snapshots of the spiritual skies
There are two major tarot transits happening this week that will (thank goodness) shift some of this stagnant energy & get things moving again. The Sun has been in Virgo (Eight of Pentacles) since August 23rd, & will remain until September 22nd. When the Sun (illumination) visits Virgo (wisdom), we accept our lessons, count our blessings & focus our energy forward. Virgo season is for doing the work that needs to be done, period, no excuses or regrets.
This is difficult under the best of circumstances but with Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn (Two of Pentacles reversed) & Mars in Aries (Two of Wands upright), doing the work feels impossible. Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune) moving backwards in Capricorn (the Devil) has blocked our motivation to do the things we've always done the way we've always done them. We feel stuck, alone, afraid, insecure & shy, with no idea why. Our routines are in shambles & our plans have come undone. Mars (the Tower) in Aries (the Emperor) adds external pressure to our internal meltdowns because there are decisions to be made NOW. Mars in Aries is the energy of emergencies, detours, & the need for back-up plans. Our foundations must be double solid in order to handle the unexpected without breaking down, but with Jupiter Retrograde, we're already broken. The extra weight from Mars in Aries has left us in shambles. We can't take it anymore.
And yet with the Sun in Virgo, we couldn't stop even if we wanted to. Our work ethic persists even as our focus is lost. What are we even doing though...? We don't know. We just know we have to do... something. We are very busy; definitely distracted & likely depressed, but BUSY. We are all standing at the collective elevator of life, pushing the up button over & over even though the arrow is lit and the doors remain closed. We grumble at one another- why isn't all this work... WORKING?! And we push, push, push, again & again. This is the definition of insanity, by the way (repeating the same behaviors & expecting a different result). Solidarity should bring us comfort (no, it's not just you), but our individual traumas have left us blind to the fact that we're all caught in a tornado of minutiae, all of our thighs burning from climbing a mountain to nowhere.
Yet in the midst of our aimless drifting, suddenly land appears. On September 9th Mars is turning Retrograde in Aries (Two of Wands Reversed) & on September 12th, Jupiter will turn direct in Capricorn (Two of Pentacles upright). With Mars turning backward & Jupiter moving on, finally the metaphorical alarm bells stop ringing. The potholed roads will smooth out into a brand new path. The brain fog will lift & the light (that has always there) will finally filter through.
It will be a little disorienting, like going from turtle speed to race car. We've gotten used to putting in a double portion of effort for half the results. We've pulled at the lever of life so much that our arms are sore, yet so far... trinkets. But soon with only a flick of our finger, the walls will rumble as a backlog of treasure springs forth.
Luckily, the Sun remains in Virgo for a little while longer, giving us the clarity & focus required to handle our blessings responsibly. This is important because after the misery of the last couple of months, we are wise to invest in making the windfall last (read: keep it to yo-SELF). This may cause a ripple of discontent within those used to us giving twice as much without expecting anything in return, but this is get-what-you-gave season.
For better or worse, we're all being handed what we deserve.