It’s back-to-school season and as we prepare for a new educational experience, I have to reflect on how much I’ve learned so far. 2020 has been a year of tremendous growth. Are you the same person you were back in January? I barely recognize myself! During this time of mandated rest, “the great pause” as I like to call it, we’ve been forced to look at our shadow self. There is nowhere left to hide when the business of the world quiets down to but a soft whisper. Alone with your thoughts you no longer can pretend that you love your job or justify how this relationship is right for you. The delusions are falling away. They ask us to use the truth to rebuild the bedrock of our lives.
The deep dive isn’t as scary as it seems on the surface. You’re well aware of what has to be done or said. It’s more about no longer trying to dodge the issues, but greet them head on. This work can be exhausting. I urge you to take extra time for self-care, even though it might seem counterproductive. As you dance that slow tango between ego and humility, show gratitude for the journey. It’s not easy, but once you illuminate the shadows and step into your power, you’ll finally find what you’ve been looking for: freedom.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 20) – King of Swords
Well there Capricorn. You usually don’t like the spotlight, but this month you’re thrust center stage as you dazzle your audience with your cunning, yet diplomatic strategy. Done fighting anyone or anything, you welcome adversity with ease and grace. You’re able to hold space for those sick and suffering, usually from a spiritual malady. You also make big money moves that put you back on track. Career is extremely important to you and your earthly pursuits. While the scales start to tip in the right direction remember to give offerings of gratitude to the deities or energies of your choosing. The best way to practice gratitude is in action. It’s easy to express your appreciation when everything is going according to plan. Next time you’re stuck in traffic try some of these affirmations: I’m so lucky to have a car! I’m so grateful for music on the radio! I’m immensely blessed that at the end of this long, hard, day I have a beautiful home waiting for me.
Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb 19) – The Sun
Don’t let the snakes in the grass pull you off your happy road to destiny, dear Aquarius. As you continue to show up, do the work and move into the embodiment of pure love, know this: not everyone will be happy for you and not everyone can join you on this journey. The Sun card from the major arcana is a way for the guides to let you know you are on the right path. Full of powerful energy and hope, many will be blinded by your light. If those closest to you are picking fights right now, I’m not surprised. They are subconsciously grieving the ‘old you’ that made sense to them. And although you might not be living on the same vibrational plane anymore, nothing ever lasts. Each and every one us Lightworkers has a mission here on earth. Some may take longer to pick up their assignment, but one day, in this realm or the next, you will be reunited. For love of any kind is infinite and it will never go away. This month I urge you to practice patience, especially with those who need it most.
Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20) – The Hierophant
One of my favorite cards of the major arcana, The Hierophant represents an opportunity for expansion and knowledge. The phrase “the student has become the teacher” comes to mind when I pull this card. For you may start out as an apprentice, but if your master is one that operates from a heart-centered place, they understand their marching orders all too well. The job of an incredible mentor is to bring their pupil into the same place of mastery where they reside so that you too can share your wisdom to those that come behind you. If you step into that sacred space that only meditation allows, what comes to you? What do you need to learn next? What wisdom do you have to offer others? I have a suspicion that Source will speak loudly and concisely for the time has come when you begin to integrate the stepping stones of emotional sobriety into all areas of your life. Want some spiritual bonus points? Find a way to develop that noggin of yours on a daily basis. Whether it be a small fact about tree frogs or Einstein’s theory of relativity, you are your very best when in a place of growth.
Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) – The Star
Aries, this is a beautiful time on your journey as noted by The Star. The seventeenth card in the Fool’s Journey, this archetype of the major arcana offers a beacon of hope. Life is not without struggles and no one has moved through 2020 completely unscathed. This marks a turning point, where things become easier. Perhaps you don’t see a significant change in the material world, but suddenly your heart and spirit reach a place of serenity you haven’t experienced in a long time. You’ve been forced to greet the skeletons in your closet and they weren’t pretty! The Guides recognize your valor and strength. Take this time to relish in the splendor of your rewards and give thanks. What does celebration look like to you? As a fearless leader always ready to take on the next challenge, perhaps this time of splendor is a bit less exciting. I think it may be time for a nap.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) – Knight of Swords
Always the messenger, this month the Knight of Swords pays you a visit, or perhaps offers a speedy exit. When this card appears it’s usually an indication of an aggressive person coming or going. Much like Aquarius you’ll be shedding your skin in September. You’ll find the courage to break off toxic ties that no longer serve you or your purpose. While painful, it’s probably been a long time coming. You now know that you do both of you a disservice when you stay in relationship out of comfort and convenience rather than desire. In this ugly cycle you block either of you from moving forward or exploring healthy relationships that offer unconditional love, support and understanding. You deserve to be cherished, not only by yourself but by others. What will you do this month to move in that direction? Perhaps it’s simply about getting curious and paying closer to attention to the actions of others.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) – Seven of Swords
They say we are as sick as our secrets. What have you been hiding Gemini? Or perhaps more aptly, where? Your twin energy can take you on some serious emotional rollercoasters. The peaks and valleys become a lot less dramatic when you start incorporating honesty into your thoughts and actions. This is the opportunity to do some serious shadow work. While intimidating, at the center of this metaphysical journey is our inner child, waiting patiently for you to say hello. What does she or he need in order to break through some of your false beliefs? You are a beautiful soul, made in reflection of your Creator. It’s time to stop bludgeoning yourself with negative nonsense. Would you speak this way to your best friend? As you explore the darkness be sure to welcome the light in as well.
