600 year evolution of Tarot Card art

The Radical, 600-Year Evolution of Tarot Card Art

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What would Antoine Court de Gébelin think of the Happy Squirrel?

De Gébelin was a Protestant minister born in the 18th century. He authored the multi-volume tome Le Monde primitif, which insisted that the tarot deck contained secrets of the ancient Egyptians, whose priests had distilled their occult wisdom into the cards’ illustrations, imbuing them with great mystical power. Before that point, tarot was primarily a card game—meant for fun, not prophecy.

It was a bold and somewhat absurd assertion, given that de Gébelin could not read Egyptian hieroglyphics (no one could at the time, since they weren’t deciphered until the 19th century). Despite a total lack of historical evidence to back his claim, the theory stuck: Tarot decks, once a novelty, became popular tools for divination after the publication of de Gébelin’s book.

Which brings us back to the Happy Squirrel, a relatively recent addition to the tarot’s Major Arcana, and one whose provenance is less hazy: it originated on season six of The Simpsons. Lisa visits a fortune teller who is unconcerned when Lisa picks Death, but gasps in horror when the next card she draws is the Happy Squirrel. (When Lisa asks if the fuzzy rodent is a bad sign, the fortune teller demurs, saying that “the cards are vague and mysterious.”) Although it began as a cartoon joke, the Happy Squirrel card has made its way into over a dozen commercially available tarot decks.

So what would de Gébelin’s reaction be? The answer depends on whether tarot is a collection of timeless, mystical wisdom—or a flexible framework that has endured by changing with the times. Although tarot imagery employs supposedly universal archetypes, new decks are constantly being invented, and old decks altered. The art of tarot cards can never fully transcend its milieu. Which begs a second question: How do the cards’ art and design relate to the social changes, technological advances, and aesthetic sensibilities of their particular eras?

A Wealthy Family’s Trick-Taking Game

  • Bembo Bonifacio, Female Knight (Swords), 1428-1447. Visconti Tarot from the Cary Collection of Playing Cards. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
  • Bembo Bonifacio, Empress of Swords, 1428-1447. Visconti Tarot from the Cary Collection of Playing Cards. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
  • Bembo Bonifacio, The King of Swords, 1428-1447. Visconti Tarot from the Cary Collection of Playing Cards. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Despite their aura of mystery, medieval tarot cards were not used for divination, and were probably not created by ancient Egyptian magicians. The earliest surviving tarot decks—now preserved in various museum collections—are Italian, and were commissioned by wealthy patrons, the same way one might have hired an artist to paint a portrait or illuminated prayerbook.

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot is a collection of decks, none complete, commissioned by the Visconti and Sforza families from the workshop of Milanese court painter Bonifacio Bembo. Cards such as Death, who rides a horse and swings a giant scythe like a player in the world’s most high-stakes polo match, will seem familiar to contemporary enthusiasts. So will the Pope, who sits on a golden throne; and the Lovers, who hold hands beneath a string of heraldic flags. Rather than looking to these cards for mystic guidance, the Visconti and Sforza families would have used them to play a trick-taking card game similar to modern-day Bridge. (Although it’s unlikely—given the good condition of the decks—that they were ever handled with much frequency).

The cards each have intricately tooled gold backgrounds that glow like the luxury items that they were. Bembo is believed to have included portraits of the families in many of the cards, as well as adding the Visconti family motto here and there for good measure. Akin to the work of Fra Angelico and other early-Renaissance artists, the cards are opulent but pictorially flat, although the bodies appear in naturalistic perspective and their clothing billows around them, suggesting volume and form.

The 18th-Century Conver Classic

  • Nicolas Conver, Tarot card from Tarot de Marseille, ca. 1760. Via Wikimedia Commons.
  • Nicolas Conver, Queen of Clubs. Tarot card from Tarot de Marseille, ca. 1760. Via Wikimedia Commons.
  • Nicolas Conver, Tarot card from Tarot de Marseille, ca. 1760. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Produced in 1760, French engraver Nicolas Conver’s deck of delicate woodcuts, the Tarot de Marseille, is the template on which many contemporary decks are based. Like the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the deck’s design likely originated in 15th-century Italy before traveling north to France. It’s a favorite of many tarot enthusiasts, most notably the cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who designed his own deck based on the style. While the Conver deck wasn’t the first to be called the Tarot de Marseille, it’s highly prized by collectors for its delicate color palette of sky blues and minty greens. The graphic black outlines and blunt shading of the prints give the cards a simple and rough-hewn appearance, which adds to the ambience of ancient wisdom. The popularity of the tarot grew due to advances in printing technology and via the writings of 19th-century French occultists such as Éliphas Lévi and Etteilla, which popularized the use of tarot as a method of fortune-telling and assigned additional divinatory meaning to the cards.

