Quarantine Do & Don’t: April
It’s been one whirlwind of a month, hasn’t it?
Where ever you’re reading from, I hope that you’re safe and healthy.
It’s hard to imagine there’s anywhere left that COVID-19 hasn’t hit. The cases are rising, but it’s nice to see communities come together to combat the spread and help one another. If anything, I take solace in the simple fact that as a species, humans are resilient.
On that note, let’s move into April with hope and optimism! For this month’s reading, I pulled four pairs of cards to look at what to do and what not do while in quarantine. Hopefully a little something to help get us through these difficult times!
First start by taking a deep, calming breath – it’s something we all need to be reminded of as of late. Now, look at the four pairs of cards below and choose the one that speaks to you.
Numbers are from one (left) to four (right). Scroll down and read your message below!
Nine of Pentacles
The Nine of Pentacles is all about abundance and luxury. You’ve worked hard for what you’ve accomplished, and even in these times of uncertainty, know that it’s okay to pamper yourself from time to time.
Take care of yourself. Practice gratitude for what you have.
This card also indicates that things are looking up. While this isn’t to say things will miraculously clear up, and life will return to normal, but as humans do, we’ll adapt. You’ll come to terms with your new way of life, and routines. The stress will lighten, and it will get easier.
Seven of Swords
The Seven of Swords represents dishonesty, betrayal, and being strategic even to the point of manipulation. Now is not the time for ulterior motives or agendas.
On a personal level, this card appears when we’re not being totally honest with ourselves. You’re carrying around an invisible shadow that you yourself have created. Reflect on your thoughts and actions. Open your eyes, and cut the crap.
Resist the temptation to sneak out and break the rules of self-isolation and quarantine. It might seem like a great idea at the time, but know that it’s not worth it in the long run.
Together the Nine of Pentacles and Seven of Swords ask us to see what we truly have – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Six of Cups
Our lovely Six of Cups, overflowing with happy memories and nostalgia. For what to do during quarantine, this card asks us to think back on easier times.
Reconnect with fond memories from your past. Reach out to childhood friends, do things that you used to love doing, recreate a home cooked meal you used to love.
Remind yourself what it feels like to be alive. Open your doors and windows, and clean out that stuffy air. Let your imagination run wild and your creativity shine through.
Many of us complain about our lack of time, but with things shutting down we have more than we’re accustomed to. Use it wisely. Create memories and connections with those that are important to you, and find joy in these dark times.
The Magician is powerful and resourceful. He takes action, and knows how to use his skills to manifest his desires.
As what not to do during quarantine, the Magician tells us that simply thinking or hoping something will happen, won’t turn it into a reality. It’s still important to make plans (that abide by the rules of social distancing, of course) and follow those plans through.
Do not be wishy washy. Take control of your situation. While the Magician is resourceful, he is not wasteful – so follow his lead and use what you have available to you. Improvise where necessary, and use your skills.
When we put the Six of Cups and the Magician together, we get a message of not getting stuck in the memories of when you felt you were at your pinnacle. Your life is still yours to manipulate – remember where you’ve come from, but keep acting in a way that propels you forward.
Three of Pentacles
The Three of Pentacles is a great card for the times – it’s about community, growth, expansion, and knowing that your efforts are not in vain.
During this time, it’s important that you keep building. Continue to work towards your goals, and don’t allow setbacks stop or overwhelm you. Despite the challenges, know that you are on the right track.
Ask for help and support. The Three of Pentacles often shows people coming together and using their unique skills to reach a common goal. There are always people who will help if you just reach out and ask.
Expand. Be enthusiastic. And don’t forget to pause along the way and give yourself a pat on the back for the hard work you’re putting in. One of the benefits to working hard is enjoying the fruits of your labour.
Two of Swords
The Two of Swords represents duality: two choices, balance and conflict. We often see this card when we feel stuck and it seems like there is no way out.
Don’t sit and stew. You may feel like you don’t have any options available to you, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Take off the blindfold, cut through the deception, and see what’s there.
This month it’s important to put petty squabbles and arguments aside. Don’t assume you know how someone is feeling or what they are think. Be open and communicate.
If we look at the Three of Pentacles and the Two of Swords together, we get an even bigger sign to work together and talk through arguments. Strive towards being on the same page as those around you, and make decisions that cut out negativity and resentment.
Death is inevitable, but with death comes rebirth and renewal – it’s also a perfect message for spring, as what went dormant in the winter comes back to life.
This April it’s time for change. You’re transitioning from one routine and lifestyle into something new. Allow this transition to happen. Fighting death will only make things more difficult.
There’s nothing wrong with mourning that which used to be – a lot of the time we time to mourn and to adjust. It’s not always easy. The endings death brings can be painful, but it’s important to know that there’s light on the other side.
Take this as an opportunity for renewal. Be optimistic, and look forward to new opportunities coming your way.
Page of Wands
The Page of Wands is young and eager. They are free-spirited, and easy inspired by their passions. While these are all great traits, this card warns against getting lost in your ideas.
Being isolated from our regular routine can make us a little restless, and with so much change and bouts of stagnation, ideas can easily spiral into whirlwinds.
Now is not the right time to charge ahead. Allow yourself to feel free and inspired, but temper your enthusiasm. Begin new projects that you’re passionate about, but do so with caution. Plan ahead instead of barreling forward.
If you’ve gotten into the habit of telling yourself there’s no point developing a project or idea, work on talking yourself out of those feelings. Don’t allow your biggest obstacle to be yourself.
With Death and the Page of Wands together, there’s a great message of change and transition bringing about great inspiration and creativity. If your routine is feeling stale, do something to change it up.