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The Six of Wands
Good news will come to you. Success will be realized through labor and industry.
Capricorn reversed signifies impracticality and a lack of ambition.
Fire denotes the unleashing of raw energy and change. The status quo may be about to crumble, but will be replaced something better. Fire also provides light to those in the dark and warmth for a cold body and spirit.
This reading focuses on your inner secret ambitions and dreams
This card represents the dreamer in you, the idealist, the mystic. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult great things are to do. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, and remember knowledge is his ally. The Fool often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, and curiosity that hasn’t been dulled by time. While The Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or grasp of the pitfalls along the path he is taking, it is equally true that his lack of experience leads him to believe all things are possible, which brings even impossible goals within his grasp.
The Hierophant represents the protector of a culture’s heritage and traditions. His purpose is to defend and teach the established ways and beliefs a group embraces. He is inherently conventional and a true believer in the power of the group. He loves the structure of the group and its values. It is the task of The Hierophant to bring new members into the group—to prepare the uninitiated to take their rightful place in his culture. In this sense he is very much like a teacher or a priest. He also acts as the repository of his group’s history. The Hierophant is certainly not one to buck proper authority. However, he is staunch and worthy defender of the tried and true. He represents the positive aspects of tradition and conformity.
Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.
Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.
We might think that bold actions are required to manage complicated relationship dynamics, yet practicing patience is wiser because karmic Saturn turns retrograde today. Although people are not as cooperative as we prefer now, trying to control someone else’s actions is futile. Meanwhile, the theatrical Leo Moon can turn a minor event into a major one, but we still must work to improve our own behavior rather than shifting the blame to others.
You might be puzzled today when you realize that your plans are not unfolding as quickly as expected. It’s not that you encounter a serious setback; it’s just that you’re beginning to understand the overly ambitious scope of your objectives. Nevertheless, don’t lower your goals or narrow your vision. Instead, reconsider your schedule and give yourself as much time as you need to complete your current project. Ultimately, you are judged by what you finish, not by what you start.
A sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach arises from your apparent lack of progress today. However, no one has the right to judge your story after only reading the cover notes on your book. Believe it or not, your current uncertainty has an upside because detours can bring you closer to the truth. Nothing is as straightforward as it appears now; not even your intentions. William Blake wrote, “Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.”
Your enthusiasm is not dampened by the logistical problems you face today. You won’t allow yourself to lose sight of the big picture, however out of focus it may be now. You fully understand that you are on a trajectory and you’re on board for the long-haul. Nevertheless, it’s wise to reexamine all your facts, reassess your priorities and recommit to achieving satisfaction. Don’t let anyone or anything prevent you from reaching your goals.
You’re still riding on the incoming waves of positive energy, but you’re starting to fear that it won’t last forever. Fortunately, you may be close enough to reaching success that you’re not willing to walk away from it now. Nevertheless, you can refresh your attitude and recommit to your relationships by indulging in a healthy dose of gratitude. Count your blessings while you consider the words of Marcel Proust: “Love is space and time measured by the heart.”
Your current superpower is the ability to discern when to push toward your goals and when to kick back and relax. Harmonizing trines from the lively Leo Moon to risk-taking Uranus and reliable Saturn empower you to denounce authority while simultaneously assuming leadership. Although balancing the extremes is a safe strategy, you must be willing to stretch the envelope. Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM, wrote, “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”
You aren’t yet ready to round up people to help you bring your master plan to life. Nevertheless, your eyes are peeled for potential allies you can enlist once all the pieces are in place. The best strategy is to roll up your sleeves now and get down to work. Scheming in advance will only complicate your progress or reduce your effectiveness if you tip your cards too soon. Success is ultimately a matter of positive attitude and proper timing.
You intuitively know what must be done to increase your efficiency at work. But knowledge isn’t always enough to make a difference, especially if fate appears to be working against you now. Paradoxically, the more you strive to reach a goal, the further away it seems. Thankfully, emotionally detaching yourself from the outcome breaks the spell and disengages you from a frustrating cycle. As Buddha said, “You only lose what you cling to.”
