Astro-Notes on August 29, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Sagittarius

Daily Aspects:
– First Quarter Moon at 6:11 Sagittarius/Virgo at 1:12 am PDT
– Sun in Virgo semi-square Jupiter in Libra
– Ceres in Cancer sextile Vesta in Virgo
– Jupiter in Libra sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Pallas in Taurus sextile Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Uranus Rx in Aries semi-square Neptune Rx in Pisces

At the time of the First Quarter Moon in this second Leo lunation cycle that was ‘ushered in’ by a solar eclipse, Jupiter in Libra, the dispositor of the waxing Sagittarius Moon is holding a sextile to Saturn, who is traveling Jupiter’s sign and has just turned direct. More sextiles connect Ceres with Vesta and Pallas with Neptune, whereas the Virgo Sun is casting a tense semi-square to Jupiter.

So, as we are undergoing this first test in the cycle related to our identity or sense of Self that has been termed the ‘crisis in action’, we could have received feedback or news that felt disheartening and consequently forced us into serious self-analysis or at least to look at ourselves with a self-critical view, which could have led us questioning our beliefs in and about ourselves together with our perceived role in this situation. In fact, we could be experiencing a crisis of faith and purpose and simply shrink from the immensity of the task we have taken upon ourselves, especially if we compare our level of expertise with those of others.

Thus, it seems as though the ‘yearning for conscious form and solidity’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo NM/SE) that has emerged at the onset of this cycle has suddenly moved far out of our reach, while we are struggling to come to terms with our own limitations. However, if we commit ourselves to our cause or project with the diligence this deserves, we have a chance to work things out; we just have to take care of the details and keep pursuing this dream, vision or ideal of ours. We can’t give up now, but have to be consistent in our efforts.

This Mercury’s retrograde through Virgo corresponds to a review period during which we go over ideas, information, plans, matters of communication and connection etc. time and again to figure out how to improve these or which techniques and methods to use or how they can be helpful and of service to us. Therefore, the lessons we’re undergoing are meant to provide us with guidance and understanding so that we can assess and weigh our options from a fair and balanced viewpoint, which will help us to increase our sense of structure and authority.

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Tarot card of the day is “Temperance”, suggesting a need for emotional stability, which can be achieved through moderation and a commitment to sobriety. We need to find middle ground, avoid excess, foster cooperation, cleanse our body and mind, heal ourselves and recognize the flow in our life. As we observe the nature of energy, we learn how to mix the right ingredients in our own life to maintain equilibrium and see all imbalances drifting away. Instead of sweeping changes subtle shifts need to take place. With renewed energy and vigor comes the promise of new growth.

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Astro-Notes on August 21, 2017 – 2nd Leo New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Venus in Cancer semi-sextile NN in Leo/quincunx SN in Aquarius
– Ceres in Cancer opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Pallas in Taurus semi-square Chiron Rx in Pisces
– Total Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 28:52 Leo at 11:30 am PDT
– Moon ingress to Virgo at 1:24 pm PDT

Today we’re experiencing another New Moon in the sign Leo that allows us to build on the intentions we set and worked on manifesting during the preceding lunation cycle, only from a reformed point of view that will assist us with instigating the necessary changes.

This 2nd Leo New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse that has been called ‘the Great American Eclipse’, because it’s path of visible totality falls over the United States, which means our attention will be drawn to this part of the world, where we already witnessed how ‘the collective shadow’ has been played out in the full ‘light of the Sun’.

During eclipse season the pace of things accelerates, while we’re approaching a turning point that has the potential to either increase or diminish our light. In any case, it is a ‘reset’.
The New Moon transpires at 11:30 am PDT and because it is an eclipse it will set the ‘tone’ for the next half year and, in some cases, even years to come. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, as seen from our viewpoint here on Earth. Therefore, the Sun’s light is still visible in form of a very bright ring, or annulus, that is surrounding the outline of the Moon. Thus, we don’t see a total occultation, instead the sky turns dark and casts shadows over the landscape, the hues of which seem to be ‘otherworldly’, while our attention is captured by the ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and can be taken as an ‘omen’, opening a ‘portal’ to another ‘dimension’ that is leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’.

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Consequently, things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of day/conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. Eclipses belong to a larger pattern or series; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 1 North, which means the Leo New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, a point of spiritual intake that encourages new beginnings and has connotations to the state of the ego.

