48: The Well
General Meaning: Throughout various cultures and political systems of the world, the well has served as a universal symbol for that which sustains life and provides a constant, inexhaustible source of life-giving nourishment for mankind.
Like the well, human nature is the same around the world. The passage of time does not change its essential dimensions, nor take anything away. Still, just as a well can be deepened to produce clearer, cleaner water, so can we enrich our lives by delving deeply within — into our natural selves, or souls.
Beware of shallow thinking. Like a little learning, it can be dangerous. The image of the well suggests that along with depth comes clarity. Be patient, and penetrate both your problems and your own nature to the core. If you do not lower your bucket to the depths, you’re very likely to come up empty. When greater depth is desired, a lessening of speed is often required.
Othila is the homeland. Land was the purest form of immovable wealth in Norse civilization, distinct from the movable wealth represented by Fehu. This rune speaks of stability and safety stemming from inheritance, both material and genetic. With respect to the question asked, consider the background of the people and families involved
Wheel of Fortune
This Tarot Deck: Connolly
General Meaning: The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!
The cosmic rock and roll returns today and it’s nearly impossible to ignore the music. The Moon’s entry into brash Aries at 8:13 am EDT is like a wake-up call, kicking us into gear by stimulating our emotions. Our feelings run through a wide range of expressions as the Moon stressfully aspects unrelenting Pluto and irrepressible Uranus later tonight. However, a confusing Sun-Neptune alignment diffuses our energy before we learn to embrace it.
It’s unusually difficult to control your emotions today as the Moon moves through your sign and opposes warrior Mars. Unfortunately, coming right out with your feelings could stir up plenty of tension; once things are said, there’s no way to take them back. Nevertheless, it’s smarter to address what’s bothering you now instead of waiting until the anxiety is even greater. Just make sure that you’re kind when you share what’s on your mind.
You might be drawn into an argument today by someone’s provocative words. You are a tough adversary, especially if you’re defending a personal belief. Unfortunately, you probably won’t convince your opponent that you’re right and a conflict will only widen the gulf between you. Take the high road and avoid drama completely by refusing to respond to a verbal attack. Current differences are not as significant as they seem; thankfully, the tension will settle down on its own.
Your sarcasm could get you into trouble now, especially if you are delaying an important discussion. Attempting to avoid difficult issues increases your anxiety until a relatively careless comment triggers your anger and pushes your buttons. A temper tantrum might allow you to blow off some stream, but it won’t make anyone feel better in the long run. Instead of unconsciously provoking someone for the wrong reason, set your humor aside and simply speak from your heart.
You are a force to be reckoned with today, especially if anyone tries to use his or her authority to gain control over you. At other times you might choose to remain quiet and acquiesce to someone else’s demands, but now you’re ready to fight to maintain your boundaries. It’s healthy to let everyone know where you stand as long as you don’t take your resistance too far. Claim your power but not at anyone else’s expense.
You appreciate receiving support from your friends and family. However, you don’t like it when someone meddles in your business, especially if you are clear about your current goals. Your patience is on a short fuse today and your reaction to outside interferences may be swift. Be firm, but keep in mind that overreacting could further incite unwanted conflict. Take a deep breath and think twice before you respond.
You prefer to have everything under control, but something can go slightly awry today. Unfortunately, you may be caught off guard if you discover that a friend or co-worker misled you. Rather than overreacting, practice compassion instead. A simple misunderstanding might have set the whole thing into motion. Once you know the source of the error, you can correct it and get your day back on track.
It’s a wonder that others can be so pushy now without even realizing that they’re being offensive. On the other hand, you are overly concerned that someone may think you’re being too aggressive. However, if you spend more time and energy describing exactly what you need now, those closest to you might stop harassing you. Establishing clear boundaries isn’t being rude; it’s just what the doctor ordered for a healthy relationship.
You feel as if you’re back in the daily grind now that the Moon is visiting your 6th House of Routine. Although you might be motivated to attempt something new, it’s reassuring to know that you can be successful while falling back on an old habit. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks; the opinions of others are less important than the results of your actions.
