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December 19, 2016

Tarotscope 18-25 December

Mercury Retrograde is coming back to ruin your party for the next two weeks, but other things are happening to help us more prepared for a disaster.

by Atanti Widyadhari, Columnist

As we're reaching the end of the year, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas, and a big fat happy birthday to Capricorn! From 22nd December, it will be a Capricornus season until 19th January 2017. I know some of you are excited for a very long (overdue) holiday, so why not freshen up our week with a sweet Tarotscope forecast?
I'm kidding. We are doomed, guys.
Forget about spending nice and peaceful end of the year transition, because Mercury Retrograde is coming back this Monday to ruin your party for the next two weeks. But, hopefully, with a new move from Mars in Pisces on the same day, we are more equipped to understand the nature of this disastrous event. The year 2016 has been tough for all of us. And with Mercury Retrograde as the cherry on top, we should be better prepared to leave 2016 with a bang.
Think of a Christmas night when you get to contemplate about whether you've been naughty or nice. Or that uncomfortable realization that pervades after a quick meditation session. This period will give you the uneasy feeling of knowing that you may not be prepared to face what's next. You understand that you haven't been good to yourself or to anyone else. Hence, your privilege or your accomplishment will feel undeserving for you and you wish you could have turned back time and repeat the year without such guilt crowning your chest.

But there's no time machine available even for the best of us. As Mercury Retrograde forms a T-Square alongside Pluto in Capricorn with Jupiter in Libra on one side and Uranus Retrograde in Aries on the other side, guilt becomes inevitable. A Retrograde period is suitable for quiet contemplation. And with Mercury sharing the Capricorn space with Pluto, the planet of ending and destruction, it is our responsibility to feel the guilt and to let it go before we can start another chapter.

If you're worried that you won't have yourself to hold on to, fret not. Mars in Pisces will give you the soft strength and sensitivity to navigate you through this melancholic period. Mars' harmonious sextile aspect with the Sun in Capricorn gives a "good cry" a whole new meaning too, especially when you need to release your emotion before an important client meeting. Anyone who says that a strong protagonist shouldn't cry must have had a stone-cold heart and probably live in their mom's basement their whole life.

It's okay to worry about something or to cry when you're stressed out. You don't have to put on a flawless facade every time you are faced with problems you can't handle. When you understand the depth of your emotion, you'll understand your limit. You wouldn't push yourself to move further than what you can take. Besides, I always feel so much better after crying. I get to calm down and become more prepared to face the problem in front of me.
I know that this is probably not the kind of forecast that you have expected, but hey it's not so bad, isn't it? Mercury Retrograde may be back and ready to crush our soul (sorry for the hyperbolic illustration), but sometimes it's good to start anew by understanding what is holding us back.
Let's see if you have anything to release or to be more aware of in your Tarotscope below.
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
Happy birthday, Capricorn! Although the prediction seems pretty gloomy for you this week, I do believe that there is always light for you at the end of the tunnel. The Death card is telling me that based on the current situation, your career or maybe a project that you’re working on seems doomed to fail. But this is not the end, to be honest. A little push from the Universe can seem harsh if you take it personally, right? Ignore the distractions, and focus on your end goal. You don’t want to lose the moment just because you’re annoyed by small defeats and setbacks.
You should listen to:
Coconut Oil - Lizzo
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)
Four of Swords - Truce
As a true altruist, you can't go a year without thinking about what you can do to better the world. And this week is the time when you can't stop wishing how you can contribute your time and energy. You can start by volunteering for a local non-profit organization or making some small donations. Any kind of help will do!
Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)
The Sun
When you feel good, you do good. This week your confidence shines and you are ready to make a tough decision. But don't do it just because a lot of people around you said so. Anything you do should be for the sake of your happiness only. Keep an open eye and an open mind, but remain vigilant when it comes to protecting your future.
Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)
The Fool
You've been too busy with your career that you have neglected the one thing that remains important to you: having fun. That's because your mind won't stop working, but your body has grown weary. So please stop working during your free time. Get yourself a fun day off to reduce stress instead. You don’t have to succumb to burnout, Aries!
Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)
The more you think about something, the more you can't wrap your head around it. But one thing for sure, making a tough decision isn't like flipping a coin, Taurus. Follow your intuition, even though it defies the most logical reasoning. Because a stubborn dear one like you will always choose to listen to what the heart wants.
Gemini (May 21 - Jun 21)
Queen of Cups
It seems to me that you've been holding on to your emotion for a while. The situation around you doesn't allow you to exhibit your true feelings, hence the numbness inside you. Let's break that pattern this week, shall we? Release your emotion, be honest with yourself and others and don't worry about making a bad impression.
Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 22)
The Emperor
You shouldn't let your mind tell you that you can't do certain things. Sure, the situation doesn't seem to work in your favor, but honestly, you just have to put your mind into it. If it fails, pivot. If it fails again, pivot again. There are more ways than one to skin a cat, which means you can do lots of things to achieve your dream. Good luck!
Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)
Ten of Wands - Oppression
Losing a connection with someone who is important to you brings so much good, yet pensive memories. But this week is not meant for crying over a spilled milk. Relationships will always falter. If they don't come back, it might be because you have finished your chapter with them. Let's flip the page this week, and start with a new one.
Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)
The Hermit
You've been eager to find time to sort yourself because things have been messy around you. Your schedule, your plan, your ambition, and probably your living condition. For a Virgo, this isn't acceptable. Rather than doing the cleanup at once, let's do it one by one instead. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, okay?
Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 23)
Two of Wands - Dominion
Everything seems within reach for you this week, but due to your clumsy and reckless nature, you might find yourself falling for the wrong decision. When you can't make the decision yourself, listen to the experts around you. Read an article, ask someone else who's done it, so that you don't have to experience the bitter failure.
Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 21)
Two of Disks - Change
There's a lot of internal turmoil within yourself as you become more surprised to see yourself in the mirror. The person in front of you seem different, and you're not sure whether you want to stay this way because it interferes with your identity. Don't be afraid of change, Scorpio. Let that old skin shed to make way for your shiny new scale.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
The Tower
As a trailblazer, you're not afraid to undergo changes. You're always up for challenges, and you want to make sure you're able to conquer everything. But here's the thing, you don't have to. You can lay low for a while to conserve your energy. It's good to find a balance between staying in your comfort zone and getting out of the bubble.

Çanti is a free spirited tarot reader and astrology writer based in Bali. She founded Foxglove Tarot, an online tarot reading service for the spiritually curious. She uses Thoth Tarot to decode your weekly astrology findings and Bohemian Cats Tarot for her daily heart-to-heart session. Say “hi” to her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website