Full Moon Reading for January 12, 2017

Full Moon through Cattails

Full Moon through Cattails © Open Portal Tarot


To find the time of the Full Moon in your time zone, click here.

The Moon is full in Cancer, opposite the Sun in Capricorn.

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary of response:  The first Full Moon of 2017 supports nursing a new pregnancy.  The understanding between the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine is receiving fortification in order to carry the pregnancy to term.  Conflicts rooted in prior misunderstanding between the two can be illuminated while resolving to protect the pregnancy.  Integrity and the will to love are two gemstones that will shine brighter through the central work.  The masteries begun in this work convey from this birth to the next.

Everyone is welcome to respond with questions and discussions.



Winter Solstice Reading for December 21, 2016


Winter Solstice is on December 21, 2016 at 5:44 AM Eastern Time (EDT)

To find the Solstice time in your zone, click here.


Open Portal Tarot has published a Shamanic Tarot Reading for the Solstice.  Click here to view the video presentation of the reading.

New Moon Reading for February 8, 2016

New Moon 02082016

To find the time of the New Moon in your time zone, click here.

Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary of Interpretation:  This New Moon supports the Heart’s desire for balanced, heightened powers, and the attainment of deep satisfaction with self and life.


The magic of this New Moon’s support is how completely and utterly it portrays the satisfaction the Heart desires.  In the central card, we see both the masculine and feminine in a satisfied state of having developed their own mastery, and having put forth a child (a new creation) from that development.  To the left, we see full blown expression of our most exotic features, ascending in a flame of inspiration.  To the right, we see the movement up to a new octave of inner and outer experience, having explored, balanced, and empowered the three essential elements of spirit and living life in the material world.

Many of you who follow this blog already have insight about these topics, or have gained some in the detailed instruction about Thoth Tarot that has been written throughout the 2015 lunation posts.  Do you have any stories to share about your experience that relate to this reading?  Your guides, practices, supports, surprising results, and personal commitment to your path are all welcome in the sharing.  Questions on the themes of the reading are also welcome.

To reflect on this spread in private or in a blog discussion:

Trump V carries the spirit of letting the inner masculine and feminine develop extensively and equally to the satisfaction of each.  Have you ever had periods of life where you discovered that your sacred masculine or sacred feminine was growing noticeably? How did it feel? What strengths did you discover?  I experienced developing the sacred masculine and sacred feminine in having to rebuild the inner mother and father after surviving a dysfunctional family.  Two strengths I discovered were a connection to the Earth as a source of nourishment, and business skills that put a roof over my head.

The Princess of Wands illustrates fully expressing unusual gifts while learning about how close to come to the Source of inspiration.  Have you ever feared “being different” by putting forth your particular gifts?  Have you ever “taken the stage” with your gifts shining brightly?  Has it been a mystery how to balance time and energy needed to sustain “the fire within” and doing what supports paying the rent and bills?  Are any of your gifts silently waiting to be expressed?  In my dreamlife, when I have put my gifts too low on the list of priorities, I have a recurring dream of myself and other people wearing white saris (a widow’s costume) walking around in a nondescript dreamscape doing not much of anything.  Meditating on the Princess of Wands helps me to get inspired about what I came to do in this world and to demonstrate that practically in a small or large way.

The 3 of Disks / Mars in Capricorn – shows the act of lifting both consciousness and the outer world to a new octave of experience, in which the three essential elements of alchemy or the three gunas of Vedic knowledge are balanced and no part of the vision is falling by the wayside.  Have you ever worked with a vision board, imagination, prayer or other spiritual practice to take steps to a new level of experience?  On a personal level?  On a global level? As prayerwork for others?

There is magic in community.  Please share a little reflection.

Gratitude to the Moon for keeping the vision of deep satisfaction alive, and blessings to you, dear reader.






At the Altar of Capricorn


Cronos © Michelle Biyal, BeeallDesigns.com

Question:  How does the time of Capricorn support the Heart?

Summary:  Capricorn time supports steadfast progress towards goals of civilization and status, creative initiatives, instinctive decisions, and soulful prioritization of responsibilities.

