February: The Month According to Tarot

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
Image by Victoria Constantino

This month, potent and ultimately positive change is taking place. The supporting energies this month are helping us to step into improved ways of living, thinking, and being, and we may notice that our perception and awareness are heightened as never before. Our spiritual gifts may be increasing, especially as we do the inner work, which may mean releasing outdated beliefs and aligning with our truth in more powerful ways. 

Part of aligning with what resonates may include taking up activities that bring us joy and inspiration. These may be solo activities or, as February is the second month and two is associated with partnerships, we may be collaborating with others on projects that bring excitement and fulfillment. The Emperor and the Ten of Pentacles appear to guide us to find our strength and are supporting us in reaching a solid rock upon which we can build.

Q1: Overall energies for the month of February: Ten of Pentacles and The Emperor

There is great abundance available to us, whether through a new client or employer, or through a business. Trusting the intuition and letting the heart lead us in new directions this month can pay off handsomely. Trusting new ideas may also be key to success. The Emperor can represent an energy (such as that of a business or new endeavor), person, or institution of some sort, and it is one that is steady, strong, solid, stable, reliable, and grounded. This is a rock we can build something magnificent upon, something that will always be there for us and that will provide. 

Something may be getting ready to pay off big time. The best path forward is to release resistance, and get into the mindset and vibration of allowing so we can receive what’s ready to manifest. Strengthening in the knowing that we are powerful creators and that we are capable of receiving and living whatever we wish is like the secret alchemical formula that transforms energy into manifested things, situations, and circumstances. This month, we have the great opportunity to uplevel and to shift into steadier circumstances and move into what we’ve been asking for. We’re reminded that our power is in the now and we create from every now moment.

Q2: Week 1: King of Wands

What can we learn from the king? The King of Wands is a wise leader, powerful in his own right and fair, a masterful creator of his own reality. Like this figure, we can learn to first master our own will, our capacity as creators, and our ability to navigate the world by being strong and steady in the knowing of our power. From there, all things flow. The king carries inspired energy, the power and fire of the will, the freedom of choice, and the impetus to follow the desires of the heart. 

This week, we could benefit from exploring what lights us up, what inspires us, what brings us joy. Making the decision to set aside even small increments of time to do what we love on a regular and consistent basis can add up to something much bigger down the line. Mastery is the result of focus, dedication, and continued practice. We can start the ball rolling on something that will become bigger and better over time. Confidence will take us far. 

Q3: Week 2: Nine of Wands

This week, we can benefit from considering how far we’ve come. Looking at how far we’ve come can remind us of how much better things can be. Through perseverance and tenacity, we’ve overcome so much to be where we are today. The person we are now is the result of everything we’ve learned in the past and the culmination of our experiences. We are strong, perhaps stronger than we know, and we benefit from keeping our boundaries strong as well. It’s healthy to have strong boundaries, and it’s okay (and sometimes necessary) to say no. This week may find us assessing our obligations and duties against what our heart wants. The heart is our truest compass, and it will never steer us wrong. 

How do we feel when we think about or do something? That feeling response is our barometer, the one that lets us know how in alignment (or not) something is for us. Once we’ve identified where we want to go, we can trust that our inner being, our source, is lining it up for us. There is something better for us, and it’s on its way to us the moment we ask for it. We ask vibrationally, and we do this all the time. Simply being happy opens the valve to let in what is ready to manifest for us. We are strong and powerful in our joy. Where the Nine of Wands is about determination and strength, it can also ask us to strengthen our knowing of who we are within so we can confidently move through the world from that place.

Q4: Week 3: Six of Pentacles

Sixes are concerned with harmony, balance, home, and family. This week’s guidance is to seek balance and harmony, and to place our attention on the home, relationships, and domestic concerns. Good news and new opportunities may be coming through this week, and may be something that fulfills our needs, hopes, dreams, or goals (and maybe all of the above!). This six indicates generosity and abundance, whether we are giving or receiving it. Giving and receiving joyfully always benefits us, and it’s almost certain that we will be both the giver and receiver at different points in our experience. Basking in appreciation for what we’ve given and received can help move the needle.

Giving and receiving encourages the flow of abundance, and releasing resources (such as spending money or selling a home) makes room for more resources to flow to us, as long as we are not blocking it with beliefs or resistance. Aligning with the more improved circumstances this week can benefit us greatly, whether that’s seeing and feeling ourselves in the situation or manifestation we wish to move into next or shoring up our beliefs so they match our desires. Simply through reaching alignment with our inner being, we can quickly receive everything we’ve been asking for, which often arrives through an inspired idea received in a place of alignment.

Q5: Week 4: The Hierophant

We may find ourselves shifting our beliefs and assessing or reassessing beliefs we’ve carried with us that are no longer resonant. Throughout life, we learn from the experiences we engage in, and these teach us and help us to move into new understandings that are more aligned with who we are now. This week, we may find that a spotlight is shining on what is out of resonance for us and what we’ve outgrown, whether those are relationships, practices, or ideologies. We may also be gaining traction on deeper understandings of self that aren’t necessarily so obvious.

Five, which is the number of The Hierophant, is associated with change, and there are changes taking place this week, perhaps shifts of great significance. Something may be hovering beneath the surface, unseen but felt. Our senses may be preparing to heighten, awareness is increasing, and transformations like those within a chrysalis are taking place, potent and hidden. Something may be preparing to surface from the subconscious for clearing and subsequent healing, and our spiritual gifts may be preparing to reach the next level of awakening, awareness, or activation.

Q6: Guidance for February: Ace of Swords and Death

New ideas bring clarity and an end to old, outdated beliefs, ways of thinking and living, and energies we have outgrown. Likewise, endings bring new clarity, expansion, understanding, and greater awareness—both awareness of ourselves and awareness of the universe and physical world in which we live. The Death card brings endings that are necessary and positive, although they may not always seem so great at the outset. As we traverse the path in the wake of what’s gone, we’ll find ourselves in a new realm of discovery and enlightened understanding that helps us to align to our deepest truth and wisdom. 

Our guidance this month is to allow what happens to happen, to let go of the desire to control outcomes, to flow, and to take the path of least resistance. Understanding that we have already vibrationally asked for what we wish and that it is already becoming, as soon as we ask for it, can help us to lean into trust in stronger, more meaningful ways, and use our energy to focus more effectively, efficiently, meaningfully, productively, and fruitfully on living from every now moment, which is where our true power always is. 

February: The Month According to Tarot

Image by Victoria Constantino
Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

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.