2016 Sheep Month Full Moon in Capricorn

July 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

Moab Utah2016 FULL MOON in CAPRICORN

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.

 

TAROT CLASSES

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.

 

Tarot Bible“PEOPLE’S CHOICE” WINNER ICONIC BOOKS

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,

Susan

People’s Choice Book Winner

July 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

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“PEOPLE’S CHOICE” AWARD ICONIC BOOK

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.

Love,

Susan

 

The MOON CARD in the TAROT

July 2, 2016 § 1 Comment

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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,

Susan

2016 Cancer New Moon begins Wood Sheep Month

June 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

NEW MOON in CANCER

July 4th 2016 at 4:01 am PT is a new Moon in Water sign Cancer. The Sun, new Moon, Mercury, and Venus are all in Cancer, making this lunar month the time to focus on home, friends and family, and taking care of your health. We finally get a break from the fast-paced and lively activities of this Fire Monkey year to slow down, reset your energy, and tend to whatever needs to be balanced in your life.

FireworksThis new Moon on the 4th of July holiday is fortunate, and sets the tone for the entire lunar month. Love planet Venus conjunct Sun, new Moon, and Mercury creates happy social times and good communication. Plus Venus trines Mars in Scorpio for passion and romance. The United States was born in 1776, a Fire Monkey year, and 2016 is a Fire Monkey year, so anticipate much activity and celebration this holiday weekend.

The new Moon, Sun, and Mercury all trine Neptune in Pisces for increased imagination and creativity. Empathy and sensitivity are heightened. People are more idealistic, seeing the best in others. These harmonious trines temper Neptune opposite Jupiter in Virgo and squaring Mars in Sagittarius when it can be easy to speculate or take foolish risks, especially with finances. The Sun, new Moon, Mercury, and Venus all square Pluto when emotions could get carried away and lead to impulses that are not in your best interest.

WOOD SHEEP MONTH

Sheep in LoveThis July 4th new Moon begins the month of the Wood Sheep. Sheep is a symbol of love and peace. Artistic Sheep is a gentle soul who loves the fine things in life. Sheep month comforts are most strongly appreciated by Water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces and those born in Sheep, RabbitHorse, and Pig years. During these sensitive times, call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

SUMMER TAROT CLASSES

Tarot book imageSunday 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 to 5 students only so everyone receives individual attention. The class text is my book Introduction To Tarot. Class information here.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

2016 Summer Solstice Full Moon

June 16, 2016 § Leave a comment

Summer Solstice!

SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON on SUMMER SOLSTICE

June 20, 2016 at 4:02 am PT is a full Moon in Sagittarius. This is the second full Moon in Sagittarius this year, an unusual occurrence. This full Moon in 29 degrees of Sagittarius, the last degree of this sign, brings a second opportunity to speak your truth, make change, and move forward. At 3:24 pm PT is Summer Solstice, the longest day in the northern hemisphere. Time to enjoy the sunshine and beauty of Mother Nature at her peak.

The Sun is conjunct Venus that brings creativity, romance, and social times. But this Sun/Venus conjunction is opposite the full Moon so your head might decide one thing while you heart feels another. Fortunately, the full Moon trines Uranus to break your routine, and discover new ideas and experiences.

There is a grand mutable square of Mercury in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sagittarius, and squaring Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. Due to so many mutable signs, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself. It can be a challenge to be patient or allow events to develop over time, especially in relationships. It’s best to be flexible and adaptable to more easily flow with mutable energy.

Fiery Sagittarius full Moon plus Summer Solstice energy is inspirational for all, and is most strongly experienced by the Fire signs Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo and those born in Rat, Dragon, and Monkey years. During these exciting times, call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

SUMMER TAROT CLASS

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 to 5 students only so everyone receives individual attention. The class text is my book Introduction To Tarot. Class information here.

Happy full Moon and Summer Solstice,

Susan

ORACLES or Luck of the Draw

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

10wheeloffortuneHappy new Moon! My tarot card today is the Wheel of Fortune #10, one of my favorite cards. It augers expansion, good luck, and growth. The astrological attribute is Jupiter, the planet of good fortune in astrology, the Santa Claus of the zodiac.

I’ve noticed over the decades how I get such good tarot cards. I think that’s because I love tarot! Years ago when I read rune stones, I kept getting the blank stone. So I made my own set of rune stones of porcelain clay, and sewed a red velvet bag to hold them, to personalize this oracle for me. The first rune stone I selected from my red bag was, of course, blank. 

The I-Ching is one of the greatest oracles in world history and literature. But years ago, for about a year I kept getting hexagram #22 Grace when I cast the I-Ching. Like the runes, this oracular tool was just not speaking to me.

So do not be discouraged if an oracle does not click with you. Try other ones! You will notice right away the parallels between all oracles, such as the blank rune correlates to The Fool in the tarot. Use the oracle that is easiest for you, and has the most natural flow when using it.

The three oracles I use are tarot, astrology, and the movement of (or communication from) animals, especially birds. Animal movement to the right means yes. Movement to the left means no. Left is sinistra in Italian, or sinister in English. But no is not always bad. Sometimes it is the correct answer.

Astrology is not subjective because it is based on astronomy and calendrics. This evening really is a new Moon. If you look in the night sky, you will see planets in conjunction. Some of my astrology clients are tech engineers here in the Bay Area who only do astrology consultations with me because in their worldview astrology is based on science, whereas they consider tarot “the luck of the draw.”

I’m all for the luck of the draw, especially when the draw is the Wheel of Fortune!

Happy new Moon,

Susan

 

2016 Gemini New Moon begins Horse Month

May 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

One of my books INTRODUCTION TO TAROTICON BOOK NOMINEE

My book Introduction To Tarot is nominated by my publisher for an Icon award from COVR Coalition of Visionary Resources.

Introduction to Tarot is included in The Complete Tarot Kit, but the book can be purchased separately for those who already have tarot cards and only need the book.

Votes equal 40% of the Icon award, and 60% is based on decisions by people who work in the field of visionary resources. Please take a moment to vote here. I appreciate your support.

Two-horsesHORSE MONTH

June 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm PT is a new Moon that begins the month of the Wood Horse. Horse is a yang power animal that matches the energy of this yang Fire Monkey year. Horse is free spirited, independent, and brave. The element Wood brings growth, inspiration, and development. Horse’s earthly branch is Fire, and Wood feeds Fire. All of this is very fortunate. Plus Horse month is excellent for travel, especially short trips.

This Horse month is the time to go for it and pursue goals. Charge ahead and reflect later, a strategy that works well in this risk-taking Monkey year. If you are unable to harness your power and make fast progress in Horse month, another window of opportunity for action will be in August, a Fire Monkey month in Fire Monkey year.

GEMINI NEW MOON

This June 4 new Moon is in the mercurial, fast, and agile Air sign Gemini. This new Moon is in close conjunction with the Sun and Venus. These three planets together bring love, beauty, grace, and charm.

But these three planets in Gemini are part of a grand mutable square with Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces. This can bring out the chaotic side of Horse, or the mutable attributes of Gemini. Energy can become overwhelming if you pursue too many ideas (Jupiter), take on too many obligations (Saturn), or chase too many dreams (Neptune).

Plus Mercury in Taurus is opposite Mars in Scorpio for stubborn communication. Fortunately, there is a grand Earth trine between Mercury, Jupiter, and Pluto to keep things grounded. And with all this new energy, call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

Happy new Moon,

Susan

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