July 29, 2022
August greetings to all, and happy solar return wishes to Leo and early Virgo folks! Below are your intuitive tarot readings by me (Kerstin) coupled with insightful astro snapshots by Richard, per sign, for the month ahead. I also pulled a card for the Collective, which you can use in conjunction with your personal tarot card to create a more robust narrative around what is calling your attention during this monthly cycle, or as a clarifier to your zodiac’s card.
The Sun and Strength were pulled, popped out, and landed-on while cutting the deck several times. These solar cards REALLY wanted to be seen! I also noticed The Sun and Page of Swords were together when cutting the deck during shuffling together at least 3 times. I feel it’s important to note this dyad highlights finding the courage to speak your truth, express yourself freely without letting your ego talk you out of it, listen to children’s voices, and engage in healthy child-like self-expression… I’m thinking sand tray therapy, art therapy, expressive arts therapy, simply making art and music, drawing, crafting, working with clay, writing poetry, and any activity that was meaningful to you as a child. Jung starting playing with blocks mid-life as a doctor, scientist, and scholar—this is where he cracked open and discovered his inner child and where he initiated Active Imagination, a core tenet of his practice and personal spiritual connection and transformation. So please play this month!
Also, The Emperor jumped out a couple times and was on top during several deck cuts, so the other side of the child/inner child archetype is the Father archetype (The Emperor). This may bring attention to fatherly/patriarchal energy for many this month, be it striking a balance within yourself, dealing with a child or father, or being one of the U.S.’s “children” under its patriarchy. Additionally, how you interact with friends, family, workmates, frenemies, etc. this month with regard to imposing actual or implicit “rules” onto others, being defensive, and keeping the ego in check are important to note. Get realistic about what you actually “deserve” versus what you think someone owes you. Everyone is going through major shifts and confrontations right now, so please have some compassion for them AND yourself. Working with the child archetype can quell mean dad vibes and bring in curiosity and flexibility that can be warm and inclusive during a very cold and dividing time.
To get the most out of these Horoscopes, please read them based off of your Ascendant/ Rising sign, as these are the signs that are the basis of our monthly breakdowns. Your Ascendant sign is the sign of the Zodiac which was rising on the eastern horizon at the time, date & location of our birth, and it provides us with a much more individualized view of our personal astrology. If you do not yet know your Rising Sign, feel free to find it here: Chart Drawing, Ascendant. All you will need is the closest possible time, date & location of your birth. For those not able to find an accurate Rising Sign, you can secondarily read these horoscopes by your Sun sign and thirdly by your Moon sign.
Stay tuned for the Celestial Insights blog to see what the stars have to say, along with lunar magick offerings…
Here are your tarot + astro messages. I suggest reading your rising and sun signs:
The overall energetic message for this month that you can use to expand and clarify your personal card reading is: THE SUN (The Path of Resh)
Wow, folks, you can’t make this stuff up! I actually landed on The Sun while shuffling then it was the card I cut and pulled, PLUS The Universe jumped out. The Sun is the Leo card in other decks and in the Thoth deck, depicts all zodiac symbols lit up by the rays of the sun—all of our parts and houses and the cycles we move through as our souls evolve and we work through karma.
In the Thoth deck, The Sun is about “collecting intelligence” and the ego side of our personality/the Solar Self. These are the parts of our personality we are conscious of and link to our soul/inner Self. The twin children represent the innocence and curiosity we are invited to connect with in order to grow more wholly into freedom. It is also an invitation to use creativity and exploration for self-discovery. Being vulnerable is key. Their butterfly wings represent the transformation that occurs when the Shadow is integrated and they may now move upward.
The sun literally shines light on the shadows so we may confidently confront what needs to be integrated to become whole; the dance between what is conscious and what is unconscious. These include our fears, doubts, and shame that may have been sparked in childhood. Therefore, by engaging play (as a child naturally does—it is their language), we can reconnect fractured parts from unhealthy attachment when we were young or damaging experiences, and activate self-awareness—our Solar Self, consciousness. In this space, we can assess how we participate (or not) in our happiness. By confronting the difficult “parts” with the rays of the sun, we can overcome those obstacles, or start to, simply by being aware of them. So this card portends movement and alchemization into awakening our most radiant, pure Selves… None of us are broken, ALL of us are already whole, we just have some craggy rocks and calcified behaviors and thought patterns that must be broken and unlearned to access our inner Truth and Light. This card ushers in self-confidence and self-efficacy throughout the month.
The Universe card as a jumper is expanding this alchemization of dark into gold/light and the True Self by acknowledging closing out karmic cycles and destroying the old universe so a new world can be reborn. You may have heard or read about “the new earth” that many spiritual folks are talking about… This goes into changing timelines, atemporality, and other really deep exploration that would take up too much space, but if interested, do some research… I think it is all relevant, especially around 8/8 when we align with our spiritual sun, Sirius. This is the final card of the deck, indicating major closures/endings that simultaneously rebirth a new way/a new world, hence the snake as a center focal point: death/rebirth, spirituality, and the ouroboros.
ASTRO SNAP SHOT
August start’s off with a very strong transit, as Mars, the planet of power, assertion and desire, comes into a conjunction with Uranus & the North Node at 18 degrees of Taurus. Uranus is associated with breakthrough and change, so with these two meetings on top of the point in astrology concerned with newness and new realities, we will be seeing a lot of movement and change, but also feel the volume of everything getting turned up… especially around the first half of August. For everything, it is important to stay grounded, to keep one's emotional responses in check and to stay as cool headed as possible, as Mars is amped up here.
A very strong transit in your house of growth, ambition & aspirations starts this month off for you. This brings a lot of energy towards what you might be building for the future and it may very well clear out some hidden clutter or unwanted baggage that can be weighing you down. August can be a great month to put action towards the places where your aspirations and goals are either public or where they might interact with the outside world. It calls you to bring something that has been gestating within you, out into the world.
A strong transit is happening this month in a very active area of your chart, the 9th house. This area of your chart focuses on your philosophy and the belief systems you have about the world and yourself. You will see this month that life will present to you some situations that will call into question certain belief systems you may have about parts of your life and ask you to put to rest some beliefs that served you in the past, but no longer have any palace in your life. You can thank Mars for this, which seeks to clear the clutter in this area of your life so that you can make room for movement that is needed. This month is all about movement for you, and this month reminds you that physical movement can get you into different modes of thinking.
This month can have some tensions within it, as Mars and Uranus and the North node are doing some things in your 8th house, which can be an area of your chart that has to do with boundaries and ways you merge with others… especially around materials and intimacy. Be mindful this month of your words, but more importantly, be aware of the ways you are enforcing your boundaries. Paradoxically, you also may find this month a strong desire to meld with people even deeper. This can be sensually, financially, emotionally etc. Either way, this month is about being aware of this melding point between you and others. Also, this month will have a focus on some financial responsibilities and stuff around that.
August’s astrology calls you to have more longevity towards how you are thinking about your life, as there is a focus on the long term goals that are very active during this time. Pay attention this month, as life can be giving you examples of how some of your successes can look in the future. This can be through signs, through dreams, through people crossing your path… in a lot of different ways. Be aware this month to not get caught up in what can be simply something for the moment, but rather, stay focused on the long term outcome and where you want some plans right now to end up.
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