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Well, it had to happen eventually.

Last week, after 31 consecutive days of posting tarot readings, I finally missed a day. Not for any particular reason, I just didn’t manage to get ready in time. I suppose that makes the project a failure, by the original rules, but I still plan on doing 365 total readings.

However, I did decide to take a week off from posting, which is why I haven’t been active lately. Writing actually does take a lot out of me (well, everything does, really) so even if I don’t really accomplish anything else in a day it’s still a pretty large investment of my energy.

I’m still doing readings every day, and I still have all the pictures of them for days I missed, and one day this week I will probably get all caught up, but right now I need to focus on things like finding a job and managing to get more than two consecutive hours of sleep a night.

I hate to be “that guy” to put this project on the dreaded indefinite hiatus, but I can only play the hand I’m dealt. Hopefully you understand.

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What long-term goals do I need to set?

 

In honor of completing one full month of daily tarot readings, I decided to trot out a new spread I adapted based on the simple three-card Body-Mind-Spirit spread. The question I asked was “What long-term goals do I need to set for myself?” The inner triad represents the three goals for my body, mind, and spirit, and the outer triad represents how I can best accomplish these goals, while the shadow card rests in the center as the connecting card.

For the Body goal we have the Five of Cups and the Seven of Pentacles. The Five has connotations of loss or bereavement, an odd card to place here. It could mean that I should be more intentional about appreciating what I have, but if we take it in the context of what grieving does for us, it could be saying that I need to heal and move on. The Seven suggests that the way to do this is to move in a new direction, which will be more rewarding. Basically, I need to take stock of my situation because what I’m doing and the way I’m dealing with things isn’t working out so well, and there’s a much better way within my grasp.

For the Mind goal we have Temperance and the Star. In this context Temperance calls to mind the fusion of new and different ideas into a new ideology or paradigm. It could also be that I need to avoid excessively indulging in things that make me feel good (i.e. playing too much Pokemon) and avoid leaning toward extremes. The Star says that the way to do this is to stay inspired. Tranquility is key. I need to find faith in what I’m doing, and have faith that everything will work out.

For the Spirit goal we have the Sun and the Queen of Swords. The Sun represents enlightenment (in every sense of the word) and can also have undercurrents of experiencing vitality and greatness. This card represents my ultimate spiritual ideal, to shine forth brilliantly in power and truth. The Queen of Swords suggests an interesting path to attainment, though. It could be that I should seek someone like myself, but further down the path, who can model these attributes for me. Alternately, it could be saying that experience is the best teacher, and that being honest with myself and being ale to laugh at myself as I seek out new experiences will serve me the most in my spiritual quest.

Underlying it all is the Moon, which says that the theme linking all these goals should be using my imagination and exploring my subconscious. Overcoming the fear of the unknown will be my biggest obstacle. However, the Sun and the Star will help me shine a light to dispel all illusions.

[This reading was done on 10/23/13 at 8:18pm EST]

What will bring me luck this week?

Today, October 22nd, marks the one-month anniversary of the Tarot Every Day project. I finally did it, a whole month of daily tarot readings…!…and I’ve been too busy to celebrate. Maybe tomorrow I will do something special, but today we’re going with our standard 3-ish card spread and asking “What will bring me luck this week?” The shadow card in the middle represents the thing that will bring me luck, and the three surrounding cards represent the things that will help me bring it about.

In the center is the Hanged Man. This card can represent giving up control, switching priorities, or even sacrifice. It is a somewhat paradoxical card in that it embodies overcoming by doing nothing. It is the immovable object which weathers and absorbs the unstoppable force. This card could be telling me that I need to be the calm center in the midst of the storm, because emotions WILL be running high, but getting caught up in it is only going to make things worse for everyone.

The first card that will help me do this is the Emperor. In the context of the Hanged Man, this card’s message is simple: control yourself. Rather than asserting my own authority (although there may be moments when that is needed) I should allow myself to submit to authority figures in order to make things go more smoothly.

