Your month ahead (December 2015)

My goodness, another year is coming to an end… Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! I am jetting off to Bali soon for a few weeks – the perfect way to end the year πŸ™‚

Aries

Cups 9

9 of Cups – having your wish fulfilled – obtaining your goal, having your dream come true; feeling satisfied – feeling pleased as punch, indulging in a little smugness; enjoying sensual pleasure – relaxing, making love, appreciating the arts

Taurus

Swords King

King of Swords – being intellectual – ably carrying out research, using thought creatively; being analytical – applying reason and logic, understanding a problem quickly; being articulate – being a lucid writer and speaker, being a stimulating conversationalist; being just – being impartial and objective, being concerned with truth and fairness; being ethical – encouraging high standards, living by your highest principles

Gemini

Pentacles 9

9 of Pentacles – being disciplined – exercising self-control, sticking to a programme, reining in impulses; relying on yourself – handling the situation alone, doing it all by yourself, wanting to be alone; pursuing refinement – achieving a comfortable lifestyle, being tactful and diplomatic, remembering to be gracious

Cancer

20 Judgement

Judgement – making a judgement – having a day of reckoning, taking a stand, getting off the fence; feeling reborn – awakening to possibilities, making a fresh start, discovering joy; hearing a call – feeling drawn to a new direction, answering a need, recognising your true vocation; finding absolution – feeling cleansed and refreshed, atoning for past mistakes, feeling sins washed away

Leo

Cups 4

4 of Cups – being self-absorbed – concentrating on your own feelings, seeing only your point of view, ignoring gifts and blessings; feeling apathetic – losing interest, finding life stale and flat, lacking motivation; going within – meditating, dreaming, withdrawing from involvement

Virgo

Swords 6

6 of Swords – feeling the blues – just keeping your head above water, working to get through the day, feeling somewhat depressed; recovering – dealing with the effects of a trauma, beginning to get your health back, heading toward a more positive place; travelling – changing location, taking a trip, going on a journey, entering into a new frame of mind

Libra

21 The World

The World – integrating – experiencing wholeness, combining, working in unison; accomplishing – realising your goals, seeing dreams come true, finding a beautiful solution; becoming involved – rendering a service, using a gift or talent, sharing what you have; feeling fulfilled – savouring the present, taking pleasure in life, enjoying peace of mind, counting your blessings

Scorpio

13 Death

Death – ending – closing one door to open another, putting the past behind you; going through transition – changing status, being in the middle; eliminating excess – concentrating on essentials, shedding old attitudes; experiencing inexorable forces – going through what cannot be avoided, riding your fate

Sagittarius

10 The Wheel

The Wheel – feeling a sense of destiny – using what chance offers, finding opportunity in accident, altering the present course; being at a turning point – reversing, having a change in fortune, being surprised at a turn of events; feeling movement – being swept up in new developments, getting involved, experiencing change; having a personal vision – seeing how everything connects, becoming more aware, expanding your outlook

Capricorn

02 The High Priestess

The High Priestess – staying non-active – withdrawing from involvement, being receptive to influence, waiting patiently; accessing the unconscious – using your intuition, trusting your inner voice, being aware of a larger reality; seeing the potential – allowing development, opening to what could be; sensing the mystery – opening to the unknown, seeking what is concealed, looking beyond the obvious

Aquarius

Swords 7

7 of Swords – running away – shirking responsibility, sneaking off, leaving; being a lone wolf – wanting independence, staying aloof, preferring solitude; choosing hidden dishonour – covering your tracks, lying or stealing, avoiding a shameful secret

Pisces

0 The Fool

The Fool – beginning – entering a new phase, expanding horizons, beginning an adventure, heading into the unknown; being spontaneous – letting go of expectations, acting on impulse, surprising someone; having faith – staying open, feeling protected and loved, recapturing innocence; embracing folly – taking the β€˜foolish’ path, being true to yourself, trusting your heart’s desire

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The final few

I was tired on Sunday and decided to skip the gym. I also had several deadlines for Monday so thought it would be best if I spent the day working.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I overslept and didn’t even have a cup of tea before my session. As the building gym was closed for renovation, we had our session outside by the pool. He brought kettlebells and the TRX cable and I took my mat (but didn’t use it).