The New Mystics

  • Pamela Colman Smith, The Empress, c. 1937. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
  • Pamela Colman Smith, The Star, c. 1937. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
  • Pamela Colman Smith, Queen of Cups, c. 1937. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

The Rider-Waite Smith deck, which debuted in 1909, remains the most recognizable and popular today. Designed by artist Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of the mystic A.E. Waite, it was the first to be mass-produced in English, and was intended for divination rather than gameplay. Smith and Waite were both active members of the Order of the Golden Dawn, a secretive organization devoted to the exploration of the paranormal and occult (allegedly Bram Stoker, Aleister Crowley, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were also members).

In addition to Smith’s occult bonafides, she was also an accomplished artist, championed by Alfred Stieglitz, who collected her work and showed it at his gallery. Smith created fully-realized illustrations of all 78 cards that made the deck a treasure-trove for cartomancers, who now had a much richer store of images to work with. (Previously, only the 22 Major Arcana cards such as the Fool, the Magician, and the Lovers had been elaborately illustrated—traditionally, the Minor Arcana cards, which are roughly analogous to the suits in a deck of modern playing cards, were not.) The Major Arcana were based on the Tarot de Marseille drawings, but rendered in an illustrative Art Nouveau style rich with patterns. Even the Fool looks debonaire; he carelessly approaches the cliff, a feather in his cap and a blooming rose in his elegant fingers, wearing a floral tunic that looks straight out of William Morris’s workshop.

An Occultist’s Pure Geometry

  • Frida Harris, tarot card from The Thoth deck. Photo by @cugeltje, via Instagram.
  • Frida Harris, tarot card from The Thoth deck. Photo by @cugeltje, via Instagram.
  • Frida Harris, tarot card from The Thoth deck. Photo by @cugeltje, via Instagram.

The Thoth deck, named for the Ibis-faced Egyptian god more commonly known as Horus, was painted by the artist Frieda Harris based on direction from the infamous occultist-about-town Aleister Crowley. Completed in the early 1940s, but not widely available until 1969, it features Art Decoborders resembling the pattern of a butterfly wing.

The deck is an aesthetic departure from the Rider-Waite’s homey Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Shaped by Harris’s interest in pure geometry, the cards are reminiscent of the work of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (a visionary artist who shared Harris’s interest in spiritualism and the writings of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, both popular subjects of study among the middle and upper classes in the early 20th century). Harris’s shaded orbs and compass-inscribed curves that fill the background of each card bear more than a passing resemblance to Klint’s highly-saturated geometries. Klint, considered by some to be Europe’s first abstract painter, believed that her luminous compositions were the created under the influence of spirits. (The same could easily be said of Harris because she was taking direction from Crowley, who was believed to be a medium, able to channel ancient and magical forces.)

It’s no coincidence that Klint’s paintings and Harris’s Thoth illustrations were shown in the same pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, which was intended to amplify voices that had previously been excluded and “cover 100 years of dreams and visions,” according to curator Massimiliano Gioni.

Sex & Self-Help, ’70s Style

  • Bill Greer and Lloyd Morgan, card from Morgan-Greer Tarot, 1979.
  • Bill Greer and Lloyd Morgan, card from Morgan-Greer Tarot, 1979.
  • Bill Greer and Lloyd Morgan, card from Morgan-Greer Tarot, 1979.

Created by the artist Bill Greer under the direction of Lloyd Morgan, the Morgan-Greer deck is, like the 1970s themselves, both opulent and optimistic. The Magician sports a mustache that would make Tom Selleck blush, and the naked and embracing Lovers would fit right in with the hirsute and curvaceous illustrations in the original 1972 edition of The Joy of Sex.

