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Tarotscopes, June 2019

By Brandon Alter:

The Zodiac is a progression. The signs, while separate, bleed into each other and support each other toward our own collective evolution. Aries becomes Taurus, which becomes Gemini. Each sign is a building block toward the next. It’s important to remember that you are NOT just a jumble of planets and placements—you are the whole of the heavens at the moment of your birth. And your job here on planet Earth is to figure out how to embody the unique constellation of cosmic energies that make up who you are.

At its core, Astrology is a language that helps us understand why we are the way we are. It is a tool to assist us in the act of radical self acceptance. There are no good signs or bad. There are no better planetary placements than others. Sure, there are differences and challenges, but that’s what makes life exciting. The more you learn about Astrology, the more you learn about yourself. And one of the most powerful gifts Astrology gives us is a means to fully respect and accept ourselves EXACTLY as we are. Your unique birth chart illuminates how you are hardwired so that you can stop working against yourself and start honoring your individual way of doing things. Astrology isn’t an excuse—you can’t blame bad behavior on the heavens—but it is an explanation. And oftentimes, once we understand our tendencies and leanings, we can more gracefully integrate them.

Why am I giving you this mini lecture? Because Gemini season is a particularly interesting progression in the Zodiac. But we need to remember how we got here. So let’s go back in time, just a few months, to the start of Aries season. As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries can be self-obsessed, but not necessarily in a bad way. They are here to figure out the answer to the question "WHO AM I?" Next comes Taurus, who are here to integrate the lesson of Aries through answering the question "WHERE AM I?" You can’t just know who you are, you must know where you are (or else you will never know what you stand for). Taurus, through discovering relationships with their environment, can begin to create their values.

Then comes Gemini. They know WHO they are; they know WHERE they are. But the bulk of their life’s journey is to live the question "WHY AM I?" I know that’s a huge question, but perhaps you now understand why Gemini can feel a little heady. They are the first air sign of the Zodiac, meaning they rule over the mental realms and the big ideas, conversations and connections held within it. They are the seekers of personal truth, which is how Gemini Season becomes our opportunity to reconnect to the big WHY of our life. Why are you living in the city you are living in? Why are you pursuing the career you are pursuing? Why are you dating this person or reading this book or eating at this restaurant? It’s not about nit-picking every decision you make, rather it’s about making sure every decision you make has a clear path back to the deeper WHY of your existence.

This is an exciting time to begin to probe more profoundly into your purpose and your passions. And it’s not unusual that our motivations change as we get older and wiser. Is the current why of your life still resonating for you? Is it inspiring you to wake up in the morning and do your best? Maybe you’ve never taken the time to really ponder it. Maybe you have, and it’s time for an upgrade—or at least put a new outfit on the same old why. The good news is that the energy of Gemini Season is social as hell. You’re not supposed to be asking these questions alone in the dark of your own mind; you’re supposed to ask it amongst friends. Get chatty, start to exchange ideas, to have meaningful conversations, to marinate in these big ideas. Remember that Gemini is commonly known as the sign of the twins, which speaks to our own inherent duality. We are all mirrors for each other. So if you are struggling with your BIG WHY, perhaps a trusted friend or lover could help reflect you back to yourself. Sometimes we need someone outside our own head to help us see things clearly.  

The New Moon in Gemini, which happens in the pre-dawn hours today (Monday, June 3rd), is your opportunity to seduce this new WHY into your heart. You’re not looking for the WHY that will make everybody like you, you’re not even looking for the why that will make you like yourself. What you’re looking for is power. What story do you need to tell yourself to get you motivated and moving on your real purpose? That’s the point of this. It’s not some mental gymnastics; it’s a search for your lost personal power. But don’t panic (I can feel you panicking), you have time. If you’re not ready to commit (which is soooo Gemini, btw), don’t sweat it! This New Moon portal is like a closet full of BIG WHYS and you can try them all on, see how they feel. If the why doesn’t have you feeling your oats, then honey child, it’s not the why for you.

If Gemini Season has you feeling trapped in your head or in need of more guidance and clarity, you are in luck, sis! I’m running a Gemini Season Tarot special to help you get out of your head and back into your heart. Get a fifty-minute Year Ahead Tarot Reading with me for just $75. This is a special offering just for you, follow the link here ( and book your one-on-one with me now!



