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.
Mars, the planet of energy, assertion, and desire turns retrograde on June 26 and we might notice a drop in our physical and sexual drive. What have you been going for? Do you really want it? Mars retrograde is the time to reconsider what you’ve been fighting for…and there’s always something on some level that you champion. If you’ve not been getting what you want and not taking your turn despite your instinctual impulses to “go for it”, you may experience frustration during this retrograde. Use this time (two months) to feel your body and make a new agreement to make sure you are a good steward of your own energy resources.
Receive the manifestation of your intentions under the Capricorn Full Moon on June 27. In the light of awareness, do you see how much you’ve accomplished? Capricorn is motivated by success, respect, and public recognition for a job well done. It represents our public identity; how we are seen in the world. Allow the Capricorn Full Moon to reveal more of the you that the world sees and observe how it aligns with the private you.
On June 28, Mercury enters Leo and we transition from the watery emotional mind to the bonfire of creativity. Creative writing and speaking are natural expressions of this energy and we may find ourselves and others communicating with more drama and passion. Leo thinking can be so fun and playful, like making a larger-than-life myth out of our lives. The Lion is a sign of leadership with the ability to motivate with heartfelt zest. When it’s not sucking all the energy out of the room, Leo inspires us all to shine by sharing itself with the pure joy of living.
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 Temperance Tarot card comes forward for all of us today, representing integration. In my experience, understanding the Tarot starts with interpreting the images illustrated on the cards. Every color, movement, and symbol of the cards, through our perception, allow us to connect with the messages they deliver. The angel is said to be the androgynous child of Hermes and Aphrodite, cloaked in white with wings of fire red – representing the balance of the two genders, and the balance of earth (fire) and heaven (white). The angel has one foot testing the water (subconscious), with the other on land (consciousness), while also distributing water in two chalices (balance of both extremes). And finally, observe the path behind the angel that leads to the brilliance of the Sun. When the Temperance card presents itself in a reading, it advises us to tread slowly and to learn to work with the duality that resides within us. Instead of viewing our complexities as competing forces, we are advised to synthesize and balance our extremes. The Temperance card is not about giving something up, but incorporating moderation. The only way to conquer our darkness is to understand and work with it. Within the depths of our souls, our greatest journey hides behind a door waiting to be unlocked. By alchemizing our extremes, we create keys of possibility, opening new pathways to all that we desire.
We all have insecurities – anyone who tells you different is either lying or unabashedly narcissistic. Although you could argue that narcissism truly stems from deep insecurity and by projecting a facade, narcissists are able to escape their insecurities. It’s effortless to focus on our negative features – we’re human, negativity is a survival instinct. However, we can easily change that relationship with ourselves if we adjust our thinking. Hate your nose but love your eyes? Focus on how they make you unique and beautiful. Are you flat-chested with a killer ass? You go, goddess! Do you have thin hair with a gorgeous bone structure? One ticket to the runway, please! Put importance on what makes you beautiful, not what you think makes you ugly, and watch how your life changes in mere seconds. I challenge you to practice this self-love in front of the mirror every morning. Which physical feature are you most proud of?