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.

 

Juno Retrograde in Scorpio – Forlorn

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

“Only when we know our solitude to be different from our loneliness
can we be whole enough to honor another’s place.” 
– Tyriel of Rune Secrets

What do I know about Juno?  Mostly that she had to deal with Jupiter’s drunk ass (sorry, celestial daddy, please send money, k thanks xD).  So what’s the lesson, Juno?  What are you trying to say to us in this retrograde you are making through lustful Scorpio?

We’re holding ourselves back from happiness.  It’s true.  You may try and fight me on that one, but that simple statement is the truth.  The lesson continues, and the stars seem to be expressing an urgent message to REALIZE what resources you have been given.  Please see what you have before it is taken or leaves.  Are you afraid that it wont be perfect?  Unfortunately, the idea of perfection is exactly what is holding us back from the REAL GOOD stuff.

What makes us great, what sets us a part from the pack, is the ability to utilize the world as a tool to get what we want.  Scorpio asks us – what do you DESIRE?  And once Scorpio desires something, she doesn’t let go until she has it.  Internalize.  Retrogrades are retreats within.  Knowing what you want is as simple as meditating, listening to the expressions of your heart.

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.”  – Nietzsche

Shut your brain off.  What does that bastard beating in the center of your chest have to say – in it’s own language?  Now make a plan.  You’re going to get exactly what you want, you just need to get rid of all of the bullshit you pretend to want.  Yes, all the things that are really meaningless to you.  Yes, all the people who you pretend to have a good time with.  Yes, all of the career milestones you are doing for everyone else’s sake.  Dig deep, and don’t you dare lie to yourself.

 

Mars in Sagittarius – Turbulence

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi

Jesus fuck. All these cards are majors. This is some archetypical old gods’ energy coming our way and it’s going to rattle our cages. Because this energy seems to be very complex, I also pulled a RUNE for each card to clarify their energy. It seems we have a fires of many kind lit.

The Tower/Wunjo is destruction/joy; a whirlwind of energy and a shattering of all illusions. This combination warns us to be careful what we wish for (because you might just get it), but also that change is coming fast and it is inevitable. Perhaps you have been feeling the ripples in the pond? You’re going to immensely desire to live up to your ideals, but your restlessness is going to get the best of you. You’re going to scramble up the mountain toward your goals, but you’re going to freak out about halfway up thinking of all the OTHER places you could have gone. Any path may lead to joy, and missing seems to feel like joy lost. One cannot be greedy. This dichotomy is going to shred us from the inside. I suspect a lot of anxiety is on our shoulders, and the only way out is to accept everything with open arms and take what has been given to you. Choose and move forward. Don’t look back. This reminds me of the biblical story of Lot. The destruction going on behind you shouldn’t be looked back on – stop being hypnotized by the past. We are being given this chance to escape our spiritual confines, so we must take it. Don’t get sucked back into the routine of your life because the tower WILL collapse on you.

The Fool/Gebo in fire tells me that we have no choice but to take a leap right now. This energy is here for a reason. It’s here to push us because there is reward on the other side. There is an energy of sacred unions; people sharing their fire with each other. Saggo is a daredevil, so hold hands and jump! It’ll be loads of fun. I promise.   You’re going to need to try and swim through this uncertainty brought by this Mercury ingress into Pisces. You’re just going to need to pick something and GO WITH IT. No hesitation. Remember, the tower is going to crumble and the Fool escapes. We already got a warning about this during the last full moon in Virgo. JUST DO. The fool does without thinking (very much like Saggo), so I am getting the message that we need to quite the over analyzing and make a move. Take your whims seriously.

