Friday, December 27, 2013

What's in a Name ? Rethinking Black Moon Lilith


We still use the given Greco-Roman names of Gods and Goddesses to describe the planets, but this can sometimes be limiting. Mesopotamians, for example, didn't deny Ishtar-Inanna her dualism as morning and evening Star, nor her aspects as both love/sex and war/death Goddess. Venus, the same planet, is pretty much restricted to Goddess of beauty and love. Not that Love isn't the highest power, but she's left being a bit one-dimensional. Her shadow is repressed and, according to the mythology, comes out in underhanded ways due to jealousy or vanity. How are we supposed to consciously evolve if we are still stuck on these incarnations of the archetypes ? 

Digitally 'restored' Burney Relief, depicting Lilith or Ereshkigal

Case in point - Black Moon Lilith. This is not actually a physical object but a 'void space' that acts as a shadow Moon, in modern astrology. Being the Moon's dark twin, it's been named after the screech owl of the Hebrew Bible who is, essentially, menstruating Eve, with a clinical case of hysteria-induced vampirism. Based on this archetype, Black Moon's natal position shows where we sabotage our own happiness, especially in relationships. But modelling our un-lived self on this jilted first lady, who chose to cavort with creatures of the night, rather than submit to her husband's dominance leaves us without the means to consciously break the cycle of hurt. Personally I don't mind that she was a 'demoness', but that word has  some heavy associations I'd rather not have to carry !


In Buddhism and Hinduism, deities that are black are referred to as 'wrathful'. But they are actually more like the embodiment of relentless mercy or fierce compassion, that cuts straight through fear, anger or whatever state of distraction our minds might be in. Kali or Mahakala are extreme examples, but the Black Tara - who is most often depicted as dark green/blue - might be a more subtle yidam*  for our shadowy, lady Lilith. 

Unlike the radiant energy of White Tara, Black/Wrathful Tara is associated with power, but embodies the freedom and potentiality of non-form and infinite wisdom. A Buddhist friend was describing it to me as the feeling of infinite space one gets in a pitch blackness. More un-structive than de-structive. Wrathful yidams are also protectors, which is ideally what BM Lilith must become for women who are past child-bearing years.

 Tibetan  Bluish-Black 'Wrathful' Tara  (Looks like the actual 'black' manifestation 
   is in the top left corner, while the main one is a more of a wrathful,  Green Tara)

Black Moon Lilith's  retrogrades are frequent, her next being Jan 23 to Feb 7, with a Sun opposition on Jan 27. It's two-week  opportunity for contemplating what drives our self-sabotage (for women especially, but also for men who project their shadow feminine onto the ladies) and work on integrating Tara and Lilith. During her retrograde, make time to sit in a pitch black room, where you feel safe, or if you are out in the country, with no lights, sit outside during the New Moon at the end of the month. "Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void." If you should feel or see a negative emotion or it's embodiment, observe it, note it, let it dissolve naturally into the blackness. Feel the protection and constance of this void space, the true, feminine nature behind the demoness mask of Black Moon Lilith. 



*enlightened being, aka deity.


Note: There are, in fact, three Liliths - Black Moon, Dark Moon and asteroid. Some astrologers combine all three. I find BM to be enough by itself, not least because it's exactly conjunct my Moon.





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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

WHAT IS TAROT ? Part Two

What is Tarot ?

In Part 1 I tried to provide a bit of background to the cards, and how they evolved into an esoteric medium. Tarot Marseille, I argued, is the 'mother' of all esoteric Tarot, not Waite, which came along much later and was inspired by the Marseille. So when I talk Tarot, you can assume I mean Marseille, not any other. 

People who get interested in Tarot often start with a more visually descriptive deck. Of course, readers need to be comfortable with their deck, choose one that speaks to them, but the intuition can be manipulated by imagery that gets too literal. Then we get into predicting scenarios, which I think is not the true purpose of Tarot. Like the  story that begins 'Once upon a Time..., " Tarot allows the reader and querent to step outside of linear time and into circular or unconscious/dream time. But to make solidified future predictions is to be stuck in linear time, creating self-fulfilling prophesies. I had to stop doing 15 dollar tea room readings, because it was really lowering my frequency, having to explain to folks that they actually had to do the work if they wanted to expect certain outcomes - that it isn't all just fated so we can skip chapters to find out how the book will end. 
Similarly, we ought to avoid pinning concrete associations to the trump archetypes. The only things we can be certain of are that they are symbolic, their numbers are significant, and that they are 'keys'...keys to what ? That's for you to find out. 
The linear thinker will have a problem with the possibility of a card meaning many things. They want it to mean one thing, so that when it comes up in a reading, there is no question (that said, many readers have come to associate meanings to individual cards out of experience, which is different). There are many books available that provide these kind of guidelines, but it is ultimately Tarot itself, not the books, that will open you up to it's teachings. 

