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November 29th - December 5th


This week we get a full spread of cards across the cloth and the first thing I see is that decision-making is under the auspices of the blind. The choice cannot be made on how it is viewed, other measures / sense should be employed before committing to a choice.

Note that Venus is now direct and  moving out of Libra and into Scorpio, the sign least favored by Venus (astrologically speaking it can be needy, intense, yearning for transformative experiences in love and sex). A bit intense for the fluffy love stuff. Doesn’t mean it’s bad, but I’d mind the intensity in our convictions in our goals and relationships, they could be mistaken or overrun our stability. Mark that Uranus is going direct as well, in Pisces (?), and that’s the planet of sudden changes, electro-magnetism… He is our Awakener, the innovator, the jolt. SHAZAM!

I mention these planetary movements because there could be some major changes in our most intimately connected partnerships (work, love, family) as mentioned last week, the trend continues.


“There are some notes in the air here that says there has been, or we could be entering a time of some challenges and we’ve given a lot into our situation on the level of giving / receiving / exchange. This could be work, this could be relationships, this could be helping out a friend, or cause… The underlying message is not to be so intense, or driven because you could  lose the balance point perspective of charity and fall into the role of debt collector.

This is not about “right” and “wrong”, winners or losers, those who have and those who have not.

We can honor our feelings. There may be something that is critically wrong with the situation we are in, either immediately or in the long run, and by Gods, that is valid. We can say I have given enough and now it’s time for me. Some self-appreciation is in order, or even some pats on the back from a friend who see’s your real worth. Talk to them. Step away and in one way or another refuel.  Find some balance in your life between work and play, giving and receiving, honor and obligation. It’s the “Holiday Season,” a time when these issues can seem to pop up around every corner, and so it is also the perfect time to be mindful of this balance between give and take.”

Anyway, as I was saying, the two of Swords (R) is telling me that the message of the internal senses, feeling / intuitive, are a better gauge than what our eyes may be taking in. It’s not that you are not seeing the truth but that we must trust our ability to know and to take action.

Trust yourself. You do not need to prove yourself, just feel, know, and then move forward with that stability. Indecision, lack of faith, these will sting this week in matters of the heart, or emotional commerce. The Devil (R) seems to indicate a lesser state of denial. Be mindful of framing yourself between others to highlight the issues, relating, or focus that you have moved through. There is a hint that the internal seeking can feel like it is not enough (Scorpio / Venus / Uranus) and you may want for it to play out in the “RL”.

If there is a case of the drama-bug and a wish to give issue or meaning to what you are experiencing try to be conscious of it. Don’t drag your friends, family, lovers, neighbors, and the kitchen sink into it… unless you can mythically / ritually re-enact the process. Try Sacred Drama, or find a movie, book, something that you can get into and unwind some of the emotional tethers you may have wound up and bound tightly to the heart and mind.

Queen of Wands and Page of Wands, I’m instantly drawn to Cate Blanchett‘s portrayal of Elizabeth and the lovely looking, if tragically flawed, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. I’m also fond of High Fantasy. The latest Harry Potter was pretty good as well. Talk about indecision, the Deathly Hallows, has large portions of learning to trust in oneself, and lots of good ol’story.

So… decision-making. Magus is in reverse I’m pretty solid in my feeling that this is the Querent after the energy has left… Standing where the house once stood. In the place where he or she was and trying to make something happen but there is nothing there left to work with. The time is for action and moving forward and our efforts to make change with what has ended, passed, or is no longer relevant is playing into the illusion of want and our want to make good with what we had / the past.

Gone is gone. Done is done. There is newness and it’s up to you to find it.

Interesting helper cards and I’ve got two images.

  1. The Bee is part of the hive, or a collective intelligence. A group mind. There is a much better field of energy to be found after the fact of letting go and embracing forward movement when we trust our decision making skills and our intuition. A lot of the energy you can just waste on useless drama is fuel for new connections. Sweet like honey if we move forward. Stings like a bitch if we stay back and play-replay-rewind-play-replay the same-o same-o. This “energy” feels universal in nature, magickal, as if what we are connecting to has a force, intelligence, and power all it’s own so I would probably take the time and connect with your HGA, higher self, or higher divinity.
  2. Second card, the Knight of Pentacles (gift giver) feels like an actual, male / masculine, guiding force. A guide, spirit or physical, who is offering an opportunity or gift that can take you forward now. I’m leaning heavily on an actual, physical, person with this one but there may be something “undesirable” about the person (that you believe or perceive) that may block your willingness to accept the gift. Investigate your thoughts and feelings about this… deal, or gift.The space you are in (as mentioned earlier on) and how you are playing out your life will affect the karma, tone, and outcome of this gift or deal.

