libra season

transitioning from earthy, reflective, structured virgo season into airy, balanced, exploratory libra season always feels like a relief. i love the rich soul-searching and powerful internal understandings that come from virgo and the hermit, love having time to process all the lessons from the previous seasons and make a concrete plan for how to manifest all the of the dreams and visions that have come up - but now we have a chance to lighten up a bit, to seek out pleasure and collaboration, to breathe and ask questions and experiment. libra’s card is justice, an archetype of balance and harmony, and a time when we start to put our ideas and perspectives out into the world, see how they feel when those opinions stop being theoretical and begin to impact our choices and decisions. this season is all about finding our footing, considering multiple approaches, honoring our internal sense of morality and ethics while still understanding that we live in a very complex world. and with the weather turning crisp and cool, this is a time of harvest, to look at what we’ve accomplished and consider what more is in store for us.

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my tarotscopes at autostraddle for libra season are now live, and always include a spread template for readers to plug in the cards i’ve pulled to make a custom reading for the season. but with today also being the autumn equinox, i wanted to create another spread that made space to explore some more possibilities, to find greater potential, and to understand the importance of balance as we move into the next portion of the astrological year.

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what am i harvesting? five of wands. i’ve had so many ideas for projects i want to work on, ambitions to pursue, dreams i hope to manifest - and while it’s been exciting to think through the possibilities, it can also cause internal conflict or a sense of being overwhelmed. too many directions and i end up going nowhere. this season i’ll be harvesting that difficult struggle between wanting to do it all and knowing i need to choose one thing at a time - libra season will allow me to release some of that pressure and instead enjoy the process of creating and collaborating.

how can i find more balance? the star. it’s been a difficult year in so many ways, but i’ve also seen a lot change in a short period of time. the star is a beautiful card of hope and healing, and being willing to consider positive outcomes or thinking more critically about the ways that my struggles have made space for growth could help to shift my perspectives, opening me up to new viewpoints and emotions. it’s okay to not always be okay, but it’s also okay to celebrate progress rather than downplaying accomplishments. the star has enough space for both.

what can be lightened? six of wands. i don’t often take time to feel a sense of pride in my accomplishments, preferring instead to just move on to the next thing. but the six of wands has so much victory, joy, celebration, and ushers in a new period of focused movement and powerful inspiration. libra season is asking me to take time to honor the growth i’ve experienced, the successes i’ve had, and to find joy and personal power in the movement i’m creating.

how can i find my deepest potential this season? knight of coins. pentacles have been a huge theme for me this month, and seeing this determined and resourceful knight, moving with thoughtful patience and deep focus, is incredibly inspiring. i can find my richest potential this season by continuing that path forward, by honoring the work i’ve done and the goals i’ve set, by staying consistent and organized. knights always carry a bit of a warning not to get too lost in one particular energy, and the explorer of earth is a reminder that i shouldn’t be too stubborn, or become unwilling to shift my path forward - libra brings a lot of flexibility, and i need to embrace that too.

what does this darker time of year have in store? nine of cups. this is such a lovely card of satisfaction and success, of acknowledging the wishes we’ve had fulfilled along with the ones we’re still holding close. as the days begin to shorten and the nights grow longer, i’ll find myself proud and content, able to share the work i’ve done with others that celebrate with me. this isn’t a card of absolute completion, reminding me that all of my projects won’t be wrapped up - but it will be a state of joy and happiness, a chance to honor all that i’ve done and continue moving gently forward.

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i love the balance between fire and earth in this reading - it really speaks to the passion and inspiration i’ve been feeling lately, while continuing to remind me that growth requires patience and focus, and is not something that can be rushed. at the end of this journey comes joy and satisfaction, pleasure and pride, and it’s a beautiful thing to be working towards - the work i’m doing and the projects i’m planning all fulfill some deep needs and desires, and i see the star as an indication that maintaining this journey will also bring some essential healing.

what are you most looking forward to about autumn and libra season? what lessons did virgo bring that you can explore from a fresher perspective? what’s your relationship with the justice card, and how do you see its influence playing out in the coming weeks?

