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.

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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 August 29, 2015

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon supports the Heart’s current work of skillfully re-directing unfeasible desires for wealth and luxury to unlimited access to positive emotional and spiritual resources.

The Spread (click on card name to view image or scroll down to view spread):

7 of Disks

Trump XIV

3 of Cups


In some religious philosophies, it is stated that we are fully human and fully divine.  Somewhere in between, there must then be a crossroads where the two states act on each other, uploading and downloading experiences, and transforming the perspective the mind holds in order to accommodate the flow of new stimulus from both sides.

Trump XIV in this spread appears at the crossroads where this Full Moon can give supportive power.  The central figure is half light and half dark, equally balanced, aligned with natural elements which have already understood and undertaken a balancing transformation (Fiery lion is white, Scorpionic eagle is red).  The figure mixes an elixir of vitriol to dissolve the past while the future bulges and strains to emerge in the enlarged Orphic egg behind the figure.  The inscription on the egg translates to “”Visit the interior parts of the earth: by rectification, thou shalt find the hidden stone.”  What shall be the focus of rectification?

This Full Moon offers its power to rectify the fully human desire for excessive wealth and luxury.  It is there in every human consciousness, and some large percentage of people on Earth are exploring the range of experiences on its axis every day.  The 7 of Disks appears when such desires have bumped up against limitations such as one’s mortality, the number of hours in a day, and the rate at which wealth can multiply itself given current circumstances.  As much as more decadent experiences (Taurus) would have been enjoyed, limitations (Saturn) appeared as corridors to other experiences.  Would those experiences have to be as gloomy as the image in the card?  Hell no!

This Full Moon also shines its bright, silvery light on an alternative, that is, generating an empowering and resourceful experience of emotional and spiritual bounty.  This bountifulness, shown in the 3 of Cups, overflows with love and happiness and the sense of eternity of these feelings.  However, this is not the abundant bliss enjoyed by a fetus in its mother’s womb, or an infant suckling at his/her mother’s breast.  Going back to the central card’s connection to rectification of interior parts, the source of the 3 of Cups’ endless replenishment is a wise and mature experience.  The cups are studded with pomegranate seeds, alluding to the Demeter and Persephone mythology in which because of eating a pomegranate seed on her way out of the underworld, Persephone became obligated to return to that world and her husband Pluto, lord of the underworld every year.  There is a connection between having realization about the excessive desires in the 7 of Disks and the passage to the underworld in oneself.  We don’t tend to think of that passage as a magical, miraculous one, as Persephone was trying to leave the underworld when she ate the pomegranate seed, However, Persephone became acquainted with Pluto and the underworld as she was coming of age.  Adulthood has different rites of passage than childhood.

In adult life, maintaining a stable sense of inner wellness is connected to having some personal impact on the physical world.  The passage to the underworld is not simply an escape or a withdrawal from everyday life.  Rather, in astrology, Pluto is the planet that facilitates settling karmic accounts, orchestrating the appearance of task companions for one’s heartfelt initiatives and transforming global systems and perspectives that have passed their time,  These are tasks that the conscious mind of an individual simply can not tackle alone.  That does not mean that they should not be considered.  It just means that the passage to the place in the Self where those initiatives are fueled needs to be discovered.  This Full Moon is longing to help.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon, all helpful spirit guides, saints, and the one Divine be welcome in the Heart.  May the Heart’s call for attention on matters of the Soul and global transformation be heard above all other noise.  May activities that nourish the Heart be done to fuel the passage to the underworld.  May that journey be protected and guided however necessary.  May new life that is magically bountiful emerge from that journey.  May the entrance to the passage be available again as a form of spiritual mastery.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all who we love and the people of the world who we lovingly pray for as well.