It was the first session I’d had with Pete where I just couldn’t be bothered to do anything. I don’t know whether I was tired or whether being outside felt weird, but I just wasn’t in the mood to do any of it. But I still did it. I started with a warmup:

  • Light jog x 2 lengths of the pool
  • Sideways jog x 2 lengths of the pool
  • High knees x 2 lengths of the pool (the second length was backwards)
  • Butt kickers x 2 lengths of the pool (the second length was backwards)
  • Running x 2 lengths of the pool

I did some stretches after that and then did the first set of exercises:

  • Kettlebell swings x 15 (8-kg weight)
  • Sumo squats x 15 (with kettlebell)
  • Combined knee-up/twist x 10 on each side
  • Shuttle runs x 2 lengths of the pool
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Shuttle runs x 2 lengths of the pool
  • Rest

I did that two more times and had a longer rest while Pete set up the TRX cable.

I did three sets of the following exercises:

  • TRX pullups x 14
  • TRX curtsy lunges x 7 on each side (alternating)
  • TRX pushups x 14
  • High knees x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Side to side jumping x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Butt kickers x 20 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Jumping jacks x 20 s
  • Rest

Being outside with the TRX reminded me of Randy – gosh, that feels like a very long time ago but it’s only been 2 years.

I then did two sets of the following exercises using the Kettlebell:

I did some stretches after that and was done – yay!

I had my usual yoga class on Tuesday morning. My cousin and I have been thinking about not continuing with this class next year. I think that’s mainly driven by me though – as I feel that every class is the same and I can’t even tell if I’ve made any progress in the last few months. I think I’ll decide once I’m back from my trip to Bali in December.

It had been very overcast on Tuesday and it even rained for a while. When I woke up on Wednesday it was still grey, but not wet, so Pete and I carried on outside.

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There was a lovely breeze and I wondered whether I’d been so miserable on Monday because I was out in the sun and was feeling too hot. The other good thing about Wednesday’s session was that Pete told me there would be no shuttle runs. Hurrah! I rolled out my mat and began with the 1-to-5 warmup:

  • 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp
  • 2 squats, 2 pushups, 2 situps
  • 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
  • 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
  • 5 squats, 5 pushups, 5 situps
  • 4 squats, 4 pushups, 4 situps
  • 3 squats, 3 pushups, 3 situps
  • 2 squats, 2 pushups, 2 situps
  • 1 squat, 1 pushup, 1 situp

I was quite warm after that! I did a few stretches and then did three sets of the following:

While I was lunging forward I would have to pass the kettlebell to my other hand through my legs. It took some coordination and balance, but I got there eventually! During the third set it started to drizzle. I didn’t even notice it at first, but we carried on anyway. It wasn’t heavy enough to stop our session and I found it quite refreshing.

Pete set up the TRX cable. I did the following circuit three times:

It was tough. And the second set of exercises wasn’t any easier. I did three sets of this circuit:

That was even harder! I could really feel it in my triceps during that circuit.

Then came the next circuit, with a Kettlebell for some of it:

  • Kettlebell swings x 15 (8-kg weight)
  • Kettlebell side bends x 10 on each side
  • Mountain climbers x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat

I did some stretches after that and went home.

The next morning my glutes and my triceps were sore. I went to the gym at the Shangri-La and did 3 km on the treadmill (28:35). I alternated the speed between 6 km/h and 6.6 km/h. I then did Week 2 Day 2 of the Great Butt app:

  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 7
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 6
  • Rest

Then I did the Week 2 Day 2 of the Great Abs app:

  • Crunches x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest

I did a few stretches after that and went home.

I went back to the gym on Friday morning. I did 3 km on the treadmill, alternating between 6 km/h and 8 km/h. I did the 3 km in 26:51. I then did Week 2 Day 3 of the Great Butt app:

  • Reverse leg lifts x 7 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 7
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 6
  • Rest

I then did Week 2 Day 3 of the Great Abs app:

  • Crunches x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 7
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 7 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 7 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest

I did some stretches after that and went home.

