ASTRO-TAROT: Full Moon at 20 Degrees Aries. Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:07 P.M. PST. Feat. T-Square to Pluto in Capricorn

The energy of this full moon is ushering us into the final quarter of this decade. To put it very bluntly, shit is about to get very real here at the close of business. We are blending elements from two of the most seminal and initiatory signs of the zodiac (Aries and Libra) with the planet that rules irreparable transformation (Pluto) in the sign of foundational realities (Capricorn.)

Let’s break it all down and see where we are headed.

First, we have the full moon which brings us the opposition of the moon in Aries and the sun in Libra. Aries and Libra are cardinal signs. This means that they inherently hold the power of the new within them. When we feel excited, exhilarated and full of promise and energy we are entering the realm of the cardinal signs. (We actually have five planets at this time in cardinal signs so there is a lot of support for feeling excited about new things.)

However, we have to be reminded that this is a full moon and the inherent energy of a full moon is one of completion. This is usually a time where projects are wrapped up either in a particular stage of a project or the project in its entirety. So we might feel a bit constrained as we are being asked to finish something at the same time we are floating in all the cardinal energy.

Full moons also reveal and shed light on things that may have been unknown to us or that we have had some confusion around for a while. We will look very closely at this aspect when we look at the T-square to Pluto and what may arise not only within our own chart but globally.

SIGN: ARIES – Aries rules the first house and is the pure potential which springs forth from us just after our moment of birth. It is that first lusty crying out as our unadulterated senses expose the reality of where we have landed – earth school is loud, bright, cold, rough. We are assaulted and we make it known that we are NOT a happy camper and we want something to change and change NOW! Aries wants to go and do and be and explore. However, on it’s own it doesn’t have the patience to harness the discipline needed to see their adventures through to the end.

Ruled by the planet Mars there is also the potential for warrior and war-like energy to exude. Anger can be the fuel creating discord and discontent. Aries fights to secure it’s sense of self identity and to express the ego, not always diplomatically.

The moon is here and is not always comfortable in this extroverted, initiatory, and exploratory sign. It just wants to hang at home rather than hang on a glider hundreds of feet above the earth!

SIGN: LIBRA – Libra is the first sign we encounter when we make the transition from childhood into adulthood. Libra shifts our focus of reflection about ourselves from our families and closest friends to the larger world. In a sense, when we enter the realm of Libra we are learning to individuate from the family sphere and can invent ourselves according to the reflections we receive from people we now encounter “out there.” Teachers, classmates, close friends, co-workers. These are the people with whom we can try on new masks and try out new ideas with in order to find out where we fit in and what we feel works for us as a persona.

Libra is ruled by Venus and is very invested in harmonious conditions. This can lead to going along to get along and Librans can get lost in the moment and become submissive to the others very quickly. However, they are also quite persuasive and can turn the moment to their favor. The Sun being in Libra shines light on the wish for harmony at this time.

T-SQUARE: So what is this T-square formation? It is when two planets who are opposing each other (in this case the sun and moon) are also forming a 90 degree angle individually to another planet (in this case Pluto.) When you look at it in a chart it will look like a triangle with the base being the two planets opposing and the other two lines being drawn to the additional planet with forms an apex.

How do T-squares function? The planet at the apex of the triangle is sending the energy downward, exerting a pressure upon the other two planets. So, we need to look, now, at what energies Pluto in Capricorn is exerting on the sun and moon.

PLUTO: Pluto is the Lord of the Underworld in our western mythology. He is Hades and rules all things that lurk beneath us in our inner world. The energy is profound and can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. We do not want to deal with those dark places within us. However, let’s look a little deeper.

To understand Pluto (Hades) it is worthwhile to cast a quick glance at the myth of Hades and Persephone.

Persephone is a beautiful, young and innocent woman, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She plays in nature with her friends and one day Hades sees her and becomes obsessed by her. He hatches a plan to steal her and take her to his realm in the Underworld. When he does so she is, at first, horrified. She was a maiden and he then marries her and transforms her into a woman. He takes it one step further and makes her Queen of the Underworld. Eventually, Persephone embodies this new role fully and is very happy to be this beautiful, powerful Queen. Persephone is taken out from under the protective and restrictive wing of her mother and, instead, is recognized and transformed by Hades for the autonomous, powerful and queenly woman she truly is.

So, when we experience a severe Pluto transit, especially when it is hitting into the very personal planets of Venus and Mars, we can consider how Pluto is creating a new place for us to step into the regal, responsible, stripped-of-youthful-ignorance being we are in essence and ascend the throne of our underworld. This is his greatest power and his greatest gift offered to us. It is on us to understand the depth of this transformation because what is transformed is done so forever. But if we can understand the end game, what we are being asked to become, we can embrace the darkness.

CAPRICORN: With Capricorn we are dealing with structures, solidity, control, boundaries, how laws are enforced through power. When very personal planets like the Sun and Moon are being pulled into the sphere of Capricorn it is always highlighting our personal power.

So, let’s pull this all together.

We have the Sun and Moon in Aries and Libra which speaks to initiatory energies within our self and with others. This can feel really wonderful at first because both of these energies revel in newness given that these are cardinal signs. However, since we are balancing the wants and needs of the self with the wants and needs of others we are on a see-saw and can become frustrated. This can lead to impulsiveness and possibly using anger and tantrums as a means of dealing with our frustrations on the one hand, or submissiveness leading to a simmering anger turned within when we don’t get what we want.

With the T-Square from Pluto he is exerting pressure on both the sun and moon to give up the childish ideals and take a step toward claiming our rightful place in our world. Step up and take on the regal aspects of these two energies.

For Aries, it is the initiatory energy of fire and provides true passion and zeal to inspire others toward taking action. A King or Queen provides the inspiration not through wielding their egos and forcing people to see things their way but through making each person they meet feel like they are part of the plan, integral to the cause, and vital to the movement.

With Libra a King or Queen’s power is connecting one on one with those around us and offering them ways to feel loved and beautiful without imposing our own sense of what that might look like for them. It is giving permission to others to find the beautiful for themselves and that is a very powerful gift that we can extend to anyone.

In embracing these ways of inspiring and encouraging others we embody our true regal natures that are secure and full of true power.


For this Full Moon find the King or Queen card that you feel most aligned with and use this card in daily meditation for the next two weeks. Ask questions of it as your days go by and situations arise. Are the kids driving you crazy? Ask your King, “What is the most regal way to deal with my children?” Same for anything that brings you to a dark place of the emotions of anger, hatred, depression, fear. Ask that Queen to help you find your way toward a higher path for the good of yourself and others.

On a more playful note, buy or make a crown and, when you are feeling particularly out of control, stick that puppy on your head and look at yourself in the mirror. See if this image of yourself in a royal form helps to change the attitude from child to Ruler of your Realm.

As ever, may you have a wonderful two weeks working with this energy.



This is a rare and extremely powerful full moon. The fact that the Moon is conjoining the planet Neptune is it’s own sign of Pisces, and that we have a conjunction of the Sun with Mars opposite just doesn’t come along very often and it is worthwhile to sit up and take notice. Because of the complexity of energies this post is a bit involved but I have done my best to untangle. Please feel free to send along any questions you may have. So let’s begin!!


Generally, in any full moon, we are actually, physically able to see the Moon because the Sun is directly across from it, shining it’s light on the Moon. Though the Moon carries no light of its own we still consider it a luminary. It is not a shining light (outward energy), but a reflective light (inward energy.) So this is why we associate full moons with culminations…we have watched ideas and projects grow to a point of it unfolding in fullness in some way, either because it is complete or because a phase of it has completed and we are now able to revise and restructure to start a new phase at the new moon upcoming.

However, this particular full moon is functioning very differently for two reasons. Both the Sun and the Moon are being hugged by two other planets. The Sun is conjunct Mars in Virgo and the Moon is conjunct Neptune in Pisces. How is this affecting us?

Let’s look at the Moon first. In this case the elliptic of the full Moon is actually making it go behind Neptune. Whilst the moon often connects with Neptune to have it do so at the same degree that it is full is a very rare occurrence. While we don’t experience a difference in the way the moon looks it is still what is happening in the sky. So, effectively, the forces of Neptune are blocking that illuminating quality that a full moon usually has on a material level. Neptune and Pisces will always invite us to go on a very deep dive to the depths of our psychic realm. Since the Moon is also a planet working on our emotional body we could find ourselves feeling profoundly emotional which may manifest as a great deal of confusion, feeling underwater, and feeling overwhelmed. Nothing may seem clearly illuminated at all. You may even find yourself in what the Christian mystics referred to this experience as the Dark Night of the Soul. While not a comfortable place to be it is a rich and fertile time for letting go of what we thought we knew about our lives and about ourselves and surrendering to whatever it is that you consider to be the Divine. More about this in a moment.

