The week ahead beckons,
and we need to be ready for it to feel right.
For our specially feminist horoscopes, our resident tarot reader Madam Zeenat reads the Next World Tarot deck, which envisions a world where justice relies on respect and revolutionary love. And this week, the tarot images are by Katina Rose.
May 21-27, 2018
This week, Madam Zeenat draws The Ace of Cups, The Teacher, The Knight of Swords, The Hermit, and tells you how the sun’s going to feature in your week!
Mar 21-Apr 20
Betrayal isn’t comfortable. It often encourages vengeance. But betrayal in our daily lives is rarely made of the cold-hearted vitriol that we presume betrayals are made of. Some betrayals come from insecurities, some come from opportunities, very few and very rarely do they come from the malicious intent that is attributed to them.
The 7 Of Wands wants you to be unafraid of being betrayed. Are there any projects or assignments at work that you’re keeping away from because you feel some of the key players or your team will not support you? She wants you to go for what you want and she will ensure your interests are not only protected but you will find the support you need.
In relationships, you might be running into a phase where you won’t be sure if people who are with you are really with you or not. The larger fear being that you and your big ram-head will charge at the people you’re insecure about rather than at your insecurities themselves. The 7 Of Wands asks you to stop worrying about whether the people you love love you or not. She wants you to care for yourself, take yourself shopping, get yourself a nice meal, watch a movie. You’re fine.
Apr 21 – May 21
Like Ranbir Kapoor singing channa mereya, the sun has departed from your apartment. And like Anushka, you’re standing there, all decked up, thinking you’ll marry Fawad. (I mean, yes, Fawad over Ranbir any day but that’s beside the point.) So, in this story, Fawad is Mercury.
As we discussed last week, Mercury, named after the messenger god, is the planet of communication — making sure everything said and unsaid comes to light. You know, just like in the movie, Fawad-Anushka’s relationship is complicated, even your relationship with all these said and unsaid things is complicated. So, the cards have sent you The Hermit to help you deal with the complicated.
The Hermit asks you to unclutter your brain and focus on one thing at a time. For example, you’ve been struggling to tell your boss that he’s a pain. Or you said something to your mum and are now regretting your words. Or you want to tell your closest friend that you had sex with her boyfriend. Whichever it is, find one and resolve it.
The Hermit recommends adopting a plant to remind you to deal with the above. Water it, take care of it every day as you cross all your communication problems off the list.
May 22 – June 21
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun. With the sun entering your sign this week, things are going to be extra bright. You won’t know what hit you when you feel all the anxiety and its aftermath begin to melt away. And your head will feel like it’s been clear like this for years.
That big ice cream sundae with the cherry of Mercury on top means you are going to be flooded with creative ideas and the energy to implement them. The force is going to be so powerful that if you’re a political speechwriter, you’re going to make the ballot boxes dance. Trust me.
See, but here’s the problem. Every time you get out of an anxiety-ridden hell ride, you’ve left a trail of shitty behaviour behind you and unless you’re an asshole, that shit has consequences. Assholes are exempt because, well, nobody loves them. The 6 Of Wands is going to help you deal with this with grace. She will help you use all that power of communication and the brightness of the sun to help fix the damage you’ve caused. She will also protect your new creations and related successes from being poisoned by the toxicity of the recent past.
June 22 – July 22
With the moon steadily growing in Taurus this week, Kekdeshwari, you’re starting to see results of whatever good habits you started developing last week. At work, you will see an increase in general happiness and productivity.
Relationships will start to feel more complete. This is a good time to come out of your shell and let people know the mush that’s inside you. Don’t worry, your friends, family and lovers won’t poke it. They will, in turn, show you their softer sides.
That’s why even the cards have sent you The Ace Of Cups. The Ace Of Cups is a lotus pod, which looks weird and even terrifies some — not unlike the insides of a crab. But at the same time, the pod is a warm encasement for lotus seeds, which will grow into beautiful flowers full of life, beauty, and love.
