Today’s Energy 11-3-20

Aaaaaaassaah it’s election day!

Anyone else have weird dreams last night? I can’t remember the details but there were some strange alliances afoot.

The Hermit is one of my favorite cards, and here we see it with the wren. There is a commonly known passerine bird called the hermit thrush, and I did some research to see if there is also a hermit wren. Indeed:

“The hermit wood wren or Santa Marta wood wren is a species of bird in the family Troglodytidae. It is endemic to Colombia.” -Wikipedia

In California, house wrens often live side by side with people in our mailboxes, sheds, custom birdhouses and other man-made structures.

This card combo speaks to resourcefulness on the home front, and encourages to use the lingering full Taurus moon energy to navigate the next week or so as Mercury stations direct (today!).

When a planet ends its retrograde period it slowly ramps up to its usual transit speed. What Mercury leaves behind is missed connections, missing items, miscommunication, misunderstanding, etc. Things should become more clear as we progress through the month but that does not translate into easy. A lot of proverbial sh!t still has to hit the fan.

Given the sheer volume of unknown right now, it is crucial to stabilize what you can in terms of budget and business relationships. If you feel you are in an area where racial (or any kind) of unrest is a possibility you should be thinking of a safety plan. Decide where your threshold lies and be ready to firmly uphold your physical and emotional boundaries.

We are in uncharted territory and must rely on our own intuition and insight to make good decisions for ourselves, our loved ones, and the collective at large.

The Hermit holds a lantern of inner knowing, and with it illuminates the path forward. Regardless of the election results, some things will not change: the wonder of birdsong in the bush, the pleasure of seeing a sunrise, the beauty of butterflies and changing fall leaves.

Be prepared, my friends, be engaged but also be joyous. You must continue to cultivate your inner light so that is is strengthened against the winds of change.

Today’s Energy: 11-2-20

Decks: Divine Feather Messenger and Spiritsong Tarot

A literal cat and mouse are in the cards today!

This combo brings to mind the delicate balance we must walk as we find and use our personal power.

I have seen many activists and educators asking the question in recent days: what happens when the language and methods of resistance organization are co-opted and used by the oppressor to maintain power?

There is a commercial for running gear on TV right now that uses this analogy: the gazelle wakes up and thinks it must run for its life. The lion wakes up and thinks it must run or starve. Therefore, each of us must be prepared to run.

What I am hoping to illustrate is that the same language we use to speak our personal stories of liberation can be used by the patriarchy to justify it’s existence. The sword of power cuts both ways.

On the eve of an historic election, it may be that everyone wants the same thing and that we just have different ways of getting there. But I think there is a segment of American culture that does not want change, progress, or even a return to the “way things were.” They want an imaginary future where positions of power are guaranteed and there is nothing to do but walk down the primrose path to the American dream. Here there is an illusion of work = reward but what is really going on is the desire to do the same thing and get the same rewards white people have always gotten. Some people can only imagine a future where their basic needs are met at the necessary expense of those “less fortunate” than them. Hashtag blessed.

To return to the cat and mouse / lion and gazelle analogy, we are animals and we are part of the natural world by we are also human and endowed with something more unique. Unlike those creatures who must choose a life of survival, we have the ability to create a new reality. We can choose not to chase, we can choose not to run away in fear. We do not have to be predator or prey. Life is not the binary that it is presented to be.

On the cusp of a new future, with uncertainty and excitement in the air, consider those ways you can use your voice and power in a new way that does not merely replicate the patterns you seek to change.

August 7, 2020 – Disseminating Moon in Aries

Deck: Tarot of the Moon Garden

The disseminating moon is a time to release whatever is not serving us as the moon begins to wane once again.

Where have I become too rigid in thought? The Hierophant

It is important to center ourselves in spirituality, but adhering too rigidly to one set of rituals or practices may not be the most productive way forward in a time of uncertainty. Instead, think about the heart of your intention and practice and don’t be afraid to use what you have on hand in place of the tools and materials that may be unavailable at this time.

What can I learn from others? Six of Cups

This is a good time to learn from family and partners. what traditions and rituals have you inherited or been taught that may serve you well at this time? This card also speaks to the opportunity some of us have to talk with elders during this time. Since we are sheltering in place, we may want to take this opportunity to look more deeply at family albums and connect with narrative and stories that we might not have had time to explore in our busy lives.

