Tarotscopes—August, 2019

By Brandon Alter:

The good news is that we are coming out of the cosmic woods—eclipse season is fully behind us. I can't promise there won't be any more tears shed, but I can promise a quick dry of your emotional wardrobe. And there is no bad news, except for the climate emergency our species is facing (for more on this, please click here). But we aren't going to change the world from a place of fear or panic (even though there's plenty to fear and much to inspire panic). Change comes from the heart; it always has and it always will.

Leo Season is our chance to shine our hearts as brightly as the Summer sun.

How close of a relationship do you have with your heart? Is it your bestie? Is it your most tender lover? Or is it more like an old college friend whom you only talk to every other year? Our hearts hold the secrets to why we are here. And the more easily we can access them, the more secret T our hearts will spill. Then we can speak from our heart and listen through our heart. And it is precisely this heart-centered communication that profoundly impacts the world around us. Leo Season is when we enter a room HEART FIRST. We stick out our chests and we let our hearts do the talking.

A few years ago, my husband and I were on our honeymoon in the Atacama desert of Chile.  We found ourselves, through a series of blessed synchronicities, on the outskirts of town at the unmarked property of a renowned healer. She lived, among horses and dogs, in an unfinished house at the edge of the vast desert plains. Her name was Karen, and she greeted us warmly as we approached. "The Brujos are here," she perceptively exclaimed—which means male witches in Spanish. One at a time, we lay on her outdoor massage table for treatment. I went first. She called in her helping spirits and began to extract spiritual poison from my body. At some point during the session as she worked to rehabilitate my severely rounded shoulders, Karen told me I was way too young to have such an ailment. She told me it was because I was hiding my heart.

"The strongest position for the heart," Karen continued, "is when it is out, exposed. When you hide your heart, you compromise its integrity."

This is the message I wish to convey to you during this time. Yes, our hearts can get battered and bruised, torn—even broken. But do not mistake their tenderness for weakness. Our hearts are stronger than we can imagine. And when we try to protect them, we diminish their power.

Now, more than ever, each and every one of us must speak our hearts, every day. Not just in safe spaces but everywhere. We must speak up and speak out about the injustices and imbalances we see in our society. As the MTA promotes: If you see something, say something! We must be bold and proud and maybe even a little dramatic. Because that is how Leos communicate their precious truth. This is also the season for creativity. Leo's rule the arts and creative expression. Even if you're not an artist, a playwright, a songwriter, or just some kid with an Etsy store, you have a creative spirit. We all do. It doesn't have to be how you make your living, but if you're not letting your heart express itself through dance or poetry or song or art, you are limiting it.  

Above all, this season is about expanding into your heart and sitting in it like a throne. The New Moon in Leo on Wednesday night is a portal that will take you into that sacred temple so that you can finally claim your rightful place in the kingdom of your heart. No matter where you go or whose presence you find yourself in, never leave that kingdom. Never hide your heart. This New Moon also serves as a period at the end of our latest Mercury Retrograde sentence. From here on out, we should be feeling clearer avenues of communication and more wind at our backs. Jupiter, the planet of abundance, is also gearing up to turn direct—so expect some cosmic gifts, some opportunities to level-up and spread out.

Jupiter is also the planet that serves as the gatekeeper to your abundance. Where it sits in your chart is buried treasure waiting to be dug up. My husband and I did a whole episode on Jupiter last moonth on our podcast, "The Spiritual Gayz."  Have you checked it out yet? We keep it fun, we keep it fresh, we keep it one-hundred, okur? And if Astrology isn’t your thing, you should go back and listen to our episode all about the Major Arcana or the suit of Pentacles in the Tarot—or how about our interview with LGBTQ icon Lena Waithe? And if you love it, why not share the love, rate us, maybe even subscribe?

Also, if you’re looking for more guidance or healing, check out my offerings as a reader and healer. I offer Tarot readings, obviously, but also Birth Chart Readings, Shamanic Healing, and more. If you’re in Los Angeles, we can have your sessions in person, but you’d be surprised how powerful the work can be no matter where in the world you are. It’s Leo Season, give to yourself first and don’t hesitate to reach out.

I’ve also started releasing weekly video Tarotscopes on my Instagram stories. Every Thursday I pull a card for the collective and talk about how to use that energy to grow us forward. If Moonthly Tarotscopes aren’t enough for ya, well, sis, don’t sweat, I got you covered!

Alright, enough about me, let’s get to your medicine. Below you’ll find your individual Tarotscopes. Read for your SUN and your MOON . . . and if you don’t know your moon, look it up, gurl, that’s part of your personal power waiting to be claimed! Until next time.


TWO OF WANDS (Reversed)