costs. When this card appears, it asks you to consider being open to new ideas and the opinions of others.
When 4 of Autumn comes your way, your fixed ideas about security and safety may be holding you back from fulfillment, but change is way too scary.
With 4 of Autumn, you may not be the extravagant type because you don’t want to waste money (this card is about conservation and being conservative)—you want to make every penny count. You may believe that a certain amount of selfishness (this card carries the image of someone who is greedy or a miser) concerning both your time and money (two of the most valuable commodities we desire) is needed to build a solid financial foundation.
The 4 in Tarot, for me, is about foundation and creating a framework. In its more challenging sense, this number can also be about limitation and restriction, as its symbol is the square—or a box. How might you be boxing yourself in by living an existence of only limitation and restriction all the time? What small way might you begin to loosen up a little bit, so you can enjoy some of the good things in life?
In looking at the image on the card, it could be a visual nod to consider your image—in terms of the way you see yourself. Our fairy is lavishly and elegantly dressed, but her reflection doesn’t mirror that. Rather, she sees herself as drab and dreary. From a spiritual perspective, she isn’t seeing herself as the true beauty she is—the way Spirit sees her.
How might you consider seeing yourself differently this week?
Thoughts of worry, stress, and anxiety may be disturbing you, and may be causing restlessness. Thoughts may be falling into a pattern, because this card can suggest a pattern of thought (a “mental pattern”), or one thought that comes to mind again and again, running in your head like a loop.
In my personal experience, I have found that worry can be such a waste of time. It doesn’t change the situation, and all I’m doing is giving it more power by focusing my attention on the problem, rather than looking for a solution.
Also, worry is rooted in fear, so a couple of questions to consider, when you find yourself worried are, “What am I afraid of? What do I fear will happen?”
9 of Winter can be about what we fear will happen. As a psychologist, I see this card representing those of us who have a tendency to imagine the worst possible case scenario, to jump to the worst possible conclusion, and to fear and dread the future.
More often than not, when we imagine the worst possible thing that could happen, it doesn’t happen at all.
Why do we put ourselves through that mental agony? As a person who works with the Law of Attraction, here’s something to consider: If we’re always thinking the worst and putting feeling into it (in this case, worry), we have a greater chance of creating that experience.
In this case, 9 of Winter becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So, for this week, consider the things that worry you and frighten you–and then ask yourself why that might be. And then see what you might be able to do proactively to alleviate those worries and those fears.
5 of Winter, is known as “the price of victory”–which means that a victory can come with a price or cost to you. The question then becomes if you’re willing to pay it or not.
This may be the week where you draw your line in the sand and set some much-needed boundaries.
Since Winter is the suit associated with communication, be mindful of getting into quarrels and arguments with others (2 of Summer being the card of relationships) this week. There are better ways to get your point across than bickering. Saying things to embarrass and humiliate others will not win them over.
It may be the better part of valor to walk away from a fight than to remain engaged. Pick and choose your battles carefully–you won’t win every time.
Or, since the suit of Winter is also about problem-solving and decision-making, consider this alternative: What would you be willing to forfeit to create a win-win for everyone involved?
To round out this reading, I’ll take the numbers on all the cards, reducing them to a number between 0-22, seeing what Major Arcana card will be the Lesson card for the week.
With The Moon, you’re being asked to be guided by your intuition. Intuition is subtle and speaks softly. It is instinctual, a natural part of our being. Our fairy is playing an instrument, suggesting your intuition is an “instrumental” part of who you are.
However, our intuitive prompts often don’t make sense to our conscious, rational, analytical mind, which is symbolized by half the card’s backdrop being night and the other half being daylight.
If you notice, on the card, the moon in the sky is not in the same spot in the reflection of the water below. That aspect of things not making sense is repeated in that bit of imagery, as well as the idea that things don’t always appear as they seem.
9 of Winter is, like I mentioned earlier, a card of jumping to conclusions and making assumptions, which we tend to do when we’re trying to make “sense” of a situation. With The Moon, it may be a matter of how we’re emotionally (the water symbolizing our emotional nature) filtering things.
The Moon is also a card of dreams (and is reinforced by 9 of Winter, also a card about dreams). So, this week, pay close attention to your dreams to see what messages they hold for you. The Moon is a card of heightened sensitivities, and an aspect of that is the ability to recall more of your dreams, which may seem more vivid.
And speaking of heightened sensitivities, be aware of how people around you may “trigger” emotional reactions and responses from you.
We’re coming into a full moon next week, and, if you’re like me, you might be “moon sensitive,” meaning that the energies of certain lunar phases can have an effect on you. The reactions of being “moon sensitive” can also play a part in being triggered by those around you.
Finally, the appearance of The Moon card is asking us to consider examining the things that we fear. I mentioned dreams earlier, and one form of our dreams is nightmares, which are usually rooted in some kind of fear.
Should you experience a nightmare, I consider it to be an acknowledgment that you’re ready to face that fear. But you don’t have to wait for the nightmare; like I said before, you could be proactive and ask yourself, “What do I fear? What scares me?”
This may be the week to confront that fear head-on.
And that wraps up another weekly reading. Wishing you a Tarot-tastic week!
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