What can I share with others? The Lovers

Clearly we are being asked to act in our relationships from a place of love. When we enter partnerships with a self-serving attitude or expectation, it can create imbalance and lack authenticity. As we create new relationships and practice anti-racism, one way to intent right relations is to approach others with love and mutual respect in mind.

What is the wisdom of this moon phase? Queen of Cups (rev)

The waning moon invites us to release guilt, shame, and other emotions that we may have been harboring as we navigate the difficulties of our current reality. At the same time, we are asked to continue our shadow work and examine the trauma and repressed feelings we may also be working through.

Oracle: Tender Care

This is a time to be gentle with ourselves and others. We can practice self-compassion and act with loving kindness in our relationships. Change happens on many levels, and resisting the pull to act out of anger, fear, or in total self-interest can be a revolutionary choice in itself.

Weekly Tarot Reading: August 2-8, 2020

deck: the brady tarot

Sun-Mon 8/2-3: The Chariot (rev)

We continue our lesson of releasing attempts to control what has clearly come loose from its moorings. There is increasing chaos in our world, and instead of wasting energy on one-sided battles that go nowhere, we will be better served to focus our energy and ambition on those things we can actually control.

Tue-Thu 8/4-6: 7 of Wands (rev)

We will continue to struggle with identifying what we can control versus what is out of our hands. We are in danger of wasting our power if we try to control others or ourselves in ways that limit authenticity and truth. Act in alignment with your values and focus on the areas where you are seeing the most growth from your efforts.

Fri-Sat 8/7-8: 6 of Coins (rev)

It may be hard to figure out how where to direct any discretionary income you may have at your disposal. Consider how you might shift any excess profit you have toward charity. Taking direct action is something you can control, and by this point in the week you may have some more clarity about those organizations and activities where you want to spend your time and resources.

August 2020 Full Moon in Aquarius

full moon spread by Lisa Stockley via @the.moon.calendar
Deck: Tarot of the Moon Garden

Full moon in Aquarius, August 3, 2020

When the moon is full we are invited to reflect on the intentions we set during the new moon. Are things going along as planned, or do we need to adjust our expectations?

What has reached its peak? Six of Swords

We are coming to the end of a time of necessary rest after a great deal of turmoil and conflict. The action is far from over, however, and our respite will soon end as we begin a new cycle of action.

What is emerging? Six of Cups

We may be feeling nostalgic for the ways things were, and there is possibly an urge to withdraw from the fight for a time and resort to old habits and old ways. We may be craving comfort, even if we know this comfort is often privilege in disguise. This is a time to decide which rituals and traditions serve you moving forward into the future, and which are merely learned behaviors that no longer align with your current values.

Indy helping with the reading

What am I manifesting? Seven of Swords

Because forward progress is not liner right now, some may feel frustrated about how to best participate in the social justice movement. Withdrawal and escape is an option, but it will not yield the results we desire at this time. Instead, we must ask: how can we face our responsibility to society in a way that also serves our health and well being?

How are my relationships? Ace of Pentacles (rev)

It is difficult to start new projects or investments right now due to a lack of material stability. Many of us literally don’t know where our next income is coming from. New beginnings are on the horizon and with them new ways of doing business and relating to each other. Things have not yet come to fruition and we may be struggling to imagine how they will manifest.

This is a time to decide which rituals and traditions serve you moving forward into the future, and which are merely learned behaviors that no longer align with your current values.

What is preparing for release? Chariot (rev)

We are going to have to give up control of some things and focus our energy where it is most effective. We are approaching a time of togetherness and working in a collective way. We will be asked to integrate the duality of our shadow and light sides. We must face all of ourselves if we are to evolve and grow, and we will learn to recognize when our controlling tendencies detract from working with others instead of contributing to the whole.

What is the wisdom of this moon cycle? The Hierophant

We are asked to ground our spiritual practices in the traditions that feel right to us and align with our values. In the absence of clear material stability, it is our spiritual connections and foundation that will see us through. By being true to our beliefs, we will attract other groups of humans who will assist us with our social justice work, using our specific tools, skills, and creativity.

Oracle card: Movement

Now is the time for action, but not via tightly controlled and executed plans. Instead, we are asked to go with the flow and move with flexibility and agile response to change like never before.

