You may be called upon this month to reach into your inner reserves of strength and overcome your deepest fears. The Strength card is all about mind over matter and gaining control over the things in your life that are at risk for spiraling out of control.
It could be as simple as a pattern of second guessing yourself or talking yourself out of doing what you know is best for you. And it can be as complicated as upholding your part of a bargain you’ve made with yourself: quitting smoking for example. Dieting. Sticking to an exercise regimen. Holding your ground against temptations to “give in” when you know that doing so is not going to be in your best interests.
The woman in this card — from the Aya Takano Tarot— has managed to tame the beast through kindness and generosity. But she’s not exactly lying down and exposing her underbelly. Her demeanor is both soothing and reverent as she places the wreath of flowers over the lion’s mane. I love the “power” tattoo on her forearm.
Think about how far you’ve come in taming your own inner beasts. If you’re tempted to throw in the towel, remember that doing so will only cause you to lose momentum.
The Strength card encourages you to not only meet your fears head on, but to transform them by neutralizing the power they hold over you. Once you do that you’ll find that they weren’t so frightening after all.
TAURUS: The Emperor
This month you may have to step up and approach your responsibilities from a more serious and authoritative standpoint. The Emperor card is all about power, success, reputation and public standing. But these are all relative terms and are not necessarily related to profession. They’re just as likely tied to responsibilities around the home or within a group of peers.
The Emperor in this card — from the Stolen Child Tarot is a polar bear looking off into the distance as he keeps protective watch over a young changeling child. The ground is frozen solid, what little brush there is is sparse and snowflakes are falling all around them.
As fierce a guardian as this papa bear may be, there’s a gentle element to the way he protects the child. This is very fitting of the Emperor archetype, which is also quite fatherly and paternal.
The message behind this card is one of taking care of business. It’s not the time to be passive or wishy-washy. It’s all about stepping up and taking control of a situation that requires a firm hand and authoritative presence.
Whether you are a parent doling out “tough love” or a supervisor having to strong arm an employee or just taking back your power in a personal relationship, remember it’s important to temper that with kindness and compassion. Just like the bear in our card, a protective gentle approach is just as important as a firm steady hand.
GEMINI: Knight of Swords
This month you want to be “on your toes” and prepared for whatever opportunities — or peril — that comes your way.
The Knight of Swords is sharp, focused and purposeful, aware of his (or her) environment and quick to act if need be.
In traditional Rider Waite type decks the Knight of Swords is literally a knight in shining armor, charging ahead into battle or to rescue his fair maiden.
But in this version — from the Love and Mystery Tarot — we have a young hipster-soldier girl standing watch under a bird-filled sky. She herself resembles a bright and colorful bird, from her hair to her coloring to her clothing to her complete immersion in the scene before her.
But these birds aren’t flying south for the winter: they’re circling above her in what could be a menacing formation. She keeps her sword ready but holds it behind her until she knows for sure.
The Knight of Swords often delivers news. Sometimes it’s good news and sometimes it’s not. But like the young warrior in our card, your main objective should be to stay alert and be prepared to act quickly and decisively either way.
The Knight of Swords is quite good at getting to the point, but comes up short when it comes to tact and diplomacy. If it turns out that it’s you delivering the news this month, be mindful of your tone, manner and especially your choice of words.
CANCER: The Moon
This month is going to be all about getting more in touch with your emotions. You may sense that there’s more to something (or someone) than meets the eye, and be compelled to seek out a clearer understanding.
The Moon card — like the Moon in the night sky — can seem mysterious and unfathomable. It is the yin to the Sun’s yang; representing primal instincts and intuition.
While the Sun rules the day and light, the Moon — this version from the Tarot Obscura — rules the night and darkness. Mystery, the unknown, all that is hidden and that lies beneath the surface. This is the realm of the unconscious: that which is churning beneath your awareness and which often translates externally as anxieties, insecurities and fears.
It sometimes manifests as confusion, uncertainty or paranoia — especially when we try to analyze it logically, which is foreign to the realm of the Moon. Just as we can’t fully appreciate the beauty of the Moon in the light of day (consciousness), we struggle to grasp its archetypal meaning through the lens of logic or reason.
Be open to what the Universe has in store for you and be willing to hear some truths you may have buried deep in your unconscious. Remember that things do look different under the light of the Moon, and that “different” isn’t always a bad thing.
LEO: Six of Pentacles
This month you’ll be called upon to open your heart and loosen your purse strings, as a measure of generosity and good will.
