ARIES: The Magician
This month — with the full moon in your sign and Mars moving into Aquarius, you may feel like you can accomplish anything! This is a time for being innovative and dynamic and for creating your own personal magic, through the proper use of energy, action and initiative.
The Magician in this card — from Vanessa Decort’s gorgeous Sun and Moon Tarot — is seen delineating an astrology chart in heavens. An Ouroboros (world snake, known for devouring its own tail and swallowing itself, only to be born again and again) is placed around the chart wheel’s circumference.
In the center of the wheel are the Magician’s tools — a wand, cup, sword and pentacle. Esoteric symbols (yin-yang, a lemniscate, eye of horus and horse-head talisman) are also seen inside the wheel.
The Magician stands on a beach with waves lapping at the shoreline. Stars twinkle in the night sky while a fire blazes to his left and a monkey gazes out from a pile of rocks on his right.
But the figure in this deck is not your typical Magician. He marches to the beat of his own drum. The Monkey in the foreground is also fitting as monkeys are known to be clever and playful creatures who embody the spirit of the Magi.
Take some time to this month to think about what makes you unique and what skills you and you alone possess. Every one of us has something that we’re so passionate about — and properly channeled, this passion can become your calling.
It’s all about making the best and most powerful use of that thing that makes you YOU. Like the Magician in this card, you’ll want to remember that all of your resources are right there at your disposal, and will only need to be accessed in order for you to create something “magic.”
TAURUS: Two of Mirrors
With both Venus and Jupiter moving through your relationship house this month, you may be more ready than ever to start intimately bonding with another. The Two of Cups (or Two of Mirrors is it’s referred to here) speaks of falling in love, finding your other half, and connecting with another on such a powerful level that the two of you become one.
It’s not always a love connection. It can refer to a close friendship, business partnership, or some other deep bond. It refers to the “sum of the parts being greater than the whole,” which reminds us that two heads (and hearts) are better than one.
In the context of romance though, this is a very loving and romantic card. This version — from the Chrysalis Tarot — is about as romantic as you can get. In it, a pair of love struck swans bask in a shimmering pond, with eyes only for each other.
This is the essence of the Two of Cups. It’s not just relating to another romantically, but also sharing, merging and uniting in love. It can also relate to finding your “soulmate” or your other half. It brings with it the ability to see yourself through someone else’s eyes (and heart). In this respect it’s about falling in love with yourself — at your very best.
If you’re already involved in an established relationship, this card can relate to reinvigorating the love you felt upon first meeting. And if you’re not involved and just looking, it may very well be the time you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Like these two figures, you may find yourself on the verge of a passionate, all-consuming affair. It can be riveting and it can be intoxicating, and as long as you keep your wits about you, it can also be a life-altering experience.
GEMINI: Two of Fire
With your ruler (Mercury) moving forward again, in the warm, dynamic and confident sign of Leo, it’s going to be a good time to set your sites on all that you can accomplish.
Your card — the Two of Fire (which is the Vision Quest Tarot’s version of the Two of Wands), speaks of drawing on your inner reserves of self-confidence and initiative to make something happen.
This could be something that was once just a dream or half-formed vision about where you see yourself “down the road.” You may be thinking of going back to school, or looking for another job or approaching someone you’re interested in and asking them out to dinner. It doesn’t have to be something big. But it can lead to something huge.
The Two of Fire asks, “What are you waiting for?” and “why are you holding back?” It tells you there’s no time like the present to put yourself out there and take at least the first steps toward pursuing your goals.
You may not have fully fleshed out your ideas. And that’s perfectly ok. The Two of Fire speaks of putting something into action that will gather momentum over time.
It encourages you to expand your horizons and reach for broader vistas. It speaks of taking a look at your long-term goals and acting on them with courage and conviction.
If you’ve been hesitating due to fear or uncertainty, now is the time to put those worries aside. You’re already seeing how some moves are paying off, and are now in a position to take things to the next level. The Two of Fire says that all you aspire to is now within your grasp; you only need to gather up the courage and confidence to go after it.
CANCER: Eight of Cups
With Mars, Saturn and Pluto all moving through your relationship sector this month, you may have to make some difficult decisions regarding your relationships.
The Eight of Cups — this version from the Morgan Greer Tarot — refers to getting in touch with your values, which can be a painful process. It involves forcing yourself to face certain realities and walk away from something (or someone) that doesn’t live up to them.
On the upside it means taking the high road and making a transition. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. The Eight of Cups requires you to let go of something — a dream, a relationship, a set of goals, etc. — in order to move to that higher ground.
This is a card of transition, but unlike most, this one comes from conscious choice. It’s not a matter of the Universe throwing a curve-ball at you: it’s a decision arrived at through the realization that what once fulfilled you no longer does.
You may feel alone or abandoned during this time — rejected by a loved one or peers. Yet it’s your own discontent that prompts you to “walk away,” rather than trying to keep up the pretense that those who let you down were ever truly on your side.
This doesn’t refer to loss so much as it does to seeing things more clearly and then using that new-found clarity to head toward higher ground. Like the brightly shining crescent moon in this card, it’s about new beginnings rather than endings. You can see this card as an invitation to strike out on your own, follow your own path and pave your own way.
