ASTR0-TAROT: FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN – FEAT. A SATURN/PLUTO CONJUCTION! OH MY!

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?

FINDING YOUR FULL MOON CARDS:

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.

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.