The Six of Pentacles — this version from the Artist’s Inner Vision Tarot — is all about benevolence: giving what you can afford to give: whether it’s of your time, your money or your energy — to someone who needs it more than you do.
This card speaks of understanding the pathways between giving and receiving, to the extent that there are no expectations for being repaid. You give because you can and because the gratitude you receive is more than enough reward.
Even though you can only see a portion of her face, the woman in this card looks kind and compassionate. She has the words ” again and again look” across her forehead, a reminder that all that you put out there comes back to you in one way or another. In this respect the Six of Pentacles is also a reminder to pay attention and be grateful for the blessings you receive.
You may be also be the benefactor of someone else’s good will. Even the smallest gestures are meaningful in the greater scheme of things. This is a good time to practice random acts of kindness and to “pay-it-forward.” What you get back will more than make up for all that you put out in the end.
VIRGO: King of Cups
This month is going to be all about immersing yourself fully in the realm of feelings, intuition and emotions. This is a positive undertaking for you and in keeping with who you are, but it can also bring some things you’ve been struggling to deal with (or avoiding entirely) to the surface.
Look at the King of Cups in this card. In this version — from the Mary-el Tarot — he appears as a Poseidon-like figure, naked (open, receptive, exposed) and submerged in a pond filled with lotus blossoms (purity and enlightenment).
You can see how he’s become almost one with the murky waters that surround him, in fact you can’t tell in some places where the water ends and he begins.
Notice that his trident is also partially submerged and its tines have been distorted by the play of light on the surface of the water.
The King of Cups is about more than just getting in touch with your feelings. It’s about learning contain and control and master them. While it’s clear there is some turbulence in the water that surrounds him, you can see how this King is able to maintain his composure.
This is the vibe you want to hold onto this month. You may not be able to avoid certain emotional upheavals (nor should you) but you do want to work on going with the flow and letting yourself become one with your feelings and emotions rather than projecting them onto others.
Libra: Goddess of Pentacles:
This is a good time to review your earnings and expenses and start thinking about taking charge of your financial security. The Queens are represented as Goddesses in this deck and Pentacles refer to Earth signs, all of which are powerfully referenced in this card.
There’s a mystical and magical element to the Goddesses in the Secret Language of the Birds tarot. They are portrayed as shape-shifter entities, a hybrid between bird and human. Notice the Owl latching onto the Goddess’s shoulder in this card, and even drawing blood.
Owls are known for wisdom, caution and observation — qualities which are tantamount to the Queen of Pentacles archetype. The Sun face on the coin in the bottom corner of the card (and the smaller version dangling from her ear) reminds us of the importance of financial security. The flower behind her ear (and on her dress) remind us that beauty and sensuality are key components to her happiness and well-being.
The Goddess of Pentacles does need to be grounded. And she does need to feel that she’s contributing to her future and her financial security. But the shape-shifter qualities of the owl remind her that there’s so much more to life than wealth and success. You can work and earn and save to your heart’s content, but if you don’t take the time to stop and smell the flowers you won’t feel fulfilled.
The theme for you this month is going to be “out with the old and in with the new. What better representation of this energy than the Tower card, referred to here in the Animal Wisdom Tarot as the Serpent or Quickener.
The Tower card normally refers to sudden (or rapid) change — the unexpected dismantling of whatever in your life is in need of a drastic overhaul. It speaks of destruction and deconstruction — the breaking down of whatever’s stagnant or restrictive so that you can rebuild anew.
This is a kinder, gentler version, with the Serpent winding his body around the tower and trying to hold it together. Lightning flashes all around him, but he doesn’t shrink away: he strikes back. Even so you can see that the Tower is crumbling around him. But you do have some say in how this all plays out. There will be some upheaval and destruction, but there’s also a certain amount of control over what is destroyed and what is salvaged.
The Serpent is a symbol of transformation. It’s linked with Scorpio in that it sheds its skin, burrows underground and is associated symbolically with Scorpionic traits like depth, danger, sexuality and passion.
Those flashes of lightning do more than just break apart the limitations in your life. They also act as flashes of insight and clarity. For that brief moment in time when everything stands still, you can see not only where you’re heading but what you need to leave behind.
SAGITTARIUS: The Magician
This is a high energy month with just as much potential for things to go haywire as there is for magic to transpire. The Magician card — this version from the Gypsy Palace Tarot — encourages us to make the best use of all of the resources at our disposal. Especially during stressful times. The Magician — much like the Fool — already has everything he needs. But unlike the Fool, he’s consciously aware of it.
