Six of Staves
Today is a day of rewards and validation. It’s a day of being recognized for all that you’ve accomplished on the job or in your personal relationships.
You may have been putting a lot of effort into your work and not even realizing that others have taken notice. Or you could be unexpectedly pulled aside by a loved one, just to tell you how much you’re valued.
While the external props may not be as dramatic as they are in this card — from Nigel Jackson’s beautiful Medieval Enchantment Tarot — you’re bound to be seen as someone that people want to know and get close to.
The Six of Staves is a card of appreciation and admiration. You “win” something and have earned the right to be satisfied with the spoils of your victory. This isn’t about ego or conceit and it’s never at someone else’s expense. There’s a strong sense of being supported and lifted up by others who rejoice right along with you.
You could be in line for a promotion or award at work. You could be given the ok to go ahead with a project you’ve been excited about. Or it may be as simple as pat on the back and some words of encouragement by those who look up to you.
Whatever form this takes for you today, know that you’ve earned it and that you deserve it. It may just give you the incentive to keep shooting for the stars and manifesting your highest goals.
Two of Cups
With Mars and Venus coming together today in Leo, the emphasis is on the romantic, creative and expressive aspects of falling in Love.
But as these two planets are moving in opposite directions — Mars moving forward and Venus moving backwards (retrograde) it reminds you that in order to do so you must first learn to love yourself.
This version of the Two of Cups — from the stunning Ceccoli Tarot — illustrates this concept beautifully, with the two figures (identical twins) as exact mirror images of one another.
Whether you’re in a relationship or just looking, the Two of Cups is all about falling in love — either opening yourself up to new experiences or reigniting a connection with someone you’re already involved with.
It’s this process of falling in love that reveals to us — in perfect clarity — ourselves at our very best. It’s where we put our best version of ourselves forward and the Universe responds by opening up unanticipated doors.
The Two of Cups is known as the “Love” card as it refers to that love at first sight sense of finding your other half. It’s the mutual attraction card, the “soul mate” card, and so much more. It’s the process of falling in love or renewing a love connection that replenishes itself over time.
There’s a synergy that pulls two people together and echoes their feelings back to one another. In this respect the Two of Cups is more about falling in love with yourself, as seen through your loved one’s eyes.
Happy Birthday Virgo!
Here are the astrological highlights for September.
Lunations: Moon Phases for the entire month. This month’s New Moon is a Partial Solar Eclipse on Sept 13th at 20° Virgo 10″. The Full Moon is a Total Lunar Eclipse on Sept 28th at 4° Aries 40″.
Retrogrades: Venus turns direct on Sept 6th at 14° Leo 23″. Mercury turns retrograde on Sept 17th at 15° Libra 54″. Pluto turns direct on Sept 25th at 12° Capricorn 58. Chiron, Uranus and Neptune are all retrograde for the entire month.
Ingresses: Saturn enters Sagittarius on Sept 18th; the Sun enters Libra on Sept 23rd; Mars enters Virgo on Sept 25th.
As August comes to an end are you thinking about where you’re heading or what you’re leaving behind?
The Fool card begs this question, as it brings the past, present and future together into one fleeting moment in time. It asks you to suspend your beliefs and rely on your instincts as you take a leap into the unknown.
In this version of the card — from Maria Kuara’s fantastic Black Cat’s Tarot — The Fool is a beautiful white cat waltzing along a rocky trail without a care in the world.
She’s so confident in her footing that she doesn’t even bother to open her eyes. Or she may just trust in the Universe so completely that she knows wherever she winds up is exactly where she needs to be.
Like the Fool in so many versions of this card, she’s got everything she needs right along with her. In this case it’s her trusty companion — a little grey field mouse — holding on for dear life. She also has a set of bells dangling from her collar and her shadow at her side.
She could miss a step and end up falling into the abyss. But it doesn’t look like she’s in any danger of that. Even with her eyes closed she knows the Cat in the Moon is watching over her.
This is the ultimate “leap of faith” card. It’s about jumping into the unknown and trusting the Universe will provide a net. Think about what new adventures are in store for you, and how suspending all beliefs and concerns can get you in the necessary mindset.
ARIES: Ace of Swords
This is a month of new thoughts and new ways of doing things. It is also a month for changing your thoughts and ideas on something.
Notice the butterfly wings around the Sword — from the Miracle Tarot. Venus turns direct this month, bringing grace, harmony, beauty and love to the forefront.
Even the sharp edges of the sword are not enough to deter the butterfly from being this near the blade. It is almost as if you can throw caution to the wind and say/do whatever you want. Well… perhaps not too much as Mercury is about to turn retrograde again.
Your thoughts are pure and aimed single-mindedly at the outcome you desire. If you have any mental tasks to accomplish do so whilst your mind is highly alert and focused on what you want.
The play of muted colours through this image give your clarity in anything creative you wish to succeed in alongside a transformative quality to the way they spring forth from your mind.
The blade looks sharp but don’t be fooled as it will not harm you as long as you stick to your principles and deliver your words with care and grace nothing will stand in your way.
Here is the Ask the Astrologers Weekly Astrology Forecast for the week of Aug 30 – Sep 5, 2015:
This week starts with the Moon in Pisces on Sunday, still in full phase and nestled between Neptune and Chiron, which are both retrograde. This is the stuff that dreams are made of — with the infamous “Blue Moon” activating this sensitive, intuitive and highly impressionable astrological configuration.
Sometimes you can walk straight through a crisis although you may need a little help in doing so and sometimes you take a fall when you are at your most vulnerable.
The Tower — this version from the Steampunk Tarot by Charissa Drengsen — is a card that shows you that all can come undone at the drop of a hat and there is nothing you can do about it.
If you are lucky enough to be still standing — like the figure of the man in the top right hand side of this card, even though he’s precariously balanced and at a great height — you may also need to ask yourself whether you’re still hold onto something that’s blown up and smashed itself apart.
Perhaps it’s not luck at all but desperately clinging to something that is no longer serving you.
Other people seem oblivious to your obvious distress and pay no heed to what is around. This is in keeping with today’s Moon / Chiron conjunction, which can make you feel unsupported or even invisible.
The ship in the lower right hand side of the card gives the impression that it may be launching or wrecked and this is also true of the card of the Tower. You can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start over again or you can sit within the wreckage and feel sorry for yourself.