35: Easy Progress
General Meaning: The general situation is one of easy, natural progress. That which had been weak is now steadily rising up, and by gaining a prominent position, becomes a stronger force. The image is the light of the rising sun, which at first appears dimly through the mists. But this relatively weak light later radiates with powerful clarity once the sun has reached a high position in the sky.
Progress is made when those in subordinate positions create harmony with those above, and in so doing create a natural means for their collective talents and abilities to blossom. It is by recognizing and riding with the natural course of events — by hitching our wagon to the rising sun, as it were — that we advance our position and earn respect.
Goodness in human nature is like the dim but beautiful early morning light. It can easily be obscured — by greed, hatred and other forms of self-absorption — just as the morning light can be swallowed by fog. Be reminded that progress is achieved most effortlessly when right action is taken without concern for immediate reward, and when the path of the weaker elements aligns with the strong.
Today is great for signing contracts or finalizing deals. Your financial picture is looking rosier, so going out and spending some money wouldn’t be the worst idea. On the personal front, romance beckons. Just be careful not to do anything irresponsible
About the Number 8
Power, Responsibility, Good Judgment, Financial Rewards
This Tarot Deck: Hanson Roberts
What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.
The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.
Retrograde Mercury in analytical Virgo requires extra precision when choosing our words. But it’s also opposing nebulous Neptune, plaguing us with fuzzy thinking. Our energy is dampened when fiery Mars enters watery Cancer today, yet its easy trine to Neptune helps us tap into the magic of our fantasies. Thankfully, the Moon’s entry into objective Libra at 6:04 am EDT helps us balance our current need for accuracy with the power of imagination.
You may be more considerate of other people’s feelings now that your ruling planet Mars is visiting nurturing Cancer. Mars harmonizes with mystical Neptune, giving you the ability to turn your dreams into reality if you stay true to yourself. Remember, the key to your current magic comes from speaking the truth and walking your talk. Don’t be shy; say what you want, but at least find the nicest way to do it before you open your mouth.
You may be weary of friends and associates who mislead you with clever words and smooth promises. You’re not in the mood to be messed with today and if you think that others are avoiding their responsibilities, you can become quite angry. You won’t be any fun to be around if you discover that someone has deceived you in any manner. Try to postpone an important discussion for a few days or you might create more problems than you solve.
Although things may settle down when Mars leaves your sign today, your mind is still quite busy. However, someone may not be playing fairly now and you are worried about how this situation could develop over the days ahead. Don’t waste valuable energy by allowing yourself to slip into a fearful state; instead, concentrate your thoughts on spreading love in every moment of the day.
Red-hot Mars pushes into your sign today to fire up your feelings. Unfortunately, your emotional reactions can be strong, possibly making you afraid to share your desires with most people because you’re worried that you might scare them away. But total inaction can lead to more problems, so don’t go quiet and just pretend that all is well. Let a trusted friend or companion know what’s bothering you, but be extra careful not to place blame on anyone for your current worries.
You may be attached to your desires, yet unable to bring them out into the open today. Others expect you to be upfront and now there could be trouble if they can tell you’re hiding something. Unfortunately, this could lead to someone’s accusations and your denials, wasting energy and leaving you frustrated. Be courageous and proudly admit your feelings. You may be uncertain at first, but revealing what you’ve been hiding can clear the air better than any other strategy.
You can’t decide what to do today because you feel off balance. Fortunately, your intentions are probably honorable because you truly want to do the right thing. But even the simplest idea seems to be entangled with other ones, making everything overly complicated. Your actions may even be misinterpreted. Luckily, this is a temporary condition, so cool your jets for a few days until the peace and quiet returns.
You might consider withdrawing today so you can focus on taking care of your own needs. However, you’re taunted by outrageous fantasies because they seem quite possible. You’re tempted to push the limits of logic by acting out an impossible dream sequence, only to discover that it works. Nevertheless, you’re treading on unstable ground because the tiniest doubt could cause your entire dreamworld to collapse. Remember, your unwavering belief may be enough to make something special come true.
Sharing your deepest concerns is not a wise idea today, especially if there isn’t anyone around that you sufficiently trust. However, in your search for a confidant you could find yourself attracted to someone else’s perspective, believing that it can offer you safe harbor. Unfortunately, impulsive decisions made while you’re excited will probably lead you away from your goals. Instead, take the necessary time to work through your uncertainty before giving your final answer.
Someone might catch you off guard today as he or she tap dances around your probing questions. You would like to be able to trust your instincts, but others won’t likely sit still long enough for you to get a read on what’s happening. Wait a few days until the mysterious and the unknowable situation plays through. Thankfully, you could be left with newfound clarity and purpose.
Some people can become a real pain in the neck now that combative Mars is shifting into your 7th House of Relationships. You may feel as if others are worrying about the wrong things, but you can’t say a word about it because the issue is so sensitive. Naturally, you don’t want to walk around on eggshells because you realize that you’re going to break a few sooner than later. Nevertheless, it’s still sensible to avoid direct confrontation for now.
You don’t know if your current assessment of someone is valid or if you’re forming it on assumptions that are built upon your desires. Thankfully, you may be able to jumpstart yourself into motion. Your flexibility helps to alleviate the anxious pressure of growing tension in a relationship or partnership. But don’t diffuse the uncomfortable energy too quickly. Holding your position and sinking deeper into it should bring you more clarity and meaning than running off to the next situation.
You know that you should be more practical today, but you’re frustrated because you cannot seem to control your emotions. It feels as if mysterious forces are coercing you to take action on a project, even if your heart isn’t in it. Rationally, you understand what others are telling you, but it doesn’t alter your passions. Do what’s necessary to satisfy someone’s expectations, but do not ignore the important messages that are coming from within.