Victoria Constantino is a longtime tarot practitioner and seeker of visionary wisdom. She spent more than a decade as an editor and publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction, and was the managing editor for a prominent women’s lifestyle magazine. She left the field of publishing to focus on her writing and spiritual practice. Her previous publications include poetry and fiction, and instructional guides for a business publisher. She attended the University of Oxford and holds a master’s degree in writing. Her book on tarot is forthcoming from Llewellyn in 2021.
As the fifth day of the second month, today may bring positive change, ushering it forth with certainty, stability, and sureness that may be swift or catch us by surprise in the strength of its arrival. Good news is indicated today overall. Today may bring expansion and fulfillment. Now through the next few weeks, we are guided to be aware of our thoughts, words, and actions more so than usual; a keen awareness of our environment and our internal landscape will serve us well during this Mercury retrograde period. We best honor ourselves when we believe in our own potential and capabilities. Keeping our expectations positive will go far. We are reminded that we receive what we believe and that others often deliver to us what we expect of them.
All of the numbers in today’s date add up to twelve, and three. New manifestations are being borne out of partnerships and collaborations. We may find ourselves aware of our own potential, and also of the need to reclaim our power and sovereignty in certain areas of life. Personal freedom is in focus now. Staying aligned with our purpose and goals and reminding ourselves of our achievements and personal growth may be helpful. We are capable of great things, and every moment holds the potential to begin something magnificent. Allowing ourselves to fully experience joy will help us to grow and also heals the heart. This weekend, consider doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. We are guided now to fill our own cups so we can show up in the best way for ourselves and others.
Mantra: I welcome positivity, growth, freedom, and positive change. I stand strong in my sovereignty and integrity.
As the fourth day of the second month, today brings in strong stabilizing energies. We may notice shifts taking place in our lives, minds, and hearts that are helping to strengthen us on all fronts. Energy that begins in the heart or the mind can flow outward to inform the rest of our lives. We can bring in this energy more strongly and help to integrate it within us by flowing and allowing ourselves to receive it, and by releasing resistance. Today, noticing where we feel blocked or what feels out of alignment can be a gift; as we notice this resistance, we can set the intention to clear it and welcome in energies of ease, grace, and allowing.
Forgiveness helps us to find closure and stability within ourselves. Forgiving ourselves and others is strongly in focus today. Forgiveness first takes place within the heart. We can decide to forgive, and it is good to set this intention, but forgiveness is not complete until it is felt and all aspects of the past released. We can gain clarity on what we may still be holding onto that isn’t serving us, on what we need to let go of, by writing it out. We are guided to follow our instincts regarding steps we can take to gain closure. When we forgive, it also helps to clear karma and allows us to move on and exit cycles in our lives.
All of the numbers in today’s date add up to eleven, and two. Eleven being a gateway number that contains energies of passing through into something new, and two holding energies of partnership and cooperation, we may be working with our team in spirit, with our higher self, and divine allies as we work toward moving into the next steps in our lives. We may be seeking a higher path, and today we can gain clarity on our next steps through meditation, tuning into the intuition, and listening to the heart. Noticing the thoughts, memories, and fragments of song that arise unbidden in the mind can also provide clarity, as they may be messages from our support team.
Mantra: I breathe in the highest light and exhale all that does not serve my highest good. I breathe in the light and love of pure divine consciousness.
As the third day of the second month, today brings forward motion and progress. Keywords today are prosperity, peace, and truth. We are guided to nurture a stable foundation of integrity within ourselves and to endeavor to practice integrity in all that we do. In this retrograde period, we will benefit from slowing down even when things around us are speeding up, taking our time with our work and practices and diligently, thoroughly, and methodically working toward our goals. Giving ourselves time to focus on the tasks at hand will help to ensure that what we produce is of the highest quality.
We are guided to maintain balance within ourselves and to do regular self-checks to ensure we are meeting our own needs. This week, we may need to lean more into compassion for others and confidence within ourselves, yet confidence that stems from a place of honesty rather than ego. Endeavoring to understand our own true nature will help us to move forward with more confidence, compassion, and depth of understanding. Connecting with what is in our hearts will enable us to connect more deeply with others.
