How to Use Oracle and Tarot Cards For Deep Inner Work
By Aletheia Luna
Mysterious, esoteric, and ancient in origin, tarot and oracle cards are steadily increasing in popularity.
And there’s a good reason for that … they work!
No, I don’t believe tarot and oracle cards can predict the future as the future isn’t set in stone. Neither do I believe that the reason oracle and tarot cards are rising in popularity is due to such an antiquated use as fortune telling.
Instead, from what I’ve observed and experienced, tarot and oracle cards are rising in prevalence because they are powerful gateways to the inner self and unconscious mind. And in this day and age, the need to connect with our inner selves is increasing in intensity and desperate necessity.
Ultimately, oracle and tarot cards are spiritual tools that anyone can use. If I am to list one tool that I consult and use each and every day, it would be my tarot and oracle cards. Why? These deceptively simple cards are like fractals: the deeper you meditate and reflect on a card, the more you discover about yourself. This makes oracle and tarot cards powerful meditation tools that are ideal for increasing one’s spiritual and psychological growth.
Are you curious about dipping your toes into the world of oracle and tarot cards? Read on. If you’ve already tasted the sweet nectar of this amazingly illuminating tool, I’m sure you’ll find something interesting to feast on below as well.
What is the Difference Between Oracle and Tarot Cards?
Let’s start off with the basics. Oracle and tarot cards are similar in nature but not the same.
The main difference is that tarot is a system that spans back millennia and is divided into the major and minor arcana, and four suits: the swords, pentacles, cups, and wands. Each suit consists of ten cards and four ‘court’ cards (page, knight, queen, and king). Oracle cards, on the other hand, are newer inventions and they generally don’t have a set structure making them more fluid. Generally, it is up to the creator of the oracle deck to create some kind of framework or system (if any).
Tarot takes a bit of time and dedication to learn as each card has various layers of meaning. Tarot also has upright and reversed meanings (which, translated, means that if you pull a card upside down its meaning will change). Although tarot sounds complex, it is a deeply intriguing system that overlaps with numerous ancient systems such as numerology, astrology, the Kabbalah, and alchemy. I find that it provides more intricate and multi-layered answers and insights than oracle cards.
With that being said, oracle cards do have their own charm. If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, getting an oracle deck is a non-intimidating way of entering the world of ‘card slinging.’ Unlike tarot cards which are named according to a clear-cut system (e.g. “ace of pentacles,” “three of swords,” “King of Cups”), oracle cards tend to be named in more simple and straight-forward ways. Common examples include “beginning,” “ending,” “courage,” “transformation,” “healing,” “wisdom,” “balance,” etc.
Oracle decks are generally easier (in my experience) to use as meditative tools than tarot decks and tend to give an overview of the problem or situation at hand that you’re seeking guidance for.
Can Tarot and Oracle Cards Predict the Future?
Short answer: nothing can “predict” the future with 100% accuracy as the future isn’t set in stone and we have free will to change it. Tarot and oracle cards do however show the most likely outcome based on what is happening in our lives within the present moment.
How Do They Work?
There are many explanations for how and why tarot and oracle cards provide such unnervingly accurate or illuminating answers.
Some believe that they are communing with ancestors, spirits, or personal etheric guides when doing readings for themselves. Others believe that the cards themselves have power. I, however, don’t subscribe to these theories. Instead, I prefer to adopt a psychospiritual approach. When using a tarot or oracle deck, I believe we are connecting to our unconscious minds which are a bridge to the collective unconscious, or Universal Mind. Within our unconscious and shared unconscious (what psychologist Carl Jung called the ‘Collective Unconscious’) resides our essence, our wisest self, or our true nature (Soul). I believe that when we are communing with the images on these cards, we are triggering deep instinctive and timeless knowledge within us and inciting it to rise to the surface.
In other words, our minds are like deep lakes. We tend to live on the surface of this lake in everyday life, but tarot and oracle cards are like fishing lines that we throw into the deep to draw up the wisdom we need.
