Kenaz foretells the coming of clarity and knowledge. It is time for you to grow by exchanging knowledge with others. Opportunities are upon you.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Kenaz
kenaz : torch
Phonetic equivalent:k (can also be used as a hard ‘c’)
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: wisdom, insight, solution to a problem, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment
MAGICAL USES: for creative inspiration, aid in study, fertility, dispelling anxiety and fear
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim
ANALYSIS:In modern usage, the Scottish ‘ken’ means to know or understand, and this is the sense in which the rune should interpreted. Today, light, inspiration and knowledge are often associated, as in ‘gaining enlightenment’ and ‘shedding light on the problem’, and even in the image of a lightbulb going on over someone’s head when they get an idea. To bring light is to make the invisible visible.Unlike the wisdom gained at þurisaz, kenaz only allows us to take bits and pieces of this knowledge away with us as we need it, usually at the discretion of the Gods. This knowledge will generally come in the form of a sudden inspiration, and we will be able to see clearly the answer that was once hidden from us. This form of wisdom is more closely associated with the right half of the brain than the left, since it does not come through conscious effort but rather through passively opening one’s self to it. Thus, a more feminine element is added to our journeyer’s experience.
The act of bringing light into the darkness is also a creative one. Again consider the image of the person carrying a torch , representing the masculine elements of fire and air, entering the cave and penetrating the feminine realm of earth and water. This joining of masculine and feminine elements results in the creation of new ideas. In physical terms, this can be correlated to the application of fire to mold and shape matter – the art of the smith.
Here, the Tarot will be demystified, busting some of the biggest myths about reading Tarot cards.
Myth 1: You have to be psychic to read Tarot
Many people will have you believe that you have to be psychic to read Tarot. That is, to be a good Tarot reader, you have to have some sort of supernatural power that allows you to see into the future, know what people are thinking, or receive messages from the spirit world.
The truth is: You don’t have to be psychic to be a good Tarot reader. In fact, anyone can learn to read Tarot — including you. All you need to do is say yes to your intuition.
We are all intuitive beings. Every one of us. But many people have shut down their intuition, refusing to listen to their inner voice. They downplay the intuitive flashes they get and pass them off as a silly feeling that means nothing. Instead, say “yes” to those random, unexplainable messages you might receive that help you to navigate your life’s path. Say “yes” to going with your heart, not just your head.
Myth 2: Tarot will tell you your future
This one isn’t completely a myth, but it isn’t exactly the whole truth either… Many people see the Tarot as a fortunetelling tool. And, not only that, they believe that whatever the Tarot says will happen in the future, will happen, no matter what. Some people are so afraid of having their cards read because they worry that if they do, something bad will happen as a result.
The truth is: Tarot can tell you about not just your future, but also your past and your present. Understanding the past helps you discover the key lessons you’ve learned along your path so that you can make better decisions in the future. And understanding the present helps you discover what’s happening for you right now.
The future is not set in stone. Yes, the Tarot can predict the future — but “predict” is the key word here. It means that the Tarot can show you where you are headed based on where you are now. Don’t like where you’re headed? Then you can make changes right now to reshape your future! It all comes down to your free will and your ability to make choices.
Long story short: Tarot helps you understand your past and present to enable you to make good, positive choices that will shape your future. The future is in your hands and it’s yours to create.
Myth 3: Tarot is mysterious and complex
Look up “Tarot reader” on the internet and you’ll be met with images of mysterious-looking women in bohemian clothes, peering into a crystal ball, foretelling the future. This is not an accurate representation of what a Tarot reader is really like!
The truth is: People from ALL walks of life read Tarot — office workers, teachers, coaches, therapists, lawyers, executives, nurses — you name it. Just ordinary, normal people who have learned how to use the Tarot cards to connect with their intuition and navigate life’s challenges.
Tarot doesn’t have to be mysterious and complex. Tarot can be simple, fun and easy to learn. Anyone can do it, including you!
Pamela Coleman-Smith’s artful rendition of an “innocent Fool” archetype (Rider-Waite deck) is often used to represent Tarot in general. Early classical versions of the Fool card, however, portray quite a different character — a person driven by base needs and urges, who has fallen into a state of poverty and deprivation.