All of the numbers in today’s date add up to ten. We may be gaining closure and seeing things wrap up as we prepare to move on to what comes next. Flowing into each day and the changes that lie ahead is beneficial and allows for greater ease in our lives when we are not introducing resistance. This week, we are guided to focus on the ways we can honor our physical bodies, whether by making adjustments in our diets to ensure we are eating more fruits and vegetables, eating clean, getting exercise, or beautifying the space around us so that it is more comfortable and pleasing. These small adjustments can have big impacts on our mood and on our ability to focus, concentrate, and gain more enjoyment out of everyday life.
Mantra: I flow with positive changes and allow what is for my highest good to arrive to me with ease. I hold more compassion for myself and for others.
As the second day of the second month, partnerships, collaborations, and cooperation are in focus. Our dealings with others today and throughout the week may have a great impact, and it could be of critical importance how we choose to respond in any given situation. We are guided to facilitate harmony at all times, and to always look toward positive solutions and amicable resolutions. Something of great magnitude may be fostered through positive communication; pivotal collaborations could be born this week that mark a significant point of change, a fulcrum upon which something pivots, a path-opener.
All of the numbers in today’s date add up to nine, which can be a number of expansion as much as it is about strength, integrity, and endings. We may be already aware of what is not serving us or may simply have a knowing that there is something better awaiting us. Setting intentions now for desired improvements plants a seed that has the potential to sprout at a later time. We are creating our reality in every moment through our desires, thoughts, and beliefs, and we have the power to shift our reality at any time. Anything that we have given sufficient attention to that has built up the requisite momentum can be borne into our lives. Focusing on growth today is beneficial, as is considering the areas of our lives we want to strengthen. The right people, opportunities, and circumstances have a way of showing up in divine right timing.
Mantra: I facilitate harmony and cooperation in my dealings with others. I invite unconditional love into all of my communications for the highest possible outcome.
As the first day of the second month, today brings the opportunity for new partnerships and bright new beginnings in all aspects of life. Fresh starts and positive outcomes are all indicated today. The image I’m being shown is of a sparkling ocean and a bright sun lighting up a new dawn. The shoreline glitters and the ocean yields treasures in many forms as they wash up on the shore. This is a reminder that there is enough for everyone and that we live in an abundant universe, and also an indicator of the fresh new energies that are flowing in to support us. A new dawn is opening up to us in glittering expanse and welcoming us into the fresh, bright new energies that are flowing in. The ocean’s attributes of cleansing and purification are also indicated. We are guided now (as always) to maintain high levels of energetic cleanliness through intentional deep breathing and meditation.
All of the numbers in today’s date add up to eight, a number of infinite abundance. Today may bring new opportunities on all fronts, as well as pleasant surprises and the opportunity for advancements. Something beautiful awaits each one of us; if only we believe, we will receive. We can best open up to the wonderful gifts that await us through knowing we are worthy (we are, infinitely so) and that we are deserving of all we desire. Remembering that we first receive the ideas for our goals and dreams because we are worthy and also because we are ready for them can be helpful. Today, the energies are supporting us in setting intentions and in creating new goals not only for this month, but for the remainder of this year and the time that stretches out before us. We are infinite, divine beings of light and we can achieve and live all that we desire. Nothing is out of our reach. All is available to us and we are fully capable of achieving even our loftiest goals.
Mantra: I breathe deeply into the knowing of my true worthiness and exhale all that does not support my highest good. I breathe deeply into the knowing that I am fully capable of achieving great things and living my best life.
The cards below, combined with the Mercury retrograde period lasting from January 30 through February 21, reveal a month that begins with intense shadow work and healing. Midway through the month, there is a major shift, a breakthrough moment. Like welcome rays parting gloomy clouds, The Sun card appears in the third week of this month—the last week of the retrograde—promising great success and achievement. Our guidance is to flow with changes rather than resisting them, to face our shadows and do the inner work rather than burying it or sweeping it under the rug. Doing the work—which may include healing or continuing to work diligently on your unique journey as you are guided—allows the sun to come out. The full moon in Virgo near the end of this month encourages us to find balance, an aspect that is supported by The High Priestess, who comes in as the overall guidance for the month.
Q1: What is the overall energy of February?Justice & The Devil
Both of these cards are indicated for the overall energies this month, and both fell out of the deck together in answer to this question (Justice slid over The Devil). This is a strong indicator that justice is coming and kicking out the energies represented by The Devil—sweeping and clearing out darkness and transmuting it, as well as any low-vibrational energies and anything that does not belong here. A mass energetic sweep has been going on for a while, clearing out heavy and non-resonant energies from this planet, from everywhere they have been embedded, and some have been there for many, many aeons. The great purge and clearing is still taking place, and we may have been caught in the crossfire. Some of us may have had attachments that have been with us since birth, and it is time for those to clear, along with anything that is ambient around us. There is nothing to fear, as the light is infinitely more powerful than the dark, and we are surrounded by beings of the highest light who are protecting us and assisting in the clearing of energies that are not of the light.
