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August Tarotscopes!

August 3, 2017

Hey mermaids and babes,

 

Last week I woke up on Monday feeling intensely ill. You know that summertime flu that hits you with a sore throat, sinus infection, nausea, and fever all at once? I always feel guilty taking off work (#capricornproblems), especially at a new job where I am trying to impress everyone by being the supercompetent newbie, but this whatevervirus knocked me on my ass for an entire week. I holed up in my apartment, sweat out my fevers, drank tea with lemon, drank gallons of water, took meds, took herbal remedies, surrounded myself with crystals, ate a lot of Cheerios, watched a lot of Charmed on Netflix.

 

When I am sick, I always feel hyperconnected to my body. Not just my physical symptoms, but I feel everything, from my heart racing to my blood pumping to any repressed feelings of sadness, guilt, grief, resentment, that the busy, constantly grinding side of me neglects at the cost of productivity. I often joke that overcommitting is my anti-depressant, but in many cases this rings true. I have three jobs (and this is my summer vacation from my teaching job, tbh), launching various Mercury Mermaid endeavors, and stage managing a community theatre production. Taking unplanned time off from all of this forced me to sit with myself and feel all of myself, and all of the shadowed ugliness that I can usually ignore. And in four days, I felt a lot.

 

In some ways, I feel that sickness is a body’s way of speaking to us, and asking us to reevaluate some parts of our lives. The scientist in me says that’s bullshit, (and a dangerous stone’s throw away from the kind of disease theory that caused witch hunts in the first place), but the healer in me feels like modern society has forced us to lose connection with our bodies, and stop listening to what they have to say. It seems that whenever I get sick, it also happens to be an incredibly busy, “inconvenient” time for me to be sick (before parent teacher conferences, before a big show, before an interview), and this time around, it felt a lot like a spiritual detox.

 

Almost immediately after I popped by first Day-Quil, I started receiving cosmic messages via text, signals, and dreams. Illness in my family. An ex, who I had selfishly hoped would always love me, started dating someone else. Another ex, who I had been relying on too much for comfort, abruptly moved to the other side of the country. Financial setbacks. Transportation disasters. It all piled up so quickly, and I was feeling all of it, and all of it felt like my soul turning garbage disposal. Reevaluating. Reinventing.

 

For this past New Moon, I did a manifestation tarot spread for myself, using a guide from my Many Moons workbook (which I highly recommend, btw!). Lo and behold...where I am at this moon cycle: The Fool, a new path, an adventure into the unknown and unfamiliar. What I need to embrace to manifest my best self: Death, and the new beginnings that come after we surrender ourselves to an ending. What I need to let go of: The Devil, and all the unhealthy vices, holding on to the past, all the bad habits.

 

Okay, I see you universe. I hear you. I am listening.

 

I hope these tarotscopes bring you the clarity and guidance that you need to affirm yourself and your visions, to manifest what you are looking to manifest this month. I would love to hear from you about how they made you feel, and hope you will reach out with your thoughts! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com. Let’s connect. <3

 

Xo -chelsea coreen

Leo/Leo Rising -King of Swords

 

There is a stark contrast between the beauty found in structure and order, and that which is found in nature, organically. A sapling breaking through a concrete sidewalk; a new idea changing the stony landscape. Beauty is illogical. Beauty contradicts our visions of what beauty should be. It contradicts structure. It contradicts chaos.

 

My visions and goals are my destiny is your affirmation this month.  King of Swords calls us to reflect on the purpose of our goals, thoughts, and plans. You have mastered the backstory phase of whatever endeavour you want to accomplish. You have an organized, oriented, swift plan of action. You will be successful, because you believe you will. Just take a moment to consider why you want so badly whatever you want. Who does this big, exciting plan serve? Your image? Your best self? Before acting, what can you do to make sure your mind is clear, and directed towards growth this month? Find your center. Then reach. Then go.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Virgo/Virgo Rising-Strength

 

Strength is the card and the color of this New Moon in Leo, a card that traditionally features an image of a woman wrestling a lion. I am powerful and strong is your affirmation this month, and it is time for you to reflect on what strength looks like for you. What forces are you relentlessly wrestling, and what truths must you finally surrender to?

