Birth Stone: Aquamarine but also amethyst, ruby, bloodstone and jasper. Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl. Emerald is a green beryl. The aquamarine is believed to enhance foresight and clairvoyance, and a sense of happiness.
Colour: Purple, violet, sea-green
Herbs/Flowers: the water lily (associated with Neptune)
Tarot card: The Moon: ebb and flow, cyclical shifts, intuition, dreams, visionary capabilities, fertility, difficulties with travel, uncertainties, shadow boxing, wild creatures, instinct v civilisation, genius, delusion
Public Domain: Rider-Waite
In the sky, Pisces is represented as two fish swimming at right angles to each other, one to the north and one to the west and attached by a cord. The fish are most usually depicted as koi.
Pisces, named for the Latin plural of fish is the 14th largest constellation overall. Pisces is in the first quadrant of the Northern Hemisphere and covers a large V-shaped region. While it is a fairly large constellation, its stars are faint — none are brighter than fourth magnitude — making it challenging to see in the sky with the naked eye.
Even so, its brightest star, Eta Piscium, also known as Alpherg or Kullat Nunu, is a bright giant star (G class) 294 light-years from Earth and has a luminosity 316 times greater that of the sun. Kullat Nunu is its Babylonian name. ‘Nunu’ means ‘fish’ and ‘kullat’ is a bucket.
Pisces second brightest star is Gamma Piscium, a yellow giant about 130 light-years from Earth.
Alpha Piscium is the third brightest star in Pisces, and is made up of a pair of white dwarf stars in close proximity. Its other name is Alrescha (“the cord.”) It lights the spot where it appears that the tails of the two fish are joined or tied together.
The best time to see Pisces in the Northern Hemisphere is between 6-9 November at 9 PM below the Square of Pegasus.
Pisces is notable for containing the point at which the sun crosses the celestial equator into the Northern Hemisphere around March 20 each year.
Image from the Atlas Coelestis, posthumously published by astronomer John Flamsteed, 1729, illustrator John Thornhill.
Astronomer and author Ian Ridpath explains: A cord joins the tails of Pisces. The horizontal dashed line passing through the southerly fish is the celestial equator, and the diagonal dashed line is the Sun’s annual path, the ecliptic.
The point where they cross is known as the vernal (spring) equinox.
History and Mythology
The fish of Pisces are attached by a cord of stars, just as life and death, and winter and spring are conjoined and cannot be separated.
Salmon spawn from October- December onwards. The last of the Atlantic salmon spawning happens late February, after which the salmon die. Perhaps there is a connection here.
Pisces is a mutable sign. These are the signs that mark the end of a season; the other mutable signs are Gemini and Sagittarius. Pisces marks the end of winter, leading up to the vernal equinox. Of all the zodiac signs, mutable signs are traditionally the most flexible and adaptable, the ones most at ease with endings and transitions and change.
Pisces is not only the last sign of winter, moving into spring; it is the last sign of the whole zodiac year, the culmination of all the signs that came before it. Symbolically therefore, Pisces has one foot, or fish in the death of the old year, meaning the last of the winter, pre-spring equinox, and one foot or fish in the quickening of spring, post-spring equinox.
Winter often brings mourning, as it carries away the frail and the old.
Psychic Pisces straddles the season of that winter’s grief and the new green shoots of spring.
The sign of Pisces is Babylonian in origin. Enki, the Sumerian god of wisdom, and the alleged true father of mankind, is associated with the planet Neptune, which astrologically rules the sign of Pisces.
To the ancient Greeks, the fish themselves were the goddess Aphrodite and her son, Eros. They were walking by the Euphrates one day when a terrible monster, Typhon, suddenly rose up out of the water to destroy them.
The gods of Olympus were no match for this particular very ancient monster, a son of Gaia, or Earth herself. He was as tall as the heavens and his eyes shot flames. Instead of fingers, he had 100 dragon’s heads sprouting from his hands.
None of the Olympians had the power to destroy the ghastly Typhon, or confront him, not alone, and he tried to kill them every chance he got. For a time, all they could do was flee, often by transforming themselves into animals, and Aphrodite and Eros, in this case, transformed themselves into fish and swam away.
Another version of the story says they dived into the river, and were rescued by two friendly fish that carried them to safety, and were later placed in the sky, their tails intertwined, to commemorate the day when Eros (Love) and Aphrodite (Beauty) were saved from a hideous fate.
Ultimately, Zeus managed to imprison the terrible Typhon beneath Mount Etna…and he is still very much alive down there to this day.
The Astrological Personality
There is no such thing in reality as THE Pisces personality and the same goes for all the zodiac sun signs. Your sun sign is an archetype, a keynote but of course it is not and never could be the whole story.
Pisces combines imagination with determination, charm with depth, and at times there is a certain passivity, even inertia, which may actually serve them very well at times, but may in some cases degenerate into a trap or a kind of darkness involving depression, alcohol or other substance misuse.
These individuals are talented, natural artists or musicians. They are famously loyal once committed, compassionate and sensitive.
Pisces has steel. This doesn’t get mentioned much, hardly ever, if at all, but Pisces has a quiet steel. They may tire, but they endure, and try taking them on, they may not say much, but watch their face harden, and, should you cross the line once too often, again, they may not say much, but you are gone.
Their instincts are kindly, and they have a soft spot for the underdog. Where they demonstrate a lack of proper consideration for others, or undue stubbornness, it is not due to any lack of goodwill, but because they are not paying attention, too focused on their inner preoccupations.
Pisces needs variety, and structure must allow them room for a degree of autonomy. Many police officers, arbitrators and judges are born under Pisces, as well as artists and musicians. Administrative work, although Pisces can do it, is really not their sort of thing by and large.
Pisces can make excellent and approachable leaders of small teams, loyal to their staff. They will take on injustice, take on those superior in status, but Pisces, unlike, say Aquarius, confines their remit to action on an individual basis. Pisces are not temperamentally disposed to mount group actions, campaigns or crusades unless perhaps, they are early Pisces, born on the Aquarius cusp, but the later subjects of this sign, born close to the Aries cusp, are very much the ‘doers’ of Pisces.
Pisces is brave but their physical energy must be guarded. It can be erratic, and once depleted, is not always easily restored. If they are prone to headaches at the back of the head, there may be related bladder infections or other hidden issues. Pisces needs longer to recuperate from illnesses than some other signs. It needs plenty of rest, music and relaxation time near to rivers, ponds and sea.
Weaknesses – Depending on their other planetary placements, Pisces may be prone to falling prey to either wishful thinking, or gloom or unhealthy lifestyle habits, especially when struggling to recover and regroup from setbacks. Lacking a clear sense of purpose or direction, Pisces can drift loose from their cord, becoming detached and living too much in their own imaginary world.
I recently did a Tarot reading via Skype for an independent legal and business consultant, an experienced CEO in her own right.She was shortly getting ready to conduct four job interviews over the telephone, first stage recruiting on behalf of her client, who was looking for a new senior administrator in a retail/payment role.
This client is a true Aries Queen; a Queen of Wands as insightful as strategic in her thinking, and my inputs were purely a matter of extra interest. But of interest to her nonetheless. She may have a red hot bullsh*t detector, and indeed she does, but this is one intellectually high-powered, expansive and genuinely inquiring lady.
My brief was to offer a few off the cuff insights of my own into these 4 candidates before the interviews.
I was told the job title being recruited for (nothing about the job spec)
I asked for, and was given their first names, but wanted no other information at all. Nothing. Zip. De nada.
Here, for reasons of ethics and confidentiality, I shall refer to them as Candidates A, B, C and D.
This write-up is posted with the client’s permission. So here we go. And watch out for that mention of ‘The Magician’.
Candidate A draws a strong analytical card, and a strong money card. Does he need to commute/relocate? A touch autocratic. Self sufficient. Not necc easy to know. (or work with?) His cards, Queen Swords (IT/strategy/barriers) and 10 Coins (a money chest.) Candidate B draws The Hermit and 7 Coins. Hermit shines a light for others to follow. High degree of maturity, good for any training or supervising role. 7 Coins is a good money industry card. Means a good ROI. Not so strong as the 1o that Candidate A drew, but good. It means a good harvest, or an orchard full of apples. Can’t be bad news in this role. Candidate C… this looks like a solid candidate as seen through the 6 Coins (community) and the King Coins, good manager. Thorough…safe pair of hands. Perhaps a bit plodding. Tendency to be detail focused. Big picture might not be strong suit. Candidate D is the only one NOT to draw a MONEY suit card at the first pass. I drew The Hanging Man and the Justice card. She may be late or seem a bit less switched on than the others. She’s got things weighing on her mind. She looks intellectually able (Justice = Libra = high diplomacy and strategy) The ‘wild card’ choice today?
Client, 11:42 Very interesting! Yes, Candidate D IS the wild card because she scored a whole score below the others on the attention to detail test. Also, (I am mostly joking here, but not entirely) is any of them likely to do a lot of crying at work?
Me, 12:00 Ah…right 🙂 The one most likely to cry at work at this time is Candidate D so far as I can see. I would say she had a bad night last night, poor soul. Justice card suggests this is a person of ability and worth. Currently wrestling with other things that won’t come up in the meeting. Candidate C may be a ‘plodder’. Candidate A may be a bit …difficult. Depending on the job description he or Candidate B might be entirely what’s needed, he or she seem to have the edge at this first glance. In terms of their own confidence to do the job, that is. These two draw the strongest cards for the marrying of money/strategy/detail. Candidate D IS an able candidate, but perhaps just not ready, or this is not quite the right role for her, hence skills tests results.
Client, 12:03 You really don’t seem to like Candidate A ?
Me, 12:09 I do not dislike him. It’s not that. Though you might not warm to him. The Queen of Swords suggests authoritative, or with an edge that others may find intimidating. This may be a desirable thing, depending on the job spec. The Queen of Swords is an excellent abstract thinker. They understand other people pretty well, BUT at a remove. He may be charming, and the job is Chief XXX after all. He is task focused, but teamwork…? And does not readily accept being in the wrong, even if he is, so up close and personal, some might find him a bit of a b*stard, excuse my language.
Client, 12 :15
OK:) We’ll see. He is my favourite at this point. Based on paper. Candidate C has poor retention record. Has moved about. Doesn’t seem to have got her teeth in any way at all. Except as an office manager for nine years at one point, now six years ago. And as a maternity cover but this is a very very detailed role. Candidate D has been the general manager of Z hotels following a promotion. But may have been made redundant before Christmas. Candidate A is -on paper, looking like the most ‘all round’ candidate.
