September Tarotscope — Five of Pentacles

With ALL the crazy that occurred in August, we have grown unsettled, internally chaotic, and perhaps a bit lost regarding our connections to our deepest selves. The eclipses asked us to dig deep within and seek our truest desires, all the while fighting our egos, fighting the futile game of “comparison,” and just flat out struggling with adulating and simply existing in a “normal” and actually do-able way. 

And in the chaos, we have lost touch with the material world, and more importantly how to operate and feel supported in that material world. 

In the first half of the month we were confronted with extreme anger and hate of old paradigms that wanted to be released. But as each side tried to hold on to its own perspective, we faced an internal game of tug-of-war as a mirror of the greater external war on hatred, war on seeking equality amidst white supremacy and racism. We were asked by the divine spirit to stand in our authentic (Leo) truths, and yet we felt the pull of falling in line with what others were saying and expecting of us ― the energy of not necessarily following the herd, but of supporting the herd (Aquarius). To shift us out of this energy, the divine spirit asked us to support each other because we so desperately needed it. First half: doing what we thought was externally expected of us; Second half: doing what our own souls internally expected of ourselves. 

Shift to September, post-crazy, and we’re left a bit out of touch with understanding our individual roles in our 3D lives. So the theme of September that we have is this:

 
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RECONNECT TO YOUR OWN SUPPORT SYSTEM

Perhaps, we feel isolated from the divine spirit. Perhaps while we came together to fight for all of humanity, we lost touch with the aspect of spirit that fights for us. The 5 of Pentacles, typically, is a card of financial loss and strife. While this isn't the Rider-Waite deck, the traditional imagery is of two poor individuals who are suffering in the snow outside of a church. They don’t feel supported by that which is “supposed” to support them. They are focused on their sense of lack, on their burdens, and are completely disconnected from their own sense of support. 

Perhaps some of us will see a lack of material support this month. Perhaps the bank of abundance will be a little on the slow side, albeit due to our own vibrations. Or perhaps, we will just need to notice how much we don’t feel supported in our lives, in order to be able to shift to a place or frequency where we DO feel supported. 

Not to play the blame game, but how come those two folks are outside of the church caught up in their woes? Why can’t they enter that church? What is preventing them from realizing that spiritual support goes hand in hand with material support? What is preventing you from realizing how much you are divinely loved? Virgo energy can lean towards self-criticism, so it’s important to remember to not be hard on ourselves. Don’t blame yourself for your circumstances. Don’t even blame your frequency. Just realize exactly what it is that you want, and the way to that thing will open itself up to you. Being closed off to opportunity reflects that we are closed off to spiritual support. Remember that you ARE divinely supported and adored. Remember that you are a radiant beam of love and light. And know that any strife or burdens you may face are in no way a reflection of your true self, your soul, or your essence. They are just opportunities for you to check in with yourself to see how you’re currently feelin’ about the Universe’s love for you in that given moment. 

 

August Tarotscope — The Devil

If you know me personally, you may have noticed that every time I try started a new routine, I only do it once and quit while I’m ahead, never to return to that routine. That being said, here is August Tarot forecast ― which might only see the light of day in this month and this month only. Who knows, maybe it’ll stick! 

What to embrace in this sweltering month of August: The Devil

 
 

FREEDOM FROM YOUR EGO

Surprise surprise since August is ridden with Leo and Virgo energy. Leo embraces the ego in thinking first and foremost of Me, Myself, and I. And Virgo is encompassed in self-criticism and judgement, letting the ego pulverize our self-esteem. Rather than finding the balance between overzealousconfidence and a complete lack of self-esteem,  we are in this month to let go of ALL of that ― we need to abandon both sides of the equation. 

The Devil card shows us how much our addictions have a hold on us. And this can be mental addictions, i.e. negative self-talk and self-sabotaging, or simply put, our emotional, material, and physical addictions.

