Week Ahead: April 16-22, 2018

Wow!! Can you feel the fresh, new energy that seemed to rush in with the start of this week? Mercury Retrograde is over, and that’s only the beginning of the shifts that are underway. Now that we’re back on the “waxing” side of the Moon’s compass, we feel more motivated than ever to really get a move-on with our plans for the future. This is another week packed with astrological happenings! The Moon makes its way from Aries, the first sign of the zodiac (Happy Astro-Moon New Year!) all the way through to Leo — this week begins feeling fresh, new, and full of high, toddler-type energy! Everything feels shiny, new, and full of potential <3<3

On Tuesday around 4 am AST, Venus forms an opposition with Jupiter. This will be felt in the form of recognizing where balance can be found between what we love and our actual “fortunes” — a revelation surrounding what can be done to make use of the skills and resources we already have that will find them expanding. This is closely followed by Chiron, the asteroid represented by the “Wounded Healer,” moving out of Pisces and into Aries around 5:11 am AST. Where before you were feeling those wounds painfully and emotionally, now you are ready to use them as motivation, as fuel to propel you towards bigger and better. Then at 10:04 am AST, Venus forms a trine with Pluto — that Jupiter-revelation is provided some passionate inspiration, the easy support it needs to really gain momentum. Keep this one on the front burner and close to your heart, as you’ll be working on it a while — Saturn goes Retrograde at 10:46 pm AST, finding us slowing down and going back over the details of all that’s been started in recent months. This is a good time to focus on what is already working, what is already in motion — Saturn is great for pointing out mistakes, but also fro providing solid solutions. If you’re proud of what you’ve been doing, this retrograde should be very productive. If you’re not, well — here come boundless opportunities to answer for any slip-ups and to make amends!

Wednesday the Sun opposes Uranus around 11:00 am AST — in a natal chart, this is referred to as a “genius aspect.” Prepare to be massively inspired in some life-changing way!

Thursday at 1:12 am AST, Uranus is Apogee, or at the furthest point from Earth in its orbit — these have been times of sudden and incredible change, and that influence will feel “lessened” at least for a little while. Thursday will be a good day for “gaining your bearings” and regrounding, especially as the Sun moves into Taurus. Focus on stability, but also “treat yo’self” if you feel so inspired — goodness me, you deserve it!

On Friday, the Moon is Perigree (closest to Earth) around 11:42 am, and soon after it forms a sextile with the Sun at 12:16 pm — you will receive an emotional/intuitive nudge that feels positively life-changing, kick-starting an opportunity to really connect with yourself and how you feel about all that’s been going on in your life.

On Sunday, Pluto joins Saturn in Retrograde (both in Capricorn too — holy reflection on our careers and personal progress, Batman!) around 12:25 pm AST. Now we’re in the position to think about all the transforming that’s been going on in a deep, soul-connected way. This will be highlighted in the evening, when the Sun squares the Moon around 6:45 pm AST — you’ll feel challenged, but in such a way that you kick yourself in the pants to really get a move on for the week to come!

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For this reading, I drew from the Wild Kuan Yin Oracle, the Kuan Yin Oracle, and the Feng Shui Tarot. These are my favourite decks for “career”-type readings, very conducive to the astrological energies and the theme of inspiration and opportunity that runs through this week! I laid out a crystal grid of dragon’s blood jasper to connect you with your “inner fire” and help you express it from the heart, red jasper for grounding, tiger’s eye for courage and inner strength, moonstone for connection with and understanding of your personal cycles, black obsidian for further grounding and protection/healing of your personal energy, blue lace agate to help you express your truth clearly and effectively, sodalite to connect you with your intuition, carnelian for creativity and emotional understanding, and red tiger’s eye for even further grounding through connection with your personal passion.

First, let’s look at the Shadow cards, indicating the underlying theme of the week ahead:

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Shadow Cards: 24. Princess of Purity Leaps Across + 1. Bamboo Moon + V – The Hierophant reversed

Yes, if anything the tense happenings of the past few weeks were a “cleansing process,” finding you feeling much freer to dance forth with your own ideas! You have truly grown so much, and are feeling much calmer, much more centered, much more settled in your personal truth. You have broken away from a “larger structure,” whether it was an institution, a person with more social authority, or even just a deep-seated mindset that you knew was oppressing you more than it was furthering your needs. Either way, you have turned the past on its head, and have risen above the tensions to such a place where you can see what you’re working with and you know what you want to do with it.

Oracle Cards: 23. Anchor to Fly + 15. Ivory Swan Goddess

You have been accomplishing such amazing things — it’s been hard to mark your progress because you’re so deeply “in” to what you’re doing. You have come through such a big and beautiful transformation — you are a sight to behold!! And truly, you have shown yourself to be an important point of grounding for others — your example is such that people are turning to you, looking up to you, seeking your wisdom and support on their own paths. This will be overwhelming at first, but is the first sure sign of success in your field — you are doing it, and you are so freakin’ legit that you can know that when “imposter syndrome” starts to creep in and make you want to hide your shining face, you can know that that’s just even further confirmation that you’ve made it and can, should, must continue to shine your unique and important light so those who need it will find you.

Card 1: Focus for the Week: Queen of Wands reversed + 3 of Wands (jumper)

I had to laugh when this pair came out of the deck! This week, there are a few things holding you back from really feeling like you’re “sitting in your power” — and those things are emails!! Or at the very least, some sort of message/communication that you know needs to be sent out, you’ve just been feeling too shy or have been having a hard time finding your words. No need to hold back any more — Mercury retrograde is over and with it some of that tongue-tied, shrinking-violet feeling should lift with it. Getting this done will really free you up to focus your passion more appropriately, and will also help you feel calmer in your interactions with others — lightening your load by checking this off your list will help you feel in a much better place to proceed with everything else.