Now let’s turn toward the Sun and Mars. Mars is the planet of action! It rules our physical bodies which is our vehicle for getting things we need to do done. The new moon two weeks ago found us with a stellium of planets, including Mars, in Virgo and it was all about organizing and dealing with a multitude of details. We got a huge burst of energy to take care of our projects and you may have felt invigorated to work on things you had set aside a while back. Did you purge and clean your office or computer? Did you finally get to that home improvement project that has been on the back burner? Mars is a motivator.

But most of the stellium has moved on. Mars, however, is still hanging out in a conjunction with the Sun. It is so close to the Sun that it is in a configuration known as “combust.” This energy manifests exactly as it sounds…when a planet is combust the Sun it is burned in the cauldron of fire. Therefore, the energy of the planet combust is dissipated until it moves out of the orbit of the Sun. So now, two weeks after all that go, go, go, you may be wondering, “Hey! Why am I suddenly feeling so wiped out? Where did all that motivation and energy suddenly go?” You might now be looking at a pile of things you started to take care of with great gusto two weeks ago but now you can barely figure out how to continue on, or even what your goal was in the first place!

Because of these two mitigating factors we find ourselves disoriented. It is as if we were in car cruising along and suddenly the car hit the brakes…really, like, WE did not hit those braked, but the car itself did! Not only have we suddenly come to a screeching halt we can’t figure out why or how!

There is really nothing we can do about the momentum at this time. We simply need to ride this one out the best way we know how. Surrender the need to do and bow to the need to simply be right now. We might be feeling incredibly tired all of a sudden and feel the need for a lot of extra rest. That is exactly the antidote for all of this powerful energy. Rest, restore, renew. Turn your energies toward your spiritual practice in whatever quiet way works for you. Meditation is really supported right now.


The element of water on this full moon is very strong. In the tarot this is the quintessential energy we get with the High Priestess card. When the Moon goes behind Jupiter it is going behind the veil of the Priestess. That is why, in the Rider Waite Smith deck, if you look closely you will see that behind her is a body of water (as is the bottom of her robe.)

So let’s talk water. We have three water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancer is the first water sign of the zodiac, Scorpio the second, and finally Pisces.

As we move around the zodiac from the first house to the 12th all the planets and signs mature. The first sign of any element can be considered the youngest energy of that element, the second is more a young adult just arriving out of their teen years and the final sign is a matured aspect with adult outlooks.

Let’s look at those three signs in this context. Cancer is childlike water. It is full of primary emotions, that we experience as children. We express it when we feel it and we don’t care, really, who is watching. We feel what we feel.. Happy? We laugh. Angry? We yell or pout. Loving? We go right in for that big kiss! While Cancer water is not particularly sophisticated it is very authentic because it is right out there for all to see.

Moving to Scorpio water we are now in the eighth house of others. Here we find that we internalize our feelings first and then kind of check it out with other people in our sphere to see if we dare express it, or if we share it, or if we just keep it hidden. In many ways, we do not trust those feelings unless someone is mirroring for us whether or not we should consider them valid. This is a very rocky and, in our teen years, it is a form of madness!

But when we finally dive into the waters of Pisces we are in a mature ocean and here we crave solitude and deep diving. Pisces water is the water of the depths and we are not tossed around by it. But we can become very confused if we go deeper than we are ready for, being unprepared on how to navigate the darkness. So here we find the waters of dreams, visions, longings of the soul, the dark night of the soul. We can reach these depths in moments of deepest devotion or by utilizing a substance to help us drown. In Pisces water we can find the sublime or the deepest pyschosis.

So here we have the moon being veiled by this incredibly deep need for quiet. A rest for the soul. A darkened room lit by a single candle. We may find our dream world incredibly active on either side of this full moon. Pay full attention to what images emerge right now and see how they speak to you. You may get a very clear message about something that you have been visioning for yourself for the past six months or so.


We covered the earth element in our last new moon blog so I won’t expand on it here. However, because of the strong, strong water energy right now it is safe to say that we may internally be feeling underwater or flooded emotionally. We might be storing more water in our bodies (Mars) and feel bloated and heavy. Our minds may feel foggy and we might be a bit more forgetful as the element of fire and water combine and create steam and mist. While it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest this, it is going to be important to physically drink more water

INGREDIENTS: Dreams, intuition, plans on hold, confusion, exhaustion, meditation, feeling foggy, spiritual deep dives.


This is a truly beautiful time to explore our deep psychic abilities and receive messages from the depths more easily than when we are engaged in the daily living of our lives. Here is a very powerful yet simple exercise to guide you.

Candle Gazing with the High Priestess:

I invite you to do the practice of Trataka tonight, as close to the exact full moon time as possible. (This will be 9:32PM Pacific on September 13, 12:32AM September 14 Eastern.) This practice of candle gazing will bring together the darkness that the moon is experiencing as it dives into the depths of Pisces and the light of the Sun and Mars combust. It will help to illuminate the intuitive perception about what needs to be known during this exceptional moment.

For instructions about Trataka and how to set up a space for it I like the simple explanation provided in this article:

The extra piece is to get out a High Priestess card from whichever deck you wish according to the image that speaks most deeply to you at this time. Place the card directly behind the candle so that her image will be there as you gaze into the flame. You will not see her image clearly, but slightly out of focus, as if you are gazing into a shallow bowl of water and she is there at the bottom. See what messages she may have for you, or what feelings come up when you are in her presence.

As ever, dear friends, may you harness all the magic that surrounds you and live fully and deeply.



Greetings everyone! Here we go with a very powerful new moon with some of the most grounded energy of the year thus far. There are a couple of wonderfully supportive astrological configurations that will be in full swing, so let’s get started!

As we are now learning, the new moon energy is a seed time with new beginnings at hand. With all the super earthy energy coming in we are looking at a very fertile ground to plant the seeds we have been mulling over.


Right now all of these planets are basically sitting in each other’s lap in the sky!! While there are five of them on the new moon, four of them will continue to be together until the middle of September. When three or more planets are in a sign or house this is known as a stellium of planets.

All of these planets are very, very tight together and so they are actually functioning almost like a single, very complex planet. All five of these planets are our very, very personal planets so this new moon will affect you on the most personal areas of your life: your emotions, your thoughts and words, your sense of personal beauty (both inside and out) and your close friendships, your children, and your activity and health arenas.

All the planets except Venus are snugged within the first decan of Virgo (please see my post on decans for more information about this!) making this new moon filled with superfied Virgo energy, if you will. Let’s take a look at what that might entail.


Virgo can often get a bad rap, as it were. It rules the areas in our life that pertain to the details of how we move through our days. So we are looking at our daily habits and routines. We are looking at the way our environment is set up to help us get things done.

This means, truly, everything we do on a constant basis from how we get up in the morning and start our day, how we manage and organize our time and tasks at work, when and what we choose to eat habitually, and what we do on a regular, extracurricular basis. So, with ALL theses planets in Virgo it will highlight the habits associated with all those areas we just spoke of above: your emotions, your thoughts and words, your sense of personal beauty (both inside and out) and your close friendships, your children, and your activity and health arenas.

Importantly, Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury, and Mercury is all about how we communicate. It covers all points of communication from the thoughts we have to how we verbally express ourselves. As you can see, Mercury is part of the Virgo stellium with this new moon so it is really highlighted as it is in it’s home territory and we will go through this in a moment. So here we are given a huge boost for very concentrated analysis and logic. Laser focused thought! I will show how this will be beneficial as this energy plays into the Grand Trine in earth in a moment.

What to watch for is the tipping point where our analysis becomes criticism of our self and others, and where our attention to detail becomes perfectionism. It will be a delicate balance because we are so, so, SO Virgo.

I do feel that there is one thing about Virgo that often gets over looked. Beyond all these more mundane qualities Virgo is about tending. It is traditionally equated with the Vestal virgins of ancient Rome. They were particularly involved in the maintenance (the tending) of the fire sacred to Vesta, the goddess of the hearth and home. This fire was never to go out so they had to be extremely diligent in their duties. They were also responsible for collecting water from a sacred spring, preparing food used in rituals and caring for sacred objects in the temple’s sanctuary.

Virgo is the sign that signals the upcoming harvest of our life every year at this time. It is not about the actual harvesting itself, but it is about observing how things have actually manifested according to the way in which we have tended the soil of our lives and been diligent with our duties over the past year. So how have you done tending your world? This is where we can begin to look at the way our habits of living are cultivating what is manifesting in our lives. I have provided an exercise utilizing your tarot cards to help you work with this in a very practical way.


Regarding elemental influence we have an additional three planets in Earth: Saturn, Uranus and Pluto making a total of eight out of ten planets in earth signs! So this is a VERY significant new moon bringing in a lot of stability and structure.

