Today the Page of Wands invites us to explore our inner and outer worlds before launching into action.
The sun has moved from the airy ideas of Aquarius into the dreamy water of Pisces. Depending on your personal astrology, the dreamy, free floating Pisces energy can be comforting, confusing, or overwhelming. Do you have a lot of water signs in your birth chart? Or are you more of an earth, air, or fire baby?
Pisces asks us to consider our feelings deeply, and from many perspectives. While fire signs take action, air signs think and discuss, and earth signs make a big pot of soup to process feelings, water signs just dive right into the full range of human emotion. By exploring all the emotions present within, they gain clarity about how they feel and take action (or not, lol) accordingly.
This is the dream time of the zodiac, the time to dip our feet in the flowing waters of subconscious desire. During Aquarius we started to voice our ideas and to discuss and write more clearly about restructuring society.
The Pisces sun asks, how do we feel about these ideas? How can we reconcile our fear of the unknown with our desire for change? How can we move forward in compassion, considering our own needs and the needs of others less fortunate, prioritizing people over profit?
Centring our social justice work in love is one way to use emotion to drive change.
“The transformative power of love is not fully embraced in our society because we often wrongly believe that torment and anguish are our ‘natural’ condition.” -bell hooks
We don’t yet believe that we are worthy of love outside of the consumer matrix, so we disregard the emotions that may actually be used to guide our way forward. Words will not be enough to transform our world; we must also act in alignment with our beliefs and values instead of tailoring our deepest desires to meet the existing constraints of an oppressive society.
Today’s cards indicate you may need to take a break from something or someone in order to care for your basic needs.
Likewise, you may be called upon to comfort someone who has had to walk away from a challenging situation.
Perhaps someone has grown tired of your foolishness and is moving on, or you have become fed up with the antics of someone who you know will not change and you’re ready to make a break.
You might have received new information or gained knowledge that has forever changed your world view and you can no longer fall back on professed ignorance.
Regardless of the reason, there is some disappointment and grief here that needs some TLC. A transition or shift is occurring, or the seeds of change have been planted and you will soon discover what fruit they may bear.
The sun is about to move from the airy communication of Aquarius to the watery depths of Pisces. Whatever ideas we have conceived of this past month, and whatever changes we want as a result, will have to pass through the filter of our emotions in order to be realized in the spring when firey Aries comes out to play. This is the season to cast that last bit of baggage off the boat and into the setting sun.
The days grow longer; the sun rises a bit earlier each day and darkness creeps on a bit more slowly.
Yet, the light of illumation, knowledge and warmth will not help us grow unless we have done the necessary shadow work to reveal our hurt and injured places.
There is a necessary dichotomy between light and dark but it us an oversimplification to equate this polarity with good and evil. This is literally black and white thinking.
There is both goodness and danger in the light. It may help us clarify what we don’t understand. But it can also blind us to reality and cause us to get burned…or to burn others.
There is both sorrow and discovery in the darkness. In the shadows we may find secret treasures hidden even from ourselves. But we must beware of getting lost in darkness, with no light of hope to guide us forward.
The biggest lesson here is that we must learn to tolerate the ambiguous grey mist of not knowing. We must accept that life is not all love and light nor despair and darkness. By embracing the power of shadow and acknowledging the limitations of light we become more understanding and compassionate. We become more resilient and able to cope with uncertainty and change. And we grow more realistic about the actual work that must be done to bring comfort and energy to all of humanity (hint: it’s dismantling systemic oppression and white supremacy within ourselves.)
May the rising sun joyfully illuminate our individual and collective work ahead.
Today there is a Mercury-Jupiter-Venus conjunction in Aquarius. Mercury governs communication, Jupiter encourages expansion and new ideas, and Venus is associated with love and values.
Like a mixed up Mad-Lib, these elements combine to impact our energies. We want to talk about love. We love our new ideas. We need to discuss necessary changes. We are ready to express our true feelings to an old friend, or throw caution to the wind and seek a new lover. Everything is on the table today, but it is not sweet and sentimental. The way we discuss our values may be confusing or hard to understand, because we are trying to invent new ideas of love. Indeed, we want to know what love is, and we want to discuss it in a myriad of ways.
