Venus in Leo – Heart of Gold

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Your self esteem wont come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love and admire you.”
 – Stacy London

Effective Date: August 27th- September 21st

Jesus, Venus can’t catch a break… We have been slowly simmering in our love lives since the retrograde, and now we get a blast of bad bitch energy. It seems Venus may be recovering from some fuckboys and needs to light some shit on fire (I’d watch out for that, an angry Venus is more terrifying that Mars at times). Slow cooking makes for some delicious dishes, so it’s time to submerge ourselves into the liquid fire and see what comes of it.

Virgo season is all about correcting our shit, making sure our ducks are in order, and coming out strong enough to make it through autumn and winter. With both Mars and Venus in Leo, and a gigantic Eclipse in Leo, we have a focus on personal magnetism and ego power. Ego is the vehicle that moves us through the world, but it must be melded together just right with your dark and light sides (the Chariot). If there is a peppering more of either, the balance is lost (and you’ll lose your footing in Libra season, the fulcrum of the year). You must have mercy and you must have the ability to chop off a head or two when the times call for it. It is hard to make the proper distinction, but when you know what you want, the decision becomes easier to make; you wont be so weak in the midst of misty eyes if you know the relationship is rotting your soul. This energy will also give those of you in loving relationships some solar plexus fire. There is nothing sexier than seeing your partner light up with passion about the things they love, and Venus in Leo brings back the heart in our work. It also brings back tremendous amounts of romance – the kind where you see each other as individuals equals and play your conquering game together (and hello, don’t forget Eros and Psyche just entered Libra!) Venus in Leo’s are tremendously loyal lovers because they do not commit to just anyone. They commit to those they think are worthy, and they will bleed and kill for them if need be.  This is a very “hunter” like Venus, a predator that goes for what they want with fury and passion. Remember why you chose the people you chose in your life, and keep in mind why certain people left…

During this transit, you will have to address the garbage (3 of swords). With Venus getting pummeled since her Babylonian stage over the spring, you’ve had your plate full with everything and anything and you’ve allowed your heart to get buried under a boulder. Venus wants to pump some lovin’ back into your body, get you excited about life and art and love and romance again. She wants you to recite your pain into your poetry, squeeze your hurt onto the canvas, and dance yourself clean. She wants you to take pride in what you do, and take pride in those you roll with. In order to do this, you are going to need to detox. You are going to need to purge all of the bullshit you have been keeping inside and repressing. In order to shine, you need to clean the grime. It’s going to hurt to talk it out and let people know how they have hurt you, or admit how you have hurt them, but that is the only way you can remove the cage from your heart and let it grow and truly connect.

WARNING WARNING – Trust me, Heretics, this is the time. We have some scary as fuck astro coming up after the next month, so if you don’t take this time to cleanse yourself and feel pride in yourself again, you are going to crumble and it wont be pretty… For those of you hanging by a thread right now, there is obviously something you are missing. You are roaring at the universe asking it to do things for you when you don’t actually do shit for yourself. You see yourself as above others, cleaner than others, even if you recite that “we are all equals.” Your words aren’t matching your actions, and you aren’t LISTENING. You are letting your ego swallow you whole, and this Leo energy is either going to shove you further into this self delusion or you are going to finally crack and see what true pride is all about. True pride is based on honesty and mutual reception. It is standing your ground but also evaluating yourself without mercy when you are told you are most definitely wrong. Pride actually goes hand in hand with humility. You have attached yourself to a false sense of ego, some pretty dressed up bullshit to costume the void in your soul. If you don’t love yourself, honey, aint nobody gunna love you. The only way to true union is to be an individual unto yourself – someone who can stand alone and stand proud and powerful yet receptive to others (2 of cups).


