Aries: Knight of Pentacles
With your ruler (Mars) now moving through Taurus, you might feel the need to slow down a bit rather than rushing headlong into the next great adventure.
This transit is good for stopping the smell the flowers and for taking your time to appreciate what life has to offer. It’s fitting then that your card this month is the Prisma Visions Tarot’s version of the Knight of Pentacles.
This Knight isn’t galloping off toward the horizon and he’s not racing to the finish line. He’s led his stallion to a lush field of giant strawberries, where both of them can feast.
The Knight of Pentacles (and Mars in Taurus) knows how to make money. But his focus is more on relishing and savoring than it is on taking action.
He’s all about preserving his resources while maximizing his potential, so that he’s always at least one step ahead of the game.
This is the essence of the Knight of Pentacles. Taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves so that you’re always working toward your goals. It’s that unique combination of instinct and strategy that guarantees your success.
Whether you’re working on generating more income, saving for the future or paying down debts, you can make a lot of headway toward securing your financial independence. The spirit of adventure is not lost here: it’s still a big part of this process. But it’s the foresight and efficiency with which you go about achieving your goals that makes them so achievable in the end.
TAURUS: White Tiger Five
This month — with Mars and Uranus moving through your sign — you could find yourself on the receiving end of someone’s attempts to trip you up.
These planets are in hard aspect to several other planets, which may make it necessary for you to stay on your toes. Your might find be forced to deal with someone who tries to undermine you through coercion, manipulation or outright duplicity.
You may also need to look at all the different aspects of a disagreement and decide your next move. Do you surrender? Finish off your opponent? Turn and walk away? Or do you go back in and clean up the spoils in the hopes that there’s something left to be salvaged?
The White Tiger Five is the Feng Shui Tarot’s version of the Five of Swords. It’s traditionally associated with conflict and turmoil, not seeing eye to eye, and fighting for the sake of fighting. There are elements of ego, pride and “reputation” in the mix — not wanting to give in or to admit to being wrong — these are what keep the conflict alive.
The Five of Swords is called “defeat” in some decks, referring to the limitations and obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome. While it is often combative, it’s not generally about physical conflicts. It’s going to be verbal, mental or in some way related to communications. Religious / political differences are one example of the stalemate that can arise where the Five of Swords is concerned.
If you think about the disagreements in your own life, you’ll see that Ego is almost always to blame. While you may feel that the odds are stacked against you or that everyone and everything is conspiring against you, you would do well to see the Five of Swords as a test of character. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but how you respond is entirely in your hands.
GEMINI: The Hierophant
This month — with six planets lined up in your sector of belief systems and higher learning — you could be taking a more serious look at what you believe in and how you communicate those beliefs to others.
The Hierophant card speaks of pursuing knowledge, studying tradition, reflecting on Universal laws and principles and deciding where we stand.
It’s about carrying the wisdom of the ancients forward, as a means of both gaining a greater understanding for yourself and using it to guide others.
This Hierophant (from the Jaen Tarot) is deep in thought and reflection. He’s in search of higher knowledge and prepared to impart it to others. One hand is raised in the classic benediction mudra while the other is used to calm the fish on which he glides.
The triple cross staff is associated with the Pope and papal authority. Keys unlocked doors (to mystery, the occult and sacred teachings) and are also said to be the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Fish are a traditional symbols of faith in many religions, and are also tied to wisdom, prophecy and the collective unconscious. The overlapping trees remind us that time stretches out before as well as behind us and that we’re as much a part of creating history as we are a product of it.
You could be immersing yourself in your studies or making plans to embark on a spiritual journey. You may also be called upon present your ideas to others — either formally or informally. If you find yourself having to defend your views this month, make sure you do it with clarity and precision.
Cancer: Six of Pentacles
This month, with six planets lined up in your 8th house — the sector associated with joint resources and other people’s month, you may be called upon to open your heart and loosen your purse strings, as a measure of generosity and good will.
The Six of Pentacles — this version from the Sorcerer’s Tarot — is all about understanding the pathways between giving and receiving. It’s about having no expectations: you give because you can and because the gratitude you receive in exchange is more than enough reward.
This card is associated with charity and benevolence — giving what you can afford to give, whether it’s of your time, your money or your energy — to someone who needs it more than you do.
The Six of Pentacles is tied to prosperity as well. It’s about aligning yourself with the concept of money as energy that both flows to you and from you with ease. You neither hold onto it too tightly (as with the fours) or worry that you don’t deserve it (as with the fives).
You may be also be the benefactor of someone else’s generosity during this time. Look outside: did someone clear the snow away from your walkway? Or help you unload your groceries? Did a friend call just to say hello?
Even these small gestures are meaningful in the greater scheme of things. This is a good time to practice performing random acts of kindness and paying it forward. What you get back will more than make up for all that you put out in the end.
LEO: The Tower
Be ready for some big changes this month, courtesy of the Full Moon in your sign involved in numerous aspects with other planets.
