Moon in Pisces – High Priestess in the Moon's Clothing

October 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

High Priestess dressed in the moon's clothing

The Moon moves into Pisces today, and stays there until Monday.

Described in Tarot cards, this transit would be like the High Priestess is dressed as the Moon.

She’s lost her material body and has disappeared into the celestial body that usually rests at her feet.

The Moon in Pisces, or High Priestess dressed as the Moon, is a time of increased perception, ill-defined understanding and what might be described as night vision.

During this time you could find your dreams feel more real than your daylight hours and what’s not said is louder than what is.

Fears might grow like a boogieman under the bed, but if you just take a peek, they’re as likely to be dust bunnies as demons or ghosts.

Be still, aware and fearless. It might be dark outside, but if there was ever a time you can navigate the unknown, this is it. Listen, breathe, flow.

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Moon in Scorpio – High Priestess in Death's Clothing

September 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The High Priestess in Death's Clothes

The moon moves into Scorpio today and stays there until Saturday.

If you translate this transit into the Tarot, you could say that the High Priestess is dressed as Death. She’s in the midst of a great transformation.

The Moon in Scorpio, or High Priestess in Death’s clothing, suggests a time when feelings run deep. The ability to end relationships that don’t work, or release stagnant emotions is accentuated.

If there’s a situation in your life that’s nearing its completion, especially if it’s emotional or relationship-oriented, this might be a good time to let it go. At least explore it with emotional clarity.

This isn’t a time to be afraid, but rather a time to face your fears with equanimity and intelligence.

You’ve got what it takes. Don’t back down from the scary stuff.

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Dan Pelletier and A Musing

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

It might normally seem odd that a finance guy would transform into a Tarot guru, but given the situation, it’s not that strange.

Dan Pelletier, one of the new co-hosts on Beyonds Worlds, author of The Process, and owner of the Tarot Garden, was one of the survivors of the September 11 attacks.

That morning, while training for a new job with Morgan Stanley on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center, he decided to go down for a cigarette.

It was a decision that saved his life, and of course, altered its course forever. Among other changes, Pelletier left finance and eventually took up Tarot full time.

I was lucky enough to see him at BATS last month. And though I bought too many decks from him, I had the good fortune to see his performance in a skit called A Musing.

With Rhonda Lund and Nancy Antenucci, he acted out a typical Tarot reading with him as reader, Lund as querent, and Antenucci as the psychic muse informing the consultation.

Like Pelletier himself, the play was funny, but inspirational as well.

Messages included reminders to ‘live like you’re dying,’ and that ‘you need a love affair with your life.’ There were questions like ‘when was the last time you danced with a stranger?’ and ‘what prime are you in now?’

Tarot readings often bring ideas like this to the surface, but within the context of Pelletier’s personal story they become even more powerful.

I mourn the incredible losses suffered on September 11th, 2001, but thank the universe for allowing hope to grow out of the darkness.

As the psychic muse in A Musing said ‘Love Doesn’t Die’. We should all try to remember that, and celebrate each moment as it arrives.

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Divining Adventure in Camden

July 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Cards are fun, whether they’re Tarot or not. They’re even fun when they’re virtual and used as an event guide.

Like the ones on where people in Camden, London can divine where to find good times in their neighbourhood this July.

Visitors to the site are welcomed by Mr. Eks, the master of serendipity and captain of the covert. By dealing the cards, he’ll find an adventure perfectly suited to each person who asks.

my first choices - flytrap, palm tree or cactus

Three choices are offered to start. It’s sort of like finding a signifcator for the reading. What you choose at this stage is meant to determine the choices to follow.

By the end of the reading, you end up with three possible events you might like to attend. I know I liked what Mr. Eks suggested for me. Too bad I’m not in Camden this month.

But it’s fun to play whether you’re there or not. And if you are there … try it out!!

The site was created by the design agency Coney. They based it around the historic culture and characters of Camden. I think it’s just great. Good work.

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Mercury in Leo – Magician Dressed in Strength's Clothing

July 2nd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

The Magician Dressed as Strength - Mercury in Leo

Magician as Strength

Mercury moves into Leo today and stays there until July 28th.

Looking at this transit through the eyes of the Tarot, it would be like the Magician is wearing Strength’s clothing. He’s still floating his lemniscates, but now he’s wearing a dress.

The Magician is dynamic, innovative and charismatic. He gets things started and keeps them interesting.
He’s a master communicator, a brilliant theoretician, and at times an unscrupulous trickster.

The Magician inspires us to see the world as the birthplace of all potential. Magic is everywhere, if only we open our eyes.

