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I’ve always been intrigued by “outside forces” influencing my everyday vibes. From encapsulating full moon energy to finding out what’s happening in my astrology birth chart (watch out for this Leo with a side of Libra), there’s something magical about embracing another level of intuition.
But to be honest, my intuition—my fiery flame—has been a little off, thanks to the first Mercury retrograde of this new decade. My Leo mane is caught in its crosshairs, as are my emotions. Help! What’s a girl got to do to survive? My horoscope was shedding light into my feelings, but what I really needed was an outside force to help me get back on track. Enter tarot cards.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my cards read (but if you’re up for it, I highly recommend), and there were a few things the reader reminded me of prior to our session. Bringing my notebook was key. With an open mind and a pocket full of questions, I got my cards read three (yes, three) times. Here’s what happened and how I learned to use it to better my well-being.
Because my head (and heart) is spinning.
The reading: Clarity Spread
The purpose of this reading was to shed light on a current challenge of mine (think: relationship struggles). See, I told ya retrograde was messing with my energy. A little card shuffling, three knocks, and my four chosen cards later, I laid out just that—some divine clarity. So, what did I get, and what am I going to do now? Keep reading to find out.
Devil – I’m always cautious about this card. My tarot reader quickly reminded me that this demonic creature was in the reverse position, representing freedom from what’s holding me back. As she put it, “it’s time to light shit on fire.” Guess I need to show the devil who’s boss by kicking ass in a F45 class.
Two of Cups – There’s a lot of love with this card. Two full cups illustrate—you guessed it—“fullness” in my current relationship. Sometimes, I’m distracted from that. My tarot reader alluded to the ebb and flow of our union. Maybe I do need to book that couple’s massage this weekend.
Five of Wands – Oh man, the higher beings are really nailing the relationship stuff. Unsure of how to interpret this card, my tarot reader explains it means conflict—and thanks to Mercury retrograde, I am extra feisty with my opinions. Good news though, since the card is inverted, the drama is on its way out. I’m so ready to let it go (and flow) during my next yoga practice.
Three of Wands – Wait, another wands card? My tarot reader noted that this card stands for foresight—and there’s a portal, an opening, for opportunity. So, whatever is off in my relationship realm, there’s light on the horizon. Put those shades on because I’m ready to detox and get my glow on with a facial.
The reading: New Moon Spread
A suggestion for my tarot reader, this reading is perfect when welcoming a new moon—and what you want to bring into this new celestial cycle. I know I want to bring in positivity, but I need to let go of some life stuff I’ve been holding on to. We’ve all got stuff, right?
King of Wands – I can’t escape the wands. Maybe it’s a sign. But this is the wands card I want in this sense, because it taps into my forceful, bold nature. Remember I’m a Leo. According to my tarot reader, the new moon is going to electrify everything I do. Talk about a big energy. But first I have to let some things go. What better way to shake off what’s holding me back and show off my dynamic energy than with a one-two punch in boxing class.
The Tower – This card instantly drew me in with its chaos-like illustration. Part of the tower/tree image was broken, but its base remained rooted in (and to) the ground. My tarot reader let me know that though this card exemplifies distress, it also leaves room for something new and beautiful to flourish. I think it’s time to reset my focus with a mindful meditation practice.
The reading: Past, Present, Future
A tale as old as time, this classic tarot reading is always a go-to when I want a glimpse into how everything I’ve done is influencing my now—and what’s next. When my tarot reader asked if I wanted to close our session with this spread, I wasn’t about to deny a little crystal ball-type action during my afternoon. What I quickly learned is your energy really does travel, through time, that is.
PAST – Daughter of Cups – Representative of renewal, this card was tapping into my creative spirit, but my current life “fears” were blocking my creativity from shining through. Maybe it was my anxiety about buying a house. Or being afraid of losing a loved one. Whatever it is, I knew I needed to find an outlet to express myself. Now I am starting to think aerial yoga might help me clear my head —and defy gravity. What’s more creative than that?
PRESENT – Son of Cups – Two cup cards in a row? As my tarot reader explained what this card meant (balance, sensitivity), it was totally in tune with my current state. By being hard on myself, I wasn’t allowing myself to find balance. And I wasn’t allowing compassion for the way I feel. Yes, us Leos can be selfish, but in this case, I needed to give myself a little love. Nothing says self-love like a deep stretch and deep, belly breaths in Yin Yoga.
FUTURE – Eight of Swords – Now, this is not the card I wanted to get for my future. Trapped. Confined. Restricted. This girl doesn’t want her future to be limited. According to my tarot reader, this card shows how important it is that I let go of what is holding me in back in the past and present. By doing this, I can awaken my intuition and develop a more empowered mindset. I will then be stronger and more confident than I envisioned. Sounds like I need to take that focused energy to a barre class where I can lengthen and strengthen my mind, body, and soul.
Not sure if a tarot card reading is right for you? Our in-house tarot card reader has the inside scoop on what to bring (and be ready for) when it comes to your first tarot experience. And yes, a notebook really is essential.
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.