Total Solar Eclipse in Leo – Ragnarok

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

But if you write a version of Ragnarok in the twenty-first century, it is haunted by the imagining of a different end of things. We are a species of animal which is bringing about the end of the world we were born into. Not out of evil or malice, or not mainly, but because of a lopsided mixture of extraordinary cleverness, extraordinary greed, an extraordinary proliferation of our own kind, and a biologically built-in short-sightedness.”  – A.S. Byatt, “Ragnarok”

Heretics, are you ready for the first total eclipse over the United States since this country’s inception?  This one will define us, rebirth us, and give us a new path as a country. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, your Oracles did a podcast talking astro and this eclipse and what it could mean for the USA and the rest of the world (click here to listen recorded on August 1, 2017).  This eclipse falls on top of the fixed star Regulus, the heart of the lion. This is the portal to the west, so astrologers suspect this particular eclipse will have a lot to say about where the Western world will go next. What is especially important about this eclipse is that it is a part of a particular eclipse family named Saros 145, which as a series has landed on the impeachment of Clinton, the attempted assassination of Reagan, the assassination of JFK, the suicide of Hitler and bombing of Japan, the Chicago riots, and the attempted assassination of President Taft.  Here’s more synchronicity for you – this one falls directly on the ascendant of our current president, #45, Donald Trump (who will also be going through a Mars and Jupiter return). Our leader will surely feel fearless at this time, and will be acting rashly without much thought. As this is a Leo eclipse, it will surely affect the ruler of our country, stoke the flames of nationalism, and bring countries into a pissing match over territory.

Can we make it through the fires, or is this the beginning of our karma (as a country and as people)?  When the lion headed goddess Sekhmet rises to destroy the demons that plague the earth, she does not stop until her bloody thirst is quenched. With this Eclipse happening, for the first time, in progressed Regulus into Virgo, it seems that the dark feminine has been let loose and the melding of man and beast is coming into a new stage. How can we reconcile the bestial and the human sides of ourselves? How can we make peace with the starkness of reality? How can we accept our karma with open arms, ready to learn vital lessons?  Do not fear, Heretics. Walk into this one with courage, for it will teach harsh but vital lessons. The fires are being stoked, the gods are being called, and the karma of this country has come around… The question is, will we use the lessons of the Aquarius counter Eclipse to rebel and assert our human rights, or will we be distracted and broken into pieces once again to be ruled over with ease?

The Sun (Sowillo), Moon (Algiz), Venus (Kenaz), Chiron (Ansuz) and Uranus (Othala)- Sowillo, the sun, Leo, the King, the Lion; ruled by the sun. We will hear his roar reverberating through our politics for years to come as this pivotal moment peels away the layers of the United States, allowing us to see the rot underneath clearer than ever before. It’s like shining a flashlight into a den of cockroaches, lighting their underworld on fire so that they must scurry away in fear of what is coming for them.  It’s hard to stomach the fact that these vermin live in the sewers of our world, biding their time and slowly infiltrating every unaware crevice of society. The decades between us and the past have not eroded it. The powerful few have invaded our archetypes and painted them in special little ways, making it impossible for any soul to fit into the vessels except for their souls and their ancestor’s souls. Essentially, like lions, they have pissed around their parameter and we are too afraid to cross it and contend with them.

With Venus in the tender sign of Cancer, she is agitated as all hell by Pluto’s prodding… But she must wake up. The hurt and the pain we all share, the trauma since this country’s inception, is being pulled to the surface like a magnet whether we are ready for it or not. For Venus, I pulled Kenaz, “the torch,” which after last weekend holds a special significance. People will hold their values tightly during this time, feeling that their ancestry lights the way toward where they should be going. The problem is, we live in a melting pot and our ancestry and culture has been influenced by so many cultures that we have brought in and digested. It is not our duty to just follow one line. It is our duty to follow all the tributaries and find the river that binds them all together; in the end we must all come together to form a great alliance to further this planet past our atmosphere and to heal the damage we have done to it based on our “cleverness” and “greed” and shortsightedness; a true Ragnarok.

You must do this in your personal life as well. As above so below. Find all the tributaries that seem to have no connection, and bring them all to the spine of your life. Find a real purpose, deep down, that resonates through ancestor after ancestor until it got to you – through various cultures and all historical lines, until you were born with your own special purpose. Look to your family line for your sparks of intuition (Uranus as Othala). You will find stories you have always been waiting for. What is the spine of your life?  Kenaz is intuition, the inborn knowledge that you can tap into if you are fearless about diving into the underworld of yourself. Your ancestors were good, they were bad, they were menacing and they were beautiful and they fell, and “they are all equal now.” They all have something they desperately want to tell you. With Pluto influencing Venus, it is time to dig deep into your heart and see why it truly beats, and cast away the demons that keep it scared. There is a roaring purpose for you, and you must dive into it fearlessly. If you do not, you will surely lose yourself and just become a tool for someone else to use. You will be part of the very substance that infects this planet instead of helping it flourish. Kenaz reminds us that we do not have the truth right now, but we must search for the truth. We are given a very rare opportunity right now to uncover something deep  in the micro and the macro… shall we take it? Will you jump into this sacred passageway? 