As I said, the images are keys. Keys to the doors of your own unconscious as well as the greater, collective unconscious. Tarot illustrates the cycles of everything in our Earthly experience, so we can use them to unlock whatever our soul or cell memory is storing, be it a memory from childhood, the future, or the dawn of creation. Sounds lofty, I know, but it's a bit like realizing everything is composed of fractals or mathematical equations. The numbers are keys to the keys. The plethora of associations gets narrowed down when you group the cards and look at their relationship to each other, in the context of a spread.

Let's take a look at an individual card and free-associate...


Older Marseille Star and 'restored' Camoin-Jodorowsky version. 
Word play is another 'hint' found in some Marseille trumps - 
The Star and The Fabric (fabric of life ? veil ?)

Possibly my favourite trump is 17, The Star. I see it as the expression of grace, or a state of grace, which all of us are born in. A naked woman kneels by a flowing body of water, mixing the waters of life, perhaps her proverbial water is breaking. Above her is a divided, eight-pointed star, surrounded by seven smaller stars. The eight-pointed star was Inanna/Ishtar to the ancient Mesopotamians, later Venus. The Pleiades, or 'Seven Sisters' is where the Australian aboriginals, likely the first humans on the planet, say they came from. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky is also the sacred star of Isis, the Mother Goddess, daughter of the Earth and the Sky. 


Fernand Le Quesne, La Toile d'Araignee 1892

One can easily find Egyptian refs in this image; Isis, Sirius, the flooding of the Nile, the Ibis, Seshat (wife of Thoth) who was essentially the record keeper -"Seshat opens the door of Heaven for you." The emblem she wears on her head looks like a seven-pointed star or leaf (or fountain ?) inside a breast. That might be her ibis husband in the tree. Osiris is cast into the river in a coffin on the 17th day of a month, Odysseus floated on a raft for 17 days, after leaving Calypso. In Greece, it is considered best to cut timber for boats on the 17th day of a month. Both Greek and Islamic philosophers noted the importance of 17, in music, the creation of the material world and number of faculties of the soul. So much reference in just this one, very simple image. (And I haven't even gotten into the colours !)


Seshat carved on the temple at Luxor

The number cycles  in Tarot can also be deciphered  a few different ways, with all roads leading to Rome; There are 3 cycles of 7, plus the Fool, or two cycles of 9, plus 3...there are pairs, groupings of 4, opposites, and so on.

Let's say 1-9 was the first cycle (i.e.  first path on the road to creation, individuation or initiation). There is then a split, with the onset of teen digits, that happens as we are becoming conscious, wherein we face the challenges of duality and relationship. As the Wheel of Fortune/Samsara turns in card 10, we can think of the 1 as the 'I' and whatever the second number means is now beside us, so we can look at it. 


   

Trumps 7, The Chariot and 8, Justice (Balance) - two types of equilibrium ?

In alchemy and mythology, there are 7 steps, veils, gates, chakras and what not, to pass through, open or cast off before entering heaven or reaching enlightenment. So we could say the 'I' or 1 in The Star is recognizing the divine in itself, for it is also the card which illustrates true self-esteem, not ego (that would be more the lower octave of 7, the Chariot). Numerologically, 17 reduces to 8, the number of Venus' eight-pointed star, cosmic order, perfection, Paradise, and, strangely enough, the material world. Heaven on Earth ? Eight is hugely important in sacred geometry and the construction of temples of both east and west. It's the most auspicious number, according to Feng Shui.


The Star, Ishtar

So the woman might be the Goddess of creation, in the beginning, or in a new beginning, after the total destruction and upheaval of card 16, The Tower. We can look at this universally (the dawn of the Age of Aquarius, the Water-Bearer, bringer of floods, only fixed sign which is a human, a scientific age and a possible age of enlightenment) or as a stage one's personal life, were it to come up in a reading, Then we'd have to view it in context, in relation to the other cards around it, as part of a whole story. 

