Weekly Reading 3/29 – 4/4/21

Mon – Tue (3/29-3/30)
The Magician

The week begins with a full moon in Libra and the energy of untapped potential. We survey the different elements of our lives, seeking to determine if we are in balance. We look to release those conflicts that do not allow energy to flow freely. This work is done both within and without. Balance and harmony are the common goal.

Wed – Thu (3/31 – 4/1)
Four of Wands (Feathers) – Optimism

We have reason to celebrate as more folks gain access to the vaccine and, in turn, we are able to take part in increasingly intimate gatherings and experiences. Spring is in full bloom and we look with renewed optimism toward making future plans.

Fri-Sat-Sun (4/2-4/4)
Death

With Easter falling on Sunday, the Death card here is symbolic of the cycle of life which begins each spring with new life. Young animals are born, bulbs pop from the soil, and trees are in bloom. This time of year coincides with many festivals that, like Easter, mark a spiritual cycle of sacrifice and rebirth in the name of a higher power. This weekend is likely to feel like a time of reflection and renewal regardless of which religious festival you may or may not celebrate.

Oracle:
Joni Mitchell: Authenticity / Perfect as I am

One lovely reflection for this week is the idea that we are all born perfect as we are and need not change a thing about ourselves in order to be loved. This does not mean that we do not have lessons to learn, that we must not be accountable when we harm others, or that we do not have responsibilities in this lifetime. Rather, we do not have to prove our worth or value in order to exist, experience joy, and take up all the space we need to in order to be our authentic selves.

Decks: The Brady Tarot and my own Rock Star Oracle cards

Daily Reading Mar 23

Tue Mar 23

I like the straightforward message of this card combo today. We are reminded to seek, but not expect, balance and – by extension – justice.

There is a parallel here between balance in our lives and social justice.

In life, we often are reminded to balance our flow of energy for ease and comfort. When we feel out of sorts we say something is off-kilter, we’re out if alignment, or imbalanced. This is a metaphorical way of saying that one or more of our needs is not being met while too much attention or energy is spent elsewhere.

The symbol for justice is a set of balanced scales, implying that fairness is a cornerstone principle of a just society. It suggests that when everyone’s needs are met we will have achieved some aspect of justice.

The phrase “I am willing to let go” is a key affirmation in working for both balance in life and justice in society.in both cases, we must work withour intention and action, but cannot get too tied to those outcomes that are beyond our control.

We cannot singlehandedly save the whole world, nor can we heal ourselves in a single day (or even perhaps a single lifetime). When we release those unrealistic expectations, we are less fragile, less prone to disappointment, and more prepared to invest in the difficult work of making the small steps necessary for lasting change.

Deck: Prism Tarot and Power Thought Cards

Recovery

Loneliness is
a city scorched
by a giant lizard
that crawled from the sea.

At night,
while stars hang
like the lights of lanternfish,
my fear is a kraken
rising.

Tentacles of worry
grip my submarine heart

pulling me down
to the abyss

Where what-ifs are bones
that line the seafloor

and memory is
a shipwreck of sorrow.

In the darkness, I launch
a solo expedition
to salvage fragments
from the remains.

Daily Reading Mar 22

Mon Mar 22

I found this interesting deck of “Power Thought” cards for $1 at the thrift store so I grabbed them for daily readings.

They’re by Louise Hay so they are certainly a tool for spiritual bypassing if not used consciously. I try to use found materials like this as a way to deepen my understanding of the “white savior healing industrial complex” that appropriates and profits from the traditional rutuals, practices, and work of marginalized peoples.

The name of the cards themselves teeters on love and light messaging. Power thoughts are but one ingredient in the recipe for change. There must also be awareness, accountability, and action. Otherwise, our quest to gain and maintain power only supports and upholds existing oppressive cultural structures.

That being said, affirmations can be an effective tool for self reflection, growth, and love. They help us change our internal dialogue, not by ignoring troubling thoughts but creating equally powerful positive ones to help us endure the long struggle for social change.