Cancer (Jun 22-July 23) – Five of Coins
Sacred space is essential for a happy Cancer, however when does time alone move into isolation? As you’ve been progressing on your spiritual journey you’ve uncovered many truths. Unfortunately you’ve been using this knowledge to create separation between you and your tribe. It behooves you to study some of your favorite spiritual leaders this month and start to recognize their devotion to service. Jesus was said to welcome the poor to his table, Gandhi gave a voice to those who had none and Siddhartha offered a path to enlightenment for all. While others may disagree with your beliefs I think it’s essential to find the most common ground. How can you approach everyone in your path with love, kindness and most importantly, tolerance? Energetically you’ll find yourself and your bank account drained the more you subconsciously adhere to the idea of separateness. Instead of judging someone who isn’t “operating at your frequency” why don’t you take some time to lift them up?
Leo (Jul 24 – Aug 23) – Nine of Coins
Just as we harvest the fields with winter’s slow approach, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of your hard work this month Leo. Abundance is your birthright and as you’ve adopted this credo it’s been fascinating to watch you adjust your ideologies around prosperity. Many are suffering financially right now, perhaps you’ve felt the hit upon your bank statement as well. While that may or may not change in September, it’s your perspective shift that has really done you some good. If you stop, right here, right now and look around you in this moment you are safe, protected and guided by those above. They say our fear haunts us in the past and our anxiety hangs out in the future. When we slow down to greet the present we truly realize what a gift it is! Pun intended. Keep meditating and journaling. Keep finding gratitude for the little things. These small daily actions compound over time leaving you more fulfilled than when you started, even if your material value says otherwise.
Virgo (Aug 24-Sep 22) – Eight of Cups
Disillusioned with your current reality you might find yourself on the retreat this month. While I’m not often in support of running away from your problems, there is always a need to find bursts of joy in the darkest of times. If you’re constantly focused on the problems and worries they often don’t get smaller, but grow and fester with the weight of your intention. When you surrender yourself to only focusing on the things you can control you’ll be a lot happier. Test out this modality this month. When an insurmountable challenge sits before you, start getting curious. What actions are your responsibility? What lies outside? Stop being a backseat driver and let Source take the wheel. Letting go is a huge part of any spiritual practice. The ego is extremely fearful at first “What will become of me? What about free will?” However you can placate it with this knowledge: you aren’t being asked to let go of your own willpower, you’re simply being asked to put it in greater alignment with the Divine.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) – Four of Coins
Always generous with your heart, right now you find it difficult to be as forthcoming with your pocketbook. Interestingly enough you do yourself a disservice when you embody an Ebenezer Scrooge kind of attitude. You may think you’re being practical, but perhaps you are living in fear. The Four of Coins is always a warning about our relationship with possession. What is yours? What is not? This month I think it’s essential to understand that you are much richer than you believe. Why not volunteer at a food bank or a soup kitchen? Perhaps offer change to the homeless person on the corner or simply learn about his or her story. In our capitalistic society we’ve been deluded with the urgency of ‘more’. How about we start playing with the concept of ‘enough’? Once you start to recognize your gifts of prosperity the fear you’ve been carrying will dissolve. I know this will be a huge relief for at the heart of a happy Libra is balance.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 22) – The Moon
As with any card in the major arcana, the Moon highlights two ways of approaching the world. You have a choice to greet each personal discovery with shame or with curiosity. The Moon asks us to roam courageously into the wild unknown of the dark night sky, but don’t forget her warm glow. This is simply an opportunity to deepen your understanding of your assets and defects. You’re gathering information about your psyche that you weren’t able to see before. This month I strongly recommend breaking out the notebook for some serious introspection. What type of life do you want to lead? How do you want to show up in the world? While uncovering some hidden truths do not forget to offer yourself kindness on this journey of self-discovery. You have a tendency to lean towards the pessimistic side of life at times and this is not helpful at present.
Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 20) – Page of Coins
This is your month of manifestation dear Saggitarius. When the Page appears in any of the suits is always an indication of openness, willingness and inquisitiveness. As an eager student you are ready to develop a new relationship with money. The Page of Coins marks a fresh start and then end of darkness. It’s a time to set goals and start building foundations for your bright future. As a fire sign you hate being boxed in as it quickly extinguishes your flames. This month you’ll welcome the grounded wisdom of the earthly coins. I wonder what opportunities will present themselves to you this month! Just remember, before jumping into any new venture take your time for discovery. What might seem like the right path might be a mirage. The page is teaching you to not let fear run the show and to instead lead from heart.