Bargain or boon can turn in any direction depending on how, or if, you take it, play it, or walk away from it.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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Hi there.

Very sorry for the delay in getting the weekly out and published but I have had an interesting weekend, followed by a day of longing for some deep forests and time away from the city. I’ve partially satisfied my thirst for some outdoors with meditation, and a few episodes of Wild China.

Tarot Weekly

This week we are visited first by Owl, then The Devil as the keynote speaker of the weekly reading. Accompanied by the Queen of Swords, the King of Pentacles, Nine of Swords, and again the Ace of Cups (R).

I’m aware that Owl as a bird of mysteries has many messages and meanings throughout time and in many, many cultures all over the world. Seen as birds of wisdom, symbols of protection, harbingers of death and the loss of virginity (to name a few), I am feeling this:

A guide in places where we would be hard pressed to see. A bird able to traverse the darkness and navigate the land through exceptional vision and sensitivity to sound. I am seeing the seeker, out in the forest, the moon in the distance and unsure of step or path, the owl guiding the way. Teacher of paths in darkness, dreams, and uncertainty.

What is before us? What do you see? What is said? What do you hear? Where is your path, feel. Know your direction.

The Devil

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Devil | Image via Wikipedia

It is possible to discover our direction  in our passion… Our desire can lead us into dance, abandon, and intoxication and the paths of love, and desire. There is truth in these paths, yet there is danger when the symbol of the Devil pokes his head into the picture. We can become slaves to the rhythm of our thrust and leap, loosing our path when we loose our mental focus.

Passion without thought can lead to choices without realization. We can end up broke, sick, off-course. Naturally we can find ourselves in far better places than where we once were. Letting the fire of desire lead can break us out of routine. Take us into new life, vigor, vitality.

Whether this is chance or fate that breaks our cycle, or confuses us a long the Journey’s way, the Devil does not bother himself, he is laughing. This is his realm of delight, flavor, feeling, touch, and delicious intoxication. He rules the game, we are but participants in his realm. It is not harm he seeks to cause but enjoyment, it is our own fault if we go to far.

He is there guffawing again, for this too, our decadence, and overindulgence are paths within his sphere of influence.

How have you gotten to where you are? What are you experiencing? Is that feeling high or low? Examine what you assume, explore your view of this moment. I’m seeing that this is less like a time to let go into the passion of our desires unless we are aligned with what is brining us joy, experience, AND ready to handle the intensity with both ecstatic pleasure and then personal responsibility.

Note the accenting cards, there are specific pointers that could indicate a deception. This then is where I draw the cautionary note.

Queen of Swords

She faces the truth, logically, direct and the point, she asks us to be clear and to see.

Her mind is sharp, honed over many years, like a sword it cuts through the bullshit to reach the heart of the matter. The truth. Righted she is in power, with a keen and agile mind. She IS the power of the owl in this instance. Her power can take you directly to the heart of the truth.

King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles is your “Ace in the pocket” at this time. He is either a helpful man, most likely older and more experienced in life, or an aspect of fortune that is influencing the outcome of your choices. He is good with these “earthly matters” and can give you the power of proper guidance and practical knowledge.

He can say “this is what you should do” and you might want to consider it.

But take this also as a potential warning. We’re dealing with a card of possible trickery and no heap of someone’s advice can replace your own true internal compass (baring any complete loss of common sense and your willy nilly dip into lack of connection to what is happening around you). Like any good reading, advice should lead you towards your answer, your betterment, or resolution (etc) not further into confusion.

Should you find that you are on the shit end of the stick in this weekly reading of the energy, meaning “confused” or “tricked”, “led astray”, etc. Please pull out your inner “don’t fuck with me” Queen of Wands, and continue from there. 🙂

This King is an emissary of practical action. Could be time to find your “Pa” or experienced help if you are going through a long term transition that is not ending.

Nine of Swords

Oh the agony! Unfortunately the influence of this card reinforces the Devil. Not so good. There is a message here that I get of, “that which wakes you up in the night is the heart of the lesson (Karma) you are working through”.

Ace of Cups (R)

Are we still stuck because of this? Are we still murky in our decision-making? Are we continuing to question our / their motives?

The Ace in reverse is tailing on the cycle of the number 9 (nine of swords) and shows an incomplete beginning. For clarity’s sake, ask yourself what feels good.

Make an appropriate plan to move that direction, (or) if need be, dash there with passion unleashed.


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Hekate | Image via Wikipedia

There is truth in what you feel and see. The point is to listen to your feelings, you inner sense, about it’s rightness for your self. We can all suffer miss-direction, the world is full of many wonderful and terrible things that can bring up our passionate self. I consider it a personal challenge to allow for the fire in the belly to burn without it setting everything around me ablaze in a 4 alarm fire…. well at least not without the proper safety equipment.

