Tarot Contemplation – Strength

Your greatest strength is in being vulnerable today.  Let your defenses down.  Stop hiding, especially from yourself.  With a sense of unconditional self-love and compassion towards your self, feel your feelings completely and honestly.  It is time to pull upon your deep inner strength.  It may be that you have pushed away your wild, animalistic desires and impulses for the sake of logic and spirituality.  Strength is urging you to work with that wild part of yourself.  Find a balance between your basic drives and higher aspirations.  You may be surprised to find that getting into your body, whether through exercise, feasting, or sex, actually opens up new spiritual doorways for you and increases your personal power.  If there is conflict in your situation, Strength may be advising you to face your adversary with love and compassion.  Don’t worry: you’re not giving up, only taming the beast.

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Tarot Contemplation – Two of Swords

Think before you communicate today. You are putting off making a decision for now.  You may be feeling ambivalence or uncertainty. You may not want to offend or hurt someone involved.  You need to withdraw in order to contemplate your options.  It’s likely that you’ll decide to say nothing at all, or hold off on making a decision until another day.  That’s all right.  Be rational in making a decision.  You might need to know more facts before you can make an informed decision.  Give yourself the space and time you need to think things through clearly.  Perhaps, you’re feeling like Spock:  you could be ignoring your emotions by using logic to deny how you’re feeling.  Perhaps you may be denying a truth, or compartmentalizing some aspect of your life in order to not have to deal with this truth.

Tarot Contemplation – Temperance

Aim high, but don’t have expectations of yourself or others that you or they can’t possibly meet.  Do your work with patience and with stamina and it will pay off for you in the long run. Your accomplishments will not be overlooked.  There is likely to be a good balance between what is going out and what is coming in relative to your finances. However, if you need to increase or collect your earnings, you are going to have to ask for what you deserve. Have courage and pride, and you will not fail.

Tarot Contemplation – Seven of Pentacles

You ought to be feeling more secure than you have in a while.  Things will be moving along well, and you’ll be feeling hopeful about the future — with good cause.  You may have to decide whether to put your energy into the things, people and situations that you already are involved with, or whether to spend your energy trying to bring more into your life.  Choose wisely.  The reality is life is cyclical, and what goes around comes around.  Remember that when you make a point to be generous, whether with time, energy or money, that too is an investment in your own future.  Share what you have.  Accept gratefully what you are given.

Tarot Contemplation – Ace of Wands

If you are looking for a new position, when the Ace of Wands appears know that something new and very positive is likely to be headed your way soon.  Be bold and ask for what you want or need in the work/career arena.  You are likely to be more successful than you’d dream possible.  The appearance of this card is unusually the sign of a turn for the better in terms of fortune and wealth, and sometimes it can even indicate gifts of money, or inheritance from unexpected sources (but it certainly doesn’t mean that someone has to pass over for you to receive this inheritance).  This gift does not have to be money, of course; any kind of gift that has value to both the giver and receiver can be indicated by this Ace.

Tarot Contemplation – Eight of Cups (rev.)

Giving up a dream

Unlike with the Sevens, there is no ambiguity with the Eights, no question of whether what you’re doing or choosing is the right thing.  With the Sevens, the person is often stubbornly holding to their course, praying it’s the right thing, but not sure.  With the Eights, there’s no such doubt.  The right course is clear.  Doing what needs to be done might not be easy, but what needs to be done is sure.  This means that reversed Eights are often about cowardice, weakness, unwillingness or uncertainty, as compared to the upright.  The Eight of Cups is also relatively easy.  This is the follow your dream card and upright, the person leaves what is comfortable and established to follow their dreams — however remote or improbable.  Reverse this and our dreamer walks away from is dreams to come home.  Worse, as the cups are inverted, home isn’t that comfortable.  This is that terrible card where a person who went out to make his own life surrenders that life to take care of his domineering parents.  It’s the husband who sells his dream business because the woman he married insists on it … and now he’s working at something he hates, living in a home where there is no love. A very, very sad and painful card.  Have you given up your dearest dream as being impossible and surrendered to a miserable reality?

