Shooting it Straight – Fire Signs/July 22-26

Here’s a heads-up on the challenge or obstacle you’re likely to face in your love relationship this week (problem) and what’s at the root of it (action). The advice is irreverent, a bit cheeky, unfiltered and admittedly brazen. The message is putting either you or your partner on notice. You know who you are! If you’re offended by the truth or strong language–stop here.


Strike three and you’re out! Have you been struck down a number of times leaving you feeling rather restricted? Are you struggling with “the great depression” because the fruits of your labor only seem to yield, “the grapes of wrath“? Some painful news, the revelation of a bitter secret, or a perceived betrayal has one of you practically seething beneath the surface in relation to burdens, delays, or extra responsibilities you’re faced with that may have a strong connection to the past. This situation also instigates the need to scrutinize whether a habit, situation, or relationship is actually helping or hurting where issues of power or powerlessness are involved. Where’s the promise(d) land? You’re locked in what seems to be a never-ending stalemate without any mutual understanding or resolution. Your suspicions that a third-party may be the cause could be justified–or not. The real issue, however, is that something that once seemed promising may now lack potential and places either of you in jeopardy of using your instincts for gain or control in less than constructive ways (and that’s being nice). There’s a real danger here of using or being used, especially when the shadow side is justifying the means to reach an end. But any devious schemes or shortcuts will inevitably lead to being shortchanged or coming up short. You’ll need to either put something in its proper perspective or simply let it go, especially if it isn’t working.

And what is it that either of you may need to know but don’t really want to hear?

“Got a lot of sinful idears–but they seem kinda sensible.” (John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath)


Have you been slow to take control of a situation because of burn out? A barely flickering flame may be due to impatience, inflexibility, or intolerance that’s threatening to extinguish your connection. One of you may be trying to impose your will in ways that hinder love or, at worst, playing a con game and taking risks that you’re likely to lose. You have your suspicions, but no evidence of guilt–as of yet. On the other hand, if it’s you practicing penance, it may be time for a confessional–if only to yourself. Money is a tool–people are not. Any debts are indebtedness now in focus are about way more than money. These power struggles (both outward and inner) relate directly to your sense of values–material, loyalty, honesty, devotion. Either of you may be stoking the fire to promote progress or alternatively, throwing water on it, but conditions require a reassessment of habits and beliefs. You can only take a certain state of affairs for granted for so long. Eventually, someone may decide to look for other prospects when the excitement wanes in a current situation where overtures go unnoticed. What lights your fire? Either you’re working too hard or hardly working at something. Perhaps a bit of imagination and more attention to the details is important.

And what is it that either of you may need to know but don’t really want to hear?

There’s no absolute absolution.


You can make this easy or you can make it hard. Someone is very determined to meet an objective and not taking no for an answer. If this is you, make sure that you’re capable of being objective and not unrealistic about how serious a circumstance is or is not. After all, my lucky one, your ruler is Jupiter which endows you with the tendency to exaggerate, but also to seek the truth. Perhaps a more practical approach can help you get a handle on a situation where you’ve been very defensive as of late, especially if you’re dealing with someone who is envious or mean-spirited. It could be that it’s your own fears keeping you in conflict when you feel that your security is threatened. You don’t need to battle bullies, nor be one–it’s time to release yourself from any self-inflicted burdens of trying to sync up with others. Examine where you’ve fallen in line to maintain the status quo and push beyond those limits to follow an unconventional path. Stop analyzing this situation to death and cut the death grip they’ve been holding on you.

And what is it that either of you may need to know but don’t really want to hear?

Shut it down and shut them up.

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[Deck: Touchstone Tarot Deck by Kat Black| Kunati, Inc.]

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