Pick Your Own Tarotscope, August 2018

PICK A CARD

Concentrate on the image below, empty your mind of any chatter, hopes or expectations, choose the card that calls to you and then scroll down to select the link labelled with the symbol associated with your card of choice.

This reading is published in August 2018, but it can serve as a timeless reference for whenever you feel stuck and need an answer.

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Hi!

We’re living in strange times indeed. Or are we? Are we so plugged into the alternative reality of electronic media that we can’t see the normalcy right under our noses?

I think now more than ever we need to get back in touch with our intuition and reality — which might be quite different to what we perceive it currently to be. The irony of me writing about the need to unplug from media on electronic media isn’t lost on me! 😛 But still, we try.

So this month instead of writing ‘scopes for each sign, I’ll let you tune into your own intuition and choose the card that calls to you, to get the message you need the most at this time for constructive action on your part. We can’t always control external factors, but we can control our responses to affect better outcomes for ourselves than readily available.

REVEAL YOUR MESSAGE

Green star
White square
Blue star
Black pentagon
Blue ring
Orange square
Red ring
Pink pentagon
Yellow star
Orange oval
Purple star
Yellow square

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Siriusly Serious July Tarotscopes 2018

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By Yashima Gakutei; Yashima Gakutei died 1868; Shichidaime Sanshô died 1859; Bunbunsha died 1837 – http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/collectie/RP-P-1986-467 (handle), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33338651

Happy Birthday Cancer, I’m one of you, so to me too!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarotscopes for this Month

Aries, July 2018            Taurus, July 2018             Gemini, July 2018

Cancer, July 2018               Leo, July 2018            Virgo, July 2018

Libra, July 2018            Scorpio, July 2018            Sagittarius, July 2018

Capricorn, July 2018       Aquarius, July 2018        Pisces, July 2018

July

It’s Cancer season, and an intense one at that, with eclipses and retrogrades all joining the party. Even in more benign times Cancer time is the time when even the baddest, moss-free rock will catch some feels. And with a Full Moon that conjoined a retrograde Saturn close to the start of the month (28 June), we might just be making our way out of quite a bit of melancholy.

Saturn in astrology is melancholy himself. Wherever he sits, he plonks beside him a bit of a damp squib. As a rather melancholic person with a strong Saturnine cloud containing extremely sensitive watery energies in my natal chart, only recently, on the Full Moon in fact, did I start to take some interest in Saturn and melancholia as such. I was trying to find a cure when I started out. But the very interesting literature out there on Marsilio Ficino’s humanistic view of astrology in 15th Century Italy, composer John Dowland’s part in the ‘School of the Night’ in 16th Century England, and their connection to Hermeticism  has given me a rather glittering perspective on my “condition”.

If one views the Universe as one of divine purpose, and our existence here on Earth as the learning experience of recovering from a fall from heavenly grace to find a path back to our blissful abode, then the planets, arranged in almost concentric orbits, symbolise the levels and expressions we must graduate through in order to go back home. From that point of view, Saturnine natives can be said to be “blessed” with a life of looking inward, cosseted by deprivation of social fulfilment, which ultimately opens them to the most fulfilling interaction of all — of formlessness through sublime spiritual union, of losing oneself in the flow of everything, of no longer being confined in 3D but getting swept away atom by atom into the universal consciousness that contains us and fills us.

Melancholy is good for the soul. It takes us away from that hamster-wheel of physical desire into a far more exciting chase and adventure of self-discovery. It is so easy for us currently to stay trapped in the “social” sphere through our phones and laptops, to buy into a version of reality that is entirely and exclusively made by the input-constrained perceptions of the human mind. When your heart breaks watching children being caged at the US border it might be good to remember that borders and countries and their resultant problems are all human-made in the first place. If there were no demarcations claiming ownership of space that frankly, belongs to no one, most of the problems we face today, of rising extremist nationalist sentiments, terrorism, and even environmental abuse wouldn’t exist. If we all shared this planet as a border-less home, common to a joint family, we would all perhaps treat it with the love and respect we give to the place we rest our head on every night. With national and personal property divisions also comes alienation and transference — everything is someone else’s problem. Everyone has facts to quote from history to pass on the buck to someone else for the present state of the world. (How boringly Cancerian of me to want the entire world to be a home to everyone equally!)

But I’m digressing (and ranting!).  Of the “melancholy of a soul trapped in a material world, exalting the veiled mysteries and inward truths of the night over the rational clarity of day”*, late English Renaissance composer Dowland had this to celebrate in Flow My Tears:

Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
Where night’s black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.

Down vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are dark enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.

Never may my woes be relieved,
Since pity is fled, and tears and sighs and groans

My weary days of all joys have deprived.

From the highest spire of contentment
My fortune is thrown;
And fear and grief and pain

For my deserts are my hopes, since hope is gone.

Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
Learn to condemn light
Happy, happy they that in hell
Feel not the world’s despite.

Healthy detachment from emotions is important for humans to survive, but the occasional trip to the ocean of emotions, for those unaccustomed to living by its shores, is necessary for catharsis and liberation too.