Candidate B’s cards indicate a very solid office manager. And if this is a high functioning role, The Hermit indicates she works well on her own but blends well too. This is a good leadership and teamwork card here. She’s my favourite, but that’s just from where I am sitting right now. I would be watching Candidate A v hard for the reasons to say no.
Client, 12:28 Interesting. Candidate B’s background is local authorities. Yes. Strong background in team leadership and personnel.
Me, 12:28 Ahhh, well, Hermit is very ‘Virgo.’ Dots the i’s.
Client, 12:33 BTW, what cards did you get for the incumbent Ms W?
Me, 12:33 Who is this? This name hasn’t come up yet. What do we want to ask about Ms W?
Client, 12:34 The current incumbent. Why is she so dam’ good at the job? (She’s resigned and that’s why we’re looking to recruit)
Me, 12:34 Ms W is so good at the job because she is the MAGICIAN. The master. She unites all the required skills and also attributes. for this role. But it has taken a lot out of her. Is that why she is stepping down?
Client, 12:38 She’s supposedly part time but been working full time for yonks, so you’re right– That could also be it. What I need now is another Magician. I’ll let you know how we get on.
Client, 14:42 Well done KT! Candidate D – the wild card with the low scores- DOES have a lot on her mind. She is redundant with a young baby and a husband who has been affected by the same redundancy profile so, yes, lots on her mind!
Candidate C likes an organised day, so yes, one might say sort of ‘plodding’.
And Candidate B is very calm and mature. I like Candidate B best so far for this role. But I don’t talk to Candidate A until 6.30.
Client, 18:45 OMG Candidate A. Complete no-go area. How do you do it?? ?
Me, 17:46 You would have decided that anyway. You didn’t need me for that, and he had to be given the max benefit of the doubt. So, don’t tell me if you would rather not, will you pick Candidate B to go forward to the next stage?
Client, 18:01 Yes, I would have found out, but you had already told me all that, before, and it took you barely seconds. And yes, I’ll recommend Candidate B based on that telephone interview. But I’ll HAVE to see her…..
And at this point I left the loop….
My client decided her own, next steps, and I may not ever be party to the outcome. But you get the idea.
It doesn’t look as though they will be getting another Magician, not from among those four candidates, or that card would have made an appearance against one of their names.
What I provided was a means of additional affirmation, and because I drew the cards ahead of the telephone interviews, my client could verify in real time what the Tarot was telling us.
My understanding of this exchange, how it worked, was that I picked up on these candidates by picking up on my client’s own intuition about them. The cards enabled me to pick up on her own feelings, tuning in telepathically with her. It may have worked just as well if I did not know her. It has elsewhere, with clients I have only just connected with, but it surely must have helped.
In other words, I suspect my client also knew or understood all these things about the prospective job candidates, just subliminally, and then I, assisted by my cards, was able to turn her own psychic sensing into words, which we could then test out and verify.
So that, more than anything else, this was a telepathic exchange. I have said this before, and I’ll say it again. The reader may be psychic AND SO IS THE CLIENT.
The reader uses their knowledge of their chosen system of divination …in this case, Tarot cards, to amplify telepathy, and put it under a microscope.
And this has been learned and developed as an innate, but acquired and developed skill.
I look and I say what I see, and by now, I trust that I will certainly be on to something, but that does not mean that I am right, or that I know that I am right.
I know nothing, and that’s the way I need it to be.
Have you ever had a Tarot reading, or pulled cards for yourself, and been surprised, mystified or even spooked because the cards were so relevant it was uncanny? How does that happen?
Tarot is only one of many systems of divination. Others are far older, including astrology, cartomancy (divination with playing cards) the I-Ching and runes. The Tarot, or Tarocchi, began as a game of chance in the courts of northern Italy during the early renaissance.
Physically speaking, a Tarot deck is little more than 78 pieces of illustrated, numbered card-stock.
The meanings in the cards need a reader to interpret them and make them come alive. No faith required, no religion, no need to commune with spirits. I have read for Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Chinese and Jewish clients, as well as for atheists, agnostics and downright skeptics. The imagery in the Tarot crosses cultural boundaries.
But in communing with some ancient part of ourselves, perhaps we are also communing with the divine, however one wishes to define it.
I see it as a transcendence or suspension of the everyday self. When I am doing a reading for another person, I need to free myself, try and take myself out of the equation, me and my worry about getting it ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; me and my ego.
In a Tarot reading the reader and enquirer sit down together, and in essence, use these symbols as a meeting ground upon which to converse via empathy, which can sometimes be so acute that it amounts to telepathy, with the cards helping the reader to decode the telepathic signals coming from the other person. Social instinct comes into it too. Of course it does when the reading is face to face. Who wants a nitwit reading for them?
Most readers, me included,also do distance readings, working without that direct interface to help them, and it’s harder, but the Tarot still delivers, though who is to say if it could have worked better face to face when the reader can ‘scent’ the nascent clouds round the other person?
I sometimes joke as I shuffle the cards, ‘OK, now my ancient inner animal is going to have a little talk with your ancient inner animal.’
We are going to converse on at (at least) two levels, consciously, and via telepathy, enabled by the imagery of the cards.
Marcus the psychic pig, accurately predicted the result of the EU Referendum, and The US Elections
Suspension of self and ego notwithstanding, delivery of a professional level of service means I need to do at least as well or better than the pig. The reader draws cards blindly and at random, and lays them out in a pattern or spread, using the placement of the cards, the imagery and associated meanings of that card. Why choose this card and not that one? Well, there is the mystery. The central nervous system has a mind of its own, and dictates my movement, in determining the instant at which I stop shuffling. I can think of no better explanation. The choice to stop shuffling is not remotely deliberate.
The reader then interprets the cards, sharing what they sense about a given person, situation or question, past, present and possible future.
This stuff is not omniscience. I don’t KNOW anything. I just say what I see and feel. The thing that amazes, and can even startle the person being read for, and the readers too at times, is the total, immediate and undeniable relevance of cards drawn blindly and at random, and then organised into a pattern or spread for interpretation.
The cards were drawn at random, but the results do not seem random at all.
OK, but shaddap! How exactly does this stuff WORK?
There is no one single, neat and tidy answer.
The reader has ‘uploaded’ a ‘programme’ by learning the meanings and associations of the cards. With much repetition and practice, just as with learning to play an instrument or indeed any kind of rote learning, this programming becomes almost second nature, and the cards may act now, not only as technical support but as a springboard for insights prompted by lateral or associative thinking, backed up by instinct.
This provides them with their starting point, and then their own ideas, empathy or intuition supplies further comment. The cards provide a spring board for the reader’s intuition, but the associations of the cards supply the details enabling greater precision of interpretation. Associative thinking, or lateral thinking helps me a lot in arriving at ‘psychic’ insights or ‘hits.’
I look at the card and there is a kind of a ‘ping’ moment.
For instance: I drew the Six of Wands, and this card generally means progress, promotion, a trip but on this occasion, something about the artwork made me say something I had never said on previous occasions, drawing the self same card, and I asked the client, ‘are you thinking of going to Siena?’
And she was, or rather, a place just outside Siena, but how did I arrive at that guess? Firstly, I had already established that we were looking at a travel destination. Secondly, something about it suddenly made me think of the Palio.
The Six Wands from The Legacy of The Divine Tarot, Ciro Marchetti
At other times the six of Wands has told me about motorbikes. Once it ‘showed’ me an upcoming sporting event, a big one and I asked the client, was this correct, and learned he was going to the Paralympics as a reserve member of the wheelchair rugby team
Same card, three very concrete yet differing interpretations in the real, modern world.
The psychologist Carl Jung never learned to read the Tarot himself, but was fascinated by its ability to reflect what was going on. Jung theorised that Tarot works by means of a phenomenon he called “synchronicity”, or meaningful coincidence.
Jung was also fascinated by what Tarot could tell us about real people we know as pictured through story archetypes, e.g.; The King, The High Priestess, the Hermit, and for its insights into the conscious mind working real time in tandem with the unconscious mind.
The enquirer feels that they have been seen and heard by some invisible presence. This is where the ‘spookiness’, and the apparent miracle of synchronicity manifests.
The reader has ‘uploaded’ a ‘programme’ by learning the meanings and associations of the cards. With much repetition and practice, just as with learning to play an instrument or indeed any kind of rote learning, this programming becomes almost second nature, and the cards may act now, not only as technical support but as a springboard for insights prompted by lateral or associative thinking, backed up by instinct.
The clues in the cards
Each card has many keywords attached. These are the basic building bricks of the reading.
The Chariot card, for instance, has these meanings attached; a vehicle, a driving test, a garage, a road trip, travel, ambition, project, a partnership, teamwork, discipline, and also the zodiac sign of Cancer and the dates associated with this sign (June 21-July 22)
So, let’s imagine I draw this card. Which meaning do I choose here and now?
John William Waterhouse – Sketch of Circe, 1911-1914 (public domain)
How does the reader
1: choose cards which so appropriately describe things you have not yet told the reader?
2: choose which of the many possible card interpretations to go with?
The context of the card is a clue. What are the surrounding cards? The reader studies these with care. Beyond this, the short answer is, the reader doesn’t know. They make a judgement call and go with their first impressions, trusting the unconscious process, then making it conscious again, putting it back into words.
This is presumably working on empathy.
Intuition is one’s inner tuition – one’s instinctive understanding. It’s necessary for survival, and we all possess it to some degree.
Using a learned system such as Tarot helps us give it words.
Sometimes these words are so specific, many call it ‘psychic’ and psychic ability and intuition are often seen as “supernatural.”
But anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, while the degree of proficiency attained depends on a certain natural talent, but also depends to a very great extent on study and practise. Lots of people start learning, but give it up again without ever finding out all they might be able to do with it.
Tarot is an art not a science. It is a form of language; a system but it does not function like a machine. You clearly see there’s a process at work, but you can’t dismantle the mechanisms. It is based on the physical actions of shuffling, drawing and arranging the cards, and then upon card knowledge, feeling and sensing and finally, word choice.