Working extra hard isn’t a problem for you passionate Scorpios once you make a commitment. Thankfully, your efforts are rewarded today, but you might find it difficult to maintain a consistent pace. Ironically, you can accomplish more now when you take intermittent breaks to clear your head by walking away from your job for a bit. Bill Gates said, “Success requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react and reinvent.”
It’s nearly impossible to see the downside of a plan today. In fact, your sunny outlook might enable you to live in a world without any apparent shadows. Needless to say, there is something incomplete about your current perspective and your inability to discern the darkness will likely backfire on you. Naturally, you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. Walt Disney said, “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”
Your legendary determination motivates you to logically calculate your odds for success while considering every option. Others might grow weary of the mental gymnastics and find it easier to pick a path and then fine tune their strategies along the way. Nevertheless, you’re unwilling to leave anything to chance today. Industrious Saturn’s retrograde turn is a reminder that you can take all the time you need before committing to a course of action. The only thing greater than your ambition now is your will to succeed.
You’re not interested in pursuing stale goals; you need to have excitement in your life or you quickly lose interest. Thankfully, adventurous people will enter your world now, offering you the thrills you seek. At first, you might be unsure about letting someone in because you fear a loss of stability. However, adding a dash of uncertainty into the mix also reveals new possibilities. Go ahead and take a risk. If it works out in your favor, you’ll be happy. If not, you’ll be wiser for the experience. You win either way.
You understand the importance of striking a balance between performance and authenticity today. The showy Leo Moon illuminates your 6th House of Self-Improvement, inspiring you to give the presentation of your life. But you will sound mechanical and boring if you memorize a script. However, if you speak extemporaneously, you could easily forget an important part of your pitch. In the final analysis, mastery of your subject matter is key so your delivery is passionate and persuasive. Pianist Vladimir Horowitz said, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”
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Multi-talented and artistic, you are wonderfully expressive, direct, and straightforward. You have little patience for people beating around the bush, as this is not part of your own nature. While you do say it like it is, and you can be surprisingly blunt, you might frequently change your convictions and goals when you are inspired and enthused about something new. Discontent with the status quo can lead you to seek unconventional and exciting adventures. Famous people born today: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Colin Powell, Gregory Peck.
Transiting Saturn harmonizes with your Sun this year, and this can be a steadying, helpful influence. You are practical in your choices (for the most part), keeping your feet on the ground and paying attention to, and honoring, tradition as well as tried-and-true methods. You have the power of practicality, realism, and caution on your side in the year ahead. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some way for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work.
This is a year in which you put your life into order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future this year is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, this year will benefit you for years to come. The key to success this year is adopting a realistic, practical, disciplined, and orderly approach to your life.
Pluto continues to transit square your Sun this year, however. You are refining and reshaping your personality and your life path. Some obsessive behavior is possible – perhaps you are trying to cling to a behavior that suited you in the past, but that has now outgrown its purpose or is in need of an overhaul. Your emotions tend to be turbulent. You are likely to experience events that highlight the necessity to share and trust. Events and circumstances are such that you learn about your own personal strength. You may have to deal with wilfulness and issues of power and competition – in others and in yourself – and learning a lot about your fears, desires, and goals in the process.
This is a good time for motivation levels regarding work or projects and personal interests. There can be opportunities to pursue absorbing topics and projects of interest. More joy and meaning can be found in your work or obligations.
However, you need to be aware of a tendency to be attracted to impractical ventures at times this year. As well, your energy can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages.
Relationships can be especially focused on nurture and support. There can be a stronger inclination towards togetherness and sharing; forgiveness and compassion.
This is a strong year for getting your life on track through improved work and attention to practical details and increased self-discipline overall, although there will be times when you battle with varying energy levels. Strong plans and lifestyle changes can be made at this time in your life.
2016 is a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.
2017 will be a Number One year for you. Ruled by the Sun. This is a year of action. The seeds you plant now, you will reap later. Others might find you less sociable, as you are busier than ever and you focus on your activities and your needs. Still, you are outgoing and your initiative is stronger than ever. Advice – Stand alone, take action, start fresh, express independence.