*Angela Voss. The Power of a Melancholy Humour. Source: https://themathesontrust.org/library/voss-power-of-melancholy

 

 

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2018 Summer Solstice Special: Retrograde Revelation (or Ramble)

Currently the Sun is in 0 degrees Cancer, marking the Summer solstice, a time when according to myth the veils between worlds are thinner and there are rituals one must perform to keep the evil spirits from taking the opportunity to invade our minds and our lives. Hah! Has no one noticed lately, Earth seems be full up on its evil spirits quota!

With many planets in Cancer, I am always quite physically informed (by headaches, tingles, or lace doily patterns flashing my eye etc.) in the movements of the Moon and ingresses of other heavenly bodies in signs that make contact with my Cancer planets: Crabs are extremely sensitive to the “undercurrents” that affect their home environment and sense of safety. I don’t even have to look at the ephemeris to know when the Moon has moved signs or perfected a New or Full phase.

This solstice, in the midst of feeling rather anxious and breathless — I feel as if big shifts are coming our way like tidal waves so massive they could be made by Cthulhu — perhaps in anticipation of the upcoming eclipses in July and retrogression of Mars and Venus etc., I had a sort of epiphany about retrograde planets in transit and in one’s natal chart.

From my still-incomplete knowledge of astrology: The Western school views retrogrades as a time to ‘re-view, re-visit, re-do’, while practitioners of the Vedic form view retrograde planets in a natal chart as a symbol of their amplified energy. Mulling over my own experiences of retrograde planets, in personal life and astrological practice, I came to the realisation just now that perhaps the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

When a planet goes ‘retrograde’, that is just the apparent motion of the heavenly body from Earth’s point of view, but what is actually happening is that Earth is outpacing the planet, almost as if the Earth, like a thief, is getting away with something of the planet!

In astrology as in most other esoteric spiritual practices the Earth is viewed as the realm of physical manifestation, ideally, of the Divine will or direction (I have recently been studying the Kabbalist Tree of Life, Sephirot, and the Rosicrucian Rose Cross, which illustrate this idea so intriguingly beautifully). I say ideally because like every Tarot card has a different meaning in reverse; like every planet and sign in astrology has a higher and lower expression, so every human has shades of  ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ which determine what an individual might do with their free will — will they materialise that Divine inspiration for ‘good’? Or ‘bad’?

When I synthesise all the ideas above, I visualise (I only truly understand anything through immersive visualisation) the retrograde effect as: A human on earth, rat-racing forward, getting ahead of themselves in the pursuit or expression of an urge, suddenly stopping, realising something is missing, looking back to see their goal is falling away from them, it’s being taken away! Then retracing their steps to get back to Start, discovering on the way something they’d dropped, to place themselves once again in tandem with the project schedule (planet agenda). Or differently, A person leaving their house to go somewhere, getting to the car only to realise they’ve left their keys back home so they turn back to fetch them, realising in the process they’d left their heating on!

In transit terms this seems to fit the Western view of review times during retrograde.

Also, from Earth’s perspective, when a planet is retrograde you are spotting it in a portion of sky you’ve already looked at before, so symbolically too, you are called to attend to something from the past rather than initiate new projects. Since planetary retrogrades are less frequent than their direct motion, they symbolise periodic flips in perspective which might return to normal once the planet resumes normal movement, so anything initiated at this time, you’ll most likely have different feelings about once the tide changes, hence the prediction of doom associated with retrograde-born initiatives.

But from whatever I have understood of the Western view* of retrograde planets in the natal chart, is that the energies of planets in reverse are “internalised,” something the native must work on on their own, without, or perhaps in spite of, external events provoking that energy.

I appreciate more the Vedic view of amplified power in natal retrograde planets because those who are born with a ‘constant’  feeling like their goal/objective is falling away from them will, in the planet’s positive expression, try doubly harder to get to it. Since achieving the retrograde planet’s forward expression does not come easy, and requires quite a bit of trial and error to refine their methods, people with natal retrogrades are perhaps even better at what they ultimately achieve — a hard-won victory! Also, since they can’t quite “run away with the planet” as the Earth racing forward would like to, they also experience the restlessness and chagrin that comes from not being able to get away with the liberties and privileges other people seem to.

I know a few people with retrograde Venus in their natal chart who are really good at amassing money in spite of, or perhaps because of, their poverty mindset.

Individuals with retrograde Saturn are likely to desire approval from a father or authority figure so much that they self-regulate themselves to the point of toil, achieving high ranks and authority positions (Saturn) for themselves in the bargain! Of course, on the negative side, this same desire for approval can cause fears or blocks in their creative expression or intuitive intelligence.

Being on the greyer side of 30, I have lived through many retrograde transits myself but in 2018 I have become acutely aware of three whose impact was too stark to ignore.

Saturn retrograde in my First House of Will: In line with Saturn’s message of toil I have enrolled for an educational course that I hope will launch me into a completely different, yet perfectly resonant with me, career. As I got to grips with studies at this age and stage, I put off getting my balcony door fixed, which was threatening to fall off any day. But it so happened, one thing led to another, and I was forced to postpone taking my exams for this course to the next semester because, upon closer inspection, along with the door, the roof was crumbling, as were the walls and various other parts of the house! I had to pause my ambitions for an overlooked task which would only have created a bigger block at a much more crucial time further up ahead in my course.

Jupiter retrograde in my 11th house of wishes and networks: My pursuit of finding “my tribe” (also linked to my course above) also got stalled with the home renovation and interestingly, this period and a little before it, has witnessed a natural ‘trimming away’ of friendships and associations perhaps to make space for the new? Or as we might find out when Jupiter turns direct, to return in my life better aligned with my new goals.