Tarot Contemplation – Ace of Cups

Things are looking up!  Generally, people will respond to you with happiness, love and goodwill, more than usually in the near future.  You ought to be feeling good about life in general.  This is a great time to make friends.  You feel the need to “give back” some of the love (Aloha!) that you have been given in life/that you are experiencing.  This is also a connection to the divine … on a spiritual level, meditate on the idea that you are a beloved child of the Universe and feel the support that comes to you from “the other side”, as it is always there, all you have to do is look for it.

Tarot Contemplation – King of Wands

In the context of work,the King of Wands can indicate a man with hair on the lighter end of the spectrum who wants to serve as a mentor for you.  This is a man who you can trust and can count on, although to a degree his people skills can be a bit rough around the edges.  Learn what you can from him, but pay attention to the places where you wish to conduct yourself differently from the way he does things.  Overall, things should be going well work-wise and if you’re looking for employment, the King is a very positive significator that a position that you’d be pleased with is likely to be forthcoming soon.  You may discover a talent that you didn’t know you had which could lead to more money.  If you have ever thought about starting your own business, this can indicate that this is a very good time to start taking steps.  Not that you ought to leap headlong into something … if you’re not in that position yet, start where you are.  Read, research, talk to others doing what you think you’d like to do.  Don’t hesitate to dream big, however.  Boldness has power in it.

Tarot Contemplation – Nine of Cups (rev.)

Nines signify earthly completion.  That is, the most you can accomplish in this world in this here and now — as compared to the Tens, which are more spiritual completion.  There’s a sense of accomplishment with the Nines, a sense of maturity to the suit and a feeling that something is coming to a conclusion.  Reverse the Nines, however, and that conclusion is either put on hold, reversed, or derailed.  The “wish” card is really about the completion of family and Earthly happiness.  It is a card about feasting with friends and family, the comforts of good food, good drink, love, friendship, cheer.  This is why it’s the “wish” card, because what more could anyone wish for?  Reverse it, however, and you are not going to get what you wish.  This is a card about a family (or friendship) falling apart; siblings, parents, friends and children are at best indifferent; at worst, they hate each other and want to cause each other misery and pain.  There is vindictiveness and cruelty.  Likely abuses, divorces, child custody cases and indulgences (alcoholism) and/or psychological problems.  This might also signal a family coming apart; a family once close, having family gatherings, but disintegrating with each new generation until it’s not really a family at all.

Tarot Contemplation – Ace of Swords

Aces always indicate new beginnings. Sometimes, this new beginning can be started by a separation of some kind — from a relationship, or a job situation. Know that as anxiety-producing as such a new beginning can sometimes be, that underneath it all is good, beneficial energy that is getting you where you want to go.  Don’t be afraid to make a leap if it’s in your best interests.  In short, bravery is called for.  As the old adage goes, “feel the fear and do it anyway.”  You have a good idea already of what must be done.  The hard part is the doing of it.  Start today.  You may finally let go of a belief system which actually hasn’t worked for you for some time.  Don’t beat yourself up if you find you had been holding some viewpoints and beliefs that you perhaps ought not have.  Everyone makes mistakes or gets hold of the wrong end of the stick from time to time.  You will find some spiritual truths that hold more promise for you and which are beneficial.  Don’t hesitate to talk to others about what works for them on a spiritual level.

Tarot Contemplation – Five of Swords

You are likely finding yourself with some mixed feelings about life in general and about a few people in particular.  Don’t ignore these, but don’t feel like you have to speak every word you’re thinking and feeling either, as you could ruin the very things that you want the most – such as close, intimate relationships with your friends and lover.  Think several times before you really let someone have it, even if they deserve it.  Pick your battles.  Someone you care about may be away for a while.  Don’t get too possessive if that’s the case.  Assume that they will be coming back to you.  The 5 can indicate conflicts, both external and internal.  Don’t escalate conflicts unnecessarily. Think before you act. Even if you have suddenly found the spiritual answers that you’e been looking for your whole life,remember that they are your answers and not everyone else’s.  You don’t need to convert anyone else to your way of thinking.  The 5 of Swords can also indicate a sudden break from spirituality that no longer works for you.  Give yourself time and space to find new answers, if that’s the case.

Tarot Contemplation – Seven of Wands

Someone or something may challenge what you believe in today.  Stand up for yourself.  There’s a good reason you feel so strongly about this issue.  Your unwavering integrity and strength will serve you well.  There are big forces at work against you — for example societal expectations, stiff competition — perhaps your own lack of faith in yourself.  By facing up to this challenge, you will refine your principles, gain courage, develop your character and be ready to achieve mastery.

