It's Monday the 29th of October, and another opportunity to do one of these. I've used the Halloween Oracle by Stacy DeMarco again, last time until next year. As always, you don't need to do anything to participate; just focus on the 3 cards and pick one, then look in the comments to see what the message from the universe is for you for the next few days. You can also read them from right to left, for a 3 card mini reading. Don't forget that I'm offering a very special Halloween Reading covering All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day through my website. Have fun, and have a great week, people!
I loved making—and eating—barmbrack back on the Lincolnshire farm! It's a heavy bread, nearly a cake, made with dried fruit and more... but I digress! This card is giving you permission to be curious about the things in your life. Ask questions, seek answers, find new solutions to old problems. You have everything you need to create the future you want to live in, but it's not going to just fall from the sky! Like baking the barmbrack, you have to collect the right ingredients, mix them together with intent, and maybe feel a bit of heat before things are baked to perfection, ready for you to digest. The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts!
Ooh, shades of Boris Karloff! No? Oh well. This card is reminding you that change is inevitable, and advising that you don't get too attached to the situation around you at the moment. Nothing can be preserved forever for change really is the only constant in life. You may feel like things are challenging at the moment, but try to love the questions while you're searching for answers. Even though you feel stuck, you're still making progress, and in time you'll look back on this and think, "Wow, I learned a lot!" In the interim, work on breaking bad habits that are holding you back from being all whom you can be.
RIGHT: Skull of Flowers
Wishing your life away, are you? The Skull of Flowers is reminding you that where there's life there is also death, and where there is death there is also life. In order to see your wishes manifest, part of what you're clinging to has to be surrendered. It's time to prioritize, to determine what you want to grow, and what you need to kill off in order that it can grow. The challenges around you now might seem like complete and utter bullshit, but that's okay. Use them to fertilize your dreams, for that's what they've ultimately been sent to do. What are you waiting for? Get moving!
It's Monday the 22nd of October, and another opportunity to do one of these. This week's deck is the amazing Alice Tarot, by Karen Mahony. Some of you might have even helped me to acquire this one, once upon a time! As always, you don't need to do anything to participate; just focus on the 3 cards and pick one, then look in the comments to see what the message from the universe is for you for the next few days. You can also read them from right to left, for a 3 card mini reading. Have fun—and have a great week.
LEFT: The Page of Swords
There's energy running amok where this card is concerned, and you might find yourself pulled every which way this week. Try to find a way to chill out, because you may find that the harder you try to get ahead and focus, the more distractions come your way. You're eager to get ahead—we know that—but be careful that you aren't 'all mouth and no trousers,' as my mum would have said! Be prepared to back up your words with action, and not just any old action, either. It has to be something that is constructive and determined, or you'll wind up running around in circles.
CENTER: The Nine of Cups
They don't call this 'the wish card' for nothing! There's great satisfaction with this card, but it is not a time to rest on your laurels. Yes, there's good energy here, but it's something that you have to work with, for if you take it for granted it will flee as quickly as it came. You've left your comfort zone and found that it was worth the risk, but that's just the start of the journey. The real reward comes in continuing. Use this positive influence to continue your main 'work in progress,' whatever that may be in your life.
RIGHT: The Knight of Cups
With the energy of the Venus retrograde squaring off with Mars this month you might feel that your emotions are flinging every which way like raindrops off a drum. It's okay. The message from the Knight is to get in touch with those feelings and try to understand why you're feeling the way you are. You have the gifts of compassion and understanding, but would you talk to someone else the way you've been talking to yourself, recently? It's time to silence the inner bully, and show yourself some kindness. Listen to y our heart. Listen to your spirit. They know which way to guide you.
It's Monday, and another opportunity to do one of these. This week's deck is the beautiful Celtic Wisdom Tarot, by the wonderful Caitlin Matthews. You don't need to do anything to participate; just focus on the 3 cards and pick one, then look in the comments to see what the message from the universe is for you for the next few days. You can also read them from right to left, for a 3 card mini reading. Have fun—and have a great week.
LEFT: The Quest of Skill
This card is reminding you to pause, breath, center. You may feel that you’re up against insurmountable odds, or that everything is piling on top of you and you’re stretched too thinly. The hard lesson here is that you created this situation with the choices you’ve made in the past, one way or another. It’s time to face that, then work through it, piece by piece, to get yourself out from under everything and back into your groove. Delegate when necessary, and learn to say no in the future so you don’t find yourself here again.
