June 2017 Solstice Reading

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June Solstice 2017

June Solstice will be on June 21, 2017 at 12:24 AM Eastern Time (EDT).  The Sun will enter the sign of Cancer at that time.

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

Question:  How does the June Solstice support the Heart?

Summary of Interpretation:  The Sun as the Great Giver in our solar system teams up with long-term companions Pluto and Mars to move us forward through transformation that has been ongoing, and into a free and strangely energized, Eagle-like state.  With the Sun’s help, it becomes very timely to “step up” to shifts that have been masterfully orchestrated and to allow Solar explosions and blasting winds to fuel the motion.

Explanation:  In celebrating a Solstice, we honor the Sun’s shifting light pattern, and renew the Heart’s connection to it.  The images in the Tarot spread serve as messengers from the Great Giver to the Heart.  This spread additionally features a cooperative connection between Mars and Pluto, giving the Heart the experience of “rising from the ashes” and “stepping it up” on an emotional level and in the area of risk-taking.

Atu XIII is the central card, with its Scorpionic images of death and rebirth (scorpion, snake, eagle, fish, skeleton).  The skeleton is actually stirring up the bottom of the ocean, where decaying matter is going to bubble up to new life.  This activity more closely resembles the activity of Pluto/Hades in the underworld than the Grim Reaper/Saturn announcing that time is up.  The skeleton wears an eagle crown, for the way his consciousness takes flight.  Utilizing the rotten fish and decaying matter is crucial to the experience of ascension, because the real-life decomposition that it represents was willfully chosen (the scorpion commits suicide in grave situations), with the eventual liberation in mind as the light at the end of the tunnel (eagle in flight).  This Solstice period is supporting that dawn of light.  Sometimes, Pluto, as one of the transpersonal, outer planets creates experiences for people that they only partially feel in a personal way.  They may be shocked, stunned, surprised, or “spaced out,” but the majority of the processing of the experience happens beyond the ego’s radar.  However, Mars as one of the personal planets collaborates with Pluto in Atu XIII, and brings the experiences to a level where they are felt closely.  What previously putrefied in life was probably painful, but  now there is a viscerally triumphant feeling of passionately moving on to new horizons.

The cards to the left and right of the center contribute a few variations on the mobilizing ability of Mars.  The 4 of Cups shows four very expensive golden cups being filled unequally.  The red of Mars particularly colors the cups which are not being generously filled.  This is a signal to appeal to Mars as an ally to move one’s focus from the splendor of the cups to the quality of the wine.  In other words, allow the Sun and Mars to support the Heart in moving to a higher, more consistent level of joy. 

The Knight of Wands on the right similarly sports a lot of Mars-like swirling red together with swirling gold, attributed to the Sun. The Knight’s horse is rearing up as if to reach a higher level.  His torch is ablaze with the potential to burn down obstacles.  The Knight is also blown forward by an explosion.  As a Solstice message to the Heart, this speaks of taking bigger risks, allowing the winds of change to carry one forward, and being more concerned with the learning gathered in the moments of truth than the concern to map out the whole journey all the way to the horizon.  The new life bubbling up in Atu XIII can be created step by step, with the help of time and energy released from the past now available.

A death and rebirth activity (Tibetan death ritual):  Lie on your back, outdoors if possible.  Ground into Mother Earth.  Imagine the wind blowing away your skin, then flesh, then muscles, then arteries and tendons, then organs, then anything remaining besides the bones.  Imagine an ancestor ally coming to rebuild you.  Imagine the ancestor ally re-creating the physiological matter of your body, in the way that is perfectly structured to accomplish your new life.  Every cell is programed to live the new life successfully.  Imagine the ancestor ally endowing your new body with many gifts.  Thank the ancestor and give him/her a gift.  Meditate and breathe a while to integrate the experience.  Record images and dreams that occur to you over the next 1-2 days.  Meditate on the image of this Tarot spread throughout the Solstice period to solidify the intention to claim its gifts.



