Cash, the border collie.
Warning, there is a graphic picture of injured dog at the bottom of this post so don’t click if you don’t want to see that.
I typically try to stay on topic with this page but events of this week mean I’m going to have to break my rule this one time. This is Cash, my border collie. Sunday he suffered a brutal attack by another dog in our family. They are normally great friends, and have lived together for nearly a year. There has been the occasional scuffle, but for the most part seemed to have stabilized into a reasonably calm pack. Sunday afternoon that changed in an instant.
The old adage about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb may apply to the weather, but this year it certainly doesn’t apply to the stars. The tension we are all feeling from the cardinal t-square peaks with the New Moon on March 30th and with that we are fully into the swing of Aries season.
When the new moon occurs, the sun and moon are in the exact same place in the sky from our perspective for a moment. It is a very focused energy and when that occurs in the sign of Aries, we experience that Aries energy in a very profound way. Aries is a trailblazer, courageous, single minded, determined. These are all fine characteristics and let me give you a few more to balance out the concept of Aries. Aries is also combative, hierarchical, and self absorbed. Every sign is a two sided coin and of course Aries is no exception. It is up to each one of us to use this energy to it’s highest, or to sink to the lowest expression.
Now if we only had the Aries sun and moon to deal with, it would be a simple thing. The challenges come because we have some heavy hitting planets in the mix as well and they aren’t positioned to play nicely, necessarily. We have Pluto making it’s slow transit through Capricorn. Pluto at it’s best could be seen as the fire that burns away the old, clearing the way for the phoenix to rise from the ashes. It is terrifying and magnificent. And on the opposite end of the spectrum as well as the other side of the sky, we have Jupiter in nurturing Cancer. Jupiter is typically seen as the great benefactor and Cancer is the eternal mother, a counterpoint to the Capricorn concept of stern father. It sounds complicated doesn’t it? There is one more element to add to this and that is the element of surprise in the form of Uranus, right there in Aries next to the sun and moon.
In simple terms we have an epic battle between our own selfish needs and desires, our sometimes desperate fight to hold onto our public image or reputation and the chance of having all of our wishes come true. Each one of these areas of life is important and valuable. The challenge lies in the way they seem to be tugging against one another at the moment. Whenever we see a t-square in the chart, the answer lies in the fourth quadrant of the circle. We have three of the four cardinal signs involved. The one not represented is Libra. Some Libra keywords are balance, partnership, the needs of the other over self. When you feel pulled by the great tension in the sky right now, the solution lies in your efforts to strike a balance, to work as part of a team and to consider the needs of those around you as carefully as you do your own. It is always true that we cannot do it all alone. It is more true right now than ever that we need to pull together in order to accomplish our mutual goals.
Elements of this t-square are long term and will not be new to you, and when the sun and moon become involved we feel them on a more personal level. This is most pronounced at the very end of March, the beginning of April and then again around the middle of the month when the moon is full in Libra.
It isn’t all hardship, however. There is a great deal of grace in the sky this month, particularly in the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. In fact, toward the end of the month we see a grand trine form in water signs and this goes a long way in easing the pain of the more difficult aspects we are dealing with. First we see the planet Mercury move through Pisces and then Venus joins in, bringing her gentle touch to the sign of her exaltation. What’s more, she will trine Jupiter, still in the sign of it’s exaltation, Cancer. When a planet resides in the sign of it’s exaltation that means that the planetary energies have their highest expression there. It’s the best Venus, the best Jupiter you could buy. If that weren’t enough, we see these two beauties trining one another as well as Saturn in Scorpio. Trines are said to be the easiest, most smooth flowing aspects. Given all of this watery love, I expect particularly those with Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer represented strongly in their charts to see some real benefit during the course of this month. Earth signs will also tend to appreciate this energy and of course we will all enjoy the areas of life that are eased by this dynamic.
Stay tuned. I will be writing more about the very busy sky we have this spring and summer.
