Astrological Picture Book ~ 3rd Decan Taurus and the 7 of Pentacles

There are two standard ways to read the minor arcana cards astrologically. One is through the decans, the three 10° divisions of each sign. The other is the Golden Dawn system, which assigns a planet in a sign to each of the minor cards. See Part 1 for reading reversed cards astrologically as retrogrades or eclipses.

Taurus and the Minor Arcana

  • 1st Decan ~ 0.00-9.59° ~ 5 of Pentacles
  • 2nd Decan ~ 10-19.59° ~ 6 of Pentacles
  • 3rd Decan ~ 20-29.59° ~ 7 of Pentacles

7 of Pentacles ~ 3rd Decan Taurus or Saturn in Taurus


Cosmic Tarot

The third decan of Taurus (20-29.59°) is ruled by Venus and sub-ruled by Saturn. This is the Taurus/Capricorn decan. The patience, determination, and practicality of Taurus is flavored with the seriousness and dutifulness of Capricorn with a good business sense. The extreme may swing toward materialism and possessions or love and position.

Patience is strong in this decan. You know the expression “A watched pot won’t boil?” I bet the guy in this card wouldn’t have a problem with that.  He could definitely wait it out and get it to boil faster. This is the Taurus that will not quit. There’s no aversion to hard work and long hours, and a solid payoff is usually expected in return.

I have a cat, Lily, who’s a big time vole hunter. She can sit for 4 hours straight staring down a vole hole, just waiting to make her move. She’s like the man in this version of the 7 of Pentacles. She has endless patience and unrelenting attention. She’s a Capricorn, btw.

Fears of financial difficulties can be heightened, cautioning this decan to hold on to what they’ve earned rather than spend. Bountiful returns on an investment are to be expected ~ one little seed can produce a healthy, abundant plant that will continue to produce year after year in perpetuity. Or, in Lily’s case ~ she gets the vole.

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Truth Seeker 5 of Pentacles

Astrological Picture Book ~ 1st Decan Taurus and the 5 of Pentacles

There are two standard ways to read the minor arcana cards astrologically. One is by the decans, the three 10° divisions of each sign. The other is the Golden Dawn system, which assigns a planet in a sign to each of the minor cards. See Part 1 for reading reversed cards astrologically as retrogrades or eclipses. We can also read the cards based on their element and number. Plain pip cards work very well for this style of reading, which can be very intuitive.

Universal Tarot

Typically, the 5 of Pentacles shows people in what appears to be an extreme level of poverty. It’s also in complete opposition to the Taurus Hierophant who sits ostentatiously bethroned inside the cathedral. While the card depicts a destitute situation, we’re reminded to look inward for inspiration and non-physical rewards, as symbolized by the lighted windows.

Decans of Taurus and Minor Arcana Cards

  • 1st Decan ~ 0-9.59° 5 of Pentacles
  • 2nd Decan ~ 10-19.59° ~ 6 of Pentacles
  • 3rd Decan ~ 20-29.59° ~ 7 of Pentacles

5 of Pentacles ~ 1st decan Taurus

 This is the strongest Taurus energy in the zodiac. The first decan of Taurus (0-9.59°) is solely ruled by Taurus and Venus (or Earth, if you prefer), covering the approximate dates of April 21-30. With the pure Taurus energy of this card, there is definitely an emphasis on money, the material world, and our five physical senses. Continue reading

Universal Tarot Hierophant, Empress, and Queen of Pentacles

Astrological Picture Book ~ Cards of Taurus, The Major and Court Cards

Taurus belongs to the suit of Pentacles ~ the cards representing the earth element in the tarot ~ and relate to our work, money, status in the world, and any material or physical concerns that we have. When you draw the Taurus cards in a reading, see how they apply to the second house of your chart or the house with Taurus on the cusp.

The Taurus Cards

  • The Hierophant
  • The Empress
  • The Queen of Pentacles*
  • The 5, 6, and 7 of Pentacles

When reading cards from an astrological perspective, it’s good to keep a transit chart at hand. Reading in this way can offer confirmation of the energy of a transiting planet and bring ideas about the situation to mind that may otherwise have been overlooked. Mary Greer says, “Mythically, it suggests the presence of that God/dess messing around in one’s life.” (See her blog post on the triplicities here.)