Neptune retrograde in my 3rd house of communication, mental and manual abilities, and kinship: The standstill of Neptune just a few days back couldn’t have been more obvious had it dropped a piano on my head! Here I was merrily exchanging messages, communicating with people when suddenly, I realised there was a different meaning to what was being communicated to me and I had been perceiving it as quite the opposite! Certain facts came to light too that gave me a BIG pause for review.

This year we have more ahead, Mars (our drive, ‘warrior’ spirit, energy, lust) turns retrograde on 26th June, Uranus (our unfettered, ‘eccentric’ drive and will) on 3rd August, Venus (our sense of romance, harmony, pleasure, abundance) on 5th October, and of course Mercury (our cognitive abilities, communication skills, logic) on 26th July and again on 16th November.

I have only written here the personal expressions of each planet but of course these planets also manifest their lessons as external events through the agents associated with each but I’ve other work to do and I’m beat, perhaps I’ll update this already rather long post another time to list them all!

Happy Summer Solstice and Cancer season! 🙂


*In case I’m interpreting it wrong here are two links for you to explore to reach your own conclusions (https://www.pathwaytoascension.com/astrology/lesson5.html, https://www.thetarotlady.com/star-school-lesson-17-retrograde-planets-natal-chart/)

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Maybees Won’t Fly in These June Tarotscopes

The slow-moving outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are viewed in astrology as generation defining forces, which to me underscores their potency when it comes to the impact they can have on individual lives, especially when they make contact with a natal planet or point. For me, the most important event of June is the retrograde motion of Neptune in Pisces. With a natal Neptune in retrograde in my own chart I am all too familiar with the subtle yet insidious ways in which it can distort your thinking to show you demons in angels, angels in demons, diamonds in lumps of pure coal. This retrograde starts on 18 June and ends on 24 November, and it won’t necessarily affect you directly, but it might influence someone close to you and have an indirect impact through their changed behaviour towards you, good or bad. This is all the more relevant in June when, with Jupiter still in retrograde motion in Scorpio, Pisces’ fellow water sign, we might already be exhausted from trying to keep alive a transformational process that showed promise to begin with, but now seems to have slowed down to a near halt. We become all the more susceptible to unfair blame-assignation and delusional thinking in such a dismayed state of mind.

In a nutshell, don’t kid yourself! And remember, it’s Gemini season and perfect time to learn a new skill, make friends, keep an ear out for useful information and generally, keep an open mind to the existence of duality in various measures in everything and everyone.

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André Derain, Arlequin et Pierrot. Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9973950

Pick Your Sign, Read Your ‘Scope

Aries, June 2018

Taurus, June 2018

Gemini, June 2018

Cancer, June 2018

Leo, June 2018

Virgo, June 2018

Libra, June 2018

Scorpio, June 2018

Sagittarius, June 2018

Capricorn, June 2018

Aquarius, June 2018

Pisces, June 2018

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May Day! May Monthly Tarotscopes!S.O.S.! Pass them on!

20150521_124152This month’s tartoscopes are without reversals or jumper cards — just good, clean, uncomplicated, straight to the point readings the way Taurus love ’em…or are they? Snh!

For the rather eventful astrology of this period: Prosper You MAY: Astrology Update

For ‘scopes for your sign:

May for Aries

May for Taurus

May for Gemini

May for Cancer

May for Leo

May for Virgo

May for Libra

May for Scorpio

May for Sagittarius

May for Capricorn

May for Aquarius

May for Pisces

 

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Prosper You MAY: Astrology Update

May the upcoming month of May be an exciting month for one and all. While the usual personal planet movements might or might not be that interesting to follow (depending on your specific interests in astrology and/or life), April to May is a period I’ve been looking forward to with much anticipation for the big energetic shifts that certainly herald ‘exciting’ times in the eight years ahead for fertility, wealth and anything we assign value to. As Uranus ingresses Taurus, our values and the things we value, are about to change. We already see glimpses of what lies ahead in the birth of cryptocurrencies on the one hand, and a turn to ‘local’ sourcing and produce, upcycling, kitchen gardens, on the other.

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Félix Vallotton, The Wind. Credit: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Something’s Changing — About Uranus

I find mythology to be the best source for truly internalising the meaning of a planet or sign. Uranus, according to myth, is the primal sexual urge that seeks to satisfy itself regardless of consequences, which in the case of the deified Uranus were a stream of children he either ignored or buried alive. So too has Uranus come to be associated in the natal chart with an urge to express oneself unbound by emotions, social mores, rules etc. Uranus the god of the skies, is unpredictable too, given as he is to his impulses, thus lending his domain changeability. He signifies the shocking, including, quite literally, electricity. Astronomically speaking, Uranus has an odd axis with a 98-degree tilt that essentially means it spins on its sides, its rings spinning around it but vertically, quite unlike any other planet, which further reinforces its rulership over everything eccentric. For the past eight years, this crazy, self-willed, lusty character has been in Aries, giving birth in equal parts to the rising phenomenon of lone-wolf attacks (booooo!!!) and women refusing to take any shit from anyone any more (yaaaaaaayy!!!). The atmosphere has been especially charged since Uranus’ tense aspect with the lord of Plutocracy, death and buried wealth, Pluto, currently busy destroying and reconstructing the political and organisational structures. That is to say, the individual’s assertion of self-will has been both agitated and inspired by overdue change in power systems and equations.

