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New Moon in Capricorn Achievement Ritual

The New Moon of Capricorn occurs at the exact moment that the Sun conjoins the Moon in Capricorn. It is a fleeting moment that immediately starts to move out of conjunction. The astrological New Moon phase lasts from the moment of the New Moon until the Moon reaches 45 degrees ahead of the Sun, which takes about 3½ days. If you plan a New Moon ritual or meditation, do it within this 3½ day period. It really is okay not to do it at the exact moment of the New Moon.

The New Moon in Capricorn is an excellent time to begin work on: Continue reading


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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New Moon in Libra ~ Life as Art

Happy New Moon in Libra! This New Moon always seems special. Maybe it’s because when I think of Libra, I think of LOVE. Libra is the sign of long-term relationships, after all, and she is ruled by Venus ~ the goddess of love herself. The stereotypical Libra=Venus=Love connection doesn’t do her justice, though. Libra is so much more than that. Libra practices life as art.

How do live life as an art form?

Many years ago, I came across an article, The Tarot Queens and the Kama Sutra, by Cheryl Lynne Bradley. She says, “An ancient principle of Indian civilization was the teaching of the Kama Sutra and the sixty-four arts that a woman should acquire as knowledge. This was called kala. These were considered to be accomplishments in the teaching of erotic techniques and were taught to all girls regardless of their social standing.”

She then goes on to separate these 64 techniques into elemental qualities. Achieving mastery in only a few of these arts would qualify as living life as an art form. Imagine mastering all 64! While the qualities are assigned to the tarot queens in Cheryl’s article, men can make use of every single one of them. Some may even seem more masculine in nature than feminine.

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A great ritual or exercise for this New Moon in Libra is to simply tick off which of these qualities you have already mastered. Then pick one to work on throughout the next four weeks. Just remember that it will take more than four weeks to master, but you’ll begin living life as an art form just by making a practice of any one of these qualities.

There’s something else that everyone can do to make this New Moon period a good one. It’s simple, requires no tools, and will make someone ~ hopefully you ~ very happy. That’s to practice a random act of kindness or to pay it forward. Someone, somewhere will truly appreciate it. Be a karmic partner.


The Virgo New Moon Cycle ~ The Anti-Aging Moon

Each sign has its own lunar cycle, just a bit different from all of the others. We wane with some signs and wax with others.

Today is the dark of the Moon, the last few hours of the old Moon before she is born anew. Today she is Balsamic, the most ancient of crone Moons, negotiating with the Sun for new life. Tomorrow she will be born again as the Maiden, the New Moon, waxing chaste. She will have only a few hours as the Maiden. The next time we see her she will be the crone again, but growing brighter and brighter, younger and younger, with the passing months. In six month’s time she will present herself in all her magnificent glory as the Virgo Full Moon, consort to the gentle Pisces Sun. This is her Cinderella story. Continue reading