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.