So what happens now, when Uranus enters Taurus? It dons the character of the mythical Bull now, thinks, feels and does things, the Bull would. The good news, or perhaps the bad news (?), is that Uranus now will be in a harmonious aspect to Pluto (there’s also Saturn in the mix but for relatively shorter time, so I won’t go there) signifying either positive changes in what we value, wealth distribution, etc, or easy times for the power hungry to redefine wealth to suit them better i.e. devaluing currencies, demonetisation etc.

As always, things in astrology, and in life, can go either way, depending on how you’re playing your cards, i.e. on free will, and attitude. Unfortunately, when it comes to slow moving planets, it’s down to the collective will to turn the tides one way or another, so we better hope everyone’s on the same side, fighting the good fight.

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Master of the Die, Venus removing a thorn from her foot. Credit: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund.

Something’s Changing — About Taurus

There is no singular origin myth about Taurus being incorporated into the zodiac, but the one that I turn to for understanding the Bull better, is the one about the once wild and untamed Cerus who went about trampling gardens and causing general mayhem among people until Persephone taught him patience and wise use of his strength and since then he brings the goddess on his back, back to earth in time for spring each year, to make the flowers bloom. The other useful origin myth has to do with the ancient people’s association of the bull with prosperity in terms of its use in agriculture and as a food source. Being associated with things earthy, fertile and life-sustaining, Taurus is a sensual sign in every sense of the word.

Imagine now the lusty soul of Uranus come to possess Taurus for the next eight years! Sex drives may go crazy — people might start doing it outdoors more!

But in terms of money, possessions, physical comforts, expect the unexpected. All that gold you’ve got stowed away for a rainy day might not be worth a dime any more, on the other hand, your collection of 1950s crockery might fetch you a great price. Agriculture will be affected. Economy will be affected. Earth will be affected. Nutrition might be affected. Eating habits might change. Notions of beauty might change.

Hopefully, with Pluto in a Trine house, this will be to everyone’s benefit.

Importantly though, Taurus is the earth in bloom, it has a strong association with the verdant bounties of this planet, a planet that is just now trying to cry for help with a voice muffled by all that plastic and other suffocating junk and fumes we are producing. Most people sense an imminent crisis in the life of Mother Nature or Pachamama as she is called by the good folk in Ecuador who have granted her constitutional rights.

Poetic it is therefore that Uranus, the god whose unbridled lust gave Earth its rivers and ponds and other life-sustaining water bodies, should now enter Taurus, the sign that signifies the Earth itself. Hopefully, this will signal the dawn of a happier, cleaner planet for the plants and trees, birds and beasts.

How Things Change – About Planetary Interactions

The one thing I have noticed with the slower moving planets is that they seem to have three phases as they transit a sign (may be the fast moving planets have those same phases too, except they happen so fast you don’t notice):

First, you experience the planetary energy as an external agent of change. Something ‘bad’ happens (mostly. slow moving planets are a bit…strict teacher like), or at the very least something happens to ruffle your feathers or entirely undo you.

Then, once you’ve regained your bearing a little from the initial ‘WTF’ moment, you start to negotiate that energy or you attempt to negotiate with it — It’s either “OK, if this mud is now my life, I better get some Welllies” or “OK, if I do this, will you not do what you’re doing in return?

Third, at the moment when you surrender to the will of whatever seems to be controlling things for you, there comes the stage of becoming the planet. It becomes a part of you in some way, that very essence of your ‘teacher’ is now your way of doing things too.

These phases tend to correspond with the transit of the planet through the three decanates (or 10 degree divisions) of the 30 degrees of a sign. They are also greatly determined by the pace at which you naturally tend to adapt to things. But also, for some, who unfortunately get consumed by the darkness of the first phase, things remain stuck there, and they continue to experience the energy as an external force. It’s a bit like if you don’t join ’em, you keep getting beaten. Not to say that this necessarily means we have to ‘join ’em’, it has to be a choice that is made from the very core of your being, from a place of true understanding of what it is that you were meant to learn from it all.

Uranus in Taurus then, might shake the markets, economies, the earth, its produce in the first phase, then we’ll start to take stock and make amends and then, we might end up assimilating some hitherto “eccentric” way of doing wealth…like returning to a barter system may be? Or something completely new. Or may be it will be something quite unexpectedly mundane?

We need to talk about Chiron!

On April 17, Chiron enters Aries and begins its nine-year-long trudge through the sign that personifies the will, the instinct to win, the drive to conquer, hot-blooded youth, bloodymindedness…

Like Uranus, Chiron is eccentric too. In mythology, Chiron was the one genteel Centaur in a population of lusty boors. In astronomy, 2060 Chiron, the minor planet (there’s nothing “minor” about it in astrology, if you ask me!) located between Saturn and Uranus, has a wonky orbit around the Sun whose perihelion is closer than Saturn ever gets, and whose apehelion almost touches Uranus’ orbit. Thus, Chiron appears to “pendulate” between Saturn and Uranus.

