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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Planetary Placement Spread (by Zanna Starr)

With a full moon in Taurus tonight, I was prompted to create a Tarot spread related to the position of the Moon in Taurus in my birth chart. This spread can be used in many different ways, not just to explore planetary or luminary placement in your birth chart. However, I am focusing on that area for my Purpose and Question in this post. I am using the Sharman-Caselli deck by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Giovanni Caselli (St. Martin's Griffin).

PURPOSE: The purpose of this spread is to explore how I can make the best use of a particular placement in my astrological birth chart.

MY QUESTION: How can I make the best use of this astrological placement in my birth chart?



(1) Planet or Luminary
(2) Zodiac Sign
(3) I need to analyze this
(4) I need to explore my feelings about this
(5) I need to "get physical" about this
(6) I need to meditate on this
(7) I need to be cautious about this
(8) I need to avoid this


Sharman-Caselli Tarot
Sharman-Caselli Tarot

(1) Planet or Luminary: MOON (Tarot card = The High Priestess)
(2) Zodiac Sign: TAURUS (Tarot card = The Hierophant)

Before I continue with the reading, let's take a look at these two cards, side by side. The figures on the card are dressed similarly in white or cream-colored garments. Both cards feature two pillars, one on either side of the central figure. These two people face away from each other and are focused on in their own activities, seemingly unaware of each other -- she with her pomegranates and he with his keys. The High Priestess speaks to me of inner life and the internal Higher Self, whereas I usually view The Hierophant as a representative of the traditions, religions, or social structures that play a role in the outer or physical world.

Together, they have several messages for me.

Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(3) I need to analyze this: TEN OF SWORDS
I need to analyze an attitude, perspective, or perception that is ending or needs to end in order to clear the ground for something new and improved. With my Moon in Taurus, this is likely to be an attitude, perspective, or perception to which I stubbornly cling, perhaps because of my strong need for love and security.
Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(4) I need to explore how I feel about this: THE HERMIT
I need to explore how I feel about solitude and introspection, as well as how I feel about sharing what I have learned (my "lantern") with others. What are my feelings about my inner journey as it relates to the outside world? With my Moon in Taurus, I tend to dislike large, noisy gatherings. I would rather be with a few close friends in a quiet setting. Do I feel drawn to develop a public persona so that I can show others the way, or will I choose to withdraw?

Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(5) I need to "get physical" about this: ACE OF WANDS
I need to "get physical" about a new project or path. My first thought is that this might be some sort of exercise or physical activity that I can get enthusiastic about. That's the trick, you see. I have yet to discover a physical activity that I enjoy (and I have tried them all at one time or another). That good old Taurus endurance and determination has helped me stick with unpleasant physical activities for weeks before I finally give it up out of boredom or genuine dislike.

Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(6) I need to meditate on this: FOUR OF CUPS
I need to meditate on how I can spend more time enjoying and appreciating what I have and less time in a funk over what I don't have. Having the Moon in Taurus lends me emotional stability but also a sensitivity that tends to call my attention to what I lack. The Moon, after all, is the Moon.

Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(7) I need to be cautious about this: SIX OF PENTACLES
Taurus is an inherently cautious sign, and the suit of Pentacles (Earth) in this position seems quite appropriate. In fact, in the OGD system, the Six of Pentacles is associated with the Moon and Taurus!  My first reaction to this card in this position is that I need to be cautious about what I give and what I take in a material or financial sense. Taurus is the astrological sign of earthly possessions. The Moon often represents deception, illusions, or cloudy vision. Being cautious in the area of giving and receiving at a material level is not a bad idea for someone with the Moon in Taurus.

Sharman-Caselli Tarot
(8) I need to avoid this: THE FOOL
The Fool's sense of adventure and potentially reckless nature are pretty much at odds with a Moon in Taurus placement. The thought of abandoning old (current) ways in favor of the unknown makes Taurus frown with disapproval. I think this card is simply saying that the placement of the Moon in Taurus can help me avoid being too impulsive or "devil may care." My desire for adventure (courtesy of my Sagittarius Sun) needs to be tempered and advised (at least some of the time) by practical, reliable, sensible Moon-in-Taurus.

I welcome any comments you care to make on this spread. Please let me know if you try it and how it worked for you!



  1. Interesting spread Zanna - it certainly seems to be nudging you towards change of some sort.

  2. This was fascinating! Probably a bit complicated for me but I might give it a try.

  3. It does, doesn't it, Helen?

    Terry - your question doesn't have to relate to your birth chart. You can just ask a straight question and use the positional definitions without any astrological references if you like.

  4. Hello Zanna!
    Please can solve my doubt ?
    What is name this tarot used in this Topic?

    1. This is so embarrassing! Normally I am a stickler for identifying the deck, its creator(s), and the publisher for any cards I use on my blog. I have gone back through this post from 2010 and added the information. This is the Sharman-Caselli Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Giovanni Caselli (St. Martin's Griffin).


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