Chiron is Ansuz, and Ansuz tells us to listen. There is a cry of pain, of trauma, and just as trauma reverberates through our genetic line and the evolution of society. Listen intently to exactly what people are saying, whether you can stomach it or not, and you will find where their pain and their true weakness lies. This is the key, so to speak, the critical information we need in order to heal this world and to heal our lives. Listen… to your own words, the ones you use most prominently, the pace of your speech, why you react the way you do, and follow it. Follow all the pain and see where it truly comes from… there, you will find your true power emanating from the core of your pain. What dire lesson does it teach, and how does it sing your hero’s journey to accept it?  The summer is coming to an end, Heretics, and our shadows are creeping once more…

Walls, walls everywhere, bubbles and isolation. People still hate on individuals based on who a person is, who they love, and how they express themselves – that they are “other” simply because they do not conform to the dominating culture – the colonized culture that came here and destroyed any of its competition. The rich/Royals (Leo) don’t want to lose their power, their culture, their station because change is fucking scary for them. They are the ones who set up our centralized government, our laws, and kept themselves on top. They are the ones who bastardized democracy, where politicians must be servants, and made politicians rulers instead. Didn’t we chop off all the rulers’ heads?

For the first time since our observation of the star Regulus in Leo, procession has moved Regulus into Virgo where we realize that rulers must SERVE (And all men must serve, as G.R.M. so beautifully puts). They are afraid of this, and with Mars in Leo accompanying this eclipse, tribalism is growing – “blood and soil.” Why would one serve if one can rule? Synchronicity, I pulled the rune of “blood and soil,” the Nazi chant, when I pulled Othala for the planet Uranus. Our King of Chaos has been in Aries, alongside the minor planet Eris, giving us war drums for over a year and a half now – warning of us of the inevitable conflict to come. These two met up the last time in 1932, the year the Nazi party was formed and the stirrings of WWII began. With Othala joining them during this reading, the symbolism sends chills up my spine. It means we will be reclaiming our heritage, and sometimes people can’t see their ancestors as humans but still look to them as gods.

Although there is a lot of turmoil at our gates, Heretics, the moon as Algiz is telling us we are protected; that is, protected if we grow courageous through this Leonine energy. Our home has been threatened, Heretics. We must protect those we love who rely on us. We get to choose our future, Heretics, and we get to choose if we sat on the sidelines in cowardice or if we tried to truly become peacemakers. There is always a sense of “hidden dangers” when this rune comes up, as it is a protection rune and often times a dire warning. There are dangers that we are not aware of stirring in the darkness, but with Algiz we can cast away this fear and act on the information we are presented with. We are offered an opportunity to engage with our higher selves right now, to see higher images of how the world can be, and we are only granted opportunity if we have the courage to take it. History favors the bold. Algiz asks us to accept accountability for what we have done, to realize that we have inflicted pain due to our unconscious behaviors (the moon) and that we must confront our shadow side humbly. We will be driven crazy if we do not; lunacy and detraction from the true reality of things. If you are brave enough to understand your demons, you will be given the opportunity, the tools, and the weapons needed, to join the discovery of the demons of the masses.