Now THAT’s a whole load of classic Chironic symbolism right there! Chiron in our charts is where we experience that one (or repeated) ego-wound we never quite forget, usually through some kind of or sense of rejection or alienation. The ego (Sun) burns. But then, when we “admit defeat” or “give up on” that which continues to elude us — a goal, a desire, a sense of self gained from the validation of others — something magical happens: we liberate ourselves from the rules and structures (of society, relationships etc i.e. Saturn) of the interactions that were necessary to for us to gain and keep gaining acceptance. When we no longer need others to notice us, or cater to us, to make us feel valued, expression turns to self-expression, of the unbound kind (we get closer to the Uranus way).

If you’ve seen the stage musical Wicked, (SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU HAVEN’T YOU MIGHT WANT TO SKIP THE NEXT PARAGRAPH) the Chiron experience is akin to the part where Elpheba, having worked hard through the ridicule of peers, and pressures of study, finally gets to meet and perhaps work with her hero, the great Wizard of Oz. But then, as her admiration turns to disgust at the discovery that he performs cruel experiments on animals, she seeks to expose him to the kingdom, a decision that turns the entire Oz administration against her. She is publicly vilified as a “wicked witch” and being hunted by bloodthirsty crowds when she realises she no longer can ever dream of working with the Wizard; but aha! that as the outcast she no longer need follow the rules that forbid the use of magic for flying. At that moment when her lifelong dream comes crashing down, she gains the freedom to “defy gravity”.

Contrary to what our consumeristic, production-oriented, productivity-focused, Earth-hollowing culture will have you believe, it’s OK to be a “loser”. In fact, it’s bloody fantastic! From loss comes a new kind of gain. Something more creative, different and of a higher order than what it was before. It’s the kind of experience that makes blissed-out fakirs of former accountants; free lovers of puritans; iconic artists of former rejects; content humans of racing rats.

In Aries, a more will-driven sign than most, that initial wound or loss can feel more acute — the more attached you are, the harder it is to let go. And with Uranus about to change the rules for everything Taurus, you’ll do well to identify less with your “possessions”, be they objects, people, animals, lands, or even concepts. Because whatever you secretly call “My precioussssess” like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, might just be wrenched away from you in the next few years. I recommend a visit to the The Minimalists for an elegant view of a life with ‘nothing much’ in it.

This is not a doomsday warning, it’s actually glad tidings! 🙂


Have a good one! 😀

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April Monthly Tarotscopes

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April fool!

Sorry for that bad joke, but genuinely I’ve no tarotscopes for you this month. It’s a very difficult and busy time for me just now (as it is for everyone in some way or another, I know, judging by planetary indications) so you’ll have to make do with my quick and dirty stichomancy readings where I choose a book and ask for messages for each sign before I randomly open to a page, and blindly point to a random line on the page.

Hopefully this will still yield some important insight or points to ponder for you. If not, mea culpa! I shall return hopefully next month with your monthly readings!

Since T.S. Eliot, for very different reasons, did feel “April is the cruellest month” summarising how I’m feeling with my life plans and chores just now, I have chosen Selected Poems by T.S. Eliot to get everyone’s messages from. Surely a poet will know best how to make sense of the chaos that might have hit your life in the last month and ongoing period (hint: it’s the kind of astrological environment that frustrates you into life-changing decisions)!

Stichomany Readings for the Signs

ARIES: (Blank space) Page titled: ‘The Waste Land’ 1922

(I’m sorry, that’s all it said, and I tried twice, it opened to the same page! What could it mean? You tell me! Do the numbers mean anything? Is your life feeling like a waste land? Perhaps it’s just a matter of perspective. If there is *nothing* to look forward to, then there’s everything to look forward to! Perhaps this is the time for you to be the Tarot’s Magician who can conjure up anything he wishes from nothingness by the sheer force of will putting all the four elements in his command. Where there is a vacuum or a feeling of emptiness, there might be opportunity to go freestyle! Balancing your autonomy with collaborative enterprise might be the key. See what I did there? I made SOMETHING of a reading out of nothing!!! :-P)

TAURUS:

Your building not fitly framed together, you sit ashamed
and wonder whether and how you may be builded
together for a habitation of GOD in the Spirit, the
Spirit which moved on the face of the waters like a
lantern set on the back of a tortoise.

GEMINI:

And if it rains, a closed car at four.
And we shall play a game of chess,
Pressing lidless eyes and waiting for a knock upon the
door.

CANCER:

And four wax candles in the darkened room,
Four rings of light upon the ceiling overhead,
An atmosphere of Juliet’s tomb
Prepare for all the things to be said, or left unsaid.

LEO:

The collocation of these two representatives of eastern and western asceticism, as the culmination of this part of the poem, is not an accident.

(My personal note: Go figure!)

VIRGO:

You see the border of her dress
Is torn and stained with sand,
And you see the corner of her eye
Twists like a crooked pin.

LIBRA:

Proffer my deeds to oblivion, and my love
To the posterity of the desert and the fruit of the gourd.

SCORPIO:

Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon
You have the scene arrange itself — as it will seem to do —
With
‘I have saved this afternoon for you’

SAGITTARIUS:

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold coat, and
       snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.

CAPRICORN:

Whispering lunar incantations
Dissolve the floors of memory
And all its clear relations,
Its divisions and precisions

AQUARIUS:

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to  eat a peach?

