Aug 22 2015
Five of Blades
Today you may find yourself at odds with others, thanks to a stressful aspect (square) between the Sun and Saturn. This aspect generates tension between these two planets and can manifest as power struggles and conflicts with others.
The Five of Blades is the Tarot of the Zirkus Magi’s version of the Five of Swords. It’s called “Opposition” in this deck, referring to a situation in which egos take center stage.
While the Five of Blades can be combative, this is not about physical conflicts. It’s going to be verbal, mental or in some way related to communications. Religious / political differences are one example of the stale-mate that can arise where the Five of Blades is concerned.
There’s a certain smugness or an air of superiority seen in the figures on this card. Neither of them are about to hear what the other has to say, nor are they going to admit defeat.
Both are so convinced that they’re right that they see no reason to hear the other person out. Compromise is out of the question. Agreeing to disagree is about as close as they’re going to get and as you can see from the figures in this card, that’s not getting them anywhere.
This is the problem with the Five of Blades. You may be so invested in being right — and being in the know — that you’re unable to see what those investments are costing you. You may be at odds with someone who has different values, or you may feel the need to show them the flaws in their reasoning. But neither of these are going to win you any friends or strengthen the friendships you do have.
Ask yourself whether being right is worth jeopardizing the important relationships in your life. You can go a long ways toward salvaging your relationships — or at least doing some damage control — by acknowledging the value in someone else’s point of view.
Sep 18 2014
Six of Batons
Sometimes you just want to go with something and sometimes you just want to sit back.
Today is a bit like that… the need to choose how far you want to go with a situation/project or something in your life or how much you want to hold back and see if the situation/project takes care of itself.
It may be a dream you are having on what you wish to do with your life and you need to “pluck” the details to what your next step is out of your imagination.
It may also be that you are not quite ready to pick up the baton and run with it but rather know that your stance in “sitting pretty” will work for you. Either way — with the Victory card, ie Six of Batons (Wands in many decks) — you are a winner.
This Six of Batons is called “Triumph” in this deck. It refers to the sense of pride and glory that goes with a job well done. Still you’ll have to strike a balance between sitting back on your laurels and taking the reigns and running with them.
Do not get too far ahead of yourself. The white horse is looking a bit anaemic to say the least and whilst it still has a lot of strength in it to be holding your weight you do not want to push your luck too far.
At the moment it is working… the roses are blooming and you are “sitting pretty” but this may not always be the case.
Jul 01 2014
ARIES: The Lovers
Relationships and relationship issues are going to be hands down the biggest area of focus for you this month.
That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. But what it does mean — with Mars (your ruler) moving through your relationship sector and in hard aspect to both Pluto and Uranus — is that it should be “interesting” at the very least.
The Lovers card brings all of your relationship issues to the forefront. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It refers to decisions that must be made — sometimes between two lovers, and sometimes between love and something else — as well as all the temptations, fixations and complications that are a part of that elusive and intoxicating mystery we call Love.
If you’re dealing with challenges in your own relationship, it may just be a matter of getting out of your own way. You don’t want to be creating problems where there are none to begin with. If you’re just now discovering that Love is not all it’s cracked up to be, join the crowd. You would do well though to put your own needs, expectations and agendas aside.
Check out the figures in this card. Who would have thought the Clown and the Bearded Lady could portray such a fantastic representation of Love? Yet all the pieces are there. The comfort, the closeness, the intimacy — even the whole world fading into the background behind them — are all beautifully rendered here. The angel statue blesses their union from above and who are we to question it?
Jun 24 2014
Seven of Rings
Today you may want to take a step back from something you’ve been investing your time and energy into, to get a feel for where things stand. It could be a career move, a relationship, a spiritual journey, a set of personal goals — whatever it is you’ve set your sites on in the hopes of producing long-term results.
The Seven of Pentacles (“Rings” in this deck) is all about taking stock of how far you’ve come and then either making the necessary adjustments or jumping back in with a renewed sense of confidence and enthusiasm.
In this version of the card, a colorful carousel spins around the midway, lighted from the horizon by an enormous full Moon. This nighttime scene reminds us that what we set in motion keeps on moving, relative to the amount of effort we put into it. If we’ve done the work, it’s going to keep on producing results long after we’re tucked in for the night.
The Seven of Rings is a card of momentum. It tells us that there really is no finite beginning or end. You can step on or off at any point, knowing that taking the time to assess and re-evaluate your goals is an important part of the process.
The current transits are somewhat volatile. Mercury is still retrograde and the t-square involving Mars, Uranus and Pluto is heating up again. Which is all the more reason to not get sidetracked. As an interesting side-note, the Moon is void of course today until just after 11am (GMT). This coincides beautifully with the “pause and reflect” aspect associated with the Seven of Rings.