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The Major Arcana of the Tarot represents the great journey, the one we take inside of our self and the one we take out in the world. The Major Arcana is a series of archetypes that taps into the collective human conscious and unconscious experience. It is comprised of representations of the significant people, moments of transition and states of being that make up life. The Strength card focuses on what fortifies us, primarily spirituality and self-care. Many for whom the dogma of the religions of the world doesn't work for see being spiritual as basing one's emotional state of mind, one's thoughts and one's actions in universal spiritual principles, the primary pillars being personal responsibility, compassion, acceptance and humility. Employing these elements in each of the moments of our days will without doubt allow us to flow harmoniously through the stream of life around us, to make a truly positive difference and to live in patience, tolerance and love with our fellow beings. The antithesis of spirituality is the state of judgement. To be judgmental is to be in our ego to an extreme and often harmful degree, certainly one cannot be in humility and in judgment at the same time. Judging occurs in the moment, whether expressed on the Internet or simply in our mind, but as life is nuanced and we rarely have all the information in the moment necessary to come to a real conclusion anyway judging often puts one in an unspiritual, unfair and sometimes cruel state of being, a state which ultimately sets us up to do harm, and of course to be spiritual is to do no harm, that is to say to not intentionally cause any harm. In an increasingly populated world it is important that we all get along and that as a species we move forward together toward something positive, to be spiritual in one's being and in one's daily life is a huge step toward that end.
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The Moon pulls the tides of the ocean, and it affects all living beings on our planet. The Moon is reflective. In astrology the Moon is our inner sea of feelings and emotions, our instinctive reactions and inner-focused spiritual energy based in feeling and intuition. In the Tarot the Moon is represented by the High Priestess card. The tarot card of The Moon itself actually represents a passage stage late in the ascendant journey of the Major Arcana. When we consider the cycle of the Moon through the 12 signs of the zodiac each month we realize that each of us will experience 12 base mood modes each month, the colour and tone of which will be dependent on where one's Natal Wheel begins, which planets are in which sign/house in our Natal Chart, which planets are transiting through the sign the Moon is moving through at the time and what relationships (aspects) those planets form with other transiting celestial objects and with planets, asteroids, stars and luminaries in our own chart. Then there is our own coding to consider, the truths locked away in our own personal mythology that we formed about our self or about life based upon significant incidents, experiences and traumas in our life that became behavioral archetypes, and how we instinctively react to situations based on that coding. The Moon asks us to reflect inward, to become more aware, and in that reflection and awareness there is enlightenment which can help us navigate our emotional seas more serenely and ultimately more effectively each month.
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As we move from May to June the most significant element to me in the celestial sky is the coming Mars conjunction with the Dragon's Tail (South Node of the Moon - bad karma, what we are meant to move away from in life) which will be at full force June 7. This conjunction will form an ominous square with Uranus, bringing the worst that oft frenetic, calamitous planet has to offer into play for a couple of days. Those with tier one elements of self (Sun, Asc, Moon) in the first few degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio as well as the last couple of degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will find them self strongly tempted to go back to the places that have hurt them in the past and put them self at serious risk for grave misadventure, accident or worse. Definitely a window that calls for restraint and caution, lest we have to learn the more difficult and painful lessons of the past yet again or we have to face harsh consequences for capricious and ultimately foolish risk and actions.
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Today's New Moon in Sagittarius affords each of us a remarkably positive opportunity to set the tone for the coming two and three quarter year transit of Saturn through its native sign of Capricorn. Saturn currently sits at 29 degrees Sagittarius. The cluster of planets and celestial objects that surround the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius now allow us to tap into our passions and to direct them toward the planet Saturn, thereby allowing them to piggyback on his shoulders into Capricorn. Venus is infusing the current stellium in Sagittarius with both love and creativity in all forms. Mercury is bringing our curiosity for discovery, our cerebral passions and all the causes we care deeply about into the mix. Lilith is present adding spice with sexuality, sexual desire and female power. Furthermore, Uranus in Aries is blasting creative and revolutionary Fire Energy in via a near perfect trine with the Sun/Moon conjunction. If we focus on what we are passionate about over the next couple of days then Saturn will help us manifest those desires in our life both in the individual and the collective senses over the next couple of years as he journeys through Capricorn.
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The Spiritual Universe is founded upon principles of balance and harmony, and no lunar cycle represents this fundamental truth better than the Libra New Moon. Certainly our life out in the world is always a direct reflection of our internal state of being. If our inner spiritual space is serene, if our go to modes of being in moments of stress are humility, acceptance, tolerance and compassion, then we can flow harmoniously through the stream of life around us. The stream of life does not exist by our own personal design, we are simply present in it and must adapt to it. We certainly cannot control it. New Moons allow us to recalibrate and begin again. This Libra New Moon affords us all the opportunity to look deep within, to reconnect with what we feel we are really here to do, and to then live well within the healthy authentic parameters that define that purpose. The Uranus opposition to the New Moon tonight will challenge us in the coming days with chaos created by others rooted in selfishness and fear or anger, but this serves as a reminder that each of can choose whom we wish to be and that ultimately each individual must take responsibility for what sort of energy they bring to the community of human life around them. The winter is long and dark and lonely, this New Moon allows us to prepare for that challenging season by adjusting the balance inside of our self. This is important because though we may have someone beside us in the bleak months ahead the person we really have to live with is our own self.
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What is the Tarot? Quite simply the Tarot is life, but life as experienced on two levels and represented in two parts - the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The word arcana itself means mysteries and thus the Tarot is said to made up of the greater and lesser mysteries of life. The ancient magickal symbol of the pentagram is made up of five points. The top point of the pentagram represents aether or spirit, and the bottom four points represent the four elements of nature - fire, earth, air and water - and so the Tarot is formed by a combination of spirit, or the spiritual realm on the metaphysical plane, and the four elements of nature here on the mundane or earthly plane.
The Major Arcana represents the great journey that we all take in life - the journey within, our journey in the world around us and our greater journey out in the Universe. The Major Arcana is a series of archetypes that represent significant figures in our life, various states of being, moments of awareness, points of transition and so forth that we all experience in life. It begins with the 0 Card of The Fool which is the naive innocent in search of experience in the world and it ends with the 21 Card The World representing attainment and ascension to the next level of the journey.
The Minor Arcana is the stuff of life here on Earth and adds colour, context and texture to the mix. The security based complimentary elements of Earth and Water are represented by the suits of Pentacles and Cups respectively and the two experience-driven elements of Fire and Air are symbolized in the Tarot through the suits of Wands and Swords.
What can the Tarot tell us? Well I work in the spiritual life-path guidance paradigm and from that perspective, first the Tarot will reveal to a seeker where they are in their life-path and what they need to know about this current point in their journey. Beyond that, the Tarot will elaborate further on the life path journey to shed light on and offer insight into various areas of seeker's life.
The Tarot is of the metaphysical plane not the earthly plane and therefore spiritual and energy-based in nature. As in the case of all elements belonging to the metaphysical plane, be they spiritual paradigms, deities or religious constructs belief in the Tarot requires a leap of faith; a leap of faith similar to the one depicted in the first card of the Major Arcana.