July is upon us and I hope everyone is keeping cool! Summertime always means more energy, that wonderful power source does more than give a great tan it opens us up and brings changes! So many of my clients have recently spoken of feeling they are on the precipice of change and it is all thanks to this wonderfully energizing season. Take the opportunity to relax, visit nature and open yourself to the Universe! This month I'm using The Language of the Birds Tarot by Adele Nozedar and Linda Sutton, this beautifully illustrated deck combines Cartomancy (card divination) and Ornithomancy (bird divination) which has been practiced for thousands of years in pretty much every culture. Paying attention to the type of bird is important but also to it's flight pattern, direction and so on, because they can go from land to air many ancient cultures saw birds as messengers from the Gods. They looked to the sky to see who was in flight, what message they may have, now I do still look to birds for answers from time to time and so it was incredibly cool to see this unique mix of divination systems. I was not disappointed! From the Emperor and his hawks to the World and the hoopoe each Major Arcana discusses the card and the significance of the bird. All around it is a phenomenal deck for the beginning reader or the enthusiast, it's also fabulous for anyone who has an affinity for these beautiful winged creatures!
Cancer (June 22 - July 22) – HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANCER!!!! What a great way to start off the month, you begin in the Sun, your bird is the peacock the bird of the Goddess Hera one of the many legends of the peacock is that it was able to negate any poisons. The start of the month you do exactly that! Negative situations can't even touch you right now, you are basking in the Sun enjoying it's warmth and ALLOWING things to be okay! Mid month you come into the Six of Cups depicted by kingfishers in the night sky, this wonderful card indicates nostalgia and balance. Whether meeting up with old friends or visiting with family the Six of Cups says not to worry and just to enjoy reminiscing. At the end of the month you move into the Ten of Swords in the reversed position, reminding you that you are your worst enemy and that you are creating a negative self-fulfilling prophecy. Many of us stress, and wait for the worst but at this moment Cancer the only one who is creating a negative situation is you, relax your mind and recognize your part, change your energy or perception and see the problem go away.
Aries (March 21 - April 20) – The God of Swords in reverse greets you at the beginning of the month, indicating a male who may be more argumentative than usual, every fact that you put out they will dispute. This has nothing to do with you but more with their own stress. Allow them to vent or help them find a way to effectively release their anger and continue on your path. The Nine of Coins greets you next the wrens tell you to enjoy the profits of your hard work, take a vacation, buy something you've been really wanting either way use some of that money for happiness! You've earned it! You end the month in the Three of Coins again the wrens come to visit bringing the gift of recognition! You are getting positive attention for reaching your goals and succeeding through work. Sit back and bask in the glow!
Taurus (April 21 - May 20) – The owl, a symbol of wisdom, knowing, and intuition is the perfect depiction of The High Priestess. Now is the time to pay attention to your intuition and try to explore the hidden depths of your higher self! Death's vulture greets you at the middle of the month, don't freak out the vulture is actually a very precious bird, the ancient Egyptians gave it a sacred status as they viewed Death as the transition, NOT as something to be feared. Change is coming Taurus, but it is change with sacrifice, for example quitting a job to pursue the career you've always wanted, letting go of a house so you can move somewhere you can better afford etc. The month rounds out with the Two of Swords depicted as Gulls vying for the same space. You may have reached a fork in the road and deciding which way to go or it could be a more literal meaning like you and a co-worker having issues getting along.
Gemini (May 21 - June 21) – The Hermit and her peregrine falcons greet you at the beginning of the month bringing with them the message to take things at your own pace. Now is not the time to listen to those around you who may say you need to slow down or speed up, listen to your spirit and body to follow the demands of another right now is to your detriment. Mid-month the Four of Coins come to visit the wrens tell you that financial success and riches are yours!!! Whether a raise, windfall or winnings your financial income will go up, but be aware that financial security does not bring personal security that comes from a solid foundation and connection with your spiritual self. The Star's nightingale comes bearing the message of a slow dawning realization, don't be surprised if you have a bunch of lucid dreams as well!