Low point of the week? I can’t think of anything!

High point of the week? Five workouts done this week!

Weight loss? Still going up and down, but I think I’m starting to see a downward trend (I hope!).

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Your week ahead (29 November – 5 December 2015)

Have a great week!

Aries

Swords 5

5 of Swords – acting in your own self-interest – thinking of your own needs, going for the win-lose result, gloating; experiencing discord – choosing to battle, creating ill will, feeling people are set against each other; witnessing open dishonour – losing your moral compass, sacrificing integrity, knowing of criminal activity

Taurus

Swords 8

8 of Swords – feeling restricted – feeling trapped by circumstances, experiencing few options, being fenced in by obstacles; feeling confused – being unsure which way to turn, not understanding what is happening, needing guidance and clarity; feeling powerless – doubting anything you do will help, looking for a white knight, avoiding responsibility

Gemini

19 The Sun

The Sun – becoming enlightened – finding the sense behind the chaos, getting to the heart of the matter; experiencing greatness – being singled out for notice, becoming the centre of attention; feeling vitality – experiencing joy, feeling invigorated; having assurance – knowing you can succeed, trusting your abilities

Cancer

Wands 6

6 of Wands – triumphing – having your day in the sun, coming out on top, achieving success; receiving acclaim – earning applause, achieving recognition, getting a pat on the back; feeling pride – strutting your stuff, holding your head up high, having a high opinion of yourself

Leo

06 The Lovers

The Lovers – relating to others – feeling love, getting closer, making a connection; being sexual – making love, opening to another, feeling a physical attraction; establishing personal beliefs – figuring out where you stand, staying true to yourself, making up your own mind; determining values – facing an ethical or moral choice, finding out what you care about, struggling with temptation

Virgo

03 The Empress

The Empress – mothering – giving birth, nourishing life, expressing tenderness; welcoming abundance – luxuriating in plenty, having more than enough, feeling rich; experiencing the senses – giving and receiving pleasure, focusing on the body, doing physical activity; responding to Nature – embracing the natural, feeling connected to the Earth, going outdoors

Libra

Cups 6

6 of Cups – experiencing good will – doing a good turn for another, receiving a gift, feeling blessed; enjoying innocence – being acquitted, having a clear conscience, feeling simple contentment; focusing on childhood – feeling carefree, being taken care of, indulging in play

Scorpio

Wands Queen

Queen of Wands – being attractive – being appealing and popular, making friends easily, having great sex appeal; being wholehearted – being loaded with enthusiasm, being open and sincere; being energetic – being vigorous and strong, being a natural athlete; being cheerful – having a warm and sunny disposition, having an encouraging word for all; being self-assured – having faith in your abilities, quietly demonstrating self-confidence

Sagittarius

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

Capricorn

12 The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man – letting go – accepting what is, ending the struggle, giving up control; reversing – turning the world around, seeing from a new angle, overturning old priorities; suspending action – giving up urgency, living in the moment, pausing to reflect; sacrificing – putting self-interest aside, putting others first, giving up for a higher cause

Aquarius

Cups 4

4 of Cups – being self-absorbed – concentrating on your own feelings, seeing only your point of view, ignoring gifts and blessings; feeling apathetic – losing interest, finding life stale and flat, lacking motivation; going within – meditating, dreaming, withdrawing from involvement

Pisces

Cups Ace

Ace of Cups – using emotional force – getting in touch with your feelings, expressing deep feelings, empathising with others; developing intuition – going with your gut reaction, enhancing your psychic awareness, trusting your inner voice; experiencing intimacy – falling in love, getting close to someone, going to a deeper level; proceeding with love – expressing affection, giving to those in need, getting rid of negativity

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Dubai 2015: Week 47

I was home all day on Sunday until the evening when I went to a Sculpt Yoga class at Rawr Yoga in Media City. The class is run by Chandra, my friend who organises the Jamaican yoga retreats, so I went along and then the two of us had dinner together afterwards. We went to Circle Cafe in the CNN Building in Media City. The weather was lovely so we sat outside. I ordered a fresh juice (carrot, ginger, orange) and an Asian chicken salad. Chandra ordered the green juice and the goat’s cheese salad. The portions were huge! I’d heard a lot about Circle Cafe and was glad I could finally try it.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning and a piano lesson that afternoon. After my piano lesson, I had a massage at Spa Zen at the Nassima Royal Hotel. I’d booked a 90-minute massage and it was just fantastic. I think I even fell asleep at one point. I didn’t want to get up and go home when it was over!

