ASTRO-TAROT MOONS: FULL MOON IN 22 DEGREES OF AQUARIUS, AUGUST 15, 2019, 5:30AM PDT

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.

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.

Why the blog are you doing this?

Isn’t this the best question ever?

So here’s why!

I wish to offer you, dear readers, a chance to find information about how we can bring a lot of our spiritual training and learning into our practical lives. I am sometimes great at it and sometimes I REALLY suck! With that wide range of experience I hope to offer you something that will inspire you to try different ways of practicing.

Like many people what constitutes my spiritual practice includes a lot of different avenues. Like what? A few things….

  • I am a practicing Buddhist and have been since 1996.
  • I have studied astrology and tarot for over 40 years and did a stint using them professionally for a number of years over that period of time.
  • I am a nature worshiper! I kiss bees, hug trees, and dance with water.
  • I am a rock hound. I LOVE rocks and crystals beyond measure! I have many, many and keep getting more! (I may have a problem….)
  • I love ritual of all kinds, from those provided through my faith tradition to all the little ones I just make up for myself along the way. It is one of the best ways to bring your spirit into reality.

So these are a few of the topics we will explore together! I will seek to bring exercises and suggestions about how best to use the ideas I offer into something you can use in your daily life. I hope to help you find ways to bring your heart and mind together in harmony manifested. As it is said, “As Above, So Below.” Let’s begin….