Our next lunar event will be the full moon in Pisces on September 19th. I enjoyed doing the new moon group and will be hosting another similar group for the full moon. Admission to the group is $5 and includes a single card reading posted in the group. If you would like to add a brief look at your chart and how the full moon may impact you, it’s $15. Private readings are $90 per hour for tarot or astrology or a combination. Paypal your admission fees to me at email@example.com to be added to the secret room on facebook and include birth info if you are adding the astrology option. There will be discussions about Pisces, Virgo and lunar transits in general as well as tarot topics. Group members are invited to post threads and share in on topic conversations in the room through the 19th.
At the moment of the new moon, the sun and moon in the sky are in the exact same place from our vantage point on earth. This is why we can’t see the new moon and why sometimes we have solar eclipses with new moons. The moon turns it’s dark face completely to the earth. Astrologically, this means both of our celestial light bodies are exerting the very same influence. With Virgo, there is an emphasis on order. Details become highlighted, sometimes to the detriment of the bigger picture. We can become hypersensitive or hypercritical or both. We can also become honed in and attentive, provided we aren’t overwhelmed by the information before us. During Virgo season (sun in Virgo time and the time other planets may or may not join in) it is helpful to take time for personal care such as meditation, exercise and even things like personal hygiene. During Virgo season and particularly new moon in Virgo, details matter.
The new moon is said to be a good time for new beginnings, and for setting intentions. There is a clean slate/back to school feel to it for me. The moon got as small as it could and met the sun in the sky, having made it’s way through all twelve signs. Every new moon is an opportunity to examine a new area of your chart and set new goals that support that part of you.
I am currently offering a New Moon tarot and astrology special via facebook. Find me there at my page, Jupiter Shines or look me up - Lupa Fleming. Access to the private new moon group and one card tarot draw for $5 or go for the astrology package and get access, a card AND a short new moon astrology reading posted in the group. Private readings available as well. Message privately with questions.
Hello Jupiter Shines world. I’ve written about luck before. Are you lucky? Do things usually fall your way or do you feel like you have to invest twice as much effort as the average person for the same returns? Jupiter(luck) squares Uranus(the unexpected) in my chart and I have random luck. Once in a while I get exactly what I need at exactly the right time.
But here’s a more important question for you. Do you see it when it happens? Are you grateful for your luck. I do not subscribe to the dangerous idea that we create everything that happens to us. That idea gets twisted into a blunt weapon to beat the already downtrodden with. You have to see where you’re lucky though, in order to remain hopeful, in order to keep trying. And if you give up, you really will create some terrible luck for yourself.
Tell me about your luck. Tell me something wonderful that has surprised you today.
An astrologer friend of mine, Aliza Moonpluto, has begun blogging several times a day now that Saturn is direct. I am finding the urge to write again myself, though it isn’t my third house (communication) that Saturn is visiting.
Saturn is direct near my Scorpio moon, in my twelfth house. I was born to feel things deeply, and often provide this service for others. I feel what they cannot access. I bring it to the surface for them. I am going home (moon) to do the work (Saturn) I’ve always been called to do. It is my Gemini sun and planets that require me to tell these stories to you.
Magic lies within the seventy eight tarot cards that make up a deck, the magic to unlock your own secrets. A good reader doesn’t tell you things you don’t know, he or she shows you the answers you’ve had within you all along. If you have always been fascinated with the art of reading cards but aren’t quite sure where to begin, this workshop is for you. If you have a deck or two but feel you could use some direction and focus in your practice, this workshop is for you. If you would like to deepen your understanding of this tool for introspection, this workshop is for you.
Any study of tarot will spend some time looking at the meanings of each of the cards, but in order to be an effective reader, you must go beyond just memorizing the right definition of the cards and learn to work the energy that is exchanged when you read for yourself or others.
I will address grounding, focusing on the questions, setting intention, card layouts and more. There will be daily card draws and members of the group will be welcome to share their daily draws as well. Members will be encouraged to practice reading for one another if they like, and to post their own readings for input and discussion. Participation is on your own time and at your own discretion. Lurking is allowed.
Class will run for one month. The start of class has been postponed so there is still time to join us! Cost is $25 and will include at least one personal one card reading for each member. Please contact me with questions or to rsvp for the workshop.