While the solstice is still a few weeks away, summer has arrived in Houston - for better or worse! School’s out, bringing freedom to students and teachers alike, spilling more of us outside into hot, humid days.
June finds us firmly in the midst of Gemini season, with a Mercury retrograde cherry on top. The retrograde carries with it the usual alerts on communication, mechanics, electronics, and mishaps - yet oddly enough, its slowing action may work beautifully in Gemini. Go with the flow and take a more leisurely pace with your summer fun.
Today (May 30) is the new moon, also in Gemini. You may find yourself feeling restless, impatient. Instead, lean into Gemini’s flexible, creative side to bring things back into balance.
Let’s get a modernist, bold take on these energies with the Mystic Mondays Tarot by Grace Duong.
1: The World
Wherever it appears, the World brings a positive, peaceful message. In a season of graduations and similar milestones, the World offers a promise of reward and respite for the good work you’ve put in.
If this work has been more internal than academic, you may find that you’re more in tune with a balance between your physical and spiritual selves. Chaos may still be afoot around you, but now you have the ability to be your own oasis of calm. The World’s message of harmony and completion encourages you to share what you’ve learned to help others find the same peace.
2: The Star
Doubting your ability to be that “oasis of calm”? Wonder no more, for that phrase perfectly describes the Star. She brings hope and renewal, reinforcing the abundant blessings of the World. You will find yourself more resilient, optimistic, and inspired.
The Star is most prominently a sign that a time of great difficulty is behind you, and you are already in the midst of healing. You can stop waiting for the other shoe to drop; you’re on peaceful shores, and life will continue to improve.
3: King of Pentacles
You might agree that this promised level of calm and tranquility is a gift enough on its own. While that’s certainly true, the King of Pentacles tells us there may be even more. He’s a benevolent, generous leader who shares abundance and prosperity with all.
This is where we will find a more tangible aspect of the World’s reward. Whether you’re launching a career or moving ahead, you should find luck on your side. Business and opportunities begin to flourish, and your resources come together to give you the steady foundation you’ve so deeply desired.
May flowers have burst into color everywhere we look - and here in Houston, we’re already seeing the beginnings of summer. The month is bounding forward, full of joy and excitement.
In the US, we’re also approaching Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate not only those who gave birth to us, but everyone who has played a part in our nurture and comfort. Be it a relative, a mentor, or even a deity, their influence helps us find our way through the world.
To honor all the mothering aspects that surround us, we’re looking to the Goddess Tarot by Kris Waldherr, available regularly at Indigo Moons.
1: Princess (Page) of Swords
Last month, the energy was guiding us ahead with no time to think twice. The Princess of Swords steps forward with clarity and intelligence, prepared to make quick work of life’s puzzles and speak with well-considered insight.
She also brings with her a sense of curiosity and adventure. Explore what’s new and exciting, but always use your head. You may need this Sword to clear a few obstacles in your way.
2: Six of Cups
This six represents the warmth and comfort of home - but it asks for further examination, as “home” can mean something very different from person to person.
If you’re close with your family of origin, you may find solace and uplift in spending time with parents, grandparents, siblings. A phone call, a short trip, or a video chat could rebalance you if this busy season has you feeling harried.
What if your younger years were a difficult time? Holidays like these may bring up complex or hurtful emotions, but it doesn’t have to mean despair. If you parented yourself, found a safe place in a family of choice, or embraced a spiritual path, you have just as much right to celebrate as anyone else.
3: Eight of Pentacles
After the renewal of a comforting embrace, you’ll have an easier time finishing something that’s important to you. The Eight of Pentacles sees you gazing with satisfaction upon something beautiful you’ve created, fulfilled by exercising your talent and dedication.
There may be work ahead yet to complete, but have faith that you’ve arrived at a milestone and proved that you can make it to the finish. Your perseverance has paid off. Take joy in your accomplishment and enjoy the momentum toward your next success.
Wheel of the Year: Beltane
The changing skies of April are past us, and May is bursting forth all around. Planting season is in full swing as the Wheel of the Year turns joyfully from spring toward summer. It’s Beltane once more, and abundance greets us from every direction.
Beltane is a cross-quarter pagan holiday, celebrated on May 1 to mark the beginning of the summer season. Derived from a Gaelic word meaning “bright fire,” this sabbat overflows with life energy, symbolically celebrating the sacred union between the God and Goddess of Celtic lore.
Modern celebrations of May Day tend to skirt the issue where symbolism is concerned, but the old rituals were unashamed of purpose: Beltane is a fertility holiday, and as such, is focused on procreation among everything in nature - including sexual union between humans.
Despite this distinctly mature focus, there’s room for people of all ages to celebrate Beltane. It’s a wonderful time to gather early fruits and vegetables, bring in fresh flowers, and enjoy the company of loved ones around a fire pit…or even a grill. Beltane is filled with life’s beginnings and brings the promise of a beautiful harvest to come.
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