The second card that will help me is the Wheel of Fortune. Usually signifying a change in luck, really it can represent any kind of major shift for better or for worse. This is somewhat appropriate since I’ll be going to my cousin’s wedding this weekend. This card is pretty straightforward; I should do whatever I can to help set up/clean up wherever I see the need. This isn’t the time to sit back and blend into the scenery.

Finally we come to the Hermit. This card hasn’t shown up for a while, even though it’s supposedly my “life path” card (you can find out what yours is here). This card has connotations of withdrawal and introspection; curious because the other cards seem to indicate getting involved and putting my own desires on a shelf. So what does this card mean? Probably: keep your opinions to yourself. No one cares about or needs to know what I’m thinking. In fact it might be best to avoid conversation altogether and keep myself busy with whatever is at hand that anyone needs help with.

Well, that was easy. Interpreting the cards in this triad sort of way is a lot easier than simply throwing the cards down and trying to decipher them cold. Looking at the elements represented here, we have four Major Arcana vying for dominance (Actually, I just noticed that this reading is entirely Major Arcana. Odd.), but not only that, all four elements are present. I’m almost shocked. Could this mean that I need to do ALL THE THINGS? Maybe. Considering I will be around a lot of people, brushing up on my shielding couldn’t hurt. There are four days left before the wedding (I think) so maybe I will just pick a different psychic technique to practice each day.

[This reading was done on 10/22/13 at 11:59pm EST]

What do I need to focus on this week?

 

Going a bit non-positional again today, as we begin the week. However, I decided to impose a bit of structure on the spread and interpret the shadow card as the “premise” of the reading, and the other three cards as the things that will help me deal with this situation, with the question being “What do I need to focus on this week?”

The Ace of Pentacles tells me that my focus should be primarily material. There’s a definite need for practicality, which could point to a need to take care of my body, or to buckle down and get things done. This is fairly appropriate because I have a busy week ahead, so maybe the rest of the reading will tell me how to get through it.

The Sun tells me to harness my natural vitality (ha) and become a force to be reckoned with. I need to stride with confidence – but also be aware of my limits. That said, it’s not going to hurt to aim high here. I should give every task my best shot.

The Two of Pentacles tells me to not stretch myself too thin. I need to be flexible and not take on more than I can handle. However, I still need to make sure all my bases are covered; especially the ones that I’ll regret neglecting later. Throughout all I need to keep my spirits up and not forget about having fun.

The Knight of Swords tells me to be myself. Although, it wouldn’t hurt to be a less intense version of myself. There may be moments when I need to take control of a situation, and that might require being a little assertive. However, if I can rein in the sarcasm it will help things go more smoothly.

 

Well that was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be when I first looked at this spread. I might do this for all my “non-positional” readings from now on, unless another pattern presents itself. Looking at the elements represented here, Fire obviously wins as the only Major Arcana’s element, so that means I’ll be channeling Fire this week.

 

[This reading was done on 10/21/13 at 11:30pm EST]

Who am I?

 

Laying here under my electric blanket, my only shield against the cold, harsh realities of life, I feel overwhelmed with this philosophical feeling. In my imagination, the mysteries of the universe open up to me, and I gaze out at creation in awe and wonder. The stars whisper to me their secrets as I ride across the galaxies on a burning comet, leaving a vapor trail of sparkling dream dust. As I skirt the event horizon of an ancient black hole, I can only stare into the abyss and ask, “Who am I?”

Just kidding, I totally stole the idea for today’s spread from this girl. Trying to top the Dragon and Triforce spreads with last week’s Pokémon spread left me feeling tapped out all week, so I’m scaling it waaaay back and doing a simple “Who am I?” spread — but with a twist! For each point in the star I drew the shadow card as well, from the bottom of each pile, which I chose to interpret as reverse cards for no reason in particular. I normally don’t use reversals so this will be good practice for me.

