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.

 

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.

 

Full Moon in Virgo – Immersion

Originally published on AstroGeek’s Skywatch under the pen name Morrigan.

‘If I cannot bend the will of Heaven, I shall move Hell‘ -Virgil

Morrigan’s Card:
SUN- Knight of pentacles

MOON- 7 of pentacles

MERCURY- 4 of Swords

VENUS- Ace of Wands

MARS- 4 of Pentacles

JUPITER- Queen of Cups

SATURN- Page of Wands

URANUS- 4 of Cups

NEPTUNE- The Star

PLUTO- 2 of Cups

The past few days have been a dream. We are hearing a sort of rumbling ahead, like a waterfall, calling us into the gaping maw of a larger body of water. The tributaries of Aquarius are leading us into the collective will of Pisces. The gods have turned away. Either something has a hold of their attention, or they are waiting to see what we can do without their guidance. I get a sense of an opening in the sky overhead, reminding us that we are the manifesters of everything around us. We have chosen this. We have manifested this destiny that is throttling our way. Piscean Neptunian energy is here, and Virgo’s Mercurial energy is making this a time of many messages (the fish themselves are a symbol of the messenger). Pay attention. People will say things at just the perfect moment. Don’t hesitate to act on their insights. This is dream time. We are all connected to each other – just like the two Piscean fishes are forever connected to one another.

For the Sun in Pisces, I pulled the Knight of Pentacles. This isn’t a very happy card for Pisces, but it is a steadfast card for the sun. You have to get to work right now, but you also have to meld this work with the dreams of Pisces or else you will become bored and stagnant. This knight gives us the energy and determination to accomplish our goals, but learn his lesson and whistle while you work. Thank our lucky stars for this influence or all of this zany creative fire would get lost without some sort of structure to move us along. What we can count on is the constant vision, THE SUN, the thing we aspire to become, to lead the way. This knight also represents restlessness and accidental overlookings. Let yourself be restless with your lot in life. Flow like a river into your dreams. You honestly have all of the abilities you need so quit wasting them on working for bullshit. If you MUST work for bullshit in order to manifest your dreams, find a way to bring that Pisces creativity into your work. Each task, no matter how repetitive it may seem, is actually a brand new opportunity. Don’t overlook inspiration because of repetition. Look at things a little differently. Inspiration can come in the weirdest ways – even just using an object in a slightly different way while doing the same task. This card tells us to work, but don’t be so rigid that you kill your dreams while working. Work FOR something. Manifest destiny. For the full moon in Virgo, I pulled the 7 of pentacles. I heard some weird stuff about butterflies recently. Apparently caterpillars become absolute goo within their cocoon before they turn into beautiful, majestic insects. It may seem like you’re buried – unmoving – at the moment, with only darkness on the periphery, but you are about to come into your destiny. The moon is in Virgo, the harvester, and the 7 of pentacles card is represented by Taurus in Saturn. The wyrm caterpillar has no friggin clue that it’s about to transform. Nor do we. The phoenix must face its fears and become totally consumed by the fire, settled to ashes, before it rises again. This is a time of manifestation. Your garden is about to bloom, and the moment that it blooms will bring a strange sort of confusion to you. What am I to do with this now? Do I have the strength to actually harvest this opportunity or will I panic and let the fruit rot? You CANNOT fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death. Do you want your opportunities (and in turn you) to live, or to die? Let’s fucking do this (as the goddess of victory, Nike, so swiftly put it haha). This card urges us to fight our way through the cocoon. Without the birthing struggle – without this forceful action training it’s body – the butterfly does not have the strength to fly. There is no victory without DO.

