Astrology and Tarot

The Strawberry Moon

Nothing connects me to my childhood quite like strawberry season. I loved strawberry everything – strawberry ice cream, strawberry milk, strawberry shortcake. I remember those frozen strawberry shortcake ice cream bars they sold at the convenience store at the top of my block, which combined all of my favorite things on a stick. But fresh strawberries were the best, and when Grandma took me strawberry picking, I would get caught putting more in my mouth than in my basket.

Friday, May 22nd, we welcome a new moon in Gemini, called the Strawberry Moon. It will be full on June 5th. This month is also known as the Rose Moon, the Hot Moon and the Mead Moon. The new moon in Gemini is a good time to commit to personal goals that express positive energy. It’s a time to explore relationships by taking on new roles, communicating openly, and being brave enough to be vulnerable with your partner. This leads to a sweeter outlook on life, like looking through rose colored glasses.

The strawberry is a symbol for Venus, the Goddess of Love because of it’s heart shape and red color. It’s a member of the rose family, and it is unique because the seeds grow on the outside rather than the inside. The ancient Romans used strawberries to alleviate melancholy, fainting, inflammation, fevers, sore throats, kidney stones, gout and diseases of the blood. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, high in vitamin C and potassium.

Strawberry Quartz

For the strawberry moon, it was clear the that crystal of the month should be strawberry quartz. This crystal strengthens and balances the connection between the physical body and the aura with a gentle vibration. It brings blockages and hidden intentions to the surface to help you overcome problematic situations. It’s a great crystal for your meditation practice because it can stabilize unbalanced energy and bring guidance to your heart. Strawberry quartz is used for uncovering past lives, and for astral travel because it it expands consciousness and grants wisdom.

I am fruitful

I invite you to adopt this new moon affirmation, “I am made for more. I am fruitful. I am special.” Breathe it into your day. You can write it on a few sticky notes and place them where they will remind you. The new moon is the ideal time to start fresh and set an intention for this new phase.

If you have a regular yoga practice, you might start your session with a few minutes in staff pose (dandasana). Here’s a good video about how to do staff pose from my girl, Yoga with Adriene on youtube. This one is super simple, you can also use it for meditation.

Just sit on the floor with you legs straight out in front of you and your hands on the floor by your hips. Lift your chin up just slightly, and sit up straight so that your chest opens. Close your eyes and repeat the affirmation, “I am made for more. I am fruitful. I am special.” It’s so important to say it out loud so the universe can hear you!

Astrology and Tarot

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!

 

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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?

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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!

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August 1-8, 2018: Page of Pentacles

In this card, we see a young man intently admiring the pentacle in his hand. He has everything going for him. His fields are planted for the season, and the harvest is sure to come. Yet, he walks as though there is nothing else around him. Intently gazing at the coin in his hand, the path clears before him. This card is about manifesting your own destiny.

On August 6th, lovely Venus enters balanced Libra and romance is in the air. This is a light and breezy kind of love. Teams will be more cooperative and relationships will flourish. Then on the 7th, Uranus goes into retrograde motion opening you up for higher self awareness.

Be like the Page. He is a romantic; building relationships with the utmost admiration and care.  He makes others feel like they have his complete attention. Because of this personality trait, he achieves success and wealth in his work. This week, you will give yourself over to inner change and growth in response to the changes happening around you. As a result,  you will open the door to a new financial opportunity or a new friendship.