Tarot Contemplation – The World (rev.)

You’re doing a lot of staying at home, staying within your comfort zone.  You might even be agoraphobic.  You are far from finishing what you’ve started working on … it’s not complete. A person (or you might be that person) who thinks they are worldly, or pretends to be worldly, when s/he/you is/are not; someone who is fooling him/herself or others. Knowledge syntax is faulty, or just plain wrong; information given is untrustworthy.  This reversed card could also mean that something is stopping, or blocking, a person from finishing the job.  There is no movement, or ability to create movement … and so you are stagnant.

Tarot Contemplation – Queen of Cups

This is the most loving Queen in the tarot deck.  She indicates compassion, love and concern for ourselves and our fellow man.  Often when the court cards come up in a reading, they indicate an actual person, in this case a woman, in our lives. For the most part, when the Queen of Cups appears and is standing in for a person, she is representing a female with hair on the lighter end of the spectrum. This female energy is solidly in “your corner” and the women in your life are very supportive of you and/or that a woman will come to your aid.  This queen also reminds you to treat yourself with love and compassion. No matter who and where you are, there are things in you that are worthy of love and respect.  You are likely to be in touch with the inter-relatedness of all beings now.  The Queen of Cups can indicate marked increases in clairvoyant experiences.  Be open to the magical energy of life and feel the love flowing all around you.  A woman may be an important spiritual leader to you now.  Whether male or female yourself, consider feminine archetypes and energy now.  They will lead you into new and deeper spiritual understandings.

Tarot Contemplation – Six of Swords

This is a great time for travel of any sort. It also can indicate metaphorical movement, a change in where you are inwardly. Usually this is a change for the better, whether the context is internal or external. Think about where you want to be. Generally, the 6 shows at least a slight reduction in stress and strain. Things may not be perfect, but they are going to be better than they may have been in the recent past. Take this time to get your head above water and decide where you’re going from here. Even a short break or change of scenery will be helpful. This doesn’t have to cost money. You may make the decision, or be in the process of, leaving a job that no longer works for you. Trust that the universe is taking you to where you want to be, an that all this is happening for a reason.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help, or to seek new information, as you are getting your bearings in your new environment. The 6 can also point to a literal change in the place where you do business. This is a good thing.

Tarot Contemplation – King of Wands (rev.)

When the King of Wands appears reversed, it indicates that you r someone around you is having trouble with authenticity. It could be that you are having trouble knowing what you truly want, or who you want to be.  You could be doing things that don’t feel aligned with your authentic self. Someone else may seem like a phoney to you.  You may come across someone who is a real charmer, but does not follow up on his or her promises. You may be using authenticity as an excuse to do what you want.  You, or someone around you, may have an attitude that says, “I am who I am, and if you don’t like it, I don’t give a damn.” Though it is important to follow our inner light, doing so with lack of consideration may be ill advised.  This reversed King could also be a warning against risky behavior, such as gambling with your financial security or physical safety. Ask yourself if you could survive the worst-case outcome of the risk you’re taking. If not, a change of plans may be in order.

Tarot Contemplation – The Fool

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Anything is possible today!  Open your mind.  Say, “Yes!”  You’re only limited by your own doubts and fears.  So, today, shake away your worries and take a chance.  It’s time for a new adventure.  Don’t make all the decisions about your path, or make assumptions about how it’ll be before you embark. Stay open to surprises and unexpected opportunities.  Anything could happen if you leave room for possibilities.  Trust in the universe to keep you safe, then take the leap into the unknown!

Tarot Contemplation – The Moon

This card points to a highly emotional time in love relationships. Things can quickly become heated and/or uncomfortable. Take a break if you need to. Don’t make assumptions and fight fairly if you’re going to fight. Pick your battles and be sure to treat your lover like a friend. Don’t be in a hurry to end or to begin a relationship. This is probably not the best time for either course of action.  This is a very spiritual time and a great time to get a reading, healing work done, or other helpful input from spiritual types.  You are more psychically open than usual now. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings and to flashes of information that come seemingly out of nowhere. This is also a great time to access the great spiritual books of the world – you’ll get more out of them than usual.