Card 2: Release: 4 of Wands reversed

LOL!! The cards are being very “direct” this week — seriously, if you get one thing done this week, it’s the correspondences mentioned above. File that application, send that resume, make that phone call. At this point, that is almost the *only* reason you’re feeling less happy than you could be feeling. Just do it! This is something that really, really can’t happen on its own, and it needs your particular brand of passionate fire to be expressed properly. You can do it, and in doing so you’ll feel so much better, so much more responsible, so much more ready to accept the amazing things on their way to you <3<3

Card 3: Energy to Increase: 9 of Cups reversed

It’s true that, especially with Saturn and Pluto going retrograde, it’s time to pull up the ol’ bootstraps and stop being so indulgent. Poop, I know, but in order for things to get moving in the direction your heart wants them to go, sacrifices must be made! This very much agrees with the “release” cards, as well as the Bay Laurel reversed oracle card from last week — the wishes have been made, and now is a time for doing. Get up, get out, and get a move on — in order to fully heal your situation, you need to put in the work. At least you know what to do and have already begun making headway! You know that this is no time for rest — keep smiling, keep pushing through, and know that you are truly making something meaningful through the work you’ve chosen to dedicate yourself to.

Card 4: Best Advice: Knight of Pentacles

Beautiful <3<3 Yes, your best advice now is to make a working plan — hopefully you started this already, and have done a lot of the sentient, “thinking” work towards what needs to be done. Now it’s time to start moving, slowly but surely, aware that it will take a long time to see “results,” but that each step on the path can absolutely be seen as progress. You’ve set all this in motion, and that is something to be so, so proud of! You’re about to be provided with lots and lots of time to try, test, reevaluate, and reconfigure, tweaking your model to perfection for when Saturn goes direct again in September, taking all you achieve in the meantime to new heights. Keep chipping away, keep making adjustments, and always keep your end-goal in mind — you’re making your way up the mountain, and now that you’re equipped with a more solid sense than ever of what you’re really made of, nothing at all can stop you  <3<3

Now for the Higher Self cards, a message of hope moving forward:

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Higher Self Cards: 29. Blessing of the Kite Dancer + 37. The
Lotus Throne + 0 – The Fool

I almost have tears in my eyes at the positivity here! Things really are different, and the shifting that is underway can only bring you to a better place. The winds of change blowing in are here to lift you up, to carry you higher than ever before, but in such a way that you also feel much more stable, much more healthy, and truly, like you are actually blossoming. This has been a long, slow growing process, and it is far from over, but you feel much more open as a result of releasing your expectations and relying on utter faith in the path you have chosen to take you exactly where you need to be. And oh my — are you ever on your way!!

This is a time to persevere with what’s already been started — here comes the tests to the strength of your mettle, but you’ve already weathered so much that nothing can sway you, and what does provides answers surrounding what can still be changed. No need to overthink or get yourself wound up — everyone else is doing enough of that! You are seen as a pillar of strength, even when you don’t feel like one, and all you need to do is keep doing as you observe your own next steps and watch the next chapter unfold. These are exciting times — you are rising up and out of the past, making personal history, and writing the future the way you know it needs to be <3<3

This is an example of the $25 4-Card Reading in my Etsy shop! If you’re interested in a full month of personalized readings like this, feel free to use the coupon code 4WEEKS25 for 25% off the purchase of four 4-Card Readings — the 4th week is free! I look forward to working with you <3<3

Feng Shui Tarot. Eileen Connolly and Peter Paul Connolly. Published by U.S. Game Systems. Scans via Tarot.com, August 27, 2015. Illustrations from Feng Shui Tarot used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 2001 by U.S. Games Systems.  All rights reserved. [Out of Print]

Kuan Yin Oracle. Alana Fairchild. Artwork by Zeng Hao. Victoria, Australia: Blue Angel Publishing, 2012.

Wild Kuan Yin Oracle. Alana Fairchild. Artwork by Wang Yiguang. Victoria, Australia: Blue Angel Publishing, 2015. (pictured: First Edition; link is to purchase Second Edition)

 

 

New Moon in Aries: April 15, 2018

It’s the New Moon in Aries! Just as the Sun moving into Aries marked the beginning of a new astrological year, this New Moon marks the start of a New Year of Moon cycles. The New Moon is the “darkest” part of the month, where you feel most introspective, as well as most aware of what you are ready to let go of for good! This is a time for setting intentions and thinking towards where we want to be at the Full Moon. Happening at 20 degrees Aries, this New Moon will find you very much reflecting on your “calling” and what you hope to do with it.

This Three Voices reading is drawn from the Moon Phases Oracle, the Mary-el Tarot, and the Morgan-Greer Tarot. The New Moon is a great time for Shadow work, and these are some of my facourite decks for that type of reading — dark and serious, but also straightforward and magical ♡♡

I laid out a crystal grid of white opal for Higher Self connection, petrified wood for ancestral support, amegreen to unite your heart and your higher consciousness, moonstone to fully connect with the New Moon’s energy, yellow banded agate to remind you of the brightness of your purpose, carnelian for creativity and emotional understanding, black onyx for grounding and protection of your personal energy, and bloodstone for further grounding through the way you communicate your heart’s truth.