The ‘70s enthusiasm for all things New Age created a renewed interest in tarot as a tool for self-discovery, and the Morgan Greer deck was there to greet it. The cards’ colors are lush and the lines are fluid. Greer chose to crop his figures tightly and removed the borders, allowing the illustrations to extend to the edges. The effect is fresh and personal. Formally, the Morgan-Greer illustrations have more in common with Jefferson Starship’s Spitfire (1976) album cover than with contemporary painting of the same period—the pendulum had swung away from figuration and would take a few years longer to swing back—but it’s possible to find a resonance between this deck’s art and a work like Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party (1979), with its powerful goddess and blooming flowers. Greer’s strong women and frank sexuality make the deck very much of its time.

Minimalism & Identity in the Present Day

  • King Khan, card from the Black Power Tarot.
  • King Khan, card from the Black Power Tarot.
  • King Khan, card from the Black Power Tarot.

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Bashar got Bashed–He May Be Slightly Dead | Stuart Wilde | The Official Author Website

Bashar got Bashed–He May Be Slightly Dead | Stuart Wilde | The Official Author Website.

 

I also predicted Bashar  getting bashed in April in my 2013 world predictions published in newspapers and on the web through various sites in Dec 2013

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daily tarot inspiration Happy Passover from Tara Greene

I am a one woman operation and sometimes its hard to keep up. 

March 25 Happy Passover to the Tribes of Jewish people

Daily Tarot from my trusty THOTH Tarot deck 

5 Wands STRIFE

Thoth Tarot Tara Greene Toronto psychic

seems appropriate to the Passover story,I wasn’t thinking of that honestly…

Moses having to keep at it, Pharaoh of Egypt refusing to “let my people go”

ever striving.

Saturn in LEO is the astrology attribute 

Your will may be  blocked

Question AUTHORITY! Occupy Movement is all about this

all 5’s are tests.

when life seems to be blocking you- you have a choice

you can either see the glass half full or half empty

The energies are at odds today in the skies

Be honest about your own shortcomings

but don’t let others’ opinions defeat you.

Wands are Fire power. Fire power is ascending.

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Daily ORACLE -Allies and Devils,topsy turvy Astrology

Day 5 PALM SUNDAY Moon enters VIRGO March 24

a little earth can go a long way now.

Another topsy-turvy NRGY day-

VIRGO Moon quincunx Venus SUN & URANUS in ARIES – too much criticism makes Love Light and great ideas vamoose tout sweet or worse.
Balance reality and romantic dreams/illusions as Virgo moon opposes Neptune in PISCES.

Then balance analytical thinking with intuitive felt sense for best result Moon opposite MERCURY 

if you’re feeling UBER STRESSED simply breathe into your heart and slow down.
Visualize the heart’s 4 chambers.. Open each chamber one by one and sit within each element, fire, water, earth, air.
This will indicate what you need and where you are at. Just being in your heart makes space and centers you in the right place.

I AM divining with the SECRET DAKINI ORACLE DECK – not a traditional TAROT  Deck it has  64 cards

Based on TIBETAN  and HINDU DAKINI’S-SACRED Goddesses. It’s a deck I have worked with for 20 years but only for certain people.

Ally Secret Dakini Oracle Tara greene

The card is #15 THE ALLY

the # 15  is similar to the DEVIL in the Tarot Trumps. The Devil is always associated with the SHADOWS or the unconscious forces, fears, separation,isolation, projection onto others, material desires, temptations.

But there is NO REAL DEVIL, there are evil forces and entities. But it is all part of  Creation and the DEVIL- LUCIFER is the Light Bringer. The Devil works for GOD, is God.  

But it has an entirely different meaning. The ALLY  is  a GIFT to help overcome lower orders of consciousness.

It is basic raw KUNDALINI FIRE ENERGY, first chakra, called mooladhara. 

It is the SERPENT ENERGY- we are in a Black water SNAKE YEAR. It is sexual energy coiled at the base of the spine.

It can be UNtransformed raw, unconscious, brutal, physical lust and desire, as in men raping women or boys. 

This card symbolizes help to burn up negative destructive regressive energies internally or externally.

NEVER BE AFRAID of the ALLY, or else he will command you. In other words don’t be afraid of your shadows.

This is a GUARDIAN a PROTECTOR. We all need his help these days.

AUSPICIOUS. Feel  the protection of a fierce ALLY. 

Blesses BE. Ho Thank you.

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Processing Fear Easily | Stuart Wilde

Processing Fear Easily | Stuart Wilde

the North Node, our highest spiritual goals exits TRUTH Seeking like a missle to the Galactic Center Centaur Sagittarian honesty where its been for the past 18 months.