The first step in doing this spread is to separate your deck into the Major Arcana, the court cards, and each individual suit, giving you six piles total. I chose to shuffle all of these piles individually after separating them out (not that they were in order anyway). Next, draw a court card and place it in the center – this is you. Then you want to draw a Major Arcana for the top point of the star, and going either clockwise or counterclockwise, lay down a card from each of the four suits.

This is you – Knight of Swords. No real surprise here. Blunt, opinionated, and analytical, sarcasm is like a second language. I can be brutally honest, but I choose my words carefully. I also have a medical condition called Stupidity Intolerance Disorder. If I think for a moment you indulge in habitual willful ignorance, I won’t hesitate to cut you out of my life.

What embodies you – Temperance. This card suggests a pulling together of disparate elements in order to form a cohesive whole. It also has connotations of balance and finding the middle road. This is pretty much the approach I take to everything. I don’t so much have role models as much as role…behaviors. When I see someone do something in a way that I like, I emulate that behavior; even if that person doing it isn’t someone I really care for at all. It’s how I approach spirituality as well, informing myself about different belief systems and seeing what resonates with truth. Whenever I want to learn to do something new, I try to learn all the best techniques for it and use them in concert, rather than taking on one whole discipline and following it strictly.

What grounds you – Two of Pentacles. In the same style as Temperance, this card is typically interpreted to be about balance, although it doesn’t quite carry the same weight. This seems to say that I’m most grounded when I go with the flow and adapt quickly, forcing myself not to settle and get into a rut. This constant balancing act keeps me honest with myself, because I learn very quickly what I need to keep hold of and what I need to let go of.

What affect you – Nine of Cups. This card can symbolize dreams coming true, getting desired results, and experiencing sensual pleasure. This is, uh, probably a little more accurate than I’d like to admit. My “love language” is definitely physical touch, and I do spend a lot of time daydreaming. There’s no greater feeling than a project coming together in JUST the way you imagined it, or even better than you’d hoped. Y’know, other than sex I guess.

What inflames you – Three of Wands. There’s an old saying – it’s not the destination that’s important, it’s the journey. Well, that’s bullshit. However, there are few things as exciting to me as exploring the unknown and blazing a trail (maybe literally) through the wilderness, using all my wisdom and expertise to survive what challenges may come. I don’t go unprepared though; I take a long time in planning and getting myself ready so that when the time comes to take the leap, there’s nothing holding me back.

What elevates you – Ace of Swords. Been a while since this one came up for me. This card is about primary mental force and the singular search for truth. I’m at my most spiritual when putting the pieces together (Temperance) that allow me to see clearly the essence of a person, teaching, or situation. I bring all my knowledge and experience to bear in order to cut through illusions.

This paints a pretty nice picture of who I am – but every hero has his shadow, as they say. Now that we’ve completed the five-pointed Star, it’s time to take a look at the Shadow Star. This set of inverted cards displays my weaknesses, or the person that I could become if I gave into my darker desires that bring out the worst in me.

 

 

Who amn't I?

 

This is you – King of Pentacles Reversed. Normally this card is all about generosity and reliability, but as its position illustrates, I have the potential to be greedy and obsessive, letting money slip through my fingers as I ineffectually try to throw it at my problems. This takes being stubborn to a whole new level of obstinance. It’s my way or the highway, and no I won’t give you a quarter to call someone who cares.

What embodies you – Strength Reversed. Put simply, the opposite of Strength is Weakness. It depicts a nature of constant worry and self-doubt, as resources are frittered away on temporary pleasures. It also implies a lack of discipline, allowing distractions to take up the time and energy that would be better spent on trying to accomplish my goals.

What unbalances you – Queen of Pentacles Reversed. This card could perhaps show being attached to a woman who is just as petty, obsessive, and insecure as the Reversed King who is childishly obsessed over her. They feed off of each other’s insecurities in a cycle of negativity. It could also point toward a fixation on an “ideal match” and holding vastly unattainable standards.

What isolates you – Ace of Cups Reversed. This points to a lack of empathy that comes from being self-absorbed and repressive. As such, whenever I talk I want to talk about me, and I tend to gush out all the repressed emotions about the perceived trials and tribulations of my life. Truth be told, his rollercoaster ride of emotions is mainly self-induced.

