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.