PISCES:

And some say: ‘How can we love our neighbour? For
love must be made real in act, as desire unites with
desired: we have only our labour to give and our
labour is not required


…Until next month! 😀

 

 

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March for March 2018 Tarotscopes

IMG_20150711_180818March brings us out of the deep-delving, mind-scrambling, brain-fogging, intense-feeling Pisces season that’s gradually waning. Yet, Jupiter goes retrograde in Scorpio on March 8th so that we aren’t entirely spared all the befuddlement.

Jupiter in Scorpio can be quite…complicated, as such. This transit marks a period when endings rather than beginnings are to your benefit, as is your brave decision to deep dive into your own psyche and bravely face aspects of yourself that might be subconsciously sabotaging your success. Jupiter softens the blows of the endings and deep dives, in fact it can even bring a sense of joy in the oddest moments of these processes. Jupiter in Scorpio is in a nutshell, about evolution and rebirth, true to the Scorpio keywords. In the material realm, it is about tending to finances and benefiting from strategic decisions to pool in your resources with others  (not just intimate partners but also investment vehicles) but with a sharp eye and full knowledge.

When Jupiter turns retrograde all of these themes are accentuated, demanding our attention because suddenly, something we were counting on just doesn’t seem to be yielding the results we were hoping for. You might find your investments dipping, you might slide back into a situation you thought was over, or you might even experience the same old anxieties and hurts you thought you’d vanquished. Never fear! Just as a planet’s retrograde motion is only an illusion, so too the reversals of planets are only seemingly negative from a material perspective. All the good things are still happening, or rather, can happen, if you can, like those enterprising individuals born with a retrograde Jupiter in their charts, be hip to the hidden opportunities in setbacks, make use of what the trend is revealing and learn to make your own luck! Just be aware that all may not be as it seems.

Your Monthly Tarotscopes By Sign

March for Aries

March for Taurus

March for Gemini

March for Cancer

March for Leo

March for Virgo

March for Libra

March for Scorpio

March for Sagittarius

March for Capricorn

March for Aquarius

March for Pisces

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Pick A Card: An Eclipse Oracle

If you’re confounded, lost, confused or simply curious about what’s going on in your life at this time, consider this Pick-a-Card oracle for answers. Clear your mind and look at the four tarot cards laid out face down in front of you. Pick the number, colour or whatever, that draws you in the most, then read what your choice reveals by scrolling down below!

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In astrology, regardless of whether a Solar Eclipse is total or partial, it illustrates a significant time in our lives when our emotional and physical selves first obscure then illuminate a part of our soul’s desire that we might not have even known exists.  This process of self-discovery, be it through inner dialogue or external events, leads to powerful new beginnings that light up our path for the next many months (and sometimes even years) ahead, especially if the degree and sign in which the eclipse occurs tickles planets and points in our natal chart close to that degree, especially now since this Solar Eclipse in Aquarius is getting supported/challenged by Uranus in its last few degrees of Aries, eager to see you being more YOU!

Messages follow

If you picked card number 1

moonAll may not be as it seems. Amplified fears or hopes might be obscuring the truth. Listen to your inner voice. Meditate. Pay attention to what your mind says to you when it’s making detached observations and ideas. The inner chatter of disturbing thoughts is illusion. Something might be revealed to you, and as painful as it might be at first, it shall open a new path for you towards a more evolved, psychically attuned way of being.

If you picked card number 2

deathSooner or later, everything ends. The trick to inner peace is to truly internalise this fact of life and appreciate that when something leaves your life, something else comes to take its place. An ending long overdue might be playing out in your life right now. Simply, things that no longer serve your evolution are withering away.  Let them. It might seem unfair now, but wait till you see what a new day has in store for you. New misadventures at the very least!

If you picked card number 3

3 of cupsSometimes three is company. Sometimes three is a crowd. Forcing yourself to stay in a circle of friends or an association that once was full of mirth but now seems forced is serving no one nothing. Set yourself and your associates free to explore other, more rewarding interactions. Also consider if an overemphasis on ‘fun’ and ‘partying’ is actually taking away from your experience of life’s magical offerings. Take a walk outside among nature’s critters, stop to notice the roses and what hovers about them. Earthly delights of a much more energising and enriching kind abound all around you, outside your favourite hangout spots.

If you picked card number 4

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Going nowhere fast? Stuck in a rut? Consider that the places you want to go and the things you want to achieve might need you to learn a little more, the art of navigating ambiguity and harnessing failures to become vehicles of victory. If something comes along to upset your apple cart of desires, upturning your well-laid out plans right now, see it as a course correction destined to take you where you need (and will ultimately like) to be rather than where you want to be. Perhaps what you were aiming for wasn’t actually good for you. Losses are blessings.