Mercury (Ehwaz) and Neptune (Fehu)-  Ever wake up one day and realize your friends are totally different people? I mean, yeah, the one or two hang in there for life, and you evolve with each other. But then there are those that are no longer your homies and you wonder if you will ever have them return again. The positive side? There will be those that you want to see again showing their faces. This is the time, Heretics, when old karmic relationships may appear again, and old karmic places may make a returning debut, calling you to them.  It’ll feel like deja vu, in both the macro and the micro, like we have seen all this before and we have a vague feeling about where we are actually going. Like dreams have actually been leading us to places we need to go (Neptune as Fehu).  Rune Secrets says about the rune Ehwaz, “The mind will trust the body, the body will trust the mind.”  Trust in your animal instincts, the same ones you came into deep contact with during the Capricorn full moon. Your body wants to show you the way, but you keep muddling it with your mind. And your body fears and jumps at things without listening to the logic of the mind. They must work together right now, because their harmony is what will keep us on our toes during this time of great danger. The rune “Ehwaz” literally translates to “horse.” This is because this rune is trying to invoke a feeling, an archetype, that tells us what it means to be two separate things working together; the human and horse relationship, the mind and body relationship, the friendship. You dance, you sway, you move in symbiosis. These things have returned in your life because there is a vital lesson you must learn. There is a reason you fell off that horse last time, so to speak.

They want us to feel divided because it is easier to destroy us in pieces than as one giant opposition. Neptune comes to us as Fehu, and tells us that we are staring a new story – a spiral, “the same” returning again but with a new mask. The Norse believed that courageous acts bolstered your luck, and so too in astrology doing courageous acts bring you the opportunity (Jupiter). This is the rune of expansion and luck, new beginnings, and circulation. The flames are being heightened by this breath of idealism, in everyone – in the peaceful and the violent. Don’t let your enemies get the best of this energy while you sit back. Although their idealism may be raised, you can use this energy to feed your solar plexus – give yourself that unshakable sense of purpose and courage that comes along with it. Fehu tells us to be present and act from that presence, and actually focusing on what is going on around us instead of falling into the midst of the imaginative mind. If we are present, we are the circulating wind, we can move any which way we wish, and that includes blowing out idealism with a well-placed breath.  Protest by the shout of art, not fists, and you will see the Tower crumble.

Mars (Kenaz), Jupiter (Perthro), Saturn (Ihwaz) and Pluto (Jera)- Change comes whether we like it or not, and usually it is bloody and chaotic like giving birth (Pluto as Jera). A new world is birthing right now, and it’s not going to be pretty for anyone unless we all realize that we are all on the same fucking side – the human side, and each person’s experience is as vital as the last. Everyone holds responsibility. It is not, “so what are you going to do to change it?” or “What are we going to do to change it?” but “What am I going to do to change it, to change myself, to illuminate the crevices inside myself and see that I am not wholly a saint.” No one is a saint, and if you can’t admit that about yourself, this battle will never be won. We all have a shadow we must dance with, and if you cannot see your shadow, you’ll get stabbed in the dark. The sun is bright in Leo, but his shadow will be cast as the moon blots out his light. How will he feel when his shadow side is revealed? How will he panic? How will he react? Will it be flight or fight? Shiva has begun dancing, and worlds crumble in his wake. Jera is the cycle, the spiral, the seasons, the ever returning pattern. It takes patience and knowing and intimate understanding to bring forth a garden, and we must realize that things have been slowly manifesting over long periods of time. Look at the great web of history and see what the patterns are and do not scoff when you see them appearing – they are telling a very real story that we repeat like a song. Although the world re-births countless times over, it’s waves of creation and destruction are purposeful.

“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.” -Zen Proverb  Saturn as Ihwaz. We must pace ourselves. I know you want all the answers right now, Heretic, but you cannot have them. You have to pass trails for a reason, and instant gratification awlays rots the soul just like it rots the teeth. There is a reason they say having a Kundalini Awakening early destroys you – drives you mad with a thousand volts of insanity. The problem with insanity is, you have no fucking idea you are wandering into territory that is so far removed from the rest of humanity’s path. A human being does not have the capacity to take that much freedom, to understand that death is wholly a natural, not frightening, aspect of life. Until you, as a being, hold no fear in your heart, you cannot handle the infinite expansiveness. You will always balk at it’s energy, the full story will destroy you just like looking into the face of God. The problem is, you wont accept what you see there – like a serpentine snake eternally swallowing it’s tail, there is ever only yourself. You wont return, like a Bodhisattva, to speak of what you saw in language that is comprehensible. You will be dribbling and incoherent, not a translator but a madman.