Becoming proficient at reading the Tarot, such that one can read to a service level feels like a big responsibility. Well, it is, and it demands a heck of a lot of practice, and the more you work with the Tarot or whatever system of divination you might want to work with, the more confidently you will be able to tap into your intuition, but you do not need to think of yourself as psychic in order to learn to read the Tarot, or to become fluent and proficient.
There is a native understanding beyond your conscious awareness and control. Whether you think that proceeds from your subconscious, the collective unconscious, God, your guides, or your higher self doesn’t matter.
The Tarot works according to the reader’s way of using it, commensurate with their skill, experience, and innate intuitive talents. No faith or belief system is required.
The results must be the proof.
We can, and do know more than we know, any of us, all of us, without necessarily knowing HOW we know it. Perhaps there are biological algorithms at work here, and why should this be surprising?
We don’t even know how old we are as a specie. Until 2015 we were told, based on the available evidence, that humanity had been practising organised agriculture for 12000 years, and discoveries by the sea of Galilee indicate that humanity has been experimenting with crop eugenics for at least 23000 years.
We’re getting more ancient as a species with every new discovery, and so is our technology, it seems; ever more ancient, with continuing discovery.
I am at pains to stress I don’t work as a fortune-teller. I work as an adviser, working to a brief, and I offer forecasting within a specific context, because otherwise, who am I reading for exactly? And I aim to deal in relevant specifics wherever possible.
Context is key for meaning, relevance and precision.
However, I also like to challenge myself. General ‘scrying’ of ‘the’ future, Nostradamus style, is part of a very ancient tradition, and I sometimes work with a well known astrologer, Jessica Adams, writing as a guest contributor for a monthly feature, Tarot Tuesday at JessicaaAdams.com.
The challenge is to pick just one card, and share my intuitive impressions triggered by this card for the coming month. But without benefit of any other context than this loose time frame. One or two other Tarot card readers also write up their one card readings for the month to come, and Jessica then correlates these Tarot findings with current astrology.
My chosen card for this February 2020 was the Six of Swords.
Book meanings: relocation, progress, exploration, charting a new course, mourning, travel by water, self determination, east
Lick your finger, hold it up…what is the prevailing wind?
Winds are changeable of course, from day to day, even hour to hour, but still, it has been interesting for me as a reader, to correlate my previous one card ‘crystal ball’ readings with events of the ensuing month.
An earlier one card reading said ‘wild fire,’ (you can see previous readings via the link provided below) and it is still playing out, tragically; particularly the Australian wild fires, of which the first were actually in September, and now it is known that several of these were started deliberately.
These single card readings are actually drawn 2-3 weeks ahead of publication, so that I am drawing a card mid January for the first Tuesday in February, and mid February looking ahead to the first Tuesday in March and so on.
Logically, none of it ought to make any sense at all, unless by sheer coincidence. Except that isn’t how it works, when it works.
It works on animal sensing.
Click below to read February’s Tarot Tuesday feature, courtesy of Jessica Adams.
Today is Candlemas, the Christian festival of presenting Jesus at the temple, but before that, a more ancient celebration in Gaelic Britain of coming spring. Go on folks. Get with the programme. Parade down the street, go pray for the health of the fields! It’s all about the soil.
Plus today is a palindrome date: 02022020.
Candlemas is a continuation of the ancient festival Imbolc, which spans 1-2 February and began yesterday with St Brigid’s Day. The original Brigid was a pre-Christian goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann. She was a daughter of the chief of the gods, The Dagda, and was known as a goddess of healers, poets, smiths, childbirth and inspiration. Her name means “exalted one”.
Her story was later merged with the Christian saint of the same name in the middle ages, St Brigid of Kildare.
This fire festival, whether viewed as pagan or Christian, began as a neolithic festival also celebrated in Scotland and the Isle of Man, roughly marking the 1/2 way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox.
There are various suggestion about the etymology of ‘Imbolc. ‘ It is commonly thought to come from a word meaning “in the belly.” This reflects goddess Brigid’s role as a protector of women in childbirth, as well as the safe birthing of precious livestock.
Any time now, is the time of the very first lambs. The start of the lambing season varies by up to two weeks in any given year.
Brigid was said to visit one’s home at Imbolc. Asking her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, and items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless. Brigid was petitioned to protect homes and livestock. This was a time for feasting and visits to sacred wells, and a time for ritual divination.
St Brigid’s cross is the classic icon of her saint’s day today, though this too, predates Christianity. It is made from rushes and was placed in doorways to protect the home from harm.
A new Christian story was created for it, that the earthly manifestation of Brigid, St Brigid of Kildare, had woven it for a dying man, using rushes from the floor, baptizing him at the point of death.
Spring fire, fierce quickening of new green shoots.
Imbolc was when the Cailleach. —the divine crone of Gaelic tradition—gathered her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend said if she wished the winter to last a good while longer, she would make sure the weather on Imbolc was bright and sunny, so she could go out and about, and gather firewood.
It was lucky, therefore, if there was bad weather at Imbolc (and the wind was screaming as I was typing this.)
If Imbolc was a day of foul weather, as it was here yesterday, and today is still damp and blustery, it meant the Cailleach was sound asleep, and winter was almost over.
Dang. I meant to post this in November and forgot.
I’ll blame it on Brexit. Why not.
Is there a missing thirteenth sign in the astrological zodiac? Astronomers suggest there is. Sidereal (eastern) astrologers may agree, but Tropical (western) astrologers mostly do not.
So what’s this about?
to Ptolemy’s system of Tropical (western) astrology there are 12 signs of the
zodiac named after 12 constellations. Aries the Ram is the first constellation,
and therefore the first sign of the zodiac, March 20 – April 19. Pisces is the
twelfth constellation and the last sign of the zodiac, Feb 19 –March 20.
Modern astronomy records
88 constellations covering the southern and northern hemispheres of our sky. 13
of these constellations cross or touch the ecliptic
– the trajectory of the Sun’s apparent path across the sky as seen from Earth.
These include the constellations that inspired the names of our 12 zodiac signs plus a thirteenth – Ophiuchus (Oaf-ih-YOU-kus)
Astronomers and NASA have
presented this thirteenth constellation, Ophiuchus, as the thirteenth sign of
the zodiac, while also pointing out that the zodiac itself…meaning the section of sky
directly overhead as viewed from Earth- has changed from when the ancient
Babylonian astrologers first viewed it, and the generally accepted dates for
the zodiac signs as supplied in horoscopes are now a month out of alignment.
change in the skies has been the result of an effect called precession. The
gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun causes the Earth to ‘wobble’ and as the
Earth orbits around the sun; a different constellation appears behind it each
the zodiac signs have remained in a
fixed position, and their dates have remained the same, varying only by a day
or two here and there, the constellations have drifted.
Based on this, astronomers have suggested the new astrological zodiac should more correctly look like this, with these new dates:
20 Jan – 16 Feb
•Aquarius: 16 Feb – 11 March
•Pisces: 11 March – 18 April
•Aries: 18 April – 13 May
•Taurus: 13 May – 21 June
•Gemini: 21 June – 20 July
•Cancer: 20 July – 10 Aug
•Leo: 10 Aug – 16 Sept
•Virgo: 16 Sept – 30 Oct
•Libra: 30 Oct – 23 Nov
•Scorpio: 23 – 29 Nov
•Ophiuchus: 29 Nov – 17 Dec
•Sagittarius: 17 Dec – 20 Jan
thought you were a Taurus sun sign? Hang on says NASA. No, actually, you are an
Aries subject. So you thought you were an Aries sun sign? No, you are Pisces.
So you thought you were a Sagittarius? No, you are Ophiuchus, and so on.
But hang on a minute. As astronomers themselves are quick to point out, astronomy is not astrology.
Let’s first take a brief look at the astronomy.
Ophiuchus ([Oaf-ih-YOU-kus) is one of the largest constellations but also the least well known, straddling the celestial equator northwest of the centre of the Milky Way, near the constellations Aquila, Serpens, and Hercules, and opposite Orion.
The southern part lies between Scorpius to the west and Sagittarius to the east. July is the best time to see it in the northern hemisphere, mid-winter in the southern hemisphere. Below Ophiuchus, down to the right, look out for a bright reddish star, Antares in Scorpio, for help in locating it.
Its name comes from the Greek Ὀφιοῦχος Ophioukhos; “serpent-bearer,” and it is commonly represented as a man grasping a snake. It used to be called Serpentius, and it included the constellation of Serpens, representing the snake itself. Marking the head of Ophiuchus, Alpha Ophiuchi has an older, Arabic name: Rasalhague, the “Head of the Snake Charmer”.
contains many notable features and objects, including Kepler’s Supernova, or Kepler’s Star, named for German astronomer Johannes Kepler and which
was by far the brightest star in the sky for over 3 weeks during 1604.
Kepler wasn’t the first
to note the supernova, due to cloudy conditions, but he made observations over
the course of an entire year and wrote about the “new star in the foot of
continued visible for 18 months, and its remnants are still studied today, still
the most recent supernova to be observed with the naked eye.
ancient Greeks, the constellation represented the god Apollo struggling
with a huge snake that guarded the Oracle of Delphi.
Later myths identified Ophiuchus with Laocoon, the tragic Trojan priest of Poseidon, who warned his fellow Trojans about the Greek’s wooden horse, and together with his sons, was killed by a pair of sea-serpents sent by Poseidon to shut him up, because clearly, Poseidon was on the side of the Greeks, or else under orders from Zeus, or else Laocoon had already annoyed him in some other way, and you know, nothing less than death by giant sea-snake would do.
Pluto (Hades) complained to Jupiter (Zeus) that Asclepius was interfering with death, which upset the natural order and meant the end of the circle of life, with no room for new life. Immortality was an evil therefore. Life itself would die, stagnated, and Jupiter (Zeus) duly put a stop to it by killing Asclepius with a lightning thunderbolt. Apollo was furiously upset, understandably, and Jupiter tried to appease him by placing Asclepius in the heavens to honour his good works, and the rod of Asclepius remains the symbol of western medicine to this day.
The rod of Asclepius is not be confused with the Cadeuceus, a symbol of medicine, but also of trade. The cadeuceus is assciated with Mercury, and has not one but two snakes twined round the staff, and it has wings.
In medieval Islamic astronomy the constellation
was known as ‘Al-Ḥawwa’, “the snake-charmer.”
described in the Astronomica of
Marcus Manilius, 10 AD:-
“Ophiuchus holds apart the serpent which
with its mighty spirals and twisted body encircles his own…But, bending its
supple neck, the serpent looks back and returns…The struggle will last forever,
since they wage it on level terms with equal powers.”
