Astro-Tarot Retroshade

This week, the stars turn it up to a celestial 11 with Mercury going Retrograde on the 13th and continuing in this way until November 3rd, the U.S. Election. Before you go running to hide, first, cast your vote, it is important. Then, take some time to consider all the lessons you’ve learned in spite of and even because of times that have challenged you. This week we seek insight and reflection to kick off this retrograde season. Find your reading by Sun sight in the stories below.

Libra

(September 23 – October 22)

Knight of Pentacles

This time calls you for a bit of grounding, Libra. Starting at your roots: your home base. This week, spend a little time each day, or even devote an entire day, to making your home space somewhere that centers you and inspires. Place some music, light some incense, tidy up and give those four walls that protect you and all that they hold some loving care.

Scorpio

(October 23 – November 21)

Three of Swords

I agree with the Buddhist teaching, upadhi dukkhassa mulanti, which loosely translates to attachment is the root of suffering. Meaning, living a life that involves loving people, places and things can almost guarantee that at some point, you will be heartbroken by loss and betrayal. Dear Scorpio, I know you feel this. This week would be a good time to honor any (or all) times you’ve been hurt and allowed that to transform your spirit.

Sagittarius

(November 22 – December 21)

Capricorn

Ace of Wands

A walking stick is often used as a companion to movement, a stabilizing force, a means of connecting consciously to the earth beneath you, a guide through rocky or rough terrain or a source of comfort and security. Here, the Ace of Wands, is no different. You’ve got places to go and things to accomplish and goals in sight and the only way you are going to get after it is to… get going.

December 22 – January 19)

Nine of Swords

No one is a stranger to sleepless nights. We’ve all had those hours of tormented worry and alert anxiety. We know we can’t fix all of lifes problems in the dead of the night and yet our mind pounds that drum through the dark. The Nine of Swords acknowledges this chaos and reminds you that this too, shall pass. Before long you’ll be sleeping through the drama, even if it’s not tonight.

Aquarius

(January 20 – February 18)

Princess of Cups Do you remember the first time you saw the ocean? I mean saw it for what it truly was, deeper and wider, more expansive and mysterious than your mind could ever conjure up. I remember realizing that there were places in the sea that not even the light has touched, and yet even in those spaces creatures in the deep exist and thrive. It is time to see yourself for what you truly are: deeper and more mysterious than even you know… consider that even your darkest parts are perfectly functioning, wonderful ecosystems.

Pisces

(February 19 – March 20)

Four of Wands It can feel so strange to approach the holidays of waning year, especially now, from behind our masks of 2020. It’s like meeting up with an old friend and realizing you both aren’t who you used to be. The Four of Wands would say, how fabulous is that? Meet impending celebrations with the thrill of curiosity and newness. Allot this season in life to be different, because it undoubtedly will be. Invite it in with celebratory spirit and rejoice in your ability to meet it in a different way.

Aries

(March 21 – April 19)

Three of Pentacles

Chances are if you went and looked at your call log or messages, there would be the same names again and again. The Three of Pentacles calls to mind the importance of partnership and teamwork in a life well lived. You are only as good as your most ineffective parner. So, when you look at those names I hope all you see is gold stars. If you don’t it might be time to reevaluate your connections. And, Aries, this seems unlikely, but if your call log is a week or more old, it’s time to reach out and build your team.

Taurus

(April 20 – May 20)

XX-JudgementHave you ever noticed that it is always your oldest, most worn in blanket that makes for the most comfortable snuggle? Theres sometimes about the way time and use breaks it in and softens it to curl around our bodies in an almost womb-like fashion. XX-Judgement would suggest that life is like a big, worn blanket, nights of stealing the covers, of questioning things, crying into the fabric of it, the place where dreams arise and escape us, a source of comfort when we feel low, a joyous cocoon at the end of the day. Live in this big beautiful life of yourself, flaws and all.

Gemini

(May 21 – June 21)

Ace of Pentacles

One can’t help but feel intrigued by the metaphysical transformation that occurs when a seed is planted. We watch with wonder as it follows some ancient knowing, splits somewhere unseen, and sprouts green through the soil into the sunlight. LIke seeds, our thoughts can often sit dormant for seasons, if given what they need, they break way to something amazing. This week, Gemini, plant the seed and trust in what follows.

Cancer

(June 22 – July 22)

Queen of Swords

For someone who uses their emotions as a primary navigating tool, it might seem ludacris to be asked to set those aside and go with your sharp thinking, perhaps even sharp lipped mental compass. The Queen of Swords has something to say and it is only because she has taken the time to figure out just what that. This week, Cancer, learn to get what you need, by asking for what you need and by first, figuring out what you need.

Leo

(July 23 – August 22)

IV The Emperor

The yoga mat is collecting dust in the corner, your walking shoes are collecting spiders, the rainbow of farmers market finds have found decay, forgotten and overlooked, the stack of bills has grown and your most beloved relationships are vying for your attention. I’m not sure what’s pulled you away from your priorities, Leo, but it’s time to pull it back together. This week is a good time to renew your commitments, not because you want to but because you need to.

Virgo

(August 23 – September 22)

Ten of Pentacles

What if I told you that in the end you will succeed. What if I told you that in the end you will be satisfied. What if I told you that it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. And I guess I’m saying all that because it’s true. The definitions of success, satisfaction, easy and worth it are dynamic and change with age and experience. Goals shift and so do expectations. So, Virgo, in the end, you will succeed, you will be satisfied and it might not have been easy but it will have been ever so worth it.

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