Mmm, Jupiter, the god who would most likely, of all the gods, be caught gambling, is throwing the lot cup – perthro.  Our fate lies in our magick, our art, our manifestations. Although we cannot change the stage, the script, or the props we are dealt, it is up to us to play the part in our own way. Again we are called to recognize patterns. There are parts of ourselves that are manifesting things, our subconscious making us choose things time and time again. It is time to recognize those patterns and see what the hidden part of yourself wants, what the hidden philosophical ideal of your soul is. How do you destroy your chances? Do you manifest your future via your will, or are you under the spell of your subconscious?  And can there be a balanced middle ground?

Mars as Kenaz.  So you know a lot of shit. Now put that knowledge to use. Can you harness the force inside yourself and use it?  We are being called to make a choice now. The Aquarius New Moon should have taught us we do not need permission to act. We do not need permission to decent. And we do not need permission to remove a problem if we see fit. We must take action instead of sitting and allowing our lives in the micro and our lives in the macro fall to pieces. There comes a time when the student has learned all they can learn from the teacher, and then they must act upon their knowledge. You are being called to this. Leo is all about having the courage to build your own world, your own personality, your own creative endeavors. It is time to grow up and realize that no one is in charge of us. We are the emperors of our own life. This does not mean arrogance. This means harmony with those around you because they are emperors of their own lives as well. With both Venus and Mars coming up as the same rune, the true illumination is a re balancing of the world. And when things re-balance, things need to shift. Time to get things moving.



Eros and Psyche in Libra – Honeymoon

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
 Lao Tzu

Effective Dates: August 16th- September 22nd (Eros) August 21st- November 22nd (Psyche)

 What better way to hide out this eclipse than inside someone else? We are a bit starved, aren’t we? Love nourishes us, and erotic love is the grass fed butter of life. It’s been rough, with these two in Virgo, as we nitpick our lovers a part and let anxiety get in the way of our closeness. Virgo has a way of domesticating love and creating a split between doing what we want and being a proper lady. We saw the cracks and imperfections in love. Love is of service, a ripping open of yourself and diving into the darkest pits of your partner with bravery.

What now that we are in Libra with both of these lovers? We are finally at a place where we are willing to admit our humanity, our fragility in the face of a perfect god like Love. We don’t feel worthy to embrace what it is trying to give us, freely of it’s own volition. That is where we made our mistake. We are all worthy of being seen as an equal by another – by our mirror in the form of flesh and eyes and hands that touch us in ways that make us quiver from the soul out.

Libra wishes to have true justice with a partner, and this means no one is held up on some sort of pedestal while the other is the servant. That is more Virgo’s game, either being the whipping boy or the dominatrix, but Libra wants to be with someone just as worthy of her as she is of them. Why is that? Because we believe we can only truly be seen by someone who is equal enough to be a viable mirror for us. How can you crack deeper into your psyche (soul) without their love (eros) as an instrument? There are so many people out there who are not on the same resonance as us, and this transit of these two lovers will beg us to be with someone who can seesaw with us instead of tip the scales in one way or the other.

We need someone who can traverse our mental maze and help illuminate our godhood, the immortality that is our soul, not someone who keeps us in the drama of the mortal realm. Just like Psyche, we are rejected by lovers who cannot handle us, who can not dance with our chaos, and that is not a bad thing… it only leads us to the place where we will find our equal, if we are brave enough to follow – to get out there and listen to the voice within. For some of us, that road is long, but only because in the end it’ll be worth all of the madness you have gone through to meet your equal. If you hadn’t been pushed to open up to your emotions by one lover, challenged to stand up for  yourself by another, encouraged to be your unabashed self by another still, you wouldn’t be ready for your serendipitous meeting with the one who will challenge you still… that partner in crime who wont let you make love with them in the dark – the one that wants to see your face, in all it’s glory.


Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – Kingdom Come

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Never forget that the most political thing you can ever do is follow your heart.” -RuPaul

Effective Date: August 7th, 2017

Oh dear lordt, Heretics, the Great American Eclipses are on the horizon, and this first one is just getting us on deck for the blazing ball of raw energy that is the Total Eclipse in Leo on the 21st of August. Are you ready to be stripped raw? Are you ready to listen when you are told where you should be going and what you should be doing?  The few weeks leading up to this eclipse will have people deciding quite vehemently their next step in their story, and it will be stirring up quite the awakenings in its way. All of us that were able to sludge through the emotional, heart horror that was Cancer season will now be rewarded with what comes from such deep, intense introspection. Those of us that didn’t give up will be given a chance to start something truly profound – the next level in this grand tale. This lunation is all about us – very micro – where the next one will be very, very macro and political. Give yourself strength and draw from this moon or we will all be doormats when the Leo lunation comes roaring. It’s time for us rebels to find a cause.

