Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius – A Brief Candle

Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective date- March 25, 2016

“When the disciple
knows Saturn as the God
who offers opportunity
and does not only
feel him to be Deity
who brings disaster,
then he is on the path
of discipleship in truth
and in deed
and not just
theoretically.” – Alice A Bailey, Esoteric Astrology

 

Saturn, Lord of Karma, is going retrograde. This is the first of many retrogrades to come, guys. Pretty much all of the planets will be moving backwards soon, and it’s going to feel like a spinning vortex. The sun entering Aries recently brought us back into the rulership of Martian war energy (as Mars is the ruler of the ram). And right in the beginning of all of this blood god, we have father time deciding to hit rewind. Saturn goes retrograde on March 25, which is 2 days after the full moon eclipse in Libra, and he is the first triggered event after the eclipses. Saturn moves backward from March 23 through August 13, dragging along a heavier than usual dose of karma.

The first 7 planets can be looked at as the first octave in the solar song, leaving Uranus to naturally be the blasting off into a new octave and new world entirely. The outer planets are far more concerned with all of us as a collective than they are with individual, micro issues. They are in charge of a different layer of our consciousness; the collective.

As an Aquarius, I have an intimate relationship with this old devil of a planet. You see, Aquarians have two dads, Saturn and Uranus, and they both teach very different lessons. One father has traditionally been called the great malefic (Mars is the lesser malefic). A malefic in astrology is a planet that is traditionally thought of as “miss-fortunate.” Saturn represents restriction, the constructs of reality, and hard truths. Our other father, Uranus, has been called the God of Chaos and freedom. How the hell does Aquarius justify being ruled by such different energies? The realization comes when you merge dualities in the planet Saturn. In order to blast off into freedom, one must first learn their limitations. A kite cannot fly without restriction, and freedom is what you do with what you have. Aquarius is a very individualistic sign, but somehow also represents the collective. This is because one must maintain the paradoxical idea of individuality in the collective in order for it to even work. Without a hub, there is no wheel.

And the wheel of time turns, my friends, but now in the other direction. “So, what the fuck does this retrograde mean for us, Artemis?” Ok, ok, patience! This is something we will be learning a great deal the coming 4 and a half months.

Saturn sits right on the edge of this world. As the last of it’s octave, it both defines what came before it and prepares us for a chaotic re-birthing. When Saturn goes retrograde, we turn inward and examine all of the decisions of our past. Unfinished business will emerge like crazy, and you have to take care of it now or you will not make it to the next cycle. Because the focus of mind will turn toward the past, so will the types of manifestations that happen in our life. When we focus on the patterns of the past, they emerge as new lessons in our present. What vibrational level have we been existing at? What options remain for us to choose from because of the choices we have made in the past?

Like a record, a planet spinning backward will show us the hidden message buried inside of the structure. What demonic chants have been inhabiting your subconscious? It’s time to root them out and devour them.

Saturn is relentless and he is going to test us. Grab the weapons Aries has to offer, punks, because we are officially entering this battlefield.

7 of Cups represents all of the illusions set before us; all of the paths we BELIEVE we have available to us. Mesmerized by the glowing cups before him, the man in this card can’t seem to choose between all of the options he is presented with. The secret to this card is that all of his choices are a part of the maya / illusion. Unfortunately for him (and thus you, sorry), this card being crossed by the King of Pentacles means we are going to have to have to choose the path mastery over our material realm. Represented by the heavy element of lead, Saturn is the master of the material world. He is all things solidifying. He is the ultimate meaning – the ultimate construct. The temptations before us are empty of true Saturnian meaning. Saturn is rewinding, slowing down time, and wrecking our lives to show us what we really need in order to reach our higher selves. If you fight back, he will only suffocate you further. You must act on the gnosis he brings.

The King of Pentacles is only the master of his environment because he KNOWS his environment. He knows how much yield he will need to feed his people. He knows how much material he needs to combine to construct his kingdom. He is the cerebral quality behind earth; the structure needed in order to gain mastery of the elements. Coupled with the rune Dagaz, he is telling us that this mastery wont come over night. Saturn is slow and steady, gradual like the coming of the dawn. If you don’t have a steel will, you are going to get crushed under the heavy weight of this transit.

The rune Dagaz also describes the point of melding between polarities. Forget what you believe about the good and the bad. They merge, they play, they exist only because someone put up a wall of restriction. Saturn going retrograde now puts the responsibility in our hands. Where are you going to put up your new boundaries? Check your architectural plans, but keep in mind Saturn’s karmic lesson. Wherever you decide to lay those boundaries, they will have immense repercussions in your future. Choose wisely. Be still and meditate. But also remember, in the end, Saturn is all about Capricornian action as well. You must choose to build something or you will be devoured. Once the retrograde ends and Saturn swoops back into forward drive, he will crush you if your plans are not well meditated.

