May 5, 2017: Grand Earth Trine

Astro-Happenings: May 5, 2017. Blink hard, and you may miss this one…but for part of today, the Sun, the Moon, and far-distant Pluto will line up in a configuration known as a Grand Earth Trine. Trines are usually thought of as pleasant relationships that form between Planets as they go careening about the sky. When … More May 5, 2017: Grand Earth Trine

Mosh-Pit in Aries Today!

The Sign of Aries serves as host for several travelers today, as the Moon, Mercury, and Uranus all congregate there. The Moon is especially quick, and Mercury is no foot-dragger, either, so this configuration won’t last for very long. But what does this particular set of celestial circumstances mean for you? For one thing, it … More Mosh-Pit in Aries Today!

New Moon in Taurus (Wednesday – April 26)

This Wednesday, the 26th of April, marks the occasion of our next New Moon. In sharp contrast to Full Moon moments – when the Moon is as large and bright and majestic in the nighttime sky as she ever gets – New Moon occurrences are remarkable for the total absence of a visible Moon. The … More New Moon in Taurus (Wednesday – April 26)

Pairing Tarot Cards By Using Astrology

Over a century ago, there was this group of mystics in England who called themselves the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (often shorthanded by us modern types into just the “Golden Dawn” or even the “GD”). Their work still pervades almost every corner of present-day Tarot, and one of the more interesting things that … More Pairing Tarot Cards By Using Astrology

RWS and Thoth: Anubis!

It’s easy to focus on all the differences that separate the RWS and Thoth decks from each other…but it also pays to celebrate the similarities once in a while, and to remember that Waite and Crowley both came up through the ranks of the Golden Dawn, and both loved a lot of the same source … More RWS and Thoth: Anubis!

Astrology/Tarot Mapping: The High Priestess

The astrological symbol that you’ll most often find people holding forth as a correspondence for The High Priestess is the Moon. And that’s understandable in part because in the highly influential Rider-Waite-Smith deck, The High Priestess wears a headdress that’s evocative of the three phases of the Moon, and she also has a large crescent … More Astrology/Tarot Mapping: The High Priestess

Tarot: Gateway Cards, Part 2

A few days ago, I posted about this notion of The High Priestess serving as a sort of “Gatekeeper” who can allow passage through her pomegranate curtains to worthy seekers, where they will then suddenly find themselves in the landscape of the Moon card.  We talked about this in the Tarot Toolkit course, and one … More Tarot: Gateway Cards, Part 2

Tarot: High Priestess as Gateway to The Moon

Some very interesting notions spun out of an email from Mike, one of our students, in the wake of our final Tarot Toolkit class. We’d been talking about the theory that The High Priestess can be seen as a “gateway” card — that is, if she grants you leave to step through the gateway represented by … More Tarot: High Priestess as Gateway to The Moon