What an entrance to 2011 huh?!?! A lot of the clients I have spoken to have talked about a rough January and I can't help but agree! However, in pulling cards for this month it seems that we are getting all of the 'crap' energy out at the beginning of the year to make room for growth the rest of the time. I expect things to settle energetically come the end of February and beginning of March. Just hold tight!! Not everything is negative and I do not want to make it seem that way at all. So let us find out what each sign has in store. This month I am using the Tarot of the Sidhe by Emily Carding this is a fantastic deck, Emily Carding is known as a visionary artist and it truly does translate into this full color 78 card deck. There is a foreward in the book by John Matthews who has authored more than ninety books on the subject of Celtic mythology and was the historical advisor on the movie 'King Arthur', besides that though the cards themselves are easily read their bright colors really inspire the intuitive mind and iconography used is just magnificent. Beginners may get confused as the deck does not use the standard pentacles, swords, wands and cups instead they are the Dreamers (air), Warriors (fire), Makers (earth) and Dancers (water) once you get a hold of the new names the deck is a breeze to read.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) - Happy Birthday Aquarius! The Maker Seven pops up first letting you know that you need to continue your current efforts, they aren't in vain. The beginning of the month will hold it's own challenges and it seems as though are you just trying to get a little bit ahead. However, at mid-month the Warrior Three comes into play bringing in an energy that helps align and right your world! Things will finally begin coming together, at the end of the month the Maker Ten comes to you letting you know that now is the time to be open to financial success. Things at home will calm and you can focus more on your career as everything else aligned earlier in the month! Be aware during this month for headaches, you've become so used to stress that when it finally begins to lessen your body may not know how to cope!
Aries (March 21 - April 20) - The Emperor in his reversed position greets you at the beginning of February, indicating that things may be feeling a little out of control. This is not an illusion, you truly don't have control over the situations going on around you at the moment. But therein is the life lesson, learn to just let go and allow Universe to take over. During the middle of the month you will move into the phase of Warrior Four, put your focus more at home during this time. It would be a fabulous time to think about transitioning into a new home, begin plans for renovations of your current home, or to paint the walls and rearrange furniture. Also this card tells you that your life's foundation is solid, so even when things may feel a little shaky trust that you've done right so far and that you are blessed. At the end of the month the Warrior Ten peeps in to let you know that a huge task lays ahead of you. This is a goal that you will be inspired to accomplish in the last weeks of February, move forward with haste so you can complete your deadlines!
Taurus (April 21 - May 20) - Dancer Five comes forward at the beginning of the month telling you something just isn't right, you may be feeling a little depressed, lost, or as though you lost something important. No worries though, whatever was lost will be found by mid-month with the introduction of Dancer Two. You will be meeting a new love or reconnecting with your current love! Temperance comes at the end of the month to let you know that now is not the time to be impulsive, take your time with your decision making.
Gemini (May 21 - June 21) - You immediately come into the phase of the Maker Eight at the beginning of February you will find it necessary to really come out of your shell as opportunities to network and connect abound. There will also be a few new opportunities coming to you, so be sure to put yourself out there and if you are looking for change, shout it out to the Universe. Mid-month you meet The Maker, now is the time to really unleash your creative self! Inspiration is everywhere! At the end of the month a challenge is put in front of you, you will have the opportunity to do good work for a great cause. Enjoy it!
Cancer (June 22 - July 22) - Maker Six greets you at the beginning of the month letting you know that generosity is key and to invite you to acknowledge the seemingly backwards concept of 'spending money to make money' be giving of your time and finances now and the rest of the year will be plentiful. Mid-month you meet the Warrior Princess (no not Xena) she warns you that you may be blocking out people who could help you. Your fierce need for independence may be handicapping you when it comes to projects your goals. Don't be afraid to ask for guidance and aid. You end the month as the Warrior Queen, who uses their gift of charm to persuade people, at this time you could sell ice to an eskimo...go forth and prosper!
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) - You move into the phase of the Magician, mystical powers aside you will be in the act of creating something out of nothing. Use all of your cunning and creativity to breathe life into your current project. The Maker King gives you skill to craft your project, a creative thinker who can turn anything into gold channel his talents to lend energy to what you are trying to accomplish. At the end of the month comes the Dancer Princess, who encourages you to truly express how you feel and put it all on the line. Now is not the time to hold back with friends and family as much as you may not like airing grievances or issues, do so, not only will it be good for you, but it may bring to light some things that they didn't realize!