 

There are so many strong goddesses in my life that I look to when I need to channel this card. The spin class diva, the marathon-runner/math-teacher muscle babe. The survivors of trauma and abuse who wake up every morning, drink their coffee black, and kick ass in their careers, despite their scars. The director who speaks with warmth and kindness to all who cross paths with her. In what ways are the loves in your circle the epitome of strength? In what ways are YOU, Virgo warrior?

 

For so long I engrained myself to be gritty strong, energy forcefield strong, curse you out when you cross the line strong. 3 jobs and never taking time off strong. But there is immeasurable strength in softness, in kindness, in choosing to do the hard thing even though you won’t get a thank you strong. Choosing what is best for your soul, even though it terrifies you strong. Sometimes you are she/he/they who wrangle the lions, and sometimes you are the lion. Sometimes you are both at the same time. We overlap with ourselves in beautiful ways. You will be a loud shadow this cycle. You will also allow yourself to rest in the sun. Bask in the power of duality. Surrender to it.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Libra/Libra Rising-Three of Pentacles

 

As we speak, I am working on a beautiful, community theatre production of the play Antigone. It is a play about death, about tyranny, about spirituality, about reclaiming that which is ritual. Part of the set, and the space where the show will be held, requires building/re-building a (masterfully designed/crafted) wooden staircase, because it is much too big to be moved off stage as a whole. As a Capricorn, the idea of building something just to take it down later has caused me great frustration (and I didn’t even have to build it!!!). For a little while, though I appreciate all the hard work that went into this tremendous set, I did not even like looking at the staircase. Or talking about the staircase. When a step on the staircase creaked, my stomach hurt. When helping paint the staircase, I pulled a muscle in my back. But, the first time we ran the show with lights, sounds, and costumes, the glory of this staircase became clear to me. Complex and simple and reflective and sturdy and obvious and abstract. There could not have been a play without the staircase.

 

I am building the future that is best for me is your affirmation this month. 3 of Pentacles says you are doing heavy groundwork right now, Libra. You are reaching, wrenching, hammering, stacking, lifting, gutting. It may seem like everything you are building is torn down within the same breath. It may seem like you are rebuilding the staircase towards your dreams over and over, every damn week. And you might be. But as long as you are pushing towards the thing you desperately want, and intending to achieve it, your hard work is not in vain. Keep excavating towards your favorite constellation. And if it’s not really the future? Don’t waste your energy. Start building something else. Something that makes your heart feel big.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Scorpio/Scorpio Rising-Queen of Wands

 

If Queen of Wands were a human, she would be Beyonce. Have you ever watched a video of Beyonce on tour? That’s your homework for this weekend, Scorpio babe. Watch in awe and get inspired by Queen B, the goddess of creative genius. Slaying with hit after hit, draped in glitter, teetering above us in stilettos, leading magical dance routines through puddles and through fire, making our wildest dreams reality.

 

Queen of Wands says you are the ruler/confidant/fairy godmother of your own wildest dreams. What does your dream “tour” look like, in terms of your creative goals and pursuits? It is likely you already have a clear vision in mind.  I am magic and my magic is good, is your affirmation this month. You are full of glitterstars. Everything you want is within the reach of your wand. Ask for it. Call out to it. Name it. Intend for it to happen, and happen big, and happen like an avalanche. Then go do it. We’re all cheering your name.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com

Sagittarius/Sagittarius Rising-Death

 

In one of my new favorite books about tarot, Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea, Tea says “Pulling the Death card doesn’t mean you’re actually going to die. Well actually it does. As will I. As will everything.” We are so afraid of death that we do everything we possible can to put it off. We direct our life paths around save bundles of money. We invest time, energy, currency, self-sacrifice into our legacies, often at the expense of our actual dreams. We become obsessed with leaving our marks on Earth before we have to go. What are you clinging onto right now, Sagittarius? What are you obsessed with?