There are two standard ways to read the minor arcana cards astrologically. One is through the decans, the three 10° divisions of each sign. The other is the Golden Dawn system, which assigns a planet in a sign to each of the minor cards. We’ll take a look at the minor cards in part 2 of this article. Continue reading

Astrological Picture Book ~ The Capricorn Lunar Eclipse and the Grand Cross of 2010

Lunar Eclipse on March 3rd 2007. A time lapse movie created by Thomas Knoblauch of the lunar eclipse from March the 3rd 2007. More Information can be found at http://foto.star-shine.ch

This Saturday, 06-26-2010, brings us a once in a lifetime event ~ a Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn that joins with the Cardinal T-Square to create a Grand Cross. Everyone’s talking about it, but what does it mean? It was mentioned on a numerology forum I belong to and tarot readers are talking about it, too. Folks who are beginning their astro studies are rightfully confused. It’s a lot of information to take in. There’s plenty of fear about the alignment and lots of misconceptions, too.   

Tthe diagram below is a tarot layout of the Grand Cross alignment. I can’t look at the tarot without thinking astrology, so I often lay out an astro spread or assign house meanings to specific positions in a layout. The diagram below doesn’t have any house assignments, but it does show the planetary alignment for this eclipse. Sometimes I lay cards out like this to help myself see an aspect more clearly. Continue reading

Astrological Picture Book ~ First Decan Cancer, True Lunar Types

Happy Birthday to all you Moonchildren with your Sun between 0 – 9.59° Cancer. Your birthdays range roughly from June 20-30 depending on the year and ~ being first decan Cancers ~ you are both ruled and subruled by the Moon. You are among the purest lunar types of the zodiac. If you are a New Moon baby, you have both your Sun and Moon in very close degree. No one has more inherent lunar energy than you ~ unless you meet a first decan New Moon Cancerian with their Sun and Moon in the 4th house. They’re the winner, hands down.

You are most likely super-sensitive to your surroundings, with excellent intuition, and ~ you’ve heard it before ~ you probably feel like a psychic sponge at times. Of course you’ve been called moody! You’ve got the fastest energy of our zodiac zipping through you like lightning in a bottle. If you already have this much Cancer energy coursing through your claws, you’ll have even more with additional planets in Cancer.

How Can You Handle all that Lunar Energy?

It’s important to have ways to dispel that intuitive, receptive energy when you get overloaded. Ground yourself. Earth and water are very friendly elements. Look to your opposite sign, Capricorn, to get your feet back on the ground when you feel like you’re being swept away by the cosmic tides. Take charge of yourself, be in control of those emotions, get in balance. Make your emotions serve you. If you’re a Full Moon baby, you’re already familiar with this dual energy since you have Sun in Cancer and Moon in Capricorn.

Tarot 2 of Cups

If you are a first decan Cancer, the tarot card related to your birthday is the beautiful 2 of Cups. Numerologically, the Moon is associated with the number 2, so we see the Moon’s influence in this card. It is an extremely feminine card, being lunar in nature and a 2. Both the Moon and the 2 are receptive symbols, often preferring to be the supportive partner rather than the leader or dominant force.

The card is often seen as quite romantic and some readers associate it with love affairs and marriage. It has a deeper meaning than marriage, though, and that’s the ability to form a true union with another. Marriage does not necessarily guarantee that.

Twos represent duality, partnership, and ultimately union. Water, of course, represents our emotions and the 2 of cups will be indicative of some kind of emotional involvement. Water reflects ~ just as the Moon reflects the light of the Sun. Be careful not to put yourself in the role of playing the doormat, though. Everyone must find a little light of their own.

When you join with another ~ whether in a marriage, a friendship, parent/child relationships, in-laws, or business arrangements ~ you have to work together. Otherwise, you’re on your own and, obviously, you can’t have a partnership by yourself. No one can do all the giving all the time. If you find yourself in an unfulfilling relationship, understand the real reason you are choosing to stay ~ why you have made that choice.

If you are a Cancerian born on the 2nd, 11th, or 20th, this card has double impact for you, since you are strongly influenced by the qualities of 2 and the Moon.

If you receive this card in a reading, ask yourself:

  • What are your feelings about your partnerships?
  • Do your partnerships need adjustment?
  • How strong are your commitments?

You can use this card as a reminder to honor your partnerships and unions, but to retain your individuality.

If all this talk of partnership and the 2 of Cups is starting to sound rather Venusian, you can understand why the Golden Dawn assigned Venus in Cancer to this card.

