February: The Month According to Tarot

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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.

Daily Reading: January 17, 2021

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As the seventeenth day of the first month, today carries aspects of manifesting good fortune and expanding in our spiritual gifts and abilities. We may receive lightning flashes of clarity and divinely inspired ideas, and may become aware of new opportunities. Tuning into the heart and noticing what feels right and in alignment is a way of tapping into our truest navigation. Today may find us considering how we might like to grow and expand, how we can better tune into our spiritual gifts and abilities, and how we can nurture our natural gifts and talents (such as painting, writing, music, etc.) and make them a bigger part of our lives. Meditation is key, as it allows us to receive messages from the divine and strengthens our energy. Before entering into meditation, we can ask our allies in the light to be present for us, to protect us, and to keep watch around us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen, and five. Five brings change, growth, and expansion, and, along with the seventeen/eight indicated today, especially highlights spiritual growth and expansion. Fourteen is a number of stability and strengthening in our foundations, as well as manifesting new opportunities that can bring us growth and stability. Fourteen also carries aspects of justice and integrity. Right action is always rewarded, as nothing we say, do, think, or feel goes unseen. We are reminded that we are all part of the fabric of the universe, integral threads that connect to everything. We are divinely loved and supported and are guided to seek higher wisdom and knowledge at all times. Just as we have nonphysical allies, we have physical allies as well that can support us energetically and in our spiritual growth. Among these are crystals, music, and, especially highlighted today, aromatherapy. 

Mantra: I tune into my heart and receive divine messages, guidance, and wisdom. I welcome and receive the opportunities, ideas, and information that will help elevate me.

Daily Reading: December 6, 2020

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Today is the sixth day of the twelfth month. Six is a number of harmony and balance that also blends energies of strong and strengthening familial connections and systems of support. Indicated today are unconditional love, justice, nurture, self-care, caring for others, and the loving kindness that others bring to us. Today, we may be welcoming affectionate connections, which can bring powerful healing and strengthen us on many levels. Others may enter our lives today to remind us of our inherent goodness, strength, and the amazing capabilities we hold. Today we may be reminded that we are capable of so much more than we realize, or we may return to a remembrance of what we have known all along—that we are meant for greater things, that we are here for a purpose, and we that we have much to contribute to society and  to the place in time in which we find ourselves. We are also reminded of universal love, and that there is a vast universe of nonphysical beings that we we will reconnect with at the end of our lives, who are loving us, supporting us, and always watching over us. We have many allies all around us and are always supported; they are reminding us that they are ‘only a phone call away’—a prayer or a breath of intention calls them immediately to us. They are a big part of our loving, nurturing support system and there for the asking, always willing to provide guidance, always available to help. Like those we call family here in this lifetime, our nonphysical allies are our family too.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date yields thirteen, and then four. The one and three in thirteen carry aspects of manifestation, co-creation, and community. Four brings stability and further underscores the aspects of support and balance inherent in today’s energy. We are guided to strengthen our manifestations with visualization and to also nurture and nourish our co-creative partnerships, whether those are our friends, partners, and business associates here in the physical plane or our allies in the nonphysical, which includes our higher self—the divine aspect of ourselves. When we remember that we are sourced from divine energy, we strengthen our energetic foundations as we ground in the knowing that we are, at our core, pure, positive energy. We are all that is pure, holy, and divine, and when we reconnect with those aspects of our ourselves, we come back to the truth of who we are, and there is no greater knowing than this remembrance. To know ourselves is to be centered, whole, grounded, confident, and fully in our power as the loving creator beings that we are. To know ourselves is to remember why we are here and the magnificence that we are truly capable of.

We are guided to attend to our healing and allow our positive relationships with others to nurture and assist us on our healing journey. As we focus on living in integrity and on making all choices from the highest place of integrity, we allow ourselves to live a better life and also strengthen our own energy. This can be a powerful boost for us as we are on the healing path. As we set our sights higher and set our intentions to elevate into continually higher and better ways of living, seeing ourselves as continually improving versions of ourselves that we are constantly perfecting upon on an ongoing basis, we are building and strengthening our foundation for a brighter future ahead. From that place, we can more fully assist others and be who we came here to be, and better fulfill and serve our highest life purpose and soul mission. For anyone seeking justice, you are guided to breathe in stillness to find the solace that is inherent in the truth of who you are, and to set your intentions for the highest resolution for all involved, then release the situation to the universe in the trust and knowing that all is being worked out for the highest good of all, regardless of how things currently appear or how they look on the surface. There are greater energetic aspects to every situation, not all of which we are privy to.

Mantra: I am deeply grateful for the loving support systems in my life. I allow this love to fill me and to bring me healing and strength, and I release this love back into the universe, knowing that it will come back to me tenfold, even as it supports those who need it, wherever they may be. I call upon the divine love eternal to envelop me and to strengthen and fill my being with light. 

Daily Reading: November 6, 2020

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Today is the sixth day of the eleventh month. Six is a number of harmony, balance, family, and relationships. It is also a number of empathy and justice. Today, we are guided to lean into our connections and support systems. These may be people who are close to us or our communities. As we open our hearts to love and nurture the existing relationships in our lives, we make room for more of those energies to flow to us; this is a way of opening ourselves up to new romantic relationships and friendships to enter our lives.

The numbers in today’s date add up to three, a number of manifestation. Three is a reminder of our support, that we are co-creating with the divine to manifest our reality and bring forth positive changes and improved circumstances. We are guided today to call on the Ascended Masters for love, guidance, wisdom, support, and assistance where we need it. Three also brings aspects of joy, self-expression, and community. Today is a great day to engage in artistic endeavors and any form or art or creativity. As we express our talents through whatever means, and do the things we simply enjoy doing, we connect more strongly to the truth of who we are and to our own authenticity. Creativity and artistic expression are ways of, not only processing and working through things in our minds and hearts, but also a means of reaching the flow state, a sort of meditation through which we can commune with the divine. This is a way of connecting strongly to our higher self as well as to our nonphysical support team. When we experience these states of ease and flow, we come closer to knowing the truth of who we are, and experiencing the pure love and bliss from which the core aspect of us flows.

Mantra: I lean into the love and support that is all around me. It is easy for me to feel joy and connect to the divine.

Daily Reading: October 14, 2020

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Today is the fourteenth day of the month, and fourteen is associated with staying focused on our goals and working toward the manifestation of stability and harmony. The numbers one and four bring the energies of new beginnings and positive developments, and ask us to choose with integrity, stay balanced, and rekindle enthusiasm as we progress steadily toward our desired outcomes.

Adding together all digits in today’s date gives us 10 (10 + 14 + 2020 = 10). Ten is a number of fulfillment, harmony, and mastery that signifies we have reached the end of a cycle. In order to attain the state of closure that completes a cycle, we must first have learned everything we needed to learn from it. Taking time to honor the lessons now will help integrate the wisdom and prepare you for the next cycle ahead. Indicated in the number 10 is also 1 + 0, with one signifying new beginnings, renewal, and manifestations, and zero indicating source energy creation, or zero point manifestation. Zero is a reset number, which is where many of us are now as a collective. During this liminal, or transitional, stage, it is key to keep our thoughts focused on positive outcomes and to think of what we want rather than what we don’t want. This is a time of rapid manifestation and large-scale changes that bring about improvements for us on deep levels. Visualizing and feeling into the elevated state you desire to be in will serve you well now; doing this regularly without contradicting the energy with opposing emotions and thoughts will build a powerful momentum toward your desired outcomes.

Mantra: I perceive with clarity. I think, speak, and act with integrity. Everything is always improving for me. I am elevating in every way.