 

I spent an entire year trying to force-fix a quick fling into a “real” relationship (plot twist: it never worked!). All of my tarot readings/readers said it was a horrible idea. My friends said it. My intuition said it. But I so desperately wanted love to blossom. So I kept trying, and texting, and waiting around, and misinterpreting signs, and damaging my self-worth all the way. We learn to convince ourselves that unhealthy jobs/relationships/housing arrangements/ friendships/family ties are worth holding on to, because we are afraid of what comes after death. The joke’s on us tho because Death happens whether we are ready for it or not.  Whether we want to embrace it or not. So embrace the unknown. The new path. I surrender to endings and embrace a fresh start, is your affirmation this month. Letting go can be scary, but our souls need to detox from time to time. It sucks, but when you release all of this bullshit you are making room for so much more light and love.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Capricorn/Capricorn Rising-Star (reversed)

 

I love myself, and my flaws make me beautifully human is your affirmation this month, Capricorn. Perfectionism makes self-love a huge challenge. We love ourselves so much that we want to be the most successful, most beautiful, most healthy, most spiritual babe out there, but then get down on ourselves when we don’t meet the sky-high standards set by society/some flawless Instagram feed/us.  

 

There is strength in setting and maintaining boundaries for yourself, even in self-care. Your spirituality, your food choices, your routines, your lifestyle, your needs are not competitions, they are not for show for others. Society is so quick to justify our every life choice on social media, but you don't ever have to justify an act of self-love. Embrace the quiet, embrace balance, and listen to your body. Eat the popcorn for dinner, lounge in bed all day, text someone you know better than to text, if that's what you're really, truly craving right now. And do it without being self deprecating.

 

And if you are making decisions and labeling them “self-care” when they are not what your body/spirit are truly asking you for, then take some time to reflect on exactly what you need to do/feel/eat/be to be your very best self. Self-love is asking for help when you need it. Self-love is acknowledging that you are a boss, but that also you will never be perfect and seeing the beauty in that. Accept yourself for where you are at. You’ve come so far.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com

Aquarius/Aquarius Rising-Knight of Swords (reversed)

 

Have you ever watched a turtle attempt to cross the road? It used to happen to me all the time when I lived upstate, and on multiple occurrences I would have to pull over my car and block traffic so that the little dude could finish his important job. Onward. Completely unaware that he was moving too slowly to cross safely. Unphased by the danger of texting and driving, biker gangs, cruel children. You are not the turtle, Aquarius. You move quickly, and calculate every step. But what if you tried to be the turtle for just a minute. Safely nestled in the grass, but taking a breath.

 

Knight of Swords reversed says slow down (especially your brain, because you’re giving yourself an anxiety attack.) Remind yourself that you’re not supposed to have it all figured out. You will never have all of the answers. Not today, not in 5 years, not ever. We are constantly in cycles of growth and rebirth, we are dynamic, our feelings and ideas and knowings change, and that’s life. I am in control of my thoughts and visions, is your affirmation for this month. Find your favorite pond and just hang out there for a while. Listen to the trees and the reeds. Listen to the water.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com

Pisces/Pisces Rising-Nine of Cups

 

You’re at a party. A surprise party. For you. Thrown by all of your shimmery friends who love you. There are green streamers and yellow polka-dot balloons. An icecream cake. Beer pong, if that’s your jam. BBQ on the grill. It’s a garden party. There are popsicles. Sunflowers. Dreamboats. Curly straws and violet icecubes and pink drinks. You know you should be thrilled, but there’s a sinking feeling in your stomach. Maybe your crush didn’t show up. Maybe your sister forgot your birthday. You’re sitting on a hammock feeling sad, and feeling guilty, while all of your friends are dancing under string lights. You want to join them. You know you should join them.

 

I accept and welcome love and happiness, is your affirmation this month, Pisces babe. Sometimes we romanticize our pain for the sake of our art, for our ego, because we are desperately clinging on to some past love that we aren’t quite ready to move forwards from. Except the cards say you have a lot to feel joyful about right now. Where can you redirect your energy to allow yourself to feel joy? How can you call out to all of the love already in your life, so that it smacks you in the face? So that you really feel it? Because you are so loved.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Aries/Aries Rising-Ace of Cups

 

Have you ever been to a baptism? The kind where there’s a giant fountain of glittering holy water, big enough for bodies to submerge themselves. Like an indoor swimming pool of sacrament. At my friend’s church, new members are baptized at the ocean, and while I don’t personally identify with any religious tradition, I think we could all use an ocean baptism sometime.

