Your month ahead (September 2016)

Have a great September!

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Aries

The Tower – going through sudden change – experiencing upheaval, being in chaos; releasing – exploding, erupting in anger; falling down – suffering a blow to the ego, experiencing a crash; having a revelation – exposing what was hidden, seeing everything in a flash

Taurus

Justice – respecting justice – seeking equality, trying to do what is right, insisting on fairness; assuming responsibility – settling old accounts and debts, admitting involvement, doing what has to be done; preparing for a decision – weighing all sides of an issue, setting a course for the future, balancing all factors; understanding cause and effect – seeing how you chose your situation, accepting the results you created, recognising the action of karma, knowing that what is makes sense

Gemini

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

Cancer

3 of Swords – feeling heartbreak – having your feelings hurt, getting some unsettling news, being disappointed; feeling lonely – feeling lost, being separated, wandering far from home; experiencing betrayal – being let down, breaking your word, finding your trust misplaced

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Leo

Ace of Swords – using mental force – being objective, finding out the facts, analysing the situation; having fortitude – facing problems, finding the strength to overcome; seeking justice – righting a wrong, accepting responsibility, establishing the truth; proceeding with truth – cutting through confusion, being honest, having clear understanding

Virgo

Knight of Swords – finding a balance between being direct/blunt – being frank and outspoken/tactless and rude; being authoritative/overbearing – commanding with attention/forcing a position on others; being incisive/cutting – being sharp and alert/having a barbed wit; being knowledgeable/opinionated – having well-reasoned opinions/being arrogant; being logical/unfeeling – reasoning clearly/undervaluing intuition

Libra

8 of Cups – seeking deeper meaning – leaving the rat race, finding out the facts, concentrating on what is important; moving on – abandoning a hopeless situation, starting on a trip of unknown length, finishing up and walking away; growing weary – dragging through the day, lacking energy, getting weighed down by worries

Scorpio

Page 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

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Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

9 of Coins – 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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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The final few

I had a pretty good week at the gym. On Sunday morning, I decided to go back to Week 3 of the 10k Runner app – just to ease myself back in. I did Week 3 Day 1:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Run x 2.5 min
  • Walk x 2.5 min
  • Run x 2.5 min
  • Walk x 2.5 min
  • Run x 1.5 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

It was manageable (just) and I was pleased I’d done something!

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I did a 1 km warmup on the treadmill followed by some stretches. I knew I’d be doing mostly weights and the first group of exercises consisted of:

  • Deadlifts x 10 (25-lb weights)
  • Combined plank/shoulder tap x 30 (alternating 15 on each side)
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Repeat two more times

I had a 1 minute break where I drank some water and then did the next group of exercises:

  • Pushups x 10
  • Goblet squats x 10 (20-lb weight)
  • Lateral pulldown x 10
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Repeat two more times

After another break of 1 minute I did the following set – it was a nightmare:

  • Jumping jacks x 50
  • Burpees x 10
  • Jumping jacks x 50
  • Burpees x 8
  • Jumping jacks x 50
  • Burpees x 6
  • Jumping jacks x 50
  • Burpees x 4
  • No breaks!

When Pete told me what I’d be doing, I thought he’d lost his mind. That’s two hundred jumping jacks. TWO HUNDRED. The first 50 were OK, I have to say – but after the first 10 burpees I never quite recovered my breath and each group of jumping jacks got harder and harder. It was awful. Pete told me I wouldn’t be taking any breaks, but I did have to stop occasionally to catch my breath. I think I did all that in about 7 minutes – which isn’t great.

After I had some water and caught my breath properly, I moved on to abs:

  • Reverse crunches x 20
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 20 (10 on each side)
  • Single-leg lowering x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Side-bend crunches x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Double crunches x 20

And I was done. I did some stretches and went home.

On Tuesday morning, I went back to the gym to do Week 3 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app. It was exactly the same as Week 3 Day 1. About halfway through my workout, one of the ladies who lives in the building came in and started walking on the next treadmill. And then she started singing. Badly. I didn’t even know what she was singing, but I could hear her above my own headphones. So when I was cooling down and breathing somewhat normally, I thought F*** it and I started to sing along to my own music.