Speaking of structure, this literally means taking a look a the form and organization of the vessels in your life….your body, your home (more your house) and your actual work space. These are the practical supports for your inner work and they are being highlighted. The glyph of Virgo is the scales so we are going to be asked to make sure we are aware of balance in our world of physical manifestation.


I have explained what a stellium is but what is a trine? A trine means that there are at least three planets that are all approximately 120 degrees away from each other. In this case we have ALL those planets in the Virgo stellium trining both Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus! Since this includes all the earth signs we call it a Grand Trine.

Let’s see what makes this so special:

This trine lends a powerful boost toward sitting down and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and brainstorming any plans you might have been considering regarding a possible new business. This isn’t about creating a business plan. This is the planting of the seeds of new ideas for work projects and getting them out into the tangible world in order to flesh out the details and put some order into your thoughts which will help to get you closer to it’s manifestation. The details will flow easily. It could also mean a real deep dive into looking at the work that you are currently doing and the possibility that it may need some new changes in how you structure your days, especially regarding time management.

But our career isn’t the only type of work that can be developed. You can look at plans for building a new house, or modifying the one you have. You can come up with a mission statement for a new way of living healthy through changes in nutrition and exercise. Ground it!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Habits, details, plans, analysis, organization, planting new seeds that you have had rattling around in your thoughts.

TAROT FUN!!: This new moon and all it’s configurations is highlighted strongly with the suit of Pentacles. I encourage you to do and exercise with the minor arcana which will help you begin to see the cards differently in the following way:

Lay out the minors from right to left as you do the following exercise:

Pick something very personal that you have been working on building up for the past few months (or, preferably, the past year) which is related to some form of practical, earthy matters. This could be your career, your finances, your health, work on your home. Now, using the cards, pretend you are telling the story about this journey. You will be telling the story of how your constructed this project so you will start with the Ace and work your way to the ten.

To clarify, when you are in the mode of construction you can begin by looking at the way the idea first came to you, the spark of inspiration to do something differently. (Here your cards would start with the Ace on the left and work their way to the ten.)

For instance, let’s take the topic of cleaning your home office. How did it begin? How did it progress according to the energy of the cards?

Here is how you might start the story:

One day I was sitting in my office trying to work and I realized that I couldn’t move for all the stuff I had all over the floor! I was tired of all this and decided I needed to come up with a plan to re-do this office so that I could work better.

When I started to look around I realized the problem was bigger than I first thought! It was a sea of jumbled things and I couldn’t figure out how to organize. I kept looking at moving my desk to that corner, or maybe trying to add a bookshelf, but maybe I needed to get some boxes first, or should I just sit down and start sorting things one by one?

I quickly realized I needed some help in figuring out the best way to approach this project. So, I called my friends, Justin and Pete, and asked them if they would come over and consult with me to get a firm plan in hand...

See? You would then work your way through the story using the other seven cards.

Now, take the cards and look at a personal topic; again regarding your work, business, finances, health, home improvement; that you have been trying to de-construct. It might be the same issue as above. With de-construction, we are looking at how you worked through the process of undoing something.

With this process if, for instance, you have been working on health, you want to look at how you moved away from the habits you had been involved in through the energy of the cards as they progress from the ten to the Ace.

Here is how you might start the story when de-constructing:

Late last summer I was enjoying a great party over at my grandmother’s house. All the family was there and we were just enjoying the day and all the great food that everyone had brought! Everything was so delicious and I had extra portions of my grandma’s pudding cake!

I took a walk off by myself and was pretty out of breath after a very short few steps. I stood by the wall and looked around. I was realized that I was pretty happy with my life. Things were going well. But I thought about how out of shape I was and how unhappy I had been with that area of my life. I built a wall around me and pretended it didn’t matter but deep down it was definitely and area of discontent. At that moment, I decided that it was time to break out of my complacency and get to work changing this area of my life.

I realized there was a lot of work to do and I couldn’t just work on one area without having to change the other areas as well. I sat down and started to look at the things that needed to change: what I ate, how I exercised, who would help to support me along the way? I took a very hard look at all the areas. It took a while to sort through but it was worth it because I really needed a plan…

And so forth! Now, work your way through the remaining cards until you get to the Ace! If you haven’t gotten to a place where you actually feel like you are complete in this change, just write the story with the ending you would like to see!

With this practice you will begin to see how the cards flow in both directions which will be very helpful with interpretations in the long run.

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: With all this earth and the focus on the details of our living we might be very tempted to become overly focused and, even more insidiously, a perfectionist in the extreme. We could feel like we are constantly walking around with our nose to the grindstone and our vision looking down. While this is helpful so that we don’t miss anything, there is a lot of potential for us to loose sight of the bigger picture of the people and places around us. We do not live in isolation in a cave on a mountain top.

Journal about your soil. What is the state of the ground upon which you are trying to establish your career, your health, your home?

In order to counter-balance this tendency you will need LOOK UP! I mean this in a very literal sense. As in, remember to look up and go to a window and look out. Wherever you are when you are walking look up into the faces of the people you are around. Go outside and look up at the stars and observe the vast universe!

As ever, I hope this information will enrich your understanding of astrology, tarot and YOU! Have fun and enjoy this great energy guiding and aiding you toward your goals and dreams.

Be well, be happy.


Astrology: An Introduction to Decans

There are many things we do in astrology that help us hone in or the essence of the interactions of the planets in our birth chart. I like to use the analogy of a radio. You can often get to the main station’s signal, but sometimes it’s not one hundred percent clear. Maybe there is a little static. If you turn the dial of the radio right or left very slowly and tick into a slightly different frequency you can often clear things up and get much better reception. Using the information provided with decans is one of those slow turns of the knob and can really help us clarify.

This explanation is geared toward a beginner who has spent some time getting to know the basics of chart interpretation. I have offered it to beginners because I don’t think that decans are mysterious but no one told me about them until I was well into a more intermediate stage of astrological learning. Since this is a very brief overview and I will be painting in wildly broad strokes I have not included house or aspect interpretations…these you will need to add into the pot as you go along.

I use decans in a very practical manner with all charts I analyze. Initially, I will apply decan interpretation up front for the sun, moon and ascendant of every chart. This gives me a very rich personality profile without having to dig too deep. Secondly, I will apply it to planets that are very influential in a chart especially with those involved in tension based configurations such as T-squares. This is very clarifying. So I feel that this is a little tip that even beginners can use once they understand the ingredients needed to create the dish!

Is A Decan Like A Pecan?

First, let’s make sure you get that pronunciation right! Decan is pronounced “dek-an” with emphasis on the “dek.” It is shorthand for the word decanate. You’re welcome!

So, what is a decan? Here is what I assume you already know about each sign – Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc; have 30 degrees that make up the whole of the sign. The degrees start with 0 degrees of a sign and end at 29 degrees of that sign. Those thirty degrees can be divided up into three groups of 10 degrees. A 10 degree group is called a decan!

You can already see that there will be three decans per sign. Let’s take Aries as an example. This is how the decans will look:

First decan: 0 – 9 degrees of Aries.

Second decan: 10-19 degrees of Aries

Third decan: 20 – 29 degrees of Aries

So simple! The same degrees are grouped for the decans of every sign!

It’s Elementary, My Dear Friend!

Now, how does it work?

You also already know that every sign has an element: Fire, Water, Earth or Air. We will continue look at Aries for our example and Aries is a fire sign.

Every element is represented in astrology by three signs. In the chart above you can see Aries is a fire sign and so are Leo and Sagittarius.

The three signs have a maturing aspect when you work with them around the birth chart. The first sign in an element is the newest sign. It is the “newborn” of the element. The second sign in the element is a more grown up version and is more like the “young teen/young adult” of the element. The last sign in the element is the “adult” version of the element.

In our Aries example, we have Aries as the newborn fire sign, Leo is the young teen/adult fire sign, and Sagittarius is the adult fire sign.

Growth Through The Element of Fire

What do I mean by newborn, young adult and adult expressions of an element? Let’s look a bit more closely as the fire signs in a simplified manner.

Aries the Newborn – Aries is the very first sign of the entire zodiac, living in the first house of the zodiac and is the first sign of the element of fire! If we use the analogy of a human life it really IS the energy of a newborn! It sees the world as brand new, pure potential, pure inspiration and anything is possible! Babies are completely self-centered, and Aries energy can also be this way as it can be very focused on self-identity and relates everything that is happening around it to, “how does this affect me?” It is fiery and driven to explore and learn with curiosity full steam ahead.

Leo the Young Teen – As a child grows it begins to lose some of that self-only identification. It has moved through the houses of growth which involve inter-relating to a family unit, whether just with parents or combined with siblings. It rules the fifth house where we learn that there are other people in the world outside the home most notably through the act of having to go to school. Leo’s energy is full of play and creativity. It loves to party and you can’t have much of a party by yourself so it’s about learning the art of socialization with peers and making friends. Leo is also the sign that shows up when the ego is starting to feel its oats because, again, when stepping out into the land of others we are often confronted by the mirror that reflects to us perceptions about who we are in comparison to another person, or a within a group of others.