I was home all day on Tuesday until the evening. I joined a friend at her swing yoga class at Voyoga in Tecom. Oh. My. Goodness. It was really tough!

I didn’t have my session with Pete on Wednesday as the gym in our building is closed while they give it a makeover. That afternoon, I went to a secondhand bookshop called House of Prose in Jumeirah Plaza (shop 5-B). I’d been looking for somewhere to donate some books and a friend told me that they buy books from you. I took about fifteen books and the lady in the shop went through them while I browsed the shelves (dangerous).

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She told me they only buy the books they need – and the ones that they don’t need can be donated to charity. Perfect! She also told me that whatever books I bought from them could be returned and I’d get a 50% refund. Amazing! I did end up buying a book (I just couldn’t help myself).

My parents got back from India on Wednesday evening so I spent the evening at home with them. I was home all day on Thursday too – I went to the gym in the morning but worked the rest of the day.

On Friday I was out for brunch with some new friends at Hanaaya at the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. What a spread! I stuck to sushi and the Lebanese stuff – I probably should have eaten more as I had a lot of wine. After brunch we walked over to Bahri Bar and had a few more drinks there.

I didn’t know this but they have a little turtle rehabilitation project at the Mina A’Salam and you can watch the turtles at play…

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I got home at around 7.30pm and then had dinner with my parents at Yabani at City Walk.

I spent all of Saturday at home, in my pajamas πŸ™‚

I love my life.

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The final few

I didn’t go to the gym on Sunday morning as I was going to a Sculpt Yoga class that evening. I had been wanting to meet up with Chandra (who runs the Jamaican yoga retreats) and she suggested joining her class at 7.30pm and then getting some food afterwards. I agreed – and I think she was shocked! She teaches twice a week at Rawr Yoga Studio in Media City and I kept promising I would go to one of her classes – so this was the perfect time.

So, on the website the class is described as:

Fast-paced, full body workout with music that combines the best of cardio, strength training and yoga moves. This class features the use of individual hand-weights to target all major muscle groups.

Oh god, it sounded like torture! I somehow managed to convince a friend (S) to come with me – and in return I would have to go to a swing yoga class with her on Tuesday.

It took me 40 minutes to get to the studio in Media City, but I made it in time. I got changed, shoved my things in a locker and went to the studio. It was warm in there, but I think that’s either because there was a Bikram yoga class in the studio just before our class, or the heat from the Bikram class next door was making its way into ours. I wasn’t expecting it to be that warm.

It was a tough class! The warmup was pretty standard, and the sun salutations were fast, but I managed to keep up (I think). And then there were jumping jacks and mountain climbers, and bicep curls and squats and lunges. By the end of it, when I lay down in savasana, I was drenched in sweat. My t-shirt felt like it had just come out of the washing machine. I was so glad that was over!

The following morning, S texted me saying that if my legs weren’t sore she was never speaking to me again! I moved around a bit and realised that only my shoulders were a little sore.