The purpose of this month for us to is fully release the labels that have consumed our minds ― the silly labels that say, “I’m addicted to _____.” Are you, really now? Who says you’re addicted? Oh right, your EGO. As obscure as it sounds, the easiest way to let go of an addiction or a negative label you have of yourself is just to decide you’re no longer that label. Which is why affirmations are so stinking powerful. Once you shift your thoughts, your frequency shifts, and then your reality shifts. 

Same goes with fear, another energy player in this card. We’re afraid to leave our comfort zones. Who wouldn't be? Comfort is nice, right? Wrong. Comfort is our ego telling us that what we actually want isn't going to meet its standards. Well truth bomb, nothing ever meet’s the ego’s standards. And fear is simply a sign from our higher self telling us that our thoughts our misaligned with our souls. Fear is there to tell us that we have a belief that is out of alignment with who and what we truly are. Recognizing that belief allows us to choose to let go of it, and to choose a new belief that IS in alignment with who and what we truly are, which is unconditional love. 

So this month, when your ego gets ahold of you, and instill fear in your mind, take a deep and clear unbiased look at that fear and really pick it apart to see why it’s affecting you so deeply. Be conscious in the Devil card. Rationally look at the chains that are preventing you from moving on in your life toward the things that you want and excite you. And pick the lock. Heck, you don’t even have to pick it because you already have the key. And the key is your ability to choose otherwise, to choose to exist in a different frequency, in a different reality, and to pursue your highest happiness.

How to Be Your Own Astrologer

Many of us are hearing the catchphrase, “be your own guru” fluttering down the grape vine. In our modern day New Age Era, we’re all being encouraged, both by external influences as well as the nudging of our soul, to pursue our own Sovereignty, to be our own spiritual teacher, and to find the leader that lives deep within our hearts. 

And much like we’re become reliant on priests, priestesses, shamans, etc, to be our spiritual healers, we’ve also relied on various Astrologers to show us the true nature of our soul so we can discover our purpose, our career, our spouse, you name it!  But what if we can use that astrological tool belt on our own? What if we can be self reliant and understand how the Cosmos affect us on a micro every-day level, as well as the macro level of setting the major themes and chapters of our lives?

Many find the initial steps of diving into the ocean of astrology much more daunting than say learning the Periodic Table of Elements by heart. All the planets, signs, symbols, asteroids, stars, you may be thinking, gosh, I can hardly remember my own sun sign! But what if, with a little dash of intuition, and a little pinch of faith, it’s not so overwhelming but rather an exciting journey that allows you to unfold into yourself and your purpose?!

If I caught your interest, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to commence the journey of becoming your own astrologer: 

 

Follow the Moon

 
 

Consider this a trial version of astrology, much like you can get a trial version of various services. The moon passes through all 360º of the zodiac, all 12 signs, in about 29.5 days. Just by following the moon for a month, you can begin to foster a personal relationship with every sign, get a feel for astrology, and see how much of an acquired taste it actually is.

Now how do you do this? Well, I highly suggest you become familiar with an astro-website, or for all those Gemini’s out there, an astrology app for your phone. Pick a website that you resonate with that tells you the phase and astrological sign the moon is currently situated in. Various options include planetwatcher.com, moontracks.com, lunarium.co.uk, or apps such as Time Passages (AstroGraph Software) or Time Nomad (Denis Zubkov). And simply keep track of what sign and phase the moon is in as the days pass you by, and perhaps keep a moon journal to record all of your observations. This can be as extravagant or as simple of a process as you wish it to be. You can journal each and every day and write extensively on your experiences; or you can merely for each sign — not even every day — jot down a couple of words, such as energized, full of ideas, focused, sleepy, cautious, jittery, unfocused, etc.  If you choose to do this for more than a month, you’ll most likely notice that the same energetic patterns repeat and certain moon signs and phases influence you in consistent ways. 

By doing this, you’ll create a relationship with each sign and understand how you can work with it better. Personally, I know gemini moon days make me nauseas and nervous, so I take extra care to ground myself so that my day isn't as hectic as it could be. Following the moon can help you can better schedule the month ahead of you and plan your activities and meetings. If you know you’ll be jazzed to do a project on one day and not another, or if you know you’ll be easily angered or not, you can figure out what days would be best suited for each activity. 