Sagittarius the Adult – Continuing on with our analogy of a child, by the time we reach the sign of Sagittarius we have done a lot of living. This roughly correlates to the ages of our mid-20’s to mid-30’s and we are now moving toward becoming established in our chosen careers through higher education, we might have a long term relationship, children, have bought a house. Sagittarius brings us into an integration with our outer lives and our sense of our inner spiritual foundation. It is far from staid as it is still a fire sign so there is a lot of action and interaction with this sign.

Now, Apply It!

Let’s summarize what we you know:

  • Each sign has 30 degrees. Those 30 degrees are divided into three groups of 10 degrees. A group of 10 degrees is called a decan. This means that each sign has three decans within it.
  • Each sign has an element (fire, water, earth, air.)
  • There are three signs for every element.

So, how does this all work? Back to Aries!

  • There are three decans in Aries,
  • Aries is a fire sign and,
  • There are three fire signs – Aries is the first, Leo is the second, Sagittarius is the third.

We now assign each one of the fire signs to each decan in the one sign we are interested in. The assignments go in order of zodiacal progression, moving counter-clockwise around the astrological chart (see image above.) So, lets look and see how that works for the sign of Aries.

  • First assignment: 0 – 9 degrees of Aries is the “Aries decan of Aries.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Aries is the “Leo decan of Aries.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Aries is the “Sagittarius decan of Aries.”

Whatever sign you are interested in, the first decan will always be it’s own sign. So, let’s now look at the second and third fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius! Here is the breakdown:


  • First assignment: 0-9 degrees of Leo is the “Leo decan of Leo.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Leo is the “Sagittarius decan of Leo.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Leo is the “Aries decan of Leo.”


  • First assignment: 0-9 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Sagittarius decan of Sagittarius.”
  • Second assignment: 10-19 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Aries decan of Sagittarius.”
  • Third assignment: 20-29 degrees of Sagittarius is the “Leo decan of Sagittarius.”

You can now work this out with all the remaining elements and their corresponding signs!

Pulling It All Together

Now lets look at this practically. Let’s look at possible interpretations for a sun at 12 degrees of Sagittarius, a moon at 12 degrees of Leo, and an Ascendant at 5 degrees of Aries. How does this help in fine tuning the interpretation of these three basic elements of a chart? (Again, I am not including anything about houses or aspects here, just a broad stroke of the way fine tuning utilizing a decan can go. The houses and aspects will also modify and fill out the picture much more .)

First, we look at the sun. At 12 degrees of Sagittarius it falls in the second decan of Sagittarius which is the “Aries decan of Sagittarius.” This means that the sun carries all the qualities of Sagittarius sun and is expressed through a more Aries-like quality. So, while Sagittarius may suggest that this is someone who is may be very interested in pursuing things like higher education, justice, and/or spiritual pursuits the way the Aries decan says that one may likely pursue these things could manifest in a very self-interested fashion. While this person might be interested, say, in the justice system, when they do get involved in that system their motivation for doing so may not come from a particularly altruistic push of helping the downtrodden seek justice. It could be a very self-serving motivation in that “being a justice seeker” is the persona they are trying to develop and maintain. Aries (the “baby” fire sign) often likes to initiate projects and programs but they can also have a hard time seeing things to completion because they lack the maturity to apply discipline so they would likely be more interested in looking like they were the one in charge than actually implementing change. Lastly, Aries is ruled by Mars so this might point to a tendency to be adversarial in approach rather than collaborative as Sagittarius is wont to do.

Next, let’s look at the moon at 12 degrees of Leo, with it falling in the Sagittarius decan of Leo. A Leo moon is nurtured and emotionally fed by all things Leonian – play, creative pursuits, socializing with friends, partying til dawn. Security will be found in having close friendships and they may thrive in being the class clown or known as the life of the party. With it falling in the Sagittarius decan you can add that Jupiter influence and this may be someone who comes off larger than life! This person might well be emotionally fed by the adoration of the theater or movies and will be very good at it, possibly a star with many accolades! The Sagittarius decan, being the “adult” decan can also lend a very mature note to this person, even while they are living large. They could appear very Leonian with a flashy presence writ large but they would have the ability to also be very intelligent and articulate and use their opportunities of interviews to discuss equality and justice for the disenfranchised.

Finally, a quick look at the Ascendant at 5 degrees Aries. No mystery here…that is an Aries rising in the Aries decan. Straight up Aries all the way! With that Aries decan it gives the Ascendant a double whammy. Their doorway to the world is framed by that fiery, inspired, initiatory Martian charge! They will just go for it and damn the torpedos!

Check Your Chart!

I hope that this has been helpful to you and that you quickly reached for your own chart to see what your sun, moon and ascendant are looking like with this added information. It might be that you suddenly understand why you have a Gemini sun but you have never really felt that you fit that bill…only to discover that your sun is in the Libra decan! So, while you might be initially OK with lots of social mental energy your sun is tampered a bit by the Libra and Venus influence and you feel that you really relate more from that heart center than your head!

Please feel free to message me if you have any questions and if this has been interesting to you do pursue further research online! There is a LOT of information about decans out there!

Be well, be happy.



Break free, dance, explore, make beauty and/or take a walk on the wild side! Welcome to your Full Moon in Aquarius breakdown! This full moon makes an opposition to Venus in heart warming Leo so there may be a slight bump in the road or a breakthrough in your understanding about the need for love and the need for authenticity.

PLANET: MOON – As ever we have our moon, center of all things emotional and nurturing. The planet that speaks to our sense of home, safety, family.

This being a full moon, as it stands for all full moons, there is the base energy of culminations, completions, and the fruition of ideas and events in our life.

SIGN: AQUARIUS; PLANET URANUS – This full moon is in the sign of Aquarius is ruled by the planet Uranus .

Aquarius has earned its reputation as a quick moving, eclectic and impulsive sign. It rules communities but on a deeper level it really speaks to identity as an individual amongst the others of our tribe. People with strong Aquarian patterns in their charts often find that they long to find their people but just can’t seem to do groups so they are often left feeling very alone. This doesn’t bother them for long because they also have a strong individuation and may also find themselves loners but happy to be so. They would prefer to be alone and authentic with their lives than be in a group of people that they perceive as shallow and wasting their precious time. So this full moon may find you highlighting your place in the groups you currently travel in and you may be reviewing whether or not you want to continue to be included. Taking a time out and being the outsider is OK.

Aquarius rules electricity and therefore rules the flow of information….not necessarily how things get communicated, but rather, how the communications are moved through entities like the Internet, the mail system, courier systems. In computer terms, it rules the processors. How are you processing the information you receive? How are you moving information from one place to the other? In practical terms, what is your process for storing and retaining information? Is it time to clear space on your hard drive, both the one on your desk but also the one in your head? Maybe you have been pursuing a course of study and it’s just time to walk away and clear the decks to simplify and clarify your ability to handle your life.

PLANET: VENUS, SIGN: LEO IN OPPOSITION – I put the planet and sign together because they are so harmonious right now talking about them separately would be redundant!

Venus is Venus so we are looking at all things Venusian highlighted in this opposition: love, romance, worth (both self and monetary), beauty.

Leo is ruled by the Sun and highlights where we feel gooooood! Like, really good. Leo is represented by a lion so you can imagine a big, golden lion on a warm summer day, rolling and rolling in soft green grass.

Leo is heart energy so paired with Venus’ emphasis on love and romance you are getting the picture. This pairing is about the things and people we love on all fronts. The ones that make our hearts fill and expand to bursting like a glorious sun.

Leo also speaks to our egos. The ego itself is not a bad thing. It is what provides us enough of a sense of identity that we are able to utilize our higher cognition in order to explore our place in this world, at this moment in time.

The full moon in Aquarius opposing Venus right now means that whilst we are reveling amongst the flowers and good times it could be very easy for our egos to swell along with our hearts. With Aquarius’ emphasis on authenticity the Leonian ego may bristle under the gaze of this light and bluster around, puffing itself up and trying to paint itself a little brighter than is the truth.

Conversely, the Aquarian energy may bristle under the playful cavorting gaze of Leo, calling it to join in the dance! Maybe it’s time to consider a little loosening up and playing a bit more even if that doesn’t feel entirely “you.” Adding a little more joy may end up feeling so good that you may reconsider and start to explore things doing arts of some kind, dancing, yoga, or even just going out to a comedy club. It also might include doing some re-design of your interior spaces, adding something new and beautiful.