 

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Fervently February 2018 Tarotscopes

IMG_20170902_075543The month of February is bookended by eclipses, marking a period between two crucial decision points. First the Lunar Eclipse on January 31 beckons us to declare autonomy or make a crucial break, not just for our own sake, but also for the sake of the collective or group. Sometimes, leaving unhealthy dynamics is the best way to show you care. Sometimes, one noble mission must be sacrificed for another. Eclipses can be rather complicated and nuanced like that hence perhaps their notoriety in ancient times. The Solar Eclipse on February 15 begins something to replace the ending from earlier. And it likely has to do with an opportunity to create change but at the cost of legacy systems,  extant rhythms and connections that you were coddled in. If Valentine’s Day is your thing (it’s not really mine) then expect this one to be more about connections that encourage your thoughts and freedoms, rather than any ooey-gooey stuff.  Planets are always up to something, but this month and the period till May might prove significant for being maverick Uranus’s last chance to push you to greater individuation. In whichever area of your life you have begun to feel, for unbidden reasons,  a bit fettered in the past few years, there shall be change or your spirit shall be broken. Sorry! Not meaning to cast gloom, but Uranus rolls on without a care for broken anything. It’s up to us to get the better of the energy. All the best!

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Your Monthly Tarotscopes

Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces

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2018 Tarotscopes

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Hi,

Whether you came by choice or got directed here by default, I believe it is because there is a message for you that is important for you to know. That’s what I intend and pray for my readings to be — timely interventions of the sort I wanted at a time when I needed them badly. Not to sell you on any kind of ‘woo-woo’ idea of synchronicity and signs, but I do believe in intention and force of will. I hope mine are of help to you!

Have a wonderful 2018. Not to rain on any parades but I do think it won’t be before 2020 that any of us will get any sense of something more solid and certain in our lives. No matter how silent or insignificant seeming, that feeling inside you that makes you feel just a tad…bewildered…is the sense of a major process of overhaul that is happening as we speak. In 2018, we’re one step closer to a different world. Your smallest effort counts, not just in your life but in our collective experience.

I’m adding each sign’s 2018 tarot reading one at a time. If your sign’s ‘scope isn’t up yet, please check back soon, it’s only a matter of time!

 

Aries in 2018

Taurus in 2018

Gemini in  2018

Cancer in 2018

Leo in 2018

Virgo in 2018

Libra in 2018

Scorpio in 2018

Sagittarius in 2018

Capricorn in 2018

Aquarius in 2018

Pisces in 2018

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P.A.C. August: 5

5 of wands.jpgIf you picked this card you might be surrounded right now by differences of opinions, clashes of perspectives, or competition at work or within the family. Creation and change usually result from a healthy tension between opposing forces, the yin and the yang, so this might be an ideal setting for you to test the validity of your views and ideas against counter arguments. A healthy debate, a challenge to one’s outlook, is an important exercise to build one’s mental muscle.  You will be wise to not label people who disagree with you as ‘haters’ right now, and instead, use this clash as an interaction that might lead to an assimilation, amalgamation and synthesis of different schools of thought. Keep an open mind please.

As right as you might be, the other parties think they are just as right too. And when it comes to human society — big or small — what the majority wants usually becomes the norm. For the minority view to affect a paradigmatic shift, it must smoothly flow into the cracks of existing structures and get absorbed into the architecture from there. Kind of like how moisture spreads in the walls! 😛 Only I hope what you are aiming to spread to is for everyone’s happiness and welfare. There is need for you to reassess your position at this point.

In some cases though, the reason for discord around you is a miscommunication, erroneous fact or someone’s wilful manipulation. You might want to get to the bottom of that while others are busy battling amongst themselves.

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P.A.C. August: 222

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If you picked this card you could currently be in some sort of ‘twilight zone’, stuck at the cusp of change between an ending and a beginning for longer than you would have liked, perhaps on account of lack of conviction regarding what to do because you might feel you don’t quite know the full story. Something internal or external is preventing you from getting a clear picture and advisably there might be nothing for you to do right now except for waiting it out to let clarity emerge.

At the other end of the spectrum it is also possible that despite the requisite information you are hesitant to take definite action towards a fresh slate which will mean leaving someone or something behind for good. Even for you the advice is to wait it out till you feel ready, but whether you like it or not, this change will have to come, and it will be better if it comes from you rather than some outside agent of change.

There is definitely an air of obfuscation about, and it might be that you cannot fully rely on the counsel or information of a particular source especially if it is someone female. It might also be that you don’t detect the insidious influence of a woman or that this individual is perhaps spying on you in some way. Or is this you going overboard with checking on someone or consulting horoscopes and tarot readings much more than you should? If you are, then you are preventing yourself from the very clarity you are desperately seeking. Sometimes in stillness lies all the information. Do nothing, let events unfold as they might, and you shall have all the knowledge you need. At the same time, you will be wise to discriminate between information you need and that which you seek purely to satisfy your ego.

If you have been seeing a therapist, you might want to critically assess their merits or do some more background research on them.

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P.A.C. August: 14-5

StarIf you picked this card there is a strong indication that you might be having difficulty connecting with the inner compass (or spirit guides if you believe in them) that guides you towards your destiny. Your restlessness to move on to a more socially or materially rewarding phase in life might be preventing you from reaping the benefits of a lull phase which is highly recommended for rejuvenation, learning, connecting with your spirituality, acquiring the necessary inner resources to help you attain the very thing that you are over-eager to get.

At the opposite end of the spectrum it is also possible that you are seeing signs perhaps more than you should and letting them cloud your judgement. Your objective judgement actually is your intuition (or voice of divine), your sixth sense that knows you and how to nurture and protect you. By externalising the judgement-making process to physical signs in the outside world you might end up erroneously relying on associative systems that can tend to be biased (“I’ve seen the number 18 four times now! Four is my lucky number too”). You might see what you want to see. But if you rely on the pure heart-sensation of how a decision, action or goal feels, you might stay closer to the truth…at least at this time.

