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“Blended Pleasure” ~ 3rd Decan Cancer

The 4 of Cups, “Blended Pleasure,” is the tarot card for 20-29.59° degrees Cancer. The sun travels through these degrees July 12-22 this year.

This is the Pisces decan, influenced by Neptune. If you were born during this decan or have planets or points in these degrees, the 4 of Cups is a birth card for you, symbolizing an important transit of the Sun to those planets or points.

If your sun is in this decan, Happy Solar Return! You are the Mystic Crab.

robin wood 4cups“Moonchildren must break any illusions that Neptune brings to this decan. Here we have the mystic, the super-attuned, or the mesmerized crab. Neptune’s influence produces a veil that the crab must tear to clearly see what waits on the other side.” (Third Decan Cancer, the Mystic Crab.)

Moon in Cancer is the astrological signature of the card. The Moon is in its home sign and at its most changeable in Cancer. Anyone with this placement (or several planets in Cancer) will understand why it feels like “blended pleasure.” One minute you’re happy, another you’re fretting, and another has you exhilarated or in tears.

The number assigned to this card is 4, similar in energy to Saturn. Working with the positive energy of Saturn can be very grounding to the unpredictable Moon.

If you have a #4 Life Path, Name, or Soul Number, this is one of your birth cards. If you are in a #4 year, this card can symbolize a stabilizing process influencing important matters.

(Image: Robin Wood Tarot)




Turquoise, Stone of Sagittarius

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There’s a New Moon in Sagittarius today which made me think to wear my turquoise earrings. Turquoise is considered a star stone of Sagittarius, with topaz more commonly recognized as the birthstone of November.  Whether you’re a November or December born Sagittarian, this is your stone.

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Ritual for the Electric Blue Moon in Aquarius ~ July 31, 2015

There’s a lot of talk about tomorrow’s Blue Moon. There’s news about it all over the web. Astrologers and astronomers have it covered from every direction, and some of it’s downright crazy. It’s so fitting for a Blue Moon in Aquarius to get so much internet buzz. To make it quite unique, both Uranus and Saturn (rulers of Aquarius) are retrograde. Continue reading


New Moon in Gemini 2015 ~ What did You Say?

New Moon at 25Gemini, June 16, 2015, 10:05am EDT

We’ve all had plenty of situations where we just don’t understand what someone is saying to us. Their sentence may have been completely normal, but seemed out of context. Something was strange about the cadence or choice of words and we found ourselves, head cocked to one side and eyes squinting, with a big HUH? on our lips. What did you say? What in god’s name are you talking about?! And chances are very good that you’ve seen that face staring back at you because someone didn’t understand what you were saying. Continue reading


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Ceres with her two mysterious bright spots.

Ritual for the Full Moon in Virgo ~ Welcoming Ceres

A Little Background

    Ceres with her two mysterious bright spots.

Ceres with her two mysterious bright spots.

You may not know that Ceres is no longer classified as an asteroid, but as a dwarf planet. Her mythology fits nicely with the sign of The Virgin, so she is being heralded as a possible co-ruler of Virgo. Ceres is the goddess of the grain, agriculture, crops, and motherly relationships. In our charts, she represents nurturing, our relationship with mom, food, and clothing.

You may recognize Ceres more easily by her Greek name, Demeter. She was the mother of Persephone whom Pluto abducted to the underworld. Persephone’s return heralded spring and the re-blossoming of the Earth.

Ceres was discovered in 1801, classified as a planet, reclassified as an asteroid, and reclassified yet again as a dwarf planet in 2006. It’s interesting to note that on March 6th, day after the Full Moon, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Ceres in the early morning. There’s a big HELLO!

Recently, a bright spot appeared emanating from Ceres. Shortly afterwards, another one appeared. No one knows what these bright spots are, only that they are unique in our solar system. Nothing else compares.

The Ritual ~ Welcoming Ceres

This short ritual is designed to formally welcome Ceres and to discover two bright spots that you can be proud of in your life. For this ritual you will need:

  • A bowl ~ silver if you have one
  • Another small bowl containing a handful of oats or grains (flour, oatmeal, barley, cornmeal ~ any kind will do)
  • 2 Candles to represent the two bright spots on Ceres
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Your two favorite pieces of clothing, whether they match or not. They might be a hat, dress, pants, underwear, socks, shoes ~ it doesn’t matter. Just really love the ones you choose.