While the language of the conscious rational brain is words and verbal descriptions, the language of the unconscious is more ancient and pre-verbal. Images, archetypes, and symbols all form the language of the unconscious – and they also simultaneously form the way in which we can get in touch with the unconscious. Because tarot and oracle cards are primarily image-based, they are one of the most powerful ways of connecting with the wisdom buried deep within us.
4 Dangers of Using Oracle and Tarot
Please don’t be alarmed. Stories of demonic possession as a result of using tarot are the result of narrow-minded and superstitious misunderstandings spread by religions such as orthodox Christianity. Tarot is a tool of self-exploration – it’s like having a coach or teacher by your side – that’s it.
Can it be used to lift the veil between this world and the next? Maybe. But you only get out of tarot what you put into it. In other words, use it as a self-discovery and it will be just that. Many things in life can be used to dabble in the psychic arts – just look at cups and tea bags (or the divinatory practice of tea reading). Are you going to stop drinking tea just because someone out there uses tea drinking to communicate with spirits of the dead? I don’t think so.
Tarot and oracle decks are quite literally pieces of card with images on them. There’s nothing spooky or satanic about them. As with anything in life, they are ultimately what you make of them – nothing more, nothing less. So if you already have a mind biased toward them, it might be better to seek out another inner work tool (such as mirror work).
No, the dangers I am about to mention are more emotional and psychologicaloriented. Be mindful of the following:
Being mindful of these pitfalls will help you to get the most out of your oracle and tarot cards.
What to Look For in an Oracle and Tarot Deck (+ Some Suggestions)
You don’t need to be a crazy deck collector like me to benefit from this self-exploration tool. Simply investing in one or two decks will help get you acquainted with this fascinating method of self-growth.
When it comes to getting your own deck, forget the old myth that someone needs to gift you a deck first. This old tradition is very limiting. In the old days there was no convenient way to obtain a deck unless someone gave one to you, but these days we have the privilege of having access to an amplitude of decks. So go out there and find one you resonate with.
Here’s what to pay attention to when trying to find a deck:
Ultimately what you are attracted to in a deck is very personal. Some people don’t need or read the guidebooks, while others absolutely must have an in-depth quality guidebook to get to know their cards. Some people like big cards while others like small cards. Some like indie decks while others prefer to stick to big-named decks. Some need a sturdy box while others don’t mind what the heck the deck comes in. You get the picture!
Listen to youtube videos (search for walkthroughs) and read reviews online before you purchase your deck. This little stack of cards may be staying with you for many years, so make sure you put in your research.
I currently have a collection of around 50 tarot and oracle decks combined and they were either bought, traded online with others, or given to me. My personal preferences are matte medium cardstock tarot/oracle cards that have good thick guidebooks. Anything pagan or nature-based I love (it must be my Celtic roots).
There’s a multitude of deck themes out there – angels, vampires, animals, fairies, mermaids, mythological tales, goddesses, voodoo, shamans, unicorns … you name it and you’ll probably find a deck related to it.
I know this all may sound overwhelming (it most certainly was for me!). But my advice is to start small. There are numerous well-known decks out there which tend to tick most boxes. I recommend starting out by researching those. You can look within your local bookstore or new age store. Alternatively, look online on places such as Amazon or Book Depository for some good deals.
Here are some decks I recommend that I either possess or have heard good things about:
Vintage wisdom oracle
Chakra wisdom oracle
The Goddess Oracle
Journey of Love Oracle
Gaia Oracle cards
The Wild Unknown tarot
Centennial Smith-Waite tarot
Morgan Greer tarot
Each of these decks you can find on Amazon (all are linked) for you to explore at your leisure. Don’t be afraid to look outside of these recommendations either – I’m just providing a starting place so that you don’t get too overwhelmed!
How to Use Oracle and Tarot Cards For Deep Inner Work
Let’s get to the meat of this article: how can we use these bits of card for deep inner exploration?
Here are some ideas:
1. Inner Child Work
Inner child work is the practice of connecting with, exploring, understanding, learning from, and healing your inner child. We all have a vulnerable place inside of us that sees the world with childlike wonder and an open heart. Many of us have lost touch with this soft part of ourselves or have suppressed the inner child due to trauma or early life abuse. Reconnecting with your inner child is one of the most profound forms of inner work you could ever commit to. It truly creates deep transformation if you stick with it.