ELEMENTS: The Moon is a water planet, Uranus (Aquarius) is an air planet, Venus is an earth planet, and Leo is ruled by the Sun which is a fire planet. Wow!! All the elements are present here. So, on the whole, elementally we are really getting a lot of opportunity for balance with this full moon. The opposition may simply be asking you to look at where you are just slightly out of kilter in your thinking (air,) emotions (water), spiritual pursuits (fire), and/or material manifestations like your work (earth.) Lots of opportunity to reflect in a quiet way.

FINAL PIECES: Overall, this is a really balanced and solid full moon. Aquarius might throw a monkey wrench into your life. It’s always best to expect the unexpected with Aquarius, although whatever is revealed is most likely not going to be too big a shock and you will get some time to really focus on where you are in living an authentic life with yourself as well as the groups you identify with. It will also be a great time to see if you need to step back from some activities that might be stressing your inner processor (brain) to the point of headaches or increased forgetfulness.

If Venus pokes at you a little and runs off with a giggle try not to grump but maybe let loose and run in the grass with your shoes off, even for just a couple of minutes. I personally LOVE going to those sip and paint events. I never, ever thought I would but I get to paint in a group in which we are all “not artists” yet everyone has a wonderful time and everyone ends up with a painting they never expected they would be able to create! One of these events is perfect for this full moon!!

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Authenticity, individuality, your tribe, feeling like a loner, your processing mechanisms, love, warmth, beauty, play, creativity.

With all the elements represented in this full moon I encourage you to do a 5 card elemental spread. The layout is as follows:

  1. Card 1: North, Earth: What is guiding and supporting me in the realm of my material work and possessions?
  2. Card 2: East, Air: What new ideas and ways of thinking are supporting and guiding me?
  3. Card 3: South, Fire: How is my personal power supporting and guiding me?
  4. Card 4: West, Water: How is flow supporting me in the manifestation of my best life?
  5. Card 5: Spirit Within: What message is Divine Guidance offering about my spiritual path?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: This full moon offers a chance to take actions toward finding your authentic voice and letting it guide you toward making a decision of some kind. If it is regarding the tribe(s) that you have been involved with perhaps the decision to get more involved or to step away. But it could be any decision that is currently on your plate, one that you have been mulling for awhile.

I invite you to explore how you would make that decision with an eye toward your current processing mechanism. How have you made decisions in the past? Lists? Flip a coin? Talk it out with a friend? Whatever has been your mode in the past I would suggest trying something different this time! It may not be comfortable, but when we put ourselves into new ways of making choices we find the places in our thinking that may have been hidden and possibly guiding us in unconscious, possibly unhealthy, ways. Even if that isn’t so, it is still good to use other methods of processing in order to see with new eyes.

I also invite you to create and play and don’t let your lone wolf go off into it’s cave. Let it sit in the sun and bask, listening to the birds, sniffing the breezes. Revel!

May this full moon bring you joy and peace.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.


Raise the drawbridge, fill the moat, and arm the battlements! Welcome to your Full Moon Lunar Eclipse breakdown for July 16th, 2019 at 24 degrees of Capricorn! As with the last new moon blog this blog will be a bit longer because of the multi-layered aspects we are dealing with. There is a significant aspect this full moon makes with the planets Saturn and Pluto and it is well worth covering thoroughly so that you can be prepared for what will be needed to navigate the energies leading up to January 2020.

PLANET: MOON – As ever we have our moon, center of all things emotional and nurturing. The planet that speaks to our sense of home, safety, family.

This being a full moon, as it stands for all full moons, there is the base energy of culminations, completions, and the fruition of ideas and events in our life. Whilst full moons are illuminating and often shed bright light on things missed or hidden or not revealed to us in some way, this lunar eclipse may short-circuit this potential and leave us feeling even a bit more in the dark about events having to do with the energies explained below.

Eight of Pentacles – Rider Waite Smith

SIGN: CAPRICORN; PLANET SATURN – So this full moon is in the sign of Capricorn and Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn. Additionally, the moon physically is in a conjunction (a really tight hug!) with the actual planet Saturn in the sky. So this full moon is double-dosed with all the Saturn/Capricorn energy it can handle.

Saturn and Capricorn deal with our structures in life, both internal and external and has a great deal to do with the power those institutions and structures enforce.

Externally, there are the institutions that govern the movement of us as individuals and as a society collectively. These include banks, large corporations, governments and the enforcement of societal laws.

On the next level down, on a more personal level, Saturn and Capricorn is all about the way we choose to work in this world. Our jobs, careers, volunteer opportunities. It also simply means that we will be getting down to the grindstone and doing some serious work on all levels.

Internally, it deals with the boundaries placed upon us by rules and laws that were set up to keep us “in order.” Not all rules and boundaries are bad! Some actually keep us safe and provide an understanding of how we function in the world. However, when we run into those that constrict us, or those we sense are there to stifle or potentially harm us, and then begin to internalize these things, we can become very hard and rigid in our thinking and actions with rampant feelings of frustration.

We will potentially see some very overt power plays show up with this lunation. They might come from the outside and we may find ourselves caught in the struggle. For instance, our organization suddenly downsizes and we lose our position in the company, or our job description suddenly is revised in ways we don’t like, or we may lose our job altogether. Alternatively we might experience the power struggles arising from within us. We need to make sure that we have a very clear idea of how we are utilizing power especially if we are in a position of “authority” within our workplace (or any place, really.)

The Tower – Rider Waite Smith

PLANET: PLUTO (ALSO IN CAPRICORN): Pluto is the planet farthest out from the sun in our solar system. It is considered a trans-personal planet (as are Uranus and Neptune.) This means that the influences of Pluto are HUGE and collective. Very rarely do the effects of Pluto actually only work on our little sphere of the universe. When Pluto aspects arise the arise in the collect consciousness and we as a species, a nation, a planet shift and change.

That said, this lunar eclipse full moon is going to give us all a very up close and personal experience of Plutonian themes as the moon is also in conjunction (a tight hug) with Pluto. And Pluto’s themes are the big ones: death, rebirth and transformation. What will pass away for us will be gone for good. There will be no returning to the old ways of expressing ourselves and feeling complacent. We are being tasked with a new birthing, a rising of a magnificent Phoenix and we will need great fortitude. We can shift the pain of this by becoming a willing co-creator of our transformation by consciously recognizing the things that we must let go of in order to move on to the next higher level of our souls. The work we contracted to achieve here on Earth school is far greater than the things that we have allowed to hold us back.

ELEMENTS: The Moon and Pluto are water planets, and Saturn is an earth planet. The type of water expressed by the Moon and Pluto are very different and we will get to that in a moment.

The earthy landscape that Saturn holds for the Moon’s water is one of high, jagged cliffs that lead to tall and impenetrable mountains. Whlist water can, and will with enough time, wear down all stone and rocks, it must, when faced with the earth of Saturn, simply bow and allow itself to surrender to the boundaries of this harsh and solid landscape. Surrendering is not synonymous to giving up or quitting or sitting about in a pity party because we can’t do the things we want to do because someone said so. Maturely surrendering means to relax and acknowledge which things within your sphere of influence you cannot change, and which things you can change…then work on those alone with a peaceful heart.

The water of Pluto is not the water of the moon but is the watery vapors of space. With these waters we feel the shifts and flows that are happening on a collective level. We may see many people around us all experiencing similar themes of dissolution and loss. We will grieve not only for ourselves, but also be in touch with a collective grief. We will cry as a planet for the losses and each other but we will also be there for each other as the new paradigms arise from the ashes.

LUNAR ECLIPSE: As mentioned earlier, the eclipse will cause the moon to once more go into a shadow phase. We will feel diminished, perhaps fearful at this time as things we thought were being revealed to us draw back into shadow leaving us more confused that before. Given the areas covered by Capricorn we may experience large shifts with regard to our workplace or what we do with our job. The level of discomfort we feel may be greater than we anticipate, but the eclipse will pass and in two weeks we will have a new moon in fiery Leo and things may become clearer about why what happened needed to happen. Meanwhile, we may get a glimpse into how to move into the work we came here to do which may not be the job we are currently in. Pay attention to your dreams during this eclipse.

Art by Kenneth Rougeau

FINAL PIECES: On a global level, things are heating up and this eclipse will continue to accelerate the chaos we are currently seeing in our news feeds. The institutions that Saturn and Capricorn rule are undergoing a huge upheaval and the power of many are vying for dominance. Many structures are crumbling before our eyes. The safety we may have felt once with our jobs, our banks, our law enforcement is all shifting leaving us feeling vulnerable and adrift.

This is a perfect time to contemplate and begin to build an inner tower or fortress, a private retreat where the storms can bash all they like, but you will remain safe within. But here is the trick. You must allow the materials you use in the building to be permeable. This allows for information to both come in and also to get out! In this way you can allow for outdated beliefs to leave rather than keep you trapped into ways of thinking that may no longer serve you turning your tower of safety into a prison. Instead, you can actively allow for the transformation to happen by you rather than to you. So, instead of being at the mercy of a transit coming through your life and blasting down the too rigid structure that you have set up leaving you sitting, dazed and confused, in the pile of your own rubble, you take control of the flow of beliefs then you are able to wield the power to stand firm no matter that all else around you is in chaos.