In all aspects of life, justice is being served. Karmic justice is especially highlighted now. We are reminded that we can break the cycles of karma through forgiveness and letting go. When we release the desire for retribution, we free ourselves. Justice is coming in answer to our asking, both as individuals and collectively. This card combination says that right will win, and reminds us that the light is dominant on this planet, and is continuing to increase despite outward appearances. Anything that is not of the light is no more than a blip on the radar, such is its smallness. When we find ourselves feeling heavy, sorry for ourselves, and weighed down with emotions, regret, and anything that does not make us feel joyful, we are asked to turn around our perspective immediately to focus on what is good. We get what we focus on; where thoughts go, energy flows. What we put our attention, energy, and focus into is what will manifest in our lives. This duo also indicates that any unfairness in your life will be resolved in just and fair ways.
Q2: Week 1 energy:Five of Wands
Kicking off the month, the Five of Wands has Mercury retrograde written all over it. Wands are associated with the will, and this card in particular can point to confusion, arguments, competition, disagreements, and battles of the ego. When we are aware that a particular energy is imminent, we can take measures to prepare ourselves to meet it in the best and highest ways possible. This week we will benefit from gathering our patience ahead of time and setting the intentions to practice kindness, compassion, understanding—and especially patience. Setting these intentions first thing in the morning and practicing a few moments of deep breathing before beginning work or leaving the house can also be beneficial. This week, others may simply want or need to be heard or simply to feel heard; letting others vent while keeping our own boundaries strong may bring improvements to the overall situation and may give us the opportunity to model strength, patience, and compassion. This can powerfully deflate any brashness borne out of a bruised ego or that comes from a place of misalignment or pain. We can always choose how we respond to others, and this week may call for us to be masterful communicators and to have the patience of the saints.
Before we even get out of bed, we can set intentions for each day. An example of this is: I bless all of my communications with patience, kindness, truth, integrity, compassion, peace, clarity, and pure, positive energy. This day, I will make powerful forward progress on things that matter to me. This will be a wonderful day. I am always patient, always kind, and always aligned to my best and highest possibilities. I will inspire others and contribute in positive, meaningful ways to every interaction of which I am a part. Making a habit of setting daily intentions can powerfully impact your days in positive ways. Watch for distractions this week; try not to let anything throw you off course, and recognize when something isn’t worth addressing right away. If you are on a roll, for example, or in the flow state and message notifications go off, maybe it’s better to ignore them. This week is a great week to set devices to Do Not Disturb mode before beginning periods of work or focused concentration. Most things do not need to be responded to right away.
Q3: Week 2 energy:Five of Pentacles
This card can have different meanings depending on individual circumstances. Sometimes it is encouragement to save your resources and spend wisely. Other times it is encouragement to shift into an abundance mindset. Regardless of where we are, changing our thinking to one of appreciation for the resources we do have is always beneficial. Being in an abundance mindset doesn’t always mean feeling into gratitude for material things. We can enter this state through appreciating anything—the sunshine, the beauty of the natural world, our friendships, animals, our talents, music, the breath in our lungs. The more we get into this mindset, the more we are opening ourselves up to receiving greater abundance in all areas. Appreciating beauty brings us more beauty. Feeling joy allows us to receive so many great things. This week is all about perspective and what we choose to focus on. The world is full of ingredients and choices. What will you choose to focus on this week? What are you allowing into your thoughts? What are you giving your attention to?
Q4: Week 3 energy:The Sun
The happiest card in the deck, The Sun shines the brightest of all. As welcome as a cheerful, warm day after a long period of rain, The Sun brings fulfillment, happiness, and the fullness of all things bright and beautiful. Expect great things this week. We can find tremendous meaning in even the smallest aspects of life that have the power to light us up with joy. This week may find us receiving rewards, achievements, new opportunities, unexpected or long-hoped-for resources, great inspiration, and above all, an understanding of what truly matters in life. However we get to joy, we are guided to stay in that joyful state as long as possible, to allow ourselves to feel it in all its glory. This makes us a magnet for success and manifestations. Vitality, great happiness, pleasure, clarity, and success are all indicated this week.