Image: Public Domain: The Snake-Wrangler
in Urania’s Mirror, 1825. Above the tail of the
serpent is a now ‘obsolete’ constellation, Taurus Poniatovii
If you are born in that window between
29th November and 17th December, astronomers and some astrologers may argue
that your zodiac sun sign is technically Ophiuchus.
Key personality traits:
Humanitarian* Poetic* Hungry for knowledge* Intuitive* Psychic*Intense *Likes bright colours *High achievers *Prone to harbouring enemies without realizing *Lucky (so long as the enemies don’t succeed, obviously)
These are, not surprisingly, a mix of classic Scorpio and Sagittarius
attributes in this profile.
So, is Ophiuchus the thirteenth zodiac sign? Does your zodiac sign stay the same?
It depends who you are talking to. What astronomy is not taking into account here is the very basis of western (Tropical) astrology which makes a key distinction between the positions at any given time of the constellations themselves, and the zodiac signs named after them.
The signs of the zodiac as we know them today are based on Ptolemy’s twelve-fold
division of the ecliptic, designed so that each sign spans 30° of celestial
longitude, or roughly the distance the Sun travels in a month. 12 was an
easier, tidier number to work with than was 13.
Ptolemy aligned these divisions with the seasons so that the March
equinox always falls on the boundary between Pisces and Aries, whereas Sidereal (Vedic)
astrology is based on the constellations themselves, as was western astrology
way back at the time of the Babylonians, whose data Ptolemy worked with.
Tropical western astrology, with its 12 associated zodiac signs is a static,
modelled system based NOT on the constellations themselves, but on the wheel of
the seasons which also accord the signs of the zodiac their personalities, but the idea of the ‘missing’
thirteenth sign is nothing new.
“It was developed by Hipparchus in 130 BC,” says astrologer, Susan Miller, “but you don’t get your characteristics from the constellations. You get them from the planets, from the sun and moon. We measure everything by the degree to which the earth is rotated around the sun. So if you’re born at the beginning of the zodiac, which corresponds to the spring equinox and typically falls on March 20, you’re at the 0º point—or the point at which the sun is crossing directly over the earth’s Equator. If we didn’t have names like Virgo or Gemini we’d have to walk around saying, `Hi, I’m a 136º,’ and I’d say, `Oh, really? Well I’m a 352º and so on.”
NASA’s debunking is logical in strictly astronomical terms, but in astrological terms would only matter if Tropical (western) astrology was still tied to the position of the constellations.
But it isn’t, and your zodiac sign, also known as your sun sign still stands, both as it is and where it is, based on the principle and according to the system on which it was first described.
Card drawn today as my Card of the Day: (tweets limited to 280 characters.)
Katie-Ellen@ktlncartomancer· Tarot COTD: The Magician. 1st card out of the deck, shuffled & drawn blind. Skill, alchemy. Self-assurance, self-determination. Yet. 4 elements-‘corners’ of the globe & see globe of the spheres?Tricky year ahead but UK Manuf, tech & space ind will do big new things. IMG Marchetti
The Magician makes things happen. Britain is making things happen. Britain is still making things. See the factories hidden inside this image? See the tower blocks of the City and the service sectors? See the books new and old? See the astrolabe, the wheels, the cogs, the electricity, and the conjuring, welding and harmonizing of a master conductor/physicist?
There are a number of posts here on this blog, card readings on Brexit dating back to the referendum of 2016. We were in Bilbao the day the result was announced, and next day drove across to Sitges, and were asked about it a few times by total strangers, all in a thoughtful, friendly way.
Some were Catalan.
Let’s just look back to December.
Posted on Twitter 9 Dec 2019:- Katie-Ellen@ktlncartomancer· Will it be a hung parliament? Let’s look through the lens of playing card cartomancy. No opinions. Just cards. Shuffle blind, draw 5 cards, red/black, central card key. 10 Diamonds, Queen D, Ace Clubs (reps GE & a NO answer) 4 Spades (ugh) Ace Diamonds (future = new start).
And let’s look back again at an earlier reading, posted 1 October 2019 in which I used pendulum divination, asking this question…..
“Will there be a General Election BEFORE the UK leaves?
The pendulum is swinging to NO. But I don’t know. I keep thinking of that Ace of Clubs card. I don’t see one occurring in September or October and that timing would be exceedingly tight. But, swinging the pendulum again, there’s something here, suggesting however unlikely, there may be one either concluded or announced before Christmas.” – (posted 1 October 2019)
The dates though? The dates. How did I do there?
I was timid. I posted in October that I drew a 2:5 chance of there being the Halloween Brexit promised for 31 October. I still detected it as possible therefore, while far from guaranteed, and of course, now we know it didn’t happen. 1 October the chance suddenly reduced from 3/5 to 2/5.
1 October 2019 “The figure on this card from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck, illustrated by Ciro Marchetti, is reaching out his arms, spanning the Scorpion of Halloween and somewhere between Aquarius and the Fish of Pisces, late February-late March. But is it 2020 or a continuum into 2021?”
We entered Aquarius 20 January, so that the formal declaration of Brexit tonight is set to occur at the very beginning of the time window indicated by my reading.
And yet, as we know, this event at 11.00 PM tonight UK time, midnight Brussels time, marks the start of a year long transition period.
Time and again since 2016 I have looked to see if it would be a No Deal Brexit. I have not at any time seen a No Deal Brexit. We might still get one, but the Withdrawal Agreement means it has been averted at least until the end of 2020.
So how will that proceed this year? In other readings, I have noted many appearances of Leo the Lion for some reason I don’t understand, indicating a key development in July-August 2020. I’ll have to watch that space.
Again and again since the 2016 referendum I have asked, what is the ‘destiny’ for Britain, and drawn the same card over and over, the Nine of Coins, suggesting a slow gathering momentum, a juggernaut, and a coming decade of hard work and economic achievement.
This card specifically suggests notable prospects including but not limited to: financial services, manufacturing, horticulture/agriculture, farmer’s markets and a surge in demand for local produce luxury goods, the heritage industry and hoteliers.
I would be happier to see a fish leaping in that pond, though at least there is a pond, and that is clearly vital business pending, fishing rights and fisheries, significant by a silence in the noise around the current withdrawal bill passed by this Parliament. This bill, may presumably, may be superseded by events.
Meanwhile, the new 50 pence coin has apparently so enraged many Remain voters who are not reconciled to the direction the UK has voted to take, they are threatening to deface it. It is unlawful to deface a coin of the realm, but nail polish remover will remove permanent ink, and so will toothpaste and baking soda.
To those so utterly irreconciled at this tide of national events, that they are publicly threatening to deface these new coins with a swastika, on the grounds that this coin marks the new face of Britain, shame on them. And this, the week of the 75th Holocaust Memorial.
Britain, for all its many failings, and despite the likes of Moseley, and shockingly, the machinations of Edward v111, has never had a fascist government, unlike all those countries in mainland Europe we shall forebear to name. Britain was fortunate too, in its allies, and was lucky that it was more than once assisted, and even reprieved by its island status, a 450 000 year old accident of geography.
…“The breaching of this land bridge between Dover and Calais was undeniably one of the most important events in British history, helping to shape our island nation’s identity even today,” said Professor Sanjeev Gupta, a co-author from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial. “When the ice age ended and sea levels rose, flooding the valley floor for good, Britain lost its physical connection to the mainland. Without this dramatic breaching Britain would still be a part of Europe. This is Brexit 1.0 – the Brexit nobody voted for.”-Source: The Independent.
This has of course not saved these islands from wave after wave of historical uninvited migration and hostile invasion. The British people were forged in wave after wave of intermarriages following invasion and migration; the Romans, the Norse, the Jutes, the Saxons. The list goes on and on.
The shock of 1066 must have been so seismic as to be almost unimaginable. Duke William abolished slavery, but freemen landholders became serfs and tenants almost overnight.
Betrayed by his brother
Begged wait by his mother
Echoes shrined in thread
A fallen king still speaks
Of ships on shingle
Battle ringed in red.
The English language was never the same again. Norman French was the new language of state and power, and continued so for another 300 hundred years. Click to Continue
Who are the British anyway? Who ARE the Brythones? And who are the English? These islands been invaded so many times, often with horrific violence, by incoming peoples plundering minerals, seeking fertile farming land, sweeping in from the European mainland, and with such an ensuing commingling of tribes, it is not so easy to say, let alone characterise the ‘indigenous’ population, if they are not direct descendants of the Anglians themselves, except to say the native Britons are largely Indo-European, and as such shall remain.
We are not moving away anywhere, except that our island home is drifting westwards as our eastern cliffs continue to crumble and our westerly margins build. The sea is further and further out, along the coasts of Lancashire and Cumbria, I have seen that visible difference during my own lifetime.
Today is about isolationism. It never was and it never will be, as if that were even possible, anyway. It is not anti-global, and yet is is a rejection of a certain kind of globalism, the corporate kind.
The future being resisted here is a chimera of the virtual world, where a chip implanted in your body will mean you swipe left or right, opening a door, getting in to work. That technology is already here,with our greater ease of convenience as the supposed trade-off.
After all, we are already using this technology in medical procedures, such as pacemakers, and in pets, chipping them in case of loss or theft, is the reasoning, meant to reassure:
“The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.
What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.
The injections have become so popular that workers at Epicenter hold parties for those willing to get implanted.” Source – The Independent, 2017
And could we,would we sell our children’s futurity for such a mess of pottage as that?
A ‘metropolitan’ city dweller might counter this in terms of the alternative vision; recoiling in their turn from some vision of a kind of folk horror revival.
It comes down to outlook, but the kingdom has spoken in reclamation of community; the fact and meaning of landscape, the minerals that build our unborn bones and teeth, and our feeling of connection to these are the fixtures and fittings wherever we go. Only the furniture, we choose.
If home is where the heart is:
On y reste.
On y va.
On y retourne.
It looks to me we are in for a momentous and hard-working decade of change, and doubtless this will be unsettling for some, and there will be losers as well as winners, just as there are now, and have been this past 45 years, but the more we thrive, the better we can carry the poor and the sick, the young and old and weak, and the UK is going to do OK.
Readers must aim for meaning and precision, and avoid waffle at all costs. Being ‘psychic’ is one thing. Being a practitioner of a discipline is another. Effective communication is another.
