Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion and optimism, is about to move into its home, Sagittarius. Simultaneously, Saturn, the planet of discipline and hard lessons, just moved into its home, Capricorn. These two behemoth planets are about to be home, all comfy, for the next 12 months. This is curl -your- toes good news for all of us. But it is especially good luck for Sagittarius and Gemini... and for the rest of us where Sagittarius lives in our natal chart.( If you want to find out where Sagittarius is in your natal chart, go to astro.com. You will need your exact time and place of birth.)
These two planets are the biggest in the solar system and have very powerful effects wherever they are traveling . Having them home means they aren't going to be creating havoc (good natured or otherwise). But for Sag (and secondarily Gemini) Jupiter will be showering shooting stars of blessings here and there and everywhere.
The Magic of Gratitude
'Enough' is a feast.
Sometimes 'enough' is incredibly hard to experience
Once in a while this phrase pops into my head " All we need to live each day would fit into a bucket". Of course we need shelter and community, too, but I get the main message . This phrase floats into my headspace most when I read about insane over-consumption by the Sultans and the Trumps of the world and unfair algorithms that allow Jeff Bezos to hoard so much cash. Why do they need so much? I imagine what I'd put into my bucket: a toothbrush, salt, a large jar of water, soap, a days worth of food, and of course, red lipstick. And hopefully I'd have a friend to help carry it! ( I once read that a doctor in Turkey was able to use salt and clean water to treat 90% of the illnesses he encountered.)
I often have weird minimalist fantasies.
I do actually have moments of being really happy about my life as it is at this moment...and then like some background drone that never goes away, my nagging western, materialist voice just slips back in. The next thing you know I am feeling guilty, less than, unsatisfied, entitled. But the truth is, for this day, I am fine.
When I remember to do morning and evening meditations on what I am blessed with, I feel less angry and more connected.
Louise Haye was my first teacher on gratitude. She said, 'Even if life is hard, when you wake up in the morning, thank your bed and your pillow'. I have done this many, many times. It is strange, but if you can click your brain over to seeing the world this way, it can change your mood and outlook. If shit sucks, thank your warm shower and your yummy coffee, thank the dude who tells you your backpack is open. If you have ever been sick before, thank your body for healing up, or just carrying you around and doing its job most of the time.
I am not saying don't strive for what you truly value, but it seems like most people are dissatisfied most of the time. And that dissatisfaction comes from wanting what they don't have. I work with single people with awesome lives, who are miserable because they don't have a partner. And then I work with a very happily married couple who are miserable because they are having trouble conceiving. I a m not discounting their pain, but gratitude can help alleviate it. Chances are, when you fast forward a couple years , the single person will be married and the couple will have a kid, but now they are longing for something else. The truth is, everything gets ordinary eventually...unless you can see and feel your daily blessings.
Life is always going to have challenges, but seeing what you DO have is the first step to creating space. Space to see options, space to choose to not focus unconsciously on what you don't have but think you want. Space to be present and breath.
A gratitude practice is a great way to do this. Here is a daily affirmation by Louise Haye:
Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of gratitude. I now allow this gratitude to fill my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being. This gratitude radiates out from me in all directions, touching everything in my world, and returns to me as more to be grateful for. The more gratitude I feel, the more I am aware that the supply is endless.
*If you can't feel grateful for what you have, no matter how you try, then you are probably very unhappy on the life path you choose (or just landed in by following the path of least resistance). Just remember, everyday is the new day. I, literally, have clients who have woken up one day as if from a bad dream and changed their lives for the better. You can too. Start with gratitude.
Thanks for reading this and I hope it gave you food for thought!
Autumn Three Month Reading
If love is on your mind, than October is a mirror reflecting you back to yourself. If you are looking for a relationship, it is important that you are honest with yourself about what you want and need. There is a good chance that for many single folks a new love interest will enter the picture this season, but do be honest about your expectations from the start. It is better to find out someone's true nature sooner than later. If you are seeing someone already but are confused about the state of your relationship, the energy that comes with the Two of Cups can be all encompassing and may make it hard to see clearly. If you are wondering about someone's confusing behavior you can check out my red flag list here. Honesty is the only currency right now. We are under the influence of the 'Year of the Dog' until February and lies fail. Truth prevails.
If you are already in a decent relationship, then now is the time to be flexible and let new energy in. Re-establish goals and boundaries and romance will blossom!
Many of you will be receiving some news that will clear up something you have been wondering about. This can be by mail, text or in person. Most likely the news will be positive, but even if it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, the clarity will bring relief and a sense of direction.
two cups/knight swords
Now that many of us are spending more times indoors, it would be a great time to go through your things and do a bit of sorting. Spotlight your favorite tchotchkes, clean out your junk drawers (you'll probably find a few treasures there), throw out your old make-up and buy a comfy throw. Winter is coming and we want to be comfy-cozy in our home and enjoy our possessions, rather than being weighed down by them. We can extend this sentiment to other parts of our lives. Get organized and do early holiday shopping or plan a get-away somewhere for the grey and dreary end -of- winter months ahead. This November is a great time to get a handle on your material and financial world, rather than have it intrude on you. It will be easy to create practical magic because The Star energy is watching over you. If you do your part, the universe will bless you.
Wow, December is already here. Time is moving so fast! Life is a gorgeous and challenging tapestry of experiences and possibilities. The end of the year is great time to do healing and release work if you need it. The longest night of the year is on the 21st and is a wonderful time for looking inward. The New Year arrives shortly with a clean slate. Record your dreams and make plans. Remember, your external life is founded on the voice inside you and your vision of your own future. Our creativity can get us into and out of anything! By the end of December the days are now only getting longer. Stay healthy and listen to your body. For those of you who have recently experienced heartbreak, new possibilities in love and connection are on the way.
three of swords/empress
Hello! I am Xtina, an intuitive tarot reader based in the Pacific Northwest. 'Tarot Communique' is a space for my musings, inspirations and whatever else that comes up that I'd like to share! xo
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