Today’s cards feature the Page of Cups (Apprentice of Raindrops in the Prism Tarot) paired with the phrase, “there is no blame.”

This card combo questions the value of blaming anyone, self or other, for emotional pain or loss.

I think there is great value in naming those who have hurt us. This is accountability, or holding others responsible for the harm they have done, consciously or not.

The question becomes, how helpful to you is carrying the anger attached to that pain? Is it fueling you or holding you back? Do you want to forgive or are you still exploring the actual trauma and deciding how you feel? There is no right or wrong answer, only the opportunity for spiritual growth and understanding. But without examination of our own motivations, removing blame can steer us away from the accountability necessary for change.

Deck: Prism Tarot by @shopthe8thhouse and Power Thought Cards

Daily Reading Mar 21

Sun Mar 21

Spring energy continues to bloom today. In the pagan calendar, today is the festival of Ostara, a celebration that is echoedin the Christain narrative of Easter. At the center of these rituals is the divine magic of death and rebirth. We see the promise of fertility even while we anticipate the eventual harvest, the remains of which will fertilize soil for a new crop. Resurrection represents the cycle of life.

The mysteries of the unknown that fuel our eternal cycle are embodied in the energy of Aquarius/Uranus. In this air sign we encounter the ethereal insight that fuels our Pisces daydreams and eventually Aries action.

Our cards today are an invitation to go beyond the known and dip into the source of that eternal mystery. We are reminded that our internal world is as vast as the external environment (As above, so below. As without, so within). The hermit is associated with self-reflection, soul searching, and withdrawal.

While spring bursts forth all around us, there may still be fertile subterranean ground to explore in our own shadows. The myth of Christ’s death and resurrection is one example of this energy. What was Jesus doing in the tomb for three days? He wasn’t going on a spring break bar tour, that’s for sure.

Although we tend to focus on the baby chicks, blooming trees and longer days spring brings (in the Northern hemisphere) there is a darker side of this season that also demands exploration. Before we can plant our crops we must tend to the soil. We must turn under the remnants of the past so they may fertilize new growth.

Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and AstroOracle

Daily Reading Mar 20

Sat Mar 20

Welcome spring!

Today is the spring equinox and the changing of seasons. The sun has moved from watery Pisces into firey Aries. The energy of both these transitions is represented in our cards today.

The Queen of Cups rules the emotional depths of Pisces while Aries is guided by the action-oriented Mars. As the earth rotates on her orbit, the relative position of the Sun progresses through the zodiac. And so the seasons and the wheel of the year continue to turn.

Aries is a time of new beginnings both spiritually and in nature. It marks the beginning of the astrological year and corresponds to many religious festivals celebrating the long awaited return of sunshine and growth. Bulbs, seeds, and leaves show tender green shoots. Animals come out of hibernation. We consider our plans for planting annuals and vegetables. There is an influx of vibrating energy.

This transition from the last days of winter is far from easy, however. There is a tension between emotion and action. We are asked to integrate the emotional work we have done for the past month with our plans for growth this spring. There is a sense of responsibility that we must make use of what we have learned.

This is indeed true, especially in the realm of social Justice. Each time an injustice is revealed, we are responsible for acting in alignment with that knowledge. The key here is to develop strategies to move forward even in the face of discouragement overwhelm, or exhaustion.

Structures of oppression rely on the fatigue they generate to remain in power. By learning to harness our emotion to fuel righteous action we avoid falling prey to fragility or apathy, neither of which is a position we can ethically afford to take.

Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and AstroOracle

Daily Reading Mar 19

Fri Mar 19

Today we explore the relationship between our own creative force versus what we may create with the help of others.

In the Spiritsong Tarot featured here, the Ace of Wands is depicted as a Ram and Wands as the renewing symbol of acorns.

This is an interesting card combo when paired with the 7th house, because it represents the natural polarity between Aries and Libra.

