Archive for November, 2016

Tarot for November 30th, 2016: Truce


Today’s Tarot card is the 4 of Swords (Truce).

Air is given a crystalline visual form in the Thoth deck version shown here, and the four swords, illuminated in regenerative green, point equally to the center of the love of love.  All have equal measure; all are given equal consideration.

The 4 of Swords is the realm of Jupiter in Libra, which (perhaps not) coincidentally is where Jupiter is currently transiting, and will be until October 11th, 2017.

Jupiter is the Greater Benefic of classical astrology, the benevolent and magnanimous celestial ruler of wealth, and faith, and luck.  What he touches he expands, and after some of the less-than-savory trends of 2016, his expansion of Libra and heightening of concern with Libran realms couldn’t come at a more fortuitous time.  Or more disastrous, depending on your point of view.

Libra is the ruler of the 7th house of socially significant relationships (spouses, partnerships, enemies).  Libra is deeply concerned with our attitudes toward the “Others” in our lives, and with balance.  As has been noted by astrologer Samuel F. Reynolds, Libra’s symbol can be taken to represent the scales of balance, but also the yoke on the neck of the ox (interestingly enough, Libra shares Venus’ planetary rulership with Taurus, so the scales and yoke are linked by more than just a visual similarity).  Speaking as someone who has had multiple neck injuries, I see the yoke and the need for balance as both bearing a certain weight to them, symbolically and physically.  And since Jupiter gives a greater degree of “body” to what he touches, we are likely to feel that weight especially from now until next October.

Libra’s concern with balance is eternally cognizant of what is harmonious and what is not, whether in social dynamics or particle physics, art or architecture, Olympic gymnastics or the equally challenging contortions of world diplomacy.  Libra is sensitive to the slightest disruption of that harmony, and in order to keep from becoming unbalanced by that disruption will go to profound lengths to keep the peace.  Or not so profound.  Too many Librans wind up “going along to get along,” suppressing their own needs to meet those of others, accepting inequity so long as it’s neatly swept under the rug and allows for at least a surface illusion of peace to be maintained.

Jupiter in Libra brings to the forefront both the need for real balance and equity in order to come to a truce between warring factions, whether at home or on the world stage, but also increases our anxiety in the face of disharmony and heightens the possibility of looking away from the most egregious of offenses all in the name of getting along.  With Jupiter moving into, out of, and back into a square with control-obsessed Pluto in status-quo upholding Capricorn during this transit, we are going to be confronted repeatedly by what we do to maintain the balance and keep whatever truce we can create, and for those praying for positive and lasting change (or miracles), the results might not be pretty no matter what polite veneer we paint on them.

Truce is fragile, and sometimes so is love, no matter what romantic songs may sing.  Remember that Libra is ruled by Venus, who governs both what we love and what we value.  The rose of love at the heart of this image is safe from being torn apart by the swords of our thoughts and words only so long as the true balance is maintained, the one that respects and values what each brings to the table equally.  Remember that regenerative green?  When that true balance is what we value, there is a healing capacity in our Libran desire for peace.  It takes effort to maintain and vigilance to be aware of all that might either add to or destroy it, including our own desire to take the easy way out, but it is oh-so-beautiful when it unfolds.



A Rush for Rose-Coloured Glasses: Astrology of November 30th, 2016

Now that I’m no longer committed to posting divinatory drawings every day, I will be posting my astrological assessments for each day here instead of on Patreon and only including astrology information there in connection with pertinent art projects.

Today has just barely begun and already the Moon in Sagittarius has conjoined Saturn in Sagittarius; idealistic emotions and instincts have aligned with a serious awareness of life’s limitations and restrictions.  There is a need to enforce boundaries and a need to recognize that life is short.  Tempus fugit.

That underlying sense of time being fleeting may well be heightened by the Moon trining Uranus a few hours later, though our emotions and instincts may be enlivened by this feeling, perhaps even by a touch of devil-may-care.  Yet as the day progresses that light fantastic feeling runs the risk of getting bogged down in the fog that plagued our emotions and subconscious yesterday and now turns its attention to our consciousness, as the Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces.  Or worse still, the Uranian impetus toward emotional recklessness could get just the wrong sort of liquid encouragement…  Beer goggles, anyone?  Now is not the time to make important decisions, nor get tangled up in our own fantasies no matter how alluring they are, lest they become delusions and disappointments further down the line.  Sun square Neptune has the tendency to make too-good-to-be-true promises, or make ordinary mortals appear godly for a night, only to be unable to sustain the otherworldly glow in the morning light.  

The Moon in Sagittarius conjuncts Mercury in Sagittarius toward the end of the day, putting our emotions and knee-jerk reactions in line with our thoughts and communications.  All well and good if what we are thinking is really what we want to say and do and not tangled up in some Neptunian glamour.  But given the more powerful (and longer-lasting) influence of Neptunian dreams and even outright deception blurring the Sun’s vision today, it would be best to hold off on any vows of everlasting love (or undying hatred!), at least until the weekend, when Neptune’s dreamy haze will have cleared somewhat in favor of a more pleasantly realistic assessment of our affections.  😉

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for the New Moon, November 29th, 2016

My newest divinatory drawing and astrological analysis of today’s Sagittarius New Moon is now up on Patreon.


