August 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
SOLAR ECLIPSE IN VIRGO
September 1 2016 at 2:08 am PT is a new Moon eclipse in Virgo. The new Moon, Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter are all in Earth sign Virgo. Virgos are smart, sharp, and articulate because Virgo is ruled by Mercury. Many planets in Virgo create a superb time to organize, think logically, and tidy up.
Mercury is retrograde from August 30 until September 21. Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. Mercury retrograde in Virgo is good to take care of your health, focus on diet, and rethink your plans.
This new Moon and Sun in Virgo square Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. People can be irritable about delays, or if events don’t go exactly as planned. Fortunately, the new Moon and Sun trine Pluto to investigate and discover how to make improvements that can benefit everyone.
September might not be the best time to launch new plans because Neptune in Pisces is opposite the new Moon and Sun, and squares Mars and Saturn. Therefore, this lunar cycle is an opportunity for reflection and revision.
FIRE PHOENIX MONTH
This new Moon starts the month of the Fire Phoenix. Many translations refer to this lunar month as Rooster, Chicken, Cock, or Hen. I prefer Phoenix, offering opportunities for rebirth and transformation. Yet those born in Phoenix year are hard working and no nonsense. They take pride in a job well done. But the Fire Phoenix influence can bring rash decisions or blunt communication that could be misconstrued during Mercury retrograde.
Call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email email@example.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation. The new Moon eclipse energy is strongest for Earth signs Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus and those born in Phoenix, Ox, Dragon, and Snake years.
Happy new Moon,
August 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
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.
August 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
August 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.
Energy 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.
Mercury, 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.
Call me at 415.642.8019 in San Francisco or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
August 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
People 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.
My 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.
My 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.
In 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.