Mercury Retrograde Self-Reflection Reading

Oracle of Mystical Moments

Mercury is in Retrograde from January 14th thru February 3rd. As the planet of communication, when Mercury goes into retrograde, it can often affect people by shifting their perspectives and abilities when it comes to one’s communication with others, including family and friends, work, social media, and more. Admittedly, I don’t often experience these affects personally, but I liked the spread. 😉

What perspectives need to be reviewed?

Mermaid’s Love – Take some time to reflect on your relationship with Gideon and just how well you fit together like puzzle pieces.  One’s strengths support the other’s weaknesses and vice-versa.  In this relationship, you are equals for each brings something to the table that is unique and that the other needs. Combined, you become more complete than either of you are when apart.

Ways I can work through any mental blockages.

Eva – Don’t allow yourself to hide away that which needs to be seen and known.  Secrets, especially those kept from yourself, are poisonous and can not just set you back but incapacitate you entirely, depending on what they’re about.  Pay attention and be aware of what you are hiding from.  Awareness is the first step to finding resolution and a better path forward.

How can I bring in more conscious thought practices?

Moondance – Work on that optimism that helps you see life through a more magical lens.  Only when you’re able to see the beauty around you are you at your best, and only then will you be more easily and with more confidence be able to balance the hard parts with the easier ones.

Ways I can be more clear and concise with communication.

Queen Bee – Be strong.  Be supportive.  You don’t have to choose one or the other.  Gentle your sharp tongue to provide a more nurturing energy that can lift people up, even as you remain strong on your boundaries and expectations.

What thinking patterns or ideas do I need to release?

Touch the Sky – Unhealthy alone time is awfully tempting, even during times when things are going well.  It’s that lingering in bed, those stolen moments retreating into the games on your phone, the temptation to nap when you don’t need one and linger in the limbo of waking instead of returning to face the day head on.  None of these are good for you, and you need to work at making healthier choices no matter how tempting those unhealthy ones are in the moment.

Main lesson from this Mercury Retrograde.

Like a Bird – How to balance your motivation in a more healthy way. You are capable of succeeding even when you’re not pushing yourself like some kind of slave driver.  It doesn’t mean you’re stalling out, and a slower pace doesn’t mitigate success or create stagnancy as long as you stay motivate to keep moving forward… no matter the pace you take to get there.


Weekly Creativity Prompt – Falling Apart

Prompt: Draw (at least) three cards. Use them to tell us about a (real or fictional) winter night in the city.

The Grand Elixir TarotWalking in this old, worn neighborhood at night takes a certain amount of projected authority (The Emperor) to keep from being accosted… and a certain amount of disregard for one’s safety (The Lovers Rx) because it might just happen anyway.

What was once a lush and thriving beauty is now a crumbling shell of what once was (imagery for The World) as corruption took over to eat away at its core as crimes are committed and remain unsolved either through disinterest… or willful ignorance (Justice).

Sadly, there is no coming back from what it has become. In this neighborhood, there is no recovery to be had, for it goes beyond the cracked sidewalks and grime… the poison has gone root deep. Too much blood, and violence, and too many deaths. (The Tower)

And yet even in this place I see beauty (The Magician), for it is in the strength of those that live here (Strength) if for no other reason than they can’t afford to live anywhere else. I see it in their eyes as I pass them on the street while they avoid the darker shadows and hurry home, their heads down but the inner spark that lives within them shining with a hope that they can lift themselves and their children up to rise to something better (The Star).


Another Full Moon in Cancer Tarot Reading

Transparent Owl Tarot

I know I have already done a Full Moon in Cancer spread for this full moon, but this one caught my attention and I really liked the questions, so I decided to do a second one.

Where is your emotional self out right now?

Three of Pentacles – Still in “work mode”.  It’s been a few weeks since the end of the holiday rush, but you’ve not quite made it fully out of that protective shell yet.  You’re working on it, and you’re getting there… it’s just taking some time.

What insecurities do you need to face?

King of Pentacles – Stability needs. Control freak needs.  You are very much “rule with a tight fist” when it comes to the comfort and stability of your home life. You delved into this a little bit last summer and the root of fear that feeds these insecurities has been exposed, but there’s still more work to go in this area.

How can you nurture yourself through this transit?

Five of Pentacles Rx – Don’t let struggles hold you back, and make sure that you’re keeping an eye open for a helping hand.  You’re not alone, and although there will be hurdles this month, they aren’t the end of the world… even if they may feel like it in the moment.

What changes are in the works for you right now?

Five of Wands – Connecting to motivation through the things you are most passionate about. This means that you are being the opportunity to learn to be more flexible in getting things done that you’d like to do (and how they get done) instead of butting heads with others at every turn.