The rune Dagaz, oddly enough, also looks like an hourglass – representing Father Time quite nicely. Tic toc, our time has finally come. It seems the countdown for Tower Year is finally beginning on the precipice of the equinox. There is so much balance symbolism coming at us right now; from the full moon Libra, eclipse, equinox, and now this Dagaz representation of the Saturnian retrograde.

On to the final piece of the puzzle; the rune Eihwaz. There is a fire inside all of us; a storm. Inside, we are empty, like a cup waiting to be filled. Outside our empty core is the restrictive form. As a storm progresses, the choice of it’s landing becomes ever more clear and the breadth of it’s form ever more sturdy. This is the evolution of our “self.” We are born into this world with many more options than we have at our present. Sometimes the storm may change course. This retrograde represents one of those times. You have been removed from your ability to see all the layers of your reality for far too long. You are finally going to get some elation and clarity, and you are going to be able to pick which current you want to dive into. Eihwaz represents the moment when you lose the fear of death, the scythe carrier. And who else carries a scythe and represents death itself? Saturn. For now, we have a reprieve from Papa. How will you use the creative fire inside of you to smith your future?

Saturn rules Aquarius because Aquarius knows how to navigate the various currents of humanity. He knows that no current is the end all be all structure of the world, and there are many ways for people on two different pathways to communicate. There are many arrangements of form. As the representative of the circulatory system and connecting pathways, Aquarius understands the impulse of rivers to move toward larger bodies of water. Deep down, we are all born knowing our destiny. We are all compelled to it like gravity. It is confused and muddled by the illusion we are born into; false structures that will fall away in time. You can see the rot in the world around you. Shine your light, remove the unnecessary barriers you have set that restrict you from getting to where you need to go, and get on with it before some asshole builds a dam around you and keeps you from your destiny.

 

 

Full Moon Eclipse in Libra – Bloom

Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

“Who dwells at the core of my being? I am calm itself and he is the storm.” – Hafiz

Effective Date: March 23, 2016

This is the final eclipse in a long series of Libra/Aries eclipses. We wont see an eclipse in this sign combination for another 7 years. This, in itself, feels very significant. 7 is the number of Venus, the goddess of fortune and love, and also the ruler of Libra. This may be an especially significant time for those born under the scales.

Libra, the centerpiece of the zodiac, always reminding us that perfection is non-existent and life is in constant adjustment for balance. Like a see-saw, she teeters between hot and cold / dark and light / love and fear / war and peace. Where Aries is exploratory and impulsive action, she is stillness and assessment. As an idealistic air sign, Libra will toil endlessly for a justice that can never be fully attained; bringing to mind Sisyphus. Perhaps this is Libra’s punishment from the gods for being so fucking indecisive. The scale will always tip one way or the other, regardless of how balanced we may perceive it in the moment. The great work is never over.

THE MOON: For the moon, I pulled The Hangman and Sowillo, which is the exact same combination I pulled for the last eclipse. This is auspicious. We have reached the other side, reflecting the last new moon in Pisces like a mirror. We have crossed some sort of strange, dimensional rift, with illumination resting firmly betwixt. Like Libra, the hangman is the centerpiece. He sits smack dab in the middle of the major arcana of the Tarot, suspended between two worlds. This book end situation is a new sort of experience for Libra. All endings breed beginnings, and Libra is consistently stuck in the middle of the story. Both the ideas of starting and ending seem foreign and dizzying. This whole transition from new moon to full moon has been like sitting on a fence; something Libras are very good at. It is finally time to step off and go see the greener grass on the other side. Unfortunately, while Libra has been sitting around contemplating, her Aries neighbor has erected hedge statues and planted gardens and a built one of those stupid fountains. Spring is here, and the scales have finally tipped. Sowillo, the sun, has arrived. The funny thing about the sun, like illumination, is that you can never look directly at it but you see it’s presence all around you. The hangman has lost his ego. He is in a position where you could throw a rotten tomato on him, kick his head, or give him a hug. Who knows. He has taken the leap of faith. It’s time to give everyone the big fuck you and bloom how you choose. You get to be whatever kind of fucking flower you want to be. You inherit yourself.