What frustrates you – Eight of Wands Reversed. Delays, delays, delays. Impatience is the mother of all frustration. I can’t wait for things to line up or obstacles to clear out – so I jump in and and do it anyway. This inevitably leads to screwing things up and wasting time (and probably money) cleaning up the mess. Having so many ideas bouncing around in my head like hailstones makes me impulsive and unfocused, so I start doing one thing and by the end I have twenty things to finish.

What depresses you – Six of Swords Reversed. Normally a card of leaving the past behind and starting anew, reversed it indicates an inability to deal with emotional baggage that is holding you back. This typifies the person who lives in the past, constantly beats himself up over past mistakes, and resists necessary transition. It could also imply holding onto grudges, and refusing to forgive people for supposedly “unforgivable” deeds.

 

Ah, the journey of self-discovery comes to a close. That wraps up this reading, I suppose. Be sure to go to the Enchanted Learner‘s blog and give her some love. Like me, she’s just beginning her tarot journey – kind of.

 

[This reading was done on 10/20/13 at 11:23pm EST]

 

What are the cycles in my life I need to be aware of?

 

In the last reading I used the cards to take a look at my own personal energy to see what kind of influences were at work around me. This time I’m taking the larger view, but keeping with the same theme, and asking “What patterns in my life do I need to be aware of?”

In the center is the Sun, the most important or prominent pattern in my life at my present moment. It suggests confidence and understanding, and can also be a symbol for enlightenment, highlighting my search for truth. In contrast to the Hermit, who withdraws to seek the truth within, the Sun shines a light forth to find where that truth is reflected in the world. This card also appeared at the center of the last reading’s spread.

Crossing the Sun is the Seven of Wands. This can sometimes point to being aggressive or having a forceful personality, but it can also be about having conviction and relentlessly pursuing what you want. Confidence and conviction often go hand in hand, so when one falters the other is brought low as well. Taking the Sun and the Seven in tandem, it speaks of “rising above” challenges and challengers.

To the left is the Five of Pentacles. This indicates a pattern of “not having enough,” not being emotionally or spiritually fulfilled or simply not having your physical needs met. There certainly seems to be a cycle of falling short (be it of money, energy, or tact) just when I’m starting to get on top of things.

To the right is the Emperor. This illustrates a new cycle of control and dominance that is just beginning, or will soon begin. It could be about bringing some new structure into my life or implying that I will take on some sort of leadership role which will characterize a new period in my life.

Above is the Tower. This typifies my conscious desire to tear down old ways of thinking in order to make room for new ones. It could also be about how I see it as my mission in life to help people achieve a change of perspective. In the negative sense, it could also describe some crisis that I am still consciously dealing with and working through which takes up a lot of my resources.

Below is Judgment. Typically linked with the idea of forgiveness, this card illuminates my subconscious desire to forgive — and forget. Sometimes the forgetting comes first though, so there could be things in my past that I need to forgive in order to move on. However, it can also point toward hearing a call or awakening to new possibilities, like how I’ve been trying to “awaken” my subconscious and be more in tune with it.

Atop the staff is the Knight of Pentacles. This is where I am focusing my attention, where by actions informed by my beliefs are taking me. I’ve certainly been trying to be hardworking and thorough (in terms of this blog), but I also have a stubborn and cautious streak. If you view it as patterns I’m trying to create, it could speak to forming new habits, like with the way I’m picking up meditation again.

Next on the staff is the Six of Wands. This is a pattern I see in the world that I would like to be a part of. As a card of triumph and acclaim, this could be representing my desire to surround myself with successful or talented people. In the negative sense, it could point to feeling like everyone else has “made it” in a sense, and I’m feeling left out.

The penultimate staff card is the Wheel of Fortune. Now this is an interesting card to draw here, as it represents a pattern in my life that I really need to become aware of, but haven’t quite glimpsed yet. It could be that I don’t really see how my luck is changing, or that I don’t realize what a turning point in my life I’m at. While I have been experiencing change, maybe I don’t yet understand how deep that change really goes.

