Sagittarius and the Tarot

sagittarius-2288323_1280From the intense and emotional personality of Scorpio we journey with the Sun into an altogether brighter sign with the fiery Sagittarius leading us into the wild unknown. While Scorpio is introverted, moody, and personal, Sagittarius encourages us to expand greatly beyond ourselves and to boldly go where no one has gone before. Freedom and defiant joy are hallmarks of Sagittarian energy, which can be exhausting if one expects anything as mundane as a roadmap or itinerary on this voyage. And while Sagittarius may be unable to finish much of what it starts, it is also a straightforward and optimistic sign that at least gets us started on the right track. Symbolized by Chiron, the mentor of many a Greek hero, and summarized by the phrase I seek, Sagittarius invites us to rediscover the wonder and exuberance we had when first learning to read the Tarot.

Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign ruled by Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system named after the king of the Greek gods – a fact Sagittarian energy, with its expressive confidence and self-aggrandizing tendencies, will never let you forget. The flipside to this get-up-and-go attitude is that Sagittarian energy invites isolation and recklessness, both of which distract us from seeing our brilliant new ideas through to completion. If we’re willing to go along for the ride, however, we’re treated to brand new vistas and a reserve of childlike wonder we may have thought lost forever.

How can you incorporate Sagittarian energy into your Tarot practice? You can:

  • Indulge your curiosity by starting new books, classes, or workshops that offer a different approach to Tarot than what you’re familiar with.
  • Anticipate heightened feelings of boredom or frustration from regular habits that have thus far carried you through learning Tarot.
  • Connect with people, ideas, and places beyond your normal scope of Tarot practice. If you don’t usually read cold for strangers, give it a go. If you’ve never tried mixing Tarot with your other passions from herbalism to writing to anime fandom, what’s stopping you?
  • Meditate on cards like the Chariot, the Knight of Wands, and Temperance.
  • Keep a massive to-do list of all the projects you want to start right now and be patient with yourself if you can’t seem to commit to any single one.

Scorpio and the Tarot

Shifting out of Libra and into Scorpio, the Sun moves from a very sociable and appeasing sign to one best known for its emotional intensity and privacy bordering on isolation. Scorpio gets perhaps the worst rap of the Zodiac signs, known for being moody, dramatic, and obsessive – and as someone whose Moon is in Scorpio, I don’t think these accusations are completely unfounded! However, Scorpian energy teaches us the value of ourselves: what we want, what we don’t want, and what we are willing to do to enforce our boundaries. Scorpio is the sign that says I desire, and it’s by delving into these desires with sometimes painful, but always necessary, honesty and deliberation that we confront our strengths and weaknesses to tackle anything in life with open eyes and an open heart.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto, but used to be ruled by Mars before we knew Pluto was a thing. This means that Scorpio is introverted and stubborn, emotional and intuitive, and ruled by times and spaces defined by liminality and transformation. Death/rebirth and sex are perhaps the most well-known of these situations,  but in a modern context I also see Scorpian energy associated with coming out, gender transitions, living beyond traditional categories, and even social justice work as a whole. All this means that the Sun in Scorpio values truth and integrity (because how can you embrace transformation if you don’t know what it is being transformed?), trusting instinct and gut feelings above all. On the fail-state side of things, Scorpio can also encourage overly suspicious, volatile, and moody qualities no matter which planet she visits.

How can you incorporate Scorpian energy into your Tarot practice? You can:

  • Explore introspective spreads that encourage self-examination.
  • Meditate on cards such as the Moon, Death, and 8 of Cups.
  • Anticipate Scorpio’s urge to mistake intense emotions for hard truth when reading cards. If you get a reading that feels too bad to be true, consider if you’re truly taking the time to interpret the images before you or merely knee-jerk reacting.
  • Mindfully choose to share or not share details of your Tarot practice; if you usually share everything, consider taking a short hiatus from social media to reflect on what the cards have told you. Only share with others when you feel you’ve spent enough time sifting through meanings on your own.
  • Start a Tarot journal for your eyes only. Make special note of your emotions when reading the cards.

Libra and the Tarot

astrology-1293255_1280Today we say goodbye to the Sun’s time in perfectionist, hardworking Virgo and slip into something a little more comfortable with Libra’s focus on balance and harmony. Libra is a cardinal Air sign ruled by Venus, meaning that it is active and creative, intellectual and communicative, and invested in art and beauty. Libra is the sign that says I unite or I balance – and now is an excellent time to consider what disparate parts of yourself and your Tarot practice need to be brought together.

Libran energy is focused on justice, fairness, and seeking to understand all sides of a situation. Libra wants to ease conflict wherever possible and yearns for reconciliation of all parties. On the downside, Libra may lend itself to people-pleasing for the sake of avoiding upsets, going along to get along, and mistaking constructive or necessary conflict as unbearable strife.

How can you tap into Libra as a Tarot reader? You can:

  • Consciously allow yourself to let go of Virgo’s perfectionism and allow yourself to make mistakes while reading and studying Tarot.
  • Tap into Libra’s social aspect by joining a Tarot forum, swapping readings with friends, or teaching someone about the cards.
  • Anticipate Libra’s urge to downplay potential conflict when reading cards, especially for other people; be aware that you may feel swayed to fudge your initial interpretation to make the querent happy.
  • Practice spreads related to relationships, social dynamics, and overcoming conflict. Consider using our Traveler’s Spread to figure out what’s getting in your way and how to get back to harmony!
  • Meditate on cards like Justice, Temperance, Two of Cups, or Ten of Cups, or select another card that represents Libra to you.

Happy Libra season!