Daily Reading Mar 6

Sat Mar 6

Today’s cards speak to following your heart to generate security and prosperity.

This one hits close to home for me. I am always torn between what I want to do and what is “expected” from society. It’s made even more complicated because I want to help society, and have that be my life purpose, but I want to do it in a totally unique and transformative way. This in turn creates feelings of uncertainty as I’m nervous about how my new creations will be received. Will they have value? Will they help me “make a living?”

Right now Saturn in Aquarius is square Uranus in Taurus. This oppositional energy will continue until June.

This transit carries special weight for me as I have the same square in my natal chart, where Saturn in Leo in my 2nd house is square Uranus in Scorpio in my 5th house.

Because of my (ahem) mid-life age (44 in April) I am past the much discussed Saturn return, but currently experiencing both my Uranus and Saturn opposition.

This is the crescendo of the much talked about “mid-life crisis” which kicked off for me with my Pluto square in 2014. In my opinion, this is a natal transit that will be much discussed as young astrologers enter their late 30s. If you do not heed the lessons of your Saturn return (hint, I sort of did) then Pluto square will blow up whatever else is holding you back from your true purpose. On the exact date of my Pluto square, my teaching career exploded. I should have left years earlier; Pluto finished the job.

And so the cycles continue. As we experience life’s often considerable challenges we are asked to learn, adapt, change and grow. We’re not supposed to know what we’re doing or even what’s next. But we are asked to listen to our inner voice when it whispers that the winds of change are blowing our way. If we do not follow our calling as we know and understand it, the universe will continue to try and guide us toward our destiny in any way it can – which may mean tearing out the existing foundation and starting over again.

We cannot guarantee security, but we are more abundant when we follow our heart.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Mar 5

Fri Mar 5

Today’s cards ask us to use compassion as we extend forgiveness with others while still maintaining our personal boundaries.

Forgiveness can mean taking the higher road. It can mean releasing the expectation that you will receive an apology or any regret from the person or circumstance that caused you harm. In this way you free yourself from the burden of waiting for someone else to take action before you can begin to heal.

You may never receive an apology; indeed, the other party may not actually feel sorry for what they have done. Forgiveness doesn’t let them off the hook, it doesn’t dismiss their behavior and it doesn’t prevent them from bring held accountable. It is a personal decision you make to free yourself from anger and resentment.

Forgiveness is not an excuse for others to transgress your boundaries or continue to perpetuate harm. You can forgive someone and still not want them in your life. You can communicate boundaries and follow through when they are not honored. You can pursue justice and accountability for being hurt. You can continue to fight for your needs and for social justice while practicing forgiveness.

I think it would be spiritual bypassing to say forgiveness is necessary or even desirable in all circumstances. Righteous anger is a powerful tool for transformative change. For some, forgiveness may feel like giving up or giving in to oppression.

Overall, whether you choose to forgive and move on or whether you use that anger to fuel necessary action (or something in between) is an individual choice and depends a great deal on your cultural and spiritual beliefs. Our cards today invite an introspective look at our own capacity to forgive (ourselves and others) and how that action suits our ongoing emotional needs.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Mar 4

Thu Mar 4

Today the Strength card makes another appearance along with hummingbird energy.

Hummingbirds are tiny, fierce and fascinating. They are highly territorial and will fight with other birds to defend their space. You may have heard the high-pitched whistle of their wings as they swoop into battle.

The stakes are high for these little birds because they must expend so much energy to harvest nectar from flowers that they strongly defend what food they find. Humingbirds will even fight over a feeder since they don’t realize they supply of sugar water will likely be replenished.

Hummingbirds are also a common spirit guides and frequently people believe these little birds embody the spirit of a deceased loved ones.

Here in Santa Cruz the indigenous people view the hummingbird as a central figure in a creation myth about how fire was obtained by the Ohlone people. In this narrative, hummingbird is strong, crafty, resourceful, and brave.

Today’s energy speaks to the fact that you can be small (or marginalized in the dominant power structure) but still be mighty.

You can set and defend the boundaries that protect what you need, but don’t get stuck fighting just because that’s what you’ve always done. Check that the conflict you engage in aligns with your values as well.

Be brave in going for your goals and feel confident that your skills, talents, and even limitations give you a unique ability and perspective to persevere.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Mar 3

Wed Mar 3

The Tower doesn’t come up very often in daily readings, but when it does it signifies a period of tremendous change.