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Full Moon Reading for March 5, 2015

Full Moon Spread

Full Moon Spread

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon fuels the heart’s effort to make it over the zenith of its New Moon work (New Moon post click here).  The momentary snapshot of this work looks like the heart is straining to balance responsibilities with personal freedom.  This Full Moon tips the scales in favor of the heart’s victory.

Tidbits about working with Lunar Cycles:  Full Moon is like a “Wednesday” of the lunar cycle.  Just like Wednesday is in the middle of the week, the Full Moon is in the middle of two New Moons.  Seeds of the heart’s intentions were sown at the last New Moon, then the seeds grew into actions and possibly battles as the Moon waxed larger, and on this Full Moon, the tension of the battle will climax, shift and a victory will be in sight.  Every hour counts and the heart will receive the support it needs.  From this Full Moon to the coming New Moon, the dust will settle, the heart will regroup, and intentions for the coming New Moon will incubate as the Moon wanes smaller.  Working with the Lunar Cycle aligns personal effort with nature’s portals of support.

The Spread:  The three cards in the spread are all Wands:  5 Wands, 8 Wands, and 4 Wands (to view each card, click card name).

Interpretation and suggestions for support:  The name of the battle appears in the first card of the spread. It is “Responsibility vs. Personal Expression.”  Four wands are united with flame and energy pushing them forward, however, a dominant iron wand with sleeping snakes and ineffective wings blocks the movement.  The astrological symbols of Saturn in Leo explain the history of the battle.  The heart valued its own charisma and personal expression, but let its responsibilities and commitments to the world take priority. Is there a way to reorganize priorities?  Does every responsibility still have a current, vital reason behind it?  Since the New Moon work was to find treasure by reclaiming energy and resources from scattering and draining involvements, then by now the battle to do so is in its full glory.

In order to turn the corner of the battle, the Tarot has provided the 8 Wands card as a visual for what is the opposite of the 5 Wands.  Red lightning descends from above onto the apex of a pyramid and distributes itself to every last corner.  A rainbow like the halo of the pyramid shines above it, and the skies around are celestial blue.  This card appeared in the last Full Moon reading as well, portraying a step up to a more vibrant state of being.  The spread for this Full Moon elaborates on that by specifying a state of being more suited to one’s own unique shape and size.  What would it feel like if there were more space to extend oneself in the world?  In the spirit of this feeling, Rian’s post at TruthandCake.com describes her life when she allowed herself to “open up her heart.”  The door of support will open by giving the message of this card full attention — if possible with ceremony and ritual.  Help will always come forth if it is requested.

Full Moon rituals may involve singing, dancing, making a fire, playing ceremonial instruments, being in gatherings, or saying certain chants, among many other options.  These can all be seen as ways to pay attention to the heart’s longing (instead of the mind’s worry) and expanding that feeling through the ceremonial activities.  That exaggerated state of longing sets off a “call and answer” reaction.  People are impatient and don’t want to spend time to support their longings ceremonially.  It’s up to the individual to perceive the portal of support standing there waiting.

Finally, the Tarot has offered the 4 Wands card as the light at the end of the tunnel.  A golden ring has contained the 8 Wands of red lightning in four straight red wands that intersect in the center.  Each wand has a polar opposite at each end — a ram and a dove.  These opposites are not in conflict with each other, they are united into a whole that helps each one come full circle.  They also symbolize the same things that were the source of the battle previously:  a power-packed sense of self and a passive nature that supports and nurtures others.  This full golden circle mirrors the Full Moon itself, as if the Tarot is nodding in the direction of the Full Moon’s complete orb to demonstrate the radiance and beauty we will be graced with when we carve out a place for unique self-expression and carve away obligations that no longer serve a strong purpose.


New Moon Reading for February 18, 2015 – Treasure Hunt in Your Backyard

New Moon in Aquarius is February 18th at 6:47 PM EST

Question for the Tarot:  What does the heart want for New Moon?

Summary: The heart wants to uncover a monetary treasure, in order to gather resources and energy for planting new seeds.  Good luck is flowing, and the outcome does lead to furthering one’s potential on an authentic path.