THE SUN: For the sun, I pulled 5 of Swords and Kenaz. 5 of Swords represents self interest, which makes perfect sense for a sun in Aries. You’re going to have to defend what you believe in. People are going to disagree with you. They are going to fight you and kick you when you are down. Don’t fucking let them. Seriously, punch them where it hurts most and move the fuck on. We have to let things go and become light and fly now. The rune Kenaz, also known as the “torch,” tells us that you will “surpass the master.” This is where we make a choice, punks (sorry, Libra). What is the story you are going to choose to tell? Are you going to keep telling the same old fucking story, or are you going to take what you want? Are you the master of your own fate, or will you allow the illusion to suck you back in? There is also a warning here. This card tells us it is not in our benefit to be wholly selfish. It’s like Libra is scolding Aries. She tells him to do what is right and to do it with the fullness of his unique intensity. I’m sure Helios and I can both agree that there is nothing more glorious to behold than an Aries with a righteous goal at his back. Kenaz represents controlled transformation. It governs apprenticeship, study, and the search for enlightenment. What drives you? What is your end goal? Look beyond everything. What is the sun of your life?

MERCURY: For Mercury, I pulled The Devil and Algiz. This is a fascinating combination. They call Algiz the rune of connections. What kind of connections? In particular, the kind between us and the gods. Algiz represents the higher self and courage. It is used as a protection rune and is charged with giving us courage in the face of fear. People are going to say what they need to say. That’ll be nice, wont it? There is this idea of “personal gravity” which I found interesting when studying this rune. Movement is key, so find your rhythm. Mercury is the planet of communication, so Algiz in this position tells me that the full moon will be a glorious time for getting in your creative zone and just letting work come out. We also have the Devil archetype to deal with here. This card warns us that people (including you) may have an easy time influencing us with their words right now. Listen carefully to the way people speak to you, from the friends in your micro, to the politicians in your macro. What does everyone really want? It’s an easy time to figure this out due to Mercury’s connection to Algiz, the god whisperer, and The Devil, the impulsive egoist.

VENUS: For Venus, I pulled The Star and Hagalaz. Again, a fascinating combination. The Star (card #17) is hope, the light, healing and escape after the collapse of the motherfucking tower (card #16). The Star is Aquarius, who is ruled by the circulatory system. It is the idea of connection at a mass level – the spider who weaves the threads between the stars. This is a great combination. It tells us that we are finally shedding the bullshit, letting the hail storm knock away all that isn’t fastened securely to the truth. Really, guys, this is good. Venus represents what we truly value. It’s time for that to be clear for us. Venus is giving us our speck of hope, and really there is nothing more perceptible in the sky than the wandering star Venus.

NEPTUNE: For Neptune, I pulled The Lovers and the blank rune (fate rune). Neptune rules over our temptations (thus the planet of alcoholism, YAY). She is all the things we cannot see that are creeping around in the other world, influencing us in some wyrd way. The blank rune sure shows that here, standing in for the idea of “fate” itself. There are going to be a lot of magical moments, strange things coming into fruition that we may be blindsided by. You see, Neptune represents that which is barely on our peripheral. She also represents the higher form of love. The lovers in position here tells me that higher connections are coming into manifestation in our lives.

JUPITER: For Jupiter, I pulled Justice and Inguz. So we have the rune of growth in the planet of growth. Hmmm. So what the hell are we growing? If Jupiter is the planet of joy and abundance, it looks like we are growing what we want through righteous action; aka Justice. Inguz rules subtle action, and Jupiter is being ruled by the Queen of Detail – Virgo. There is something waiting for you, a reward to reap, if you focus on the details. Once you find it, there will be an explosion of abundance available to you. Get your flashlights out, guys. This is a good time for workings involving money. Unfortunately, if you have been sowing bad karma along your path, get ready to eat shit.
SATURN: For Saturn, I pulled the The Hermit and Jera. So the Hermit is associated by the zodiac sign Virgo, and Jera represents the harvest, and Saturn has a big scythe he uses to reap. This is a dire warning for us. Saturn goes into retrograde on March 26, 3 days after the Full Moon Eclipse in Libra on the 23rd. When Saturn decides to cycle back through the field, he brings double karma along with him. I’m sorry to terrify you. Remember… the pendulum has begun to swing.

URANUS: For Uranus, I pulled the King of Cups and Gebo. The King of Cups is a highly creative individual with great emotional depth. He sits in the storm of Uranus, calm and composed, his emotions reigned in. This King is aware of the flashes of insight coming from Uranus – the powerful jolts in our day that rattle our very foundation. The important thing is that the King of Cups sees them and becomes aware of them. He then responds in a composed manner. The King of Cups is emotional understanding, and he has a healthy balance between his intellect and his emotions. Gebo is the divine balance. There is great ability for you to make inspired partnerships with the people around you. This is encouraged. Follow the flashes of lightening, and do so generously. Share your fire. There is a lot of reciprocation in this combination. The King of Cups is very giving and generous, and Gebo literally translates to the gift. Get ready for lots of gifts of insight as well.

