Eclipse Season is nothing to be afraid of… unless you’ve been hiding from your life. For most of us, the little whispers and naggings that have been dancing in our periphery start to take center stage at this time. The inklings and impulses become more solidified. We grow aware of how we must move forward in our lives.
But for those of you who’ve been on cruise control for a spell, Eclipse Season can be jarring. Its function is to cosmically course-correct your life. Answering to the Nodes of Fate, Eclipses illuminate and eliminate. They are the harbingers of big changes and revelation. But most of these revelations are rooted in our earlier intuitions. Most of these big changes have been put in motion long ago.
Think of Eclipse Season as the headliner of a concert. That’s who you’re coming to see. As good as the opening act may be, they didn’t compel you to buy the ticket. Every six months or so, the headliners of the cosmos roll into town to remind us who we are and most importantly who we want to be. We’ll be hosting our first ever retreat in magical Joshua Tree next weekend and we’ll be diving into all these themes! Maybe you want one of our last two spots?!
Not unlike us, letting you know about our upcoming retreat, Eclipse Energy can be pushy. It’s edgy and intense. It’s a time when things come to a head. You realize you just can’t take it anymore. And then, generally, you do something about it. But that having been said, Eclipse Energy can push you to do things in the moment that may need a few more weeks or months of preparation. So try not to act too impulsively over the next month. Yes, you realize you need to quit that job or move out of this city. But get a few more of your ducks in a row before you blow it all up. Make sure you’re on the right side of the river before you burn your bridge down.
Not all Eclipses have the same vibe. Remember, they answer to the Nodes of Fate and those Nodes are constantly moving. This year the Nodes are in the axis of Taurus and Scorpio— so each Eclipse will carry their essence with them. Think of this as the axis of Cher (Taurus Legend) and RuPaul (Scorpio Icon). The North Node in Taurus is prodding us to become more self-sufficient, more aware of our immediate impact and more aligned with the natural world of both our bodies and our planet. The South Node in Scorpio pushes us to release our myopic viewpoints, our obsessive behavior over the unconscious shadow and just an overall dumping of collective shame.
This upcoming Eclipse is a Solar Eclipse, which is also the New Moon in Taurus. Pretty much every planet involved is answering to Venus and Jupiter in Pisces. These are two planets with a soft touch and a bag full of blessings. While I can’t promise y’all a bed of roses, I can intuit that this particular lunation will find us able to rise to the challenges presented. Venus and Jupiter are in their full power and here to help; that means we should find that we are well resourced to tackle whatever chaos this Eclipse might stir up for us.
This New Moon, because it’s an Eclipse, isn’t necessarily a time to do any ritual work— but you can still set intentions. However, you might find that the intentions are setting you. When we’re in these intense portals we may start to feel how we are being written by the stars. Which does not suggest that we don’t have free will, we do. But part of that free will is our willingness to be guided and shaped into the people we were meant to be.
Eclipses take away the lights. They swallow up our luminaries. And then they reveal them anew. It’s like coming back to your house after a long vacation; you see everything with fresh eyes. That’s the most important way to approach any Eclipse Season— with eyes wide open. Notice what’s been shown to you. Notice what you feel, what deep longings and gnawings are coming up to the surface, demanding acknowledgment. This is how we continue to stay in alignment with our soul. Sometimes our soul doesn’t always shout— but trust, in Eclipse Season, it’ll speak more loudly than usual.
Your Tarotscopes were written to help guide you through the turbulent waters of Eclipse Season.
Read for your Sun Sign First.
Sage of Crystals
Wisdom embodied is not the same as wisdom learned. We can read spiritual memes forever and still stay stuck in our fear and doubt. The Sage of Crystals is you when you allow your inner knowing to inform how you move in the world. There is something of a teacher in this card, the willingness to claim authority over your life and share it with others.
Traditionally known as the King of Swords, this archetype refuses to stay silent or be silenced. This is a moment where you are called to become more visible in your community and maybe even the world. Let your experiences gather at your feet and tell you their secrets. Take some time to really mine your past for some delicious teachings and then please, for the love of the goddess, don’t keep them to yourself.
