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Tarot for February 8th, 2017: Pleasure, reversed

Today’s Tarot card is the 6 of Cups (Pleasure), reversed.  Given the astrological jostling of our emotions and instincts today, the phrase “Pleasure, reversed” in itself is probably not far from the mark, though the meaning of the card in this position is even more apt once we delve into it further.

The 6 of Cups is ruled by the Sun in Scorpio.  This is the current placement of Black Moon Lilith, the lunar apogee, and she has just entered the critical 29th degree where she will remain until this time next week.  This critical 29th degree transit is a time when the last lessons of Scorpio must be learned in relation to Black Moon Lilith before moving on to the first lessons of Sagittarius.  Black Moon Lilith is about letting go, surrendering to our own powerlessness, and understanding our frustrations, and in Scorpio that can mean a double-whammy, since Scorpio is jointly ruled by Mars classically and Pluto transcendentally.  Mars deals with our focus, drive, sexuality, and aggression, and Pluto deals with our issues of control, how we assert or deny our power, intensity, transformation, and death.  Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio then asks us to surrender to the mystery in our lives in ways that are likely to feel scary, intense, and sometimes even hopeless.  Through this surrender we not only gain wisdom and understanding of our own depths and endurance, but also in opening ourselves to the void we make possible the entry of that which we desire into our lives.  We experience the death of ego for this time so that ego is no longer our stumbling block in the areas of our lives governed by Scorpio.  Ironically, by surrendering our desires we create the space for our desires to be fulfilled.  Embracing Yin is necessary in order to equally embrace Yang.

Thus, we experience the tumultuousness of our emotions in response to multiple challenges between the Moon and outer planets today, the big forces in our lives that we cannot control battering our feelings and instincts, and in the wee hours of tomorrow morning the Moon will trine Black Moon Lilith, connecting our feelings in the aftermath of this day with all of that helplessness and need to surrender.  And there we will find our space of emptiness with which to welcome our own power that we could not see in the light of our own ego (the Sun).

Yes, seeing the 6 of Cups upended can feel like a kick in the gut.  We want pleasure in our lives, and to feel and enjoy the fullness of our emotions, the fulfillment of our desires.  At the same time, when we are experiencing difficult emotions like frustration and helplessness, there is a very real danger of turning off emotionally, stifling what we feel in order to be able to get through our days without tripping up on potentially disruptive feelings.  But as Black Moon Lilith is currently pointing out, we need to be willing to face our own dark depths and dive down deep into all of the awfulness of what we feel if we are ever to have that pleasure that we so desire.

On the plus side, the 6 of Cups reversed can signal that we are finally ready to shuck off our rose-coloured glasses, let go of the past, and do the hard work necessary to bring what we desire into our lives.  The critical 29th degree of Scorpio that Black Moon Lilith is transiting is after all the place of the last lessons of the sign, signaling that this is a time for completion in this stage of our life.  Sometimes the physical and emotional healing and transformation that are signaled when this card is upright requires that we undergo a healing crisis, a time when things get worse before they get better.  Seeing the 6 of Cups reversed today shows us that we are ready to confront our own fears of letting go, and step forward into the darkness on our way to a better future.


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Astrology of February 8th, 2017: A Need for Compassion

This morning the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn, heightening our instinctive awareness of the complexity in our lives, and intensifying our emotions in the process, particularly with regard to our goals and the ongoing changes in the status quo.  Our business sense is likely to be heightened, and chances are that we will feel extra protective of those we consider our own.  However, we need to be careful about power plays and jockeying for position now, as such activity is likely to turn against us now.

Toward midday, the Moon in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries, adding a sense of agitation to the emotional mix.  Sudden and unexpected changes are afoot, and we would do well to be cautious and mindful of the heightened potential for accidents at this time.  Our moods are likely to turn on a dime, and since this is an unconscious influence most people aren’t going to be aware of what is driving their mood swings now, so it helps to have extra compassion for ourselves and others during this upheaval, knowing that this too shall pass.  Thankfully, like all lunar aspects, this is a brief influence, though the consequences of our impulsiveness during this time could still be long-lasting.

Thankfully, any ruffled feathers get some much-needed smoothing over a short while later, as the Moon in Cancer trines Chiron in Pisces, helping our emotions to process our hurts and gain wisdom from our less pleasant experiences today.  This is another reason to apply that compassion mentioned above, as caring for others during this time helps us to understand our own feelings and struggles better, and gain some sense of relief from our own hurts that we don’t know how to remedy on our own.  Activities that emphasize connection, especially on spiritual levels, can really help us all today in ways that we might not normally recognize but that will be deeply felt this afternoon, with potential reverberations in our life long after.

This is because whatever we are feeling is about to be magnified by the Moon in Cancer squaring Jupiter in Libra, who magnifies whatever he touches and governs our faith, our optimism, and our luck.  While Jupiter’s influence is a benevolent one, he can blow things out of proportion, and whatever we are feeling at the time of his contact with the Moon is definitely going to be heightened.  Plus, since Jupiter is part of an ongoing Triangle of Potential with Uranus and Saturn, any emotional jostling of his socially-conscious and peacemaking urge in Libra at this time is likely to have a part to play in the larger picture that we are continuing to be made aware of, especially in relation to partnerships and our deeper relationships, as well as our interactions with society at large.

The Moon/Jupiter square begins a lengthy void-of-course period that lasts for nearly twelve hours, which is just as well after the frenetic emotional pace of this morning and afternoon.  Tonight is a good time to tend to the home fires, take comfort in the company of family and friends, and take care of our immediate environment, remembering that this is a time to fall back on routine and let ourselves drift in our healing instincts, emotions, and dreams.


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