First, let’s look at the Shadow cards:

Shadow Cards: Song + 8 of Cups + King of Pentacles reversed
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Yes, you can no longer ignore your heart’s pull towards something. You’re ready to leave the past behind, fully knowing that this will be a long but absolutely, positively rewarding process. It will require some major personal grounding, as soul-connected work can be very rocky, but you have what it takes to nurture this to fruitition ♡♡

Dusk + 2 of Swords + Queen of Cups reversed

You’re lowering the curtain on how things were, ready to feel your way through the decisions ahead of you. You’re well aware that this will be an intense emotional process, but you are ready to really find out what your soul is made of as you take action on your dreams! The recent weeks have found you pulled all the way down to the bottom of your personal depths, but as a result you have a clear picture of exactly what you’re made of, and you’re ready to take the best and use it to start creating, in such a way that finds you far more open to “receive” than ever before!

Now for the Higher Self Cards, a message of hope moving forward:

Higher Self Cards: Calling + Page of Swords + 5 of Cups

Wowee, following your calling is a running theme across all of this New Moon’s cards! Prepare to run with your new line of thinking, again knowing that it will involve picking your way through old emotional minefields as you explore what can now be released and what should now be pursued. What has been “spilled” doesn’t have to be regarded as a loss — it’s a part of you that you can proudly see as part of the experience that’s brought you to Now, finding you ready to share your story and bare your truth with more authenticity than ever before.

Allow yourself to be vulnerable now, especially where it comes to sharing how you really think, how you really feel, and what you really want from life! This New Moon, take it easy, recharge, contemplate all that’s transpired, and prepare for your personal launch into the rest of your life ♡♡

This is an example of the $10 Super One-Card reading, available in my Etsy shop! Feel free to use the coupon code THANKS15 for 15% off at checkout ♡♡
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Week Ahead: April 9-15, 2018

This is a big week! The year as a whole is gearing up to get a lot more interesting, with the added advice that if you’re still feeling ungrounded at this point, find a way to stabilize yourself as soon as possible — be it a friend who always makes you feel better, a practice that centres you in a spiritual, physical (walking/jogging), or creative (art, music, etc) way (mine is tarot, astrology, and noticing/taking joy in things like clouds, birds, etc in nature). This will be of indescribable value as things start to feel more intense and off-the-rails as the structures we continue to cling to continue to fall away. This year started full of hope, and as it’s played out we’re finding that the “hope” is what we need to hang on to as tightly as we can, because life is working on our side to get rid of what absolutely is not!

Yes, there’s a lot going on this week astrologically — the Moon will be moving through Aquarius, Pisces, and Aries, finding us thinking about our place in society as a whole and using that first for creative inspiration, and then as fuel for some real action. And yet, this is a conflicting energy as this is also the week of the New Moon — our bodies and minds will be telling us to shut down, while the general energy is telling us to amp up and do, do, do! Do your best to find a personal balance here: do what you can, but go easy on yourself when you know you don’t have enough steam to finish something just yet.

On Tuesday the Sun sextiles the Moon around 10:11 am AST, in the form of you identifying an opportunity for personal growth — this may be something you just think on/incubate for a while as you gain a clearer picture of how it can and will play out for you.

On Wednesday the Sun squares Pluto at 1:54 am, closely followed by Venus trining Mars at 3:02 am; you’ll probably be asleep when these transits are exact, which could result in some intense dreams! Try recording them in the morning for answers to add to Tuesday’s inspiration, as you’ll gain a clear picture of what feels like it may destroy you, but with the bonus of seeing how you can use this to your advantage to actually make your life easier.

Thursday Venus sextiles Neptune at 1:26 pm, again providing a cool opportunity to “daydream productively.” You’ll be confronted with both your own fantasies as well as any lingering illusions, in such a way that you can process them better and start deciding what to do next.

On Saturday the week’s opportunities continue, with Jupiter sextile Pluto around 6:58 am — the realization connected with Sun square Pluto will prove its benefit today, and you will receive a massive opportunity to start your transformation’s unfolding. Goodness! Later that afternoon, Mars sextiles Neptune around 2:27 pm, taking Thursday’s daydream and breathing life into it, taking action on it much faster than expected!

Sunday, at long last, Mercury goes direct around 6:21 am — in combination with Saturday’s opportunities, Sunday you’ll wake up feeling like things are different. And they are! Sunday is also the New Moon, the time to set intentions for what to release for good, and the time for thinking about the new beginnings to come as this busy week ends and another begins.

…so many sextiles! Sextiles are the aspects of opportunity, and this week will be full of them, adding to the vibe of wanting to rest but knowing you need to keep going! With the Moon in innovative Aquarius, dreamy Pisces, and driven Aries for its waning period, this is a perfect time for pondering and planning for what’s next.

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This week’s reading is drawn from the Druid Animal Oracle, the Druid Plant Oracle, and the Druid Craft Tarot. I’m surprised that I’ve never read with them together, and love how well they interact — even with one of my own cards thrown in (the oracle decks come with three blank cards to fill in with your own favourite animals/plants). This week’s reading creates such an interesting and cohesive visual story! I laid out a crystal grid of raw carnelian for creativity and full feeling of any emotions that come up, two magnesite to keep you thinking clearly and feeling protected by your connection with your Higher Self, a natural cat’s eye to help you maintain your balance and remain aloof as necessary, tiger’s eye for courage and personal power, leopardskin jasper for empowerment through understanding your personal patterns, falcon’s eye for far-sighted thinking and strong communication skills, and a little pink opal that I added at the last minute because it kept jumping out of its bag — a reminder to stay heart-centered and open against the odds <3<3

First, the Shadow cards, a look at the underlying them of the week:

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Shadow Cards: Frog + Mugwort + 2 of Wands

This week you must, must, must trust that what was going on around the Full Moon two weeks ago is playing out exactly how it should, even if you feel like matters related to it are currently beyond your control. I posted an energy update on Instagram/Facebook (note to self, post those here too) urging you to know that any “wishes” sent out at the Full Moon have been heard and are in processing — allow that to be of comfort to you, and know that whatever is on your plate right now is exactly what you need to be focusing. You are transforming, you are pushing through the mud and muck, and magic really is happening in your life and all around you! You are approaching a massive and important portal, one that really will deliver you much closer to what you do want. Keep going, knowing that where you have chosen to focus your energy is worthwhile.