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22) – Eight wrens come in the form of the Eight of Coins, they are there to let you to know that now is the time to look towards expansion. This could be expansion of knowledge or in business, opportunities will arrive at your doorstep grab hold of them and make the most of it. You transition into the Four of Swords its time to replenish your stores Leo, make time for relaxation and introspection. You wrap up the month in the Three of Cups reversed the kingfishers tell you that although it is great to be busy you need to be careful about burning the candles at both ends!
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) – The Goddess of Wands greets you at the beginning of the month, giving you the gift of ideas, invention and innovation. Roll with it, keep a pen and pad handy to write down all of these ideas so you can keep them for later! Midmonth you move into the Five of Cups indicating the failure of a plan or a shattered dream, give yourself time to grieve but you need to trudge on! You round out the month with the Ace of Coins indicating the beginning of a financially fruitful time! There may be a little extra work to get there but the opportunities present themselves! Grab them and don't let go!
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) – The God of Cups greets you letting you know that your passionate and demanding nature could be a little off-putting to those around you. This is the time to set some creative and artistic goals as well and to deal with matters of the heart! Next the Queen of Cups stops by warning you that your natural empathy may be working against you, do not let other people's problems fester in your spirit. You finish up the month with the High Priest, a man of wealth, authority and faith, not a control freak but a guide and he comes to you letting you know that it is your time to take up his role!
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) – Strength and her hummingbird are issuing you a call to action Scorpio! Time to get a move on and put plans into action rather than sitting and planning things in the tiniest detail. Don't let fear hold you back!! The Four of Cups asks you to look at the life around you and to ask yourself why you feel stuck and what the lesson may be. You may find that an obstacle that was once in your way has been removed. You wrap up the month in the Eight of Wands just get in and hang on Scorpio, this will be moving real fast for you! Demands on your time may cause you to become exhausted or disconnected. Just roll with it things will be calming down next month.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) – You start the month in the Seven of Cups indicating that now is a time of great possibilities, dreams will take flight and become reality. You are in manifestation mode so now is a time to definitely watch how you think, negative or positive it will come out!!! You are imbued by the energy of the Queen of Wands allowing you to inspire those around you, your infectious enthusiasm will catch fire and you will notice the change in the energies of the people around you. You finish out the month with the Goddess of Swords helping to sharpen your mind now is the time to make any big decisions as your objectivity is there and your instincts are on point.
Capricorn (Dec. 21 - Jan. 19) – The Lovers start out your month! The ability to create connections both romantic and business or rekindle old ones. Take advantage during this time to create prosperous partnerships. Mid-month the question becomes who is most important to you? Your kids? Your mom? Your other half? Sometimes in order to help a relationship you need to cut it off and allow each person to grow individually so they can come back together at the right time. The Two of Cups rounds out your month indicating that life is actually about to get a little unbalanced in terms of work/home. Now is the time to call in favors and create positive partnerships to aid you through the chaos.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) – You enter the phase of the Emperor his piercing gaze and his hawks miss nothing and neither will you! Pay attention to the details at the beginning of the month, whether signing a piece of paperwork or catching a telling glance between friends store in the information away as it will be incredibly important later on. The Wheel of Fortune greets you with her swallows, giving you a sense of destiny just beyond your grasp, no longer though, her good luck will guide you during this time helping you to secure your fate. You finish the month of in the Ten of Wands there is a vast difference between contentment and happiness, recognize that right now you are content. You may be world weary having faced your many tests but the Ten of Wands encourages you to follow your bliss no matter the road it leads you down.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20) – The King of Cups welcomes you to July you may be a bit impulsive during this time, be sure to temper it. Remember to ground yourself before you float away on your idealistic dreams! This card can also indicate a possible new romantic relationship! Mid-month brings the Two of Wands bringing with it the conundrum of how to communicate your ideas to others, be sure you are getting your point across using illustrative language as possible. Having overcome earlier communication issues you move into the King of Coins a man who knows what he wants and WILL get it he hands the power over to you putting the ball in your court and giving you permission to go after what you need and deserve.
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