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You are particularly confident today, dear Aries, and you find it easier to pick and choose your activities or focus to your benefit. It’s a great time for gaining support from friends, children, family, and lovers. The starring influence of the day, however, connects your money and career sectors in a powerful way. This, of course, can benefit business, advancement, and finances. On another level as well, you have the confidence to go after what you want and the determination to succeed now, which can help you overcome or push through obstacles. Retrograde energy is dominant this week, however, making brand-new endeavors a little tenuous. However, you can use the positive energy of the day to your advantage by focusing on your priorities for work already in progress. It may very well be that you are naturally drawn to those ventures and activities that will serve you best.
With Mars in your sign, dear Taurus, you want what you want, and you don’t care to wait for it! Even so, today, Pluto helps you to focus this energy into something worthwhile (ideally). You instinctively gravitate towards situations and people that help you grow, improve, learn, and expand your perspective. Having a plan always makes you feel good, and today, one is likely to form, or a recently-devised plan comes into stronger focus. Projects related to publishing, education, travel, and non-routine activities can benefit now. Putting what you’ve learned to good use can figure strongly, and your powers to lead, influence, and support others are stronger than usual. Activities or studies advance and satisfy you greatly this week.
If you need to cut out a bad habit or tie up a loose end, today is an excellent time to do so, dear Gemini. You possess the inner courage and desire to take more control of your life now. The goal should be self-empowerment now. Other especially suitable activities today include efforts to recycle, revise, or renew a project. This week is challenging with retrograde action, making it better not to begin brand-new ventures, but today is powerful for making decisions that involve cutting back or rebuilding those already in place. Obstacles can be overcome more easily now, particularly as you can be determined to move forward. For some, a relationship can reach a new level of intimacy. While a lot can be going on behind the scenes or within yourself today, it’s also a very good time to reach out to others and share ideas.
There can be breakthrough improvements in your relationships now, dear Cancer. While generally speaking the first three weeks of April are rather challenging for relationships, you get a nice boost today via a Mars-Pluto influence that can improve a bond or revive intense feelings. Working with a partner towards a common goal may be part of the picture now, or teaming up with a friend can take you somewhere you want to go faster or more successfully. You might decide to take charge of a long-standing problem for once and for all, possessing the determination to put it behind you now. Others can be the source of useful resources or advice now. Networking and teamwork can be particularly beneficial to you now. Look for allies!
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Leo, harmonizing with the Sun and enhancing your self-confidence. This is a time for getting noticed, and you’re framed especially well! A Mars-Pluto influence active today reinforces this. You can be noticed for the work you do, particularly things you’ve done in the past. You are expressing your passion for what you do, and this goes over well, even leading to significant opportunities. When it comes to problems with business, work, reputation, and health, you can reduce and resolve issues to your advantage. You have a strong sense of what will work in your favor, and this includes career projects, goals, work, and health programs or regimens. Priorities become clear through this.
The Sun in your privacy sector all day points to some level of withdrawal as you regenerate and recoup, dear Virgo. Even so, with a trine between Mars and Pluto in harmony with your sign today, you’re in a great position to get a whole lot done. You may be more courageous to express yourself, share your talents or work, or reach out to a new audience, and you can make serious progress on passion projects or studies. This is a good time for suddenly seeing a resource that can help you work through a problem area or reach your goals. You can move mountains and meet with greater success if you make certain that others see your confidence or recognize your commitment and passion. Romantic relationships can improve with shared activities or adventures of sorts. Doing something different or non-routine with others can be rewarding now.
When Mars and Pluto form a harmonious aspect as they do today, dear Libra, we can toughen up in certain areas of our lives in order to make improvements and progress. As such, today is powerful for finding resolutions to long-standing problems, particularly as they relate to your family or personal life. Improvements may involve putting something that has run its course behind you, decluttering, reorganizing, or unloading or unburdening a personal problem. There can be the chance to grow and learn in a close relationship, based on the inner courage to address an issue or face the elephant in the room for some of you. With retrograde activity this week, this may not be the best time for brand new projects, but you can nevertheless be quite determined to rebuild or rework something to your benefit, and these kinds of activities are very favored now. You see your priorities now.
