Mercury Retrograde

August 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

Grand Central MERCURY

As Fire Monkey month wanes, now is a good week to finish projects, tie up loose ends, and get organized because Mercury goes retrograde next Tuesday on August 30 2016.

Mercury will be retrograde for 3 weeks until Wednesday September 21. Autumn Equinox is the next day on September 22, the time of equal day and equal night on planet Earth. The Sun enters Libra as autumn begins.

Mercury is retrograde in Earth sign Virgo, a natural fit for Mercury because Mercury rules Virgo (and Gemini). The detailed and analytical side of Virgo can be very helpful for problem solving.

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrograde during this Fire Monkey year is an opportunity to stop for a moment to review, rethink, and redo.

Note that in September, the new Moon on September 1 will be a Solar Eclipse and the full Moon on September 16 will be a lunar eclipse. Make time for reflection.

Good luck,


2016 Triple Monkey Full Moon

August 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

sf full moonAugust 18 2016 at 2:26 am is a full Moon in Aquarius. Air sign Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of change and revolution. There’s a desire for freedom, for new opportunities, or a way to restructure life routine.

The Sun in Leo trines Uranus in Aries for discoveries, travels, and new ways of thinking. The full Moon sextiles Uranus bringing excitement and stimulation.

And love is in the air! Venus trines Pluto, and is opposite Neptune, for intensity of feelings coupled with psychological insights. If in a partnership, love can deepen. If single, relationships can be idealistic.


Monkey cutenessEnergy is high because August 18 is a Monkey day in Monkey month during Monkey year. Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius slows Monkey’s fast pace. Plus Mars and Saturn square Neptune in Pisces to be more reflective, and less brash or impulsive.

mr monkeyMercury, Venus, and Jupiter in Virgo help to analyze facts and figures, all good for long-range goals and plans. Be thorough with communication, and tie up loose ends before Mercury goes retrograde on August 30 until September 21.

Monkey solves problemsCall me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

Lunar energy for change is felt by all, and is strongest for Air signs Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini and those born in Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake years.

Happy full Moon,


Preface from Introduction to Tarot

August 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Intro to Tarot book coverPeople keep asking me how I got into reading tarot cards. I had a card reading, it came true, so I was interested! My story is in the Preface from my book INTRODUCTION TO TAROT:

I was 17 years old when I first sought answers from the tarot. I inquired about working as a florist to support myself while I studied painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The final outcome card was the 8 of cups. It showed a dissatisfied person walking away, wearing a heavy cloak. Because I had already paid a deposit for classes, I ignored the tarot’s prognosis and attended floral arts school for the summer, received certification, and got a job at the Bismarck Hotel that autumn.

cups8My experience working as a florist did not fulfill my expectation of working with the beauty of nature. All bouquets were copied from a floral delivery book. Creativity and sculpture with flowers (or Japanese ikibana) was discouraged. After handling hundreds of roses, I learned to watch for thorns instead of admiring the blossoms, which had no scent because they were hothouse buds. Adding to my dissatisfaction was my irritable boss. When I tried to talk to him about his bitter disposition, he screamed at me for the last time and I quit. I left the hotel as the cold Chicago wind blew down the street. I headed to the subway station, and was putting up the collar of my heavy winter coat when it hit me – I was reenacting the exact picture on the 8 of Cups! I was actually living the tarot.

Because the reading came true, I had to have my own tarot deck and learn to read the cards. I went to the only place I knew of that sold tarot cards in Chicago, the Occult Bookshop located on North State Street. I entered the store, which I can only describe as witchy. It was stocked from floor to ceiling with every imaginable occult item, from pure and healing to negative and creepy. There were astrology maps, candles, oils, brews and elixirs, costumes, capes, and what appeared to be stuffed and mounted animals. I asked to see the tarot decks, and the large Thoth deck intrigued me. Its shamanic imagery perfectly mirrored the energy of the Occult Bookstore.

I purchased the Thoth deck and Aleister Crowley’s BOOK OF THOTH. I read the book cover to cover that night. I understood it because of my childhood interest in fairy tales, mythology, Egyptian archeology, and my hobby (bordering on obsession) foreign languages. I had attended Hebrew school as a child, studied Latin in high school, and was reading Ezra Pound’s translations from the Chinese when I was a teen. But, for me, Crowley resonated more than Pound, for he used symbols in a practical manner. Although I enjoyed reading about tarot, I discovered that one could understand what the cards meant simply by looking at the pictures.