Sun (4 of Swords), Moon (High Priestess), Jupiter (8 of Cups), and Pluto (Ace of Cups)- I was talking to my girlfriend about these coming great American eclipses over dinner the other night. As we were getting up to leave, two men walk in with shaved heads. One of them had a fresh new tattoo on the back of his scull that read, “Don’t Tread On Me” with a coiled snake, poised to attack. “Libertarian,” I mused, and then the idea that this lunar eclipse is in play with Mars crept up to the forefront of my mind. I got a creepy, crawly feeling up my spine and realized what a mess of projections this moon is going to be. Mars opposite the Moon is highly instinctual, battle ready, poised to feel out the enemies next move at any moment. The problem is, when the Mars/Moon energy has nothing to fight, when there is peace being offered on the table and a joke or two being made, they will pick out the most trivial things to blow up into a conflict. Oppositions are like a seesaw – if we choose one side over the other we lose the balance and end up destroying momentum. You cannot live in your instincts to dominate and assert your ego and you cannot lord over everyone with your emotions during this moon. Those with power will assert it like frightened children, paranoid that everyone around them is readying their forces to usurp the crown. My cards are telling me there needs to be a bolstering, a healing of your ego is vitally important.Tensions are high, especially with a total Eclipse only a few weeks away (oh boy oh boy, wait til you hear about THAT one!), and the god of Chaos (Uranus) is getting ready to station for his retrograde – followed closely behind by a Mercury retrograde.

Head or heart, friend or enemy? People possess us like ideas, and they become a vital part of our ego. Psychic bonds are impossible to severe if we cannot surgically remove every part of the other person, and with every day that passes we integrate ourselves even further – making the entanglement a permanent structure of our lives. We must submit to the fact that they are an integrated part of us forever. This moon is the alchemical melding of mind and heart, that what the heart seeks out is to merge with everything around it; the Leo/Aquarius dichotomy. So stand back, inspect with a bit of chilly detachment, and orchestrate the pieces of your life together without feeling ill that certain people are a part of it. Without those horrible experiences, you wouldn’t have the fissures necessary to let the light in. Now, what do you see, Heretics, when you allow the illumination to happen without huddling away from it in fear?

Mercury (Magician), Venus (8 of Wands), Mars (Ace of Swords), and Neptune (9 of Pentacles)- This moon is dead poised on relationships. I got a stirring that things back from Venus Retrograde in Aries (Spring time hell) will be returning. Ghosts of the past wanting another knock at you now that Venus is kicked and shoved into the emotional wreck of a sign; Cancer. Stop being so sensitive, says the moon in Aqua, but Venus is back in a feminine water sign after being hardened for almost all of 2017 up until this point. And fuck, she is still getting shitty aspects and is stationed behind the sun while Mars is swooping in front of it. The fact is; you think you have to fight these people but really you just have to expose their raw emotions to themselves. They are begging, looking for a mirror, hoping you will provide it. They are lost in their waters and obviously something about you makes them feel anchored.

The thing is, though, this moon wants us to drop all of the bullshit of 2017 up until now. Hell, it wants us to literally clear the skeletons in our closet since January – and all the emotional bullshit we decided right then to get rid of that somehow kept popping back up like a wack a mole for months to come. I know Venus Rx was a weird time for most of us, bringing back sniveling ex lovers that either made up with us or showed us once again what pieces of shit they were. The stragglers will be coming out around this eclipse, either reconciling and becoming friends or getting the judgement of God. You reap what you sow, and that includes energy you have put into people in the past.

But hell, this moon is also telling us to charge with our ideas and ideals. You have the tools that it is going to take to make your dreams come true – literally manifest them into reality if you put the intention out this full moon. I know it seems like a long shot, but you undervalue your abilities at every turn. How many times do you have to be told that you are good at what you do? Most successful people were run into a wall and kept fighting their way out because giving up on your dreams is as good as death. You are going to get a fresh breath of air after a grueling few months of getting beat every time you try to come up. Remember the motivation of last Leo season? Well, it’s back in full force – this time stronger and wiser than it was last year.