The ‘right’ words must be identified, transmitted and received for a purpose.
What people generally want to know is what do the cards MEAN? For them? Right now? In terms they can get hold of and use, should they so choose? We live in a physical world and must wrestle with ourselves, yes, at times, but so many life challenges focus on matters of practical substance, and this is not the lesser stuff. It is simply temporal, time specific where the metaphysics is the stuff of enduring truths and eternal experiences.
I was doing a reading for a lady who worked as a hypnotherapist, when the Tarot suddenly seemed tosuggest it was time to…
Most of us know our zodiac or sun sign, but what does it look like in the night sky, and what’s the story behind it? This month it’s the turn of Aquarius, the cloud, the rain-maker of the Zodiac; and therefore an Air sign despite the ‘aqua’ in its name…
Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac, and is named after the southern constellation of Aquarius, recorded by the Greek astronomer mathematician Ptolemy in the 2nd Century AD.
Dates: 20 Jan- 19 Feb
Element: Air (Air of Water)
Ruling planets: Saturn and Uranus
Body: The circulatory system, shins, and ankles.
Tarot Card: The Star (Hope, Vision, Recovery, Equilibrium, Bridging, Searching)
See ‘the bucket’ pouring out water? In the Turkish and Persian languages, the word for the constellation of Aquarius meant ‘bucket.’
The large, faint, southern constellation of Aquarius lies in a dark region of the sky known as the Sea, which contains other constellations with water-themed names and stories: Pisces (the fish), Eridanus (the river), Cetus (the whale), Capricornus (the Sea-goat), Delphinus (the Dolphin), and Hydra (the Water serpent).
The brightest stars in Aquarius are two yellow super-giants, several times more massive than the Sun; Alpha Aquarii (Sadalmelik) and Beta Aquarii (Sadalsuud) which is 537 light-years distant. Other deep-sky objects include the Aquarius Dwarf Galaxy and the Atoms for Peace Galaxy.
Aquarius contains the Saturn Nebula and the Helix Nebula. These are the remnants of dying stars and are the closest planetary nebulae to Earth, 400 light-years away.
Aquarius is home to at least 3 meteor showers. The Eta Aquariids, 5th and 6th of May, are the strongest with up to 35 meteors per hour, coming from materials shed by Comet Halley as it travels through the solar system. The less active Delta Aquariids peak twice: on the 29th of July and again on the 6th of August. The weakest of the three is the Iota Aquariids, peaking on August 6th each year.
The constellation of Aquarius, though large, is faint, complicated and not easy to spot, but is visible from nearly the entire planet. The best time to see it is 9-10 PM in October, but you will need a dark sky to pick it out.
History and Mythology
Aquarius symbolised the bringing of water to the land, meaning life itself. The water carrier is a benefactor of life but can also be an agent of death, destruction, flood and disease, and the oldest flood stories underpinning the zodiac story of Aquarius arose in the Middle East.
For the Sumerians, Aquarius was a frightening figure. He held the vessel from which a great flood flowed from the heavens onto the earth to ravage the entire planet, while the Babylonians called Aquarius’ appearance in the night sky as ‘the curse of rain’. The Sumerian epic poem of Gilgamesh, dating 21000-2000 BC features a great flood of Noah’s Ark proportions.
The hero of this story, the Sumerian equivalent of Noah, was likewise tipped off by a friendly god as to what the other gods were plotting, and duly built an ark, 6 decks high and loaded it with all his loved ones and every beast he could round up.
The ancient Greeks believed Aquarius caused a great flood which inundated the Earth, of which only Deucalion, son of Prometheus and his wife Pyrrha survived by building a great boat stocked with provisions, just as in the later Old Testament, Noah built his Ark.
The geological record suggests there actually was once such a catastrophic flood, perhaps around 5000 BC and that once again, myth has its roots in a reality of epic proportions.
Article: ABC News: Dec. 10, 2012
“The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events.
In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world’s best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah.
Ballard’s track record for finding the impossible is well known. In 1985, using a robotic submersible equipped with remote-controlled cameras, Ballard and his crew hunted down the world’s most famous shipwreck, the Titanic.
Now Ballard is using even more advanced robotic technology to travel farther back in time. He is on a marine archeological mission that might support the story of Noah. He said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice.
“Where I live in Connecticut was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers, that’s a big ice cube,” he said. “But then it started to melt. We’re talking about the floods of our living history.”
The water from the melting glaciers began to rush toward the world’s oceans, Ballard said, causing floods all around the world.
“The question is, was there a mother of all floods,” Ballard said.
According to a controversial theory proposed by two Columbia University scientists, there really was one in the Black Sea region. They believe that the now-salty Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland, until it was flooded by an enormous wall of water from the rising Mediterranean Sea. The force of the water was two hundred times that of Niagara Falls, sweeping away everything in its path.
Fascinated by the idea, Ballard and his team decided to investigate.
“We went in there to look for the flood,” he said. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under stayed under.”
Four hundred feet below the surface, they unearthed an ancient shoreline, proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates happened around 5,000 BC. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah’s flood could have occurred.
“It probably was a bad day,” Ballard said. “At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under.”
The theory goes on to suggest that the story of this traumatic event, seared into the collective memory of the survivors, was passed down from generation to generation and inspired the biblical account of Noah.”
The Egyptians associated Aquarius with the God of the Nile. They expected a rainy season this time of years, and welcomed the Nile’s annual floods at this time of year, replenishing their farming soil.
Another very different story, a Greek legend associated Aquarius with the beautiful Trojan boy Ganymede, carried away by that tireless sexual predator Zeus, this time disguised as an eagle, to become his lover and protégé, and the cup-bearer of the Gods. Like it or not.
The Aquarius Personality Archetype
The Fixed Air sign of Aquarius is the eleventh sign in the Zodiac.
There is no such thing in reality as THE Aquarius personality and the same goes for all the zodiac sun signs. Your sun sign is an archetype, dealing in keynotes, but of course it is not and never could be the whole story, and in serious astrology does not claim to be anything of the kind.
Aquarius is ruled by two planets, Saturn, known to the ancients, planet of duty and conformity but also the more recently discovered Uranus, the planet of upheaval and rebellion, and therefore, as you might imagine, this is a sign potentially containing acute paradoxes.
There is on the one hand the authoritarian Aquarian, and on the other the freewheeling Aquarian, but all are famously individualist, some might consider quirky or even eccentric, radically independent in their thinking, often in a good way, but not necessarily.
Aquarius is generally cool but kindly, humane, civilised and meticulous in personal dealings. They set great store on friendship and loyalty, and need to belong and be of service, just as their symbol is the water-bearer or cup-bearer, a person pouring water from an urn.
Although this symbol can be interpreted to imply a destiny to serve others, it may be leadership or dominance disguised as service. Aquarius also carries water to ‘cleanse’ the world of wrong-thinking and taken to extremes, this represents the potential for totalitarian thinking.
Aquarius represents cerebral thinking, dealing in abstracts, but they are not easy to get to know well, and do not necessarily see the reality of the individual in front of them. They may focus on what is owed to them or their rightful cause, rather on reciprocity. Where they make a false step it is because they trust their cerebral process at the expense of their instinct. Their forte is solitude or groups, and they see other’s blind spots, but may struggle to diagnose the source or cause of their own personal relationship difficulties.
Aquarius may be noticeably moody or prone to bouts of depression, or they may sparkle with the brilliance of diamonds, when their chart is grounded and warmed by the charm, courage and charisma of their opposite sign, the zodiac counterpart contained within Aquarius – Leo.
The ‘Age of Aquarius’
It has become synonymous with a mythical new Golden age of Mankind but when was it? Or when will it begin? There is no consensus and no definite answer.
In astrological terms, an age last roughly 2200 years and is identified by the name of the constellation in which the Sun appears in on the first day of spring (the vernal equinox).
Some but not all astrologers say the Age of Aquarius is already here and began in 2012, using the star Regulus, the heart of the Lion in the constellation of Leo as a marker. Regulus moved to within 30 degrees of the September equinox point in 2012. Working with the arithmetical model of constellations as calculated by Ptolemy in the second century AD, this places the border of the constellations Pisces and Aquarius at 150 degrees west of Regulus, or at the March equinox point.
By this reckoning, the Age of Aquarius is already here, and started in 2012.
Alternatively, according to the Belgian astronomer and mathematician Jean Meeus, the sun at the March equinox passed from being in front of the constellation Aries to being in front of the constellation Pisces in 68 B.C.
This would mean that the March equinox will cross over into the constellation Aquarius in 2597 but once again, these are the astronomical, not astrological dates.
“Tonight is the first full moon of the new year, nicknamed the Wolf Moon. As winter bit down, hungry wolves came down to the villages in search of food.”
January and February is wolf mating season, and their howls haunted the nights more than usual, both in Europe and in North America. This nickname was shared by Europeans and Native Americans alike, though this full moon has other nicknames too, including the Snow Moon and Ice Moon.
“Tonight’s lunar eclipse full moon in Cancer rises at 15:50 GMT (UK) or 2:21 ET and sets at 07.53 GMT (UK) Last night’s almost-full moon was spectacular. Excited cat playing & pouncing on things. This ‘watery’ lunar event typically signifies big changes at home. A lettinggo.”
That evening I said to Il Matrimonio, “I wonder who we will be hearing about tomorrow, who has ‘let go and left home’?”
Very many people will have ‘let go and left home’ of course. 2 people go out of this world every second and 4 come in, or if we want to be statistically exact, 1.8 go out, and 4.20 come in.
“The unborn are banging on the gates of the dock. What’s the limit on the shipping lanes?”- KT Kearns
But who would we be hearing about?
Which crab would quit his rock-pool?
Who would the wolf moon carry away in tonight’s meteor shower? (The Quadrantids)
It was the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al- Said, 79, a ruler for 50 years, ally of the UK and US and the longest ruling monarch in the Arab world.
Publicly at least, apart from three years of marriage which ended in divorce, after which his wife remarried, he lived to all intents and purposes as a hermit (crab) But his personal life has remained entirely private, protected by his shell of court and state.
Qaboos bin Said Al -Said
Excerpts from an Obituary in the Middle East Eye: (Link provided below)
“The sultan took the throne of an extremely underdeveloped country with a history of civil conflict and oversaw its transformation into a politically stable middle-income state during his half-century reign. Under a model of modernising absolute monarchy, he largely managed to steer Oman away from the extremes of consumerism of neighbouring Dubai and the religious conservatism of Saudi Arabia.
