January 17 – 23, 2019: Nine of Wands

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride this week, with a lunar eclipse in Leo on Monday. The nine of wands is about having the courage and the resilience to cross the finish line. The man in the card stands on a stage, and he has set a very clear boundary behind him. He has one last wand to set in the ground, but it looks like he has taken a few hits already. He’s trying to muster up the strength to finish the job. The number nine represents the last challenge you must face before you reach your goal. The line of wands behind him represents setting clear boundaries for your self, and for others.

The nine of wands was the perfect card for me this week because I begin a new job next week. This week is all about tying up projects and ending the chapter on my previous position. I’m just saying, I know how this guy feels!

On Sunday, the sun enters Aquarius. Aquarius is logical, but somewhat detached. This energy will help you see things as they truly are. It will help you find solutions for the greater good of others. You’ll be more apt to stay above the emotional frays of the situation, and other people might perceive that as distance or detachment.

On Monday, we have the big lunar eclipse in Leo! This could affect us for a few days, its much stronger than a typical full moon. This will bring about some unexpected events, uncertainty about the future, feeling rushed or anxious. This is going to be your final challenge before you hit your mark, just like the nine of wands. Hang in there.

This January moon is also known as the “cold moon” and the “rowan moon.” The rowan tree is associated with some amazing mythological stories, with its leaves shaped like eagle feathers and berries like drops of blood. It is considered to be the tree from which the first woman was made, according to Norse mythology.  (read more here)

In the celtic tree calendar, this moon is associated with Brighid, the celtic goddess of hearth and home. This is a good time to clear out your baggage, possibly by decluttering your home a bit. It’s also a great time of year to perform initiations. Personally, I’m partial to some serious home cooking right now!

During this eclipse, losing sight of the moon represents the clearing away of things that are no longer serving us. Pay more attention to your home and family, be in the present moment. Stock up on fresh ingredients, and make some wholesome comfot food. Prepare to endure this last test of endurance because you’re about to hit your mark! Finish this chapter on a high note!

Here are some articles that I consulted. You can read more about these topics:

Lunar Eclipse (Astrology King)

2019 Horoscopes (Cafe Astrology)

Rowan (treesforlife.org)

The Sun in Aquarius (starslikeyou.com)

January 10 – 16, 2019: XI Justice

A judge sits on her throne, cloaked in red and green. The blue square on her crown represents the stability of her thoughts. The double edged swords is held firm, and upright. This shows that she has come to a decision about the matter, and realizes that there will be consequences. She is ready to face them.

The scales in her left hand remind us that intuition has a place in a logical decision making process. The Justice card is ruled by the zodiac sign Libra. Libras search for the truth and seek harmony.

Ask Justice to guide you this week, as Jupiter moves to square Neptune on Sunday. This brings a test of your faith. Perhaps you’ve been too idealistic, and it ends in some embarrassing or disappointing situation for you. This is not a time to be overly optimistic about anything, and as a result, you might feel paranoid and suspicious of others. This is totally normal. If you’re think you’re crazy, talk to a friend that you trust very much.

Sometimes you need to know when to cut your losses, even if it means compromising your pride a little bit. Trust me, I write this because I’m terrible at it! You teach best what you need to learn the most. The Justice card can help you connect with your inner guidance system, ask for her help.

If you are honest with yourself, and you do what it is right, everything will be okay. If you have been dishonest and done something that goes against your highest self, you will be judged fairly. If you are seeking justice or a decision right now, this card is a sign that it will come soon. You will be called to account for your actions in some way this week. Own your decisions!

Here are some articles I consulted on the topic:

January 3 – January 9, 2019: The Knight of Swords

The Knight of Swords is an excellent guide into the new year. He is smart, ambitious, and quite the charmer. The white horse that he rode in on, represents the purity of intellectual energy that motivates the knight to take action. This card is full of motion and energy. This knight is on a mission, and so are you. Get on the horse.

This week, we have four major shifts involving Capricorn, Taurus and Sagittarius, that are going to help us accomplish great things as we set the stage for a successful year.

First, Mercury enters Capricorn on Friday, which has a sobering effect. Our thinking becomes more practical and methodical. We have a more realistic point of view. You might be working on a resolution, a new goal or a way of improving yourself.

Second, we have a new moon in Capricorn and a partial solar eclipse on Saturday. It will not be visible from Rhode Island, but you can click here to see a map of the shadow on Earth. The new moon, in a new year, ushered by Capricorn, is such a perfect combination to make big moves this week.

Capricorn is represented as a goat. Think about the way that goats can climb the steepest, most twisted sides of the mountain. It’s all about using your natural talents, quick thinking and determination. Much like our friend, the Knight of Swords. Use this fresh start to sober up and put in the work that will pay off as you charge towards your goals in 2019.

Third, Uranus goes direct in Taurus on Sunday. Reflect on choices and situations that are present, tangible, happening right now. Work on getting your mind to a place of trust in the universe. Let things unfold.

