in a few more days i'll be able to share an exciting announcement about some future work - i can't wait to show you what i've been working on. but this year, i'm going to spend more time being mindful of the astrological seasons we're in, approaching each one with care and intention. i've really loved the intensive tarot study i've been involved with for the last few years, but i want to spend even more time in 2019 linking it with astrology. the two practices go hand in hand, and the more i learn about astrological signs and symbols, meaning and history, the more i feel the connections between the archetypes of the signs and the movement of the stars and planets above. in december i worked hard on a daily tarot instagram challenge, sharing my reflections and interpretations on each of the 22 major arcana archetypes. and looking back on my work around the star, the card connected to aquarius, the theme that hits me the most powerfully is the idea of being firm in our own truth. the star appears after the tower, and while we've just endured the destruction of an important foundation, we are now beginning to come through the pain to the promise of something even bigger. everything we thought we knew has shifted, and now it's time for us to look forward to a different future, to build anew, to start again with wisdom and clarity. the star is not a card of full knowledge, of creating or organizing or fighting - rather, it invites us to hope, to heal, to listen to our inner guide and trust that we know how to move forward, even if we don't have our next steps planned.
while aquarius is technically an air sign, she is called the water-bringer, and is deeply connected to both elements. this duality allows her to be both intensely emotional and also powerfully intellectual, to trust herself fully and move through the world with confidence, independence, and altruism. the figure on the star keeps her feet in the water but her arms outstretched - she is grounded within her intuition, and blends her understanding of the world around her with her own powerful knowledge of the self. the star is about a place of emotion, of recognizing the cleansing fire we've just endured and leaning on both our head and our heart to move through this intense transformation.
as we prepare to move into this new time of renewal and trust, i want to offer a simple three-card tarot spread for aquarius season. as with any spread, this can be tailored to your individual perspective - and as a defiantly unique sign, one that thrives on independence and insight, adjusting this spread accordingly may feel right.
what energy should i bring into aquarius season? five of swords. this card often represents a hollow victory, pushing forward when we've forgotten what we're fighting for, short-sightedness. and while these are rarely traits to emulate or admire, the figure wielding this sword is competitive, determined, and focused. perhaps their goals or methods are a bit twisted, but the energy they bring is one of intensity, strategy, and assertiveness. i have goals and plans, but i may have to fight for them, to prove that i deserve a seat at the table. i won't get what i want without pushing hard.
what unique personal traits should i embrace & celebrate? three of cups. a card of community, honesty, and chosen family, this is one that i've long had trouble with. i have difficulty opening up to others, am slow to build friendships, and am not always good at reaching out when i need help or advice. but i'm also deeply loyal, intensely devoted to those that make it past my walls, willing to give my friends whatever they need to be comfortable and successful. (hello, scorpio sun / leo moon!) time to embrace these traits more fully, to try to open myself more to those i trust, to reach out to those i care about.
how can i find hope & healing this season? ten of swords. release the victim mindset, stop blaming everything else on others, and avoid overthinking. i live with both idiopathic insomnia and major depressive disorder, and i also live in the united states in 2019 and firmly believe that we all have some kind of anxiety disorder now. it is hard to release that tension, to forgive ourselves, to step out of that self-imposed cage and leave a painful past behind. and yet healing cannot be found when we keep ripping our wounds open again and again.
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