Archive for December 15th, 2016

Tarot for December 15th, 2016: Princess of Swords


Today’s Tarot card is the Princess of Swords, and given the embattled emotions of the day, her appearance couldn’t be more timely.

The Princess is the earthy, practical side of thought.  In the Thoth deck she appears with her sword upraised to clear away the clouds of dust and confusion darkening the view from below.  The Princess is not interested in thoughts that serve no purpose nor ideas that interfere with her clarity.  She recognizes the chatter that regularly takes up bandwidth in our heads for what it is:  a distraction, and she will not tolerate it continuing to waste her time.  She is ready to cut away negative patterns of thought and speech, self-sabotaging thoughts, and the internalized opinions of others that don’t deserve another minute of our attention.  By doing this, she increases our capacity to bring our ideas into the material world, to see the real fruits of our hopes and desires and plans rather than having them be poisoned by mental pollution.

The Princess of Swords is also a skilled arbitrator, but does not tolerate deceit and manipulation, and can appear as an instrument of divine justice.  She is exceptionally good at clearing away the mire surrounding difficult emotional situations, so she is especially helpful to invoke today.

Remember that the court cards in Tarot can represent actual people in our lives who embody certain qualities, as well as these qualities manifesting in ourselves, so you may find yourself with a Princess of Swords type showing up today to act as either ally or a reminder of what you may feel yourself missing, and this is a good opportunity to learn how to exercise the Princess’ sword on your own behalf or that of others who need some clarity and protection (or a wake-up call!).  Keep in mind that the Princess tends to say what is on her mind regardless of the consequences, and given the day’s tendency for emotions to get quickly out-of-hand, that might not be the best course of action right now – the vengeful side of the Princess could well stir up unnecessary trouble today!  A better use of her skills is in clearing away confusion in thought and speech, and using her capacity for practical thought to give our best ideas material form.


Astrology of December 15th, 2016: Socially Challenged


Today is entirely filled with challenging Lunar aspects.  Now is the time to knuckle down and learn some rough emotional lessons, and hopefully gain as much wisdom as we can from the day’s experiences with as little bruising as possible.  

The day starts out early with the Moon in Cancer opposing Mercury in Capricorn.  On the plus side, oppositions in astrology heighten awareness between the two bodies involved.  In this case, then, we have a heightened awareness of our emotional need for both sensitivity and security and our mental need to overcome obstacles to our success.  The balancing act between these two then is a fair degree of caution, and a need to steady our moods with the persuasive force of our ambitions.  Slow and steady wins the race here.  

This is further emphasized by the opposition between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn a few hours later.  Pluto’s intensity may make it harder to keep the famed Moon-in-Cancer moodiness from throwing us off-track, but it will add power and persistence to what we feel.  We should not forget that for all of Cancer’s moodiness and emotional sensitivity, this cardinal water sign has great business sense and is quite capable of putting a lid on intense emotions in order to get the job done until there is safe time and space to vent.  Just be sure to take the lid off before what simmers beneath the surface bubbles over.

Around mid-day the Moon squares Jupiter in Libra, and now we get into the more overtly challenging period of the day.  On one hand, even challenging aspects to Jupiter are rarely too much for us to handle – Jupiter’s benevolence and generosity in social realms can bring the Cancerian Moon out of its shell a little bit, and given the holiday season that can be a good thing.  On the other hand, anything left brewing after this morning’s encounter with Pluto may feel Jupiter’s expansive touch and turn into an inopportune emotional outburst, or perhaps even worse a constant tension of unexpressed feelings being suppressed in favor of the Libran obsession with social harmony, souring celebrations from behind-the-scenes.  Breathing through whatever we are feeling is a necessary skill set right now.

Unfortunately, shortly after the Moon/Jupiter square, the Moon inconjuncts Saturn in Sagittarius, so our emotional landscape really isn’t feeling too understanding of self-discipline right now.  Instead, we may find increased testiness at feeling inhibited and insecure, and not really see a clear path for muddling through what we are feeling.  There may be confrontations with others whose viewpoints simply make no damned sense to us, and it will take serious mindfulness to keep those encounters from erupting into self-righteousness and hurt feelings all around.  The residual influence of the Moon squaring Jupiter in Libra may actually be a benefit here, at least in terms of keeping the peace, though it isn’t likely to feel pleasant or comfortable, regardless.

This afternoon sees the Moon squaring Uranus in Aries, instigator of sudden change and rebellion.  This means that if any of the tension from earlier in the day involves authority figures (and with the presence of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in 3 out of 4 of the day’s previous aspects it most likely does), any eruptions of temper are likely to cost us dearly.  Now is a time to err on the side of caution, and not only in social situations, because any combination of the Moon and Uranus increases fluctuations both in our moods and our circumstances – the Moon governs tides and cycles after all, and Uranus is prone to sending bolts of lightning to stir them up.  This increases the potential for accidents and injuries, so this is a crucial time to be mindful of our surroundings.

All of that jostling about by the Moon and Uranus signals the last major aspect formed by the Moon in Cancer, so the rest of the afternoon and evening is a void-of-course period in which all that restless energy can’t be applied to new and decisive action in the outside world.  On the plus side, actions taken during the void-of-course period tend to get ignored or have their effects negated, so that may reduce the fallout from any social gaffes resulting from all of the intensity of the day.  Still, it may be a good idea to hole up at home for the night with the last of the domestic yearnings from the Moon in Cancer, and apply the busy Uranian energy to finishing up projects there.  Given that the last aspect of the day is an inconjunct between the Cancerian Moon and the Sun in Sagittarius, chances are that we’re not likely to feel too social tonight anyway.