This particular Saros Series was the last time around in August 1999 (look for the common theme) and it’s hallmark is a Jupiter-Pluto opposition, which is directly on the Uranus/Node midpoint. The Jupiter/Saturn midpoint is also on the Venus axis and Mars squares the New Moon/Neptune midpoint for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“Unexpected events involving friends or groups place a great deal of pressure on personal relationships. These relationship issues may loom large as the eclipse affects the chart. The individual would be wise not to make any hasty decisions since information is distorted and possibly false. The eclipse also has an essence of tiredness or health problems attached to it.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology, The Eagle and The Lark, Appendices, Page 308)

2 weeks ago we had a Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius that was an ‘awakening’ and asked us to be true to ourselves, especially in the way we’re networking and subsequently identifying with certain groups. The realizations we experienced uncovered or unveiled things that needed to be brought out of the shadow. Moreover, people have been unmasked and we might now see how this resonates with the statement above and to a larger extent with the events that happened in August 1999 (or at the other times this eclipse series was around – 1978, 1963, 1945 etc.).

Because the Leo NM/SE activates the long-standing Chiron-Uranus semi-sextile with both of these planetary bodies in retrograde motion, we can no longer hide in our cave, but have to show our true colors as an unresolved wounding issue is demanding closure. Consequently, we realize where we’ve shot ourselves in the foot in the process and have to do things differently. Although our sense of Self has changed and so has our life, we haven’t been able to truly start over yet. However, we’re morphing into a new identity, while things are shifting and unraveling and once Mercury will come back to the degree of this eclipse we will know more.

The Sabian Symbol for the TSE/New Moon at 28:52 Leo states:

“A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form. Keynote: The stage at which an intense feeling-intuition rising from the unconscious is about to take form as a conscious thought – THE YEARNING FOR CONSCIOUS FORM AND SOLIDITY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Page 149)

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Mars, the dispositor of Uranus, is leaving a sextile to Jupiter and approaching a trine to Saturn, suggesting that we can take advantage of social opportunities to pursue our personal and creative intentions and make things happen. Now that we understand how we need to assert ourselves and what course of action we should take to reach our goals, we should be able to ‘wing’ it and successfully play the system’s game.

With Ceres opposite Pluto and Vesta trine Pluto we’re ready and keen to access our inner source of power and rely on our resourcefulness, which helps us to gather support and bond with our environment, whereby we need to face and resolve issues of co-dependency. Moreover, we’ve effectively committed ourselves to renewal and rekindled our inner fire. However, Pallas’s semi-square to Chiron serves as a reminder to be aware of the occasion when we repeat patterns that have proved to be futile and employed strategies that failed us or even made things worse. Same begets same. Therefore, we need to strive toward improvement and take the higher road, while nurturing and fostering our highest potential. Venus’s adjusting aspects to the nodal axis invite us to upgrade our value system for a more ‘glorious’ future by developing and integrating the yin traits (inclusiveness, love, peace etc.) associated with the feminine principle.

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Tarot card of the day and for this important new cycle is “Death”, marking an ending and the completion of a chapter or the concluding of unfinished business. We have a chance to put the past behind us as we’re going through that which cannot be avoided, while accepting the inevitable and riding our fate. This card symbolises the death of a situation in our lives that can also refer to letting go off an attitude or belief. Death comes in many shapes and forms and throughout our life we go through many little deaths. These transitions clear the boards and sweep away all that is useless, outdated, destructive or unhealthy. A chapter in your life is ending and it is important how we react to this. Acceptance and release are key here. Trust that what is being taken from you is for the best and will be replaced by something infinitely better. It might even bring relief after the end of a difficult period.

Astro-Notes on August 14, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Taurus

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury Rx in Virgo trine Pallas in Taurus
– Venus in Cancer semi-sextile Mars in Leo and opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus Rx in Aries
– Uranus Rx in Aries semi-square Neptune Rx in Pisces
– Third Quarter Moon at 22:25 Taurus/Leo at 6:14 pm PDT
– Vesta in Virgo opposite Neptune Rx in Pisces and sesqui-quadrate Uranus Rx in Aries

Currently, we’re midway between eclipses and can certainly already tell that things are shifting. Mercury’s second trine to Pallas together with the Sun’s trine to Saturn are indicators of our recent achievements and the results they bestowed upon our life. We’re on the right track. Our persistence has served us well. Matters of communication and connectivity we’ve reviewed have assisted us in this process; we’ve come a long way and learnt a lot from the experiences life taught us these last weeks and months. A period during which we underwent increased personal structuring, hardships or limitations, has ended.

