On the first Tuesday of every month, leading Tarot professionals from London to Los Angeles, choose one card for all of us, to see the tarot ‘weather’ ahead. Jessica Adams then looks at the astrology behind the cards.
Fiona Lensvelt – Great Britain
July brings Strength. Which asks us for strength, obviously, but the quiet type that comes from within, from taming your own beasts. On the tarot card, we’re shown a woman opening the jaws of a lion and peering in, casual as you like. This card asks for our determination, courage, persistence and patience. Whenever my friend Jen sees this card, she sees herself trying to tease her dog’s jaw open after she’s picked up a chicken bone, yet again, from the street. Brute force and fits of rage won’t make Whitney Houston give up her bone. Gentle strength, skill, calmness and persuasion will win the day. As Gandhi says, more eloquently: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Strength is about knowing you can endure life’s obstacles, no matter how intimidating or prosaic.
Read more from Fiona here.
Kyra Oser – America and Canada
July is a month of moderation and gradual change. With one foot in the water and another on Earth, an angel balances out each chalice by pouring the water from an overflowing cup into a more empty one. Overall, the Temperance card urges a material balance between practical reality and the realm of dreams. More specifically, this month is a time when you have the opportunity to develop an area of your life that you had to set aside so you were able to take care of other, more urgent matters. If you’ve been focused on relationships, perhaps your career, education, or another material area will start to expand. Conversely, if you’ve been busy with work, domestic matters, or practical business, you can now find more time for developing relationships, enjoying your social life, getting back into a spiritual practice, or taking a small action toward a big dream. One of the mystical precepts at the Oracle of Delphi was “Nothing in Excess”. When inner love is coupled with the stability and consistency of pragmatic reality, nearly anything is possible.
Read more from Kyra here.
The Astrology Behind the Tarot in July 2019
Fiona and Kyra are picking up on Leo season (Leo the lion is the star of Strength in the Tarot) and also Neptune in July. They are both seeing the same broad picture from different angles, as natural and powerful psychics. Kyra has seen into Pamela Colman Smith’s astrological secret coding in Temperance, which shows Aquarius (the water-bearer and the wavy lines of the Aquarius logo) but also Neptune, the planet we associate with water of all kinds. We also associate Neptune with dreams. Now in Pisces, Neptune is forming patterns with Jupiter in 2019 which still affect you now. The quote “Nothing in Excess” is really about Jupiter. So, dream your dreams, but not too big – and keep your feet on the ground while you pour in your energy, like the angel seen here!
Fiona (whom I recently had the pleasure of meeting in London) is seeing Leo the lion ruling July. If you have Leo in your chart, willpower is there to access. Even if you don’t, look around you at people you admire for are inspired by in July and you will probably find they have horoscope factors in the sign of the lion. J.K. Rowling is a famous Sun Leo, for example. Fiona is picking up on the need to embrace the highest Leo ‘royal’ qualities of skill, calmness and persuasion to steer your way through July. It’s good advice, astrologically.