The Three Modes of Tarot (a reading method)

This is a basic yet multi-layered reading that can help you identify some problem areas in your life and gives advice about what energy may be best expressed.
First, sort through your deck and divide it into three piles;
– Court Cards
– Numbered Cards
– Major Arcana

Shuffle each deck with your question or problem in mind. Draw one card from each deck, respectively.

Card 1 – Court Card – You, the current role you are playing in this situation
Card 2 – Numbered Card – Your situation
Card 3 – Major Arcana – The archetypical energies that are being expressed… the root of your actions and situation, the advice card

If you wanted to, rather than randomly drawing the first card (the Court Card) you could choose one as a significator. Conciously choosing a card to represent yourself or the role you play may help you focus the reading in that direction. Not sure what card represents you in this current situation? Try Court Card Excersize 1 (previous post) and choose a card from the list you create.

Here is a format for anlyzing and interpreting the cards in your reading, from the book “Tarot For Yourself” by Mary K. Greer. Write the following sentence and fill in the blanks with the card meanings.

“I am acting like a ________________[Court Card], a ___________________________ __________________[describe the type of person you see in that card] in a _________________[Minor Arcana] situation in which ________________ ___________________________ __________________ [describe your situation using action verbs] because of ___________________ [Major Arcana], which describes my need to _____________________ __________________________[describe the archetypical energies in you that need to be expressed].”

EXAMPLE- I used The Queen of Pentacles and drew the 3 of Pentacles and The World.
“I am acting like the Queen of Pentacles, a nurturing and down-to-earth teacher who is rescourceful in a 3 of Pentacles situation in which I am working on my goals and seeing progress because of The World, which describes my need to gain and share wisdom for the greater good.”

Taking it further; How can I best deal with this situation?

“I can use the attributes of _________________ [Major Arcana] to _________________ ________________________ [describe the best qualities you see in this card] in order to deal with ________________ [Minor Arcana] , which expresses my desire for (to) _____ ________________ _________________ [ describe the situation you have drawn to yourself] experienced by my Inner ________________ [Court Card], the one who ___________ _____________________ ____________________ [describe that aspect of yourself that chose to experience the situation].

EXAMPLE;
“I can use the attributes of The World to gain wisdom and understanding that lead to completion of my goals in order to deal with the 3 of Cups, which expresses my desire to cooperate with others as progress is made as experienced by my Inner Queen of Pentacles – the one who chooses to be nurturing & generous with her resources.”

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As you can see, I used one of my own cards from the Court Card Roles excersize to give the examples posted above.  The Queen of Pentacles is the card I chose to represent my role as teacher, since I am in this moment acting as a teacher by passing on this knowledge to others.  I laughed as the other cards came up – the 3 of Pentacles which can represent working on goals or getting a job done because of your knowledge or skills.  I have been feeling bad latley about not writing much on my blog, and it felt really good to be sharing and writing again.  Then The World card popped up – oh, hello Saturn/Capricorn energy!  I’m a Capricorn and really feel best when I’m getting a task completed – especially one that reflects my soul’s desire to share with and lead others.  Capricorn is ruled by Saturn – the planet of Structure and Wisdom – and Saturn is related to the Tarot card The World.  So it felt really good to me to have that card pop up as I worked this excersize as a confirmation that I’m doing the work I’m supposed to be doing.  I really hope that this reading can help you on your own journey of self discovery.  Feedback and thoughts appreciated – leave a comment with your results if you try this reading for yourself!

 

Exploring Gemini – Twins, Apotheosis, and Binary Stars

Gemini

GEMINI – The Twins

May 21 – June 21
3rd Sign of the Zodiac
Mutable Air Sign
Ruled by Mercury
Opposing Sign – Sagittarius
Tarot card: VI The Lovers
Anatomy: The Lungs & Pullmonary system, the Arms and Hands
Animals:  Birds – especially Finches, Magpie, Parrot & Mockingbird
Deities: Castor & Pollux, Apollo & Heracles, Janus, Frey & Freya, Hermes, Bast & Sekhmet

Gemini Traits

Gemini Traits – Intelligent, Thoughtful, Rational, Logical, Talkative, Expressive, Willing to learn, Thirst for Knowledge, Witty, Clever, Persuasive, Charming, Quick, Flexible, Adaptable, Energetic, Athletic, Trickster or Class-Clown, Impulsive, Changeable, Dual-natured, Indecisive, Anxious, Always On-The-Go, Easily Bored

The Dioscuri

Gemini
Gemini constellation – Johannes Hevelius, Prodromus Astronomia, volume III: Firmamentum Sobiescianum, sive Uranographia, table DD: Gemini, 1690.

The twins of the Gemini constellation are named for the Greco-Roman stories of Castor and Pollux*, also known as The Dioscuri.  These brothers were twins – sons of the Spartan queen Leda.  However, they had different fathers.  Leda’s husband, the Spartan King Tyndareus was the father of Castor (Kastor), while Zeus was the father of Pollux (Polydeukes).  The twins also had a sister – Helen – daughter of Leda and Zeus.  (Yes, that famous Helen!) The brothers were said to have the greatest affection for eachother, always displaying support to the other and never getting into spiteful battles of sibling rivalry. (Though a friendly competitveness between the two is implied)  Castor was a renowned Horse Trainer and Pollux was known as a Boxer, a champion fighter.  Both became military generals and took part in the Voyage of The Argonauts.

Dioskouri – “Il Defonso Gruppo”. Roman copy of Greek statue, by Praxiteles C4th B.C.
http://www.theoi.com/Gallery/S33.1.html

The twins had one day attempted to steal some cattle and they were caught in the act.  When a fight broke out, Castor was killed.  His brother Pollux cried out to Zeus, for he did not want to live life as an immortal without his brother by his side.  He asked Zeus to make Castor an immortal so they may always be together.  Zeus agreed to allow Castor to live as an immortal, but only if his brother Pollux was willing to give up half of his time as immortal and give it to his brother.  Pollux agreed, and the twins alternate every other day between living among the Gods in Olympus, and dead in the Underworld.  Thus Castor was granted Apotheosis – a mortal man becoming a god, yet he and his twin spend half their time as gods and the other half dead.  For Pollux’s selfless gift of dedication to his brother, Zeus also granted the twins a place in the heavens as the Constellation Gemini.

As Gods, Castor and Pollux rule over Safe and Swift Travels, Protection of Guests, Travelers and sailors, and patron Gods of Horses, races, and the Olympic Games.
(( Read More at theoi.com ))  
* Some Greek and Roman authors attributed the constellation of Gemini to Apollo and Heracles – sons of Zeus with different mothers.

Astronomy of the Gemini Constellation –

The constellation Gemini has several interesting features, including a few binary stars (not suprising for the constellation of The Twins!) and some beautiful nebulas!  I have only included here a few of my favorites.

Gemini constellation

Pollux – β Geminorum (Beta Geminorum)

Pollux is the brightest star in Gemini and the 17th brightest star in the night sky. It is an evolved orange giant and is 33 light years distant from our solar system.  Beta Geminorum has about nine times the solar radius of our Sun, and is confirmed to have one planet in it’s orbit.  The planet, Pollux B, is at least 2 times the size of Jupiter and has an orbital period of 590 days.

Castor – α Geminorum (Alpha Geminorum)

Castor is the second brightest star in Gemini and the 44th brightest star in the sky. It is a visual binary star system, and each component is in itself a spectroscopic binary star, which makes Castor more technically a four-star system. Both components of the system are red dwarfs, and are about 51 light years from our sun.

U Geminorum

U Geminorum is a dwarf nova in Gemini constellation. It is a binary star composed of a white dwarf that closely orbits a red dwarf star. About every 100 days, the star has an outburst that causes a dramatic increase in brightness and luminosity. The two dwarfs have an orbital period of just 4 hours and 11 minutes, very rapid for a binary system!

Eskimo Nebula
Eskimo Nebula – photo from NASA’s Hubble Telescope, 1999

Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392, Caldwell 39)

The Eskimo Nebula is a bipolar double-shell planetary nebula in Gemini.  (To be honest I’m not sure what a bipolar double shell planetary nebula IS, but it sounds very Gemini and I love the beauty of it!) The nebula is surrounded by a layer of gas that used to form the outer layers of a star similar to our Sun.

NGC 2371-2 

NGC 2371, image: Friendlystar at wikipedia.org

NGC 2371-2 is a planetary nebula in Gemini. It is a dual lobed nebula, one that looks like it could be two different, separate objects – which is why it was originaly recorded as two seperate listings in the New General Catalogue, NGC 2371 and NGC 2372.  The nebula is located to the southwest of the bright star Castor.

(read more about the stars and nebulas of Gemini at Constellation Guide)

 

Gemini’s lessons – Duality and Change

I find it fascinating that within these heavenly bodies we can see traits of Gemini; dualistic, changeable, expressive systems in which two are one.  Gemini can teach us about the dualistic nature of all the universe and how partnerships can be so fruitful and beautiful with the right blend of compatability and devotion!  Yet the existence of Nebulas such as the ones seen above remind us that nothing is permanent – not even the stars.  All is fleeting, ever changing and shifting to play different roles in the cosmos at different times – just like Gemini.

I’ll be back later to talk about Gemini and the Tarot Card VI The Lovers!

 

 

Sky, Earth & Fire – Memories of New Moon 5/15/18

The New Moon in Taurus happened on May 15th, early in the morning.  Shortly after the New Moon, Uranus entered Taurus for the first time since the 1940’s.  Later that afternoon, the moon moved into Gemini, and after sunset Mars entered the sign of Aquarius.  It was a powerful day for setting intentions, especially dealing with any type of revolution.

My partner and I gathered some friends over for an evening of food, fireside chats, and ritual.  I shared with some friends my thoughts on the power behind the Uranus/Taurus and Mars/Aquarius transition.  New Moons are generally always a good time for setting intentions and planting seeds of ideas or desires that you want to manifest.  Uranus is the planet best described as the Revolutionary.  He’s the ultimate non conformist, anarchist, and humanitarian; the driving force behind the awakening to higher consciousness.  Wherever Uranus goes, there is bound to be some sort of revolution against structures or ideas that hold us back from our awakening.  Taurus is the earth sign that best embodies Mother Earth in her most fertile time; also potentially powerful for manifesting desires into the physical plane, like a New Moon.  Uranus here will break down or shake up any structures, beliefs or ideas that are holding us back from physically manifesting our desires… as long as those desires are for the greater good of mankind.  Mars, the God of War, planet of drive, passion, courage, and fight – just entered the sign of Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) – sign of friendship, brotherhood, invention, and revolution.  This is adding some fire to the Aquarian quest for Brotherhood and Ascension.  I described these Planetary transits with the Tarot: The Fool & The Hierophant for Uranus in Taurus, and The Tower & The Star for Mars in Aquarius.  As you can see, I felt it was a perfect and powerful time for gathering some friends and setting intentions with magick!

Before ritual, my partner was digging around in the earth to clear the area around the fire pit.  As he dug by hand, he found this beautiful quartz crystal:

The Hierophant & The Fool cards on the altar:

Tarot and Astrology, The Hierophant and Taurus, Uranus and The Fool
Uranus enter Taurus

Friends gathered around the small fire pit in the back yard:

I love the Rey of sunlight beaming through the smoke in this picture!

After sunset, more friends arrived and we worked together to build the fire a bit bigger, and each added a piece of the wood to the fire to represent something we wished to release or burn away to make room for our own personal growth or revolution.  I was very honored to hold space and cast a sacred circle for those who gathered with us, and we called upon Uranus (God of the Sky) to celebrate his reunion with Gaia (Mother Earth, Taurus).  We each spoke our intentions up to the sky and then “planted” them into the earth to be nourished, gestate, and then born or fulfilled when the time is right.  We ended the ritual with some singing and chanting around the fire.

It was a lovely ritual and gathering and I wanted to write it down somewhere to keep it preserved (yeah, the sun is still in Taurus and I want to hold or keep that which I find beautiful).  After the ritual we had some fun times all gathered in the living room.  We looked at a couple astrology charts, danced to an old Jazzercize video from the 80’s, shared some food and talked about life.  I’m beyond grateful for the friends that I have made over the past year; the community that has embraced me and uplifted me through hard times.  Taurus season has asked us to examine beyond the “I AM” of Aries, into the “I HAVE” mode of The Bull.  I’ve discovered that the greatest things I HAVE are friendship and community.

A very blurry picture or me and some great friends!

 

Taurus and The Hierophant; Preserving our Values

I’ve been thinking a lot about Taurus and the tarot card The Hierophant.  It’s always been an odd correspondence for me, since I tended to think of Taurus in a more Venusian light as a sign of sensuality, pleasure, and desire.  While the tarot card The Empress ceratinly fits with it’s correspondence to the planet Venus, I was always a little unsure about how The Hierophant could represent the sign of Taurus.  Perhaps I was so focused on the Feminine, receptive, sensual side of Taurus that I was just missing this whole other side to Taurus energy!  Meditating with The Hierophant over the past week, I’ve begun to see this other side of Taurus (see my earlier post Taurus & The Hierophant (plus Minotaurs and Judges)

Hierophant, Tarot, keywords

The Hierophant represents Institutions such as monetary systems (banks), Religious Organizations (churches), Educational Systems (Schools), and Group Institutions (Clubs, Communities, Governments, Political Bodies, and even Secret Societies)  All of these institutions were at one point created for the purpose of maintaining order.  Why do we find the need to maintain order surrounding anything in life?  Well, simply put, if we VALUE something, we try to preserve it.  We found value in a system of currency exchange to streamline and simplify our need to trade and barter.  We found value in the preservation and passing on of knowledge (both practical and esoterical) so we created schools, colleges, and religious orders.  We found value in a structured family unit, so we created the institution of marriage.  (I am using “we” to describe a collective consciousness, though I will add that not all cultures have developed these values in the same ways, and some cultures have totally different sets of values altogether.)

These structured institutions and status-quo parts of life seemed so opposite of the sensual Venus-ruled Taurus to me.  But I began to realize that within all of these structures lie one simple driving force: desire.  Somewhere along the line, all these conventions were created as a way to collect and preserve something that was good or beautiful (at the time).

Within these structured institutions there is the potential for greatness, but also the risk of great corruption.  Just like the story of Minos and the Minotaur, (previous post) greed and desire can have dire consequences, especially when the greed is perpertated by a person in a position of power and influence.  I don’t think that The Hierophant will always represent corruption in a reading, there will be other factors and intuition to help you determine whether these institutions are positive or negative in a reading.  For example, The Hierophant might represent:

  • persuing a higher education
  • seeking great knowledge
  • finding a spiritual leader or wise teacher
  • sharing a cultural heritage
  • having loyalty to a group or community
  • honoring ritual and ceremony
  • getting married, graduating, or becoming a community leader
  • working as part of a team
  • Fitting in

Taurus, astrology, traits of Taurus

Reflecting back on Taurus energy and personality traits, I began to see how their stubborn, immovable nature combined with determination and a strong desire for stability could create exactly the type of personalities who dvelop and maintain the institutions of The Hierophant.  When I am learning more about an astrological sign, I like to look up some famous people who have this sign.  What I found in searching for famous Taurus people was a whole bunch of Hierophant archetypes!  (This was the “OH! DUH!” moment for me with connecting the dots between Taurus and the Hierophant)  There was wide range of Politicians, religious leaders, scientists and writers (preservers of knowledge) – both who operated as creators or shifters of sytems, or as conservative preservers of systems.  Here is a list of a few here that stood out to me as strong Hierophant personalities. (Including four United States Presidents, two popes, an Emperor, a Queen, and a couple Tyrants)

  • Roger Ailes (creator of Fox News Network)
  • Tony Blair (Former British Prime Minister)
  • Antoinette Brown (First female Clergy woman in the United States)
  • James Buchanan (15th U.S. President)
  • Prescott Bush (Father of George Bush & Grandfather of George W. Bush)
  • George Carlin (political comedian)
  • Tucker Carlson (conservative talk show host)
  • Stephen Colbert (political comedian)
  • Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector of England, 1653-58)
  • James Dobson (Founder and host of Focus on The Family)
  • Sigmund Freud (founder of Psychoanalysis)
  • Ulysses Grant (18th U.S. President)
  • Stephen Harper (former Prime Minister of Canada)
  • Adolf Hitler
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Jim Jones (Preacher who led 908 followers in mass suicide)
  • Karl Marx (founder of modern communism)
  • Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City Bomber)
  • James Monroe (Founding Father and 5th U.S. President)
  • Michael Moore (Political film maker who created “Bowling for Columbine”)
  • Nicholas II of Russia (Last emperor of Russia)
  • John Oliver (political reporter)
  • Pope Pius IX (the longest reigning Pope in history)
  • Pope John Paul II (the first Polish Pope)
  • Queen Elizabeth II (the Queen of Great Britain)
  • Maximilien Robespierre (French Revolutionary leader)
  • Rick Santorum (U.S. Senator 1995 -2007)
  • Harry S. Truman (33rd U.S. President)
  • Melania Trump (First Lady of the United States)
  • Malcolm X (leader of Black Power movement in the 1960’s)

Taurus Positive Keywords

Taurus Negative Keywords

As we can see in these lists of Positive and Negative traits of Taurus, there are the traits of the Hierophant as well – both when fuctioning at it’s best and at it’s most dysfunctional.   Taurus energy activates within everyone the simple desire to maintain what we have that is beneficial or feels good and right to us.  It asks, “What do I have?  Is this worth having?  If so, is it worth preserving and sharing?”  Taurus energy inspires a very deep devotion to whatever it is that we value . . . and perhaps this devotion can sometimes lead us to try and force our values upon others.  When we find something that makes us feel good and safe, of course we want to share that with others!  Sometimes, sharing what we value with others can have great and positive impact on the world around us!  Yet it is important to remember that not all of us value the same things, and pushing our personal values or beliefs on others often leads to conflict.  Taurus energy can teach us this balance – both by helping us define our values, and by strongly resisting anything or anyone that may be pushing values on us that don’t align with our own.   In a couple weeks Uranus, the planet of Rebellion and Revolution will enter the sign of Taurus and really begin to challenge some of the structured institutions that are currently imposed upon us.  The last time Uranus transited the sign of  Taurus was in 1934 to 1942.

Note that not all famous Taurus people are religious leaders or politicians – there are quite a few actors, musicians, scientists, and writers.  Here is a great list of many more famous Taurus people.  I only shared the ones listed above as I found they really embody the energy of The Hierophant that is relevant to this post.  

