December Chakrubscopes and Entering the Void
‘Tis the season of Temperance, the major arcana tarot card ruled by Sagittarius, the sign our sun is currently moving through. Temperance does not allow themself to be ruled by the fiery, impulsive energy that permeates this time of year, persuading us to overspend on gifts, overindulge with booze and food, and fall prey to emotional outbursts. Temperance remains steady as chaos swirls around them, committed to the path of their purpose. If ever you find yourself overwhelmed by the holiday season, know that you can call upon the quiet strength of Temperance.
The month begins on a positive note with a new moon in Sagittarius on December 7. Sagittarius is the mutable fire sign represented by the archer, one that is characterized by optimism, enthusiasm, and expansive vision. The new moon in Sagittarius is an auspicious time for setting new habits into motion or taking meaningful steps toward a goal.
The sun moves into cardinal earth sign Capricorn on December 21, the same day that the Northern Hemisphere celebrates the Winter Solstice. Ancient cultures ritualized this shift with feasts and bonfires, luring longer days to come. Winter is a season of faith, of learning to look beyond a barren landscape and trust that seeds are taking root underground.
On December 22, a Cancer full moon makes our temporal descent a little more pleasant, encouraging us to practice radical self-care and pamper ourselves. Consider the conditions under which your intuition thrives and strive to replicate them as much as possible. Enter the void willingly and behold its revelations.
Seven of Pentacles
The Seven of Pentacles promises some profit or gain; perhaps the result of a wise investment or a payoff for your consistent efforts. Remember that what you do with this opportunity is just as important as what you did to receive it. Demonstrate your gratitude by being deliberate with your next step. Celebrate this win, but don’t get distracted from the bigger picture.
Support stone: Citrine radiates warmth and helps attract your desires.
Affirmation: Abundance is a gift that I use to fuel my vision.
Two of Wands
Remember that game we played with flowers as children, “S/he loves me, s/he loves me not”? What if every petal plucked represented a “S/he loves me”? What if every choice you made helped pave the path of your destiny? The Two of Wands is empowered by the knowledge that there is no wrong choice, that every step positions you a little bit closer to your soul’s purpose, whether you realize it or not. Try to limit the amount of time you spend doubting or regretting past decisions and use your creative problem-solving skills to make the most out of your current reality.
Support stone: Jasper will help you stay grounded while remaining in flow.
Affirmation: I consciously curate my actions and revel in the universe’s response.
Ace of Pentacles
One of the downsides of being an air sign is a tendency to overthink. Even when we’re granted good fortune, we doubt whether we deserve it or anticipate it being taken away. The Ace of Pentacles reminds you that the present is a gift, an opportunity to work in collaboration with the universe to bring magic forward. Put your creativity to good use and begin to visualize what you hope to manifest in the months to come. The Ace of Pentacles assures that there is assistance available to support your wildest dreams.
Support stone: Green aventurine will help you step into alignment with an uplifting outlook.
Affirmation: I stretch each second in search of synchronicity.
Queen of Swords
Your empathetic nature and desire for connection can cause your own clarity to get muffled by other voices. The Queen of Swords encourages you to create boundaries so that you might hear your intuition more clearly. There’s a message that wants to be translated through you and the Queen of Swords assures you of your ability to relay it. This is a month of getting clear on your personal beliefs and learning how to communicate them authentically.
Support stone: Chyrsocolla will help you discern inner wisdom.
Affirmation: My intuition is a tool that sharpens with consistent practice.
Four of Cups
The cardinal nature of your sign means that you excel at starting things, but often end up burning yourself out. The Four of Cups signals that you might be stretching yourself too thin and invites you to slow down and regain balance. It’s easy to get so caught up in the race that you forget why you’re running. Take a moment to refocus on what is driving you towards this goal. Tune into your true motivations and don’t be afraid to change course if necessary.
Support stone: Star rose quartz will soften your heart and provide comfort.
Affirmation: Rest is a sacred activity that re-energizes my body, mind, and soul.
Four of Pentacles
The Four of Pentacles is an invitation to get familiar with what provides you with comfort and security. Creating a full life requires constant spellwork; it’s a recipe that shifts and changes with each season. Different people, circumstances, and activities will feed you differently depending on your current cravings. Spend this month adjusting your life’s ingredients until it tastes just right.
Support stone: Amethyst will lend calm and clarity of mind.
Affirmation: I take stock of how the physical supports the ephemeral in my life.
The Chariot encourages you to think about what served as the vehicle that transported you through this year. Perhaps it was faith, hope, or even doubt. How did these attitudes and actions serve you? Are you satisfied with your progress and will this mode of transportation benefit you in the new year? Think about where you hope to go and what will make for the smoothest ride. We can’t always anticipate roadblocks or speed bumps, but we can control how we handle the wheel.
Support stone: White jasper will help you connect to higher wisdom. Affirmation: Willpower offers an endless reserve to fuel my adventures.
Six of Wands
Sturdy shells and sharp claws make crabs formidable creatures, but I think they show the greatest courage when they risk the elements in search of a new skin. The Six of Wands shows that you are emerging in a similar way. As welcome as this growth might be, it is vulnerable to navigate new, unexplored territory. Trust that you won’t end up anywhere that you don’t belong and affirm your worthiness along the way. Acknowledge yourself as deserving of any praise that befalls you.
Support stone: Orange Aventurine will lend boldness and courage.
Affirmation: I am a glorious work in progress and I celebrate all that I’m becoming.
The Tower indicates that there is something in your life that demands a dramatic restructuring. Thankfully, drama is your specialty. Lean on this talent and embrace the significant change that is already heading your way. The good thing about The Tower is that it does not allow for the option of remaining the same. It forces us to reckon with the rubble and rebuild with a stronger foundation. Be honest about what you’ve outgrown and look forward to the creation of a new wardrobe in some facet of your life.
Support stone: Selenite will help you stay aligned and balanced.
Affirmation: A strike of lightning illuminates opportunity amidst destruction.
The Sun invites you to take a moment, pause, and lift your face to absorb its positive rays. Your hard work and determination have paid off and now is a time for gratitude and appreciation of what you’ve created. You spend so much of your time planning, organizing, and executing, let December be a month of sacred renewal, when you acknowledge everything you have brought forth and allow it to grow under The Sun’s generous light.
Support stone: Carnelian will enhance confidence and optimism.
Affirmation: I take time to admire how the garden of my life is blooming.
Three of Wands
The Three of Wands shows the magic that you’re capable of creating when you join with the right coven. We all have personal blind spots that can prevent us from recognizing opportunities and maximizing our talents. A collective intention provides multiple avenues for it to be manifested. This month, seek out collaborators and get curious about how your visions can support each other.
Support stone: Rhodonite will provide balance and intuitive guidance.
Affirmation: Tapping into collective energy allows my ideas to expand.
Ten of Swords
You may be feeling defeated or like life keeps kicking you while you’re down. The Ten of Swords invites you to take a restorative posture like the figure depicted in this card. Settle into child’s pose and let your muscles relax. Reaffirm that you are supported by the earth underneath you and whatever burden you’re facing will eventually pass. Whatever wisdom you can glean from this experience will inform the path ahead.
Support stone: Black tourmaline will provide protection as you face your fears.
Affirmation: A feeling of betrayal invites me to reassess where I place my trust.
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