Big Shifts, Small Sh*ts, and Posts About It

I got an email this morning by a person reminding me I hadn’t posted ‘scopes for the last two signs for October. Since there’s no way to reply to the Pisces directly, I’m using this post to firstly, apologise to that particular Pisces and anyone Aquarius or Pisces who waited for my ‘scopes.

This Venus retrograde hit me hard, life came at me one after another, and I’m still sorting through the messes that have been created. Therefore, I apologise for the delay in posting November tarotscopes.

But thank you dear Pisces-who-mailed-me, your email motivated me to stay mindful of my duties towards this blog as well, and so, as you suggested, I shall starting posting — combined posts for November and December — in the reverse order, with your sign first!

But the posts for the next two months will take some time, so please bear with me, and stick with me because I’ll also post bigger posts for 2019. Until then, have a nice one! 🙂

And watch this space for links to your tarotscopes, coming up.

Your tarotscopes

November-December for Pisces

November-December for Aquarius

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October 2018: Fall in Love Tarotscopes

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James Tissot, Without a Dowry or Sunday in the Luxembourg Gardens. Public Domain

There is nothing terribly unusual about Venus turning retrograde, it happens every 2-3 years. But this retrogression is more unusual than meets the eye….if you haven’t already felt its impact.

I wrote a bit about it in my Dancing in September Tarot Update. I mentioned this to be (hopefully) an important period for women’s rights as it bears the energy of Venus in Scorpio (from where the retrograde begins) — the lady who fiercely guards her own, but also herself.  And already we have witnessed the bravado of Dr. Lord at the Brett Kavanaugh proceedings, not to mention the questions it has raised, among the many already up in the air, about gender-based representational inequality in political and social institutions. Venus reversing into her own sign of Libra — the sign that epitomises abilities in perspective-taking, harmonising, equalising give and take, compromise, partnership, business and deal making — is a very big deal. In our personal lives as well as in the larger public sphere, formal and social contracts will be revisited, either to be rewritten or entirely discarded. This is not a good time to initiate new contracts or partnerships because your decisions might be misinformed or misguided by the fear of loneliness , or nostalgia. This is also not a good time to spend money on big purchases, entertaining others etc., unless you wish to do so for altruistic reasons i.e. you don’t expect anything in return for your ‘investment’.

Not only is Venus returning to her sign of Libra, but once she resumes direct motion, she will re-enter Scorpio to cast her gaze upon her own sign of Taurus, placed right opposite, where Uranus has just about, but not quite, begun his disruptive eight-year journey to redefine what we call our ‘cash cow.’ Previously, Uranus in Aries brought us a new era of people’s revolts, the Arab Spring, the lone wolf attacks, introducing us to new, but not always entirely welcome, ways in which one could assert one’s will. Which is to say, how Uranus might inspire Taurus to express its energy is going to be ….different….to say the least. But before Uranus can begin his full on journey through Taurus, Venus gazing upon the early degrees of the zodiac sign, where Uranus has already been briefly, with support from Saturn in the early degrees of Capricorn, could well set the directive for Uranus.

We often forget that while Uranus, with his clockwise rotation, is the maverick of the solar system, he is not alone. Venus rotates clockwise too, unlike other planets and bodies, so she too, marches to the beat of her own heart. Let’s see what diktat she issues to Uranus with regard to self-protection and merging, contracts, transactions, and materials of ‘value,’ what we can afford.  In sum, money and partnerships.

With Saturn in Capricorn involved, this could pertain to structural changes from the foundation up, right through the very visible fronts. The relational or exchange dynamics (social, or even physical) that inform these structures may need to incorporate new clauses. I wonder if (astro)physicists might experience a breakthrough or two — very recently, in the Venus in Scorpio period they announced the discovery of a bulk of atomic matter in the Universe that hadn’t been previously locatable. (The story: https://www.wired.com/story/astronomers-have-found-the-universes-missing-matter/)

I find the story behind John Tissot’s painting Sans Dot (or Without a Dowry) to be an interesting metaphor for this time as well. It might be worth a read: https://victorianparis.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/without-a-dowry/

Bear in mind that the full impact of the above movements and shifts might not be immediately apparent, but this is an important period of insemination. For our personal lives, this is a time to reach understandings that will inform our future endeavours, with or without the other(s) currently involved.

