I can always tell when a Mercury retrograde is coming. The tarotscopes change timbre, tone, and message during this time. This retrograde feels most like an inner life kind of hang up more than outward based, very cerebral. Below is what I plotted for you for August. Thank you for reading!
Happy Birthday, Lion! Now, don’t panic, I pulled Death for you for this month. I am a firm believer that there are no ‘bad or good’ cards and Death is no exception. The message of Death for you this month is that something, or perhaps a couple of somethings, are coming to an end. I see Death as a big stop sign, ‘stop, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.’ Your job is to accept an ending, to allow and ending gracefully, and to take a big sigh of relief because whatever it is that you have been struggling with, is done. This could be the ending of a relationship or friendship that was not serving you. Your favorite shoes or dress breaking beyond repair, and counterintuitively, losing weight! An interesting card for you in your birth month, for sure!
Virgo—King of Wands
Wands energy continues for this month, Virgo, and King of Wands is the outward expression of his suit. What does that mean? It means that the qualities of action, creativity, outward and outgoing activities of all types are being put into service in the world. What do you need to create, make, or do that will serve the world? What, by your actions, will be made better by not being afraid of sharing your gifts? There is no room for anxiety in this King’s world. Bring your creation to the table.
Libra—7 of Pentacles
This month may be a bit frustrating for you, Libra. 7 of Pentacles usually denotes a sluggish, slow moving energy on something you would rather happen quickly and decisively. Do not confuse it with no movement, however, but rather slow and meandering. Check your frustration this month. Check a tendency towards judging yourself if things aren’t moving forward like you want, also be kind to others if it feels like they are being sluggish with decisions or actions. The energy is like moving through ‘molasses in January’ as my 3rd grade teacher used to say. Give you and others a lot of patience and plenty of room.
Scorpio—2 of Pentacles
For me, this card often denote a move, so if you are moving house or would like to, or are considering it, August augers energy that will support that action. 2 of Pentacles can also denote a sense of restlessness, of having everything handled but feeling that at any moment it could slip out of your control. The challenge for you this month is to hold space for this ‘slightly out of control’ feeling. Try not to hammer everything down in an effort to control the anxiety that this emotion can often trigger. This energy can also mean that within this small chaos, new things are being combined in new ways, let them!
Sagittarius—8 of Wands
I love 8 of Wands. This card denotes swiftness, messages, spiritual awakenings, and a-ha moments of all kinds. This card talks about a pivotal moment in your life where, after being struck by some kind of existential lightning, your life changes forever-without struggle, without effort, it just is. This month, Sag, something will come to you from out of the blue and by God it will be so good.
Capricorn—10 of Swords
10 of swords is heavy energy. Like Death, this card denotes an ending but it also highlights caution against personal damage. Be very careful about what you reveal to others, be mindful and discerning of who you can trust and if your intuition even so much as whispers caution, please listen. You are in a vulnerable time and need to guard yourself. If you have back problems, this month may indicate the time when you finally get it taken care of, seeking out treatments that you were loathe to undergo before. This card has also meant acupuncture to me, so if you have been feeling off, get some treatment with that modality, you might be surprised by how great you feel!
Aquarius—5 of Wands
July is a bit chaotic. The energy supports moving, for travel, house moving, or work which usually suits an Aquarian just nicely! Do you have travel plans? Perhaps you get invited last minute to a fun getaway. Say yes, Aquarian, always say yes.
Pisces—5 of Swords
If you are looking for a job, it may be this month you get it. If you are not looking for a job this card calls you to ‘go for it’ whatever it is. Do not be afraid to be aggressive when the situations calls for it. Do not deprive yourself to help others, this is not the time to be a martyr. Take care of yourself first, which is hard for Pisces, and this is why this message in particular, so important for you.
Aries—10 of Pentacles
This month, the energy is surrounding your home and resources. This card also speaks about protection which is the advice for you this month. Check and change your passwords, go through your home, are you as secure as you could be? Have you been lazy about protecting you and yours? This month, make it a point to lock down your world. Mercury retrogrades at the end of this month so this makes this message particularly important.
Taurus—6 of Pentacles
Money flows to those in need this month, bull. It could mean that you give money and/or resources to those in need, or it could mean that that money flows to you if you are in need. 6 of Pentacles speaks of a generosity of spirit, so beyond resources this can also mean being more giving of you time, your attention, your focus-perhaps gift giving and showing appreciation of those you love in your life. This is a lovely, sweet energy, people get what they really need, including you.
Gemini—8 of Swords
There is something that you are having a hard time moving past, a narrative that you keep telling yourself and it is keeping you stuck. It could be that you are refusing to see that your lover or partner is no good for you. It could be that your job is not what you need it to be. It could be that you refuse to give up drinking… Whatever it is, there is something shifting and coming to light, you can feel it on the deepest level but you are not quite ready to accept it yet. This lack of acceptance causes as much if not more, suffering. The worst delusions we have are the ones we tell ourselves. Ask yourself, “what am I avoiding feeling or thinking about right now?” that is the clue.
Cancer—8 of Cups
You are being asked to walk away from something, even though you have no idea what the next steps will be. You are being asked to walk away from something that ‘kinda’ work but you know in your heart is not what you need, does not speak to your truth, cannot ever really feed you what you need. What’s on the next horizon? That is not to be revealed yet, what is important is that you finally have the courage to walk away, to know that somewhere out there has something more for you, that following the truth of your spirit is worth the risk. It always is worth the risk. Start walking.
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