Six of Wands
The Six of Wands is a card that suggests an infusion of grace into your life. Suddenly the wind picks up, the phone rings, the fog lifts and you feel the momentum again. There’s an opportunity to get back into flow and let the invisible currents of destiny carry you a little further downstream. However, this isn’t to say you can just sit there and ride the lazy river to your happily ever after. You must choose the grace when she appears.
There will always be naysayers and haters and scared little bigots. But your job is to focus on the updrift and not let anyone (including yourself) drag you down. Pay attention to what feels easeful. Accept the invitations that allow you sweep in and sweep out unencumbered and reject those that feel heavy and hard.
Woman of Wands Rx
Your body is your greatest teacher. Are you listening? Are you learning? Or are you ignoring your felt-sense for your monkey-mind? The Woman of Wands is you when you allow your innate sensuality to inform how you move in the world. There is a sexual power that lies untapped in you but it doesn’t want to be used for sex, it wants to be used for life!
Traditionally known as the Queen of Wands, this is an archetype of deeply felt magic. A cunning sorceress who stirs the cauldron of her desires, intuiting exactly what combination of herbs to use. She can coax the magic out of anything. And so can you! Allow yourself a little more va-va-voom in your every day. If you start to feel more magical, who knows what spells you might be able to cast.
There’s something you’re refusing to learn, a particular truth you’re avoiding. The Hierophant shows up to represent tradition and hidden wisdom. They are a papal figure who initiates us into a secret order of knowledge. Are you so special you refuse to be initiated? Are you getting in your own way by blindly trying to go your own way? Maybe there are a few Hierophants in your life who can help you get where you want to go.
When this card comes in upside down it can be an encouragement to turn the status-quo on its head and make your own traditions. But somehow I think you’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel here. What you want already exists. Follow in the footsteps of those that have what you want— it worked for them, so obviously it’ll work for a star like you, too.
Eight of Wands Rx
Like an orchestra warming up before a performance, you can’t rush a song. Let yourself linger in the before. You’ll get where you’re going and when you do, you’ll be so glad you took your time doing your stretches. You see, divine timing is all about protecting ourselves from getting what we want too soon. Maybe you’re not quite as ready to receive it as you think.
The thing to do in the meantime is trust that there are imperceptible movements happening behind the scenes. The way is being prepared for you. If you conduct the symphony before the violins are tuned, they screech. So let all those instruments align themselves with the song about to be sung. And then, before you know it, the music pours out all around you.
Eight of Worlds
This may be controversial but fuck Jeff Koons. Seriously. His shit is the same. Like, in the beginning, yeah, there was innovation and artistry and imagination. But now he just has his minions crank out the same old tired balloon dogs. Sure, he’s a rich old white dude but you don’t want to be like him. You want the thrill of evolution and the Eight of Worlds is all about that.
This is a moment to let your skill and your technique expand in unseen directions. It’s time to get busy and get to work— not in the same old ways but exploring where else you could continue to grow. There’s a reason the masters moved through phases: a blue period, a rose period, cubism, surrealism. They got bored, their work grew dull and they needed to ignite their curiosity. They felt the call of a grand adventure, asking them to stretch and strengthen and evolve. Jeff isn’t a master, he’s just a capitalist. Strive for better than that.
Five of Crystals
The Five of Crystals might find you stuck in the swamp of your negativity, the quicksand of self doubt. It’s a card that suggests an inner war… and you’re losing. The good news (and there is good news )is that once you begin to see how you assail yourself you can, in fact, change it. Now nobody said rewiring your inner programming was easy, but it’s sure as hell worth it.
Start to really observe how you speak to yourself inside your own head. Notice where you keep getting stuck in habitual grooves of negativity, cynicism, nihilism and sabotage. Give yourself permission to feel the pain of going against yourself. Because the truth is, you deserve to have all of you on board with your dreams. So figure out who is putting a wrench in the works and seduce them. If anyone can seduce you, it’s you!
