“When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love.” -Bell Hooks

The Seven of Swords speaks to self-deception. Judgement and criticism masked over faces too fearful to show their truth, even to a mirror. The slyness of this little fox is quite sharp - sharing the lengths to which we’ll go to keep ourselves small so long as we’re safe from the work and pain that loving and living fully demands. If we’re taking tips on our toes, dancing around conversations, dodging conflict, avoiding expressing needs out of some perceived deception, we’d be wise to question how much our focus on what others might be hiding is an easy distraction from where we’re deluding ourselves.

This week, as Mercury slides through sweet talks with the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, and the Lunar Nodes, we’ll have ample opportunity to relay messages that rarely appear clear. We’ll work through thick thoughts, describe dreams, unveil angst and confront the critical elements making a mess in our minds. As the messenger further retraces steps, he aligns in the heart of the Sun on Thursday, forming what we call a Cazimi point. With the strength of the Sun’s rays, Mercury harnesses, for a moment in this very blurry journey, the clarity of luck and light. Right time, right place, right conversation, right opportunity to slide that sword out from under said foxy bum (yes this can even mean the right time to have conflict). Like waking from a lucid dream, this aha moment helps us retrieve our center so we can consider new options before Mercury returns to forward motion in a couple of weeks.

Regardless of the time you spend in someone else’s head trying to untangle thoughts that aren’t yours to weave, the environment of this card points plainly to the self. Is your inner fox telling fake tales with your tongue? Where are you starting from neutral instead of negative? Are you grasping for something external when the answer is easily found within? Are you drenching positive thoughts in negative names? Is criticism, judgement, and constant questioning of your process stopping you from seeing a cyclical pattern of pain that stems only from trying to figure out what you need to face with a heart of grace instead of a head full of reasons why or why not? Where are you holding onto trauma stories and scars that prove you have the strength of a survivor but stop you from thriving in new and healthy situations you’ve worked so hard to cultivate?

This week, resist the urge to float back into your worries because they’re familiar. Personal blocks are buried in the solo searching. Remember, retrograde planets turn energy inwards. One of the most powerful offerings of love is that of simple attention. Try sitting in front of the mirror for just ten minutes looking at yourself with kind eyes. It’s harder than it sounds. Seek the soul essence - the criatura under the skin. Gather courage to witness, gently, the truth within. Neither bad nor good but real all the same.

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.