Today’s cards encourage us to be true to our heart’s vision, even if we do not yet fully understand what that means. If you have any inkling that you want something more or different in your emotional life you must have the courage to make the necessary changes to move in a new direction. Do not trade security for satisfaction. Do not avoid clearly communicating your needs to hold off conflict. Doing so derails your emotional growth.
Many people are sad, tired, and lonely on this day. We cannot connect the way we usually do. We may feel resentment and disappointment that we cannot celebrate in any traditional way. Because Mercury is in Rx, skeletons (and exes) may come tumbling out of the closet, demanding to be addressed with unpleasant urgency.
Because of our current circumstance, it is more important than ever to adjust your expectations of partnership. In the unusual space we have today, we may continue to think deeply about how love and acceptance factor into our overall approach to relationships. What are our values, how do we define them, and how do we enact them in the world?
Today gives us the courage to set our boundaries with confidence, knowing that asserting our limits is respectful to ourselves and others.
In the natural world, animals rarely act out of a sense of obligation. Some highly organized societies, such as primates like chimpanzees or gorillas, do have complex interpersonal relationships. But if a young gorilla tries to steal the best bamboo from her big sister, she might get clobbered or bit. And everyone knows not to get too presumptuous when the big silverback is around.
Today’s ten of wands from the Spiritsong deck features a donkey. You may never have tried to overload a mule, but if the animal’s burden is too much to carry it will simply stop walking. Or notice if you’ve been out exercising with your dog and they just decide they’re done and you have to carry them home.
Animals may work themselves to death or risk their lives to save their owners because it is behaviorally expected of them, not necessarily out of a sense of duty or obligation.
There are always exceptions, of course, but I use these examples to illustrate the idea that if you take on too much in the name of service you may actually create a setback instead of being helpful. Overworking because you think you have to or should is a sure recipe for burnout. And when you are defeated, sick, or exhausted you cannot be in full service to yourself or anyone else.
Additionally, if you let other people transgress your boundaries, that’s not kindness. You run the risk of being harmed and the other person is not held accountable. Let’s take the example of the baby gorilla. If big sister gives her the biggest bamboo, she might be happy but her sister might go hungry. If the Silverback tolerates noisy play in the afternoon, it might attract predators that endanger his family group. Boundaries, when enacted with love and authenticity, actually create clarity for everyone involved.
Only you know your limits, thus you are responsible for communicating your needs and desires to others. Your personal strength is enhanced with authentic aligned action.
Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and Divine Feather Messenger oracle
Tarot reading + astrology for the coming moon cycle
written for the collective and informed by social justice
Our situation: Hermit (rev) The positives and negatives of our situation: Judgement Events of the immediate past: Ten of Wands (rev) Events of the near future: Five of Cups (rev) What do we consciously want: Justice (rev) What do we subconsciously desire: Seven of Cups (rev) Our energy: Two of Pentacles (rev) Others’ energy: Five of Swords (rev) Advice from Spirit: Queen of Wands (rev) Likely outcome: Page of Cups
The first thing I notice about this spread is the number of reversals (8 of 10 cards, and the 9th is read both ways). Nearly the whole spread is reversed, which makes sense considering the new moon is in the middle of a Mercury retrograde phase, and the new moon will transit Mercury during this 24 hour period.
During a retrograde the shadow side of issues related to the planet in question are revealed. There is an extra energy of discovery and new information is flowing quickly since Mercury relates to our thoughts and ideas. This information may relate to love and values, our faith and beliefs, structure and boundaries, thoughts and communication, and our emotions and feelings since so many planets are clustered together in Aquarius right now.
The overall energy of this moon is one of personal introspection. Since most action is slow or may result in frustration at this time, we are asked to turn instead to reflect on our current situation. If we must act, we are advised to do so slowly, deliberately, and with our eyes wide open.
We are also reaching a time of deep loneliness and isolation as a collective. Especially as Valentine’s Day approaches, we must once again face a “traditional” holiday in a completely new way. Whether we loved or hated this rather commercialized holiday, there is a great deal of cognitive work necessary to deal with the number of changes we are experiencing around it. And this is just one example of the multitude of adjustments we have had to make in the past year.
There is both joy and sadness in the wisdom we have gained through long stretches of relative isolation and massive disruption to our routine. We have a better idea of what we want, our values, and what is important to us. We are more discerning in our view on life. At the same time, the way forward is unclear, and we have no way of knowing whether the skills and wisdom we have gained thus far will serve us well in the future. Thus our greatest lesson is flexibility, resilience, and our own intuition in the face of changing circumstances.
One benefit of our recent experience is the ability to let go of what no longer serves us. We may have been fooling ourselves for some time,driven by the need to please others or an overactive ego, into believing that we could accomplish superhuman tasks. Reality has changed this perception, and we have learned, perhaps the hard way, that we can not do it all and that we must either release some responsibility or delegate it to others that we trust.
Another benefit of our personal growth is the ability to move on and not take things so personally. By focusing less on our personal ego, we are less apt to feel guilt at the state of society overall that prohibits us from taking real action to change the situation. This is a king of emotional fragility that we, as a collective, are learning to overcome through our individual healing work in response to trauma.
This moon has us focusing on social justice, specifically how we identify and deal with issues such as oppression, racism, abuse, and lies. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the ex-president is in the middle of a second impeachment trial, in which there is a great deal of confusion on the part of his defense team and a huge onslaught of new information being brought out by the prosecution. These are Aquarian issues of social justice and accountability that must be addressed if we are to move forward in line with our core values as a collective.
During this moon cycle we will mine our own daydreams for the material to create a new reality. Those visions that seemed too far out to ever come to fruition are on the table now. What we have known is falling away and we are asked to look at our deepest desires for the answer as to how to move forward. There is an overwhelming sense of impending possibility, both in the physical and spiritual realm. It is exciting and challenging at the same time.
As a result of the ongoing change, the crumbling of sold structures, the demand to imagine new realities, and the multitude of things beyond our immediate control, we are left feeling quite unbalanced and unstable during this moon cycle. There is very little grounding energy here, so be sure to find those habits and practices that do make you feel connected in and to your body, such as exercise, gardening, dance, yoga, massage, or taking a bath. Without an anchor to stabilize us, we are forced to hold on to whatever we can in these rough and unpredictable seas.
A positive result of these uncertain times is the, perhaps unexpected, opportunity to for reconciliation and making amends. It seems as though even our opponents are humbled by the extreme and dramatic events of the past year and, without stable footing from which to make a stand, they have given up the fight. In laying down arms and disengaging from a fight that only exhausts both participants and leads to no real results there is at least the opportunity for understanding and conversation to begin. In the absence of active combat we may begin to heal.
Moving forward, we are advised to continue keeping the collective in mind when making decisions or starting new projects. If we have learned nothing in the past year, it is that individualism, rigid borders, and black and white thinking have nonplace in the Aquarian Age. We are warned against letting the overall instability of circumstances and our emotional reaction to them distance our behavior and generate more harm than healing. Much of the spiritual advice of this new moon consists of “slow down and tend to your own healing before you try to help others.” There will be plenty of time for structured collaborative work in the future. For now, we may best be served by continuing an inner exploration in which we treat ourselves with warmth and tender care. By practicing loving ourselves, we learn how we may serve the collective form a place of love.
This moon cycle promises to be one of great growth and insight if we do not struggle to move forward against obvious obstacles and red flags. The opportunity to reflect can be seen as a hindrance in the context of constant productivity, but it is actually a valuable gift providing much needed self-reflection that we can use to calibrate our next course of action. Without occasional reality checks, it can be difficult to align our dreams or goals with the necessary steps to make our dreams a reality. As we move through this month, look for those moments that bring you joy and hope. Reflect on why you appreciate such times, and use your insight to guide you in the direction of increased personal growth, self-care, and feelings of expansive possibility.
Oracle: Robin Robin reminds us to look for new growth, even if the landscape appears barren at this time. Change brings instability but it also brings opportunity. We are asked to look beyond our current expectations and be open to possibilities for change and growth in areas where we may not necessarily expect it to occur. Sometimes what seems to be a weed is actually a flower delivered to your garden by the winds of chance, or forces of nature..
We begin this New moon with Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mercury and the Moon all in the sign of Aquarius. Wednesday’s new moon is right in the middle of Venus-Jupiter-Mercury conjunction as Mars and Uranus remain in conjunction in Taurus.
As Uranus transits through Taurus, it forms a square or angle where the energy may be in opposition, with the planets in Aquarius.
