'SCOPES '17: Capricorn
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Sakki Sakki Tarot by Monicka Clio Sakki
The Magician stands before the tools he’s collected, looking to the heavens for inspiration. This, dear Aries, is you: standing in the doorway to 2018, tapping into the divine, contemplating not just what you want to do next year, but who you want to be.
The key to unlocking a magical and gorgeous year lies at the centre of your chest. Your heart, a small bud quietly waiting to grow and bloom. The sweet nectar of your heart is ready to flow, to fill you completely, to multiply and magnify the juicy love that is in you and around you. That is you! You are love. As you dream up your year ahead, that’s all you need to know. As you consider the options available to you, feel into each one. Is there a sense of warmth, of flowing, of your heart expanding? Move towards that.
As you tune into your heart, thoughts may arise: “It’s too hard,” “It’s scary,” “What will people think?”. Dreamer, ignore those ideas… at least for now. It is time to trust in something bigger than your fear. The universe wants to act through you. Your only job is to listen and to act. See how in the Two of Swords reversed the water flows effortlessly into the head? When you anchor your mission of love firmly into your heart, you will know what must be done. There is no need to overthink it. Just commit to love. The rest will flow with ease.
And then Aries, you spark, just be yourself! I think you’ll be surprised at how, when you let the love of the universe flow through you, unimpeded by fear and doubt, life becomes a whole lot easier. You will glow. Your warmth and authenticity will be a magnet for so many good things.
So, who should you be in 2018? Be love.
Practical suggestions to support you:
- Practice loving kindness meditation to tap into the expansiveness of your heart dedicate an entire day to acting from love for yourself. Throughout the day ask, “What is the most loving thing I can do for myself at this moment?”. Then, do that.
- Ask yourself, “What do I already do that feels like acting from my heart?” and “What do I do now that does not feel like acting from my heart?”. If you like to write, journal these questions.
Brown Girl Tarot – Fontaine Felisha Foxworth – Melanade Stand
Go-getter Taurus – It’s time to boss up and take charge of your situations as we enter in Capricorn season. You’ll have a chance to spearhead new visions and ideas while taking into account perspectives from both sides of the coin.
The physical aspect (represented by Knight of Wands) is all about leveling up your gameplay. You’re no longer stuck in the mundane routine. Sure, being a creature of habit sounds comfortable. But, what will you achieve if you’re doing the same things every day? This is the part where finding greener pastures would be a necessity and not because someone told you to do it.
If you have to network, now is an excellent time to do so. Start attending events, hook up with others who share your passions and build meaningful partnerships. As you rise higher (whether it’s within your career, relationships or personal), don’t be afraid to make it known that the buck stops here. You’re not here to toy with trivial matters. You’re here to win.
The mental aspect (represented by Knight of Pentacles) indicates that your mood is all about keeping things professional. Essentially, you’re in boss mode. As the wise Cardi B said, “I make money moves.” The wonderful thing about the Capricorn season is that you’ll have a chance to plan out your goals and project your visions for a more concrete setting.
Right now, your mindset will be on grinding, hustling, getting it together as you pave the way towards the new year. It may feel like an “all work and no play” setup. It’ll be a problem if you think that you can’t celebrate those small wins (news flash, you can). When something good happens, reward yourself. You deserve every bit of it.
The spiritual aspect (represented by The Hanged Man) is a reminder to look at all perspectives gracefully. The way I see it, Taurus, you’re chilling in the background because you’re taking the time to observe the patterns around you (just resist the temptation to go in stalkerish mode…that would be downright creepy, yeah?).
We can be hardcore with our ambitions. At the same time, we need to understand that your viewpoints in striving for a better life may not resonate with others. Don’t expect others to be on the same page as you. Compromise if needed as long as it doesn’t derail your plans. If they’re not here to support your ambitions, don’t try coming down from your spot. Let them find the door for themselves.
