The visionary leader is upside down. There’s a snag in the burgeoning plans set in motion last week. We were all so excited with Mercury no longer in retrograde. But alas we need to be clear-sighted and more deliberate with our passions. The fire of ambition is a great motivator but we don’t want to burn out before we get going and we don’t want to align ourselves with stratagems that are too far out of bounds. Let us balance and put right the energies of fire to make slow burning embers. Some kindling will soon become ablaze.
Although opportunities might be stagnant this week, like that brilliant young person who promised to show up with a new way to work your computer has gone missing, don’t despair. There’s a lot of illumination despite the reversal. Perhaps the time is better spent working on projects that are already in flow. Or perhaps it is necessary to dig into what’s holding you back from receiving the abundance that is yours. New offerings are around, just not coming into view just yet. Keep an open mind and look for the green of abundance and the light of creativity.
This week may be a quiet week for you socially. You’re content to stay at home, read a book, maybe do some meditation to connect to your inner self. The queen of wands, normally independent, courageous and passionate, is reversed, upside down so the energies are internalized. It’s not so much about being an extrovert as it is stoking the fires from within. The mischievous black cat who usually sits at the foot of the queen now takes center stage by popping into the picture at top. Who can ever tell what lies ahead. Be receptive to magic at this time.
The time for war is over. In case you didn’t get it before it’s pretty clear now that no one truly wins in a battle. There are always consequences for both sides–the victor and the defeated. The defeated have lain down their swords and turn away. The victor looks over to them, holding two swords upright in one hand and one sword for support as a kind of staff in the other. The sky is dark and foreboding with sharp clouds zig-zagging in an uneasy motion. In its upright position this card points to the hollow nature of victories when won by the harsh violence of actual swords or words (swords being the suit of thoughts and communication). We feel that the reversal here enhances the message, as in a strong directive to turn away from battles and come around towards forgiveness and peaceful conflict resolution.
“What goes up must come down
Spinnin’ wheel got to go ’round
Talkin’ ’bout your troubles it’s a cryin’ sin
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin’ wheel spin…
–“Spinning Wheel,” Blood Sweat & Tears
This week watch for any changes and disruptions to expected schedules. There will be some disappointments, some unexpected postponements and maybe some change of plans. The challenge is to go with the flow, remember that nothing stays the same, enjoy the good times because fortunes change and remember that bad times don’t last forever. There is always a silver lining…keep a positive mindset and go looking for the sun behind the clouds. Maybe now is a good time to observe how you deal with frustration and challenges? How do you behave when things do not go your way? Do you stomp around and curse the heavens? Do you give up and go in a corner and pout? Observe yourself and make a note of your pattern and then decide if maybe you’d like to make an adjustment. Winged creatures are around to help you. Some call them angels.