Before beginning the ritual, gather your materials, dim the lights, and sit quietly for a moment. You can put your two pieces of clothing on or drape them over a chair near your workspace. Consider for a moment how these two garments make you feel, how you shine when you wear them. What do these two garments really represent? Sophistication, earthiness, approachability, your sense of humor? When you have decided what each item represents, it is time to light your candles.

1. As you light your first candle, say:

 _________, you represent my ______________________.
I welcome you. You are a shining part of who I am.
I am proud of my _________________ and will nurture it for all to see.

(Example: Sweater, you represent the warmth I bring to my relationships.
I welcome you. You are a shining part of who I am.
I am proud of my warmth in relationships and will nurture it for all to see.
Add descriptions to your item if you like: “Soft and comforting sweater”)

2. Take a pinch of the grain and drop it into the larger bowl.

3. As you light your second candle, say something about your second item:

 _________, you represent my ______________________.
I welcome you. You are a shining part of who I am .
I am proud of my _________________ and will nurture it for all to see.

(Example: Hat, you represent my sense of humor.)

4. Take a pinch of the grain and drop it into the larger bowl. You can even sprinkle some of the grain around your table if you’d like.

5. Add the remaining grain to the larger bowl, setting the small bowl aside. You may wish to say something in gratitude.

I promise to nurture you always, for you bring me great joy.
I am grateful for the bounty you have given me.
You are two bright shining parts of me that I am proud for everyone to see.

Make your prayer or moment of thanks personal.
Commit it to memory so that every time you wear your special garments
you can recall how they serve you and how happy they make you.

6. Snuff your candles or let them burn down naturally.

7. Tomorrow, place your grains outside and cover them with a bit of soil so that they will nurture Mother Earth. Ceres will thank you.

Happy Full Moon in Virgo.


Do you make Moon Water? Here are some great ways to put it into service:
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Today’s New Moon in Aquarius for Tarot Lovers

New Moon on February 18, 2015

You may have heard some discussion as to whether today’s unusual New Moon is in Aquarius or Pisces. The event itself is in Aquarius, 29.59.54 degrees of Aquarius, late but still Aquarius.

Within seconds, the Moon moves into 00 Pisces followed by her consort, the Sun. Does this qualify as a New Moon in Pisces? No, because the mathematics tell us the event occurred in Aquarius. A New Moon event is always just a nanosecond of time. The second the Moon moves forward, the event is over. This one is over at 29.59.55 degrees of Aquarius. It’s a flash in the pan, or perhaps I should say a flash in the sky ~ like when a star goes nova.

The metaphysical lines may be blurry, however, and I seriously doubt that the Moon cares where we draw our lines in the sky. She’ll behave as her nature dictates. We can see this when we look at the two tarot cards representing the last degree of Aquarius and the first degree of Pisces. But instead of the cards, look at the space between the cards.

The last degree of Aquarius corresponds to the 7 of Swords and the first degree of Pisces corresponds to the 8 of Cups. When does one merge into the other? What happens in the space between these two cards and how does it happen?

The general meaning given to the 7 of Swords is someone stealing something.  Aquarius is a rebel charting his own course, but this doesn’t make him a thief. I tend to see this fellow as someone who has his own ideas and separates from the crowd. He takes some of their thoughts and ideas with him, but leaves those that don’t serve him.

We see him next as the 8 of Cups, moving in the landscape of Pisces. His thoughts, ideas, and search for a way forward changes from a mental to a spiritual quest. Somewhere between the space of these two cards, he found his calling and continues his journey ~ not solely as a rebel, but also as a seeker.

We switch from head to heart and heart to head over and over and over again in our lives. If you’re wondering where you are in this constant back and forth, you might enjoy the head to heart ritual I designed for this most unusual New Moon.

The message of today’s New Moon may be that we need to focus on the space between the cards (or signs) and not the cards themselves.