Queen of Swords
Decisions that you make today will require you to use intellect and logic rather than emotions and intuition.
The Queen of Swords signals a need for discipline. Whether you’re acting in this capacity or dealing with someone who embodies these qualities — like authority, self-reliance and impartiality — today you will need to rise to the occasion.
The Queen of Swords in most decks can be rather cold and austere. She can be critical and judgmental, detached from her emotions and unwilling to compromise her convictions. But this version emphasizes wisdom and maturity.
Notice the silver hair and tattered robes. She’s not here to impress anybody. She knows who she is and is comfortable in her own skin. She doesn’t wield her sword like a weapon; she caresses it comfortably, just as her bare feet keep her grounded and rooted to the earth.
She may be a woman in your life: if so consider that you can count on her to tell you the truth. She’s got high standards and impeccable ethics, which she didn’t acquire by marching to the beat of anyone else’s drum.
Perhaps this is someone whose courage and strength you admire: an older woman, a widow often, someone who has weathered her share of disappointments and still holds her head high.
Mars moves into Scorpio on July 26, 2014 — after a long (7-1/2 months) trek through Libra. Mars is the traditional (and nocturnal) ruler of Scorpio, sharing with its modern day (diurnal) ruler Pluto.
Mars transits bring action and energy to the area of a natal chart where the transit occurs. It also affects planets in natal chart that it forms aspects to, which are in turn influenced by the sign placement (in this case Scorpio) as well as the house Mars is placed in and rules in the natal chart.
For those born with Mars in Scorpio, this transit marks what’s called a “Mars return.” This will occur at some point during the current transit through Scorpio, between July 26th and September 12th.
Mars in Scorpio people are deep, passionate, enigmatic and intense. They’re fascinated by esoterica, mystery, secrets and the occult. They want to know what makes things (and people) tick.
They rarely take things at face value. They prefer to delve deep beneath the surface to uncover hidden meanings, agendas or motivations. Because this comes so naturally to them, they’re usually surprised to discover that others don’t do the same.
Leo is beautifully represented by the card of Strength. It is ruled by the Sun which can be seen in the hues of the sky and it is also personified by the image of a lion. In this image the lion looks restful and playful as it nuzzles against the lamb and all is peaceful.
Expect today to be like this and plan accordingly. You may wish to make some changes to your life and if so you can be sure that others will fall into step beside you (or behind you… Leo is a ruler) and your plans will be heard with open ears and willing hearts (Leo also rules the heart).
Indeed the only thing you may wish to keep an eye out for today are the following astrological transits: As the Sun enters Leo today and Mercury opposes Pluto you may be needing all the strength you can muster especially when it comes to communications out of the blue that you need to have an answer for NOW and that answer could sway an important matter one way or the other.
So be on your toes and have your wits about you because even as the lion and lamb in this image are all cozied up and getting along fine something could come along unexpectedly and throw that beautiful relationship out the window and with Pluto involved it will not be any small thing.
In the meantime you might wish to use the qualities depicted in this image of the lion and the lamb and bring together your hidden and not so hidden strengths in a way that gets you what you want without the need to push forward aggressively… and that would be a great way to deal with anything the Mercury opposition Pluto transit threw at your today.
Six of Swords
You may be thinking of journeys today and not necessarily the type of journey that involves travelling. The image on this card suggests a journey within your own mind where you delve deeply into what is working for you and what is not.
The birds within the boat interlacing with the swords suggest that your thoughts may take you on a journey that you wish to share with others and it will carry far and wide.
Although the water and landscape within this image looks desolate and perhaps a bit forlorn this is not necessarily the case. Sure, there are hiccups to overcome in what you may find when you start delving deeper into your mind and find what you may not wish to find but at the same time there are a few gems in there also that may take you further than you thought.
Look at how the birds have taken to the air. The four hills in the background which suggests life’s up’s and down’s and the latticework within the boat that the birds are resting on as if to say… the path behind you is the bedrock for the path in front of you.
What I was particularly drawn to in this card was the water. It reflects the sky and whilst the sky is overcast you have to wonder what the surface of the water would reflect if it were a bright sunny day.
With Saturn turning direct today it is a good time to take stock of where you are and where want to be and what steps you need to get there. The image on this card shows power. Power within yourself and power that is reflected to others.
Although Saturn can be a hard task master he is also practical, grounded and fair and the lessons that you learn and in turn teach to others will take you far. The ankh in the right hand shows that spirituality is being mixed with authority and answers will come. The ram on the right shoulder gives a hint to something new and fresh coming into your life bringing with it all the skills and talents you will need to make it your own.
If you are dealing with any figures of authority today it is best to go in well prepared and not to leave anything left undone or to chance. The figure in this card demands respect. S/he knows what s/he wants and how to get it and if this figure is you then, like the shadows in the background of the image, you will leave everyone behind as you stride forward and take what is rightfully yours although the colour green suggests you do so with grace and ease and whilst no one opposes you it may be because they know you are right and that your actions will also benefit them further down the line.
