Happy August! This month kicks off with Mars exiting Scorpio (thank goodness), a beautiful new moon in Leo, and some blissfully cool weather. The intense energy of July is winding down as summer draws to a close, and August is shaping up to be the precursor to the reflective, reap-time energy of autumn. This month, Blue June brings us another thorough and thought-provoking monthly forecast with the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck.
RELINQUISH - Temperance, upright
This card has a great deal of duality to it for the month of August. It's time to work on some bad habits. During the early part of this month it is a great idea be focused on self care and finding your inner peace. Manage your mood and stress by working out and then treat yourself to an activity that helps you feel relaxed. This is also a good time to coordinate your plans for later this month and work closely with others setting a foundation of healthy communication. This will prepare you for the later parts of the month where these behaviors are sure to become more challenging. Don't be surprised when you find it hard to keep your cool because a work opportunity has shifted or communications start to feel thin around the new moon or during the full moon's lunar eclipse. Learn to let go of things that aren't happening organically. The over all message of this card is that finding a way to be patient with both yourself and others will yield the most positive results because we are all in for a few surprises in this month of drastic renewal and change.
FOCUS - Two of Cups, upright
Remember before when I said that you will want to work closely with others in the name of good communication? This is a main focus this month in all relationships and probably will be for a few more months due to Mercury going retrograde at the very end of this month. Why not get out in front of it now? Friends, co-workers and especially lovers need extra attention this month. Do something for a co-worker to make them smile, call an old friend and catch up in the early part of this month and do something romantic with your partner, then give yourself a huge pat on the back for your hard work and diligence - you've earned it. But do these things without delay as the end of the month the seams will weaken in a surprising way. Whether or not these relationships stand the test of time is not known, so it's up to you to take hold of your destiny.
CHALLENGE - Nine of Wands, reversal
Oh wow, should you ever brace yourselves. The major challenge of the month of August is going to be staying cognitive. Make sure your beliefs are based on logic and facts but be prepared for some unforeseen changes. If you feel reluctant to follow through with your commitments at the last minute through this month. Remind yourself that you said you would do something and then do it. Remember that not doing so can hurt your reputation, it's not worth ruining all you've built because of a bad mood. If it truly isn't working out then you can feel free to change the arrangement, but at least put your best foot forward and try while keeping in mind that this may be the thing that springs you to the next step. Give yourself all the time you need to recuperate this month! If you push yourself too hard you may find that it causes you to make hasty decisions or snap judgements that could get you into trouble down the line. We have enough on our plate with this as our challenge card, let's take very good care to manage the way we are thinking through the month.
EMBRACE - Nine of Pentacles, upright
Well, if you were wondering if you should feel guilty for pampering yourself you can absolutely set those feelings aside. It's time to really do the things for yourself you've been wanting to do. Of course work and other aspects of your life still demand your attention but even more now than ever before you have truly earned some extra comforts for yourself! A perfect time to spend some time outdoors this month. The woods, a park, a boat, or the beach! The season will be over before you know it and traveling while Mercury is in retrograde is not highly advised so do before the end of this month if you can, even if it's only for a day. Do not blow off your obligations in order to achieve this however or there will be consequences for your actions, probably financial in nature.
Blue June is one of Catland's most revered tarot readers who also provides crystal casting and oracle divination. She teaches the monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market. Blue is available for walk-ins Saturdays and Mondays at Catland, and other days by appointment.