The Moon, reversed
The Moon card reversed following immediately in the footsteps of The High Priestess, yesterday’s card, as well as its repeated appearance upright on February 16 and January 25, carries a heavy message. While the previous cards encouraged you to expand your horizons and develop your spiritual and psychic powers, the sudden appearance of The Moon, reversed, serves as a warning. In this context, the reversal of this card suggests becoming lost in a swamp of illusion/delusion, even falling prey to anxiety, depression, or other mental illness. It could also be cautioning against being sucked into following a cult leader who is a con artist. The way to prevent this is to use psychic protection, also called “spiritual hygiene”, when doing your spiritual/psychic work. Some suggestions: Visualize impenetrable shields of protective white light energy around yourself. Soak in sea salt baths both prior to engaging in your work and afterward. Burn a purifying incense or herb and surround yourself with the cleansing smoke. (Make sure to crack a window open so the negativity can flee elsewhere.) Intent is key: When setting your protections, state that your intention is to protect yourself from any attacks from negative energies, chaotic vibrations, or harmful entities. When finished with your work, make sure to ground yourself with the Tree Meditation before going about your regular business. There are many books on the subject of psychic protection, but the best one is Spiritual Cleansing by the magical practitioner Draja Mickaharic. Remember that protecting yourself is your choice and you make it happen through exercising your will!
The High Priestess
The High Priestess comes up at this time to remind you to develop your intuition and your connection to Spirit. Like the Major Arcana card The Moon, which appeared in the daily readings on January 28 and February 16, this card suggests awareness beyond rational thought. The High Priestess also connotes the profoundly gentle energy of the Divine Feminine. There is a realm of wisdom and truth that can only be explored through spiritual means: prayer, meditation, shamanic journeying, or direct mystical communication. If you have already started on a spiritual path, the message today is to proceed wholeheartedly and expand your experiences, following them wherever they may take you. If you haven’t yet chosen a path, the message is to find one as soon as possible. It’s time! Ask the Universe to guide you to the best path through which you may connect with Spirit. Ask for Spirit to communicate with you in a way that you’re able to clearly understand and accept.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Seven of Swords, reversed
This card came up on January 24. We’ve been encountering a run of repeat cards recently! Time to check ourselves and see if we’re listening to the cards’ messages! Here is the reading from January 24:
This is the third card in a row this week that has come up reversed. There seems to be a theme. Are you stuck in a rut, spinning your wheels? Are you feeling like you’re facing a brick wall whenever you try to get somewhere? This card suggests that it has to do with your approach to your problems. The Seven of Swords tends to appear when someone in your life is sneaking around behind your back, lying, stealing, being unfaithful. Could it be you doing these things to yourself? Perhaps you’re self-sabotaging by distracting yourself, procrastinating, and putting imaginary obstacles in your way. We humans can be very good at lying to ourselves. Take some time today to sit down and reflect on your recent choices and consider your motivation for them. You might see a pattern of self-destructiveness emerge. If so, call it what it is. Analyze and dismantle it so you can move forward.
Today’s reading carries the specific message that someone might be going behind your back to do something unpleasant. Be aware of this possible development and prepare to take action if necessary. Don’t be afraid to be confrontational. You are entitled to protect your boundaries and to expect honorable behavior from those with whom you associate.
Page of Wands, reversed
We all have projects and ideas that never reached the full flowering of their potential, nor even managed to sprout as seedlings. If you’ve been struggling with this in your life, this card is coming up to encourage you not to give up! Try taking a new approach - perhaps your concept is a valid one but needs to be retooled and presented in a different fashion. Also, you might be subconsciously putting obstacles in your own way. What are your views on success? Do you truly believe that you deserve it? Can you visualize yourself experiencing the happiness and satisfaction of having completed a project that’s your very own? The card suggeststhat you might have a mental block of some kind. Think about this carefully and examine what in your mindset might be holding you back.
The Moon also came up in the daily reading for January 28. When we draw the same card within a few weeks, particularly when it’s a Major Arcana card, it indicates that its message is especially important at this time. Let’s revisit the reading for January 28:
You might find yourself in a situation today in which you’re dealing with a person who isn’t what he or she seems to be. Beware of the smiling, friendly mask. This card advises to rely on your intuition with this person, and not on your rational assessment (“But he seemed like such a nice guy!”). Tune into your gut instinct and listen closely to what it tells you. If you feel even a minor hesitation, cut ties with the person and stay far away! The Moon can also be a general suggestion to open your mind to the higher spiritual realms and develop your innate psychic abilities. Just be careful not to get roped in by any “plastic gurus”! You’ll be able to discern the real teachers through your intuitive reaction to them. And the more $$$ they charge, and the more they talk about themselves, the more fake they are.
