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October 18th – 24th, 2018: Two of Swords

This card shows a blindfolded person sitting on a hard, cold stone bench. Her arms cross her chest, protecting her heart. She holds a sword over each shoulder. The swords are heavy to hold, so long that the tips disappear off of the card. The water behind her is flooding the land, coming closer to her. This person is so set on protecting her heart, that she’s missing the point. She’s backed herself into a stalemate of indecision. The moon in the sky represents the passage of time while she is in this state. Is she waiting? Thinking? Hiding?

On the 19th, Mercury is in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pluto. Use this energy to get to the heart of issues and shine a light on dark places. Seek mindfulness. The sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd, which is the best time for self transformation. If you are sensitive, subtle and complex, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to upset the status quo. Be the person that you’ve always wanted to be. Start today!

The full moon rises in Taurus on the 24th. It’s important to ground yourself on this full moon. You can do this by meditating, walking barefoot in the grass or simply having a nice meal. Appeal to the five senses. This is a more simplistic time than last week. Counterbalance the energy of the Two of Swords. Don’t hide from the truth. Life passes you by if you stick to comfort and security.

October 11 – 17, 2018: Seven of Swords

In this card, we see a man gathering up seven swords as he sneaks them away from a military camp. He smirks, but he doesn’t realize that he’s been found out! A soldier in the distance holds his sword in the air to signal the thief. This card suggests something or someone is untrustworthy.

This week, the Fall Equinox is on the 12th and the Sun is in Libra. Day and night become equals. From here on out the days will become shorter. Parts of your life will seem more harmonious than usual. Surround yourself with beautiful things. Go to an art museum or go window shopping.

On the 15th Mercury is conjunct Venus in Scorpio. That feeling of balance is going to go off tilt. It shifts to a feeling of obsession. This planetary change brings with it the energy of the Seven of Swords. If you are trying to leave a bad situation, your troubles will follow you. For example, the person you are trying to avoid becomes fixated, or the consequences of your actions are harsh and unexpected. People will not be satisfied with appearances, and neither should you be. Do not pacify people during this time. If you’re trying to get away with anything sneaky right now, you will be found out just like the Seven of Swords. Ask yourself, what are you afraid of losing and was it ever yours to begin with?

October 4 -10, 2018: The Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands sits on a throne of lions. The gleaming pyramids stand strong behind her, symbols of human mastery beating the test of time. A black cat sits at her feet, representing her magical powers. This Queen is warm, firey and energetic. She’s a tireless worker with a love for life. This card means that you have more responsibility coming your way. Meet it with enthusiasm.

On the 9th there is a new moon in Libra. This leads to feelings of duality. You find yourself weighing pros and cons or you’re forced to choose. Things are showing up in twos. In times of tension, when you feel like you’re juggling two different personalities, be kind to yourself. Your thoughts have more power than you think.

On the 10th, Venus enters Scorpio, which will leave you feeling pragmatic. You will be able to observe your emotions and relationships with a more realistic view. It will be easier to figure out the motivations of others. If someone feels “off” to you, follow your instincts. Look for clues that tell a different story. Actions speak louder than words. During this shift, you are genuinely sincere but not alway polite. Remember, it’s not always what you say but how you say it. The Queen of Wands, while ambitious, can also come off as a little bossy. Use your actions to set an example, your words will be misconceived.

September 20 – 26, 2018: Five of Wands

A team is struggling against one another. With a closer look, they aren’t fighting very aggressively. They are enjoying a friendly competition. This card represents a situation where everyone is speaking their opinion, but they are not listening to each other. Nothing is getting accomplished. We recognize that there is a line between healthy competition and combat.

This weekend will be quite different from the dissident energy in the Five of Wands. On the 21st, the Sun is conjunct Mercury in Virgo which will boost your mental energy. On the 22nd, Mercury enters Libra. You will be diplomatic in interactions by listening to others. Tap into this energy to make sure that both sides of the argument are heard.

On Tuesday, we have a full moon in Aries. You’ll have a strong urge to move forward and never look back. Here is where the Five of Wands will come into play. Force yourself to stop and reflect on decisions. Keep your mind open. There is a line between creative spontaneity and restless impulsivity.

September 13 – 19, 2018: The Devil

In this card, The Devil is depicted as a Satyr, a class of lustful, drunken woodland gods. In Roman culture, it is depicted as half man, half goat. You may have seen a similar creature in Disney‘s 1997 animated film, Hercules. 

The human side of the devil represents sinful behavior. The goat side is symbolic of the scapegoats in our lives that we blame for our problems. The chains on the man and the woman are loose enough; they can lift them off to escape. Yet they stay voluntarily. The Devil is as much about recovery as it is about addictions. 

This card is ruled by Capricorn, which is hosting the planet Saturn for three years (2017 – 2020). Saturn in Capricorn may have you yearning for more structure and stability in your life. You’ll be more focused on what responsibilities you voluntarily take on, especially in relationships.

On the 14th, Mercury in Virgo moves opposite of Neptune in Pisces. This energy will make you feel very practical in your thoughts and precise in your actions. Neptune in Pisces only happens once every 165 years, and the planet stays in the sign for 25 years. This reveals new information and incites a new surge of spirituality into the world.

September 6 – 12, 2018: The King of Wands

The King of Wands is methodical and successful. A natural born leader, he has a strong influence on others. Even though he is very creative, he is not the type to sit around dreaming up new ideas. Instead he makes plans, and once he sets a goal he will not quit until it is accomplished.

The lions, salamanders and warm color palette make this a firey card, which is a good way to describe the planetary energy of this week. On the 6th, Saturn returns to direct motion in Capricorn. Your focus will shift to your career and your social status. It will be easier to practice self discipline because your efforts will pay off quickly.

On the 9th there is a new moon in Virgo, which will heighten your analytical skills. The same day, Venus enters Scorpio. Many people will have an, “all or nothing” sort of attitude during this time. If you are feeling that way, check to make sure you aren’t acting out from a place of jealousy or defensiveness. The King of Wands has a tendency to overbearing and bossy at times, but it’s always with good intentions.

August 30 – September 5, 2018: The Magician

The Magician is number one in the tarot deck; the card of new beginnings and opportunities. The Magician easily manifests what he wants in this world.  He says, “abracadabra,” a phrase with Hebrew origins that means, “I will create as I speak.” He has all four suits of the tarot deck at his altar: wands, cups, swords and pentacles are at the ready.

This card is associated with Mercury, a planet that has some interesting things happening this week. On September 3rd Mercury is in Leo, at a significant angle to Venus in Libra. There will balance and harmony in relationships with others. You should take great care with your words. You are well equipped to promote your ideas clearly, and with style.

On the 5th, Mercury enters Virgo, which will improve your critical thinking skills and help you multitask, handling tedious details with ease. Like the Magician, you have all of the tools you need to accomplish your goals right at your fingertips. Set ambitious goals, and with the best of intentions, get to work!