If this is your birthday card, you might enjoy coloring your own and adding other important symbols to it. Download the photo and blow it up to the size you like. The card on the left is the Pamela Coleman Smith card; the one on the right is the BOTA card, an excellent choice if you don’t want to be influenced by the drawing but prefer to rely on the symbolism of water and the number 2, and there’s plenty of room to add your own symbolism. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Dates: June 20-30, your birthday, or any special dates that fall in this period
  • Planetary glyphs for the Moon and any other planets you have at 0-9.59° Cancer
  • Small pieces of cloth that have special meaning ~ from a wedding gown, a groom’s shirt, a baby’s first outfit
  • Photos of those to whom you are truly committed (friends, lovers, a business)

If you do this and decide to share it with us, please send a pic to me and I’ll upload it for you.

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Astrological Picture Book ~ Aquarius and the Star

tarot star Pictures, Images and PhotosThe Star is the tarot card that would always make me sigh with relief or wash me in calm when I drew it. “Oh, good,” I’d think. “Good.” As though this card made whatever I was analyzing okay. Why could The Star make even a dreadful situation seem okay?

Because it offered hope.

It offered tomorrow, and the possibility of a better day.

Even if it’s only a minute speck of light in the great expanse of darkness that surrounds us during our bleakest hours, it’s that light that we see, that tiny flicker that we cling to. Not the darkness. The darkness disappears, and the night is filled with a glimmer of hope.

Aquarius is the same. It offers hope. It doesn’t promise perfection, it doesn’t promise speedy resolutions, and it doesn’t announce a wish fulfilled. It whispers, almost imperceptibly at times, “Out there…somewhere…out there is what you need, what you want. Go, and bring it home.”

That whisper can push us into our dreams, give us exactly what we need when our strength is exhausted. Just as the sun’s transit through Aquarius heralded rain and the promise of new life come Spring, The Star pours life-giving water into rivers of thought perhaps run dry by too much talk and over-analysis. Enough already. Take what you know now and make the leap.

Come to the edge, he said.
They said:
We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came.
He pushed them
and they flew.

~ Guillaume Apollinaire

It sometimes takes a Fool’s knowing to make that leap from the edge, to trust implicitly in what The Star holds before us. It takes a fool to follow the longings of a youthful, and as yet unbroken heart without heed to what others have come to know, without the hardness of the callouses they have formed through their journeys. It takes a fool to venture out on our own into the vast darkness with our eye held steady on one tiny, flickering bit of hope that can give us wings to soar above the abyss.

This beautiful video is set to Medwyn Goodall’s Palace of Dreams from Where Angels Tread. It’s a lovely, relaxing meditation for The Star ~ not as the tarot card, although it is filled with stars ~ but as Aquarius’ vision born, filled with the breath of life.

Dim the lights, and watch in full screen mode.

The animated Star is by GeminiMoon. The Fool card is from the Osho Zen Tarot.

Astrological Picture Book ~ The Death Card and Scorpio

The astrological associations of the tarot are open to lots of debate among authors and readers. The tarot is a symbolic system that holds personal meaning for the individual readers, so there’s lot of room for interpretation. I associate the Death card with Scorpio, and will investigate the sign of Scorpio, the 8th house, and the issues that surround them when this card is drawn. I associate the card Judgement with the planet Pluto. Together, these two cards represent the cycle of endings, transformational power, and new beginnings.

Death becomes the Teacher Card when you realize that coming to terms with death is true liberation. You can then die to those rules that constrict your freedom of spirit. ~ Mary K. Greer, Tarot Constellations

Death&JudgementIf you have some experience with tarot, you’ve most likely been taught that the Death card is not the harbinger of physical death. It’s a scary looking card ~ and death tends to scare the patootey out of most folks ~ but no one has ever died when I pulled this card. Death does, however, represent the natural end of things ~ work, projects, relationships, and believe it or not ~ even the end of bad habits and hardships. Everything is cyclical, so all things end. Even long-term commitments end through change or by evolving. At least, we can hope that they change because the only alternative is stagnation and, ultimately, true death. Rotting, non-evolving, never ending, eternal stagnation. The last rut.

How long can you hold onto something that has no life of its own or that sucks the life out of you as you try to keep it barely alive? Do you just keep trying to revive it again and again? Sooner or later, you’re going to have to loosen that death grip and let go.

Here’s some good news about the Death card. It’s in the middle of the Major Arcana cards (#13 of 22) because Death is not the end. Based on the meanings of numbers, the card has the base number of 4 (13=1+3=4). 4 represents solid foundations, stability. The skeleton shows us that ~ even when everything else has been stripped away ~ we are left with our basic foundation, our core. We can survive if we find the strength and a sustaining way to rebuild.