Morrigan Says: For Mercury in Aquarius, I pulled the 4 of Swords. The god Mercury carries with him the caduceus; a rod with two snakes entwined around it. This is the same symbol that we see representing the field of medicine in modern day. With the caduceus, Mercury could heal the sick, bring the dead to life, and, in turn, kill the living. The 4 of Swords is about healing, and it’s about focus. In this card, a man lies sleeping with 3 swords above him and one sword below him. He is concentrated on only one thing in particular, and putting the other items to rest. Put away your distractions and funnel your energy into that one thing that is going to heal you – what you’re passionate about. If you do this, you will be blessed with the strength and fortitude to continue this fight. A focused Mercury is a happy Mercury, and with it positioned so closely to Venus, we know it craving to get to work on something we actually value. Be still, let things flow like water, and flashes of insight will come faster than you can even keep up with them. The man sleeping in this card also gives me a flash of insight – you will receive messages in your dreams. Also, your words may not be your own. Like the sleeping man in this card, our linguistic world is tied up in the collective right now. This means that anything you create, with this meditative state in mind, will resonate at a heart level with all of those around you. Holy crap, for Neptune in Pisces I pulled the Star Card. A strange thing happened as I pulled this card. I saw it, for an instant, in my mind’s eye before I flipped the card around. Shit is psychic right now, and perhaps, in turning away, the gods have graciously given us some of their powers. We were created in their image, and deep down, we all know how to use these strange, wyrd Piscean abilities. This card really is all about the wyrd – the threads that connect everything in the universe. The spider that pulls it all together, hour glass on her thorax, waiting patiently in time for us to finally see the big picture. This is the flickering of hope, brushing insight that we see out of the corner of our eye. It is the way out of the thick forest we have relentlessly been fighting through. Seriously, follow your insights. All of the cards are pretty much SCREAMING for you to get moving and DO something. You will be bestowed with the tools needed to accomplish your task if you can just start following the star dancing, waving her hands before you. There is Piscean inspiration like WOAH going on right now. Neptune is offering to quench our spiritual thirsts, and there is a fresh slate sort of renewal feeling going on. NOW GO! Give Venus and Neptune something beautiful to look at. They will grant you Victory for the gracious offering from this rare opportunity. You must have faith in the cosmos, and you must trust in your vision of your destiny. If you don’t, it truly will never have the opportunity to manifest. How can you ever manifest your higher self if you remain stagnant in your current form? There is no TRY, only DO, as Yoda would say. Neptune gives us the ability to see beyond the illusion of the present with soft whisperings from the void. I have been telling you to pay attention to your dreams, and now that message is more urgent than ever. Communications are potent. Neptune is active and has us in her watery embrace, breathing life back into us when we thought we were left for dead by the absence of the other gods. She teaches us that everything is an eye-llusion (reality is merely Clay for us all to mold), so manifest the world that speaks to you. The fish are messengers, and they primarily whisper their ancient, collective insight in the one place we can all meet minds – the dream realm.

For Venus in Aquarius, I pulled the Ace of Wands. Aces always mean “YES,” and there is no saying “NO” to this fiery inspiration coming from the goddess of love. There is a lot of newness and passion in this combination. Aquarius is all about innovation and progress, and the ace of wands is all about striking a new match – lighting new fires and going after your dreams. If you have been thinking about starting a new project, this is the time! A torch has been lit over our love life, and this could mean one of two things: you are seeing things you didn’t want to see but now have to (and this will be painful and full of drinking, thanks Pisces), OR you are finally seeing things you couldn’t see and it’s WONDERFUL. Illumination of truth doesn’t guarantee truths you will like, but at least now you know and can act from that knowledge and move forward. So yeah, whatever was in the dark has now come out to play. There will be a love for all things creative and new – all things strange and exciting – so just go with it. This is the perfect time to pair up Venus and Mercury, as they are both in this bold sign of originality. Find YOUR OWN voice and SING YOUR SONG. Do it now before Aries comes along and leaves you in the dust. This is your time to prepare to grab the coming sun signs by the horns. Also, you might be presented with some kinky, out of the blue sexual offerings right now, and with this particular ace, I would say DEFINITELY go with it. Adventures ahead! After being in Debby Downer Capricorn for a bit, Venus is finally coming into a sexually fired position. Do what comes to mind, and you won’t be disappointed with the reaction.

For Mars in Scorpio, I pulled the 4 of Pentacles. Jesus, this is a possessive card, and in a possessive sign none the less. You’re hoarding your energy, hoarding what is yours, hoarding your sexuality even though Venus is giving you the big thumbs up “YAAAAS DO EET”. Maybe you’re afraid to lose what “little energy” you imagine you have. You won’t be able to jump into this raging current if you are moping around the edge of the tributaries. Don’t let this fear block your vision. Don’t let the material, physical world keep you from what you know is your destiny. Once you get started, once you can bust out of that box, your energy will be like a locomotive. Honestly, the hardest part will be your first step. Strike while this iron is hot. There is a way out, and huddling with your things and chosen comforts in your den is not going to be that way. You need to get your energy out there. You need to mingle. You need to share ideas and share your material possessions, or you’re just going to be stuck worshiping idols in your pillow fort until you are old and regretful. Take the risk. No one is ever sorry that they took a risk from the heart, only that they never made a move.