As the moon transits each planet, we experience a different response based on our own natal chart combined with the overall planetary energies.
This new moon asks: what do we dream of as a collective and what resources do we have at our disposal to make that shared vision a reality? It also questions all of the structures and values that we have established, both personally and as a society, which must be transformed or destroyed to make way for a new way of relating to each other.
It is also the lunar new year, and we are reminded to turn the lens of social justice on all marginalized groups including Asian and Asian American communities where individuals are currently experiencing an increase in racially directed violence. You can learn more here: https://www.instagram.com/aapiwomenlead/
The following are my interpretations of some of the upcoming transits based on my knowledge of the planetary energy and this month’s Tarot reading:
2/14-3/4 Mercury Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius During this transit period we are asked to expand the way we think. Mercury forces us to examine our thoughts and thought patterns, how we create meaning, and how we use language. Saturn is how we construct meaning from language and the structures and expectations we have about thought and its relationship to reality. From language we create our reality, and this relationship is being called in to question during the Aquarian age. We may have great breakthroughs or insights that seemed impossible in the past.
2/14 – 3/2 Mercury Square Uranus This energy continues as Uranus forces us to break free of the structures that no longer serve us. What did we discover about thought and language as Mercury transited Saturn? We are now asked to use that information and take action on it, destroying the language and thought patterns that no longer meet our vision and beginning construction on a new collective reality.
2/17 Saturn Square Uranus We experience challenges to what we think we must do in order to be accepted and part of a group. We may have clarity about our role in society yet question how to change our current circumstance. We experience both insight about our current boundaries and restrictions, and some interesting ideas about how they might be challenged or changed for the better.
2/18 Sun enters Pisces Moving from the air of Aquarius into the dreamy water of Pisces, the light of the sun continues to guide the inner exploration of this moon cycle. Now we move from the cloud of thoughts and dreams to depths of feeling and emotional mastery.
2/20 Mercury Stations Direct Just as a beam of light illuminates a cloudy day, or sunlight can be seen on the surface from underwater, some clarity comes to our current circumstance. We have been exploring the deep shadows for some time, and now we may be able to shine a light of discovery on what we found in our subterranean exploration.
2/25 Venus Enters Pisces We begin to place new value on our own feelings and intuition. We see that we must loved ourselves in order to be loved. We know how to fill the cup of others, but also are learning to maintain our own reservoir from which to draw the healing waters of love.
2/27 Full (Snow) Moon in Virgo Our values are fully revealed, and we are asked to examine whether the reality of current citation is in line with our dreams and desires. How are we engaging with the physical world, our bodies, and our resources? This moon shows us where we may focus our energy to be the most efficient and effective in making any adjustments we find necessary at this time.
2/28-4/22 Sun Conjunct Venus in Pisces During this transit we may gain some insight into our collective values. We begin to shape our ideas and emotions into action. As spring approaches so does our shared hope for a better future founded not on love and light but on purposeful, concrete plans for change. The roots of revolution begin to flower; results of invisible underground work are now seen on the surface.
3/3 Mars enters Gemini We may be more assertive with our thoughts and aggressive with our opinions. We may have lightning insight or act without thinking things through. We may tend to want to debate for the sake of argument, and no real solution.
3/3-3/19 Sun Conjunct Neptune During this transit, we have insight into new information. Secrets may be revealed. We may have insight into parts of ourselves previously unknown. We may learn to communicate in a brand new way.
The message that keeps coming through today is, “give it a rest!”
Somewhere someone is trying to hard to force a situation that requires the opposite approach. Today’s cards encourage a deep connection between heart and mind and a commitment to action based on empathy as well as strong boundaries.
I have heard it said that empathy without boundaries is abuse. It sounds counterintuitive, but the trap many highly sensitive people fall into is anticipating other people’s feelings and acting to either enhance or prevent those reactions. We may believe we are helping the other person, or we may be acting out of fear of receiving the full brunt of that person’s emotion. Either way, these are not authentic actions and tread dangerously close to codependency.
It’s not inherently wrong to use your talents to help others. But be careful of trying to save people who never asked for your help in the first place. Not only are you interfering with their growth, but you also run the risk of burning yourself out being on high alert to all the pain and sadness that you pick up when your psychic radar is constantly on savior mode. Thinking you can save anyone is an ego based belief and it can cause a great deal of stress when it is in fact not your responsibility.
