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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sun in Aries / Equinox 2021


As the Sun moves into the sign Aries today (March 20), we celebrate the start of a new zodiacal year, while also celebrating the Equinox and International Astrology Day.

One way I am marking the move into Aries is by creating and crafting pieces of jewelry designed specifically for people born with the Sun in Aries. Here are my two latest creations, along with links to the Etsy shop where they can be purchased (just click the name of the item under the pictures).


Aries Memory Wire Bracelet



Aries Silver Chain Earrings

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Ghost Spirits Reading

I recently did a 3-card reading for a client in which I asked the Ghost Tarot by David Corsi (Lo Scarabeo) what it could tell her about any spirits that are around her at this time.

After doing that reading, I thought it sounded like a cool idea to do one for myself. So I did!

The Question: What can you tell me about any spirits that are around me at this time?

Before I present the cards that came forward to answer this question, I have to exclaim at the similarities between my reading and the one I did for my client. Both readings contained one Major Arcana card, and in both readings, there were connections between each of the cards and the zodiac sign Sagittarius (or the planet Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius). I don’t necessarily attribute any significance to that – but it’s interesting! 

The Cards


THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The Spirit of Fate. Linked with the planet Jupiter. 

This spirit remains with me as the Wheel turns, between highs and lows, failures and successes, death and rebirth. It is not a spirit that needs to “move on.” Rather, I feel it is a spirit that is part of this world as much as any other. As I mentioned, Jupiter is the ruling planet for Sagittarius, which happens to be my Sun sign. 

KNIGHT OF WANDS: The Spirit of the Traveller. Linked with three decans between Scorpio and Sagittarius. 

The sign Sagittarius is known as the sign of the traveller, and the Ninth House (associated with Sagittarius) is the House of Long-Distance Travel and Philosophy. The spirit represented by this card shows me the vastness of the world that lies ahead of me and behind me. 

EIGHT OF WANDS: “Freedom is priceless. And boundless.” Linked with Mercury in Sagittarius. 

The saying for this card in the LWB is “Freedom is priceless. And boundless.” And yes, Sagittarius is known for its need and desire for freedom and independence. I love the image on this card, of the golden, glowing woman floating through the sky over hills and rivers, free as the birds who accompany her.

I would be remiss not to mention that Sagittarius was my father’s Sun sign (I was born on his birthday). He passed away in 1998, and I can’t help feeling that these cards somewhat represent his continued presence – not because his spirit “can’t move on,” but because it *can* visit and inhabit this realm as easily as any other.

If you would like a one-card reading about the spirits surrounding you at this time, just leave a comment below. I have to approve all comments, so I will be sure to see it. If you want the reading to be private, you will need to contact me to let me know how to contact you privately.



Thursday, February 4, 2021

Travelers Spread

In these days of “Covid confinement,” I am not doing any literal “travel” – but that doesn’t mean I can’t take a journey of the mind and spirit. The itinerary for this voyage is provided by the Sacred Sites Tarot (Massimiliano Filadoro, Federico Penco / Lo Scarabeo).

The positions are simply indications of the stages of the trip – i.e., card (1) is the first stop on the journey. To decide how many places I am visiting, I am drawing a random card from the deck. Ah, the THREE of Swords. It seems there will be three stops on this trip. Let’s see where we go…


(1) The KNIGHT OF SWORDS takes me to Mount Tabor in Galilee, Israel.

“Although it is not named in the New Testament, Mount Tabor is the traditional site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. The first churches on the mountain were built in the 4th century AD. At the summit of the mountain there are a Franciscan church and hospice and a Greek Orthodox church. From atop the summit, there is a panoramic view of Upper Galilee. Ruins of crusader fortifications are numerous.” (https://www.britannica.com/place/Mount-Tabor)

I have never traveled to the Holy Land and don’t have a particular desire to do so. But I think perhaps I would find a visit to Mount Tabor to offer a powerful sense of history.

 


(2) Next stop: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, courtesy of THE HANGED MAN, who invites me to visit Christ the Redeemer, a statue that stands about 38 meters (over 124 feet) tall according to the LWB for the Sacred Sites Tarot. Another source places the height of the statue at 98 feet/30 meters but in any case, it is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Obviously this statue has tremendous religious significance. 

One of the things I always think about is that some people say this was the inspiration for Paul McCartney’s song “The Fool on the Hill.” There are several other interpretations of the song, but I didn’t know about the statue until I read that explanation, so I tend to associate the two.

 


(3) Last stop: Speaking of fools, THE FOOL escorts me to my third and final stop on this trip: Mount Graham in Arizona, USA.

For generations this mountain has been a fundamental sacred site for the indigenous San Carlos Apache tribe. For astronomers from the University of Arizona, the mountain was a prime location for their new observatory. In 1990 the Apache Survival Coalition was formed to save the sacred mountain; however, in spite of their efforts, a telescope was erected and dedicated there in 1994. Some San Carlos Apache still place their trust in medicine men, who journey to Mt. Graham to look for healing herbs—special plants and plant parts that can only be found there—and to learn healing techniques from the mountain spirits. (Source: https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/san-carlos-apache)

Although I am not Native American, I still feel drawn to the culture and spiritual practices of many tribes. I enjoy reading the legends and visiting places that are associated with Native beliefs and folk lore. I lived for many years near Cherokee land in North Carolina.

 

This has been a fascinating trip! Stay tuned for more adventures with The Sacred Sites Tarot.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Forgotten Tarot: A Deck Interview

The Forgotten Tarot
by Siri Soderblom
© 2018 ElecTech, Inc.

As Angie Buchanan puts it: “This unique deck stirs the cauldron of memory, and whispers a message down the ancestral line.”

And so for today’s deck interview we must travel back in time, to places and people forgotten -- yet perhaps not entirely forgotten, and to sights and sounds and scenes stored in and treasured by the universal subconscious mind.

(1) How would you describe your essence or essential energy?

JUSTICE

My essence or essential energy
is such that I am able to make it clear 
exactly what the Seeker deserves (good or bad) 
in an impartial manner, in all fairness, 
and without prejudice.

I reveal what is needed 
to maintain or create balance in all things.

 

(2 Which card do you feel reflects my essence or essential energy? 

FOUR OF COINS

A key element 
of your essence or essential energy
is a desire for control and a fear of loss. 
In and of itself, this is neither “bad” nor “good.”
 
It can be quite useful when 
self-preservation is in question. 

It can be quite detrimental when applied 
without regard for reality.

 


(3) What story do you hope to tell me? 

NINE OF SWORDS

The story I hope to tell you 
is a story of how best to deal with 
anxiety, worries, and fears 
that crowd your thoughts and repress your spirit.
 
Nightmares can be informative 
when viewed in the bright light of day. 

The secret is to understand which fears
are based on facts and which are based on irrational feelings.

 

(4) What should I not expect from you? 

PAGE OF SWORDS

Do not expect 
naïveté, inexperience, 
or “unbridled optimism” from me. 

I have been around the block 
more times than you can possibly imagine.

 

 

(5) Which card most closely represents us as a team? 

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

As a team, 
we move in cycles and stages 
around the Wheel – 
up and down – 
around and around – 
ever changing and evolving. 

What goes around, comes around, 
and truly, there is nothing new under the sun.

 

I look forward to doing many readings with this no-nonsense deck!