Today’s Tarot Card for July 8 is The Anchoret

The Anchoret

This Tarot Deck: Cagliostro

General Meaning: The challenge of what has traditionally been known as the Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals and Nature herself.

While the hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit cards, more modern ones have shifted the metaphor, showing more or less light released from his lantern. In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with Nature.


Daily Cosmic Calendar for July 8

Yesterday’s nurturing cornucopia – in which the Moon united with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces – dissipates as the red planet throws curve balls, darts and arrows at unsuspecting human souls. Early on today, the Moon parallels Mars (3:07AM PDT) – only to lead to a Moon-Mars contra-parallel several hours later (11:28AM PDT). This is due to Mars making a recent shift from being north of the Celestial Equator to south of that same cosmic circle surrounding the Earth.  Meanwhile, the Sun and Moon do make an inspiring trine of 120-degrees at 4:01AM PDT, but this begins a very long void-of-course lunar cycle that lasts until 5:15AM PDT tomorrow. During this void marathon, finish old business and projects, but don’t jump-start bold, new enterprises.  To add insult to injury, following a hopeful, 72-degree, Mercury-Saturn mind-strengthening sky pattern (7:41AM PDT), Mars comes back with a vengeance by making an off-kilter, 150-degree liaison with Neptune (1:58PM PDT). The combination of Mars in Libra hooking up with Neptune in Pisces in this kind of configuration can equate with a rising tide of idealistic sentiment as well as emotional intensity.  Projecting angry feelings on well-meaning loved ones, friends and associates is not the answer. Put major decision-making, key signings and dealing with legal matters on the back burner until the coast is much clearer.