What I love about using tarot and oracle cards for inner child work is that it can be so eye-opening, yet nurturing and supportive. Depending on the deck you use, inner child work can be no-nonsense and in your face, or it can be subtle and gentle. Your inner child will be very responsive and sensitive towards the pictures of the cards, so consider working with a soft deck (perhaps with an angelic, storybook or animal theme). Consider working with decks such as the Inner Child Cards, Shadowscapes Tarot, Wisdom of the Oracle or Alice: the Wonderland Oracle.
To begin using your tarot or oracle cards for inner child work, think of three questions you would like to ask your inner child. Examples may include:
Once you pull your cards, pause and reflect on them. I recommend journalling briefly (or in depth if you have the time) about the cards you pull and what feelings, thoughts, and memories they trigger within you.
2. Shadow Work
I adore using the tarot and oracle for shadow work – they go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. The whole point of these wondrous cards is to draw up unconscious knowledge, and as you may or may not know, the unconscious is also conveniently the realm of the shadow self.
Is it possible to directly communicate with your shadow self through tarot and oracle cards? Yes, I believe it is so long as you have a clear intention and focus.
Decks I recommend looking into for doing shadow work include Deviant Moon tarot, Ceccoli tarot (if you are merging shadow work with inner child work), Dark Mirror oracle, and the Halloween oracle.
To begin, consider creating a section in your journal that is dedicated specifically to your tarot shadow work. (You may even like to consider setting aside an entire journal by itself as tarot shadow work can draw up a lot of intriguing content, believe me.) There are many shadow work tarot spreads on the internet that you can draw inspiration from, but it’s best to start simple. Think of some questions or topics you would like to explore. Examples may include:
I could go on and on, but these questions will give you a good place to start. Once you have pulled a card or two, write down the cards you got and your reflections. Notice whether any anger, disgust, shame or fear is triggered within you. If so, this is a clear sign you’ve touched on shadow material. Hooray! Now it’s time to do some digging and introspection.
Tarot and oracle cards are also wonderful ways to develop single-pointed concentration. Simply draw a card for the day, put it in front of you, set a timer (e.g. for 10-20 minutes) and gaze at it. While you are observing the card, focus simultaneously on your breath going in and out. Don’t try to interpret the card, simply notice the colors, faces, forms, emotion, shapes, etc. Let everything you see go in and out of your mind like clouds passing through the sky.
Meditating with your tarot and oracle cards also doubles as a wonderful way of ‘getting to know’ your new deck (or deepening your relationship with an old one).
4. Pathworking (or inner journeying)
Pathworking is essentially a technique that involves mentally projecting yourself into the picture of the card. This is done to gain wisdom, self-knowledge or solutions to problems.
Pathworking can be used in conjunction with meditation (see above) or as a technique by itself. To begin pathworking, sit in a dark room, light a candle, and place it at the base of your card (but not too close as you don’t want it to become all crispy like a piece of bacon!). Breathe deeply, ground yourself, and focus on the card. Let your focus become gentle and soft. When you are ready, imagine yourself stepping into the card. Spend some time walking around in the landscape, noticing what the atmosphere feels like, and touching objects within the card. If a person, animal or other being is within the card, approach them and start a conversation. What information do they have to share with you? If they wish to take you to another place, listen to your gut and let yourself follow if you feel comfortable. Remember that you are in complete control and you can cease your pathworking whenever you feel the need to.
Pathworking is a fascinating and effective way of gaining deep self-insight. While for some people this technique is difficult, for others (more ‘imaginative’ or dreamy types) it comes naturally. So experiment and discover the power of this practice yourself!
Some of the most loving messages I’ve ever received have come through tarot and oracle cards – and many people have had the same experience. What I love about using tarot and oracle cards for deepening my self-love is how often they align with synchronicity. For example, I tend to pull the precise cards I need to learn from at the exact right time. It is these cards that give me goosebumps, make my heart burst open, and my eyes swell with tears. Again, this is not an experience unique to me, almost everyone who uses tarot/oracle cards will have at least one magical moment of heartfelt epiphany about themselves.
