I’m getting kind of used to seeing the inverted cards in the weekly lineups, especially with Mercury in it’s shadow, prepping for an upcoming retrograde. (Astrology newbies: That means communication, short travel and electronics get wonky for a few weeks while Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky…it’s a good time to do anything that starts with “re” as in review, revisit and rethink. I love doing editing projects during Mercury retrograde, it’s a perfect time for it!) I’m thinking this one is going to pack a punch because I’ve started feeling it earlier than I normally do—I’ve got a lot of Mercury energy. But what are you going to do? You work with what you’ve got, man.
With two cards from the Major Arcana in this weekly and another in the overview slot, I think the week unquestionably has importance in individual lives, these events carry some weight. But what I notice about these particular Majors is that they are all “quiet” cards. These are not loud, not flashy or showy, not dramatic energy. These are more like quiet, but deeply meaningful moments. So stay attuned throughout the week for small incidents that have big meaning. The overriding themes I’m seeing here are revolving around integrity, saying “no” and setting boundaries.
I’m thinking this next week is largely going to be full of choices about what we want to invite into our home versus when we decide to shut (and lock) the door. And make no mistake: these are choices! You may not choose individual events in your life, what crops up but you do choose how you process those events. You dig what the distinction I’m making here? This week, that’s the subtle distinction we’re talking. This is a week of opening and shutting doors in your life, not so much from outside events, but instead an internal decision-making process.
Monday, Others – Six of Wands: We start the week off on a high note with appreciation and acknowledgement for leadership ability. I cannot say if it’s you that’s appreciated or you that’s doing the appreciating, but either way, it’s a positive vibe. To make the best use of it, share the glory if it’s showing up in your lap. And if you’re seeing greatness among your group, acknowledge it, appreciate it, and emulate it. It’s an “everybody wins” kind of vibe.
Tuesday, Resolution – Temperance inverted: Today, resolution comes from specifying what you do NOT want. It’s not a compromise, it’s not a blending of goals. It’s a clarification, and one only YOU can make.
Wednesday, Advice – High Priestess inverted: Advice here is to speak up and act on what you know. Do not assume everybody else already knows. Don’t sit back or be a bystander. Act on intuition, act on secret information, and keep moving. The time is now!
Thursday, Unconscious Desires – Two of Wands: Do you secretly relish a sense of competition, perhaps without even being aware? If there has been an me-against-them dynamic in development, you will find that highlighted today. Make sure you understand where your motivations are coming from to make clear-headed decisions.
Friday, Friends and Family – Ten of Wands: The opinion of loved ones may feel like a burden today. Remember, it’s YOUR choice which of these you take on as your own, if any. You are never responsible for how someone else feels. You are responsible for making your own choices and being kind. But do not equate kindness to capitulation. Kindness comes from your heart, it’s a state of being and good intention. Kindness NEVER requires you abandon your values or needs. It merely requires your heart is open, true and generating love. Are the wands you are carrying yours?
Saturday, Attitudes and Thoughts, King of Pentacles inverted: Yesterday catching up! A tiredness of taking care of everyone else, making accommodations for other people in any and all venues. Suggestion: Seat yourself at the head of the “to be taken care of” table and make rejuvenation a priority.
Sunday, Present, Ace of Cups inverted: You may feel a bit drained as the weekend wraps up. Me-time is always a good option when this comes up. Give yourself a little space to feel however you feel, and permission to indulge in peaceful, easy behavior today.
Overview/Advice – Hermit Inverted: There is a difference between isolating and taking time away from the world’s bustle for your own mental, emotional and spiritual health. There is also a difference between learning from an distinguished teacher and adopting the conclusions of some guru wholesale, tossing aside your own critical facilities in the process. Here, you want the downtime but not disconnection. You want to look to others for inspiration but not for answers. The answers, always, are yours.
Affirmation: Aura Cleanse. At the end of a tough day, any time you’re feeling tired or drained or overwhelmed, hop in the shower or bath and cleanse your body with the intention of also (magically) cleansing your aura of worry, stress, negative energy, anything that is not healthy or helpful for you. Essential oils like lavender or rosemary would be a great addition, or adding a tea made of rose and hyssop might be nice. Pray over the oils or herbs as you mix them up (to whomever you pray to) infusing them with your intention, and allow all those stressors to drain out of the tub as the water drains. Seriously. This is good medicine!
This doesn’t look like a super easy-breezy week but you know what? I like these cards anyway. I think they are important. I think the things we say “no” to here keeps those chairs around our table free for the “yes” guests, you know? We’re not spending our emotional capital on junk food, we have a budget for healthy energetic eating. That’s how I see this week—like purging and clearing a space, to make way for your new awesome to fill it. I’m in!
Are you ready?! How you holding up, peeps?
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