This Leo New Moon, the second new Moon in July, falls right at the end of the month, but it's fresh, clean slate-wipe will see us into August with confidence and love. Also, since Mercury goes direct again tomorrow (some might say thankfully!) we can use this energy, along with the firey, bold energy of the Leo New Moon, to create a turning point in our own lives and move forward with confidence and motivation.
Kerry Ward from Tarot Bella (and Cosmopolitans resident tarot card slinger) has consulted the cards to bring your monthly 'scopes. Kerry offers her guidance on how to work with the energy you may experience in this new moon cycle and I (Clare, of Bonearrow, first of her name, mother of jewels) write your prescription for the perfect crystals to balance your energy.
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The twelve signs of the zodiac are categorised into four groups of three signs, each ruled by a particular element. Find your element below to read your tarotscope:
Air - Gemini, Libra, Aquarius.
Earth - Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn.
Fire - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.
Water - Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
The signs ruled by each element are naturally compatible with each other, they ‘get’ each other and share similar values, attitudes and outlooks on life. Birds of a feather fly together. If your coven had a member from each zodiac sign, your other two element signs would be your best witches.
FIRE Signs - Leo, Sagittarius, Aries
Four of Swords, Strength, The Hermit
There’s a real sense of hibernation around you, Fire signs. The Hermit and the Four of Swords are both about retreating from the world, withdrawing to find a peaceful place, resting, nesting in your favourite haunt to sit and ponder… Perhaps you need to let your emotions and feelings catch up with recent events and you need that little bit extra space and time to do so. Gift yourself with a “time out”, and enjoy rebalancing and reviewing recent events.
Strength shows this all serves an important purpose. You’re growing and developing, you’re coming to terms with things which once bothered you, you’re understanding situations from different perspectives. What once perhaps seemed difficult or challenging now seems easily managed. Life’s hardships don’t have to drain or pain us, they can serve as a useful exercise to build our emotional muscles and resilience, and that is what this little “time out” is helping you to do. Reframe the events, see the life lessons, get ready to move on once again.
Your Crystal Prescription: Labradorite
My loves, if you're doing some hibernating or having some R n R, you need to take some Labradorite into the nest with you! I love Labradorite for any kind of introspection, meditation and peaceful contemplation as it can help you connect with your intuition and see different perspectives. Find your place of peace and listen to your inner voice. You'll know how to go forward, I promise.
AIR Signs - Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
Ten of Swords, The Fool, The Hanged Man
A change of direction.
There is a sharp change of direction in store for you. It begins with the Ten of Swords- an abrupt ending to something you’d grown weary of and depressed by. A situation which was heading to a no-win impasse, and you’ll feel mightily relieved to cut your losses on. As fast as that unfolds, The Fool sweeps in with an equally swift-moving opportunity to seize. Something inspiring, exciting, fun and motivating. Something you, and you alone, can see the potential of. Others may raise an eyebrow… let them!
The Hanged Man completes this chapter and advises you that, once the initial excitement passes, you will need to knuckle down and make some sacrifices of time and energy to make this endeavour work for you. It may mean other projects or intentions, or even relationships, stall a little, but that’s OK. No pain, no gain… and this is worth it!
Your Crystal Prescription: Malachite
Ooh lots of change cards here, I’m going to prescribe you a stone to help you embrace change. Air signs, your cards last month suggested you needed help moving on from something and recognising new opportunities (I prescribed you Aventurine and Blue Chalcedony) but it sounds like you need something with a bit more...oomph. So, this month I'm prescribing you Malachite. Malachite can help you move forward and cut ties with things that are holding you back. If you have any emotional blockages to manoeuvre past, Malachite can help you see your way clear of them.
EARTH Signs - Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus
Seven of Wands, Two of Cups, The Devil
Stick up for yourself.
One of your close relationships will be tested this month, and you will need to stand your ground. The Devil hints it’s triggered by an old problem that keeps resurfacing. We all like to think our squabbles end when we want them to, but some things just get driven “underground”, lurking for the next opportunity to flare up. This is one such flare-up.
The Seven of Wands says that this time, you need to make your stand and not cave in under any circumstances! Headway can be made, but you need to force the issue and keep explaining yourself until it sinks in. Sounds dismal, doesn’t it, but it will pass by soon enough and the relationship will be a lot better for it. The Two of Cups is the tarot’s “love card”, so this will all end well. Sometimes you just need to make sure you’re being heard, and your position is fully understood and acknowledged.
Your Crystal Prescription: Blue Lace Agate
Earth signs, it sounds like you need to make yourself heard. Blue Lace Agate to help you speak your piece and be understood and heard. If you have something to say, Blue Lace Agate can help you communicate clearly with calmness and clarity, especially if it's a difficult or emotionally loaded conversation. Also, if you have any kind of public speaking to do, a piece of Blue Lace Agate in your arsenal will do you wonders.
WATER Signs - Scorpio, Pisces, Cancer
Seven of Swords, The Hierophant, Judgment
You’re free to change your mind.
I know you like to be liked (most of us do too), but not everyone is as, well, “nice” as you all the time. The Seven of Swords asks you to raise your guard a little higher this month, and protect your own interests before looking to impress or placate others. Something shady may kick-off, and it might make you think twice about something. Two powerful major arcana cards- Judgment and The Hierophant- combine to say this August will bring forth some illuminating insights about what you regard as the authority/convention/ tradition in your life and may challenge some of your beliefs. This could be related to work, religion, family, politics, friendships… something significant and something you’ve always had faith in.
Things change. People change, too. And, sometimes, it means we should privately re-examine our own investment or faith in them, and adjust our efforts and approach. This is one of those times.
Your Crystal Prescription: Blue Chalcedony & Jade
My darling water babies, you need a protecting crystal, so I'm prescribing you one of the best ones, Black Tourmaline. If you do need to raise your guard, let Tourmaline be the protector of your heart. If you have a change to work through, or perhaps some emotionally charged issues or relationships that need reassessing, Tourmaline will hold your hand throughout this process and keep you grounded and protected.
Kerry Ward is a Nottingham based tarot reader and Cosmopolitan magazine's first tarot expert, with over 20 years experience reading tarot and many happy clients all over the world.