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/

August 23-29, 2018: Eight of Pentacles

A craftsman is hard at work, his achievements are on display but there is more to be done. This card represents a diligent attitude, suggesting that you are truly applying yourself to a major task. This is a fitting card for the week, because on August 23rd, the sun enters Virgo, which will you have feeling like a bit of a perfectionist. If you are having trouble staying focused, stimulate your earthly senses by exercising, spending time outside and eating well. Then give yourself some space from other people as you get back to work.

On the 25th, Jupiter is going to be in a unique position to Chiron. Chiron is a comet with an erratic orbit. This interaction will make you feel like you are gaining a deeper understanding of your world view.

It’s important that you pay attention to healing your deepest inner wounds as part of your growth.

On the 26th, the full moon enters Pisces, which will open the flood gates to your emotions and the feeling of perfectionism will grow stronger. On the 27th, Mars, which affects energy, will return to direct motion. Any sluggishness or difficulty focusing will subside. You’ll want to accomplish a lot, all at once. Pace yourself, be patient but assertive.

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.