Is there anything more delicious than a languid summer day? Afternoons by the water, infinite backyard shades of green, twinkling firelight parties. Waves of nostalgia, longing and satisfaction saturate my summer moments, fill me now as I write.
Childhood summer adventures ensued as we were sent to my grandmother’s big old Connecticut home. Hours spent poolside, one daily trip to town and if we were lucky, a green monster cupcake from the window of the local bakery. Simple. Subtle. Sublime.
These days, The Wheel of Life/Fortune is not lost on me watching my own daughter run through July twilight, sparkler in hand, laughing in the darkness with her friends. This time around, I’m the adult on the outskirts, the harbinger of lunch and bedtime calls. The grownup holding a crisp cotton towel and a damp dollar for ice cream.
But how do we keep our grown up selves in touch with our childhood summer self? Is it enough to participate in the joy of a sleepover by creating them for your own children? And is your childhood summer self merely an illusion created by your unreliable and selective memory?
Every year, as summer gently unrolls itself, I feel something is asked of me. As if there is a mystery to unravel, a secret to discover. . .
One thing I do know is that one of the most magical events of the season is about to unfold above your dreaming head. In fact, it has already begun. The Delta Aquarids are here!
Let’s assume these meteors are, in fact, messages from the gods. Even if you sleep through your alarm clock (I’m setting mine for 4am and giving it my best shot) you can still perform still this stellar spread based on the Eight of Wands. The Eight of Wands is perfectly indicative of the fiery energy of meteor showers racing through the night sky. Pull a card for each of the following questions:
Eight of Wands Meteor Shower Spread One
1. What surprising opportunity is racing toward me?
2. How can I best prepare myself to take advantage of it?
3. What will happen if I embrace it?
4. What will happen if I ignore it?
5. What old issue should I let burn away?
6. Where is the energy of this particular summer taking me?
7. What does the element of fire have to teach me right now?
8. What Tarot image/idea will help me transform, evolve and grow this summer?
Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Spread Two
Conversely, if you are an all out rock star and actually get up in the wee hours of the morning to see the meteor shower, try this. Count up the number of shooting stars you see. The next morning, grab your Tarot deck and shuffle. Count down the number of cards that coincides with the number of shooting stars you saw. The card you receive is your personal message from above.
Enjoy and I do hope you relish a slow burn of the rest of this summer 🙂