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Radiant Rider Waite, US Games 2003
The weather is getting cold, and things are turning dormant. But you mustn’t use this time to rest up. Instead, it’s time for you to figure out what your passions are – and to begin planting those seeds that will bloom in the future. The Queen of Wands is aware of what they want to pursue or grow – and like this card, it’s important for you to take stock of where you are as 2017 comes to a close. What’s working for you? What’s not? What are the big passions that have been nibbling at your feet for some time?
Plant those seeds. They will begin to grow inside you. Nurture them and trust that this period of incubation will bear sweet fruit.
There will be hard labor ahead. You mustn’t assume that you can simply put an intention out there and somehow the Universe will take care of it for you. That will only allow your passions to grow wild and unchecked. Which could scatter your forces in an unpredictable way. Although Geminis enjoy surprises, this is not the time to play loose and fast. Instead, you must set those intentions with the full ferocity of your being and then begin the hard work to bring them to absolute, successful fruition.
At times, the hard work will feel like a drag. While everyone else is out enjoying winter fun, you may find yourself resentful of the load you’re carrying. Do not get distracted by what “everyone else is doing.” That FOMO business is not going to serve you. Instead, stay committed to your grind. Keep faithful to your goals.
Soon enough, you will reach the end of the incubation period. The breakthrough will arrive at long last (it’s really not that long, but it may feel that way for you – you get grouchy when there’s not a lot of play time). You will be giving birth to something glorious. After all the hard work, you’re going to be so proud of how far you’ve come and the beauty you’ve delivered to the world. Do not give up on your passions. If anything, dig in and tend to them with the fierceness of a mother lion protecting her cubs. Do that, and you’ll be amazed at what you’re bringing into the world. (Psst…everyone else will be too.)
2018 will be the birth of many good things. For now, conceive, labor, and manifest! So mote it be!
PS you may come across a few people who don’t get it. They may want to pressure you to stay small. Cut them off at the pass. Do not let your mission be dimmed by the fear-filled or mundane. You’ve got big things to do.
The Budapest Tarot (Italy c.1600) restored by Sullivan Hismans. www.TarotSheetRevival.com
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It’s decision time, dear Cancer! – Time to pick sides, or is it pick your battles? Open your heart and doors to far-flung family members by hosting the inclusive and exquisitely catered dinners you’re known for, or shun society entirely? Best time of the year, or worst time of the year? Celebrate or mourn?
There’s something about a dilemma that can throw the steeliest of us into defense mode. You know the feeling: all you want to do is pull the covers over your head and wait until the party’s over. When the devil’s pitchfork is prodding you, that crab shell sure comes in handy.
Let’s take a closer look at the pitchfork itself. Notice that this model is three-tined, not two. With any dilemma, there are likely to be more than a couple of choices in front of you. A third, equally sharp and probably burning point is hidden in plain sight, right at the crossroads you’re standing at.
You can be sure your odd-couple host and hostess are going to serve up some surprises, but isn’t that what gift-giving season is all about? The best, most memorable parties are the ones that don’t go according to plan and end up flavored with a generous dose of improvisation.
A sword is as good a tool as any for cutting cake into as many slices as there are guests at the party – and its broad, flat blade doubles as a serving utensil! So pass the pitchfork, and let them eat cake.
Star Tarot by Cathy McClelland
CARD FOR SATURN IN CAPRICORN • QUEEN OF WAVES
HERBAL ALLY • RASPBERRY LEAF
CARD FOR URANUS IN TAURUS • 4 OF WANDS Reversed
HERBAL ALLY • FENNEL
Ponder this …
• Do you know your Truth?
• Are you living your Truth?
• Are you burying your head in the sand because you’ve decided you can’t handle the Truth?
• Who’s vision of yourself are you believing and trying to live up to … your own, or one that is shaped by others?
« Sometimes what is said to be a gift may appear more of a curse only because the greatest gifts of all are the gifts that have enough disruptive force to break us out of everything that’s breaking us. » ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough
SATURN IN CAPRICORN (19 Dec 2017 ~ 17 Dec 2020)
The bill comes due as a reckoning takes place and the reasons behind things are called into question and pushed into the view of everyone. The period of push push push for more more more and nearly unbridled expansion at the expense of pragmatism and prudence is heading into a closing of the books when an audit is taken, and the cost is tallied.