In some instances, he is made out to be a carnival entertainer or a huckster. In others, he is portrayed as decrepit and vulnerable — as the cumulative result of his delusions and failures. Not until the 20th century do you see the popular Rider-Waite image of the Fool arise — that of an innocent Soul before its Fall into Matter, as yet untainted by contact with society and all its ills.
Modern decks usually borrow from the Rider-Waite imagery. Most Fool cards copy the bucolic mountainside scene, the butterfly, the potential misplaced step that will send the Fool tumbling into the unknown. Don’t forget, however, that the earlier versions of this card represented already-fallen humanity, over-identified with the material plane of existence, and beginning a pilgrimage towards self-knowledge, and eventually, wisdom. The Fool reminds us to recognize the path of personal development within ourselves — and the stage upon that path where we find ourselves — in order to energize our movement toward deeper self-realization.
The Moon’s move into your sign early today is energizing on an emotional level, dear Aries. Your creative and enterprising impulses come to the foreground now. Your mood is strong, as you’re especially in touch with your feelings, but given to fluctuations. You could feel driven to pursue a goal or dream, although you could miscalculate some details. Avoid trying to bring others on board just for now, as it may only frustrate you – others seem to be in their own dream worlds. Focus on those things that make you happy.
Early today, the Moon moves into your privacy sector, dear Taurus, where she will visit until early Saturday. This brief transit stimulates a need for less stimulation! You are in need of some emotional refreshment. With Venus, your ruler, and dreamy Neptune forming a minor challenging aspect, this is in fact an important time for some form of healthy escape. You’re not in the most practical frame of mind. Plans are not going to move forward at lightning speed right now, and that suits you just fine for the time being. Your imagination and private world can be especially appealing now.
The Moon moves into your social sector early today, dear Gemini, where she will stay until early Saturday. This brief transit inspires you to reach out to others. Decisions about or with friends can be made quickly today. You could also find inspiration for a new project today. Inspired can turn to tired later today, however, as a bit of doubt or confusion tends to set in. This shouldn’t do anything important except to slow you down a little, which you may very well need. Let your mind go if you’re able to tonight.
The Moon moves to the top of your solar chart early today, dear Cancer, and this tends to turn your attention to long-term goals and responsibilities. While it’s a fine time to look at these things in a new way, it’s not the best time for setting anything in stone. Your imagination can get a little wild later today. As long as it takes you to positive places, then you’ll be in fine shape. You are especially sensitive to what’s going on around you and to others’ reactions. It might be difficult to turn off your runaway thinking, but it would be a good idea to give your brain a rest. Sometimes you simply don’t need to know. Aim to go with the flow and enjoy a timeout.
With the Moon’s move into your spirit sector early today, dear Leo, where it will stay until early Saturday, you’re more inclined to want to take action than simply to observe. You’re a little more spontaneous and impulsive than you have been in recent days. Later today, there can be a real desire to focus, but part of you is also looking for an escape. There could be a false lead in your work or research. Take a deep breath and recognize that you may simply need to unwind and let your imagination go before returning to goal-chasing.
You are more sensitive to power and its use in your relationships today, dear Virgo, particularly if you feel it’s out of balance. You’re also inclined to observe different layers of any given situation. If you’ve been concerned about your finances, and particularly debts, this can be a time when you’re inclined to want to do something about it. However, you may want to think about changes you’d like to make rather than pursue any definite plan just yet, as emotion tends to win over reason at the moment. Let your imagination take you to a healthier place tonight.
The Moon moves into your opposing sign early today, dear Libra, and focus is on coming to some level of balance and harmony in your life. While your aim is to see eye to eye with others, as much as you try, a lack of synchronicity right now can interfere. It’s minor, and nothing that patience won’t fix. Be gentle with others and don’t expect too much from yourself later today, as your system is a little more sensitive than usual. Your defenses are not as strong as usual which makes you susceptible to vague physical and emotional complaints. Take the time to make yourself especially clear if you have something important to say.
From early today until early Saturday, dear Scorpio, the Moon is transiting your work and health sector. This is a brief but important cycle for getting your life into order by making minor adjustments and edits. You may be focusing on improving order, particularly in your daily affairs and routines. There can be a growing desire to be anywhere else than where you are later today, however, or you may need to find a way to escape. Sensitivity in your communications will be especially important now, although you may very well prefer to keep to yourself for the time being. Instead of battling it, let your imagination flow.
