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.

Blessings.

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New Moon Reading for February 8, 2016

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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.

Discussion:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon Reading for December 11, 2015

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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

Interpretation:

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.

Blessings.

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Full Moon Reading for November 25, 2015

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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

Interpretation:

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.

Blessings.

 

New Moon Reading for November 11, 2015

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This New Moon in Scorpio supports riding the currents of deeply aligned worldly activities.  It also supports particularly subtle inner work, namely looking for areas of new creative potential, and reclining in the healing arms of the Divine.

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

Trump IX

3 of Disks

Trump XI

Interpretation:

Tidbit about the ancient Indian Festival of Lights, Divali

This New Moon conjunct the Sun in Scorpio marks the date of a major festival timed according to the lunar calendar.  That is, the ancient Indian Festival of Lights, Divali.  It is a New Year celebration as well, circumstantially determined by the end of the monsoon season, the cleaning and replacing of all household items ruined by monsoons (village life is vulnerable to the elements), and the lighting of many small oil lamps, diyas, to attract and burn the mosquitoes that multiply in the watery monsoon environment.  From the lighting of thousands of diyas and the survival of the terrible monsoon climate comes the festival’s theme of “the triumph of light over darkness.”  Because this New Moon and its regal festival of lights carries a theme that millions of people are celebrating around the world, it is not a surprise to find the interpretation of this spread also aligned with the theme.

The central card, the 3 of Disks, recurs from the Full Moon reading of October 27, 2015, stretching the time frame of unusually well-aligned circumstances in the physical world out over another lunar period.  This New Moon also supports the Heart’s arrival in and participation in such a state.  The card’s image shows a pyramid rising on the winds of spinning red wheels at its base.  The three wheels each carry the color of Mars, and the symbol of one of the three essential elements of alchemy which are sulphur, salt and mercury.  The red color signifies the high-octane nature of the energy generated by the wheels, and the balance of the three alchemical elements signifies an ideal state of balance.  Seeing such an image at very least raises the question of how such a balance feels and what can be tweaked to move in that direction.  At most, the image reflects a rare state of balance that the Heart has achieved. Such a rare and auspicious state should be celebrated with high spirits!  Congratulations, dear reader, on your efforts to reach this point.

New Moon and  New Year are both times for sowing new seeds. Accordingly, Trump IX and Trump IX together explore both the sacred masculine and sacred feminine in a way that supports the particulars of each Heart’s longings.  Trump IX explores life-generating creative potential.  The image shows a masculine sage whose posture is in the shape of the Hebrew letter Yod.  Yod is the form from which all other Hebrew letters arise.  Another masculine symbol is the sperm image nearly blended with the background of grain (plentiful state).  Nearby, there is the Orphic Egg, which the masculine figure stares at intently.  Where there is egg and sperm, surely there is creative potential.  Accordingly, the old sage carries a lantern lit by the Sun itself (a masculine planet) over the genitals, again reinforcing the theme of individual creative potential.  The question the Heart may have asked which has prompted this response from this New Moon is, “how can I honor my creative potential?”  Meditation on and journal writing about this image would prolong the focus  until possibilities consciously arise.

Where the path of Trump IX’s old sage seems solitary and arduous, Trump XI’s complementary path offers the Heart an abundance of divine love to sweeten the journey.  The card’s image shows a golden female figure straddling a golden beast, reclining under a golden snake, and reaching up to connect with a red vessel.  Here, the feminine figure, the vessel, and the beast are one, in that the vessel opens to receive the wine of life, and the feminine figure opens to receive the beast’s good, bad and ugly, indiscriminately.  The sacred feminine, which is part of what lunar study reveals, eagerly receives — and devours with love — the consciousness that seeks to dissolve itself there.  Does it mean that the Heart can disappear into a trance state instead of laboring to pursue its longings in the world?  No, it means that intense effort requires equally intense rejuvenation.  Trump XI depicts the ecstatic unconditional love and spiritual regard this New Moon offers to any Heart, no matter what has come before.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the New Moon in Scorpio be a welcome consort for the Heart.  May all other chosen guides, prophets and godheads also be welcome.  Heartfelt gratitude to the Moon for its guidance and support for all the Heart’s longings.  May the next steps of individual creative power arise clearly.  May those steps be nourished by the light of Self and Spirit, and may they produce a plentiful harvest.  May the path to spiritual ecstasy be more seductive than the path of isolation and mental exhaustion.  May the feeling of rejuvenation be loving, sweet and easy.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for everyone around the world celebrating this New Moon and surrounding themselves with spiritual light.

Blessings.

 

Full Moon/Supermoon Reading for October 27, 2015

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon in Taurus supports the Heart’s life work in the “real world” that fully integrates the layers of the Self that have been discovered thus far.  It also facilitates checking-in with the Heart for bucket-list items to plan for before the end of life, and lights a fire under such planning through a heightened access to inspired power.

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

Trump VIII

3 of Disks

Ace of Wands

Interpretation:

This Full Moon comes at global harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere.  In the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is underway.  It is either time to harvest what was grown in summer, or observe the blossoming of what germinated in winter.  It is a time of fruition.

In that spirit, this Full Moon finds some of the toughest work undertaken through Summer and Fall Tarot spreads having brought about genuine re-alignment and having landed in the physical world as integrated action/activity, as the Heart would hope it would.  Trump VIII with Egyptian goddess Maat’s ostrich feather weighing the Heart’s freedom appeared in the New Moon Reading of July 15th (click to review).  At that time, the Moon supported working through tough ruts to embrace the wisdom of the Heart (maat) as understood by ancient Egyptian society.  Now, Trump VIII appears victoriously in support of the central card, the 3 of Disks, affirming that the Moon’s devotion was not wasted on any heart.

Similarly, the Ace of Wands with flames in the shape of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life appeared as the vision work guide in the New Moon Reading of September 13th (click to review).  There also, the ruts the mind fell into when trying to “figure it all out” had to find relationship with the Seed to navigate life differently.  Now, that cherished beacon of light appears still burning in solidarity with the central card, the 3 of Disks.

How then, does the 3 of Disks represent what this Full Moon offers the Heart?  The 3 of Disks’ astrological attributes are Mars in Capricorn.  The image shows an aerial view of a pyramid, with red wheels (disks) spinning on the vertices of the base like helicopter propellers.  They are forceful enough (Mars) to make the pyramid ascend and they leave a result on the physical terrain (Capricorn) by blowing the surrounding desert sand into dunes.  The secret fuel of these powerful red propellers can be found in the glyphs in their centers which represent Mercury, Salt and Sulfur, the three elements of alchemy.  These three elements and their interconnection with each other are designed into the Thoth deck, emphasizing a balance of three key inner qualities as the foundation of external monuments.  Here, the elements appear all together, functioning in synergy with each other.  Thus, the layers of the Self that formed in response to questions about what one’s heart wants to feel now and at the end of life (Trump VIII) have been integrated into daily activity, however subtly that may be.  Likewise, one’s connection to a source of inspiration (Ace of Wands) has also been integrated into daily activity.  Even if the activity seems the same, the inner world packs a grounded feeling of empowerment (pyramid) which sets different results in motion in the “real world.”  Additionally, the empowerment emboldens the Heart to continue to articulate its bucket list of states of being and modes of expression to step into before the end of life, without being inhibited by the mind’s inability to plan for it all.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon and all beloved guides and spirits be welcome in the Heart’s foundations.  May the Heart celebrate their contributions with abundant gratitude.  May this only be the beginning of irreversible transformation.  May the briefness of life be the walking stick that helps the Heart to venture forth courageously.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all our companions walking the journey all around the world.

Blessings.