The Week Ahead

30 June –1 July

With Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Scorpio, the energy of the next two days is akin to the tarot Seven of Cups. Moods turn dark fast and there’s a tendency to fall just as quickly into the victim mode.

There are many reasons why this happens and if you’re interested in learning more, I highly recommend Barry Weinhold’s book, How to Break Free of the Drama Triangle & Victim Consciousness.

But for now, let’s accept that whenever we are busy playing the role of the victim, we’re probably not in a very happy or healthy truth and that’s something that needs to be fixed.

Here’s a personal example of how this works in practice:

A few weeks ago, Ms A kept pushing and pushing until I finally got angry and told her off. Then she played the victim, visibly hurt by my ‘inability’ (or unwillingness) to control my anger, leaving me to stew about whether it was me or her, who’d been wronged.

When things like this happen, accusations fly, blame ensues, and everyone feels worse for the encounter.

Because of the nature of our ongoing relationship, it was a given that I’d have to speak with Ms A again. I had to find a way to fix the rift, at least from my perspective. With helpful encouragement from my own personal coach using several highly effective techniques, I was able to see and accept the ‘truth’ about my own role in the episode. As the result, I was able to renew my relationship with Ms A based on new and more solid ground.

2-3 July

With Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Sagittarius, the energy of the next two days is akin to the tarot Three of Cups: opportunity and good fortune.

Perhaps the most amazing thing with this, however, is that rather than having these benefits magically bestowed upon you by your fairy god mother, you will have to work for them.

How to find happiness is a huge philosophical question, which throughout the centuries has been addressed by many a learned man and woman. The Dalai Lama, a modern expert on happiness, reminds us that the English word happy stems from the Icelandic word happ, meaning luck or chance. But that’s not how it really works in practice, he warns.

In reality, happiness requires training and discipline and it starts with the mind.

Name three good things that have happened to you today and why. Better yet, grab a pen and piece of paper and write this down and then read it back to yourself out loud. Not only is this little exercise likely to make you smile, it’s also the first step to reprogramming your brain. It focuses you on what’s right in your life rather than what’s wrong and it makes you think about what it is that you most value.

Don’t be surprised that if you do this exercise every day, more positive things will come your way as if, perhaps, by magic.

4-5 July

With Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn, the full-moon energy of the next two days is akin to the tarot trump, The Devil. With this, not unlike Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we come face-to-face with temptation.

To learn more about the problem, we turn to Goethe and his 18th century classic work Faust in which a despondent protagonist decides to cheer himself up and in doing so, sells his soul to the Devil. In Doctor Faustus, a 17th century work by Marlowe with a similar name, the protagonist does exactly the same. But strangely, whilst upon death Marlowe’s protagonist goes straight to hell, Goethe’s protagonist finds a contractual loophole and so ends up in heaven instead. Both these literary characters took a chance yet the results of their gamble is maddeningly left to luck.

The moral seems to there are no guarantees in life so when the stakes are high, why take that gamble? Instead, why not cover your bases in advance and develop some old fashioned self- discipline? Unfortunately, here again the plot thickens. Studies show we each have a limited supply of self-discipline and when it’s gone, it is gone – at least until enough time has passed for it to replenish.

The bad news is that whilst we’re waiting for that magic moment, temptation continues to stare us down and unless we’ve got something more upon which to rely, we’re on the slippery slope to giving in.

The good news is that Positive Psychology suggests that developing habits and rituals is an easy way to ensure that you’re prepared for whatever temptation may throw your way. More good news: developing those habits and rituals is easier with astrological coaching.

Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

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