 

Let water be your medicine this month. Let it represent the new and the unknown and the holy and all that you are ready to move forward to.  I am filled with new beginnings, is your affirmation. Go to the ocean, or a lake, or your nearest body of water. Or fill your bathtub with salt and roses and quartz crystals. Dunk your head under the water. Baptize yourself reborn, and declare ready to start new with love, or new job or new outlook on the universe. Let yourself cry. Let yourself shake, as you leave the past in the water. It is all washed away by the tide, or the drain. You are new. Let yourself be moved.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Taurus/Taurus Rising-Justice

 

With all of the bullshit going on in our world and country, Justice can sometimes feel like a lost cause. There is so much evil and toxicity around that it clogs our brains. It is literally suffocating. Can feel paralyzing to leave the house, to meet new people, to do anything. Your heart is so good, Taurus, and you want to help everyone. But you are feeling powerless right now. And that’s understandable. But don’t let the toxicity kill your spirit. (Which I know is sooooooo much easier said than done.)

 

I have the power to bring about change, is your affirmation this month. Justice is all about balance, and right now you are called to balance your self-care and your activism. You cannot help others if you feel like you are choking. First, you must take care of yourself, and remind yourself of the food/health/spiritual needs that you have that are non-negotiables. Reframe your daily routines so that you are feeding/healing yourself and your soul so that you can do the work you need to do without burning out. Then, connect/re-connect/ keep connecting with other activists, educators, creatives, change-makers and support each other. Love each other. Kick-ass together. Love wins. It has to.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Gemini/Gemini Rising-Seven of Cups

 

When I feel overwhelmed by my life, and whatever sadness or anxiety I am experiencing, I think about the universe and how there are one hundred billion galaxies out there, and how our solar system is just one small part of one galaxy, and how small Planet Earth is compared to giant Jupiter or the sun. This is not to downplay or invalidate my feelings, but to give myself the peace of perspective. The universe will keep expanding, whether there is money in my bank account or not, whether I love my job or not, whether I date the right person or not. And it’s kind of freeing to think about this, because pondering our universal insignificance often kicks us into gear to choose whatever choices are going to be best for us in the long run. Because we are so small, so why the hell wouldn’t we give it our best go??

 

I trust my intuition, and let it guide me, is your affirmation this month, Gemini babe. You’re overwhelmed right now. Lost. Stuck. Unsure. Your feelings are a lot right now. Your feelings are valid. Take a deep breath. Give yourself a hug. Remind yourself you are loved. The great thing about choices, is that there usually isn’t a wrong choice to make, because every choice leads us to some sort of growth. (Unless you’re a murderer, or a Republican voting to take away healthcare from millions. Then your choices are pretty evil.) We have one life on this tiny Earth. Try your best to love it. Choose to do what makes your heart sing. Do what makes you feel important and loved.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

Cancer/Cancer Rising-Six of Wands

 

For a while you felt like you were drowning. In feelings. In bills. In prosecco. In a trajectory towards an important, but difficult pursuit. In dreams. You spent a lot of time underwater, seaweed in your hair, flailing your limbs, lungs burning (though this was never truly drowning, just your mind’s metaphor), trying to propel yourself upwards. It took what felt like months, but it worked! You are thoroughly soaked. You are bobbing up and down, a buoy, you float. Your eyes feel salty, but you see the water around you clearly. You see the sun. Your hair is tangled. But the most important thing is that your head is above the water right now.

 

I always push forward, is your affirmation this month, Cancer. Whatever it is you’re working towards, you should feel triumphant. You have weathered so much and it has made you lighthouse strong. You are so close to land. Taste the salt. Feel the sun on your face. Swim towards that.

 

Reading cast by Chelsea Coreen, using Mermaid Tarot. Book a personalized reading with Chelsea here! You can find Mercury Mermaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email heymercurymermaid @ gmail.com.

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