PLUTO: For Pluto, I pulled the 7 of Pentacles and Berkano. What is with this card? It keeps fuckin’ showing up, left and right, and it’s beginning to make me very curious. The 7 of Pentacles is all about that moment when we decide to change. Something has finally been completed, and now it is time to choose our direction. Pluto is the planet of regeneration, and our lives are very much being pumped with new life blood as we speak. Thanks for the juice, Pluto, because we are really going to need it for all these fucking retrogrades about to beat us down. Berkano shows up for us, under the planet of legacy coupled with the 7 of Pents. This probably means it is an excellent time for money manifestation. You can truly have what you want, you just need to have the guts to change yourself in order to get it. Don’t just sit there. Either harvest what you have in front of you and make something of that, or take what you need and begin your new life. Decisions, decisions. You’re going to be forced to change, so it’s time to choose a route or smash face first into the median (sorry again, Libra).

 

Mercury in Aries – Roar

Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective date – March 22, 2016

“Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.” –George Henry Lewes

Mmm our first taste of Aries! Who doesn’t love this self assured energy? As we all surely know, Mercury is the planet of communication. It’s ingress from an elusive water sign like Pisces into a fire sign like Aries will bring much needed straightforwardness into our communication. Aries in Mercury is self assured talk, regardless of what they talk is about. This fire sign believes in his ideas, fervently and with strong possession. I pulled 4 of Pentacles for this ingress, meaning perhaps we will be TOO strongly rooted in our opinions. Be careful here. Aries can be a bit brash and speak out of line. They are not known for their tact. You may have a hard time distinguishing between the truth and your opinion. You may attack others when you are feeling vulnerable about your ideas with far too much force; watch your temper and arrogance. Seriously, there is a very big difference between confidence and arrogance. Don’t let this huge surge of energy control you! Be like Aries and control it! The positive aspect behind this card is that it sets a sort of protection over our mind. If there is an idea that you truly need to solidify, this will be the time. You will have the confidence to say exactly what you need to say.

There is a sensitivity to Aries that is never quite realized because of their firestorm energy. Let me let you in on a little secret (shhhh). Deep down inside, they are sensitive little lambs. They are sensitive about their ideas, their presence, their station in life, etc. But there is something magical about how they deal with this sensitivity that we can all learn from. They say, “No. I know who I am. These fuckers don’t know shit about me. I’ll fucking show them!” This is exactly the kind of energy we need after unsure Pisces.

The next card I pulled for this ingress (crossing our original card) is the Page of Cups. She is tender and gentle. Wow, what an opposing force! She is here to warn us that although we may start to feel fired up, we need to be gentle with our fire. If you turn the burners up to high on your stove, you are going to burn your food. If you set the heat at just the right temperature, you are going to make something delicious. Aries says a million things in just one word. This is, surprisingly, also the Page of Cups. She says more in a glance than one can sing in a whole song. Use the Aries bluntness and charm to get what you want in a playful manner and not an aggressive manner (Aries is ruled by Mars, after all, so watch out). Grand displays will be important right now, but make sure they are there to empower you and those around you instead of just to feed your ego. With great power comes great responsibility. With fire driven inspiration in our voices, we must be careful not to turn into dragons.

 

Eros in Aquarius – Love in the Multiverse

Originally published on AstroGeek and Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Artemis (Cards: The Moon, Queen of Wands Runes: Inguz and Sowillo)-

“You are my angel
Come from way above
To bring me love
Her eyes
She’s on the dark side
Neutralize
Every man in sight
Love you, love you, love you
Love you, love you, love you
Love you, love you, love you” – Massive Attack

Websters: Eros (n.)

Eros, Greek mythological character. Eros was the son of Aphrodite. As the Greek god of love he excited erotic love in gods and mortals with his arrows and torches.

Erotic (adj.)

Popularity: Top 10% of words
: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings
: of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire <erotic art>
: strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

Gosh, haven’t we all felt the shadow of this transit the past couple of days? Jesus fuck. This, along with this past weekend’s sensual moon in Taurus, our current sexy Venus in Pisces, the mighty presence of passionate Mars in Saggo, and the pounding of hooves from fire hot Aries in the distance (helloooo spring) are making things electric.