In today’s reading, perhaps because we are approaching the Full Moon on February 19, the message that’s coming through emphasizes that you should hone your intuition and learn to unleash its full power. Here’s a good article on the topic:
Eight of Cups
There are times when we are so disappointed and disgusted with a situation/relationship that we feel compelled to just walk away from it, regardless of the consequences. This card comes up today to suggest that if you find yourself in this position, avoid taking rash action. Think carefully before cutting ties and leaving. The eight golden cups sitting in a neat row indicate that there is still much good to be found in the situation. Try setting aside your negative emotional reactions for the moment, and instead, look at the details as dispassionately as you can. Weigh the good against the bad and consider sticking it out a little longer. If you wait, you’re likely to find a more advantageous time to break free.
You may have been sensing recently that your life is out of balance - you’re being pulled off-center by your impulsive choices. Or your mind is darting around out-of-control, dwelling on nagging thoughts that cause you great anxiety and depression. If that’s the case, now is the time to focus on your “inner work” and release yourself from the chains of negative thought/behavior patterns. Become conscious of when and how you’ve been allowing yourself to over-indulge in your bad habits. Catch yourself before making those choices. And when you notice your mind returning to a negative thought pattern, break out of it by refocusing on what you love and feel grateful for in your life. This takes a lot of practice but is well worth it. A daily practice of meditation would be helpful as well. Moderation in all things is key to your mental, emotional, and physical health at this time.
Four of Cups
You may be going through a phase in which you have withdrawn from the outside world and become deeply self-absorbed - perhaps in work, study, or meditation. If so, be careful not to cut yourself off from human interaction. Balance is required here. Remember that we all need to take time for ourselves and for solitary contemplation, but we also need contact and sharing with others. We are social beasts. Alternatively, you could be feeling left out of the social picture. You might be seeing other people having fun together and you’re wondering why you’re not part of the group. If you want to join in, you have to put yourself out there and take the plunge! If that group turns out not to be the best fit for you, find another one that suits you better. It’s all up to you.
The Devil, reversed
Your life now may be affected by an unhealthy addiction, obsessive emotional attachment, or a habit of lies and manipulation. This could be yours, or it could be that of someone close to you. If this resonates with you, take steps immediately to break the connection. What seems like a harmless indulgence will lead to great turmoil and sorrow in the future if the pattern isn’t broken. If someone else’s behavior is causing the problem, cut your ties with them. Doing so might be difficult, but it’s for your own safety. If it’s you who’s responsible, it’s time to do some serious introspection and work on eliminating your toxic behaviors. You’ve been carelessly drifting along, allowing negative, chaotic energies to dominate you and cause you to make poor choices. The good news is that you can turn this around by changing your attitude. Recognize that your own personal choices have a ripple effect that affects everyone around you. Choose to do the right thing.
Knight of Pentacles, reversed
This Knight is organized and methodical. Some might call him plodding, unimaginative, lacking in emotion, even boring. But he always comes through. He’s a “slow and steady wins the race” kind of guy. The reversal of this card indicates that you could use more of this energy in your life right now. You may be flitting around between different projects, trying to decide what your next step will be, and writing down lots of ideas and to-do lists that you put aside and eventually lose. You have the creative energy but not the grounding necessary to bring your projects to completion. You’re dreaming of the garden you want to grow, but haven’t yet picked up a shovel to start digging. This card comes up today to advise you that NOW is the time! Stop fooling around and get down to the real nitty-gritty. Make a coherent plan, break it down into small chunks, and follow it. Stone by stone, build a solid foundation for what you want to do. It’s tedious, dirty work, but without that clear structure to rely on, your dreams won’t come to fruition. The Knight of Pentacles is the least glamorous of the Knights, but he gets things done.
Page of Cups
This is a good day for you to express your emotions. They might have to do with friendship, family, a romantic relationship, or simply your feelings when you’re moved by art, music, and beauty. Too often, we bottle up our emotions because we’re afraid of showing them. This results in an interruption in our connection with the world. And when we hide too much of ourselves, we create an imbalance in our character. Today, feel free to speak what’s in your heart. Also, be open and accepting of others’ honest expressions, as you would wish them to be of yours. You’ll find that this approach will lead to a deeper connection and will raise your relationship with them to a higher level.
Four of Swords, reversed
This card was in the reading on January 30, upright, telling you to take a breather from your constant work and activity so you can rest and restore yourself. The card also advised that you find some time to meditate. Have you done that yet? The fact that this card is returning again so soon, and reversed, suggests that you haven’t, and you definitely need to focus on this. Your health and well-being are in jeopardy because of the many stresses you’re experiencing. Take a day off, if you can, and spend it relaxing and doing as little as possible. Stay away from the internet and the TV news. Read a book and listen to music. Get outside and take a long walk, even if the weather is unpleasant. Breathe the fresh air. Watch the clouds pass over. When you get home, try silently meditating for 10 minutes. You’ll find that a regular practice of this will help you reduce your stress and become more at ease in your daily life.