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) - You become the Star at the beginning of February; your talent for seeing patterns in real life situations will cause you to reevaluate your life and really take a hard look at your goals and planning. Hope is the essence of the Star and at this moment, the Star is a mirror reflection of you, causing to face both the best and worst of yourself. This may happen with the people and friends around you, reflecting certain aspects of yourself. So take a hard look at your friends and family, see if you can see a little bit of yourself in their situation. The Elder comes in at the middle of the month, now is the time to gather information to store aware for future use. You may want to do some genealogy on family or the area you live in as well, you have to remember that the Elder is not just a sagely person, but they are also like historians giving you first person accounts of the past. Much like the beginning of the month a lot of the work happening throughout February will be in regards to recognizing patterns in your life both positive and negative, but above all, it's about stopping or ending negative cycles to help your growth in the future. At the end of the month, the Warrior Prince comes in giving you a heavy dose of passion, and spirit. You will feel justifiably angry at the end of the month because of a slight done to you. I don't think from what the cards are saying that it was intentional so don't get high and mighty to quickly!
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) - Judgment joins you at the beginning of the month letting you know that finality is on its way. Whether it is a court case, projects ending, waiting for someone to make a decision or you have been trying to Judgment comes in to let you know that the end is near. The Maker Prince bestows on you the Gift of Connection, come mid-February reminding you to recognize that all things within the world are made of the same energy and that this energy is reactive to you. Use it to manifest your wants and needs you will be exceedingly focused during this time. At the end of the month comes a party or some sort of celebration. A task has been completed, a goal reached and a sense of child-like excitement fills the air! Enjoy it and bask in what the Dancer Three has to offer.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) - The Dancer Nine comes to visit you at the beginning of the month letting you know that you can go ahead and make a wish. Universe is in accord with you at this time, take the opportunity given to you by the Dancer Nine and ask for what you want, set goals, and watch yourself become victorious over the obstacles ahead of you. Mid-month the Maker Four reminds you not to be too greedy with your wants and needs, really pace yourself and be aware of your finances things might be a little bit tight. At the end of the month a truce between two enemies, there will be tension around you, but you will see it come to an end as a temporary truce is made. Take the time to relax and enjoy the quiet while it lasts!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) - The Maker Five comes to you warning you to beware of winters bite! People will come seeking their debts and their due be careful to budget wisely as this card often indicates a time of poverty or loss of finances. The Emperor comes to visit next giving you the power to take the reins and gain full control over the situations surrounding you. Obstacles will still be there but much easier to overcome than earlier in the month. At the end of the month Warrior Ten drops in, you are feeling the weight of your responsibilities and they can feel like big burdens at times. Be sure to take time for yourself so you do not become to overtaxed. This phase passes quickly as you regain energy with a brief respite a few days before March.
Capricorn (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) - First you move into the Dancer King during this time things will be in great chaos around you and your first thought may be to seek peace inside yourself but the Dancer King offers no quarter, you are in the middle of the chaos and may indeed be the cause of the chaos. Rest assured though it is all for a reason, a goal to be reached and a lesson learned. Out of the chaos comes opportunities as the World opens up and lays at your feet offering it's bounty. Great things lay ahead but for the middle of the month I would suggest taking your time and doing plenty of research before taking any of the opportunities offered. Better to take an opportunity where you might have to work a little harder but get a lot back than to take them all and burn out. At the end of the month the Warrior King comes to call offering a gift of glory. Big recognition coming your way, bask in the glow of a job well done then...get back to work!
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) - At the beginning of the month you move into the phase of the Empress, empowerment is your middle name. It is all about taking back your own control, this can be done through planning, financial budgeting and negotiating or with a friend, lover or family through talks and standing your ground. During the middle of February you find yourself basking in the Sun, enjoy your time to be jubilant and happy, it is rare when we get moments of pure happiness, relish it! At the end of the month the Dreamer Queen visits giving you the gift of logic and reason. Now is the time to make any of the those important decisions you've been holding off on!!
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