It helps strengthen one's intuition and ability as a reader, I think, to meditate on and research the imagery and numerical significance of the cards. Once it all sinks in, you can forget it, otherwise it will be too much left-brainy intellect getting in the way. But the point is that, Tarot will connect you to all the stories and their many plots and outcomes, which are, after all, just being replayed, reread, rewritten, over and over and over again, in the present moment. Tarot is no less than a vehicle for our own journey to consciousness... either that, or it's just a deck of cards.



Theda Bara reading playing cards, the old way 


Side note: Some of  you astute people will have deduced that the cards have Roman numerals, so therefor, how can we speak of the number '17' in it's Arabic form for numerology's sake ?
It helps to know that Arabic numerals were, by they time this deck came out, widely in use, so it's not much of a leap to see it's simply  another hidden bit of information to unravel.



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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TITANS ! STEROIDS! HORMONES ! Aquarius the Water-bearing Giant

Now that the Age of Aquarius is upon us, let's look at the character of this sign, or rather it's constellation in the sky as the ancients saw it. 



One of the fixed signs, Aquarius is a giant man, bearing water from a jug. The Babylonians associated it with the creator God Ea (Sumerian Enki), "The Great One." The Greeks associated the constellation with Ganymede, water-boy of the Gods, for whom Zeus had a hankering and granted eternal youth. With Uranus as Aquarius' modern ruler, perhaps the 'Great One' is more fitting. Although, with homosexuality being at the forefront of human right issues these days, there's also a strong, Ganymede connection to be had.

The fixed star in Aquarius that represents one of the four divine architects (the four Evangelists are based on them), Fomalhaut, is also part of Pisces, the fish's eye. The two constellations are linked, which makes sense, since the waters are regenerative, live-giving. Fish are essentially semen (sea men). 


Ptolemy, the famous, Alexandrian-Greek astronomer was the one who gave us the popular image of Aquarius, but it is actually one of the oldest constellations. 

Uranus (Ouranos) took over from Saturn as ruler of Aquarius, after it was officially 'discovered' in 1781, during a time of scientific exploration and revolutions. A planet resonates the mood of the moment it was 'born' into our collective consciousness from the dark. Aquarius is an air sign, air = mind/intellect and swords, in Tarot. 



Once upon a time, Ouranos (Uranus) the Sky God and Gaia  the Earth Goddess begat the Titans, who were giants. Kronos (Saturn), one of the Titan brothers and God of Time, overthrew Ouranos, with the help of his mother and a sickle, by castrating him in his sleep. Later on, Kronus' son, Zeus (Jupiter) would overthrow him and the more refined, Olympian Gods would take over the pantheon...that's another story. But it's why they are named consecutively in the solar system - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus. Fun facts: a Uranus cycle, 84 years, is the last one a human being can complete in one lifetime. A Neptune cycle takes at least two and Pluto, at least three. Uranus is 7th from the Sun and stays 7 years in each house.

List and images of the Titans and Titanesses: 
http://www.theoi.com/greek-mythology/titans.html

So...what about these GIANTS ? 

Like dragons, giants are featured in the legend and lore of pretty much every culture on the planet, not to mention religious texts. 'Alternative archaeology' - our contemporary substitute for myth - suggests that there were once races of giants (Titans) before us, or perhaps a single race, that populated the whole globe. These super-sized humans, it is alleged, were better able to build the pyramids and other monoliths and megaliths which continue to baffle us with their construcion. I find it fascinating that, at the onset of the Age of the Giant (Aquarius), these stories are coming into light more and more. Aquarius loves a conspiracy theory, but also loves science, the weirder and more outer-space connected the better. At one time, articles about these finds were published freely by reputable papers like the New York Times. Then - perhaps by virtue of creationists or Orson Wells and the science fictional preference of a nuke-fearing public - they disappeared, only to resurface as tacky, tabloid tales. Perhaps the conspiracy theorists are to thank for  raising interest once again in archeological finds that do not 'fit' the usual explanation. 


