This week marks an important milestone in the current relationship between responsible Saturn and Pluto, the planet of regeneration and transformation. We may not always see these two as particularly compatible. Saturn builds, controls, limits, and through patient and grounded action, facilitates manifestation in the physical world. Think of Saturn as the bones in our bodies providing structure and as our skin, defining our borders and holding things together.
Pluto on the other hand, well he unofficially is referred to as the 'destroyer', but ultimately is the planet associated with regeneration and transformation. Sometimes it requires a takedown of our structures in order to renew and transform. This little guy (not so long ago demoted to the status of dwarf planet) penetrates to the core and transforms. It's the planet of metamorphosis.
So what do the builder Saturn and the transformer Pluto have in common right now? For one, they are in mutual reception. Hold on, I'll explain. Saturn is the ruler of, and is associated with the earth sign Capricorn. You've probably noticed the similarities – structure, discipline, patience and general CEO abilities. Pluto – currently transiting through Capricorn – is the ruler of, and associated with the water sign Scorpio. This mysterious and penetrating water sign is currently hosting Saturn. Voila! Mutual reception. Saturn is moving through Scorpio – the sign associated with Pluto – and Pluto is transiting through Capricorn – the sign ruled by Saturn.
Mutual reception doesn't automatically make the two best friends, but it does form an important place of understanding between them. What is also happening that is important is this week they are moving into a sextile aspect – exactly 60 degrees apart. Sextiles are positive and constructive connections between planets that allow them to work cooperatively together – in essence creating energy that we can use to move ahead toward our goals. During Saturn's 2 ½ year stay in Scorpio, it forms this 60 degree sextile aspect with Pluto three times. The first was December 26, 2012; this week marks the second; and the third will occur on September 20th.
These two planets are on a mission of renovation. Saturn in Scorpio is searching out anything in our psyches that is distracting, unnecessary or even toxic and bringing it to our attention for disposal and release. Pluto in Capricorn is tearing down foundations and structures that are weak, outdated or even rotten. Together they are fueling change through awareness, inspiration and sheer willpower.
Now ordinarily, I'm not sure I would make such a big deal of this connection. But this week I think we need to focus on the big picture and not get mired down by the details. Thinking long-term about the changes we want to make in our lives and focusing on these outcomes will help us look beyond a few minor but uncomfortable obstacles on our path this week.
That's not to say this week is looking bleak. However, we are moving into the last quarter of the lunar cycle – always a time we start considering what to release so we can begin again. Both Venus and Mercury will spend some quality time with Chiron, the wounded healer. This is likely to elicit some nostalgia and memories – some we may not want to remember. Mercury hits the half-way mark in its retrograde cycle and is keeping our minds literally hopping. This is a week to simplify, release, forgive and look forward.
Until next week, let go and wear loose clothes.
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When retrograding Mercury meets up with the Sun in Pisces today we are halfway through the messenger planet's 3-week retrograde cycle. In the sign of dreams and illusions we may be particularly introspective. In the early morning hours, Venus squares off with Jupiter increasing our desire for love, money and everything tasty and good that we imagine life has to offer. Turning those dreams into reality will be easier said than done when the Moon in Sagittarius squares the Sun in early afternoon. As we enter the last quarter of the lunar cycle, we have every right to feel hopeful but are reminded of some of the harder realities of life. We can't always have everything we think we want. As a comedian once quipped, 'even if we could have it all, where would we put it?'
This is not a call for settling or for lowering your expectations. It's an encouragement to consider more carefully what really makes you happy. We yearn for and put a lot of energy into acquiring more and more 'stuff'. How much of it really brings satisfaction? Is there ever a time we are perfectly content and don't want more? The message here is to stop and consider. We often find when we are willing to simplify our lives and focus on the basics we are happier than when we are using valuable energetic and physical resources to acquire, maintain, store, and protect all that 'stuff'!
Daily Muse: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo da Vinci)
TUESDAY MARCH 5 MOON IN SAGITTARIUS / CAPRICORN
Moon Void of Course 7:28 am (PST) – 4:14 pm
Life satisfaction may be in the boxing ring today and it's important we are prepared so we don't dive to the mat in a knock out. We ordinarily think of the Moon in Sagittarius as happy go-lucky and optimistic. This is true. Do you sense a 'but' coming? This Moon has met its match with a continual series of squares to those 5 planets and Chiron in Pisces. Even the most up-beat Sagittarius centaur can feel defeated. Yet, the challenges tend to fuel the Sag fire for finding and defending truth. Yes, we might be feeling frustrated and more than a bit ornery today especially as the day starts off with a lunar square to Mars, the planet of action.
