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OCCULT: Summer Solstice 2018

Today is the Summer Solstice! This is the longest day of the year, and the official beginning of the Summer season – as well as one of the most important dates of the year for pagans. The Solstice (Litha, if you practice a Germanic paganism or are a Wiccan) is the height of the year, where all life is in full bloom and are filled with the spirit of renewal.

ASSOCIATIONS: Today marks the beginning of the year where you can enjoy life to the fullest. Stay out late, get yourself an ice cream, or enjoy the flowers blooming. Summer, to us, is the season of excess and we try to make it a point to live up to that every year.

Financially, Summer is the period of time where your saving should be paying off. Over the Winter, and through the Spring, you’ve been pinching your pennies while you look forward to what the next year could bring. Well, it’s time for you to stop waiting and reach out for it! I’m not advising you to spend unwisely, of course… but also you should be spending unwisely. It is Summer.

To forecast for the upcoming Summer, I’ve drawn a three card tarot reading.

Read On…

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Knight of Cups

Today’s card is the Knight of Cups.

A knight with a winged helmet rides a grey horse, carrying a large golden goblet before him. He rides slowly and steadily, in no haste, bringing good tidings with him. He is not a rider of war, but for peace.

The Knight of Cups is the kind of person who always wants to look on the bright side of things. Even in the darkest, deepest pits, this person keeps a smile upon his face and a song in his heart. Though his optimism can be welcome most of the time, it can become overbearing when in a genuinely dour situation – and heavens forbid you be around him when it finally runs out. Behind the cheery exterior lies a bubbling swamp of emotional turmoil the Knight of Cups can’t seem to work out on his own.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Three of Cups

Today’s card is the Three of Cups.

Three celebrants make a toast to each other in a garden. They raise their cups high and wear garlands upon their heads. Their faces are aglow with joy.

The Three of Cups is a card of friendship, togetherness, and glee. There’s nothing better than being in the company of your best friends; their energy nourishes you, and gives you a kind of happiness that no other person can match. The Three of Cups represents the bond of friendship between a group of people that is greater than the sum of its parts. It reminds us to keep the pacts between friends strong, and always be faithful to those who are faithful to us!

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – King of Cups

Today’s card is the King of Cups.

The King of Cups floats on a throne in the middle of the ocean, with ships sailing behind him. He holds his cup in his right hand, and a scepter in the other. He wears an ornate crown on his head, and a shark’s tooth necklace.

A King of Cups is the kind of person you turn to when you’re at your lowest. He always has a kind word, an encouraging statement, and the right attitude to get you on your feet. Unflappable even in the most dire situations, the King of Cups is a rock that everybody wants to anchor themselves to when the storms come to their lives. Unfortunately for the King, he tends to make it his mission to shore as many wayward friends as possible, stretching him to his thinnest limits.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – King of Swords

Today’s card is the King of Swords.

The King of Swords holds his sword and sits on a stone throne carved with a butterfly motif. He is dressed in a blue robe, while also wearing a black cape with red lining.

The King of Swords is bright, perceptive, and completely willing to cut you to shreds if you get in his way. Though the adage is to “speak softly and carry a big stick”, the King of Swords prefers to speak as loudly as possible while hitting anybody who thinks he should be quiet. He’s the kind of person who must be the leader in all situations, who demands attention because he is obviously the most interesting person in the room at all times. Be careful when talking to a King of Swords, because you’ll quickly find yourself getting sucked into his personality vortex.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Seven of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Seven of Pentacles.

A youth observes a bush, on which flowers golden pentacles. They are leaning on a hoe, implying that they are the one who planted this mysterious plant and that they are the one who will reap its bounty.

The Seven of Pentacles shows promise in the future, but recommends patience in the presence. Like a delicious fruit, an opportunity must be taken at exactly the right time to maximize its potential. Take it too early, and it is a bitter failure; too late, and you have a rotten lost cause on your hands. Like a growing garden, you’ve got to put as much love and care possible towards your goals. You’ll be the first to enjoy the harvest once the time comes.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Justice

Today’s card is Justice.

A judge sits upon their station, holding a sword and scales – the symbols of the ancient goddess Justitia. The sword represents the reach of the law, and its ability to punish wrongdoers, while the scales represent fairness and equality.

Justice is blind, or so the saying goes – and the card Justice lives up to that as well as it can. Justice is concerned with equality, fairness, and making sure that those who take advantage of others are put back in their place. On the other hand, Justice concerns itself with responsibility, making important decisions, and “doing the right thing”. When Justice comes up in a drawing, it is a sign that you must be forthright in all of your dealings, fair to others, and ready to make the hard choices in life.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Ten of Wands

Today’s card is the Ten of Wands.

A person carries ten wands, a burden clearly too heavy for them to bear. A town is nearby, presumably their goal; will they even make it in time before their encumbrance overwhelms them?

The Ten of Wands is another clear-cut card, representing overwhelming burden and struggle. The subject of the card is labored in the extreme, bend nearly in double by the weight of their wands. It appears, from the angle of their walk, that they are even coming close to tumbling over. When you see the Ten of Wands, it is a sign that you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Whether the responsibilities be reasonable or not, you must look to lighten the load, for your own sake.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Death

Today’s card is Death.

When Death rides on its pale horse, no one is spared. Royals, clergy, and common folk alike; there is no escaping from Death’s black banner, no bargaining, and no mercy. Far in the background, the sun sets between a pair of towers – or is it rising?

In the common consciousness of tarot, there is no worse card than Death. Tarot enthusiasts know that isn’t true – the card worse than Death is the Tower, naturally – but Death isn’t all sunshine and roses. Death is the card of change; a metaphorical death, the end of one state and the beginning of another. This isn’t a pleasant state to be in, but its march is unstoppable. You will end up changing over your life, one way or another. How you want to deal with it is up to you.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Fool

Today’s card is The Fool.

A young man walks by the cliffsides, admiring the beautiful sky above him. He carries nothing but a small purse tied to a stick, a flower, and the clothing on his back. A small dog accompanies him, barking at his heels, trying to warn him of the obvious that he is missing: He is about to step off the edge of a cliff.

The Fool occupies a unique position in the tarot deck: it is the unnumbered, or zeroth card in the Major Arcana. It exists – depending on who you ask – outside of, before, or after the rest of the Major Arcana as a whole. This card stems from the trick-taking tarot games the occult deck is derived from, where it is a special card that will always lose a trick; henceforth, it is numbered zero, even lower than the first trump. The most typical meanings assigned to this card (aside from literal foolishness) is that it represents new beginnings. The Fool doesn’t care where he is going, only that he is going somewhere new. Though this is a most dangerous endeavor, the Fool hardly even notices. He’s just glad he’s out here.