According to the “bastard Greek Kabalah on the Hebrew type”, which is the historical body of correspondences I am reviving from the 1600’s, here are the astrological and Tarot events in the sky overhead at NewMoon.
It might prove to be of value to lay your birthchart on a large table. Around it place the Trumps of the Zodiac into their twelve house positions, then lay out the planetary cards into the locations where you natal chart falls.
Just doing this much makes for a wonderful ponder about “who am I”, so it is worthy work to do with any combination of decks that you trust and enjoy studying. People who have large collections (and who wouldn’t be horrified to mix them up) can illustrate their charts in their very favorite Trumps gleaned from all their decks. Just converting your personal chart into Tarot imagery in the mind’s eye (without cracking the physical deck) delivers a fascinating boost. Adding in the organizational model from the Ladder of Lights within the Lullian Wheel (the THL Icon) teaches us to have a sophisticated lens through which to examine the chart for alchemical remedies.
The next move would be to lay another set of planetary Trumps around the outside of the birth arrangement. This would represent the sky at NewMoon, which is the slice of time we examine here every month because it is a fertile moment from which to nurture new beginnings. There’s no need to deal out another ring of cards for the signs; this step simply shows where the current planets are compared to the practitioner’s own birth arrangement.
I love to visualize the aspects (conjunction, sextile, square, trine, inconjuunct, opposition) as conversations between planets that take different tones (or attitudes) depending on the signs involved. As readers we are constantly feeling our way into how these archetypes might manifest their interactions in material form, in the chart and life of the client. Even better than paying a professional to interpret your chart to you, is to have a grasp of it through doing exercises like this,. We can challenge our Oracle to represent realty (the birthchart and transits) and then interpret it from within our own psyche, rather than pretending to an objectivity we can’t possess.
There is nothing more fascinating, for me, than to watch the amazing ways the Tarot and astrology cross-comment on each other. All my students keep a journal of their cards and transits, because that’s the only way one can prove (and document) how intimately your cards, chart, and psyche are intertwined. This is the magic method by which we can “think our way out of our own black box”. By using a journal and getting in the habit of keeping notes on your cards and birthchart, you can build up a very powerful self-guidance system that will stand you in very good stead going forward.
NewMoon of August 14th, 2015
Sun/Moon and Venus in 3rd decanate of Leo are squared Saturn in 3rd decanate of Scorpio. Include Uranus in the 3rd decanate of Aries and you have a Harmonic Grand Trine or 3/4/5 triangle, made up of:
* NewMoon and Venus are squared to Saturn, (Fool/Priestess and Empress in the Hermit’s realm are having a challenging conversation with Judgement in the realm of Temperance).
* NewMoon and Venus are trine to Uranus. (Fool/Priestess in the Hermit’s realm are having a harmonious and supportive conversation with the Magus in the realm of the Hierophant).
* Saturn is inconjunct with Uranus, (Judgement in the Temperance realm is having a paradoxical conversation with the Magus in the realm of the Hierophant).
Mercury is in Virgo trine retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. (Star in the realm of the Wheel is having a harmonious conversation with the World in the realm of the Tower).
Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. (Star in the realm of the Wheel is polarizing with Death in the realm of the Sun).
Mars in Leo is just leaving sextile/trine relationship with the North and South Nodes. (There are no Tarot cards for the North and South Nodes of the Moon, but we can say that Strength in the realm of the Hermit is in a sympathetic conversation with the Axis of Destiny, where the head is in the realm of the Hanged Man and the tail is in the realm of the Hierophant).
Jupiter squared the cusp of Sagittarius (his home sign), a spot that Saturn is about to re-occupy. (Emperor in the sign of the Wheel moving into a prickly conversation with Saturn who is preparing to leave the realm of Temperance and re-enter the realm of the Devil, the place where the Emperor is Lord of the Manor).
Jupiter is also semisextile/ inconjunct the North and South Nodes. (Emperor is having a quizzical and paradoxical conversation with the Axis of Destiny, where the head is in the realm of the Hanged Man and the tail is in the realm of the Hierophant).
While looking at the overview of this NewMoon over your chart, realize that there is a double sacred marriage being enacted overhead. Both the Sun/Moon pair and the Mars/Venus pair are together in this sign. There is also a medicinal transaction going on between Mercury and Jupiter (who were just conjunct a week ago) both being in Virgo now, and opposing their sympathetic outer planet, Neptune. This puts all three “fertile pairs” of mated planets together in a very small span of the Zodiac, with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto spread around the resulting empty space.
It is a great time to ask, what is my paradise? What is my Eden? With the Sun in Leo it is high summer in the Northern hemisphere, making it easy think about our personal definition of heaven. Anything you can do to put yourself in the frequency of Divine Right Order is to be protected, practiced and perfected at this time.
Blessings to one and all, I hope your endeavors are ripening and portending an excellent fall to come!
Stages of the Moon; Dates/Times for the American Northern Hemisphere
• The present NewMoon is at 21+ Leo on Friday August 14th at 10:53 AM (EDT) / 7:53 AM (PDT). From this moment, the Moon begins to wax, or increase.
• 2nd Quarter, Waxing Half Moon is at 29+ Scorpio on Saturday August 22nd at 3:31 PM (EDT) / 12:31 PM (PDT).
• FullMoon is at 6+ Pisces on Saturday August 29th, at 2:35 PM (EDT) / 11:35 AM (PDT). From this moment, the Moon begins to wane, or decrease.
• 4th Quarter, Waning Half Moon is at 12+ Gemini on Saturday, September 5th at 5:54 AM (EDT) / 2:54 AM (PDT) .
• The next NewMoon is at 20+ Virgo across the midnight hour of Sunday September 13th at 2:41 AM (EDT) / Saturday September 12th at 11:41 PM (PDT). From this moment the Moon begins to wax, or increase.
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