For Jupiter in Virgo, I pulled the Queen of Cups. There is a lot of emotional transformation going on right now, and an overall emotional maturity is sweeping the collective. What are your dreams, baby? Where do you want to soar to? Our ideals are coming out to play big time right now. You may see people talking more and more about big picture ideas, destiny, fate, universal connection. This queen is a poet and a dreamer, and she will reflect your soul in your environment. With Jupiter and the Moon crossing paths (and this Pisces sun), our emotional life is exploding right now – this is truly a time of raging rivers taking us to places whether we like it or not. The feels are intense, and the expansion from Jupiter in the Queen of Cups will leave us tingling in the chest. Your emotions are funneling from the depths of your soul right now. What you feel is truly from the deepest parts of your unconscious. This is the perfect time to create art as your symbolic mind is craving for any method to express itself. The Queen of Cups is fair and honest, so pay extra attention to what others are trying to express to you right now. They can’t help but speak to you from a place of no inhibitions – as hard as they try and fight this feeling, things will leak through. Intentions can’t be masked as well as we think they are. Grab these bits and pieces, and put them in your cup. Drink up the inspiration around you. This Queen is an empath, and she is lending us her powers this moon. For those of you who are already very empathic, prepare for some Bene Gesserit abilities. The emotional expansion is REAL.

For Saturn in Saggo, I pulled the Page of Wands. Saturn is at our creative service. This page takes control of his own creative destiny. It truly is manifest destiny time, and Saturn, the god of control, is giving us some leeway. As I said earlier, it seems that the gods have suspended their gaze and are allowing us to build fervently, with an unshakable momentum. Please take this open door chance and don’t put it to waste. Punishments won’t be as severe. You may see a lot of showmanship right now. People will be running around like peacocks, fluttering their creative feathers and (sometimes, for most people, inflated and delusional) senses of destiny. This page of wands likes to have fun. She is playful, charming, free-spirited and ready for an adventure. Don’t let her down. If you decide to play along, you will be duly rewarded. Saturn in a playful mood is truly a rare thing! Those who don’t try will be the real pessimists during this time. Those who do try will see that Saturn is on their side – destiny is truly on their side – and that things WILL come into fruition. No. That things ARE coming into fruition. The signs are everywhere. We are truly on the precipice of a great waterfall, so follow your urges. Listen. Your instincts, your subconscious, are leading the way. Follow this Page of Wands even if she appears a little flighty. She is our true form – pure creative potential – and she has the keys to the fairy realm. For Uranus in Aries, I pulled the 4 of Cups. Uranus is restless and bored. What the hell are you doing, day in and day out, doing the same old fucking shit? You have been still and gestating long enough.  The spring is coming, and this god of the sky is sick of sitting still. He is trine Saturn and sending us flashes of insight on our destiny. Yes. Those things you see are real and they are coming from the other side. Act on them. You are seeing through the looking glass that is the 4 of Cups. It is the perfect time to scry our futures. This card really urges you to start doing something or you will miss your opportunity. Unfortunately, because of over thinking, the majority of us are going to miss these rare opportunities presented to us right now. Don’t be one of them. We are a rare breed and we rise to all occasions, so use that Aries in Uranus energy and act on your gut hunches. At first, because of the water-mirror like effect of this card, you won’t know where the hell it’s all leading you to. It’s like a labyrinth of mirrors. Just keep running and feeling out ahead of yourself as you go. After a spontaneous turn based on these hunches somewhere along the line, it’s all going to hit you like a pound of bricks. No species knows what the hell it is doing when it is evolving over the centuries, and in a less macro, more micro sense, your life evolves in a very similar fashion. Chaos, ironically, fuels evolution. And this giant god of Chaos is restless for some change. The man depicted in this card is unwilling to get up from his spot until he has figured it all out and has a solid plan. Fuck the plan. Think on your feet or you will be left with the scraps and crying over the fact that someone else has seized your idea. No one will be there to lift you out of the water when the flood comes. Get to higher ground now. For Pluto in Capricorn, I pulled the 2 of Cups. Relationships are transforming us, and we are transforming our relationships. In Pluto in Capricorn fashion, destroy the relationships in your life that are giving you shaky foundations. It may be painful at first. Hell, it WILL be painful at first, but you will come into a new-found, drunken freedom from doing so. There is a lot of dead weight around, but there are also inspiring people around (and intuitively, you KNOW who these people are) who are going to truly help us grow in this new creative endeavor we are taking on. Join with people. Work together with your tribe. This crazy inspiration we are getting – this destiny I keep talking about – it’s about all of us, not just you. The people in your life are there for a reason. The Norse believed in a concept called the wyrd; there is no such thing as coincidence. We were all put together for a reason. Your tribe and you are alchemically changing each other right now, and truly, these friendships are a match made in heaven. Now GO, find out why the hell these people are in your life. Ask questions. Meld.

 

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…