ASPECT OF THE DAY

Wednesday 20th July 2016

Venus in Leo trine Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius

 

IT IS ALL UNDER CONTROL (I THINK)

 

Venus in Leo is playful, sociable and confident, drawing people to her side as she flirts and makes free with her opinions. Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius is trying hard to juggle with major concepts, while still attending to the smaller details. He is anxious, worried and conscientious, uncomfortable in the expansive fields of Sagittarius, when he would rather be tucked away in a darkened room, juggling with figures, or worrying about his future. He is like someone on horseback, who is afraid of horses.

So, today is a good day for expressing yourself expansively to the world and assuring everyone that all is well, having worked hard on difficult ideas behind the scenes. You exude confidence and everyone warms to that confidence, while you may have only a sketchy idea of the organisation or expertise you will need for current or future projects. With Saturn retrograde, you may not have to produce the facts or the figures just yet, which helps. You can set your doubts aside and assure everyone that it is all under control.

It is also a good day for going on a planned trip and having fun, with people you love!

 

Glamorous Venus in Leo with frisky Saturn in Sagittarius.

Glamorous Venus in Leo with frisky Saturn in Sagittarius.

TAROT FOR TODAY

 

Saturday 5th March 2016

FIVE OF SWORDS

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Today there are things you need to get on with, whether you like it or not, tasks to be faced with the best grace you can muster. Perhaps there are lawns to mow, windows to wash, ovens to clean, or other jobs you have been saving for today and now must dispatch. It may also be a day for making a complaint, or disagreeing with someone and even if you feel you need to say your piece, you could well regret it later. You might find yourself isolated, or alone. Perhaps compromise, or forgiveness, might be a better option. There could be a challenge for you today, but make sure you face it honestly and honourably, or you may find that the price was too high. Others may choose not to accept any challenge you put forward and by simply walking away, they will win. Choose any battles carefully today. There is also the possibility of secret sabotage by someone. This may or may not be deliberate. This is certainly a day when you need to step carefully, think hard and choose your words thoughtfully. Hasty words and actions may lead to regrets.

 

Image:The Five of Swords from the Cheimonette Tarot, by Eden Gallanter. www.

TAROT FOR TODAY

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Wednesday 23rd December 2015

THE DEVIL

Is It Really Necessary?

When you are influenced by the Devil card, you need to do whatever you must. (Or, you think you do.) There does not seem to be much leeway today. You may be constrained by appointments, by visitors, by schedules, by itineraries, by someone’s illness, or by all the things you absolutely must do today to be ready for Christmas. This is not necessarily a problem. In fact, you may be quite pleased to be getting through your lists of things to do and to see the end in sight – more or less.  However, take care that you are not creating false boundaries for yourself. You may have more choices than you are acknowledging. Also, you may be letting your fears run away with you. Calm down and try to be logical and practical about the situation. This solstice time is a powerful time to break free of negative patterns, thought processes, addictions and influences.

Image: The Devil from The Phantomwise Tarot.

TAROT FOR TODAY

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FRIDAY 18th December 2015

THE HERMIT

Doing Your Own Thing

Not sure what to do? It is better to find the answers yourself today than to ask anyone else. You will know what you want, better than others might. You may spend time today on your own, or thinking to yourself, or dozing, or meditating. Maybe you need to think about taking a new direction and to make some decisions about it. The Hermit tells you that you need to pay more attention to your spiritual development and less to practical or material concerns. Maybe you are considering what Christmas means to you and to your family. This is not a day for telling other people what to do, but for contemplating your life and your own future. The Hermit represents old Father Time and is telling you that it is time to do certain things that perhaps you have been avoiding. He will also help you to make a fresh start in some way. Creative visualization will help you and so will doing some Affirmations. (Also, the Hermit is an old man with a long white beard. Are you visiting Santa today, perchance?)

Image: The Hermit from The Chibi Tarot.

TAROT FOR TODAY

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WEDNESDAY 16th December 2015

JUSTICE

Seeing Results.