Taurus and The Hierophant (Plus Minotaurs and Judges)

The fixed Earth sign, Taurus, is related to the Major Aracana card The Hierophant. Taurus energy is Powerful, yet patient, with a great deal of reliance on the physical senses. The Hierophant rules over the physical world; the earthly realm, and worldly concerns such as material possessions, marriage, religion, established institutions, and academic knowledge. Taurus’ nature is to not only accumulate things, but to preserve these things… whether that be material possessions, people, or knowledge and status.

Tarot The Hierophant TaurusKey Characteristics of Taurus Energy:

Practical, Materialistic, Determined, Stubborn, Affectionate, Possessive, Sensuous, Self-Indulgent, Loyal, Rigid, Unyielding, Patient, Preserving, Unimaginative.

Key Traits and Lessons of The Hierophant:

Education, belief systems, conformity, group identity, pursuing knowledge, seeking a deeper meaning, adapting to the system, fitting in, expressing loyalty, working as a team member or team leader, seeking religion or spiritual truths, making choices, conforming or non-conforming, the quest for meaning in life, organized institutions.
Mythology of Taurus:
The representation of Taurus as The Bull comes from the Greek Mythological tale of Zeus and Europa. Zeus, the King of The Gods, became obsessed with a Phoenician princess, Europa. Zeus knew that his godly masculine form would frighten the young maiden, so he transformed himself into a Bull. Europa saw the magnificent yet gentle bull, and became intrigued. She went to pet the bull, and eventually climbed onto his back. Immediately, Zeus turned back to his godly form and flew away to Olympus with Europa on his back. Taurus is the great bull who abducts us into pleasures of the body and the rapture of our passions. Beyond our physical experiences resides the essence of the Hierophant, helping us guide our passions toward self understanding and knowledge but continuing to remain grounded and gain a respect for our physical realm.
Minos and the Minotaurs
The tarot card The Hierophant is also related to the mythological story of Minos and The Minotaur.  The union of Zeus and Europa resulted in the birth of the demigods Minos and Rhadamanthys – two of the three judges of the dead and ministers of Hades.  Of the three judges who would decide whether a soul passed on to blissful Isles of the Blest, or descend to Tartarus, Minos was the third and final vote and would therefore break any tie in the vote between the other two judges.  (Side note: there is a fourth judge called in when a soul is an Initiate of the Eleusinian Mysteries)  The Hierophant tarot card traditionally represents a priest-like judge, similar in status to the Pope.  He may not be The Emperor or king, but he does hold a place of power in the world, particularly over large institutions like churches, schools, and the institution of marriage.  In the mythological stories, Minos also lived as the King of Crete, but sadly grew into a selfish and somewhat tyrannical king.  After Minos had become King of Crete, Poseidon had sent him a beautiful white bull that he could sacrifice to the Gods in gratitude for his success.  However, Minos was overcome with greed and decided to keep the bull for himself.  The Gods were displeased with Minos and punished him by cursing his wife, Pasiphae, to fall in love with an ordinary herd bull.  She became so obsessed with this bull, that she eventually devised a way to couple with it and bore as a son the Minotaur – a beast with the body of a man and the head of a bull.  Minos created a labyrinth outside of his capitol city and hid the Minotaur within it and would send people into the labyrinth as judgment for some crime or failing (and sometimes simply for his own sick amusement) where they would be devoured by the Minotaur.  In the most commonly told stories, Athens would send young maidens and youths to Crete as tribute to Minos and he would send them into the labyrinth to feed his monster.
Here we see potential corruption of the Taurus energy – for within our desires lie judgments of ourselves and others, and these judgments may indeed create a trap or labyrinth with monsters residing within.  Also within this tale is the warning against greed and how selfish actions can have consequenses far beyond our intent to just own or possess something beautiful.  (All of this could have been avoided if Minos had just sacrificed the White Bull with gratitude and trusted that he already had everything he needed.)
Taurus & The Hierophant’s Lessons and Reflections
Taurus is the Fixed Earth sign, which explains why many Taurus individuals are seen as stubborn and determined. The Hierophant acts as the preserver of Human experience, the collector of ideas and philosophies. The Heirophant recognizes the importance of certain social institutions such as education, marriage and religion, while urging us to either find our own place in these institutions or challenge them. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which attributes to Taurus’ innate sensuality. Just as a Taurus has the tendency to over-indulge in physical pleasures such as food, sex, or gaining material possessions – the Social Institutions in the world have a tendency to over-indulge themselves in power trips and as controllers of the people. The Heirophant represents the power to direct these passions. In a card reading when one sees the Hierophant, they must ask themselves, who has the power here? What am I doing with my passionate energy and power? Am I self indulging, or am I seeking knowledge and understanding? Am I being controlled by worldly institutions, or have I found my place within them?
As the Sun transits through the sign of Taurus, we all have this energy somewhat activated within us and around us.  Are we being like Europa – following our deepest desires and sensuality?  Are we being like Zeus, putting on disguises to get what we want?  If we DO get what we want, what is our tendency to behave like Minos?  Will we be careful to not create monsters and labyrinths of our own greed?  However, within Taurus resides the potential for great wisdom and balance.  While the story of Minos and the Minotaur may leave you feeling apprehensive about the role of Taurus or the appearance of The Hierophant, I will leave you with this further information as a counter-point.
Aldebaran
The thirteenth brightest star in the sky, which has been a guide to travelers for ages, is the distant red dwarf star called Aldebaran.  Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, it is called ‘The Eye Of The Bull” and it is known as the Star of Illumination, or “God’s Eye”.  Aldebaran is said to be the Portal to the Mysteries of The Mind, and all knowledge and Truth can be found through this portal.
I once had a dream that I was sitting under a tree observing a herd of cattle on a field below.  I realized it would be nice to read a book while I sat here under this tree, but I didn’t have any books with me.  I followed a path that seemed like it might lead to a town where I could find books.  When I arrived, there were dozens of famous philosophers, teachers, and sages just milling about talking to eachother.  Socrates, Ovid, and Homer were engaged in conversation with Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.  I noticed that this was a unique and beautiful place to be, but I still desired to sit under the tree and read a book.  I approached the group of philosophers and awkwardly asked them if they had a book I could read.  They LAUGHED at me, and one of them said, “What need for books is there in this place, where all knowledge exists without the need for paper bindings?  You’re in the bull’s eye. ”  I became greatly distressed at the thought of a place with no books. (I was 17 years old and had just finished reading “Farenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury)  I wandered away from the group of wise teachers, wondering how they could be so happy in a world without books.  How would the knowledge be preserved and passed on?  What did they mean by Bull’s Eye, was this some target I had been shooting for?  Or a target created by others in some attempt to create a Utopic world?
I woke up and the dream was clear in my mind.  Actually, waking up from that dream was terrifying, I thought for several moments that I had died and after a brief glimpse at heaven I had become afraid and now I was somehow trapped in my physical body again.  My physical body was dead and I couldn’t move.  This is the first time I remember experiencing Sleep Paralysis, and had no idea that’s what it was at the time.  I remember trying to convince myself that it would be safe to “let go” and trying to convince myself to let go of whatever fears now held me bound to this useless dead lump of flesh.  Eventually though I realized I was indeed breathing, and was able to move my toes, and then my legs and other body parts.  (Oh!  The simultaneous relief and regret as I realized I was indeed, still alive! )  I thought about all of this for many days and did not fully understand it for some time.  Mostly I chalked it up to having just read about a Dystopian fictional  world in which books were burned, but I felt this place in my dream had somehow preserved the knowledge.  It was like Heaven for all the great thinkers and teachers.  What need would you have for books if you just had all the Teachers gathered in one place?  Years later when I was studying astrology, I came across the term “The Bull’s Eye” in reference to Aldebaran and the constellation Taurus, and the Star of Illumination and I instantly remembered that dream from when I was 17.  I don’t know how or why I had access to that place in a dream as a teenager without even hearing about it before, but I’m sure that’s where my Astral Travels took me.  This is the place I think of when I think of Taurus.  This is the place that the Hierophant holds the keys to, and he knows how to access that Portal.
As The Sun God Apollo travels though each sign, he brings Light and the potential for Healing to whatever that sign has to teach us.  I am open to the Light that is shining through the Eye of The Bull and The Hierophant.  I am open to Minos’ judgments, and bring awareness to my own labyrinth and whatever bull-headed monsters may reside within it.

Aries Season’s Fiery Conclusion

Aries season has had us rushing around in a big busy flury of discovering and expressing our self-identity in new ways.  With the start of the zodiac calendar year, Aries bursts onto the scene with the great shout of “I AM”!  No matter what your zodiac sign, we all feel the sun’s transit through Aries and the Spring Equinox on some level as a rebirth of our personal identity.  I touched on this a little with my previous blog post, “I’m back!  Renewed by Aries Sun” yet even I wasn’t prepared for the profound renewal I would experience.  How was it for you?

Aries is the Cardinal Fire sign of the zodiac.  As a Fire Sign, it is transformative, purifying, and energetic.  As a Cardinal sign, Aries is direct, initiatory, and carries the “start up” vibe of the spring season.  So within Aries energy we have this ability to find initiative, burn away the excess, and jump right into the next big thing.  This can be powerful and it can also be dangerous.  If you have ever jumped head first into a new project because of passion and “it seemed like a good idea at the time”  but then get tripped up on some minor detail and fall on your face?  Yeah that might have been an Aries Energy influence at work in your life.  But don’t hate!  Life NEEDS that risk taking fiery force of nature!  Where would we be without the instigators, risk-takers, and “do it now” moments?  Spring would never come if the seeds didn’t take that chance to crack open and send a fresh new blade of grass up through the dark soil.  As the Sun, Venus, and Mercury emerged from the watery depths of Pisces we collectively awaken from the cozy dream that is the end of winter and say, “Oh!  I have things to do!  I have individual goals that are important to me!”  With a fresh new spark of fire, it’s time for some soul-alchemy to turn this seed into a sprout.  We’re inspired to step up as the leader of our own life.

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IV The Emperor. Rider-Waite Smith Tarot

In the Tarot, Aries is represented by Major Arcana card IV – The Emperor.  The Emperor brings messages of Strength, Leadership, Structure, Stamina, and Reasoning.  As you can see in the classic RWS version of the card, the Emperor is depicted as a wise military type leader, his age represents wisdom and experience.  Robed in red (fire, action, strength) with armor underneath (knowing that sometimes he has to fight for what he wants).  His throne is adorned with carvings of the Ram’s head (the symbol of Aries).  In one hand he holds a golden sphere (the world) and a scepter (status and leadership) in the other.  In the background there are mountains, depicting the lands he has conquered or trials he has overcome.  Yet with all his wisdom, the Emperor knows that at times he needs to be the one to take risks, push for change, challenge the status quo, or shake things up a bit.

I know, it’s all very Patriarchal.  But there is value here.  Remember that there are different kinds of leaders and emperors.  Some might rush into war head first or abuse their power, and Aries certainly has the potential to start some epic battles!  Yet, look again at this Emperor. He’s not holding a sword or weapon.  He’s holding the world – and he seems quite aware of the weight of it.  He’s not standing up and rushing into battle.  He is sitting down, listening and waiting for the right time to act.  This Emperor is the type that has seen battle, but has developed the wisdom to know that there are times to fight and times . . . not to.  He knows how to choose his battles with the thought of the greater good at heart.  The Emperor is refined Aries energy.  This card depicts Aries energy at it’s very best; powerful yet reserved.

As we approach the end of Aries season – ask yourself, “What kind of Emperor am I”?  If you’re truly the master of your own life (whether you are a leader or authority figure to others or not), you have moments when you have to make big decisions.  Should I fight for this ideal?  Should I fight to defend who I am?  Wait, in order to really know my ideals or defend who I am, I have to know WHO I AM and what my ideals are!  Thus comes the transformative, purification and rebirth of the Aries season.

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XI Justice. Rider Waite Smith Tarot

In the middle of the Sun’s transit through Aries, there was a balancing point with the Full Moon in Libra.  Libra is the polar opposite sign of Aries and brings balance by focusing this energy outwards through community and relationship.  Libra encourages us to reflect on how the “I AM” is changed by the presence of and awareness of “WE ARE”.  We can’t just run amok pushing our identity and goals into the world with much success without the cooperation and support of those around us.  Here is where the Wise Emperor differentiates from the Oppressive Dictator.  The wise Emperor knows the value of community, relationship, cooperation, and even love.  Without these, the Emperor’s reign is short lived and remembered as terrible. The Tarot card associated with Libra is XI JUSTICE – the great balancer.  Interestingly, here is where we find the sword.  The wise Emperor does have a sword nearby, but he trusts in Justice to tell him when it is time to use it.  Libra teaches about balance through the lens of relationship to others, reminding us that our individual actions have an impact on those around us.  Through the balancing counter-point of Aries and Libra I am reminded of the quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.”   That Full Moon brought our relationships into light and many revelations may have occurred about what kind of support system you have around you.  How are you building up or supporting your community and your partners?  Are your partners and community supporting you in meaningful ways?  If you think of the Tarot and Astrology in terms of Greek Mythology, the Aries/Libra connection is like Aries (the God of War) working side by side with Athena (Goddess of Justice).  Together they can create powerful and lasting change.  On that Full Moon I found myself surrounded by an amazing group of like-minded people.  I reveled in the glorious feeling of finding my “soul tribe”, and I even fell in love.  (THAT was unexpected but has been transforming my life in powerful ways – THANKS ARIES & LIBRA!)  I had been struggling to define who I am and what I should be doing with my energy – and found this loving embrace of a community that appreciates who I am and what I do!

On Sunday, the New Moon will be in Aries.  Soon the sun moves on into Taurus and the next cycle begins, but first it’s time for one last fiery celebration for The Emperor.  The lesson will be driven home as Aries asks “What have you learned from me?  You’ve worked with my energy for nearly this whole month and had the chance to redefine who you are and what you fight for.  You had the illumination of the Full Moon in Libra to remind you of balance and others.  What kind of Emperor are you striving to become?”

These will be some powerful reflections for you to make as you set your intentions with the New Moon on Sunday.  I hope that this Aries season has brought you just the lessons you need to help propel your growth forward in positive ways through the rest of this year.  So Mote It Be.

Artwork by valhadar

 

Vesta

Vesta is the Roman Goddess of the Hearth, Home, and Sacred Flame. (Her Greek counterpart is Hestia.) Daughter of Saturn and Ops, sister of Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Ceres, and Juno.  Saturn feared one of his children would overthrow him so he swallowed them each whole when they were born.  When Jupiter was born, Saturn was tricked into swallowing a rock swaddled in cloth instead of his newborn son.  Jupiter grew up and did indeed challenge his father, and he was made to spit out his children.  Vesta was asked what she would like to do with her power as a Goddess (what realm she would like to rule over) and she wished to simply remain pure and serve as gaurdian of the flame.  In many ways She IS the flame, and was often simply depicted as the sacred flame of Rome, the Home, and Sacred Divinity.

Vesta

A virgin Goddess, she did not marry or have children like most of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, yet she is still seen as a maternal, mothering figure.  This is because the fire of the Hearth which she protects – was recognized to be an essential part of a nurturing and safe home life. Without a fire in the hearth, families would be cold, hungry, and unprotected.
Today, we don’t have a “hearth fire” in our homes; that has been replaced by a stove and a microwave. Most of us don’t cook our food over an open flame (except for those fun family barbeque nights) and a fireplace is more of a luxury than a necessity for warmth. Although our methods have changed, many Neo-Pagans are still drawn to honoring a Goddess of Hearth and Home.  The Ancient Romans would honor Vesta by throwing some of their food into the hearth fire as an offering . . . giving back to the life- force that had provided for them. In Vesta’s temple, a fire was constantly burning. Guarded and tended to by the Vestal Virgins . . . women who had dedicated their lives to honoring and serving Vesta.  It was believed that if the Sacred Fire in Vesta’s temple ever went out, Rome would fall and die.
Today, many who call themselves “kitchen witches” are drawn to honoring Vesta (or Hestia) as part of their daily spiritual practice. Recognizing that the kitchen with all it’s modern gadgets is still a center of the home – a place of creation and nurturing, where we prepare our food.  Vesta has also been honored as an aspect of the Divine Feminine who holds great power without a male counterpart.  She was seen as the great nurturer… as Fire represented not only the means to survive, but also represented wisdom, inspiration, focus, community, purity, power, and even divination and sacred sexuality.

A votive candle of Mother Mary that has become part of my altar to Hestia and Vesta

Personally, I work with both Vesta and Hestia as interchangeable; different faces of the same Goddess.  I have also found the energy signature of the Sacred Flame to resonate in other Goddesses as well – namely Brighid (Celtic) and Mother Mary (Christian/Hebrew).  Hestia and Vesta are both usually depicted as veiled or wearing some kind of head covering, as is the Virgin Mother Mary.  They are all virgins, although Mary did bear a child but the stories still depict her as a virgin anyways.  Vesta is represented in historical drawings and carvings with an Ass (donkey/mule), and the Mother Mary is also associated riding an ass from when she rode pregnant into Bethlehem.  Catholic nuns who devote their lives to service of God, wear headcoverings, and their vows of celibacy bring to mind the Roman Vestal Virgins. I recently found a votive prayer candle in the religious candle section of my local grocery store that depicts “The Sacred Heart of Mary”, with a picture of Mary and the glowing heart within her chest is burning with a bright orange fire. (see photograph above)  The connection seems obvious to me and even though I know most pagans are probably not comfortable working within the “Christian Pantheon”, it is something worth considering.  Brighid or Brigid also has many similar associations, a fire Goddess who was seen as gaurdian of hearth and home, wisdom, purity, domesticated animals, and the Sacred Flame of Kildare (similar to the sacred shrine of Vesta in Rome).  I have found that when I work with Brighid, Mother Mary, or Vesta, I am working with an aspect of Hestia.

Working With Vesta – you can call on Vesta (or Hestia) for all these matters:

  • Honoring all that is Divine and Sacred
  • Purification
  • Devotion
  • Home matters (safety, prosperity, and love within the home)
  • Kitchens, food, nourishment
  • humbleness and gratitude
  • Rebalancing pain or corruption within governments
  • protection of cities or countries
  • protection from assault or unwanted sexual advances
  • forgiveness for crimes and mistakes
  • sacred sexuality
  • service and sacrifice

Vesta in Astrology

The symbol of Vesta in Astrology

In Astrology there is an asteroid named Vesta (it was recently reclassified as a “baby planet” and resides within the asteroid belt.)  Looking to the placement of this asteroid in your natal chart can show you where the energies of Hestia and Vesta are most present in your life.  It can show you where you are most likely to place your Devotion and what you honor as Divine or Sacred.  It can show you where your connection to the Sacred Feminine originates, and issues around sexuality and Feminist issues.  Vesta in your chart can teach you about how you identify with matters of Home, Family, Security, Sacrifice, and our own inner light.

“Vesta is the place in our charts that belongs to us and us alone. She is the inner spark we need to survive all odds, and to keep our spirits intact on the darkest day. She is also the light that guides us and allows us to take joy in our lives, and in our accomplishments. She is our inner light and the life inside ourselves.”  ~Isabelle Ghaneh (see more)

It is my hope that this post has helped you understand Vesta and Hestia, and perhaps inspired you to work with them in some way in your life.  May your Inner Fire always burn brightly, may you always find home that is warm and safe, and may you find ways to serve humanity and the Gods through your strength and Devotion.  Blessed Be!

**COMING SOON!**  I am working on an e-course called Hestia & Vesta Dedication Course.  In this course you will receive a manual including lots more information about Hestia and Vesta, how to work with them, and some spells and rituals.  You will also recieve an astrology reading in which I look at the placement of Vesta and Virgo in your natal chart, and an attunement to an energy system called “The Gems of Hestia and Vesta”.  I am so excited about this upcoming course and hope you will join me!  Join my Facebook Group – Unwinding The Universe With Hestia’s Muse to get updates, or sign up for my free newsletter if you are not on Facebook.

 

 

Reiki and Astrology

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Students of my Usui Reiki online courses will notice that I share astrology articles frequently, as well as creating events that remind everyone of upcoming moon phases (Full Moon, New Moon, Eclipses, etc.) I will also share info on the solstices and equinoxes as those come up.

 

People who know me personally won’t find this odd and probably just assume that I am sharing a secondary passion in my Reiki Class.  Actually, though – since practicing energy work and reiki healing, my understanding of the energies of these natural cycles has deepened and expanded.

 

“Reiki” means “Life Force Energy” or “Universal Life Force Energy” (from Rei, meaning ALL and Ki meaning ENERGY)  and as we connect with this energy we begin a journey of connecting with all of life. As the Reiki practitioner begins to connect with All of Life on a daily basis, of course these energies of seasonal changes, moon phases, and planetary alignments become more relevant!

 

Paying attention to the astrological happenings and moon phases can help you on your Reiki journey in many ways.  You’ll have a deeper understanding of what kinds of energies are moving through the universe – which includes your own body and the bodies of your clients or friends.  The Moon is in Aries? That can explain the vibrant, fiery and combative energy you find exploding like a bomb from your client’s Solar Plexus! Move that energy upward into the Heart and Upper chakras so it can be expressed, or move it down into the lower chakras for some grounding and cooling off.  Venus is retrograde? No wonder you keep coming across blockages in client’s heart chakras and complaints of feeling that their relationships are all going bad! Send some extra healing to the heart chakra, as well as sending some loving healing to the other chakras to help them feel more at ease and refocus away from relationships into areas of life that can be more fulfilling at this time.  

 

Even in work on yourself you will notice your body, mind, and spirit going through some cycles and patterns that relate to moon phases, seasons, and other astrological occurrences.  I was easily meditating for 40 to 60 minutes a day…. 20 or more minutes every morning and evening – plus other random intervals. Then, Mercury went retrograde while the moon was also entering the waning phase.  Suddenly, I was struggling to meditate even 10 minutes a day! Since I was paying attention to astrology and the moon phases, this didn’t surprise me – therefore I wasn’t hard on myself about it. Instead of feeling frustrated with my sudden change in how I felt during meditation, I just focused on allowing my thoughts to take me where they would.  In this way, as I followed the thoughts I was able to see exactly what the retrograde was urging me to work on in myself and my outer life. I also saw in my thoughts the things I need to work on releasing and letting go of, simply by sitting on my meditation cushion and not forcing a meditation but just following my thoughts and feelings. Sure, my time on the cushion is shorter and feels less rewarding right now, but I have learned a lot and refocused my attention to other aspects of my life rather than worrying that I was “failing” after I had been doing so well.

 

Whatever your path or spiritual beliefs, and whatever form of energy work or healing you practice, we can all learn from the cycles, patterns, and shifts in energy that occur on astroogical levels and with the phases and signs of the moon.   After all, we’re all one – residing on this same rock hurtling through the cosmos together. If you are studying Reiki and come across an article on the upcoming New Moon, or “Astrology This Week”, why not check it out? Reiki and astrology go hand in hand.  And this can work the other way around too! If you are a student of astrology or a person who follows the phases of the moon and the seasons – why not check out Reiki? Energy healing can help you get through some of those rougher transitions, compliment the opening and expansion that occurs during positive aspects, and help you connect more fully with yourself as a part of this Divine Universe.

 © Hestia’s Muse 12/26/2016

Lessons From The Moon

Ever since I started studying Astrology more in depth, my way of seeing the world and interacting in it has changed.

I mean, as a witch* I generally knew what phase the moon was in and what sign it was in.  Just knowing the phases or sign of the moon helped me plan out my life (mundane and magickal) and helped me recognize certain energies in myself and others.  Example: My kids used to fight with eachother A LOT more aggressively when the moon was in Aries.  A is a Leo and K is a an Aries (both fire signs). Something about an Aries moon would set them off and they would be at eachother’s throats the whole time.  Once I saw the pattern, instead of saying “OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU KIDS TODAY?” , I would check to confirm the moon phase and then just try to find seperate activities for them to do.  Rather than punishing them for acting out under the influence of a fiery moon, I would find ways to calm the fires – or at least not stoke them!  This didn’t always work, but I began to see the power behind the simple awareness of the moon’s sign.

