Miracles present themselves to those whose minds are best prepared to experience them. When we are unwilling to embody the simple but difficult act of witnessing, we are most prone to miss the mark entirely. When we do not practice the patience required of a skilled observer, we are unlikely to spot the trail that leads to synchronicity. When we cannot continue to bridge the gap between awareness and focus, we find ourselves chaotic, lost, in a fidgety dance of anxiety.

The Daughter of Swords is an expert at finding stillness in the brush. The undergrowth; areas of small trees and shrubs are - at first glance - drab and unexciting. But these spaces are often the most fertile precisely because they are unattended. Because we have not cultivated enough drama to make them painful when destroyed. Nor has neglect left these spaces barren - for flowers and weeds alike are generally determined to grow. So we can entertain idea that the soil which has been tended by the land itself is often the ripest for us to enrich. This is the space where the Daughter of Swords finds her home. With curiosity as both an exceptional tool and teacher, she is a subtle reminder to explore how our habitual thoughts shape action. How language informs process. How insight is born when we embrace our innocence. The Daughter of Swords is neither kind nor malicious but she will be open and true to what she sees. Is keen to offer honesty at the crest of the wave, before it turns, crashing into judgement or resentment.

The energy of this week is permeated by Mercury’s slowing pace as it approaches its retrograde station on July 7th. Still moving through the early degrees of Leo, Mercury’s presence is tinged with the familiarity of our most fresh and youthful spirits. This vibration is cut critically by Mars, sharpening swords as it eagerly catches up to the downtempo messenger. Meanwhile, a Full Solar Eclipse in Cancer lends us an opportunity to both set intentions around our needs to be nourished while honoring that there are elements in ourselves and our environments that we might not be seeing.

Ancient astrologers connected eclipses to the concept of fate. In a moment when the lights are distinguished, (in this case the daytime new moon blocks the light of the normally bright Sun) the cosmos conspires to create great shifts in the part of our charts that contains the sign of Cancer. It is difficult, in the midst of a blackout, to appreciate the potency of the lessons it offers. Still, the Daughter of Swords prompts us to be honest with ourselves without necessarily needing a full explanation. She appreciates when we can be genuine and still have so much to learn. She allows us to move through this moment with the grace that comes with acceptance of not having it all figured out. She engenders us into the actions that being a beginner inspires.

As you move through this moment, pay attention to words and phrases that repeat themselves over and over in your head. Notice the conversations you’ve had a hundred times. It is in the recognition of these patterns that the Daughter of Swords becomes your faithful friend. She will respect you even when you’re irritable. Aid you as you change the sharp tone of your analysis. Help you to shift just one word that opens to a new view. Aim to look for something beyond your litany of unbeliefs. Choose to entertain a different narrative. Attempt curiosity at whatever is unsettled inside of you. Seek sweetness in the untraveled path and trust your ability to choose stepping forward, back, or to the side whenever the undergrowth reveals new roots.

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.