A need or desire has every right to be met, whether it’s a need for a scholarship to enable you to study at the postgraduate level, or a desire for the traffic light to change so that you can cross the intersection to walk on the sunny side of the street. That need or desire is, the first requirement in order for a spell to exist. If you don’t have a need or a desire, don’t waste your time. Spellcraft isn’t something to pass the hours, or an art to practice on a whim. It’s a powerful force for transformation and change, requiring your dedication and involvement. Crafting and casting a spell requires time, focus, great concentration and energy, and if you’re doing it on a whim, you’re going to a lot of trouble for nothing. Emotion is one of the key concepts that powers a spell, and a whim just doesn’t have the depth of emotion required. In addition, there’s the issue of responsibility. If you ask for it, you’re responsible for it.
Unless you intend to perform a spontaneous spell (and there’s nothing wrong with that), you’ll need to create one. In order to do that, the following are steps you’ll need to work through.
If your job requires you to be self-sufficient, hang a picture with lots of black or blue across from your station.
Look for a new level of discipline and commitment to dominate your love life. This is a chance to purge the ambiguities between you two. Do you want solid love ground?
23: Splitting Apart
General Meaning: All is not what it seems. Sometimes, reality is like a hall of mirrors. Intrigues multiply like summer flies, and there are signs of discontent all around. This is a time of illusion and disillusion, disintegration, distrust and deception.
When you find yourself trapped in a hall of mirrors, sometimes it is necessary to retrace your steps. Return to the familiar; take solace in what is firm and secure. There is no blame in holding back on progress now; indeed, it is your responsibility to keep your strength intact for the period of resurrection, which follows disintegration as surely as dawn follows the night.
Discretion is the better part of valor. Good timing is especially important. Learn to focus on the essence of the problem and choose the proper moments for action, thereby avoiding futile effort. Be particularly attentive at such a time as this for changes that signal it’s time to retreat.
In the realm of personal relations, disillusionment is generally painful and confusing. When in the midst of such a phase, it is wise to avoid undertaking any bold new moves, and it is especially important not to jump to conclusions.
Passion, romance, and unexpected changes color your world today. An unforeseen trip may be necessary, or a last minute invitation could be extended. You’re longing for excitement, which is fine, as long as you exercise a bit of discipline and don’t let self-indulgent tendencies get the better of you.
About the Number 5
Theme: Resourceful, Adventure, Speculation, Travel
Astro Association: Taurus
Tarot Association: Hierophant
This Tarot Deck: African Tarot
General Meaning: Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.
Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.
Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.
by Jeff Jawer
Be In the Moment
May 27 – 29
The weekend begins with a “live for the moment” attitude with the Moon speeding through spontaneous Aries on Friday and Saturday. This lunar placement provides a spark for those stuck in a dull relationship or people looking to meet someone new. The beauty of this restless Aries Moon is that it encourages us to think less and act more. Sure, there are some mistakes that can come from that kind of approach, however, when it comes to matters of the heart it may be better to play the game awkwardly than to sit on the fence and not do anything at all. There’s a sense of immediacy that helps us know what we want without having to over-analyze our intentions.
Don’t let doubt or despair get in the way on Friday as the Moon’s hard aspects with planetary tough guys Saturn and Pluto will be behind us by sundown. A lack of lunar connections makes Saturday a kind of free day when we are less bound by limitations and rules. Explore new people and places, or take a partner somewhere he or she has never been before. Instead of trying to control events, it’s helpful to follow our instincts and see where they lead us.
On Sunday morning, the Moon enters earthy Taurus, slowing down the emotional pace and inviting a bit of self-indulgence. Breakfast in bed or a sumptuous brunch fills the belly and warms the heart. There’s less need for explanations now as the Moon’s message is to simply enjoy the delights of the senses in all their delicious forms.
The independent Aries Moon encourages us to express ourselves, and her conjunction with electric Uranus adds a sense of urgency to our needs. However, being direct isn’t necessarily the fastest way to reach satisfaction, since the Moon’s square to shrewd Pluto increases the emotional complexity and her opposition to austere Saturn decreases the support we receive from others. Meanwhile, an eccentric Mercury-Uranus semisquare wires us for change.
