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Here are the Tarot-Scopes by Sun Sign for the month of March. For this feature, I am using traditional Western Sun signs of the zodiac, but if you’re curious what your Vedic Astrology Sun sign is, check out the Vedic Astrology Sun Signs page and compare. If your Vedic Sun sign is different than your traditional Western sign, you might even see how both of the energies listed below could apply to you – or perhaps one may be more prominent for you than the other.
Keep in mind that a single card pulled for a given sign will not represent everything you experience during the month. It is a significant theme of the month that you will probably see or relate to in one way or another. But it’s not the sum of the whole. It is, however, one important aspect or theme that the Tarot wants to bring to the attention of each Sun Sign.
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Temperance represents your theme for March, Aries. This card features Lady Temperance who blends hot and cold, sun and moon, light and dark – all the opposites to make for a perfect mix and combination. And most importantly, this idea of blending creates balance. You, too, may find yourself working with opposites this month, Aries – perhaps working with people whose personalities are opposite of your own . . . or even finding yourself attracted to an “opposite.” They do say “opposites attract!”
Temperance denotes seeing possibilities, answers, and combinations that others might easily overlook. You might also be integrating two or more parts of your life or yourself together in ways that create a more effective expression of who you are.
You’ve got some very positive energy available to you this month, Aries . . . and how you use it will make all the difference! But realize that when Temperance appears, patience is also needed. You can’t simply force things to create a desired result. You might not be in a position to make things happen quickly, so you’ll have to be patient for the right time to act. Don’t try to rush things to a conclusion before they are ready. Use moderation and balance in your approaches, and don’t overdo things. Just go with the flow and find the middle ground. There is no need to rush. In fact, Lady Temperance assures you that you’ll get more accomplished if you take things at a slower, more thoughtful pace this month. There is a reason and a season for all things under the sun and the moon! Take your time. Lady Temperance says (from page 13 LWB), “The resolution of conflict requires compromise and cooperation. The combination of opposites makes for the ideal mixture, and increases your ability to adapt to change.”
TAURUS: 2 of Cups
Meet Ally and Kin, the pair of owls who represent your theme this month, Taurus – the 2 of Cups! Matters of love may be prominent for you at this time. If you’re single, you could meet someone new. If you’re already partnered, the connection could be stronger with that special someone in your life. Use this beautiful energy of union and partnership to your advantage, Taurus!
If love isn’t on your mind, then the 2 of Cups can signify another kind of union, relationship, or partnership – such as a new job or even a new friend. Your message from the owls, Ally and Kin, states that “When you meld with someone else or with a new project, spiritual riches are obtained and lessons are learned. Confidence and certainty will open your heart to others without hesitation. Be certain you make the best choices, and communicate with clarity.” (page 29, Joie de Vivre, LWB)
This month, you may be doing things you enjoy and that will have benefit to you – possibly a mutual benefit between you and another or with a group of people. This is a time for establishing situations of agreement, union, or partnership. You may find circumstances of compatibility, kindness, trust, and connections with someone or something that you love and believe in. This association may be one that helps support you on some level — whether emotionally or physically . . . or very possibly both. With this card’s energy surrounding you, there is value in relationships and associations that you can appreciate. There is a sense of unity and belonging.
You feature theme for March is Strength, Gemini . . . and this feature stars the character named Patience who is seen in this card embracing a lion named Intrepid. This lion represents the physical manifestations of your own “inner beast” and your inner strength as well. This is about taming the lion in your life – i.e., conquering fears and making peace with the shadow side of yourself. And not to worry, Gemini, everyone has a “shadow” side, so it’s not just you who has to concern yourself with “taming the beast” within.
But with Strength on your side, you can indeed conquer fears and make peace with any difficulties that confront you at this time. And you can do this compassionately and gently instead of being overly aggressive or forceful. Strength allows for mastery in a gentle manner. So be kind to yourself as you are to others, even when disagreements arise – or when you are faced with an “inner war” that you must work through.