The Tower card normally refers to sudden change — the unexpected dismantling of whatever in your life is in need of a drastic overhaul. It speaks of destruction and deconstruction — the breaking down of whatever’s stagnant or restrictive so that you can rebuild anew.
If you’re good at rolling with the punches, these changes can bring in new and exciting opportunities. But if you’re set in your ways and resistant to change, they can be unsettling.
This is is a kinder gentler version version of the Tower card, from Nigel Jackson’s Medieval Enchantment Tarot, although not entirely without wrath. There’s still an ominous flash of lightning aimed directly at the tower. In this vase it emanates from and angry red eye while storm clouds churn in the background.
There’s a lot of destruction associated with this card, yet if you consider the source — that one earth shattering bolt of lightning — you can see how it lights the whole sky, making everything momentarily clear. It is this flash of insight that all of us need to be paying attention to, especially as these planets tighten their astrological grip. Rather than running and hiding — or hanging on for dear life — cooperating with the process may go a long ways towards mitigating the destruction;
You may feel like your carefully-constructed world is falling apart or that all you’ve held near and dear (and previously thought was indestructible) is no longer capable of sustaining you. And you’d be right. But look closely at the card and you can the makings of another tower deep within its recesses. It tells you that all is not lost here after all, and that there is still hope for renewal.
VIRGO: The Empress
This month you’re going to be getting more in touch with your feminine side — your loving, nurturing and caring side, as can be seen in the imagery of this card.
The Empress card — this version from the beautiful Aya Takano Tarot — associated with beauty, creativity, fertility and love. She represents the aspects of ourselves that evoke the principles of feminine strength and power.
As the counterpart to the Emperor card, this archetype is all about the yin or feminine aspects of parental authority and protection, regardless of gender.
Where the Emperor focuses on wisdom, stability and responsibility, the Empress relates more to nurturing, comfort, support and emotional security. It is the “Earth Mother” archetype personified.
This card represents fertility and abundance. Surrounding yourself with all things living and growing. Being in touch with the earth and your sexuality, as well as your ability to create and foster life.
The Empress is a mother or an Earth mother, as depicted in this card. But that doesn’t always translate literally. It can refer to mothering impulses, such as tending to the needs of others. She’s surrounded by flowers, forest creatures and other symbols of fertility, which is the hallmark of the Empress card.
You do want to make sure you’re not neglecting your own needs while you’re busy taking care of others. You want to tend to your own gardens and nourish your own soul. But as you can see in the imagery in this card, what you give out will come back to you in ways that reverberate endlessly.
Libra: Six of Wands
This month should see you getting some much-deserved approval or recognition from your peers. The Six of Wands refers to support, approval and acclaim, brought about by something you’ve worked hard to achieve.
You may have been putting a lot of effort into your work and not even realizing that others have taken notice. Or you could be unexpectedly pulled aside by a loved one, just to tell you how much you’re loved and appreciated.
In this version of the card — from the Wild Unknown Tarot — we see a beautiful blue butterfly emerging from a sparse landscape of dried-out brush. This simple rendition perfectly depicts both the sense of “standing out in a crowd” and of “rising above triumphantly” that is so much a part of this archetype.
The Six of Wands is a card of appreciation and admiration. You “win” something and have earned the right to be satisfied with the spoils of your victory. This isn’t about ego or conceit and it’s never at someone else’s expense. There’s a strong sense of being supported and lifted up by others who rejoice right along with you.
You could be in line for a promotion or award at work. You could be given the ok to go ahead with a project you’ve been excited about. Or it may be as simple as pat on the back and some words of encouragement by those who look up to you.
Whatever form this takes for you this month, know that you’ve earned it and that you deserve it. It may just give you the incentive to keep shooting for the stars and manifesting your highest goals.
Scorpio: Four of Cups
With Mars and Uranus moving through your 7th house of partnerships and relationships this month, you may be feeling somewhat disillusioned — in your relationships or with your life in general.
You may be asking yourself, “Is that all there is?” especially if you’ve attained something you so desperately longed for in the past, only to see it differently now that you’ve attained it.
It may represent a relationship that’s lost its luster, a job that turns out to be tedious rather than rewarding, or a set of ideals that under the harsh light of day no longer seems so inspiring.
The Four of Cups — this version from the Hezicos Tarot — is a card of apathy. It can represent disillusionment and discontent. It speaks of wondering whether there might be something else out there that would excite or inspire you. The focus may be on what is lacking in your life, rather than what’s right there before you.
A lack of motivation and lethargy are also hallmark features of the Four of Cups. There’s also generally a lack of energy, which may mean it’s going to be a lazy time where you don’t feel like doing much of anything.
One of the positive aspects of this card though is that it reveals to you exactly what’s “wrong with this picture” and allows you the opportunity to make it right. It can get you thinking about how things could be — in an ideal world or at least with respect to following your dreams — and then what you can do to make those dreams a reality. While you may start out thinking “what’s the point?” you’ll have a clearer idea of what’s worth salvaging and what could use a little more work in the end
Sagittarius: Eight of Wands
This month, with six planets moving through your 3rd house, it may feel like there are people to see and places to go, but not enough hours in the day.