You have a short temper today with the Moon in reactionary Aries, and your shoot-from-the-hip delivery could turn a sticky situation into a real problem. Fortunately, a little common sense will go a long way to prevent a meltdown over a misunderstanding that won’t matter much in the long run. If you get caught up in the heat of the moment and have to express your feelings, at least minimize the potential damage by accepting responsibility for your role in the current situation.
Although you may be required to work with someone whose long-term goals are not the same as yours, at least try to see things from an open-minded perspective. Rather than letting your frustration explode in an unpleasant interaction now, take the high road by acknowledging that your differences don’t have to impact your cooperation in a negative way. You can still be true to yourself today while putting patience ahead of insecurity.
An ongoing imbalance of power could rear its ugly head today. You might feel as if others are secretly working against you, yet no one comes out and says anything directly. Your best response to this uncomfortable situation is to remain as optimistic as you can, even if you grow more irritated throughout the day. Relying on your natural flexibility and sidestepping the conversations you want to avoid now should ultimately work in your favor.
Expressing negativity isn’t always appropriate, yet showing your anger today could be a sign of strength. Sometimes your first impulse is to emotionally withdraw, leading to a passive-aggressive reaction. However, your stress can quickly push you to the edge now, provoking you to lose control if you aren’t aware of your own inner process. Denying your feelings only frustrates you faster, so share your concerns without getting hooked by your attachment to what other people think.
Although you may not like what’s happening today, you probably don’t believe that the current problem is really yours. Nevertheless, from a cosmic perspective, everyone is performing a role in your personal drama and it’s annoying if the actors in your script are working against your efforts. Even if others seem disgruntled, keep bringing your focus back to your feelings. Ironically enough, once you take responsibility for your part, the erratic energy should begin to settle down.
A stressed-out workmate may not act nicely toward you today, yet it’s still wise to discuss what’s going on, rather than avoiding confrontation. But there’s no need to force the issue because the truth will come to the surface now with or without your intervention. But if you decide to push things along by talking about someone’s irritating behavior, be direct and get right to the point. Properly considered words can effectively act as healing agents if delivered with good intentions and kindness.
Others are hard to read today. You may go out of your way to be nice to someone, but your amicable behavior seems to increase your frustration and your uncertainty. The friendlier you are, the worse you feel now. Trust your instincts, even if you don’t have the facts to support them. But don’t start a fight without a real opponent; shadowboxing won’t lead to a solution and will only tired you out. Wait until you have more information before confronting anyone with the truth.
You may want to do your job in a new and different way today, but the dynamics seem more complicated because something or someone is blocking your path. Powerful emotions are lurking just under the surface and you’re concerned that they could sidetrack your day. Although you might get drawn into a conflict if you’re not careful, you would be wiser to keep your nose clean for now. Wait until the intensity settles down before shaking up the status quo.
All would be fine today, but someone may not be playing according to your rules. It feels as if a raincloud is moving in on your big game, even though it’s still sunny. Don’t let fear dampen your enthusiasm. Instead of trying to outrun bad weather, head off developing problems by facing negativity directly. Avoiding blame now will have a positive impact on the final outcome.
The feisty Aries Moon battles with unrelenting Pluto, raising concerns about how your personal story is unfolding and who controls your destiny. Your strong resolve can block out some of the tension, but purposefully remaining unaware of it only deepens the problem. It’s counterproductive to avoid conflict today, so bring any differences out into the open. Confrontation may be inevitable now, but healthy compromise offers a lasting solution to the current stress.
Your life is a bit hectic today and things could fall apart unless you pay close attention to your immediate environment. You prefer to play your cards when you’re ready, but may be forced to play them according to someone else’s strategy. Don’t panic; it may be smarter to walk away from the table and return to the game after you have collected your thoughts. Your strategy will improve when your feelings are not being pulled all over the place.