To use tarot/oracle cards for self-love, choose a nurturing deck like Crystal Visions Tarot, Whispers of Love Oracle or Universal Love Oracle. Do a daily draw in which you pull a card each morning and reflect on it. You can even create a formal daily self-love practice in which you pull a card for the week and reflect each day on the various layers of the card and what messages it has to offer you.
Here are some questions you may like to ask when pulling a card:
As with all inner work practices, keep a journal and record your reflections. Also, ensure that you practically apply the advice you receive. There’s no point pulling cards if you aren’t willing to make conscious changes in your life. Be practical and seek to ground the discoveries you make in your daily existence.
I hope I’ve inspired you to explore this wondrous inner work tool – or apply it in a different way. There are a multitude of ways to use tarot/oracle cards so don’t see my suggestions above as the be-all-and-end-all. But I do hope the above practices help.
Share with me: do you work with oracle and tarot cards? If so, what’s your favorite deck and favorite way of using it? Share below and let’s get all geeky together. :)
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Aletheia Luna is an influential spiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. After escaping the religious sect she was raised in, Luna experienced a profound existential crisis that led to her spiritual awakening. As a psychospiritual counselor, tarot reader, and professional writer, Luna’s mission is to help others become conscious of their entrapment and find joy, empowerment, and liberation in any circumstance. See more of her work at lonerwolf.com.
Things to Avoid Doing While Mars is in Retrograde
Have you ever been through a period of your life where your great expectations are met with huge disappointment and disbelief?You look up at the sky with a grimace on your face and have what social scientists call a “W-T-F” moment as you think about the disaster that’s just happened in your life.
A hot romance you thought would result in marriage fizzles.
The new sports car you bought turns out to be the most beautiful car on the side of the road.
Your botox treatment makes you look like a wax statue at Madame Tussauds.
A sure-fire lawsuit your attorney says is a winner ends up being a loser.
These events, which have brought you frustration or failure, often occur when the planet Mars is retrograde.
Get ready, because it is set to happen again on June 26th.
Once every two years, the planet Mars goes retrograde, as it will from June 26th to August 27th, 2018. During this time span, we may want to think twice about initiating certain actions, because the retrograde can lower our energy level and bring frustration and obstacles to our major efforts.
What If I have Something Important I Need to Do?
Of course, regardless of this unusual planetary influence, life must go on during the 11-week period of Mars retrograde. At some point, we’ll all have to make necessary decisions, even if it isn’t the optimum time.
For example, if you are unemployed, you’ll probably want to accept a new job anyway. When it comes to your social life, it’s not the best time to enter a sexual relationship, but no one expects a person to be celibate during the retrograde—just don’t be surprised if the love affair that began suddenly ends just as quickly.
However, there are important events we may be planning that are elective. In other words: we don’t have to start them during Mars retrograde. We can arrange to begin them at a more favorable time when planetary influences work to our advantage.
Since timing is everything, if possible, wait until Mars goes direct on August 27th to initiate any important action. Here’s how this planet exerts an influence in our lives:
Here’s How Mars Retrograde Affects You:
In astrology, Mars represents the principles of independence and action. This planet’s influence gives us the urge to initiate or begin something new. Unlike the energies of Mercury, which are mental, Mars is physical in its nature, and often associated with aggressive or impulsive behavior. In fact, in its most negative manifestation, which often occurs during this retrograde, martian (as in Mars) behavior can be selfish, combative, and argumentative.
In one’s horoscope, the planet Mars rules action, energy, drive, and determination. When Mars works positively in our lives, it gives us the ability to be assertive and act with courage and conviction.
How Mars functions in our birth chart says a lot about how we stand up and assert ourselves, get noticed, and get things done. Its energies can bring us power and confidence in the way we express ourselves as individuals. It also affects our ambition and our sense of competition whether at work, play, or in our personal relationships. Mars also rules our desire nature and sexuality, and the kind of person we’ll find sexually attractive.