However, with Venus opposite Pluto and Vesta opposite Neptune and sesqui-quadrate Uranus, we’re experiencing conflicting emotions and passions, demanding from us to confront our inner demons, face our insecurities and become aware of those scenarios in which we tend to self-sabotage and hinder our own progress, because we’re too focused on certain ideals that we dim our own light and sell ourselves short or we come up with excuses to cover for our fear of failure. What we need to realize is that instead of devoting us to perfection, which is an ideal, we need to work on ‘perfecting’ through training, practicing and improving our skills.

As the waning Taurus Moon squares the Leo Sun, the ‘crisis in consciousness or perception’ that accompanies this stage in the lunation cycle, challenges us to overcome ourselves by building up self-confidence and -worth, taking a few well-calculated personal risks and showcasing our talents. It is critical at this point that we reignite our inner spark and commit us to our causes and projects with renewed dedication. Venus’ semi-sextile to Mars asks us to adjust our priorities and values in a way that supports our personal or creative intentions and initiatives.

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Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Pentacles”, for the most part indicating a turn for the better and that we’re heading into a positive cycle. We can tap the flow of abundance into our lives by placing ourselves purposefully in positions that stimulate a response from our environment. However, the element of balance is emphasized, especially what equality and fairness concerns. As we give so shall we receive and dispense charity in our own lives. This card speaks of the cyclical nature of life.

Astro-Notes on August 7, 2017 – Aquarius Full Moon – Partial Lunar Eclipse

Daily Aspects:
– Mars in Leo semi-sextile Ceres in Cancer
– Vesta in Virgo sesqui-quadrate Eris Rx in Aries
– Partial Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon at 15:25 Aquarius/Leo at 11:10 am PDT
– Mercury in Virgo trine Pallas in Taurus
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus Rx in Aries
– Uranus Rx in Aries semi-square Neptune Rx in Pisces

A Full Moon that highlights the Aquarius-Leo polarity brings matters regarding our individual creativity, self-expression, sense of Self and identity versus our group participation and contribution and our social purpose and social ambitions to a head.

This one is a Lunar Eclipse, which intensifies the emotional effect and impact on our inner landscape. In the same sense as the Moon disc disappears in the dark umbra of the Earth’s shadow during a partial lunar eclipse can we get a tangible grip on our emotions and habitual and instinctive responses.
The lunation cycle is culminating now – we are being illumined one way or the other by the crisis, closure or completion that’s unfolding in a rather rapid procession. Intentions set at the time of the Leo New Moon and even farther back at the time of the Aquarius New Moon at the end of January are either bearing fruit or have to let go off.

Using the symbolical imagery of the Sabians we notice that the ‘man mobilized by his ambitions’ (Sabian Symbol for the Leo New Moon) has become ‘a big business man’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Full Moon); the ‘conflagration’ he experienced (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo New Moon) has brought him to a point, where he needs to be able to ‘organize many aspects of an enterprise that involves a large group of human beings’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius Full Moon). This is the result of ‘a flag that turned into an eagle’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius New Moon from January) and thus, of ‘acting out the vision’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Aquarius New Moon). As a consequence, ‘the storm ends and all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine’ (Sabian Symbol for the Leo Sun), which means there is a ‘surge of life and love after the major crisis’ (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo Sun) we underwent.

The Sabian Symbol for the LE/Full Moon at 15:25 Aquarius states:

“A big business man at his desk. Keynote: The ability to organize the many aspects of an enterprise involving a large group of human beings – ORGANATION.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 15:25 Leo states:

“The storm ended, all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine. Keynote: The surge of life and love after a major crisis – THE JOY AND POWER OF NEW BEGINNINGS.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 258-259 and 141, respectively)

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Suggested by these statements is that we’ve been trying to reinvent ourselves and turn our life around, whereby we had to weather a few storms – we could have even underwent an existential crisis. However, the revelation we received or insights we’re having at this critical time inspired us to look at the issue differently, from a new angle or perspective, which will allow us to break out of a pattern we’ve been repeating that has proved to be futile, because our role in this situation hasn’t changed and we ended up giving up our independence (the eclipse is on the South Node).

This realization is the catalyst that propels us into serving our self-interests or to follow the beat of our own drum, which requires moreover that we stop criticizing ourselves or doubting our skills if we want to succeed with our causes and projects. Also, we cannot wait on others, think they have the answers or the expertise or expect from them to help us, but have to do this ourselves. We’re truly the co-creators of our own reality and future.