I had a session with Pete on Monday. When we got to the gym there was a vague notice stuck on the door saying that the gym would be out of use for ‘some days’. The notice wasn’t dated so how were we supposed to know when it would be back in use. We went in anyway and everything looked fine so we carried on with our session. I started with a 10-minute warmup on the treadmill:

  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run 30 s, walk 30 s x 4 min
  • Run x 3 min

I struggled. I’d slept badly and I was tired and dehydrated (not hungover). I did the warmup stretches and did the following circuit with two 10-lb dumbbells:

  • Deadlift x 1
  • Bent-over row x 1
  • Front squat x 1
  • Straight leg deadlift x 1
  • Reverse lunge x 1 on each side
  • Sumo squat x 1
  • Repeat five more times, no breaks
  • Rest x 90 s
  • Repeat two more times

Well, if my legs weren’t sore on Monday morning, they would definitely be sore on Tuesday! I had some water and then did the following circuit three times with no breaks:

  • Treadmill run x 100 m
  • Side leg raises/reverse kicks x 10 on each side

After some more water, I did two sets of this circuit holding one 10-lb dumbbell:

  • Combined bench squat/upper body twist x 10
  • Combined unilateral Russian twist/press x 10 on each side
  • Toe touches x 20
  • Rest

I then did 3 minutes on the treadmill at 5.2 km/h at an incline of 3%. I did a few stretches after that and was done. Yay!

I did ache a bit on Tuesday – especially my hamstrings and glutes. That evening I joined S at a swing yoga class at Voyoga in Tecom. I was nervous, I have to admit. My greatest fear was that the bolts in the ceiling holding up the hammock would pop out and I’d end up in a heap on the floor. Or the hammock would tear and I’d end up in a heap on the floor. Most of my fears involved me ending up in a heap on the floor.

I knew the class would be tough, but I had no idea how bloody hard it was! I found the warmup difficult! I (re)learned that I have no upper body strength, and the one time I did manage to get into an inversion I was so scared of falling that I wouldn’t let go of the hammock while I was upside down. I kept worrying that I’d slip out of the hammock during certain poses… I find some yoga poses hard enough on a flat surface, but to think about balancing while suspended and not falling as well was just too much for me!

In spite of all that, I would go back. Perhaps it was just first-time nerves and I didn’t know what to expect. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to do this:

On my way to meet Pete for our session on Wednesday morning, I suddenly wondered whether the work had started on our gym yet. Sure enough, I got there and all the machines were in the corridors and the room was totally bare. I asked one of the workmen how long the gym would be out of order and he said, ‘I don’t know. One month? Maybe two weeks?’ He was right – he didn’t know. Pete and I had a look around the pool area outside – the weather is much cooler now so he said he’d bring his equipment on Monday and we could have a session outside. I felt bad that he’d come all that way for nothing!

On my way back into the building, I stopped by the management office to find out what was going on. The guy in the office (the one I’d complained to about the treadmills) said it would be ‘about one week maybe’. As vague as the notice! I asked him what they were doing to the gym – he said they were redoing the floor, repainting the walls and repairing the machines. Wow. Let’s hope it’s as good as it sounds!

I ended up going to the Shangri-La gym for a workout. I did 3 km on the treadmill (27:51). I started alternating between 5.5 km/h and 7.5 km/h and then decided to alternate between 6 km/h and 8 km/h. I alternated walking and running – and I alternated between 30-s walks/runs and 1-min walks/runs. I then did Week 1 Day 3 of the Great Butt app:

  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 6
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 6
  • Rest

I then did the Great Abs app:

  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest

I did a few stretches after that and went home.

On Thursday morning I went back to the Shangri-La and did 3 km on the treadmill – alternating between 6 km/h and 8 km/h. I managed the 3 km in 27:33. I then did Week 2 Day 1 of the Great Butt and Great Abs app. The Great Butt app went like this:

  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse leg lifts x 5 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse kicks x 5 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Butt raises x 5
  • Rest

I then did the Great Abs app:

  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Side obliques x 6 on each side
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Reverse crunches x 5
  • Rest

I didn’t work out again at the weekend.

I’ve reached a point where I’m wondering why I bother. I’ve been working out consistently for the last few weeks, four to five times a week and I’m not seeing any results. I feel like nothing has changed. Yes, I know my weekends involve food and alcohol but the rest of the week, I’m very careful about what I eat and try to avoid carbs at night as much as possible. Anyway, I’ll stick to it for now and see what happens…

Low point of the week? I ate and drank a lot on Friday – I was out for brunch.

High point of the week? Five workouts done this week!

Weight loss? Still going up and down.

