January 3 – January 9, 2019: The Knight of Swords

The Knight of Swords is an excellent guide into the new year. He is smart, ambitious, and quite the charmer. The white horse that he rode in on, represents the purity of intellectual energy that motivates the knight to take action. This card is full of motion and energy. This knight is on a mission, and so are you. Get on the horse.

This week, we have four major shifts involving Capricorn, Taurus and Sagittarius, that are going to help us accomplish great things as we set the stage for a successful year.

First, Mercury enters Capricorn on Friday, which has a sobering effect. Our thinking becomes more practical and methodical. We have a more realistic point of view. You might be working on a resolution, a new goal or a way of improving yourself.

Second, we have a new moon in Capricorn and a partial solar eclipse on Saturday. It will not be visible from Rhode Island, but you can click here to see a map of the shadow on Earth. The new moon, in a new year, ushered by Capricorn, is such a perfect combination to make big moves this week.

Capricorn is represented as a goat. Think about the way that goats can climb the steepest, most twisted sides of the mountain. It’s all about using your natural talents, quick thinking and determination. Much like our friend, the Knight of Swords. Use this fresh start to sober up and put in the work that will pay off as you charge towards your goals in 2019.

Third, Uranus goes direct in Taurus on Sunday. Reflect on choices and situations that are present, tangible, happening right now. Work on getting your mind to a place of trust in the universe. Let things unfold.

Fourth, Venus enters Sagittarius on Monday. The romantic feelings we experienced earlier, when Venus was in Scorpio, have developed into more of a universal feeling of love. You might be feeling more adventurous. Take charge like the Knight! Be smart, passionate and risky. Go for the promotion; take the trip; try something new; dream big. Happy New Year!

 

Here are some great articles that I consulted for this blog:

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/

November 29 – December 5, 2018: The Hermit

The Hermit is a wise old man that has retreated into the wintery mountains for a bit of solace and reflection. He carries a glowing star inside of lantern, barely lighting his way. This card comes when you need to trust that the steps you are taking have you going in the right direction. Not everything is going to be revealed to you at once.

What’s going on this week?

Friday, November 30 is the Festival of Hecate Trivia, the goddess of the cross roads. She is often depicted facing three ways and holding torches, so that she can see in all directions. The three sides of Hecate also represent her powers working in threes: birth, change, death; past, present, future; etc. Shakespeare called her the “Queen of Ghosts,” and she is the keeper of the underworld. She is worshipped during Winter, when everything is dormant, the year is ending, and it’s time for personal reflection. I think that Hecate and the Hermit would be great friends!

On Saturday, December 1, Mercury retrograde enters Scorpio. If you are negotiating any new business partnerships, making investments, or spending some savings, it would be wise to wait until Mercury does back into direct motion on Thursday, December 6, if possible. On Sunday, Venus also enters Scorpio which will activate very passionate emotions like ambition or jealousy. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

If you find yourself at a crossroad this week, leave an offering for the Goddess Hecate and kindly ask her to grant your wish. Trust that the road where she shines her torch might not be completely illuminated, but like the Hermit, trust that it’s the right path. Indulge in some alone time. Winter is in full effect here in Rhode Island, so I’ll be cooking up some comfort food and sitting by the fire. Stay cozy my friends!

 

Check out my sources:

http://www.maicar.com/GML/Hecate.html

http://www.witchology.com/contents/november/hecate/

https://associationofparanormalstudy.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/the-festival-of-hecate-trivia/

https://cafeastrology.com/astrologyof2018horoscopes.html

 

November 8-14, 2018: Eight of Swords

A woman is bound and blindfolded, feeling trapped in a prison of swords. The landscape is stormy and gray, indicative of despair and depression. The comfort and peace of the castle are far away. This card represents self imposed boundaries. The ties are not very tight, the woman could free herself from her prison.

Be careful making big decisions if you’re feeling like the Eight of Swords. Your way of thinking is limited, probably because there is a perspective you haven’t uncovered yet.

This week, scholarly Jupiter enters fiery Sagittarius. This energy will increase your cultural and spiritual awareness. The Eight of Swords symbolizes an intellectual assessment of a situation.You might feel like a victim, for very valid reasons. However, it takes an emotional response to pull yourself out of the victim mentality and take back your power. The energy of Jupiter and Sagittarius will help give you a push. Call on them for confidence.

You are able to create your own opportunities and attract good fortune with your energy. Don’t be like the Eight of Swords; make your own path. It’s time to take back your power!

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.

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!

How to prepare for a tarot card reading

Tarot readings are what you make of them. The energy that you bring affects the interpretation of the cards. Before you sit down for your tarot reading, it’s important to be centered in mind, heart and body so that you can get the most out of the experience.

1. Clear your mind

Take some time to consider why you considered getting a reading in the first place. What thoughts are crossing your mind lately? Then, let those thoughts go and practice meditation. When I say mediatate, I don’t mean that you have to necessarily sit cross legged on the floor. You can go for a quiet walk, listen to a guided meditation or a podcast, practice yoga or even take a nap. Come to your reading with an open mind that is ready to receive new information.

2. Feel your heart

What do you want to get out of this reading? You might have a pressing question or situation that you want to discuss, or you be open to whatever the cards turn up. While you don’t need to come with a question, it is very helpful to know what direction you want to explore. The cards can not answer what will happen or what should happen. You have free will and you have the power to shape your own future. The cards are more powerful when we ask for direction or a new perspective. Questions like, “what do I need to know about this situation?” Or “what should I be more mindful of when making this decision?” are excellent ways to start.

3. Center your body

What kind of energy are you carrying with you? Be aware of how your body feels the day of your reading. I always find it helpful to get a good night’s rest, some light excersize and a snack before a reading. You should be sober for your reading, its not good to mix spirits with spirits. Most importantly, relax and make yourself comfortable.

Every tarot reader has a different way of doings things. As long as you bring an open mind, positive energy and a healthy outlook you will do just fine. Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

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How to prepare for your tarot reading