full moon in aquarius

we’re still in dazzling, fiery leo season, bursting with inspiration and adventure - but with so much planetary movement, eclipses, and shifts over the last month or two, this has been a summer of deep transformation and powerful manifestation. there’s a lot to process, to feel, to consider, and today’s full moon in aquarius may feel a bit more intense than usual.

with so many transitions and planetary transits over the last few months, it may feel that foundations are breaking apart, that knowledge is being challenged, that ideas and truths that felt stable are suddenly slipping away. and while this can be frightening, frustrating, or agitating, transformations make space for evolution, growth, and empowerment. leo season has been all about challenging what we thought we knew, finding the confidence and courage to embrace change, and owning our strength and personal magic.

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leo and aquarius are opposites - one hot and fiery, passionate and present, while the other is cool and detached, observant and forward-thinking. both tend to think the best of things, leo finding joy in their personal confidence and courage with aquarius believing the best in others and seeing the possibilities in society at large. and while these signs may not seem completely at ease with each other, especially in light of today’s full moon, this phase invites self-examination, consideration, and celebration. we can find the best parts of ourselves, consider how we can best contribute to collaborate arts and efforts, and honor our victories while also seeing potential areas for improvement. today’s full moon invites collaboration and decisions based around the collective, rather than leo’s focus on the individual, and may force us to spend time with desires or ideas that make us a bit uncomfortable.

i wrote this simple spread as a chance to explore where our focus should be, as well as taking this opportunity to both celebrate and make room for growth. in spite of potential discomfort and growing pains during these long, transformative months, aquarius reminds us to consider the big picture, to dream of a better future, and to invest in personal growth and exploration. with virgo season beginning next week, this is a perfect chance to begin the process of reflection and introspection that the hermit will soon usher in.

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what to focus on: the hanged man. i’ve been seeing so many cards of surrender, release, and patience in the last few weeks, from strength to hecate to the seven of swords. all of these cards keep bringing the same message - i have to let go of expectation, prepare for whatever comes next, and abandon any illusion of control. i’ve been trying so hard to be patient as i continue waiting to see what comes next for me, working to stay calm and not push and practice wisdom, but i’m starting to get frustrated with my lack of progress. and while leo’s fire may be consumed with inspiration and passion, aquarius makes a lot of space for the bigger picture, evolution, and a more holistic view of the world. by embracing the water bringer’s expansive perspective, i may be able to find it easier to surrender to this moment, to find richer lessons in the in the in-between.

what to celebrate: death. coming right after the hanged man both in the major arcana and this spread, my beloved scorpio card asks me to accept something coming to a natural end, and to celebrate the freedom and release that this can so often bring. the hanged man and death both can speak to discomfort in different ways, but giving in to greater powers and allowing fate to guide us forward can often be a relief. this kind of permanent conclusion can sometimes catch us by surprise, but after so many weeks of the same messages to wait and yield and relinquish power, i’m in a space to celebrate this shift and anticipate the ways this change will create new space.

what to shift: the chariot. rounding out this intense trio, the chariot is an archetype of momentum, determination, and focus - and while this powerful movement and drive can be inspirational and powerful in the right moments, right now it’s the kind of energy i need to release. this is a time to stay in this space of capitulation and sacrifice, to embrace the lessons of the hanged man and death, and to resist my urges to push forward. i need to be content to sit in stillness for a time, and see what internal wisdom and magic manifest during this upcoming transformation.

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i’ve been having a tough week, and asked the cards for clear messages - and with three major arcana cards, i’d say the moonchild tarot delivered. and while i’ve been hoping that this lengthy time in the in-between was coming to an end, the cards indicate that i may still have more to surrender. a crossroads is approaching, and i can’t rush my way through it - instead, i need to seek stillness, be aware of the bigger picture, and prepare for further evolution.

how are you honoring today’s full moon in aquarius? are your cards equally intense? if you use my spread, please tag me - i’d love to see your cards and interpretations. have a beautiful moon celebration!