Have a backup plan and stash a bit of cash under the mattress (or in a safer, more protected place than wildly speculative stocks and other investments) as Summer 2018 approaches. Mars comes into the mix, and we’re likely to see some conflicts conflagrate between now and March.
How can we best navigate these next couple of years while Saturn is in Capricorn?
QUEEN OF WAVES
We have to take the time to dive ever deeper INTO THE PRIMORDIAL OCEAN OF OUR SOUL. It is here that we can RELEASE ALL SENSE OF BELONGING to anything or anyone and just remember what it’s like to BECOME PART OF THE ALL.
Allow otherness to evaporate as EMPATHY, COMPASSION AND THE TRUE AND ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE OF LOVE washes over us and carries us towards CONNECTION WITH OUR FELLOW HUMANS ON A DEEP, MEANINGFUL LEVEL. Look and go BEYOND THE MATERIAL REALM and let us allow this to become the basis of the way we evaluate what is or isn’t worthy.
Let us be willing to NURTURE, PROTECT AND UPLIFT each other. Find respite in CREATIVE EXPRESSION, THE ARTS, and ALTERNATIVE HEALING MODALITIES that connect us with something more, beyond ourselves, that we can then INTEGRATE AND EMBODY in this world to the benefit of ourselves and all beings.
May all beings be happy … May all beings be safe … May all beings, everywhere, be free.
URANUS GOES DIRECT (2 Jan 2018, entering Taurus on 15 May through 2026)
BOOM ! It may not be what we thought or expected, and it may radically alter our life’s course in surprising ways. If we can give ourselves over to it and just ride the wave, we’ll have some serious AHA moments … if we fight it, then we’ll likely feel as if the world is crumbling around us.
Uranus is clearing the way for something better for us, and we will look back and realize that we are far better off once the dust settles. It’s not so much that we have any say in the matter other than how we choose to respond to circumstances. Combined with Saturn in Capricorn, we will be blinded by the questions of, Do you know your Truth? Are you living your Truth? Or are you burying your head in the sand because you’ve decided you can’t handle the Truth?
How can we best navigate the start of this Uranus in Taurus period?
4 OF WANDS Reversed
We must be willing to relinquish control and realize we can’t always direct our environment to reflect our preferences. Instead, let’s discover what it means to be a passive beneficiary of forces greater than us moving us down paths we had not considered. Instead of needing to be an active participant to the point of it obsessively consuming our every thought and action, let us be a loving vessel that can receive and shape and then re-transmit out something new and different that reshapes and reimagines the future.
There are things we need to divorce ourselves from, and this may include sudden ruptures or shocking ends. If we’ve been doing everything while the other rides the coattails of benefit, then it’s time to reclaim our power and channel that energy elsewhere. If we’ve been going along for the ride but not adding much to the mix, then we need to realize that perhaps it’s not for us and time to move on … or we may find ourselves being unceremoniously released.
What’s your vision for the future? Who’s vision of yourself are you believing and trying to live up to … your own, or one that is shaped by others?
Nature Spirit Tarot by Jean Marie Herzel, 2014.
When the Sun shines brightly in our lives, it opens the door to choice and enterprise. It’s like a great chain reaction that starts with a burst of joy. You suddenly feel giddy and then boom! The Universe begins to reward you with options, some of them beyond your wildest dreams. For you, my Dear Virgo, this moment feels like the second half of a crescendo, the lovely release after an unusually intense moment.
You appear to have just lived through a time of searching, soul-searching perhaps, which has given you a magnificent opportunity to re-evaluate your current circumstances. Of the choices before you, one or two stand out. You examine, trying to understand the ramifications for each path, trying to know the one that makes your heart pitter-patter with excitement, the one that speaks to you and says, “This way.”
Not all choices are made equal – this you know from experience. Hard times in life have taught you the valuable lesson that to progress on your journey, you must choose wisely. The tyranny of free-will is not that you possess choices, but that many futures extend from them, some that are beneficial, others that may set you down an ill-tempered road.
