September 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
Autumn Equinox was yesterday as the seasonal wheel turns towards winter — the perfect time to read books!
To learn more about tarot, study the classics. Seek tarot archetypes hidden in the pages. Could an aspect of THE MAGICIAN lurk in Oscar Wilde’s A Picture of Dorian Gray? Or is it THE DEVIL?
THE TOWER seems like the card for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. But if you read it, you will see how it’s a classic of Romanticism more suited to THE LOVERS than THE TOWER.
THE HANGED MAN is one tarot card that most people have trouble understanding. The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe explains the many levels of THE HANGED MAN.
To understand the subtle nuances of the minor arcana Water suit of CUPS, read The Diaries Of Anais Nin.
Not one for novels or diaries? Then enjoy short stories! Spend some time with collections of short stories, such as Best Short Stories by Guy de Maupassant. Each of de Maupassant’s stories can relate to a tarot card. Try to match each story with a card.
The modern Italian author Italo Calvino did just that in The Castle of Crossed Destinies. He illustrated the book with two Medieval European tarot decks that create short stories.
To understand the QUEEN OF SWORDS, read Pushkin’s Queen of Spades, perhaps the best short story in world literature, in Alexander Pushkin, Complete Prose Fiction. (Stanford U Press translation.)
It’s obvious which tarot archetype lives in Tolstoy’s short story The Three Hermits.
Stick with the classics. Find the hidden archetypes as your read. You learn about life, and learn how to better read your tarot cards.
September 15, 2017 § 2 Comments
September 19 2017 is a new Moon in Virgo. Earth sign Virgo rules the 6th house of work, health, and service. It will be easier to apply Virgo’s analytical strength and practical powers of discernment because the Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Virgo!
During this lunar month, focus on Virgoan earthly matters of health, finances, being of service, and forwarding your career. The new Moon is an excellent time to begin new projects, so address the area of life that needs the most attention. Health is a priority for balancing body, mind, and spirit.
Love planet Venus and work planet Saturn both trine Uranus to discover new ways of doing things. Under the influence of Venus, it’s good timing to bring new energy into your home during this lunar month, and start making it cozy for winter. The Saturn trine brings a delightful balance of old and new.
The new Moon and Sun square Saturn so projects can take more time than anticipated, even until the end of the year. If there are feelings of overload, negative thinking, or if coworkers aren’t compatible, there’s plenty of time to make necessary changes. Good to learn and observe during this Virgo lunar month.
The ongoing Mercury conjunct Mars brings stamina for mental tasks. But there could be ego conflicts if people become
overcritical with so many planets in Virgo.
2nd EARTH PHOENIX MONTH
This new Moon begins the second Earth Phoenix month in a row, bringing more opportunities for spiritual growth and rebirth. We can create a balance between the material and spiritual worlds. Success is attained by applying Phoenix virtues of diligent work and whole-hearted involvement in tasks. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo, so pay attention to earthly matters such as your physical health. The spiritual world is more secure when the material realm is organized. Luck is strongest for those born in Phoenix, Ox, Snake, and Dragon years.
September 22 is autumn Equinox, the time of equal day and equal night, and the solar point between summer and winter Solstices. Equinox is time for balance, making today and this weekend the ideal time to take stock of actions so far in this Phoenix year. And time to enjoy the bounty of harvest as autumn begins, and the Sun enters relationship sign Libra. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for autumn.
Happy new Moon,
September 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
September 6 2017 is a full Moon in Pisces. Sensitive Water sign Pisces rules the 12th house of spirituality and mysticism. The full Moon conjuncts Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, bringing increased empathy that’s excellent for heart-to-heart talks, and is inspiring for creative artistic expression. People are in touch with emotions, especially feelings that may have surfaced during the recent eclipse.
The full Moon sextiles Pluto for therapeutic conversations, opportunities for transformation in relationships, and hidden truths can be revealed. For some people, this full Moon energy unlocks latent psychic ability, and answers can arrive in dreams.
The full Moon and Neptune are opposite the Sun in Virgo. People could feel strange or odd moods, especially if they become overcritical. Should this occur, strive to balance home with professional life. Fortunately, the Sun trines Pluto to understand motivations, further self knowledge, and develop wisdom.
Mercury conjuncts Mars for increased mental energy and stamina. But there could be ego conflicts and unnecessary fighting. Mercury and Mars trine Uranus bringing a wider scope, new interests, and personal growth. People can break down barriers with their new understanding. And communication will be easier after Mercury retrograde ends on September 5.
Happy full Moon,
August 17, 2017 § 1 Comment
August 21 2017 is a new Moon and a total solar eclipse. This eclipse occurs when the Moon slides between the Earth and the Sun. Starting over the Pacific ocean, the Moon will paint a 67-mile wide swath of darkness across the United States. This lunar sweep starts at 9:06 am PDT in Oregon, and ends at 4:06 pm EDT in South Carolina. Then the eclipse continues over the Atlantic ocean for about 75 minutes.
To observe, on the West coast the eclipse begins just after 9 am, and the eclipse peak is at 10:19 am. On the East coast, the eclipse begins just after 1 pm, and the peak is around 2:30 pm. If traveling to view the eclipse, allow more time for traffic because Mercury is still retrograde until September 5.
In Jungian terms, an eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is seen. So this eclipse is a time to expose and bring to light what is hidden. This new Moon is in Fire sign Leo, the second Leo new Moon in a row, bringing another opportunity to express talent, vision, and originality. We can dig deeper under the influence of the eclipse to find resources and express ingenuity.
