Libra season is ruled by card VIII or XI (depending on the deck and your personal preference) Justice. In the last two weeks this card has popped up in almost every reading I've done which always signifies to me there is a lesson that is being experienced on the individual and collective levels, it's in the air and ether, waiting for us to catch hold and listen. There is a shallow and selfish side to Justice that we see playing out on the big screen right before our eyes right now. When Justice is reduced to binary dualistic thinking it becomes obsessed with 'right' and 'wrong', 'true' and 'false' and what is 'fair'. In this mode it can become like a petty prince throwing a tantrum when what they deem 'right' does not happen (ahem Brett Kavanaugh . . . ). When we keep Justice cloistered away in the marbled halls of patriarchy it cannot help but operate in this reduced, cruel way (my partner is an attorney in the criminal justice system and I see this version of Justice ALL. THE. TIME). Instead, Justice (and all of us) belong embedded in nature. Here Justice is able to flourish showing us that the trees, deer and rivers not as objects, but are a vast network of living spirit of which we are a part. Justice helps show us our place in the wide spread of things. We begin to see painful or 'unfair' things as necessary in a wider view. Our personal joys and struggles playing out in the wider web. We see ourselves as whole, shadow and all, and without the harsh perfectionism of patriarchal Justice. We accept responsibility and accept who we are, the fate we were born with (which undoubtably includes it's 'fair' share of wounds and joys). When we align ourselves with our fate and accept what is, then can work to bring about true Justice which is much more concerned with reciprocity and balance than the punitive exactitude of dualism. So, in this Libra season we are invited to look around at our lives and accept. Accept that where we are and the messes we are in, the joys we may be experiencing, all of it. Even if it feels SO unfair. The acceptance of our lives, our political reality, the systems of violence and oppression in which we are all tangled in, our own pain, our love, our family unlocks a secret power which then allows us to move forward in full knowledge. Acceptance does not equal complacency. Acceptance does not equal victimhood. Acceptance does not equal condoning. Acceptance allows Lady Justice to then teach us to wield her sword of truth to cut away and shed. We can accept this world. We are strong enough. We can look at the great injustices and bravely accept them. We can look deep in our hearts and see where we have been complicit to systems of oppression. We can accept it. And then, then we can act firmly grounded in the reality of our fate and the power of our truth, then we can transform. This season of Justice is INTENSE. We are staring our shadow in the face and learning to accept it so that we may destroy the parts that have never served.
In this time we are being asked to let go of the Four of Swords. Virgo season, ruled by the Hermit, was a place of mental respite for us. It allowed us to put down our sword for a moment and rest from the battle. Hopefully it was a time of restoration and mental clearing as you journeyed with the Hermit deep in your heart, getting clear on the voice within to guide you forward. But my dears, now in this season of Justice we are being asked to pick that sword back up, to reengage in the fight; the fight for Justice, the fight to accept what is, the fight to grow ever more clear in our vision and our communication of truth. Bring with you what clarity came from that place of rest, and remember that you can always step back into this rest when you need it. Take a day off from social media or the news, keep the boundaries you established with you moving forward.
I was not at all surprised with card XIII showed up to show us what we are being invited to embody this month. We are in the season of death and as we feel the earth drawing her energy down and watch as the trees shed their leaves and grasses brown, we must do the same. Death in many ways is the ultimate teacher of Justice. In this moment we are being invited to befriend Death through accepting this fact: everything dies. Patriarchal culture tries to sustain the illusion that through a perfect father god in the sky we can avoid death, we can skip over it and never have to endure it's darkness. But we know better. We are rooted in our mother and we know that Death is a gift, an opportunity to shed that which no longer serves, and that that death is the fertilizer of the flowers to come next spring. Justice invites us to fully accept what is, and just that act alone is a sort of death of the ego. Any illusions we held of ourselves being perfect or a limited version of ourselves must now be shed, given back to the earth for composting and evolution.
This process of acceptance and shedding leaves us wide open, ready to embrace the Four of Pentacles. This card issues a summons to practice some radical physical self care. Pentacles teach us how to master our physical lives as spiritual beings, and right now we need to take care of our animal bodies. As we are engaged in the difficult work of Justice and Death it is imperative that we embrace (literally) our bodies. Be sure you are getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, feeding yourself, moving a bit, saying no to social engagements, taking baths, going to yoga, resting, etc. SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. Justice season is INTENSE. Collectively we are (and have been for the last few years) being asked to accept some really brutal parts of our shadow. This is really difficult work. Take care of yourself, get the support you need. Because we have to continue to see and name our shadow over and over and over until ALL of us see it and are ready to release.
Deck featured in Pagan Otherworlds by Uusi