The throne that you sit upon implies that you will see through to the end that which you wish to accomplish in perhaps an unusual way. Whilst the Emperor is a pretty straightforward card this card implies there is something of the extraordinary about you and perhaps this is the secret to your success.
It’s all about balance today and you may find yourself needing to add an extra dimension to your level of awareness as to how calm you feel as the Sun squares Mars which does not usually make for a day of peace and tranquillity.
On the plus side though Mercury trines Neptune which gives you an added boost to being able to get in touch with your inner self and allow this to wash through you much like the image of the 2 cups in the hands of the figure in this card.
You cannot help being struck with the nature of the balance in this version of Temperance. Everything in the card is showing different states.
From the yin yang symbol in the two toned sky, the figure with one foot in the water and one out, the flow of water from one cup to the other and even the one arm raised to the sky whilst the other is pointing to the earth.
It is a card about balance and letting things flow. You are aware of the polarities around you and that life is not always meant to be easy.
You take the good with the bad and you have a knack for turning more of the bad into good in a way that benefits you positively.
The planetary aspects of Sun square Mars perfectly depicts the tensions you may feel today alongside Mercury trine Neptune which perfectly shows just how illuminating your thoughts may become if you step outside of yourself today and contemplate life.
Venus enters Cancer on July 18, 2014 at 14:06 UT (10:06 am EDT). Venus in Cancer natives are known for being sensitive. affectionate and loving.
This is a very feminine archetype. Even the strongest, most independent and assertive Venus in Cancer people – both male and female — are apt to express themselves in traditionally feminine ways, such as nurturing, caring for and comforting others.
When it comes to relationships, they tend to mother their partners as well. They may be passive or indirect in the early stages, but this is because they have a lot of fears — mostly regarding rejection and abandonment . But once settled into serious, committed, long-term relationships, they shine at doing what they do best: being emotionally supportive and nurturing.
Venus in Cancer people are also very sentimental. They have fantastic memories and never forget a birthday or an important / meaningful anniversary. They also unfortunately never forget a slight.
While not all of them come from happy or functional families, most of them are aware of how their childhoods and family dynamics have shaped them. This is particularly evident in their relationships.
Six of Cups
Venus enters Cancer today bringing along with it a change of direction from the recent weeks where it has been in Gemini alongside a rather difficult Mercury retrograde. Emotions switch from the intellectual slant of Gemini to the more accepting and comforting qualities of Cancer.
If you think back over the last few weeks and if you could do anything differently or take back any words you said in the heat of the moment… what would it be? You may be finding you have a tendency to re live and re play over events just now and come up with solutions to them especially if they are linked to your love life which Venus rules.
This card shows that you can tend your garden (your “thoughts”) and prune out those that are not serving you well whilst at the same time replacing them with thoughts that will add to your growth and the growth of other ideas you may be having.
There is a tendency to reminisce today and the danger that may come with this is that you reminisce over negative experiences and give power to them. If you catch yourself doing this… or starting to do so… then stop and replace these negative thoughts with positives which will serve you better and also help with possibly mending any bridges with others who may have been casualties of Mercury’s recently bedlam.
Ten of Disks
Today you want to be counting your blessings and recognizing all of the hard work — including that of those who have helped you along the way — that has gotten you to where you are today.
The Ten of Disks refers to that level of accomplishment that has been built up over time. It’s a card of community, hospitality and stability that carries on from one generation to the next.
Many versions of this card depict — in addition to the ten prominent gold pentacles — a homestead, generations of a family (including the family pets) and a lust abundant surroundings. These are all important references to concept of security that is built up over time.
The Ten of Disks is called “Wealth” in some decks. But remember that wealth is relative, and no one gets there alone.
The Ten Disks in this card are placed in the ten Sephira that make up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. The Symbol for each disk is associated with its corresponding planet: The Sun at the center (Tiphareth), the Moon at the Foundation (Yesod) and Earth representing the Kingdom (Malkuth). The planets themselves are placed in the columns on either side.
A rainbow of rays emanate from each disk: for example an astrological chart emanating from Malkuth and Kircher’s 72 names of God emanating from Kether.
Ace of Wands
Today — as Jupiter moves into Leo — for the first time in over 12 years — you want to be thinking about what you want to accomplish during this next chapter in your life.
The Ace of Wands is card of passion and raw unformed energy. It’s the spark of an idea that can be harnessed and then channeled into something tangible and real.
This version of the card pairs the William Blake painting “Ancient of Days,” which portrays God as an architect creating the world, with a quote often attributed to Goethe: “Whatever you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The Ace of Wands is a card of inspiration: it’s that fire that burns inside of each of us that even when it flickers or goes dim, it never completely dies out. It’s the spark of imagination, self-expression and passion that permits us to allow our “wildest dreams” to manifest — even if only in our dreams.
You can work with this energy yourself — depending on where this transit falls in your own natal chart. If you don’t know and would like to find out, feel free to post your birth date (as well as time if known and place of birth) in the comments section below, and we’ll be happy to tell you.
And chances are you were doing something similar — at least in the area that this transit falls — approximately 12 years ago.