One of the things I was once sort of famous for was my habit of dying my standard poodle pink. I used harmless food coloring in the process of her regular bath. It was great fun and she loved the attention.
I first dyed my dog Roxie the day the levies were failing in New Orleans after Katrina. I needed to get away from the news and what I discovered was there is magic in shaking up people’s perception of reality. Walking around in the world with a big pink dog gets attention. It makes people stop what they are doing and ask questions, interact. It breaks them out of their rut, if only for a moment.
My friend wasn’t just wishing me fun or silliness. She knows those ridiculous colored dogs are part of my life purpose. I am here on the planet to make you think, to question mundane reality, to shake things up a little.
What is your life purpose and what do you wish for to help you along that path in 2013?
*Pictured: Faith, my second standard poodle and my son Aubrey, age 5 at the time.
I said to a friend not long ago that I hoped I could get back on track soon. She said she didn’t think I had been off track. I think she’s right. Life is a journey. For me, life is a river that sometimes goes underground. It seems on the surface that nothing is happening but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In a little over a month, Jupiter will turn direct. When planets are retrograde, their energy seems blunted, or even absent. Everyone talks about Mercury retrograde, when communication and travel just don’t seem to go well. Jupiter is expansion, good fortune, luck. With Jupiter in my natal chart conjunct my natal Mercury, it’s retrograde affects my ability to communicate as much or perhaps more than Mercury’s retrogrades do.
When Jupiter turns direct, everything in the sky will be direct for a while. No retrogrades until Saturn’s retrograde starting the middle of February. As I see it, the New Year may have a slightly slow start, but be prepared to fly. Do the work now to be ready to roll. Uranus, planet ruling surprises, has just recently turned direct, so you may expect the unexpected. You may not have to wait til the end of January to see big shifts. But don’t beat yourself up if everything takes a little while to fall into place.
There are many ways to interpret each card. The book that comes with the deck should only be a starting point. It is more important to go with your first impression than with what each card is supposed to mean, but first you should develop a good basic understanding of the traditional meanings. When you know what the cards are supposed to mean, then you can interpret them with your own flare. Take your time and learn the system. It is not a skill that develops overnight. The Tarot Nova is a great beginners deck, but you need to do your homework. Read everything you can about tarot, look at other decks even if it’s just online. And don’t put too much stock into readings you do for yourself. Tarot is a useful tool for meditation but not ideal for predicting things for yourself.
I have Saturn in my fourth house natally. I have a love/hate relationship with the idea of home. Fourth house, you may know, is associated with home and family, our roots and our heart. It anchors us to the past, feeds us and provides a soft place to land. Saturn there makes the landing a little rougher sometimes. To further complicate things, my natal Saturn in the fourth house is in the sign of Pisces. Pisces flavored things are difficult to pin down. They defy easy definition.
Adding to the complicated mix, Saturn is a cornerstone, not just by it’s nature but by it’s placement in my chart. It ties into all of the best and worst aspects of my natal chart. Discipline, structure, work ethic, responsibility… all must be balanced carefully on the knife’s edge. Too much Saturn and I am rigid, inflexible, stubborn. And breakable, like a bone.
Why is my fourth house Saturn on my mind? Because I’ve recently moved and while i am highly adaptable, I need a little corner of the world to be my sanctuary. With Saturn in my fourth house in faith centered Pisces, my home is my temple and my temple has been in ruins.
What does your fourth house tell you about the concept of home? Contact me privately if you would like to take a look at your chart. Together we can untangle the inner conflicts that prevent you from accomplishing your goals.
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We are about halfway through Mercury Retrograde. How are you faring? I feel like I”m moving through jello but things are slowly improving for me.
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Why Jupiter Shines? I am a Gemini. That means that at the moment I was born, the sun was in Gemini. Jupiter, Mercury and the North node of the moon were all also in Gemini. This grouping is referred to in astrology as a stellium.
The sun in astrology shows where you shine. It is our creative self, the force of our will, the part of us that for most people is most obvious.
Gemini is charming, talkative, flighty, difficult to pin down and ever changing. It is the butterfly flitting from flower to flower, pollinating and both taking a little from and giving a little to everything it touches.
Jupiter expands. It is high minded and lofty. Where ever Jupiter falls in your chart, you will not sink. It lends buoyancy. The word most often associated with Jupiter is “luck”.
