The Chariot, Trump of Cancer, and a New Moon (in Cancer)

n. the simultaneous occurrence of events (or things) which appear significantly related
but have no discernible causal connection

[Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing one’s life and soul’s journey to enlightenment.]

I drew The Chariot  this morning.
This card is the Trump of Cancer, ruled by the Moon.
There’s a New Moon tonight in the sign of Cancer.
(The Sun is also in Cancer.)
The closest major fixed star to this New Moon is Alhena.
(Alhena imparts artistic skills, especially with the written or spoken word.)*
In Tarot The Chariot  sits at midsummer.
Midsummer occurred last week.

I don’t believe in coincidences but I DO believe in synchronicities…

A New Moon is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts; and to break out of bad habits, behaviors, and outdated ways of thinking. In the context of my query* here’s the message.

New paths, projects, and a period of enhanced activity. Routines will be altered for the better. Maintaining order amidst chaos and a re-aligning of Will, emotions, thoughts, and the corporeal is in order.

“Pure intention and inspired motivation are key to The Chariot, which represents the feeling of triumph in achieving our ambition and the victory of our Will.”

The awakened spirit is fearless.
– Rebel Moon

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Fortune smiles on those born under the sign of Aries

‘Kayso I WAS going to do a Post about the upcoming Full (Blood) Moon/Lunar Eclipse – in Scorpio – happening tonight on the West Coast [1] but…when I did a one-card reading this morning I pulled this:

This was one of those moments when I planned on going down one path, but the Universe led me down another. Fortune is the Planetary Trump of Jupiter and Jupiter entered the sign of Aries last Tuesday – where it will remain for one year.

Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life.
Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.

– Henry Miller

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and is referred to as “the Great Benefic” in astrology. A planet of luck, growth, optimism, expansion, and joy. (I’ve always pictured Jupiter as jolly St. Nick. Santa Claus.)

Jupiter takes 12 years to go around the Sun, so it generally spends about 12 to 13 months in each zodiac sign. Known as the King of the Gods in Roman mythology, Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius (freedom-loving individualist). Like Aries and Leo, Sagittarius is a Fire sign.

The Trump Card of Jupiter represents the Universe in a constant state of change – which it is. Here we see three Vampyre creatures clutching a wheel: Panther (the active and creative energy initiating Summer, the Fire of Life, and is a positive force), Serpent (Winter, retrospection and decay, and a negative force), Chimera (made-up of the four elemental animals in The Tarot of Vampyres deck; its role is to give the other two the momentum needed to spin the wheel).

Fortune is symbolized as a Wheel, spinning the destiny of each individual. The card symbolizes fate/destiny, expansion/momentum, change/movement, cycles, and unexpected gifts/opportunities. When this card appears change, movement, or expansion is inevitable. (Remember: Major Arcana cards represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal energies that are influencing you right now. When you draw a Trump card its influence is unavoidable.)

Synchronicity. The relationship between two seemingly unrelated occurrences. My drawing the Fortune card days after Jupiter entered Aries is no coincidence, Dear Readers. The card is supporting what the heavens are saying: It’s the beginning of a era filled with happy beginnings, blessings, and new opportunities.

Indeed. I will go further and state that ALL Aries will be the luckiest sign of the zodiac for the next 12 months! So let’s not squander our good fortune.

But for every sign of the zodiac, with Jupiter in Aries we can attract the best fortune when we take the lead, initiate, inspire others, and demonstrate enthusiasm and courage. Faith in ourselves can bring about positive circumstances or good luck during this transit. Remember:

Fortune favors the brave.

This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is going to be a Blood Moon, where the moon will glow a scarlet color during the eclipse. On top of that it’s a Supermoon: A new or full moon at its closest to Earth for the month. There’s a lot going on here including a hard aspect to the “most dangerous star in heaven”: Algol.

I’ve already covered Algol’s power on the Full Moon/Partial Eclipse that occurred last November: Lilith’s Mourning Moon. Same influence holds true tonight.

The Sun in Taurus encourages happiness with the simple, tangible things in life, while the Scorpio Moon draws our attention to complexities, intangibles, and mysteries. (Scorpio rules the Underworld and symbolizes death, rebirth, and transformation.) Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do.

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Spring ~ Life, Joy, Hope, and the God of War?

March 20, 2022. Happy Ostara. Spring (or Vernal) Equinox, where day and night reign equally. Here in the Northern Hemisphere it marks the official start of SPRING.

Hope Springs Eternal – endlessly renewing itself. Indeed Spring celebrates renewal/rebirth, regeneration, resurrection, fertility, and new life. JOY. When Spring arrives and the days grow longer and warmer, Nature bursts with joy. The birds welcome the morning sun with their songs – a celebration of Life itself. In the Concrete Jungle my Green Dragon is coming out of hibernation and I awoke to the trumpeting of a Canada Goose. He must’ve chosen our rooftop to serenade his lady love because the honking sounded very close and VERY LOUD!

I’ve posted this once before but it deserves a repost:

You have to believe in happines

You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes.
I know that a bird chirps none the less
When all that he finds is crumbs.

You have to believe the buds will blow,
Believe in the grass in the days of snow.
Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing,
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.

You have to believe in happiness –
It isn’t an outward thing.
The Spring never makes the song, I guess,
As much as the song the Spring.

Aye, many a heart could find content
If it saw the joy on the road it went,
The joy ahead when it had to grieve,
For the joy is there – but you have to believe.

– Douglas Malloch

Astrologically, March 20/21 marks the beginning of the year and signifies the first seven years of life: ARIES. The Ram. Aries is ruled by Mars. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Mars (the son of Jupiter and Juno) was their God of War. The Greek equivalent to Mars is Ares – which is how the astrological sign of Aries became entwined with Ares. To make matters more convoluted, The Emperor is the Zodiacal Trump of Aries (ruled by Mars with Sun exhalted).