Saturn remains in a square with Uranus. This leads an overall “boundary breaking” feeling our energy as the structure and discipline of Saturn pushes against the rebellious nature of Uranus. There will continue to be social unrest that in turn requires intense personal growth through most of 2021 as these planets square off. This is Tower energy.

Another energetic shift in the astro world occurs as Mars leaves Taurus, an earth sign tied to material abundance, and moves into Gemini, an air sign focused on communication. Ideas may begin to flow more freely and our attention turns from making cozy homes to arranging a spring fling. Mars transits each sign for about 8 weeks, so this firey energy in Gemini will take us into springtime.

Our cards remind us today that the world turns on its axis, the sun rises and sets, planets travel on their orbit and the moon waxes and wanes. We cannot control these things nor would we want to, for while we frequently take them for granted these are the building blocks of life. We can only appreciate the divine timing of nature’s magic and study how her energy may influence our physical bodies and collective thoughts here on earth. In doing so, we acknowledge that chaos is part of the journey. We gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and thus better understand how to belong to the human family.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Mar 2

Tue Mar 2

Today’s cards ask: Are you bringing your best to the table, or are you holding back out of fear or resentment?

We all have unique skills and talents to contribute in this world. Sometimes it can get discouraging when things don’t go our way, we are not recognized for our efforts or, even worse, we are shunned because of our unique and individual way of being.

Unity is not everyone thinking, feeling, and acting the same. We will experience freedom and community when we are able to be our true selves and contribute to the collective in a way that brings us joy. I for one do not understand how we will address issues of mental health in our society when the very expectations of being a “functioning adult” are soul killing and compromise our health and well being at every turn. How did things get this way, and can we ever recover?

Some days it is harder than others to see the light, to be optimistic, to hope for a better tomorrow. Sometimes I want to just give up and slip back into the narcotic bliss of pop culture where happiness is only a new pair of shoes away. Except no one can afford new shoes and there’s no place to wear them anyway, so what’s the point?

Today’s energy seems to ask that we dig deep to find that thing that makes us happy, satisfied, and renewed. By identifying and cultivating the hobbies, habits, and rituals that bring us joy, we resist the constraints of a society that causes pain when we do not comply, when we suffer, grieve, or fail.

Not only can we fall back on this internal reservoir when we are struggling, but it also gives us strength to bring our authentic selves to partnerships and relationships. In doing so we begin to develop communities of shared values and mutual respect for our differences.

Deck: Divine Feather Messenger and Tarot of the Cat People

Daily Reading Feb 28

Sun Feb 28

Earlier this week we saw the Four of Cups, and today we see the next card in the series, Five of Cups. Whereas the four speaks to self-imposed barriers to moving forward, the five brings us a change in circumstance that we are forced to deal with.

There us a silver lining here, for while our existing cups have spilled there are two new cups being offered from on high. Additionally, in this version of the card from the Brady Tarot, an opportunistic raccoon is drinking up what’s left of the spilled water to ensure less waste. This card is about making the best of a bad situation, since such circumstances are inevitable in life.

This is also a key aspect of self-employment. With the courage to set out on your own also comes the resiliency to fail repeatedly and with grace, learning each time what you must do in order to persevere in following your dreams.

This is a different kind of success from making it in an established career field, where the rewards and consequences are mostly external, fixed, and can be navigated by following the rules. By contrast, those who are self employed must make their own rules, internal validation, and stamina to persevere through boom and bust.

I don’t know if I have the courage to be self employed because I prefer a regular paycheck. While more stable, it comes with its own challenges in terms of free time. A great deal of business ownership requires tolerance for risk. Yet, given our changing times, freedom may become more important than security as we strive to create a more livable world.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 27

Sat Feb 27

Today’s cards are fairly straightforward and invite us to examine the connection between strength and healing.

This is a relationship that flows both ways. It takes strength to heal, and we must heal in order to have strength.

When we talk about healing ourselves, strength may refer to having the faith that we can improve when we fall ill or are injured. It can mean avoiding fatalistic thinking yet still facing reality, and having the strength to acknowledge our limitations while our bodies or minds are working to heal.

Strength may also mean having the fortitude and open mind to explore our inner worlds and shadow selves. It can mean healing from past trauma or abuse. Strength is also the courage we use to set appropriate boundaries that support and protect the healing we have done.

When it comes to healing others, strength may look more like the humility of acceptance. Strength is needed to dismantle ableist ideas that create arbitrary standards for wellness. It takes courage to kick perfectionism to the curb. Healing cannot occur as long as performance and production are the yardsticks of recovery. When we give our strength to help others, it should be on that person’s terms and we should do so with no expectation of outcome or reciprocation.

