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
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
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
Today’s cards remind us to not get stuck in overthinking, and to regicmize that we might not arrive at all our necessary answers simply via rational thought.
At the same time, manifestation is more than just wishful thinking. We must combine our rational thoughts with intuition and instinct to create magic.
Magic requires that we step outside of the conventional norms of resistance. This requires courage and self awareness. We are conditioned to believe that our success is dependent on our own innate abilities and how hard we work to apply them to the traditional structures of society. Earning straight A’s on your report card is an example of this linear and traditionally defined achievement.
This kind of performance is respected and can of course generate power and opportunity for the superstar student. But the risk lies on the performance itself . I know from my personal experience that those grades weren’t what mattered; it was the praise and reputation as a “good student” that meant the most.
What is missing from this equation is chaos and failure. I did not make a “catastrophic mistake” until well into adulthood. As we all know, chaos is where the magic happens and failure is how we learn and grow.
In performing so well to other people’s expectations, I paid no attention to my own needs and desires. Thinking about the Chariot cards from yesterday, I held tight to the reigns of my cart. I did not leave room for magic. I did not leave space for mystery. It was a one-way mission to the top. It was a relief to finally give up control, but it was a far fall from perfection for me.
Manifestation requires both intent and allowing. Often the universe gives us what we need even if it is not in the form we expected or desired. With the right attitude, we can learn from these challenges and increase our resilience and personal power in the process.
Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle
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.