What do the stars hold for you this fortnight?
The Tarot is the mirror of our soul. Each card reflects what’s not only going on within us but also symbolises our divine connection to the forces of the universe – those which we can see and those which we cannot. The images printed on the cards are symbols that contain the keys to unravel all the mysteries of our existence. However, these images have a life of their own, and thus, they change whenever the cards are shuffled. Every shuffle infuses them with magic.
The following are divinely guided messages from the universe through the medium of the tarot. Though divided through the twelve signs of the zodiac, the message is highly personalised for you. The same force that guided me to pull the cards is the same force that’s guiding you to read the message. I encourage you to keep an open heart and an open mind – that way, you’ll be more receptive to magic, and find the guidance you need for the fortnight.
For those who aren’t familiar with their astrological chart, I would suggest reading the passage pertaining to their sun sign – i.e. the zodiac sign that the Sun was passing through at the time of your birth. For example, if you were born on August 19, the Sun was passing through the sign of Leo. Thus, you would find your divinely guided message under Leo.
For those who are familiar with their astrological chart, I would suggest reading the passage pertaining to their sun sign, their Moon Sign, and their Rising Sign – also known as the Ascendant or the ‘Lagna’. The combined message will be all the more powerful for your journey.
The drastically dramatic times we’re experiencing on earth is a reflection of the drastically dramatic times in the heavens above. The cosmos is undergoing a major energetic shift and its effects are rippling over to our lives. However, this is all part of a great divine plan that is essential in our evolution. We may not see it now, but soon it will all make sense.
Four major planets shall be going retrograde around the same time. Venus, who rules our heart; Jupiter, who rules our blessings; Saturn, who rules our karma; and Pluto, who transforms us. When a planet goes retrograde, it’s a reminder for us to not only be cautious as we plan ahead but also to let go of the usual ways of doing things. Remember, a retrograde also represents unveiling ourselves of all the illusions that keep us going. It’s a time to face our truths – for as the saying goes – the truth shall set us free.
It’s time to put your foot down on all the things you’ve allowed to slip on by. Contrary to what others might feel, you have noticed everything, but due to circumstances beyond your control, you’ve not acted on it. Now is the time to do so. Act without any hesitation, but do so in a manner that’s calm and mindful. Actions done rashly will only come with harsher consequences.
Honour your feelings, allow yourself the ability to express them freely. Know that even in moments of pain, hope and joy emerge like a lone flower blossoming out of the tiniest crack within a concrete sidewalk. Remember that at the end of the day, you are valid! You deserve all the love and respect, especially from your own self. Own it!
As Venus rules the sign of Taurus (along with Libra), this is a time of major transformations for you. For some, it may be sudden, while for others it may be gradual, but they’re definitely happening. The Universe wants you to understand that rather than to stubbornly hold your ground, this is the time to allow yourself to flow. For the more we fight change and transformations, the more we block potential blessings coming our way.
All changes and transformations come with the promise of new hope. This is the Universe’s way of reminding us that even when the earth shifts completely from under our feet, we will always land safely, and be blessed with new opportunities that will enable us to build a beautiful life.
You’re more sensitive than you give yourself credit for. Honour your sensitivity, because it’s what blesses you with keen eagle-like-vision to pierce through and see into the truth of whatever situation the Universe brings before you. The key here is not to let your sensitivity get to you, for others will see it as a weakness, and use it against you. All you have to do is close your eyes and focus on your breath before confronting those people and situations that need to be.
With a calm and balanced energy field, you will not only be able to gain the upper hand in every and any situation, but you’ll fine-tune your intuition – enabling you to keenly make every move – a winning one.
Following similar patterns enables us to live within our comfort zones. However, even the plushest of all comfort-zones can imprison our spirit – preventing us from enjoying our journey to the fullest. It is time to be mindful of all the patterns we’ve held onto in our lives and decide which to hold on to, and which to let go off. Taking new paths and adapting new ways can be scary – but doing so is essential to our progress.
All dangers come with opportunities for growth. It’s only when we take the roads less travelled, do we allow ourselves to evolve. It’s through our evolution, does The Universe, bestow upon us innumerable blessings. Never let your fears and insecurities guide you. Refocus that energy and allow yourself to be bold and brave. You’ll be happy you did.
Great strength is never measured with the aggression of a beast, but with the compassion of a beautiful heart that’s open and generously shares its love and optimism with all around. Sometimes we may feel the need to show our stronger and assertive side so that others take us more seriously. However, by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, and openly ask for help, we show great strength of character – and The Universe sends help our way with love.