Uranus, the ruler of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse has turned retrograde a few days ago and is holding a semi-sextile with retrograde Chiron in Pisces and a semi-square with retrograde Neptune in Pisces. There is strong emphasis on reviewing and reforming, altering, resetting, reshaping, remodeling and re-envisioning (Mercury is about to turn retrograde as well). We definitely have to go over ‘the whole process’ we initiated with a changed attitude or mindset.

The Jupiter-Pluto square brought up some inconvenient truths we cannot deny any longer that forced us to change course or at least evaluate our options anew. Mercury’s trine to Pallas indicates that our analysis of these circumstances has helped us to recognize certain patterns that keep repeating. As Venus moves into tense octile aspects with the nodal axis, we are urged to deviate from this path and concentrate on our future prospects instead by taking care of our own stuff. Although we might have needed the input from the group, our social circle and friends in the past, now is the time to nurture and support our set of values.
Mars in Leo’s semi-sextile to Ceres in Cancer asks us to follow the lead of our heart and invest our energy in such a way that it feeds and sustains our innermost longings.

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Swords”, emphasizing a need to remain focused, keep distractions at a minimum, sustain an effort and pour energy into our projects. We could be working in an unstable way, using evasive tactics or escaping from the situation somehow. Awareness of an irritated, distracted, restless or bored mentality is imperative. In order to succeed we must accept that we might require regular stimulus and change or our efforts might be futile. If something doesn’t work out as planned or expected, we need to stretch our mind and look for an alternative. In addition, we could be facing serious relationship issues, where it is best to avoid any confrontation, but to employ tact and diplomacy instead. Moreover, we need to be honest and upfront in all our dealings and at the same time be cautious and wary as to who we trust.

Astro-Notes on July 30, 2017 – First Quarter Moon in Scorpio

Daily Aspects:
– Venus in Gemini square Chiron Rx in Pisces and sextile Uranus in Aries
– First Quarter Moon at 7:39 Scorpio/Leo at 8:23 am PDT
– Mercury in Virgo trine Juno Rx in Capricorn
– Mars in Leo sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sagittarius

The Leo Sun is heading from a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius into the First Quarter Moon square with the waxing Scorpio Moon and Mars in Leo is following the Sun’s lead, while Venus in Gemini is casting a square to retrograde Chiron in Pisces and a sextile to Uranus in Aries and Mercury in Virgo forms a trine to retrograde Juno in Capricorn.

So, this is quite a complex and dynamic aspect setup for the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies this stage in the lunation cycle. What started a few days ago with the Sun-Mars conjunction in fiery, self-expressive Leo is now putting us under considerable stress, because we’re experiencing performance or identity pressure and could feel potentially overwhelmed and insecure as a consequence.

The ‘conflagration’ (keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Leo New Moon) is testing our personal power and resolve as the drama unfolds. Therefore, it is critical that we overcome ourselves and begin to trust in our abilities, which means we need to convince ourselves that we can do this.
Although we may have mixed feelings about it due to greater responsibilities, increased limitations or lack of expertise, we have to remind ourselves that this is what we have been waiting and longing for – it is our show and also our choice. If we want to make progress we have to take heart and go along with the opportunities we’re presented with. A relationship we have established provides the foundation for our ideas and plans.

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Cups”, suggesting that there is a mutual understanding between the people involved in a relationship and that interactions are balanced and harmonious, because of an awareness of the expectations each person has, which allows for growth and very special relationships. Our focus is on win-win situations as we show kindness and thoughtfulness.

Astro-Notes on July 23, 2017 – Leo New Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Moon ingress to Leo at 1:33 am PDT
– New Moon at 0:44 Leo at 2:45 am PDT
– Vesta in Virgo sesqui-quadrate Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Pallas in Taurus sesqui-quadrate Saturn Rx in Sagittarius
– Venus in Gemini opposite Saturn Rx in Sagittarius and semi-square Pallas in Taurus
– Chiron Rx in Pisces semi-sextile Uranus in Aries

A New Moon in Leo is a time when we set intentions toward developing our individuality and self-confidence, shining in our creative self-expression and following our heart’s desires, looking at life like a game and taking risks, having an ‘it’s up to me’ attitude and strengthening our willpower, enjoying life, having fun and focusing on our inner child, affirming our sense of Self as well as our identity and taking center stage.

