Siriusly Serious July Tarotscopes 2018

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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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14 Responses to Siriusly Serious July Tarotscopes 2018

  1. iroksthnew says:

    “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, ” This is very true. As a Water dominant saturnian, I can totally relate, but it’s also because we tend to be in deeper touch with reality than those around us and it can hinder social fulfillment when we want to connect more deeply than most people even go (for better or worse haha). The energy certainly lends itself to habitually turning inward for our sense of connection. Thanks for dropping the scopes! 🙂

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    • Ma Megha says:

      You and me both! Aaaah the Saturnine feels! Learning to love it. :-/. Thanks for reading the scopes! 🙂

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      • iroksthnew says:

        I just came out of a saturn return (conjunct ascendant.. which makes me kind of a moving wet blanket lol) I’m learning to recognize that water power comes from combining our keen perspective with vulnerability and strong boundaries. It’s a means of balancing self respect with the nurturing of others. (Cancer/
        Cap anyone?) Good luck with this moon. I actually prayed for the first time in years the night before.

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      • Ma Megha says:

        I’m Capricorn rising and experiencing Pluto + Saturn here, and I thought I had it bad! But hey….Saturn on the AC, I don’t envy you! 😛 Seriously though, while I used to hold that view of “walking wet blankets” et al, I do find that it acts as an effective filter for genuine connections — only the truly like-mindedly deep will stick around…which is what you would want surely especially since with Sag rising, the Gemini on the 7th can be a bit of a curse attracting fleeting connections…

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      • iroksthnew says:

        I can’t complain I love my chart more and more as I see how much power it holds and potential for growth.

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      • Ma Megha says:

        Ah “growth” that amazingly misleading euphemism for blood, sweat and tears! But your attitude towards it is encouraging indeed!

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      • iroksthnew says:

        Lol how we thinking growth. I’ll bleed sweat and cry if I don’t grow and it won’t end, I learned that the hard way this last 3 yrs (Sagittarian Saturn) so I might as well 🎶work work work work.

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      • Ma Megha says:

        So sweet! Sorry…that last “work work” bit reminded me of worker grunts in the Warcraft PC game that went “work work” in a dolorous voice every time you clicked on them! So sweet! xx Well…Saturn on AC does start to get better after 36, so cheers to that! You’ll have gone through all the adjustment pains together in one go to enjoy a more pleasant latter half as opposed to struggling piecemeal all your life!

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      • iroksthnew says:

        I’ve read repeatedly that Saturnians have a much easier time of old age than youth, so I’m feeling it and definitely looking forward to it. I’ve never played Warcraft *looks it up on youtube* Rihanna makes it sound good, though 🙂

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      • Ma Megha says:

        Ahahahaha! The Warcraft grunts aren’t hot like Rihanna, they’re short and hobbling along…hee!! 😀 FYI, I’m SO the archetypical outdated Capricorn rising I don’t even know which song you’re talking of! 😛 …and I think it’s not even “old age” by years that Saturnians improve with, but more that when the individual relinquishes those passions that are the hallmark of youth and resigns or rather surrenders to the flow that the benefits of maturity start to show…as they are with you. I too feel as if things are getting better, well, at least they’re not as bad as they were till a few years back when life was coming at me from all sectors, all guns blazing…now it’s more like the heaviness of toil need to reconstruct a better life.

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      • Ma Megha says:

        Oh well, with a planetary pile up in Cancer, for me every full moon is pain, but this one was something else, I’ve STILL got some shortness of breath from leftover anxiety!

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      • iroksthnew says:

        I thought that was only happening to me, this random welling in my chest like “Something must be done!” I’m still feeling it since the moon Saturn and Pluto are conjunct my natal Mars retrograde (seems like it’s always something 😅). I’d say a Cancer stellium (which I also have loooool) is probably the difficult placement to have in this weather outside 1st house placements. Double whammy on aisle 1 & 7. Who’s to be envied? 😣

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      • Ma Megha says:

        And do you feel it too, as if this feeling is portending more doom to come in the future, or is that just me?
        Oh incidentally!!! Since you mention your 1st house Saturn and all this aaaargh, I was reading about Ficino’s views on music therapy for the blues and well, even though classical music has never been my thing when the Full Moon got me I actually listened to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImQEf-sWoVI&t=731s It did help….I think.,…try it? 😉

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      • iroksthnew says:

        Will do!!! I’ve noticed I’ve been reflexively tapping and its helping as well but yes music! Classic jazz is my thing but I’ll check this one out too!

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