Strength asks you to utilize patience, because this is an asset that will help you triumph over challenges and to handle things calmly and with a lot less stress. Patience in this card tells you to “ride out the storm and face your fears; do not give up when you’re so close to getting through a trying situation. Have faith in your ability to endure, and you’ll come out stronger from the experience.” (page 8-9 Joie de Vivre LWB).
CANCER: The Magician
Starring Pretzo as the Magician for your theme in March (with Hocus the rabbit as co-host who forms the sign of infinity with a lemniscate), we see the Magician holding a symbol for each of the four elements – a Sword, a Cup, a Coin, and a Wand. This is about manifesting. It’s an indication that you have everything you need to turn a dream into a reality, Cancer. How exciting is that! This is a time to put your ideas and plans into action and create the Magic that is waiting for you to claim it.
If you don’t think you have everything you need, Pretzo and Hocus are asking you to rethink this. They assure you that you have enough to get started, or there are ways you could improvise or make do until you are in a position to acquire anything else you may need. Start with the basics, Cancer, and whatever else you need will become available to you. But you have to get started first – The Magician is, after all, the card of Number One and new starts and beginnings! So what are you waiting for, Cancer? It’s time to get started today!
“Believe that all things are possible! With the power to create magic in your life, you are the ruler of your own reality. Use your skills and self-discipline to conjure creative ideas into reality. Act with confidence, focus, and clear intention.” (page 3, Joie de Vivre LWB)
LEO: 3 of Swords
Leo, I know there’s not much of a good spin to put on your theme for the month of March when faced with the 3 of Swords. Chagrin is the name of the character for this card, and we see him holding his pierced heart, while seeking comfort from the candlelight nearby. There may be something upsetting or heartbreaking that calls for your attention – perhaps discovering something you would rather not have known, or being in circumstances you desperately wish to deny, but knowing at the same time that you can no longer deny it or look the other way.
The 3 of Swords speaks of severance in one form or another. In whatever way that you might experience this difficult energy, Leo, it can make you feel injured, unappreciated, grief-stricken, or cut off from others. It can portray a situation that is completely unfair and very hurtful. To put such complexities into simple form – the fact is, the energy of this card hurts in whatever way it comes. There’s never an easy way to tell the tale of the 3 of Swords, and we can see this to be true from Chagrin’s sad and longing look at the candles beside him.
But this is where there is also hope after pain, Leo! It can hurt to learn something you would desperately wish to deny, but awareness and clarity are part of this energy as Swords is related to the element of Air. Chagrin tells us (from page 29 of the LWB), “Through sorrow’s shadow comes release, and the only way out is through. Better actions that replace old ones could not occur without the transformation pain brings. Moving toward the light at the end of the tunnel, you begin the process of healing.”
VIRGO: 10 of Swords
The only real choice available upon seeing the 10 of Swords energy, Virgo, is to face it and realize that your disappointments, distress, sorrow, or frustrations are temporary conditions. This energy can feel like “hitting rock bottom,” and it can feel as if someone has proverbially stabbed you in the back through lies, gossip, deceit, or betrayal.
Here we see the star character of the 10 of Swords in Joie de Vivre, and her name is Lament. She is seeking comfort near the nourishing stream in front of her, while still holding the sword of fortitude. This means that no matter how much life tries to get you down, Virgo, you must never give up! And with this card, the worst is over, so the only place next to go . . . is up! Summon your inner strength to find a fresh outlook so that you can let go of whatever pain ails you, and start anew.
Lament’s message, from page 44 of the LWB is: “If hopes and dreams seem to have turned to dust, new ones shall indeed arise. Your thoughts today create tomorrow. Move upward and onward, and allow nothing to hold you back.”
LIBRA: Ace of Cups
This month offers happiness and blessings through a new start, especially on an emotional level. Something or someone may help you gain your heart’s desire and feel emotionally content. Ace are gifts or opportunities, and for you dear Libra, this is a gift and opportunity for new beginnings, love, and happiness. This can represent love in its beginning stages, or finding the love of your life. It could also signify the renewal of an existing relationship or starting over through reuniting. This Ace is all about unconditional love and happiness. Whether it’s love that is your personal focus, or something else, it seems you will have an opportunity to be involved with something that you love being a part of.