The Problem when Mars Goes Retrograde:
When Mars is retrograde, one’s normal energy and vitality are depleted. Therefore, if we initiate an activity at this time, we find that all the energy and momentum that began with our actions seem to stop or even reverse. We begin to have doubts or regrets about any effort that we start—to the point where we’ll wish we could start all over again.
Here’s a good illustration of how the Mars retrograde can affect you:
Imagine drinking and partying all night and then having to run a 10-mile race the next morning. You start out your run with the confidence you’ve got the stamina you need, and that you’ll be fine. But after running a few miles, you start realizing you don’t have as much energy as you normally have. You’re sorry you ran this race, wishing you could have done it on another day.
During the Mars retrograde, you’ll operate with this same lack of energy and vitality in any enterprise you undertake. For this reason, it’s not the best time to start anything new, whether it’s job, a relationship, or even an argument. If you’ve already started something, the Mars retrograde is a time to slow down and reassess what you want and desire before you take further action. It may be necessary to adjust your expectations and calmly work though any frustrations that get in the way of what you want to accomplish.
If you have activities you want to engage in, stop and re-consider them. Here are five things you should avoid doing during the Mars retrograde, if at all possible.
Here’s What to Do:
Use the Mars retrograde period to slow down and reassess what you want and desire—before you take further action. Then, when Mars goes direct on August 27th, go full steam ahead with your plans.
By doing so you’ll more assuredly reach your goal with less frustration and effort. You’ll have the advantage of “good timing,” which will aid your success.
The Most Transformational & Healing Full Moon of the Year
On June 27th (or 28th, depending on your location), the full moon will be in the sign of Capricorn, which is represented by the mountain goat that climbs upward at a steady pace and is the sign connected to manifesting, ambition, and goals.
This moon will be emanating a strong lunar energy that delivers abrupt change, which will be noticeable a few days before and a few days after it reaches its fullest illumination. All zodiac signs will be affected, but in particular those born with Capricorn in their chart.
The Capricorn moon falls at the halfway point of the year, and its vibration creates a huge energy shift that activates deep inner healing, brings closure, encourages transformation, and ultimately assists us with our personal evolution.
This full moon is the culmination of any challenges we have been dealing with since the Capricorn new moon on January 16th. Therefore, the lessons that have been presented to us since the start of this year will be learned during this phase, as we come to a greater understanding of why certain people have played significant parts in our lives, and we piece prominent events together. When we make sense of all that has occurred during the past six months and all illusions dissipate, any associated karma will also be released.
With the moon in Capricorn, we may notice we are more reserved and distant than normal, and we will likely want to spend time alone, which means we will also be more in control of our emotions and feel more focused, grounded, and centered.
It is rare to feel so calm and stable during a full moon, so it is imperative that we take advantage of this serene energy and use it to help repair and heal some of our innermost emotional wounds—and to transcend the blockages that have kept us trapped in the past.
We can do this by slowing down the mind—either through meditation or gentle relaxation—traveling inward, and paying attention to whatever feels troubling or makes us feel uncomfortable or restless. We will know if there is something calling for our attention, as this is where our thoughts wander to and linger on when our noisy mind quiets down.
When we are aware of where we hold tension, pain, or anger, we can lightly question the reasons for clinging to it. If the reasons are not apparent, we can gently trace our roaming thought patterns until we eventually reach the undesirable feelings—and then, hopefully, find the root cause.
When we do this, we often discover that although we may think the emotional discomfort or pain we experience daily is recent, it usually exists due to being triggered by past (mostly forgotten) events. When we travel back to our old memories, there is likely something underlying that mirrors the exact way we currently feel. This trapped pain creates resistance and causes blockages that prevent us from attracting what we want, and essentially makes it difficult to peacefully and harmoniously exist.
The majority of our pain, frustration, anger, and resentment stems from some of our earliest memories, when we were not able to effectively rationalise or make sense of the way we—or those around us—were treated. When we move into adulthood, we gain the ability to discern and reason, which means that rather than taking other people’s actions and behavior personally and being severely impacted by it, we have the understanding that other people’s actions are their responsibility and have very little to do with us.