Queen of Pentacles
This Queen is practical. She spends many hours supervising the cultivation of her gardens and the crops in her fields. Although she’s a powerful Queen, she exercises that power within her own domain, making sure that her castle and properties are maintained and her people are comfortable, safe, and well-fed. She doesn’t engage in the dreamy emotionalism of the Cups, the unbridled fiery passion of the Wands, or the elaborate strategies and machinations of the Swords. She takes one thing at a time, one day at at time. She’s the most grounded of the Queens. This card comes up today to suggest that you try to develop her qualities within yourself. See where they could prove useful in your life right now. If you’ve been indulging in too much brainstorming, competitiveness, or distraction with romantic fantasies, bring yourself down to earth and focus on getting important stuff done.
Nine of Wands, reversed
The Nine of Wands came up, also reversed, in the daily reading on Sunday, January 27. When cards come up repeatedly, it’s significant - it means that the message is important in your life and perhaps you need reminding. Here’s the reading from January 27:
“Sometimes life is a struggle and we encounter setbacks and negative criticisms at every turn. It’s depressing and tempts us to give up on our goals. If this is where you’re at today, this card has come up to advise you to keep up the good fight! You’re closer than you think to achieving a breakthrough. But it’s important for you to focus singlemindedly on what you want to achieve. Build a protective shield around yourself to repel the opinions of others. They aren’t all being honest with you - some are merely envious and taking out their own frustrations on you - and in any case, they’re a distraction at this stage. You need to do this on your own. Now is the time to go within yourself, draw on your inner resources, and push on through to the finish line.”
Does that message resonate with you today?
An additional suggestion comes through in today’s reading: are you sabotaging yourself by taking on more projects and responsibilities than you can effectively handle? Sometimes we don’t know how to say “No”, or we accept overload in order to prove something to others. This is a mistake. Part of setting your protective boundaries is recognizing when you’re making the right decisions that will help you move forward towards your goal, and when you’re distracting yourself by putting obstacles in your way. Work on reducing the amount of “noise” in your life so you can focus on the “signal”.
Seven of Wands, reversed
You may be embroiled in an argument or controversy at the moment. If so, take a step back and think carefully about whether it’s worth it to continue fighting. It could be a total waste of your time and energy. What are you trying to prove, and to whom? It’s possible that much of the conflict is in your own mind and you’re contending with imaginary adversaries. Maybe you should drop your defensive stance and see people as potential allies rather than dangerous enemies. Pay attention to what they actually say and do, and avoid assuming hostility on their part. This is likely to require that you look deeply into your motivations and confront your inner weaknesses. Often we are our own worst enemy.
Ten of Cups
Family matters occupy your thoughts today, and the news is good. Everyone is getting along and the future looks bright. The clouds of negativity that have been hanging over your home life are dissipating and revealing a beautiful rainbow, the symbol of hope. Unity is crucially important at this time. Overlook the differences and disagreements between you and your family members. Instead, celebrate what you have in common. The same holds true for your relationships with people in your workplace, your other social groups, your community, and the rest of the world. Let go of resentments, grudges, and fear of “the other”. Choose to cultivate harmony and encourage empathy.
Queen of Cups, reversed
This card echoes the message of yesterday’s card, Six of Pentacles reversed - it’s necessary at this time to strengthen your boundaries. The Queen of Cups represents a highly emotional and sensitive person who is always loving, nurturing, and supportive of others. Coming up reversed in this case, the card suggests that you’re letting the focus on others to take over your life, leaving you with no energy to attend to your own emotional needs. As yesterday’s reading said, the trait of generosity is an admirable one, but you need to recognize how much is too much, and remember to take care of yourself. Like in the airplane safety video, you have to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. And there are people who will take advantage of your kindly nature and will leech off you. Be aware of these “emotional vampires” and steer clear of them. You can tell who they are when you feel tired, drained, and depressed after interacting with them. Learn to put up a protective shield around yourself and zap it with energy when you come into contact with these people. Here’s a page that describes how to do it: White Light Protection
Six of Pentacles, reversed
The Six of Pentacles, reversed, comes up today to warn you to strengthen your financial boundaries. Watch your spending habits and don’t get in over your head with debt. Also, curb your generous impulses and refrain from lending money or giving things to people who always have their hand out. Charity and kindness are wonderful, and essential to living a moral life, but some people may take advantage of you. When you are making donations, do your research and make sure the cause/organization is legitimate. This card can also indicate that you’ve been giving unstintingly to others without caring for yourself. You may have been absorbed in taking care of your young children, or a sick or elderly relative, and facing the inevitable emotional and energetic burnout. If that resonates with you, then make sure to take a break to relax and restore yourself with a bit of pampering and “alone time”.
The Death card comes up today to advise you that you must close the door on something significant in your life in order to open another door. It could be a negative pattern, a phase of development, a job or relationship that is no longer working for you - it could even be the clutter that has accumulated in your home and needs a visit from Marie Kondo! Whatever it is, it may have been good for you in the past, but now it must end in order for you to enjoy better opportunities. This is a card of transition and transformation. When we let go of that which is no longer necessary, our excess baggage, we feel lighter and have more freedom to move forward. This requires clear-eyed discernment and the willingness to sever emotional ties. Perhaps you haven’t been prepared for that until this point. This card indicates that now you’re ready. The time is ripe to transform your life and advance into a new phase of growth.