*takes deep breath* Anyway…

Aquarians tend to be severely misunderstood. They call the water-bearer heartless, alien, off-beat, and contrary. They say she is a stubborn ice queen, prepared to dissect each of your layers until she can arrive at some self deluded state of “knowing.” What they don’t understand about Aquarius is that she feels TOO much. She feels everything and everyone all the time, and must place a wall up or she will swallow everything up like the sea. She is the veins, the rivers, the tributaries pumping from the passionate, lion heart of Leo. Her eroticism is all encompassing. Her love is the force of the entire planet.

You know, there is something oddly sexy about all of these misconceptions. Who doesn’t like the hot loner coasting through town on their way to distant lands? Aquarius is a visitor from somewhere far beyond here, and their brand of love making is strange and exciting. We can see it in their mannerisms, their likes and dislikes, their eccentric way of communication. They are not from here, and we are intrigued. And our earthly ways are intriguing to them as well. They really just want to know how everything feels, how everything tastes, and are all for the experimentation between pleasure and pain.

“What if I do this…”

King of experimentation, Aqua is the scientist with laser eyes who inspects your every frac(tal)tional movement for all of your soft spots. The water-bearers are represented by the Angel (or perfect human), perched high above in the clouds, observing us mere mortals as we go about our business of flesh. The eroticism of distance. For Aqua, the mind is flesh and eroticism starts there. When the angels saw the flesh based humans (in all their indulgent Taurean flavors), they could not help but fall down to earth. Not even angels can resist Eros.

People like to say the sun is in detriment when it is in Aquarius. Why would they say such a thing? Probably because Aquarius has a hard time merging their identity in with the rest of society. They are forever the one who marches to the beat of their own drum, and their sexuality is no different. They really don’t give a fuck what is appropriate or conventional in love making. They will do whatever strikes their fancy, and they will never stop surprising their partner. Aquarius is known as the sign of kink for good reason. They say strong aspects with Uranus/Eros, Uranus/Venus, Uranus/Mars in one’s chart places this flavor of Aquarian experimentation in one’s personality; lightening flashes of insight and curiosity.

So here we go, punks. Get ready for things to get weird.

For Eros ingress Aquarius, I pulled The Moon crossed by The Queen of Wands and the runes Inguz and Sowillo. DAMN. Just DAMN. The runes line up perfectly with each card. Inguz is the rune people refer to as “the seed.” He is deep rooted potentiality. Orgasm waiting to happen. Aquarius is here, bringing us the waters to get drunk on some strange love. The moon says the stuff in the back of our head, the stuff we fantasize and dream about, wants to come out and play. The moon is shy, blushing as she hears the whispers of her mind. Inguz says that this build up can only last so long before the release. He also tells us that distance is needed to build this potential energy. Aquarius, the sign of distance (AKA voyeuristic haha), knows this process all too well. She will prod and tease you in all the places where she knows you can’t touch her (like work, school, your parent’s house) until you have no choice but to take her in the back of the car, at noon, on the side of the road somewhere. And that’s just the way she likes it.

The moon being crossed by the Queen of Wands tells us that the only thing holding any of this back is our inability to accept the strange paradoxes in life and just flow with it. Let yourself get turned on by the tension between the paradox (mmm tension). We need to embrace the rune Sowillo (the sun) and the optimism of this Queen of Fire. She is a sexy woman who takes what she wants, uses her magick without discretion, and doesn’t apologize for her self expression. Our mind wants to escape, to let loose and let the Aquarian interests out to play. The built up potentiality is killing us, and this weekend’s sensual Moon in Taurus sure didn’t help.

Mars and Venus are about to square, the sexual tension will only get worse. This cross is telling us to let it out to play before some fire damage is done. The Queen of Wands is water in fire, and she is pure unadulterated feminine sexuality. She is the fire that will also drown you. Quite the paradox indeed. She is represented by the black cat, and those of you who know Egyptian mythology will recognize the connection to the cat goddess of sexuality, Bastet. Queen of Wands has a very cat like sexuality. She will gracefully seduce you and dance around you until your passions explode into wild, creative fires (all this with a smirk on her face). Wands are a witch’s way of projecting her magic into the world. The wands also represent sexuality and creativity. Channel those deep, watery, moon feelings into a playful sexuality. Don’t take things too seriously. Aquarius gives us room to breathe. Her universal love allows for her lovers to be expressive in their own individual mode without judgement. Let your imagination run wild.  It seems this card and rune combination is telling us a lot of illumination, happiness, and new pathways will open up from our ability to express what we keep in.