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planetary shifts on august 11

i’m not a trained astrologer, but i find the ways that planets move and impact us deeply fascinating - and august 11th brings a variety of planetary movements and shifts that will have a major impact on energy, potential, and inspiration, providing fresh insights and new possibilities. the lion’s gate portal will still be open until the 12th, offering waves of abundance and joy, and tomorrow jupiter goes direct in sagittarius, making our dreams more clear, and ushering in joy and freedom. additionally, uranus will station retrograde in taurus, revealing ways we may need to shift or grow in order to bring necessary change, and mercury enters leo, boosting self-confidence, powerful expression, and joyful movement. all in all, this is a massive energy shift, bringing positivity, opportunities, and clearing pathways forward. these transits offer us a chance to make adjustments, to invite in growth and change, and to clarify our goals and dreams so that we can pursue them in a more direct way. and with so much potential, a spread seemed like a great way to explore possibility, and to recognize abundance.

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i don’t normally write spreads for transits like this, since it’s outside my wheelhouse, but tomorrow’s shifts seemed too significant to not explore more deeply. and i find that even when i don’t completely understand all of the nuances of something, tarot still finds ways to teach me, to offer perspectives for growth and understanding that allow me to dive deeper and make necessary meaning. after such an intense and transformative july, i’m eager to see what the next few months will bring, and how i can seek joy, confidence, and magic in an intentional and powerful way.

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how can i invite abundance? strength. the birth card of leo, our current season, and a card of maturity, grace, wisdom, and patience. this card reminds us of our wildness and our inner power, while also urging us to wait for the right timing, to not push, to demonstrate control and shrewdness in all things. and while all of this fiery energy has the potential to burn down everything in its path, it asks us to keep a tight leash on that strength, to remember what we’ve learned, to demonstrate our power in the moments we choose to wait. i can invite abundance through patience and wisdom, letting things come to me, not pushing past limits. and by observing before acting, i increase my chances of recognizing good opportunities when they manifest, instead of clinging to possibilities that aren’t right.

where do i need to surrender control? king of cups. an emotional leader and spiritual guide, the king of cups understands the depth and power of his emotions, and doesn’t try to control how he feels within. his power is in his ability to listen, to learn from the feelings he experiences, and to trust his intuition completely. this card is connected to scorpio, my sun sign, and speaks to me of someone that is able to help others get deeper in touch with their own inner magic, to explore the depths of who they are and come into their heart’s power and strength. and yet if i keep too much held back, if i try to control too many aspects, things may fall apart completely. i need to surrender control around my feelings, to let myself experience everything, and to not fear the intensity within me.

where should i focus on growth? four of coins. i tend to have a scarcity mindset, to never feel that i’m doing enough or that i have enough. and while i try to be generous with my time and possessions, i do hold back quite a bit in certain areas, keeping resources like energy and intuition under tight wraps. growth for me in this area may not simply translate into giving more of myself away, but rather in learning to allow those skills to grow and flourish, inviting me to find powerful strength and deeper reserves of magic. and if i keep monetizing everything i love, it may shift my ability to find joy in my work. i can keep some things for me, instead of feeling guilty about everything i’m not sharing.

what will inspire me? the moon. one of my favorite cards and a constant source of inspiration, the moon will continue to be a big theme in my life. her regular shifts, everlasting phases, endless depths and mysteries will keep energizing me, showing me new ways to expand my creativity and magic. this card explores the instincts we often suppress, the dreams we may be afraid to examine, and the unknown depths of our subconscious, all of which offer so much potential for powerful inspiration.

where might this potential lead me? ace of coins. a new endeavor, the beginning of an important and substantial journey, another way to develop resources that feed my spirit and keep me thriving. i love seeing the ace of pentacles in this position, because it’s a card that literally bursts with potential, mirroring the themes of these planetary shifts and movements. potential leads to more potential, and by keeping myself open to abundance, tracing new pathways forward, exploring old themes and new inspirations, i can continue building cycles of possibility for myself.

overall, this spread gives me so much hope for the future. both strength and the moon invite me to embrace my inner magic, power, and instincts, and the king of cups chimes in to encourage me not to shy away from my wildness and intensity but instead to celebrate it. the four of coins urges me not to be afraid to share what i have, but also to keep finding joy in my work and the potential i’m creating. and the ace of coins offers so many possibilities for the future, a chance to build a beautiful new beginning.

these cards are lovely and kind, and feel exactly right for where i am. i need to see abundance where it appears, instead of hanging on to ideas or projects that aren’t manifesting. there are so many options out there, and if i stay patient and observe everything, instead of just seeing what i want to see, i’ll find the opportunities i’m craving. i need to keep trusting myself, to keep finding joy in the things i love, to keep celebrating the inspiration i’ve already found, and it will lead me somewhere beautiful.

