Astrology ” As above so below.” The news often reflects the aspects between the planets.
The Keystone Pipeline Leak is perfectly in synch-unfortunately.
This weeks Venus Jupiter conjunction Trines Neptune +Sun trine Chiron in PISCES.
Jupiter expands whatever it touches; Neptune rules oil. Venus is values. Venus in Scorpio rules things underground and death.
Sun Chiron in PISCES trine on November 16 when the leak happened
governs vulnerabilities and wounds or leaks. Pisces is a water sign.
SATURN in SAGITTARIUS is the truth and karma and Saturn is squaring Chiron now.
The #NoDAPL protested this possibility for months. The Keystone Pipeline operated by TransCanada brings the tar sands from Alberta to the U.S. to be refined. The Alberta tar sands oil is thicker and stickier than other types of oil making it more difficult to clean up.
The indigenous peoples are bracing for the 210000 gallons of oil spilled in the leak. Apparently, the leak was detected and the pipeline was isolated within 15 minutes.It is too early to tell if the oil contaminated the groundwater.
The Indigenous Attorney Chase Iron Eyes one of the founders of the #NoDAPL is on trial right now with serious charges against him.
Sign the petition to support him if you are a non-American. Americans can fund his case here: https://www.lakotalaw.org/our-actions/on-trial
The Radical, 600-Year Evolution of Tarot Card Art
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
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
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
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
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
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
read more of the original article here https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-radical-600-year-evolution-tarot-card-art
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Do you know where the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius May 24/25 falls in your NATAL CHART? The placement shows where you are completing old emotional cycles.
Better find out because that’s where you get to do the MOONDANCE at 4 degrees + of the firey honest optimistic sign of the centaur. Sagittarius is the 9th sign, all about optimism, metaphysics, honesty.
Yes, and I am clicking my heels, er hoofs, because it falls within 2 degrees of my Natal Sun in my 1st house. That’s called a conjunction. A new emotional beginning, so I will be out under the Full Moon’s light,rain or moonshine, dancing in the moonlight with my crystals, making elixirs and offering prayers to the Moon and the Earth and anyone who wishes to be included-
just send me an email-include the name of who its for and for what reason if you wish
My Fave TV show “So you think you can dance” is back on the air. I started out as a dancer and it runs in my family. Tribal dance is our earliest cultural entertainment. This eclipse makes you want to kick up your heels again.
So this eclipse impresses itself mainly on SAGITTARIUS and GEMINI- where the Sun is. Also fully on PISCES, which is in Square to, and early VIRGO- who gets drawn into the vaccuum.
All eclipse affects last about a year. If you have other planets, angles, etc. at those degrees, those planets will feel the eclipse lunar energy deep down in their emotional bodies. Check out the sign and house positions.
Don’t feel left out. Dance steps for each sign and house
ARIES – or 1st house -you get TRINED- nice n easy- do the Locomotion or a rhumba
TAURUS – or 2nd house -You get the quincunx step – that’s a waltz with some merengue
GEMINI-or 3rd house- you get to do the two step of course,
CANCER- & 4th house- you are also quincunxed- a sentimental romantic dance step will do
LEO- & 5th house- You also get Trined- its always the tango for you
VIRGO-& 6th house- you get squared – do a Square dance, and a line dance
LIBRA – & 7th house- -you get the sextile- something tasteful, and even,a foxtrot perhaps
SCORPIO -& 8th house- you are out in the cold but Trined by Pisces -do the Boogaloo,
SAGITTARIUS- & 9th house -you can do any dance you like-it’s YOUR time- the hippy hippy shake would be good
CAPRICORN-& 10th house – YOU get quincunxed by the Sun- do the Charleston- traditional, the knee thing
AQUARIUS-& 11th house- you get the easy sextile-how bout some house, techno steps?
PISCES- & 12th house- You get squared, do the swim, of course.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE IMPROV STEPS? please let me know what your suggestions are-
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WATCH -MOONDANCE by Van Morrison
I teaching at the beautiful Grail Springs Spa in Bancroft, Ontario all weekend so will combine a bit of Tarot and Astrology forecasting today.
Moon has entered VIRGO this Morning. More grounded, but agitated, nit picky. Good time to organize your stuff pay attention to your body and practical details.
