This week requires us to look at ways we’re imprisoning ourselves. Mars’ conjunction to Uranus on Tuesday heightens our sensation of the walls we want to break through. Stale identifiers and narratives arise that are no longer true to who we are are, long overdue to be shed like the skin of a snake.

The Seven of Swords propels us into witnessing when our avoidance doesn’t work. The butterfly, with its wings wrapped around it, is unwilling to engage its environment out of fear. More than that, it is unable to look at the possibilities of what it can do to escape because it is afraid of falling, hurting, essentially making a mistake. When we are too fearful to look at ourselves, we miss out on seeing all the growth we’ve actually gone through. We don’t give ourselves a chance to break open yet another mold, a layer that could very easily be thrown off if we simply give ourselves the credit.

This week, like any other week, doesn’t give us the “fix the whole system in one go” solution. But we are offered an opportunity to change how we relate to our process of relating. We are asked to begin by observing our own methods and practices in our environment. Where are you holding yourself back by existing in a community or mental space that doesn’t support you? Likewise, where are you actually supported and perhaps don’t want to accept you have the tools at your fingertips to do the humble work of beginning? Remember, you’re not expected to fly yet - just to see that you can.

Like the spice of ginger juice warming an infected through - the burn of the Seven of Swords is thrilling. The sting heals, carrying the zest of fresh life-juice into and throughout our bodies. Give yourself the opportunity to drink it. You need to be willing to witness patterns in your own thought processes. What threads are repeating themselves? What walls do you keep hitting? The Seven of Swords is a gift in that it shows us that the problem is not actually a physically difficult one to solve. The challenge lies in seeing obvious solutions.

What have you not yet considered? Playing with swords energy often indicates communicating. Have you tried asking for what you want or saying how you feel? On the flip-side, repeating the same thing over and over to another person might mean you are trying to manipulate a particular response or plan an outcome that just won’t budge. If you find yourself in the same story, in your head or externally, sharing in a way that’s seeking a particular response, you might need to reorient yourself to open-ended solutions. Give yourself the benefit of innovating plans as information unfolds. Trust that in trying to see, new insights will change your experience, however painful in the present.

It’s so easy to focus on what we can’t control - “if this one thing would just change”. The Seven asks us to redefine and realign our boundaries and self-talk to match what we need in the moment. The only way you can fail yourself is by continuing to close your eyes. Let yourself be a beginner and grab a little luck. If you’re doing something new, you can’t be expected to do it perfectly. Aim for innocence rather than mastery but remember that in this case, ignorance isn’t bliss. Get out of your own way and go.

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.