P.S. Despite everything mentioned above, when turns Venus retrograde it’s a great time to enjoy one’s freedom from the desires that on other days keep slave-driving us.Interestingly, Venus moves in reverse for about forty days — the forty-day fast has a special spiritual significance for salvation in Abrahamic religions.

Of course, on the flip side, we can be so used to constantly chasing our desires that an experience of sudden (if temporary) detachment from them can be disorienting enough for us to overcompensate the absence of want with more want. Keeping this in mind, enjoy the coming period as an opportunity to savour life through a clearer lens.

Tarotscopes for the Signs

Updating….

October for Aries

October for Taurus

October for Gemini

October for Cancer

October for Leo

October for Virgo

October for Libra

October for Scorpio

October for Sagittarius

October for Capricorn

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The Guiding Star in the Key of Virgo

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(If you’re looking for September’s advice please click here)

I’ve been through a long passage filled with confusion and turmoil regarding some old patterns in my life and as Saturn stationed direct in Capricorn (on the 12th house side of my rising sign), I had a WTF! moment (the Tower card) when I realised that I had built something up to be more special than it was. A lot of pieces fell into place to give me a more realistic picture of what was really going on, and it looked nothing like the cloud cuckoo land I’ve been in (with natal Neptune retrograde in my 12th house opposing natal Venus in the 6th, this happens to me a lot, but strictly in matters where emotions are involved because hey! my natal Moon’s conjunct illusion-making North Node too!). But fairly soon after, a switch just flipped in my mind (right when the transit Moon moved from Gemini to Cancer) and my perspective shifted towards hope.

I have always given the side-eye to all that woo-woo talk about ‘manifestation’ and ‘law of attraction’ but suddenly the idea made sense. Because I’d been so focused on things that are long dead, I was also giving life to associated heavy emotions which was having a knock-on effect on my daily life, slowing down my progress in endeavours that will eventually lead me to my ideal life. But in a trice I switched my view finder to a more inspiring vision of the future with the thought that If I could spend all that time mulling over history which is no longer tangible, I could easily spend time looking to an equally intangible future instead!

Conjuring a desirable scenario in the head released a wave of positive emotion which in turn energised me to dust myself off and get back to my piling chores with a better tempo — a spring in my step.

I realised that’s what the Star card is in the original Rider-Waite tarot deck. I’ve always read that card as many things, including signs to look out for, that are mostly external to the individual. But for the first time I saw the Star to be a distant glorious goal that is alive and bright at the back of the girl’s mind even as she focuses on nourishing her landscape in the here and now.

Keep your eye on the prize to get the inspiration to stay in and tend to your present. Be mindful of how every action and thought of yours in the here and now is either a step to or away from that cherished goal. This attention to detail for the sake of building something beautiful is essentially the Virgo archetype. I would associate the Star card with Virgo. The guiding ‘Star’ would be the inspiration Pisces brings to her from the opposite end of the axis, and from the depths of human consciousness which knows fewer limits to possibilities than our cognition.

In psychological terms too, I suppose there is merit to visualisation. When we dwell on the past we are simply following force of habit, taking the easy way out to go over mental constructs that already exist, firing affective chemicals that we get used (addicted?) to over time. Essentially, that’s our brain’s cognitive bias for functional fixedness, which ultimately leads to concrete thinking. Keeping our brain supple, young and protected from cognitive decline requires some mental gymnastics and divergent thinking — using imagination to create and hold in place a vision of future destinations would encourage greater mental activity in the production of new constructs, and therefore, the use of new neural connections and the triggering of different affect (with the assumption that one is moving from a less happy to a more happy visual to spend one’s thoughts on).

I suppose this boils down to that old cliché: Follow your dreams.

If you find thoughts of the past or undesirable situations rearing up in your head at any time while you go about your business consciously redirect your thoughts towards that beautiful vision of your future, and ask yourself, what can I do right this minute to get a step closer to that goal. The answer will be: Drop this ugly thought for starters, duh!

Now, if this isn’t an appropriate post for the upcoming New Moon (a time to start a new cycle) in Virgo, I don’t know what is!