The Moon, Sun, and Mars are all in Leo, with many fortunate Fire trines that bring success. The Moon and Sun trine Uranus in Aries for new discoveries about yourself and others, with increased perception and understanding.
Mars trines Saturn in Sagittarius for courage and confidence. Mars’ initiative blends with Saturn’s structure that’s good for working on projects that were started earlier.
Mercury in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces that can be confusing if too much information becomes overwhelming.
No need to make rapid decisions.
This new Moon eclipse begins the month of the Earth Phoenix (Rooster) in Chinese astrology. 2017 is the year of the Fire Phoenix, making this a double Phoenix month. The next new Moon on September 19 starts the second Earth Phoenix month, making two double Phoenix lunar months in a row. Time to cultivate Phoenix traits of hard work, conscientiousness, and discipline.
The Earth Phoenix is the blessed golden Phoenix. Earth cycles are good to focus on practical endeavors including health, and can be excellent for business. Luck is strongest for those born in Phoenix, Snake, Ox, and Dragon years and Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation during this eclipse energy.
Happy new Moon,
August 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
August 7 2017 is a full Moon and lunar eclipse. Eclipses heighten emotion, intuition, and instinct. This full Moon is in Air sign Aquarius for new ideas and ways of communication. It’s fortunate to expand your circle, and is good for new learning.
The Sun conjuncts Mars in Leo for extra energy and courage. But under the influence of Mars, people can be irritable. If this occurs, stay aware of the big picture and not fan any flames.
Fortunately, the Sun sextiles Jupiter in Libra that is lucky for relationships and brings ease with colleagues. The Sun trines Saturn in Sagittarius to organize effectively so that your efforts achieve lasting results.
August 12 to September 5
Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde can be a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But Mercury retrograde during this Fire Phoenix (Rooster) year can be an excellent time to focus on detailed tasks such as catching up on financial matters, and doing feng shui your home or office.
From August 12 to 30, Mercury is retrograde in Earth sign Virgo. Mercury is comfortable in rulership sign Virgo. This is very good for detailed analysis and review. Plus Phoenix correlates to the western sign Virgo, so 2017 Phoenix year energy works well with Virgo’s cerebral approach.
From August 31 to September 5, Mercury retrogrades back into Fire sign Leo. Communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. Be aware if people become bossy or demanding. Should there be ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 19 that begins a new lunar cycle.
Happy full Moon,
July 19, 2017 § Leave a comment
LEO NEW MOON begins MONKEY MONTH
July 23 2017 is a new Moon in Fire sign Leo. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, and Mars are all in bold, charismatic Leo, bringing passion and a desire for adventure and creative expression. The next new Moon on August 21 will also be in Leo this year, and that new Moon will be a solar eclipse. Under the influence of Leo, during the next two lunar months there will be many opportunities for new ways to enhance your creativity.
On this new Moon, Mercury trines Uranus and Saturn for dynamic and direct communication. The trine between Mercury and Uranus adds an element of genius and mental excitement, so this lunar month is the time for problem solving and putting your ideas into practice. Mercury trine Saturn keeps inspirational concepts practical and realistic.
Plus Venus trines Jupiter for artistic inspiration, enjoyment of relationships, and appreciation of beauty. The next two lunar months are ideal for parties, entertaining, and to expand your social circle. Venus opposite Saturn keeps affairs and expenses from getting out of hand.
Due to the new Moon, Sun, and Mars square Uranus, it’s easy to jump to conclusions, and be rebellious and impatient with circumstances that limit your freedom. It could be challenging to follow routine, and impulsiveness could lead to accident-prone behavior.
This Uranian restless and independent energy is exacerbated because this new Moon begins Monkey month. Monkey is considered a lucky astrology sign. Monkey is king in Chinese astrology, just as Leo is king in Western astrology. Magical Monkey is a fearless hero who is ingenious, entertaining, and mercurial making this month good to pursue goals and take risks. Under the influence of wily Monkey, anything can happen!
Fortunately, this is the month of the Earth Monkey, the gold Monkey. Earth qualities of honesty, practicality, and loyalty enrich Monkey’s character and bring needed stability.
Opportunities are strongest for Fire signs Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries and those born in Monkey, Rat, Dragon, and Snake years. Contact me for your tarot card reading, astrology forecast, or feng shui consultation for Monkey month.
Happy new Moon,
July 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
FULL MOON in CAPRICORN
July 8 2017 at 9:07 pm PDT is a full Moon in Capricorn. Earth sign Capricorn rules the 10th house of career, goals, and achievement. Time to focus on material concerns, practical solutions, and to organize finances. The full Moon sextiles Neptune in Pisces, bringing inspiration to do ordinary things in extraordinary ways.
The full Moon conjuncts Pluto that could add a sense of emotional urgency, so use the next two weeks of the waning Moon to let go of old feelings and patterns that do not serve you, like a snake shedding its skin.
The full Moon and Pluto are opposite the Sun and Mars in Cancer, so it’s opportune to take care of both personal and professional life. Use Mars energy to remove any clutter in your home, and clear the way if anything blocks room entrances. Strive for balance of power and mutual respect in relationships.
Mercury in Leo sextiles Venus in Gemini for chatty and pleasant energy, and is a good aspect for travel before the summer Mercury retrograde from August 12 to September 5.
Opportunities for personal transformation are for all. This full Moon energy is felt most strongly by the Earth signs Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo and those born in Ox, Rat, Snake, and Phoenix (Rooster) years. Contact me to schedule your tarot card reading, astrology forecast, or feng shui consultation.
Happy full Moon,