Finally we reach the final pattern, the pattern that all other patters are, um..patterning. It’s the “outcome” card, so it represents a pattern that hasn’t formed yet, but will form if none of the other patterns are changed. This pattern is characterized by the Eight of Wands. This could be that there will be a time of great activity in my future. It could also be a time of “wrapping up” things I’ve been working on and showcasing them to the world. Really it signifies making progress.

So there we have it. A somewhat comprehensive overview of the patterns in my life. Fairly positive overall, but a few things I could work on improving.

[This spread was done on 10/19/13 at 10:28pm EST]

What is the energy surrounding me?

I’ve been having trouble getting a handle on my readings lately, mainly, I think, because I’m not really ready to take on non-positional spreads yet. So today I figured I’d take a step back and get some perspective. The question I asked this time was “What is the energy surrounding me?”

This spread is kind of a bastardization of several five-card spreads I found, since I couldn’t find just one that fit what I wanted. The graphic below will tell you how I laid the cards down, and what they mean. (Please forgive my poor photoshop skills)

energyspread

The center position represents the energy that you, yourself, emanate simply by existing. If you choose, you can take it to mean the nature of your highest self. In my case, it is the Sun. This is a card of life-giving energy, radiating vitality, freedom, and self-expression. This seems to say that my energy necessarily seeks ways to bring “life and light” into the world by connecting to or inspiring others. Considering my background, I’d say this is a highly appropriate card to draw here.

The Hierophant represents the energy in my aura that is in harmony with my center card. It suggests that my personal energy is strengthened when I am acting on strongly-held beliefs, which I have come to hold after much seeking of truth. It also seems to say that my energy seeks to express itself within groups I identify with.

The Two of Wands represents the energy in my aura that causes dissonance with my center card. This is very telling, as I’ve always had a problem with indecision. While I can often make procrastination work in my favor, it usually takes me a really long time to pick a direction and move, as I try to weigh my options. Sometimes I’m glad I waited, other times I’m really not.

The Empress represents the energy that is seeking to express itself in my aura. It is a nurturing energy that works to manifest abundance. It also has a touch of idealism. It is a primary creative force of expression, flowing directly out of the identity of the higher self. This card could suggest that I should open myself up to the power of unconditional love.

The Queen of Swords represents the energy that is present in my aura, but dormant. You can choose to interpret this as the “missing piece” if you wish. This card could be telling me two things. First, that I’m missing the kind of person that embodies the Queen of Swords in my life. Second, that I’m neglecting those qualities within me that the Queen of Swords personifies. It could also mean both. It’s possible I’m repressing some emotions, which is having a negative effect on me. It could also be a sign that I don’t know what I really want at this stage in my life, and I’m somewhat at a loss for direction.

If you want to you can go into the half-steps (i.e. Active-Positive, Active-Negative, Passive-Negative, etc.) to give yourself a sort of personal energy graph. I won’t do that here, for the sake of getting this post up before midnight.

 

I hope you get some use out of this spread, should you choose to use it.

[This spread was done on 10/18/13 at 9:10pm]

What is one change I can make right now?

Yesterday’s reading showed me that my main asset right now is Strength, but it left me hanging a bit on how to apply that strength. Because of that I decided to ask “What is one change that I can make right now?” Hopefully this will give me some direction.

For this reading I pulled three cards and the shadow card. Since I drew two Major Arcana, I decided to bring them to the forefront and interpret them together. The two Minor Arcana serve as a backdrop, or perhaps a specific application of the other cards’ themes. I also decided to reduce every card to a single key word, and then go from there.

The Emperor most commonly refers to control. The Emperor is a ruler, and as such, holds the authority to exert his control as he sees fit. When he speaks, people listen, for the consequences of not doing so would be dire. However, as with any leader, his authority comes from his followers who choose to invest it in him.