In the wheel of the zodiac, each sign has a polar opposite that reflects complementary aspects of that sign. Aries, or the 1st house, signifies “I am” while Libra or the 7th house, says “We are.”

Aries is about ourselves, our identity, and our ego. Libra helps us take what we know about ourselves and apply it to our chosen relationships and partnerships. The inventive and creative fire of Aries initiates action on the sturdy, balanced earth energy of Libra. Libra helps Aries make their grand dreams a reality. Aries helps Libra innovate.

This is a personal polarity for me as I have my South node in Aries and North Node in Libra. Part of my karmic journey is learning to integrate my highly individualistic and ego-driven personality into serving the collective. Group work is extremely challenging for me as I want to either take charge or check out altogether. This is where my black and white thinking can get the most extreme and creates an “all or nothing” attitude.

I’m learning how to release control in the name of collaboration. This may not necessarily mean partnership, but it does mean thinking about my relationship with my audience. It is helpful for me to think as much about how I am helping others as I do about expressing myself in a “successful” way.

If I only focus on my own critical expectations, I may miss the magical moments where I actually make a difference in the world.

Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and AstroOracle

Daily Reading Mar 18

Thu Mar 18

Today’s cards speak to our ongoing tension between stability and transformation.

The Ten of Pentacles (illustrated here as an Alligator, with crystals as Pentacles) is steeped in the structured earth energy of Saturn.

Pluto carries the transformational energy of birth, death and renewal. Pluto is power, but where will it’s explosive energy be deployed?

These cards ask us to question where we may have gotten so comfortable in the name of security that we miss opportunities for positive growth or change. It may also point to the responsibility for social change that some still resist so they may maintain power.

Pluto demands that we act on what we know. It reminds us that what has been seen cannot be unseen, and forces us to make changes (transformational in nature) based on what has been revealed.

I must cut to the chase and remind the collective that this is directly tied to white supremacy and how we either complicity uphold or actively dismantle white power. If you are on social media you have certainly seen calls to name the recent shootings as what they are: racially motivated hate crimes against Asian women. One example of today’s energy in practice is ensuring the narrative continues to bring this point home, even as excuses are made for the shooter and his actions. Whiteness protects whiteness and then gaslights those who tell a different story.

We cannot continue as though there is no need for transformation now that desperate cries for change have reached our ears.

Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and AstroOracle

Daily Reading Mar 17

Wed Mar 17

Today’s cards feature Sedna, a dwarf planet at the edge of our solar system. Astronomers only became aware of it’s existance in 2003.

Named for the Inuit diety associated with icy ocean waters and marine life, Sedna is associated with the transformative power of loss. The myth of this goddess is quite intense and is worth exploring to better understand this Persephone-like archetype.

Paired with the firey five of wands (pictured here as a Jaguar on the five of acorns) Sedna guides us toward resilience.

Challenge is inevitable, whether brought on by our own choices or as a result of circumstances beyond our control. What matters is how we deal with the adversity life throws our way. Of course we would prefer to avoid suffering, but when we do experience pain and grief that can reveal parts of ourselves, inner strength and personal power, that we were not previously in tune with.

This inner resilience can in turn be used to reduce future suffering for ourselves and others. Healing ourselves is the first step in healing society. If we never deal with our own hurt and trauma, we risk perpetuating it in our own ancestry and repeating the patterns of oppression and abuse that created our emotional injury.

Today I want to add an extra disclaimer about Tarot in general. Tarot is a practice of divination that traces back in large part to Roma culture. For thousands of years, people have been persecuted for practicing what I now post here without pain or consequence. This is an acknowledgement that the history of cartography is bound up with oppression and trauma for many cultures, and in using cards to deliver my daily messages for the collective I hope to take responsibility for my ancestral role in this oppression. As I wrote above, it is our responsibility to address suffering, especially if we brought it on through our own actions, intentional or not. In doing so we may clear a karmic debt for future generations.

Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and AstroOracle