All of this action takes place in the seventh house of my chart. This area of ones chart rules partnerships, others. I am compelled to speak. I must share my message, participate in the give and take and form connections with people so that all are enhanced by the experience.
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One of the most important things to be aware of when reading is setting your intention. It is trickier than it sounds. You’ll need to pay attention to all of the ways that your beliefs affect what the way you use the cards. Tarot, like any spiritual practice, falls in the realm of Neptune and the 12th house. That means it is an inherently leaky system. The information you seek leaks through in between the lines of reality and so will any fears or doubts.
Do you ever get what you know is a clear message from the universe? I do and I had a pretty potent one recently.
I have been struggling with pain for years and my ability to do my day job, dog groomer, is impacted by this. Seeking a solution, I went to a new chiropractor. My hope was to get relief from the chronic pain and increase my ability to make money as a dog groomer, or at least preserve my current level of function.
On my way to my second adjustment, I was rear ended. There was no damage to either car, but I knew immediately they my neck had been injured. My hands went numb right away. I am now only able to groom about half as many dogs as I was grooming before.
I am making changes to deal with this new state and it’s going to be ok, but the first thing I wondered was what is the message here.
This week I have invested new energy into my astrology and Tarot business with encouraging results. Today I remembered that it was the minor car accident that triggered this chain of events and shifted my goals from full time dog groomer with hope of having my own shop to dreaming of supporting myself through full time readings and writing.
Jupiter is strategically placed in my chart to bring strange lock through adversity. Jupiter in the sky now is activating this natal placement. Sometimes I wish for an easier life. Most of the time I laugh at the sky (occasionally through tears) and look for the silver lining that it’s invariably peeking through.
Thank you universe. I am blessed in strange and wonderful ways.
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Sagittarius is the bold adventurer, the eternal student and seeker of knowledge. It is mutable fire and all of the mutable signs have a duality to them. The conflict for Sag is man vs beast. Civilized, learned, cultured or primal, powerful and raw. The trick for Sagittarius is to artfully blend the two sides, to act with grace and refinement without sacrificing any of their power and passion.
Today’s subject has sun in Sagittarius sun along with Neptune and Venus. The latter two gentle planets soften the legendary bluntness of this fiery sign. Venus lends grace and generosity, and an appreciation for beauty and manners. Neptune obscures and so he is compelled to seek validation, clarification of self perception.
This grouping falls in his second house, the house of possessions. Second house people feel safest when their things are in order. I don’t mean tidy and catalogued. They are happiest when they have what they need and have the resources to get the things they are going to need. Job security, steady income, these things help keep the 2nd house person happy. In this case, the material things are accumulated to a large degree in order that they may be shared.
Mercury’s placement reveals how the mind works and this one has Mercury in Capricorn in the house of communication. Capricorn brings a sense of responsibility to the style of thought and speech. It also brings fears and self doubts to be overcome. Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn, supports this mind. If care is taken, he is an effective communicator. No shortcuts though. He has learned from experience that the job of thinking and speaking clearly must be handled with consistency and care.
Where Sagittarius sun is bold and vibrant, we also have here an Aquarius moon, sensitive and cool. Moon in Aquarius is like a musical instrument, perhaps imagine a harp. The strings so delicately strung that the slightest breeze sets them humming. Aquarius moon learns to limit input so that it can hear each note in turn in order to avoid being overwhelmed by clashing melodies. In this case, moon is at home in the 4th house, the house of home, family, roots and mother. Family is important and family is complex, sometimes challenging.
And if this sensitive moon weren’t enough, we also see Aquarius ruler, Uranus, in the first house, shaping the self. Perception of self and impact on others is seen in the ascendant and the first house. Scorpio ascendant guards while Uranus shakes things up. Uranus greets you there with funny and surprising jokes, little random thoughts and quirky traits. The man himself has learned to use these to his advantage, to charm and entertain, but for him sometimes this placement creates a storm at his threshold and he will seek solitude in order to recharge.
The planets I’ve outlined tell some of the story, but this only scratches the surface. We have a mystic rectangle, trines, sextiles and oppositions leading these players in an elaborate dance. There is more grace here than he knows and challenges he is all too familiar with.