Lasting outcome of this full moon in cancer.

Ace of Swords – New and better communication strategies with others going forward.


Full Moon in Cancer – January 2022

Tonight is the full moon, and like all new moons and full moons, I did a spread aligned to the moon’s current themes as a part of my recognition of the moon’s cycle and influences upon us. Today’s spread is about the medicine within, and brought to you by Ethony‘s Tarot by the Moon series.

Full Moon in Cancer Tarot Reading with the Ethereal Visions Tarot Luna Edition

What emotion wants to be honoured at this time?

The Magician – Your sense of ingenuity and capability. You don’t often recognize and appreciate just how resourceful you are and how this lifts you up in life. That ability provides for you a sense of security that you wouldn’t otherwise have, and it’s something you need to honor a bit more during this full moon.

What emotion am I suppressing?

The Hermit – The longing for alone time to just be with yourself and reflect. Mostly, this is being suppressed because this time of year you are susceptible to depression and it is too easy to slide from healthy alone time into the unhealthy variety. As your Self-Care Saturday reading indicated earlier this week, though, you need to get out in nature and recharge. Ignoring this need won’t make anything better, only letting yourself have that time will.

What action can I take to honour my emotions?

The Chariot – Just do it. Stop fighting against the things that feel uncomfortable and stop shaming yourself.  Honor your emotions by actually giving them room to run and acknowledging that they are important and valid.

What is my higher self asking me to reflect on this full moon?

Eight of Wands – What are you rushing for? Internal anxiety and adrenaline isn’t needed right now to keep you going or to get things done. They’ll get done (and at the same speed) even if you aren’t putting undue pressure on yourself.

How can I slow down and stay in touch with my emotions?

King of Wands – You need to get in touch with what you really want and what you really want to stand for.  Apply this to your own life.


Weekly Creativity Prompt – Judgement

Prompt: Pull the card from your deck(s) that matches the card posted below. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the card from your own deck. How would you read them differently and why? Share your card(s) with us and your interpretation differences between the imagery on them cards.

Tarot of the Hidden Spirit - Judgement - Life RenewedTarot of the Hidden Realm – There is more than rebirth in this card. There’s hope.  Hope in the features of the girl and in her seeking gaze, as well as in the delicate unfurling of the seedling in her hand. She offers new life, rich and tender, bright and strong.  New life that will grow into a mighty oak, strong and resilient, if given the chance.  In this card I see the promise of greatness… if we are willing to believe in it and foster it’s growth within us.

The Spacecaster Tarot, Irish Mythology Tarot, I 22 Arcani Fiabeschi

The Spacecaster Tarot – Maat’s scales lie in the background of this card, indicating that the imagery is about being a good person, for it is only then that one’s heart can be weighed against a feather and come out on top. In the foreground, two figures with multiple eyes tell us that we are always watched, and there is nothing you can hide from your own heart. This card asks… What are you doing that is a weight on your heart? Stop pretending it is okay, listen to your heart and make the reparations necessary to lift that weight.

Irish Mythology Tarot – [The oghams on the sides of this card read Nuada.] Depicted in this card is Nuada Airgetlám, a king that lost his arm and his throne, only to be given a new arm by the gods and come back to reclaim his throne once more. It is a story of redemption and homecoming. In this card I see a message that speaks of what you’ve lost along the way on life’s path. What has been left behind that, if reclaimed, can make you feel whole once more?

I 22 Arcani Fiabeschi – Here we have a very classical image of the judgment card, but instead of the figures below looking up towards Gabriel who’s blowing his horn to call them home, they are focused on each other. The figures below are so focused on the physical world around them, that they discount the spiritual side of themselves and of life. This card begs the question… what elements of life are you ignoring that would help you to develop into the person that you want to be?


Self-Love Lenormand Reading

Self-Love Reading - Shadowlands Tarot

Something to love about myself.
Letter and Mountain

The ability to not be held back or restrained by times when I can’t get the information I need. Instead I am flexible enough to find a way around these moments and keep going.

Where can I be more patient with myself?
Man and Child

You’re allowed to be childish sometimes. You’re allowed to set aside the heavy and let your inner child have a little fun. Too often you see your playful self as a ridiculous inconvenience.

Where can I be kinder to myself?
Coffin and Moon

Accept that the depression is not under your control.  You can mitigate it a bit if you catch it in time, but it’s something that happens to you, not a choice you make.  It isn’t your fault.

Energies & strategies to draw on moving forward.
Woman and Rider

Fresh air. Gentle nurturing energy. Keep moving. Lets not revisit the feelings of stymied energy and stagnancy that you experienced last  year.   Instead, keep circling fresh air and energy through your life to gently stir you into keeping moving… inside and out.