I had another session with Pete on Wednesday. My warmup was 3 minutes on the cross-trainer, which immediately told me that I was in for one hell of a session! There were no repeated sets and there seemed to be no long breaks. I had to ask him to send me a list of all the things I’d done because I just couldn’t remember what they were:

  • Squat jumps x 20 s
  • Run on the spot x 30 s
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Quick feet – forward/back x 30 s
  • Combined plank/shoulder taps x 30 s
  • Reverse lunge x 20 s on each side
  • Sprint forward and back pedal x 30 s
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Stance switches x 30 s
  • Wood chopper x 20 s on each side (15-lb weight)
  • Skaters x 30 s
  • Shuttle run x 30 s
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Quick feet – out/in x 30 s
  • Combined plank/forward reach x 30 s
  • Skaters x 30 s
  • Lateral shuffle x 30 s (in a semi-squat position)
  • Rest x 1 min
  • Pushups x 30 s
  • Combined lunge/continuous pulse x 30 s on each side
  • Sprint and back pedal x 30 s
  • Shuttle run x 30 s
  • Lateral shuffle x 30 s
  • Rest

It just went on and on and on… I later showed the list to a friend of mine and I thought she was going to pass out. I had some water and then Pete told me I had an abs circuit left:

  • Hip raises x 10
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 10 on each side
  • Crunches x 10
  • Treadmill run x 400 m
  • Hip raises x 10
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 10 on each side
  • Crunches x 10
  • Treadmill run x 400 m
  • Hip raises x 10
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 10 on each side
  • Crunches x 10

Ugh! I was so glad when that was over! I did some stretches after that and went home.

On Thursday I was tempted to stay in bed but I knew I had a busy weekend and all I’d be doing was eating and drinking so I went back to the gym and did Week 3 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 2 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 3 min
  • Walk x 3 min
  • Run x 2 min
  • Walk x 2 min
  • Cool down x 5 min

I didn’t work out again over the weekend. As expected, I did eat and drink a lot.

Total distance covered this week? 8.34 km – including the 1 km warmup with Pete on Monday.

Weight loss? In spite of exercising five times this week, my weight just went up and up and up.

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Your week ahead (28 August – 3 September 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

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Aries

The Hermit – being introspective – thinking things over, looking for answers within, needing to understand; searching – wanting the truth at all costs, desiring a new direction, needing more; receiving/giving guidance – going to or being a mentor, turning to or being a trusted teacher; seeking solitude – needing to be alone, desiring stillness, experiencing seclusion

Taurus

7 of Cups – indulging in wishful thinking – creating fantasies, building castles in the air, lacking focus and commitment; having many options – looking at a wide open field, getting to pick and choose, being offered many alternatives; falling into dissipation – letting everything go, being lazy, procrastinating, eating/drinking/partying to excess

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

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Leo

Justice – respecting justice – seeking equality, trying to do what is right, insisting on fairness; assuming responsibility – settling old accounts and debts, admitting involvement, doing what has to be done; preparing for a decision – weighing all sides of an issue, setting a course for the future, balancing all factors; understanding cause and effect – seeing how you chose your situation, accepting the results you created, recognising the action of karma, knowing that what is makes sense

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

4 of Swords – resting – taking a break, giving your body time to heal, taking life easy; contemplating – taking time alone to think, standing back from the situation, reviewing where you are; quietly preparing – making sure your base is secure, tying up loose ends, stabilising

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Sagittarius

4 of Wands – celebrating – rejoicing over an event, observing an anniversary or milestone or special time, enjoying well-deserved rewards; seeking freedom – breaking free of bonds, cutting loose, letting go of limitations; feeling excited – bubbling over with delight, feeling jubilant, being surprised

Capricorn

8 of Wands – taking quick action – making your move, putting plans into action, rushing into a new area; coming to a conclusion – closing out an activity, completing unfinished business, having all elements come together; receiving news – getting an important message, finding the missing puzzle piece, having a meaningful conversation

Aquarius

9 of Coins – 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

Pisces

7 of Coins – assessing – evaluating the status, making sure you’re on course, finding out where you stand; reaping a reward – receiving payoffs, reaching a milestone, finally seeing some results; considering a direction change – pondering alternatives, thinking about change, standing at a crossroads

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The final few

I woke up on Sunday morning feeling totally exhausted. I skipped the gym.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning but I was feeling so tired. I warmed up on the treadmill – I did a 1 km walk/run and then did some stretches.

