This week’s astrology: Eclipse season is here.

Death Cosmic TarotDo you get uncomfortable when the Death card shows up?

It’s very common for people to hold their breath, or let out a little gasp when it comes in a tarot reading. Especially if it’s their first time trying tarot, or if they are feeling particularly vulnerable at that time.

And so in readings, I often find myself saying, “Don’t be afraid of this one,” as I begin a session.

When I sat down to write this week’s message, I told myself that same thing: Don’t be afraid.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to see Death here. Not with jovial Jupiter going direct this week after a four-month retrograde. And not with a New Moon in Cancer shortly after.

But I always find that with tarot, we get the cards that are right for the moment. The art is always in interpreting them.

“It is time to purify your body and soul,” Jamie Partridge (of AstrologyKing.com) says of 2018’s Jupiter retrograde.

I keep coming back to that idea as I realize that many people have mentioned to me that certain jobs, commitments, and obligations are ending for them on or around July 10, when Jupiter goes direct.

When the planet of luck and expansion is retrograde, it asks to assess where some of past opportunities may have turned into limitations.

So often, pathways, successes, and lucky breaks are met with immediate enthusiasm. We start new jobs and take on new ambitions with excitement, hope, or relief.

Opportunity can answer a prayer.

But what happens when you don’t it anymore? 

What happens when you start praying for something else instead? As one area of your life becomes solidified or stable, you start to focus on other things.

Or, eventually, you realize it’s time to ask, “What’s next?”

This is the kind of purification process that Jupiter retrograde may have been putting you through over the past few months.

If priorities are shifting, or doors are closing out of necessity, let it go. Embrace the Death card, trusting that once Jupiter goes direct, new doors will open.

That’s what Jupiter does.

So make space as you need to.

I have found myself doing this so, so much lately. I keep having the most profound realizations about how some of my longest friendships have actually been very limiting, painful relationships for me.

I have held onto them for many reasons.

Friendships are much more complicated than we let on, aren’t they?

They can be easily taken for granted, but they can be as complex as any other relationship we have. I have realized that I’ve been waiting for certain friends to love me as much as I love them. To open up to me more. To invite me in more.

And so, so much time has passed and here I’ve been waiting all along for things that will never change.

That I will always be waiting, if that’s what I continue to choose to do.

Or, I can bring these relationships to a death of their own, accepting that everything has its own cycle, and make space for something more.

Maybe you are going through some similar re-evaluations, too. It can be so freeing, yet so challenging to work through these decisions.

Personally, I am ready to choose something more. And this week’s New Moon will offer the time to do it.

On Thursday, July 12, we welcome the Cancer New Moon. This month’s new lunar cycle, which begins at 10:48pm EST, will be extra potent as it coincides with a solar eclipse.

The Cancer New Moon is an ideal lunar cycle to work with if you want to freshen up the energy within your relationships. If you want to open your heart, or nurture your sensitive self. It is a time to think about how you want to love and be loved in return.

Some people will experience obvious reverberations in their relationships with a solar eclipse in the mix.

Eclipses are catalysts for change, and this one is in a power play with Pluto to boot. On July 12, the Sun and Moon will make an opposition to the planet of power and transformation.

That means that this week’s New Moon can be a powerful time to invoke personal change. Cancer is an intuitive, emotional sign, one that operates from the heart and from the gut.

Pluto’s influence can speak to deep-seated fears that are ready to transform or evolve.

So pay attention to where you are compromising your boundaries, happiness, and well-being out of fear of hurting someone else, or fear of saying no, or fear of loss or rejection.

This week’s New Moon asks: “What is making your heart so tired?”  

Maybe it’s the dramatic friend who always pulls you down into the latest chaos.

Or the boss that keeps you chained to your inbox long after the work day is done.

Or the ex-lover who resurfaces every few months to play another round of headgames.

Or that voice in the back of your head that makes you doubt how far you’ve come, or that causes you to turn green when you see other people succeed.  

Listen to your heart and take a step in whatever new direction feels most necessary. One that feels nurturing, supportive, and empowering, rather than draining.

One that allows you to experience more compassion in your life – even if that compassion comes from within.

If it helps, here is a mantra for the days ahead:

As one cycle ends, another begins.

And if you’d like to work with this week’s New Moon in Cancer, here is a tarot spread to help:

1. What does my heart want right now?
2. How can I make space for this?
3. What kind of change can this lead to?
4. What can I do to trust myself more as I move ahead?

Until next time,

Liz xo

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