You will now see the results of actions previously taken – things work out in an inevitable fashion. Could even be a spot of karma, in some cases, as someone gets what they deserve. Of course, what they deserve may be wonderful!  You will see the completion of a series of events now and hopefully, there will be satisfaction in this. Make sure you look for the facts today and don’t be satisfied with an approximation of what is going on.  It is important that everyone works together in harmony and nothing is assumed or concealed. You could be trying to make a decision and you will need all the information in order to come to a clear conclusion. This is a day for everyone to take responsibility for their actions.

Image: Justice by Svetlana Makarova.

YOUR WEEK AHEAD

 

 

Monday 14th – Sunday 20th December 2015

Uranus the Awakener is heavily aspected this week, giving us plenty of turmoil and unexpected turns of event, plus pre-Christmas partying, gatherings and meetings.

ARIES THE RAM ( 21 March – 20 April)

Be ready to deal with all kinds of changes and surprising incidents, but that will be no bother to you, as you are one person who can easily take action on the spur of the moment. It might mean treading on someone’s toes, however. There is also a pre-arranged meeting at which you will be extremely affable and accommodating. Other people continue to call the shots in your life – for the moment. 

TAURUS THE BULL (21 April – 21 May)

You are still very stubborn and refusing to consider new, or different, ideas, even although you know that the decisions are not really up to you. Someone offers a possibility that seems to you quite radical – or else they actually take precipitate action. Show your compassion and understanding – the opportunity is there. A serious conversation should see you shifting your ground, in the end.

GEMINI THE TWINS (22 May – 21 June)

Make a major move this week, Gemini. Many of you will be changing your location and this is pre-arranged and unavoidable. You tend to be in a sombre mood now and thinking of the past. However, you are working towards a very festive and active time, next week. You should deal with unexpected expenses easily, as you have the cash in hand. Show your co-operative side, as you row in with other people.

CANCER THE CRAB (22 June – 23 July)

On Monday, do what your partner wants and help with some tidying up and sorting out. Then, check your financial affairs, especially insurance or investments – the outlook is cheerful, there, although you will have to do some spending. Late in the week is good for travelling, but make careful preparations, as you’re likely to be absent-minded. The weekend brings a different outlook and lively company.

LEO THE LION (24 July – 23 August)

You are in an expansive and generous mood, eager to cover some miles and be helpful to other people. You will certainly be on the move this week, even if you have a lot of work to do. Prepare to deal with a certain amount of chaos and a trip that may not go exactly according to plan. You are very busy indeed, mostly  because you are following someone else’s agenda.

VIRGO THE MAIDEN (24 August – 23 September)

You are particularly hard-working and conscientious this week, even where fun and frivolity are concerned. (You are always the one making the sandwiches, or packing the dishwasher!) Still, people are helpful and generous now and someone is returning an invitation they owe to you. Connect with people you haven’t seen in ages!  Somehow you can’t help thinking a lot about the past, this week.

LIBRA THE SCALES (24 September – 23 October)

You are unusually stubborn and determined now, even though your usual accommodating outlook might serve you better. You may try to stick to your own ideas, when everyone is running riot around you. Don’t be the one toiling in the background while everyone else is having fun – nobody will thank you for it.  A change of location is coming up for you.

SCORPIO THE SCORPION  (24 October – 22 November)

You have been feeling, in recent years, as though you have few choices and although you certainly need to work hard, the boundaries you are observing are largely self-imposed. You have been dealing well with the ups and downs in your working life, partly through a bit of subterfuge. Have a serious chat at the beginning of the week and then join forces and take joint action.

SAGITTARIUS THE ARCHER  (23 November – 21 December)

You need to stop overthinking things and trying to do too much, too perfectly. This week you are all business, overseeing changes in your career and adjusting your plans when things go awry. Be assured that you are in a fortunate year and little you do will go wrong if you retain your natural optimism and willingness to exploit an opportunity when it arises.  People are quietly helpful to you now.

CAPRICORN THE GOAT (22 December – 20 January)

It is good to have hopes and dreams, but it is less helpful to be  thinking up all kinds of things that could go wrong, so try to rein in your imagination and instead, do a bit of creative visualisation to make sure your life proceeds happily and successfully. Your mind is working overtime, especially in considering ways to  bring happiness to other people. You could be taking a long journey this week.

AQUARIUS THE WATER CARRIER (21 January – 19 February)

You are still going through a brilliant “can do” phase and you seem to want to carry other people along with you as you go; you are certainly in a leadership role. You are very organised and using any negative thoughts to spur yourself on to greater efforts. You will not be mincing your words this week and while this can be very funny, it can also be hurtful to certain people, so take care.