Tarot Contemplation: The Devil

Things may be or may get very tight in the near future. Try not to resent the situation, but to deal calmly and rationally with it.  Take one step at a time.  If you need financial help, don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for it.  Help is always available.  If you’re feeling flush right now, this is still a time that calls for financial restraint.  Save for the proverbial rainy day! This is a time that you need to watch out for being overworked, overtired and over-stressed.  Exercise will help, as will anything that helps you focus on the problems faced by others, rather than on your own problems.  If you are dealing with a chronic health condition, don’t let it define you; you are more than your diseases and you are better served by using any health challenges as an impetus for growth.  Keeping a positive mindset is of utmost importance right now. Positive affirmations are important and will benefit you.  Take a look at who you surround yourself with.  Are there upbeat, positive people in your midst, or are you surrounded by overly critical, fault-finding people who nitpick you to the point where you’re depressed? Take stock, then take action.  Life is short and attitudes are catching.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hierophant

The Hierophant is all about “doing the right thing.”  You may be struggling with an issue and are unsure about what is “right” for you to do. Know that the answers are within you. Remember that the “right” thing is what is right for you also. This is also a card that is very much about spirituality — everything from traditional religion to earth-centered spirituality and any other spiritual notion of which you can conceive. There may be a tension between your idea of spirituality and the “right thing” and the ideas of others around you. Stand up for your own beliefs. The “rules” and the “system” of doing things are probably playing a major role now.  Rituals of any sort will be helpful to you now, even if it’s just a movie with friends every third Sunday.  In fact, you’re very much concerned with spirituality now (even if you don’t have anything approximating a “traditional” religious belief).  Make regular time, even if you don’t attend a “traditional” house of worship — to quiet yourself and allow your spirit some time to expand.  What matters here is the regularity of it — whether it’s daily, weekly — whatever you can make time for doing. You will see changes in your life and in your outlook as a result of giving yourself this time.

Tarot Contemplation – The Sun (reversed)

The Sun provides life to flowers and to people.  If it is reversed and going down, then its light and warmth is fading … and so is the life it supports.  This is not, as with the blocked card, a suggestion that the life is temporarily gone.  This is a fading Sun — it suggests that the querent is either unable to recapture youth and childhood, or that they are refusing to see the light.  There is a suggestion here that they would rather be in shadow than see what the light might show them.  It is possible that the querent is rejecting reason and logic.  Or, that the querent cannot stop the light from fading.  Ignorance is winning, as are the dim and short-sighted forces of cynical adulthood.  No one is listening to youthful protests, or thinking of the children, of future generations.  Energy fades, the light fades, music and wisdom fade.  Something must be done before all the flowers have wilted away.

Tarot Contemplation – The Sun

When the Sun card shows up, it’s a sign that soon you are likely to find yourself feeling more free than you have in a while, perhaps years.  This is a great time to take a vacation and to experience different things.  The Sun is about vitality, freedom, joy and self-expression.  Things in general are very likely to be going very well for you.  However, even though finances are likely to be in good shape when this card appears, that does not mean that you lose focus on what is truly important in life, and money is not very high on that list.  This is a good time to socialize, to meet new people and to get out and about. This is is a time when you are very likely to be able to see the truth with a capital “T” about life … that is, there is a great deal of beauty, joy and happiness to be found in this life, if you are looking hard enough and in the right places.  Spread this very important message.  This is a great time to try different spiritual approaches on for size to see if any of them work for you.

Tarot Contemplation – Wheel of Fortune

It’s very possible that you will decide to leave your job if you are currently working, even if it’s a good job, because your heart is no longer in it. You are being called to follow your dream, no matter what it is.  If you have a desire to do something different, but don’t know anybody who does what you want to do — be bold and call up someone who does what you dream of doing and ask them if you can have lunch with them, or shadow them for four hours. You’d be surprised how often such a request is met in the affirmative. In the financial sense, the Wheel of Fortune is generally a good omen for anyone who has been having a rough time for a while financially.  It means that your circumstances are very likely to change, markedly, for the better.  However,if you have had a long prosperous period, consider the opposite possibility – that your income may drop a little.  If that’s the case, be sure you are prepared for the proverbial “rainy day.”  In the long run, it all evens out naturally.