I always call myself a “bad nurse” because I struggle with ableism that is rooted in oppressive perfectionism. I still have a lot of fear around disability that is rooted in cultural stereotypes, despite being a disability advocate. This is a shadow I’m actively working to heal, and one way I do so is by listening and learning from individuals who may fall outside of the narrow definition of able-bodied. Thus diversity in ability becomes the norm, and “illness” is a journey or a state of being not a disaster or moral failure.

One final meditation about strength I offer is to release your fear around sickness and injury. Life comes in so many different shapes and sizes. It reduces our possibility as a species to say our soul’s journey can only take place in one kind of body.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 26

Fri Feb 26

Astrological energies are fluid today, but there is a general sense of optimism and personal autonomy. Our values are highlighted, especially around relationships. We may experience clear vision as past illusions fall away.

The World is the final card in the Major Arcana. It completes a symbolic cycle, or season, of life. The moon is nearly full and will soon complete this cycle of growth. The sun is in the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces, along with Venus and Neptune. Our dreams are nearly ripe and ready for harvest.

Each day is also the beginning of a new cycle. Affirmations are a helpful way to set your intentions for your waking hours. More than simply a tool for productivity, affirmations can help rewrite your internal dialogue, directing your inner voice toward language that uplifts and inspires you to venture outside the box and follow your wildest desires.

Too often we are our own worst enemy, our heads crowded with the values and expectations of an unbalanced society. By creating your own affirmations and repeating them to yourself each day, you create a counter narrative to the dominant discourse. You create space for your vision of reality to take shape. And you solidify the way in which your values, thoughts, and actions align.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 25

Thu Feb 25

Today’s cards continue a theme that’s appeared for the past two days.

The Four of Cups is a card much like the Hanged Man but with a few distinctions. There is a focus on emotion, as in disappointment or fear of rejection or failure, that may be holding us back from new beginnings. The timing may be right to move forward, but we lack the drive to do so. There is am implication that this apathy is a result of past experiences that have worn us out and taken the spark of adventure away. It is not merely circumstances stopping our movement; we are keeping ourselves at bay for some reason.

We also see another card today for positive manifestation energy. As I wrote yesterday, manifestation is about more than wishful thinking. But it does require focus and belief in ourselves and our self worth.

It’s OK to not know where you are going or what you want. Apathy is not necessarily a bad thing if what you need is space to process your feelings or are waiting for creative inspiration to strike. Perhaps this is a time of deep self-reflection.

The challenge is to not get stuck wallowing in self-pity, negative self-talk, jealousy or fantasies of revenge. Bad things happen, and sometimes we may even be responsible for those things. But we have the power to determine our personal narrative about the past. It might take time to recover from a fall, but remember that manifestation begins when you make up your mind to do it. If you want to learn to ride, you have to get back on the horse.

Don’t let disappointment hold you back from wishing on a star. Don’t assume you know everything about how magic may appear. 🌟

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle

Daily Reading Feb 23

Tue Feb 23

Today is a good time to look at the transits of Mars and what our cards indicate as a result.

Mars is square Venus today and also forms a trine with Pluto.

Mars square Venus brings our values to the forefront. Our actions are infused with desire. We have a great deal of drive.

Mars trine Pluto cracks open our subconscious and transformative energy pours forth. Our true selves are revealed, but our ego is also activated as a form of protection.

Mars brings the energy of external action, drive, and spontaneous combustion to every planet it aspects. Today’s cards caution us from getting carried away with that fire.

We are warned against knee-jerk, ego-based action that preserves the status quo. This does not mean we must stand down and avoid fighting for what we want, but we are advised to do so with tact and diplomacy.

We are also warned against being so blinded by our own crusade that we fight for the sake of a cause that is either long gone or makes no real difference in the long run. This is Don Quixote tilting at windmills: fighting imaginary enemies for a romanticized ideal that can’t exist in reality. This is Gatsby staring at Daisy’s green light and obsessing over a past that can never translate into the future.

Mars can drive us to create with intense and passionate energy, and can power us to fight for our deepest held beliefs. This is crucial to creating a new and better world.

But before we break ground on our newest development, we are asked to deeply consider whether we are planning a strong foundation or merely dreaming of a glass castle. We are encouraged to pursue our dreams, not amplify our delusions.

Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle