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Week of March 20th: SPRING

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Hail unto the coming of the mighty Spring.

Sun into Aries 2:58pm Pacific.
Full Moon in Libra 6:43pm.
Mercury in Pisces RETROGRADE (weakened, in it’s Fall)
Mars in Taurus (neutral influence)
Venus in Aquarius (weakened)
Pluto (transformation) on the South Node (the Past)

The Sun: The Sun’s entrance into Aries Wednesday, March 20th, heralds the Spring Equinox, and the beginning of the astrological year. It is FINALLY a great time for Sun magick! Still avoid Mercury or Venus magick for the rest of March. Focus on Jupiter (in Sagittarius) and Saturn (in Capricorn) which are very strong.

Mercury: Mercury sloshing around in Pisces, AND retrograde. Use your intuition and gut instincts; that’s all we have now.
Retrograde times are about reassessing our foundations so we can refocus ourselves. It’s not a bad or unlucky time; just be observant and notice how these retrograde periods effect you personally. The specific planet that’s retrograding is going over a specific part of your chart three different times, and that’s where things get interesting. Feel free to book me for a 15 minute phone reading if you’re curious how it’s showing up in your chart.

Venus: We have a “mutual reception” going on with Uranus in Taurus and Venus in Aquarius – each planet in a sign ruled by the other planet. There’s a wild electrical charge in relationships right now. A desire for radical love and freedom in self expression. Women cannot be limited in any way right now.

Uranus: Uranus into Taurus: March 6th to 2025 – massive change and upheaval regarding borders and land (possible wars over land values). We radically shift the foundations of our lives. Also, liberation and new ways of dealing with animals and plants. Freedom and genius with regards to relationships and possessions (Scorpios in particular). What was happening in your life seven years ago?

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Wednesday, March 20th: SPRING EQUINOX and Full Moon in Libra. We are at a turning point; a crossroads. The goal is to maintain balance within ourselves, bring balance into our lives, and then into our relationships. The Universe supports you making huge changes right now, but do you have the courage to really do it? Have you reached the point of no return?

Thursday, March 21st: Full Moon in Libra still in effect. Issues from the past two weeks are coming to fruition now. Pay attention to what is happening in your life.

Friday, March 22nd: Moon VOC in Libra, then into Scorpio in the evening. Try to be los key today, and be sensitive to other people’s feelings. No serious conversations unless they lead to deeper intimacy. Avoid social complications.

Saturday, March 23rd: Moon in Scorpio. Any activities regarding healing, transformations or purification are great. Pursue spirituality or occult studies. Expect deep connections with others, and the inspiration for transform your life.

Sunday, March 24th: The mood lightens today as the Moon moves towards Sagittarius, but there’s still a serious, Scorpionic tone. Be lighthearted today, and go on an adventure.

Tarot artist, Pamela Coleman Smith

 

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“The Blue Cat” by Pamela Colman Smith, 1907, courtesy of Mary Greer

The Ryder-Waite-Smith deck was the deck I used to learn how to read tarot cards, and I think it remains as one of the clearest oracles available. The woman who initially painted the beautiful images on these cards, was Pamela Coleman Smith. She was a true free spirit, and highly talented artist. Here’s a fantastic new article about her life:

Pamela Colman “Pixie” Smith circa 1912
Iconic image from the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot that dates to 1909I never knew much about Pixie except that she was British and had died in obscurity; she never realized any financial security or status from illustrating one of the most popular items of printed ephemera in the world. This is largely due to the fact that the RWS Tarot was not widely distributed until circa 1970 when it was acquired by Stuart Kaplan of U.S. Games Systems, twenty years after Pixie’s death in 1951. In my news-feed last fall, I saw Tarot maven Mary Greer mention that she had collaborated on an in-depth biography of Pixie with Kaplan and some other writers. “Why not?” I thought. “Why not learn about one of the most influential artists in the Tarot tradition?”

Love it or hate it, the RWS Tarot defines what most people think of whenever the subject of Tarot cards comes up. Non-specialists may not be aware that the RWS had many historical predecessors and some noble competitors in its day. For the reason of its mass popularity alone, the RWS Tarot merits our interest and respect. When I was picking out an artist for The American Renaissance Tarot, I had Pixie’s straightforward illustrations strongly in mind. The modern trend in Tarot seems to be heavily embroidered fantasy-scapes, and yet Pixie’s bold outlines of figures in theatrical poses, set against two-dimensional backdrops, conveys the Tarot’s archetypes in a decidedly pure and direct manner. ”

Full article here

Tarot: One card game

Here’s fun game to use whenever you need a little inspiration or guidance; just click the images and see what card you get!

You can write me below if you want a quick interpretation 🙂

What card do you get??