LEO: The Star
On the heels of last month’s Devil card comes the Star for you this month: with a reminder that even in our darkest hours there is still room for hope. There’s still room for compassion, redemption and the promise of salvation.
With Mercury moving forward in your sign again — and in mutual reception with your ruler (the Sun), you should be seeing a clearer path toward fulfillment. But it’s not going to be only about you. It’s also going to be about the messages you deliver to others.
This card — from Marie White’s stunning Mary-el Tarot — brings this energy to life, with the Star taking on an angelic form and spreading the love out over a sea of humanity.
The angel figure in this card glides through, above and among an infinite crowd of nameless / faceless beings. She is above them and at one with them at the same time. A unicursal hexigram is imprinted on her gown and the stigmata markings of Christ are imprinted on her skin.
The human figures in this card spread out as far as the eyes can see, becoming one with the landscape and the angel herself. You can see their forms becoming less and less distinct as they blend into the hills and valleys that stretch back toward the horizon.
The unicursal star is a symbol of continuity. It’s also said to reference man reaching up to God and God reaching down to man. This is the message behind the Star card : that we’re not only all “one” but are also all a part of God, however we may experience him (or her).
The Star card reminds us of the need to rise above our petty grievances and to hold onto one another, especially when the going gets tough.
VIRGO: Page of Pentacles
This month, with the New Moon in your sign and with your ruler (Mercury) in mutual reception with the Sun, you should be feeling more inspired and ready to put some of your bigger ideas into practice.
The Page of Pentacles is enthusiastic, filled with promise and excited about putting plans for the future into motion.
It refers to dreams and ideals that may not even be fully formed. There’s an air of anticipation that goes with wanting to see them come to fruition, which may just have needed a nudge to turn them into reality.
The Page of Pentacles — this version from the Lovers Tarot — is a both a self-made individual and a work in progress. But it’s not all about “work” in the sense that it’s tedious or uninspiring. It’s about craftsmanship and inspiration as seen in the colorful figure in this card.
You could find yourself putting the finishing touches on half-finished projects in order to clear the way for something else. You could be polishing off your resume, purchasing business attire, or boning up on your studies, in anticipation of something bigger and better on the horizon. Or you could be getting ready to start something brand new — like heading off to college.
The Page of Pentacles is excited about creating something and perfecting it, whether it’s on the job or in other areas of his life. Whether this refers to you personally or to someone in your life who reflects these qualities, the idea is to take the ball and run with it. While you may be overwhelmed with the work that’s set out before you, if anyone is up to the task it’s you.
Libra: Seven of Wands
This month — with Mars, Saturn and Pluto all moving through your 4th house — you may find yourself engaging in power struggles or defending your loved ones. You may feel the need to push back, or to express your convictions aggressively.
This is not going to be the time to waiver or back down. It’s all about standing up for what you believe in, even if you find yourself at odds with others. This may be particularly true with respect to protecting your (or someone else’s) children.
The Seven of Wands — this version from Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot — all about holding your ground and not allowing yourself to be backed into a corner. It’s about refusing to take the easy way out or to concede defeat.
The Seven of Wands can be both combative and defensive. Notice the fox protecting her kits from the badger. She’s got an awful lot of fight left in her and is not about to back down.
You may also feel like you’re “chasing your tail” in this card. Going round in circles and not getting anywhere. There’s a sense of fighting for something that’s just going to wear you down in the process.
The downside of this energy is the forcefulness with which you may find yourself defending your turf. You may feel threatened and quick to lash out first, in an attempt to make yourself look more formidable than you are.
Keep this in mind this month as you find yourself clamoring to make your own voice be heard. Make sure you’re aligned with the principles that you defend and are not just squawking about something you don’t even believe in.
Scorpio: The Lovers
Love takes center stage for you this month, with both Venus and Jupiter moving into your sign. These are the planets known as the ‘benefics,” with Jupiter ruling luck and fortune and Venus ruling love. As Venus is also your specific relationship rulers, this will probably be where you direct most of your attention.
The Lovers card reinforces that energy with the added emphasis on decisions that need to be made about where you stand and where you hope to go. In addition to feelings of love and romance that go hand in hand with the Lovers card, there’s also the added complication of being torn or pulled in two different directions, courtesy of Gemini’s natural rulership of this card.
This aspect of the card refers to the need to make decisions, between two lovers potentially, or between love and something else — such as friendship, work, family commitments or even a desire for personal freedom.
By the same token, you could find yourself developing romantic feelings for someone you’d previously thought of as only a friend. But be careful that you’re seeing things clearly and not just projecting romantic ideals onto someone who’s not what they seem.
Notice all the added “weight” the woman in this card carries on her shoulders. There is the potential for it to all come crashing down, just as there is a potential for the balloon tethered the man’s hand to burst.
You want to focus on what is real and present in your life right now rather than outside distractions and temptations. While you may have important decisions to make, it will be in your best interests to make them with a clear head.
Sagittarius: Three of Cups
Now that your ruler (Jupiter) is moving forward again, it’s going to be time to let your hair down, go out and have some fun and generally not worry about a thing.
