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

Chariot

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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Capricorn, July 2018

It might have seemed a laborious uphill climb in the past few weeks trying reach your goals and practising self-care at the same time, but this month you have reached the summit. It is time to take a bird’s-eye perspective of everything you’ve achieved, even if it didn’t seem like much at the time. Give yourself a pat on the back for perseverance. While this may not be the place where you find the joie de vivre you have been badly desiring, it is a place of stability, consistency and can-do that will help you get to that paradise too.

Some of you struggling with keeping it going or those of you who have recently turned your back on a persistently unsatisfactory emotional situation might encounter a Type-A personality who might put you off initially, but might also have some useful guidance, inspiration or assistance to give you in the long run. If you sense an absence of “cuddly qualities” in this individual, they might hold a mirror up to your own cold and domineering attitude, for some.

For some of you this is the confirmation you need for having achieved a mastery over your emotions, which will only serve you to realise your dreams here on out. For others, this is a time for decisive action towards the pursuit of happiness or creative satisfaction.

Your cards this month

From left to right (or top to bottom if viewed on WordPress app): Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like a reading more specific to you, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 🙂

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Aquarius, July 2018

As the zodiac sign that epitomises high-minded ideals, so many of you can be found on the front lines, fighting ‘the good fight’ (others of you simply do so from other positions of influence). However good it might be, but a fight is still a fight sometimes, even if it is fought with roses. Roses have thorns too.

In one particular situation you might be guilty of suspecting malevolence or foul play where there is none. Perhaps an imbalanced individual or unfair situation in the past has led you to tilt at windmills now.  Something you do or say to another for the ‘greater good’ or even self-preservation could possibly be hypocritical, even if you don’t realise it just then. As Jesus said: Let him who is without sin cast the first stone i.e. check yourself, before you wreck someone else!

It is a beautiful month for practising the grace to see the beauty in everyone. Because how we view others says more about us than anyone else. People who displease you hold a mirror up to your own flaws and biases too. Embrace that. Confront your own darkness, accept it in others, and you will discover that everyone, not just you, is committed to evolution, even if they are so misinformed as to make it an entirely pointless endeavour on their part!

This month, give your worst enemy a big warm hug! (But watch your back too! Kidding!…I hope! :-P)

Your cards this month

From left to right (or top to bottom if viewed on WordPress app): Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like a reading more specific to you, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Pisces, July 2018

Fear of unpleasant consequences might have kept you juggling two disparate jobs, working day and night shifts, or trying to balance domestic and financial affairs. Perhaps you were afraid to admit to someone that your income simply could not support their expenditures? Or you could be someone undecided, straddling two boats at the same time, afraid to choose a side. Or perhaps you feel inextricably linked to a situation that might in some way affect your material well-being. This could also be about a relationship that blows hot then blows cold but never chooses any one way to go.

No more dithering this month and the results are not as bad as you might have thought! The ‘painful’ outcomes you might have been imagining will turn out to be just that — figments of your imagination! In fact, this month you are called to make an unequivocal choice that will enable you to move forward in true earnest, without the terror of an axe coming down on you! There is liberation from anxiety on the cards for you. Make a choice, let go.

Your cards this month

 

From left to right (or top to bottom if viewed on WordPress app): Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like a reading more specific to you, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 🙂

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Pisces, June 2018

While it is always healthy to take stock of situations and analyse your interactions and experiences to locate areas of improvement in yourself, it seems as if over-thinking a situation where you felt betrayed or hurt is turning you into a cynical Scrooge. This is SO unlike you. You are typically the sign that others look to for a universal sort of love and acceptance. When you, who are meant to teach others how to melt boundaries, start to put up walls of your own in the misguided notion that it is the way of the world that you too must follow, the world is left with no hope.

Or to put it another way, every time a Pisces becomes jaded, a bit of art’s spirit dies.

This situation that has you getting all prickly requires forgiveness. You are the best at that. Forgive and move on.

Your cards this month

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Aquarius, June 2018

They promised you a believable enough cloud cuckoo land, then left you high and dry…Were you a victim of a scam recently? Or perhaps someone closer home took you some way into an endeavour but now you feel abandoned and left to fend for yourself? Some of you might have recently changed jobs or moved house or relocated or entered university or left a relationship in the hope of a better life, but right now you feel as if you are out of your depth. As helpless as things might seem right now, you aren’t looking at the situation objectively enough to see there IS a way out, and it is simpler than you might think!

