The year 2020 has been a wild one! There have been profound energetic shifts and astrological events, and a myriad of natural, social, economic & political shifts globally.
December sees two Eclipses on the New & Full Moons which pack some power behind their influence to help us emotionally & behaviorally move past everything. And, by “everything”, I mean everything - not only what’s gone on in 2020.
The Star Card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana is a card of hope and direction. The ancients would navigate their ships and land marches by the stars, patterns in the night sky, and – particularly – the North Star. This is what is typically represented by Key XVII – the North Star – a guiding light out of the Dark Night of the Soul by which we can determine our course and direction and persevere hopefully toward our new beginning, a new Dawn.
In mythologies & traditions the across the world, we see the significance of planetary alignments, astrological events, and bright stars perfectly placed as being omens of both great and terrible things. Everyone wanted (and still does in many cultures) to be born under a “good sign” or a “bright star”, and we can see how certain stories try to implicate that wonderous omens from the heavens were present. Thanks to archeoastronomy, we have the technology and means to research which stories were likely true and which ones were using creative license to make a point. When this year goes down in history, will we remember the hope that beckons us from our ancient past and calls us forward into a reinvented future not born of past entanglements?
Apart from the obvious symbol of The Star in the Tarot, Key XVII is also a card associated with the western zodiac sign of Aquarius – ruled by Saturn (orderliness & Natural Law) and Uranus (change & progress), a sign that encourages growth through changes and progress based on a recognition of Natural Law (or, Universal Law). The sign of Aquarius at its best is associated with great progressives, idealists, scientists, engineers, thinkers, & philosophers, huge advancements in science & technology, and great humanitarian efforts. The symbolism of development and personal progress is huge in The Star card. After a Dark Night of the Soul, a spiritual condition of awakening meant to dissolve all you thought you were and rise up renewed and transformed, The Star represents that internal light of navigation and hope, the guiding light leading us out of darkness and toward dawn. To see such a Star rise on the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice, is an awesome opportunity to completely reinvent yourself and rededicate yourself to your authentic truth and who & what you value most in life.
Check out this YouTube Video on our Channel where Cynthia discusses symbolism & energy movements through Key XVII, The Star & Key XVIII, The Moon.
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With Jupiter, planet of growth & expansion, whatever you set your sights on will expand within you. If you focus on the fears & limitations, they will grow. When you focus on the joy of being yourself, appreciation for who you know and what you have, and a feeling of freedom from the ideas about yourself & the world which gave rise to inner conflict & self-sabotage, you will expand & grow in joy, appreciation, and inner freedom.
A few days later, on the Winter Solstice in the western zodiac sign of Capricorn, the great conjunction of Saturn & Jupiter in Aquarius will be at its closest & brightest – thus, heralding a new beginning full of hope & direction, authenticity & self-actualization. This month, do the inner work of releasing old patterns, letting go of past hurts & challenges & lessons, disentangling yourself from limiting beliefs, and embracing the true value of who you are. Re-evaluate 2020, and every year before, holding on to the wisdom you’ve gleaned. Dedicate yourself to 2021 as a year to create your true happiness from a light heart & mind.
May joy, harmony, & great blessings be yours this holiday season of inner warmth, light, and hope!
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