Monday Musings—and on time this week, too! Did you miss me last week? No one said anything... Today's deck is the Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot by Lana Zellner. This is rapidly becoming one of my go-to decks. The art always reveals a new angle of interpretation for me, and I find that very useful when I'm using the cards to have a conversation with myself.
Things are starting to really busy themselves here at The Keep, with me making it a point to get some studio time in every day, as well as doing some writing, and finding time to amble through the village and surrounding countryside in preparation for Hadrian's Wall, which is rapidly approaching! What will this week bring to you? Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you, then read the reveal in the comments for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a story-telling spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger.. 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. "I'm here to help."
Left: Seven of Wands
It may not be any surprise to you guys that we're heading into another Mercury retrograde. Now, you'd think that we'd be used to these by now, after all, they happen around three times a year. However, there's always something that seems to cause twitterpations when Mercury is doing his backward dance through the skies. He's in his shadow period at the moment, and this means that those of you who are sensitive to this kind of stuff may be starting to get your knickers in a knot already (those who know me know yes, I resemble that remark). If this is your card for the week it's showing you that the confrontations and complications that a retrograde Mercury have to offer may already be creating some discomfort in your life. Do not back down from what you know to be right. Do not walk away from what you know to be true. Do not buckle when someone challenges you. As the Desiderata says, "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here." Of course, so does everyone else, so don't forget that when you're facing the storm and holding your ground! Sometimes the fight just isn't worth it—but if it is, don't let a lack of confidence steal your thunder.
Middle: Eight of Cups
This card has spoken to me quite loudly these last few weeks. It keeps making regular appearances in my daily tarot meditations that I do for myself. If this is your card for the upcoming week, it is a sure message from the universe to start seeking more. Do not settle for adequate when you can have fantastic. Walk away from what isn't working, no matter how good it may look, for something better is just around the corner and you have to make room for it in your life. Yes, it may mean some time in the wilderness, but that's how you find your path. Yes, it may mean that you spend some time alone, but you don't have to be lonely. It's time to get real, to leave whatever is standing in your way behind you, and take that leap of faith.
Right: Queen of Cups
The suit of cups always represents water and the sea of emotions to me. The Queen is a wise and compassionate woman, she is the mum who always had cookies and the grandma who always had hugs, and the auntie who threatened to throw flour on you if you insisted on misbehaving in her kitchen! She's creative and intuitive and if this is the card you picked, it's a message that you need to tap into your intuition, for it is stronger than you think, and use your creativity, for you are more ingenious than you realize. Feeling stuck, feeling inertia, feeling that 'something' needs to change? The Queen is assuring you that you have what it takes to make those changes. Quieten your mind and open your heart and let the energy flow. You'll realize that the solution to the issue lies in the same bed as the problem.