Mythological figures sacred to Capricorn: Enki, Cronus/Saturn, Ares/Mars, Pan, the caduceus, Uroboros

Screen-for-Reading-012016  Click here to play the audio read-aloud with photo frames

History and Mythology of the Capricorn Constellation (yellow words are clickable):

Images and stories associated with the constellation Capricornus date as far back as 4,500 years ago to the mid Bronze Age of ancient Mesopotamia.  There, one of the oldest cities on Earth, Eridu, housed a shrine to the god Enki, whose widespread influence from Sumerian civilization was just beginning.  This shrine was a ziggurat temple in the environment of watery marshlands of the river Euphrates.  There, a god of running waters and deep underground aqua furs such as Enki would be integral to the society built on top of them.  In time, Enki also became bestowed with the gifts of Methe gods’ decrees for the establishment of civilization — a very structured, orderly, detailed domain.  These two important but oddly dissimilar areas of responsibility gave rise to one of the visual representations of Enki as a mountain-sea goat.  The head and torso of a mountain goat symbolize his “king of the mountain” duty to establish government and social structure, and the tail of the fish symbolizes his chosen abode of the running waters and the deep ground waters of the Euphrates environment.  This hybrid image of Enki is immortalized in the constellation that we call Capricornus today.

The god Cronus/Saturn from Greek/Roman mythology is the mundane and esoteric ruler of the Capricorn sign.  This masculine god ruled during a mythological age that classical Greek/Roman civilizations called the Golden Age.  In their version of the Golden Age, the Earth produced such an ample amount of resources, that mankind could live happily and peacefully on it without much effort at all.  Thus, the god of that time kept up robust fertility and was associated with the same.  During the Renaissance, another Orphic god Chronos became merged with Cronus, thus producing a “Father Time” character.  When astrology references the activities of Saturn in a chart, the attributes of either the fertility god Cronus or the Orphic god Chronus may apply.  As a mundane ruler of Capricorn, Saturn can teach lessons of limitations and generational struggles.  As an esoteric ruler, he can give visions of harmony and balance to efforts in lawmaking and the evolution of society.

The Heart’s Journey in Capricorn through Thoth Tarot:

Six cards in the Thoth deck reference Capricorn directly (click on card name below to view card).  These cards, together with the exquisite rendering of Cronus/Saturn by Bee All Designs, form an altar at which the Heart can sit peacefully to reflect on taking responsibility for Capricorn work.

Major Arcana XV

In this image, themes of Enki the mountain-sea goat, Pan the half man, half goat and Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn all capture the Capricorn theme of building civilization and values out of the set of traits common to human kind.  To put the complexity of that task into perspective, in his work Saturnalia, Roman philosopher Macrobius Ambrosius Theodosius wrote, “Good laws are begot by bad morals.” The central figure is a mountain goat with three eyes.  The “third-eye” symbolizes insight and wisdom, and the goat symbolizes instinctive nature and ego.  The work is in merging these opposites.  The winged, double-headed snake staff known as the caduceus comes from Mesopotamian mythology concurrent with Enki, and symbolizes the structuring of commerce and communications in civilized life.  The presence of the large caduceus in this card moves the work of the three-eyed goat beyond the personal level to the societal level that Capricorn is concerned with.

Although this card issues a tough order, the phallic symbol and god Pan come to the rescue to reveal resources for the task. The mythological half man/half goat Pan is shown with an erect phallus (Burt, 2002, p. 384). That phallus appears tree-like behind the goat in this image, with its tip penetrating Saturn’s rings (Snuffin, 2007, p. 58), and its testicles appearing below the goat’s feet, root-like, with masculine and feminine figures taking form within. In addition to the Saturn-crowned phallus’ reminder that masculine creativity absolutely can balance and transform civilization, its allusion to Pan also directs one towards the Earth to access that power.  In myths, god Pan inhabits caves, grottoes and forests (Burt, 2002, p. 383).  When the Heart is at one with nature, it can discover what it has to do about issues in the civilized world.  Thus, “crazy ideas” to run off into nature and live rustically may actually be Capricorn impulses directing the Heart to enter the laboratory where deep thoughts for civilization can take form.