Use The Ace Of Cups this week to plant seeds of beauty and love in the muckier parts of your life and watch them bloom into radiance. Use all the love inside you and the love coming to you from everyone around you to heal the parts of you that you don’t like.
July 23 — Aug 23
With your mothership, the sun, moving into Gemini this week, you are entering a period where your head will be filled with new ideas and you’ll gain the confidence and creativity to express them. There might even be some travel involved.
This week will feel like a fucking sigh of relief after the constant battering of your mind, body and soul over the last few weeks. If you drop your guard — it isn’t surprising that it’s up after the week you just had — and look around, you will find other like-minded people to exchange ideas with. Remember: Ideas grow on being exchanged.
The Knight Of Wands is going to be your best friend this week. This is interesting because she usually shows up when you are lost. Are you feeling lost anywhere in your life? Or alternatively, you might feel blocked from immersing yourself in the positivity of the week because of past traumas.
At work, The Knight Of Wands is going to help you realign yourself with your work. Because she’s great help at building tools for a better future, this is a great week to do any kind of template, structure, forms or architecture brainstorming.
Aug 24 – Sept 22
I hooked up with this lefty boy once. He was amazing in every way. Except you know, he judged all my female friends (and me) who were fighting their own everyday battles, “How can you bring about a feminist revolution if all feminists are victims?”
Then there was this righty boy I hooked up with. He listened to my lefty stories and found them funny (not condescending). He’d correct me every time I called Subramanian Swamy stupid, “He’s not stupid, he’s really intelligent.” He wasn’t a SuSu fan but he said, “He knows what he’s doing.”
I’m not saying one was better than the other. Just asking you to check if there are parts of your life being controlled by beliefs and not by your needs. Some people might say that you’re on treacherous terrain, dear Virgo. Those people are afraid of introspection. Are you holding yourself and others around you in a prison of your beliefs and ideologies?
The cards bring to you The Knight Of Swords in this difficult time. They’re the aftermath of self-destruction, asking you if you’ve been burnt by your beliefs or some common cultural belief you’ve fallen for, asking you to pick up the machete to clear out the parts that hurt you and others.
Sept 23 – Oct 23
There are two big moments for you this week, dear Libretto. You enter with Venus in sextile with Uranus in Taurus and then on the 26th, Venus is face-to-face with Saturn in Capricorn. So, you start your week being fully open, social and loving but on 26th, you’ll run into your insecurities. The thing about having Venus in Cancer is that your insecurities will come from the inside and have no place to go.
Work will be plagued by self-doubt because of Venus facing Saturn. Don’t undo all the good you’ve managed to do in your open, social and loving phase. Just breathe. Take a day off. You need to.
You know why they say Love is a battlefield? I don’t. I just presume it means that you’re so fucked that you have to fight yourself every moment and everything is pain. Tell your loved ones.
The 10 Of Swords is the healer your soul needs this week. They are well-versed with pain especially pain they didn’t deserve or wasn’t even theirs. They ask you to ask your community for safety and validation. Contrary to individualism, there’s nothing wrong in doing that. This helps you to own your insecurities and soon master it.
Oct 24 – Nov 22
Those of you who learnt how to handle their passionate loyalty well last week, will have something to build on this week. Once you become judicious with a loyalty like that, you can accomplish almost anything. (Or you could get jacked by “democracy” like Karnataka.)
The larger question to ask is when your intuition, your security, the system and everything seems to be at odds with your loyalty, how do you deal with stuff? You get The King Of Wands to manifest into your reality. He asks you to seek peace by questioning everything.
At work, if you are particularly loyal to a boss or team or project but are questioning where it’s all headed, you ask yourself what will help you be your best without having to lose your shit. There are decisions where you will have to deprioritise your favourites in favour of peaceful productivity.
In romance and relationships, The King Of Wands asks you to bring up your insecurities and disagreements with your partners. Tell them that you don’t want to lose your faith in them or vice versa. Bring up the voids in communication that have come to being that you have ignored in favour of protecting your relationship. Admit mistakes, accept them for the ones they made.
