BY: SARAH SHIPMAN
ARIES (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Mary Shelley - XVIII The Moon
You’re going to finish off 2017 by diving into creativity-mode. You may want to physically clear some space in your home, studio, or office to make room (at least symbolically) for the growth that you are primed to experience in the coming few weeks. You may find yourself up late some nights, losing sleep because your mind is running wild with ideas. Don’t fight this; you’ll catch up on the sleep later.
TAURUS (APRIL 21 - MAY 20)
Jane Addams & Ellen Gates Starr - VI The Lovers
This month, look to join forces with someone else in order to create your dreams. Another pair of eyes may be exactly what you need to look at what you’ve done so far and help get you to the next level in 2018. Even if that perfect collaborator or partner doesn’t come along, think about the ways you’ve been working against yourself. Find ways to be a better friend to you. Facilitate your own flourishing.
GEMINI (MAY 21 - JUNE 20)
Sojourner Truth - Knight of Cups
December may feel intense for you, in either positive or negative ways (or both!), but it’s all in your best interest. The year is winding down in a way that will set you up for an adventurous 2018. Brainstorm how you can use this emotional intensity productively. Channel it into your projects, your self-care routine, spiritual practice, therapy… you will know how to proceed.
CANCER (JUNE 21 - JULY 22)
Lucrezia Borgia - 7 of Swords
December is a good time for you to make a clean break from the circumstances and relationships that are holding you back. This month, you may experience someone trying to manipulate you (whether on purpose or just unconsciously, due to their own trauma). Now that the year is ending, decide where you want your boundaries to be. Fortify these protective--but not impenetrable barriers--with your ocean-deep love and sensitivity.
LEO (JULY 23 - AUGUST 22)
Ka’iulani - Queen of Cups
Round out 2017 by integrating all you have learned together. Only you will know exactly what that should look like, and how that should feel. There are areas of your life that are currently not touching and interacting with each other, and while compartmentalization can be useful, it’s making you feel scattered. Prioritize what’s most important, and let your worlds collide.
VIRGO (AUGUST 23 - SEPTEMBER 22)
Helen Keller - 2 of Swords
Get in touch with your grounded, earthy energy to explore new ideas, and come to a new understanding either about yourself, others, or both. This has been is a recurring theme for you this year. Is there some pattern of your behavior, or aspect of your life, that you have been overlooking (or ignoring)? In December, you’re in a great position to discover something new.
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 22)
Mamie Till-Mobley - XI Justice
If this year has been a tough one for you, full of ups and downs, this month is the time for you to shift your energy and focus. Bring balance to the situation. And that can mean a lot of different things to different people, so spend some time contemplating what the best approach may be--for you. It’s impossible to truly know the future, but you will have a good sense of “right versus wrong” this month to help guide you.
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 22)
Corazon Aquino - 4 of Wands
As the year ends, it’s a great time for you to be the leader on a project, or plan a group trip, or anything that requires your unique talent for turning imagined ideas into real-life experiences. 2018 is already shaping up to be a fascinating adventure for you and your circle! You’ll be able to connect with others this month in a way that inspires and motivates them, and you.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 21 - DECEMBER 21)
Murasaki Shikibu - Ace of Pentacles
As you get comfortable in Sagittarius season (happy birthday!), you’ll find that you can be prolific this month. It’s time to get all those ideas out into the world! Whether that means on paper, online, at work, at home. Things have been cooking all throughout 2017 and now that 2018 is around the corner, it’s time to take the pie out of the oven. Let the world have a slice!
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 19)
Sophie Scholl - 5 of Wands
As the year ends, you may find there’s a last burst of negative energy that you need to work against. That’s okay. You have the know-how and the mental/emotional stamina to handle it. Be patient and trust that this is temporary. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, even if the consequences seem scary. Having compassion, even for those with whom you disagree, will help you to get you through to the new year.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 19)
Ada Lovelace - 6 of Pentacles
You have a gift to share with the world, now that one year is coming to an end, and the next is dawning. It will be exciting, diverting month for you. You’ll likely have a lightbulb, “aha!” type of moment where you get a new idea or solution. Just remember to pace yourself and stay balanced. It might be necessary for you to collaborate with others in order to manifest your new idea.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Henriette Delille - 3 of Wands
Look toward the new year with the intention of expansion. What boundaries do you currently have in place that may be keeping you from being the best version of yourself? No one else can determine who you should be--it’s a collaboration between you and your higher self. Spend some time in your own mindfulness and/or spiritual practice determining how 2018 can be dedicated to your personal growth.
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