When we come to the crossroads, it is our passion that lights the way. Harness it. Make a torch like luminous Hekate, and seek the path you choose.

For the centered person, this could be a time of observation, seeing over indulgence in vice in others and knowing or seeing the result of those decadences. You may find you have an opportunity to shine a light in the darkness. Caution indicates that you shouldn’t let other peoples business take you away from your own life so much that your own passions suffer.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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This morning’s meditation was…interesting, but aren’t they all? Maybe that’s why I turn back inward all the time, the timeless entertainment of discovery.

Before I even began to pull cards I heard the name Durga. I connected to that name and in a moment all the mothers in  my life passed through my mind’s eye, an outpouring of love and respect for mothers everywhere. Just as strongly as this procession of womanly faces and the gratitude that we should all have for them, were two other thoughts.

Yes I know, Durga assembled by light of many gods, she was given their greatest gifts, she has many forms. She’s a destroyer and protector, she is Invincible, made of the light of all the gods, wielding their many fearsome and magickal weapons and tools. She kicks asses like a thousand Bruce’s Lee’s, demons of poverty, famine, evil thoughts and suffering beware!

Today she feels silent, jovial, waiting. Supportive, nurturing in her strength to give stability, balance, grounded power, and keen perception that will come in handy, later. For now it is our time to stand, sit, stabilize in her earthly powers of light. It’s not time to strike, it is time to rejuvenate. We are all mothers, we all have a thread or a weave that connects us to this powerful energy and, we all (Mothers and Others) deserve a break this week.

Maybe it is the strong Mercury and Virgo influences now and preceding the upcoming retrograde of Mercury in the Virgin, but the focus was not on the details as we know Virgo can “knit-pick” a thing to death but in the cooler, bounty aspects of the earth. The enjoyment that comes from enjoying a cup of tea, a glass of wine, the laughter in our friends and family, over the things that may come into focus in the next week that tend to irritate us or drive us to make alterations to plans or projects.

Don’t do it. It’s not the time. If you must consider carefully the bigger picture because Mercury + Virgo is narrowing the ego into focusing on details that may blind you to the greater pattern of what is being woven. This is where the “knit-picking” will hurt you. Besides wouldn’t you like to regroup a little and conserve and not blowing useless energy off on petty details. Yes, petty! Enjoying these bounties as if power, ego, a self unconcerned by worming feelings that the prevalent energy can potentially turn towards.

The cards show the astrological influences in this way…

Tarot Weekly

Justice (R), Queen of Wands, Five of Wands (R), Ace of Pentacles (R)

Careful of the balance between work and play.

Sitting at my altar the card that pops out the most is not the Major Arcana card, Justice, but instead the Queen of Wands. In this instance she is our Durga representative. Queen of Wands is quick to burn, but this is her mothering way. She snaps a flame under your ass to get the lesson across and then hugs you and tells you to get past it. Lesson learned.

Queen of wands is stable in earth this week so I know you may suspect a fly in the ointment take on a sphinx like aspect. Wait. There is some mischief up in the workings of things but to strike now would be to divert the progression by striking before the iron is hot.

What is the progression? Last week we talked about that, it was “the changes” that we are going through. This stabilizing point is to ground the energy into something more stable than our emotional nature, something more current with the season and the path at this time. We say “relax” and “rejuvenate” because there is reason to continue to seek the inner voice and follow the path that may not seem most direct.

My feeling, that our fire is held in check, used instead to radiate a warm glow, as it builds, warm up your environment, find some fun to do with the flame -friends, family, lovers, dancing, charming, almost Empress-like, spreading out the wealth of that power… just not raising your spear to strike the heart of the foulness that you are sensing but cannot pinpoint.

You may have frustrations, you may feel off-balance, you may find your self striking with the fire of the Mother of Wands but just ask if this is Justice, or something more petty, like revenge or justifying reason that we create to feel “right” or come out looking better than someone else.


Periods of retrograde are  times for inspection, the energy now focuses on our elements fire and earth. The Durga is a mother as much as she is a warrior goddess. The Shakti is flowing this week, potentially through you, take the time to find your inner mama and use that power to cultivate love, stability, strength, and if necessary a firm hand to define boundaries.

In the meantime be sure to give your mother, mother figure, or friends who is a mother, a call and tell them how much you appreciate their love and support. Giving thanks completes a karmic circle. Even better it’s nice to give mom’s a good thank you, they often do their service of raising children (birthed, spiritual, or adoptive) without a lot of gratitude.

Hug a mom.

On a side (but related) note, I really enjoyed this video by Sister Unity Divine. It was “Bardic”. Something entertaining that draws you into the story of Durga. Check out parts one and two.


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Be well,

Scott K Smith

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