This week may bring great shifts in perspective for many people, as well as major life changes that align us with our highest path and purpose or open up new doors of possibility where before we couldn’t see a way forward. It all opens up for you this week. Notice even the smallest changes and shifts; tremendous, life-changing events are not always illustrated on billboards in big, bold letters—sometimes they are as slight as the wind generated from a butterfly’s wings, yet somehow contain the power of the Universe. This week something is subtly (or not-so-subtly) set in motion for future revelation or it may come tumbling into your life with all the force of a giant, happy boulder. However it appears, it’s time to let the sun shine in! This week, heart openings are indicated that can bring about significant healing and open you up to new levels of happiness such as you have never experienced before. Remaining open to possibilities without placing limits or expectations on them will allow them to flow to you; be sure you are ready to receive what is ready for you
Q5: Week 4 energy:King of Swords
The King of Swords sometimes represents a lawyer, judge, or decision-maker, which is interesting in light of the Justice card that sets the overall theme for the month. This king is ruled by fairness and objectivity. He (or she) is wise and intelligent, fair and analytical, and can sometimes also represent a scientist, professor, or a leader of some kind. As the card for the final week in the month, this shows us concluding the month with a wrapping-up of anything that has been awaiting alignment, justice, judgment, or a setting to rights. The upright king indicates that any decisions needing to be made will be made with the fairness and objectivity this card represents. Trust the king’s skill and incisiveness as you would trust a wise and just leader.
This week marks the ending of the Mercury retrograde period (on Sunday, so Monday begins the week for us free and clear, although we are still in the retrograde shadow period until March 13). Be sure you have all your papers in order, documents at hand that you may need, and that you have read and understand all legalities and have otherwise done your due diligence when it comes to paperwork and the signing of documents. It may be best to wait until at least after the 21st to sign any contracts or enter into any engagements. When signing anything in the shadow period, be sure to read everything carefully (twice) and gain clarification on anything you don’t fully understand. This king gives a go-ahead though, when the timing is right. Try not to rush or force processes, but to flow and trust divine timing. The King of Swords also guides us to be discerning in all of our communications and to think before we speak, and when we speak, to speak with clarity, honesty, fairness, truth, and objectivity.
Q6: Guidance from the Universe for February: The High Priestess
This month, throughout the month, tune in. Trust yourself. Connect to the divine feminine energies and to the divine feminine power that you hold within. We all have both masculine and feminine energies within us, and this month, you may find your greatest power in striking balance between the two. When this card appears, however, its focus is especially on the sorceress within, the powerful feminine energies that come from the Goddess. This card can also indicate that something is hidden that will be coming forth in divine timing, but at this time, it is unknown to you. Things may not be as they seem, which is why it is so important, also given the retrograde, to tune into our intuition and instincts before making decisions or moving forward with plans. Be careful of what you say yes to, both in spoken and written words and energetically through vibration. Above all though, trust yourself. Love yourself enough to go within and attune to your inner power.
This card can also be guidance to face our shadows and to do the very important work of healing, clearing, and releasing. This month may bring shake-ups and surprises that, while they have a positive result and a happy outcome, have the power to shift our perspective. The High Priestess can also point to creativity, dreams, spirituality, and the imagination. The imagination is a powerful ally to us when we are working on creating and manifesting, and in rewriting and rebuilding our world into something that aligns with our intentions. This card reminds us of our power to create through visualization and also encourages us to look to our inner world, as we may find great insight there. What are our dreams trying to tell us? What messages does our higher self have? When we tune into the heart, what do we find? Regardless of who we are, we each have a rich inner life that is ready for us to tap into. Entire universes reside within every human heart, just waiting to be explored.
As the thirty-first day of the first month, today may see us celebrating with friends and family, both near and far, and enjoying aspects of manifestation, even if they are only new ideas and desires. The moment a new idea or goal comes into our conscious awareness, we can rest assured that it is ready to be borne into our experience. We are guided to take time for enjoyment of life today. This can be as simple as painting or drawing, writing or journaling, listening to music, baking, taking a walk, engaging in self-care rituals, appreciating beauty in any of its many forms, or soaking up the sunshine.
Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten. We may be reaching stages of fulfillment and seeing completion on projects, as well as the conclusion of certain phases—energetic, emotional, and physical. The aspects of ten as well as this being the last day of the month ushers in energies of closure and release. We will benefit from taking some time to release today in ritual, which can be as simple as meditating, lighting a candle, or writing down intentions. If we aren’t sure how to let go or what we need to let go of, we will benefit from asking our allies in the light for guidance, knowing that it is surely forthcoming in answer to our asking.
There is a carefree aspect to today that relates to letting go. When we allow ourselves to have fun, we let go of worries, cares, and concerns, even if only for a moment. We are asked to do this more, to allow ourselves this freedom, as it benefits us so much more than wallowing in heaviness. We each have the ability to rise up out of the muck and anything that has been weighing us down. We can reach the flow state in so many ways—conversations with friends, laughter, physical exercise, creating art, and music being just a few avenues. There is also great pleasure in considering how we would like to restructure our lives, given the complete freedom and unlimited resources to do so. Today, allow yourself to dream, even if only for a moment.
Mantra: I welcome love, laughter, beauty, joy, and celebration into my life and my heart. I honor and appreciate the goodness in my life.
As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.
Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.
Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease.
As the twenty-ninth day of the first month, today may see us passing through into new beginnings, healing, upleveling, gaining new awareness, wisdom, and understanding, and moving forward in significant ways toward new beginnings and into increasing levels of light. As we are exiting old situations, we are guided to leave them behind and not look back. There is a time of integrating lessons and new knowledge, and when we flow and allow ourselves to integrate what we have learned and acknowledge how we have grown, we can close those chapters of our lives and move forward with confidence and grace. The path of least resistance presents itself as the universe lines up our next steps; we are guided to flow rather than resisting. There are often multiple paths to the same destination. Taking the path of least resistance allows us to flow gently into what comes next.
Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seventeen and eight. Seventeen underscores the aspects of the path of awakening and asks us to focus within to gain perspective on our spiritual journey. Through journaling, meditation, getting into the flow state, quiet contemplation, and other methods, we can receive the messages spirit has for us and access our higher knowledge, as well as any guidance that may be available for us at this time. We may be experiencing higher levels of awareness that are part of our awakening journey and healing path. As we progress and grow, we are guided to stand strong in our integrity and move forward in the new knowledge we have gained so that we can more strongly integrate it into our lives and continue ascending. When we are ready, we will be able to reach the next step. The spiritual path is like a continuous staircase, one which we are always climbing one step at a time. Each step represents progress on our path, new levels of growth, and greater heights of awareness and understanding. We are guided to be patient with ourselves in our progress and to honor how far we have come, even as we ascend in our journey one step at a time.
Mantra: I honor my progress and welcome new understandings and awareness that will help me to reach greater heights. I seek to elevate in every way and to always walk in integrity.
As the twenty-eighth day of the first month, today may see us strengthening in our partnerships and building momentum toward our goals. We benefit from continuing to send positive energy to our manifestations. Today brings an aspect of culmination as energetically, certain things are beginning to wrap up and we may see the end of cycles, indicated by the ten in today’s date (2+8) and the subsequent beginning of new cycles of learning, growth, and experiences. To better gain a sense of closure before embarking on something new, we are guided to gather our thoughts to process and integrate what wisdom we can gain from the events and aspects that are ending now. This interim period is important as a time of processing, and possibly healing and integration, between phases or major life cycles. Long-held dreams and goals are gathering momentum and have the potential to manifest now. All we have to do is believe in them and let them in.
Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us sixteen and seven. Today especially, seven carries energies of good fortune and aspects of the intellect. We are encouraged to continue learning, growing, and expanding in our spiritual gifts as well as in our knowledge about them. Reading on any topics of interest is also indicated. Feeding our knowledge expands our horizons as it builds our understanding and opens up greater worlds of possibility. Flowing with changes and maintaining harmony in all that we do, including our relations with others, could be a key aspect today. We are reminded that we alone are in control of our choices, words, and actions. We get to choose how we respond to others. Regardless of someone’s behavior or words, we can always choose the higher ground. Today may find us needing to stay aligned, stay on our path, stay in our own energy, and not let ourselves get drawn into chaos or drama. Others may be acting from unhealed wounds and may be unconscious or unwitting players in the testing of our own resolve. We are asked to draw on our well of inner strength, which we have at our core as divine beings of light. We are reminded that all actions are rewarded accordingly.
Mantra: I have the power within me to stand strong in my truth and in my light. My greatest strength comes from love and compassion.