The concentration of political power and wealth in the sultan’s hands, combined with the absence of a clear route to succession, had led to fears that there could be a leadership crisis following his death.
The appointment of Haitham bin Tariq, Oman’s culture minister and the 65-year-old cousin of the late sultan, on Saturday appeared to put to rest lingering uncertainty over the country’s succession process.
Under Qaboos, political parties were banned and laws of lese-majesty created an all-pervasive system of surveillance and repression that ensured no organised opposition could emerge.
Still, there is no doubting the genuine affection in which the sultan was held by many Omanis and expatriates, seen as a visionary leader who had secured the welfare of Omanis and expatriates alike by leading the nation through its modernisation, and leaving a legacy that his successor will be hard put to equal.
The Sultan inherited a conservative, highly religious country riven by armed insurrection and tribal divisions, Valeri wrote, and over several decades, reduced the influence of the tribes, while incorporating their leaders in the political process.
Qaboos also championed the advance of women, gradually opening the way for many to enter education and the labour market in increasing numbers, despite Oman being a conservative society that traditionally segregated women in domestic roles.
Qaboos was also a big supporter of the arts with his government sponsoring the country’s first societies of artists and traditional music. As a lover of classical music, he played the organ and the lute, composed music and founded the Gulf’s first symphony orchestra in 1985, its players recruited from the towns and villages of Oman.
Qaboos was careful to maintain diplomatic ties even with those states, such as Iran and Iraq, which were in conflict with his western allies. As he explained to an Egyptian newspaper in 1985: “There is ultimately no alternative to peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Persians, nor to a minimum of agreement in the region.”
One of the world’s longest-serving heads of state, Qaboos began tentative moves toward a constitutional monarchy in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the introduction of an elected consultative assembly and municipal council elections. However at the time of his death he remained head of state and prime minister, and commander in chief of the armed forces.
Qaboos’s successor will face the growing question of how to quell rising expectations of a new generation of internet-savvy young people no longer satisfied with the repressive paternalism that prevailed under half a century of Qaboos.
Now. Here is a very interesting piece of information, linking the Full Moon In Cancer with the Sultan Qaboos, or at least, I find this interesting. If not downright spooky.
Your Moon sign is an expression of your temperament and style of doing things. The natal chart of the Sultan shows that he was born with his Sun in deep and secretive, watery Scorpio and his Moon in the sign of almost equally deep and secretive sign of Cancer the Crab.
That was one enigmatic man of deep waters. That was one tough shell.
Two tough shells.
Now consider this image of the Moon card from The Gilded Tarot Royale, from the illustrator Ciro Marchetti, and the full moon uniting wolf and crab.
Revisiting an old blog. Similar issues afoot again.
Sprog Senior was unsettled by rumours at work. She works as a vet nurse and the vet owner was thinking of selling. Was she already facing redundancy, having been there only a very few months? She asked her boss directly, who answered that his plans were not finalised, and he would be letting everyone know in the next week or so.
Very unsettling. On Sunday Sprog Senior asked , when did the Tarot see her knowing for sure, and would it be welcome news for her, or unwelcome?
I asked ‘will it be Monday?’ and drew The Ace of Cups reversed.
‘It probably won’t be tomorrow. You look as if you are in for one of those harmless, slightly dull days where nothing particular happens.’
I asked, will it be Tuesday, and drew the Death card , signifying endings in general, as…
The Sun card in Tarot foresees sunny weather at its most literal. It’s respite from care, the gift of the moment, childhood and sometimes the imminence of birth. It’s also travel, particularly to hot places. It is the return of the sun after the winter solstice. It is the zenith of the sun in the summer solstice. It is glory.
Reversed it’s the setting sun, delays and lesser joys, the passing away of childhood, nostalgia, beautiful, bittersweet twilight. It may mean getting something less than you hoped for, but what you get is still something to be happy for.
The Star card on the other hand, can and often has indicated a recovery from depression, sickness and despair, a guiding light, someone sees a way ahead, they couldn’t see before.
Klytie was a figure in Ancient Greek mythology who fell in love with the sun god, Apollo. Each day…
Is this the start of WW3? This is the question on social media right now, talking about the possible consequences of the recent US drone strike on an Iranian convoy leaving Baghdad airport (to go where and do what?)
(Readers not familiar with Twitter, the character limit per tweet bulletin is 280 characters.)
IMPORTANT I looked in the cards first, and did the reading up afterwards.
Tweet posted 3 January 2020
” Imminent WW3 not detected. Iran’s rage, 8 Swords, but hamstrung. The incident? Drew Death RX & 4 Swords RX. The weaponry deployed? Drew The Tower. Iran challenged (tanker attacks=Ace Swords Rx & The Chariot RX= control of Hormuz) Outcome ‘Justice‘. More tit for tat. Bad. Not WW3.”
The cards are a mirror first and a crystal ball second. They reflect what is known and current. This provides the reader with their benchmark. Then in the haze, ‘through the glass darkly,’ the reader looks to see signs for which way the wind is going to blow in future time.
The reader does not know more than anyone else. They must look, and then decide what they are looking at, and try to do so without fear or favour.
This can be difficult. People almost invariably want THIS answer, not THAT one. They may ask, then pick holes in what you say, how you say it, and they usually know far more than you do about their question. It is their question you are discussing, after all, and often they will be a total stranger. And if you see one outcome and they see another, future developments may prove them absolutely correct, but the reader can only say what they see, and be glad to be wrong should it mean events turn out better than foreseen.
That is the point and potential value in doing the exercise.
Click here to read whatAlJazeera has to say about the current situation.
But for this reader, looking through the lens of cartomancy, this line of 5 cards is not a vision of the start of World War 3.
Had I drawn The Devil or The Tower or the World card Reversed, Ace or Ten of Swords in the outcome position, I might be interpreting differently.
General Qasem Soleimani was killed, and also Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, whose presence in the convoy was a deciding factor for the US government, that this convoy represented a direct and imminent threat to the US embassy in Baghdad.
al-Muhandis apparently helped form Kata’ib Hezbollah, a powerful paramilitary group involved in the protests at the US embassy in Baghdad, and he was apparently a key suspect in previous hostilities. December 1983, two months after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, a truck bomb demolished half of one building of the US Embassy in Kuwait killing five people. It might have been a lot worse but the driver did not hit the more heavily populated buildings and only a quarter of the explosives ignited.
The Pentagon has issued a statement saying it took pre-emptive action to defend its Embassy and staff:
Such an attack has long been called for, openly, by Ayatollah Al-Khameini and leading Iranian newspaper KAYHAN, as discussed here in an article, October 2008. http://kayhan.ir/fa/news/171647
“Historical evidence has shown that US embassies in all countries, even in friendly and allied countries, are the focus of conspiracy. The US Embassy in Iran is a clear and exemplary example of this bitter reality. When the revolutionary youth of our country conquered the US embassy, they obtained documents that indicated that the most likely name for the US embassy was the “spy house”. The documents revealed the betrayal of some Iranian political figures and exposed numerous US crimes in Iran and other countries in the region. Now you have to ask the young and faithful Iraqi revolutionaries who have sacrificed and sacrificed dozens of great and exemplary epics in recent years. Why not end the presence of the US Embassy in Baghdad, the same espionage and conspiracy center against the oppressed Iraqi people ?!”
An author, and former investigator at Scotland Yard has commented on Twitter, and apparently received so much abuse for it, I won’t name him, that the US Embassy in Baghdad is so heavily protected that any assault on it would in any case, constitute an act of war, and that the evidence for such an attack was in hisview pretty solid. He commented that Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also on President Obama’s wanted list, and that war between the US and Iran now seems inevitable, while pointing out that there has been a cold war between them since 1997.
We can all see how it might escalate, no need for any psychic practitioner to try and tell anyone that, and as for any intuitive readers in Iran, or any astrologers who dare to practise as such, even in private, I pity them and worry for their necks.
Click on the link to read whatAlJazeera has to say.
But going forward, looking through the lens of cartomancy, this line of 5 cards does not paint the start of World War 3.
Had I drawn The Devil or The Tower or the World card Reversed, Ace or Ten of Swords in the outcome position, I might be interpreting differently.
Saturn rules Capricorn, the zodiac sign which became associated with the dates of Christmas. Bright lights, good cheer, a nosh- up, a knees-up; the Romans celebrated Saturn as the god of agriculture, and also because, according to their theology, Saturn was the god who ruled the world during the long lost Golden Age, and they wanted it back, please.
The Saturnalia was celebrated 17 December, with festivities usually culminating round 23 December.
Outside of this context, Saturn is not usually so jovial in aspect. It is the planet of great virtues, but stern and serious. Life is a serious business, and requires effort, is the message of Saturn.
Caesar must be rendered to. The bottom line safeguarded. Nothing came from nowhere, nothing is for nothing. Even the birds don’t sing for fun. The birds especially do not sing for fun. They sing to win and stake a territory, and keep it. They sing to win a mate, they sing to ward off threats to their nests, but is their song less beautiful for that?
Saturn is all about the bottom line. Food is the bottom line, and the solstice meant the return of the sun for the new year’s crops. It wouldn’t do to take Saturn for granted.
The face of Janus, past and future, could be seen as another face of Saturn himself. Janus, the primordial god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, is the god of endings. An ancient legend said the souls of the dead returned to their origin, rising through the gates of the constellation of Capricornus, where the souls of newborn descended to arrive on Earth through the gates of Cancer, zodiac sign of the summer solstice in a never-ending wheel of souls.
For all of us there comes a point where every year, a familiar face or name will leave the orbit of our lives, and we revisit the memories. Maybe it is a person, or maybe it is a place. Perhaps it is something we used to do, or used to wish for. The ghosts have their own pictures, particular songs, sounds and smells.
They are many, bittersweet, the ever-more crowding ghosts of Christmas past.
Today is my mother’s birthday; wise, shrewd, beautiful, mother of five; a gifted teacher, naturalist, poet, and for many years, a champion protector of women’s statutory right in the UK to give birth in their own home. An independent thinker possessed of moral and physical courage, self-discipline and fortitude; she exemplifies the very best of Capricorn.
Capricorn marks the winter solstice, and the beginning of winter.
