Venus represents those qualities we commonly associate with the female/yin persona. Venus traits include fertility and the drive to create, unblemished beauty, love, passion, and togetherness. The occurrence of Venus denotes the dominating presence or need of the qualities listed above. While often very subtle, Venetian influences may have a negative impact unless they are balanced with an influence that can temper the drive of Venus.
As a daily card, Venus suggest you should allow your more feminine traits to guide your actions through this period. Subtlety, efforts to bring people together and allowing your creativity to run free are likely to serve you well at this time. However, like Mars, the powers of Venus are very strong and can do more damage than good if not balanced by other influences.
This reading represents strengths you were born with that will emerge this weekend.
Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings to your set of personal cards. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be.
When Temperance or The Sun are among your personal cards, the influence of The World may be increased. Having The Hermit in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The World.
The Empress is “The Earth Mother” of the Tarot. She embodies all that is nurturing, clean and wholesome. Her powers resonate from her drive to create and care for life on a grand scale. She is in tune with Nature’s rhythm and realizes that life’s most pleasurable moments often stem from the simplest things. She is not afraid to enjoy herself–to let loose—to the point of being lavish. Abundance and luxury are important to her. The Empress is completely comfortable with her femininity and her sexuality. She is sensual, earthy, generous, and likes the good life. Still, her driving force is a need to create and nurture, and fulfilling this need overrides everything else.
When The Lover or The Star are among your personal cards, the influence of The Empress may be increased. Having the Emperor or Death in your personal cards may diminish the influence of The Empress.
The Nine of this suit points to a person who is financially secure enough to live comfortably. This is about someone supported by her own business, inheritance or property. This is one person in a thousand.
This fortunate individual has turned a historical accident into a personal opportunity. This is one who has the vision and strength of character to hold onto gains against all odds. Do not be fooled at the apparent ease displayed on this card — the person pictured is at the tail end of a long and stressful process of winning the right to be taken seriously. All of this grace has been paid for several times over.
Get A Jump On Tomorrow…
Your Horoscopes for Saturday, July 9th
We’re playing with the possibilities of expanding our perspectives today while the picky Virgo Moon reminds us about the power of concentration. On one hand, we’re trying to eliminate all the unnecessary distractions. But we might fear we’re missing out on something special as magnetic Venus pulls in energy from fantasy-prone Neptune and buoyant Jupiter. Meanwhile, a revolutionary Jupiter-Uranus connection blasts away resistance and opens our minds.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
A tightly packed schedule isn’t as restrictive as it appears today. Although your activities can certainly keep you busy on the outside, you’re traveling far and wide within the unrestrained realms of your imagination. Others might not realize what you’re up to now, allowing you to explore the edges of the cosmos in your fantasies. Thankfully, your inner journeys are spiritually rejuvenating and everyone will benefit from your mental excursions, even if they don’t understand the twinkle in your eye. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
Although you see extraordinary possibilities in ordinary experiences today, manifesting your visions isn’t as simple as you might think. It’s misleading when beauty seems within your grasp, yet it vanishes when you tighten your grip. Surprisingly, the solution to many a problem is contained within this paradox. Trying too hard has a reverse effect and satisfaction remains elusive as long as you struggle for it. But relaxing your need to control the outcome allows your dreams to flourish. Happiness isn’t out there; it’s within you.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
You wish you could let the world go by without your participation today. In fact, you might cherish the idea of just putting your feet up and giving your body a chance to recuperate from the recent stress. However, your overactive mind still seeks something to do. Peace and quiet may need to wait if you get caught up in running errands or finishing projects around the house. Nevertheless, you’ll feel more energized if you balance your activities with a bit of well-deserved rest. All work and no play is rarely a good idea on the weekend.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
It seems as if there’s never enough time to catch up on all your networking and today is no exception. But devoting your day to phone calls, texts, email and social media doesn’t leave you any time to connect with your soul. Do something special for yourself now and unplug from technology. Play some music, read a book or take a hike; going offline for a while creates space for your inner wisdom to shine through. Journalist Sydney J. Harris wrote, “The best time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
It’s ironic that you have a fixed idea of what you want today, yet you encounter trouble putting it into words. Of course, people can’t read your mind, making it unlikely they will assist you on your quest. Nevertheless, you’re ready to go off on your own in search of your dream. But try not to alienate others just because they’re not joining you. Maintaining solid connections with those you love enables you to travel even further while on your spiritual pursuit. Sharing your experience with your friends after the fact is still cause for celebration.
