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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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

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

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. Thinking about adding 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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