VENUS in Gemini makes a difficult quincunx to Pluto in Capricorn noonish EDT.
Love and Power are definitely rubbing each other the wrong way. Pluto outs the dirty secrets of power, love, indiscretion. Aren’t we seeing this these days?
Dirty Laundry, getting caught telling white lies, come upance for indecision, getting caught holding the bag.
VENUS in GEMINI is like Bart Simpson’s famous tag line “I DIDN’T DO IT.”
Later in day Moon opposite Neptune -the fog descends, good for creative and spiritual or just day dreaming. When’s the last time you allowed yourself to do that.
MERCURY in Gemini quincunx Saturn in Scorpio 7:33 pm EDT
Communications go askew. Gemini’s may be feeling like they are being scrutinized. Try to get our of the clutches of unconscious Scorpio energy who are demanding to control you.
Virgo Moon quincunx Uranus in Aries late night PDT early am EDT
Impulses will be stopped in their tracks by Virgo Moon’s natural nit-pickiness. Confusion abounds, but help comes from below-
Moon Trines Pluto
this is a very good energy to make concrete long term plans and brings some very deep insights into how to bring your soul’s desire’s onto the world’s stage. Wait till Sunday evening to initiate those plans whenMoon trines Mars.
TAROR Card # 14 ART TEMPERANCE or ALCHEMY
The card is usually called Temperance in most traditional decks. In the Thoth deck it is called ART. It is the symbol of Alchemy. SHowing the opposite the masculine and the feminine energy uniting and becoming the other. This is totally communion, each making the purifiction and new element.
Traditionally Alchemy is about turning lead-a base metal into GOLD, symbol of the SUN or Divine Light.
IT is a psychologicaly, spiritual, emotional, physical, mental issues.
This is the Sacred Marriage. The Twin Flame, Soul Mate within who then manifests with out.
USe this energy take it in, do brain gym exercises or cross your hands. Breathe in deeply, relax. Feel the union within you. You are already whole and complete.
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have in common?
1. Fred Astaire, famous American movie star, modern dancer, choreographer, born 1899-1987
2. Linda Evangelista, Canadian Super model, graced 600 covers, born in St. Catherine’s, born 1965
3. Donovan Leitch, Scottish 60’s pop star, born in 1946
4. Wayne Dyer, American self help guru has sold millions of books, born 1940
5. Kenan Thompson, American comedian and actor on SNL since 2003, born 1978
6. BONO, U2 singer songwriter, Super star, political activist, born in 1960
see BONO’s natal chart and some of my ROCK STAR memories, I met Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton and was present for hundreds of rock and roll concerts in the 60’s. http://www.taratarot.com/id35.html
not to mention Sid Vicious Punk pop star,the Sex Pistols, John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln and Mark David Chapman who murdered John Lennon.
and also Happy Birthday to my friend Sissel in Norway.
Gotta love those talented Taurus’s.
Music – ONE by Bono U2
Give your FAVE TAURUS an Astrology chart reading for their birthday- by SKYPE -they’ve had 2 eclipses in their sign this year so far http://www.taratarot.com/id78.html
Oops so sorry I missed a day of posting. I’ve been fighting this cold, went for a massage on earth day.
Still fending it off, daughter sick, husband even worse. It happens.
CARD OF The DAY this is for Wed. APRIL:24
LIBRA moon time + 2 GREAT TRINES 2day
GOOD LUCK AIR SIGN FINE TRINE MOON and JUPITER
VENUS in TAURUS TRINE PLUTO in CAPRICORN = BIG WEALTH
CARD OF THE DAY – THE LOVERS= GEMINI
Chagall The Lovers Gemini
this is a non traditional Tarot image I have chosen for the LOVERS
Chagall’s painting, the Birthday has the airiness of it which is GEMINI the astrology sign for the Lovers seems perfect.
The Lovers in the THOTH TAROT
The LOVERS is apropos with the lovely JUPITER in GEMINI trine
GEMINI the sign of the TWINS , MIND, Consciousness is the dualistic hermaphrodite sign ruled by planet MERCURY
Tarot TRUMP # 6 is represented by the 6 pointed STAR or MERKABAH
the symbol on the ISRAELI flag
which is an Ancient Hindu and also EGYPTIAN symbol for a time traveling meditation device
CUPID is aiming its arrow on the lovers It is a wedding.