The Leo New Moon that transpired in the early morning hours today is the first of two in this fiery, ego- and heart-centered sign (there will be another one in August that is a Angry man with flamesTotal Solar Eclipse) and it is activating the very first degree of Leo in close conjunction to Mars. Consequently, the new impulse that has been sounding forth at the birth of this lunation cycle is raw, unbridled and impulsive, bestowing the cycle with pure, red hot energy that spurs our drive, adds dramatic flare to our intentions and arouses our passions.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 0:44 Leo states:

“Blood rushes to a man’s head as his vital energies are mobilized under the spur of ambition. Keynote: An irruption of bio-psychic energies into the ego-controlled field of consciousness – CONFLAGRATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 131-132)

Implied by this symbolical image is that we experience an intensification of our urge to act or react that serves us a strong motivator. A matter that is important to us is lighting our fire and gets us going after our desires. Feeling vitalized and energized, we’re ready and willing to conquer the world.

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However, with Pallas in Taurus engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Gemini approaching a semi-square to the former and an opposition to the latter, while Vesta in Virgo is casting another sesqui-quadrate aspect to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, this is a time of many crises in our life when we are undergoing lots of inner pressure due to increased responsibilities, duties or burdens and circumstances we need to manage better or more effectively and constructively.

Therefore, instead of feeling overly stressed or taxed, because we’re struggling to meet the demands of various social engagements, while also seeking to satisfy our own wants, we have to review these matters, which extends to looking at our priorities and values and re-order or re-rank them according to their importance in the larger scheme of things and thus, finding ways to make space for both of them by working out agreements, making compromises and generally being flexible.
Mercury in Leo, who is Venus’s dispositor, enters his shadow period tomorrow and will then make ingress to Virgo, which means that plans and arrangements made during this period will come up for review and rethinking.

Furthermore, we need to be more consistent and perseverant in our approach and dedicate us methodically and conscientiously to our causes to be able to get on top of our affairs. Proper time management, especially systematic preparing, planning and organizing, is essential to this purpose and helps us to be more productive. This though requires a lot of self-control and discipline on our part, but will ultimately lead to personal growth and empowerment. Yes, it will get busy during this cycle, however, it is up to us how we will experience and enjoy this as we’re ‘playing the game of life’.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re dealing with mixed feelings about life in general and experiencing conflict or discord – inner as well as outer. The more important is it to pick our battles wisely and think before we act. There are boundaries and limitations in life situations we must accept, even though they could make us feel powerless. In this regard, we must overcome ourselves and focus on our needs in order to regain our composure. On the other hand, this card can indicate victory or achievement, which has been well-deserved and long-awaited, but only if we don’t give in to defeat.

 

 

 

Astro-Notes on July 16, 2017 – Third Quarter Moon in Aries

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury in Leo semi-square Ceres in Cancer and quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn
– Third Quarter Moon at 24:26 Aries/Cancer at 12:25 pm PDT
– Sun in Cancer semi-sextile NN in Leo/quincunx SN in Aquarius
– Venus in Gemini semi-square Uranus in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 10:04 pm PDT

The Cancer Sun comes out of a square to Eris in Aries before he engages with the waning Aries Moon in the Third Quarter Square on which he follows up with adjusting aspects to the nodal axis.
This means that yesterday’s energies could have challenged us in a nurturing role, where we had to take action to either take care of our own needs or care for and help someone else for the sake of our self-interests. However, we had to overcome our own subjectivity in this matter and not react defensively or mindless or being unsupportive, because that could have resulted in discord or strife.

With this scenario leading into the ‘crisis of consciousness’ that accompanies this particular phase in the lunation cycle, we might realize how important it is to focus on caring and nurturing, especially in a family setting or home environment so that we can create the life we want in the near future. Therefore, instead of thinking only of our own agenda, we have to get our stuff together and concentrate on the circumstances we need to manage.

With both, Venus and Mars, involved in tense aspects to Uranus, we feel the pressure to make progress with our personal priorities and long to move ahead with our intentions, yet we struggle with defeat, unproductive habits we’ve developed and familiar reactions, which have their roots in the past and are not helpful. Thus, it is critical at this point that we break out of these patterns and turn a corner by changing our value system and start putting energy into activities or initiatives that will support us in this process.

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Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Swords”, indicating that we’re embarking on a new project or idea and there’s no stopping us. We’re headstrong and outspoken as we know what we are talking about and let others know where we or they stand, thereby going straight to the point. Certain things can no longer be avoided – the confrontation will come and commence. Determined and energetic, we’re charging ahead, focused on our goal. However, hasty and impulsive moves can get us into trouble or too far ahead of ourselves. Therefore, we need to be ready to make adjustments as we go along, including jumping in and out of a situation. Moreover, our impatience with problems we encounter could leave us stressed and overly concerned with our own issues, resulting in a single-minded attitude.