However, if, as adults, we have deeply hidden emotional injuries from our younger years that are still tender and raw, they will flare up whenever we are presented with an encounter that reminds us of previous unhealed emotional pain.
Fortunately, Capricorn phases are the optimum time to carry out inner child work, as we are far less emotional during this time and much more likely to reach into our center without becoming emotionally overwhelmed—which not only blocks healing, but also inflames old pain.
We are all carrying some form of baggage from our earlier years, whether we are aware of it or not, and when we release this heavy and stagnant emotional energy, we move on lighter, more free, and with far less chance of repeating the same toxic patterns or recreating similar types of dysfunctional relationships that do us far more harm than good.
The Capricorn moon is the perfect time to cleanse and shed old energy, as we are about to move into the second part of the year and toward a transformational manifesting stage. This is the chance to release the tension we have carried with us from the past, as it is holds us back and makes it difficult to obtain and sustain a healthy, fulfilling, and internally rewarding highly vibrational life.
We can do this by eliminating what no longer serves our highest good—and although we may have been conditioned to believe that it is our duty to hold tight to everyone and everything around us, not all is meant to stay with us on our path forever—especially when who or what surrounds us is detrimental to our emotional or mental health. Our souls are eternal, although not every encounter, commitment, or connection we have is supposed to be permanent—so we can let go with grace and watch as a vast space opens up to allow pure and authentic energetic beings and possibilities to enter.
To create an external life that matches our internal vibration, all we have to do is have the courage, strength, and awareness to recognise who and what is working for us, and who and what is working against us—and to make decisions that lead straight toward manifesting anything we’ve silently longed for.
Capricorn is a tough but determined energy force and is a master at manifesting, so flow with the energies and think big—regardless of how impossible it may seem to achieve your dreams. Start taking steps to make each one a reality, as even if we don’t fully accomplish all we’ve set out to, we’ll be amazed at how our life transforms the moment we quit procrastinating and disbelieving, and start having faith in our power to create a divine and rich life filled with purpose.
This full moon is the start of a new mission—and one that when we reach the Capricorn new moon on January 6th, 2019, we will be astounded at what we’ve gained and achieved. When we are determined and focused, the universe supports us by providing signs, synchronicities, and opportunities to make magic happen.
For our hopes, dreams, and goals to actualise, it is vital that we fully believe in ourselves and our magnificent capacity to create the exact life we want to—and will—create.
A quick guide to manifesting.
Thoughts and feelings vibrate outward and emit energy, which magnetise other energies that resonate on the same frequency. We are all transmitters of energy—and energetic resonance helps create our reality, so at all times be mindful of the signals emanating from your energy field. Clear your resistance and doubtful or fearful repetitive thinking to be sure you’re sending out a clear and concise message about what you want to attract or repel.
Ensure all thoughts and feelings are aligned—otherwise, confusing mixed messages are sent out that make it impossible to actualise what you want to receive.
Let go of negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, as they are draining and they lower your vibration.
Write down a plan and be super clear about what you hope to achieve over the next six months—and beyond, if desired. Ensure it includes a step-by-step guide as it will help bring you closer to your goals.
Trust the process, your intuition, and inherent ability to safely guide your journey. The soul knows where it is going; the key is to silence the noisy, fearful mind.
Meditate daily and reaffirm your intentions with a positive mindset.
Work hard and put in maximum effort to reach your goals, so that whatever you wish to manifest has the greatest opportunity of coming to fruition.
Each time you receive a sign that the manifestation is working, send gratitude to the universe for cocreating and aligning energy so that the plans flow effortlessly and fluidly.
It is highly recommended to meditate as often as possible during a full moon and to carry out a manifestation ritual to kick-start plans into action.
Those who are highly sensitive to energy will be more susceptible to the impact of this celestial event and may feel overwhelmed at times due to the influx of highly charged energy. To combat this, it is important to process emotions or old feelings that come up and discern whether the emotions are our own, or whether they belong to those around us. If we absorb other people’s emotional energy, we could find ourselves triggered, more irritable, fatigued, and moodier than usual. If this happens, remember to take time out to rebalance and ground.