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full moon in pisces

early this morning the moon reach her peak fullness in pisces, bringing watery emotion and intuition into virgo’s earthy, organized energy. this combination can be intense for many, since we’re already in a state of quiet reflection on the intense movements we’ve experienced this year - adding in pisces’ deep sensitivity and ability to dive deep internally can make emotions feel wild and out of control. this is a chance to move gently, to be kind to ourselves, to take plenty of space to process emotions and consider where our heart is leading us.

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full moons are about celebration and reflection, yes, but they’re also about acknowledging what is left undone, what parts of the cycle still need to be completed as we begin winding back down to our next new moon. and with this full moon in pisces, i think it’s particularly important to consider what we need to keep in balance, where we need to hold ideas close and where we need to be willing to push ourselves to keep exploring.

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reflect: the high priestess. my birth card has been coming up a lot lately, and balancing this earth and water energy feels like a task she’s well suited for. the high priestess lives in the in-between, hovers on the edges of the veil, is willing to explore shadows and dive deep and trust what she finds within herself. she’s built for reflection, but i think here she’s also reminding me to consider all the sides of myself, the duality i carry, the beautiful contradictions that i keep discovering. all of these things are me, even if they don’t always make sense together, and learning to celebrate and utilize all of my facets only makes me stronger.

balance: king of cups. a card for scorpio and the architect of water, the king of cups is intense and intuitive, able to guide others in their explorations and encourage us to give our emotions the weight and power that they deserve. but this can be difficult energy to keep balanced, as emotions tend to sweep us off our feet, carrying us away on their powerful tides and making it difficult for us to be objective. this is a chance to balance all the water i carry, to pay attention to how my feelings impact me and the ways that i use the knowledge my intuition provides. in what ways am i simply stifling my emotions in order to keep them under control, when i could more actively be working to keep them in true balance? pisces is a lot of water to wrangle, and yet my scorpio sun brings intense depths, often asking me to keep things under wraps to protect myself. the king of cups asks me to examine those competing energies, and to practice better balance around both my connections and my emotions.

embrace: temperance. another card of balancing energies, this one calls out the combination of fire and water more specifically, but has an overall message of harmony, moderation, unlikely alchemy. water’s powerful emotions and earth’s patient practicality don’t always seem to work together, and when we add in fire’s intensity and passion, ambition and inspiration, things can feel like they’re moving much too quickly. but temperance asks me to embrace these differing energies, to let them combine into something powerful, something greater than their sum. by enjoying the awareness that each element brings, i can find myself within them all, and harness my own abilities in their full capacities.

explore: queen of swords. with so much water in the air, and as we continue moving through this grounding season of virgo and earth, air has been in short supply in my readings lately. but the queen of swords is wise and truth-seeking, able to maintain strong boundaries and use her keen, discerning mind to make decisions that both protect and enlighten. the queen of swords is one of my favorite court cards, and seeing her here in all of her prudence and awareness serves as a reminder to keep seeking truth, keep exploring my own mind, keep asking questions and seeing where the search for answers leads me.

there’s a lot of water energy in this spread, which isn’t surprising given my own chart and the pisces moon we’re exploring. but seeing glimpses of air and fire here too remind me not to get too obsessive about my intuition and emotion, to let my passions and observations and constant searching for truth contribute to my decisions, actions, and goals. the overarching theme of this spread is balance, embracing all the different parts of myself - from my intense emotions to my desire for boundaries, my passionate nature to my desire to uncover truth. water and earth are built for reflection, and this pisces moon asks me to keep diving deep, doing the work, understanding my shadows but letting some of the light in too.

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did you celebrate the full moon last night, or will you be performing your readings and rituals today? how is this particular moon feeling for you? what is the combination of water and earth bringing up for you?