ARIES: Two of Wands
Be on the lookout this month for opportunities that are available to you, even those that may not be so readily apparent from your current vantage point.
The Two of Wands — this version from the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot — speaks of having put an initial plan into action (with the Ace of Wands) and seeing it starting to gather momentum. It means that something has started to happen — something that’s big enough to assure you you’re on the right track, but not yet well-thought out enough to ensure that it’s a go.
This could be something that was once just a dream or half-formed vision about where you see yourself “down the road.” You may be thinking of going back to school, or looking for another job or approaching someone you’re interested in and asking them out to dinner. It doesn’t have to be something big. But it can lead to something huge.
The Two of Wands asks, “What are you waiting for?” and “why are you holding back?” It tells you that there’s no time like the present to put yourself out there and take at least the first steps toward pursuing your goals.
You may not have fully fleshed out your ideas. And that’s perfectly ok. The Two of Wands speaks of putting something into action that will gather momentum over time. It encourages you to expand your horizons and reach for broader vistas. It speaks of taking a look at your long-term goals and acting on them with courage and conviction.
If you’ve been hesitating due to fear or uncertainty, now is the time to put those worries aside. You’re already seeing how some moves are paying off, and are now in a position to take things to the next level. The Two of Wands says that all you aspire to is now within your grasp; you only need to gather up the courage and confidence to go after it.
Tthis month you’ll want to be extra gentle with yourself and tend to your own needs with the same loving care that you’re used to doling out to others.
The Strength card is a card of self-mastery. It’s about digging in deep and finding your inner reserves of strength and power that are sometimes necessary for handling life’s challenges.
It’s a card of courage, bravery, discipline and self-control. It speaks of the importance of staying grounded and being steadfast in the face of danger, and whatever curveballs the Universe throws your way.
You may be putting on a brave face as you tackle things that frighten you or take you outside of your comfort zone. Or you may — like the faerie in this card, from the beautiful Faerie Tarot — recognize the value of taming your inner beast and becoming one with it.
The Strength card speaks of the importance of staying grounded and being steadfast in the face of danger, and whatever curveballs the Universe throws your way.
You may need to put on a brave face and tackle the things that frighten you or take you outside of your comfort zone. You may also need to be kind to yourself and tend to your own needs with the same loving care that you’re used to doling out to others.
Take some time this month to get in touch with your own capacity to stand up to the challenges that present themselves and face them rather than cowering in fear. You may be surprised at your ability to remain composed when need be. You may be surprised to learn that you’re stronger than you know.
GEMINI: Six of Cups
This month you may find yourself surrounded by friends and loved ones and reminiscing about the past.
Whether you’re physically with those who are near and dear or just revisiting them in your memories, you’re likely to taking a trip down memory lane.
The Six of Cups — from the beautiful Anna K Tarot — speaks of innocence, wonder, sentimentality and reminiscing about the past. You may be missing someone, longing for the comforts and companionships that have gone by the wayside over time.
You could also hear from an old friend unexpectedly. Someone who’s been on your mind and who takes you on a trip down memory lane, reminding you of long-forgotten events that come rushing back to you in a wave of nostalgia.
This card is also about finding pleasure in the simpler things in life. It says it’s time to kick your shoes off and have fun rather than getting bogged down with responsibilities. All those will be exactly where you left them later on, so for now put them all aside and try to recapture the spirit of those carefree days gone by.
Take some time to find your own sacred space; and reflect on the things that have brought you to where you are now. If you can’t get away you can still recapture some of the magic of those simpler times, and use it to restore your sense of peace.
You may be missing someone this month, or looking forward to a reunion with someone from your past. Old memories may come flooding in. And while it may not be useful for you to dwell too long on them, the overall feelings are those of genuine contentment and goodwill.
CANCER: Three of Pentacles
Now is the time to put your head together with others and work on bringing a project to fruition. The Three of Pentacles is a “teamwork” card, among other things.
It’s about hitting your stride and seeing initial results of something you’ve been working hard on. Sometimes you need help to take it to the next level, even if that comes in the form of a critical eye.