Virgos Most Difficult Zodiac SignTo Love
Virgos are arguably the most self-sufficient of the zodiac signs. They also approach most relationships from a very analytical and almost managerial position. Even if it’s not intentional, Virgos automatically keep most people at arm’s length until they’re sure they can trust them. Thus, they’re not the easiest people to love. In order for a Virgo to love someone, they have to let their walls down and open up, which isn’t in their nature. Once they do they’re amazing partners, but it can definitely take some time for them to get there.
Scorpios are the queens/kings of not knowing what they want. They fluctuate between hot and cold like crazy and it makes them really difficult to read and subsequently, be with emotionally. A Scorpio can be an incredibly draining partner to be with which is why they often find themselves in and out of relationships. Frankly, until a Scorpio matures emotionally, they’re simply not ready for a real relationship.
There are no sign more flighty, impulsive, and all over the place than a Sagittarius. In some ways, this makes them very exciting partners and whoever they’re with will never be bored. But on the flip side, it makes them nearly impossible to get to settle down. They’re constantly chasing the next thing, the next adventure, the next adrenaline rush. They are terrible at being still, at just existing. And that’s not very conducive to relationships. A Sagittarius will only feel content when they find someone who doesn’t just chase them, but runs right alongside them.
Aquarians are naturally reserved, private people. They aren’t inclined to open up and letting people in is absolutely not in their nature. It can be really difficult to read an Aquarius which keeps a distance between them and most people. An Aquarius needs someone who they can really trust and feel comfortable being vulnerable around in order to go all in and fall in love.
Capricorns are the picture of practicality, efficiency, and hard work. While this makes them incredibly reliable and a star employee or co-worker, it can also mean that they approach each and every relationship like a business transaction. No partner wants to feel like they’re being looked at and being weighed on a pros and cons list. A Capricorn needs to learn to trust their heart as much as their head in order to find real, lasting love.
Geminis have a reputation for being indecisive and overly emotional. While to a certain extent this is true and can make communicating with them tiring, it also means that they love with all of their hearts and put all of their faith in what they feel. When a Gemini loves, they go all in. They hold absolutely nothing back and give all of themselves to their partner. It can be intimidating, being loved that much. But that level of vulnerability is something to commend someone, like a Gemini, for being able to do.
There’s no sign quite as dynamic and captivating as a Leo. Leos are incredibly independent, confident, and sure of themselves. So it’s important for anyone who is with a Leo to recognize that they’re never going to need you. But they are such a magical sign, it’s impossible to not be drawn to them. Leos make everything more exciting and engaging, so it’s no surprise that everyone loves them.
Active, exciting, and a beacon of passion, an Aries makes their partner the center of their world. They prioritize their partners and do their best to be their everything. Their cheerleader, their partner in crime, their shoulder to lean on. An Aries strives to be the go-to for whatever the person they’re with might need. Who could say no to loving someone like that?
There is simply no sign more loyal and steadfast than a Taurus. When a Taurus loves someone, they’re in it for the long haul. They’re completely devoted and committed to the person who they love. A Taurus leaves nothing up to the imagination, nothing lingering in any sort of grey area. Everything is out on the table and you always have a clear cut idea of where they stand. That sort of devotion and loyalty is rare and hard to find, so when you do it’s not something you’re inclined to let go.
All a Libra wants is for everyone to be content and happy. This goes for pretty much everyone on Earth, but especially for people who they’re in love with. A Libra would bend over backwards to make sure their partner is in a good place. They’ll do anything to make their person happy. They’re so easy to love because they show you the kind of love that’s possible to get from another person, and that’s something to strive to emulate.
A Pisces arguably has the biggest loving, bleeding heart of the zodiac. They feel deeply, they’re all emotion, and they have no trouble expressing what they want and need from the people who they love. A Pisces puts everything onto the table. They leave nothing left unsaid. They’d walk through fire and back for the person who they love, and that sort of love is something you’ll only experience once in a lifetime.