WTF? How did we go from life-affirmation to War, Conquest, and Domination?!? Let’s take a deep breath…

The Emperor is also referred to as “Sun of the Morning” (Makes me think of birdsongs.) and represents leadership, courage, individuality, independence, passion, and the Archetype of the Earthly Father. He is the consort of The Empress who symbolizes the Earthly Mother, abundance, Nature, love, and the source of all life. They represent the harmonious balance which exists in every living thing: The Divine Spark.

Joy is an expression of Love.

We forget to play. We forget to be happy. “Whales and elephants, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes, all are warm with divine radium and must have lots of fun in them.” – John Muir.

Use this time of new beginnings and growth to rejuvenate your own life. Take time to appreciate the absolutely beautiful World around you and spread some JOY of your own. “Reviewing the day’s delights often yields surprises, and serves as a reminder of how full a life is, how lucky some days feel and how even stressful days may contain glowing nuggets of peace, pleasure, or joy.[1]

As I write this I am enjoying a lunch brimming over with foods celebrating Ostara: eggs (Quiche Michelle), asparagus, a salad of baby arugula, and Bourbon Milk Punch (recipe below).

Bourbon Milk Punch

2 oz. bourbon
3 oz. milk
1 oz. simple syrup (you can substitute Agave syrup)
2 dashes vanilla extract

Add bourbon, milk, simple syrup, and vanilla extract to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until well-chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg.

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[1] Ackerman, Diane (2009). Dawn Light. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.. p. 237.

Full Moon Magick in the Air: The Star and The Priestess

Full Moon in Leo. Also referred to as the “Hunger Moon”. With the transport issues we’re facing this is certainly appropro. Although we aren’t experiencing any human food shortage personally, I AM seeing empty pet food shelves – especially the cat food I serve Ramses: Fussie Cat. It’s the only brand I 100% trust. (Since it’s made in the U.S.A., I know the issue lies with transportation.) He prefers the tuna blends but there are none to be found around here. So I stocked up on 6 cases of his second favorite: chicken. (I have a stash of cans of tuna, too, just in case…)

Additionally, Ceres trines Pluto making “for the powerful striking back of mother nature and natural law to those who would suppress the natural light of human beings!” (I would add the natural light of ALL living things.)

DarkStar Astrology suggests carnelian for its healing properties. (Funny thing, I just purchased a carnelian gemstone last Friday. How timely.)

I’m appealing to Hekate tonight so will add carnelian (along with a moonstone I also bought) to my ritual.

I pulled cards yesterday: “Tell me a story of the next few days.” They took my breath away. MAGICK.

When two Major Arcana cards appear together, it’s a good indication that there’s an interplay between two major forces or major life-issues at work. Indeed. Both these cards are deeply SPIRITUAL.

“When you wish upon a star…” When The Star appears, the impossible becomes the possible so MAKE A WISH. It is the Zodiacal Trump of Aquarius. As we entered the true Age of Aquarius on December 21, 2020 this is fitting. The Star represents clear sight, living in the present, and submersing ourselves in the beauty of Nature. She is a Guiding Light that connects us to Universal Intelligence, the flow of our higher selves from the Divine.

Even in the darkest places are small lights
that can grow and grow until they warm us all.

– Gwen Cooper

Last seen on January 9, 2022, The Priestess reminds me that my chosen Word of the Year is MAGICK. She is the Planetary Trump of the Moon and represents the Divine Feminine Archetype: seduction and mystery, arcane knowledge and occult talents, psychic power, and harnessing the Dark. The Priestess is MAGICK in action.

There is a saying that when the student is ready, the teacher appears
and the teacher comes when the soul calls.

– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Finally, last night I had a lovely dream about a contemporary house whose rooms were filled with floor-to-ceiling windows. I was decorating the spaces. Whenever I dream of living spaces I always dream in color and the dream was filled with turquoise and raspberry-sherbet pink.

When you dream of a living space (house, apartment, etc.), this actually is a reflection of how you are feeling about YOURSELF. I always awake happy after having one of these dreams…

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Lune Noire

For those of us in North America, tonight* marks the first of an exceptionally rare occurrence of 3 consecutive Black Moons.

Our next two Black Moons will occur:

  1. March 1/2 – which coincides with Mardis Gras/Ash Wednesday
  2. March 31st – the day before April Fool’s Day

Additionally, another Black Moon will take place on April 30th – the day before Beltane, the same day on which a partial Solar Eclipse occurs. For most of the world this will be the only Black Moon of 2022.

A Black Moon is the result of the celestial mechanics and the Gregorian calendar being out of sync – a quirk of the calendar – and refers to a New Moon happening under any one of these circumstances:

  • A month in which there are 2 New Moons.
  • The 3rd New Moon in a season of 4 New Moons.
  • A month in which there is no New Moon.
  • A month in which there is no Full Moon.

*Coincidentally, tomorrow (February 1st) kicks off Chinese New Year (Year of the Tiger) and ushers in Imbolc (Feb 1/2 depending on where you live in the world). So you see, all 4 of these Black Moons have much activity around them!

All New Moons are about new beginnings and manifestation but Black Moons are said to be especially powerful – fostering luck, creativity and happiness!

There’s more Magick afoot tonight: the Dark Moon phase takes place at 9:46pm PST. Purrr-fect for spells relating to intuition, banishing, protection, cleansing, meditation, and energy work – and for invoking Hekate.

Here’s a quick protection spell using either white or black salt: Prior to using be sure to bless or consecrate your salt, then sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home and at doorways and windowsills.

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