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are you doing any rituals or spreads to mark this intense energetic shift? how does this energy differ from the black moon we experienced just a few weeks ago? if you use this spread, please feel free to tag me so i can see your cards. have a beautiful day!

full moon in capricorn & lunar eclipse

with this year’s cancer season feeling especially intense, adding multiple eclipses and mercury retrograde has made the last few weeks heavy, sensitive, and emotional. i’m wrestling through choices and possibilities, thinking through my broader goals and personal ambitions, and it feels like a lot. and yet today’s full moon in capricorn gives us a much-needed reprieve from so much water, bringing in grounded, ambitious, focused earth to help us find our way into fiery leo season.

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eclipses make everything more intense, more amplified, more powerful - but they can also feel a bit chaotic, shifting energy in a way that feels unexpected even when we know it’s coming. the new moon a few weeks ago was also anchored by an eclipse, making this moon cycle a particularly potent and powerful one. and as we prepare to move from cancer’s cardinal water into leo’s fixed fire next week, we have a chance to transform, releasing any lingering fear or doubt or frustration and instead finding movement, joy, and adventure. and while my cards from earlier this month encouraged me to dive deep internally, and to let my inner magic guide my outer passions, today’s full moon is more centered on what i can release.

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what is this full moon asking me to celebrate? three of cups. while reflection and inner wisdom feel like intensely personal, private explorations, i’m still finding new and powerful ways to connect to the people i care about. i’m taking more risks, allowing people to see more of my vulnerabilities and emotions, and it’s allowing me to build richer connections. the chosen family that i’ve found within tarot and the queer community is one that is strengthening and uplifting me, encouraging me to be my true self and celebrate who i am. this full moon asks me to honor that work, and to enjoy the relationships i’ve found.

what is this eclipse asking me to release? the fountain. release the illusion of control, the need to explain or understand or rationalize everything, and instead allow some situations or connections or conflicts to just be. i’m someone that loves to find meaning in things, to tell stories and explore narratives and connect events and people and emotions in tangled, messy, beautiful ways - but sometimes that can get in the way of simply allowing magic to happen, and enjoying the sensation of being small in a vast, mysterious world. this full moon encourages me to release the expectation that i will see it all, and instead to enjoy not knowing.

where can i be more open or willing to explore? the hierophant. a card that came up just a few days ago, this archetype explores the connections between the physical and spiritual, the knowledge of greater powers, the connections to past, present, and future. i’ve been wrestling with this for years, working to understand my conservative religious upbringing and my current use of tarot and spells, but there’s endless trails to follow and paths to discover. this is an important piece of my history, and an essential aspect to keep exploring.

where could i use more structure or purpose? ace of cups. emotions and intuition are things i rarely allow much structure, but letting new journeys or connections follow more specific boundaries or guidelines could help me protect myself in important ways. rather than throwing myself into any new relationship, drowning in sensitive feelings, or pushing past spiritual discoveries, it may help me to create more structure in these explorations. my emotions and responses aren’t random, and finding the patterns that my heart constantly follows could allow me more control over how i respond and act in certain situations.

how does this connect to my progress so far this year? five of cups. it’s been an intensely challenging year, with multiple deaths in the family, several cross-country moves, and shifting career and relationship expectations. i have absolutely experienced loss, and haven’t always had the necessarily time to grieve and reflect on this pain before having to move into the next phase. and yet, there are still cups that are whole and filled, waiting patiently for attention - and i know that i still have people that care about me, creativity to share, ambitions to pursue.

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the cards are spot on, urging me to stay connected with my community while exploring richer spiritual and emotional paths within, and honoring how much i’ve been through this year. healing is rarely linear, and this is a time for quiet rest, compassion for the self, and finding hope for the future. i can celebrate my progress while also respecting the challenges of my journey.

have a beautiful full moon, and remember to take plenty of space and rest today - these are intense and difficult energies to move through. and if you use my spread, please feel free to tag me so that i can see your readings!

mercury retrograde spread

three or four times a year, the planet of communication, travel, and technology appears to move backwards, and also appears to wreak havoc on details, movement, and organization. whether you’re someone that fears mercury retrograde’s subtle chaos or embraces its urgings to slow down and consider decisions, for the next few weeks we are encouraged to move with thoughtfulness, reflect on where we’ve been, and pause our movement forward. and while we’re only a few days in, i know i’m not alone in already seeing unexpected snags and tangles in daily movement or systems.