The Star/Mannaz in water is very auspicious. Don’t fear your ideals. Don’t fear your dreams. We have all the capabilities inside of us. We are all born with the innate ability to live out our dreams, but we let doubt creep in and destroy our chances. This is the true test.   You have more tricks up your sleeves than you even know. You are more capable than you even realize. What is holding you back? Your fear of that Tower energy is holding you back; fear of change and our ability to keep up with that change. Don’t let the Tower Scare you. It’s a good thing to get rid of falsities in life. It’s okay if you need to destroy multiple towers, multiple build ups of your life, before you find the life that works for you. Don’t stop fighting and moving toward your main goal. After the battle is over, and you need to find life on the other side, how will you learn from past events? Mars moving into Saggo gives us a fire element to our water season of Pisces. What makes you DESIRE to live? That is the seat of your power. Use it. Go with it. Don’t let it be smoldered. It seems to me that both Mercury ingress and Mars ingress are working toward showing us that we must live our dreams. We must use our scars as lessons for the building, and also as a lesson that the building is charged by purpose itself. Find the shining beacon that has always presented itself in your life (it may be dim, but it is there), and run toward it. Saggo doesn’t sit still and wait for his philosophy to come to him. He goes out and finds it.   Purpose is enacted.

The Hierophant/Kenaz in earth reminds me of receiving great recognition and rewards for one’s work. Kenaz is literally the “torch,” and this coupling reminds me of passing on the torch of higher knowledge. Both the card and the rune are concerned about enlightenment, and in the earth element they are probably telling us to bring down – construct – and ground our higher ideals. Mars is a very physical planet and he deals in the flesh. Find your inspiration in the physical realm and don’t forget “As above so below,” or as the Kabbalists would say, “Malkuth is Kether,” or, the earth IS divine. The Hierophant is represented by Taurus; the sign that seeks to find Eden here on earth. Some new information – divine inspiration – will be leaking into our physical life. Taurus is ruled by Venus, so our inspiration is being directed by our desires. Saggo can be a bit lustful (maybe that’s an understatement haha). Use this erratic, desire driven energy to find inspiration, but don’t forget to harness it into the earth – into something substantial that you can build to the heavens from. Don’t let the anxiety overtake you and drown you. You are better than that. You are everything you need.

 

Mercury in Pisces – Cascade

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

“If the sun and moon were to doubt, they would immediately go out.” – William Blake

Aah, I feel rewound looking at these cards. I have pulled the suspended hangman, the blindfolded 2 of Swords, the isolated hermit, and the day dreaming knight of cups. Mercury ingress into Pisces will feel as if conversation and information intake has been slowed. Your head is floating and infinite in its expansion, and day dreaming has become prevalent and incessant. This is an excellent time for art as having a medium to ground this energy will be very beneficial for it. The way we intake information will be dream-like; symbolic, impossible connections splintering into tangents. This placement sends a sort of echo through reality. We start hearing things from the beyond. Although this is not a good time for CLEAR communication (we are all too romantic at this moment – write some poetry instead), it is a most excellent time to LISTEN. Information won’t come in any logical sense, so really, choose your medium. Give art a try. Jump in the waters and let those Aquarian rivers finally MERGE. Dive into your dreams. Don’t miss the ride because you’re worried it’s not the right one. Just get on and get ready for the adventure. There is nowhere we really have to be, now is there? So why not explore the many paths and not fret so much about it?

Pisces is an extremely playful sign. She is a seductress and constant dreamer, inspiring the minds around her. She moves as if she floats in water; a ship in the night. She loves to tell us stories, and these stories stem from a completely idealistic part of our self. We need dreams to survive. We eat them up like soma. When we communicate with others, we tell deeply seeded stories. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we are constantly telling stories. What will be different now that Mercury is entering Pisces? These stories are now going to get a bit more… dramatic… But in drama there is a re-telling of truth that can’t be done with technical writing. The parable holds immense power. Show people, don’t tell people, and speak to their hearts. We are entering the realm of water and feeling.

When in Rome…

It will be as if Mercury hits a sort of stillness; a series of intimate, floating conversations drifting in and out of your life. It’s like we finally cannon-balled into the ocean after the crackling energy of Aquarius. Don’t panic from the change in pace! Seriously, just flow with it. You were supposed to learn not to be afraid of change back in Aquarius, so don’t let it shake you now. Pisces territory is definitely uncharted, fantastic realms: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS. Do you dare tread? Do you dare let your heart speak and see where it takes you? Slow it down. Bring things to the present. Anchor before you set out your feelers; but please do set out your feelers! Pisces is the sign of the prophet, and prophets speak in Piscean parables. The Romanization of reality brings us to a new layer of it. We can literally create this new world and it is just as real as the rest of them (and your dreams do, in fact, influence your “reality”). So speak and create. Tell us a story about what you want. This is manifestation.