Tarot for Justice: Full Moon in Capricorn

photo by author

Today, July 4-5, is a full moon in Capricorn. It is also a lunar eclipse. this makes the impact of this full moon last longer than just the usual 28 days. Momentous shifts are in the cards.

  1. What has reached its peak?

Queen of Cups (Rev)

We are moving through a phase of being ruled by our emotions. A complete release of emotional control brought on by new and unexpected emotions such as extreme empathy, guilt, and shame has ruled the first half of this moon cycle. We are nearing the end of the initial purge of unchecked emotion, allowing us now to enter into a time when we can stop sprinting away from the pain and begin to strategize about the marathon we have ahead.

  1. What needs to be seen? 

Nine of Swords

We cannot bury our head in our hands in despair and ignore the very real actions that we can take to create social change. We must continue to use the means we have at our disposal, including writing, calling, and emailing government officials, to uncover all forms of injustice.

  1. What is is the spotlight? 

Three of Pentacles

We are working on foundational anti-racist skills. Revisiting old texts and discovering new ones. Listening in a new way. Building our toolkit for effecting social change. Assessing what we can do to shift financial capital and create a more even balance fo power.

  1. How am I in relationship to the world? 

King of Cups

Our emotional reserve is our greatest strength right now. We are drawing on both the collective pain and trauma currently being expressed as well as the reserve of joy and strength that is harbored by those working together for social justice. We feel that we are not alone in the fight, perhaps for the first time, and this gives us emotional strength.

  1. What is preparing for release?

Seven of Cups (Rev)

We are no longer dreaming of a “New Age” or peace on earth. The time has come to get up and take action. On this celebration of our false “Independence Day” we waking up to realize that American was never great for Black, indigenous, LGBTQ, or other groups who were never included in the original vision for our democracy. We will not return to the status quo; a new way of being lies ahead

  1. Magic and wisdom of this moon cycle

Three of Wands (Rev)

We have much to learn about how we are to be in community with the new world we are forming. We must continue to gain knowledge, build on skills and relationships that hold us accountable for our anti-racist journey, and develop structures to support the ideas we want everyone to hold as “self-evident” in the future.

Oracle card: Fuchsite (Heart Chakra)

We are healing trauma within to heal trauma without.

Tarot for Justice

First Quarter Moon in Taurus

We have reached the first quarter of this moon cycle. In addition, we are between two eclipses and in the middle of Mercury retrograde. It is a time of change as we identify old ways of being that no longer serve us and also begin to clarify a new way forward.

The most significant aspect of this reading is that all of the cards are reversed except for Justice. Clearly, many aspects of our current reality are being overturned to make way for the new.

What am I manifesting – Wheel of Fortune (Rev.)

The wheel is turning in order to disrupt the current cycle of oppression. We are all working together at different levels to manifest a new reality as the wheel makes another inevitable rotation.

How does what I’m manifesting align with my goals? Queen of Wands (Rev.)

In order to participate in a new just society, we must uproot old ways of being in the world, or “dethrone” old established ways of working together and collaborating in society. We will learn to respond with grace when corrected, and to change our opinion when presented with new information.

What is challenging me? Queen of Pentacles (Rev.)

Part of challenging existing power structures is facing the false narrative that one must give up or sacrifice in order to meet the needs of others. This perpetuates a false narrative of scarcity, and or fear of disrupting that status quo is represented in the challenge of overturning the queen on the throne of coins. In truth, by disrupting systems of oppression on all levels will result in a better quality of life for all.

How can I best respond to these challenges? Temperance (Rev.)

This is not a time for patience or reserve. There is no time to wait for people who are not willing to change. We must all move forward NOW toward the ultimate goal of justice for all. None of us is free until the most vulnerable among us has been liberated.

What is the best way toward my goal? (Justice)

This is clearly the most important focus at this time. Call, email, text, march, post, talk to your friends and family, learn.  Keep your eyes on the prize. Most importantly, take action without allowing fear to hold you back from the march toward justice. We are battling perfectionism as much as any other aspect of patriarchal oppression. 

Power and wisdom of this moon phase: Page of Swords (Rev.)

We will continue to see impostors revealed on all levels, as those who use “politically correct” language to mask racist intentions have their true motivations revealed. Everything from performative allyship, to the commercialization of LGBTQ issues, to the actual lies perpetuated by our government fall under this umbrella. The concept of truth is being reclaimed by the people, who will begin to write our own narrative for the future.