Pete told me I’d be lifting some heavy weights but that he was going to mix things up. To prepare for the first set of exercises I did 10 reps on the chest press machine, using 4 bars. The first group of exercises consisted of six (yes, SIX) sets of the following:

  • Chest press x 6 (7 bars)
  • Abdominal scissors x 20 (in the first three sets)
  • Abdominal knee in/out x 20 (last three sets)

I had some water after the six sets and a short break. The next group of exercises consisted of the following:

  • Side step squats x 1 min
  • Mountain climbers x 1 min
  • Combined glute bridge/leg raise x 1 min
  • Combined Y T W x 1 min (from 1:59 in the video, but I did this resting on my knees)
  • Side step squats x 40 s
  • Mountain climbers x 40 s
  • Combined glute bridge/leg raise x 40 s
  • Combined Y T W x 40 s
  • Side step squats x 20 s
  • Mountain climbers x 20 s
  • Combined glute bridge/leg raise x 20 s
  • Combined Y T W x 20 s
  • No breaks!

For the combined glute bridge/leg raise, I stayed in the glute bridge position but would alternate lifting each leg. And for the Y T W, I did this resting on my knees – it works the back and deltoid muscles. After that, I had some water and a short break. To warm up for the next group of exercises, I did 10 reps on the lateral pulldown machine, using 4 bars. The next group of exercises consisted of six (yes, SIX) sets of the following:

  • Lateral pulldown x 6 (8 bars)
  • Side-bend crunches x 20 (first three sets)
  • Russian twists x 20 (last three sets)

Using 8 bars for the lateral pulldown was heavy – and I could feel a blister forming on my left hand. Thankfully my session was over apart from some stretches!

I didn’t do anything on Tuesday and had another session with Pete on Wednesday. My warmup was 3 minutes on the cross-trainer, which immediately told me that I was in for one hell of a session!

I did some stretches and moved on to the first group of exercises:

  • Combined glute bridge/leg raise x 16 (alternating 8 on each side)
  • Hip flexor stretch x 20 s on each side x 2
  • Crawl out/in x 5 (let the record show that I hate these)
  • Marching on the spot x 20 steps
  • Running on the spot x 40 steps
  • A skip x 20
  • Skaters x 10
  • Repeat

I had some water and a short break and then moved on to the next circuit:

  • Lateral burpees x 5
  • Combined plank/twist x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Jumping jacks x 30
  • Combined deadlift/shoulder press x 10 (10-lb weights)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat two more times

With the lateral burpees, instead of jumping up at the end of the burpee, I jumped to the side. I found the plank twist the hardest – from a plank position I had to raise one arm and look up, bring it back down again and do the same with the other arm. I really did think I was going to cry – my shoulders and abs were aching and I really wasn’t liking Pete very much at that point. I told him: ‘I’m hating this’. He replied that he could tell because I was usually kidding around or talking during the session but I barely said a word.

After a break, I moved on to the next group of exercises:

  • Goblet squat x 10 (15-lb weight)
  • Jump squat, step back x 5
  • Pushups x 15
  • Plank and reach x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat two more times

For the jump squat, I had to jump forward into a squat position and then walk back in a semi-squat position to the starting point. The plank and reach was a little easier than the plank and twist, but only marginally – from a plank position I had to raise one arm in from of me, bring it back down again and do the same with the other side. My shoulders were really tired after that.

After three sets of torture, I had some water and then Pete said to finish off I had to choose between 1 km on the cross-trainer or on the treadmill. I chose the cross-trainer – I thought it would be quicker and less painful. I was right (7 min 15 s).

I did some stretches after that and went home, still feeling quite miserable!