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Dancing in September Tarot Update

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Max Ernst, Une Semaine de Bonté. By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4958007

I am writing this post mostly out of a sense of commitment to regularity and information dispensation but a race against a deadline for paper submissions related to course work is keeping me from trotting out any sign-specific tarotscopes this month. I promise the monthly tarotscopes shall return per usual in October.

DO READ ON THOUGH, IT’S LENGTHY BUT IMPORTANT

‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word, love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night, and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves. This is our last dance. This is ourselves under pressure’Queen & Bowie

Here’s the most important message for September: Venus this month leaves her own sign of Libra and ingresses Scorpio, where she seductively crawls to about 10 degrees till 5th October after which she retrogrades, retracing her way back into Libra’s 25th degree till November 14. Venus’ reverse motion is always a time of reckoning for matters related to money, relationships, giving, receiving, peace, women in your life, nurturing etc. But this year, a revisit of her own sign right before some other major shifts in November makes this period all the more potent. Broadly speaking, it’s going to be lessons in whom or what we choose to invest in or passionately protect (even if it is our own interests) vis-a-vis a paradigmatic shift in our understanding of what we ought to pursue.

September is the sort of month where everything on the surface is seemingly neat, in true Virgo spirit, but there is an undertow of psychological material we would be ill-advised to neglect. In the early degrees of Scorpio, Venus will (not once but three times!) provide opportunity or assistance to a newly-direct Saturn in Capricorn who is on his own agenda to build  new (self-serving?) support structures (where in your life are you doing that? Pursuing long-term goals that require some sweat and tears?); and she will square off against the Lunar South Node (Ketu) in Aquarius and North Node (Rahu) in Leo — the axis along which our compulsions and impulses have alternately kept us tethered to ‘what’s good for everyone’ and pushed us towards ‘what’s good for my self’ for the past year (and perhaps even expressed themselves as ego-validating humanitarianism).  Venus is not in her true element here, so it is possible her dark side comes out in the form of manipulative behaviour we justify to ourselves in order to achieve our vainglorious desires (that might even disguise themselves as altruistic or ‘sensible’ goals). Not to mention, Venus opposes a retrograde Uranus in Taurus too where she might tempt us to channel our repressed ‘potency’ into something shady (related to money, sex, sensuality of any sort). I paint a sordid picture, I know. But the whole point of metaphysical pursuits such as astrology and tarot is to forewarn in order to forearm — this too is an expression of Venus in Scorpio, the lady who will take no prisoners! If all goes well, I expect something of  (happy) consequence to occur in favour of women’s rights (from now through November, as Jupiter finishes his journey through Scorpio as well)

All of the above might play out, or not, at different octaves for you depending on how and whether these planets trigger your natal chart placements. Also, as always, self awareness, willingness to honestly accept our mistakes, and commitment to acknowledge and heal our shadow will keep us protected from any planetary configuration. Still, you might be affected indirectly by the consequences of changes in  your environment. We are all inextricably connected and as one after all.

When Venus turns retrograde, especially back into her own domain of Libra, you might have to revisit the terms of agreement and cooperation you forged earlier: from the distant past or more likely from this period of September. Therefore, as a preventive measure I pulled out a tarot card as the general advice for us all to live by during this period. Bear this message in mind at all times during September when working with your desires and others in your world.

And oh! On a positive note, this is an excellent period for you to delve into esoteric matters, do background research on plans pertaining future financial (or any other) goals, or even sign up for counselling or therapy.

Tarot Advice for September

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How aptly the Temperance card has shown up for the season of Virgo, a time of measured, precise action. But more importantly, in light of the intense Venusian themes mentioned above, this month this card highlights to me, more than ever, the need to surrender to ‘divine’ will a.k.a. the natural flow of things. In September, it might be a better idea for all of us to let events play out through us rather than by our own agency. Meditation, or simply reining in our reactivity, might help us to listen to the whispers of our higher calling that will in turn guide our actions along the right path. I always see this card also as ‘fated’ meetings of the blessed sort. In relationship matters, contrary to what movies, books and songs tell us, your soulmate might be the one who mellows you out rather than the one who stirs up your passions. This is also a great time for a detox or a new self-care regimen.