Whilst the external institutions of control and the bounds and boundaries of society, culture, governments and laws may be being blasted away we have the opportunity to establish or fortify our inner self-control and self-discipline.

The materials that will serve you best in your construction or fortification are integrity, transparency, authenticity. You are not building to make an impression on the world. If the world is blowing itself up and is in flames (as in the Tower card) it will not care about you one little bit. But, these will be the character traits that you can fall back on for yourself and know that, no matter what or who comes along and tries to tear you down or blow you up personally, they will have no power over you in this regard.

Finally, watch your timing on things. If you have any doubt about saying or doing a thing right now, step back. This might be difficult for some but it will be essential. You will have an opportunity later.

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: power, control of self and others, transformations in the outer, actively creating permanent transformations within, structures (most notably around one’s career), finances (as related to our work), boundaries, surrender, retreat in order to advance, time and timing.

Here is a four card spread that might help in clarifying the energies with this moon:

  1. What situation is exerting power over me which I can not control?
  2. What do you wish to tell me about my own use of power at this time?
  3. What is my greatest strength with which to build the foundation of my internal fortress?
  4. What is one action that I can take to help me transform my inner landscape?


With all the energies provided with this full moon I would suggest finding four cards to meditate upon and use as guides this month.

Using the ingredients above here are the questions to ask: (Please remember that you can use any deck you like for this exercise. It doesn’t matter. There will always be a card available that will carry these energies. You might like to do the exercise across multiple decks and see which card pops up according to the relationship you have with the deck. Is it the same card or a different one? Is it just one card that comes to you are are there two or more that seem to work? Explore!):

  • Which card will provide you guidance about holding your boundaries?
  • Which card will provide guidance about your inner power?
  • Which card will provide you guidance about your inner strength?
  • Which card will guide you through great transformation?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: With the huge and heavy energy of this full moon there are two ways that would be best to do your work.

First, journal. Write it out. You may actually need to see your thoughts put to words in a very down to earth and practical manner. Just like what happens when we are having a conversation with someone and suddenly we hear ourselves and it sobers us up. Journal with all of the four cards in order to really solidify their guidance. Especially the card which will guide you through transformation. That card will be valuable for the remainder of the year. You may wish to refer back to what you have written.

Secondly, allow yourself to simply do your work one step at a time. Just ‘do the next thing.’ If you become overwhelmed simply ask yourself, “What is the next thing to do?” It should be very simple. Maybe it is, “put the dishes away.” Or even as small as, “put that shirt on a hangar.” Then ask again, “What is the next thing to do?” And keep going. One thing. Then another, then another. Those are the things that will help you to feel in control should everything else around seem crazy.

May your inner fortress be built with great care, great love, great compassion. We are ALL in this great time of transformation together.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.

ASTRO-TAROT: Ethics In Astrology and Tarot – Accountability and Responsibility


Yesterday was just…well, one of those days. We have a conjunction between Mercury and Mars in fiery Leo that will be exact on Monday, July 9, but is within three degrees of each other right now. Communications are moving fast and hot and this conjunction is now close enough for the fire brigade to be at the ready! I offer you this tale as both a manifestation of this energy and, more importantly, as a dive into the topic of professional responsibility and ethical communications within the context of spiritual arts.

A video was put out by an professional astrologer I have followed on YouTube for about a year. He currently has ninety four thousand subscribers on this channel. He comes off as a spiritual practitioner. In this video he was talking about the energies of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 2 and started to ramble about healing your childhood wounds. All well and good.

However, he then got into a discussion about the wounds of childhood sexual abuse. He said that these are difficult to heal because, at bottom, the child experiences pleasure by being aroused during an abuse event. He used the phrase, “because it feels good.”

This stopped me in my tracks and I was appalled. First of all, he throws out this topic as if it’s just a small thing to add to his chatter without considering that many people viewing may have deep trauma around this topic, then he actually states that a sexually abused child experiences pleasure. Where to begin?

When I commented that I felt he was very wrong and that I hoped the Mercury retrograde time will offer him an opportunity to RE-view this video and offer an apology to his viewers he replied thusly: “It’s in every psychology and biological book that the physical body responds with chemicals from the brain when sexually stimulated. You’re in denial.”

He deleted that comment about 20 minutes later and then posted some cut and paste commentary about all the hormones that are released (even though children’s endocrines systems are not developed) that create pleasure biologically when touched in a sexual manner. Never mind that children, especially pre-verbal infants, are still negotiating life through their energetic body which is their primary guidance system. They will know intuitively that this person touching them intends them harm and they will go into fear mode which is far stronger than some biological pleasure. They will be afraid, not aroused.

There were two other women who challenged him but he may not have read their replies before mine. He did not reply to either of them and he never returned to commenting.

I share this because this astrologer is not, in my opinion, professional or an ethical practitioner. He is ignorant and self-absorbed at best. His reply to someone who questions him about his off-handed remarks about childhood sexual abuse through making attempts to defend this type of commentary with clearly no real knowledge of the topic, sensitivity to his viewing audience, and includes victim blaming (“You’re in denial”) into his defense is what brings me here to write this blog.

For the most part, many who are in the profession of providing professional readings are not trained therapists or psychologists. Yet we find ourselves in the position of hearing deep stories from our clients that are filled with pain and sorrow. And we always have to assume that we are not hearing the worst of the worst. So we must tread lightly when we see what we see within a chart or spread. It takes a long time to really learn the art of tact and discretion.

As practitioners we are absolutely accountable for what and how we share information with our clients or subscribers. Period. Sure, we have some days where we get stuck. Maybe it’s a Mercury retrograde that has us reeling and we just say all the wrong things. If we get called out, then we have an ethical responsibility to look at our position and consider whether or not we feel we may need to adjust. Apologizing is the mature response even if you feel that you were not incorrect! Someone was distressed by something you said and you can still apologize. Defending and backtracking and ESPECIALLY engaging in something like blaming and shaming the person involved is reprehensible and points to the fact that it might be time to take a break from what we are doing and heal our own soul. This is not the profile of a professional and could seriously damage someone.

If you are someone who goes to tarot readers or astrologers and you hear something like this that is clearly wrong you are NOT obligated to continue in a session with the reader. If you are a subscriber to someone’s blog or YouTube channel, you have every right to call them out on this type of uninformed commentary. We do our best to try to educate rather than berate, but if we are triggered we might come out guns a-blazing. In all instances when we are with someone who claims to be a “spiritual healer” and engages in unethical behaviour it is best to simply stand up and speak up and hope that they will wake up.

If you have questions or feedback please feel free to contact me either through comments here or via a personal message. I will be happy to respond.

Take care of yourselves, friends. May you go gently into these tumultuous times.

Be well and Namaste.

ASTRO-TAROT MOONS: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer July 2, 2019

Well met, friends, on this extremely powerful New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer! This blog will be a bit longer because of the multi-layered aspects we are dealing with. There will be a bit more astrology involved, but we will get to the tarot in the end. Hold on to your hats, folks!

This being a new moon we start our journey by recognizing the overall energy of initiation, seed planting, and all NEW beginnings.

PLANET: MOON, SIGN: CANCER – This particular new moon finds the planet, the moon, and the sign, Cancer, being strong and in the greatest harmony as Cancer is ruled by the moon! So the new energies will be about everything Cancerian: our emotional body, our sense of home both within ourselves and our external home, our family (especially our mother,) our roots.

Because this is a new, or “dark,” moon, we are really looking at the internal aspects of Cancer. So, we may be feeling very emotional with this moon, maybe a little “crabbish.” We will definitely be focusing on looking at how we have been emotionally reactive or interactive with ourselves and our lives. Are we experiencing more mood swings about ourselves – one minute positive, the next more negative? How are we doing with actually feeling engaged with our lives?

We will also be looking at our sense of home and the aspect of nurturing in our lives. This can quite literally be about how we feel about our physical home and how we experience the feedback about where we live and the things we have surrounded ourselves with as an outward expression of our idea of what nurtures us and makes us feel protected and safe when we float through the door. We could be suddenly very critical of our home and the people whom we live with if we are experiencing changes within about what we need to feel rooted in our lives. It may lead you to consider that you need to move, but do take some time to consider whether this motivation is being fueled by wanting to make a change in your external world to fix an internal issue. You can always move, but if that internal issue isn’t addressed you will simply take it with you to the next physical location and nothing will be resolved on a permanent basis.

If our emotional world is feeling extremely tender and raw fueled by the need to change and create new ways of being we can feel too vulnerable to be out and about and simply want to be a hermit and crawl into the darkest recesses of our cave and crawl under a blanket. Honour this need! You may need a LOT more rest, a lot more quiet time to yourself. Take whatever plans you can off your calendar. There are new seeds of inspiration that need your full attention as you will be planting them in extremely fertile soil right now. These roots will go deep so you must be clear in your intentions.