To me, the Magician can only mean one thing: power. He is the master of the elements, weaving arcane forces into tight patterns to accomplish his will. Unlike the Emperor, his power doesn’t come from people, but from the Universe itself. However, it is a different kind of power. Whereas the Emperor has the power to move nations with his words, the Magician’s raw power moves the earth – literally.

Woe betide the man who crosses one who has both.

Between these is the Five of Wands, which symbolizes conflict. Whether it is from the environment, other people, or yourself, this card brings to mind locking horns with something or someone and trying to impose your will onto them.

Underlying this is the Four of Swords, which symbolizes rest. This is the act of withdrawing and recovering from mental fatigue, although it can also be taken to mean recovering from illness or resting to prevent illness.

So working backwards from this, it seems that rest is the issue here that is causing conflict, in this case within myself. Since there’s no one in my life I’m in conflict with right now (at least that I’m aware of), I take this to mean that I’m tired of resting, but there’s not much that I feel like I can do about it, and this causes me a bit of frustration, since I’m not the type of person who likes to just accept things as they are.

The advice of the Major Arcana seems to be to take control of this conflict by exercising a little spiritual power. Instead of dwelling on my dissatisfaction, turn this time into an opportunity. How exactly? Er…hell if I know. My best guess is that I need to be spending more time meditating and manifesting my intention. If I didn’t know better I’d say the cards were urging me to finally take up spellcraft.

[This reading was done on 10/17/13 at 11:55pm EST]

A while ago I decided I wanted to take a closer look at astrology. For those of you who have been living in a cave in the Arctic tundra, astrology is the attempt to determine the influence of the heavenly bodies on our lives. This is not to be confused with astronomy, which is the study of the content of outer space itself.

Astrology holds that the stars and planets in our sky exert a certain spiritual pressure on our planet that causes us, as individuals and as a people, to behave in certain ways and develop certain characteristics. Now, I have always been skeptical that constellations millions of lightyears away have any bearing on our growth and development. That isn’t to say that the idea behind astrology doesn’t have something to it. It’s entirely possible that the practice of astrology does measure something that has some type of influence on us.

So to take a deeper look at this somewhat controversial practice, I decided to go to a website and get an astrology chart done. Since it’s all done by math, this should be accurate whether or not an actual person does it. However, I am aware that since the interpretations are pre-scripted and heavily generalized, an automatically generated chart will necessarily return more contradictions than one done personally; but since I can’t do it myself and I’m not going to pay someone to, here we are.

What I’ve done here is posted the results of the astrology chart, with my thoughts interjected here and there. It may seem a bit lazy, but it seemed like a good idea at the time, so I’m gonna roll with it. This way you can see for yourself what it looks like, and what I was thinking when I read through it. My thoughts are in italics.

LivingNexus astrology chart

 

Rising Sign is in 14 Degrees Aquarius

You like new ideas and concepts, but you prefer to discover them by yourself — it is not easy for others to convert you to anything. You form your own opinions, but once you do form them, you then want to convince everyone else that they are correct.  Except this always turns out to be a waste of time.  Try to be more tolerant of the opinions of others. You have a deep and abiding interest in science, mathematics, and the great social problems of the day. Very sympathetic toward the downtrodden, equality is your battle cry! You demand that those in authority be fair to all. You are an intellectual — emotions and emotional people are difficult for you to understand.  Very true.  You are known for being calm, cool, detached and objective.

Sun is in 20 Degrees Cancer.

Very emotional and sensitive, you have an intuitive understanding of the “vibes” around you. You tend to be quite generous, giving, loving and caring, but only when your own needs for emotional support, love and security have been met. If they are not met, you tend to withdraw into yourself and become very insecure and selfish. Your home and family (especially your mother or the person who played that role for you early on) represent security for you and thus assume a larger-than-life importance.  Not really.  Very sentimental, you have vivid and long- enduring memories of the past.  True, although I detest nostalgia, or being ruled by the past.  No matter how well adjusted you are, you will always need a secret quiet place of your own in order to feel at peace. Feeding others can give you great pleasure  Yep.  you would enjoy being part of a large family.  Nope.