Three of Cups Rx
What’s that old expression, you are who your friends are— or the five people with whom you spend the most amount of time? It makes sense, right? Because whether we are conscious of it or not, we absorb the perspectives of our peers and colleagues. And if they are limited, blinded or repressed, guess who else is going to start to feel that way. YOU!
What I’m saying is: you need to make sure the people around you are in alignment with who you are trying to be. If others don’t believe in your goals, eventually you’ll stop believing in them too. And that would be a devastation, not just to you, to the world. Because we need what you desire to be made manifest. If not you, then who? So shake up your social calendar and ensure the people who most often populate your life are limitless champions of your evolution.
Child of Wands
Be patient, like a tiny thing, ripening, waiting for the moment. Be curious, like a hunter in the woods, not quite sure where the game is. This is a time for listening, for learning how to feel the wind and (when the time is right) ride it. The Child of Wands is you when you allow your instinctual sense of timing to inform how you move in the world.
Traditionally known as the Page of Wands, there is something of a ceremonialist in this archetype. Can you infuse your days with a little more ritual and reverence, from the cup of coffee you drink to the air you breathe— everything is a gift, everything is alive. Tend to your innate awareness of give and take, balance and reciprocity. Let your days be less willful and more full of playful relish. Thank your socks for warming your feet, your food for fueling you and the flowers for perfuming the air.
Child of Cups Rx
The Child of Cups is a tender, creative and playful soul. They meet the world with their heart on their sleeve and their imagination at the ready. There is probably no more vulnerable card in the Tarot than them. Now vulnerability is not necessarily an innate strength for any Aquarius but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn it.
The upside down nature of this card, traditionally known as the Page of Cups, would indicate a resistance to allowing this sort of energy to flow through you freely. And yet that’s exactly what you need right now: an emotional freedom without judgement. To the Child of Cups all emotions are valuable colors to enrich the experience of life— even the tar black of grief and the mottled green of disappointment. Paint your world with all your feelings. The more you can share them, the more vivid the experience is for everyone who enters your painting.
Man of Wands
Time to light yourself on fire, but like, in a good way. The Man of Wands is you when you allow your natural charisma and passion to inform how you move in the world. This is the embodiment of your inner flame exposed to the world and combusting with presence, desire and magnetism. When the Man of Wands walks into any room, the atmosphere changes. Confident, electric and fully alive.
Let yourself remember the inner rock star that is symbolized by the Knight of Wands (as they are traditionally known). Don’t fake it. Don’t put it on. Rather seek inside yourself those things which naturally infuse you with poise and morale. The pluckier you can let yourself feel, the more you will be able to attract the destiny your soul desires.
Six of Worlds
We plant seeds all the time. Seeds of trust, seeds of hope, seeds of sabotage. Sometimes those seeds rot or go un-tended and dry out. Other seeds spend years growing slowly underground, until one bright day, they emerge into the light. Today is that day. The Six of Worlds suggests some sort of tangible blooming in your life. The seeds have transformed into seedlings, maybe even a full on garden. Don’t complain that there’s work to do.
How we plant seeds and how we nurture plants requires a very different tactic, so you may have to pivot a little. But don’t let that blind you to what’s happening in your life: growth, expansion and the prelude to success. This is an auspicious eclipse season for you with much being prepared for you behind the scenes. Nourish and encourage those things you can see because there’s so much more just around the corner.
BRANDON ALTER is a spiritual healer, Tarot reader, Astrologer, mystic and writer living in Los Angeles. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that have helped him reconnect to the wisdom of his heart. Brandon is a thoroughly trained healer and teacher who co-hosts The Spiritual Gayz with his husband, a twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality, without pretending that it all makes sense. Brandon’s mom took him to his very first psychic when he was seven and gave him his first Tarot deck when he was eleven. Since then he has devoted himself to the study of Tarot, Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Astrology and the myriad ways one can work and heal with the help of the spirits.