I didn’t work out again in the week or over the weekend.

Total distance covered this week? 1 km – and that was my warmup for my session with Pete!

Weight loss? Up and down!

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Your week ahead (21-27 August 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

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Aries

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

Taurus

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

7 of Wands – being aggressive – going after what you want, taking the offensive, making your point forcefully; being defiant – holding out against pressure, combating criticism, resisting authority; showing conviction – demonstrating strong character, knowing you are right, being firm

Cancer

Knight of Cups – finding a balance between being romantic/over-emotional – remembering special occasions/blowing hot and cold in affections; being imaginative/fanciful – spinning marvelous tales/having an overactive imagination; being sensitive/temperamental – responding deeply to life/getting melancholy and depressed; being refined/over-refined – being suave and gracious/getting overwhelmed by pressure; being introspective/introverted – seeking below the surface/being unable to relax around others

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Leo

The Hierophant – getting an education – pursuing knowledge, seeking a deeper meaning; having a belief system – identifying a world view, knowing where to put your faith; conforming – fitting in, doing what’s expected; identifying with a group – devoting energy to a group, feeling loyal to others

Virgo

4 of Swords – resting – taking a break, giving your body time to heal, taking life easy; contemplating – taking time alone to think, standing back from the situation, reviewing where you are; quietly preparing – making sure your base is secure, tying up loose ends, stabilising

Libra

Ace of Coins – using material force – working with the physical, improving the body/health, focusing on concrete results; prospering – having the means to reach a goal, seeing efforts rewarded, increasing assets; being practical – using common sense, being realistic, accepting the tools at hand; proceeding with trust – feeling safe and protected, having a support system, believing in the good faith of others

Scorpio

8 of Wands – taking quick action – making your move, putting plans into action, rushing into a new area; coming to a conclusion – closing out an activity, completing unfinished business, having all elements come together; receiving news – getting an important message, finding the missing puzzle piece, having a meaningful conversation

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Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

The Tower – going through sudden change – experiencing upheaval, being in chaos; releasing – exploding, erupting in anger; falling down – suffering a blow to the ego, experiencing a crash; having a revelation – exposing what was hidden, seeing everything in a flash

Aquarius

Knight of Coins – finding a balance between being unwavering and stubborn – staying fixed to a chosen course and refusing to listen to reason; being cautious and unadventurous – checking/double-checking and being too conservative; being thorough and obsessive – being meticulous and being too picky; being realistic and pessimistic – predicting problems in advance and dooming a project from the start; being hard-working and grinding – being tireless and unflagging and forgetting life should be fun

Pisces

4 of Wands – celebrating – rejoicing over an event, observing an anniversary or milestone or special time, enjoying well-deserved rewards; seeking freedom – breaking free of bonds, cutting loose, letting go of limitations; feeling excited – bubbling over with delight, feeling jubilant, being surprised

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The final few

I didn’t go to the gym on Sunday because I was in Abu Dhabi for a wedding. I stayed up all night with a few friends, we went to breakfast at 8.30am and I didn’t get to bed until 10am. So I was shattered.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning, which I probably should have cancelled because I really was in no state to do anything. My feet hurt and I felt so sluggish. I was so relieved when he told me my warmup would be an uphill walk on the treadmill instead of a 1 km run. Or perhaps he took one look at me and realised I might start crying if he told me to run! So, I did a 10-minute uphill walk, starting with a 1% incline and increasing it each minute until I was at a 10% incline. I did a few stretches and Pete told me I’d be lifting heavy weights in our session. The first superset consisted of:

  • Chest press x 12
  • Tricep pulldown x 12
  • Rest and repeat two more times

Instead of a proper rest after the three sets, I did an abs circuit:

  • Single leg lowering x 10 (alternating 5 on each side)
  • Metronome x 10 (alternating 5 on each side)
  • Crunches x 20
  • Scissors x 20
  • Russian twists x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Situps x 10
  • Crunches x 10

What a long abs circuit! I could really feel my abs as I was getting to the end of the circuit. I had some water and did the next superset:

  • Incline row x 12 (15-lb weights)
  • Seated low row x 12
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I repeated the same abs circuit as before (my abs were burning by this stage) and then had some water. The next group of exercises consisted of:

  • Leg extensions x 12
  • Romanian deadlifts x 12 (20-lb weights)
  • Rest and repeat two more times

I did another abs circuit (my abs were on fire at this point) and finished off with some stretches.