                                     Giant, mummified finger relic of Bir Hooker, Egypt - 35 cm long 
                                          (examined by scientists, given 'papers of authenticity')


One of 18 giants unearthed in Wisconsin, 1912

Here's a very interesting piece from Salon, about the purpose of 'Alternative Archaeology' :

We already know about how hopped-up on steroids most professional athletes are, not to mention body builders. 'More' and 'bigger' are the mantra of the day in food, too, from GMOs to super-sized junk fare. The 'Hummer' was perhaps the most insulting invention, created for the war in Iraq, but sold as an oil guzzling status symbol at home.
Is this just greed, addiction, or is there a subconscious drive to become 'giant' again ? To become as "the Great One", Gods on Earth ? At the 'heart' (and I use this term extremely loosely, since there is clearly none at work here) of the beast is McSanto and genetic engineering, supposed to feed the world better, but making a Frankenstein monster out of all it touches.



Which is why I was so glad to read this article (below), today, from Ireland. 

Neptune, planet of high, healing frequency and love (but also illusion, so I pray this is not malarky) has been at it's closest to earth for the year, this week, as Earth passes between it and the Sun. Neptune, higher octave of Venus, can have the effect of the 'good fairy' who makes the bad one's curse less awful. Similarly, this scientific discovery could solve a lot of our problems, simply using methods the ancients probably did - radio waves/sound to strengthen and vitalize water. Sound is the medium of this millennium, with 2 being the receptive ear to 1's shaft of light (vision). We already know of Dr. Emoto's "Message from Water," and how simply blessing water or playing it some nice music can change it's crystal formation. Our bodies and Gaia's are both 75% water.

http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/wave-goodbye-to-global-warming-gm-and-pesticides-29525621.html


The double-edged sword here (again, air = mind = swords),  is that this sonic water makes things grow bigger, which could include us. Yes, we may be giants again, but then we'll have to consume more. 
Then, thousands of years from now, people will dig up our skeletons and say, my God, look at the size they were, is that possible !?!


 Head of Humbaba, the terrible Giant, who Gilgamesh slew


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Virgo !


Happy Birthday, Virgo ! 


The Sun entered Virgo this afternoon and her ruler, Mercury follows tomorrow. Time to wind down the Leonine romping and spending, get ready for the harvest. Virgo rules small animals/pets and I collected a bunch of fat acorns for my neighbourhood squirrels today. Squirrels are Mercurial - like Virgo, they always make sure to put a little away for the future. I also went to the doctor - Virgo is all about health, so it's a good month to address any impending issues. 

While I was collecting acorns en route home from the doc's an elderly, Italian man stopped to chat, we talked about birds. He also told me some people in the neighbourhood poison the squirrels, which is not only cruel but illegal, I'm sure. Poison is the darker, destructive side of healing medicine. Mercury's caduceus (snake entwined staff) is reminiscent of the double Goddess, who heals with one side and destroys with the other. Medusa's blood, for example, was deadly from the left side of her head, healing from the right. It's also the basis of 'like cures like', in homeopathy, where the medicine is a very, very minute amount of the poison (or similar) that is making one ill. This stimulates the body's own healing response. 

In Norse mythology, 'Ratatoskr' was the squirrel who ran up and down the Yggdrasil tree, 
delivering messages between the eagle and wyrm. 

The principal can of course work the other way, too - that which was once healing can become harmful. One example is tobacco. Another is our North American strain of wheat, Virgo's main grain, which has been genetically altered so that it is causing a multitude of ills from diabetes to obesity to arthritis. Virgo, in her stellar constellation, holds an ear of wheat, where her brightest star, Spica is located (spica virginis - 'Virgo's ear of grain'). Virgo reminds us we are what we eat, and our bodies are the same as the body of the Earth. The first Goddess temples were built around the time farming began. While it was  a good plan at one time, and tied in with civilization itself, we have come to rely way too much on over-produced grains and it has affected our physical and mental health. There were some trade-offs involved with leaving the nomadic life in favour of some security.

Ceres/Demeter

Though Virgo is traditionally under the rulership of Mercury, many astrologers agree that a co-rulership of all the 'feminine' asteroids (Vesta, Pallas Athena, Juno) plus/especially dwarf planet Ceres, together with Chiron, would make more sense. Or at least a co-rulership of Ceres and Chiron. These were all once a single planet that was smashed up. The Goddess, aka woman, was also fractured in to parts, which become whole again as Virgo; Vesta (Greek Hestia) is the Vestal Goddess, who guards the eternal flame, Pallas Athena (Athene) is the Goddess of Wisdom, Juno (Hera) is Protector, Queen/Matriarch of Gods, wife of Jupiter and Ceres (Demeter) is the Grain Goddess. Chiron is of course the wounded healer centaur, who taught medicine.