Oracle Cards: Water Dragon reversed + Bay Laurel reversed

Yes, this week will feel like an emotional challenge, with the “water rising” and tempers boiling over — stay focused by simply “keeping your eyes on the prize,” doing what you can to keep your head above water, and most importantly, trusting that the ball you set rolling a few weeks ago is still in motion even though the outcome is now out of your hands. Indeed, you made your wish, and now it’s time to do your part to “give it legs” — this is not time to rest on your laurels!! Maintain your momentum in the meantime by doing whatever small-yet-active things you can to feel like you’re still making progress.

Card 1: Focus for the Week: Ace of Wands reversed

This week has a distinct “frustration” to it, as you want to begin all these creative ideas but feel held in place by a lack of physical energy, as combined with the weight of the many other tasks that still need your attention. Let the ideas you want to be working on remain lit at your core, fueling you to get all the other cr*p done at whatever pace you can currently manage. Sometimes when we feel stuck in the mud, we’re stuck there for a reason — something in particular needs your creative attention in order to become un-stuck, and addressing then releasing it will help you feel more in control.

Card 2: Release: XIX – The Sun reversed

It’s really, really time to stop believing that you don’t deserve happiness — you do!! And it’s coming to you in a major way. This week will reveal to you the many deep-seated ways that you try to stop yourself, in turn providing the opportunities you need to see these setbacks as stepping-stones instead of blocks. This will require you to look at the past with honest eyes, accepting what has been in such a way that you in turn open yourself to accepting new, lighter, brighter ways of observing and working with your reality. Welcome the darkness to make room for the light — listen to what your Inner Child has to say when it’s decision-making time, and prepare for some incredible insights.

Card 3: Energy to Increase: 6 of Swords reversed

If only we could just “move on” completely when the going gets tough, without having to address the root of those uncomfortable conflicts! This week you realize the full and amazingly healing value of examining past wounds, identifying where your boat has capsized in the past, and finally figuring out a better way to proceed feeling more whole and more connected as a result of actually tying up some mental loose ends. This will continue to be a slow process, feeling like a turtle crawling through a vast excavation site, but you know that you’re not alone in the work that needs to be done and you are finally willing to rip off the bandaid because you also know that nothing can — or will –move forward until you do. Trust that poking this wound will find you feeling empowered, as it will come with some important personal revelations leading real healing.

Card 4: Advice: XX- Rebirth

Yes, this week’s story finds us first as the seed of passion being planted, then born as the Sun-child unsure of its direction, realizing what needs to be done, and stepping back out into the light of day — vulverable and naked, yes, but also upright and more assured of its purpose than ever before. You have been observing yourself and others, weighing your actions against theirs, comparing your contributions to your own expectations of yourself. You are ready to meet and then surpass your own expectations; this week finds you reborn, a fresh and new version of yourself who can be anything you want yourself to be. Do you want to be like your old self, or do you have a vision for newer and far better?

Now for the Higher Self cards, a message of hope moving forward:

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Higher Self Cards: Fox + Cuckoo Pint + XXI – The World

This week holds its share of challenges, finding you needing to think cleverly. Know that any deceptions that have been lingering on will be illuminated, providing you with some of the answers you need to proceed wisely. Things really are coming in to balance, and what happens this week will equip you with all the tools you need to really start creating more, doing more, sharing your truth in a more physical, audible way. In the world card the Sun/Rebirth baby is fully grown, still vulnerable but positively glowing, ready to dance forth into the new cycle, aware of its truth and prepared to share it far and wide.

Truly, this week is a time to really work with what you have; no more wishing, it’s time for doing! …at least by way of planning towards what you now know unavoidably needs to happen. It’s a time to really look at what’s holding you back and consider how you can work with those blockages as you prepare to move away from them for good. Above all, keep your eyes peeled for the bountiful opportunities being served up by the Universe — things are absolutely working to your advantage, helping you to make choices that reflect your true heart and your true self. Be kind, be gentle as this process unfolds — change is uncomfortable and right now it’s happening to everyone. Conduct yourself from a place of love, trust, and openness to receiving what is best for you and yours <3<3

This is an example of the $25 4-Card Reading in my Etsy shop! If you’re interested in a full month of personalized readings like this, feel free to use the coupon code 4WEEKS25 for 25% off the purchase of four 4-Card Readings — the 4th week is free! I look forward to working with you <3<3

Decks used:

The Druid Animal Oracle. Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, Illustrated by Bill Worthington. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1994.

The DruidCraft Tarot. Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Illustrated by Will Worthington. St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

The Druid Plant Oracle. Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. Illustrated by Will Worthington. London: Connections Book Publishing, 2007.