CENTER: The Adventure of Battle
Shakespeare once said, “To thine own self be true,” and this is vital for you at the moment. Do not try to cut corners, do not try to get out from under the consequences of your actions, do not try to be something you’re not. However, hand in hand with this goes standing up for yourself, shutting off the negative chatter in your head, and cultivating a positive mindset. When you know better, you can do better, and this card says it’s time to put that into action.
RIGHT: The Renewer
It’s autumn and the time when Nature slows down for most of us, but the Renewer is reminding you that your soul’s evolution is a constant process. This is a time of change, a time when you let go of what’s holding you back, so that you can take the next step forward in your personal growth. It may not always be comfortable, but that’s just growing pains. The real gift that the Renewer brings is a fresh determination to be who you were born to be.
Here's your astrological forecast from your friendly neighborhood luna-tic!
The first ten days of this month are likely to be a bit rough, especially when it comes to relationships with others. This is because Venus, the planet of harmony and balance, turns retrograde on the 5th. This isn’t that big of a deal in one way, but in another way it is, because Venus is the planet that spends less time than any of the others doing a backward dance across the sky. It may just be an inner planet, but those with any milligram of intuition in their beings will feel it pretty strongly.
Affection and your relationship with others may become strained at this time. Sometimes people become more selfish, more arrogant, and more demanding. You want to talk about soul mates? Yeah, Venus retrograde might bring them out of the woodwork, not to reconnect and fall in love happily ever after amen, but in order that karma might be brought back into balance. Now, remember, karma isn’t some big sledgehammer in the cosmos waiting to give you a headache when you least expect it. It’s just the laws of cause and effect, kind of like the apology part of a 12-step program.
Finances might be highlighted during this period, too, which lasts until 16 November. Because Venus is the planet of balance, money might be drained or out of balance in some way while it’s retrograde. It’s not the best time to invest in a big-ticket item. Watch your pre-Christmas spending, and don’t let things get out of hand.
This all might not sound like a lot of fun, but the retrograde does have it’s good points. It’s a fantastic time for doing what I call the inner work, of going within your own soul and doing some searching as to where you’re out of balance. Remember the karma I talked about? You may indeed find that you have some unfinished business with someone or that an ex-lover comes back into your life. Just don’t go rushing into their arms during the retrograde. They’re an ex for a reason; wait until Venus turns direct and then see if the bond is still there, and if you still feel the same about each other. Often things that start with a retrograde stop when the retrograde ends.
Everything could come to a head around the 10th, because that’s when Venus and Mars square off to each other. Mars is the planet of energy and adventure, and with Venus having that love factor around it, your sex drive may be up but the cooperation and amiability could well be down. If you’re in a good relationship and you know your partner well, then the sparks of passion could really fly, but remember that passion also manifests itself in rage, and make sure that you’re not taking any unnecessary risks or chances at this time. Don’t lower your standards just to hook up with someone or you might find it brings unwanted consequences into your life.
If your relationship is less than perfect, this is not a time to hammer out what’s wrong. Yeah, you might feel that you need to get it off your chest and clear the air, but no matter how well intentioned you are, it has the potential to all backfire. My suggestion would be to write it out; if you keep a journal, great, and if not, write it out in a letter and then burn it rather than send it. Just purge it for now, and then have that heart-to-heart in a few days, when the energy isn’t quite so volatile. The 15th of October, when Mercury pairs up with Venus in the skies, is the best time to approach that type of heavy conversation. In the meantime, if you find your own passion is getting the better of you, channel it in a positive way. I tend to throw clay around, pull weeds, or go for a long walk! Just do what gets it out of your system, so that you don’t say or do something you’ll regret later on.
Those are the biggies! There’s the New Moon in Libra on 8 October, usually a time for new beginnings but you might want to postpone things this month. For one, Venus is retrograde and for two, Venus is the ruler of Libra. There’s definitely a withheld energy knocking around here. The Full Moon in Taurus on the 24th throws some energy back into Libra and might agitate that Venus retrograde, particularly as it is conjunct impulsive Uranus at the time. The Sun bumps into Venus on 26 October, and while that would usually be good for new relationships remember that Venus is retrograde, so take things steadily—unless of course you’re just looking for a quick fling! The month ends with Jupiter buddying up with Mercury on the 19th, just in time to create some fun and shenanigans in time for Halloween!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this walk through the skies this month. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the way that Venus retrograde or any of the other transits might influence you, I’d be happy to do an astrology transit report for you. Just drop me a line and we’ll take it from there, yeah?