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rather than stressing over everything we’re told not to do during this particular time of the year, i prefer to lean into this energy and see how it can serve me. this is a chance to revisit our past, to reflect on how we found ourselves on this particular path. it’s an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, past relationships, or connections that have fizzled out. and it’s a time to review old and current projects, to reassess goals, to renew our commitments to work or dreams or plans that we may have let slip away for other things.

in addition to these essential themes of revisiting, reconnecting, and renewing, i’ve also included a card for repair in this spread, a chance to consider something we may need to dive deeper into or take responsibility for. i find that giving the tarot an opportunity to speak openly on certain topics often reveals insights or shadows that i hadn’t seen clearly, and since we’re still in cancer season, this is the perfect time for internal exploration, trusting our intuition, and letting ourselves feel emotion deeply.

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revisit: ace of cups. i’ve been seeing a lot of court cards in my readings the last few weeks, but the ace of cups asks me to revisit the beginning of my emotional and spiritual journey this year - connections, feelings, blossoming intuition. the ace of water reflects the full range of human emotion, and as we move into the last few weeks of cancer season, my feelings are bubbling over, powerful and even overwhelming me at times. this card honors all of that intensity, while reminding me that calm peace and necessary rest are just as important as passionate expression and deep connection.

reconnect: maiden of cups. this card was a very important one for me when i started reading tarot years ago, so for me this feels intensely personal, like a call to remember why began this journey and what it has taught me so far. learning to trust my intuition and embrace my natural sensitivity has not always been easy or pleasant, but honoring the depths of who i am, my passion and desire and eagerness for reflection, has helped me grow into the person i am today. reconnecting with my original reasons for reading tarot may help me find new layers of meaning in my current work, and could inspire me even more in the future.

repair: seven of swords. i’m definitely someone that values my secrets and privacy, builds boundaries and protects myself from so many things. the tarot often encourages me to consider why i’m building walls, and when to let people through them, and in this case it may be that my need for mystery and seclusion has caused hurt, pain, or confusion in those around me. this card often connects to deceit, while encouraging us to grab the blades and consider what will motivate us to action. i may need to do some repairs to relationships in my life, particularly around boundaries, privacy, and things i’ve been carrying within.

renew: seven of wands. a card of independence, activism, and motivation, the seven of wands represents strength of purpose, honoring one’s personal vision, and being willing to stand up for what we believe in. i’ve been dealing with a lot of self-doubt lately, questioning who i am and what i stand for, wondering what my greater purpose is. and while i may not find those answers in this short time of mercury retrograde, i can renew my belief in myself, my trust in my intuition, the magic that i keep building and releasing. this is a card of courage, a reminder to keep pushing towards my dreams and celebrating my progress.

with cancer season’s watery cups and two sevens of assessment and consideration, my reading seems deeply connected to the current season and movements. both the ace and maiden of cups represent beginnings, asking me to reconnect with my origins as well as how i found myself on this particular path. sevens are connected to the chariot, a card of movement and purpose that’s also the birth card of cancer, and a message i can’t miss about remembering where i’m going and honoring my truth. mercury retrograde may ask us to pause movement and consider our full journey, but these cards take it a step further, asking me to remember the core of who i am and the needs i often hide from both others and myself. my reflections during the coming weeks could help me find renewed fire, creativity, and intention for the rest of this year and beyond.

