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 1 – 7, 2018: Ace of Swords

A clouded had reaches out, offering you a sword representing intelligence. The crown on top of the sword gives you the gift of mental clarity and powerful thoughts. The wreath adorning the crown represents victory and success. This card is your “a-ha!” moment. It also means that you might be entering a situation that is a double edged sword. Or, you might be starting a new adventure that is going to change the way you think.

This week Jupiter trines Chiron. Chiron is a comet, its energy helps you perceive new levels of intellect and Jupiter helps you feel the emotions associated with change. On Tuesday November 6th, temperamental Uranus retrograde enters independent Aries. During retrogrades, we experience slow downs or setbacks in the qualities of the planet. Uranus retrograde means you should probably put your an ego in a time out for awhile because you’ll be seeking some extra attention. Attempts to get special attention will backfire.

The new moon arrives on Wednesday, November 7th in transformational Scorpio. This is a good time to embrace your shadow side. Don’t worry, you will adjust the same way that your eyes adjust to the dark night. Work on shifting the blockages in your life. Be an alchemist. Create new things. Renew your soul before Winter sets in like the landscape of the Ace of Swords.

Use this time to clear out the old ways of thinking that are no longer serving you. Seek truth and justice. Open your mind. Don’t fear the shadows. Be careful not to get swallowed up by your own subconscious. Be smart, but don’t be cold.

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?

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.