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.


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.

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!