Allow me to introduce you to Euphoria who is the star character of this card. Euphoria’s cup overflows with the waters of emotional fulfillment, and this is the gift she wishes to share with you, Libra! What a beautiful gift of happiness this is, so be open and accepting to this offering, in whatever way it comes to you this month. Euphoria’s special message and advice for you at this time is to . . . “let your heart-light shine. A spiritual awakening will take place as the beginning of new desires and emotions emerge. Trust your inner voice; your caring nature will enhance psychic awareness. Listen to messages from within.” (page 29, Joie de Vivre LWB)
Because the Ace of Cups holds opportunity for “something new,” it can signify the entry of someone or something that adds a happy element to your world. Whether it’s a new partner, a new friend, a new perspective, a new creative and happy experience, or a new awareness of your emotional center . . . the pleasure that you experience through this Ace energy is very fine. This energy is shaping up to be a happy, productive, and fulfilling month . . . enjoy!! And remember to appreciate each and every blessing that comes to you. You are blessed and loved!
SCORPIO: Reversed 4 of Cups
Whatever gloom or blah kind of sensation has been hovering around you, Scorpio, the Reversed 4 of Cups signifies that things will be improving in your emotional life this month. If you have recently felt at loose ends, experienced a stagnant situation, or have been bored without really knowing what you wanted . . . now the energy is shifting so that you can finally enjoy forward momentum in your life again. You may be regaining interest in projects, creative pursuits, pleasures, or relationships. You are coming out of depression or a sense of emptiness. That “blah” feeling is diminishing so that you can find your sense of motivation, get involved with life again, and enjoy what is being offered to you.
In desiring to liven up your existence and experiences, you may be reconsidering options you had previously rejected. You may be taking a second look and seeing that what you need is available to you. You are now seeking new opportunities to overcome boredom and passivity. You might also be finding new solutions to old problems in ways that you hadn’t considered before.
Melancholique is the character of the 4 of Cups, and you don’t have to be like him anymore. He’s not noticing the opportunities right in front of him and around him. Instead, you are now able to look outside the box, join with friends, and bring forth your fullest potential. Life is a gift, and hiding under a rock or in a box sure won’t let you enjoy the opportunities available to you.
SAGITTARIUS: Reversed High Priestess
Do you find that you aren’t trusting yourself and your intuition at this time, Sagittarius? Or perhaps you are trying to act during a time in which you need to just be patient and hold back for the time being. This is not a rut you should stay in, because this energy makes you too vulnerable to be deceived. The Reversed High Priestess explains that there is more to something – or someone – than meets the eye. So don’t choose to ignore what you know deep down is true. This is not a time to see only what you want to see. Look deeper, and see and accept the truth of a situation. And you may need some time to discover some hidden truths, facts, or revelations before you willingly trust something that doesn’t deserve your trust.
One of the worst forms of self-sabotage is to violate your own conscience. You may meet a situation that looks fine on the surface, but underneath it will have a deeper, more complex story. Don’t push aside that little inner voice of caution. Listen to what it’s trying to tell you and move forward with special care. Don’t engage in something for which your conscience is warning you against!
Something may be hidden from view . . . and that something is the very thing you really need to know about. You may feel that you don’t have the time or patience to wait for additional information . . . but you must be careful not to react first and then reconsider later. That may be too late. Instead, all the facts and secrets must first be revealed before a decision or judgment can be made with care. There is more to something than meets the eye, so be willing to take a closer look, even if you think you might not like what you will ultimately discover! Better to find that out sooner rather than later!
CAPRICORN: The Devil
What are you bound or chained to, Capricorn? What has pulled you in with hook, line, and sinker? While something may have seemed good to you in the beginning, did you also ignore that little voice of warning that tried to urge you in a different direction? Well, now you are probably finding yourself stuck in some difficult situation this month – and it’s hard to remove yourself from it! This could be a commitment that you realize you don’t actually want. It could be a relationship that isn’t right for you. It could be some bad habit, tendency, or an addiction that you find yourself in. But whatever this is, Capricorn . . . you know it’s not the delight that dazzled you at the start! You’re seeing the darker side of what attracted you and pulled you in.