There is another challenge today as Venus the planet of love meets up with Chiron. This asteroid, often referred to as the 'wounded healer' offers a valuable gift – the reward found as we walk our path of forgiveness, healing and transformation. There's a good possibility on this path we will be met with memories that makes us sad, regretful or even guilty. Don't avoid them, but rather call on your inner divine source, your angels, and guides for assistance in forgiving and releasing.
Daily Muse: There is no problem in any situation that faith will not solve…Is it possible that all your problems have been solved, but you have removed yourself from the solution? (A Course in Miracles)
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 MOON in CAPRICORN
The Moon's entry into practical Capricorn last evening set off a series of planetary connections that keep the mood variable but mostly positive today. We've been forced into some serious introspection regarding love, values, finances and relationships this week but today as Venus makes two stabilizing connections with Saturn and Pluto we may realize those re-evaluations are more than worth-while. New decisions and patterns will be in accord with our over-all goals.
Venus also meets up with Mercury today helping us solidify our thoughts about some of these matters. Or is that really possible when both are in watery and sensitive Pisces? Well at least our hearts and minds will come together in some mutual accord affording more opportunities for understanding what we really value and why. It certainly helps soften our conversations allowing true understanding and compassion to flow. Mercury's connection to Saturn in late evening further simplifies and clarifies our thinking.
Daily Muse: When a mind has only light it knows only light. Its own radiance shines all around it, and extends out into the darkness of other minds, transforming them into majesty. (A Course In Miracles Text Chapter 7)
THURSDAY MARCH 7
MOON in CAPRICORN / AQUARIUS
Moon Void of Course 1:14 pm (PST) – 7:02 pm
Retrograding Mercury in Pisces is probably at its best when we are tapping into our intuition rather than trying to use logic and analysis to find our way. However, an early morning alliance between Mercury and Pluto in the very grounded and disciplined sign of Capricorn lays a structured path for the Piscean imagination to follow. This energy can eliminate some of the wishy-washiness in our thinking and help us apply all this creative imagination in some productive ways.
Alas energetic Mars may be languishing a bit as he continues to adapt to the sensitive water of Pisces so foreign to his fire nature. Today he gets a little help from Jupiter in airy Gemini but is frustrated by a challenging aspect from disciplined Saturn. The message here is to reinterpret what looks or feels like a setback. Exploring new or untried ideas could result in a successful strategy later on when energy and resources are more plentiful.
Daily Muse: Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ( Lin Yutang)
Today the sextile aspect between heavy-weights Saturn and Pluto is perfectly exact. Since these two are relatively slow moving planets – we've been building to this energy for about a week and it will disperse slowly as well. Sextile aspects occur when planets are 60 degrees (or two signs) apart. They work together to facilitate the successful expression of energy by each one. The insights generated by Saturn in Scorpio help provide motivation and direction for the long-term transformations being undertaken by Pluto in Capricorn.
It's Mercury's turn to hook up with Chiron today. Because of Mercury's retrograde, the planet of thinking and communication was also conjunct Chiron February 10th and will connect again on March 29th when it is moving forward again. An issue that emerged a few weeks ago may demand a re-hashing today, but may not really be resolved for good until the end of the month. Chiron carries a message of healing – which is not always a straight forward process. Keep moving forward despite any uncomfortable distractions. Act with as much clarity and integrity as you can muster and stay alert to opportunities to release obstacles to your future by transforming the past.
Daily Muse: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify! (Henry David Thoreau)
SATURDAY MARCH 9 MOON in AQUARIUS / PISCES
Moon enters Pisces 10:19 pm (PST)
Mercury may be moving retrograde, but he's been a very busy boy this week and today is no exception. Today Mercury in Pisces is challenged by a square to bigger-than-life Jupiter in the chatty sign of Gemini. Believe only a portion of what you think and hear today! When these two form a 90 degree angle it spells potential trouble as the truth can be stretched to the breaking point. However, if your task is creativity, this imaginative and expansive energy could be just the boost you are looking for. Under the guidance of a diminishing slice of a waning Moon in Aquarius it's a good day to turn away from the past and imagine our future. If you are interested in stretching the truth, stretch it in a constructive and peaceful direction.
Daily Muse: The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)
SUNDAY MARCH 10 MOON in PISCES
Daylight Saving Time Begins
As if our minds are not being challenged enough already, early this morning the United States and many other countries advance our clocks ahead one hour in observance of Daylight Saving Time. Maybe a perfect reminder – especially during Mercury retrograde – that we do indeed create the world we live in, including the concept of time!
