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Tarot for February 4th, 2017: Queen of Swords, reversed

Today’s Tarot card is the Queen of Swords, reversed.  We’ve previously seen the Queen of Swords back in December here and here, and given her ice queen reputation, it seems fitting that she should be upended tonight when the combined forces of the Moon in Gemini and Venus in Aries have us a little fed up with seriousness and problem-solving, and just want us to play for a bit.

As you may recall, the Queen of Swords is a mature woman who has been through the school of hard knocks and come out on the other side with a well-honed intuitive discernment, applying reason and logic to problems and cutting through emotional distractions in order to get to heart of the matter.  She can seem aloof and detached because she does not allow emotion to sway her from what must be done.  She is especially good at cutting through corruption, abuse of power, and bullshit, and as cold as she may seem, there are plenty of times when we desperately need what she has to offer, particularly her gift for communication in service of clearing through confusion and deception.  This has been especially the case during the past couple of weeks.

But all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.  Isolation breeds loneliness and resentment.  And when we value only our rational capabilities and cut our emotions out of the picture entirely, ironically enough our rational capabilities become blunted, tactless, unable to relate to the very people with whom we most need to communicate in order to be effective problem-solvers.  The Queen of Swords asks us to be a bit less cynical and jaded, a bit more open and sympathetic, and a bit kinder to ourselves and others.  We don’t have to be “right” all of the time.

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Astrology of February 4th, 2017: In Search of Fun

Today, the astrological activity started very early, just shortly after midnight with a trine from the Moon in Taurus to Pluto in Capricorn, creating a flowing, harmonious relationship between our emotions and instincts and the transformations that we are experiencing in our material world.  On an unconscious level at least, we may feel less threatened by the changes that we are having to make because we feel more secure in what remains the same.  For the past couple of days, the Moon in Taurus has seduced us with food and comfort and stability, giving us a much-needed respite from the emotional roller-coaster many of us have been on over the last two weeks, and this trine with Pluto emphasized the results, giving us a greater capacity to meet the extreme and the intense in our lives head-on, knowing our own deep reserves of strength and capability.

Later this morning, the Moon in Taurus sextiled Chiron in Pisces, further emphasizing this sense of stable competence in facing the things that hurt us, helping us to work through the patterns of injuries that we’ve experienced so that we have a clearer understanding of our own vulnerabilities and how to shore ourselves up emotionally to keep from feeling victimized and downtrodden.  This aspect also gives us a great reserve of sympathy for others, so we should apply this feeling to helping others where we can, as this is an opportunity for people to connect with each other through their mutual experiences of suffering and help each other to heal in the process.

Later this afternoon, the Moon in Taurus trines Mercury in Capricorn, starting a void-of-course period that lasts until this evening.  The Moon/Mercury trine gives us the chance to express our feelings comfortably and to make practical plans, but since the void-of-course period is best suited to routine tasks and making corrections in our writing and our environment, this is a good time to apply the alignment between what we feel and what we think and say to finishing up practical tasks and communications that further our goals, rather than embarking on new projects.

This void-of-course period also includes an opposition from the Moon in Taurus to Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio, bringing our unconscious awareness back to the intense and mysterious in our lives, and encouraging us to sort out what doesn’t belong and determine to what extent the things that we don’t want to look at may be influencing our feelings from the shadows.  Our instincts are drawn toward these things now, so whether we consciously want to see them or not, they will make themselves known to us.

Later tonight the Moon enters Gemini, making us experience our feelings more through communication and responsiveness to others.  This doesn’t necessarily make us clear the air with regard to our true feelings – under a Gemini Moon, emotion becomes more of an intellectual exercise, and we’re much more interested in talking about it than actually feeling it.  We want things to be fun and social, and all of our instincts are now directed toward that end.  Keep in mind that Gemini is also a bit amoral, mostly because Gemini encourages us to move so quickly that it’s hard to get too concerned with the actual impact of one’s actions under its influence.  Keep in mind that both Donald Trump and Mike Pence are Geminis, and now the frenetic pace of the past couple of weeks starts to make more sense.  Which makes the entry of the Moon into Gemini tonight a blessing, because we are now instinctually better equipped to handle whatever is coming down the pike over the next couple of days, at least in terms of how we feel about it and react to it.  Since Gemini’s ruler Mercury is in earthy, grounded Capricorn, that keeps us from getting too frenetic in the process, but also gives the surface-skimming quality of Gemini the potential to go just a bit deeper than usual, while still not getting too caught up in the details.  Keep in that as is always the case with the Moon’s entry into a new sign, those of us with the Sun in that sign are likely to find ourselves a bit more emotionally volatile than usual, as our conscious self (the Sun) becomes aligned and identified with what we feel and our knee-jerk reactions (the Moon).  This includes the President un-elect.  So, while we all have a greater capacity to keep up with the pace of current events, he is likely to make that pace even more frantic during this time.  Also, since Gemini is particularly interested in communications via technology, we can expect social media to be extra lively now.

On the plus side, the Moon in Gemini’s first act is to make a supportive sextile with Venus in Aries late tonight, ending the night on a social note with all the fire and zest of our pleasures and affections seeking active fulfillment.  Venus in Aries is not a shy and retiring lady, as she may have seemed last month in Pisces.  Our extroverted instincts are making an alliance with Venus tonight to get us what we want, and with our energies continuing their Mars-in-Aries-given boldness, tonight we are set upon making spring come early, no matter what a fat rodent in Pennsylvania has to say about it.  Mind you, since both Gemini and Aries operate very much in the now rather than being particularly concerned with the future, the connections that we make tonight aren’t likely to be long-lasting.  But given the battles ahead and all that we’ve endured thus far, a bit of devil-may-care fun for tonight may well be just the brief dose of energy we need to bolster us for a future that we don’t need to examine too closely until tomorrow.

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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.)