ELEMENTS: With the moon in it’s home sign of Cancer there is so much water everywhere! As I mentioned earlier, you could be feeling very emotional right now. You could also suddenly be feeling new emotions you have not had before, most likely about your personal life. There is also the strong potential to be unable to hold your boundaries and that watery emotional expression could flood the banks and spill out into all the areas of your life.

Every new moon feels the heat of the sun as it gets up close and personal but usually the energy is more steamy than anything else. Due to the solar eclipse the moon is exerting great power so this could also tend to feel like a boiling bath!

SOLAR ECLIPSE: As with every solar eclipse this brings incredible power to the energy of the moon. The moon actually blocks the sun! We think of the sun as being the source of great power but with solar eclipses the moon holds all the cards blocking the life force of the sun and short-circuiting the solar energies and adding to the emotional turmoil. As I mentioned above, the moon is kissing the sun and the heat of that sun may leave us emotionally and physically parched. Please take care to drink plenty of water.

FINAL PIECES: With this new moon we have incredible opportunities to dig deep and set new seed intentions for ourselves about how we will move forward with greater in our emotional guidance system and making sure that we are feeling adequately nurtured. Perhaps we will break free from some situation involving our current family constellation which no longer serves to support in order to embrace the movement toward finding a family of choice.

One very interesting example which has happened over the past couple of days has occurred on a couple of YouTube channels that I frequent. The channels are part of an online tarot community and within the past couple of weeks the creators seemed to have several people come online during live chats and challenge to them regarding their level of inclusiveness within the community. There were accusations about the owners of only accepting some people into their sphere with a lot of qlique-type behaviour demonstrated.

Both of the channel owners did their best to address this, expressing that the only thing they have tried to do from the start was create a community, not qliques. However, as the days progressed and many other viewers also began to express dissatisfaction and the feeling of being excluded things went south very quickly. The result is that both of the owners of these channels have let the community know that they will be shutting down their live chats and probably all video content for a bit. They are feeling very misunderstood and attacked and they felt this was a way to step back and give themselves a break and let things die down – especially because it was so emotionally exhausting and sad for them. So, they are retreating into their respective caves to contemplate. This is a very strong example of one expression of this new moon profile.

This new moon solar eclipse also heralds the last six months of this decade lending even greater weight to it’s presence. The energies are building quickly toward a very big astrological event in January 2020, the exact Pluto/Saturn conjunction. (I will create a separate blog about this later.) Suffice to say, we may be feeling very big movements within and are ready to create new changes that will be life affirming and bold in these next six months. It is vital to sit down and write out your affirmations and set intentions for these next six months during this new moon. The seeds of these intentions are right here, right now!

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Contemplation, deep emotions, family, inner home, new intention setting, safety, devotion, attachments, emotional guidance system.

SPREAD: Here is a three card spread that might help in clarifying the energies with this moon:

  1. What is important for me to know about my emotions and my inner home?
  2. What is important for me to know about setting intentions with this new moon?
  3. What action(s) can I take during the next two weeks to give roots and growth to my new intentions?

FINDING YOUR NEW MOON CARD: Now, using the ingredients here are some questions that might speak to you about finding a card for this moon time. You can pick one question to answer or maybe you can use more than one to deepen the intuitive sense of which card will work for you (Please remember that you can use any deck you like for this exercise. It doesn’t matter. There will always be a card available that will carry these energies. You might like to do the exercise across multiple decks and see which card pops up according to the relationship you have with the deck. Is it the same card or a different one? Is it just one card that comes to you are are there two or more that seem to work? Explore!):

  • Which card represents your own internal home? It might be the one that, when it turns up, it feels nurturing, like it is giving you a big, warm hug.
  • Which card provides you with a flash of initiation into something new?
  • Which card feels like a fertile planting ground for a new seed?
  • Which card feels as if it is a guide for you through emotional storms or darkness?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: Here is a suggestion for grounding this information into a practical way of working with it over the next two weeks until the upcoming New Moon!

After finding your card you may wish to:

Create a small garden tableau. Go out and find some rocks and small plants. Fill a container of your choosing with fresh potting soil if you like or just use a small plate as a representative of a garden. It can look like a landscape or be abstract in its appearance. Leave a space in the center of your creation.

Collect some seeds and/or roots. These will represent your new intentions. Spend time with each seed and root and hold it in your hand as you imagine yourself putting the energy of your new intentions into each item. Journal about the intention – where you see it going in the future. When you are done, place each seed/root into the center of the tableau. If you are using a container with soil, plant the seed and stick the root deep down into the soil grounding them. If you have seeds, give them water.

Set up your card(s) in such a way that they appear to be the guardian(s) of your newly planted seeds. As if they are watching over them day and night, protecting them against any unforeseen circumstances. See them as lending great nurturing energy toward healthy growth of that which is newly formed and yet to sprout.

Over the next two weeks journal daily about how you feel the seeds and roots are doing with the energy. Is it staying in the root or seed? Is it starting to expand? Where is the energy going? Is it warm or cool? Anything that comes to mind. Do this until the full moon July 16, 2019. This will ground and fully set the intentions you have created.

I hope this has been insightful and helpful in working with this energy. Above all, be kind with yourself over these next two weeks. I look forward to sharing more with you on the full moon.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.

TAROT: Reading Reversed Cards – What to Do?

I began my journey with tarot back in the late 1970’s. At that time everyone in the circle of friends I hung out with read reversed cards. That’s just how it was done.

At some point in the mid-1980’s there was a sudden shift. It seemed to coincide with the advent of introducing the tarot as more of a self-help tool through different psychological systems such as Jungian analysis or the humanistic psychology approach. Given this method of reading people eschewed reversed meanings as being “too negative” for most of the cards. The thinking was that the negative meaning of a card is always implied as equally as the positive meaning.

Yet, when I actually worked with the “Non-Reversers” they seemed to still read the cards that were already leaning into the darker meanings in the upright position (for instance, The Devil) with more negative meanings. They weren’t suddenly pulling out the more positive, reversed meaning that would be inherent in this card. This was very puzzling to me.

The group of Non-Reversers was actually pretty small at the time. Maybe twenty-five percent of those in my group were beginning to look at readings in this new way. But, for the rest, there was never a question about using the cards in reverse.

I set aside the tarot for a number of years and have just recently returned to using it. I have become involved with an online group now and have benefited from this AMAZING new format of having international readers to share thoughts, opinions and, of course, new decks with!!

I took a poll about reading reversals at the beginning of this month. The results floored me! Here is what I received by numbers:

  • 99 people responded that they never use reversals in their readings
  • 52 people said that they occasionally do reading with reversals depending on the deck or client
  • 16 people said they always use reversals with every deck for every reading.

This is almost a 180 degree shift from where I started back in the 80’s with sixty percent of people now responding stating that they never use reversals.

Several people shared their thoughts in the comments and this provided a lot of grist for the mill.

A number of people shared that they didn’t feel the need to used reversed cards as they felt that other cards in the reading would provide information about whether or not that card should be read with it’s reversed meaning as being more prominent. I interpret this as being a holistic reading style and feels a bit oracular to me.

Some people indicated that they always read cards upright but that should a card fly out of the deck and present itself reversed they will pay attention to it and use it in that reversed position feeling that this was a particular message about the meaning of that card in the reading regardless of placement and the other cards that were around it.

And clearly there are those that simply use the reversed cards as reversed although it is a very small minority. Of course, I absolutely would recommend to new readers that they physically allow their cards to be reversed and read them as such until such time as they are completely familiar with doing readings and with their decks. It is a solid and time honoured way to learn.

One person provided the insight that even though she is a skilled reader she continues to use reversed cards in order to help counteract any interpretation bias in her readings. This was very thought provoking for me. How often do we start to have such intimate familiarity with a deck that perhaps we start interpreting what we think we are seeing rather than what is really being mirrored to us? Maybe we are having a bad, bad day and really don’t want to hear a strong message about the fact that we need to sit down and work on taking responsibility for our part in the drama so we subtly read into the cards more about what is wrong with the external situation than what is internally being asked of us? Maybe we think to ourselves, “Well, this deck is always tells me about the best in me and positive opportunities so it must mean (X) because it would never suggest (Y.)”

I think that the culture around tarot is now vastly different from my early days of learning. And it should be. This is clearly evidenced by the mind blowing number and types of decks out there! It seems that the early days of self-help styles of working with the tarot have become the norm with strong emphasis on personal growth and deep dives into the nature of our psyche. I love the diversity of reading styles which speak to great creativity and awareness.

Tarot should be a living, evolving tool for both study and learning. I am delighted to have stepped away only to return and find such a plethora of new and interesting ways of approaching this sacred art.

