Aquarius New Moon revolutionary freedom

February 4 Dark Moon @ 15+ degrees Aquarius @ 1:03 pm PST/4:03 pm EST/ 9:03 pm GMT is at the peak of the wave of electrical, inventive, revolutionary, freedom loving, Higher consciousness group-minded lunar new beginnings. The perfect new moon for new intentions,and all those Aquarian things.

This New Moon begins the Chines New year of the Pig. Gung Hai Fat Choi

The Sign of Aquarius is the Card #17 in the Tarot THE STAR 

The Star Trump Tarot

-Piedmontese_tarot_deck_-Solesio-1865 Trump 17 The Stars

              F. F. Solesio (editor) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mercury and Lilith are both conjunct the Sun and Moon, indicating the Dark Goddess, dark moons revolutionary new message. A revolution in Revisioning and reversing the dark from being seen as something negative, bad, or evil; to be feared and repressed is at hand. I am working with a colleague on workshops and an oracle deck whose aim is exactly this. Make the dark positive again. Restore the dark to a place of peace and safety. We were all born from the darkness within our mother’s wombs. The Womb/void is a safe place, the only place where soul and spirit becomes flesh. 

Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius is at the last 29th critical degree of fiery Aries and its MAJOR CHAOS time. With Mars, the warrior planet, hot on its tail, there is an urgency and insistence an impatience for change, freedom, change and revolution. 

URANUS is opposite ATHENA the warrior Goddes in Libra and squaring the Nodes. There is a fated theme of a changing of the guard, and of imbalanced relationships.

ERIS the Dwarf planet of Disturbia is conjunct Mars and this makes the energies rather disturbing, frenetic, and the outcomes rather unknowable. 

Chiron the wounded healer at the last degree of the Zodiac is also intensifying the tsunami of wounds, until February 18th when the Centaur trots into brand new territory in ARIES and begins a brand new 50-year cycle. Cleanse let go, stop being a martyr. 

Saturn and NEPTUNE are sextile @ 15 degrees Capricorn and Pisces

This is one of the major if gentle aspects of 2019. A supportive sextile between the planet of solid materialism and immaterial subtle spiritual Neptune helps loosen the grip on consumerism and brings a much-needed breath of reality to the confusion, projections, delusions and illusions, fake news and all kinds of mumbo-jumbo.

If you have planets at 15 degrees LEO you will feel this energy pressuring you as a Yod or Finger of God and you will feel pressure in a gentle way to put some meat on those dreams.

Venus is at one degree Capricorn on the world point. Love your career and you made find love at the office over the next month.  Pluto is moving on up almost at 22 degrees the next year big degree. 

enjoy this high energy Dark Moon. revolutionize your life.

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The journey of the Fool

This is a wonderfully animated Fool’s journey in the tarot. Enjoy.

P.S. If you know Numerology for Life Soul and Personality numbers. I use the birth date month and year to figure this out Donald Trump’s Numerology is he is a Zero The Fool #22  Personality and #4 The King/Emperor.

Magician 1909 card Tara Greene Tarot

  By Copyright holder was Arthur Edward Waite. Pamela Coleman Smith was just doing an artist’s ‘work for hire.’ She was paid for her work and was not the copyright holder. – a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley (http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/) for the public domain, and retrieved from http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot (see note on that page regarding source of images)., PD-US, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17299531

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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Weekend Astrology update. Earth Trine mood.

I am still recovering from the Charlie Hebdo shootings. I am feeling the anger of the world against the Muslim Extremists. I have to keep breathing through it. I saw Bill Maher on Jimmy Kimmel saying he was a Liberal and Liberals have to defend their freedoms against millions of Muslims whose religion states you cannot joke about Allah.  Enough of this political correctness. That day and age is over. Nail that coffin shut. Saturn in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces will ensure that.  No more “idiotic compassion.” I will write about that another time.

WHO IS THE DEVIL?

Yes it’s all shadow work now.  The year 2015 in Numerology;  if you use the 20 prefix as the one thousand year High Priestess Feminine cycle we are now in..

