The Sun ‘wears’ Justice

Later on this evening, the Sun crosses that point in the cosmos where the celestial sphere and the celestial equator intersect, signalling the arrival of autumn. This is known as the autumnal point. In astrology, it is refered to as zero degrees Libra.

Several hours later, the Sun and Moon are in direct opposition and the Moon becomes full while in the sign of Aries. Long-time readers of my blog know that I love blending these powerful astrological points with the Tarot (see http://whitesagetarot.com/2010/03/18/the-sun-dons-the-emperors-cloak/ as an example).

A variety of Tarot themes can be related to these to celestial periods. When the Sun moves into an astrological sign, I often imagine the young child on the Sun card of my RWS deck wearing the card associated with that sign. This month, our young lad dons the robes of Justice. His usual optimism and positive attitude are tempered by rationalization. He seeks balance in thought and in deed. His exuberance is more cautious as he weighs out pros and cons before acting.

As Canadians, at this time on the calendar, we move out of the crazy, hazy days of summer, where kids are kept active, parents even more so and most people do everything they can to get outdoors.  And in late summer, back to school shopping dominates for parents as well as college and university students.  Movement patterns in cities and towns get back to normal as work schedules return to their regular routine. Kelly and I noticed that the town market this past Saturday was much busier as people found their regular rhythm and slid back into their typical Saturday.  As we approach the autumnal equinox and the Sun ‘costumes up’ with Justice, remember this time as one in which to seek balance.  It is a time when reasonable solutions trump rash decisions. Don’t be afraid to pause when needed. There’s nothing worse than rushing to make a bad choice.

What about the Full Moon in Aries? Has the esoteric wisdom of our High Priestess been provided the ruling voice of the Emperor? Or is the fullness of the Moon in Aries more closely linked to the powerful fertility of the Empress in this abundant time of harvest? You decide.

Keeping in the theme of Tarot and Astrology, the 2011 Wellbeing Astrology Guide is available for order now!  It includes my article “On the Cards”. Visit Astrologer Kelly Surtees to order your copy today! http://kellysurteesastrology.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/wellbeing-astrology-guide-2011-now-in-stock/

Horoscope Spread workshop and ‘Major’ Free Talk

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On Saturday, October 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Astrologer Kelly Surtees (www.kellysurtees.com) and I will be co-presenting a workshop in Orangeville, Ontario, entitled “The Horoscope Spread: Using tarot cards and the astrological houses to combine two ancient methods for insight and exploration”. This hands-on workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about and explore the 12-card Horoscope Tarot Spread using an astrologer and tarotist as guides. The cost of this 6-hour workshop is only $70. Please forward this information on to anyone you think might be interested. Contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or Kelly at info@kellysurtees.com to book. Spaces are limited and early booking is recommended.

 
On Thursday, August 19th, I hosted a Free Tarot Talk in my space in Orangeville. Thank you to those of you who were in attendance. We had a wonderful time exploring the powerful “I see… / I am…” card method and spent almost an hour exploring some of my new decks. They all generated some great questions and discussion and each person seem to gravitate towards a favourite. The next talk will take place on Thursday, September 23rd’s Full Moon from 7:00 – 8:30, in my space in Orangeville. What a wonderful time to focus on “The Power of the Major Arcana”. We will look at a variety of divisions and groupings of these 22 cards. Please RSVP by September 16th so that I can plan accordingly. I will also provide you with more detailed location information. As always, any small donation to help cover the cost of coffee, tea and snacks is most welcome.
 
Interested in a Tarot reading? Book now and receive a FREE COPY of “The Fated Sky: Astrology in History” by Benson Bobrick, while supplies last. My rates for readings are currently $70 for a 1-hour reading and $100 for a 90-minute reading. Readings are available in person in Orangeville (easily accessible by car from anywhere in the GTA) or via phone or SKYPE. Please contact me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or 519-217-SAGE (7243) for more details.

Exploring the BIT method

Back in Time Tarot

BIT is a method of Tarot exploration outlined in Janet Boyer’s book “Back in Time Tarot”. When you use the BIT method, you explore your past through the Tarot. It is an excellent way to reflect on past events. It involves self-selecting Tarot cards and briefly considering  how they relate to past events. The selection can be based on a variety of elements: the meaning of the card, its number or value, a symbol contained on the card or the images contained in the chosen card.  The reflections need not be long or elaborate. This selection process can be a very powerful reflection tool.

I started my process chronologically. I also selected two cards for each event; the first often leading into the second. Most examples provided in Janet Boyer’s book use only one card. For this exercise, I used Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot.  I am in love with the images of this deck and cherish my limited edition. (I cringed a little as it was passed around at our housewarming party this weekend.) 🙂 In the past, I have drawn from many decks to complete a BIT exercise. Also, I have kept my reflections brief.  Feel free to use the BIT method any way you see fit. And please, use this forum to share you experience.

May-June in Sydney, Australia:  The Explorer of Water and the Three of Water – For me, the Explorer of Water is often “he-who-I-seek-to-be” but I selected this card for this exercise because of the literal meaning of ‘explorer’ and ‘water’. My trip involved a lot of visiting for two weeks on a large island continent in a major coastal city. The Three of Water symbolized the joyful sharing that went on as I spent time with my partner’s friends and extended family.