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Pick-A-Card Tarotscope

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! 🙂

UPDATE: (On the resourcefulness of retrograde planets) I write this at a time when Mercury has resumed direct motion in Leo, but Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (not to mention Chiron) are still retrograde. I was meditating on astrological symbols just now when it dawned on me that when a planet backs away from us, functionally withdrawing its support from our progress on the path of that planet’s expression, it leaves us on our own, first befuddled why our endeavours are not yielding the results they ought to but then! THEN! Like a spirited youngling left to fend for themselves without their parent, we can find a creative solution to achieving the expression on our own! No wonder then that retrograde planets in the natal chart can point to path-breakers and eccentrics*

I say this from recent personal experience with the currently retrograde Mars: Its backward transit through Aquarius and now Capricorn has affected my First House of Will, Health, Vitality, Virility bringing constant fatigue and sleepiness at a time when work and study commitments need me to have 26 hours in a day! I was getting nowhere fast with a complete loss in momentum in studies when one day, I had the brilliant idea to make a school time table sort of schedule for myself where instead of just studying for hours on end, I set the timer for 1-hour chunks, taking 30-min breaks in between for rest, and I’m pleased to report, forward movement despite groggy-headedness has not been disappointing!

You see what I did there? Took a different approach to the affected situation. Of course, what matters here is that we don’t lose heart when we encounter the initial roadblocks and keep a can-do attitude to achieving what we wish some way, some how. This might be easy to do during a transit, but those born with natal planets in retrograde can struggle with finding the hope of a solution — after all, resistance is all they’ve known! But I hope what I’m writing here reaches those of you who need to read this and know that that Mercury retrograde in your chart means you have an intellectual gift! That that Venus retrograde in your chart means love and money are yours to enjoy as you long as you don’t set great store by the tried and tested methods of making them! Whatever your retrograde planet(s), I envy you your gift! 🙂


*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/)

* See some famous names here: https://www.paulinegerosaastrology.com/retrograde-planets-in-your-birth-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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November-December for Aquarius

If you’ve felt trapped or too much in the dark to make any move, if you’ve felt as if any single step you take could lead you into a viper pit, this month should come as some relief as you find yourself able to use what you’ve learnt from feeling trapped towards not just escape but feeling fantastic at the end of it as well! If you aren’t able to come up with any good ideas, you might even be rescued by a gallant male in your life who offers guidance and wisdom, and some fun to boot!

If you’re feeling a little at sea you’ll have the counsel of someone in a position of authority or someone you look up to, most likely someone male. But at the same time, you’re being asked too, to open your eyes to the opportunity a difficult situation might offer to develop mastery over how you do things.

Your jumper card this month cautions you against being fiercely independent at the cost of your relationships, it also reminds you that you may not always be the only one who knows how to get things done — sometimes a different perspective can be a valuable intervention. The card also cautions you against butting heads with a woman in your life who might be coming off as overbearing or demanding at this time. If you are troubled by her, take an objective, positive, but decisive approach to asserting yourself, but only if you are confident your way of doing things is the right way, in the given circumstances.

Your cards for this period

From left to right: Jumper card – special message, underlying theme, card for this period


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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November-December for Pisces

Trouble on the home front, with a woman in your life, or in managing personal finances and material matters may be the overarching theme at this time, but as ‘real’ or ‘physical’ as your troubles might seem, they are connected in some way to your spiritual life. Inability to stay present, mindful, and thus, in a place emotionally and consequently, mentally, to assess your situation with objectivity that stems from hopefulness born of a can-do attitude is preventing you from finding solutions (Sorry for that very long-winded sentence!).

Your jumper card fell out like a ‘crossing card’ is placed in a traditional Celtic cross reading, which indicates that you might face a dilemma at this time between two paths — one of material consequences and the other, of spiritual satisfaction. The Chariot card typically depicts a soul who has accomplished the difficult task of balancing its worldly desires with its higher mission. You too might have to juggle the two realms in your own life. This could play out as a dilemma in a personal relationship, career decision, or perhaps even relocation.

Whichever area it affects you in, the message remains the same: nourish your soul, pursue that which truly brings you alive, and material or tangible comforts will naturally follow.

