Aries: Eight of Coins
This month, you’ll be thinking about doing business and being more productive. You’ll be focusing on honing your craft and turning your skills into something you can be proud of.
The Eight of Coins is a card of craftsmanship. It can be as simple as being 100 % focused on your work and demonstrating your level of dedication and service. And it can be as innovative as taking something you’re uniquely capable of and turning it into a career.
In this version of the card — from the Joie de Vivre Tarot — a Fox in wizard’s attire conjures up a magic potion. He stands over the bubbling concoction as the cauldron sizzles and boils.
Five disks hang from the limbs of the trees behind him and three are pinned to his pointy hat. He’s so good, he can afford to take his eyes off the mixture. But he doesn’t dare step away: the completion of this project depends on his being right there to make it happen.
The Eight of Coins is also known as the apprentice card. It refers to taking on an interest — a new one or a lifelong dream — and devoting yourself fully to it. It doesn’t have to be career related, but since it’s a labor of love wouldn’t it be great if it were? Making a living doing what we love is something we all aspire to achieve.
This card can refer to an all-work / no-play mentality. But this is all relative, as the hours that you’re putting in will likely not feel like “work” at all. Not if you truly love what you do. This is about being fully engrossed in what you’re learning, creating or developing.
Take some time this month — even if you’re still somewhere punching that clock — and think about what you really want to be doing. Chances are good that once you start seriously thinking about your options, taking steps toward making them happen will come to you naturally.
TAURUS: The Hierophant
This month you should be taking a more serious look at what you believe in and how you communicate those beliefs to others.
The Hierophant card — this version from the Cosmic Tarot — speaks of pursuing knowledge, studying tradition, reflecting on Universal laws and principles and deciding where we stand.
The Hierophant is referred to as the Pope in some decks. But it’s not only about religion. It’s about carrying the wisdom of the ancients forward. as a means of gaining a greater understanding for yourself and using it to guide others.
The Hierophant in this card is in deep thought and reflection. He’s not only in search of deeper knowledge, he’s prepared to impart it to others. He’s dressed in ceremonial garb, leading the way for those who follow. His penetrating gaze and laser-like focus are clearly referenced here.
The triple cross staff is associated with the Pope and papal authority. Keys unlocked doors (to mystery, the occult and sacred teachings) and are also said to be the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
You could be immersing yourself in your studies this month or making plans to embark on a spiritual journey. You may also be called upon present your ideas to others — either formally or informally.
If you find yourself having to defend your views, do it in a calm, practical manner. The Hierophant’s message is not about being radical or fanatical. It’s about building on the conventions of those who’ve come before you and presenting your ideas with clarity and precision.
GEMINI: Queen of Pentacles
Now is the time to be thinking about ways to establish security for yourself and your loved ones. This means financial security first and foremost, but ties into other areas of your life as well.
Building a solid foundation in your relationships. Making sure you’re where you need to be with your education and professional credentials. Fortifying your relationships with loved ones, family and friends.
The Queen of Pentacles — this version from the Crystal Tarot — is all about security and longevity. She appreciates the finer things in life and is not afraid to work for them. But she also wants to see returns on her efforts — material and otherwise.
This Queen is not a pushover. She stands firm in her convictions and does what it takes to achieve her goals. As a strong, solid practical business woman, she’s probably weighed all her options before she’s made a move. She could be a person in your life or it could refer to qualities that you need to incorporate into your own personality.
The Queen of Pentacles is practical and efficient. She also tends to move a little more slowly, for two reasons. One, she knows from experience that practical choices are more likely to pay off than get rich schemes in the end. And Two, she wants to savor the life she’s built rather than scrambling to earn her next buck without taking the time to appreciate her gains.
She wants to be ready for the future. Notice the fall colors and foliage in this card. You could say she’s getting ready for a long cold winter and is not about to face it ill-prepared.
This month you want to be thinking about your long-term goals and what you might need to do to bring them to fruition. It may require you to make some short-term sacrifices. But what you gain in return — through hard work, discipline and patience — will make it all worthwhile in the end.
Cancer: Two of Swords
This month it’s going to be all about weighing the different options in your life, in order to arrive at an informed decision.
You may see yourself at a crossroads, such as a career-related decision, relationship, or even a long-term goal that you’ve not yet pulled together.
Whatever it is, it’s going to be important for you to step back and weigh the different options that are available to you before you make a decision.
While you don’t want to let yourself be swayed by external desires or distractions, you also can’t allow your own uncertainty to prevent you from taking a stand.
You may wish to “rise above” all of the turmoil that is festering beneath you, but as with the imagery depicted in this card, you won’t be able to completely escape it.