Here come your warnings. Every coin has two sides. The fishes are TWO fish after-all. Please remember that the map is not the territory after all. It’s just a new way to navigate and see it that can bring further comprehension of it. The emotional realm is but one layer of reality. Don’t neglect the things you need to do because you are being a space cadet right now. You need to have ALL of the layers play together. Because this is such a floaty time, you’re going to need to anchor yourself – be still and listen intently – because this + the nervous energy coming from Mars will ruin you. Let the whispering of your dreams lead you through the woods, but don’t forget to set up your tent before nightfall. You need to eat. You need to sleep. You need to do your work. Integrate. Pull all the parts of yourself into one whole. But remember, that whole is useless, reality is pointless, without a dream.

Take the risk and bring that dream down to earth.

 

Mercury in Scorpio – The Rack

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.”
 –Floriano Martins

Effective Date: October 25th- November 13th 2016

Ugh, get ready for Scorpio to dig for the treasure you keep buried deep down in your darkest parts, and to do that she needs to get really fucking dirty.  Intense as fuck Scorpio is a water sign, and this Mercury is ready to flood into every fissure of your mind.  You may not have given an invitation for investigation, but you’re going to feel like you’re on trial and every thought you have is going to be inspected double – by you and those closest to you.  Remember how I warned you to get what you needed out before the full moon Aries hit?  Ayup, this is why.  Something about this energy wants to perform brain surgery on you, and all of the hidden things are going to come out – 
Freudian slips.  The Scorpio stinger is coming to punch holes into your mind and your subconscious wont be able to help but leak out (keep your head screwed on tight), and the obsessive investigative air that will be possessing those closest to you will make keeping the plotted holes plugged up almost impossible.  For those of you trying to keep secrets, this is going to be a hard time to do so.

You could do as I will do and becoming an absolute fucking hermit during this transit.  Yep, I’m going to bat the hatches and focus on some shadow work and perform self surgery.  This is a good time for following a method and getting to the core of a lot of your less savory psychological functions.  Scorpio Mercury is good for all psychological and investigative pursuits, so if you really have something you need to get to the bottom of – this is the perfect time to do it.  Your targets will be ripe with dropped items.

Unfortunately, even if you decide to go and isolate yourself deep in the woods, you’re going to find some crazy prophet mountain person who suddenly performs psychic surgery on you out of nowhere.  You are bound to traverse the depths of your psychology, the only question is – who are you going to hand the scalpel to?  Who do you trust?

Baaah, more investigation and obsession and paranoia…

The things that will be torn out of you will be long held emotional desires and your anxieties about how they could ever materialize in this reality.  There have been emotional “undeniables” throughout your entire life that you have tried to place dirt, then cement, then skyscrapers over, but unfortunately, lovelies, this is tower year and you wont get away from being confronted by ghosts while these graves are unearthed.  And yes, Scorpio energy is the grave digger.  It is the things you must confront and integrate into yourself or you will be haunted by them for the rest of your fucking life.

If I look at this reading visually, I see an overflowing cup, waters spilling and lapping against it’s stem.  Clearly this water wants to spread and flood everything around it.  This is new, powerful emotion.  There are old emotions coming back because of new events that have triggered their waters.  These are the deep emotions of our source bursting out from some sort of elation of heart.  These are the things you really, really want trying to bubble out of the surface.  Then I see the Ace of Pentacles, a giant boulder blocking the way and glowing like a disc of gold.  These are our eternal material concerns plugging up what wants to flow and distribute.  We must dig and dig – as the Knight of Swords has his sword pointed straight at the Ace of Pentacles in my deck.  He is ready to do the surgery.  He is ready to use the mind to cut through the material road blocks that keep us from that bubbling source – that holy grail in our hearts – and unleash the dragon.

Yes, unleash.  Are you ready to unleash that beast?  Who in your life do you trust to handle that beast as it comes cascading through?  It will be painful, it will be “bloody,” but in the end, it will be a great liberation.  And yes, the truth is always a liberation, no matter how painful and messy it may be coming out…