I always love it when a number 8 card shows up in a reading, regardless of its suit, because to me it signifies evolution, especially in the tarot. Right now, whatever mental gymnastics you are having to perform to understand or sort your situation, however slow or stuck your progress might seem, this is the ‘pain’ part of the exercise after which you experience the ‘gain’ of greater worldly wisdom and mental agility. Hang in there. Take it one small step at a time. As long as you are doing something, no matter how little, everyday, to improve your situation, you are making your way to a nicer place.

Your cards this month

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Capricorn, June 2018

At first glance, your cards could easily have been read as a ‘riches to rags’ story but a closer look reveals an entirely different narrative. It is almost as if you have been in a stiflingly comfortable situation, like the bird in her golden cage, where mental, emotional, physical or spiritual atrophy might have started to set in. But this month it seems as if your restlessness will start to find a balm with some new ideas or thoughts, perhaps with the assistance of an ally, about moving to rejuvenating and calming new horizons.

For some of you though, there might well be a setback in material well-being or domestic bliss, most likely directly related to a fall out with a woman in authority, a benefactor or matriarch, or perhaps to your own ‘dethronement’ of sorts (especially if you are female) at work or in the family. Some of you might experience setbacks in business ventures. For a few of you this might signal a need for change in scenery due to seasonal ailments. While none of the above may be the most pleasant thing to happen, it is happening in order to usher in much-needed change in your environment due to all the reasons of stagnation setting in mentioned in the first paragraph. And you won’t be alone in your struggle either. Someone is there for you. Here’s to new horizons.

Your cards this month

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Sagittarius, June 2018

All the world’s isms intellectually curious Sagittarius might be eager to explore, but sentimentalism and materialism feature far down, perhaps right at the bottom of their list. Lately, more than usual, you have been refining and relying on purely left-brained functions of logic, analysis and objectivity. This month there is a call for you to balance this bias out by giving your intuition, whimsy and subjectivity a voice too. The world of humans functions on both, mind AND heart. By neglecting the latter you are depriving yourself of a richer, deeper understanding of the world around you — the quest of which is the very soul of your sign. Ironically, for the sake of objectivity, you must now give subjectivity a chance; for the sake of science, stay open-minded to hocus-pocus!

Some of you might well be performing this balancing act externally rather than internally, introducing a particularly ‘cerebral’ individual to the world of pleasure and feeling. This might be a particularly rewarding partnership of complementary thinking styles too!

Your cards this month

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Scorpio, June 2018

At the cost of disillusionment comes fresh hope and new direction. How poetically ironic! It may seem as if a support structure you relied on turned out to be all smoke and mirrors, and now you are left out in the cold, but everything is happening for a reason. With Jupiter moving backwards in your sign right now, there are hidden blessings in apparent setbacks. Perhaps you had your heart set on something, or perhaps you were waiting for someone to come through for you, or perhaps all this while you were living in a fool’s paradise. It might hurt a little but I believe the clarity you are slated to get from a persistent brain fog that you may not even have realised was there, is going to be worth the pain, and then some, when you start to see in synchronicities the path that lies ahead.

For now, bid a fond yet firm farewell to whatever did not work out. Practice some self-care and mindfulness. Your destiny shall speak to you through moments of inspiration.

Your cards this month

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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Libra, June 2018

Things are getting out of hand, Libra! Do you agree? Or perhaps you don’t, therefore this message for you. This concerns a group of friends, a creative collective, or a social circuit you are part of. Or perhaps generally, whatever leisure activity gives you joy. The thing is, too much of a good thing can be bad, and I fear you might be overdoing an indulgence in a certain person (or people) to the detriment of your personal evolution.  It might seem fun right now, but years down the line you might rue not paying enough attention to the nuts and bolts that needed looking after while you were busy enjoying yourself.

For some of you a different story seems to be playing out — one that perhaps involves manipulative friends or insincere comradeship from people you have been viewing through rose-tinted glasses. Or perhaps it is you who doesn’t quite feel all that dedicated to truth and loyalty just now, hmmm?

Either way, the more time you spend avoiding the inner work you need to do, the further you delay a positive shift that could transport you to new, better vistas filled with prospects and pleasures.

Your cards this month

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, current energy.


Since general readings don’t apply to everyone in the exact same way, please take what meaning you can from the general theme implied by these readings, in whichever area of life it plays out for you. Sometimes, your Rising sign or Moon sign reading might apply to you better (Get your Rising sign here: https://cafeastrology.com/whats-my-ascendant-sign.html, and scroll down the page for the Moon sign calculator as well). And if you’d like something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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