January 24 – 30, 2019: Judgement

It should be smooth sailing right about now. All of the planets have been spinning in direct motion since January 6th, which means you can’t blame anything on a retrograde until March. I pulled the Judgement card this week. When I pull cards for this blog, I simply ask for my guides to give me something to be mindful of as I write this week, then I pull a card at random. If I’ve already covered the card recently, I might pull another. And so often the cards that come up are so perfectly aligned not only with my life, and hopefully with yours, but also the energy of the planets.

The Judgement card features the Archangel Gabriel in glorious colors, blowing his trumpet. Gabriel is the angel that delivered to Mary, the message that she would bear God’s son, Jesus. In the card, Gabriel is coming to call humanity to judgement before God. The men, women and children below give themselves over to God’s will. The mountains in the background represent the fact that you cannot escape judgement, and times may be challenging ahead.

When this card comes up in a reading, it means that you are being called to take a giant step forward on the path to your higher self. You are destined for more. It’s time to man up and learn from your past, but to let the old you go. Sometimes the hardest thing about growth is saying goodbye to the old you. This card often appears at a time of a significant change or growth in life. 

Today, January 24th, Mercury enters Aquarius. This usually means that same old boring way of doing things no longer suits you. You want to mix things up, take a more scattered approach than usual. It’s also the festival of Sementivae, a grain festival that celebrates the sowing of the fields for spring planting. As the old saying goes, you will reap what you sow.

Next week carries us into Februalia, a Roman festival to honor the God Februus from January 30th – February 2nd. Februs was associated with death and purification. The original tradition was a month long period of atonement and sacrifices.

In a more modern fashion, you can recognize the season by getting rid of the things in your life, heart and mind that are no longer serving you. Consider meditating or practice removing negative thoughts from your day. You could simply declutter your home, have an early spring cleaning. Yes it’s still Winter, but it’s over fifty degrees and raining in Rhode Island, so I’m going to call it spring cleaning. I have to say, I really enjoyed Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, Tidying Up! If you need some motivation to declutter, she’s your girl.

I digress! There was a clear theme to me here from the symbolism in the Judgement tarot card, the movement of Mercury, and the mythological festivals of the season. I asked for something to be mindful of, and the answer is release. Ugh, that’s NOT easy sometimes. Time to let it go! It’s all part of your evolution.

 

Here are the articles that I consulted for this blog, check them out!

Astrology of 2019 (Cafe Astrology)

Pagan Wiccan Calendar (Thoughtco.com)

Feriae Sementivae (romeacrosseurope.com)

The Roman Februalia Festival (Thoughtco.com)

 

 

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)