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Tarot for January 23rd, 2017: Power

Today’s Tarot card is the 4 of Disks, Power.

The 4 of Disks is in the realm of the Sun in Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign that governs career and reputation in the world via the 10th house.  Cardinal signs are all about initiatory energy, which is known more for starting things than for finishing them.  Nevertheless, of all the signs Capricorn is most known for its tenacity in pursuit of its goals and perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Like the goat that is its symbol, Capricorn takes as many small steps as necessary to climb the mountain.  Of all the cardinal signs, it is most able to complete long journeys because it is most aware that they are all comprised of those small steps, and every single step contains the possibility of a new beginning.  Weary on your journey?  Rest for a while, but that rest does not mean that the journey is over.  Capricorn will begin over and over and over again for as long and as often as is necessary to get the job done.

What does this mean in the context of the 4 of Disks?  In the Thoth deck’s version of this card, we see a fortress with each of its four towers bearing an alchemical symbol for a different element.  The fortress ties in all four elements and all four directions together.  The 4 of Disks is about laying foundations in order to create the structure that we desire for our lives.  In a way, this mirrors the mission of Capricorn’s opposite sign, Cancer, which is all about creating safe space for emotions.  In the case of the 4 of Disks, we are concerned with creating the space in which to enact our goals, drawing upon all four elements, all four directions, and all of our resources to lay the foundation for the structure of our lives and thus create space for our own personal power to flourish.

With Pluto currently transiting Capricorn, the lessons of this card are driven home further.  Pluto is deeply concerned with power.  But Pluto is particularly good at revealing the illusions that we have surrounding power.  Too many of us are convinced that power is about control over our lives and those of others around us.  Pluto knows that control is an illusion, and true power is not power over, but power within.  Power over does not like to be shared – it is hoarded by autocrats like so much candy, so much money, so many imaginary numbers on a screen.  And like candy hoarded and eaten alone, it sickens.  Power within is not diminished by being shared.  Power within is not displaced or denied by changing circumstances – it weathers storms and time alike.  Rather than becoming cancerous through endless, frantic pursuit of growth and short-term profit, true power is calm and steady, taking the long view and recognizing the benefits of sheltering many, working together in pursuit of common goals.  This is not a grandiose castle, nor a delicate one.  It protects all within its walls, and it will not be toppled.

What castles are we building now?  It will take time and perseverance, a clear vision of our goals and the community we wish to nourish and strengthen within our castle walls, and the foresight to draw upon all elements and resources available to us.  Now is the time to lay our foundations carefully.

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Astrology of January 23rd, 2017: Compassionate Expression

Today sees no astrological aspects until this afternoon, when Mercury in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces, putting our mind and our communication in alignment with our hopes, wishes, dreams, and ideals.  While Mercury in any alignment with Neptune can increase confusion and the possibility of delusion or deception, the sextile is a gentle, harmonious aspect, minimizing the negative potential of this combination.  Since this is a planetary aspect, its effects are likely to be with us all day and into tomorrow, so now is a time for writers to make used of an increased ability to tap into fantasies, artists to make use of increased creative capacity, and all of us to make good use of our intuitions.  Still this influence may have us seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses for a bit, so it might be wise not to sign any contracts or make any commitments until some of the glow has worn off.

This evening sees a trio of Lunar aspects.  First, the Moon in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries, making us likely to be a bit impulsive.  We may also experience sudden changes of mood or desires, and may find ourselves longing for something unusual to stir up our lives a bit.  Our usual tastes may not satisfy, and we could find ourselves drawn to people and situations we are not normally drawn to.  This could prove to be a disrupting influence if we aren’t normally flexible or adventurous, but it could also be the very thing to help us get out of whatever ruts we may find ourselves in.  Still, we probably shouldn’t expect changes made under this influence to be long-lasting, nor the people we meet during this time to stick around for long.

A short time later the Moon in Sagittarius squares Venus in Pisces, and in combination with the Mercury/Neptune sextile and the Moon/Uranus trine, this could turn out to be a recipe for broken hearts, especially with the Moon squaring Chiron a short time later.  Venus rules our affections and pleasures and Chiron governs our hurts, old injuries, and the wisdom that we can gain from them as well as the help that we can give to others that we find it hard to give ourselves.  With the Moon squaring both, we are likely to be in for some painful life lessons with regard to what and whom we value and care for, though the Mercury/Neptune sextile may make it easier for us to gain some wisdom from these lessons if we are mindful of our interconnectedness and can make good use of our compassion for ourselves and others.  The Mercury/Neptune sextile can make it easier to express our compassion, our ideals, and our spiritual outlooks, and that may help us to better navigate both of tonight’s squares, and learn something valuable in the process.

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(All aspect times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.)