It seems as though the energy has been working through us with a particular kind of potency lately. It is unusual to see one major arcana card follow another from week to week, much more to see cards in exact succession that aligns with the designed system of the tarot. We have now seen five weeks in a row with major arcana cards, all since mid-May when Uranus ingressed into Taurus. Perhaps subtle on the surface, the tarot reminds us that this ingress has been offering little rumblings of what is to come exaggerated towards the end of June and through the rest of the summer as Mars makes his retrograde pilgrimage through the first decant of Aquarius and back into Capricorn. He’ll come to a face off with Venus as she enters Leo mid June before exchanging blows again with Uranus in Taurus. What we work on now is up for review, especially as we move through conflict and tension. Examine your relationships to yourself, to others, to tangible things of value and to your work. Uranus is the great mad scientist. If the point of an experiment is to try and see what happens, there is no such thing as a failed experiment. Use Gemini season's affinity for variety to propel your probing and get excited for lots of trials and every error.

This week, Mercury, god of messages, makes his superior conjunction to the Sun. When Mercury is this close to the energetic center of our solar system, he often turns invisible, burned by the radiance of the Sun’s rays. However, Mercury in his home sign of Gemini gives him just enough mischief to manage his memos. This means we’re not entirely ill-equipped to communicate our concerns. But the nature of astrology is never fixed on a single story. It twists and turns, weaving a complicated web that requires our ability to acknowledge and value the power of every player. As Mercury and the Sun come together, they also make a tense square to Neptune in Pisces, adding a strong dose of hallucinogens to an already intricate anecdote. Mercury’s power resides in his ability to connect and separate, clarify and categorize, mention and maneuver. Neptune is king of fantasy. At the lowest of lows, deceptive and depressive, creating a fog that frightens. In his highest of highs, a spiritual mystic with the magic mist that drives you to the divine just when you think you’re the most lost you’ve ever been. Mercury and Neptune are not the nicest of friends. Mercury’s monopoly lies in the realm of the verbal and real while Neptune rules every unseen rupture in consciousness and feeling. Together, these two put us in a place of trying to clear a persistent fog that can’t be fixed but must be felt, can’t be helped but must be held, can’t be pushed forward but must be sat through, waited for and gently appreciated for its fortune until it decides to fade.

This week, The Hierophant follows the Emperor, taking the structures we put forth to test the waters with possibly transcendent teachers. The Hierophant is a guru who doesn’t always play good. Never wrong, but not right for every riddle, they teem with teachings and rules that offer us the outs and ins of the ordinary world. The Hierophant is a guide in the prim and proper, however impersonal. Here to teach us the ways of working the system, the Hierophant always has the best interests of its own particular god in mind. In its own right, the Hierophant is a warning and a gift. With Mercury and the Sun in tense configuration with Neptune, we’re primed for a certain kind of deception from a devil we might not recognize. Be wary of those who claim to know the most and who act like you couldn’t possibly compete. Take time to separate others’ stories from your own suspicion. Wait to seal the deal on any new partnerships of which you’re unsure, especially if you’re required to lower a boundary. Remember every relationship is an experiment - it’s okay to test the waters and decide you won’t get wet. On the flip side, Neptune flooding our communications means we’re bound to want - and perhaps need - some guidance. The Hierophant in its highest expression represents a mentor who can bridge the gap between student and god/dess. Heed the caution of those who shepherd you to your own path. Recognize and seek out connections who have proven they are there to support you regardless of your choices. If you find yourself confused, know it’s normal and not forever. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. Hold your highest good up higher than the haze while you assimilate the strengths that come from being low, slow and silent with whatever flows out...or in.

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.