Surprise often sends us into second-guessing until we’ve made a spectacle of ourselves. Spontaneity is idealized, rarely poorly executed, but uncomfortable because it’s unfamiliar in a society that likes to plan outcomes. When we don’t know what will happen and put all our efforts in one arena, we leave little room for any joy that arrives with the intention of jolting us awake. In other words, we miss the pleasure because we’re so embedded in trying to pinpoint the pain. When we stop looking for what’s wrong, we can center around what is.

In discussing mental health and spirituality, we often emphasize the actions that are focused on fixing. Or fixing the parts of us that are inclined to fix. We sit with sorrow and untangle our anger. We examine elements of our psyche that want to run and hide. But so rarely do we talk about joy just for its own sake. 

This week, the Eight of Wands urges intention to explode with exponential impact. Eights are like waxing square moons. They present a final challenge of release. Wands address our passion, embodying the evolution of our creative prowess. The Eight of Wands encourages us to zoom in on a value objective. Perhaps let your aim be an emotion. Openness, rather than specificity, is the eight in its forté. If you desire joy, focus on joy. If you crave connection, stitch yourself into situations where you find attachment. If you need compassion, carry kindness in your pocket. Then let surprise row your vessel over whatever natural rapids you choose. Unknown territory is a place of potential. All you have to do is step across the threshold. 

WHAT EVEN IS A TAROTSCOPE? We often think of horoscopes as predictions that are specific to each astrological sign. In Ancient Greek, the term horoscope simply means "I watch the hour." To astrologers today, a horoscope is a chart that maps the planetary bodies in the sky. From this chart, we derive meaning that can influence how we work with energy. Regardless of our unique individual charts, we are ALL working with the same energy from above. Each week, I examine this energy, pull a tarot card and write a guided meditation with the collective in mind. My tarotscopes are meant to be read as inspiration. Please note that because we are all operating with our individual energy, some elements will resonate more than others. Take what you like and leave the rest. Tarotscopes are offered freely in an effort to cultivate collective healing. I am always grateful for your support in sharing this work with anyone you think it might help. If you are inspired or find support here, please consider making a donation to help sustain these weekly offerings.