So, here we are, the 2nd Monday of March for our Monday Musings, and the first musings for Mercury retrograde—or, wrecktrograde, as I prefer to call it.
Last week I invested in some new cards, something I've not done in a long long time. I invested in a new deck. I don't know where I initially saw these images, but they really struck a chord with me. The cards are by Lana Zellner, and the deck is called the Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot. The deck is very reasonably priced, so I indulged. I am not disappointed! The images are striking as you will see, and in the full color book which is included in the boxed set the author has given some noteworthy interpretations of the cards that even teach this old dog new tricks when it comes to understanding their depth. I hereby share this with you! This week's layout was interesting, as you'll see in the reveal. Can we say 'theme,' anyone?!
Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a story-telling spread. When I do four-card readings, I like to assign them the themes of distant past, recent past, present, and future; or perhaps in this case, you might choose first week, second week, third week, last week, to give you insight as to what the month might hold. Spring, summer, autumn, winter is another permutation. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger.
Shameless plug for my own endeavors and a reminder that I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what the universe has in store for you, hit me up. There's 20% off astrology and numerology readings from 5th to 28th of March, use code RETRO20 at checkout, and if you get stuck anywhere during the process, shoot me a line. "I'm here to help."
LEFT: the Eight of Cups
To me, this card always says to walk away from something that isn't working, no matter how appealing it may be. If you chose this card, then this is a sign that something you're attached to is unfulfilling, unrewarding, or unsatisfactory in some way, and it's time to start moving onto something better. Because of the Mercury retrograde I'd add the note don't do it yet; make your plans this month so you can act on them in the future, but it's time to start making the break, even if it's just in your mind. This card is asking you what brings you joy, and to pursue that, to walk away from your attachments, to surrender what is good for something that in the long run will be much better. Of course, before you can do that, you have to face why you're lingering, you have to dig deep into your psyche and work out why you may be avoiding the change. Mercury retro is a fantastic time to do just that.
Center: Page of Cups
This is a new interpretation of the traditional Rider Waite card, and I like her style! If this is your card, it's time to contemplate something new. Remember, Mercury is retrograde for just over another fortnight, so make plans, rather than act on them. The Page promises the time for action will be here soon enough! This card is asking you to explore a new facet of yourself, to go deeper into your personal power, and it brings a message to trust your intuition and your creativity. It's a sign from the universe to look for 'coincidence' (I prefer synchronicity) that point you to the right direction, toward the desires of your heart. Those desires—along with your skills and talents were put there before you were even born to lead you to your highest happiness, your deepest fulfillment, and your greatest success. All Page cards are messengers—be open to what you're about to hear.
Right: Ten of Cups
This is the 'And they all lived happily ever after" card in the tarot. If you chose this card, you are being encouraged to trust your heart for it knows where it's going. You know the old saying, "If it feels good do it?" Well, this card is encouraging you to do it, and do it big style. Do it until you're so happy you can hardly stand yourself, then do it some more and rain that joy down on others like a spring thunderstorm. Your heart is your inner compass and this card is asking you to use it and trust it, for—as with the previous card—the desires of your heart were put there to lead you to your destiny. This card promises you that if you can trust your heart enough to step into that vision, you will be at peace with your world, and celebrate every day with wholeness and gratitude.