This combination of cards and runes warns us not to repress, no matter the strange situations we might get ourselves in (no matter our fantasies). There are many ways to express sexuality. Don’t knock it til you try it. Try it and knock it good…. Whatever gets you hot.

 

Venus in Pisces – Weaving Fate

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Artemis (Cards: 4 of Wands, Ace of Cups Runes: Tiwaz, Wyrd)- You may have forgotten, but the things that you desire don’t wholly come from you. We are influenced, like delicate puppets, by things buried in our ancestral past, by events yet to come, and by the tug and pull of other humans in our present lives. Nothing is ever as it seems, and you are never getting the full story. All we have is our integrity and choosing to do what feels right in our hearts. This is more important than ever. Genuine, heart level decisions are going to open gates we didn’t even know existed.

Venus’ influence is mesmerizing. She seduces, unlike Mars who pushes. She whispers for us to put on our coat and step outside into the bright day. In her ingress to Pisces, she becomes even more irresistible than she has been in Aquarius. She broke down your barriers in the waterbearer, and now she is going to flood you with love funneling from the all. You may have some insight to go do something, say something, write something, and at first this may seem silly. What a ridiculous notion, right? But know that your little urges are coming from somewhere… wyrd and fated. We are all in for a pleasant surprise.

The 4 of Wands is a state of celebration. It is receiving something you weren’t expecting. It’s finally seeing the beauty in something when you are least expecting it. When you enter a mundane situation based on a hunch and it turns out to be an exhilarating, inspiring evening, that is the 4 of Wands. Crossed by the Ace of Cups, this could mean that the only thing holding you back is you saying “yes” to your own emotions. What is dearest to your heart is available now, all around you. Remain in your joy, even if something looks like it may be difficult or taxing. Just go with it. It is in the moments of pure joy, duress, pain, and elation that we break through and find true spiritual bliss. Allow yourself to feel and go with your feelings. The Love Goddess of Fortune is urging it. When you do decide to go with the Piscean flow – to follow your heart and trail the ones you love through these dark tunnels – you will be pleasantly surprised to see that fate has been weaving it’s web for some time.

Solar Eclipse in Pisces – Baptism

Originally Published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” – Anais Nin

This is it. The last chance you get to rest before the storm. That is, if you can call this a “rest.” It’s like your first time in yoga class when you realize down dog is considered the primary resting position. Honestly, what the hell, right? But how does that saying go… What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger?  Have you trained like we warned you to?  Have you exercised your dreams and your capacity to ensure that you live out your true will? Have you grown comfortable with your failures and risen each time, regardless of your haggard state? Near future astrological events are about to fuck our shit up, fam. And if you don’t have faith in yourself and your abilities, I’m sorry to say, you are going to get clobbered by this grand cross coming our way in June. And yes, I know, Astrogeek! Eris is about to go conjunct Uranus [Astro- Spoilers, Morrigan!] and destroy life itself or something… I don’t know. The way he talks about it is honestly a little scary sometimes.

So, sorry, not sorry- I’ve got to tell it like it is. That’s why you read us, isn’t it? So here goes…. Cross your heart, pumpkin. This is your baptism.

 MOON- For the moon, I drew The Hangman and the rune Sowilo. This very spot is where we set our anchor. It is going to be very important – I repeat – very important for us to set a proper anchor right now. We are literally going to be sailing into new worlds after this Eclipse passes. We’ve reached the ocean. Be still. Dig deep into your heart; stop fucking LYING to yourself about what you want and what you will be okay living with. This next chapter of our lives is going to take brutal honesty, integrity to self, and heart crunching realism. The combination of The Hangman and Sowillo reminds me of being perfectly suspended between worlds. It’s watching as the the big ball of fire begins to descend (or ascend) on the horizon. It’s a stasis, a hushed silence in the air before the next cycle. This is our time to be still and listen. The moon places influence on us through her use of gravity; an invisible force. The answers you seek will be whispered from the shadows.  We are shrouded in celestial darkness; our head is going under the water. This eclipse and it’s shadow period will be sending us visions and the word that we so desperately seek. For any magic practitioners, this is a perfect evening for divination. The complete stillness this moon brings will allow you to dive very deeply into your subconscious.