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The Fool. Ryder Waite deck

Week of January 17th

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Sun in Capricorn, into Aquarius Sunday!
Mercury in Capricorn (weakened).
Venus in Sagittarius (neutral).
Mars in Aries (strong).
Jupiter in Sagittarius (strong).
Saturn in Capricorn until March 2020 (rulership).
Uranus in Aries (strong).

The main astro news right now, is the Sun’s current conjunction with the South Node at 26 Capricorn. It will be there through the weekend. The South Node symbolizes the past, and everything you’ve already mastered. Since all of this is happening in the Earth sign of Capricorn, it will crystalize (earth) your vision (the Sun) of things you’ve mastered (South Node). It also represents Capricorn-type issues being diminished, since the past is disappearing behind us at every moment. Capricorn rules government, structures, old money and regulation, and it’s interesting that the government is currently going through it’s longest shut down in history.
On a personal level, we are experiencing our pasts and perhaps clinging to old ways of operating that no longer serve us. Ambition, control, discipline, responsibility are in a state of deterioration for the next year or so. Instead, Cancerian values are highlighted; sensitivity, nostalgia, sweetness, indulgence, motherhood and nurturing. Old ways are leaving us, and new ways are being introduced.
If you want a personalized report on your personal North Node placement, feel free to book me for a phone reading. We are also between two eclipses, a crossroads, and the appearance of a new portal for us to pass through. This time between two eclipses puts us in a place between the worlds. Whatever began for us in February 2017 is being completed this month. The Full Moon, Lunar eclipse in Leo is this Sunday.

THURSDAY, Jan. 17th: Gemini Moon, which brings socializing, but Mercury is in Capricorn which brings caution. Make sure you have all the facts before negotiating or communicating anything. Good time for real, solid commitments.

FRIDAY, Jan. 18th: Moon in Gemini, and 8:50am Venus (in Sag) trine Mars (in Aries). This aspect brings passion, joy and romance. The masculine and feminine find balance.
11.59am: Mercury conjunct Pluto. Excellent day for writers, self expression, therapy and research. We get to the heart of things. Be gentle if airing grievances today.
5:30pm: Sun square Uranus. We might see different paths to achieving what we want, or there could be a shake up in our souls and vision. Squares demand work for results.

SATURDAY, Jan. 19th: Moon in Cancer. oooo be gentle. This is a sensitive sign and we are two days away from an eclipse. Cook for your loved one today, or do some chore you’ve been promising to do forever. Clean the house and indulge. Lower the intensity.

SUNDAY, Jan. 20th: Moon in Cancer, and Sun into Aquarius at 1:00am Pacific. With the Sun in Capricorn, we’ve become clear about what we want to accomplish this year, gotten organized, and reached a new level of commitment. We’ve established a new, solid foundation, and the discipline to make our ambitions a reality. With the Sun’s entrance into Aquarius, the mood lightens and we look to the future.
8:30pm: Venus square Neptune. Tensions and a need to overcome illusions about love. Instead of indulging in escapism, try to embrace your spiritual strength and connection. And then go make some art.
9:15pm: Full moon eclipse at 0 degrees Leo. Wherever this eclipse falls in your chart opens up a doorway to a new path. The 0 degree of any sign is one of the strongest expressions of it’s nature. Pay attention what occurs in your life this weekend and Monday… there could be some flashes of your future.

MONDAY, Jan. 21st: Moon in Leo. Fallout from the huge eclipse yesterday continues.
3:15am: Mars square Saturn. This is a tough aspect, since both of these planets are tough-minded. Squares bring tension, but illuminate work to be done to overcome the block. Mars wants to charge ahead without thinking, and Saturn is cautious. A balance needs to be enacted here.

TUESDAY, Jan. 22nd: Moon in Leo. Today we begin the clean up from our wild weekend.
4:30am Pacific Venus conjunct Jupiter. One of the happiest, luckiest, most romantic of yearly aspects between these two luminaries. Take some time to smell the roses today. Accept party invites and hang around people you enjoy.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23rd: Moon in Virgo. We are back into organizing our lives, and taking action on our procrastination.
Aries and Aries Rising — Identity, the self, creativity, children
Taurus and Taurus Rising — Home, family, living situation, roots, emotional needs
Gemini and Gemini Rising — The voice, the mind, learning, education, communication, travel, movement
Cancer and Cancer Rising — Money, income, what you own, material needs, spending, resources, value
Leo and Leo Rising — The self, new beginnings, moving forward, taking the lead
Virgo and Virgo Rising — The end of a journey, rest, retreat, recuperation, letting go, spirituality
Libra and Libra Rising — Friendships, community, belonging, social network, groups
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising — Career, responsibilities, professional life, status, direction
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising — Education, foreign travel, publishing, worldview, beliefs, law, philosophy
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising — The deep self, deep emotions, facing fears, the psyche, transformation, finance, debt, wealth
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising — Relationships, other people, negotiation, finding balance, socialization
Pisces and Pisces Rising — Health, wellness, taking care of the body, organization, projects, daily life, schedule