The Three of Pentacles — like all threes — refers to the initial stages of progress where you’ve taken an idea (as seen in the Ace) put it into production (as seen in the Two) and are making progress now toward creating something real (the Three).
The imagery in this card — from the Deviant Moon Tarot — describes this process beautifully. We see three half-formed figures all actively creating one another and all benefiting from the help they receive from their peers.
Notice though how each of these figures is different. The first one — a human — is working on the second figure (an angel) in pencil; the angel is chiseling away at the third figure, who appears to be a robot; the robot is actively working on the human’s face with bright red paint.
There’s an interdependence depicted here and a camaraderie. Each of these figures needs the others and all of them are contributing equally.
It’s a good time to reach out to others and ask for help if you need it. It can’t hurt to offer it to those who could benefit from your assistance either. You may just need a little push to get past a hump, or you may need the discerning eye of someone you trust.
The Three of Pentacles says that you’re making progress and should be feeling good about what you’ve accomplished so far. But there’s still work to be done, and you won’t be able to do it alone.
LEO: The Moon
You start this month on the heels of a Full Moon (solar eclipse) in your sign. And not just any old Moon — this was a rare “Super Blue Blood Moon” that is beautifully depicted in this card.
The Full Moon provides an overview of the progress you’ve made since its New Moon counterpoint in the middle of January. Seeds that were planted then will surely have sprouted; do you need to make adjustments or change your course entirely? Now is the time to think about what you’ve accomplished and where you want to go from here.
If you look closely at this imagery in this card — from the gorgeous Animism Tarot — you’ll see that everything reflected in the stream is slightly different than it’s literal version.
The Full and New Moons are obvious. But the rabbit’s reflection is inverted and the constellations around the moon become ripples in the stream. Even the stars in the night sky look like swirling snowflakes in the stream’s reflection.
This ties in to one of the main differences between the astrological Sun and Moon. In keeping with the Hermetic principles of “As above, so below; as within so without,” we understand that the Moon reflects the Sun’s light and thus represents the internal aspects of our psyches.
Traditional interpretations of the Moon card include things like confusion, doubt and uncertainty. And while some of that may be reflected here — with the paradoxical inverted reflections — there’s also a lot of clarity here. The night is crisp, the stars are bright and the rabbit is fully engaged in getting a closer look at that New Moon.
With that in mind, this is not only a good time to think about fresh ideas, initiating projects and New (Moon) beginnings, but also for exploring and embracing your rich inner world.
VIRGO: Nine of Swords
This month you may find yourself needing to confront your fears or face the music about something that you’re not too comfortable with.
The Nine of Swords — this version from the beautiful Prisma Visions Tarot — speaks of needing to face your fears and acknowledging your own part in whatever predicaments you’re facing.
This is sometimes called the “nightmare” card. It refers to the apprehension and fear we experience upon waking up from a bad dream. And when we’re forced to confront a real-life situation that has taken on nightmarish proportions, it can be just as traumatic.
There’s a true sense of terror and foreboding in this card. A young boy stands in the the midst of a snowstorm, barefoot and unprotected from the harsh winter elements. Before him flaps a giant squawking bird, his menacing teeth bared and ready to strike.
He may not know how he’s called this situation to him, but it’s clear to him now that he must stand up and face it. He has no other choice.
Like the boy in this card, you may have created a situation — or contributed to one — that now has you terrified of the consequences. You may feel like running away from your problems, or pulling the blankets back over your head.
But you’ll find that not confronting your demons and tackling the situation head on only makes them more harrowing. While it may be hard to admit, avoiding responsibility for something you’ve created yourself will only exacerbate your problems.
The Nine of Swords is strangely empowering as it forces you to face your fears. There’s no more hiding or avoiding, as the circumstances in your life put them right in your path. You may have to remind yourself that it’s never as bad as it seems; that it was only a nightmare and that everything will look better with the dawn of a new day.
Libra: Six of Arrows
This month you may find yourself thinking about where you want to be heading in the coming weeks — mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
The Six of Swords (called Arrows in the Wildwood Tarot), is a card of transition. Moving from one chapter in your life to another, which does require leaving something behind.