Your freewheeling behavior reflects your new wave of confidence, yet you may be jumping the gun and feeling optimistic a few days too soon. It’s not that anything is wrong with the present circumstances; it’s just that you still have more work to complete before you can harvest the fruits of your labor. Positive thinking is surely a vital part of your current strategy; just don’t ignore reality in the process.
You might be thinking about the potential difficulties you could face if you actually decide to pick up and move somewhere else, yet you’re still tempted to do it anyhow. Whether or not relocation is feasible now, unrelenting responsibilities increase your desire to escape. However, it’s not the best time to make big changes that destabilize your domestic life. Do whatever you can to maintain balance in your daily routine until you’re sure that a bigger transition is really necessary.
Your thoughts are running around in circles today, and you can tell how busy the next few weeks are going to be for you. But even if you are very eager for what’s ahead, you still cannot just instantaneously jump forward to where you want to be. You must move into your future one day at a time and right now that means clearing any obstacles in your path, real or imagined. Don’t avoid difficult issues any longer because they become more complicated if you wait until later to address them.
Your self-esteem is growing stronger day by day, but you could become so confident now that you take on more than you can manage. Those who depend on you will be quite unhappy if you don’t deliver on your promises. Listen to your friends today, especially if they’re suggesting that you slow down. A methodical approach helps you avoid making an impulsive decision that you might later regret.
Big promises and promising ideas can be misleading this weekend when communicative Mercury turns retrograde in bold and colorful Leo on Saturday. Clever conversations are filled with love and laughter, yet it’s easy to avoid facing uncomfortable facts that may be critical to making wise decisions. When it comes to relationships, open your heart now but don’t lose your head.
The week starts out with passion as the Moon fires up your impulsive sign from Monday morning to Wednesday evening. Feelings settle down until Saturday when smart comments and snappy conversation grab attention. Yet be careful of becoming so clever that you lose credibility. It’s hard to trust or be trusted when every syllable could be the punch line of a joke. Straight talk is the key to romantic success.
The Moon’s presence in your earthy sign from Wednesday evening to Saturday morning arouses your senses and tugs at your heart. Indulging in delicious food, sweet music and the wonders of nature makes you fall in love with life. When you’re feeling this good about yourself, others naturally want to be around you. Just remain open-minded this weekend because flexibility is sexier than standing your ground; a little adaptability goes a long way in cultivating a healthy relationship.
You have more good ideas than you know what do with this week. But your verbal ruling planet Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday, reminding you to slow down and rethink your position on a number of key areas over the next three weeks. Additionally, the Moon shifts into your interactive sign over the weekend, casting the spotlight on your emotions. Clever conversations are extremely entertaining, but big talk can raise expectations beyond reason. Less flash and more substance may not sound sexy, but it’s safer and saner for everyone involved.
You don’t have to be in the middle of the action to enjoy yourself this weekend. The inquisitive Gemini Moon’s visit to your private 12th house is more suitable for intimate getaways or time spent alone curled up with a good book. There’s so much to think about now, especially with brainy Mercury’s retrograde turn on Saturday. Reconsidering how you use your resources and how much to open your heart are questions to study during the next three weeks.
Friends are a source of entertainment with the flirty Gemini Moon activating your 11th House of Groups this weekend. It’s wise to avoid making serious social commitments since intellectual Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign on Saturday. There is key information that needs to surface before you will be ready to make a meaningful move in relationships. Playing with your appearance, though, is harmless fun as long as you don’t go too far.
Whispering with someone on the sidelines can be a source of silly fun this weekend. Chatty Mercury aligns favorably with captivating Venus on Saturday, which is perfect for sweet talk. But since your verbal ruling planet is turning retrograde that day, don’t take what you hear to heart. Playfully flirting or skirting important emotional matters makes sense until you get the information you need to make any serious decisions.
Relationships are on the front burner this week with the Moon traveling through your partnership houses until Saturday. The real challenge is how to deal with a charming but selfish person, and the answer is to put your own needs first. Once you’ve established what you want, negotiations can begin on equal terms. Contradictory advice from different sources this weekend indicates that you need more time to reflect on important issues.