 

Week of January 7th

cap1New Moon in Capricorn last Saturday.
Mercury in Capricorn (weakened).
Venus in Sagittarius (neutral).
Mars in Aries (strong).
Jupiter in Sagittarius (strong).
Saturn in Capricorn until March 2020 (rulership).
Uranus now Direct in Aries (strong).

The New Moon Eclipse last Saturday activated the South Node (the past). This represents personal gifts in our lives that we have already mastered. The North Node is our nature, or obvious personality, and where we have natural talent. With this New Moon, the corner of your chart containing Capricorn will be going through a change. A new door will open, influenced by the house placement and any aspects.

Saturn (reality) and Pluto (the soul’s evolution) in Capricorn are going to effect the South Node (the past) during the eclipses this year. Saturn, and Capricorn, are about mastery and responsibility. With the South Node there, we will be tested to see if we have truly mastered the lessons of our pasts, or we will be tested with the same old situations until we are done.
Where do you want to be by the time Saturn leaves Capricorn?

Mercury isn’t thrilled with being in Capricorn. Mercury wants to be zing-y, but Capricorn is cautious and sure-footed. Communication is slowing down for a few weeks.

Mars has gone into his rulership in Aries (finally!! Yay!!), after months of going backwards and slogging through Pisces. Our plans are now in direct, confident motion. This happened on New Year’s Day too, so the fresh, new Mars energy is invigorating 2019 in general 🙂

MONDAY, January 7th: Moon in Aquarius. Focus is on groups, humanitarian ideals and teamwork. Uranus is still stationing (standing still) in Aries, so there could be unexpected events or revelations coming from left field. Listen for new ideas and revelations from your inner voice.
Uranus stationary direct in late Aries can bring unexpected shocks, liberating surprises, fresh vision and new ways to utilize technology. Independence, spontaneity and a break from routine are common themes. Where can you bring more freedom into your life? Do something different.
Venus enters Sagittarius during Monday’s pre-dawn hours, bringing faith, luck, truth and exploration to the arena of Love. We immediately feel more optimistic, sociable and generous in the areas of art and romance.

TUESDAY, January 8th: Moon in Aquarius. Mercury squares Mars at 2:00am, but influences the day. Stay away from confronting, debating or negotiating with anyone today. It’s a good day for writing or getting organized though.

WEDNESDAY, January 9th: Pisces Moon. Daydream and fantasize today. Facts will slip through your fingers. Today we survive using our intuition. Seek solitude, quiet, healing and music.

THURSDAY, Jan. 10th: Pisces Moon. Quiet day. Meditate, daydream, create visions and art.

FRIDAY, Jan. 11th: Moon void-of-course in Pisces all day. Don’t commit to or sign anything. A day of relaxation. Sun conjunct Pluto helps you update your life vision. The will to power or to defend against it can quickly turn violent. Avoid arguments. Sexual preoccupation and obsession is possible, as is suspicion and paranoia. Fun can be had by exploring the psyche sexually and otherwise for catharsis. What stands in your way right now? What outdated attitudes and perspectives can you release?

SATURDAY, Jan. 12th: Moon in Aries (meeting up with Mars). You’ll probably feel a lot of energy, drive and excitement today! Make good use of it, but avoid headstrong behavior.

 

Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock Pen an Open Letter to the Next Generation of Artists

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Here’s some inspiration for us all from some truly brilliant musicians. ❤