You may be moving, changing jobs, ending a relationship, or releasing some baggage that’s been holding you back. Although this card refers to change more than it does to endings, there are elements of “clearing the slate” that are a necessary part of this process.
In this version we see a lone sailor navigating his tiny craft through uncharted territories. His sailboat is fashioned in the shape of a swan, and sails effortlessly toward its new destination. He’s leaving behind the life he’s known and moving toward a new existence.
In some versions, a figure is being ferried across an expanse of water, hunched over and hidden from view. But in this rendition the sailor stands at the helm himself. He’s steering his own vessel, and thus taking charge of his own destiny.
Think about what has been holding you back (and what you now must leave behind) in order to move forward. This is the message behind the Six of Arrows. It may feel unsettling at first but is ultimately liberating.
You may notice the Sun (consciousness, what is known) setting behind the sailor in our card. He’s moving away from it and toward the unknown, guided by only his intuition (the Moon). Take this with you on your own journey — knowing that there are new adventures in store that can take you out of your comfort zone and lead you to a whole new world.
Scorpio: Seven of Coins
Tthis month you may be feeling somewhat restless about a project that’s in the works yet is not quite finished. The Seven of Pentacles (Coins, in the Joie de Vivre Tarot version of the card) refers to the beginning of an idea or a partially finished project that still needs time to mature.
In this version, we see two little fairy deer, standing on either side of a tree. A seed has been planted (and nourished with love — as seen in the heart that encapsulates it just below the surface of the earth).
They gaze up at their work and coins turning into blooms, a look of sheer wonder on each of their adorable little faces.
But the fruit is not quite ready to be picked. It’s not quite “ripe” yet. There may still be work to be done or they may still need to figure out what they’re going to do with the fruits of their labor once it is harvested.
If you’ve put the right amount of time, energy and effort into whatever it is you’re hoping to achieve, then pausing to get an overview won’t slow you down now. If you need to make changes, this is the time to do so.
The Seven of Coins is all about taking stock of how far you’ve come and then either making the necessary adjustments or jumping back in with a renewed sense of confidence and enthusiasm.
Take some time to reflect on how far you’ve come and give yourself a pat on the back while you’re at it. You can get a sense of not only how much has been done but what’s still left to do to reach your goal. While you still need to think about your next step, you can take pride this month in how much you’ve accomplished so far.
Your card this month — the Justice card from the stunning Haindl Tarot — refers to Universal justice and righteousness. Truth. Awareness. Objectivity. Honesty and Integrity.
You may be weighing different options or thinking about how to bring the divergent areas of your life into balance. Or you may be dealing with a situation that calls for you to rise above your personal preferences in order to arrive at what is fair and just.
In this version of the card, we see repeated themes of balance and symmetry. The scales suspended from an invisible thread, the peacock feathers in the background, and the esoteric symbols on the corners of the card.
The peacock feathers are symbols of truth and integrity. As animal totems they signify watchfulness, protection, guidance and nobility. The scales are made of silver and gold — opposing elements — each containing a translucent orb that floats slightly above it.
A sudden gust of wind or ruffling of the peacock feathers could upset the whole contraption. This is an important feature of this card. It reminds us how precarious the concept of Justice truly is, and how important it is to keep things in balance.
The Hebrew symbol “Lamed” is in the upper left corner, the Norse rune “Naud” in the upper right, and the astrological glyph for Libra is in the lower right. Lamed is said to refer to wisdom, learning and action. Naud is tied to self-control, deprivation and sacrifice. And the Libra glyph speaks of balance, cooperation and harmony. Together these symbols describe the principles related to law and Justice.
This card refers to Universal or Cosmic Justice — right vs. wrong rather than what you might desperately hope for or want to happen. Sometimes it refers to justice in the legal sense. And sometimes it has to do with a situation that may seem unfair to you specifically — especially if you’re personally invested in the outcome.
In this respect if you’re dealing with a legal situation, workplace drama, marital discord, or some other problem that calls for third-party mediation, know that this is the kind of Justice that will prevail in the end.
CAPRICORN: King of Wands
This month you may be thinking about going off on a grand adventure or pursuing higher mind ideals.