Good humour, largesse, international travel, the horsey set, optimism, trust, big promises, higher learning, education, inspiration, hypocris is not the HOT topic now.

NN moves into the DEATHLY HALLOWS  of SCORPIO Sept 1st,  one day after the big beautiful BLUE FULL PISCES MOON with extra absorbent healing, compassion, letting go into BLISS  energy.

SCORPIO usually has a fearsome reputation!

Ruthless, power hungry, control freak to the death, sex, the shadow, S & M, users. 

For the next 18 months- that’s 2 birth cycles in one,we will be in heavy SCORPIO territory.

For those of you who have already wet your pants in fear. Here’s some sage advice.

I will be writing more about SCORPIO Darkness in the next while

QUESTIONS about SCORPIO SEX POWER TRANSFORMATION in your chart?

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Women’s spirituality,nurturing Venus, embodying Love, Goddess workshop with Tara Greene

Womens Venus spirituality workshop Tara Greene

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 GODDESSES

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in a sacred space of trust and renewal,

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to discover your own Inner Venus,

your deep inner wisdom and vision,

your sacred sexy Love Goddess Nature

EMBODY THE GODDESS 

Aphrodite, Isis, Kwan Yin, Shakti, Shekinah,

Tara, Bridgit, Astarte, Lakshmi, Sophia

 in this 3 day workshop 

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 Each woman has potential access to Rio Abajo Rio, this river beneath the river. She arrives there through deep meditation, dance, writing, painting, prayermaking, singing, drumming, active imagination, or any activity which requires an intense altered consciousness. A woman arrives in this world-between worlds through yearning and by seeking something she can see just out of the corner of her eye….

If there is to be change, we are it.
We carry ‘La Que Saba’, the One Who Knows”

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

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RECLAIMING THE GODDESS U ARE

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to dance in BEAUTY

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If you feel called, then come now….

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more Jupiter in Gemini thoughts,2 angels on your shoulders, spiritual psychic astrology Tara Greene

I went to bed thinking about Jupiter in Gemini Sunday night. My dreams were very vivid by the way. How were yours?

 Jupiter just crossed the threshold into Peter Pan land  June 11 @ 1:22 pm EDT hooray.

I woke up and saw the words

Wings of Desire Jupiter in Gemini astrology Tara Greene

        WINGS OF DESIRE  a 1987 film by Wim Wenders, he won the Palm D’ Ore for best director at The Cannes Film Festival that Year. 

Wings of Desire is one of my personal favourite films ever. It is beautiful, awe inspiring. makes me cry.

JUPITER NEPTUNE SQUARE work with this energy for the next two weeks

the movie will also tip you off to the upcoming JUPITER NEPTUNE SQUARE forming over the next 2 weeks. W. of D. is about invisible, immortal angels who watch over the populace of Berlin Germany listening to the thoughts of the humans there to comfort those who are in distress. Children can see the angels but many people feel estranged from love. One of the angels, falls in love with a beautiful, lonely circus trapeze artist. Bored with eternity and always knowing the outcomes, this angel chooses to become human so that he can experience  all of the richness of human senses. It is breathtaking.

Rated in the top 100 movies of all time. It has all types of Jupiter in Gemini themes,  variety -Berlin,  punk rock, from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Peter Falk from Colombo TV fame, angels, circuses,Nazi’s, history, Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry, it is one of the deepest most intensely romantic movies of all time.

Jupiter is traditionally the home of  the master teachers in esoteric and Native American teachings so I have been told. Those higher guides are always ready willing and  able to help guide you. All you have to do is  ask.  It’s vitally spiritually important to open the mind to receive teachings from The Light. Ascended masters, angelic spirit guides and the like. Much of this will be easier to avail your self of.

I can hear my guides speaking through me much clearer these days. Jupiter in Gemini also speeds up all the communications “noise” though as well. YOu must meditate, yoga is good but as a spiritual discipline not just for being in shape.

DISCERNMENT is important.

 Gemini being air,element of SWORDS in the Tarot must discern. A dis-incarnate guide isn’t always a wise or true guide. My original teachers warned about demons disguised as the Light. One needs protection, sincere prayer and above all humility.

JUPITER SQUARE NEPTUNE

So no matter how hard things seem for you now, if you’ve been depressed, struggling financially, out of work,all very  real pragmatic Taurus issues {and serious Saturn ones too} the mood in the connective airwaves will lighten up tremendously for the next year.