The spread: 9 of Disks, 4 of Disks, and IX Trumps (click card name to view image)

Interpretation:  To be sure, the heart is looking for a monetary treasure.  The heart is typically not a materialistic voice within the psyche, but in its wisdom, it could wish to recall resources that have run their course in another direction, and invest anew.  Where can one “cash out” of an investment of time, energy and resources, especially one that causes scattering or draining? The 9 of Disks shows nine disks with attractive facial portraits of the planets’ gods on them.  This resembles how modern day coins have the faces/profiles of successful and notorious persons on them.  These disks are “making an attractive offer.”  The disks are orbiting around three transparently colored disks which overlap, representing another alignment – that of love (pink disk), creativity (green disk), and wisdom (blue disk). Thirdly, this card’s own astrological planet of Venus (love and beauty) sits well in Virgo (wholistic health, practicality, and appropriate organization).  Through these layers of alignment, this card speaks of practical treasure occurring as a stroke of good luck.  The treasure is close at hand — in fact, it is in the backyard.

How to find this good luck?  With the spread’s next card, the Tarot sets up a treasure map.  The image of the 4 of Disks shows a four-tower castle with very definite walls surrounded by a moat, with one sturdy bridge built across the moat, one other door visible in the castle that does not have a moat crossing, and three roads built from the land side to the moat, with no crossings there.  In its map of a single-entrance castle, the Tarot speaks of persistent, focused effort in a fruitful direction (Capricorn).  The strategy for entering from the exterior is simple — cross the long bridge over the moat with enough fortification to reach the interior.  The focus is on the crossing and no more.  Many treasure hunts are this way; step by step from clue to clue.  Therefore, to claim the treasure in the backyard, one just needs to be decisive and tenacious.

With the third card, the Tarot indicates that the heart is indeed working on walking an authentic path, and that it would be more centered and focused in that intention after regrouping resources.  The vision of oneself on the horizon is the IX of Trumps.  In this card, a Hermit travels his own path, guided by the light of an inner lantern.  To expand on the nature of this Hermetic path, the image presents fertility and inner world symbols (an Orphic egg, a sperm, grain, and Cerberus, the three-headed dog).  These show that energy on this path will be used to develop “night vision” and “reproductive virility,” either practically or symbolically.  Since mainstream culture does not institutionalize the development of those qualities, they need deliberate planning and funding.  The resources for these are ready to be summoned for New Moon.


Full Moon Reading for February 3, 2015

Question for the Tarot:  What does the heart want for Full Moon?

Summary:  The heart wants to breakthrough to receiving a higher and more intense level of energy.  To do this, it needs to clarify what is in alignment with its intentions and earnestly vanquish that which no longer stands true.  As this effort moves forward, it will lead to the door of heaven: a fertile state of being which draws toward itself that which it wishes to cultivate.

Astrological background:  Full Moon is Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:09 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).  Full Moon is a celestial time marker for illuminating and intensifying attributes in the house of the current Full Moon.  This Full Moon is in Leo, a house of courageous-heartedness, visible expression, leadership, warmth, and generosity.  (For an astrological report of this Full Moon by astrologer Patricia Liles, click here)

Spread Layout: The Tarot has offered a path of progress to work with the Full Moon themes.  The spread has three cards: 1) 8 of Wands, 2) XVI Trumps, and 3) III Trumps. (Click on card name to see image)

Interpretation and study questions:

The 8 of Wands shows red lightning bolts dispersing over a pyramidal structure, carrying energy from the apex to the corners.  This creative energy moves swiftly to raise the level of inspiration — it seeks a bigger dream.  A rainbow overhead depicts unity of the colors in the light spectrum.  The dream being sought serves the Self and the bigger picture as well.

The XVI Trumps (Tower) shows a celestial eye shining down on a tower bending over and expelling fossilized figures into a fire-breathing mouth.  The simple red of the lightning bolts in the 8 of Wands has expanded to fill this whole image.  The discomfort with and fury towards anything that does not stand true must be offered to the flames of purification.  In seeing the mouth as the source of the flames, we are reminded that the mouth is both an end to that which is devoured and a beginning of nourishment for that which receives the offering.  In improving old systems and beliefs, we thank them for the part of the journey they have revealed, and put them to rest in the flames where the energy behind them becomes free to nourish the next phase of the journey.  What can’t you stand anymore?  What gets in the way of a bigger dream?  What ritual, perhaps with fire, can be done to consecrate removing that?