 

Manifest with the Moon

 

Continuing off the moon theme, just like the signs you can follow the phases of the moon and manifest with the lunar energy. Plenty of woo-woo witchy folk (and regular folks too) have been manifesting with the lunar energy for eons. Heck, I use that lunar flow to manifest fruits and veggies in my garden. 

There is a common school of thought here with what each lunar phase means, varying ideas as the idea weaves through minds and souls, coming and going among various people. So you may have heard similar ideas or slightly varying ideas, particular with whether a certain phase is associated with feminine or masculine energy. 

 
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New Moon — Set intentions, plant new seeds — During this phase, and at the exact new moon point in time, the Moon joins up with the Sun in the sky. I often recite the catchphrase: our solar, divine, aware consciousness aligns with our lunar, hidden, subconscious, ie what we think we want lines up with what our higher self wants of us. The magician joins forces with the High Priestess, so that with finite divine wisdom, and infinite divine power, magic and miracles happen. I consider this phase to be feminine, since we typically withdraw into our souls. Since the moon is out with the Sun during the daylight hours, the night is fully immersed in darkness and the Stars are bright. We need to rely on the light within our souls to guide us. This phase is the ideal time to plant a seed, to set an intention, and to begin a new cycle of sorts. The sign and natal house that each new moon in is gives you hints as to what you have the most potential and power with manifesting with each lunar cycle

 

First Quarter Waxing Moon — Take action; set the energetic tone — This lunar phase is associated with growth. It is the time that we take inspired action towards our intentions. It’s when we set out and actually do the things we want done. With a waxing, or growing moon, energy has the potential to exponential multiply upon itself, so we need to make sure we are cultivating our desires and our intentions so that they can grow and bloom, rather than find a hiatus. It’s a very masculine time when we need to externally take action and put out into the Universe what we want to see come back to us. During this time the moon appears slightly after the Sun in the sky, showing up sometime in the late morning and beautifully visible on the horizon in the post-sunset painting of the sky.

 

 
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Full Moon — Celebrate; Find clarity —The full moon aspect of the lunar cycle is the point at which we observe our current position in our present cycle. We, as solar energy, have a clear and full view of what is happening in the subconscious waters of our lives, our lunar energy. The moon and sun are as far apart as they could possibly be in the sky, so we can look at each one individually and understand our situation better. Full moons are a time that things begin entering a mode of culmination, fruition, climax, etc. It’s when we can see the consequences of the intentions we took 6 months prior and all the actions that have happened since that initial moment. It’s a time of a-ha moments, a time of celebrating, and sometimes a time of the opposite, and we realize we are on the wrong cycle and need to cut it short. Regardless, it’s a time of clarity. And going back to that tarot theme, we can see full moon as the emperor and empress joining forces, nurturing and grounding us, and showing us the real, material, tangible results of feminine and masculine energy coming together, ie creation. I see this lunar phase as both masculine and feminine. Historically, women celebrated and danced under the full moon, representing an energy of people coming together, relating to one another, and connecting; and connection to me is a feminine thing, compared to masculine individuality. But at the same time, there is a sort of masculine rationality to this phase, by seeing what’s at play, by observing, we can make rational decision with out newfound wisdom. So, we can see a combination of feminine and masculine energy here.

Third Quarter Waning Moon — Reassess, reevaluate; clean up the details —As the lunar energy decreases, and as the moon rises and sets later and later in the night sky, we are influenced by the energy of the waning moon. The main theme of this phase is decline. It is a time to reevaluate and reassess the things that have happen throughout the first 3 phases of the lunar cycle. A time to close loose ends, to fix mistakes, and to settle things that have gotten out of order, whether that’s simply a chaotic schedule or a dispute with a person. I find waning moons a good time to clean and declutter so that there is a clean fresh start when the new moon comes. Waning moons are ideal for releasing ego and expectation of what is to come next. It is a rest period before the next new beginning. So it is important to prepare oneself for the next introspective phase. It good to get all the small affairs in order, cross things off our to-do lists, so that when the time comes to introspect and listen to our inner soul, we aren't pestered by all the things we need to do.