The Three of Cups — this version from the beautiful Ceccoli Tarot — heralds a time for merriment and play.
Happy times abide and though you soar in the exuberance of the “moment” remember what you do in this moment may have consequences that bring you down to earth (or diving for cover under water) at some point in the future.
There’s a general sense of excitement as you know you are able to let your hair down and be social on oh so many levels.
There’s the level of soaring high and being so engrossed in your own pleasure that you ignore or don’t notice what is going on around you.
And of course, there’s the coming down to earth with a splash where you may have made a fool of yourself and decide that hiding your face for a while is the best thing to do so you are not too embarrassed.
Then there’s all those levels of excitement in between where you can flit from one social engagement to the next or one person to the next just like a butterfly.
Whatever you choose to do this month, there is a sense of joy and abandonment of all your worries around it. It’s as if you don’t have a care in the world and from the look on the face of the highest mermaid in this card all your cares and worries are dropping away as you soar higher and higher.
CAPRICORN: Ace of Stones
With your ruling planet (Saturn) turning direct in you sign this month, it’s time for you to come back down to earth and shift your focus to the tangible, manifest world.
The Ace of Stones — the Wildwood Tarot’s stunning version of the Ace of Pentacles — is all about establishing your foundations and finding your place in the material world. It’s about getting grounded, interacting with nature and reconnecting with the Earth.
You may be focusing on mundane concerns, such as developing a craft, earning a living, and preserving what you’ve acquired over time. The Ace of Pentacles is traditionally associated with money (and new money coming in). But this about way more than that.
This Ace of Stones is a living breathing rock. It emerges from a barren landscape and points toward the sky (consciousness). The patch of grass at its base speaks of growth and new beginnings, while it’s lichen-covered surface reminds you that it’s stood the test of time.
The intricate symbols etched into the Stone are cup-and-ring marks dating back to prehistoric times. They affirm the presence of mystery and ancient wisdom that is a part of our heritage.
This month you may be thinking about your roots, your history and the foundations of your existence. You may be looking about how far you’ve come as you plan your next moves. The Ace of Stones — like the Ace of Pentacles — refers to new opportunities that are rooted in your past.
It tells you it’s time to put your goals into action and turn your thoughts into concrete plans. The Ace of Stones says the time is right to take what you’ve learned and developed over time and make it manifest.
AQUARIUS: The Crow
This month, with Mars, Saturn and Pluto all moving through your 12th house, you may need to face your fears head on.Even if you feel like climbing back into bed and pulling the covers over your head, as seen in this card.
This is the Animal Wisdom Tarot’s version of the Nine of Swords, sometimes referred to as the “Nightmare” card. It’s associated with a sense foreboding, brought about by fears that aren’t necessarily supported by reality.
So often our fears are self-imposed. We may have gotten ourselves into a sticky situation and are now dreading the consequences. Or we might be kicking ourselves for having engaged in risky behavior and find ourselves wondering if it was worth it in the end.
The woman in this version of the card has awoken to find that she’s not safe at home in bed, but tucked instead into the wing of an ominous black Crow. As a spirit animal totem, Crows are seen as the harbingers of fate — both good and bad.
They are associated with mystery and magic, alchemy, destiny and the unknown. They’re tricksters, shapeshifters and magicians, filled with mischief and misadventure. They represent the shadow side of humanity as well as the ability to transform and rise above.
While you may be feeling unsure of yourself or anxious about being able to maintain your footing, you want to remember that most of your fears have been self-created. You can pull the covers back over your head and refuse to get out of bed, or you can tuck yourself further into the Crow’s protective wing and soar along with him to great heights.
Pisces: Six of Swords
You may be on the verge of making important changes in your life, and in doing so will have to think about what you’re taking with you and what you need to leave behind.
This doesn’t necessarily mean material things; in fact that’s rarely what it means. It’s more about attitudes and belief systems, as well as a life you may have built and dreams you may have dreamed that are no longer capable of sustaining you.
The Six of Swords — this version Krista Gibbard’s contribution to the Ostara Tarot — is a card of transition and change. Moving from one “place” to another, if only in your mind.
The woman in this card is expertly navigating her vessels through treacherous waters, complete with a slithering eel right behind. She’s shrouded in black: she may be mourning the loss of her previous existence, or she may be reflecting on the choices she’s made to leave it all behind.
The six swords are placed strategically through the water, but the woman knows she’s going to have to rely on her own instincts if she’s going to make it safely to the other side.
This is the message behind the Six of Swords. You may not be where you want to be just yet, but you’re moving in the right direction. The Six of Swords reminds us that we’re not alone. We don’t get to the other side without assistance from someone, even when that “assistance” comes in the form of a setback that forces us to change direction.
It also provides clarity and perspective. We may see things we don’t want to see — or admit to ourselves — but it’s that kind of clarity that motivates us toward change. Take some time this month to reflect on where you are and where you want to be heading. This is the first step, courtesy of the Six of Swords, toward manifesting your goals.
This month’s tarotscopes feature some of Ask the Astrologers all time favorite cards. We hope you like them too!
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September 2018 Tarot Scopes
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