Your cards for this period

Clockwise from top left: Jumper card – special message, underlying theme, main message


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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October for Capricorn

You might have experienced some sort of a major ending to a long-drawn traumatic or unpleasant phase in a certain area of your life in the recent or not-so-recent past, and as a consequence you might have entered a period of reclusion or ennui after all that drama. Whether you have been mulling over bygones or not, this month has some fresh perspective in store for you regarding the ending. I cannot really say what the nature of this fresh insight (or even new information) might be. Perhaps you’ll realise that even the things you do miss about a situation past, are not really worth thinking about. Perhaps fresh inspiration or unexpected communication might revive a situation you took for dead and buried. Perhaps the proverbial baby that was thrown out with the bath water shall be recovered. As William Faulkner wrote in his Requiem for a Nun, you might just realise: The past is not dead. It is not even past.

Your cards for October

 

Left to right: Context, this month


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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October for Sagittarius

What you want, and how you get what you want, are important areas of focus for you at this time. This might have something to do with a specific situation or patterns in your life in general, but your attention is being called to your impulsivity and over-ambition that can sometimes create vicious cycles of frustration for you. If there are past defeats and losses that you are unconsciously still trying to make up for through ambitious projects in the present, you are being reminded to look back on the lessons you ought to have learnt from those painful situations. This is about an inability to self-actualise, or get what you want, stemming from impatient, volatile action (even if you don’t call it that but something like ‘timely’ and ‘needed’ manoeuvres).

If the above does not ring true, then it is possible that a woman in your life (at work or at home) is acting up with you this month, and it could have everything to do with a conflict you had with her in the past that she is still harbouring resentments about. Is there an apology you need to make? Are there loose ends you need to tie for her to get some closure?

In a nutshell, this month is going to be about recognising, and perhaps making amends regarding, the consequences of your past actions that you may have moved on from, but which continue to affect your progress in subtle ways.

Your cards for October

 

Left to right: Context, this month


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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October for Scorpio

OMG, Scorpio! Your cards could not have been a more textbook representation of the planetary energies in October — specifically Venus’ retrograde transit that begins in your sign! Do read the intro of this month’s tarotscope post for more information on this very important period. But specifically for you, the theme of this time is straight out of an astrologer’s handbook. The Empress card in the Rider-Waite deck is literally Venus, and showing up in reverse for you!!

There could be a strong feeling of ‘lack’ overtaking you in areas pertaining to material satisfaction, self-image, comforts, pleasures, feeling loved, health, possessions, or any other ‘possession’ (such as your children) that you ego-identify with too much. At the root of this unease or ‘lack’ mentality is an imbalance (personal or relational) that is preventing you from being able to materialise your desires in an effective way. It could be that on paper you have it all, but in real life, it feels like nothing. This could also be about a failed contract, agreement or partnership from the past that continues to cast its shadow over your present such that in comparison to what you think was denied to you, nothing in the present pleases. You could also feel like nothing good ever happens to you.

If the above does not describe you, then your troubles with a ‘matriarchal’ or female authority figure in your life could be attributed to their state of mind as described above.

While this may be a time when you may not feel very comfortable in your skin or in your material reality, this is a great time to clear out the clutter of accumulated junk and useless relationships that, unbeknown to you, might be insidiously devitalising. This is also a good time for a detox. Fasting, abstinence, going cold turkey, could all serve you well.

Beware though, feeling as at odds as you might be this month with things, of overcompensating perceived deprivation with needless indulgences or self-indulgent displays of self-worth to others. This may feed into the not-so-great energy of this time and distract you from positive potentials.

This is not a good time to start anything new or expect fruition, but it is a nice time to express gratitude and appreciate all that you do have.  Don’t be a sucker for false praise.

Your cards for October

Left to right: Context, this month


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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October for Libra

As a sign ruled by Venus, you appreciate the importance of material wealth and relationships in making the world a pleasant place to live in. But excessive concern with ensuring you have either or both in your life can lead you away from truly soulful experiences that contribute to our contentment, which is a more stable emotional state to sustain versus happiness which is an emotional high that is often accompanied with a low too — what goes up must come down.

It seems as if you are so utterly bent on achieving financial or relationship stability just now that not only are you curbing your instinct to turn away from a certain situation but you are also, ironically, going against the very principles that make you desire the aforementioned stability.  Put simply, you are not letting yourself break a rule that you want to, but you are breaking all the rules that you would not want to (if you were thinking straight!).