 

 
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Take It Slow

Another way to slowly hop onto the Self-Astrology train, is to psychoanalyze yourself planet by planet in your natal chart, but most importantly, at your own pace. 

There are a myriad of things going on in each individuals birth chart, and a way to not get overwhelmed by it all is to pace yourself. Pick one planet to start with, and stick with it until you feel fully comfortable with its energy, meaning, and can explain to someone else what this planet means to you. Read articles, books, and watch videos that explain how this planet expresses it self in its sign in your chart, as well as all the other signs. 

If you followed the moon, you probably have a slight feel for the energy of each sign, so you can guess how this planet would act in those signs too. You’ve already spent a month creating a relationship with each astrological sign. So, if you haven't guessed my theme yet, I suggest you also create a relationship with each planet too. Really get to know how you work with it and how you can incorporate its energy in your life to the fullest potential. By tapping into the relationship you have with the planet you cantune into the place and trace the planetary energy already has in your life. 

 

Excavate Your Past

My last tip for you is to dig deep into your past and think back on all the major shifts you've had, all the huge changes, and upheavals of your life as you knew it. I would bet that all of those events were marked by exterior planets majorly affecting a prominent point in your chart. 

When I began learning astrology, I did this. I went back to see what the planets were doing during the crazy moments of my life; and all of those moments had a transit from Pluto, Neptune, or Uranus impacting a point in my natal chart. Seeing how the major planets influenced me on a personal level allowed me to truly understand how they work and what changes they can bring. 

If you try seeing how one of these planets are affecting you in the present moment, you might not fully understand the whole picture. These planets’ influence lasts from about 1 to 2.5 years, and it’s hard to predict who you’ll become when you come out of it. But when you look back to see how they molded and shaped you thus far, you can more easily predict what     plans they have in store for you in the future. 

To reiterate my point, create a relationship with astrology and its influence on you. Understand the connection you have to each planet, each sign, and each astrological energy that you come across, whether it’s a star, asteroid, or galactic energy. By doing this, you can empower yourself to see how the Cosmos have shaped you on your human journey thus far and you can prepare yourself for all your future experiences to come. 

 

In love + light, 

Lora 

The Hullabaloo on Retrogrades

Life is a multifaceted coin, and in that, as is every aspect of life. Hardly anything is simply black or white, including an ado of astrological energies.

April is teemingly riddled with an array of retrograde planets. And as a part of those retrogrades, there are "harsh" aspects occurring among Venus, Chiron, and Saturn. But it's important to take into consideration the fact that "harsh" is a subjective perspective. All astro energies can be interpreted in many different ways, depending on both the eyes and the heart of the receiver. So we can simply say that "all is" — all is good, all is bad, all is all, and therefore labels such as good and bad lose their relevancy. All simply is. So while there is a heavy square occurring in the stars, how we deal with and embrace that square is entirely up to us as individuals.

But let's go back to the retrogrades first. In order of appearance, we have:

Jupiter | February 5 (23° Libra) — June 9 (13° Libra)

Venus | March 4 (13° Aries) — April 14 (27° Pisces)

Saturn | April 5 (28° Sagittarius) — August 25 (21° Sagittarius)

Mercury | April 9 (5° Taurus) — May 3 (24° Aries)

Pluto | April 19 (19° Capricorn) — September 28 (17° Capricorn)

During Mars rx, last year, I talked extensively, about the actual physical process of that planet’s retrograde movement. For Mars, and the other superior planets, they go retrograde when they are on the far side of Earth (Planet — Earth — Sun) making an opposition to the Sun at some point during their retrograde. And for the inferior planets, Venus and Mars, they go retrograde when they’re between the Sun and Earth (Earth — Planet — Sun) making a conjunction to the Sun during their retrograde. ThePlanetsToday.com was an incredible website to visually see this happen, but they have since changed their site and now you can’t manually zoom forward and backward in time too much, or see the lunation of each planet on any given day. Welp. But they do have full year videos that you can watch (about 2 minutes long) that allow you to see the movement of the planets in correlation to Earth and Sol.