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
Your powerful mood changes are both a strength and a weakness today. Your gut reaction to each situation is clear enough to reveal your inner truth, but you know your current thinking is not permanent. You also have an antenna tuned toward the distant horizon that makes you recognize the limitations of your immediate feelings. Nevertheless, you can’t live in one world without also being acutely aware of the other. Sometimes it’s the unsolvable dilemmas that fuel the most creative solutions.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
Your dreams have broken free from the restraints of reality and it sounds like fun to follow them wherever they lead. However, those closest to you have other ideas in mind and you’re unable to ignore their wishes today. Thankfully, with a little cosmic magic you can do it all with very little effort on your part. Enjoy your time with friends and family but don’t give up on your dreams since they have the power to transform your world.
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
Your social life is suddenly taking off in unexpected ways and you don’t know whether to celebrate or mourn. Although you may need to sacrifice some personal freedom to participate in group activities, it will be well worth the detour. It’s healthy to open your heart to new experiences now. Don’t worry about being distracted from more important tasks since they will still be there upon your return. Putting your priorities in order allows people to come first.
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
Unexpected opportunities offer you the chance to connect with an entirely new cast of characters now. It’s quite exciting when your dreams come true and you can’t tell the difference between them and your real life. But there’s also danger in the air when your power of discernment is malfunctioning. Making long-term decisions is tricky because today’s treasure can turn into tomorrow’s prison. Accept invitations to play, but make sure you have an escape plan and a way home for when you need it.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
You’re not limited to your regular choices today. It’s as if your blinders were removed and there’s a variety of roads leading from the present moment into the rest of your life. Although this jolt of awareness is thrilling, it’s also daunting. You don’t necessarily enjoy being overwhelmed with so many alternatives. Nevertheless, you can still apply your methodical analysis to the situation and weed out the most unrealistic options before picking your path. Your potential is unlimited now; the only thing that restricts your future is your mind.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
You’re likely to encounter a few surprises today no matter how meticulous you are in your planning. But you’re not willing to put up with anyone’s restrictive ideas because people’s plans that are built on fear seem ignorant to your progressive thinking now. It’s as if a strike of lightning has lit up your entire brain and you can see everything from a more cosmic perspective. Where others want to erect walls, you see opportunities to build bridges. Living in your fantasy world is easy; the hard work begins when you commit to taking action in the real world.
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
It’s nothing new if people accuse you of being a dreamer, but the dynamics change if you’re not motivated to defend your practicality today. Instead of arguing with anyone, you probably just see their criticism as a distraction from your magical thinking. You don’t want to waste time engaging doubt, no matter where it originates. Instead, you are obsessed with creating your own version of Utopia, even if it’s temporarily contained within your imagination. Sowing the seeds of the future begins in your mind.
You are creative in an unusual, fascinating way, and in fact, people find you fascinating and unique in general.Your interests tend to be off the beaten track. You can be quite generous with your time and often make sacrifices for people you love. You are nurturing and loving, but you are also very stubborn and willful – certainly your own person!You have a strong connection with nature. Watch for workaholic tendencies.Famous people born today: Kevin Bacon, Nelson Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller, Beck, Sophia Bush, Billy Crudup, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Anjelica Huston, Jaden Smith.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
The Sun in a waxing sextile to the Moon in your Solar Return chart has a fortunate influence on your year ahead. You can be especially productive this year, as in many ways you are starting fresh, but you have a rather clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Your inner needs tend to be mirrored by external events, and vice versa, which helps to boost your confidence and happiness levels. You more readily accept that challenges are part of the natural cycle in life, which in turn helps you to meet them with confidence and to worry less. You are likely to be on top of your game this year for the most part, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. A comfortable level of personal popularity helps keep conflict to a minimum. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there will be less stress on both your mind and body.