10wheeloffortuneMy newfound interest in tarot was not well received. I was told that tarot was “the work of the devil”. People actually said to me “You will burn in hell!” and “Get thee behind me, Satan!” I felt like a pioneer keeping alive the ancient mysteries. I didn’t mind the “you will burn in hell” curses because hell was the accuser’s personal vision, not mine. But the unsolicited and unwelcome attempts to cast out my demons really did upset me.

cups1In 1980, I moved to Tucson, Arizona to attend graduate school. People were even more anti-tarot there than in Chicago. I finished my studies and then pulled tarot cards to determine a better place for me to live where my soul would be content. My choices were either New York City or San Francisco. New York was the Wheel of Fortune. San Francisco was the Ace of Cups. Both are excellent cards. But I chose the Ace of Cups because I am a Pisces with a grand water trine in my birth chart (Sun in Pisces trine Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer trine Saturn in Scorpio). I realized that in New York I would make more money, but I followed my heart.

On New Year’s day 1983, I moved to San Francisco. The reaction to my interest in tarot cards was the opposite of what I experienced in Chicago and Tucson. Many people asked me to read tarot for them. In 1986, I resigned from my job as an artist and became a professional tarot card reader. (I’ve found it more fulfilling to read tarot than to paint.) Soon my clients asked me to teach them how to read tarot cards. I typed up a few notes and passed them out in my classes. Eventually the notes grew and ended up as this book.

I invite you to join me and share the mystery.

2016 Leo New Moon Double Fire Monkey

July 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

August 2nd 2016 at 1:44 pm is a new Moon in Leo that begins Fire Monkey month in Fire Monkey year. All this Fire inspires more power, striving, and goal attainment. Energy is active to launch your success, make new choices, and create new structures. If things are swinging your way, then keep going.

apelikeOr not! As the Polish say, “Nie mój cyrk, nie moje malpy.” Not my circus, not my monkeys. If this rings true, then this month is your time to step back and enjoy the parade.

The new Moon, Sun, and Venus in fiery Leo bring love, creativity, and romance. Fortunately, the new Moon and Sun trine Saturn for needed stability in relationships.

Mercury squares Mars and Saturn, and is opposite Neptune. Communication could be confusing. Tie up loose ends before Mercury goes retrograde in Virgo on August 30. Mercury is comfortable in its rulership sign Virgo, and will be a good time to reorganize after this Fire Monkey month.

Fire Monkey month opportunities are strongest for Fire signs Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius and those born in Monkey, Rat, Dragon, Snake, and Horse years.

Call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation. Sunday August 14 is my beginner tarot class in San Francisco. Class info here.

Happy new Moon,


2016 Sheep Month Full Moon in Capricorn

July 15, 2016 § Leave a comment


July 19 2016 at 3:56 pm PT is a full Moon in Earth sign Capricorn. Time to get grounded, and focus on practical matters. Now is the peak of Sheep month, and Sheep can be a homebody, so it’s good to organize the details of your home.

There is much good fortune as communication planet Mercury conjuncts love planet Venus in Leo. They trine Saturn in Sagittarius for clear speech and many creative ideas.

Sheep in LoveMore lucky trines are Sun in Cancer trines Mars in Scorpio, bringing strength and energy, plus the full Moon sextiles Mars for courage to follow feelings.

Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn for postitive change redoing or improving conditions around you, and Jupiter influences professional success.

Moods and direction can change quickly due to the Sun in Cancer, full Moon in Capricorn, and Uranus in Aries making a cardinal T-square. Saturn squares Pluto to stay strong if an obstacle is in your path. It will take time to transform, and few are patient during summer of this Fire Monkey year.



Sunday July 24 will be my beginner tarot class in San Francisco. This class will be repeated on Sunday August 14 for those who cannot make the July 24 date. Class size is limited so everyone receives individual attention. Class information here.



Thank you to all who voted for my book Introduction To Tarot for the COVR award. It won the “People’s Choice” Award, Iconic Books, 2016 Nineteenth Annual COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources).

Many people tell me that this book is their “Tarot Bible” and even send me pictures of their old, well-used and loved book.

Happy full Moon,


People’s Choice Book Winner

July 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Tarot book image


Thank you to all who voted for my book Introduction To Tarot.

It won the “People’s Choice” Award, Iconic Books, 2016 Nineteenth Annual COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) Visionary Book Awards.

Click here for the complete list of award winners.

I’m proud that it’s a book of the people! Many people tell that Intro to Tarot is their “Tarot Bible” and even send me pictures of their old, well-used and loved book:

Tarot Bible

Thank you again for your support! I am very grateful.