Now, there’s usually a lot of hullabaloo about retrogrades since many consider them, in particular Mercury, to be times when life falls apart at the seams. And I believe there are 2, among many more, main perceptions about retrogrades, that revolve around the Sun, pun intended. The Sun means a various lot of things, astrologically, one of those things being divine consciousness. Sun… Sol… Soul… the collective SOUL of humanity….  So the Sun has a natural ability to purify and vitalize the energy of other planets. Let’s quickly remark that the light we see of each planet, moon included, is sunlight, being reflected from the Sun, off that planet, reaching our wee eyes. But the Sun is also associated with our egos, craving the spotlight and attention.  And so when a planet is conjunct the Sun, it can be either located on the far side of the Sun or on the near side, depending on the Planet. (Earth — Venus/Mercury — Sun) or (Earth — Sun — Planet)

In a chart, the way most astrologers interpret a Sun-Planet conjunction is that the Sun eclipses the energy of that planet. The Sun is SO big, and SO bright, that anything next to it fails to be noticed. Any planet conjunct the Sun would be “visible” when the Sun is out. But it’s rather hard to see any planets in the sky when theres a big glowing orb next to them, let alone trying to see any star during daylight hours. It just doesn’t happen. So that planet isn’t able to fully express itself. It’s cast off to the side where it goes unnoticed as the Sun takes the stage and shines for all to see. This can cause the energy of that planet to get irritated and lash out, or to bottle itself up and turn immensely inward and not at all express itself in a healthy manner. 

Mercury | inability to communicate and gets irritated when she/he can’t express themselves properly

Venus | bottling one’s feelings in a relationship and not expressing her/his her feelings, and getting angry when other people don’t understand how she/he feels 

Mars | too much bottled up energy that doesn’t have a proper outlet; which can mean someone who treats all of life as a competition or has temper tantrums frequently

Jupiter | spirituality and optimism lack in comparison to the ego; an external authority figure judged this person for their belief system causing the person to lose their own faith or to get irritated when spirituality is discussed 

Saturn | person’s desire to work and be responsible overshadowed by their desire for fun and being center-stage, leading to irritability and frustration when work and responsibility is necessary 

So, a big concept here is that a conjunct planet to the Sun causes some trouble in life. But let’s flip back to that other school of thought. Physically, a planet conjunct the Sun (when it’s on the far side) has ALL of it’s energy pass through the Sun and get purified and vitalized before it reaches Earth. So a person with a sun-planet conjunction has divine solar consciousness affecting that planet, allowing it to be a connection to their Soul and a way they understand their spiritual self. Side note: perhaps it’s through the irritability of the conjunction that they need to heal and thus they better understand their soul through that energy?!… perhaps not. But here goes my point that things are not black and white. A planet conjunct the Sun can manifest so many various ways. And as can a retrograde planet! 

When a planet is retrograde (let’s stick to Mars — Pluto for now), it is on the far side of Earth, being illuminated by the Sun, but not passing through the Sun to get to Earth. And physically speaking, the period during which those planets are retrograde are the times that they are closest to the Earth, having their energy reach Earth faster than when they are direct. So these planets have a stronger pull on Earth. So we can apply the two schools of thought here: either retrogrades are marvelous times because the planet’s energy is stronger, allowing us to better work with it and manifest whatever we want to manifest. Or, since it’s not getting purified by the Sun, harsher aspects of the planet come through and cause a bit of strife. But actually, same goes for Mercury and Venus, when they are retrograde, they are closer to earth, and not going though the Sun to get purified.

So for all of these retrogrades up in the air, you get to decide which school of thought you follow. You get to decide how you’ll let the planetary energies influence you. And most importantly, you get to decide what you do about it.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” JKR

 
 

And the same applies to the “hard” aspects occurring between Venus, Chiron, and Saturn, you choose what you make of it. 