Pluto continues to oppose your Sun this year. It’s important to choose your battles wisely with this influence, as you can very easily become drained by obsessive thoughts and possibly resentments. You are learning to reclaim your personal power through the mirror of your relationships. This transit marks a major growth period in your life in which you struggle with the buried elements of your personality and ego as you learn to accept, transform, or face them. You may be acting in a controlling, jealous, or overbearing manner which should be watched for. This comes from a deep fear of letting go and surrendering to the idea that some things cannot be directed or controlled. As this fear surfaces, your behavior may be compulsive or obsessive; or you may experience these traits through someone close to you. Either way, you are learning to detach yourself or let go of something, someone, or attitudes that are no longer serving you well. You might fear the loss of a person, a lifestyle, a job, or other significant part of your life. What you need to do is avoid turning this into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fear itself may lead you to compulsive, suspicious, or difficult behavior; and this behavior might cost you the very thing that you hold dear. You tend to act on impulse and often don’t listen to reason–even your own! However, being aware of these tendencies can help you to overcome the negative side of this transit. This is a period for really getting to know yourself, what you’re capable of, and what you truly want from life. By the end of this transit, you’ll ideally be in a more personally powerful position, as you reclaim and fully own what you may have been giving away to others. You’re likely to feel more independent and self-aware.
This can be a busy period in your life. Your communications are more colorful, and you have more impact with what you communicate. You tend to seek out mental stimulation and activity. You are also likely to present yourself well during this period of your life, and personal magnetism is great.
Something big is in the works regarding your love life. You’ll have a chance to heal old wounds with regards to love this year. You’re also bound to find new ways of making money.
You are especially creative and expressive this year and your love life can be animated. You succeed best in fields or areas that allow you to make something beautiful, attractive, and/or entertaining. Personal magnetism is strong. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal.
You often have a way with words this year, and verbalizing your feelings can be enjoyable. You are able to handle people well, and negotiations are favored in general. This can be a good year for dabbling in the arts, furthering a creative hobby or craft, and exploring new artistic interests. Even so, there can be distinct advantages to working in some level of solitude this year as it can be too easy to become distracted on social levels, which can impact your productivity.
However, watch for holding onto opinions and ideas too tightly. Attempts to make others believe the same things you do can be frustrating and unhealthy. Your style of communication may be too intense at times.
You may be attracted to people with artistic inclinations or to relationships in which there is an imbalance of power or a theme of saving or helping. The more romantic or idealistic side of your nature can emerge strongly now, perhaps inspired by someone you care about or someone you meet this year.
You have a strong need for affection during this period of life, and you tend to be especially generous with those you love. Watch for overindulgence in this respect, but enjoy the good vibes as well. You can do especially well working with people you love.
Watch for impatience or fits of temper that work against you this year. There may be changes in work schedules or life’s circumstances could challenge you in such a way that you need to change your goals or actions. This can also be a time when you tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Energy fluctuates this year. If you can avoid rash or impulsive moves, you could enjoy more courage than usual to do things that break the routine or clear the air.
Your unique manner of expressing and asserting yourself is in focus and appreciated this year. Suppressed anger is more effectively released in creative ways. Physical healing can help inner healing, and vice versa.
This is a period of new beginnings and fresh starts, and can be a busier year than usual. Love and social matters can be up and down, but also quite magical at times. Personal appeal is excellent. New and interesting experiences are likely, but energy can fluctuate and impulsive moves should be watched for. This is a strong year for taking up interesting studies and for meeting people through artistic interests and hobbies. Watch for putting too much pressure on yourself and on your relationships.
2016is a Number Six year for you. Ruled by Venus. This is a year of relative contentment. It is a time when love is the easiest to attract, and partnerships formed under this vibration have a better chance for longevity. You are able to attract others, and material things as well, this year. This is a good year for establishing harmony in the family and in the home. Advice – develop existing relationships, be positive and receptive because these kinds of energies help you to attract what you desire.
2017will be a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
There can be a nice feeling of contentment early today, dear Aries. You might very well enjoy handling work and household details today, and you are likely to come up with some great ideas about either or both of these matters. Health can also be a focus and an area for problem solving and fresh, new thinking. Family and/or co-workers can be cooperative and possibly quite helpful in terms of bringing new insight into your life. Cooperation with others helps fuel your motivation. We tend to be quite open today to learning from others and finding solutions rather than harping on the past early today. It’s a decent time unburden or unload, as well. As the day advances, we’re inclined to close up or withdraw, making it a better time to work on your own.
The first half of the day is great for discussing something dear to your heart, making a presentation, or winning someone’s favor, dear Taurus. Personal magnetism is super. There can also be good energy for communicating, spreading good word, word of mouth benefits, interesting offers, and good news or reviews. This is a potentially nice time for feeling a connection with someone special, and there can be a good sense of growth and faith in a relationship. It’s easier to verbalize exactly what you want, and this kind of positive communication can truly benefit you. Your ideas and opinions are received exactly as you intend them. While later today there can be some tensions to deal with revolving around relationships and/or finances, this can also serve to balance out your thinking as you consider realistic and practical angles.
