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Happy Summer! I hope you all are keeping cool and applying sunscreen. I have loved these long days, but I am just as grateful for the night. Without the darkness, we would not see the beauty of the light. It would just be...regular. Let's talk about that period of darkness and confusion that exists before the sun comes up with a deeper look into the Moon card. 

There's been a lot going on with the moon these days! On July 16, we experienced a full moon, nicknamed the Thunder Moon, that also coincided TO THE DAY with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission 🚀 SO COOL! 

The Moon card is represented by the dahlia flower in Floriography Tarot. Cross-culturally, the dahlia has been used to represent intangible concepts such as abstract religious and spiritual philosophies.

Dahlias grow in shady valleys—the name dahlia itself comes from the Swedish word dal, which means “valley.” Though lush and fertile, valleys are surrounded by mountains that obscure the view and may induce a constant, unending shade, which the Dahlia does not mind one bit. 

There is not a lot of clarity in the moonlight, giving your intuition a chance to flex its muscles. The environment now is dim and obscured, which allows you little time to plan, prepare or prepare past the next few steps.

When it is dark, our minds may interpret shadows as frightening forms or menacing faces.

Pareidolia is this natural human tendency for the eyes and mind to recognize figures, specifically faces, in random arrangements of shapes or items. This may be a frightening effect, but the sun will illuminate the scene and reveal a clearer and less intimidating reality.

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Today's 3-card reading revealed the Queen of Wands, the 4 of Swords, and the 5 of Swords. The Queen of Wands is the spirit of the perseverance, self-confidence, and determination needed to achieve tangible results. Contrarily, the 4 of Swords card serves as a call to inaction (confusing??). The final card that I happened to pull immediately follows this last card in the tarot sequence—the 5 of Swords, a very suspicious and glaring card. This card may indicate a betrayal by someone you trusted which can reshape how you trust people altogether. I'm just feeling a ton of conflicting energies, opposing forces, and a lack of trust. 

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Today’s mini tarot reading revealed a very woodsy looking spread. We have the King of Wands, the 10 of Swords, and the 4 of Wands.

The King of Wands is surrounded with lush branches, which symbolize new ideas and endeavors. The 10 of Swords card presents a defeated woman laying on a bed of snow, resting after the intense feelings of powerlessness and defeat. Better things are coming because there is nowhere to go but up, but at the moment you feel stuck and stagnant. The 4 of Wands represents celebration and festivities! This refers to birthdays, anniversaries, religious rites or ceremonies, milestones, and other reasons to throw a party. If you have recently reached a goal, revel in the joyous sense of accomplishment.

What a whirlwind of emotions!! I’m seeing a narrative here, when read from left to right—a person is starting something new, failing and wanting to give up, and then finally reaching that goal after such a taxing process. These are the achievements we are most proud of, in my experience. Once we surprise ourselves at our own strength, even after we deemed the situation impossible, we feel this renewed sense of empowerment. It’s also interesting to note that the King of Wands figure is my grandfather and the following 2 figures on the 10 of Swords and 4 of Wands are 2 of his children (the last photo is of my dad blowing out his birthday candles as a baby kiddo in Cuba). The family’s story went similarly to the narrative depicted in this spread. They left their home and country for the unknown, suffered through family separation and poverty as new refugees, and then succeeding in building successful lives for themselves and their children. I try to channel this strength if I ever doubt myself or my capacity to handle tough situations, because that same resilience lives in all of us descendants now too.