Self-Love & Self-Care: February

Ah, February. The month of love – or at least of Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you’re a fan, it never hurts to celebrate the love present in our lives; romantic or otherwise.

However, one of most important relationships is the one we have with ourselves. So, this month’s general reading is going to look at self-love and self-care. A message for what to love about yourself, and advice on how to bring some self-care into your life.

But before we get to the reading, I have an announcement. My Etsy Shop (EclecticGeminiCA), which tarot readings, went live at the end of January! If you’d like a reading with me, I’m currently offering a 14% discount (code: ECLECTICVDAY) from now until Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and have a variety of reading options available! Take advantage of the sale, and I hope to see you there! 🙂

Now back to our regularly scheduled post – a reading for the month ahead. Look at the photo below, and choose a location – top, middle, or bottom.

Choose Top, Middle, or Bottom from the Linestrider Tarot copyright 2016 Siolo Thompson
Linestrider Tarot by Siolo Thompson ©2016

Top: Ten of Cups & the Fool

Top Choice: Ten of Cups and the Fool from the Linestrider Tarot

What to love about yourself? Your optimism, your confidence (even when you don’t feel it), and your integrity. You are honest, and have a genuineness about you that makes you trustworthy. You have a natural ability to bring harmony and happiness to others. You make those you care about feel valued, but make sure you know you’re valuable, needed, and wanted, too. Even when things get dark, never give up your willingness to nurture.

This month it’s time to stop over-thinking, stop being afraid, and jump into something new. Allow yourself to feel that childlike excitement of doing or trying something you’ve always to. Don’t worry about what others may think – do this for you because it’s something you want. That’s the only reason or justification required.

Middle: Queen of Wands & Ace of Cups

Middle: Queen of Wands and Ace of Cups from the Linestrider Tarot

Love the passion that you have inside. You have a wonderful balance of softness and determination. When you want something, you’re not afraid to go out and get it. There is a natural charisma and warmth about you that attracts others to your circle. Never let anyone diminish your enthusiasm – you have an inner strength that will drive you towards your goals as long as you let it.

This month set aside some alone time to participate in an activity that truly allows you to express your emotions. There may be feelings you’ve been pushing aside or conflicts you’ve been ignoring, and it’s time to get those out into the open. If you have a confidant, talk to them. If you enjoy writing, journal or create a story. Make something with your hands; splash colour onto a page or mold clay into art. Sing or play an instrument, take a walk outside to work through your thoughts. Find a hilltop and scream at the top of your lungs just to release all that pent up emotion you’ve been hellbent on avoiding. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just know that opening up and shedding these negative emotions will make you lighter in the long run.

Bottom: Nine of Pentacles & Ace of Wands

Bottom: Nine of Pentacles and Ace of Wands from the Linestrider Tarot

It’s time to recognize the hard work you’ve put into your life. Your accomplishments have come to fruition because you have done the work – and that’s something to be proud of. You have an air of stability that makes others feel safe. You have a respect for yourself and for others. You are independent, polite, and appreciate little luxuries as they arise.

You’ve been holding back in pursuing a new interest or hobby, but the Ace of Wands is a clear sign that it’s time to move ahead. Sometimes self-care means allowing ourselves to follow our heart’s desires. This month also offers you a great opportunity to do some self-discovery. Don’t shy away from taking what chances arise to learn – nourish your mind, and find fuel for inspiration and creativity.

No matter your choice or results, always remember it’s never wrong to take time out to care for yourself and follow your passions. Let go of the guilt, and recognize that you are deserving of love and care.

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