2016 Libra New Moon begins Dog Month

September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


libra-justiceThe new Moon in Libra on September 30 2016 begins the month of the Earth Dog in Chinese astrology. Time for honesty, truth, and loyalty. Actions that lack integrity in this Fire Monkey year will not succeed under the influence of watchful Dog.

Good fortune for all is that the Sun and new Moon conjunct Jupiter. This brings new optimism and opportunities. People can be kinder and more supportive of each other. Libra is the sign of partnerships so relationships are important. Venus in sexy Scorpio trines Neptune in sensitive Pisces bringing spirituality and soulful connections with others.

dog spiritThe Sun and new Moon square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn. It’s possible to be rash or annoyed by little things. If too negative, this energy can devolve into confrontations. Fortunately, the Sun and new Moon sextile Saturn in Sagittarius for a sense of discipline and fair play, both classic Dog traits. You can balance your emotional needs with needs of others, especially work obligations.

Luck is strongest for Air signs Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius and those born in Dog, Horse, Tiger, and Rabbit years. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

Happy new Moon,



Lift Your Spirit!

September 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

good dogOne of my tarot students had a sudden accident and hurt her back when she tripped over her dog (a lovely lab) who always follows her around. This Fire Monkey year is the time of accidents and injuries, not lingering illness like in Snake or Rabbit years. Plus her accident occurred during the recent Mercury retrograde.

She selected 3 tarot cards, one each for Body, Mind, and Spirit. Body and Mind were good cards for her, but not Spirit. (This tarot spread for health is on page 164 of Introduction To Tarot.)

So her spirit was waning, she was becoming discouraged, and she asked if I have any recommendations to lift her spirits. Options for her to feel better are:

1. Watch comedies and stand-up comedian specials on netflix, or whatever you have to get streaming media. Avoid getting too involved with other media such as heavy dramas, too much news, or other negative influences.

2. Eat what you want! When you get better you can exercise or eat less caloric foods. But for now, enjoy a few treats.

3. Read inspirational books and magazines. I just finished reading The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino. You will probably enjoy that.

4. Feng Shui! Make sure your bedroom or recovery room is nice, no piles of clutter, have fresh flowers nearby, fresh sheets on the bed, and get comfy. Maybe hire a housekeeper to spruce up the place.

5. Encourage visitors. If you have friends or family who live nearby, invite them over. They can watch a comedy with you, eat good food that you just ordered, you loan them your copy of The Baron in the Trees when you are done reading it, and they visit you in your nice flower-scented room.

6. Most of the pain will be managed with drugs, so stay with and follow what the doctors recommend as you wean off the medicines. That’s also why you feel lousy, and the drugs can make you constipated. You’ll feel better when most of the drugs are out of your system. So eat prunes or drink Smooth Move tea to keep bowels regular. That strongly influences mood.

7. And your doggie! Snuggle up and take comfort from your companion animal. You’ve taken good care of your dog, so now your dog can return the favor and be extra attentive to you during your healing.

Try any of the above tips when you feel like your spirits can use a lift, or if you have a challenging card in the Spirit position of your tarot spread.

Good luck,


2016 Lunar Eclipse Harvest Moon

September 14, 2016 § Leave a comment


pisces-pufferfish-makes-sand-earthworksSeptember 16 2016 is a full Moon eclipse in Water sign Pisces. Pisces are intuitive, artistic, and feel deeply. They understand animals, and empathize with those less fortunate. During the time of a Pisces full Moon, people can be more sensitive and emotional.

So now is time for gentleness, not arguing or fighting to speak your truth. The full Moon is opposite the Sun and Mercury in Virgo. Plus Mercury is still retrograde until September 21. Strive to be clear and thoughtful in both verbal and written communication.

Fortunately, the Sun conjuncts Jupiter until October 10. You can stay strong, see the big picture, and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Venus sextiles Mars that strengthens love relationships and friendships. Creativity is enhanced, involvement with others brings reward, and there is balance of give and take.

But Mars squares the full Moon and Sun. Be aware of your motivations, not just operating on unconscious response. Be assertive only when necessary, and not let tensions get out of hand. Instead of making fast decisions, use the final weeks of this eclipse lunar cycle to observe behavior, yours and others. Answers can arrive in dreams or through symbols. Under the influence of Pisces, now is a superb time to consult oracles!


This full Moon eclipse is the annual Harvest Moon, the full Moon closest to Autumn Equinox on September 22. Equinox is the time of equal day and equal night on planet Earth, and occurs twice a year at autumn and spring.

This lunar eclipse energy can reveal what needs to be brought to light, and is most influential for Water signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio and those born in Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Pig years. Contact me at 415.642.8019 or susan@susanlevitt.com to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.