Inspired by Wings of Desire the words my spirit guides told me to tell you about…

Visualize two angels on your shoulders, keep seeing them there all the time.

visualize astrology Tara Greene angels on shoulders

If you can’t see it you can’t make it happen. I literally just said these words on the phone as I was writing them!

Oh yes and synchronicity galore too.

Visualize the angels in golden and silver light on each shoulder.  Gemini is about duality. The LOVERS in the Tarot cards #6 is  attributed to GEMINI.

Sit in meditation and see feel and sense those 2 angels one on each shoulder.  Feel their shimmering love sparkled presence. Ask them for a daily message, hear them whispering into the right ear then the left. Thank them.

Do this every day for a whole year!  Seriously. MARS is still in VIRGO. You have the discipline now. 

OK, who am I kidding? Just try it for the next two weeks, I know Jupiter in Gemini needs variety..

 You will be a changed person because of it.  You gotta believe with Jupiter in Gemini.

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Blessings

all writing TM Tara Greene 2012-infinity

Leo Moon,a Psychic Tarot Reader’s Life,Chris Colfer GLEE Birthday wishes, Astrology from Tara Greene

Its been MOON in Leo ,fiery proud roaring, me  1st times since Fri May 25 which is WORLD TAROT DAY if you didn’t know. 

I’ve been celebrating WTD since 2004 and it has grown. see previous post on WTD, tarot decks etc.

I felt like a very passionate fiery LEO like WTD. I poured my heart out and performed LEo is the actor- NON STOP all day! I read in person clients very long intense readings as well as phone readings from noon till 10:30 pm barely a pee  break and a bite to eat. Whew. But it was worth it and now I am LEONINE proud! My heart is full in LEO like fashion. Thanks for all my clients old and new for connecting with me for World Tarot Day.

Hey in my life WTD is every day. I am always in the cards. Living the Tarot cards, the symbols, the Archetypes, the energies, talking to them, praying , conversing, thinking, dreaming them. The Tarot is such a marvellous resource. I am so blessed to be able to introduce people into how the tarot works, what it truly is, how deeply powerful and profound, a beautiful and whole symbolic pathway.

It takes many years to really steep yourself in the Tarot, there are so many layers, symbols, so much knowledge one has to really understand and assimilate to work proficiently with the Tarot. There are many people out there with not much experience, maybe high on the excitement of Tarot itself, getting to know the cards, but I do really feel it takes much time to be a really good tarot reader. You do have to have a thorough background in Astrology,a very intense system all on its own. Numerology, Kabbalah,color scales, mythology, symbolism. I could go on and on.

Tarot is a living system, My prayer for every reading is I know nothing….that keeps me open, surrendered, receptive, a vessel,lets my Higher Self and Guardian angels come through. I have other prayers too, affirmation prayers. There are always two parts in prayers and meditations,  an asking action type of prayer or mediation and a receptive listening type of meditation or prayer.

Energy was pretty lite Sat mainly sextiles 1 trine and a couple of quincunxes thrown in for good luck.

Except I find everyone drives crazy on a LEO moon because each person is like ME FIRST I Am the only one on this road.

May 27 Sun conjunct Mercury early am brilliant thinking!!!!

That LEO moon continues to charm the pants off of Venus and then even Saturn via sextile all before noon.

MERCURY SEXTILE URANUS @ 4:54pm PDt/7:54 pm EDt

It’s Glee’s Chris Colfer’s BIRTHDAY

Glee Chris Colfer Astrology by Tara Greene

Glee’s talented Chris Colfer MAy 27 Gemini

Chris Colfer of Glee Birth Chart                                                                                                                 click on the chart to see larger

May 27 is Chris Colfer of  TV series Glee 22nd Birthday

I love Glee, and everyone loves Chis Colfer the openly gay, multi-talented singer, dancer actor.

Chris is obviously a GEMINI, which is a hermaphrodite sign, a Two sexes in One, charming, youthful, fast talking, quick-witted Gemini,that suits Chris to a T. A san openly gay man he has a very well developed feminine side.

I have no birth time for Chris so in the chart I am using  is a NOON hour chart for one who is in the public eye.

His Venus at 26 degrees of Aries. He is  impulsive and a go-getter in love. He wants to be the boss.  Chris has Saturn opposite his Venus now. He is maturing, especially in his love life, tastes and values. Saturn is making him grow up. He may be torn between two desires now as well.