Fourth, Venus enters Sagittarius on Monday. The romantic feelings we experienced earlier, when Venus was in Scorpio, have developed into more of a universal feeling of love. You might be feeling more adventurous. Take charge like the Knight! Be smart, passionate and risky. Go for the promotion; take the trip; try something new; dream big. Happy New Year!

 

Here are some great articles that I consulted for this blog:

December 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019: The Star

As we close out 2018 and celebrate the New Year, I pulled The Star, such a lovely card. She is a symbol of pureness, vulnerability, hope and renewal. The main star behind her shines bright, representing her core essence, her soul. The seven smaller stars represent her chakras. This week is a time to renew your energy and balance your soul. The Star has one leg firmly grounded on the earth and the other stepping into the water. This represents your approach to your spiritual growth. You are transforming.

The Star pours water from the stream to nourish the earth, and the land divides the water into five little streams representing the five senses. I always think about this card as the green light for a good spa day. I like to treat myself at home with a nice pedicure, a steamy, exfoliating shower and a face mask. Maybe some hot chocolate and/or some red wine too. It’s freezing in Rhode Island at this time of year (I took this photo month ago).

Mars enters Aries on Monday, New Year’s Eve. Mars in Aries is a time of synergy; Mars rules Aries so they compliment each other. You may benefit from an increase in activity, confidence and drive. This week is more about trying and less about winning. Just get the ball rolling. If you’re not getting along with someone, bumping heads – check yourself. Are you at least meeting them halfway?

This time of year, from December 24th – January 20th is the Birch Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar. When an area of a forest burns down, birch trees are always the first to grow back. The Birch Moon is a time of rebirth and regeneration like the energy of The Star.

May you feel blessed by the universe as you open your arms to the New Year. Magic flows around you. For me, I’m enjoying some time off from work and a short road trip to a beautiful place. Traveling always helps me renew my perspective. A change in scenery and a break from the routine can do wonders for the mind.

Here are links to some great websites that I consulted for this blog:

https://cafeastrology.com/astrologyof2019horoscopes.html

https://www.thoughtco.com/celtic-tree-months-2562403

https://www.thoughtco.com/pagan-wiccan-calendar-4110202

https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/star/

December 20 – 26, 2018: Death

Life has been so crazy, that I missed my blog last week! With trying to wrap up the semester and the work year, preparing for the holidays, something had to give. Well, besides my sanity. And so this week brings the Death card.

This is actually one of my favorite cards in the deck because it’s all about, “out with the old; make room for the new.” A skeleton knight rides in on his white horse to take the life of the king. This is a reminder that death comes for all walks of life: rich or poor, bad or good, young or old. The skeleton represents the strongest part of the human body, the only part that remains after death. The armor makes death invincible, nothing can stop him. In the distance is a beautiful sun scape and you can see the towers from the moon card, as though from the other side.

The Death card means that a chapter or a situation in your life is coming to and end and there is much potential to start anew. Remember that death is just as much a part of life as birth, as we usher in the full moon in Cancer on Saturday, December 22nd.

The full moon is a time to slow down and fill your cup. Give gratitude for your blessings. The energy of Cancer in this context will help you balance your heart and mind. You will be in the mood for spending time with family and friends, which is perfect because this week we also celebrate the holidays.

Many people will celebrate Christmas, which actually carries a lot of the same traditions as Yule. Yule is the winter solstice, also called Christmastide. This year it falls on Friday, December 21st. This tradition is traced back thousands of years to Germany and Scandinavia, as late as the 4th century.

Although most of the Yule traditions were absorbed into Christmas, many Neo Pagans and Wiccans still celebrate. Some of these traditions include bringing various winter-hearty plants into the home, like evergreen, holly, birch, mistletoe and pine. This was a type of sympathetic magic, meant to guard the essence and spirit of the plant. A wild boar was sacrificed for the feast, although today a ham is more commonplace. The Viking God Odin was called the first Father of Christmas; he was known to disguide himself as a wanderer with a long white beard.

Yule is celebrated on the night of the Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. And the celebration is all about light in any form: candles, bonfires, burning the yule log, etc. Many holiday traditions are centered around light: the star of Christmas, there’s Hanukkah with its brightly lit menorahs, Kwanzaa candles, and more.

I think that Death was actually a fantastic card to represent this week. The year is winding down; I’m taking the time to slow down and I have some pretty big plans to reveal in my life in 2019. Sometimes the hardest part of growing, is saying goodbye to the old you. It’s also a reminder not to take life too seriously! To keep your loved ones close, because your time with them is limited. I feel a stirring of change, growth and new beginnings for the new year. Death to the same boring old comfort zone!

 

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

https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/major-arcana/death/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/winter-solstice-pagan-yule_us_585970abe4b03904470af4c5

https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-yule-2562997

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