Finally- the first vestiges of fall! The very edges of the leaves have started to turn, the hard rains that spell temperature change have begun to fall, and we start the month off with a BANG as wild, temperamental Mercury flings into retrograde. Hang onto your hats, folks, this is going to be a bumpy ride. As the year turns back within itself, so too must we begin to turn within and see what harvest our summer's work has wrought. But the good news about taking stock of your world is that you are the judge, jury, and executioner for what works and what doesn't in your life. Know your worth, and cut out undeserving people, thought, and activities with a discerning hand. It's time to be accountable to both yourself and the world around you. As house reader Damon Stang says, "Walk softly and carry a big aura."
Using the Deviant Moon Tarot, house reader Blue June takes us through what the next month has in store for us.
Relinquish: Two of Cups, upright
Throughout August, we were cautioned to work on our communication and connections with those closest to us. If we took heed through the past month and set this foundation for success, we can relinquish the fear of any major falling outs during this Mercury Retrograde- which began August 30th and lasts until the first day of Fall, Sept 22nd. However, the duality of this card in this position is that if we did not make the effort to strengthen these specific areas, we may be looking at a rocky road for the next few weeks. Which ever the case may be, there will be two eclipses this month, and these are great times to renew these efforts. We have the solar eclipse today (Sept 1st) and a lunar eclipse Sept 16-17. In matters of love, this may mean receiving texts that don't make a lot of sense, but rest assured- all hope is not lost. There is still union depicted in this card between "Midnight" and "Death" which means, quite simply, :proceed with caution".
Focus: Seven of Pentacles, upright
Our main focus this month needs to be on testing our skill-set in career matters. Put what you've learned to work and see how far you've come. This may not be a great time for making big plans or travel, but that doesn't mean we can't show off what we've learned. It may be just that which attracts the job, income, or abundance you desire. You should be pleasantly surprised at how far you've come, but if you find that your skills aren't quite what you thought they were, now may be a good time to do some fine tuning. Reflect on what your expectations were and don't give up- keep trying!
Challenge: Temperance, reversal
BIG SURPRISE here folks! We will almost always find that matters dealing with communication, technology, and travel during Mercury Retrograde become severe obstacles to our goals. The main take away from this reversal card is that we will find it very challenging to find patience with others and ourselves. Conflict is readily available, involving everyone around you right now, so do your best to go about your own business and if someone you love is rocking the boat, take a deep breath and ground yourself before you respond to discord. Be careful not to spend too much money or overindulge as well this month. Balancing the checkbook may not be the only thing we find difficult, but do your best to keep your feet on the ground.
Embrace: Death, upright
This may seem a bit morbid, but this is a great time for a deep, introspective look at your own mortality. I'm not necessarily encouraging a nihilist point of view, but it's crucial now to just really be aware of the life your leading and what can be improved about it. We walk around for such a short time in basically just these suits of meat. What is your meat suit not accomplishing? What can your meat suit improve upon? How can you make your meat suit last a little longer? These are very important things to consider and to make some tough decisions about with this as our final card. Toward the end of the month, it is probably time to start making the changes necessary to have that higher quality of life- THAT YOUR MEAT SUIT DESERVES!
Blue June, founder of Magick Talismans Tarot and The Broom Closet, specializes in tarot readings, crystal casting and oracle divination. Blue teaches Catland's monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market. She has been featured in Omnifeed, Broadly, Vice, and Nylon Magazine. Blue is available for walk-in tarot readings Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays at Catland, and other days by appointment.