Starting early today, dear Sagittarius, you’re more inclined to break out of your shell and enjoy yourself rather than stick to your regular routines. There is a creative flow to much of the day that is gently energizing. Your mind can wander later today, however, and it can be hard to focus on practical tasks. Keep in mind that misunderstandings are likely right now, simply because people are having a hard time expressing themselves effectively just for the time being. Relations with family might be confusing temporarily. This may be a better time to enjoy some creative fun.
The Moon moves into your solar family and home sector early today, dear Capricorn, where it will be a guest until early Saturday. This points to a more domestic emotional orientation, whether you’re inclined to stick around home more often, or to be a little more cautious and traditional in your approach to the world for these couple of days. Either way, it’s a time for centering yourself emotionally. Tonight’s Venus-Neptune challenge is minor, inclining you to entertain fantasies rather than consider realities. While you should watch that you don’t lock yourself into something important, it’s a fine time to let your imagination go.
The Moon moves into your solar communications sector early today, dear Aquarius, and life becomes busy, or at least you are more inclined to seek out mental stimulation. This is not an especially focused time, but it’s a fine day for learning a variety of different things. A Venus-Neptune challenging aspect coming into orb towards the end of the day tends to incline you to dream and reminisce, making it a good time to unwind, but not necessarily strong for clarity, particularly surrounding money and personal possessions.
The Moon moves out of your sign early today, dear Pisces, and this tends to turn your attention to practical affairs. Even so, this is not the best time for attention to details – it’s better for drawing on your intuition and imagination and how these can apply to business and money matters. There may be a disconnect or confusing situation with a friend today. You may feel that you’re being leaned on a little too heavily. Be sure you take care of your own needs and goals as well.
While you certainly have an independent streak, partnership is extremely important to you. Nothing pleases you more than a special friendship, learning about one another, and growing through your connection. You quite easily take the lead, however, and others naturally follow. You are passionate and strong–perhaps intimidating to some because of this strength.
Famous people born today: Laura Dern, Robert Wagner, Boris Pasternak, Elizabeth Banks, George Stephanopoulos, Larry Adler, Alexander Payne.
Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 10th
This is a day for catching your breath, dear Aries, with the Moon in the sign just behind yours. You may need a little more time to yourself than usual. There can be pulls towards socializing and equally strong desire or need to get things done, however. There is a tendency to misjudge our capacities now, and this can lead to taking on too much. There can be exaggeration or misinformation in your work and among friends, or people may be expecting far too much of you without much in the way of appreciation for all that you do or for all that is on your plate. Making decisions tends to pull up guilty feelings, as you may be thinking in either/or terms when blending and balancing would be a wiser choice. Try not to spend too much time weighing pros and cons and take a break from over-thinking.
Promises made today can be hard to keep later, dear Taurus, as they may be half-hearted, largely because it’s hard to know exactly what we want. As well, people may not be seeing their capabilities clearly. You may be on the receiving end or you could be tempted to agree to something just to avoid the pain of indecision. Either way, it’s best to get into better touch with your true needs and wants. Expectations of others, or of your own goals, may be too high, and adjustments need to be made. Letting go of these minor irritations, however, allows you to enjoy the pleasant social energy of the day. Helpful news or ideas can come in that lifts your spirits.
You may be torn between a strong desire to stick with the familiar and an equally compelling desire to stick your neck out or branch out today, dear Gemini. Scheduling can be difficult as a result, so you may need to play things by ear, if possible. If you stay on the fence, you are likely to feel like you’ve missed out, which leaves either adjusting your expectations, finding a nice balance, or simply making a decision and living with it. Any way you choose, at least you’re not left in agonizing place of inertia or overthinking. The day’s energies are quite good for research, career, and life path goals, however. There can be times when you’re overshooting, but overall, there is positive forward energy in these areas of life.