The number 1 is the unique spark, the urge toward birth, and the desire to survive. It’s the Sun. 3 is the ability to express oneself and expand ~ Jupiter. 4 is Saturn, the earth, stability, foundation, continuum. And that means growth. Growth is the only alternative. Whatever it is that the Death card is pointing at, craves new life.

There’s a little white thingy in the upper left hand corner of the BOTA Death card. It’s a seed, ready to be planted, carrying all the potential of whatever you will have it become. It’s a seed from the Tree of Life. As long as there’s a seed, a spark, we can go on.

You have to make room for abundance and the only way to do that is to get rid of all the rubbish that’s holding you down. All things end. Go ahead and grieve for what you have to let go. Hold on to what you need to. Bury your dead. Clean house. It’s time for something new. So much more is waiting for you.

Judgement shows us that we will all be called forward again, and not necessarily in “the next life.” It could be today. As Pluto, Judgement insists that we make major changes in our lives so that we may live again.

Quotes about Death, with quotes from tarot authors included

The cards in this post are from the BOTA deck which you color yourself. You can find all images from the deck here. You can order a deck or print the images on heavy card stock. The cards in this post are the ones I colored.

Suggested reading for the Death card is Hajo Banzjaf’s chapter on Death in Tarot and the Journey of the Hero.

Astrological Picture Book ~ The Sun


All The Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ In The Sun,
Talkin’ ‘Bout The Things
They Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda Done…
But All Those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All Ran Away And Hid
From One Little Did.
~ Shel Silverstein

It takes a lot of chutzpah to keep the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s at bay, and that’s what the Sun is about ~ self-confidence. Very simply, it’s about moving from the darkness into the light with the belief that you’ll succeed.

The Sun is the prime symbol of the life force, the creative principle, health and vitality, and of course, light ~ without which there would be nothing. This glorious, central star burns vibrantly in the sky, nurturing everything it touches with its life-giving radiance. It also burns in your natal chart, representing who you are at the most fundamental level, your basic nature, what drives your ego, and in what arena of life you are to supposed to become proficient. 

Make the Sun Card Personal

Use the Sun card to discover how you are using the Sun in your natal chart by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are the basic qualities of my Sun sign?
  • What area of life (house in the natal chart) is my Sun focused on?
  • Am I self-confident about the issues my Sun is focused on?
  • Am I expressing the positive or negative characteristics associated with the Sun sign?
  • How does my normal behavior help or harm me in day-to-day life?
  • How is my ego invested in my day-to-day activities?
  • If I drop the ego, how does it change who I am and how I relate to others?

Keeping It Current

Use the Sun card to explore the Sun’s transit through your chart. This will allow you to see what is being spotlighted at any given time of the year.

  • What area of life (house) is the Sun transiting in your chart now?
  • How are you handling the issues associated with this area of life?
  • How can you improve these events or situations by using the positive qualities of your Sun sign?

Going Deeper

  • When you were just a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  • Does it have anything to do with your work or hobbies now? 
  • If it doesn’t, did you allow woulda-coulda-shoulda’s to get in your way? Why?

If you have become disenfranchised from the Sun that burns within and drives you, find a realistic way that you can tap into those activities again.

For example ~ maybe you wanted to be a dancer when you were a kid. As an adult, it’s highly unlikely that you can have a career as a dancer if you’re starting from scratch again. But you can paticipate in other ways. Join a tango club or buy season tickets to support a dance company that you enjoy. Maybe there’s a local dance school that has classes for beginner adults. Become active on the board of a local dance company. Offer a scholarship for a young student. Even though you won’t be Prima Ballerina, you’ll still be involved with dance ~ just like you wanted to be when you were a child.

The basic expression of your Sun is never going to go away. As they say ~ wherever you go, there you are. The Sun is about enjoying your life as a whole and putting your best qualities forward.

The aspects made by other planets to your Sun will refine the basic expression of your Sun sign’s qualities. With difficult aspects, you’ll need to work harder to overcome the negative connotations, but it can be done. To quote a cliche, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Lack of self-confidence can prevent you from enjoying yourself fully, and difficult aspects have a way of depleting self-confidence and limiting the positive expression of your Sun. Don’t let those coulda-shoulda-woulda’s defeat you.

With easy aspects, use them to your advantage. They are gifts, so don’t ignore them.

I suggest coloring your own tarot cards, especially the Majors. The images from older standard decks can be found at sacredtexts.com. BOTA images can be found here. Print on heavy stock paper to the size you prefer. For amateur artists like me, colored pencils work great and give a watercolor appearance to the drawings. The card in this post is the BOTA card I colored.