 

Week Ahead: April 2-8, 2018

Hello April! “Time” has felt so funny this year — a couple of weeks ago Steve and I were scratching our heads trying to figure out if it was the 4th or 5th month, when it was still March/ the 3rd month. Now that April’s here it’s amazing to think that we’ve entered the second “quarter” of the year! Most people sense the weight of this year, the air of importance it holds — 2018 is an “11” year, a gateway, a year of finding balance by whatever definition that holds for your own personal experience. The first leg was about gaining your bearings in utter darkness, and now the lights are coming on, allowing you to see how the next steps will take form.

This is an interesting week astrologically, with Mercury (still in retrograde) and Saturn playing major roles — the already-challenged communication planet combined with the planet that gave challenge its name? Mind your words and look for the “lesson to grow on” when things start to feel like they’re not going your way! Mars and Venus play minor roles, carrying over last week’s theme of relationships revealing where they stand and how to improve.

On Monday around 12:44 pm, Mars and Saturn form a conjunction in Capricorn — both are very happy here, and indicate some real clarity coming to you in terms of how to start acting towards getting your life, and most specifically your work/career, in order. You’ll probably find yourself focusing able to get a lot done — but mind yourself when your other duties pull you away from that work.

On Wednesday, Mercury forms a square with Mars, increasing the potential for snappishness and conflicts due to misunderstandings. This will be at its most intense around 8 am AST — watch out for heavy cases of the morning grumps! If you experience mental block in your work, try turning your attention to something more manageable and returning to the original task when your mind wanders back in that direction on its own.

On Thursday, Mercury forms another square, this time with Saturn — this day may feel like a very large challenge, again feeling the most intense around 9:22 am AST, so be mindful of slowing down and going with the flow as best you can!

Saturday brings some ease in the form of a trine between Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn, majorly lightening the load and most likely providing the solutions to any lingering sensitivities from all the Mercury/Mars/Saturn activity through midweek. Sunday too, with the Moon Apogee (farthest from the Earth) in Capricorn — allowing us to feel far less emotional and much more practical about where to proceed from here, as the Moon also enters its Waning Half-Moon phase, the time to begin finishing up with what was started at the last New Moon, and entering the “processing” phase where you give yourself permission to slow down a bit <3<3

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This week ahead spread is drawn from the Mother Mary Oracle, the Art of Life Tarot, and the Impressionist Tarot. I’ve been missing all my “old” decks so much with the huge influx of new ones from my birthday — this is such a wonderful deck combination, and always looks so beautiful in spreads <3<3 I laid out a crystal grid of dendritic/tree agate for protection of the “roots” you’ve planted with seeds from your heart, prehnite to empower you to speak your truths gently but effectively, dumortierite to protect those messages and ground you in their delivery, ocean jasper to help you recongnize your personal patterns and flow calmly above the ones you wish to release, lapis lazuli to further encourage you to speak and communicate with focused directness, and honey calcite for a boost in confidence and a bit of light to add to your sparkle!

First, let’s look at the Shadow cards, a look at the underlying theme of the week:

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Shadow Cards: 31. Our Lady of Sacred Sisterhood + Ten of Wands | “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson + 7 of Wands reversed

This week, lean on your most loving support system — it has the potential to be a real toughie, but you know exactly who to turn to when you need a listening ear and a soft shoulder. You’re so tired, but with good reason! — a quick look back over the past couple of weeks shows how very much you’ve been doing, and while it’s definitely been an uphill battle, know that you are very much poised to be recognized for your efforts. The time is coming where you’ll be able to be able to let up a bit, to slow down and gain your bearings — you need all the energy you can get for the big things you’ve set in motion, so do your best to relax into any downtime you can find to charge up and get ready. Exciting!!

Oracle Cards: 6. Our Lady of the Dark Mysteries + King of Cups | “It is a good thing to be rich and to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved.” -Euripides

Indeed, take this post as something to keep in the back of your mind when the challenges crop up this week –sometimes it can feel so confusing when we stop to analyze what’s happening, when the world feels so cruel and all you’re doing is trying to keep up with the demands and hold what you can together! There there, take heart in knowing that’s how we all feel — and that’s why we get so defensive when our efforts, big or small, are questioned. Try to hear what’s really being said when tones and gestures muddy-up both what you’re trying to express this week, as well as what others offer up to you — especially with your immediate loved ones and the people you need to get along with to keep the world turning <3<3 This week, your real power lies in choosing to release your judgments, in turn welcoming the happiness that comes when people feel safe to voice their hearts and minds.

Card 1: Theme/Focus of the Week: 7 of Cups

Oh yes, this week will feel “unreal” at times — lean in to the confusion, ask questions when you feel like you don’t understand, and know that by this time next week, it will all feel like a dream. As such, don’t put any stock in any emotional grievances that arise — they really will blow over before you know it. The theme of lots of rest is continued here, strongly reinforcing the need to go easy on yourself, “choose not to choose,” pulling back from that which overwhelms you and just taking time to yourself to focus on daydreaming about the “next chapter,” visualizing the things you’ve set in motion and how you picture them feeling and progressing. There’s still time before things pick up again, so even though you’re raring to continue, give yourself time to rest too!

Card 2: Release: 9 of Pentacles

It’s true that your “comfort zone” has undergone some major reconstructions as of late — you barely recognize yourself as a result of the thick, hardworking skin you’ve had to develop! As you read the above with the heavy “rest” emphasis you probably though “right…when?!” Well, you’re right, there’s no time to actually “stop” with what you’ve started — just allow yourself to slow down, to do as much as you feel able, with the encouragement that you can continue to pick up the pace gradually as you ease into your new roles and responsibilities more thoroughly. You’re doing such a great job, and you’re getting yourself to where you want to be — this is the part where you establish the baseline, and continue to build on it and progress from there!