A perfect song for this card comes to mind – and that is “Hotel California” by the Eagles. It’s easy to get into something, but much harder to leave it. The song says it all.
In this card, the Devil is named Deception – such a fitting name – and he’s bound himself to a treasure chest in greed while he manipulates the puppet strings to which a marionette named “Flee” is attached. Beware of manipulation and deception this month, Capricorn. In fact, do what Flee is doing – work toward “fleeing” or escaping from the demons of restrictions that are, in truth, self-imposed limitations. In this imagery, we see Flee busy at work, cutting those strings to set himself free. It’s not easy trying to dance around the Devil and free yourself from his clutches . . . but it can be done if you really want to liberate yourself.
The message here is from the marionette, Flee, who says, “You possess your own inner power to live a life that is healthy and productive. Be aware of your impulses, and learn how to control them. By facing your fears, you’ll find freedom and the power to choose your own pathway, with no strings attached.” (page 14, Joie de Vivre LWB). It’s all up to you, Capricorn! Face your fears, your restrictions, and whatever you are unhealthily bound to.
AQUARIUS: 5 of Cups
This could be an emotionally draining time for you, Aquarius. You could be dealing with a broken relationship, job loss or struggles, friendship issues, or some other kind of emotional upheaval or grief — or even some combination of these elements that all add up to a heavy sense of frustration and discontent. With this energy, your feelings may be more easily hurt, confused, tangled, and depressed. What appeared to be a stable and positive element in your life . . . has left you disappointed, letdown, and even broken hearted.
Despite the losses that could come with the appearance of this card, it is still important to be thankful for that which remains. Even in the worst of situations, if you look hard enough, you will find something left that you can build on for the future. Use that to start over and make a new beginning for yourself no matter what area of your life it’s in — whether it is work, relationships, family situations, financial issues . . . or anything. It is said that there is no use “crying over spilled milk”, and this card would agree with that statement. If you can’t get back what has been lost, then you need to work with what is left and move on. Additionally, if you only look at a glass as being “half empty”, then you’ve failed to realize the importance and value of what is left. Why not see it as being “half full”, with potential to use that and create something more from what remains?
Meet Wistful, the character in the card who mourns for three dying cup flowers to the point that he isn’t seeing the two vibrant ones right in front of him. The message here is that “When things seem bleak, there’s always hope that something can be rescued from what is left, and built upon to make it greater than what was. As new prospects arise, have faith that your needs can be met. Unrealistic expectations result in disappointment. Accept the past and move onward with new energy as you begin to reconnect with the magical side of life.” (page 33, Joie de Vivre LWB)
PISCES: 3 of Cups
Life can be grand for you this month, Pisces! In fact, you’ll probably have some reason to celebrate, whether it’s something small or big. Either way, enjoy some time with friends and/or family. This energy is filled with happiness, pleasures, and abundance. It gives you reason to feel content with what you have and what is coming.
There is certainly a great sense of joy to be found in being surrounded by those you love, and knowing you are loved in return. Often the best pleasure . . . is shared pleasure. This card encourages you to find a reason to share a celebration with someone special this month — whether it’s a significant other, friends, or relatives. Even if you have to settle for a small, every day sort of reason to get together, rejoice in the special treasures of love and friendship. It’s there for you, Pisces!
Oh, and let’s not forget to mention the characters here in the 3 of Cups: Gleam, Glitter, and Glow. These beings are together in celebration of their many blessings and achievements. They are encouraging, supporting, honoring, and celebrating one another – the very same thing that you can do, Pisces. Their message for you is: “All that you’ve put effort toward begins to flourish. Celebrate your life’s wellspring of nourishment with loved ones and friends. Happiness and wellbeing bring forth feelings of vitality and replenishment.” (page 30, Joie de Vivre, LWB)