Fear of lack might also be tempting you to adopt certain social, moral or legal conventions that really don’t seem true to you. Project ten years ahead from now and ask yourself if you would like to keep going down this path you are currently on. Only you know what is best for you — but think not in terms of material or tangible well-being, imagine instead the state of your soul in the future as a consequence of your decisions. Material safety, while important, is no match for the health and happiness benefits we get from experiencing the bliss of being one with ourselves. In fact, absence of the latter can undo the boons of the former.

If a group or institutional decision seems to not go in your favour, the silver lining, although you may not acknowledge it as such, is that your soul is being liberated from the bone-crushing clutches of desire.

Your cards for October

 

Left to Right: Context, this month


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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October for Virgo

“It’s all in your head.” I hate it when people say that. But sadly, this may well be true for you just now. However, this is more about repressed emotions needing expression rather than ‘seeing things’ as that expression usually implies, although feelings kept locked up in the deep recesses of your mind have a way of showing themselves through what you see in others. If there is an issue, to do with the past, or just day-to-day working of things, that you have been going over and over in your head with no real resolution in sight, consider that at the root of it might be something you are not admitting to yourself. Of the many ways unresolved psychological material manifests in the visible world, physical health is one favourite outlet. So if you have been troubled by some health condition, and no cure seems to work, consider seeking psychological therapy. Alternatively, you could explore some methods on your own time that allow you an emotional release. It seems like you have something to say, and keeping it bottled up inside might not be doing your mind or body any favours. Worse, it might even cause you to break a few good habits of yours like that diet or exercise regimen you have been so diligently following. If you have been feeling fatigue, it might be an indication that a need to communicate is the culprit. Let it out — to the person who needs to hear it, or to a diary, or to the winds in general.

You could also be one of those who has invested so much time and resources in some endeavour or relationship that you are forcing yourself to stay with it even though it might not be a source of much joyful energy. If something in your life feels more like duty than happiness, more because of its fundamental nature rather than a passing phase, then it is something you need to consider removing yourself from.

Keeping the peace in your external world might be creating discomfort in your inner world. Does it seem worth it?

Your cards for October

 

Anti-clockwise from top left: Jumper card, context, this month


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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October for Leo

Fear is not your friend, my friend. Not always are we entirely responsible for the troubles that befall us, but in this instance it might indeed be down to you. Just when you think you are on the verge of a breakthrough that will propel you into a whole new world, something sets you back two steps. Rather than focus on what goes wrong, or impedes your progress, consider an analysis of why things turn the way they do. You might just be surprised to discover that snags in various areas of your life are down to a common factor. There might be fundamental dynamics with people, or in the way that you try and balance different areas of your work, money or life, that could need revisiting. This is a month to re-evaluate your methods, your posse, and your long-term roadmap. Something or someone that you insist on including in your plans could be setting you back. This is about anything ranging from the hardware you use, the money you spend, the people you work with, your desires, to the things you wish to possess, or those that you ego-identify with so much that your insistence on holding on to them holds you back from thinking and acting freely.

Your cards for October

 

Left to Right: Context, advice


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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October for Cancer

Hard work pays off. There’s truth to that maxim even if you didn’t think there was. Actually no, you do think it true. Your cards show a remarkable tranquillity and optimism surrounding you, and it comes from all that time and effort you have invested in yourself and in your surroundings, assuming complete agency over your experiences. This might be the first time in your life when you chose not to confuse an impulse with a calling, and instead, stuck with what is slow, steady and therefore more lasting and reliable. I see it playing it out in such situations as forsaking serial dating for a looooong spell of singlehood for the sake of an ideal; or choosing a study program for skill enhancement over a job offer that would have been the same old in a slightly different package. This month, that which you have been working towards seems  closer than before. You can feel the positive changes in the air. But for now, it is still in the realm of indications. Something in the external world or a wave of inspiration may well give you reason to hope for fruition, but stay and savour the potentiality of the moment this month. Don’t push for changes to take place before their time. Go with the flow. This is a beautiful time. Share your positivity with the many others around you who will need it.

Your cards for October

Left to Right: Context, advice


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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