Moon is in 11 Degrees Cancer.

For the most part, you are very strong and secure emotionally. You intuitively know what to do to make others feel comfortable, loved, accepted and needed. Not really.  Doesn’t this contradict me being unable to understand people?  You naturally enjoy feeding and taking care of others. Be careful that your mothering does not turn into smothering. At times, you tend to feel that those to whom you are attached can never do anything without your assistance and support.  Moreso in the past.  Extremely sensitive by nature, it hurts you deeply whenever anyone criticizes you.  Maybe if it’s someone I really care about.  You have an almost desperate need to be loved and wanted and needed by everyone with whom you come into contact  Not really,  and you go out of your way to be accommodating to them.  I do try to be accommodating, as a rule.

Mercury is in 01 Degrees Cancer.

Your emotions tend to rule your thought processes.  Not any moreso than any other human being.  You have difficulty seeing life objectively.  Actually I spend a great deal of time trying to be objective. Didn’t you say that’s what I was known for?  You have an excellent memory, especially about things to which you have formed an emotional bond.  Emotion and memory are well known to be linked, so yes.  You prefer ideas and thoughts that are known and familiar, and therefore tend to dislike fads or radical ideas.  I dislike fads as a rule, but I also love trying new things, even if for no other reason than to prove myself right by writing it off.  The beliefs and traditions of your family and culture are very important to you.  Not any more.  Your thinking becomes quite unclear when you are emotionally shaken — try not to make major decisions when you are upset. Let things calm down first.  This is just general advice applicable to anyone.

Venus is in 15 Degrees Gemini.

You are friendly, warm, open and tolerant toward others. You love variety in relationships, indeed you may even prefer to maintain more than one relationship at a time!  Um? Maybe if I’d had more than one.  Very witty and humorous, you have the ability to amuse and please others. This makes you quite popular. You love to play the field and thus find it difficult to settle down and make any deep emotional commitments.  Not sure what this means. I tend to only have one or two close friends at a time, but not for some desire to “play the field.”  Your innate charm and vivacity makes you welcome most everywhere you go. It’s sweet of you to say so.

Mars is in 29 Degrees Pisces.

Very sensitive and vulnerable, it is difficult for you to assert yourself.  Definitely.  At times, you feel quite tired and you will require a lot of sleep in order to maintain your health and your strength.  God, I’d sleep 12 hours a day if I could.  You are at your best when you act without your ego being important. You can be very unselfish and considerate of the needs of others. You get the most satisfaction by giving to others when you expect nothing in return. Beware of a tendency to want always to work behind the scenes or to become overly deceptive by doing things behind others’ backs.

Jupiter is in 28 Degrees Taurus.

Growth only occurs for you after you have found a stable lifestyle and a dependable, protective and secure environment. You are at your best when those around you provide you with a great deal of affection and support. When you feel insecure or threatened, you tend to become possessive and grasping and self- indulgent.  Not so much on the grasping, definite check on the self-indulgent.  You are an inveterate collector with an expensive preference for all the good things that life has to offer.  I guess you can say I do have expensive taste, and I do have a tendency to collect things I wouldn’t call it “inveterate.” I don’t collect compulsively just for the sake of collecting.

Saturn is in 27 Degrees Sagittarius.

Basically quite conservative, you respect traditional authority figures and are very thankful and supportive of the laws and institutions which govern your life.  Depends on the context, but not really. I have little faith in our government and there’s never any guarantee that the police aren’t corrupt. I’m glad that we have laws, but I don’t necessarily trust in our laws when the ones making them and enforcing them are so untrustworthy.  You learn and accept new ideas only after having very thoroughly examined them. Ideals and abstract concepts are important to you only if they can be used in some practical fashion.  I prefer practical theology, yes.  You are so practical and so orderly that you have natural skills in planning, administrating and organizing.  Why, thank you for noticing.

Uranus is in 28 Degrees Sagittarius.