Prince of Swords

This card covers a time period of the zodiac wheel from 20° Capricorn to 20° Aquarius (DuQuette, 2003, p. 210). The image demonstrates Pan’s capricious creativity.  The central figure prolifically begets the minor figures who draw the carriage forward.  The minor figures resemble the human figures representing the growth of civilization in the Major Arcana XV card.  However, the Prince quickly severs the reigns on those figures with his Sword.  In other words, his attention cuts off and the figures develop of their own accord or not at all.  Then he immediately repeats this impulsive process.  Although the carriage moves forward, the extent of the motion is uncertain.  This card reflects the Heart’s emerging courage to state its creative impulses and instincts, and the mind’s emerging ability to pay attention to and prioritize what the Heart has uttered.  When this card appears, the horse and the driver are learning to move the carriage forward together.  Thus, Prince of Swords work is a stepping stone to more substantial Capricorn work.

Princess of Swords

This card, together with the Ace of Swords, covers the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces and rules the geographical region of the Americas (DuQuette, 2003, p. 172).  The Princess of Swords wears the crest of the Medusa’s head (DuQuette, 2003, p. 196).  Her power is to solidify what is volatile, and she can shrewdly nail down concepts of social change that swirl around in the mind, the way the founding fathers of the United States nailed down the US Constitution.  She also has goat-like determination on the battlefield, even the battlefield within the Self.  This princess picks up the sword and fights. On the altar of Capricorn, she supports solving problems in practical matters so that one’s personal life can be as much of a Golden Age as possible.

2 of Disks – Jupiter in Capricorn

The generational upheaval inherent in Cronus/Saturn mythology can suggest radical shifts.  However, Zeus/Jupiter in Capricorn celebrates finding justice for all pairs of opposites.  This is necessary for a civilization that takes all dispositions into consideration, in the sense that it steers away from ideals and makes plans for how human traits play out practically.  In the image, the circular Uroboros snake eating its tail assumes the eternity symbol instead of the circular shape surrounding a lion’s head that it traditionally assumes in Mithrus symbolism, which migrated into Cronus/Saturn symbolism (Burt, 2002, p. 368).  Nevertheless, the Uroboros still illustrates the natural devouring principal of life in the physical world.  The old passes away and the new comes into being.  The symbols of Yin-Yang further sanctify the wisdom of uniting opposite elements. On the altar of Capricorn, this card supports the Heart’s work to transform civilization in favor of a new, all embracing perspective.

3 of Disks – Mars in Capricorn

The will to lift up civilization to higher levels of power and consciousness draws on energy levels and priorities familiar to warriors.  Accordingly, Ares/Mars in Capricorn packs the power.  In the card’s image, three red wheels of Mars spin like aircraft propellers and lift the base of a pyramid through clouds into a clear blue sky.  Furthermore, each propeller has a symbol of one of the three alchemical elements: salt, mercury and sulphur.  A warrior with the will to transform society lifts all levels of that society up to a more balanced ground.  In the solidity of that balance, there is power.  This may sound like a tall order, and many historical and current leaders have made the attempt, however, the purpose of the image is to motivate the Heart to use its wisdom and passion as it decides how to play its role in any social change.

4 of Disks – Sun in Capricorn

This card shows the state of plain and simple earthly stability.  In its simplicity, it understates how much power it took to bring the diversity of human traits to this stable point.  In the image, the power of the Sun and no less pushed the task of transforming civilization over a long bridge, out of disorder and into a strong fortress designed in square patterns and symbols of each earth element on the four square watch towers.  When the Heart comes to the altar of Capricorn, this card can reflect to the Heart its connection to infinite energy available to restore order to and protect civic components that were in danger of disappearing.

Moving from study to practice

May the Heart move from the altar of reflection to applying Capricorn themes in life with courage and inspiration.  As the Heart co-creates civilization day by day, may it find the way back to the timeless support that many Hearts knew across civilizations and time.  May this journey display the Heart’s gifts and fill it with joy.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all the Hearts in the world who hear the call to make their unique contributions to the world before they reach the mirror of the grave.


Please share your experiences in the comments section as you work with masculine creativity, creative impulses, life-changing impulses, making visions practical in your family or community, or finding time for many important responsibilities.

Artist’s Biography

Michelle Biyal is a San Francisco artist and a partner of the entrepreneurial business Beeall Designs.  Through Beeall Designs, Ms. Biyal sells bees wax candles that she makes using commercial molds and molds of her own design.  In 2014, Ms. Biyal was commissioned to make oak stick candles (click here to see them) for the Oakland Museum of California.  Ms. Biyal’s beautiful candles and artwork are displayed in her website BeeallDesigns.com (click here to visit).

Reference List

Burt, K. (2002 ). Archetypes of the zodiac. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Worldwide.

