As the news breaks this morning about the death hours ago of musical genius and icon Prince, the Star appears to remind us that life continues and flows into, around, and beyond even the stars themselves. We are all here, alive in this plane of existence, for a measured amount of time, and none of us knows when or how we’ll leave. Follow your light as best you can, and rage if you must but remember to not take your fire out on others. Be judicious in your dealings with others, especially in business affairs, and keep your emotional reality under good control as much as you can. Be guided by the cooler influence of the mind today. Think things through.
Today’s draw is a validation that change is at hand, and new things are being born. You must protect these things, and for god’s sake use your heads. Don’t give away the farm just to get somebody to love/like/approve of you. Be as discerning as you know how to be, drawing on past experiences and the wisdom of others but always relying ultimately on your own judgment as the final arbiter. Measure twice and cut once, and be at peace once you make those cuts. Invest in your own future and your own lives, not someone else’s. Don’t give away your magic no matter how handsome that stranger is or how much you’re attracted to him/her. And no matter how enchanting the idea might be of running off to join the circus to just get away from everything, be aware that you’d probably end up cleaning up after the elephants,and do you really want to do that? Best to face the reality here and now–face it and get past it.
Today’s draw cautions us all against being wasteful and weak-minded. It’s not a chastising, though, but rather a reminder of who we really are and what we’re truly capable of. The wisdom is to not fall into despair, but to remain strong in our beliefs and actions, and not be afraid to set up strong boundaries where we need to. Here’s a tidbit you might not be aware of: you are beloved of the gods. No, really! You are. And being strong doesn’t have to mean standing alone amidst a sea of troubles. If you’re burdened, share those burdens with your elders (or people you respect and trust). Get advice about money (using it, saving it, generating it), and look into education sources right now–it’s a good time for learning new skills. Also be very careful with whom you share your true opinions and remember: the Internet is forever.
Today’s draw is about making choices that are necessary but not ideal. You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, for whatever reason (love, money, survival), so do it. Learn from it and grow where you can, and accept the consequences when they come and remember why you made these decisions in the first place. Know that all things move in cycles of life and death and the great Wheel is always turning, so what’s happening now will not be how it is for you for the rest of your life (or lives, if you’re taking the long view 😉 ). Things will change according to their time and season, but you are where you are right now and you have to do what you have to do to get by. It’s possible that this is a form of initiation–I know quite a few Tarot readers who see the Eight of Swords as a card of initiation, and I’m one of them so it makes sense to me to see passage with this card (and the charms and runes seem to support this as well). Do your best–make your choices and keep moving. Just remember: when the results and consequences of your choices come due, be a grownup about it and take responsibility for them. Forgive where you can, especially yourself. We all do the best we can in the moment.