The Moon is in the last day of its cycle winding down to the merest sliver of reflected light in the mystical sign of Pisces. If things seem a bit 'otherworldly' today that's to be expected. There is a bit of a bump in mid-afternoon when the Moon squares Jupiter – don't expect thinking or feelings to be particularly clear, grounded or realistic. The energy is likely to be more steady by evening when the Moon connects with Pluto in stable Capricorn and with Saturn in Scorpio.
Daily Muse: Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight. (Milan Kundera)
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Playing-cards have been on my mind. This may be because I've got a new class starting this week on how to divine with playing cards, but there's more to it. I've been fascinated with cards all my life.
Last night, while I was watching TV, I saw something that convinced me to write about them. On one of the crime-solving shows we watch, David Cassidy, of The Partridge Family fame (younger readers may need to google him, sigh), was killed by someone who threw a playing card at his neck. I got a good chuckle out of this, not because I dislike Cassidy, but because it was the Ace of Spades (play intense music), and also because such a thing is unlikely. Yes, studies have been done to ascertain if a card thrown by an expert could do such damage and the results were negative.
I wonder, how I can talk someone into funding a study or two?
Anyway, I took it as an omen. Besides, the only other interesting thing to write about was an invitation I got in the mail to enter a contest to try to win a free, prepaid cremation. I went with the playing cards.
I got my first Tarot deck at age 10, and my second at 13. That may seem young to you, but I'd had a fascination with playing cards ever since I was wee one. It's safe to say that I've had a love affair with cards my entire life.
For years, I practiced sleight-of-hand card tricks. I always had a deck of playing cards in my pocket and felt naked without them. (A naked magician would have to be good, since there wouldn't be any pockets, although... sorry.) I rarely did tricks for anyone. I mainly enjoyed the feel of the cards, manipulating, fanning, cutting them with one hand. and so on. I was a nerd.
I remember thinking, when I was a mere tot, that playing cards were like books, books that told a different story every time. I'd mess up the cards, turn one card over at a time and be delighted at the unexpected result and the story that evolved. Yes, I did have meanings for the cards back then, but I don't remember them now.
Fewer and fewer people are using cards in person. To me, this is pretty sad.
No matter what computer you use, you can't replicate the feeling of shuffling a deck of cards. I know that there are randomization algorithms that shuffle a digital deck, probably quite accurately, but there's something about bending the deck, hearing the zip of the cards as they merge and the final swoosh of bridging them together.
I always marvel at the fact that a shuffled deck falls neatly into sequences of cards that reveal the past, present and future; to me implying another hand involved, one far more intelligent than our own.
The ancient Egyptians had several games they loved to play. Mehen and Hounds and Jackals were two of these, but by far the most interesting is Senet. This game is played on a board of 30 squares with a very simple goal. Get your pieces on the board, move your pieces across the board and then get your pieces off the board before your opponent. It sounds easy but it's tricky and strategic.
Senet demands a major element, luck. The ancients believed that luck, whatever luck really is, was connected to our essence, our fate and whether or not the gods were happy with us. With this in mind, Senet became much more than just a game, and often an oracle deciding disputes or divining the future. However, as with most games, play came first.
Although what we call Tarot has been around for centuries, the cards were first used for game playing; divination coming later. Anywhere luck is involved, divination is hot on its heels. Dominoes, dice, knuckle bones, mahjong tiles, even origami models, have all been used to look into the future due to the idea that an unseen hand helps direct the game, whatever that game may be.
I consider myself to be a rational human being, but I love the idea of the mystery and the thought that there are things that happen that we have no answer for. I embrace that mystery and don't seek to explain it.
Far beyond the simple fact that games are fun, or can be as long as you're not playing with someone so competitive that they take all the joy out of it, they're also social. Some of my fondest memories center around sitting at a table with friends, playing games.
I find joy in solitaire, and I don't mean the computer kind. I shuffle, until I sense that it's done, deal out the cards in anticipation, then win or lose, depending on the prevailing etheric breeze.
I've just realized that this isn't an article about playing-cards at all, but about something that's changing in our fast-paced world, something I want to hold on to: simple fun.
It makes sense that I'm teaching a class on using ordinary playing cards for divination. It's fun. Make no mistake, the technique involved is accurate and obscure, but there's a simple joy in taking something quite ordinary and turning it into something spectacular. This makes me smile.