Early today is useful for identifying those things of true value to you, dear Gemini. This makes purchases easy, but it can also extend to non-material realms – you may be seeing exactly what you want and need in a friend or partner, for example. Communicating with sensitivity comes quite naturally now. Feedback from family can be helpful. It’s a good time to make financial plans and to discuss strategies for reaching your goals, as well as for coming to a nice agreement with a partner or someone important to you. A problem that has bothered you might resolve itself or an accurate diagnosis is made. Your vision of an issue is big and broad, and this helps you to put things into perspective. Details of plans may need further attention, and fortunately, later today you are in the right frame of mind to consider them.
You may be excited about an idea or a particular topic of study today, dear Cancer. You can be making positive changes to the ways you communicate. The day is good for personal charm. Mercury in your sign is in good relationship with lucky Jupiter, and Venus in your sign connects well with healing Chiron. People may be enjoying your ideas and wisdom, and you’re communicating in positive ways. You are generous with your time and energy. It’s easier than usual to rise above problems and make the best of circumstances. Communications, learning, publishing, and transportation are favorable today. There may be a minor disconnect with a partner or co-worker this afternoon, but whatever conflict that emerges now can ultimately get you to a better, more realistic place.
Personal magnetism is on the quiet side, but it’s certainly there today, dear Leo. Quiet charm can be powerful and exactly what’s needed at times like these! Relationships tend to fare well with your increased sensitivity. An approach that’s modest and sincere tends to be the most successful for the time being. This is a time for setting some trends and making it easy for others to follow along. Dreams and intuition are fertile for ideas today. You may be in a supportive role and enjoying taking care of someone now. Private time is helpful, although you are likely to feel quite connected with others. While the first half of the day is strong for big ideas and plans, you’re more inclined to concern yourself with practical details later today.
Your ability to tap into patience today is admirable, dear Virgo, and can bring rewards. You’re thinking in big terms, but you’re comfortable enough to understand the value of making long-term plans. This is a strong day for sorting out problems. Others tend to listen to what you have to say, or you are drawing in opportunities as you communicate more openly and positively with your ruler, Mercury, in easy aspect to Jupiter in your sign. Your more easygoing and likable qualities are pronounced and attractive. Your advice is useful and appreciated. You can inspire or be inspired by friends and connections. The Moon continues to transit your sign and this puts you in the forefront. Emotions run on the high side, but you are in control.
The morning can be very good for personal appeal and matters of the heart, dear Libra, largely due to open hearts and minds. As well, you have a good head for practical matters. Making plans for your money, business deals, and problem solving are all favored now. The power of positive thinking makes anything seem possible right now. You are well-aspected for commercial activity, negotiation, and settling contracts, as long as you’ve done your homework. Sensitive topics can be handled with more ease than usual. If you’re inclined to go over the top this morning, as the day advances you tend to come back down to earth. This can have a nice balancing effect on your day.
When it comes to love and partnership in the first half of the day, dear Scorpio, you’re in a particularly generous, open frame of mind. There is more patience to draw upon, and acceptance comes easily. It’s a good time to present ideas, make plans, and to think in big terms, particularly related to social and happiness goals, friendships, and group projects. Communications are in good form. Your sense for future trends is very sound right now. Opportunities open up to you as you share your ideas and make an effort to reach out to others. For some of you, a financial boost or gift can be part of the picture. While you should certainly think big this morning, there is good energy for slimming things down later today.
Self-improvement endeavors are highly favored right now, dear Sagittarius. This morning is particularly strong for motivation levels and for coming to a mutually beneficial agreement. Cooperation comes easily. It can be a decent time for striking up a conversation about a private or personal matter if this can help you. People tend to give you good and useful feedback or advice now. Professional matters are positive, and for some of you, glowing. Be generous with your time and open to possibilities today for best results. Even so, as the day advances, it makes more sense to you to look after details and practicalities.