There can be some missteps in your communications today, dear Cancer, as someone may be pushing the usual boundaries. Enthusiasm can run high, but then fall suddenly, much like a sugar high. Part of you may be wanting to get to the bottom of a matter, and another part would prefer to keep things light. An intimate or financial matter can be perplexing for some of you. Rising above the smaller problems, however, you can get to a better place. Letting go of over-thinking will get you there faster. With the Moon in your spirit sector, you are capable of broader vision, and as a result, more able to find joy in your life.
You could be dealing with some guilt or problems from divided attention today, dear Leo, which can undermine your decisions or leave you on a fence about a matter. It’s probably better to leave it on a fence until you are clearer and more confident. Focus on freeing yourself of unnecessary mental burdens. Relationships can feel a little out of sync, but simply need adjustments, particularly when it comes to expectations of one another and of the relationship itself. While you may be disagreeing with someone about money or core values, it’s best not to focus too much on differences, as they’re unlikely to impact your life in significant ways. Distractions aside, this can be a good day for finding the right information or resources in your work.
Decisions about work or health can be difficult to make today, dear Virgo. The temptation to veer away from a path on the level of diet or health can also be strong if you don’t deal with the true problem behind your restlessness. Besides this, however, your mood is generally forward-looking and if you can manage to focus your energies on something fun rather than routine, you can enjoy yourself. You are bringing fresh ideas to your work and to your daily life.
To take a break or to share with others – that is the question today, dear Libra! Don’t get too hung up on it, for if you do, you may very well end up not doing much of anything. Fun and down time are not mutually exclusive. It just takes a little creativity to combine them, and as a Libra, you’ve got this covered. If you think about your interactions today on a deeper level, you might discover hidden aspects of yourself through your relationships. This is a day for making adjustments and compromises that are not especially straightforward, but necessary.
There is generally good energy with you today for making connections and communicating, dear Scorpio. However, you may be grappling with some inner restlessness. You can swing between feeling indecisive to acting upon impulse today, but it’s better to find the middle road and aim for moderation. Avoid taking on too many new projects, especially around the home, as you’re likely to feel their weight later. Some of you could be struggling between a friend and a family matter now, and either decision can generate guilt. If you can manage escaping others’ pressures, this is a strong day for creative thinking and for matters of the heart.
You can find it difficult to tolerate monotony today, dear Sagittarius, and you may end up pushing boundaries in your conversations. However, it may be best to choose your words carefully. As well, it’s better to work on finding the source of any discontent you’re feeling, because if you’re working on auto-pilot you may end up overcommitting. There could be a misstep in a work matter or a disconnect with a boss or parent. Wires can get crossed. The chances of being misquoted also run high today. You’re in better shape in familiar situations and with family right now. Think before you speak and act today, and you’ll be just fine.
There can be a small battle going on within you today, dear Capricorn, about whether to play it safe or take a little risk. This can lead to a feeling of restlessness as you toy with a desire for something out of the ordinary as routines bore you. Try to dream up ways to satisfy both your freedom-seeking side and your equally strong need to keep things simple and familiar. What at first might seem complicated may in reality be no big deal. Look at matters from a faithful and positive perspective now for best results.
There can be some indecision to deal with today, dear Aquarius, as you’re a little more inclined to act on ego or emotion rather than reason, particularly related to relationships. Before making an important or big commitment today, make sure you’re considering – and seeing – all the details. Ask questions, as the potential for misunderstandings is strong. Otherwise, this is a strong day for tuning in to your intuition regarding money and business matters. Look for ways to improve your relationships with people you work with or for.
As much as possible, try not to procrastinate or commit to something that seems a little beyond your means today, dear Pisces. There can be some indecisiveness that is irritating enough that you end up doing something to end it that may not be in your best interests. It’s a little too easy to become irritable today. You could be running on a short fuse now so that even minor differences lead to big ones.Try not to make assumptions prematurely. Taming restlessness can go a long way towards having a good day, with the Moon in your sign connecting well with the social planets. Reach out and connect.
The Balance of the Signs & the Elements for Wednesday, February 10th
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Humanitarian, innovative, group conscious, progressive, serving others. Can be rebellious, eccentric, aloof, emotionally superficial, overly extroverted.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
We are not very goal-oriented right now, or motivation to pursue our goals may be waning/lacking. Changes feel overwhelming. Enthusiasm may be low, we argue less, and we think more than we take action.
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