DuQuette, L. M. (2003). Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot. San Francisco, California: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.

Snuffin, M. O. (2007). The Thoth companion. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications.

New Moon Reading for December 11, 2015

New Moon 12112015


Blackened Sky at New Moon © Open Portal Tarot

To find the time of the New Moon in your time zone, click here.

Screen-for-Reading-12112015 For an audio-recording of this reading, click here.

Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This New Moon in Sagittarius supports using/developing inner sensitivity to metaphysical stimulus, a selfless use of the same to generate blessings, and a harmonious quality to life which results from such practices.

The Spread (click on card name to view image):

Trump III

Trump XIV

6 of Wands


The archery symbols that are built into the chest of the central figure in Trump XIV are important symbols through which this New Moon sends its support to the Heart.  Not only is this New Moon in Sagittarius, the sign of a masculine archer, but also the central figure in Trump XIV has an arrow over her heart, symbolic of goddesses such as Artemis and Athena.  She also has multiple breasts showing over her garment’s low neckline, further specifying Artemis who became merged with the Roman goddess Diana, thus blending the attributes of both.

In light of the question posed to the Tarot, the arrow over the Heart of the central figure deserves careful attention.  First, the arrow is pointing upwards, the way statues of Artemis show her with bow and arrow aiming upward.  There is a goddess ritual that survives from pre-Christian times called “Drawing down the Moon,” which is alluded to by Artemis’ upturned bow.  The purpose and end result of this ritual includes feeling in better connection with the Goddess of the Moon or with the lunar aspects of the self, according to one’s spiritual orientation.  So, this New Moon invites the Heart to call on it to strengthen the connection and develop the pathway for the flow of energy.

Second, the arrow alluding to Artemis-Diana merits further discussion of this goddess’ virginal quality.  In the state of chastity, Artemis the archer could focus on that which was not a romantic distraction, namely finely adjusting the string of the bow to a precise tension.  As an embodiment of that precision, statues of Diana show her standing straight with a staring yet benevolent gaze, hands outstretched with palms upward to give blessings, as if she herself were a bowstring with a carefully adjusted tension.  The tension of attunement to both the divine flow of energy and the natural world of service were her primary focus.  And the result?  Just as Artemis-Diana herself embodied the qualities of a powerful, “mastercrafted” weapon, so also was her temple in Ephesus one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, originally housing a black meteorite, where a large number of ancient people were able to empower themselves through Artemis-Diana’s blessings.  This New Moon invites the Heart to explore this level and type of power through attitudes of chastity that heighten spiritual attention within.  If chastity has already been a spiritual discipline, then the springboard to harnessing more lunar strength is already present.  Setting an intention about lunar worship in the time that leads to the next Full Moon could be timely.

The cards to the left and right of the central card further sanctify the Heart’s work on Artemis-Diana themes.  Trump III depicts more goddess qualities.  The central figure sits calmly and regally in the midst of the plants and vegetation around her.  In short, she is like a passive doorway through this natural thicket.  She nurtures her devotees with her blessings, like a mother.  Her pregnancy is a symbol of motherhood and the pelican feeding its young with its blood is also a symbol of motherhood.  Mother goddesses represent selflessness, and this card’s association with the alchemical white tincture also represents a selfless state arrived at through effort.  The way the figure looks towards the spread’s central Artemis-Diana figure forms a bridge between the ability to give blessings like a world mother and the power accumulated through introspection and connection to nature.

To the right, the 6 of Wands depicts a state of being arrived at through effort, in which there is healing and harmony.  From a Qabalistic perspective, this card represents the suit of Wands’ version of the sixth sephira Tipareth, which is positioned in the Tree of Life in such a way that the other sephiroth below the abyss orbit around it harmoniously.  It is like the Sun with the planets orbiting around it.  In the psyche, this state of harmony does not happen without conscious attention, because inner qualities have to be understood and brought into connection, like a pantheon of gods and goddesses.  However, the methods to do so are not commonly practiced.  This conscious state of harmony goes hand in hand with the Artemis-Diana work of the central card.  It shows how much stands to be gained by allowing the Heart to journey further into connection with the Moon.

Here is a simple goddess chant that can be repeated to go forward with this spread.  There are more substantial Moon invocations and full rituals, but this is a good stepping stone.  It can be chanted to a slow rhythm of eight counts.  It has a little tune that I chant it with.