Today’s Tarot card is the 6 of Wands (Victory), an auspicious card to pull in view of this New Moon’s emphasis on choice.

The 6 of Wands is a numerical marriage of two threes, body and mind connected and ignited by spirit, twice.  It is ruled by Jupiter in Leo, and given Jupiter’s current placement in Libra this card is currently elementally harmonious with the Sagittarian New Moon’s sextiles to both Jupiter in Libra and Mars in Aquarius.  Jupiter is the Greater Benefic of classical astrology, governing faith and luck, and expanding whatever it touches.  In Libra, Jupiter expands our focus on social harmony, and in Leo, Jupiter expands our focus on self-expression.  In the 6 of Wands, that expansion leads to Victory, with our luck manifesting best when we display Leo’s expressiveness, courage, and generosity of spirit.  Combining the energies of the 6 of Wands with the energies of today’s New Moon in idealistic Sagittarius, we can feel that the choice before us and the resultant turning point in our lives asks that we be willing to courageously express our true ideas with generosity and faith.

We each have the capacity to ignite our inner fire and use it to fuel us through the winter ahead.  Jupiter in airy Libra gives immense fuel to both the fiery New Moon and this fiery Jupiter in Leo vision, and if we take the time in the midst of the day’s confusion to brave the uncertainty and float in our subconscious for a bit longer, that vision can lead to our victory, should we choose it.

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for November 27th, 2016

Today’s daily divinatory drawing and astrological commentary are now up on Patreon.


Today’s Tarot card is the 3 of Swords (Sorrow), reversed.

This card is a bit like a trick question.  Typically, we think of sorrow as an emotion.  But in Tarot, emotions are represented by the Cups, a water suit, not the Swords, which are associated with air and mental processes.  Reason and logic are governed by the Swords, not those messy emotions, right?  So why is Sorrow the realm of the 3 of Swords?

The 3 of Swords shows the action of Saturn, the Lord of Karma, on the portion of the mind governed by Libra, a cardinal (initiatory) air sign concerned with balance, harmony, and relationships.  Libra is the quintessential peacemaker, ruled by Venus, who governs our pleasures and our affections, but more importantly our values.  Libra values peace and relationships above all else.  Libra’s state of balance and harmony can be thrown off by the slightest hint of discord, and for many Librans, the need for harmony becomes so great that they will forego meeting their own needs in order to keep the peace.  Of course, this rarely works out as they intended, as discord swept under the rug remains discord just the same.

Enter Saturn into the picture.  Saturn is notorious for tough love, showing us our limitations and just why our carefully laid plans are likely to come to naught.  Where Saturn appears, we struggle with fears, inhibitions, insecurities.  We are certain we are not up to the task of whatever sign or house he appears in, and only serious persistence and discipline will prove otherwise.  In Libra, Saturn brings to light our fears of conflict, our fears of our own social shortcomings, and our fears of relationship.  Libra is the sign most likely to get married (and also the sign most likely to get divorced), and rules the 7th house of socially significant relationships (spouses, business partnerships, open enemies).  When Saturn looms over the 7th house, we fear connection and all of the messy dynamics that come with it.  And if we allow that fear to rule our perceptions, we will hold connections and relationships at bay rather than take the risk of being awkward and vulnerable.

In the 3 of Swords, we see three swords pointing into the center of the rose of love, tearing it apart.  Dark clouds of confusion swirl all around.  The mind frets and worries under Saturn’s stern gaze, and in the process destroys the possibility of feeling love and connection.  This is why sorrow falls under the auspices of the Swords and within the realm of the mind; the emotion of sorrow is seen here as the result of destructive mental processes.

The 3 of Swords appearing here reversed gives us hope for a better outcome.  As mentioned in today’s Patreon post, the Moon in Scorpio makes a series of aspects today that beckon the subconscious to explore powerful emotions as a means to transformation in regard to relationships.  And with the day ending in a long void-of-course period, now is the time to get clear on what Saturnine limitations you want to let go of in order to experience real connection.  By harnessing the void-of-course period’s tendency to negate, you have the potential to clear away the 3 of Swords’ doubt, fear, and sorrow, and once that void-of-course is over and the Moon enters idealistic, hopeful Sagittarius tomorrow afternoon, plant the rose of love anew.

Art, Astrology, and Tarot for November 25th, 2016

Today’s daily divinatory drawing and astrological commentary are now up on Patreon.


Today’s Tarot card is (IX) The Hermit.  An interesting card to come up, given the Venusian tone of today.

The Hermit is ruled by Virgo, a mutable earth sign to trine both Venus and Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn.  The association of Virgo and The Hermit with virginity lends a certain irony to the day’s intense Venus/Pluto sensuality, and perhaps a note of frustration with romantic endeavors.

The Hermit looks within to understand the truth of things, and takes time away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world in order to regenerate.  He carries his own light, the six-sided lantern of wisdom, and carefully examines all the details of whatever matter has caught his attention, patiently willing to dedicate himself to the process of learning and growth for as long as it takes.

The inclusion of the underworld guardian Cerberus is notable here in view of today’s Plutonian emphasis.  In this portrayal, Cerberus looks both backward and forward, and given Pluto’s tendency to underline control issues and power dynamics, The Hermit here may be calling on us to be mindful of past patterns and future potentials before running headlong into some enticing entanglement.