Welcome to the latest edition of The Weekly Sage, an outward and inward look at the week to come. So many of us use Tarot, astrology, and contemplative journaling to support ourselves and each other. We hope this little weekly blog will inspire all of us to think, feel, and transform in bigger ways together. May it unite us by collectively magnifying our personal intentions into a potent source of positive energy, that will spread into our communities and beyond.
Feeling Uranus in Taurus yet?
On May 15, Uranus entered Taurus, beginning a nearly eight-year transit in the sign of the Bull. Uranus, the planet of liberation, reformation, and innovation seeks to unbind anything it contacts. Taurus represents our values, essential needs, routines, possessions, and money. Taurus is also our Earth Mother. With the great liberator Uranus in Taurus, we’re being challenged to progress our use of currency and natural resources, including our stewardship of these gifts. Think money, food, and all the “things” you buy and use. Taurus is a fixed earth sign and Uranian energy can manifest as snapping, cracking, and shattering. We’re almost three weeks into this transit. Do you feel anything different? Do you feel shaky in something you thought was rock solid? Some astrologers predict literal earthquakes during this transit. However you and we experience it, something will shift. The more flexible you can be, the less likely anything will need to break to get your attention. We are ready for something new and we, as a society, can do better. Use this energy – get real about what you truly value, take steady steps to increase your self-sufficiency, and protect and heal the planet.
As we journey through A World of Magic this year, we are choosing a variety of Tarot and oracle decks for The Weekly Sage, as they correspond with the civilizations we explore. This edition, we are using The Chinese Tarot Deck by Jui Guoliang to embrace the magic of ancient China.
The World (Universe) Tarot card comes forward today, for all of us, representing completion – the ending of one journey and the beginning of another. A dancer is depicted in this card, with her legs crossed – similar to The Hanged Man, yet completely opposite. The dancer encourages us to look outward, while The Hanged Man encourages us to dive inward. She holds two wands in her hands and gazes off to the left – the direction of receptivity. The dancer is surrounded by a green wreath of victory in the shape of the egg/Yoni – representing creation and new beginnings. The figure is female, but she also holds a certain bit of androgyny, which represents the union of principles and self. Finally, in the four corners of the card, we see the angel, the eagle, the ox, and the lion. These images are symbolic of the four directions, elements, and suits – pentacles, swords, wands, and cups. The angel represents emotional perfection, holiness, and a full heart from a life of giving (cups). The eagle symbolizes fulfillment of the mind (swords). The lion depicts the culmination of desire and creative energy (wands). And the ox is symbolic of our corporeal center and our physical needs (pentacles). The World reminds us – that to be whole and at one in self-realization, we need all four elements depicted in the four corners of the World.
When the World Tarot card comes forward, it calls for a celebration of our accomplishments; everything is now falling into place due to our hard work. If it hasn’t already passed, the finish line is near. This card reminds us that we are in the right place, at the right time. There’s always another adventure. And like a merry-go-round, we will again come full circle as The Fool continually sets out on the journey toward deeper understanding.
Do you make room for silliness? It’s important to be passionate and active with your commitments and protect your interests. It’s important to do good in the world, and become involved with the chaos around you. It’s important to stand up for what you believe in and practice compassion for all living things. It’s important to feel sadness and the weight of the world to fuel that fire in your blood. It’s just as important, however, to make room for fun. For silliness. To laugh at yourself so that you may see the beauty that exists within you. When we express ourselves in fun and ridiculous ways, we create light, and that light becomes contagious.
Have you ever stumbled upon a news media website and read the comment section? So many visitors are critical the lighter content stealing away from important matters – from what we’ve come to accept as “real news”. Not everything has to be dark to mean something. Why not post about the Romanian witches? Or “Using Meditation to Get Off”? Why are we so fixed on the idea that in order to care about something, it has to be intense, sad, or dark? Why can’t we choose to also place importance on the silliness? Does that make us less invested in the world? Or when we argue with our significant others, we can become too fixed in our own misery in order to prove a point. What happens when, all of a sudden, you laugh? Or you say “this is stupid” and throw your arms around them? Or make fun of the way they’re glaring at you so intensely? Would it mean we don’t care enough? Or are we so willing to sit in our darkness in order to feel the depth of the situation at hand, in order to make a difference? What has happened to the absurdity of life? How can we incorporate more of it?
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