Virgo is one of the oldest constellations and can be viewed as part of a triplicity with Libra and Scorpio. In this scenario, Scorpio represents our ancient, most primitive animal instinct while Virgo is the taming aspect, the two balanced by Libra's scales. We need a balance of both.


One of the few human figured signs, winged Virgo is the Earth Angel - here doing practical service and helping us become human. You may have also noticed that Virgo's nervous system is tuned to a higher frequency. Any planets in Virgo will be 'tuned up' to a higher vibration, which can sometimes be stressful, especially since Virgo rules the stomach and digestive tract. The Pluto/Uranus conjunction generation, now in their late forties, early fifties and managing age-related health issues, would be advised to look to 'alternative' and holistic remedies, that will  balance the mind, body, soul and spirit, not just get rid of symptoms. Virgo seeks purification of the system - all systems.

Being Airy-Earth, Virgos are the lightest-hearted of the Earth signs and can be very funny, with an off-beat sense of humour and wicked observation of things. Like her cousin, Gemini, Virgo loves words and word games, to keep the mind sharp. 

'Scrabble Queen' by  Elizabeth Parsons 
Dedicated to my late, double-Virgo Grandmother and her Virgo sister.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

'Pagan' Capricorn Moon Sermon


All our mythology and religion originated in nature, or rather, out of our collective memory of being animals, plants, amoebas... think of myths of God/desses born of a fish or the sea, or the various creatures that assist heroes. Most God/desses have animal totems or familiars. While these are symbolic, meant to represent the characteristic 'nature' of the deity, they also give us a glimpse of what we once recognized as life-giving or taking, in the Garden. 

                                            Cobra faces off with the Mongoose tribe - one exception to the rule.

Predators were feared by all, but snakes had power even over them. The owl, with it's huge, Medusa-like eyes, on the other hand, could hunt snakes. The owl is of course Athene's emblem, rational Goddess of both wisdom and the battlefield, who's flip side is Medusa, primal serpent wisdom. We grasp the 'essence' of her nature, no explanation needed, when we see the owl perched on her shoulder. The spider was omnipotent to us when we were insects, and we haven't forgotten that, either. Think of the eight-armed Goddesses of India or Ariadne and other weaving Goddeses. Spiders, who once ate us, later taught us weaving.

Thoth (thought?) - teacher, magician, scribe of olde Egypt, and an incarnation of Mercury

We could look at Mercury, 'winged messenger,' as the humanized God incarnation of birds. Birds have their languages, rituals, songs, dances and knowledge of what the weather Gods are up to before it happens down here. They fly with the winds and currents, and communicate phenomena to us with their behaviour. Mercury's staff with two serpents intertwined reminds us of the original tree they inhabited and of DNA.

Birds like the Ibis have knowledge of three worlds - water, land and sky, and are therefore considered to be very wise. I have been taught much by watching a gull family this summer. One thing I've noticed is that they do seem to have rituals, wherein relatives  come and join in the circling and squawking. This happened the first night after the babies flew, then last night after one disappeared (they are flying well and can feed themselves now). Though I am worried about what might have happened, perhaps it is natural for them to leave home abruptly and the ritual simply indicates the equivalent of a gull bar mitzvah, a coming of age. 

One of the beautiful plates by Gustav Dore for Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'

The gull, and it's cousin, the Albatross have associations with the 'saviour', probably due to the sight of them meaning land was near, to sailors lost at sea. It was extremely bad luck to kill one, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote about in 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.' The mewing of gulls somehow makes them tragic, especially when many people simply regard them as a nuisance and will destroy their nests, even though they are a protected species. I was told by someone called an 'angelologist,' once, that angel wings are more 'correctly' based on the wings of gulls, rather than eagles or doves (personally, I think angels appear to each according to their own vision, but this ref also makes sense). 

Angel gulls ?

We have gone from nature to myth (old religion) to religion and in the process, somehow come to worship Gods simply as disassociated masks of the energy they originally embodied. Wild Mustangs lose their habitat and are shot for sport even as sports cars bear their name. (Similarly, the Tuareg people of the Sahara - one of the last matriarchal cultures on Earth - fight for their existence while an oil-eating auto is named after them). 
It is important to remember that while we employ nature, animals and aboriginal peoples (people who have not lost the connection to nature) as symbols, they are living symbols - phenomena that, by simply existing in our presence, offer us all manner of teachings and a way back to the Garden. 