This is the cardinal sign of Earth in the western zodiac, and also in the storybook of the Tarot, and its associated cards are The Devil (Pan) the Ace of Pentacles (Earth) and the King of Pentacles.
An introduction to the astronomy, history and, mythology of the zodiac sign of Capricorn…
Most of us know our zodiac or sun sign, but what does it look like in the night sky, and what’s the story behind it? This month it’s the turn of Capricorn…
Date of Birth: 21 Dec to 20 January
Ruling planet: Saturn
Lucky Day: Saturday Lucky Numbers 2 and 8
Quality: Cardinal (the start of the season of winter)
Key phrase: I build, I use
Body: Skin, knees, skeletal system
Birth Stone: Red Garnet, Black Onyx
Herbs/Flowers: Wintergreen, Ivy, Carnation
Tarot card: The Devil (Pan/Nature, Mystery, Fascination, Obsession, Entrapment)
The constellation of Capricornus is located in an area of sky known as The Sea or The Water, containing other water-related constellations including Aquarius, Pisces and Eridanus.
Its name is Latin for “horned goat” or “having horns like a goat’s”, and it is commonly represented in the form of a sea-goat: a mythical creature that is half goat, half-fish, like Pricus, the son of Chronos (Time) king of the mer-goats of Greek myth. This seems to have been an evolution legend. The children of Pricus left the sea to dwell on mountains, leaving him alone in the oceans with no-one to teach any more, and Pricus was a great teacher. Zeus placed him in the Sea of the Stars so that he could see his children again, and they could look up and see him.
Capricornus is the smallest constellation in the zodiac, with no first magnitude stars. Even so, the brightest star, Delta Capricorni A, is a white giant with a luminosity 8.5 times that of the Sun.
Capricornus has three stars with known planets and contains a Messier object, Messier 30, a globular cluster 28,000 light years distant,about 90 light years across in size.
The cluster is approaching us at the speed of 181.9 km/s. It was one of the first deep sky objects discovered by Charles Messier in 1764.
There are five meteor showers associated with Capricornus: the Alpha Capricornids, the Chi Capricornids, the Sigma Capricornids, the Tau Capricornids, and the Capricorniden-Sagittarids.
Like other constellations of the astrological zodiac, Capricorn was first catalogued by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the 2nd century.
The planet Neptune was discovered in the constellation Capricornus, near Deneb Algedi, the brightest star in the tail of the goat, on September 23, 1846.
This perhaps explains or illustrates a strong astral and psychic mythic connection between Capricorn and Pisces the Fishes.
History and Mythology
Though Capricornus is the second faintest constellation in the sky after Cancer, its imagery is very ancient indeed, associated with myths that go back to the 21st century BC and several of which centre on various sun gods nursed by a she-goat.
All myths of astrology have their roots in Earth’s seasons. Goats, and their relatives, ibex, were depicted in Ice Age paintings, and later immortalized in myth as Capricorn.
Male ibex started fighting and mating during early winter, December and January, coinciding with the later days ascribed to Capricorn. In the early Bronze Age, Capricornus marked the winter solstice and, in modern astrology, as distinct from astronomy, Capricorn’s rule still begins on the first day of winter. The constellation itself is actually overhead nowadays during Aquarius, due to the wobble of the Earth, an effect known as precession, but the sun sign named after Capricornus retains the dates accorded to it by Ptolemy.
Before 1000 BC the Sumerians knew Capricorn as the goat-fish, or SUHUR-MASH-HA, but the constellation is nowadays more widely associated with two mythical creatures from Greek legends: the deity Pan, and the she-goat Amalthea who suckled baby Zeus, although these legends were based on far more ancient stories involving kindly she-goats and baby sun deities.
The forest deity Pan has the legs and horns of a goat, like Krotos, his son, who was a great archer and devotee of the Muses, and is identified with the neighbouring constellation Sagittarius.
Pan, so the legend said, was placed in the sky by Zeus in gratitude after he came to the rescue of other gods during a time the Olympian gods sought refuge in Egypt following their epic battle with the Titans, when the monster Typhon, son of the Titan Tartarus and Earth, sought revenge.
Typhon was a fearsome fire-breathing creature, higher than mountains and with dragons’ heads instead of fingers. The Olympian gods sought to escape his vengeance by adopting various disguises: Zeus, a ram – Hera, a white cow, Bacchus (another version of the myth suggests Pan) a goat.
Zeus was dismembered by Typhon, but was saved when Bacchus/Pan played a sound on his pipes, ‘panikos,’ from which we get the word ‘panic’ – and he panicked the monster long enough for an agile Hermes to collect the supreme god’s limbs and carefully restore him. In gratitude, Zeus transferred Bacchus/Pan to the heavens as Capricornus.
Another legend says that while the souls of those about to be born descend to Earth through the constellation of Cancer, via the Beehive Cluster, the souls of the dead return to the cosmic sea, ascending through the gate of Capricorn.
Public Domain: Celestial Atlas 1822
Capricorn is the tenth sign in the Zodiac.
There is no such thing in reality as THE Capricorn personality and the same goes for all the zodiac sun signs. Your sun sign is an archetype, a keynote but of course it is not and never could be the whole story.
The archetype of Capricorn is shrewd, wise, and even Gnostic. They are profound thinkers, often deeply enquiring, and with a wry sense of humour, self-reliant, stoic in the face of adversity, hard-working, determined and resilient.
They have high standards, and expect much of themselves but also others which, depending on other aspects of their astrological portrait, can make them demanding or even overbearing task-masters,
They are known for a dry rather than a joyful wit, and if Saturn gets too prominent, they can be downbeat, cynical and suspicious, seeing traps and problems everywhere, viewing the enthusiasm of others as premature or naïve.
Capricorn is no-one’s fool, but Capricorn carries its own weight, and the weight of others too from time to time, and Capricorn climbs the mountain to see the world, not so that the world will see Capricorn.
“Duties are what make life most worth the living. Lacking them, you are not necessary to anyone. And this would be like living in an empty space. Or not being alive at all.”- Marlene Dietrich, born Dec 27, 1901
There are many depictions of animals and birds in the Tarot. They form a great part of the human landscape physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and symbolically. If there’s a heaven, what would it be without them? I wouldn’t mind, personally if mosquitoes, maggots, deadly snakes and komodo dragons didn’t make it. Spiders would be all right as long as they were non-venomous and less than two inches in diameter. However, it’s not me in charge.
The songbird traditionally most associated with Christmas, or to give the winter festival its older name, Yuletide – is the robin redbreast. The cheeky, dumpy little European robin, Erithacus rubecula is a member of the flycatcher family.
Its preferred habitats are woodlands, hedgerows, parks and garden. Its staple diet is worms, seeds, fruits and insects. It will fight over sunflower seeds and it adores…
Merriam- Webster: Divination: the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers. 2 : unusual insight : intuitive perception.
Counselling: the provision of professional assistance and guidance in resolving personal or psychological problems. “bereavement counselling”
Depending on the reader, it may be either or both. There are Tarot Counsellors who advertise as such, and who specialise in taking a counselling approach, often based on formal, academic Jungian training. These readers may decline to handle any forecasting. Other readers, working with a more psychic style of approach, may offer valuable, sensible advice, but without a basis in formal counselling training, and the source of their insights is another conversation. Is it empathy, intuition, hard boiled shrewdness, life experience, or something else?
In preparing for a reading, Tarot, runes, cards etc…
Most of us know our zodiac or sun
sign, but what does it look like in the night sky, and what’s the story behind
it? This month it’s the turn of Sagittarius.
Birth: Nov 22 to Dec 21
Ruling planet: Jupiter
Key phrase: I seek
Birth Stone: Topaz, Citrine, Turquoise
Colour: Light Blue
Tarot card: Temperance
As with all of the Zodiac constellations, Sagittarius was recorded in the 2nd century by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy. The name is from the Latin for archer.
Sagittarius is a relatively large constellation which is mainly
visible in the southern hemisphere. In the Northern hemisphere the
constellation can be viewed low on the horizon from August to October. In the
Southern hemisphere Sagittarius can be viewed from June to November. Star maps
generally depict Sagittarius as a vaguely teapot-shaped star pattern or asterism.
Sagittarius is near the centre of our spiral galaxy, the Milky Way. There is a massive star-forming region known as the Omega Nebula situated within its boundaries and Sagittarius is also home to the Pistol Star, one of the brightest stars, the fifth brightest discovered in the Milky Way. First discovered by the Hubble Space telescope in 1930, the Pistol Star is largely hidden in the dust of its own Pistol nebula, but is 100 times as massive as our Sun, and 10,000,000 times as bright.
is the ninth sign in the Zodiac and represents those born between Nov. 22 and
myth saw Sagittarius the Archer shooting Scorpio the Scorpion, which had been
sent to kill Orion the Hunter.
Sagittarius has long been mixed and confused with another centaur story, Chiron of the Centaurus constellation. Most interpretations conclude that Sagittarius refers to the the centaur, Chiron, who was accidentally shot by Hercules with a poison arrow.
does indeed refer to a constellation myth, but it’s the myth behind Centaurus,
a non-zodiac constellation, and not Sagittarius.
behind Sagittarius probably refers instead to Krotos, a satyr who lived on Mount Helicon with the Muses. Krotos
or Crotus was the son
of Pan and Eupheme, and his mother
had nursed the Muses.
Krotos was renowned for
being both an excellent hunter, horse rider and a devoted adherent of the Muses
and their arts. He is credited with having invented archery and being the first
to use illumination for hunting animals. He is also said to have introduced
applause, and used to clap his hands at the singing of the Muses, for whom this
was a sign of acclaim preferable to any verbal ones. It was the Muses who asked
Zeus to place him among the stars, which he did, transforming Krotos into the
Satyrs have human heads and torsos with two goat legs (and sometimes horns). Centaurs have four but the accounts and depictions of Krotos vary. But all the same, he was often depicted with four legs, as the excellent horseman he was.
is the ninth sign in the Zodiac and represents those born between Nov. 22 and
Dec. 21. The archer is seen as a bridge between elements and worlds. The life
lesson is seen as Temperance, as pictured in the Tarot card associated with
this sign. The message is all to do with the quiet but enormous power of
moderation, the art of expert timing, and also self-control, avoiding extremes
and addictive behaviours.
There is no such thing in reality as THE Sagittarius personality
and the same goes for all the zodiac sun signs. Your sun sign is an archetype,
a keynote but of course it is not and never could be the whole story.