“To the Next Generation of Artists: we find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.
From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain. As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.
While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.
We’d like to be clear that while this letter is written with an artistic audience in mind, these thoughts transcend professional boundaries and apply to all people, regardless of profession.
FIRST, AWAKEN TO YOUR HUMANITY
We are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life.
EMBRACE AND CONQUER THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The world needs new pathways. Don’t allow yourself to be hijacked by common rhetoric, or false beliefs and illusions about how life should be lived. It’s up to you to be the pioneers. Whether through the exploration of new sounds, rhythms, and harmonies or unexpected collaborations, processes and experiences, we encourage you to dispel repetition in all of its negative forms and consequences. Strive to create new actions both musically and with the pathway of your life. Never conform.
WELCOME THE UNKNOWN
The unknown necessitates a moment-to-moment improvisation or creative process that is unparalleled in potential and fulfillment. There is no dress rehearsal for life because life, itself, is the real rehearsal. Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted. This type of thinking requires courage. Be courageous and do not lose your sense of exhilaration and reverence for this wonderful world around you.
UNDERSTAND THE TRUE NATURE OF OBSTACLES
We have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO INTERACT WITH THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU
The world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another. We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.
STRIVE TO CREATE AGENDA-FREE DIALOGUE
Art in any form is a medium for dialogue, which is a powerful tool. It is time for the music world to produce sound stories that ignite dialogue about the mystery of us. When we say the mystery of us, we’re talking about reflecting and challenging the fears, which prevent us from discovering our unlimited access to the courage inherent in us all. Yes, you are enough. Yes, you matter. Yes, you should keep going.
BE WARY OF EGO
Arrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.
WORK TOWARDS A BUSINESS WITHOUT BORDERS
The medical field has an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This lofty effort can serve as a model for transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. We’re speaking directly to a system that’s in place, a system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is only the means to an end. The music business is a fraction of the business of life. Living with creative integrity can bring forth benefits never imagined.
APPRECIATE THE GENERATION THAT WALKED BEFORE YOU
Your elders can help you. They are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom. They have weathered storms and endured the same heartbreaks; let their struggles be the light that shines the way in the darkness. Don’t waste time repeating their mistakes. Instead, take what they’ve done and catapult you towards building a progressively better world for the progeny to come.
LASTLY, WE HOPE THAT YOU LIVE IN A STATE OF CONSTANT WONDER
As we accumulate years, parts of our imagination tend to dull. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Look up at the stars and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut or a pilot. Imagine exploring the pyramids or Machu Picchu. Imagine flying like a bird or crashing through a wall like Superman. Imagine running with dinosaurs or swimming like mer-creatures. All that exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.
How does any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society you ask? It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you. Be the leaders in the movie of your life. You are the director, producer, and actor. Be bold and tirelessly compassionate as you dance through the voyage that is this lifetime.”

Alchemy

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A red-faced sun rises above a city; stunted trees stand in the foreground; representing either the culmination of the alchemical Great Work or the star of hope that inspires the alchemist through his tribulation.

 

Release any thought, behavior or idea that you’ve picked up on your journey, so you can uncover the pure gold of the spirit within you.

“THE FOUR ALCHEMICAL RULES.
1. Follow (your) Nature.
It is useless to seek for the sun by the light of a candle.
2. First know; then act.
Real knowledge exists in the triangle composed of seeing, feeling, and understanding.
3. Use no vulgar processes.
Use only one vessel, one fire, one instrument.
The door to success lies in the unity of will and purpose and the proper adaptation of the means to the end. There are many roads leading to the celestial center. He who follows the chosen path may succeed, while he who attempts to walk on many paths will be delayed.
4. Keep the fire constantly burning.
If the molten metals are allowed to cool off before they are transformed into higher ones, they will become hard again, and the whole process will have to be recommenced from the beginning. Use the inextinguishable lamp. Its light will not go out unless it is driven away by force.

THE FIVE THINGS NECESSARY TO OBSERVE IN THE PRACTICE OF ALCHEMY.
1. To recognize the true PRIMA MATERIA.
It is to be found everywhere; but if you do not find it in your own house, you will find it nowhere. It is a living substance that can be discovered only in places inhabited by man. It is the only substance from which the Philosopher’s Stone can be prepared, and without that substance no genuine silver or gold can be made. In thirty pounds of ordinary mercury, there is usually not more than one pound of the true substance; and a hundred pounds of ordinary sulphur usually contain not more than one pound of that which is useful. It can only be found above the earth, but not below it. It is before everybody’s eyes; no one can live without it; everybody uses it; the poor usually possess more of it than the rich; the ignorant esteem it highly, but the learned ones often throw it away. The children play with it in the street, and yet it is invisible. It can be perceived by the sense of feeling, but it cannot be seen with the material eye.
2. Use for the preparation of the PRIMA MATERIA only the rose-colored blood of the Red Lion and the pure white gluten of the Eagle.
Let your Will be strong, but without anger, and your Thoughts be pure from that which infects the lower strata of the earth’s atmosphere. Let the fire of the divine Will penetrate deeply within your soul, and elevate your mind to the highest regions of thought.
3. Obtain the sacred Fire.
It is not of man’s making; it cannot be bought, but it is given for nothing to those who deserve it.
4. Then follow Multiplication and Increase, for which purpose weight and measure are necessary. Weigh all things with the scales of justice, and measure them by the rule of reason.
5. The fifth is the Application, that is to say the Projection upon the metals.
This will be accomplished by nature without artificial aid.”

In the “Pronaos of the Temple of Wisdom” by Franz Hartmann