Saturn (5 of Cups), Chiron (Hangman), Uranus (Temperance)-  Funny that Helios says the gods are watching, waiting, because Hangman and Temperance tell me the same sort of thing. Uranus has let go, reversing his course and allowing us to take full control of our lives and our world. What will we do with it? What will we do when the gods give us permission to make the next move? And, are they really letting us choose for ourselves or do they have some secret plan to fuck our shit up, fam? Saturn has been retrograde for quite some time, demanding that we re-forge ourselves – become harder and sharper. But fuck, you’ve run into some disappointments there, haven’t you? No matter how you try and improve yourself, some bullshit comes in the way.

Here’s the thing, though, Heretics, this is an opening in the sky where the struggles of the past couple of months will go on the wayside. You have actually been getting opportunities whispered into your ear for a while now but have been ignoring them due to your disappointment and depression at that disappointment. The thing is, sometimes the road out isn’t the one we have been dumping all of our effort into. Sometimes the road out is something that we have been putting very little effort into – because it is just something that is naturally workable or passionate in us – yet we don’t believe it is something viable for our future. Shut the hell up and put your faith in it now, Heretics, because the Total Eclipse in Leo is coming in 2 weeks and you are going to get the fire you need to do what you have to do. Sit with yourself, detach, and really think about it… when the dust settles, what is it that you truly love doing? What is it about you that could benefit all of humanity if you improved upon it, shining brightly and standing firmly in it?  Yeah, do that. Start doing that now, and don’t let anything get in your way.


Uranus Retrograde – Mad King

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.” John Milton

Effective Dates: August 3rd, 2017- January 3rd, 2018

So, heretic, do you need permission?  Do you need pure and simple definition?  Do you not truly believe that we are all constructing reality, together? We have as much say as anyone else about what is going to happen to us. We are a family, a species, a planet, interconnected and flying this spaceship earth to gods know where, but we are in it together. There is so much infighting happening on the surface of our only provider of life as we know it. We squabble over games when we all know, inherently, that there is a greater picture. The thing is, we think we are alone. We think that there is nothing out there, so we might as well just exist as if the confines of this space rock is our only purpose. Oh no, Heretics, this is our home, and we are setting our own house on fire with us in it.

So, heretic, do you need permission to rebel against this?  

Uranus is done fucking around. Uranus is tired of his children acting like sheep, blinding and drugging themselves daily, asleep.  Uranus, remember, is the awakener – Prometheus. We get stuck in a worldview, heretics, and sometimes it takes a burst of lightening from the sky to get us back on track. Again, like any Uranus retrograde, expect the unexpected and expect that a revolution is coming. This retrograde comes right before two eclipses, one in Uranus ruled Aquarius and the other in Solar Leo.  The king and his kingdom, heretics, and I must get political here because these two signs are highly political. We must believe and expect that we will come together, through revolution – an information revolution – that will liberate us from the rule of the few. We live in a global society, steering this global spaceship and we must keep it alive. The only way to do so is to cooperate, challenge constructively, and celebrate both healthy independence and original thought – let live – and cooperation/networking. Together, we can do this, all of us, we can come together from all 4 corners and figure out this insanity together.

But first, you need to build a spine. The 7 of wands stands in the middle of this reading like kundalini. There is completion before it (4 of Wands) and a new religion after it (Hierophant). We must celebrate ourselves against all odds. We must parade ourselves, our true selves, and not allow anyone to prescribe who we are. And we also must find a language, a way to communicate with each individual so we can share experience. We are each a small part of a greater whole, and all perspectives, true to themselves, must be allowed to shine. We create radicalization when we hold things down, assert too much rule over them. I suppose this period of time, with Saturn coming into Capricorn and a Leo total eclipse over the United States, we will find out just what it is that finally wakes us all up – the control asserted over your own life and the control asserted over the masses.  Until then, this is Mad King energy, and you must realize that only you rule over yourself, and the spine, true courage and valor, is what connects us to our higher purpose. Courage is a vehicle, and without it we remain where we are, complacent and asleep.