Card 3: Energy to Increase: 5 of Cups reversed

Part of this need to protect your energy is to maintain perspective on how far you’ve come — the heavy-ish astro forecast promises challenging encounters, so keep in mind that there is so much good to come, and that this week’s flare-ups are just blips on the radar that you can sail right through. If your feelings get hurt, feel that through, but do your best not to hang on to it — there are so many new opportunities opening up and being fulfilled. Recognize much of what you’re feeling as imprinted expectation of how things have gone before — things are different now, and it is okay to welcome in hope for the best <3<3

Card 4: Best Advice: XX – Judgment reversed

Wow!! Yes, even though tensions may be high, try to crash through this week with a firm focus on your own goals, on your own pursuits of happiness. Go easy on others when their sentiments don’t quite make their way across — don’t sell yourself short, but do excuse yourself from anything that feels too harsh and come back to it later, refreshed and renewed. Allow yourself to be vulnerable in favour of making your own intentions clear, being fully aware that this is a week of “true colours” being shown, of loyalties confirmed, and of connecting within for the light needed to guide the rest of the way.

Now for the Higher Self cards, a message of hope moving forward:

week ahead apr 2-8 2018 hs

Higher Self Cards: 39. Our Lady of Holy Fire + Five of Wands | “The wisest men follow their own direction.” -Euripides + 3 of Wands

Yes, keep your vision close at heart, as this week will test it — stay true to what you’re so passionate about, and know that any upsets this week will pass just as soon as they started. Your message is being communicated, on some level, and you will be heard — trust in time to deliver the return you seek, and in the meantime, do your best to keep your end of any interactions as calm and noncombative as you can manage — or as is appropriate to protect your sense of integrity! This week’s trials-by-fire can be seen as a purification process, the final cleanse before what you need to hear is heard, and in turn finding things become much, much easier for you and everyone else involved.

This is an example of the $25 4-Card Reading in my Etsy shop! If you’re interested in a full month of personalized readings like this, feel free to use the coupon code 4WEEKS25 for 25% off the purchase of four 4-Card Readings — the 4th week is free! I look forward to working with you <3<3

Decks used:

Art of Life Tarot. Charlene Livingstone. Stamford, CT: U. S. Games Systems, Inc., 2012.

Impressionist Tarot. Corrine Kenner. Artwork by Arturo Picca. Torino, Italy: Lo Scarabeo, 2015.

Mother Mary Oracle. Alana Fairchild. Artwork by Shiloh Sophia McCloud. Victoria, Australia: Blue Angel Publishing, 2014.

Full Blue Moon in Libra: March 31, 2018

Happy Full Blue Moon in Libra! The Full Moon is exact at 9:37 am AST, and I’m here doing my favourite type of Full Moon magic — wishing on bay leaves ♡♡ I write my intentions on them, burn them in an abalone shell, then blow the ashes out under the moon.

To fully understand this sparkling Full Moon’s energy, here’s a little 3-card spread focused on what you’re manifesting, what is currently blocking you, and your best advice for how to comvine these energies fruitfully.

First, the Shadow cards:

Shadow cards: Scorpion + 9 of Wands Rx
You’ve been “stung” recently (or maybe you’re the stinger), and now you are reassessing your personal boundaries in favour of positive change.

Oracle Card: Phoenix

You may have been “burned down,” but oh my, that was just a cleansing process — what was no longer serving you was burned away as well, finding you rising triumphantly from the ashes of the past ♡♡

Card 1: What you’re manifesting: VI – The Lovers
Oh my! This is one of my favourite depictions in the Game of Thrones Tarot. You want to be making better choices in favour of connecting more deeply with the people you care about the most ♡♡

Card 2: Main challenge: Queen of Cups reversed
At this point you’re so worn-down emotionally that it’s more important than ever to remind yourself of what is good in your life, what IS flowing smoothly — there’s a lot!

Card 3: Best advice: II – The Priestess
Melisandre is so appropriate for today! Focus on “making magic” in your life, starting by connecting with your intuition and simply setting powerful intentions for where and how you want to be.

Now for the Higher Self cards, a message of hope moving forward:

Higher Self Cards: Dolphin + 6 of Swords
Happiness really is flowing in — spring and summer are just around the corner, and your mind is 100% in the right place for the healing process to continue ♡♡ Thanks for reading!

If you’re interested in a private reading with me, head over to my Etsy shop! Feel free to use the coupon code THANKS15 for 15% off your reading at checkout ♡♡

Week Ahead: March 26-April 1, 2018

We’re in full Mercury Retrograde mode now, along with these solar flares affecting similar areas of life! I recently read the best explanation of how Mercury’s particular effect on technology, vehicles, and our ability to communicate effectively: Mercury is a planet with a very high iron content, and during its retrograde period it passes between the Earth and the Sun. Basically, an enormous magnet is both blocking our solar energy source and coming closer than usual to our vehicles and technologies, affecting our mental function as well! This is a time to focus intensely on details, making sure everything is done correctly and then checking again, and very much for tying up loose ends on projects you’ve already started.

All that being said, this week Venus (the planet of love and beauty) is our star player, forming a conjunction with Uranus in Aries (the sign represented by the Ram) on Wednesday evening. This is a blending of love energy and change/rebellion/innovation energy — Uranus is a powerfully unpredictable planet, so if things feel extra-weird on and around Wednesday, just hold on to your hat and wait for the flare-ups to settle! And settle they will, with Venus then moving into Taurus in the wee hours of Saturday morning. This is one of Venus’s power placements and will lend a degree of stability to the weeks to come. This is followed closely by a Full Blue Moon in Libra, the other sign ruled by Venus, on Saturday as well, promising to illuminate what’s needed to get a lead on the Balance you have been seeking for yourself and your life.

