Hello Autumn! Where has the time gone?! It seems summer just arrived and now we are already in September. The energies shifted from summer energy to that of autumn for me on August 2nd. I could literally feel the change in the air. (Who says Florida doesn't have 4 seasons? We absolutely do!)
This is a powerful month, we already had one lunar event and are currently in Mercury Retrograde again, and today is the full moon in Pisces and a lunar eclipse! Get your bloodstones out to help support you through. I got mine out with the advice of One Body Wellness and Metaphysics.
For more astrological guidance for your week and month ahead check out your astrological forecasts from The Astrowtwins and this great video from Kari Samuels
The message that came up for me this month/Mercury Retrograde is one of forgiveness and letting go. I have been holding on to guilt, shame and regret over choices I made as a child. My intuition has gently but firmly guided me that now is the time to let go of all that.
It's also time for you to do the same. It's time for us to let go of anything that is holding us back. What beliefs are you holding on to that are keeping you from having what you want in your life? Now is the time to gently release them with love. Thank them for the lessons they taught you. Forgive yourself.
You have suffered enough. You're suffering doesn't serve you or anyone else. It's time to move on.
Our Tarot & Color Reading
Tarot Cards from The Wild Unknown Deck by Kim Krans. Color Cards from The Color Mage Oracle by Bernard Charles.
The Magician, 2 of Swords and Damascus.
I adore this rendition of The Magician. This lovely feline magician appears to be a leopard with an infinity sign, whose paws are upon the pentacles, and all four suits are present the swords, the cups as well as the wand. It appears there is light and color from the sun shining. The leopard gazes behind her, perhaps taking one last look at all she's leaving behind.
This card represents actions, and all four suits, as well as four elements are represented here. It's time to take action, and go full force. Let nothing and no one slow you down or stop you. It's time to realize your full potential. Take all the brilliant ideas that have been in your mind and dreams, make a plan and take that first step. The moment of the Magician card will push you forward, but you must take the first step and commit to go, go, go. You got this!!!
Be mindful that it is Mercury Retrograde so take extra precautions with all major decisions you make right now, as you may have a change of heart later. Also double check and backup all technology, and travel plans. Our recent trip to Indialantic for my husband's birthday was foiled a bit by the first hurricane of the season. After a summer without our usual daily storms, it was quite a surprise that the first and only time we've tried to go out of town, the tropical storm hits.
Mercury Retrograde, you never know how it could affect you but one thing is for sure it isn't going to stop you.
Even if you learn something different along the way or change your mind, that's okay. We learn by doing, by taking action. It really is the only way to know if something will or won't work for you, is to do it.
So go, and do with the power and magic of the Magician card.
Two of Swords--The Stalemate
Yikes---this is an interesting card to get at a time when we are feeling so much momentum to move forward but I feel it is an accurate reflection of the powerful energies at work in the universe right now.
Push and pull right? Back and forth you feel pulled in one direction while simultaneously being pulled in the opposite direction.
Mercury Retrograde reminds us to re-evaluate everything we are doing and if we are to move forward in action to realize our full potential with the Magician card, we are bound to experience some obstacles in our way when it comes to decision making with the 2 of swords showing up.
This may reflect life, business or a relationship that is experiencing this “stalemate” of sorts, where you cannot move forward and perhaps feel stuck. Is it possible you are stuck because there is a choice or decision you know needs to be made, or a situation that must be faced, but you're unwilling to do so?
If you want to move forward you are going to have to face what you've been unwilling to face no matter how much you don't want to.
You may be surprised that the outcome you've been avoiding may not be as bad as you thought, and by facing it not only can you move forward, you'll be freed from the hold it has had over you.
I feel this is connected to the messages of forgiveness and letting go as well. Is there some part of you still holding onto something you just can't forgive yourself for? If so, know that it is likely holding you back and creating this stagnation in your life. You can't move forward into you next progression until you face it.
You have the courage to let go and let the energy of the magician push you forward to face your fears, forgive yourself and MOVE forward by taking action. Go and do!
What a beautiful word and color it's sort of a rosy red. To be honest I thought this was the name of a flower and intuition guided me to look it up. I'm glad I did. I stumbled upon this lovely introduction where Damascus is described as paradise, and the world's oldest, continually inhabited city. Sounds very magical.
Damascus reminds us of self-love.
Self-love is the key to everything in our lives We must love ourselves first before we can truly, fully love anyone else, or receive love in return.
Have you ever experienced receiving love from someone and not feeling worthy of that love? YOU ARE worthy of that love, and you must believe it. In order to do so you must love yourself. How do we do this in a society that rewards selflessness and self-sacrifice and we are taught that it selfish, or worse conceited or arrogant to “love ourselves”. However, self-love is not conceit or arrogance, and to be selfish means doing something yourself at the expense of others.
Self-love is never at the expense of someone else, including yourself. Self love was first taught to me by an old friend who said I should put an oxygen mask on myself before putting it on someone else. I didn't really understand the metaphor at that time.
It wasn't until much later that I realized she was trying to teach me about self-love and how by not putting my own oxygen mask on first, I would deplete myself quickly and be of little to no use to anyone else. In an actual plane crash, you could even die before you could help others if you don't put that mask on first! This is a very real and frightening metaphor but it really helps drive home just how important self-care and self-love are.
We must treat it like we're on the plane and it's going down. It is really that important. As one of my beloved mentors Marie Forleo says: Make it “Non-Negotiable Time” or NNT and put self-love and self-care rituals on your calendar.
Self-love is especially important when moving at the kinds of speeds the leopard as magician does in taking action in your life. If you move too fast without taking some time to slow down, to rest, to turn inwards, to contemplate, you will burn out (believe me, I know from experience, I burned myself out at this very time last year and it took me months to recover!) Don't make the same mistake I did!
Have you ever been so busy taking care of someone else you forgot to eat a meal yourself? I've been guilty of this too many times to count. NNT self-love and self-care time can be as simple as scheduling your meals so that no matter how busy you are, you make sure your needs are being met, whether they are basic needs like food, or something deeper like a need you're not getting met in a relationship.
You are deserving of self-love and once you really get that, and experience it, the love you give yourself with become like the rays of the sun and will naturally radiate outside of you.
So if you really want to love someone else, you have to love you.
What are you going to do to show yourself some loving kindness this month during this Mercury Retrograde and with the intensity of 2 lunar events and the Magician and 2 of swords cards?
Share in the comments below and be sure to schedule it in your calendar as NNT (Non-Negotiable Time!)
Self-care should be as important as everything we else do for survival, because it's so deeply connected to it.
Until next time,
Love, light & magic
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