I woke up on Tuesday with really sore abs. I was also still exhausted after the weekend and decided to stay in bed and sleep.

I had a session with Pete on Wednesday morning. This time I did have to do a 1 km run as a warmup followed by some stretches. I didn’t do the usual stretching routine though – I did some very different ones:

  • Quad stretches x 10
  • Glute bridges x 10
  • Upper chest stretch x 10 (alternating 5 on each side)
  • Hip stretch x 10 (5 on each side)
  • Crawl out and in x 3

There were a couple of other stretches but I can’t remember them. I had some water and then did the following circuit:

  • Skaters x 10 (5 on each side)
  • Kettlebell swings x 20 (8-kg kettlebell)
  • Glute stretch x 8 (4 on each side) (very similar to tree pose)
  • Combined lunge/bent over row x 15 (10-lb weight)
  • Mountain climbers x 30
  • Quad roll x 10
  • Single shoulder press x 15 (3-kg weight)
  • Stretch x 4 (alternating 2 on each side)

Gosh, it was complicated! The quad roll started in child’s pose with my arms stretched in front of me – and I had to roll forward until I was almost in a plank position and then back again, ten times. The stretch at the end consisted of a routine of several different stretches, which I can’t remember! I did that circuit three times, with a 30-second break in between each set.

I then did a series of back and leg stretches followed by an abs circuit:

  • Side bend crunches x 20 (alternating 10 on each side)
  • Elbow to knee crunches x 10 on each side
  • Crunches with arms at my sides x 10
  • Reverse crunches x 10
  • Crunches with my arms straight above x 10
  • Crunches with my arms overhead x 10
  • Situps x 10
  • Crunches x 10

Thankfully I only had to do that once! I did some stretches after that and was done.

I didn’t work out again in the week or over the weekend.

Total distance covered this week? 1 km – and that was my warmup for my session with Pete!

Weight loss? I put on 1 kg while I was in Abu Dhabi! Thankfully I lost it as the week went on…

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Your week ahead (14-20 August 2016)

Have a great week 🙂

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Aries

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

Taurus

Ace of Swords – using mental force – being objective, finding out the facts, analysing the situation; having fortitude – facing problems, finding the strength to overcome; seeking justice – righting a wrong, accepting responsibility, establishing the truth; proceeding with truth – cutting through confusion, being honest, having clear understanding

Gemini

10 of Swords – bottoming out – having nowhere to go but up, knowing it’s darkest before dawn, being at the lowest point; feeling like a victim – bemoaning your fate, seeing life as hostile, suffering from an attack; being a martyr – putting your own interests last, being self-deprecating, feeling like a doormat

Cancer

7 of Cups – indulging in wishful thinking – creating fantasies, building castles in the air, lacking focus and commitment; having many options – looking at a wide open field, getting to pick and choose, being offered many alternatives; falling into dissipation – letting everything go, being lazy, procrastinating, eating/drinking/partying to excess

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Leo

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 ‘foolish’ path, being true to yourself, trusting your heart’s desire

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

2 of Coins – juggling – coping with demands, having a lot of irons in the fire, keeping everything in balance; being flexible – going with the flow, seeing the possibilities, handling challenges; having fun – taking time to play, feeling in high spirits, seeing the humour in the situation

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Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

The Fountain (this card is unique to the Fountain Tarot deck) – oneness, a moment of cosmic clarity, fully ‘awake’, the end of seeking, enlightened being, surrender to that which you are, whole and perfect

Pisces

10 of Coins – enjoying affluence – feeling financially secure, having a good run of fortune, being free from money problems; seeking permanence – looking for a solution that will last, having an orderly family life, being concerned with the long term; following convention – being conservative, taking part in traditions, proceeding according to the rules

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