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inana.


Full Moon through Cattails

Full Moon through Cattails © Open Portal Tarot



Full Moon Reading for November 25, 2015



Photo by Open Portal Tarot

To find the time of the Full Moon in your time zone, click here.

Screen-for-Reading-11112015 To listen to an audio recording of this reading, click here.

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon in Gemini supports the Heart’s work to show itself clearly as one who reaps a bountiful harvest from the seeds sown by its Will.  This support facilitates separating mental initiatives from the Will’s integrated steps forward, and validates the presence of inner qualities that have matured well in their own time.

The Spread (click on card name to view image):

Trump I

10 of Swords

Knight of Disks


How could this Full Moon offer so much while the central card of this spread shows scattering of the Heart’s core identity (Sun in Gemini)?  Bad cards can fall in great places, that’s how.  In the 10 of Swords, the white glow of the Sun and its red and orange rays peers through ten swords whose only unified force is to pierce an image of the Heart from all directions.  This shows the Heart’s warm, living Will shining forth abundantly, but then being dominated by mental activities.  For example, over time, civilization, culture, family, politics, social media, and the presence of raw talents develop and sustain mental activities.  The mind then makes simple plans to use those abilities. However, in the 10 of Swords, this planning goes overboard, and invades the Heart’s domain. The Heart “plans” on a greater scale, in that it orchestrates a flexible agenda and a multi-faceted identity so that life can be graced with an ongoing, beneficial momentum.  When the mind overtakes the Heart and leans on its own initiatives in place of a solid identity, there is little stability.  Accordingly, a ten of any suit in Thoth Tarot is the unstable opposite of the Ace of that suit, and the pendulum is about to swing down from that extreme towards a point of balance.  This Full Moon offers to re-establish that balance for the Heart.

Looking to the left of the central card, Trump I supports the Heart’s true will directly.  Trump I shows the Greek/Roman god Hermes/Mercury; it represents the first alchemical element Mercury which is a dynamic, transmitting substance; and it is about the Will of the Magus.  The Magus (magician) is a high spiritual attainment in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  Aleister Crowley, who envisioned the Thoth Tarot deck, worked through the Golden Dawn’s degrees including the Magus, and developed the imagery of this card through vision quests.  In the context of this spread, the Will of the Magus appearing here creates a safety net as the wily mental processes fail to provide stability.  It shows that the Heart adeptly juggles maturity (symbols of each earth element), and wields healing powers (large caduceus behind Mercury).  It also shows a winged egg (fertility and potential) looking to land in the Magus’ space.  These qualities comprise the wide open yet solid sense of identity that the Heart in its wisdom creates.  Meditating and journal writing on this card would interrupt the unstable mental arrogance and reinforce the validity of the Heart’s Will.

As an act of infinite compassion, this Full Moon also supports the Heart’s battle with mental arrogance by drawing attention to the plentiful harvest surrounding the Heart’s recent work.  Somehow, the mind may have taken credit for the harvest, or considered it random luck.  In the context of this spread, any current bounty is the natural result of divine grace flowing through the Heart’s Will.  When asked, the Heart would utter gratitude and readiness to serve others with the resources.  The Knight of Disks to the right of the central card shows a knight mounted on a horse, both of whom are focused on leading a harvest, not a battle. The knight holds a serviceable flail for threshing wheat, not a sword.   His shield can double as a big plate to feed the multitudes.  His kind-eyed horse sniffs the sweet, ripe grain.  If out of ignorance, the mind feared the Heart’s Will, this Full Moon points out through the Knight of Disks that the will of the Heart not only creates substance and meaning, but also understands its connection to the Earth enough to create resources for itself and others (Will under the law of Love).  Meditation and journal writing on this card would remind one of all life’s blessings, ground one’s creative potential in the Earth, and lighten the weight of the world on one’s shoulders.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon be welcome on the altar of gratitude for this year’s harvest. May other saints, prophets and guides be equally welcome.  May the Heart’s overflowing gratitude be heard and received.  May the Heart continue to flourish as a being of high spiritual attainment.  May it continue to build a nest for future creativity.  May food, shelter, and natural resources continue to support life.  May mental processes clear away arrogance and allow the Heart’s will to work its magic.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all our close companions and fellow humans with whom we share the Earth.