Balance (aka Justice)

I chose the Voyager Tarot Deck for this moonth’s readings because it’s full of evocative imagery, and it’s psychological AF—like Gemini energy itself. This deck has a cute little habit of renaming a lot of the Major Arcana cards and even some of the suits themselves. The card I pulled for all of us this moonth is the Balance card (which some of you might recognize as Justice). Interestingly, this card is coming up a lot these past few weeks. In fact, last week, I pulled this card as the card for the collective in my weekly video Tarot Forecasts for the Numinous Blog (check them out here!)

The Justice card shows up to remind us of our greater purpose. Justice empowers us to remember who we really are and what we came here to do. We are not just here to look good, make money, and take lavish vacations—sure that may be part of it . . . I mean who doesn’t love a lavish vacation?  But we all came here to change this world for the better. What wrongs did you come here to right? What injustices get you fired up to actually do something about? That is the medicine of this card: to remember that you are an arbiter of divine justice. All of us are. And we must pick up our power and begin that work now.

Justice gives us an understanding of our place in the wider family of things. You have a purpose. You have a right to be here. But you also have a function to change things, to wake people up, to beautify this broken world. In Justice (or Balance), we begin to accept this responsibility. It’s a card that powerfully reconnects us to our larger why. Your WHY cannot be just about you. Your why must have some tributary that leads to back to the collective. As Ava DuVernay says, "If your dream is only about you, it’s too small."

Now, Justice isn’t saying to run off and join the Peace Corps or become the next Ama (unless you feel a deep soul calling to do those things). Justice wants you to work with your own innate passions and pleasures and figure out how serving yourself services us all. Think about RuPaul, his passion for drag, for beauty, for exploring and exploding the false prison of identity has helped evolve gay culture and now mainstream culture. Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passion for politics brought her to the important seat she now occupies. J.K. Rowling knew she had stories that would heal the world if only she could get them out. You are not unlike any of these arbiters of divine justice. You too can make a huge impact by committing to your gifts and claiming your power to make things better. Start today. We need you.

Please find your individual Tarotscopes are below.

Read for your Sun sign and consider it your outer compass for the next moonth.

Read for your Moon sign and consider it your inner compass for this next moonth.



Seven of Crystals (Swords), Reversed

Any seven in the Tarot is going to ask us to approach the realm of the suit from a spiritual vantage. Swords (or Crystals in this deck) are the realm of the mind. Therefore this moonth is best spent ensuring your mind is as spotless as a sanctuary. The essence of this card is all about integrity. The only thing we have in this world are the agreements we make with ourselves. If you’re breaking those silent promises you’ve made to yourself, you’ve become a liar to yourself. These next few weeks could be your chance to regain the honesty with yourself that you’ve lost in the past.

I have a rule around this card: as long as I’m telling the truth to myself, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I can be as gentle to myself as needed. But if I’m fibbing, even a little bit, time to muster up some tough love and pull those swords out one at a time. You will be your greatest enemy if you continue to hide from the truth. So put on your big boy pants and be your own knight in shining armor. Slay the self-deception, identify and eliminate the inner saboteur. I know it’s a tired cliché, but it still holds: the truth will always set you free.



Ace of Crystals (Swords), Reversed

Crystals are used to represent the realm of the mind in this deck, because a highly developed mind is crystal clear. Crystals are also amplifiers, and our mind will amplify whatever is taking up space in our noggin. The Ace of Crystals signifies a brand new mental pattern beginning to develop. Perhaps you’re using new voices with which to communicate with yourself. Perhaps there’s a brand new story for your life that wants to be told through you. Your job over these next few weeks is to take a rigorous inventory of all the narratives clogging up your head. Which shouldn’t be hard considering Gemini Season is when all the voices in your head come out to play. Your goal is supreme mental clarity. If particular voices aren’t helping you, see how you can politely show them the door.

At the end of the day, the only thing that stands in our way (besides the Patriarchy) is ourselves. The Ace of Crystals can show you where you haven’t been fully believing in yourself. And then you have the power to rewrite your story. You can slay the dragon. You can sell the screenplay. You can get the guy of your dreams. The sooner you believe in yourself, the sooner the world will reflect that back to you.