December 6-12, 2018: Two of Swords

A young woman sits on a cold, stone bench. This is a stage card, because it’s drawn to look as though she is sitting on a stage. This means that the point of view of the audience, of other people, affects her position. The water and rocky land behind her suggest that the path is not as easy or direct as it seems, and that emotions are flooding the situation. The moon represents the importance of using intuition, heart and mind during any decision making.

This card appears when I’m avoiding a decision that I don’t want to make. Or I’m not addressing an emotion or a situation that needs to be processed. The swords across the woman’s chest in the card disappear off the page. This means that she is literally missing the point!

Sometimes the woman in the card is choosing to wear a blindfold. However, there are situations where the blindfold is not under her control and there is an element the situation that has not been revealed yet. This could mean that I need to really think about all of the options at hand; there is a struggle happening beneath the surface.

This week, Mercury is doing a dance across the heavens. Mercury is the planet of Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. The actions of Mercury affect our reactions and our ability to communicate. On Thursday, it stops spinning in retrograde and goes direct, making us all better observers. This is a good time to fix previous mistakes that you made during Mercury retrograde. Practice tolerance and open mindedness. Business decisions and financial agreements will be easier to manage.

On Friday, the new moon rises in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the archer, often represented by a centaur. The arrow of the archer is always pointing upwards because Sagittarius is constantly seeking a higher level of being. Use this energy to expand your consciousness and widen the scope of your dreams. I like to spend the new moon making messy meals or starting projects around the house. During the Sagittarius moon, I will likely be a lot more optimistic about getting things done.  

On Wednesday the 12th, communicative Mercury makes a move into spiritual Sagittarius as well. I can tell that this will be the time to take off my two of swords blindfold. My spirit guides will be talking to me.  I think that in my case, the result of a decision or new information will be revealed to me, most likely about my career. I’m trying to practice some patience in the meantime. Like the woman in the two of swords, sometimes you need to close your eyes to see your heart. Other times, you need to rip off that blindfold and bust through your own bullshit.

Remember to bury your spent crystals in the Earth under the light of a new moon. I have a broken piece of flourite that I will be laying to rest. This is also a time to make to-do lists and set your intentions.

Here are some excellent sources that I consulted for this blog!

https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/minor-arcana/suit-of-swords/two-of-swords/

https://labyrinthos.co/blogs/astrology-horoscope-zodiac-signs/mercury-astrology-symbol-characteristics-planet-energy

https://astrostyle.com/sagittarius-symbol/

November 29 – December 5, 2018: The Hermit

The Hermit is a wise old man that has retreated into the wintery mountains for a bit of solace and reflection. He carries a glowing star inside of lantern, barely lighting his way. This card comes when you need to trust that the steps you are taking have you going in the right direction. Not everything is going to be revealed to you at once.

What’s going on this week?

Friday, November 30 is the Festival of Hecate Trivia, the goddess of the cross roads. She is often depicted facing three ways and holding torches, so that she can see in all directions. The three sides of Hecate also represent her powers working in threes: birth, change, death; past, present, future; etc. Shakespeare called her the “Queen of Ghosts,” and she is the keeper of the underworld. She is worshipped during Winter, when everything is dormant, the year is ending, and it’s time for personal reflection. I think that Hecate and the Hermit would be great friends!

On Saturday, December 1, Mercury retrograde enters Scorpio. If you are negotiating any new business partnerships, making investments, or spending some savings, it would be wise to wait until Mercury does back into direct motion on Thursday, December 6, if possible. On Sunday, Venus also enters Scorpio which will activate very passionate emotions like ambition or jealousy. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

If you find yourself at a crossroad this week, leave an offering for the Goddess Hecate and kindly ask her to grant your wish. Trust that the road where she shines her torch might not be completely illuminated, but like the Hermit, trust that it’s the right path. Indulge in some alone time. Winter is in full effect here in Rhode Island, so I’ll be cooking up some comfort food and sitting by the fire. Stay cozy my friends!

 

Check out my sources:

http://www.maicar.com/GML/Hecate.html

http://www.witchology.com/contents/november/hecate/

https://associationofparanormalstudy.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/the-festival-of-hecate-trivia/

https://cafeastrology.com/astrologyof2018horoscopes.html

 

November 22-28, 2018: Five of Swords

When this card appears in a reading, you are usually one of two characters in a situation or relationship. You’re either the winner holding all of the swords, of you’re the loser defeated in the corner. Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation. If you win, but you ruffle feathers or harm another person then the novelty can wear off really quickly. This is showing the negative side of ambition and achievements. 

This week, the Sun enters positive Sagittarius. Life will feel like an adventure. You might be feeling a little more up for some competition, to change things up a bit. But on the 23rd, the full moon rises in polar Gemini. You’ll change your mind about something. You’ll feel easily distracted, scatterbrained. Maybe you’ll experience a situation like the Five of Swords that helps you see a different side of an issue. 

