Aries: Knight of Swords
At last. Things are finally shifting. Things are finally moving forward. Something is changing, and your relief is palpable. You are so incredibly ready for it and so ready to leave these past months far behind. But be very aware that your desire to gallop ahead is so overwhelming that you may not think first, and you may not pause to remember that you are only partially prepared. The new beginning really is here, but it is just that: a beginning. Use your head, and don't let the excitement run away with you. Yes, everything is changing, so breathe it all in deeply rather than missing out on what it really means. Winning isn't always about riding into battle. Sometimes it is about having the will to reign everything in.
Taurus: 9 of Cups
This month, you awaken as yourself for the first time in a very long time. It seems as if there is simply nothing left of import to hold you back. Over the last few months, you have looked under every stone, revisited every mistake, and bemoaned every poor decision you've ever made - and it is finally no longer worth it to keep letting that old stuff stand in the way. You have put in a great deal of meaningful work, and you can now see that you have created a beautiful, meaningful life. It turns out you didn't struggle alone, no matter how much it felt that way at times, and you are not coming back to life alone either. Throw open your doors at long last and let yourself be a part of this brave new world.
Gemini: XXI The World
You have broken through the veil and returned again, perhaps not unscathed but very much alive, perhaps not as human but still very much a part of this earth. And as desperately as you may have wished to do so in the past, you now know that you do not ever want to wall away the Sacred nor do you ever want to wall away the world. You are a creature of both sides, with your feet on the ground and your head in the universe, and the simplicity you think you desire will always elude you because of it. You can no longer only be a single part of yourself. This month, you attain a vision of your life like no other, and you receive the wisdom that getting what you want is never quite what you think it will be.
Cancer: XV The Devil
Life is full of choices. One of the hardest you will ever face is not where to go or who to love or how to live. It is what you need to leave behind. Your past is a remarkable trove of useful information, an accumulation of skills and knowledge that can serve you like nothing else. But it can also be the most illusory trap of any you will ever encounter. This month, it is time to break your fear-laden chains and accept that you must - you must - release what does not serve you. You cannot leave your life behind as if it did not exist. Both your pride and errors have shaped you - and taught you so very much about who you are and the path you walk. But you can fully embrace today's self as being not bound by what was and instead as the evolution towards all you are meant to be.
Leo: Ace of Pentacles
The days of working out of alignment with your true self have come to an end. It is time to do what you are meant to be doing, and it is time to be who you are meant to be. You have told yourself it is all impossible long enough. Look with real, clear eyes at the resources you have around you, the doors open right in front of you, the opportunities pushing up through brand-new ground. This month, plant the seeds of your prosperity - not the ones in your head that tell you what makes sense but the ones in your heart that tell you what makes you. The Universe is holding a vibrant mirror up to your very soul. You know what lack you think you see in that reflection, but unearthed potential is what the sacred sees in you.
Virgo: XVI The Tower
All those things that haven't been working, that drag you down, that bring chaos to your life - you have reached the tipping point at last. You may feel fear, or you may feel resignation. But one thing you don't feel is surprise. You have known for a long time now that the status quo isn't working. You've known for months that this version of life is simply unsustainable. You've done your human best to stay afloat in an ocean of discontent and watched with incredulity the options unfolding before you, but now you can't help but be awash with relief that the Universe itself has stepped in to clear the way. This is not the wrathful hand of destruction. This is freedom finally opening its arms to let you in. You are being held, not pushed. You are being opened, not closed. This is an act of love, not war. You already know the truth that there is a better life for you - and this month, like it or not, you are being given the gift of it.
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Libra: 3 of Swords
Sometimes you don't have anything left to give. Sometimes all you can do is make it through the day, tread water, and not sink. This month, stop beating yourself up for doing the best you can and take care of yourself without judgment. Healing yourself is not a weakness. It is, in fact, one of the strongest acts you can ever take on. Just don't mistake alone time for being all alone. Know that your circles and your communities surround you even when they cannot see you, and that they hold you and care for you even when you feel you do not have an ounce of care to spare back. It is an act of trust to believe they are out there, but they are. So don't be afraid to reach out, but also don't fret if you need to pull in. Healing up is hard work. There is no shame in being too tired to be present. Just be assured there are so many present with you.
Scorpio: King of Pentacles
Sometimes in the day to day, you feel like there isn't much point to it all. Who is really noticing, after all? Who really cares what you do? But this month, your heart pushes forward once more. You are here because endless lifetimes of ancestors have wept and starved and left their homes - for you. For the chance that you would be standing here. For the chance that you too would protect someone who needed it, despite the cost, despite the world, simply because of the rightness of it. So that you could contribute to creating a reality where no one has to make this kind of sacrifice again. What you build now matters more than you know and benefits more than you know. Keep manifesting your universe because right now, you are manifesting for all.
Sagittarius: XIV Temperance
This month is about moving thoughtfully and methodically through your choices, opportunities, and decisions. There is no hurry. It is much more important to refine carefully than to jump and grab indiscriminately. There is an important purpose at work here: Your small and intentional movements are putting a foundation in place that serves your long-term vision, and that vision supports true balance - even real peace - in your life. That is accomplished by examining your choices from all sides, sitting calmly with the options, and gaining a deeper understanding of what aligns with your soul. By tempering bit by bit, by standing back to see what each touch has altered, you create exactly what you want. So take your time. Patience is indeed a virtue, and used well, both worldly and spiritual serenity will be your reward.
Capricorn: Queen of Cups
Although you may start this month off with a list of important responsibilities that you are excited to make happen, your drive may diminish as the days go on. Don't get frustrated. Take care of what you can while you are up to it, and then sit down and take care of yourself. Being so efficiently capable out in this new world requires a lot of energy and focus, and you have plenty of both - but you also have quiet spaces that need tending to. Don't ignore those gentle parts of your soul, and don't let your desire for accomplishment diminish their importance. Those are the fuel that will eternally feed your fire. So yes, step into spaces where you can work your will, but then cozy up and nurture your heart.
Aquarius: 3 of Pentacles
You have a purpose here. It may not feel clear or real or even alive right now, yet one thing is for sure: It is divine, and it is yours. But that doesn't mean that every moment feels magical or every task feels ordained. All it truly means is that you must keep chipping away at your life day after day, hour by hour, until you find your way. This month, the helping hands extended towards you, the bursts of energy and faith, are signs of your alignment - the alignment of your body and your soul, of your work life and your real life. When they happen, accept them and use them with the same sacred admiration with which they were offered. These are not easy times. Do not worry about finding all the answers right now. Just know that you will receive all the help - divine and human - that you need.
Pisces: XVIII The Moon
If you want your life to be real, then you have to really look at it. The thing is, though, that trying to get a clear picture of what makes up your world can be a slippery task right now. These moonlit spaces can provide you with so very much - but they cannot provide you with the solid ground you crave in part because there is no universal solid ground at all. There is only your ground, your vision, your way of moving through this landscape with your own spirit as the compass to guide. There is the deep wisdom of your own intuition and your own soul to get you through it and to the next waiting shore. And do trust - there is a shore. But your hands, your eyes, your rationale are useless here. Stop trying to find what makes common sense and start just sensing. That is where your honest answers lie.