With your rulers, Mars and Pluto, in harmony today, dear Scorpio, you can find yourself in a good position to lead others or advance your interests. You may find the courage to move a relationship forward or address a problem area with someone. Shared activities can prosper, and teamwork or partnering up to accomplish a goal or make a decision can be particularly effective. You are determined to get over a hump or resolve a problem, and you’re likely to succeed at this. Others can find you particularly influential or attractive now. You are better able to focus on your studies, projects, or relationships to your advantage now. Retrograde activity this week suggests that you’ll be better off saving brand new beginnings for later, but you can still make a lot of progress today with those things already in place.
Self-improvement efforts can be magnificent today, dear Sagittarius, with Mars and Pluto helping you out, encouraging you to rebuild or rework something to make your life better. This can be a work project, efforts to manage your personal space or time invested into maintaining a prized possession, or even a project related to improving your health, as Mars and Pluto fall in sectors that rule these things in your solar chart. You’re most productive now when you throw yourself into activities that you truly believe in. For some, becoming angry about a dilemma or a current situation can be the motivator behind improvement efforts. Your priorities become clearer today as you can see which areas of your life are most important. You might discover resources for making improvements as you narrow your focus to key areas. It’s a great time to streamline, reorganize and downsize.
Today is powerful for your personal appeal, dear Capricorn, and excellent for having the courage to express yourself or your talents and passions. Personal changes and improvements may be in focus, but you’re also ready to jump into action when it comes to managing your creative projects, leisure time, hobbies, and romance. You might decide to resolve a conflict in a family or love relationship, as you can be feeling a little fed up of problem areas and you now want to put problems behind you. You are drawn to situations that tend to work best for you, but you’re not afraid to move a little outside of your comfort zone now, which is a major key to success. Your eye may very well be on repackaging yourself in some manner as you want to break through a barrier that has been holding you back from expressing yourself. This week and next involve key planetary direction changes, suggesting that it’s not an ideal climate for brand new beginnings. However, today is excellent for applying yourself to current ventures and areas of your life that need special attention.
This can be a day in which getting ticked off about a long-standing problem can propel you into positive action, dear Aquarius. Sometimes we need an extra push to make improvements, and this can come your way via a Mars-Pluto connection that toughens you up enough to put a tricky problem behind you. It’s an excellent time for rebuilding, reorganizing, or reworking things, and this can relate to your home and family life, or it might work on an emotional plane. You want to feel more in control of your life, and you can take steps to grow, improve, and empower yourself now. You can be particularly resourceful, and your determination and courage can help you to get a whole lot done. Think in terms of renovating rather than beginning something new, as the astrological climate this week and next is tricky for all new ventures. Clutter may need to go, but so might attitudes or connections and attachments that have been holding you back. Help from an unexpected source or from behind the scenes may be part of the picture now.
This is a good time for making important allies, dear Pisces. Teamwork, group projects, friendships, and communications are all areas of your chart that are positively influenced by Mars and Pluto today, and you’re bound to find ways to improve these things or empower yourself through activities related to making connections and getting results from groups and networks. Priorities emerge today as you almost instinctively gravitate towards people and projects that help you grow and advance. Rebuilding a project or revisioning a plan or dream may be part of the process now. You ar are making a strong and effective impression on others now. This is not the best week for brand new projects, however. Even so, you are in a great position to augment and develop those projects or endeavors already in place. New ways to connect or get from point A to point B can emerge, and these may very well lead to opportunities and improvements.
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April begins with love planet Venus still in retrograde motion, prompting plenty of revision in matters of the heart. From April 2-15, however, she’ll retrograde out of Aries and through Pisces, adding a different feel to her backwards motion. Now you’ll focus more on your faith in love and relationships, and where it might have taken a few hits in your life story.
This will be a valuable time to reassess the power of forgiveness and unconditional love. Themes connected to where it has a place in your heart, as compared to where you might be fooling yourself in a romantic entanglement, might also come up. Once Venus turns direct on April 15, she’ll slowly begin to gain traction, allowing you to find your sea legs once more as it pertains to your love life.
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