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how has mercury season been treating you? please feel free to tag me if you use this spread, and thanks for reading!

cancer season & midsummer

today marks the beginning of cancer season and the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere, a time when we celebrate the beginning of summer. shifting from gemini to cancer can be an intense transition, as we move from buzzing, electric energy to a calmer, more slow-moving time of emotions, intuition, and protection. and while the lovers encouraged us to find balance within, to honor the various pieces of ourselves, to find freedom both within and in spite of relationships, the chariot pushes us to fly through the world, to show that confidence to others, to move with purpose and determination towards our most important goals and intentions. cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac, giving us a chance to spend time diving deep into our emotions and enabling us to envision a future that honors our most personal needs and desires. when we add the manifestation and brilliance of the summer solstice, it feels like anything is possible.

cancer is associated with the divine feminine and the moon, heavily influenced by her constantly shifting phases and ability to find comfort in shadows. and though for many of us this is the longest day and shortest night of the year, we can still honor those cycles of growth and retreat even as we celebrate the sun in all its brilliance and glory. this combination of energies is the perfect time for reflection on the year thus far, remembering our intentions and measuring our progress towards those bigger, broader goals. when we harness the power of the chariot towards those renewed visions and anchor them in cancer’s intuition, we find a season of intentionality, purpose, and depth.

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i created a spread for today’s solstice, focusing on fire and intention but still honoring the emotion and nurturing power of cancer. my cards for the full moon in sagittarius earlier this week brought some intense messages and rich lessons, inviting me to find deeper self confidence, take pride in the magic and rituals i’ve found for myself, and consider the transitions that are ahead. today’s cards continue that theme, reminding me of how i thrive and encouraging me to move with slow, beautiful intention.

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what is the source of your inner light and passion? two of swords: conflict, balance, blockages. i thrive under pressure, make magic out of struggles, am able to take my frustrations and confusion and channel it into art. when things are even and easy i get complacent, but i find passion in challenges, push against restrictions, and gain most of my inspiration from difficulties and obstacles. this may seem like an odd pairing, but it resonates for me, especially when i reflect on the pieces of writing and creativity that i’m most proud of. light can still come from darkness, and knowing how to utilize shadows can be a strength.

where do you shine the most brightly? seven of wands: courage, focus, independence. i shine the most brightly when i’m willing to stand up for my beliefs and my work, when i channel my efforts into activism, when i believe in myself and the things i’m creating. this is not necessarily a card of ease, instead representing the moment when a projects gets complicated, or when we have to defend our viewpoints and ideals. when i am wholeheartedly invested in my work, when i stop doubting my abilities and vision, that’s when my magic is at its peak.

where could you use more fire? nine of swords: mental illness, nightmares, fear. depression and insomnia will always be battles i’m fighting daily, and it may be useful for me to channel some of my passion and fire into keeping those particular demons at bay. it could also be that examining them more closely could inspire further creative work, that instead of fighting against them, i could reflect more deeply on the ways that these illnesses and disabilities have shaped me.

how can you find your deepest potential this season? two of pentacles: balance, focus, intention. instead of being so focused on production and output, this is a season for slow growth, moving with purpose, and laying a strong foundation for future work. it’s tempting for me to get lost in cancer’s water or the chariot’s powerful movement, but i can find deeper potential in gentle intention. and while i’m eager to work hard, to push myself, to see my dreams begin to manifest in front of me, i can find richer satisfaction in slow, intentional work, and in balancing my needs.

what message should you carry forward this summer? five of wands: needless conflict, loss of direction, disorganization. instead of trying to work on ten projects at once, with scattered focus and a loss of purpose, i need to put my energy into one project at a time. by remembering the beauty i can make out of pain and chaos, honoring my need for independence and channeling my intentions into slow, steady growth, i can build something lasting, and create magic that will continue to inspire. getting lost in unnecessary battles or focusing on pointless details will get me nowhere, but remembering the wisdom of the five of wands will help me stay moving and keep my goals in the front of my mind.

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as with my last spread, the cards aren’t pulling any punches. and in spite of my love of water and excitement for cancer season’s powerful reflections and rich emotional depths, no water cards appeared in this reading. instead, the cards focused on the creativity i harness through challenges, on maintaining balance and focus rather than trying to do too much. my messages for this summer are clear: believe in myself, harness the fire inside, and move forward with intention. this is a season to do a few things well, instead of doing so much that i get lost in it.

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my cancer tarotscopes are live on autostraddle, and geminis can get some extra insights from me over at radical tarot. my minor arcana study on instagram is wrapping up this month, so if you want to be the first to hear about the tools i’m building with all of those writings, please consider supporting my work on patreon. and finally, if you use this solstice spread please tag me - i’d love to see your cards and insights.

happy cancer season and blessed solstice!