Consider too that a dream is threatening to remain unfulfilled perhaps because you want it for the wrong reasons. What would help you grow and mature as a loving, wise human, that should be your end goal.

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P.A.C. August: 12

Knight of WandsIf you picked this card it is possible you might be contemplating your equation with a certain someone; ways to meet more like-minded people especially a special someone; or perhaps even ways in which you can make a better impression on people professionally or socially. You are being advised to curb your enthusiasm — be it in your approach towards someone or in general social behaviour. It is time to look at yourself from an objective second-person perspective and examine if you don’t tend to come across as ‘too pushy’, ‘too hyper’, or even inconsistent. If your efforts to reach out to others or form new partnerships have not been yielding any results, it might be down to some needed attitude adjustment. Also, this could indicate a tendency in you to pursue the wrong sort. Pragmatism over passion is your mantra at this time when it comes to making decisions about others.

If you have been pondering the merits of a newly-made association, this card could be warning you against a player, or someone with anger issues or deviant personality traits.

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P.A.C. August: 11:11

justiceIf you picked this card, it is time to balance the books the with someone who has been generous and kind to you in the past either by reciprocation or by paying it forward. If there is a Thank You note you have been meaning to send, or someone you have been meaning to repay, now is a good time. Giving in any shape or form during this period will open the doors to more good things for you.

It could also be that just desserts are already yours to enjoy as Fortune smiles down on you in acknowledgement of your kindness. Sequences of events can work in mysterious ways — as illustrated by the Butterfly Effect — to bring one’s good or bad deeds back around to them albeit through entirely unexpected channels.  If you are at the receiving end of a favourable decision, lucrative contract or some other stroke of ‘luck’ now, chalk it down to your own good behaviour or deeds.

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P.A.C. August: IVC

4 of cupsIf you picked this card you are being called to look up from your mobile phone or outside your usual circle of companions and social media cliques for a fresh emotional or creative experience. You may not realise or feel it yet, but your social-emotional world is beginning to show signs of stagnation that can eventually manifest as ennui and restiveness. It is time for you to expand your horizons, take up a new hobby, enrol for a new class, most importantly do not ignore the seemingly random ideas and notions you might get out of nowhere.

Someone usually not your ‘type’ might reach out to you, or you might get an invitation that might seem unexciting to begin with, but the cards recommend you give whomever or whatever beckons you out of your comfort zone a chance.

If you recently changed locations or got married in the hope of a better life that seems to be still elusive, consider that it might be down to how you view things for them to be more inspiring than they are.

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P.A.C. August: 11

Page of SwordsIf you picked this card then something about how you view a situation, person or group of people needs to change. It is easy to make snap judgements about others from a distance, get closer to their story and you might discover the motivations behind their actions are similar to yours — the needs and fears that define our species.  If you feel you can’t get a word in edgeways with someone(s) or if you feel confused about the path or ideology to take, it is time to take an overview of the bigger picture or the more fundamental dynamics of a situation rather than getting lost in detail.

This is also a caution to you against being the one that fuels discord within a group through half-baked or wrong information — you might not even realise you are playing the part of the agent of chaos! If you have been struggling to gain clarity or a break within the collective, then it could also be that someone else is making mischief with their false words.

What ought to have been a healthy debate or creative tension turns toxic when attacks get personal, misleading or betray someone’s confidence.

Focus on what you can learn from this rather than how it serves your agenda or image.

 

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P.A.C. August: 13W

Queen of WandsIf you picked this card, you are being called to act and react less, and be more receptive and observant instead. You might be someone who typically shoots from the hip, and succeeds!, but at this particular point in time there is the need to take in your surroundings. There is an air of gossip and misleading hearsay about — I hope you’re not the one initiating it. A situation (or many) in your life requires you to take informed action which includes separating the lies from the truth in order to discern the right thing to do.

It is possible that you might be in an antsy state, chomping at the bit, feeling the restless urge to act out because confusion or lack of information regarding a situation is driving you plain nuts. This is also a caution against feeding others’ or creating your own drama based on what you think you know. If this isn’t you, is it describing someone in your life whose behaviour just now fits this description? If this is about an individual provoking you or spreading general nastiness, give them the benefit of the doubt that they are coming from a place of misunderstanding. Have an open conversation.

This is not the time for action, it is a time to research, meditate and get centred in an objective perspective.

 

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P.A.C August: 7

ChariotStop right where you are! Or are you already spinning your wheels but going nowhere fast? This card is a big neon sign questioning the spiritual merit of what you have been aiming to attain but have been unable to so far. If you feel strong resistance from Lady Luck, Universe, God, external circumstances, or whatever outside influence you believe in in assisting your endeavours, it is for a good reason my friend. When The Chariot card — a strong spiritual message — appears in reverse in a reading, it usually indicates a soul erring on the side of material lust to the extent that they neglect their spiritual drive — a position from which base action rather than high-minded philosophy emanates.

You might have to loose your grip on a wish, goal or desire that is not quite as ‘destined’ for you as you might think. Take a step back from what you have been pursuing or trying to get off the ground for a bit — in that void of action awaits fresh inspiration, and a better direction.

Take some time everyday to focus on your breath.

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