Sometimes the hunger is for something that cannot be eaten until it is grown. Toiled over. Sown and watered. Sprouted and bloomed. Ripened, picked and faithfully prepared. Sometimes the thing for which we pine must stand the test of time, the patience of hands drawing intricate landscapes with a needle and thread. Sometimes we must hibernate. Wait out the winter in spaces that are safe and warm. Draw shawls around shoulders that may require us to be cold in order to be devoted to our calling. Or perhaps, to wrap ourselves in blankets together, supported against harsh winds by the heat that is created in slim space between bodies, promises of futures dancing across impassioned minds. Sometimes, the design of our aspirations is haltingly slow, forcing us to be faithfully frugal, to pause with prudence, to nourish nature with more care than what we thought was conceivable.

The Nine of Pentacles testifies to the tasks that must be tended to now in order to nourish the future we want to feel. It is an intricate plan put into slow and patient action. It speaks to the immeasurable riches which are unique to each of us. It reminds us that one individual’s idea of treasure is another’s torment. It requires devoted focus on ourselves. Some say that the nine is about sacrifice. But true to Virgo season tactics, the Nine is really about critical choice. It asks us to fortify our bodies and souls for a stretch that lies far beyond the next sprint. It is the nest we make now that strengthens the flight immemorial later.

This week, cultivate selective conscience. Be discerning about which thoughts, comments, people, places, situations, engagements and assignments burden or brighten as you burn through them. Operating under a Grand Trine in Earth makes us especially busy and energetically effective. But effectiveness towards goals that are not worth our gumption can make us miserable when we miss the mark. Make sure your candle has lit the path well before you burn yourself out from both ends. If you find yourself in a place of doubt, remember that waiting for the fruit to ripen is an integral step in the process of making something grow.

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.