When starting a new endeavor or project, do you barrel through, consequences be damned, or are you a believer in slow and steady winning the race?
I pulled two cards the other morning to help spark inspiration for a blog post, and interestingly enough pulled my two significators. As an Aries Sun sign I consider myself, and whole-hearedtly identify with, the Knight of Wands. Passionate, driven, hot-tempered, impatient, creative, and full of gusto, I often dive into things head first, full of excitement at the potential and don't often think too far into the future. Why waste time worrying on things that may or may not happen? Live in the moment, dammit!
At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, my Moon Sign is in Pieces, and the Knight of Cups helps shed light into the shadow side of my personality. Yes, I am all the things you think an Aries would be, but I'm also secretively sensitive, love alone time and could spend days with just me and my laptop, believe everyone is innately good, get surprisingly emotional when I find something particularly moving (especially if it involves animals!), and have always been way more attuned with my yin energy than my yang. When you see me in public or out with friends, I exude Arian qualities. In private, however, it's a Pieces party.
I found it interesting that there can be such dual characteristics within my personality, and then got to wondering if having been bestowed these seemingly opposite personas has helped or hindered me in life. While I don't believe astrological signs are the be all end all of a person's existence, I do think they play a larger role than we understand, and I can't help but think what I would be like with a different Sun or Moon sign.
These thoughts became even more prominent after my first astrology class last night. While we only briefly touched on the matter, my teacher did point out that those with opposing Sun and Moon sign elements often find themselves at odds with their own personality. This struck me in an almost surreal way because I felt like I finally had an answer as to why I can go from excited to moody at the drop of a hat; why I find emotion difficult when around loved ones but will tear up instantly when hearing of an animal in danger; why, even when something excites me beyond a reasonable doubt, I find it difficult to sit down and really take action. Having an active, cardinal Sun sign and a mutable, emotive Moon sign has really made for an interesting mix in my personality, and I'm so happy that I'm finally able to understand why I sometimes feel a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (you know, without the scientific brilliance or murderous rampages).
This small example is just another of the one thousand plus reasons I love the Tarot. From just two little cards I not only gained insight, but then later had my insight validated by an outside force. Call it coincidence, call it synchronicity, call it magick, call it a fluke; whatever it is at work behind these cards, I don't think I'll ever be able to get enough. Tarot has truly changed my life for the better, and I whole-heatedly believe it can help change your's as well.