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I'll be making a personal appearance, the first in many years, at the Denver Tarot Meet Up on Tuesday, March 12th. Here's the information if you're in the Denver Metro Area and feel like listening to me discuss the royalty in Tarot. If I see my shadow, I may not do this again. Here's the link if you're interested. "Getting to know Tarot Royalty - More Than Meets the Eye" with Mo Abdelbaki
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I recently had an appointment with a color consultant. She took me through a wonderful guided meditation to "discover my inner style archetype." So, we're on SKYPE and she's got her eyes closed and mine are closed and she's telling me to go into my inner sanctuary, which for me was a recreation of a forest scene in the movie "Avatar" with glowing flowers and butterflies and sentient insects, etc.
"Now," my color consultant is saying, "Invite your style archetype to talk to you. "
There I waited for something wonderful to happen. I was preparing to see a very glamorous style archetype tip toeing into my vision…..would she be wearing a gown, I wondered? Maybe she'd be some sort of fairy godmother with a wand, ready to tap me on the head and transform me. As I salivated over this possibility, it also occurred to me that she'd be giving me the ultimate style makeover right then and there in my vision! How could it get any better than that?!
Suddenly, (much to my dismay) the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz appeared.
I tried shooing the witch out of the way, but she inched back in with her striped stockings and her pitchy laugh. Swatting her away was pointless, as she hovered on her broom, like some giant grinning mosquito. She was dressed (not surprisingly) in all black (NOT one of my colors, mind you) and had on her crazy pointed hat, to add insult to injury. My main thought was how I was going to make that shade of chalkboard black work for me.
Get out of my meditation! I told her, (feeling that urgency you get when you're missing a key scene in a movie because the person in front of you is blowing their nose.) "You're not supposed to be here Witch. You're disrupting my moment." But she just cackled, wicked-witch style and fastened me with her beady eyes. Then, she told me something. And what she said was true, and very helpful. I had to recognize her contribution and even more, admire her audacity. Now, cartoons typically speak in limited vocabulary and the witch was repeating herself in a most irritating fashion, but I got the message.
Sometimes our best insights come in cartoon form. Let them! Just like our dreams, they are full of the symbolic information we need to make our next step. There are messages within you that are waiting to be heard. Allow them come to you, wicked- witch style, even if you're wishing for Glinda the Good.
Don't worry, the messages will surprise you, enrich you, and bring even more of you into play.
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Fashionable woman balancing herself on tightrope while eating a tasty ice cream cone. She's dropped her sunglasses and they are hanging on the rope, she bends to pick them up. Someone with a net from another window of the world is also trying to grab her glasses. In this case, remember there will always be competition and times when you feel you are walking a thin line. Treat yourself, and remember you are talented at the art of being you like nobody else will ever be.
My Dad is the luckiest person I know. When he walks into a casino the slot machines absolutely beg to give him money. He will walk out with several hundred dollars more than he started with every time! Once, when I was a kid he won a raffle for a $500 shopping spree in the grocery store. Another time he entered a raffle for a boat, and walked away with it! He has had a lifetime of friends who love him and would do anything for him. On family vacations it did not matter how far away we were from home, he always ran into someone who knew him and was happy to see him. I have often asked myself why he seems to attract so many lucky experiences. I am pretty sure that it is because of his attitude. He is one of the most positive and unconditionally loving people I have ever known. He always looks on the bright side, thinks the best of people, expects that everything will turn out fine, and is grateful and generous.
When I think about luck and energy I think about how we attract to us the same energy we put out. So if you are feeling desperate about money, you are putting out a feeling of desperation and lack, so that is what you get back. Luck comes from our Solar Plexus Chakra. When you have confidence in yourself and your ability to bring good things into your life, you attract lucky (synchronistic) experiences. There are several things you can do to make your Solar Plexus shine like a bright sun, attracting prosperity and synchronistic experiences.
First off it is very important to be grateful for what you have right now, in this moment. Make a gratitude list everyday. Write down 10 things you are grateful for. It can be small things like your morning coffee, a sunny day, or some time to yourself. It can also be bigger things like your family, home and pets. When you show gratitude you are telling the Universe that you are prosperous and attract more of the same.
The other thing you need to do to attract luck into your life is trust yourself. When you have confidence in yourself and your decisions you strengthen your Solar Plexus. The more trust you have in yourself the higher your energetic vibration, the higher your vibration, the more synchronistic events you attract. Make a conscious effort to trust your gut feelings, practice going with your first instinct when making decisions.
I believe that luck comes from inside us. When we practice having a loving and grateful attitude like my Dad, we attract more of the same into our lives!
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