Early today is strong for personal appeal, dear Capricorn. There can be a wonderful sense of stability and faithfulness in love and friendship, and in small ways, you may be getting closer to someone. Your ability to put things into perspective can open up doors that were previously closed, not only because you’re entertaining new ideas, but also because others are more willing to consider your viewpoint. There may be a discovery of a new way to share your ideas that can be rewarding. It is also a good time to forgive and forget old hurts from the past, and to open up the lines of communication. Putting your head together with a partner can be fruitful. As the day advances, there can be some feeling of being on your own or unappreciated, however. This is temporary and may very well lead to something positive as you discover inner resources you never knew you had.
This morning, you have a sharper sense for what’s valuable, dear Aquarius. You can be quite pleased with work and the little things that you’ve accomplished. Good energy is with you in the first half of the day for optimistic feelings, sharing ideas with others, and solving problems quite happily. Your approach to practical matters is positive and creative. You may be tackling duties that you don’t typically feel motivated to complete. You can get much done now, and there is bound to be quite a bit of relief as you reduce the clutter in your mind and conscience. There is an easygoing way about how you express yourself now that is especially appealing to others. As the day advances, you’re more interested in the details than the big ideas.
Minds are open this morning, dear Pisces, so that making changes feels natural. Personal magnetism is good and matters of the heart can thrive. Thoughts flow, and so does the creative process. Consider expressing yourself through creative mediums. You are certainly recognizing a need for more creative and expressive outlets these days, and today, you are steering in the right direction. There can be a lot of activity today with regards to the exchange of ideas, communications with friends, and a flood of thoughts. A rewarding conversation can figure strongly. While the morning is good for big ideas, the afternoon is better for seeing the practical angles. Don’t let this comparatively more serious energy bring you down – use it to make refinements and edits.
Communication with you and your lover this weekend will be on point. Mercury and Jupiter connect beautifully on Friday, allowing you to fully engage with your mate and discuss the most important topics connected to your relationship.
You’ll also enjoy sharing bright ideas with each other, and might even have so much to talk about that you feel there just isn’t enough time to fit it all in. You can thank Mercury’s trine to Mars on Sunday for that! And for good measure, a lovely sextile between the Sun and Jupiter assures positive, benevolent exchanges.
This Weekend’s Romantic Rating*
* Heart ratings are based on the lunar cycle. They range from low to full, with low indicating a rocky weekend for romance and full indicating plenty of passionate potential.
The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016
Phase: Waxing Crescent
Moon Age: 4.13 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 394,463.22 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,092,741.13 km
Color: Red Element: Fire Altar: Upon a red cloth set a large mug of beer, four torches, and as many weapons as are to be found in the House. Offerings: Confront one’s hidden rage. Daily Meal: Spicy food.
Invocation to Cuchulain
(Those who would aid in the ritual should take up weapons and clash them together after every line spoken. At the end, clash them three times and lower them to the ground, them return them to the altar.)
Hail, chosen warrior of the Morrigan!
Hail, bringer of battle rage!
Hail, Hound of Culain!
You who slew the Hound
And became one in his stead,
You who were defeated only by treachery,
Greatest in battle
But faithful to woman,
Greatest in slaughter
But undone by a naked breast,
Greatest in victory
But defeated by thoughtlessness,
Coming youngest to glory
And youngest to death,
Embody for us the courage of youth
That we may call upon it
Throughout our lives.
Hail, Cuchulain, shooting like a fiery arrow,
Brave and foolish,
Strong and ephemeral
As a shooting star in the sky.
(As the weapons are clashed for the final time, all let forth a battle-cry; “Cuchulain!”. The beer is poured as a libation, and the torches doused in the well.) [Pagan Book of Hours]
Color: Dark Blue Element: Air Altar: Upon a cloth of dark blue set a flaming torch, a sword, and a set of scales. Offerings: Right an injustice, or give aid to those who do. Daily Meal: Fasting. Instead, give readings on justice.
Invocation to Dike
High on your mountain,
Waiting for the world to turn around,
What do you see in that high view
That we do not see, here on the ground?
Lady of Justice, once a maiden
Wreathed in flowers and beauty,
Dancing with your sisters
Marking out the hours
You are now weathered and alone
Waiting out the years.
What right do we have to ask for justice
When we are not ourselves perfect?
The right of every imperfect being.
For if no one asks,
no one receives,
and then no one has an example for which to strive.
Please Lady, have patience
With our folly
Do not give up on us
And do not bend your scales
For we must learn to feel
Justice from within
For it will never come from without.
Have no mercy on our souls,
For only in this way can we learn.