I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again; this summer has been one of the most anticipated in recent history. And finally, here it is!
Firstly and foremost, without the sun, we would literally have nothing. And that’s what this season is all about — celebrating, basking in, and being grateful for that fact. It’s no coincidence that the Sun in astrology represents the most authentic self, and that’s why we focus on its position in our birth chart. Within Tarot, however, the Sun speaks of truth, happiness, and illumination. No wonder there were (and still are) so many cultures around the world dedicated to the worship and reverence of our very own star.
Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot
The heat provided by our glorious (and sometimes overzealous) Sun does to us what it does to almost every other molecule; it gets us moving! Summertime is the universal catalyst for all kinds of activity. With the increase in outdoor pursuits over the past year, being outside has never been more pleasurable, fulfilling, or connection-driven.
So, while you fill up on all the vitamin-D, you can get, allow me to provide you with a little bit of one of my favourite essential nutrients: vitamin-T! (As in Tarot, get it?)
I Know What You’ll Do This Summer
As I have for the last couple of seasons, I have gone ahead and conferred with the cards to see what we can expect from our sweet summertime. As always, don’t take my word as gospel. Instead, take it as a (mystical) guidebook you might peruse before heading out on a new adventure!
Also, despite my clever and hilarious heading above, I don’t know what you will do this summer, I just have an idea of what you could do! Again, Tarot gives us a realistic trajectory of events and results based on what has already happened and what is currently happening.
Are You There Universe? It’s Me, Marty
So, diving in with an open-ended “What can I learn about London, Ontario, and what the Summer has in store for it?” I close my eyes, breathe deeply, cut and shuffle the deck thrice, and pull three cards. The first card pulled is the Hierophant, the second is the Hanged Man, and the final card is the reversed Ace of Cups. Gasp. (Important note here; I actually gasped.)
The presence of any Major card in a reading shows that there are larger forces at work, as opposed to the daily activities that the minor, numbered cards would suggest. Combine two of those Majors with an Ace, and you’ve got a potent trio of energies at work in our forest city this season. Aces represent the roots of the power of that element, in this case, water — speaking to emotions, feelings, and deeper intuitive knowing. Oh boy.
It’s hard not to notice the religious slant of this major card immediately. While it does speak to both religion and spirituality, The Hierophant concerns established groups and communities of all sorts. Some cards talk about going it alone, but this is not one of them. When The Hierophant shows up in a reading, he encourages us to seek connection with an external community or teacher. Keywords include; tradition, education, convention, institution and advice.
The stability and safety that being part of a group provides is evidenced by earthy Taurus’ dominion over this card. There is always a cost; however, sometimes that safety means a certain level of conformity and compromise, neither of which are negative when in a balanced state. Overall, this is not a card that suggests self-reliance; instead, finding what one needs in the fold of like-minded people.
The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man, much like the Death card, can get a bad rap based on initial assumptions. Look closely, though. This man isn’t in distress — instead, he’s serene as he hangs upside-down, being afforded a viewpoint he would never have experienced if not for this tumult (literally a flip-the-script vibe). The Hanged Man tells us that a change in perspective is key and that a change always requires a sacrifice of sorts. Sacrifice means something different to everyone, and sometimes the only sacrifice one needs to make is that of their own established point of view.
The Hanged Man is ruled over by Neptune and therefore has to do with water (there’s that internal emotional landscape again). He speaks to the divinity and power within as opposed to that which is outside ourselves. In fact, The Hierophant and The Hanged Man are polar opposites in this regard — another reason this is such a significant set of cards. Overall, this topsy-turvy energy invites us to live up to our highest values, and those can’t be found anywhere but inside.
The Ace of Cups
Another child of water, the Ace of Cups, concerns bountiful feminine and emotional energy. Aces, being the first of their suit, always suggest a new beginning, something fresh and exciting, but they don’t necessarily promise it. Like with many other cards, our spirit, emotions, thoughts, and actions will determine if the potential of these cards becomes fully realized. The fact remains; however, this is powerful and copious energy.
Reversed, this energy doesn’t have anywhere to go- which can be either for good or bad. The most positive interpretations speak of self-love, healing and soothing. But water, if it doesn’t move, becomes stagnant, much like the energy this card can represent. Repressed emotions, closed hearts, and all-logic-no-feeling can also swirl around in this chalice.
So, What Does This Mean for You, London?
I don’t have to tell you how important being part of a community is. It’s something we’ve been sorely missing for the last little bit, and therefore the importance and benefit of interpersonal connection has never been more apparent. That being said, it’s essential to focus on both the quantity and quality of those connections.
Open yourself up! Vulnerability can be intimidating, of course, but it’s a sacrifice one has to make to have the chance of being understood and recognized and providing that for someone else. It’s going to be important to get involved with different collections of people to expose yourself to viewpoints and attitudes you may never have otherwise thought of or heard. Sometimes, this can be as simple as using this newly-reclaimed patio time to genuinely check in with those you’ve been itching to see. By allowing yourself to be seen, who knows, you might perceive the familiar in a brand-new light.
As I said, summer is all about celebrating the Sun. One way to do this is by recognizing that same Sun in one another. We are built by its energy, every one of us. And much like the Sun, without each other, we would literally have nothing. It takes a village, people.
Here’s to a bright, warm, beautiful Summer! See you out there!
Feature image: “Sweet Summer” by John William Waterhouse painted in 1912