When the energy of fighting ourselves becomes strong, we have to be diligent with our dreams but willing to open and expand the doctrines that design the paths to our objectives. The Five of Wands is a presentation of tension wanting nothing but itself. Of stuck for stuck’s sake. Of a wrench in the machine because the wrench has convinced itself that the home it inhabits is keeping the machine from messing up. The movement is not forward nor backward though it is there, slight and subtle in its symptoms and signals. It appears to help us understand the crucial nature of breakdowns before build-ups. Of busting open before the business becomes blameworthy. Better to sort out what isn’t working now rather than running rampant with loose screws that are likely to cause large-scale damage down the line.

This week, Mercury sinks into the sensitivity of Cancer’s waters and Venus likens herself to a lioness in Leo. As they flesh out some friction with Uranus in the early degrees of Taurus and Chiron in Aries, the energy spurs us to start but startles us with sudden twists and turns. On Wednesday we dive into the dark of the new moon. Often named with negative tenor, the nuance of dark is filled with stunning silence, brilliance of breadth, and open doors to meaning that generally hides itself in shadows away from bright light. Blackness is not to be feared, nor condemned. It is integral to the light and intimate with spirit. It is filled with the grace of feeling over seeing. Of getting groovy with your gut. It is perhaps the most auspicious time to find luck because it represents the origin of light. To know your embers and your sparks before your full-fledged flames. To not need the proof reflected in the pools of life’s events. To carry your glow so close that only you can savor it.

Savor it. Take your time this week with the battles you are fighting against yourself. Act as if you’re playing a long-drawn-out game of chess. Capitalize on the space between moves, getting to know your triggers and tells. Practice the art of becoming winsome when you lose some. Use silence to seek gratitude for everything that hasn’t shown up yet but will when it’s meant to. If it’s meant to. Redefine your game, even if you have to pull the wrench from the machine. Break it down and don’t rebuild until your burn is brave instead of bitter. Remember that bravery does not come in the absence of fear but in the face of it. Know when you’re ready to fight - not by your fear and anger but by fondness for your feistiness, and fervor for the thing that lights your fire rather than the fire itself. It is an abuse of the dark to ask it to be light, to dismiss the vital nature of it’s value. Refrain from requiring the dark to act like its opposite. Rather - lean into it. Find solace in the sweetness of possibility and pleasure in the plans that put principles of peace above piousness.

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.