As Venus and Saturn retrograded, they formed a square on the 8th, then Venus stations conjunct Chiron on the 14th, and as Venus moves direct she makes another square to Saturn on the 21st, and as Saturn continues retrograding, he makes a square to Chiron on the 30th. So basically, all of April is riddled with the energies of Venus joining with Chiron and the pair squaring Saturn.

Chiron represents our deepest wounds — the aspects of ourselves that we shun and hide away from, the vulnerable aspects of our selves that our ego's feed off of, the trauma that lives inside of us energetically that we may or may not be aware of. And Venus retrograding and stationing to reach Chiron shows that we are in the midst of healing and rediscovering those lost parts of ourselves. We are opening up to the wounds that we've long forgotten. And we are needing to care for them, to nurture them, and to love those aspects of ourselves.

Venus began retrograding in Aries, indicating a need for intense self love. And now in Pisces, she needs us to find deep profound compassion for ourselves. We need to love ourselves unconditionally. And to do that, we need to love hard on those wounds and vulnerabilities.

And with Saturn at play, we need to ground ourselves in this healing journey. No more bandaids on our emotional and energetic wounds that need serious surgery. No more quick fixes. Pisces and Sagittarius, the current home of these energies, are highly spiritual signs and are encouraging spiritual healing. Chiron, no less, is represented in the stars as the constellation Sagittarius, where Saturn is currently situated.

Before we can progress with the journey of self love so that we can love others, we need to dig deep down into our personal energetic bodies and nurture those parts of us that lost faith. There are dreams you had for yourself that you gave up on. Your inner child had her or his hopes wayyy up high and was ecstatic about the journey ahead. But as you grew, your ego did too, and those hopes died. Your inner child lost faith. And that connection was severed. Not absolutely completely, because you ARE your inner child, and so a fragment of hope will always be burning, but Source is telling me that it's pretty damn bad right now. With Venus soon to go direct and recross into Aries, there is a chance for that inner child to come out and play once more. It's time to heal the wounds and to let them scar over so that you can move past the pain body your ego is thriving off of.

Visually, the image that Source is sharing with me ain't pretty. I see your inner child trembling with fear. Some deeeeep scars are keeping her or him at bay and there is a tremendous amount of healing that needs to take place for that sense of safety and security to be in place. Lots of lower chakra work is needed: Saturn is associated with the Root Chakra, and Venus with the Sacral and Heart Chakras. And earlier this year we have been very much in the upper chakras with Jupiter and Uranus stirring our Third Eye and Throat chakras; we perhaps have neglected those lower chakras more than we anticipated to, and now we're experiencing the repercussions of that. Let go of your need to appear a certain way. Let go of your voice for a quick second, and sit in the silence of your soul. What do you hear?!?! What needs to come out, that you've not giving a chance to??

As much as these retrogrades have various meanings and interpretations, there is another that is applicable. Retrogrades can be a time to turn inwardly and reflect, since they move backwards in the night sky, encourage a pulling back of their energy. Instead of moving forward with the planets' energy, we need to move inward. So do that. Stop trying to externalize your energy, your healing process, the work you need to do. Instead, listen to what your soul is asking of you. You may feel the astro gravity tug and pull at you, but it's up to you to decide where you lay your roots and where you choose to be. No matter what's going on, what's influencing you, whatever is externally impacting you, there is an ecosystem living inside of you and it's up to you to maintain that homeostatic symbiosis. And if you choose to maintain that internal system, to nurture to heal, to give and take where need be, then just about anything you desire can and will flourish.

 
 

And on top of all that, the Sun has been making a square to Pluto, and Jupiter will be making a conjunction to the Moon during the Libra Full moon occurring during the late hours of the 10th of April. This will encourage transformation and even further discovery into our shadows and what we need to heal and/or release. While it may be spring, the spring in our step may take a month or two to arrive, after the heavy energies settle down. 

Love, light, and much peace to you, 

Lora