I apologize for the delay and for how brief this post is this week! I'm traveling and having technical difficulties, perhaps related to Mercury joining Venus in Gemini and also orbiting out of bounds. Communications may be a little haywire for the next few weeks while Gemini explores the area outside the sun's jurisdiction. This is a big week astrologically speaking. I feel like I’ve said that a lot lately and this week could be less intense than preceding weeks (i.e. the Eclipses), but you may notice, as I did, that I pulled several Major Arcana cards. Major Arcana (for those of you new to tarot) are like the royal family of the tarot card deck. When a Major Arcana surfaces in a reading it often indicates a significant turning point in the recipient’s life, decisions or life transitions which carry more weight. The Full Moon in Scorpio this weekend is known as the Buddha Moon because it is the moon under which Buddha was said to have reached enlightenment. I will discuss this moon in further detail under the card for the week 5 OF SWORDS.
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5 OF SWORDS
Recently a friend and I were discussing the personality of numbers. About five I joked, “5 is a bully, 5 will steal your milk money.” The 5 of Swords is often said to point quite literally to a conflict or fight. At the Full Moon in Scorpio this struggle is likely to be more internal. Pluto- Scorpio’s ruling planet, is currently retrograde, directing Pluto’s themes of transformation, power, intimacy and sexuality inwards. As I mentioned above, this Full Moon is also known as the Buddha Moon. Every year at this time Buddhists celebrate a holiday known as, Uposatha. According to the Wikipedia article on this holiday, Buddha taught that this day is for “the cleansing of the defiled mind.” When I read this I thought, “Buddha, said that? Sounds kind of puritanical.” In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with your mind (even if it is defiled), but I think it is healthy to change it when you find it becoming rigid, inflexible or judgmental. The 5 of Swords at the Buddha Moon asks us to think about what we are holding on to, what mental traps our minds may have fallen into which could be preventing our individual as well as collective evolution.
This weeks Tarotscopes were written on an airplane called Desire in collaboration with my seat mate, Nora, a Gemini and creator of Waggy Tees! Nora made 12 portraits of 12 women (some of them self-portraits). We discussed each portrait trying to determine which woman corresponded with which sign and card. We discovered that much of the message was held in each woman's gaze. (I will attempt to upload the photos of the portraits, but I am traveling in New York currently and my technology is a little limited.)