End of the school year and the preparation for 2010-2011: Eight of Earth and the Teacher – I finished the school year ready to embrace my role as both ‘master’ teacher and mentor. Several prominent staff moved on and will play different roles next school year and I was pleased to have played a role, however small, in their respective profession growth. I will devote time each week over the summer honing my skills in this area, something I haven’t done for quite some time.

The move and the purchase of our new home: The Five of Air and the Four of Air – Initially, the focus of ‘the move’ was, funny enough, the movement. It felt like everything was moving, often in multiple directions at once. The eagles in the Five of Air appear to be in ‘reckless’ movement. However, as symbolized in the Four of Air, keeping the goal of stability, safety and security in mind throughout the process was extremely helpful. After all, our purpose was not to buy a house but to create a home. This card from this deck was also prominent in a reading I received from Bev Haskins while at the Readers Studio in New York this past April. She pointed out the four robin eggs safely contained in their next and paralleled them to my own family of four.  

Ride to Conquer Cancer: Death and the Ace of Air – Taking part in a 200-kilometre (120 mile) bike ride was an incredible experience. The loss of my father and the toll that cancer takes in the lives of many remained front and centre all weekend.  The ride also gave me a sense of new beginning. I will complete this ride again and will expand my role in the future. Like the butterfly in the Ace of Air, I emerged from this experience transformed. I also met some amazing people during my journey.

Biopsy: The Five of Water and The Sun – It took everything I had (and was more draining than I expected it would be) to focus on what I held in my hand instead of focusing on the potentially bleak surroundings a negative result would bring. The Sun represents the inexplicable JOY of hearing the word “benign”.

 My children – Child of Fire and Explorer of Fire –  They are not the last BIP selection because they are least important (anyone who knows me personally knows how important my children are to me) but because, chronologically, spending time with my children is the most recent ‘issue’ upon which to reflect. Instead of focusing on the guilt of not having been able to be as available this week because of a busy work schedule (and they have headed off to their mother’s for a two-week holiday stint), I selected two cards that best represent my children’s potential. One child is discovering her creativity: writing diary entries, developing characters for her book and painting in her studio. She is not unlike the Child of Fire, who learns by doing. Like the Explorer of Fire, the other feels the heat of creativity and is often torn between taming his creative fire or unleashing it. Should he choose the latter; look out, World!

Intention setting: The final two cards I chose were the Ace of Water and the Star. I drew these two cards not as part of a BIT process but as part of willful intention setting. This process is particularly relevant during the time of the New Moon. For more information on this concept, see Kelly Surtees’ recent blog at http://kellysurteesastrology.wordpress.com.  The Ace of Water represents the flowing waters of new emotional realities. I’m looking at spending my next few quieter weeks re-connecting and re-kindling those relationships that are most meaningful.  The Star represents the hope and optimism brought about by this action.

Feel free to share your BIT experience here. Or, if you feel more astrologically inclined :), select a card or two and use your creativity to set your own willful intentions.

Re-exploring the Horoscope Spread

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During some down time (and there has not been much) during my trip to Australia, I have been reading Dr. Arthur Rosengarten’s “Tarot and Psychology”. I’ve just finished the section that revisits the Celtic Cross by creating snapshots of cards within the 10-card spread (actually, Dr. Rosengarten uses an 11th card in his copyrighted version of the spread).  It’s an interesting concept and has caused me to review this spread that, although it was the first I learned over 20 years ago, has fallen by the wayside in my professional practice.  I actually first encountered this revisionist practice when exploring “The Heart of the Tarot” (http://whitesagetarot.com/2009/09/07/the-two-card-spread-of-the-day/), a two-card spread based on the ‘situation’ and ‘obstacle’ cards in the first two positions of a traditional variation of the Celtic Cross. It has also caused me to begin exploring ‘mini’ relationships in another spread I use.

In  an article I’ve written for the “2011 Well being Astrology Guide”, due out in September 2010, I briefly mention a 12-card horoscope spread. The variation I use begins at the ascendant (9 o’clock position) and lays 12 cards equidistantly in a counter-clockwise manner, roughly mimicking a horoscope wheel. The life area represented by each position corresponds to the house focus. For example, the card at 9 o’clock is in the first house and represents what the querent needs to know about their outward image. The card at 12 o’clock is in the tenth house and represents what the querent needs to know about their career and their public ‘reputation’.

But Dr. Rosengarten’s work will cause me to look more closely at the relationships between the cards in the Horoscope Spread. For example, what relationship do the oppositions have? Each axis could be looked at as a pair as it would be in a chart (inner vs. outer; private vs. public).  These axes could be expanded on further and each pair could be combined so that the cards that correspond to the angular, succedent and cadent houses are looked at as a group. If we followed the general rule of the astrological chart, we could also place greater emphasis on the cards in the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th positions, since they correspond to the ascendant, the IC (Imum Coeli), the descendant and the midheaven, all essential angles in the birth chart.

Interested in the Horoscope spread? Book your horoscope spread reading today by emailing me at whitesagetarot@gmail.com or by calling me at (519) 217-SAGE (7243). Readings are available in person in the Sydney area (until June 4th) or in the Greater Toronto, South-Western Ontario area or via phone or Skype internationally.