Today’s new moon reminds us to take care of our own business before we get up in other people’s. Working as a collective is about what we can bring to the table. It is not running around and cooking everybody’s meal for them because you’re concerned they’ll mess up the food.
Let people make their own mistakes. Trying to prevent other people’s pain will only cause them a detour on their life path. The lesson will be learned eventually, one way or the other. Of course you can give your opinion, but don’t tie your expectations or your own well being to another person’s actions.
Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and Eternal Crystals Oracle
Today’s cards wonder if there is a different path to your destination.
With Aquarian energy high, there are many new ideas floating about. We are learning new things, honing fresh tools, and reinventing how we accomplish mundane tasks.
If there is a project or idea you have been wanting to bring to life, this is a fruitful time to explore different ways you might make that dream a reality.
This is a good time for learning practical skills through trial and error. I really want to create an oracle deck and get it printed and for sale, for example. I’m about halfway through the art creation, but yesterday I started learning about print on demand services and other ways I might bring it to market. I even played around with Printify and Gelato and created some products for my Etsy shop to get a feel for how it might work. Next I’ll probably join a Reddit group with other deck makers to crowd source ideas for where to get the first run printed and other things I don’t know how to do.
I have always wanted to be a career artist but could see no path to get there. Lately I feel a shift in my own perspective and many possibilities for creating. And I have learned to redefine my idea of career (a tough thing for this 10th house Aries sun) as more than just how I “make a living.” It us also how I share my vision with the world.
Finding a new way forward can mean forging a different path, but it can also involve changing your outlook and expectations based on current realities. I am only a frustrated artist in the context of capitalist success. Outside of that structure, my art is divine magic.
Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and Eternal Crystals Oracle
Today’s cards represent positive emotional energy, self-confidence, fulfillment, and satisfaction.
Relationships or partnerships are likely to play a role in this goodwill. Carnelian gemstone encourages us to stand tall in our convictions and to be confident in our ideas and aspirations.
Through being honest with ourselves, facing the skeletons in our own closet, and engaging in ongoing emotional healing work we may come to more fully understand what kind of partner we are or at least strive to be. Then we understand what kind of partner we need.
Confidence is attractive in a way desperation or self-deprecation is not. You will draw those people to you who appreciate your authentic self.
If you enter partnerships or relationships compromising your needs or values, you will be stuck in that false role for the duration of the relationship, hesitant to show your true self for fear of rejection. In my experience, this is a fast track to depression and anxiety. I have spent a lot of years trying to be what people wanted or expected me to be, especially at work or in any cooperative endeavor, and it only leads to low self-esteem, frustration, and resentment.
True satisfaction on a soul level can only come from authentic partipation in life. Making yourself smaller (or less emotional, or less witty, or less sexy, or more fancy, or more serious, etc.) to suit other people’s needs, even if it earns short term praise and validation, will only weaken your confidence and emotional fulfillment in the long run.
Deck: Spiritsong Tarot and Eternal Crystals Oracle
The Page of Wands is another harbinger of new beginnings. They represent enthusiasm, excitement, creativity and exploration.
This Page asks you to look at your projects and responsibilities with the eyes of a child. What do children bring to their “work?”
Little ones are innocent, curious, open to new ideas, interested in how things work, don’t make assumptions, rarely have expected outcomes, are OK not being in control, and prioritize fun and play when making decisions.
Of course kids can also create chaos as a form of personal power, be resistant to change, and freak out when unexpected events occur.
Being a kid is hard work, but it is also a time of life that is infused with miracles and magic.
Personally I think that kids are taken for granted in American society. We love to talk about how they need to be “protected and saved” yet when young people speak up and assert their needs or suggest there might be a better way they are often silenced and marginalized because they are outside of the capitalist structure, where value is tied to the market. If we really wanted to center American life around children, well… let’s just say that functioning daycare is the least of our problems.
I offer you these ideas as a meditation on your idea of “childhood.” What might it mean for you to be more childlike in your approach?
On the flip side, where are you infantilizing young folks or simply new ideas as not being wise enough or mature enough to take seriously?
Deck: Tarot of a Moon Garden and Healing with the Angels Oracle