Weekly Forecast: February 19-25

Mountain Dream Tarot Weekly Forecast Tarot Reading Three of Swords Tower

My friends! What a group of cards! We are clearly entering into a queenly week, one where we're holding ourselves in their grounded and dynamic energy, confident and poised in both the realm of our embodied minds and our free and flying thoughts.

Not only this, but a new pathway is being slowly revealed to us in our work life. Winding into the distance, this next step is using the tension between the skills we already have and the promise of something new to animate an exciting opportunity. 

I can't help but think of last week's reading - another group of cards that focused on the promise and challenge of making a life for ourselves. Yes, it's the usual grind and effort of work. Taken on a surface level, as this topic often is, we see themes of money, success, struggle, and accomplishment. This week, however, the Queen of Pentacles appears first thing, asking us to consider the sacred beauty and peace of crafting a life for ourselves. The errands, obligations, work hours, and even bills that root us to our place in the world. 

We have the literal progression from our final card last week, The Knight of Pentacles, to the first card here, The Queen. While The Knight has an electric, restless energy, always seeking and striving, The Queen has learned to give herself stillness. Freed from the rat race she allows bounty to come her way. Just look at the soft brown bunny hopping into the picture in the bottom right of the card. 

Once we've  created a sustaining and gratifying routine we can sit back and watch it unfold and take care of us. Sure, we may have our queenly duties to attend to, but we can delegate many tasks and find joy in the ones we choose to keep. This card contains a great deal of wisdom around re-framing our obligations as things that we do to care for ourselves. Once we've reached this position we can truly inhabit our throne, using its solidity and stillness to direct our focus towards what matters most. The Queen of Pentacles is able to relax in times of plenty, direct from her true center of power, and in doing so creates an inviting space that calls in new opportunities (and lovely fuzzy brown bunnies).

Our next card, The Queen of Swords, shows that this space is giving us a welcome dose of mental clarity that has us looking to the future with focus and wisdom. Looking at the body language and direction of the Queens hones in on the power of where we direct our energy. Focusing on the lovely structure of our daily lives has given us a warm and inviting creative space that paves the way for the forward-looking confidence of the Queen of Swords.

We can think of this card as our level-headed and formidable advisor. Oftentimes our minds get short-shrift since they do have the unfortunate tendency to overwhelm us with chatter or anxiety. Here, however, our minds are keen, perceptive, and far-seeing. Clouds of confusion are huddling close to the ground revealing a bright expanse of clear blue. We can see the way forward and use our ability to organize, direct, and command to plan our way forward.

The Ace of Pentacles is our final card, and appears here as a very literal message. Something new is on the way, a golden opportunity that will require our action and bravery. We can't just wait for things to unfold and work in our favor, we must accept the challenge and go after it with all our resources. Fortunately, we have two formidable Queens representing our energies right now. With the grounded practicality and visionary astuteness we're more than ready to travel out from our already lush lives and towards another welcome and rewarding challenge.

Weekly Forecast: February 12-18

Mountain Dream Tarot Weekly Forecast Tarot Reading Three of Swords Tower

This week is bringing up a lot of feelings of guilt  around what it means to have enough. Finding ourselves a step beyond the basics - being able to provide for ourselves and bring in a little (or a lot) extra - is activating a protective part of ourselves. There's an urge to fight the gifts we've earned and been given in the hopes of protecting ourselves against loss or criticism.

The Three of Swords is letting us know that this part of ourselves is deeply rooted to the point of being instinctual, a knee-jerk response to abundance that's far from accepting. Finding ourselves in the plenty of the Six of Coins has us feeling exposed and unworthy. Yet all we need to do is look at the illustration of the Six to see how alluring and healthy we are right now. 

Why, then, is the Three of Swords churning in the background?

Being stable after a period of struggle gives our more complicated emotions and beliefs space to unfold. When we're not running around frantically - maybe trying to manage unnecessary drama or burying ourselves with mountains of stress - we are able to see ourselves more clearly, sometimes whether we want it or not. This can be confusing - why are all these unruly emotions surfacing when things are going well? Doesn't that mean that something's wrong?

This current period of stability, however, is the perfect time to gently engage with the turmoil of the Three of Swords. Just look at the imagery in the card: a clear heart pierced by three swords, hovering over an imposing mountain or, depending how you see it, a wave. There's pain, vulnerability, and immediacy here. This card reminds us that, when left unexpressed or unprocessed, painful feelings live on with the same intensity as when they first happened. Sometimes, with more that has been building up as they remain buried within us. 

And yet in the curve of the heart on the right we see a wash of rainbow light, as if the glow of the Six of Coins is illuminating a facet of this experience we haven't seen before. What in our current moment of security is allowing us to see into our painful past differently? This is a wonderful time to slowly allow our new environments and our new lives to warm the calcified suffering we've experienced, allowing some of its sharpness to soften and dissolve. 

The Knight of Coins sheds some more light on the situation. As we can guess, Coins (or Pentacles in the RWS system) signify the material world and our practices in it, including money. The Knight shows us that we're taking a new initiative in this area, perhaps seeking a new source of income or pursuing an opportunity in our current field. This action is the natural growth from our current situation and a path worth taking. However, it's shaking up our conept ourselves.

The Six of Coins deals with issues of exchange and power dynamics around money, sometimes through healthy generosity and sometimes through entrenched and unequal structures. This card is asking us to reconsider our roles. Are we more comfortable giving our wealth or recieving it? How might this role be shifting and how can we embrace a healthier attitude towards money that's empowering and dynamic instead of limiting and stagnant?

The Knight of Coins suggests that we're starting to ask for more and emerging into a more proactive space where instead of waiting for good fortune, we reach out and work to achieve it. This comes with increased responsibility, and perhaps a new way of relating with others. 

All of a sudden we may find that people are looking up to us, asking for advice and support. This is pushing us to recognize that we've come farther than we thought. Where we once believed we were the beggars we find ourselves stable, capable, and in a position to help others.

This is all beautiful, slow, and natural growth. Our role here is to let it unfold gently, honoring both the exciting changes we're making for ourselves and the transfomation of our past hurts. Both can coexist together and we can find  tender solace in the fact that we've come far enough to hold space for our more complicated emotions to emerge, be seen, and then released as we change.