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Tarot for February 12th, 2017: Science, reversed

Today’s Tarot card is the 6 of Swords (Science), reversed.  We last saw this card on December 5th, in its upright position.

This card is ruled by Mercury in Aquarius, where Mercury is currently transiting.  Mercury was involved in a focused Yod with Venus in Aries with the North Node as the Yod’s apex during Friday’s Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Leo, and the Moon is currently in Virgo, which Mercury rules, increasing the emphasis on Mercury themes this weekend, especially with yesterday’s Moon/North Node conjunction reinforcing the theme of the Yod.

So why the upside-down position then?

The Thoth deck traditionally does not use card reversals, instead relying on the other cards surrounding the reversed card to clarify the situation.  However, for single-card draws like this, there are no other cards to rely on, and I have always found card reversals to be useful, regardless of what deck I am working with.  There are a few possibilities for the meaning of a card reversal:

  1.  The normal meaning of the card is being negated.
  2.  The meaning of the card needs to be seen in a different light – the “headstand” that the card is doing is to gain perspective.
  3.  The reversed position of the card is a means of emphasizing the meaning of that card, drawing extra attention to itself.

What interpretation I choose is based on my intuition as well as what is going on in the skies.  In this case, we can see already that the 3rd option is a possibility.  However, the 1st & 2nd options also may flavor this card at this time, specifically because of the Moon in Virgo, which exercises Virgoan processes in unconscious space.  Because Mercury deals with the mind, our thoughts, and communication, it can relate to both conscious and unconscious thought, but typically fares better in a conscious space – the very concept of “mindfulness” harnesses conscious thought in order to expand our awareness of our everyday thoughts and surroundings.  The Moon is not particularly comfortable in Virgo because of this.  So, already the skies are reflecting that our thoughts are likely to show up in a different manner today, after being powerfully activated over the past two days on both the conscious and unconscious levels, with the unconscious side being more emphasized today.  We may find ourselves more distracted today, or with a focus entirely different from what we had intended.

The normal meaning of the 6 of Swords relates to planning and research, searching for the truth and in the process potentially bringing multiple perspectives to bear on a situation – the scientific method may start with a hypothesis but keeps the mind open to possibilities until the facts determine the outcome.  But given the Moon’s interactions with Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron today, we may find it harder to gather those multiple perspectives harmoniously, and facts may seem in short supply.  With Pluto in the mix, even in harmony with the Moon, we may find it hard to communicate effectively without a lot of intense emotion jarring what we would prefer to be rational discourse.  The objectivity normally found with the 6 of Swords is likely to be difficult to muster with the strong Piscean influence on our emotions coming from Neptune and Chiron, especially during this time of instinctive alignment with the intense changes going on in our lives right now combined with deep awareness of past hurts and our ongoing cycles of pain.  The 6 of Swords usually indicates that we have come out of the storm into a period conducive to regrouping, assessing, and determining the best path forward.  The 6 of Swords reversed suggests that we are not out of the woods yet, and this day is perhaps best spent forgoing our Aquarian plans in favor of Virgoan healing, letting our minds work unconsciously behind the scenes rather than pushing for logic where it is not likely to be found.  Now is not a time for over-thinking things, and instead, we need to give ourselves the space to go with the flow of deep, unconscious knowledge coming to us now, and finally learn from our mistakes and heal our huts.

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Astrology of February 12th, 2017: Faith and Sympathy

Today we still feel the residual effects of yesterday’s Sun in Aquarius trine Jupiter in Libra, enhancing our sense of good fortune and our consciousness in relation to our faith and ability to see the bigger picture, as well as our understanding of our relationships and social connections, and our dedication to our causes.

The day started out with an early-morning opposition between the Moon in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, fogging up our instincts.  Virgo is ruled by Mercury (currently in Aquarius) and therefore the Moon in Virgo tends to be on the rational side and doesn’t know what to make of Neptune in Pisces and its dreamy, romantic outlook on the world.  When these two are in opposition we may find ourselves challenged to find the balance between Virgo’s detail-orientation and Pisces’ need to blur the boundaries and seek a more universal point of view.  Neptune has a bit of back-up here because of the Sun/Jupiter trine, as Jupiter is the classical ruler of Pisces and Neptune is the transcendental ruler.  Neptune is in the sign that they rule and Jupiter is supported by the Sun, the light of consciousness, so the Moon is likely to feel outnumbered, but since the Moon’s processes are unconscious, we need to be aware and compassionate with ourselves in response to any emotional confusion that we experience this morning.

This afternoon, the Moon in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn, and now our emotions get a powerful boost of Plutonian intensity, but since this is a supportive aspect, this may manifest as an instinctive understanding of the larger transformative forces in our lives that we may have previously felt powerless to resist.  We may now have a better feeling about just how to climb the mountains facing us, how to place our steps with sureness, prudence, and careful planning.  We may also have an instinct for ferreting out secrets at this time, and things may be revealed to us which may be beneficial to us so long as we are using them in the context of the larger picture and doing so serves the greater good.

Late tonight the Moon in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces, giving our emotions and instincts another dose of Piscean sensitivity and putting us in jeopardy of allowing our compassion to get the better of us, putting us in a situation where our normal desire will be to be practical but our empathy will know that someone needs our help.  We may have to make a choice that puts us at a disadvantage, or that reveals a great weakness or an old wound.  We may find our good natures taken advantage of, but we may also learn a lot about ourselves and be capable of doing some serious good with our own knowledge about the hurts of others as a result of our experience with our own hurts.  Now is a time to be aware and neither martyr ourselves nor abandon others without good reason.  We can expand our kindness to embrace those who need it without true harm to ourselves, but the balancing act may not be comfortable.  Nonetheless, it may still be rewarding in terms of the wisdom gained.

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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.)