Tarot Contemplation – The Moon

The Moon indicates that things may seem somewhat confusing to you now. You may find it hard to understand where you are coming from, much less what others are thinking and feeling!  You need to try to sit with the uncertainty, don’t try to force things or people to do things before they are ready. This card is the “Pisces” of the tarot deck. You are definitely in a more psychic and intuitive phase than usual, so it will be important for you to trust your instincts and impressions, even if you don’t know where they are coming from. Also, not that you need to be mistrusting, but it will be helpful for you to realize that when this card appears, it’s possible that all is not what it seems.  If you feel you can’t trust someone, then you probably can’t.  Go with your gut. If you are waiting on an answer from someone, it may unfortunately take longer than you would like for it to take. Try to remain patient.

Tarot Contemplation – Strength

Your health and vitality ought to be strong and robust now.  This is a great time to correct bad habits if you need to do so in order to protect your health.  Starting with small goals, like a daily ten-minute walk, could very well lead you to where you want to be, which is even healthier and stronger than you’re feeling right now.  Yes, it can get better!  This is likely a very spiritual time for you, even if you don’t have anything close to a religious belief.  To be truly strong, you must pay attention to and develop each leg of the triad we are made from:  body, mind and spirit.  Be sure you are spending time on all three.  That’s hardest to do when things are difficult.  If you are at a low point, know that things are very likely to be looking up soon.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hermit (reversed)

A reversed Hermit card can represent an opposite … a mean old man, isolated, misanthropic, paranoid … Isolation does not bring insights and epiphanies, but rather turns the person sour and against the world.  Another opposite of the Hermit is the Fool, such as a teacher who uses her position to do foolish or childish things, rather than to impart wisdom and insight.  Either way, this is not a trustworthy teacher or sage.

A reversed Hermit can also mean Blocks … the power of the Hermit (his energy) is in his lantern.  The Hermit has keen insight and an ability to see what is hidden to others; he knows how to look beneath the surface.  If this is blocked, then we might well say that the Hermit’s lantern has been shattered.  It offers no light and the Hermit is left in darkness.  Thus, if you are viewing this sign as a representation of a block, then perhaps you are having trouble shedding light on a problem, or that you are alone in the dark in this situation.  To get out, you must find a way to rekindle you lantern.  The lantern is emblematic of your keen mind, sharp eye and analytical abilities.  Though currently in darkness, the Hermit has the means to shed light on things if he rekindles his lantern.

September Equinox Sun Enters Libra 2017 – Natural Rhythms

Element: Sun in Libra, Air

Window Autumnal Equinox: September 21 – September 23

Exact Autumnal Equinox: September 22 ~ 4:02 p.m. Eastern

Window Sun in Libra: September 22 – October 21

Exact Sun in Libra: September 22 ~ 4:02 p.m. Eastern

Source: September Equinox Sun Enters Libra 2017 – Natural Rhythms

Tarot Contemplation – The High Priestess

It’s possible that a pleasant surprise will be coming your way soon in regard to work. This could even be a new job opportunity.  You may come up with some new systems or processes that make your work life simpler and less stressful.  Ignore workplace gossip and certainly don’t get involved in it.  Someone may not be completely honest with you in regard to finances.  You may not have all the information that you need.  Don’t be afraid to dig deep and to do your own investigating.  When it comes to financial transactions, be sure that you give out only the information that is needed and no more. Be sure that you are supporting yourself as best you can with diet, exercise and vitamins/minerals.  There may be information about your health that has not yet come to light.  If you feel that something is amiss with your body, believe in your concerns and advocate for yourself.  You may need to see a different health care practitioner.  Trust yourself.  If a procedure or test that is suggested to you doesn’t feel right, don’t feel that you have to go through with it.

Tarot Contemplation – Judgment

Your efforts are being watched.  This is an important time to put in extra effort paying attention to detail.  The news ultimately is likely to be good.  If you’ve been trying hard and doing your best, your efforts are very likely to pay off.  If you’ve been slacking off, now is the time to get with the program, before any permanent damage is done to your career.  Money and contracts will be headed your way now.  Things ought to be on a very important upswing.  Don’t speed or violate the law now, or you could end up paying a hefty ticket/insurance rates.  Caution will pay off.  You may find yourself exploring ideas and spiritual directions that you never thought would appeal to you in the slightest.  Further, you may find more truth and wisdom there than you ever dreamed.  Be open to new ideas and new experiences.  They can benefit you in ways that you cannot imagine.  You will never know unless you try.