Diet 2

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Your week ahead (22-28 November 2015)

Have a great week!

Aries

Cups Princess

Princess of Cups – being emotional – being moved or touched, letting your feelings show, being sentimental or romantic; being intuitive – acting on a hunch, trusting your gut reaction, having a psychic experience; being intimate – starting or renewing a love affair, getting closer to someone, solidifying a friendship; being loving – forgiving yourself, forgiving someone who has hurt you, mending a broken relationship

Taurus

Pentacles 9

9 of Pentacles – being disciplined – exercising self-control, sticking to a programme, reining in impulses; relying on yourself – handling the situation alone, doing it all by yourself, wanting to be alone; pursuing refinement – achieving a comfortable lifestyle, being tactful and diplomatic, remembering to be gracious

Gemini

Wands Prince

Prince of Wands – being creative – taking a novel approach, finding a new area of self-expression; being enthusiastic – getting excited, being passionate; being confident – stretching your envelope, moving beyond doubts; being courageous – taking assertive action, overcoming a fear

Cancer

Pentacles Princess

Princess of Pentacles – having an effect – making plans real, using your body, acting on your dreams; being practical – taking a realistic approach, using common sense, finding a solution that works; being prosperous – increasing your means, enriching yourself, becoming secure; being trusting/trustworthy – having faith in others, keeping your word, establishing credibility

Leo

Wands 3

3 of Wands – exploring the unknown – expanding horizons, leaving the secure behind; having foresight – getting a premonition, being visionary; demonstrating leadership – assuming a responsible position, showing others the way

Virgo

Swords 2

2 of Swords – blocking emotions – denying true feelings, hiding distress, maintaining your cool; avoiding the truth – refusing to look at facts, choosing not to know, ignoring the warning signs; being at a stalemate – staying stuck, refusing to decide, being unwilling to rock the boat

Libra

Pentacles King

King of Pentacles – being enterprising – making any venture successful, attracting wealth, having the Midas touch; being adept – having quick reflexes, handling any situation competently, having a wide range of abilities; being reliable – being counted on in a crisis, assuming responsibility, meeting all commitments and promises; being supporting – encouraging the accomplishments of others, sponsoring worthwhile projects, readily jumping in to help; being steady – having a stabilising influence, maintaining a calm approach, avoiding mood and behaviour swings

Scorpio

Pentacles 5

5 of Pentacles – experiencing hard times – running into material troubles, feeling insecure, struggling to make ends meet; suffering ill health – feeling run down and tired, abusing your body, refusing to take care of yourself; being rejected – having the door slammed in your face, being ostracised, standing alone

Sagittarius

06 The Lovers

The Lovers – relating to others – feeling love, getting closer, making a connection; being sexual – making love, opening to another, feeling a physical attraction; establishing personal beliefs – figuring out where you stand, staying true to yourself, making up your own mind; determining values – facing an ethical or moral choice, finding out what you care about, struggling with temptation

Capricorn

Swords Queen

Queen of Swords – being honest – facing the truth, even if it’s unpleasant, playing by the rules, avoiding lies and deception; being astute – sizing up a situation quickly, being quick on the uptake; being forthright – getting to the heart of the matter, being candid when necessary; being witty – never taking anything too seriously; being experienced – having seen and done it all, having realistic expectations

Aquarius

18 The Moon

The Moon – feeling fear – lacking courage, being overcome by anxieties, feeling a nameless apprehension; believing illusions – deceiving yourself, experiencing distortions, chasing after a fantasy; stimulating the imagination – opening to fantasy, having vivid dreams or visions, plumbing the unconscious; feeling bewildered – losing direction and purpose, being easily distracted, feeling disoriented

Pisces

Wands Queen

Queen of Wands – being attractive – being appealing and popular, making friends easily, having great sex appeal; being wholehearted – being loaded with enthusiasm, being open and sincere; being energetic – being vigorous and strong, being a natural athlete; being cheerful – having a warm and sunny disposition, having an encouraging word for all; being self-assured – having faith in your abilities, quietly demonstrating self-confidence

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