Nov 08 2015
As Venus enters Libra today, we might all be thinking about how we can bring more fairness and impartiality into our lives.
This version of the Justice Card — from the Celestial Tarot — emphasizes the elements of beauty and grace (also Venus in Libra attributes) as well as the traditional meanings associated with this card: Cause and Effect, Action and Consequence, Right and Wrong.
The symbols for Venus and Libra are both prominent on this card.
The Justice card card speaks of balancing head against heart and desire against logic. While we all strive to keep these areas in sync, it’s a constant and precarious battle.
Sometimes the heart rules and sometimes it’s the head. But if you rise above the situation (like the girl in the card) you’ll be better equipped to achieve perspective. Sometimes we have to get some altitude in order to see things from outside of our earthly attachments.
The Justice card speaks of a universal justice: divorced from what you want or wish for, and held under the microscope of truth, wisdom and universal law. This means that no matter how desperately you want a specific outcome, the one handed down will be fair and just.
The Justice card encourages you to seek the answers to your most pressing concerns through objectivity and conscious awareness. If you rely too much on head, heart will suffers and vice versa. But if you can find a way to balance the two, the truth will reveal itself in the end.
Jul 08 2015
King of Cups
Today as Mercury enters Cancer and Mars trines Neptune, you may find yourself more fully immersed into the mysterious realms of feelings and emotions.
The Sun and Mars are also in Cancer today, with the Moon in mutual reception with Mars. That’s a lot of watery (emotional) energy, which may be difficult to contain.
Look at the King of Cups in this card. His throne rises up from the sea and is at least partially obscured by water. He’s able to maintain his composure despite the turbulent waves that surround him. He offers his Cup up to the Night Sky, which is filled with Cancerian imagery.
There’s the Crab (Cancer’s animal symbol), the Moon (ruled by Cancer), the astrological glyph, and the constellation.
The King of Cups — this version from the gorgeous Celestial Tarot — may be an individual in your life. If so he is she will embody the qualities associated with this card. Kindness, mercy, sensitivity and gentle but firm leadership.
This card encourage you to be compassionate while still maintaining an air of authority. It speaks of developing a clear emotional radar without becoming wishy washy. And it speaks of getting a better understanding of your emotions without becoming overpowered by them.
The King of Cups is about more than just getting in touch with your feelings. It’s about learning to contain and master and control them. While it’s clear there is some turbulence in the water that surrounds him, you can see how this King is able to maintain his composure.
This is the energy you want to hold onto today. You may not be able to avoid certain emotional upheavals (nor should you) but you do want to work on going with the flow and letting yourself become one with your feelings and emotions, rather than projecting them onto others.
May 07 2014
Seven of Swords
Today as Mercury enters Gemini, you want to be thinking about ways to use your ingenuity to work through a problem or to get out of sticky situation.
The Seven of Swords in some decks refers to deception, trickery and duplicity. But when you break it down into its purest essence — Sevens and Swords — you can see that there’s an entire spectrum of manifestations for this archetype.
It speaks of ingenuity, mental acuity and strategy. You have to be quick on your feet to ward off some of the curve-balls that life throws your way, and a Seven of Swords / Mercury in Gemini combination fits that bill perfectly.
In this version of the card we see the Lepus constellation, which is associated with a Hare being chased down by Orion’s hunting dogs Canis Major and Minor. The Hare sits up on his haunches behind a semi-circle configuration of Seven swords. His ears are perked and he’s ready to pounce at a moment’s notice.
This constellation features prominently in some lunar mythology, including the Moon Rabbit. I had never heard of this myth before but was deeply touched when I read it.
Speaking of the Moon, it’s also void of course for most of the day. You would do wise to sit back and observe (like the rabbit figure in this card) rather than taking any important actions today, as a void of course Moon tends to lose steam by the time it reaches the next sign (which will be tomorrow morning).
Apr 10 2014
Two of Wands
Today’s Aries Sun / Leo Moon combination is perfect for taking the spark of an idea and turning it into something powerful and tangible.
The Two of Wands speaks of that creative life force that propels each of us forward, whether we’re aware of it or not. It may be dormant or unconscious or buried under fear, but it’s there nevertheless.
The constellation referenced by this card — Cetus — is much the same: its borders are just outside the boundaries of the official zodiac; yet the ecliptic passes so close to it and even dips just inside of its borders that the Sun, Moon and planets do cross over from time to time.
The Sea Monster for which Cetus is named carries with it both positive and negative connotations — in keeping with the dual nature of the Two of Wands. In some stories it refers to fearlessness and heroism. And in some it relates to misfortune and calamity.
The Two of Wands is all about getting in touch with your own personal power. It’s about boldness, bravery and certainty — all of which must be accessed in order to “slay” the monster.
It’s the Sun in Aries’ ability to stand up against fears and refuse to back down. And it’s the Leo ability to ignite those impulses and turn them into something meaningful.