Aries: 8 of Swords
Being trapped is a state of mind - and a state of heart. Don’t let either fool you into thinking there is no way out this month. Despite the frustration you’re feeling, there is a solution available, but your head is only going to get in the way of finding it - and those same spinning thoughts will pull your emotions right down into the mud too. It is time to take some deep breaths, slow down, and listen for the quiet voice that comes from your soul. That’s where you are going to find the information you are looking for about how to get out of the bind you are in. Of course pay attention to your common sense, but push past the clutter of your misleading thoughts. You will discover that you know where the path is to the freedom you seek after all.
Taurus: 6 of Swords
You have been managing to handle everything, though it certainly hasn’t been fun trying to keep it all together when all you have wanted to do was hide away and tend to your wounds. But this month there is a shift, and suddenly you have the help you need to do what you have to do - and what you have to do is come to the realization that your experiences aren’t going to be washed away but instead will become a part of who you are going to be next. Your struggles this cycle haven’t simply challenged you. They have transformed you. Don’t keep fighting to get back to how things were. Push ahead to the greener shores that are possible at last now that you know how to carry the past that has made you into a future you can finally claim.
Gemini: 7 of Pentacles
Patience is not often your greatest strength - but if you can muster it now, you will soon find you have absolutely everything you had been hoping to gain. This particular virtue will be a tad easier to access at the beginning of the month, but even as you feel your willpower slipping away later on, you will be well served to continue carefully tending your dreams rather than harvesting too quickly. Yes, be exuberant, and excited, and let yourself shine. Just don’t rush the actual moment of manifestation until every piece is truly in place and utterly ripe for the picking. Those last few details that eventually emerge are going to be the key to creating both foundation and fortune, and you certainly don’t want to miss out on either of those beautiful bounties.
Cancer: 4 of Wands
Ah, how tired you are of having to be the one in control, the one holding the world together, the one who heals others but barely understands how to heal yourself. Well, this month you are finally going to get a reprieve - if you allow it. You may feel like everyone could do without you, but in actuality, no one wants to lose your light, and you will find yourself in several situations where you are surrounded by genuine friendship and caring and sincere support. Don’t turn down opportunities to be with others now, and don’t turn away from the welcoming vibrations that radiate out towards you. Your self-doubt might tempt you to imagine that your inclusion is only offered out of begrudging obligation, but know that your circle truly just wants you with them - because you are simply and truly loved.
Leo: 4 of Pentacles
You thrive on exuberance and will, but this month starts out with more checklists than it does freedoms. Don’t worry. Your natural way of being is heading right back towards you, but if you want to get the most from the bliss and power that’s about to show up, pay attention to the tasks that are before you now. They may seem tedious to your shining heart, but getting real-world duties finished up and loose ends tied up is going to open the way to what you really want to be doing - living your fullest life every minute of every day. This isn’t forever, so buckle down your impatience and do the work that needs to be done. By mid-month, you are going to be so, so happy you did.
Virgo: 9 of Swords
You are caught in the tricky space between detail-oriented and downright anxiety as the month begins, and try as you might, you are having difficulty keeping the former from leading you straight into the latter. It’s important for you to realize that your mind is playing tricks on you right now. You do have some things to take care of, but not nearly as many as your head wants you to believe - and none of them are going to lead you to a life implosion should you not perfectly handle one or two. Get your fears out of your head and make an actual list of what you have to accomplish-or-else. Once you see it on paper, you are going to get that it isn’t nearly as long as you thought, or as hard. Dig down deep into trust, find solutions one by one, and sooner than you can imagine at the moment, you will have both a clean slate and a good night’s sleep.
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Libra: 3 of Wands
Worldly perfection takes so, so much work - and in the end, it isn’t even obtainable. This month you will have trouble letting your quest for it go, however, because in your heart of hearts, you crave nothing less than the beauty of just that. Be aware that despite the seemingly endless daily disappointments before your eyes, your constant seeking is indeed taking you somewhere remarkable. It is simply somewhere different than you expected to go. This journey you are on now is not about the short-term rewards. You have entered the realm of long-term creation, and the more doggedly you can hold your dreams in that perspective, the more truly beautiful expansion you are going to unfold. It is time to trust in the perfection of your soul, and time to trust where that alone can lead you.
Scorpio: 7 of Cups
It’s good to have choices, but it’s also good to be cognizant of exactly what those choices are. This month will bring plenty of opportunity, but that doesn’t mean that every option is right for you, or even meant for you. Pay close attention to the details beneath the smoke and the agendas beneath the mirrors, and also pay close attention to your own actual desires. The things you decide on now will build foundations for a long time to come - and have the potential to bring you immense joy pretty quickly too, if you don’t get sidetracked by what’s glittering in the moment rather than what will best ripple outward from your authentic self for ages. Don’t be afraid to pick, but do dig a little deeper. Then everything you need to know will be revealed to you.
Sagittarius: III The Empress
There is really no other way to say it - life is phenomenally good right now, and it is going to stay so for quite a while to come. This Earth you stand upon has bounty and abundance in store for you at every turn, so don’t be surprised to find that strange moments of luck simply fall into your lap and that even simple plans magically expand from good to better to amazing. Even the planets have aligned to support your walk right now. The time has come for you to be one hundred percent you one hundred percent of the time. Stop hiding. Stop doubting. Stop being so hard on yourself. You are exactly who you are meant to be, and it is powerfully beautiful. Everything you touch is going to grow right now, and those dreams you’ve been waiting to manifest are yours for the asking. So ask.
Capricorn: Knight of Cups
This month opens with you in your full power. If you don’t squander it, the month will close with all of the benefits of having used your power well. Take time to consider what your dreams really are, what you really want, what would really bring you satisfaction. And then do what you do best: plan and execute. Your biggest task right now is going to be not limiting yourself to only the most practical visions. You are capable of achieving not only material goals but also spiritual and emotional ones, and although those often seem out of reach to your earthy heart, they are not anymore. Don’t be afraid to be the seeker of your Grail. You will return from any quest with more than anyone thought possible, including yourself.
Aquarius: King of Cups
Truly knowing yourself takes more than contemplation and exploration. It takes guts. And it also takes a willingness to look at the real world all around you, blinders off and rose-colored glasses pushed aside. This month you will have the chance to step up to the reality of what it means to be human and what it means to be connected to the experiences that unfold all around you every day. But don’t worry - this isn’t meant to be a punishment or even a lesson learned. This is about you finally opening fully to the depths you are capable of swimming in so that you can better pull others up out of theirs. Your optimism will keep you from sinking, and when you emerge, you are going to be sure of yourself in ways that will amaze you and able to serve humanity in ways that you have been dreaming of your whole life long.
Pisces: Page of Swords
Usually, flow and intuition are your secret weapons, with a dash of psychic insight for the win. But this month, it is your thirst for information and your ability to use it that is going to serve you most profoundly. Though it may not be your natural home, spend some time out of your watery depths and put your feet on dry land to obtain the practical knowledge you need to achieve your goals. This means paying attention to mental skills, physical interactions, and seemingly simple choices. And also be very, very careful with your words - your use of them can make or break your success right now, and they hold the power to both heal deeply and cut deeply. If you remain conscious of the fact that you are brand-new within many of the realms you are entering, you will be able to forgive yourself for mistakes and able to gain more truly useful wisdom than you can imagine.