Monthly Tarot Forecast For December

This past year has taken so many of us on an underworld journey through the darkest parts of ourselves. Whether it has lead us to enlightenment or just to more questions, our astrological weather has made 2016 a very pivotal year for personal growth and development. As the year draws to a close, we see some precedents and themes being set forth to flavor the future- partnerships, teamwork, intimacy, and our social needs. With our brand new selves ready to take their first steps, it's time to see how well they play with others. In short, the "Who am I?" (self-development and identity crisis) of 2016 are giving way to the "Who are we?" (partnership building and collective will) of 2017. Considering we've all been subject to the same burnishing process in 2016, there's a good chance some of your close relationships will have changed significantly. It's time to take stock of who helps and who hurts, and who will be part of our 2017 survival team. 

Using the Holly Simple Tarot Deck, house reader Blue June gives us some blueprints for how to find our allies, and how to survive our enemies. 

RELINQUISH: 3 of Cups, upright
In a time when we are all feeling the darkness of winter slowly setting in, it's important that we are very careful of who we are keeping close this month.  Any relationship that is draining you of all of your energy could be the cause of unnecessary stress down the line this month and even into next year.  Make sure each relationship has reciprocity.  If there is not enough balance between the give and take then it may be time for some healthy boundaries, or may even be time to cut ties.  Trust your instincts on this, you'll know what is needed to protect yourself from being drained.

FOCUS: 2. 5 of Wands, upright
Disagreements could run rampant if we're not careful through this month.  There will most likely be some trying to times coming up for many people in other ways, so speaking softly and moving with intention is going to be key to avoiding this.  Yet another reason to be sure the people you're spending time with are not a source of drama.  We are in a dark time, even the planets are reflecting this so it's important to do things in the month of December that make you happy.  If that means listening to your favorite holiday music on repeat, go nuts.  If it means tuning that same music out at your job, find the best way to not actually go nuts.

CHALLENGE: 9. The Moon, upright
I'm going to tell you something you probably already know.  There are massive amounts of fear being generated by so many different groups of scary folks (and mere individuals) in the world right now, and most everyone is susceptible and really feeling this energetically.  Some people are using this technique as a defense mechanism, others are doing it out of maliciousness and simply taking advantage of this dark time in the name of feeling powerful.  We cannot let this take control of us.  We have to face the reality, face our fears and charge forward with strength of conviction.  It's fight or flight and the challenge this month is not turning tail and running away.  It's going to be very difficult, but if you're very careful about what company you keep and feeding the community we can stand together and fight back.  I'm not saying you don't have a good reason to be scared, but fear is simply an illusion and you can choose to shatter it with your confidence and strength of self.

EMBRACE: 12. The Lovers, upright
Bringing us full circle back to the our "Relinquish" card, alliances will come naturally with people who are present to help us align with our higher vibration.  We can look forward to feeling a sense of unity against those who are generating fear and coming together means we have strength in numbers.  You are not alone our there.  This may also be a great time for romance- as the temperature drops and people tend to couple up for the cold days ahead, this is not a surprise.  You may find that your bonds with your partners become stronger through the month, or someone you've had your eye on may finally notice you back!  Hold these people close and enjoy every moment together in gratitude.  

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-ins Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at Catland, and other days by appointment.

Amanda Angle's Living Tarot for Catland

Each fall, our staff and readers go to great lengths to work alongside local artists in crafting our house calendar for the following year. This has been a fundraising project for two years in a row, in an effort to help Catland afford necessary renovations, such as soundproofing, insulation, tiling, and new shop furniture. This year, local photographer Amanda Angle was inspired to join our team in reimagining the Major Arcana archetypes of the Rider Waite tarot. 

Co-owner Fred Jennings as The Hanged Man

Novitiate Gigi Mead as The Magician

Novitiate Dasha Zarina and reader Blue June as The Lovers

Novitiate Dasha Zarina and reader Blue June as The Lovers

Angle's work is stark, melancholic, and uniquely feminine. She uses the lens to explore wild & liminal spaces - destroyed homes, seashores, shadows, worlds between worlds. She approaches the occult gingerly and genuinely, without dipping into too much of it's pop aesthetic. It is nevertheless effortlessly present in her subject matter and the way she chooses to examine it.

No surprise, then, that in curating this project with us, Angle was drawn to breathing new life into the old robes of Rider Waite figures. While some characters are true to their origins, others divorce from typical iconography to varying degrees, in an effort to impart a more updated, modern flavor. These personalities, so overproduced that they have almost misplaced their esoteric nature, are re-enlivened in this mini-series, and given the freedom to act and dance and shift beneath the surface of the subconscious once more. 