Passion starts to percolate on Wednesday evening when the Moon enters sensual Taurus and your 7th House of Partners. You need to be patient if you’re dealing with a stubborn person who will not be pushed around. Applying pressure won’t help, but greater flexibility arrives on Saturday evening. Your mind starts to open and you recognize that there is more than one way to please others and fulfill your desires as well. Collaboration, not competition, is the essential ingredient to creating a loving relationship.
Save some energy for Saturday when the Moon flies into playful Gemini and your 7th House of Partners. Making connections comes easily if you’re single, and finding more fun in a current relationship is likely, too. Verbal Mercury’s backward shift in proud Leo on Saturday can make off-handed comments sound like judgments from on high. Speaking with confidence, though, is no guarantee that the words are true.
Reward yourself in the middle of the week when the Moon skips into sensual Taurus and your 5th House of Romance early Wednesday evening. Put away your concerns about work and take some time to play. Simple fun with an easygoing person reduces stress and opens your heart. The key to making this magic happen is to set aside long-term relationship ambitions to indulge yourself in the joy that’s available to you in the present moment.
The Moon lights up chatty Gemini and your amorous 5th house on Saturday, making for a lively weekend, overflowing with many playful distractions. One minor complication is mental Mercury’s retrograde turn in your 7th House of Partners on Saturday, lasting for the next three weeks. The desire to impress someone could lead to exaggeration, or you might attract a person who promises more than can be delivered. Take these wild declarations as mere speculations and no one will get hurt in the process.
The jittery Gemini Moon joins your expansive ruling planet Jupiter on Saturday night, which can overload your social calendar. Saying yes is normal when you’re in a positive mood, but setting priorities and limiting your options helps you make a better choice. Being so open about your feelings is one of your most alluring assets, yet with verbal Mercury turning retrograde, measuring your words carefully will avoid complications.
Holly Tree Month
Colors: Iron-grey, red, and dark green.
Altar: Upon cloth of dark grey set many sprigs of holly, real or created, four red candles, a spear and a sword.
Offerings: Honor your inner warrior, including examining the areas where s/he overreacts.
Daily Meal: Red food. Meat of any kind.
Call: Hail the month of the Holly King!
Response: Hail the King of the waning year!
Call: Hail, sharp leaves and sharper eye!
Response: Hail, white flowers that give way to blood-red berries!
Call: Hail the month of the starling’s flock!
Response: For the starlings move together as one!
Call: Like them, we defend what is dear to us!
Response: Like them, we do not let each other stand alone against opposition!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the sword and the spear!
Call: For our sword is Reason….
Response: And our spear is the death of Illusion!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the armor and the shield!
Call: For our armor is Hope….
Response: And our shield is Love.
Call: The Oak King gives way to the Holly King…
Response: For all things have a time of increase, and a time of decrease.
Call: For all things wax and wane.
Response: For all things rise and fall.
Call: This is the moment just beyond the year’s apex!
Response: This is the time of the beginning of the end!
Call: May we take courage with every passing morning!
Response: May courage fill us with every breath!
Spear of truth, find me,
I open myself to you.
Chains of honor, bind me,
Bound, I am free to hold true.
[Pagan Book of Hours]
Colors: Green and gold
Altar: Upon cloth of green and gold set flowers and herbs in pots, a bowl of rainwater, a large pitcher of manure tea, and several empty baskets.
Offerings: Water and fertilizer, to be added to the garden.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian.
Earth, you begin to give forth your bounty!
Like the maiden blossoming into the mother,
Like the youth growing into the father,
You yield your children up to us
For our sustenance and health,
As we are also your children.
We will not waste your gifts!
We will nurture what you bring forth
With the labor of our hands,
That those gifts shall be sustained
Year after year, and that you shall
Never be exhausted.
We will not be ungrateful, O Earth whose life is ours,
But we will give back as much as we take,
For this is the way of balance.
Call the sun to us
You are one with us
(Two who have been chosen to do the work of the ritual take up the rainwater and the manure tea, and carry them out to the garden, where they are ceremonially poured around the roots of the herbs and vegetables. All others follow with the empty baskets, and harvest some thing from the garden, whether a token or a main part of the next meal. After this, each should do some part of the work of further watering, or fertilizing, or mulching, to give back to the earth as much as is taken away.)
[Pagan Book of Hours]