July 2, 2016 § 1 Comment


Happy new Moon in Cancer this July 4th 2016! A tarot card that many people have trouble understanding the Moon card, number 18 of the 22 major arcana cards in the tarot pack. Tarot cards illustrate symbols and myths that are allegorical of life experiences and situations. By reading your personal experience in the cards, you become part of the collective whole of human experience.

This greater whole is based on the structural foundation of the four elements fire, water, air, and earth. These four elements are symbolized as the wand (club), cup (heart), sword (spade), and pentacle (diamond) suits of the tarot. They are numbered one (Ace) through 10, just like a playing deck.

In the tarot deck there are also 16 court cards, or royal figures, who rule the four elements. The King, Queen, Knight and Page of tarot correlate to the King, Queen, and Jack in playing cards.

What distinguishes tarot from a playing deck are the 22 cards of the tarot, referred to as the major arcana. These cards tell a story of the Fool’s journey, the story the soul’s evolution. #18 of the major arcana is the Moon card.

All that flows is balanced in rhythm with the Moon. The Moon governs water on earth, ocean tides, reproductive cycles, the weather, and fluids of the human body, animals, and plants. The Moon also rules emotions.

In the tarot, the Moon card represents personal development, growth, change, and evolution. Just as the Moon in the night sky changes in phases, your Moon metamorphosis also occurs in phases. Your personality evolves as forgotten talents and interests surface.

There are 8 lunar phases each lunar month. The 8 phases can be understood by observing plant growth. As above, so below.

  1. The new Moon is like a seed planted in the earth, ready to grow, full of potential and energy for the journey. A new concept has taken hold. The new Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. She is not visible in the night sky.
  2. The crescent Moon is the sprout. The seed had broken through the moist dark earth and reaches upward. One must break from the past, from the moist, familiar earth to venture forward. The crescent Moon rises mid-morning and sets after sunset. She is the first visible sliver of Moon seen in the western sky in the late afternoon and early evening.
  3. The first quarter Moon is the growth phase. Roots venture deeper, the stem shoots up, and leaves form to create a new strong body. There is much action as development quickens. The Moon rises around noon and sets at midnight. She is visible from the time she rises until the time she sets.
  4. The gibbous Moon is the bud of the plant, the pulse of life wrapped tightly, needing to expand. This is the time to analyze, refine, and purify. The gibbous Moon rises mid-afternoon and sets before dawn. She is the bulging Moon, ready to be visible soon after she rises until she sets.
  5. The full Moon is the flower, the open blossom, sharing light and beauty to the fullest. There is a desire to enjoy companionship and merge deeply with another. The full Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. She is visible all night long from moonrise to moonset.
  6. The disseminating Moon is the fruit of the plant’s life cycle, the fruits of wisdom and experience. At this Moon phase, you have much to share and teach. You can live your truth. The disseminating Moon rises mid-evening and sets mid-morning. She is visible in the night sky from the time she rises almost until she sets.   
  7. The last quarter Moon is the harvest phase, when the plant gives away its life so that others may continue theirs. Now is the powerful reward of the Moon card, the phase of reflection and transformation while maintaining different roles as you skillfully balance your external and internal worlds. The last quarter Moon rises around midnight and sets around noon. She is visible from the time she rises until she sets.
  8. The balsamic Moon is the compost phase. Nutrients remain in the soil, providing nourishment for the next new seed. The cycle is complete. Now is the time of insight, patience, and understanding. The balsamic Moon rises before dawn and sets mid-afternoon. She is the last sliver of Moon seen in the eastern sky at dawn and in the very early morning.

To receive the Moon card indicates that you will experience the Moon’s eight-phase cycle. But your outcome is not guaranteed. The plant might not survive. This is not a card of lunacy as some tarot interpretations have claimed, but sometimes during the middle of a Moon change, one may feel a bit off-balance. The Moon card is ruled by the mutable waters of Pisces, so try to flow and not become confused or fearful by nebulous Piscean energy. (Although the Moon is usually associated with the astrology sign Cancer, in tarot Cancer rules the Chariot #7, not the Moon card.)   

In the popular Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, the Moon card image depicts a portal through which the initiate must pass in order to be transformed. There is a winding, meandering path, flowing like a river. There will be twists and bends in the road before completion. One experiences evolution to a whole new being, just as the dog evolved from the wolf. A crayfish emerges from the waters, half in water and half on land. These feral animals signify the primality of lunar energy.

The divinatory meaning of the Moon is that you are in the middle of a form of evolution. You no longer desire what you did in the past, but you have not yet developed a new sensibility or emotional response. You are unformed, but begin to take on new shape. Events may take more time than anticipated, and the outcome may differ from original intent.

Wishing you a happy new Moon,



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