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Tarot for December 14th, 2016: Queen of Swords

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Today’s Tarot card is the Queen of Swords, the Ice Queen herself.

All of the Queens represent a watery influence in their respective suits, so in this case we are looking at the influence of water in air.  Since the court cards can represent actual people in our lives who embody the principles symbolized by their respective cards, the Queen of Swords can be seen as a middle-aged woman with a fair but chilly demeanor.  She has gone through the School of Hard Knocks, and she is past the point of putting up with shit.  She applies her intuition to her reason, knowing when to wield the sword of intellect and cut through the crap.  That head she’s holding in her left hand?  Yeah, tyrants and dictators and abusive bosses beware…

The thing to remember about the Queen is, she isn’t emotionless, though she may seem uncompromising when it comes to removing barriers to clear thought and communication.  She can appear remote, but it is her intuitive, emotional side joining forces with her intelligence and accumulated knowledge which allows her to see so clearly what needs to be done.  This is some hard-won wisdom that she is applying with that sword.  What she’s already lived through should not deny her the ability to have hopes and dreams for the future – she may not be a naive young girl any more but neither is she dead, nor useless, despite a patriarchal society and its marketing teams’ best efforts to persuade her otherwise.  The Queen’s alignment of intuition and emotion with logic and reason give her a capacity for intelligent flexibility and liberation from the illusions that the patriarchal machine imposes upon our identities.  She is not defined or restricted by anyone’s ideas but her own.

The Queen entering the field today suggests that it is time to honor our inner survivor.  We need to take stock of what we’ve learned, take the time to heal our wounds, and prepare ourselves for where we may next need to wield the sword of reason in alignment with our intuition.  Given that the Moon in Cancer today invokes mother in all her forms, both kind and terrible, we may wish to consider the examples set by our own mothers, for good and ill, and honor the strengths that we have learned as a result of that connection (or lack thereof) in our lives.

This is also a time to honor the individualist within us.  Venus in Aquarius resonates well with the Queen, so now is a good time to see the Aquarian qualities of the feminine within ourselves, conscious of the need to walk our individual paths while simultaneously helping the growth of our society.  Our inner female scientist, teacher, mathematician, programmer, engineer, and leader – these are the archetypal Aquarian women whose traits we can recognize in ourselves and draw strength from to meet the challenges ahead.  The Queen of Swords is a keen observer capable of applying fresh perspectives to the knowledge based on her experience, and if we pay attention to the details that she observes we can make a necessary decision based on own experience and informed by our intuition without being weighed down or misled by our emotions.  Now is the time for us to be decisive and direct, and to communicate our will accordingly.

 

Astrology of December 14th, 2016: Healing Touch of a Loving Universe

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After the intensity of yesterday, today is relatively quiet in the heavens.  

The Moon enters Cancer, the sign that it rules, in the early morning hours, and waits until evening before interacting with any of the planets.  We experience only two Lunar interactions tonight, and while they may seem slightly contradictory, they are not necessarily unpleasant.

The first is an inconjunct from the Moon in Cancer to Venus in Aquarius.  Venus in Aquarius values and takes pleasure in friendships, worthy causes, and new ideas, with the latter being just as capably pursued through solitary reading as through lively conversation.  The Moon in Cancer is more inclined to enjoy time with family and friends at home, and emphasizes the need to take time for comforting self-care and emotional regeneration, so while Venus might encourage being socially active the Moon tonight suggests “why can’t we just be social with our friends and family at home?”  

With that inconjunct followed shortly thereafter by the Moon’s trine with Neptune in Pisces, there is a tendency to see our home and immediate circle in a more rosy light than even the Moon in Cancer is capable of on its own.  This trine is especially powerful because both the Moon and Neptune are in the signs that they rule, so each is in the place where they feel strongest and most sure of themselves.  Our spiritual and romantic side is absolutely convinced that the world should be seen through rose-coloured glasses, that everyone deserves love and compassion and everyone should get along.  Our homebody side is certain that Mother knows best and that chicken soup remedies all ills.  And for one night perhaps, neither is wrong.  The trine is the strongest of supporting aspects, so while there may be a bit of sparkly moonlit illusion here, chances are that it’s the kind that inspires warm, loving feelings and comforting, healing interactions without too much disappointment in the morning.  

This is a good night to pay attention to our dreams, enjoy our fantasies, and feel the healing touch of a loving universe in the embrace of those closest to us.