You, and most of your peers, have the tendency to think that all ideas, customs and traditions from the past are outmoded and irrelevant.  Doesn’t this go directly against respecting laws and tradition mentioned earlier?  You are attracted to radically new ideas, philosophies and religions that will, hopefully, cause sweeping changes throughout the world.  Basically true, although I prefer to think of it as illuminating our past rather than burning it down. It’s plain that we need a change.

Neptune is in 08 Degrees Capricorn.

You, and your entire generation, will idealize work, practicality and the ability to attain reasonable goals. But, because you will also stress the need to be selfless and giving, you may find it difficult to attain your goals unless you have lowered your expectations on all fronts.  I don’t know about my generation, but I’ve never idealized work, or felt the need to derive my identity from what kind of job I had.

Pluto is in 09 Degrees Scorpio.

For your entire generation, this is a period of intense research and discovery in areas that were heretofore considered mysterious, remote or taboo. The root causes for many complex occurrences will be unearthed due to the intensity and thoroughness of the search.  Well that’s encouraging at least.

N. Node is in 15 Degrees Pisces.

You’re attracted to others who need your assistance. You seem to go out of your way to form relationships with those who are weak, sick, injured, addicted or troubled in some way or other. At your best you can indeed provide the relief that others need. But at times you can be victimized by those who would prey on your good nature and take advantage of you. This can lead to all sorts of negative situations — make sure that those you assist are truly worthy of your time, energy and commitment. A little enlightened self-protectiveness on your part can make your life work much, much smoother!  This is true, I’ve learned the hard way that I need to be careful about who I help.

 

Messing with the formatting on this post was a nightmare, so I’m calling it a day here. I hope that this post illustrated that individual experiences always trump cosmic forces. As you can probably tell, I don’t necessarily believe in the Law of Beginnings as such. Some time soon I might make another post looking into the nature of astrology and how people use it. Feel free to comment with your own astrology experiences, or any thoughts you had while reading this post.

What is my greatest asset right now?

Nothing like a little swordplay in the moonlight to clear the mind, and the soul. Although it takes much training and force of will to master, you feel most alive when you let the sword dance to its own rhythm. Like a sword piercing the air, hopefully these cards will pierce the veil of my unknowing and tell me “What is my greatest asset right now?”

I chose to let the first card represent my asset and the following two cards explain the context in which I may exercise it. I also pulled a shadow card to give further context about the hidden aspects of the first card, or what I most need to know in order to fully apply it.

Not surprisingly, I suppose, the first card is Strength. Perhaps not physical strength (though I don’t consider myself a pushover), but rather mental or spiritual/moral strength. However, as many decks portray with the image of a woman resting her hand in the mane of a great lion, this card represents strength under control.

Death comes next, suggesting that I should apply my strength toward a rebirth of sorts. This card says that I need to let go of the old self and embrace the new. As a context for Strength, it could be that my greatest asset right now would be to subdue my lower self in order to let my higher self come into expression. This may speak toward the way I have been trying to tune into my subconscious mind in order to be more aware of it, when what I need to be doing is aligning my subconscious with my higher values before I let it speak.

The Eight of Wands bids me to act. This card suggests that I need to be actively applying my Strength, and in doing so experience the successful resolution of my rebirthing presented by the Death card. The work I’ve been doing so far has prepared me for this time of mindful activity.

Underlying Strength is the Eight of Swords. This card represents restriction, confusion, powerlessness – everything that goes against the other cards in this reading. In this reading it takes on much of the character of Strength Reversed. It is my antithesis in this situation, and pinning down what it means exactly will take a bit of work. As a Swords card it can represent mental barriers that I’ve placed, maybe for good reasons, but that are now hindering me. As an Air card it could represent a spiritual attitude or pattern of thought that is tripping me up. It looks like I’ll have to do some introspection to figure out what exactly this might be. However, I can feel confident that whatever it is, Strength will lead me out of it.

[This reading was done on 10/16/13 at 11:59pm EST]