PISCES THE FISHES (20 February – 20 March)

Like Capricorn, you seem bent on imagining the worst this week, or at least setting up rules for yourself which are quite unnecessary. Support is available from some kind people, maybe your partner’s relatives. Those around you are fortunate and cheerful and eager to share what they have with you. A change of location looks good now, probably via a flight.

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TAROT FOR TODAY

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Wednesday 9th December 2015

FOUR OF WANDS

Progress and Good Cheer

This is an excellent day for getting together with family or friends, whether for a meal, a drink, or even a celebration. Is there something special to celebrate today? Or maybe you are realising that a particular goal is in sight, or you’re getting along with a job better than you had hoped. Or maybe you are just getting into the Christmas spirit! There is a feeling of peace and harmony about this card, but good cheer, as well. If you have been feeling a little frazzled, or daunted, or even depressed, today should see you much happier. This is a new stage you have reached (or someone close to you has done so) and you are feeling good about it.

 

Image: Four of Wands by Katelan V. Foisy.

 

 

TAROT FOR TODAY

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TUESDAY 8th December 2015

SEVEN OF CUPS

A Rosy Glow

Try to keep your feet on the ground today, whatever you are doing. You may be daydreaming, or busy with a very absorbing task, or simply visiting Santa and his elves. It is a good day for this kind of whimsy, or perhaps seeing a movie, attending a play or a show, or doing anything that takes you away from the basic routine of your life. However, don’t get too carried away, as you could be very forgetful, to the point of losing your keys, or forgetting where you parked your car, or having a few drinks too many in the pre-Christmas party spirit. In your rose-coloured glasses, you may even waltz off from the office party with someone you later decide is definitely not for you! This card is all about romance and fantasy – just make sure you don’t get them confused!

Image: Seven of Cups.

YOUR WEEK AHEAD

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Monday 7th – Sunday 13th December 2015

Little Mercury, messenger of the gods, is transiting out of fiery, extroverted Sagittarius and into Earthy, introverted Capricorn on Thursday. This could well slow you down a little, as you begin to think more seriously about life, love and loot and to do only what is necessary, practical and traditional between now and 5th January. There is also a New Moon on Friday 11th December, joining the Sun in Sagittarius and bringing a wonderful mood of happiness and optimism. Many of you will be travelling this week, in harmony with the New Moon.

ARIES THE RAM ( 21 March – 20 April)

You still need to be really co-operative and this helps you to forge ahead with joint projects and to get along with people who might otherwise be quite difficult to deal with. You may have to let someone else call the shots, however, which may not please you and you might want to rebel in some way. However, you’

ll have the chance to make everything okay, if you want to do that. This is a good week for you to be travelling and to enjoy someone else’s hospitality.

TAURUS THE BULL (21 April – 21 May)

Like Aries, you too will be doing what other people want, but you should find it rather more enjoyable. Firstly, instead of clashing with others, you’ll meet with a great deal of appreciation. Show your artistic and creative side this week and enjoy some nights out, maybe listening to music, going to the movies, or having a drink with friends. Take a trip this week, too, in good company, to visit someone you love. Take a fresh look at your finances and accept a fun invitation.

GEMINI THE TWINS (22 May – 21 June)

Your festive mood becomes rather more serious from Friday, as you settle down to doing what is necessary, to assessing your cash situation and to helping out someone who is feeling poorly. However, it will not stop you from doing some very active socialising and having a lot of laughs with your friends. Keep an eye on kids who want to go a little crazy! Get involved in some artistic or charitable work, which you will really enjoy. Unattached Geminis could find new love this week! Or maybe make a new friend.

CANCER THE CRAB (22 June – 23 July)

The New Moon brings a different look to your working life this week and for some, this means it’s the Christmas party, with all your workmates. You might need to sort out some matters at home before you can attend, however. A few surprises may arise in your job and you may find you have some extra responsibilities. (Let’s hope this goes along with a raise.) You can have fun with the children in your life too – the New Moon in Sagittarius will encourage you to do some clowning around!

