The first Monday Musings for the month of March are brought to you once again by my go-to deck, The Tarot of the Cloisters, by Michelle Leavit. I adore this deck, for each card has 360° of interpretation, and the lines on the stained glass highlight different areas of these beautifully designed and colored cards. We had a bit of a conversation over on my Facebook wall last week about how some of us (me included) tended to pick the same position every week, so this week I thought I'd be a smartass and lay out a different spread. Take that, you creatures of habit!
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.
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TOP LEFT: Six of Vessels (Cups)
This card is all about nostalgia, and if you look at its angle, it's nearly right way up. If you have chosen this card, you're nearly to some goal, and that goal probably has to do with something that is comforting and soothing. Perhaps you've got a reunion with some old friends or family you have not seen for quite some time coming up, or maybe you're working through scrapbooks and memorabilia. This card can also point to you slowing down to the speed of life and going back to the things that gave you pleasure before the world got so big and life got so busy. If this is your card for today's reading, it's a message to simplify. Start seeing life through the eyes of a child again, no matter how old you are. That childlike perception brings you happiness, anticipation, and an appreciation for the little things that are so often overlooked once we're told we have to behave like adults.
TOP RIGHT: King of Vessels (Cups)
This card is slightly off center, but that does not necessarily mean that things are about to turn on their head—although with Mercury stationing retrograde in Pisces tomorrow, it might! The good news is that Mercury turns retro every few months and we've kind of got used to it, so you've got time to straighten this guy up and not let things wobble too much. Remember, you have free will and not even the angels themselves can take that from you. If you chose this card, then the king is asking you, "Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind?" If you can remember those questions before you act—good advice at any time but particularly during this planetary weather—then you should be able to keep the energy upright and avoid things going too caddywompus.
BOTTOM LEFT: Queen of Pentacles
Yet another court card who's wobbling a bit. If this is your card she's asking you to straighten up. That impulse buy? Rethink it. You have enough yarn! Have you filed your taxes? Better get on that. This is a very positive card on the whole but you don't want to let her go spinning out of control and land on her head. She's assuring you that you have enough, but not so much that you can be inattentive or reckless. Pay attention—and again, that Mercury retrograde energy is influencing this. My mum had a saying, "Look after the pennies and the pounds (£) will take care of themselves." This is the Queen's message for you. This is the perfect time to rethink your budget, review your expenditures, and revise your financial plans, so that you keep her upright and functioning, and you're prepared for unexpected events that might turn her on her head.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Sun
Well, trust the most positive card in the spread to be nearly on its head! The good news is, if this is your card, that you have the energy to deal with whatever situation you're going through, that there are brighter days and better times so close you can taste them. If you've been thinking of stretching yourself with some kind of new activity, use this month to polish your ideas. The Sun says 'do it,' the fact that it's nearly upside down says 'not quite yet.' There are aspects of your plans that need to be refined—and all those 're' words like rethink, reflect, refine, revise, they're perfect words for Mercury retrograde. The contrary placing of this card (which is a fancy way of saying it's on its head) means that you may be too optimistic or eager in your enthusiasm to get ahead, and that could be y our undoing. The Sun is never a negative card; however, it is asking you to take your time to reap the benefits that it has in store for you.