The III Trumps (Empress) shows a feminine sovereign figure seated on a throne flanked by twisted grasses, various birds, and the waxing and waning moon on each side.  The colors are all soothing pastels and the lines are flowing.  The feminine figure is pregnant, and also holding her arms in positions that depict the alchemical substance salt which is inert and passive.  As this image is meant to preview the result of the work done to honor what the heart wants in the previous cards, the result can be said to be an evolved and fertile state of being, in touch with beauty and bliss, but not making effort towards it so much as emanating it and attracting more of the same.

The progression of this spread mirrors nature precisely.  After a cultivated field has been harvested, it can be burnt to improve the level of fertility it offers to the next crop.  The burning requires perseverance and action, but the resulting fertility is born of its own.  After much energy has been spent around certain initiatives and lessons, the form and focus of that energy can be dissolved in anticipation of an even more evolved and fertile state of being.  Having prepared the fertile field, the passivity of the Empress will conserve one’s energy to draw towards oneself the next most suitable new endeavor.

Noteworthy is that “the answer” to what the heart wants for Full Moon does not lie in “finding the answer.”  Rather, the heart envisions an experience greater than it has known and in choosing these cards, says that it wants to fearlessly undertake the necessary work and become fertile ground for new seed.



New Moon Reading for January 20, 2015

Question for the Tarot:  What does the heart want for New Moon?

Astrological background:  New Moon is today at 8:13 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST).  New Moon is a celestial time marker for planting new seeds aligned with the attributes of the house of the current New Moon.  Today, the New Moon is in Aquarius, a house of truth-finding and wisdom seeking, not only individually, but also in the larger perspective of family, community, state and nation.  (For an astrological report of this New Moon by astrologer Patricia Liles, click here.)  Thus, this New Moon is a time that nature cooperates with new initiatives with Aquarian attributes.

Spread Layout: The Tarot has offered a path of progress to work with today’s New Moon themes.  The spread has three cards: 1) 4 of Swords, 2) 4 of Cups, and 3) Queen of Cups. (Click on card name to see image)

Summary:  The heart wants to breakthrough the temporary calm that the 4 of Swords depicts, into a place of satisfaction with integrity, which the Queen of Cups depicts.  Examining feelings of comfort which the 4 of Cups depicts can lead the way to the transformation.  

Interpretation and study questions:

The 4 of Swords with the four swords aiming at each other shows a state of agreement produced by conformity out of fear of negative consequences.  There is equilibrium there, mostly strategically maneuvered.  However, the urge to expand beyond the limitations set by conformity is present, so the New Moon work begins.  Where is there discomfort due to agreeing to buy into norms that ignore freedom of expression, within the law?

The 4 of Cups with the four heavy trophy-like cups squashing lotuses and sinking into the quivering ocean but for the support of the delicate lotus stems offers a guide to move deeper into the issue.  Creating a state of nurture and comfort where happiness abounds is an important life lesson, however, this card shows desire for more and even MORE placation of even the slightest ennui, perhaps at the expense of the self and/or others.  The sky looms dark overhead.  What is being squashed and drowned, and what level of discomfort could be acceptable in liberating that?  What recognition based on conformity could be put at lower priority?

The Queen of Cups radiates even more nurturing and royalty than what the 4 of Cups could dream of, however, she holds protectively the material of the womb (crayfish in shell) and the imagination, and she tempers the work of the intellect (ibis) with emotional connection (lotus).  The overall mirroring and reflections in the soothing water speak of seeing clearly the visage of compassion.  Compassion for that which was cut out in over-compromise can begin its liberation and re-integration.  On an individual scale, the Queen of Cups shows the compassion and intuition with which one can find unbirthed parts of the self.  On the level of community and nation, in the context of this spread, the Queen of Cups shows the integrity of a pluralistic society actively creating itself from diverse resources, and looking with compassionate sovereignty on that which arises for integration.