Nov 23 – Dec 21
Dear go-getter, let’s just tell you first only that this is going to be a very, very boring week. Mostly because we hate processes. Maybe you love them, who knows. But the broader point we’re trying to make this is that this is the week to make solid, new processes or follow existing ones but don’t go all rebel without a cause — it’s been done to death.
The 7 Of Cups asks you to close your eyes and name your greatest insecurity or goal. Then she asks you to start building a system to tackle that insecurity or goal.
Large scale goals, like the ones you usually like to go for especially with Jupiter in Scorpio, don’t just happen because some dude somewhere decided to make it happen. Unless you want to be that random old dude who decided to waste his life cutting a mountain.
People assume relationships are just a function of giving and receiving love. They forget that relationships also mean managing each other’s anxieties. You can introduce systems for things like that. For example, I make sure I take my parents out for a meal once a month, that keeps their anxieties at bay. Don’t forget to ask your friends and lovers for such gestures as well.
Dec 22 – Jan 20
Pluto is in Capricorn. Like you needed any excuse to drown in your subconscious. You’ve had a great ride the last few weeks and are back to being in your comfort zone, submerged in your own emotions.
Thankfully, the last three weeks have been mostly positive so you’re revelling in the glory of your feelings. You will feel stronger this week and that makes you confident enough to loosen your reins a little at work and spend more time on your personal life.
The Teacher is here to help you choose between introspection and action this week. This reminds me of Kamla miss, my science teacher from school. She always insisted we worked out an experiment in theory first. She’d check our numbers, the science, sometimes even the language. We were allowed to touch lab equipment only after she graded our notebook pages.
So, both in work and life, talk to people around you. Work out the theory parts, consider all variables. What is it that people would like, what is it that you would like, how can you come to a point where both your people, you and the world gets what’s best and desired.
The introspection part shouldn’t be difficult considering you’re in submerge mode, surrounded by positive feelings. For the action part, don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Jan 21 – Feb 18
Aankh maare, O surya aankh maare! Seeti bajaaye, sataaye, beech sadak pe haay naam mera pukaare, ho karke ishaare, surya aankh maare! That too straight from Gemini. Stupid sun (thinking he’s all that) is piquing the Mars in your constellation this week. Mars also gets piqued easily so we’d advise taking a chill pill first.
What all this basically means is that there are some new ideas or some new knowledge that will come to light that may make you question your passion and you are feeling as sataaoed by it as the heroine in an eve-teasing song in Hindi movies. The 5 Of Wands is here to help you breathe.
At work, if you’re faced with any sudden change of plans and scope, just take a pause. Don’t react impulsively. Tell people you’ll think it through and return with a plan.
People often say that you need to keep working on your relationships. But nobody tells you that relationships also need to work on you. Wherever there is struggle, there also needs to be healing with that struggle. Unless, you know, you just want to let Mars loose and sit back. (In which case, can we come and watch? Hee! We promise to bring popcorn.)
Feb 19 – Mar 20
There was this one time when I had house guests every day for a couple of months. There was always someone who I loved who came visiting. It was a glorious time but when they all left is when I suddenly realised, hey wait, I’m still here and this is my house. It took me a few days just to get used to being with me. What we mean to ask you is, are you feeling well settled having your mothership Neptune in your house since all the other planets left last week?
The 4 Of Wands asks you to bask in your being. Take a breath. Enjoy the view.
At work, don’t lose your enthusiasm even if you’re tired. (You can cut down on work though.) Right now, your colleagues and clients are looking at you for inspiration, not for backbreaking work. They want to feel confident about working with you.
In relationships, this is the week to ask your partners for favours you would never dream of asking. Don’t worry, they’re there for you. They have your back. This week they want you to succeed because they’re secure in the fact that you will take them with you. (Don’t be an ass and ditch them right after.)
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