This is the Eight of Wands — from Charissa Dresden’s Steampunk Tarot — and a gorgeous array of sunny parasols. It’s a high energy card associated with action and activity. It’s not without distraction though: you may find that you have too much going on or too many interests and have to figure out where to direct your attention.
You may also find that you’ve got so much on your plate that you feel the need to rush as you scramble to get things accomplished.
The Eight of Wands is all about action, progress and momentum. It’s about getting things done and making things happen. It may be as simple as ticking off all the little things on your to-do list, and it may be as significant as making great headway on an important project.
And while it might feel to you like there just aren’t enough hours in the day, you could be surprised when it’s over at how much you really accomplished. The Eight of Wands can also refer to travel. In that respect it relates to being literally and physically on the go. Are you planning a weekend getaway? Use this extra energy to make preparations for your trip.
Keep in mind though that the all this fiery energy can be impatient and therefore somewhat reckless. You want to stay alert and pay attention to your environment if you do end up making travel plans.
CAPRICORN: Nine of Coins
Your card this month — the Nine of Coins — represents that intricate and fulfilling balance between expressing gratitude and achieving prosperity.
In this version — from the Chinese Tarot — we meet Liu-Hai, the coin-juggling god of abundance and prosperity. Liu-Hai and his loyal servant (a three-legged toad, sitting on his shoulder) are said to bring wealth, abundance and prosperity to those who are most deserving.
Liu-Hai is also the protector of needle-makers, not only because they’re needed to thread the red (lucky) ribbons that string the Chinese coins together, but perhaps also because they represent concepts like dedication and service.
As a symbol of purity and enlightenment, notice the lotus blossom from which Liu-Hai springs. We know that lotus blossoms only grow in mud, and this image serves as a reminder of the need to rise above it in order to achieve peace.
The Nine of Coins represents getting to a point where you’re more than satisfied with what you’ve attained. This relates to money and material possessions, but also to your own sense of self-worth. It’s about being grateful for all you’ve acquired and recognizing that you deserve it. It’s about counting your blessings and aligning yourself with those concepts, knowing that the Universe offers up unlimited abundance to those who do.
Take some time this month to remind yourself of all that you have. Count your own blessings and be appreciative of those who’ve helped you along the way. Remember that whatever you put out there — whether it’s time, energy, money or yourself — as well as whatever you’re open to receiving, will all balance out and be replenished over time.
AQUARIUS: Seven of Swords
This month, with six planets (seven if you include the New Moon) moving through your sign, it’s going to be a time of increased mental activity.
As a result, you may find that you’re “in your head” too much and not paying enough attention to your instincts or your environment.
Some of these transits can act as triggers for internal conflict and mental discord. Anxiety. Uncertainty. They can cause you to be touchy or “jumpy,” guarded and apprehensive.
You could be dealing with trust issues, as in questioning other people’s motives or agendas. You could be questioning your own instincts, or fretting over something that just feels “off. It can be especially challenging for you to navigate through uncharted territories, much like the woman in this card.
There are elements of fear, uncertainty and even paranoia associated with this card. This usually comes from overthinking and over-analyzing things to the point where your own intuition becomes hopelessly compromised.
The Seven of Swords calls for you to be mindful and alert, but you want to be just as aware of the potential for jumping to illogical conclusions. While there’s no question that there are situations that call for you to be more guarded, you don’t want to make things worse by projecting your suspicions onto others.
The Seven of Swords encourages you to stay on your toes and to listen to your instincts. If you’re having a hard time getting your bearings, or if you feel like you can’t take anything at face value, there’s probably a good reason. Listen to — and heed — your inner voice, because you may have to act at a moment’s notice.
Pisces: The Hermit
This month, with six planets moving through your 12th house — the sector related to dreams, visions and psychic impressions — you’re likely to find yourself spending more time seeking answers to life’s most pressing questions.
The Hermit card represents a retreat from all the noise and distractions that surround you in order to access your inner reserves of knowledge and wisdom.
In this version of the card — from Vanessa Decort’s gorgeous Sun and Moon Tarot — the Hermit stands before a faded parchment marked with esoteric teachings. She holds an hourglass in one hand and the trident of Shiva (Trisula) in the other.
The symbols on the parchment are written in ancient Sanskrit, with the Om symbol at the top and the Hebrew letter Yod (representing the omnipresence of God) at the bottom.
As the Hermit card also refers to turning inward, there is an entire spectrum of information — from the depths of the psyche to the heights of conscious awareness that can be accessed through this process.
The Hermit card is not about avoidance, it’s about finding your inner light and choosing to follow it. Or like the woman in this card, choosing to understand it and share it with others. by meditating and reflecting on your goals.
This month you get to choose whether you’re lighting your own way or acting as a guidepost for those who have wandered away from theirs. Both are valid endeavors ,and only you will know which is the right path for you.
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February 2021 Tarot Scopes
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