We are all MASCULINE and FEMININE within each one of us
When we are balanced and complete and integrate our “other side” the shadow
we become whole
When you are in balance you no longer need love
Love Yourself unconditionally in order to find LOVE outside
Communicate only love
HOW balanced do you feel these days? Are your thoughts balanced?
What do you love? Can you honestly say you love yourself,without ego?
Love the shadows the others as you would yourself.
Cast no shadows onto others.
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Wow this entire week is so chock full I need 8 arms to write about it all.
So this is a 2 for 1 article- BOTH YOUR DAILY TAROT CARD INSPIRATION and a quick overview.
Tuesday March 26 Rules by MARS Mardi in French
has MARs at 10 degrees ARIES SEXTILE Jupiter at 10 degrees GEMINI and
both planets Quincunx – create a FINGER OF GOD aspect to SATURN at 10 degrees Rx Scorpio
XACTLY 10:10:10 interesting Numerology
Number 10 in the TAROT TRUMP cards is the WHEEL OF FORTUNE
and life certainly can feel like a crap shoot these days,
Make a creative gamble. FEELING LUCKY? How bout tickling FATE?
JUPITER is the Planet ruling the WHEEL OF FORTUNE- see glyph in lower right of card
Action/ Reaction in Gemini- and focus on remembering the lessons from the PAST with Saturn in Scorpio= karmic.
Saturn also sextiles Pluto, one degree up at 11 degrees CAPRICORN- sextiles blend energies easily
the planet of reality and the planet of SOUL both point their FINGERS to JUPITER in GEMINI
the FINGER OF GOD aspect is to both SATURN and PLUTO
criss crossing in the SKY making an X /Treasure map
X marks the SPOT- PLANET X
If you have planets at those point in Gemini or Scorpio- the cosmic finger of FATE is upon you.
Is it Fickle? Yes in GEMINI it truly is.
In Scorpio- NEVER fickle. Always fateful, destiny. It is soulful, SOUL FINGER>
have to have a bit of a laugh over that one- to the tune of Goldfinger,
we need a bit of humor amidst all the ARIES heat and Jupiter always has a good laugh
Feeling pretty hot under the collar? in the scrutiny of Saturn?
YEs the week is fraught -see LIBRA FULL MOON ARTICLE http://taratarot.com/id32.html
YOUR FEEDBACK IS PRICELESS_
Get clarity -visit my website – http://www.taratarot.com
the Heart Nebula
The UNIVERSE LOVES YOU AND ALL BEINGS
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
on Feb 14 2013 DANCE and Join V- DAy
EVE ENSLER’S ONE BILLION RISING GLOBAL DANCE EVENT
to end violence against women is the most heart-felt message of LOVE you can give
Jane Fonda was on CNN Feb 13 2013 talking about it
show her you really care
by a real Knight in Shining Armour
a man’s true role is to defend and protect woman
as SHE is the Mother of all life
her Body sacred, her beauty IS,
of woman born we all are
as a long time Feminist as a woman who has been abused
I am everywoman
The rape of any woman is the same as the raping of the earth,
the air, the oceans, the skies
IT MUST STOP NOW
A woman has a divine right to be free, for She is the creatress
Honor woman, HOnor the earth, HOnor herself
The Age of Patriarchy is over
The age of hierarchies is over
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $85 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, reopened shelters, and funded over 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. Over 300 million people have seen a V-Day benefit event in their community. V-Day has received numerous acknowledgements including Worth Magazine‘s 100 Best Charities, Marie Claire Magazine‘s Top Ten Charities, one of the Top-Rated organizations on Philanthropedia/Guidestarand Great Nonprofits. www.vday.org
watch the video
I will be at a Fundraising Event and dancing with others in Toronto Canada
the original RISE UP RISE UP SONG from 1981
Parachute Club video 1983
Toronto Lorraine Seggato lead singer
It’s taken 30 years to get from that to one billion rising
VENUS is on the GALACTIC CENTER Jan 6 7 and 8 and LOVE IS ALL It’s so very inspirational!