For the beginning of the month we pulled the ‘The Chariot‘. A milestone has been reached – maybe some achievement or recognition. Or just a new phase. The chariot symbolizes movement – in fact it speaks of the Universe being in perpetual motion, it points out that nothing in the world is static or ever still (Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, knew this five centuries before Christ!), but the card suggests that we face the wave of constant change with confidence. This is confidence that sprouts from faith and surrender, from the knowing that things are perfect the way they are, that evolution and personal development are always ongoing and we should not resist nor ignore the signs that lead us towards a greater understanding of reality. when we fight the natural evolution of things, we feel frustrated and restrained – almost caged – by our own fears. The chariot is telling us to embrace the movement, use our intellect to steer our lives, but to trust our heart and the signs from the Universe to give us directions – as the final destination is not up to us to decide.
For the central part of the month we pulled the ‘King of Water‘ (Cups in traditional Tarot). This king is a figure which embodies wisdom and, more than anything else, a mature handling of his own emotions. This king knows that – and is a master of – creative activities such as arts, music, poetry – anything that brings out beauty – are wonderful outlets for understanding ourselves and bringing peace, harmony and joy into the world. We read this card as an invitation to embrace the flow of our emotions and re-discover our creative side, our nurturing and caring nature, the being of light that can shine so bright when it taps into its real passions and lives from his heart in the present moment, rather than chasing far away dreams and agendas suggested by the intellect and the ego. In the central part of December we’ll have a Full Moon in Gemini, on December 14th, but on December 15th the moon will shift into Cancer – homey feelings, love, emotions will be in the foreground.
The card we drew for the last part of the month is the ‘Two of Air‘ (Swords in traditional Tarot). This is a card of choice – in fact of a dilemma, or a delayed choice: we might be doing things too much the way society or other extended family members expect us to: isn’t that common in the Christmas holiday period to have to be social and nice with people we don’t really share many interests with, just because they are family? This might indicate the ‘standard’ ways aren’t doing us any good. Do we continue doing things the same way as always? To live the same life, designed by someone else, where all days feel the same? Is it maybe time to re-imagine what our lives could be like, and take those painful but liberating steps towards creating the life we actually crave? At this point, which option is more viable might not be immediately clear. It might not be possible to make a choice at this time. Anyhow, on December 29th Uranus will go direct: the ending of its retrograde period suggests the restlessness about this decision might reach and end, and January will set things in motion again and provide us more clarity.
PS – This month’s photo of the Tarot reading was shot on a beautiful Sage bush at the Sanctuary of Joy’s new place in Italy – read more at http://www.sanctuaryofjoy.org/en/sanctuary-of-joy-new-home-in-italy/