The Tarot is not so useless, however, that it cannot point you in the right direction. For that, Spirit has given us the 3 of Pentacles. Never thought yourself an enterprising soul? Don’t be silly; you know you’re great at it! This part of you, the one that seeks wisdom in all manner of experiences, is up for the challenge. Just think of that little project that’s been bouncing around your brain, that Etsy shop that intrigues you, that website or blog that dazzles the imagination, or maybe it’s a project that’s already been started.
Well, 2018 is the time to see if this idea flies. Moreover, the hawk in the Sun card above reminds us that at greater heights, the reward can be found much easier. In other words, a strategic approach beckons. Do not think only of next year, but of the year after and the year after that. Let this New Year be the start of something important. The way a baby grows over time, so shall this endeavor if you love it daily and nurture its potential.
This year is all about setting you up for success, so get ready to get those elbows dirty. Still, I cannot help but feel happy for you as you set out. The Sun casts a long shadow, suggesting that this will be a year of blessings, some of them in disguise, yes, but helpful nonetheless. To honor the Sun’s message, let nothing hold you back. Show fear the door and make lemonade out of those lemons! It’s time for your business to bloom!
Well, skipping or cavorting might be a better way to put it. These next few weeks will bring you the joy of action. It’s that exhilarating feeling of the wind in your face and your blood pumping through your veins. Ticking things off your to-do list has never felt easier and making things happen will make you feel blissfully alive. Better yet, you’ll be developing new creative muscles at the same time.
This is a wonderful opportunity to feel and understand the rhythm of your actions. What does it feel like when you get into the groove, so to speak? How can you use this knowledge to tap into this energy later? Approaching things with a fiery sense of play feels liberating and will also open up a new layer of self-understanding. Being in the flow is also just what you need to unlock the next level of your work. Something has been feeling just out of reach. Instead of making it happen or forcing a breakthrough, your happy productivity is naturally leading you to the missing piece of the puzzle.
Look forward to the emerging Ace of Wands moment this Capricorn season. One of your pursuits (among many, you busy bee!) holds an illuminating secret that will propel you in an enriching direction. This ace is directing you towards the stability and fulfillment of the Ten of Pentacles. You’re very close to achieving a long-held vision for your life that feels both bountiful and spiritually gratifying. All you need to accomplish this is to remain open to a burst of innovation and inspiration. You’ve done the hard work, now simply lean into your path and let the next step reveal itself to you.
Gina Wisotzky is a tarot reader and natural perfumer based in Durham, North Carolina. She offers warm and insightful readings at www.incandescenttarot.com. With fourteen years’ experience reading cards, her goal and passion are connecting others to their inner wisdom through tarot. You connect with her via Twitter @inctarot and Instagram @incandescenttarot.
So many pentacles, Scorpio! These cards have you delving into new territories as the year continues to darken and draws to a close.
Use the solstice, the turn of the year, and the dark days of January to explore that deep and earthy side of yourself you so often ignore. We’re looking at your foundations here, the ground you stand on, the care you extend to yourself and others. You’re known for your darkness, your tendency towards the spiritual and intangible, but these cards want you to transpose your swirling end-of-year feelings into the tangible realm, creating something that can support you in the coming year.
The Ace of Pentacles at the
You may want to explore herbalism, or somatic therapies, or a different gender expression, or nutrition, or travel, or a new way of relating to your environment. Let go of any thoughts that you need to ‘know it all’ already, and allow yourself to be a beginner, a student, a curious and eager mind. This is a time for going deep and listening (really listening) to your body, and also for experimentation.
Don’t be too proud to ask for help – let this be a learning curve too. Ask for that hug, that buddy, that therapy, that donation. Let your community or loved ones support you. The Five of Pentacles shows us there is help available to you, Scorpio. Perhaps you’re not used to reaching out for it, but it’s there.
As the year turns, you’re encouraged to step out of your comfort zone of feelings and shadows (most people’s no-go zone!) and focus instead on your body, and it’s likely you’ll need some help. This is a time for compassion and self-care. Let this be a time of exploration, slowly, organically, in collaboration with your own body creating a strong foundation for 2018 that feels really, really good.