Then number #15 is present year and is THE DEVIL in the TAROT. That’s exactly what we are dealing with.  Each side is demonizing the other except we aren’t singling out and beheading and murdering those others because they are not doing what we like. Its all psychopathic behaviour.. 

The Moon is in Virgo now as of Jan 8 @ 5:58 pm EST

The moon has squared Saturn making for a morose subdued sad energy.

Jan 9 

Moon is opposite Neptune tonight making for intensive dreaming.

It’s another one of those out of kilter quincunxy days with the Nit picky Virgo Moon making;

quincunx #1 to Mercury in Aquarius.Mercury rules Virgo so we will be very detached in our analysis.

Quincunx # 2 to VENUS in Aquarius. Means arguments, cool headed arguments,

Quincunx #3 to Uranus in Aries. Means jumping to conclusions and reacting in haste makes us too volatile.

There is an earth Trine from the Moon to Pluto in Capricorn

indicating great undercover investigative powers. Major information  will surface about the Terrorist attacks and the downed Plain in the Java Sea. 

The earth trine also benefits you TAURUS so go over your budget while the Moon supports you.

Moon opposes Chiron in Pisces

Virgo Moon loves to analyze and there will be much continued discussion about religious tolerance, compassion, martyrdom and where we stand in this polarization.

Jan 10 

Moon trine SUN in Capricorn

This is always a nice aspect. Try to stay grounded. 

JAn 11 

Capricorn Sun quincunx to Jupiter Retro. in Leo at night 

up oh someones luck has run out. Be careful about your boasting. 

Virgo moon also Quincunx’s Mars in Aquarius in the wee hours.

New ideas may enter your dreamscape. You may be flying on magic carpets, dreams may be high tech in nature.

MOON enters LIBRA #=@ 3:57 am PST/ 6:57 am EST

We will begin to feel a bit more balanced. We need this now. 

Moon sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius sunday morning

Truth, justice, religion will be debated. 

Moon quincunx Neptune in Pisces afternoon

Maintaining a sense of balance will be difficult. Offset with feelings of overwhelm as sympathy, false compassion, and martyrdom mix.

INSPIRATIONAL CARD OF THE DAY 

WORRY

5 of discs Tarot Tara Greene

5 of discs Dream Logic Tarot

The Five of Disks illustrates perfectly  a Virgo Moon with all those quincunxes happening.

Traditionally it has the title WORRY. Yes and we are worried. And we should be worried. These are grave crossroads as all the number 5’s point out. We are being tested as to where we have come in the last 5 years and where we are going in the next 5.

The mind runs through and reruns all the scenarios, all the details, all the what if? should haves….

Virgo Moon wants every detail to be in place and works very hard to attain an impossible perfection. 

This is also big self-criticism time. What you didn’t do well enough. Blaming others for slacking off. 

I’m going to pull another card tomorrow. 

The antidote for Virgo mentality is to breathe and center in your heart.

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DON’T WORRY BABY- THE BEACH BOYS 1964  

Bjork- Its all in our hands  2001  

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL Card of the Day Bountiful blessings, Tara Greene

FULL MOON April 25   partial Lunar Eclipse today

Card of today 

6 of DISCS/Pentacles /Seis de Oros in The Cosmic Tarot 

Six of Discs

This image perfectly suits the Full Moon partial Lunar Eclipse

Under the full moon Light

we stand 

under a partially eclipsed moon

juggling 6 golden discs 

6 practical golden balls/coins

6 is the Center of the Tree of Life

6 is the LOVERS, the perfect balance

the Marriage of Heaven & Earth

# 6 is BEAUTY, LOVE

abundance

You already have everything you need within you

Keep juggling  everything that you love

everything that MATTERS to you

another version of the 6 of discs

6 of DISKS Cosmic Tribe TArot

THE COSMIC TRIBE TAROT 

Love the energy in this one

6 golden flower-y doors and the key is there for you to take

and another variation 

crop circle Tara Greene tarot reader

Crop circle as 6 of disks

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Blessings TARA

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created by my friend and colleague Joseph Mark Cohen

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