Chris seems to have the  MOON is in Cancer. He is sentimental, emotional, close to his family his roots and traditions> Moon in Cancer brings out the feminine soft, nurturing, protective, caring side.

Chris has Chiron conjunct Jupiter in Cancer so his role is to be a healer form his own wounds and emotional hurts in a big Jupiter way for others. He has related how he was bullied by other kids for being gay and was home schooled during a couple of years. His character on Glee comes out,and this has made him a hero for may young teenage boys.

His Mercury @ 12 Taurus suits him perfectly. He communicates in a sensual, earthy, Taurus way. Taurus rules the throat, many singers have planets in Taurus. It is also his best year in 12 as Jupiter and many other planets have sashayd through the sensual stubborn bull-headed sign  for most of 2012.

Chir’s Mars– his libido, his drives, his defenses are @ 27 degrees of PISCES. He is a chameleon and that’s what makes him such an excellent actor a perfomrer. He is highly creative, imaginative, dreamy, fantasy filled, humble,service oriented, compassionate. I’m such he is a sweet in real life as the character he plays Kurt Hummel on GLEE.

Like all of his generation born between March 1988 to the end of 1990 he has Saturn Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn.

Chris was born during Saturn Retrograde. That is  a specifically karmic placement, indicating a karmic lesson a re-integrating of certain lessons which are unfinished with certain authority figures in his life. Especially men, and men in power. Also that he is revisiting his own place of power from past lives. Uranus and Neptune are also Retrograde. Saturn Uranus and Neptune spend 5 months of the year Retrograde so this aspect is tnot that unusual.

PLUTO is Retrograde at 15 degrees of Scorpio meaning its moving back to the middle and most powerful degree. Chris has immense charisma,lotsa  power, control, has big desires and the will to get whatever he wants. He is mesmerizing because he allows himself to die into his roles and be reborn as whatever character he imagines. He is not fluffy, he has depth.

North Node at 9 degrees of Aquarius, his highest spiritual goal makes him a freedom-fighter, a renegade, a very stong person who sets his own style trends, fights on the front lines for individual freedoms and self-expression, He works well in groups.

His birthday this year is very powerful and positive with the Sun  conjunct Mercury on his natal sun so his fame and communications skills will be shining brightly in more than one medium this year. H will take on film.

With his Natal Venus at 26 degrees Chris has Saturn opposite his Venus now. He is maturing, especially in his love life, tastes and values. Saturn is making him grow up. He may be torn between two desires now as well.

Jupiter is opposite his Natal Pluto , so excellent for travel, expanding horizons, deepening soul connections.This is more riches on the deepest levels possible.

Pluto is transiting his natal Uranus now so expect the unexpected Chris, with Uranus also squaring that, as has been happening for the last year or so.

Jupiter will enter Gemini and cross his Sun in Mid July so he may be touring travelling, connecting in a wider way. How much wider can it get?

Jupiter in Gemini lightens up everyone’s mood. This is also his best year in 12 with Jupiter cross his Sun. 2013 is the real Major year when Jupiter conjuncts his Natal Jupiter so he is striking very well for another two years.

Blessings to you Chris you are a beautiful young man, an inspiring light, agreat talent. Thanks

Mercury at  6 degrees II and Uranus @ 6 degrees ARIES

good for brilliant fast thinking outside the boundaries

LION moon square  BULL Jupiter in TAURUS @ 4:54 pm PDT/7:54 pm EDT

Couple of fixed signs square off here. visualize a boxing ring. And in this corner Ladies and Gentlemen Lion de LUNA his opponent Jove the BULL

in a match between the lion and the bull who do you think wins?

 A classic Lion Leo vs Bull Taurus image

After the big punch out  MOON goes Void-of-course till 11:06 pm PDT and 2:06 am next day EDT

SUNDAY Evening chill and chill some more

MOON enters EARTHY PERFECTIONISTIC NIT-PICKY VIRGO on MOnday EDT

Ther’s 10 count ’em aspects onMonday alone.

MOON OPPOSITE NEPTUNE early am PDT and for late risers also on EDT.