Has there been some sort of portal jarred open or something? I swear, that window that I talked about being open the past full moon has now shred open the entire sky. We are gazing out into the endless sea of stars, and we see all of the dreams that we must miss because we have to clutch somewhere, somehow, to grab at least one of them as they race by.  We have a great many wandering stars in the sign of Pisces at the moment; the sun, the moon, Mercury, Neptune, and Chiron are all transmitting Piscean magick into our realm. This is truly a trans-dimensional time. Temperance is the card I pulled for the Eclipse itself, and she is called “Art” in the Aleister Crowley deck. Crowley explained this card as the card of the Alchemist; to take parts and meld them together, forming something far greater through their summation. The rune I drew for the eclipse is Thurisaz; unconscious forces that are tilling our realm. This rune tells us to combine our abilities – both physical and mental – and use the aggregate of them as a force to take down whatever enemies come our way. Let’s not waste time. Make your final preparations and learn how to re-combine your talents, because once we leave here, we aren’t coming back.

SUN- For the sun, I drew Ace of Pentacles and the rune Berkano.  Aaah, more rooting. Fellow renegade punks, this is where we are going to be casting out together. Everyone else can wave their white handkerchiefs as we sail away (yes, because they gave up like losers and will have to wait until the stars align perfectly again before they can get off that god forsaken island). We are going to equipped ourselves with the best weapons in our arsenal and we are going to get ready to pioneer into a new cycle. New lands, new worlds, full steam ahead! And yesssss, Aries is next and will certainly help propel this adventure along like a rocket. We are at the top of the roller coaster. You know, that bone chilling moment of stasis before we corkscrew into a heart racing, violent scream-fest.
Hey, you can’t say I didn’t warn you….

SATURN- For Saturn, I pulled Death and the rune Hagalaz. Holla at my other diviners out there who trembled at that combination. Sorry for the minor heart attack. I know what ya’ll are thinking, “WHAT THE FUCK, ARTEMIS?! The fucking god of death with the tarot card of death and the rune of destruction?!” Well, I’m about to flip your world around. Yeah, there will be chaos. Yeah, there will be violent change that comes swooping in like a raven in the night, but we are fucking ready for this. Saturn teaches us that all things must die and thus all things must change. He is father time, he is death itself, and he is restriction. If something continues to grow without pruning, we call it cancer and we remove it. You can choose to remain where you are and get crushed by this 2016 year of the tower, or you can move and change. Yeah, I know, change and new journeys are fucking scary, but trust me, a giant tower of chaos falling on you and trapping you in your current state is far scarier.  It’s time for our pilgrimage.  And yes, there will be beasts along the path…

URANUS- For Uranus, I pulled The Lovers and the rune Nauthiz. That rumbling you hear in the distance? We are about to have some earth shattering changes come our way that will be very difficult to handle at first. The world is going to change into something unrecognizable, and we have to learn to meld with it in our own way. How are you going to choose to play your part in the revolution that is to come? It seems like this Nauthiz rune is in direct conversation with the Hagalaz rune I pulled for Saturn; rough times are ahead for all of us globally, and even when it looks like it couldn’t get any worse, it will. What we need to remember is what part we have chosen to play in all of this, how we have all been manifesting it’s existence as a collective, and that everything is going according to plan… War and struggle breed innovation, and Uranus looks ready to shake some shit up. Hmm, what has been tempting you? Could it, perhaps, be your destiny?  Those flashes of insight are surely coming from somewhere.

PLUTO-  For Pluto, I drew the Hierophant and the rune Hagalaz.  The legacy is being passed down to us.  It’s our turn to make the rules.  We are going to destroy the establishment that has been set before us, and we are going to bring the spring.  Traditions and old knowledge have their place, and they are very important for preparing us for where we are going next.  But they must now be changed.  We are building new traditions, for ourselves (in the micro) and for our communities (in the macro).  As above, so below.  The changes you are making in your life have influenced the world around you.  Everything is a domino effect.  Watch your environment after you make a move, because it’s not soon after that things start to shift.  You will be given new ideas/teachings/legacies passed down to you that will initiate great change in your life.  This is your baptism.  Don’t forget, we all chose this.

MERCURY- For Mercury, I pulled the Page of Swords and the rune Isa.  Uh oh.  It looks like we may have spoken something into existence and now have to go on with it.  It’s fine, just remember to keep silent about things that you really don’t want.  This is about your integrity.  With Mercury in Pisces, and the Page of Swords, we are literally manifesting brand fucking new worlds through our language.  Don’t freak out!  Stay still.  A look.  A glance.  A mumble.  The messages from the beyond are all there, and it seems that the influence of the god are weaving it’s way through our language.  Sneaky bastard.  If he can’t force us to do something, he make us think it was our idea.  It’s all good, because we love a challenge. Sing your sonata!  If you are an artist, this is the perfect time to channel some divinely inspired work.