I began to notice subtle things about myself.  As a generalization, the element of the moon sign has a great correspondence with how my day will go.  If the moon is in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) I might be more motivated to do practical things like house work, paying bills, etc.  I also might be drawn to just staying home instead of going out on those days.  When the moon is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) my emotions are more intense.  This can result in my depression or anxiety being worse on those days as I feel my trauma triggered in ways that feel overwhelming.  Now I don’t always get depressed when the moon is in a water sign – sometimes I might have a really great day!  Those days I feel happy it is an amplified happy – though not generally a “stable” happiness – as anything can burst that bubble pretty easily.  It’s a delicate balance on those days.  I have my mental illness every day, and there are other influences on how I might experience my mental illness day to day besides astrology, but knowing the moon sign has helped me bring another level of awareness to living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

To be clear, I don’t really use this awareness as a predictive tool.  Meaning; I don’t wake up and think “Oh no the moon is in a water sign today I am gonna be so moody today!”.  I still have power over what kind of day I am going to have.  It’s like knowing the weather.  Weather might influence how we prepare for our day… if it might snow we probably bring a warmer jacket when we leave the house and make sure to double check that pipes don’t get frozen or that we have emergency supplies in case of a power outage.  Astrology can be the same way!  When we know about what astrological influences may be beaming into us unseen, we can “dress for the weather”  So I woke up today and saw the moon is in Cancer.  I just said to myself, “Okay, I am giving myself space to feel emotions fully and deeply today.  I’ll be patient with myself and try not to take things personally.”  Instead of fighting it, I can let it unfold in harmonious ways.  Having a heightened emotional state isn’t a bad thing… wow that’s when my intuition is working in high gear, my compassion runs deep, and I can even allow myself to go into the deep sadness or trauma and allow more healing to happen.  I allow myself to see that somehow the energy of the moon is being tinted with a slight watery vibration today, so how can I use that energy for the best?  What can I learn from it?

This awareness came from simply tracking the moon sign regularly.  I often keep a journal to keep track of my physical health symptoms, as well as just keep a record of my life.  I started marking the moon sign at the top of journal pages and began noticing themes in my writing that corresponded with certain moon signs.  This was how I first noticed the Aries moon seeming to be relevant to my kids fighting.  I had vented several times in a journal about the kids having a bad day and just arguing with eachother non stop.  Looking back through my journal I realized that all of these journal entries occured with the moon in Aries.  ( I also noted my own irritability increased at this time, which was part of why I would feel the need to vent in my journal in the first place!)  I noticed a trend of todo lists and a focus on household projects during moon in earth sign days.  I saw the more emotional type journal entries coming out when the moon was in water signs.  I noticed I didn’t make as many journal entries on days when the moon was in fire or air signs.  Perhaps I was just too busy being fiery and airy on those days?  😉

Everyone will have different responses to the energy of the moon sign.  Some people may be more or less influenced by certain moon signs than others, and in different ways.  Understanding my own natal chart helped me understand why these energies affected me the way they did.  My natal moon is in Scorpio (A water sign)  So I already have the tendency to have more of the watery traits of high emotion, intuition, etc.  My Sun and Mercury are in the 12th House, which is the house ruled by mutable water sign Pisces.  So I’m already (again) influenced by water, even though I am an Earth Sign (my sun and ascendant are Capricorn).

As I have ventured deeper into understanding Astrology, I’ve started seeing more layers to this awareness.  All these energies of the archetypes are dancing around the cosmos and the way they pass by each other adds depth to the vibration that is unique for everyone.  Sure, today the moon has been in Cancer.  I found myself wanting to be alone, quietly reflecting on whatever crossed my mind.  I felt like I needed to be doing something but had no idea what I should do.  I was sort of stuck, directionless feeling.  A little depressed about what I should be doing, but having major Executive Dysfunction.  I checked the Chart of the Moment just to see what was going on with this energy today.  Yes, moon in Cancer but it was also square Mercury (in retrograde), Venus, and Uranus (in Aries) while in exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn.**  Knowing the lessons and energies of these planets and signs gave me a quick yet detailed glance at the vibratory energy being filtered in by the moon and the sun.  I felt a little less guilty for not getting things done and realized I actually HAD done some important things.  I had just been focused on some failures in specific areas of my life.  But today was a good day.

And I realized just how theraputic it has been for me to learn astrology.
It can be for you too.  Just start by tracking the moon.

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The Chariot. This Tarot card is associated with the Astrological sign Cancer

 

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*Referring to my personal practice of witchcraft – in which I focus a lot on the wheel of the year and signs/phases of the moon.  For clarity, not all witches follow the same path – for some witches knowing the phase of the moon may not be relevant.  (And they are still witches if that’s how they choose to identify their path)

** I apologize for not going into detail on these planetary aspects, but didn’t want to get too wrapped up in details that I lost the main point!

I’m back! Renewed By Aries Sun

Hi again!
Back in December 2017 (the last time Mercury was retrograde) my website was hacked.  Like, REALLY hacked.  Gone.  Nothing left but some weird error message.  I had already been away from blogging and my website for several months prior to the hack.  There was a lot going on in my personal life, and I was deep in some Shadow work and personal transformation.  2017 marked the end of my marriage of 15 years, and the subsequent need to rediscover myself and heal.  During my absence from blogging and having a website, I have focused on deepening my understanding of Astrology.  I have been taking an Evolutionary Astrology course by Sabrina Monarch, reading books, and even hosted a couple astrology workshops here locally where I shared some basic astrology information with my community!  This journey has really re-defined and re-shaped who I am, what I do, and the core of my practice.
So it doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me, that it’s back up and running jut as the Sun enters Aries and Mercury is about to go retrograde again!  As the Sun enters Aries the world focuses on individual identity.  What makes me different from everyone else?  It’s the drop of water removed from the ocean (Pisces)… we understand that oneness with all in the vast ocean, but now we’re set on an individual path once more.
Here I am, staring at this blank Home page and a blank “About Me” page.  Starting from scratch and ready to redefine who I am and what it is I actually do here.  It is both exciting and overwhelming.
I’ll give myself the Mercury Retrograde period to revise and review all of this, “who am I?”.  What am I doing here?  What are my goals?  How do I wish to present myself to the world?
These are all questions that can apply to all of us at this time.  Sun in Aries is the perfect time for self-evaluation and determining what path you shall forge as you push ahead.  Mercury will retrograde through Aries for most of the Aries season, hallenging how we communicate our individuality.  Yet Aries reminds us that it is only through our illusion of separateness that we can travel the path back ’round to wholeness again.
So.  Who are you?  Where are you going?  What are you co-creating with the Universe?  Let’s figure it out together.  I’ll be here.

Artwork by valhadar