Yes California dreamin’ for all you PDT’ers, it will be a foggy hungover Monday,

mo Monday stuff later…

President Obama hugged me,sweet dream Astrology,planet presque vu by Tara Greene

Monday Night May 7, 2012

The Moon is in Sagittarius

This is my Astrology sign, so when the Moon is in one’s own Sun sign, it functions as a personal New Moon cycle every month and doubly so  for me as I was born with the Moon in Sagittarius as well and I have Mercury in Sagittarius at 27 degrees of Sag. smack dab on the Galactic Center.

 The moon watches over us as we sleep, so knowing the lunar aspects may indicate what types of dreams one would have:

 so it was a quite aspect lively night. some lunar squares to NEPTUNE in Pisces – which  would mean heightened LUCID dreams, of a spiritual, transpersonal, creative, karmic nature.

Moon was also square to Mars in Virgo,indicating that the dreams may be Body mapping dreams. That is dreams related to the health of one’s own physical self, a physiological feedback dream. Or a dream related to Virgo influenced things, service, work, self-criticism, pets, discipline,analysis, perfectionism, budgets, the upper intestine, digestion.

Astro- dreaming TM Tara Greene copyright

So I was at a community type of center. There were a lot of people there, I don’t remember who they were. The President of the United States Barak Obama and Michelle Obama were there, standing close to each other, waving smiling. They entered the building, I was with a smaller group of people showing him around the complex. The building was modern, with ramps. We walked and talked as a group for quite some time.

I remember feeling very physically his aura, his personal power. I was very impressed with him. Not just that Mr. Obama has the power and charisma of being the President of the United States  the authority to command. It was something that felt very real, very palpable in the dream.

He had this warmth, intelligence, there was something genuine there. He was incredibly charming, and simply radiated immense energy.

Then President Obama came around and personally thanked each person. He shook hands with all the men.

He came over to me and he hugged me very warmly. I was surprised, I did not expect so close an encounter, to feel his body warmth, I could smell him in the dream. He smelled quite natural. I said thank you for hugging ME to him. I was smiling. The Obama hug made me very happy.

I awoke happy and feeling elated.

I was surprised that I had received a hug from the President. I remember how real and LUCID the dream felt. I was told by one of my teachers that to remember scents in a dream is rare and very profound powerful experience to have.  The sense of smell is of the old brain, the animal brain and to cross the sense barriers and to have the dream enhanced with a remembered scent is supposed to be very rare and marks a dream as Lucid and hyper real. The sense of smell, is also karmic, it is directly tied to our memories and directly relates to feelings. 

I thought hey now that dream is the perfect,  perfect metaphor and presque vu dream { the opposite of deja vu} for the upcoming Astrology aspects,which will also be one of the best days of the entire year occurring on MOTHER’S DAY! Sunday May 13.

The Sun conjuncts JUPITER in Taurus at 23 degrees+

It means  Optimistic, positive, charismatic, the Sun is the Source, the leader, the Sun King.

 Jupiter is Mr. Big, Expansion, feel good, Jupiter is also the King, generous, like Santa Claus.

and of course the conjunction is happening in TAURUS the most sensuous, body conscious sign. All things Taurus symbolize a heightened five senses. My dream fits the astrology symbolism to a T- it’s  perfect. LOL.

You get it. Now How do your dreams relate to the planets Moon and stars for you?

It’s very facinating  to track your dreams, It is one of the most ancient healing modalities. Dreams were interpreted in the Bible. Jacob wrestling the angel.  The foundation of Freudian psychology. Jungian psychology as well. I have dream journals going back 35 years. You can also check into where the moon is to get further reflection on how the moon would be stimulating and affeting your dreams on as specific night. It always astounds me to do this checking is hindsight as it will amaze you. 

THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT

Of course I consider that dream hug to be real and lucid. So thank you Mr. President.

Of course Obaama’s book was called Dreams of My Father

The dream reminds me now that I also received a special hug last summer from  AMMA, an amazing Indian spiritual guru, considered to be the embodyment of the Goddess, known as the hugging saint. Ammahe is a most revered woman who has hugged millions of people as a way of initating them. Of course his book was called Dreams of  My Father

So watch your dreams, check where the moon was and what the planetary interactions were, aspects etc. in general and to your own natal chart.

dream painting Napoleon Bruosseau

dream imagery, Painting by Napoleon Brousseau

I can help you interpret your dreams: get a reading: http://www.taratarot.com/id78.html

Read more about dreams on my site: http://www.taratarot.com/id14.html

Sweet dreaming,

 TARA