Um, what? A Uranus retrograde in August 2018? | Um, OMG Tarot

Uranus Retrograde 2018

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun goes retrograde on August 7, 2018 until January 7, 2019.

Oh.  My.  Gosh… 

For those of you who are concerned, I’ll have you know,  Uranus does this EVERY year for six months!

Um, that’s a bit much now Uranus, don’t you think?

The Uranus retrograde takes place at 2 degrees in Taurus where Uranus had transited back on May 15,  2018.  Uranus, the “rebel planet” in earthy Taurus, the 2nd house ruler was about shifts in financial earnings such as creating a unique new way of earning, or gaining possession of items with both monetary and sentimental value.  Uranus is the planet of unexpected change, so expect the unexpected!

You’ll notice that people feel empowered in their “weirdness” as they communicate.  People will feel sudden inspiration and intuitive action–especially when the Mars retrograde enters Capricorn during the last week of the Mercury retrograde!  People are tired of the same ol’ same ol’.  In the next six months, those of you who have gone inward about your position in this world will feel inspired to change their thoughts.  Due to this, people will be different, change their ways abruptly, creating a domino effect of change.  That means there are probably going to be miscommunication and relationship status changes!

With Uranus planetary energy the process will be unique and rooted in taking a risk or a leap of faith along the journey.–a desire to be free.  Because of the need for this sort of conscious shift, there’s a level of anxiety moving out of comfort zones.  Uranus is meant to be disruptive, and sometimes it’s the necessary push forward for continuous growth.

Uranus retrograde causes us to come to terms with our inner demons and the things that are hindering our personal freedom (ie. addictions, bad habits, procrastination of responsibilities).  Being a planet of change, you can expect a strong desire to move, change jobs or completely uproot your lifestyle.

Other retrograde activity during the Uranus Retrograde August 2018 – January 2019

  • Mercury Retrograde – July 26, 2018 – Aug 19, 2018
  • Uranus Retrograde – Aug 7, 2018 – Jan 7, 2019
  • Mar Retrograde enters Capricorn – Aug 12, 2018
  • Chiron Retrograde enters Pisces  –  Sept 25, 2018 – Dec 8, 2018
  • Venus Retrograde  – Oct 5, 2018 – Nov 15, 2018
  • Uranus Retrograde enters Aries Nov 6, 2018 
  • Mercury Retrograde  Nov 16, 2018 – Dec 5, 2018

“I remember the last Uranus retrograde began in August 2017.   In the six months that followed, this was a particularly tumultuous time.  There was a lot of luck, and a lot of loss.  There was reconnections and reconciliation and surprising disconnections. There was a seamless wave of circumstances both good and bad during the entire duration of the six months.  It was up and down exactly like a rollercoaster.”

During a Uranus retrograde, consider that your inner world will shift, and for that to happen, one must learn lessons that change their core beliefs.  My advice for this Uranus retrograde would be, regardless of one’s sun sign is go with the flow and stay optimistic for what’s next!

I didn’t like Tarot cards… At all | Um, OMG Tarot

The first time I saw a deck of Tarot cards was at an occult bookshop over ten years ago. I wasn’t impressed. What’s the point of shuffling cards at random and picking a couple? How does that translate into ANYTHING relevant to my life? I was a huge hater. Whenever I purchased a reading, it always psychic or astrological. I never wanted a tarot card reading.

Five years ago, I helped write an athletic recipient’s achievement award speech. Half of his story was about his original distaste for the sport. He declined invites for years before he actually played. And now he’s a prominent figure in that community. He’s an accomplished athlete… in a sport he originally hated? That’s crazy to me.

With that, I realized that sometimes the things we push strongly against, are the things we need to explore. This theme has echoed throughout my life.

I dusted the cobwebs off of my Fairy Tarot deck. I purchased these cards because the box cover art has a tuxedo cat on the front. The moon card is illustrated on the back of the box as well. I had no idea at the time, but the moon card in tarot is associated with Pisces. Pisces? I AM A PISCES!  I regularly purchased gemstones, sage, Abraham-hicks books and all of that Law of Attraction/good juju stuff but I was done browsing the tarot card decks.  I only need one… Right?


After reading through the Fairy Tarot instruction book, I realized how passionate I was NOT about this deck.  I put the deck down for five years and didn’t look at it once!

It wasn’t until I was inspired by a reader who told me I should pull cards daily, that I downloaded the Galaxy Tarot app (no sponsor) to learn the cards.  From then I watched videos about the Fool’s Journey on YouTube.  I also checked out the holy grail of all Tarot Card teaching videos, Ben Lucas’ “Learn the Tarot in 2 hrs!” Then I joined social media groups and even meet ups and yes–I bought new decks!

I started local readings in person.  I loved it.  I loved that all I had to do was read the story that was laid out in front of me.  I can do that.  I can explain what the cards mean in a descriptive and constructive way.  The positive feedback gave me confidence.  Helping people gain clarity gave me joy.

Having an intense familiarity with astrology made the readings feel natural, like I knew what type of person I was dealing with, and was speaking to a friend.  This became my style of reading.  Some call it “loud” but I call it “freedom to be myself.”

During my Tarot card learning hiatus, I studied astrology, numerology, dream interpretation and metaphysics-all of that spiritual, new age stuff.  Had I learned the cards back when I originally bought my first deck, I wouldn’t have understood their meanings. I wouldn’t have “got it.”

At first, I didn’t like the Tarot cards but now I honestly love ’em!

August 2018 – Tarot Card Reading: Feeling overwhelmed? | Um, OMG Tarot


  • 3 of WandsEmerging as a leader; being the visionary; stepping up to the plate, being instinctually brave; getting a promotion
  • 10 of WandsCarrying the weight of the world; being a trooper; burdened by extra work
  • 2 of PentaclesJuggling responsibilities; being indecisive about health or home decisions


This three card spread indicates that the querent is feeling confident.  This person has set their sights out on the lands far beyond view.  There’s water, there ar boats–an adventure is sure to transpire during this quest.  Three of wands energy indicates that this person feels ready and enthusiastic about new opportunities that could lead to, well, new opportunities!

The wands energy is exciting and action-oriented.  Sometimes, in our enthusiasm and over-confidence, we can bite off more than we can chew.  The ten of wands expresses someone, although abundant with this resourceful tool, is fighting to keep more wands than he’ll ever even need.  This effort is hindering progress in the long run.

A need for re-balance is being pointed out with the last card, the two of pentacles.  This person is trying to balance their coins (finances, work, home life) as the ebbs and flows of the waves behind echo the rhythm of the flow of emotions.  Perhaps this over-excitement and underestimation (ten of wands) is due to deep rooted fears about facing challenging financial times.


  • If you feel a boost of confidence, ride that wave for as long as possible!
  • Do NOT spread yourself too thin!
  • Keep an eye on the chequing account and bill due dates!
  • Stay on schedule!
  • Straighten up your posture!



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