This reading is intended to represent the energy surrounding the week ahead, and is drawn from the Sacred Rebels Oracle (I used it last week too, but I can’t get enough of it!), Cards of Wellbeing, and The Linestrider Tarot (another new favourite — I was worried about how I’d feel about it because it’s so popular, but oh my, when I was first looking through it I kept bejng struck with the feeling that it was made for *me*!). I laid out a crystal grid of carnelian for creativity and emotional connection, aventurine for heart-centeredness and protection, amethyst for calming and connection with your Higher Self, black obsidian for grounding and healing of your energy levels, tiger iron for further grounding and strength through self-understanding, and Shaman quartz for further healing through Higher Self connection.

First, let’s look at the Shadow cards, for insight into the underlying theme of the week:

Shadow Cards: 29. Seeing the True You + 32. Love + II – The High Priestess reversed

Yes, this will certainly be an interesting week for coming to understand your personal responses! It’s inyeresting that the “Love” card from Cards of Wellbeing showed up in such a Venusian week, along with a major self-care card from Sacred Rebels. The High Priestess reversed suggests that this week, remember that the astrological forecast includes unpredictability and huge potential for change in the grand schene of things, especially where it comes to improving the way you love yourself and, in turn, relate to others.

Oracle Cards: 37. Focus on the Light + 37. Prejudices

Wow!! Indeed, this week it will be extremely to do your darndest to maintain a positive mindset, as judgment will feel harsh and heavy at points — both towards you, as well as in the urge to hurl it out. Throw yourself into what you love and steer as clear of what you don’t as much as you can, although when you do meet pockets of poopiness, just take comfort in the fact that “it all comes out in the wash” and know that after this week, you will have at the very least gained a new level of clarity surrounding the way things will be unfolding moving forward!

Card 1: Focus for this week: XI – Justice

Yes, the week cuminating in the enrgy of the Full Moon in Libra promises that come what may, this week’s events are about regaining balance, determining Right from Wrong, and weighing your actions against your true sentiments. No pressure! Haha — but this does promise to ultimately be a positive, uniting shift, especially where Justice has been showing up reversed the past few week, and now here it is triumphantly upright!

Card 2: Release: King of Wands reversed

This is a time for recharging, for gettimg your space in order, for nurturing the projects you’ve started. It is definitely NOT a time when you need to be 100% on top of things, and you definitely should not be hard on yourself for that. You’re still doing it and Aries season has you chomping at the bit to get everything done, like, yesterday, but just know that it’s so, so okay and so universally natural if that’s just not what’s happening at the moment. Do you right now — we’re in the thick of this massive astrological shift, and you’ll have much more energy to move things ahead once it settles down. Nurture yourself, protect the energy you do have, and recharge for the weeks to come <3<3

Card 3: Energy to Increase: Ace of Swords reversed

These cards are so literal — this is not a time for new ideas, but rather to follow through on the ones you’ve started, including the patterns you’ve been cementing and gaining much better control over. You’ve been acing challenges that would have thrown you for a total loop just a few months ago, and reflecting on these small-but-mighty achievements will help you stay the course through any Uranian torrents that blow through!

Card 4: Advice: V – The Hierophant reversed

This week definitely finds you breaking away from an establishment, turning inward to find the answer to what “traditions” you want your life to be defined by. You will be challenged to hold steadfast to your own core beliefs, perhaps even to defend them, but know that you will be able to stand strong and maintain your inner structures come what may. This week you come closer than ever to unlocking any remaining mysteries — you are thisclose to understanding your situation on an entirely new and groundbreaking level!

And now for the Higher Self cards:

Higher Self Cards: 13. Power of Attraction + 23. Right Direction + King of Pentacles

Truly, you can know that this week begins a cascade of coming closer and closer to the stabilizing, supportive, and plain, simple right-feeling kind of life you’ve been focused on and striving to bring forth. I live the consistency of the message “you’re doing it” over the past few weeks — you really are, and you can trust that everyhing is working out beautifully from the perspective of the divine behind-the-scenes <3<3

This week could very well involve a shake-up of “everything you thought you knew” — stay in touch with how you’re feeling, notice your responses (both negative and positive), letting them wash over you and inspire you to keep moving in the direction you want to be taking — and have been! Everything really is becoming whole, and the pieces that do not fit are falling away to make space for the ones that will!

This is an example of the $25 4-Card Reading in my Etsy shop! If you’re interested in a full month of personalized readings like this, feel free to use the coupon code 4WEEKS25 for 25% off the purchase of four 4-Card Readings — the 4th week is free! I look forward to working with you <3<3

Decks used:

Cards of Wellbeing. Norma Stocco. Lo Scarabeo, 2007.

Linestrider Tarot. Siolo Thompson. Llewellyn Publications, 2016.

Sacred Rebels Oracle. Alana Fairchild. Illustrated by Autumn Skye Morrison. Blue Angel Publishing, 2017 (2nd Edition).