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Art of Life Tarot. Livingstone. U. S. Games Systems, 2012.
Impressionist Tarot. Kenner. Artwork by Picca. Lo Scarabeo, 2015.
Mother Mary Oracle. Fairchild. Artwork by McCloud. Blue Angel Publishing, 2014.
Oracle Cards: 33. Our Lady of Radiant Grace + Ace of Cups | “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare
Focus: 4 of Swords reversed
Release: 9 of Cups
Increase: XI – Justice reversed
Advice: 3 of Wands
Wow, Sagittarius! This is a big month for you – something has been eating away at you on the grand scale, and you’ve already been chipping away at just what it is that you can do about it. The discomfort has become so unbearable that you’re getting closer than ever to knowing just what action you can take to make this world a better place. You’re sitting with your heart-pain, ready to release your personal “comforts” in favour of drawing out your impressive Warrior side!
You are ready to Be the Example, taking what makes you uncomfortable and turning it into a launching-pad, prepared to live for the opposite. As such, you can know that you will fully inspire others to do the same, to follow your lead – it’s not often you decide to steer the ship for all involved, but when you do, people take notice.
You are ready to ink out a “Sacred Contract” from the heart, excited for the changes you’ve envisioned – your determination is more than enough to breathe life into what you’ve been planning. This is way, way beyond the physical: you are attacking all the injustices that have been cropping up this year, and you are gathering your resources for the Big Push Back. For now, focus on releasing what takes your power – you have an important perspective that needs to be shared. Allow yourself to be vulnerable; accept the ideas that are not working for you, because you do know what will, and you can feel safe throwing yourself entirely into this new line of thinking.
You know that this road will not be easy, and must also be conscious of carving out time for the people closest to you who may not understand what you’re fighting for. The proof will be in the pudding, and you’ve already taken some great first steps! You exude abundant natural warmth, and people love to hear what you have to say, so use your clout for good, and know that the coming months will see you making huge strides in sharing and spreading what you are so very passionate about. Keep working at it, and know that you are truly making a difference in creating the change you want to see!
The Cosmic Tarot , Norbert Losche, 1993.
With the movement of Saturn into Capricorn coinciding with the beginning of Capricorn season, we reflect on the lessons Capricornian souls are learning, how they can contribute these lessons to the collective, and the guidance they ought to be conscious of now.
Note: the generation born at the end of the 1980s-1990s (with Saturn, Neptune, and Uranus in Capricorn) much of this also pertains to you; as part of the role you play is about grounding and making real (Saturn), more expansive dimensions of mind (Uranus) and spiritual reality (Neptune). Part of your collective function is building the tangible structures in which these new ideas of mind and spirit can be anchored.
The Magician reversed. We are first attuned to how power has been misdirected or abused. With Pluto in Capricorn in the background for Capricornian souls, the Magician Rx highlights this Plutonic theme of power and how it is wielded – we are asked to reflect on the kind of power that has been effective and the kind that has been ineffective.
Capricorn soul, your duty is to pay attention to the fact that in this new cycle, the old Capricornian way of wanting to “lord it over” others is not the most aligned use of power, nor the most effective. You are growing into a more mature awareness of what power is. The Magician suggests that power has everything to do with how the mind is directed and less about the physical, tangible utensils which often keep us invested in a solely external understanding of power. So this Capricorn season, with Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn, there is a demand that those tuned to the Capricornian vibration be aware of this now.
Temperance. The old Capricornian way tends to be hierarchical, but Temperance suggests that in the new Saturn cycle, power is more about collaboration, synthesis, and a merger of elements and forces. Temperance indicates that there is another way. In this Capricorn season, and indeed while Saturn remains within your sign, see if you can bring your awareness to how there may be a different means of accomplishing the same goal that does not require a top-down, hierarchical, ‘by myself’ approach. The Magician reversed suggests that you do not have to do things alone, and indeed that perhaps you are less effective now with this approach. Saturn moving into Capricorn wants to teach Capricorn souls (the builders of systems and structures) a higher expression of what can be tangibly accomplished (Saturn) through collaboration (Temperance).