NEPTUNE-  For Neptune, I pulled the 9 of Swords and the rune Thurisaz.  Eek, this is the messy part of the reading.  The world is a nightmare right now.  Yeah, things are fucking ugly.  Every time we think we have woken up from this nightmare, we realize we were asleep again.  We are like Bill Murray in Groundhog day, reliving the same nightmarish visions from the past night after night.  But hey, don’t give up.  Get comfortable in war.  Thurisaz is Thor’s hammer, and you have to make yourself at home in the eternal work.  The nightmare is an illusion, although a steady one that doesn’t seem to fucking budge.  You need to break it.  Take the hammer of the thunder god and smash up the fake shit with the might of your higher love.  The maya is persistent and will make you believe that every flash of insight you receive is a lie so that it can suck you right back in.  Start slicing, because you are trapped in the spider’s web.

VENUS-  For Venus, I drew The Fool and the rune Kenaz.  Oh yes.  This is hot fiery trysts energy.  We’re all ready for something new, whether it’s a new way of looking at the relationship we may already be in or a new adventure entirely.  We feel heated up and inspired in love.  There might be some wires crossed between love and lust right now, but hey, that can be fun, can’t it?  Use the energy.  It’s exhilarating, and Venus is giving us some power to get through this other shit going on around us.  Let her work her wyrd ways.  The goddess is up to something playfully mischievous.  And whatever it is, it will help light our way through these dark chambers.  Grab the torch she is offering.  The Fool card also comes with a warning:  Don’t play blind to the things that are going on around you.  Realize that you are the only thing holding yourself back from the leap of faith that is loving yourself and loving another.  Don’t let self doubt creep in and inspiration and illumination will be your rewards from the goddess. This is also a great time for starting new business ventures and initiating creative ideas.  The winds of Fortune are at our back.

MARS- For Mars, I drew the 7 of Pentacles and the rune Wunjo.  The god of war and sex is forcing us to make a choice and he is hoping we choose joy.  If we do, we will be rewarded with his blessing.  You are proud of your accomplishments, but you are restless.  This is not enough.  This isn’t what you DESIRED.  Don’t worry, the tools that got you here are not useless.  We just need to figure out a new way of using them.  For our next adventure, we have one more weapon given to us from the god of war; Sagittarian optimism.  There is no way we are going to get through the next few moon cycles without this weapon.  No matter how dire things get – no matter how hard the blows or how chaotic the fire gets – we will make it through alive.  Mars isn’t an intellectual.  He tells us to live through our physical body.  Don’t overthink the optimism.  Don’t get to the point where you obliterate it with your prodding questions and your endless scenarios.  Your mind fucking works for you.  You don’t work for it.

Vesta in Taurus – Opus

Originally Published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek”  – Joseph Cambell

Vesta ingress to Taurus? Get your shit together. Like, seriously, get your shit together. All of the planets, minor and major, are preparing us for the catastrophe that is the Grand Cross. It’s only a few months away, people, and Vesta is whipping us into shape.

You need to dedicate yourself to putting the pieces together and getting your weapons in line for the coming storm. The reason you are not seeing the message, seeing what you need to do next, is because you aren’t disciplining your craft. You need to funnel this Saggo energy (thanks Mars). Yeah, it’s kinda hard because Saggo makes us erratic and all over the fucking place. I get it. But if you can put the Taurus blinders on and charge full speed ahead – dedicated as a motherfucker to hit X marks the spot – you will be duly rewarded. You will get the seed planted that you need before the spring hits.

Sometimes, when we are talented at getting through life on little else but our wits, we forget that we could climb so much higher if we just practiced our craft more often. Look, we’ve got this insane energy coming in from Mars, so channel that shit. Yeah, sorry to say, THIS IS A TEST. This is a sort of “initiatory rite.” Yeah, you might have the talent to actually settle yourself into a plan – and even a good plan – but do you have the guts to actually carry it out?

For those of you who work ritual: If you are working with Vesta, make sure that she is the final energy invoked in your ritual as she represents the highest ideal. She needs us to keep our divine fire pure – “the purity of heart.” Keep what you believe is your highest duty as just that. Don’t muddle it with bullshit. Keep your integrity. Priestesses of Vesta who dirtied their purity were buried alive… Morbid as it may sound, this is a direct metaphor for your life right now. Keep your inner flame pure. Don’t let it burn out. Now is NOT the time. Seriously, are you afraid of your dreams? Stop being a coward. Get out there. Your greatest fear is also your greatest desire. Imagine that nugget of love inside of you, that thing you call you biggest passion, being taken away by the eroding waters of time. You do not want that. Poise your intentions toward what really matters to you – what you find to be your DUTY in this lifetime, and you will get through this like the fucking warrior you are.