What are your thoughts, friends?

As ever, be well, be happy. Namaste.

Astro-Tarot Moons: Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 17, 2019

Welcome to the full moon in Sagittarius! As with every full moon, we have a completion energy and the potential for something to be brightly illuminated and revealed which might have not been seen clearly, or at all, in the past. Overall, full moons are active times and we can be quite busy.

Before we go further please remember that you can use any deck you like for this exercise. It doesn’t matter. There will always be a card available that will carry these energies. You might like to do the exercise across multiple decks and see which card pops up according to the relationship you have with the deck. Is it the same card or a different one? Is it just one card that comes to you are are there two or more that seem to work? Explore!

This full moon is all about how we learn and the fruits of our learning. It deals with how we got to know what we know. It is blending the two types of learning that we do as we progress from our childhood into our adult lives.

PLANET: MOON – First, we have “Moon learning.” This encompasses the way we learn throughout our childhood and adolescence – with our heart. We don’t have the intellectual capacities to sort out the rationality about life. We lead with our hearts, guided by our emotions often simply reacting and then having to deal with consequences of our actions with no real capacity to reflect before we react again. (The moon rules the sign of Cancer so this sign correlates to this type of learning as well.)

SIGN: SAGITTARIUS- Secondly, we have “Sagittarius learning.” Sagittarius rules the institutions of learning: schools (including online schools and classes), universities, and religious institutions. (In Medieval times the only place to get a formal education was to enter the church.) This is learning that involves the intellect. It is what allows us to move through and around our emotional experiences letting our more rational thinking filter down to our emotions and help sort things out. It is also the sign that deals with the “laws” of nature and people. It is not about how laws are enforced, but rather about how laws are created out of experiences. This is both societal and personal. It rules how we personally set up and work with our personal ethics – the personal laws we choose to live by.

So right away we can see that we have a fabulous full moon that shines brilliant light on the current state of how we are doing with blending both systems. If you are currently a student you will get a big boost from this energy for any tests or term projects you are having to complete. Even if you aren’t a student you might just get a HUGE “Ah-Ha!” moment about something that you have been mulling over and trying to understand! All readings, whether tarot, Lenormand, or with any other oracle will most likely be very clear with little ambiguity.

PLANET: JUPITER IN ITS SIGN – Sagittarius is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Because of it’s girth Jupiter provides an expansiveness to our lives. It lives large and provides a flavour of optimism to our world – definitely the planet that runs around wearing rose coloured glasses! It provides us with our sense of humour and lightness of being. Sometimes this can get a bit out of hand and the expansion keeps growing and we get a bit in over our heads forgetting to sober up! We may not be able to keep boundaries as well as we should. We don’t just love a few people, we feel like we love the WHOLE WORLD! While there is nothing wrong with this Jupiter sometimes goes overboard leading us to overindulgence in our actions and thinking. It needs to remember it’s boundaries in order play safely.

Now lets add on a couple of more ingredients to this recipe.

ELEMENTS: Elements are easily understood by anyone with familiarity with the tarot. Elementally we have water for the Moon and fire for Sagittarius. When these elements are balanced they are respectful of each other. But they aren’t very compatible as fire wants to move and do and water wants to just let it flow, man! The fiery mind should know that if it burns through too much fuel (too much mental stimulation and overthinking) it will get burn too hot and the water (our ability to be empathic and intuitive) will bubble and toil uncomfortably and it can evaporate leaving us feeling arid! Likewise, the water should know that if it lets loose a dam of emotional activity (being irrational and emotionally reactive) it will put out that fire. At the very least the imbalance could create a lot of steam fogging up those rose coloured glasses and our vision will become impaired. So it is good to watch the balance of expansiveness thinking, learning and exuberance with our emotional needs and motivations.

FINAL PIECES: When we learn what we need to learn about life and develop our intellectual abilities enough to both formulate our code of ethics and develop greater understanding about all areas of life we learn better how to trust. In our wisest capacity we learn the art of discrimination. This helps us tame our Jupiter excitement so that we don’t lose the ability to trust not only others but, most importantly, ourselves and the choices we are making. One caveat: although I mentioned the institutions of religion being connected with Sagittarius, Sagittarius does not dabble in the realm of Faith. This realm belongs to a different sign. Sagittarius is about trust that comes from living our lives in a day to day way with our real people experiences.

OK! Let’s sort out our ingredients!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: Exuberance, optimism, discrimination, trust. Education, learning, completion, illumination, expansion, optimism, personal ethics.

Using these ingredients here are some questions that might speak to you about finding a card for this moon time. You can pick one question to answer or maybe you can use more than one to deepen the intuitive sense of which card will work for you:

  • Which card represents your own internal teacher? The one that helps your blend your emotional learning and your external learning?
  • Which card provides you with illuminating and insightful understanding?
  • Which card teaches you about trusting your emotional philosophy?

PRACTICALLY SPIRITUAL: Here is a suggestion for grounding this information into a practical way of working with it over the next two weeks until the upcoming New Moon!

After finding your card you may wish to:

Have a chat with your card over tea! Pretend you are asking a dear mentor about one of the topics in the ingredient list that you might want to know more about. For instance, you might ask, “How will you best help me work with optimism?” Or, maybe just, “What are you illuminating for me with regard to learning about ____ (optimism, personal ethics, trust?) You may want to do several chats and pick a new topic for each chat. Journal your answers if you wish. One thing that is important: do these interviews during daylight hours to honour the element of illumination. Working in the dark is best left for new moon interviews.

We’re done! I hope that this has helped in your understanding of how to work with this lovely Full Moon in Sagittarius! I always welcome feedback and suggestions for how to improve your experience here on my blog.

Be well, be happy. Namaste.

Upcoming blog series: Astro-Tarot for the New and Full Moons

Way back in the dim dawn of time (well, the late 70’s but that kind of counts) I began to study both astrology and tarot. In the circles I became involved with we all studied both and so we never separated out the two modes of practice.

Now that I am coming back to both communities I find that, within the tarot community, there are not a large amount of readers who have astrological knowledge. However, I find that there is an large degree of interest from readers about astrology and especially about combining the two. But I get it! It is really daunting to think about diving into astrological study. It’s huge!

Here on this blog I am starting a series for beginners about how to begin to blend the energies of both with any deck. This will be both interactive and personal to you! I will give you the “recipe” for the basic energies held during each moon phase and you will then use your intuition and any deck (or decks!) you wish to find the card (or cards!) that feel right for you regarding these energies. I will then suggest a practical way to work with the cards and your life for the next two weeks before the next moon phase exercise.

The blogs in the series will start with “Astro-Tarot Moons:” at the beginning of the title to help you find them. When I have enough blogs I will move them to their own page.

Please join me!! I welcome your participation and any feedback and suggestions you have for me along the way!

Welcome and be at home.


Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Pull up a chair and grab your favorite beverage. Feet on the ground? Good! Delve in as deeply as you like to find what suits your inner child, inner explorer, inner guide. There is something here for everyone!

So what do I mean when I refer to “real people?”

In the world of spiritual practice we find many types of people: the gurus, the devotees, those who do groups, those who are alone. But what I have found in my experience of living has been that when you add the spiritual component into someone’s life we can tend to suddenly become….well, spiritual.

Let me explain.

As with anything we identify with we can choose to consider that identification as a part of our selves or we can let that identification take over and become the whole of ourselves. Soooo easy, in the New Age times for the latter to become a predominate motivator.

And there it is…that saying that everyone thinks is super groovy: “We are not humans having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. “

This saying has gotten a LOT of air time within lots of spiritual groups. The problem is, it is kind of misleading.

In essence, we are both. And to walk around pretending that we are only spiritual beings sent here to have the human experience has led many down the path of the world of dualistic thinking….spiritual being good, human bad.

We have to be able to look at our lives from both sides with equal measure and equal appreciation.

We can view our human life through the eyes of our spiritual work and see our actions and those of others with a wider perspective. Meditation and tarot work have been two ways that this have helped me.

But we cannot stay up in the aethers, no matter how many robes someone wears, dreadlocks they have, or ashrams they have lived in. I pursued a monastic vocation as a Buddhist monk for four years. I lived in a cloistered Abbey and spent hours in meditation. The only people I ever saw were humans wearing robes. Trouble came swiftly to anyone who tried to make themselves appear too “holy.” Sooner or later, their human nature arises and they must come back down to deal with it.

And that’s when it get real. And they become “real people.”

So that is who my intended audience is….you. A real person. With real lives, real struggles, real joys. Someone who is just as comfortable to reach into the realms of spiritual practice and feel the numinous bliss and divine joy it can provide as they are grateful to revel in that first sip of coffee as the sun breaks into morning or to make it through the night after deep heartbreak knowing that these are divine opportunities, too.

So, let’s get real and keep it real and really go for it!