The Two of Swords — this version from Charissa Drengsen’s Steampunk Tarot — refers to conflicting ideals. Feeling torn or pulled in two different directions. Weighing options. Straddling the fence.
It can also refer to inaction and immobility. Sometimes this is due to fear: “What if I make the wrong decision?” But it’s just as often related to a desire to not have to choose at all. Notice that the figure in this version is wearing a blindfold which covers both her eyes and ears. She’s also underwater. It’s as if she’s attempting to mitigate the turbulence around her so she can think.
Whether you feel yourself being pulled in two different directions — between head and heart, for example — or just need a break from the chaos surrounding you, this card encourages you to take a step back, be still in the moment and reflect on what you want, removed from any external distractions.
LEO: Nine of Swords
This is going to be a transitional month for you, with just as much focus on moving toward the future (plans, goals and decisions) as there is on letting go of the past.
You may be thinking about reaching for higher goals, or aspiring to make huge changes in your life as you let go of your fears (traditionally associated with the Nine of Swords) and embrace the unknown.
This version of the card, from Marie White’s beautiful Mary-El Tarot — is all about answering to a higher calling. It represents broadening your horizons and setting your sites on whatever else is “out there” for you to experience.
There’s a lot of symbolism in this card. From the black and white towers (competing urges) to the crashing waves (being overwhelmed by emotions) to the Hathor / Horus images overseeing it all.
You may feel awestruck by the vastness of the world around you. Especially as it allows you to view your own small problems in a new light. If you look at the tiny figure in the center of this card, you can see how s/he might be overwhelmed by the enormity of choices that are available on the path ahead.
The Nine of Swords is often associated with fear and trepidation. But there’s very little of that here. This version depicts a complete reversal of that anxious frightened energy that is traditionally associated with this card, and replaces it with awe and inspiration. There’s no question that Change is afoot. But you may be struggling with whether you want to embrace it or retreat from it.
Your goal this month should be to look at the options and opportunities that are laid out before you and decide which new path you want to take. It will involve putting your own problems into perspective, and being willing to take a giant leap of faith into the vast unknown.
VIRGO: Two of Fire
This month’s card for Virgo is the Two of Fire, the Vision Quest Tarot’s version of the Two of Wands. It speaks of drawing on your inner reserves of self-confidence and initiative to make something happen.
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 Fire asks, “What are you waiting for?” and “why are you holding back?” It tells you 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 Fire 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 Fire 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.
Libra: Queen of Wands
This month is going to be a time for you to think about expressing yourself a little more regally and dramatically than you’re probably used to.
The Leopard — or Nurturer of Branches — is the Animal Wisdom Tarot’s version of the Queen of Wands. She’s strong, self-reliant and confident. She may seem calm on the surface, but as you can see in this card, if need be she will pounce.
Whether she’s trying to make an impression at work or hoping to leave her mark on the world in other ways, she has no problem making her presence known.
The leopard is known for not only its ferocity and daring but also its connection to instinct and intuition. In this respect this card can manifest for you as having a foot in both worlds.
She embodies the feminine or yin aspects of Fire (wands) energy: warmth, enthusiasm, energy and drive. She’s regal and majestic; dynamic and refined; confident and authoritative. She’s creative, expressive and passionate. She’s also very worldly and knowledgeable.
The Queen of Wands may be someone in your life, an event or a part of yourself. She may be a supervisor, a parent, a friend or even some facet of yourself that has long been dormant.
If you’ve been hiding in the shadows or downplaying some of the more expressive aspects of your personality, now is the time to step up and be seen. The Queen of Wands encourages you to get out there and put your best foot forward, in whatever capacity you can.
Your card this month, from the gorgeous Haindl Tarot, is the Justice card, which 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.
Sagittarius: Eight of Swords
This month you may need to think about your own limitations, and how you’ve contributed to the obstacles that stand between you and your goals.
The Eight of Swords — this version from Robert M. Place’s Alchemical Tarot Renewed — speaks of self-imposed obstacles and restrictions. You may feel powerless in your current circumstances and may be so caught up in blaming the people or events that have brought you to this that you’re unable to see a way out.
You may feel like you’re beating your head against a wall or like all of your efforts are being met with resistance. You may question whether the Universe is telling you to fight or to accept defeat — although neither of these is going to be the right course of action.
If you look at the demon in the card you can see that he has several ways out. The Swords that are lined up behind him are more decoration than anything else.
The chain around his leg is attached to … nothing. And he has wings! If he wanted to he could just take flight. There are multiple options available to him if he really wanted to break free. He might have to look at ways he’s contributed to the predicament in, but as always with this card there is a way out.
