(Rider-Waite Tarot deck)
Love is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. A decision for love is always the right decision. To show love, kindness and compassion, to treat others, including animals, plants and the environment, with respect and understanding means that you are safe and always protected. What you give will be returned to you many times over. Love that comes from deep within you is a sacred love. I don't mean wanting to consume or possess someone or something, I mean the love for yourself that will then spill out into the world. A lot of times we guard ourselves because we are scared that we will get hurt. We shut our hearts off and protect them. That doesn't just shut us off from getting hurt, but it closes us off from the whole world and most importantly from our own feelings. When we don't feel, we cannot love, not our partner, our family, our children, our animals and most importantly not ourselves. When we first open up to ourselves, it can feel weird and sometimes painful, especially if we don't like what we see. But that's alright. Everyone has free will – and if you don't like it, change it. Become someone who you can and want to love. Once you've learnt to love yourself, you can also truly love others. Today is about making this decision to go on your very own journey of self-discovery, to see who you really are. It is safe for you to do this, you are well protected. This journey will be a wonderful experience and at the end lies the greatest gift of all – LOVE.