May for Gemini

You have what it takes to make something ideal of a financial or professional project. Your steady and patient pace of dealing with matters material has brought you to a point that now demands imagineering and innovation. This is your time to get creative with your work or finances — combine different elements, make of the situation whatever you will. For some of you this is the point of mastery after a long period of hard work that leads to the ability to achieve desired results. For some this is the start of an enterprise on the back of funding received. Some thing new is about to blossom in your life, and it is all down to you!

 

 

From left-to right (from top to bottom, if viewing on mobile device): The issue, the 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 something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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May for Taurus

A period of suspended animation or forced inactivity makes way for a sudden surge of action; what you have been gestating, gets actualised. The perspective and insight you gained from things remaining stuck or from something that felt like a punishment will hold you in good stead now. You might realise to your advantage why things had to happen in the way they happened.  Education (formal or from the university of life) becomes application leading to movement and progress. Those of you waiting for word from someone may receive communication too. Complacence and procrastination are not your best friends at this time, embrace decisive, prompt action.

 

From left-to right (from top to bottom, if viewing on mobile device): The issue, the 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 something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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May for Aries

Something that you can’t quite see, stirs in the background. A blessing that escaped your notice while you were preoccupied with concerns and regrets might make itself known now. The veils between worlds part for a small window of time, and a message from the other side arrives as a whisper in your mind — a thought, idea or a sense of knowing perhaps. Open yourself to receiving it by calming your mind for a moment, and detaching yourself from your present worries. For some, this message will be delivered by a ‘seer’ or visionary of some sort. Perhaps there is an opportunity they will open your eyes to. All is not as it seems…in a good way.

Receive inspiration or support by taking a balanced perspective of your situation.

 

From left-to right (from top to bottom, if viewing on mobile device): The issue, the 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 something more specific, please feel free to email me at yinyouryang@gmail.com

…Until next month! 😀

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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.

The wind

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.

Venus removing a thorn from her foot

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 Pisces

Is there a continuum that you’d like very much to back out from but find yourself unable to? It might just be a question of being so close to the matter that you can’t see the wood for the trees and consequently, the way out. Keeping the tedium of daily life going while simultaneously trying to get an overview on a situation isn’t so easy to achieve unless you know astral projection (although I’m sure many Pisces do!). But if you did, you wouldn’t be here, reading this? For some of you the prospect of ‘domestic bliss’ is looming like a threat more than an opportunity. If you don’t feel ‘ready’ to tether yourself emotionally to some one it’s not a bad thing, as long as that feeling is coming from a place of self-awareness rather than the misguided notion that you need to go it alone. If this process of inner processing hasn’t as yet shown you a very definite path ahead, may be it’s time to allow yourself to open up to others who can help you. Sometimes, just sometimes, all the answers we seek really do exist outside of ourselves, no matter what the motivational posters say.

Anti-clockwise from top left corner: Foundational issue, this month’s card, jumper card with special message


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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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March for Aquarius

I don’t do this usually, but as I was shuffling cards for you, the word that came up out of nowhere was: Jailbreak. It might mean something to you, perhaps you need to watch the show? Perhaps you already feel something about this word? Perhaps it’s an instruction? I leave it for you here to mull over.

There are obvious victories and then there are disguised victories. When you have a bitter pill to swallow in the form of a sudden insight or truth uncovered, you still have your intellect to appreciate for subtly guiding you to this point where you are no longer entertaining associations and ideas that were never planning to go anywhere. Plus, it’s still a decision that is very much in your hands, and one that you perhaps reached by taking a very well-timed time-out. The sacrifice or effort you made to gain important knowledge results perhaps in an unhappy outcome for now, a severance of ties, or an end to a job, but it pays off in the long run with a space having been created for something more authentic and wholesome to take its place. Hang in there. Do what needs to be done. Leave no room for unhealthy sentimentality.

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, card for March


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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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March for Capricorn

There is a heavy atmosphere of suffocation in your reading. If the structures that once provided you comfort now feel like they are closing in on you, perhaps it is time to let some fresh air in. Circumstances might keep you nailed to certain posts you wish to abdicate but nothing stops you from taking flights of fancy in your mind. Would what you do right now if your obligations weren’t keeping you busy? As you come up with magically joyful answers to that question, you might even stumble upon a tiny sparkle of hope — Perhaps things aren’t so bad as they seem? Perhaps breaking away from your current situation requires only a different perspective and a creative method? Moral dilemmas that haunt you, emotional bonds that oblige you, are not as big as they seem. A heart-to-heart with those concerned might even reveal their hope to see you go, live young and wild and free. And if the past has anything to do with keeping you up at night, you might yet discover the pointlessness of your sadness.

 

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, card for March


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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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March for Sagittarius

You stand at the threshold of a big move, change or transition. Perhaps you recognise the enormity of every little move you make towards that destination that has been calling to you for a while, perhaps you’re just coasting. Where there is movement or change, there is usually resistance, from within or without. Perhaps your future plans mean leaving some commitments by the wayside; perhaps integrating existing features of your life into the new landscape will be the challenge you face. If you feel like sneaking away or playing your cards close to your chest by all means, do it, but the fact that you want to, especially when it involves personal situations, should serve to shed some light on the very nature of those relationships. If you’re unsure you won’t be supported, what does that mean?  Keeping your business to yourself in this case justifiably protects you from those who would only hold you back. If there are separations or endings to be made, you might want to chip away and ‘erode’ those situations gradually rather than make a sudden disappearance. As long as you ensure you’re not completely disarming anyone or leaving them out in the cold, the stars bless your intentions.

Take an objective approach also towards your desired goal, do the research.

For some of you, a joint venture could come to an end on account of a ghosting. If it does, count your blessings, because while opposites can complement, the imbalance in this situation was so vast that any future built on it would crumble from faulty foundations.

PS: If you’re hiding things from a Cancer, they might be on to you.

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, advice for March


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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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March for Scorpio

When the thought in your head is stuck on one particular script, when the words are the same, the idea is the same, then thinking is no longer a constructive process but a quagmire of mindless chatter holding you prisoner in the same way of being and looking at things. Somewhere this is about happiness, and the choices you make to get there. I know it is an annoying thing to say on most days. ‘Happiness is a choice’ isn’t always true — just ask the poor folk in Syria who’ve been getting badgered for so many years. But happiness is a choice that you might not be making when you choose to replay old scripts, or stay so stuck in nostalgia, the pleasures of the present pass you by. This is a time for acceptance — it may suck that some people and situations did not last. perhaps those you trusted let you down — but it is what it is, which in no way means it is how it will always remain. If things come to light that taint how you see an association or dynamic, you’re being given an opportunity to process how you relate to others that results in certain patterns or outcomes for you.  This is also related to a coming-of-age process. If you feel like the best of all the years and times have passed you by, then you aren’t appreciating the unique opportunities your present stage has in store for you.

 

From left to right: Foundational issue, advice for March


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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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