Sometimes it’s about learning to harness those energies and sometimes it’s about keeping them afloat. And sometimes it just boils down to a precarious balancing act. Notice the black cat exiting the stage on the right. He’s left his paw prints all the way down the wall and across the backdrop. He’s traipsed all over the stage yet doesn’t seem to have distracted the Magician at all. That’s the kind of composure you wan to cultivate during this time or at any time that life become stressful.
You may find yourself up against detractors this month who try to knock you off-balance or distract you from your goals. You’ll have to figure out your best course of action: you can either offer up resistance and push your detractors away, or you can see it as an opportunity to balance and integrate those opposing forces. The first option often results in crisis. And the other has the potential to create “magic.”
Your goal should be head off conflict by working on balancing the “oppositions” in your own life. You may not be able to avoid confrontational people, but how you respond to them is entirely in your hands. That ability to harness your inner conflicts will provide you with the tools that can help you to handle the outer ones.
CAPRICORN: Five of Swords
This month you may need to look at all the different aspects of a disagreement and decide your next move. Do you surrender? Finish off your opponent? Turn and walk away? Or do you go back in and clean up the spoils in the hopes that there’s something left to be salvaged?
The Five of Swords is traditionally associated with conflict and turmoil, not seeing eye to eye, and fighting for the sake of fighting. There are elements of ego, pride and “reputation” in the mix — not wanting to give in or to admit to being wrong — these are what keep the conflict alive. This version — from the Tarot of the Holy Light — has a pair of eagles involved in a skirmish, and while one appears to be “winning” it’s apparent that that could easily change. Five Swords are lined up behind them, three of them broken and two still intact.
If you think about the disagreements in your own life, you’ll see that Ego is almost always to blame. Any battle after all is a battle with ourselves, whether we project it outwardly or recognize it as a projection. The Ouroboros behind the two warring eagles reminds us that there is no beginning or end, no conqueror or defender, no winner or loser. Take a step back and evaluate the spoils of whatever “war” you’re most recently engaged in. Only you can decide what being “right” has cost you and whether it was worth it in the end.
AQUARIUS: Nine of Pentacles
This month it’s going to be all about being present in the moment, counting your blessings and being grateful for all that you’ve acquired.
The Nine of Pentacles — this version from the Morgan Greer Tarot — is all about enjoying the bounty that life affords you rather than focusing on what you lack. You may be feeling good about how far you’ve come and deserving of all you’ve been able to acquire. And now is the time to start enjoying it.
There are symbols of abundance and prosperity all throughout this card — from the colors on the card to her lavish jewelry to the bowl of grapes and gold coins around her neck to the partridge on her shoulder. Even the pine bough behind her is said to represent fertility and immortality. The woman in this card appears to be content which what she has: she knows she’s earned and deserves it.
You may not be feeling very “prosperous,” especially if you’ve been struggling to make ends meet. But this card is all about putting that consciousness into perspective, and focusing on what you have rather than what you don’t.
Sometimes the Nine of Pentacles appears as a generous benefactor who opens a door for you that leads to opportunity. In this the case be mindful of his (or her) contribution and give credit where credit is due. Sometimes it’s an event that turn out to be a catalyst that leads to opportunity. It is this shift in consciousness — to that of prosperity, abundance and gratitude — that will make all the difference in your life..
PISCES: The Muse
This month you could be seeing the world in a whole new light. Look around you and see what inspires you. You may find yourself day-dreaming, reminiscing about the past, revisiting childhood memories, or letting your mind wander beyond the tedium of your daily routine.
The Muse card is unique to this deck. It was created as an extra card in the Wild Green Chagallian Tarot series, inspired by the artist Marc Chagall’s own muse, his first wife, Bella.
Here we see her as a fresh young bride in a long white dress, a sprig of wild foliage in her hand. All around her — and against a beautiful rainbow backdrop — are tiny images: are they born of her imagination, dreams for her life ahead, or are they memories of a time gone by? Whatever they are, they’re sources of inspiration that are ripe for the picking.
Think about your own “Muse.” What is it that inspires you that you may have pushed aside in favor of mundane responsibilities? Or consider the qualities that you posses that can act as an inspiration for others.
You may have gotten stuck in the doldrums of a monotonous daily routine. But the Muse card is here to remind you of that innocent time when the world was full of possibilities. Take a break from whatever you’re doing this month and allow her to inspire you as well.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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April 2015 Tarot Scopes
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