It may require a bit of ingenuity — much like is seen in this card. But it mainly involves simply opening your eyes, changing your perspective and finding a workable solution. You may have to shift his consciousness enough to see that things are not as bad as they seem.
You may be feeling overburdened by outside restrictions, or frustrated by limitations that you’ve created yourself. The Eight of Swords calls for awareness, perspective and acceptance or responsibility. Only once you have achieved all three can you truly break free from the ties that bind you.
CAPRICORN: Ace of Cups
With Venus moving back into your sign this month, you may feel as though your Cup is running over this month — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The Ace of Cups is a card of promise and opportunity, a new or fresh perspective that is mirrored right back to you by the Universe.
All Aces are related to new and unformed energy. So even if it does manifest as something material for you — a new romantic interest or some form of external validation for example — the bottom line is that it creates a “feel good” energy which reverberates throughout your very being.
As this is the Ace of Cups, and Cups refer to emotions, intuition and feelings, it’s likely to manifest on one of these levels.
In this version of the card — from the Morgan Greer Tarot — we see a hand reaching out from the heavens, holding a golden chalice.
The contents of the chalice flow onto a lotus blossom beneath it, which in turn reaches up to soak up the nourishment from above. A golden orb of sunlight emanates from the center of the chalice and a single white dove drinks from it.
The Ace of Cups is a card of emotional abundance and fulfillment. It’s “love” in its purest form: the compassionate, unconditional, all-encompassing form of love that is the essence of this archetype. It represents opportunities for happiness and fulfillment. It speaks of fertility, birth, newness and promise.
Every moment of every day provides opportunities to start anew. Each day is ripe with \with creative potential and opportunity.Keep this in mind this month, because what you make of it — and how open you are to the possibilities before you — is entirely up to you!
AQUARIUS: Nine of Cups
This month should bring in unexpected opportunities for you to increase your fortune and enhance your luck.
The Nine of Cups is called “Happiness” in some decks and the “Wish card” in others. It speaks of manifesting your heart’s desires through aligning yourself with the principles of appreciation and gratitude.
It’s a card of satisfaction, fulfillment and contentment. It speaks of being more than just satisfied with your lot in life, but also feeling truly blessed and grateful with where you are.
This version of the card — from the Samurai Tarot — is rich in symbolism. A giant gold koi fish leaps into the air against a blood red Moon. The silhouette of a great white heron on the other side of the card frames the fish in a yin yang formation.
These symbols represent the dynamic principles of give and take that are so much a part of this card’s message. We know that both love and money must flow in order to grow.
As an animal totem, the koi fish represents wealth and material abundance. The heron represents confidence and fearlessness. They move together in harmony in this card, illustrating the need to balance these energies in your life.
Even the colors of this card speak of fortune and opportunity. Red symbolizes action, movement and energy; gold represents prosperity and fortune, and the indigo hues in the background are tied to the crown chakra and third eye.
Along with being the “Wish” card, the Nine of Cups is also a card of Miracles. As there’s so much more focus on what one has than what one lacks, it’s easier to notice small miracles and in even the smallest things. With the New Moon in your sign this month (ushering in the Chinese New Year) be sure to count your blessings and expect good things.
This month you may find yourself looking back at the things you’ve held onto that need to be relinquished. Whether that means material things, or unbalanced relationships, or unrealistic hopes and dreams, now is the time to let go.
The “Sacrifice” card is the Tarot of Origins version of the Hanged Man. It refers to purging whatever has not served you well in the past, in order to make room for something that will.
This beautiful card illustrates the act of surrender that is traditionally associated with the Hanged Man. The figure in this card may be feeling powerless, but he’s willing to relinquish what he no longer needs.
You may be feeling torn between the part of you that wants to hold on for dear life and the part of you that recognizes it’s time to throw in the towel.
The vibrant reds and oranges in this card may symbolize anger and fear. And the arrow-head pointing down from the heavens suggests that the figure in this card doesn’t have much choice in the matter.
But his posture says he’s not only open to the process, he’s ready and willing to embrace it. The Hanged Man represents sacrifice and surrender. Obstacles and delays. And the Universe saying “no,” “wait” and “let it go.”
You may be more prepared than ever to let go of what is just not working for you. You may be doing a personal inventory and taking the time to look back and see what changes need to be made. In order to this you may need to put things on hold — at least long enough to assess the damages and formulate a plan for the future.
The Sacrifice card is all about surrender. Letting go and letting God. Holding back from trying to change the natural course of things because your own input could (and would) interfere with their development. And figuring out what you want to do differently from here on out.
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 2019 Tarot Scopes
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