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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.

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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.

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August 9 – 15, 2018: Ten of Swords

Here lies a man who has been stabbed in the back; he is utterly betrayed and hopeless. But wait, on the horizon the sun rises in the sky. This is a reminder that suffering is temporary and dawn will always conquer the night. Part of life is experiencing failures, grief and suffering, but you can always rise again.

On August 11th the new moon will rise in loveable Leo. This is a time to embrace the things that make you feel special. What kinds of skills can you develop that will make you irreplaceable? Don’t be afraid to step into the limelight this week.

On the 12th, Mars turns retrograde in Capricorn. If you have been feeling busy and distracted lately, it’s time to recharge and reset your goals. Take a moment to examine the themes of your life. Ask yourself, “what types of responsibilities do I have, and are they necessary for the path that I’m on right now?” Then adjust your goals accordingly. You will begin to feel a new sense of focus and determination.

Stay in touch with your hopes and your fears this week. Know that everything is cyclical, everything changes. Don’t be afraid to try something new and to really check in with yourself from time to time.