The Lovers. A symbol of coming together, integration, merger, and cooperation. Could the message be any clearer? Note that too much Capricornian self-sufficiency means that other contributing parts of the collective or group do not get to make their contribution – and you do not benefit from their input. Be aware too that embracing the path of collaboration and synthesis will reveal new aspects of your being that would have been hidden from you if you did not open yourself up to the input of others in the accomplishment of your goals.
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Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
― Frida Kahlo
Settlement. Journey. Ascension.
The Aquarian mind is the gate flung open between how the world has always been and what is possible. We know the work of living; the path of domestication; the thrill of assimilation and adornment. When we see the purpose, even us rebels can settle into worldly thrones. We know the weapons to bring to preserve peace. We also often feel it first when the tide changes, and it’s time to move on from convention.
We have a message in our bones this month. The Empress tells us to sink deep into the earth, into what our skin feels, our eyes see, into what we taste and hear. This place is both nurturing and comfortable. It’s up to us to know when our bones lie. The monkey mind seeks to swaddle us in its desperate little arms. It’s up to us to tread the border between fear-based complacency and courage-fueled expansion.
We hunger, and the universe responds by beckoning for us to rise. Our thrones can become wings but only if we rise above our comfortable perches, letting go of the illusion of dominion. The Empress stands and becomes Temperance. The monkey mind still focused backward on scarcity, limitation, physicality and is still able to rise; to go beyond the surface level of appearances and sprout wings – the means to ascend higher yet. It’s up to us to tread the border between ego-based expansion and values-based journeying.
How this month plays out for you will depend on how you view yourself. Have you lost yourself in the physical details of the last year? Have you grasped for comfort instead of responding to the call to rise? Those of us that have needed to lean into the soil for extra support up until now will be called to rise forth from darkness.
Those of us that tore our eyes away from the past, physical circumstance and limitation, will be called to take flight and brandish the instruments of awakening in their respective communities. Even as you bring the revelation revolution, it’s up to you to resist the urge to make distinctions between yourself and others.
If they make the sound that wakes you up, they are still you. If they respond to your call and rise, they are still you. Any difference you perceive between yourself and other is illusory no matter what role you play or who you are. We are all the same before war, pestilence, famine, and death. One way or another we will all wake up to this.
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The Starchild Tarot Akashic Danielle Noel, 2016
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Eight of Swords | Eight of Wands
“When I lean on certainty and faith I change my mind about the world I see.”
Sweet, bubbly, and loving Pisces,
As 2017 draws to a close, you are feeling more dreamy than ever. Curious about the world before you and ready to begin anew! The cosmos are whispering to you ever so sweetly. Do you feel the energy drawing closer? You hold the powers of creation and pure intention in your hands. This energy is yours to do whatever you wish with it. Hope and love surround you now. Your light shines so brightly this Capricorn Season.
You have a choice this month lovely. You can either stay stuck in the mire, pleading for help or you can take it in stride and continue to make moves. Pull yourself out of it! *Snap, Snap! Don’t be bound by the past. You’ve become restless from being in this place too long and need room to breathe. You are ready to move forward into the new and Spirit is there to support and protect this transition!
Work diligently on freeing your mind from negative thought patterns. Look up to the heavens and within your to your strength of spirit, to move yourself out of any inner turmoil. Pick up those troubles, fears, and anxieties one by one and chuck them out the window! The higher you ascend, the more these weigh you down. Don’t take the traumas with you as your soul ascends to new heights! Leave these issues in the past where they belong. Grow from them.
Know that for each and every struggle you endure, yes – even the traumas, that there is a higher purpose behind it – even if you don’t currently see it. These catalysts often spur us further along our path of ascension and closer to our soul purpose.
You are not leaving a part of you behind by moving forward and into the future. Give reverence and appreciation for the situation and the growth it has caused. Take this knowledge to walk into 2018 and your dreams with more confidence, skill, and foresight than ever before.
Rise above Pisces.
From my soul to yours,