WELCOME BACK WANDERERS! How do you feel? I've been trying to ask myself that question with more frequency lately and patiently wait for the answer. It has been so hot in Los Angeles the last few days. Everyone is running on a short fuse, including me. I find the best remedy for this feeling is to coddle myself like a little kid, even though what I instinctually want to do is bully myself into doing things and snap, "Just do it and quit complaining!" But this never works, at least not for me. I find it immobilizing and it only makes me want to cry in frustration until you can't tell snot from tears. Anyway, all this talk of feelings is very appropriate given the season we have just entered, it is Cancer season, but I will discuss this in more detail under the card for the week, THE SUN!!
TO READ THE CARD FOR THE WEEK CONTINUE BELOW.
ATTENTION ALL READERS Instead of a weekly horoscope by zodiac sign, I will pull cards on a bi-monthly basis in preparation for the Full and New Moons. In addition to this structural change I will be discontinuing my subscriptions and all posts from here on out will be made free and open to the public. This decision was made in order to provide more time and focus for my private reading practice as well as new Tarotscopes projects. And as a reminder...<3
Gift Certificates for readings and/ or Tarotscopes Subscriptions available! Click on the "Readings + Spells + Magic" tab or email me for more information.
THANKS TO ALL ALWAYS AND ALL WAYS FOR READING AND SPREADING TAROTSCOPES!!
sun and mars in the sign of the crab, take a stab, science lab, gift of gab, just a dab, hop in a cab, feeling fab, pick up the tab, waves of change, home on the range, feeling strange, dogs with mange, summer trip, take a sip, stiff upper lip, go for a dip, threads rip, back flip, unzip, leave a tip, paper clip, sailing ship, full moon in cap, victory lap, holy crap, that's a rap, annual pap, take a nap, what a sap, checking the map, hand clap, big hug, lots of love,
XIX THE SUN
On a walk the other day I decided to take the long way home in order to give myself more time to think about happiness. This is what the card for the week, the Sun, asks us all to consider. Oddly enough, the extra time spent wandering the neighborhood had the unintended effect of making me feel more optimistic and…happy. One thing I’ve observed from doing readings with different people is that while happiness as a feeling is often described similarly, using similar words, the ingredients that make up this feeling in each person can be vastly different. And not only that, but those ingredients frequently change within each individual as well. Happiness, like many emotions, is slippery. Trying to hold it only seems to make it harder to grasp and yet most of the time we can’t help ourselves, it is irresistible. As a kid I often tried to replicate moments of joy and found that frequently they couldn’t be recreated. If my brother and I had a good laugh together over an episode of “Ren and Stimpy” one morning, then I would bang on his bedroom door every Saturday morning thereafter in the hopes of reproducing the moment. My brother and I still share a similar sense of humor, but our laughter doesn’t always culminate over the same cartoon.
The other day my mom sent me a link to a podcast on the science behind mindfulness meditation. The guest told the interviewer that stress is typically caused by a fear of and resistance to change, even though we know that change is inevitable and constant. It was so simple, but hearing it stated so clearly somehow made it tangible. I could feel and pinpoint the resistance he described in my body like a rock caught in my own cog. One of the things I appreciate about astrology is that it acknowledges and embraces this constant state of change and flux. When I told my mom I was writing about happiness for the card for the week, she said, “It’s like trying to hold water in your hand.” My mother knows very little about astrology, but with this comment she inadvertently touched on some key Cancer characteristics, water and holding.
We have now officially entered Cancer season. The Sun moved into Cancer on Sunday at the Solstice and Mars moved into Cancer on Wednesday (today). Cancer is ruled by the Moon and the Moon, as we know, goes through several phases in the course of a month. When the Sun and Mars are in Cancer we are all more sensitive to these cycles and to the moons relationships with other planets as well. As I write this the moon is in Libra, a pleasant placement in general and especially for me. I’m feeling peaceful and calm as this moon suggests. The moon will enter Scorpio on Friday and it is quite likely that I will be feeling very differently by then. There is an image I often come back to in my mind, a sort of animated gif from childhood, of this giant waterwheel that was positioned at the entrance to a Japanese restaurant in the town where I grew up. The wheel turned under the weight of water that fell from a spout near the ceiling. Happiness, particularly in Cancer season, may be something like this ever turning wheel. Try not to cling to whatever you are feeling, but allow the feelings to wash over you and move with them. Consider what these emotions could be suggesting. What action (Mars) might you need to take based on the feelings (Cancer) that present themselves?
Finally, on a more personal but also transpersonal note, this week, my grandfather, a Cancer, would have been 100 years old. He passed away this past Fall and I think of him often. Cancers tend to have a reputation for being moody, “crabby Cancers!” While his life was not without hardship, I have yet to meet anyone more consistently positive and optimistic than my grandfather. I’m sure I’m not the only person in my family who would dial his number just to hear him say, “Faaaaantastic!” After asking, “How are you, Grandpa?” In his honor I leave you with a little of his Cancerian wisdom from an essay he wrote a few years back: “We humans awake daily and face uncertainties that may appear on our path. We can either approach them with optimism or fear. Our culture and economy are quick to identify uncertainties with their commercial or political solutions, allegedly providing certainty…Even electricity may fail in a thunderstorm…Thus, we humans can embrace the various uncertainties we face daily with pleasure, because we know through searching in the quiet moments that we possess the power of the universe as a certainty. We are not “only human”, we are fantastically whole creations.”