Mercury Retrograde: March 22-April 15, 2018

Here we are at the official beginning of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2018! At this astrological juncture, it appears that Mercury, the planet of communication, technology, and short-distance travel, among other things, starts to move backwards for roughly three weeks! This is an illusion based on the ways that Mercury’s orbit interacts with the Earth’s, but just as we can see the effect of the Moon on the planet’s tides, the effect of the other planets — especially Mercury at the moment — can be felt deeply in our own personal “tides.” So, for the next three weeks (actually, the “Shadow period” of the retrograde doesn’t lift until May 4), take comfort in that you can expect challenges with your phone, computer, gadgets, breakdowns in communication, delays in travel, and any other number of little life-glitches, in the midst of which you can either get frustrated, or you can take a pause to laugh at seeing the direct influence of Mercury — the trickster! — at play. Mercury is going retrograde in Aries, the firey sign of war represented by the Ram, increasing the potential for the obstacles that crop up to make you mad mad mad. Keep this in mind and do your best to stay cool! For the next three weeks, expect the unexpected, and do your best to roll with the mercurial punches. Retrogrades are perfect opportunities to gain deeper understanding of our inner processes, to notice how we respond and react to given circumstances and make adjustments in favour of learning better ways to reground and go with the flow.

For a direct, no-nonsense look at how best to weather this Mercury Retrograde, I did a Super One-Card reading to get right to the point of what we need to know! I drew from the Thoth Tarot, the Art of Life Tarot, and the Minchiate Tarot. I laid out a tiger iron to ground you as much as possible for this astrological transit, carnelian to help you connect with your creativity and develop your emotional understanding, and verdite to help you remain heart-centered and focused on what really matters during this time.

While shuffling, I set the intention that the cards drawn would represent what can be focused on in order to stay grounded when faced with the challenges that characterize Mercury Retrograde.

To begin, let’s look at the Shadow Cards for a sense of the “underlying theme” of this Mercury Retrograde:

Shadow Cards: 2 of Cups | Love + The Hanged Man | “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu + 0 – The Fool

This Retrograde will have a distinct effect on personal relationships — it will be very important to maintain perspective on who you already know your loved ones to be, as everyone will be very much acting out-of-character for the next three weeks. There will be some major “contorting,” and a definite need to do some “bending over backwards” — this will be most essential when you don’t feel like it! Manage your expectations on a minute-by-minute basis, being prepared to release preconceived plans on a moment’s notice. When life seems to be nipping and biting at everyone’s heels in an incredibly annoying way, be the beacon of peace and understanding when you see people stopped in their tracks by the most unexpected baloney. Even and especially when they’re not demonstrating the same amount of understanding — do unto others, right?

X – Fortune + 6 of Swords | “For everything you have missed in life, you have gained something else.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson + 9 of Staves/Wands

Indeed, this retrograde will be a time of real change! The way things go will ultimately prove to be a healing process, one where you are able to set better energetic boundaries in order to protect not only your actual “fortune,” but also your sense of self-worth. A classic component of Mercury Retrograde is being presented with past mistakes, but in such a way that you’re able to really see how they can be fixed — take extra care to cross and dot all your t’s and i’s, and again, be forgiving when others do not do the same. There will be so much conflicting energy surrounding that you need to focus mainly on your own progress — mastering your responses to challenges, maintaining perspective on current battles in such a way that you’re not dredging up past crap to bring to the table, doing your best to keep your energy and spirits in a place where you’re still able to get things done. This is not a time to start anything brand-new, but it is a good tim to tinker with projects you’ve already started, knowing that you’ll readily be able to identify what’s not working with them in order to clearly see what will be a better fit.

Now for the Higher Self Cards, a message of hope moving forward:

Higher Self Cards: Prince (King) of Swords + 3 of Swords | “Difficulties exist to be surmounted.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson + Queen of Swords

Ooh. A message of hope delivered via warning! Indeed, this retrograde has the potential to be a real make-or-break period for personal relationships — everything that has sucked in the past will come to visit, and the true test will be to see if you can address these issues with clarity and emotional detachment in favour of working together to overcome and proceed. Do you want to keep fighting the same fights, or do you want to move towards solutions? Is that something that is possible with creative thinking, or would you rather creatively think of a way out? This retrograde will be full of tricky questions, but you can rest assured that by the end of it you will have at least one foot firmly moving in the right direction, and a much better picture of what you want and how to keep working towards making that your permanent reality <3<3

For the next three weeks or so, maintain a “nurturing” mindset: try to be soft and accommodating, as everyone will be acting like babies who dropped their ice cream. It’s fallen and there’s nothing to be done, but yelling at them won’t help — do your best to communicate yourself clearly, even though it may feel like you’re not getting through. All you can do is keep trying! Release your expectations surrounding absolutely everything for the next little while, knowing that when the dust settles you’ll be able to focus on developing actual useful structures once more. Give yourself permission to rest whenever it all becomes too much — you’ll be far more useful to yourself and others well-rested with your mind as sharp as it can be when we’re all being yanked around by Mercury’s silly, mischievous antics. Hang in there, persevere, focusing on your own definition of your “best self” — feeling ungrounded will be the name of the game, so at least know that feeling that way is 100% normal. Go easy on yourself and the people you love, and prepare for a roller-coaster ride! Keep both eyes open and remember to laugh!

This is an example of the $10 Super One-Card Reading in my Etsy shop! This reading is great for a quick overview of your situation at present. Thanks for reading, and have the best-possible Mercury Retrograde!

Art of Life Tarot. Charlene Livingstone. Stamford, CT: U. S. Games Systems, Inc., 2012.

Minchiate Tarot. Brian Williams. Destiny Books, 1999.

Thoth Tarot Deck. Aleister Crowley. Illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris. Stamford, CT: US Game Systems, Inc., 1983.

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