Strength is also dynamic and charismatic. She fears little, and knows well that the ego is our biggest adversary. It’s not to be destroyed, just directed to best effect.

She is creativity, lust, the power to move with passion towards our goals.

Strength has the attitude that she will succeed, primarily because she has the courage to act, and the capacity to control her actions.

Despite the dress, the Magician enjoys this position, using it as a time to fill his ideas with the fire necessary to make them real. His tongue turns golden in the sun.

Mercury in Leo, or the Magician in Strength’s clothing is a time of energetic and maybe even exhilarating communication.

During this cycle, it’s easy to express your ideas with enthusiasm, and you’re encouraged to do so. Don’t be shy, but try not to walk all over anyone else’s sunshine.

Watch out for ego talk, either from yourself or others. Everyone likes a good storyteller, but boasters are less welcome.

Let yourself be inspired and your desires be clear and focused. When innocent passion is directed by an intelligent will, the possibilities are infinite.

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Roll the Dice

April 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Mary K. Greer posted this video on her blog last week and I couldn’t help but do the same.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s Bono reading Roll the Dice by Charles Bukowski.

Carrie Paris added the tarot images and made it a one card spread.

I love it.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky Talks Some Tarot

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a listen to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about the Tarot.

As usual, he’s fascinating. And there’s some trippy images to look at while you’re listening.

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Instruments of Revelation – A Tarot Ballet

March 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

ballerinaIf you love Tarot and Ballet and are in the Chicago area March 6th or 9th, you’re in luck.

The Orion Ensemble will be presenting Instruments of Revelation, a ballet about Tarot cards by composer/conductor Victoria Bond.

Founder of Ballet Chicago, Daniel Duell has choreographed a solo for each section of the three-part score. One for the Magician, the High Priestess and the Fool.

Rhythmic and energetic, the music for the Magician shifts suddenly from the mysterious and solemn to the cunning and dexterous.

The music for the High Priestess is expansive, melodic, with long instrumental phrases.

And for the Fool, composer Bond put together some musical chaos with a laughing clarinet.

Bond says she’s been interested in the Tarot for years.

When she was first starting out, one of her friends gave her a reading.

It predicted Bond would work with a very famous conductor and a major symphony orchestra.

She didn’t take it too seriously until it happened, many times over.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. March 6 in Fox Valley Presbyterian Church in Geneva and at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall.

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Augmented Reality, Wonderment and the Tarot

December 24th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Simplistically speaking, Augmented Reality can be described as a realtime, interactive environment that combines the real world with the virtual.

Helen Papagiannis, a PhD candidate in Communication and Culture at York University in Toronto, designed an Augmented Reality exhibit for the Ontario Science Centre. Among other things, it involves old movies, a fog machine and my favourite part, playing cards.

Someone enters an area where there’s a platform with some cards on it. When the person places a card in the center of the platform, fog starts billowing and an image on the wall identifies the card they chose. A film by Augmented Reality pioneer, Morton Heilig then begins.

Of course for me, it would be even more fun if the cards were Tarot cards and the film that appeared was about the theme in that card, but that’s a project for another time. I think this one is great as is.

But in the video below where Papagiannis talks about her project, what I especially like is what she has to say about wonderment. Something I’ve always felt about the Tarot.

She describes wonderment as being part delight, curiosity, inquiry and action. Interestingly enough, in her presentation, she highlights these ideas in blue, pink, yellow and green.

I couldn’t help but see her descriptors as the four suits – cups for delight, wands for curiosity, swords for inquiry and the disks for action.

And when Papagiannis talks about both cinema and Augmented Reality, she describes the technology itself as being at least as entrancing as the story it tells. I’d say exactly the same thing about Tarot.

The more I think about it, Augmented Reality and the Tarot are not so dissimilar. Not only is Tarot a technology of wonderment, a tool to inspire delight, curiosity, inquiry and action. But it also plays between the worlds.

As Augmented Reality manouevers between the real and the virtual, the Tarot bridges the conscious and the unconscious, and at it’s best, the body and the soul.

Papagiannis has some advice to AR designers, technicians and scientists. She encourages them to “be responsive, and actively seek and inspire wonderment to see the world afresh.”

There couldn’t be better advice to Tarot readers everywhere. So I say ‘ditto that’.

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Tarot in Rio

November 10th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Take a look at this video. A masked Tarot reader in the middle of a busy intersection in Rio de Janeiro.

As Gringoquefala (perhaps the masked reader himself) describes the scene, it’s …

a mystical, ethnographic, and performative investigation of rio de janeiro, a celebration of urban chance, and a humble attempt to read the soul of the city and predict its future.

I love it! From Winnipeg to Rio, Tarot is taking to the streets!

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