"The field has eyes,
The wood has ears;
I will look, be silent and listen"

-Hieronymous Bosch



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Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer of Truth and Reconciliation - Saturn Direct, New Moon, Water Trine




Saturn just went direct in Scorpio, one third of the grand water trine with Jupiter in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. Saturn slows things down naturally, and when in a retrograde, even more so. Saturn is the authority figure in your inner pantheon that has your best interest at heart and who is also reflected back to you in authority figures in your daily life. It can feel disciplinary, restrictive, limiting, but once you have passed a Saturn test, you are done with it. The catch is, you won't be done with it until you have passed, and not just by a hair, with a good mark. This applies to karmic lessons, especially. Saturn has been called the 'Lord of Karma'. He/She can be very serious, but has a great sense of gallows humour.


This retrograde gave us a chance to understand and examine the reasons behind our debts, dependencies and feelings of un-empowerment. Now with Saturn direct, we should be more aware of what kind of work is still required and how to go about it. Ask Saturn (within or without - as in a therapist, teacher or older/wiser/trusted person) for help. There is ample opportunity for self-compassion and forgiveness. All you need is love. That is the seed that can never be genetically engineered.


Scorpio lives in the 8th house (one of the 3 'karmic' houses) of death, taxes, debts, windfalls and all unseen powerful mojo, esp that which is shared via sex and wealth. Some of it's themes are redemption, rebirth, transformation, desire, obsession, payback. Scorpio's ruler, Pluto, rules the deepest, darkest underworlds. In the outer, this might include organized crime, ancient burials/bones or govt. secret service. In the inner, urges and drives from the sub-conscious that bring self destruction or realization, for better or worse (usually worse at first, then better). "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men ? The Shadow knows !" Pluto doesn't personalize or have any particularly subjective feelings for you, the way Saturn does (I'd say that's kind of a good thing) and is devoid of humour - in fact humour is the ONLY means you have of surviving Pluto's effect. It's mission is 'total recall', and sometimes this can happen even if you've been passing all of Saturn's tests. Suddenly the school burns down. The Pluto part of you is still working out karma from past lives, at a soul level, so when you are done with a Pluto lesson, it's more like evolution. Indeed, Pluto works on entire generations at a time, whereas Saturn gives you your own tutorial.




Currently, Saturn and Pluto are still in each other's signs - Capricorn and Scorpio - having a high level diplomatic meeting known as 'mutual reception,' wherein the power of both parties is increased. [More on that in an upcoming blog post.]
Obviously, this extreme mojo spills into the water trine (I say 'spills', because oil counts as deeply buried bones), which acts like a womb for it. Jupiter in Cancer is 'exalted', his magnanimity and familial tendencies expressed with the big heartedness and nurturing of mothering Cancer. But remember, Jupiter is somewhat benign - he just magnifies everything, so if you have a lot of Cancer woes and self-pity, that could get bigger, too. The good news is, making things bigger gives you a chance to see them better, so they can be worked on. Trines are the easiest aspect - so easy, you don't notice them and hence can end up not even trying. As an extreme example, Kurt Cobain Was a Pisces Sun with a grand water trine of the same planets involved here - Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune, but with Neptune in Scorpio (and Mars) and Saturn in Pisces (as well as Venus, Chiron, Mercury). Plus he had a Cancer Moon. 'Get a grip' was not in his astrological vocabulary. His North Node in materially-inclined Taurus would have kicked in eventually, but alas, he didn't even make it to his Saturn return before killing himself.


Fortunately (that's a magic, Jupiter word), this water trine should give us just enough easy, but not overly so. Saturn in Scorpio brings the desire and will to get the work done. Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Cancer make it pleasurable, creative, not as bad as we thought. Encouraging, too, as you are likely to see the results before your eyes. 
But wait - you may be saying - there are a lot of horrible things happening in the world, how can we 'do the work' to heal them ? The short answer is, you can only heal yourself, and now is the perfect time to make the effort, so get going. Remember, Pluto will bring a scythe to the bigger picture, when necessary, exposing and sabotaging when the numbers come up. We only perceive about  10% of things, the rest is 'dark matter', which also happens to be Pluto's favourite drink. Things may look terrible, but perhaps it is because, at our current level of evolution, we can only see this 10%. Interestingly, they say it only takes 10% of the population to be consciously awake in order for things to change. So keep up the good work, love and laugh.