On the 24th, Neptune returns to direct motion. Neptune has the power to protect us from reality when it becomes overbearing. If you’re the betrayed character in the Five of Swords, it’s time to accept defeat and be more careful about who you trust. Move on and choose your battles wisely in the future. If you are the dishonest victor in the Five of Swords, then check yourself. Is the point you are trying to make, the battle you are trying to win, worth compromising this relationship? Proceed accordingly.

November 15-21, 2018: Ten of Wands

A young man carries a heavy burden but he’s almost reached his destination. This card portrays the end of a cycle, such as collecting the summer crop and bringing it to market. It’s a struggle to get there. He’s tired, overworked and needs this income. This card is about stress and the achievement that comes after.

On November 15th, instinctive Mars enters passive Pisces. Your desires will become moody and interchangeable. You’ll feel highs and lows in your energy and emotions. The next day, Venus stops spinning in retrograde and returns to direct motion. Venus is the second planet from the sun, ruled by Aphrodite. This is the planet of self love and beauty.

Mercury, the planet of communication turns retrograde at the same time. This means you will no longer feel the gifts of Mars. Communication will suffer, negotiations will be difficult and learning new things will take greater effort.

Use this week to pause and examine your lifestyle. Are you a workaholic? Or should you probably take on more responsibility for your life? Careful not to mimic the Ten of Swords. He’s responsible and hard working, yes. His responsibilities have become a burden and it’s all too hard to let go. Don’t be so egotistical to think that you’re the only one who can do the job. Delegate, let it go, and enjoy life a little.

 

November 8-14, 2018: Eight of Swords

A woman is bound and blindfolded, feeling trapped in a prison of swords. The landscape is stormy and gray, indicative of despair and depression. The comfort and peace of the castle are far away. This card represents self imposed boundaries. The ties are not very tight, the woman could free herself from her prison.

Be careful making big decisions if you’re feeling like the Eight of Swords. Your way of thinking is limited, probably because there is a perspective you haven’t uncovered yet.

This week, scholarly Jupiter enters fiery Sagittarius. This energy will increase your cultural and spiritual awareness. The Eight of Swords symbolizes an intellectual assessment of a situation.You might feel like a victim, for very valid reasons. However, it takes an emotional response to pull yourself out of the victim mentality and take back your power. The energy of Jupiter and Sagittarius will help give you a push. Call on them for confidence.

You are able to create your own opportunities and attract good fortune with your energy. Don’t be like the Eight of Swords; make your own path. It’s time to take back your power!

November 1 – 7, 2018: Ace of Swords

A clouded had reaches out, offering you a sword representing intelligence. The crown on top of the sword gives you the gift of mental clarity and powerful thoughts. The wreath adorning the crown represents victory and success. This card is your “a-ha!” moment. It also means that you might be entering a situation that is a double edged sword. Or, you might be starting a new adventure that is going to change the way you think.

This week Jupiter trines Chiron. Chiron is a comet, its energy helps you perceive new levels of intellect and Jupiter helps you feel the emotions associated with change. On Tuesday November 6th, temperamental Uranus retrograde enters independent Aries. During retrogrades, we experience slow downs or setbacks in the qualities of the planet. Uranus retrograde means you should probably put your an ego in a time out for awhile because you’ll be seeking some extra attention. Attempts to get special attention will backfire.

The new moon arrives on Wednesday, November 7th in transformational Scorpio. This is a good time to embrace your shadow side. Don’t worry, you will adjust the same way that your eyes adjust to the dark night. Work on shifting the blockages in your life. Be an alchemist. Create new things. Renew your soul before Winter sets in like the landscape of the Ace of Swords.

Use this time to clear out the old ways of thinking that are no longer serving you. Seek truth and justice. Open your mind. Don’t fear the shadows. Be careful not to get swallowed up by your own subconscious. Be smart, but don’t be cold.

October 25-31, 2018: Knight of Cups

The Knight of Cups rides on a white horse. He brings you a peace offering. His winged helmet represents the wings of Mercury, he is a spiritual person. The fish on his tunic mean he has a wild imagination. He helps you reach new levels of your subconscious. This card is very romantic, idealistic and noble.

The knight will serve you well this week, as Mercury has a significant position. On the 29th, Mercury is conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio, giving you a broader outlook on life. Like the knight, you will be optimistic. Journal your ideas or risk forgetting them!

On the 31st we celebrate Halloween and there is an abundance of supernatural energy. This is also known as All Hallows Eve. It’s the Pagan festival of Samhain which means, seed for Spring. It’s time to prepare the gardens for winter and plant bulbs for next year.

This Halloween, detail oriented Mercury is on the move into expressive Sagittarius and your optimism continues to increase. Venus in retrograde enters Libra, which has a way of opening up our minds and making us more tolerant of new ideas. Indulge in stories and tall tales by watching movies, reading a good book or seeing a performance.