As flies are attracted more with honey, than vinegar – respect is earned with compassion and humility. Not all battles are worth fighting. A greater victory sometimes is achieved by making peace and moving on. After all, a victorious heart is one that is the lightest.
It’s time for you to adopt ‘Gratitude’ as a spiritual practice within your life, for not only does it enable us to experience life with greater joy, but it holds the keys to allow abundance and prosperity to flow freely within our life. Over criticism of ourselves and others creates the energy of scarcity and breeds poverty consciousness within us.
A simple way of doing so is right within our fingertips. Every morning when you wake up; and every night, before falling asleep – count all the things you’re grateful for. At least ten things – one for each fingertip. It may seem silly, but this simple act plants spiritual seeds that will blossom into a mighty tree of blessings – as long as you do this practice regularly. Scoff with cynicism all you want, what’s the harm in giving it a try? There’s nothing to lose, but plenty to gain.
As Venus rules you too, Libra, its retrograde shall be felt by you. However, for you, this is a very powerful time. This is the time to set your goals as high as your ambitions desire. You’re only limited by the distance your eyes (especially your third eye) can see. So expand your horizons and dare to dream as big as you can possibly imagine.
Of course, to achieve those lofty ambitions, hard work is needed. Which is why Venus goes retrograde – to remove all delightful distractions from your path to success. True, those delights are incredibly tempting, however, know that your willpower is far stronger. Keen discipline will enable you to achieve wonders. Why give that up for a few moments of fleeting pleasure?
Pluto co-rules your sign, along with fiery Mars. Thus, it’s retrograde shall prove to be quite powerful for you. The time is ripe to work on family karma of both maternal, and paternal lineages. Remember, our soul chooses whom we are born to, as part of a karmic contract. Thus, this retrograde indicates it’s time to heal all wounds of the heart and soul.
Forgiveness is a powerful tool of transformation, as it enables us to remove all blockages and burdens that prevent our soul to evolve. Holding onto past hurts and keeping wounds fresh is akin to drinking poison and expecting the other to die. Your heart yearns to be free, and your soul yearns to soar high with joy. You owe it to yourself to work on forgiveness during these times.
Your gregarious and optimistic spirit is like a shining beacon of hope for those around you. In the darkest of nights, one needs the brightest of stars to find their way back home. This is your moment to be the star for many. Jupiter, your ruling planet, is in retrograde to remind you that you have the ability to not only be your own knight-in-shining armour but also be that gallant knight for those around you who could benefit from your sunny disposition.
Of course, all this comes with its own share of responsibilities. However, it is important for you to remember that responsibilities are never burdens – they are the means we polish ourselves so that we can shine like the bright gem that we are. Heroes are many, but superheroes are rare.
This is time for deep contemplation and self-study. In yogic philosophy, the term is ‘svadhyaya’, which means introspection on a soulful level. This is the time for you to discover not just who you are, but also what is unique about you that needs to come out and shine before the world. Saturn, your ruling planet, goes into retrograde, making it all the more imperative for you to do so.
There is so much within you that you have absolutely no idea about. It’s a shame because carrying on without knowing your true worth is like building a parking garage over a diamond mine. Ignoring your god-given potential and divinely inspired talents and abilities are akin to living in the bondage of mediocrity. So take this time to discover your true self. Allow it to shine. Evolve. Ascend. Shine so bright that the world sees you as a source of pure inspiration.
As you’re co-ruled by karmic Saturn, along with wildly eccentric Uranus, this retrograde brings with it interesting times for you too, Aquarius. However, in your case, this is all about knowing your worth and living your life in accordance with it. Generosity is the key, and this is the time to give all that you can to those in need. It may seem like a tough order, but understand that it is only through giving that we allow The Universe to bless us with more.
Holding on to things only makes us all the more insecure. Through giving with an open heart, we become so strong, that our fears slowly melt away. In these times, fearlessness is definitely a blessing to have. Fear cripples the spirit. Generosity strengthens it. You gain only through giving.
The tiniest spark can ignite the biggest fires that can either keep us warm and snug or burn all that we hold dear. Do not underestimate your strength Pisces – especially as your co-ruler Jupiter goes into retrograde. Neptune’s dreamy waters can comfort you, but can also drown you when you get high on self-indulgent behaviour.
In these times, escapism may seem like the best thing to do, be it with Netflix or anything more ‘indulgent’. However, do not be afraid of your potential. Do not even be afraid of what can happen when you unleash your potential. Now is the time for you to make your world beautiful so that you can take care of those within your heart. You have everything within your heart to make it possible. Make the best use of the time you have now, for even in the most unexpected moments – sparks of great opportunities exist.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India.