'Happy Birthday George Orwell' art

Water and Earth signs are most affected by this water action, but all Moons are affected, as well as all bodies of water. The Moon signifies the past (this lifetime and others), memories, feelings, moods, hormones/fertility, the unconscious, dreams, birth, cycles, soul, mother issues (mother, motherland, Mother of God). The New Moon at home in Cancer today provides a fresh start, some private, dark time to delve into our inner mysteries. Really use this next couple of days to set intentions. Pretty much anything's possible under this influence, but we must be receptive, not try to control outcome. That way, Jupiter's gifts can flow freely in and our old debris can flow out. Fear and control restricts the flow in both directions, and we are talking water here. That said, it is still Mercury retrograde until July 20, so if you can hold off making any new plans (reworking old is ok) until then, much the better. Mars into Cancer on July 13 will really get our desires churning. Please practice water and sex safety at this time. Mars in Cancer may be old fashioned and a real softy, but he's still Mars. And Ju-papa is the patriarch/fertility God, so ladies, if you don't want to get pregnant this summer, take precautions...

'By the Sea' from the movie, Sweeney Todd  





Jupiter is in Cancer for the next 12 months. Fortunate times for all crab people !
The grand trine of Saturn Neptune Jupiter ends Aug 12. 
Mars is in Cancer until Aug 29, Mercury until Aug 24 
Saturn is in Scorpio until Dec  2014
Neptune goes direct Nov 13 and is in Pisces until 2025


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Beltane Blessings and Tarot Workshop

Happy Beltane,  Everyone !


It's the merry month of MAYA....
Time to renew vows of being true to your nature, both within and without. Sun, Mars 
and Venus in Taurus say, be yourself, express your own light, it's why you were born.

"Let the beauty we love be what we do. 
There are hundreds of ways to kneel 
and kiss the ground."  ~ Rumi

Watch ! 1935 film clip of  'A Mid Summer Night's Dream'  mixed with 
Lorena McKennitt's Mummer's Dance  - so lovely !

This year is special if you are on the east coast 
of North America, because it's a 17 year 
Cicada cycle... resurrection supreme ! 
"Cicadas were originally humans who, in ancient times, 
allowed the first Muses to enchant them into singing and dancing 
so long that they stopped eating and sleeping and actually 
died without noticing it. The Muses rewarded them with the gift 
of never needing food or sleep, but to sing from birth to death. 
The task of the Cicadas is to watch humans to report who 
honours the Muses and who does not."


17 is the STAR in Tarot - grace, renewal, self-esteem, 
beauty, purity, cosmic intelligence, truth, forgiveness, awakening and freedom from false self/ego.

Oh soul, 
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry ?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.

~ Rumi


If there is light in the soul   
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the World.

         ~ Chinese Proverb    


"If you hear a voice within you say 
'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, 
and that voice will be silenced."

 ~ Vincent Van Gogh



Tarot is an excellent medium for helping to access your inner truth.
If you are in Vancouver and would like to learn about Tarot, 
I'll be putting on a workshop later this month:

TAROT BASICS 
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE RICH TAPESTRY OF TAROT SYMBOLISM
with ROXANNA BIKADOROFF

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
48. + 1. membership fee


Most people are familiar with Tarot as a 'fortune telling' tool, but it is really 
much more than that ! The cards may at first seem very mysterious - even 
scary - but as we get to know them, we discover they provide helpful keys to 
our personal, spiritual evolution. Rather than helping us foresee the future, 
they can help with healing the past, so that we can make informed and clear 
choices about our own journey. But we must first seek to understand their 
underlying truths, before we can use them in a responsible way. 

In this three hour beginner workshop, we will learn about the numerical 
framework, singular meanings, but more importantly, the defining 
relationships between the individual Tarot cards.

What to bring: 
A Tarot Marseilles deck is recommended, as it contains essential information 
within it's graphics and is the 'Mother' of all esoteric Tarot, but any traditional
 deck based on it will do.  Also something to write on/with.

This workshop is a prerequisite to 2 more advanced workshops to follow, 
if there are enough people interested.

Roxanna Bikadoroff is an intuitive artist who has been working with Tarot, 
giving readings and writing about Tarot and Astrology for over a decade. 
She also teaches illustration at Emily Carr University.  

*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED*
KITSILANO COMMUNITY CENTRE
2690 LARCH ST. VANCOUVER, BC
(604) 257-6976