You may be thinking about expanding your horizons and taking a leap of faith into the wild unknown. You may be latching onto larger-than-life ideals, like the King of Wands in this card.
This version of the King of Wands — from the Sun and Moon Tarot — has nothing but the clothes on his back and his torch to guide him as he and his trusty Unicorn gallop off into the night. The pair of them are fearless: they’re not going to let a raging bonfire get in the way of their goals.
You may be excited about a trip you have planned or a destination that’s been calling out to you for some time. On a smaller scale you’re still likely to be bursting at the seams with big plans and ideas. You may be feeling more bold, confident and enthusiastic about where you are heading and about what your future holds.
The King of Wands may appear as a person in your life. If so, you’ll know him by his dynamic presence and his fearless attitudes. He may be a parent, boss, mentor, lover or companion. Whatever form he takes, know that he’s here to show you how it’s done.
He can also represent a state of mind, as in displaying confidence and problem solving skills that draw people to you and elevate you in their eyes. And he can represent an event, such as a promotion or recognition from your peers.
However he appears for you this month, see it as an indication that it’s time to step and start exerting your own influence. It may be time for you to pick up your own mighty club and show the rest of the world what you’re made of.
You may struggle with maintaining your footing this month, in the midst of some rather tumultuous transits and the New Moon in your sign.
The Chaos card — from the Vision Quest Tarot — illustrates this energy beautifully, although you want to remember that while change can throw you momentarily off-center, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s exactly what is needed to get you moving in the right direction.
This is the Vision Quest’s version of the Tower card. It’s traditionally associated with sudden and unexpected change. And that is certainly not lacking here, with a bolt of lightning igniting a wildfire that’s caused a horse to rear back in terror.
He may have been trotting along with his head in the clouds (another Mars / Neptune reference) when lightning struck. But now he seems to have been pushed to the edge of a cliff with nowhere to go but down.
The Tower card can shake your world and turn it upside down. It breaks apart everything that’s already unstable or uncertain, even if you’re not aware of it. It’s that lack of awareness that is first reconciled, as in the brief moment in time when a bolt of lightning lights the whole sky.
So the question is what do you do? Do you hold on for dear life and hope that the fire burns out on its own? (and if that’s what you’re already doing, how’s it working for you?) Or do you do what is strongly recommended here and grab onto that Venus / Jupiter aspect, trusting that the Universe has better things in store for you?
Things like freedom, adventure, expansion and luck. And things like love, money and self esteem. While the Tower card forces you to let go of what you no longer need, it’s still the more favorable response. As frightening as it may seem to you now, going ahead and jumping off that cliff could be the best thing that’s happened to you in a long while.
Pisces: Knight of Cups
You may find yourself swept up in a wave of romantic reverie this month, courtesy of a beautiful Mercury, Venus, Neptune conjunction in your sign. This all occurs while the Moon is still New, as can be seen in the Tarot of a Moon Garden’s version of the Knight of Cups.
You can see Venus lined up with the Crescent Moon in mid-February if you step outside and check out the Western horizon just after Sunset. Neptune and Chiron are there too, although not visiible to the naked eye. This is a fortuitous configuration that the Knight of Cups would surely be wishing on.
The Knight of Cups is the most romantic of all the Knights. He’s sensitive, loving and passionate. He may in love with love; it’s certainly his main driving force.
There is a bit of a dramatic flair associated with this Knight. He can be chivalrous and gallant when he needs to be. Or when the mood calls for a softer approach he can be sensitive, caring and kind.
He may be a person in your life — if so expect him to wear his heart on his sleeve. He may have swept into your life like the proverbial knight in shining armor, or he may be reaching our from afar as the Knights are often also messenger cards.
But as with all the court cards, this may be an event transpiring in your life (a proposal, an invitation, or messages of love and affection from afar.). And it may also appear as an indication of qualities that you might need to adopt.
You may receive news this month, and while it may not manifest as an actual proposal, it should at least be good news. It may also answer important questions or validate you instincts about someone you feel a connection to. While the Knight of Cups is known for his extravagance, he can also be quite subtle. So don’t be surprised if he sneaks up on you when you least expect it.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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February 2018 Tarot Scopes
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