Happy full Moon,


The Structure of Tarot: Major, Minor, or Court

September 11, 2016 § 2 Comments

Do you sometimes get lost when reading the 78 tarot cards?  When I teach tarot and a student can’t interpret a card, I ask if the card is major, minor, or court. If you can place the card in one of those three categories, then you can determine meaning by following the structure of tarot.

There are 22 major arcana cards, 40 minor arcana cards, and 16 court cards. (Arcana means secret, or arcane.) Each tarot card is either major, minor, or court.

0foolThe 22 cards of the major arcana tell the story of The Fool’s journey. They are a richly symbolic pattern of a very old mystery. They are The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World.

The 40 cards of the minor arcana are numbered ace through 10. They represent the four elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. The structure is similar to playing cards, also four suits numbered ace through 10.

cupsking16 cards are court cards, or royal figures, which are divided into 4 court cards for each of the 4 elements Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Court cards are depicted as a King, Queen, Knight, and Page in most tarot decks. The King and Queen represent mastery, power, and strength. A Knight denotes action, quest, and movement. The Page represents exploration, learning, and being of service.

Karmic cards of destiny are the 22 major arcana, the 4 aces, and the 16 court cards. Cards of choice are 2 through 10 of the minor arcana.

When you are doing a tarot reading, observe if a card is major, minor, or court. The major arcana cards are somewhere on The Fool’s journey. The court cards show mastery of the King and Queen, or development of the Knight and Page. The minor arcana cards are 1 through 10 and represent the suits Fire, Water, Air, or Earth.

The Four Elements

In tarot, the four elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth are symbolized by a wand, cup, sword, and pentacle. The four elements also correspond to four directions and colors: south red, west black, east yellow, and north white. The four colors also represent the races of humanity.

The four elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth are found in many magical and spiritual systems such as the Native American medicine wheel, the four corners of European pre-Christian ritual, the four elements of alchemical schools of medieval Europe, and the four elements of astrology. Alchemy is to change our bases selves into gold — radiant and rare. By combining the elements we can transform reality.

tarot-fireThe exciting, masculine element Fire represents will, drive, destiny, creativity, and spirit in action. In tarot, the symbol for Fire is a wand, a blazing wand of power. The suit of clubs in a regular playing deck represents Fire. Fire is the phallus ejaculating the seeds of creativity. In Chinese medicine the element Fire is associated with the heart. Fire myths are Prometheus bound, Satan and his flames, and the Phoenix that rises from its own ashes. The Fire signs of astrology are Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo.

water-tarotThe element Water is the nurturing, feminine element that represents emotions, intuition, spiritual belief, faith, and love. In tarot, the symbol for Water is a cup, a round cup that holds water. The suit of hearts in a regular playing deck represents Water. Water is the essence of life, the sea of fertility, the amniotic fluid of the womb, and the womb of the Ocean Mother from whom all life emerged. According to the ancient Chinese, Water is the most powerful element for it can flow around any obstacle in its path without changing essence. Water myths in the Western  tradition are the quest for the fountain of youth, Jonah in the belly of the whale, Noah and the ark, the waters of St. John the Baptist, and the waters of the holy grail. The Water signs of astrology are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.


The masculine element Air represents the mind, mental activity, communication, intellect, thoughts, and ideas. In tarot, the symbol for Air is a sword that can cut through matter with clarity and swiftness. The suit of spades in a regular playing deck represents Air. The Tower of Babel, the wing-footed messenger god Mercury, the Excalibur sword, and the smoke of the peace pipe are air myths and symbols. The Air signs of astrology are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.


The stable, feminine element Earth represents the material world, health, wealth, tangible goods, and the concrete reality of Mother Earth upon whom we walk. In tarot, the symbol for Earth is a pentacle, disk, or coin. The suit of diamonds in a regular playing deck represents Earth. Earth myths and stories are the minotaur of ancient Crete, the golden calf, Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders, Persephone in the Underworld, and the goose that laid golden eggs. The Earth signs of astrology are Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus.

Reading Tarot Cards

Many tarot cards you know at first glance, but others are not as easy to understand. If you feel like you’re getting lost, ask yourself major, minor, or court to figure out where the card fits into the larger structure of tarot.

If a card is one of the 22 major arcana, find out where it is on The Fool’s journey. Court cards rule their element so be aware that wands royals are active and exciting, cups royals are sensitive and intuitive, air royals are thinking and love learning, and earth royals are practical yet sensual.

swords6People tend to get lost in the minor arcana. So figure out the suit! Sometimes people confuse wands with swords so look closely. And 6 swords is often confused with a cup card because water is depicted on the card.

cups3Do not get discouraged! Keep reading your cards! When in doubt, discern major, minor, or court to have clarity. And the best part of tarot is that each card tells a story. For example, if you had no idea that 3 cups was a minor card of the element Water, just by looking at the picture you have an idea of the meaning. So blend the information from the picture with your knowledge of major, minor, or court. Good luck!

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