Cancers are the biggest nurturers, the biggest caretakers, the most likely to love unconditionally of the zodiac. They’re so forgiving, so patient. They’re a sign you can always count on to be there for you, day or night, no matter what. A Cancer perfectly exemplifies what love is supposed to look like. And in turn, how we should all love each other.
5 Amazing Facts You Must Know About the Total Solar Eclipse
August 21st, 2017
The countdown to a rare celestial spectacle is on. On August 21st, people within the “path of totality,” a 70-mile wide swath of land stretching from Oregon to South Carolina (14 states in all), will witness a total solar eclipse. The shadow of the moon will start in the Pacific ocean and travel at Mach 1.5 speeds across the continental U.S., creating an ethereal light show that eclipse hunters swear is unlike any other naturally occurring phenomenon. Eclipse enthusiasts describe the experience as transcendent, even life-changing.
Here are five things to know about the upcoming phenomenon:
1. A total solar eclipse is the result of a remarkable cosmic coincidence.
The incredible serendipity of a total solar eclipse on Earth is difficult to fathom. For the brief few minutes of a totality, the Sun and the Moon occupy the exact same space in our sky, perfectly overlapping one another. How is this possible? While the sun’s diameter is 400 times the size of the moon’s, the moon is 400 times closer to us. The phenomenon is unlikely to exist for any of the other planets in our solar system and may be fairly unique to the Earth. While other stars and planets assuredly have their own distinct celestial marvels, a total solar eclipse is one of our cosmic home’s special treasures.
2. The eclipse offers a rare glimpse of the sun’s secret majesty.
The light show that occurs during a total solar eclipse is unlike any other natural phenomena, which is why scientists flock to and study the event in droves. With a clear sky, a total solar eclipse affords spectators a rare, unfiltered glimpse of the sun’s outermost layer, a million-degree halo of plasma that flairs and contorts under the powerful grasp of the magnetosphere. For a few precious minutes, our star reveals its ethereal beauty, including “Baily’s Beads,” prominences, coronal streamers and, if you’re lucky, coronal ejections. Baily’s Beads create a diamond ring effect that has inspired many paramours to propose marriage during totality (an act that an eclipse enthusiast might have found annoying).
Those not in the path of totality can still study rare shadows cast off of Earth-bound objects, including trees that cast off crescent shapes in the twilight.
3. The event, known colloquially as a syzygy, requires the observer to complete the phenomena.
An alignment of 3 or more celestial bodies is known as a syzygy. In this case, the total solar eclipse includes the sun, the moon, and the human observer. Not all of the Earth will rest in the path of totality, so the completion of the triage requires an intentional act
4. The last time there was a total solar eclipse visible only in the United States was in 1776.
The August 21st eclipse is especially rare because it is the first continent-wide eclipse to be viewable only in the United States since the same year the country came into existence. Additionally, it’s the first time since 1918 that an eclipse’s path of totality stretched unbroken from one coast to the other.
5. In 600 million years, total solar eclipses will no longer occur.
Because tidal friction gradually changes the Moon’s proximity to us, total solar eclipses weren’t always visible from the Earth and, in the distant future, perfect alignment of our sun and moon will no longer take place.
NASA estimates that around 300 million people will experience the eclipse first-hand, though not everyone will be in the path of totality. The sun’s light is so powerful that even those experiencing a 99.9% partial eclipse will not get the full effect.
Eclipses are profound cosmic events that have mesmerized humans throughout history. As early as 1050 B.C., Chinese astronomers recorded them using “oracle bones.” In 1918, Sir Arthur Eddington Einstein studied a total solar eclipse to prove part of Einstein’s general theory of relativity by displaying how gravity bends light.
If you’re near the path of totality, you have a rare opportunity to gaze upon what eluded Canadian astronomer and eclipse chaser J.W. Campbell, who spent 50 years trying to experience a total solar eclipse only to see overcast skies 12 different times. For more information on the best spots to view the eclipse on August 21st, this site breaks down the path of totality.