Novitiate Aerrin Kolfage as The Empress

Co-Owner Melissa Madara and novitiates Cooper Wilhelm & Gigi Mead as The Hierophant 

Additionally, this annual project gives us the opportunity to showcase the members of our incredible staff. As a shop that holds space for such a vast and complex community, the members of our family are especially important to us. These are the faces of Catland books, and are a part of our history, our personality, and our future.

You may pre-order your 2017 Catland calendar, complete with a full listing of Pagan holidays, Roman festivals, Catholic feasts, and astrological observances, through our online shop. Funds raised will go directly to improving our ever-evolving space, and to allowing us to expand as our community grows. 

Status Quo for the Piscean Age : US Presidential Election & Astrology

The results of last night's election have shocked and horrified people around the globe. As a place that strives to hold space for all members of the community, regardless of background, gender, economic status, race, or tradition, Catland was especially shaken by this result. The new president of this nation stands for so many things that we do not- divisiveness, fear, control, disrespect, vitriol, and inequality. 

In the wake of this complex and nation-shaking decision, house astrologer Frederick Steinmann places our frustration and grief in the context of the stars, and offers us solidarity, validation, and blessing.

I woke up this morning with a feeling that I have failed and a deep sorrrow. With this thought that I could have done better, and I am not doing enough. Feelings of failure, failure itself and sorrow are ruled by Pisces.

We are still in the Piscean age, so Piscean lessons still hold water for all Humanity. With the Moon in Pisces today we will do good to reflect on the meaning of the sign of Pisces and its purpose for humanity- out of suffering comes greater humility, compassion and wisdom. The greatest spiritual scriptures and epics were written, told or occurred throughout the Ages while shackled on the floors of the deepest dungeons or in exile. Pisces also rules prisons, exiles and spirituality.

From the words of a one-time incarcerated Astrologer Alan Leo, “[Pisces] in human life often symbolizes failure and self-undoing; but out of the failure comes the realization that man’s[or woman’s] life or essence is a vapour to be distilled from the dregs of his[or her] emotions” 

Today I weep.

I weep for my own naïve, perhaps foolish, idealism and misplaced exuberance; may I remain anchored on The Path, is all I ask-this Time.

I weep for my wife; may Time, reward her with the Joy of her Soul for choosing blind justice, over blind loyalty.

I weep for my parents; may they find greater Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Joy, Freedom and Wholeness with their choice, in Time.

I weep for my children; may they understand what they are feeling, over Time.

I weep for all wives, grandmas, aunts, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, granddaughters and nieces; in Time, your father’s, uncles, son’s, brothers, boyfriends, nephews, and grandfather’s will "a" be, see and do better.

I weep for the person who made the decision to print Madam President on the NY Times; during these Times, may their family’s needs be provided for.

I weep for the main stream media’s rotting business model and the employees who hold it together; may Time, help them regain their true values. 

I weep for the baby boomers; may Time erode all their fears.

I weep for the millennials; may Time point them in the right direction.

I weep for those who forcefully impose their ill-will on others; may Time suddenly reveal- those who harm others, only damn themselves.

I weep for the sudden profitability to the pant suit industry; may Time grant you prudence, practicality and sensibility.

I weep for the false prophets who intentionally lead good men and women astray; may Time have mercy on you.

I weep for all those whom are oppressed and fall while taking a stand; in Time, you will rise again.

I weep for all whom have felt hollow victories; may Time grant meaning to your life.

I weep for all the dreamers, revolutionaries and visionaries who have been betrayed; may Time teach you greater discipline and discretion.

I weep for those whom are suffering from lack vision and insight; may Time turn your wounds into Wisdom.

I weep for those whom lack creativity to create greater love and compassion; may Time grant them the blessing of an open heart.

I weep for those who divide nation against nation, man against woman and brother vs brother; may Time bring more inclusive and creative solutions.

I weep for all drawn into the wrong battle for the right reasons; may Time grant you greater discrimination.

I weep for those whom grow up with silver spoons in their mouths and golden parachutes in their back pockets; in Time, they will struggle with the joy of humility.

I weep for the lost souls who fight hate and fear - with greater hate and fear; may Time teach you the Wisdom is Love.

I weep for those who can’t see the large-impact of their small-self righteousness; may Time provide you with clearer mirrors.

I weep for bully’s across the ages; may Time teach you to be brave enough to love yourself again.

I weep for those that desire good, but create harm; may Time be gentle with you.

Frederick Steinmann is an astrological counselor at Catland Books. He spent over 10 years on Wall Street as an accountant and consultant. He is available for walk in appointments on Thursdays or by appointment for other days.