Shooting it Straight – Earth Signs/Jul 29 – Aug 2

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.


It’s easy to stand on a pedestal in apathy when the other person is “naked” and vulnerable. But one of you can’t see that because an unrelenting focus on personal ambitions has numbed you to the feelings of your beloved. Someone needs to be a bit more sensitive to the needs of the other and stop trying to steer all efforts toward an individual agenda, rather than mutual goals as a pair. Communication plays a vital role in the future of this relationship, although there may be a delay or misunderstanding that creates change and readjustment along the path. The need to gain a better understanding of what give and take really means will push your relationship to the next level or thrust it crashing over the edge, especially if either of you perceive the other to be the alpha and the omega of all existence. If this is the case, then the root of the conflict is probably a lack of self-esteem and the consequent inability to accept what you are fully entitled to (and not).

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

A clean fight.


Would you like the naked truth? One of you is ready to strip it all down to the nuts and bolts (no pun intended). Although someone is wearing a poker face, they’re still hoping for an agreement but the future is unclear. Either of you may want a peaceful settlement, yet there’s been a breakdown in communication. When and if you do speak, the conversations have gotten rather ugly, especially when sex is part of the equation. Accusations of misrepresentation are bandied about in attempts to figure out whose sword is sharpest. There’s the constant temptation to try to take over and take control. Now you’re both at a standstill waiting for the other to make a move, decision, or choice. If you’re considering this to be a chess game, you’d better have some Bobby Fischer moves. Recognize how much is at stake here and what the possibilities for loss could be. Some disturbing changes have taken place that force you to deal with a new and unsettling reality. But let’s cut to the chase–this could be your checkmate moment. Open to a different outcome and you may discover a way to find a new solution to an old problem.

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

Pack your bags–and I don’t mean your suitcase.


“Demons are like obedient dogs; they come when they are called for.” (Remy de Gourmant) If that’s true, you might want to put that whistle down. Your desire to gain recognition, be noticed, or influence may be an unhealthy obsession that keeps you chained to a bad situation. You may be dealing with an ex, the past, delays, or a number of responsibilities that seem excessively burdensome. But the worst demons are those in your head that perpetuate negative thinking, the fears that cause you to procrastinate, excessive worries about money that make you insecure, or self-destructive habits that undercut your well-being. The awareness of a vulnerability can tempt either you or your partner to try to selfishly gain an advantage emotionally or materially through less than noble means. However, the devil will ultimately make a call to collect the final payment. You’ll first have to recognize the shadow, both in self and in others, in order to overcome it. Positively, while you have so much magnetism at your disposal, try to steer toward the greater good.

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

May I have your attention, please.

Hey, if two little cards aren’t enough to help you figure it out, you can always book a personal reading at

[Deck: Golden Tarot by Kat Black| U.S. Games Systems, Inc.]

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