LEO THE LION (24 July – 23 August)

You’re in a real party mood at present and the New Moon ensures there’ll be a particular highly entertaining event this week for you to attend. It may involve your travelling quite a distance and perhaps even moving to a different place for a while. Are you having Christmas away somewhere, or just paying your respects to friends and relations at this time? Send your Christmas cards and contact everyone now in whatever way you fancy. Some of them have not heard from you for a while!

VIRGO THE MAIDEN (24 August – 23 September)

On Thursday, your focus shifts from your home and family to more frivolous matters and you’ll be spending the next few weeks doing a bit of partying. It will involve some work for you, however – maybe you’ll be showing off your culinary skills as you carry your latest creation to the house of a friend, or maybe you’ll be organising an event. There’s certainly someone marking a big occasion in their lives this week. You could be dong some child minding, too!

LIBRA THE SCALES (24 September – 23 October)

You continue to be very involved in your work, but you’re moving towards quite a large and impressive conclusion. Use your artistic and creative skills and things will go really well. You have money in your pocket, but it will be very easy for you to spend it, this week. From Thursday, you stop running around quite so much and begin to pay closer attention to your household and your family. Someone may be sick this week and will need your help.

SCORPIO THE SCORPION  (24 October – 22 November)

You’re on the move this week: why not take yourself off to a little hideout where nobody will disturb you? You could do with a rest! It’s also a great week to head off to a big gathering – hopefully, a party!  You are, in fact, in a very sociable and pleasant frame of mind right now. Take an opportunity to attend a cultural event in good company. The New Moon brings changes in your job – you may be ending a project, or just starting your Christmas break.

SAGITTARIUS THE ARCHER  (23 November – 21 December)

You continue to prosper in your career and even those of you who are making a change unwillingly will find it turns out to be a change for the better! You’re inclined to look on the negative side these days – let this spur you on to finer efforts, because it will certainly turn out well for you! You may go on a bit of a spending spree this week, so make sure you’re buying wisely and not merely letting money run through your fingers. The New Moon in your sign  gives you a brighter outlook, ready for a new beginning.

CAPRICORN THE GOAT (22 December – 20 January)

Christmas often makes you feel a little sad, so why not put these feelings to good purpose and do something really nice and charitable for people who are in need?  This is also a great time to attend some interesting cultural and artistic events, and to meet siblings, or close friends, for a drink, or a meal. Mercury hovering on your solar ascendant encourages you to contact your mates and go out for some fun. The New Moon gives you a new attitude to life and you may decide to do something quite different concerning your domestic arrangements.

AQUARIUS THE WATER CARRIER (21 January – 19 February)

Don’t be afraid to try new things and to go to new places, as your experimental phase continues apace. You have the chance to visit someone generous now and to enjoy their hospitality – this a great week to go off somewhere, quite a distance from your home. There’s also a big event happening this week which should be fun for you, even if it means some of your favourite people are inaccessible for a while.

PISCES THE FISHES (20 February – 20 March)

There’s a lot of goodwill about this week and as usual, you’re showing how kind and generous you are. However, this time you receive the same treatment in equal measure, which is not always the case for you. You’ll be galloping off to various social functions over the next few weeks, including a very special occasion. The New Moon this week, right on your solar midheaven, brings interesting changes in your career. You may take on a new job, or take some time out – and you are certainly mixing with a lot of great people!

 

Image: Mercury expressed through Capricorn brings order and structure to this youthful, active planetary energy. (Costume from http://www.costumediscounters.com/christmas/toy-soldiers.html.

 

TAROT FOR TODAY

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Saturday 5th December 2015

TWO OF SWORDS

Whither Goest Thou? (And Why.)

Sometimes it is difficult to make a decision, not just about whether to be a brain surgeon or an opera singer, but also about such mundane matters as whether to have pizza or burgers for lunch. No matter whether your choices are large or small today, you need to weigh up the situation, look for all available information and try to come down on one side or the other. Of course it could help to consider a third option, perhaps something ingenious, one that seems to make everyone happy. The Two of Swords can also be a card of stalemate, but this simply means the choice must be faced again at a later date, the difference being that, by then, it will be very urgent. There may be a clash of opinions today, but hopefully not a full-blown argument. Try to keep things civilized!

Image: Two of Swords by Shatterstripes.