The archetype of Sagittarius is brave, lively, warm, optimistic, rational and insightful. Sagittarius zodiac sign subjects need constant adventures and opportunities to grow to remain interested. Freedom is of the utmost importance to them, space and plenty of room for manoeuvre. Likewise they tend also to give lots of freedom to their partners.
They are generally very capable people but they need career flexibility, and they may refuse or fail to apply themselves if bored. Like Gemini, they are prone to restlessness. They may then fail to stick at a job or a succession of jobs, and may struggle financially in consequence.
They tend to have lots of friends, and family and friends can
feel neglected at times when Sagittarius goes go off and travels and shares
experiences with strangers, but Sagittarians will always come home.
Did the Norse celebrate Halloween? Plus a message from the runes for you…
The word ‘rune’ comes from an old
Norse word ‘runa’ meaning a secret. The runes were the 24letters of the ancient
Norse alphabet, known as the Elder Futhark, but the runes were also used for
psychic divination and in magical work. Many words in modern English (eg: Fee, Day,
Answer, Need, Lake, Hail, Ice) derive
from these ancient letters, which in turn came from language roots shared with
Public Domain: The Elder Futhark Alphabet
What we know of Norse Mythology comes largely from
the Eddas, two collections of writings from assorted anonymous writers, dating
around 1250 CE.
According to the elder of these, the Poetic Edda, the
greatest god, Odin, obtained the secrets of the runes via Yggrasil the Great
Ash Tree which connected the Nine Worlds of the Cosmos. Odin hung upside down nine days and nights on Yggrasil, not eating and
drinking, tormented by thirst and a self-inflicted wound in his side, until at
last he received a vision of the runes, and reached inwards to seize them.
He studied further with his wife, the goddess Freya, pictured here driving her chariot drawn by cats. Freya was the most powerful practitioner and teacher of shamanic Norse magic, just as in real life Norse society, a war chieftain’s wife was given the job of being a veleda – prophesying the outcome of any military action, and performing magic to help her husband succeed. One does not like the imagine the rows that might have followed when he didn’t.
All Hallows Eve, Halloween or
Samhain is a Gaelic custom, not Norse. The Norse peoples did mark this time of year
although in a different way, with Álfblót – the Elf Ritual.
Elves were associated with burial
mounds (also known as barrows) as it was believed that they lived in or around
them, and more than this, elves were associated with the souls of the dead.
Since the dead were sometimes referred to as ‘elves,’ Álfblót was rather like a
pagan Day of the Dead.
Like the modern Halloween,
Álfblót originally marked the general end of autumn, although it may
technically be celebrated on any day around this time. However in recent years,
it has been predominantly practised on or close to 31st October
Traditionally, Álfblót almost
certainly involved an animal sacrifice, (blood) Records suggest this may even
have been a (highly valuable) bull. It was intended as a sacrifice to the elves,
asking for protection from the ancestors. Connected with this, the elves were also
associated with fertility.
A chief difference here is,
unlike Halloween/Samhain, Álfblót was not a community celebration. It was a
private ritual performed at the homesteads. Only local people were welcome, and
strangers were not permitted to take part or even watch.
Is A Rune Reading Done?
There are various ways of reading the runes but our
reader has used one of the oldest known methods. The reader has drawn a small
circle on a piece of black cloth. The runes (pieces of polished, engraved
haematite) are placed in their protective pouch, and shaken. The reader asks
her question, “what is the message from the runes for the subjects of the
cardinal Fire Sign, Aries?’ and so on, repeating this process for each sign of
the zodiac. Then she scatters the runes across the cloth. Which rune or runes
have fallen within the circle? If more than one has landed there, which has
landed most centrally? These are the runes containing your message for this
mysterious time of year, All Hallows Eve – Halloween when the veil is thinnest
It is important to
note, as a matter of historical accuracy, the Norse rune seers did not work
with the signs of the zodiac. They thought in terms of natural forces and
creatures, the mystic power of the natural elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water,
but our modern rune reader will here do both.
for the Earth Signs
– your rune is Ehwaz (Horse)
Advice: This is a positive rune of steady, if gradual
progress, and indicates changes for the better coming up around the end of
October if not actual travel. Ehwaz
urges physical movement. Go walking or running or dancing. Whatever you like,
but move that body. The horse represents a vehicle, and that vehicle is you,
but may refer to your means of transport, a car, bus, motorbike. Pay all due
proper care and attention to vehicle maintenance. This is a time for teamwork, pulling
together as one at work and at home, but you may also feel a need to start
something new on your own, to expand your horizons and make new contacts.
– your rune is Uruz (The Auroch)
The Auroch is an ancestor of the first domesticated cattle, a fearsome animal
known for its courage and great physical power. Here, the Auroch is you. You must take action if you want to turn cherished
hopes into reality. Do not underestimate yourself, and your power to forge
ahead and overcome obstacles. Show you really mean business, a way is cleared. An
extra application of willpower will pay off dividends, and you also excel at
detail. But- there is a ‘but’…you need to pace yourself. Coughs and sneezes
spread diseases. Avoid crowds. Take proper care of yourself this month.
– your rune is Kenaz (Beacon)
the day, set the alarm a little earlier, be a morning person if you aren’t
already, and see how that works out for you. Kenaz is
a fire rune, and the rune of sunrise. It brings a steady light and heat to bear,
with change for the better. Kenaz shines a new light on things and is THE rune
of study and learning. Learn something new. This is the rune of artists and
craftspeople, welding inspiration and skill, and regarding romance. Kenaz is a
masculine rune with charisma. You may meet a new man or make a fresh start with
an ‘old’ one. Kenaz is a positive, protecting rune.
for the Air Signs
– your rune is Laguz (Water, Lake)
Advice: Change is happening in you, deep down and hidden, maybe even from yourself, though you may remember vivid dreams and feel these contain a meaningful message, and probably, they do. Work with the flow as far as you practically can. Don’t fight it and try not to over-think things. Do what you need to do, but without over-working, and for optimum performance, stay adequately hydrated. Nutrients in sea salts, bath salts and sea-foods may be especially beneficial to you at this time.
– your rune is Perthro (Sanctuary)
Advice: This rune is about mysteries and secrets, occult abilities, sometimes a religious or spiritual belief. You may have vivid dreams or psychic experiences. There may be some strange experiences this month. Hidden things may come to light, which you may not entirely welcome. Your home is your sanctuary, a place in which only trusted friends should be invited. Guard and protect its security, comfort, happiness and privacy. But don’t hide in there. No hiding from an inconvenient truth, either. If something isn’t working, then it hasn’t been working for a long time. Face it. What have you been refusing to face? How can you make it work better?
– your rune is Eiwaz (The Yew)
Advice: The rune of the Yew tree is a symbol of age, endurance, death, and eternal life. The path is hard at times, but do not fear the future. You are strong and adaptable, and an honest man can be relied on for help. The evergreen Yew is about transformation and testing, stripping away that which is worn out, making way for strong new growth. This is a good time to review what is nourishing to you and what is not. Aches and pains? Investigate, hydrate, perhaps adding bath salts to your bath, adding extra oils to the diet, fish oils, olive oil, flaxseed oil etc. But above all this month, get rid of junk, review and renew.
for the Fire Signs
your rune is Gyfu (Partnership, Gift)
Advice: This rune is about give and take, love and romance leading to marriage, or partnership and contract. X marks the spot and the symbol of the kiss comes from this rune. You honour your obligations and tend to be generous. But you too, are owed obligations. Watch those who don’t keep their end of the bargain, and if they give less, then you give less. People depend on you, and it is not lazy or selfish to keep up your own strength, and rest when you need to.
–your rune is Ingwaz (Earth God)
This is the rune of all
things masculine and also the warmth of home and the hearth fire. Stay close to
your roots. It is a good idea to keep things simple as possible this month,
avoiding any unnecessary complications, and no upping the ante. This is a good
time to tie up a few loose ends on something, and get ready to move on. There’s
a lot on your plate, and a lot of work to do, but you need to put your feet up
at home, and in the longer run that is a necessity, not a luxury.
– your rune is Dagaz (Dawn or Day)
Advice: A new day dawns. Look and you will see
opportunities as well as hurdles. This month looks like a good time to embark
on a new enterprise, or a journey. There may be a major shift or breakthrough
of some kind, and it is almost certainly
for the better, especially if you have been stuck in a rut, or unwell, or
struggling with a stubborn problem that just won’t go away. It can be resolved.
Research brings new and useful information to light. Dagaz promises brighter
times not far ahead.
for the Water Signs
– your rune is Mannaz (Mankind)
Advice: Mannaz is the rune of human intelligence and the rational mind. This rune is particularly beneficial if you are contemplating academic studies, skills based tests and any contests of an intellectual nature. This is a powerful rune of law and order. Proceed in an orderly, organised fashion, keeping others on board. This is a great rune for networking and getting support and co-operation on shared tasks. You behave well towards others and are well liked in return, and this runes holds you protected by them.
– your rune is Thurisaz (Thorn, Giant)
Advice: Change is afoot, and this may mean some tricky moments. It is best not to start fights, but if you do, then you had better finish them properly. This is a challenging rune of attack and defence, but is also a protecting rune, used in protection magic, and lucky rune for for study and exams. For couples trying for babies, it may be of interest to note that this rune is particularly associated with male fertility and male health. For many Cancer subjects there will be some kind of welcome news to do with something worked for very hard.
–Your rune is Berkano (Birch)
This is the rune of the family home, all
things feminine, and birth, and it bodes well for your happiness, prosperity,
and the blossoming of a creative endeavour. It may also suggest a new love
coming into your life, sometimes foreshadowing birth literally, and motherhood.
Beyond this, it speaks of personal growth. A
child becomes a ‘mother’. Even if your own home life growing up was not always easy
or happy, you can ‘mother’ whatever in life you most deeply care about. You can
be the birch tree. You can be the start of something happy, and that is also
happiness. Home is where the heart is, but you can be your own best friend, and
right at home with yourself, wherever you are.
The rune crone calls down upon all readers the Alfblot blessing and protection of the mighty protection rune Elhaz, the Elk or Sedge.
Most of us know our sign of the zodiac, but what does its constellation look like in the night sky, and what’s the story behind the sign? Around October 23 this month we entered the sign of the Scorpion.
Dates: October 23 –November 22
Ruling planets: Co-ruled by Mars, and after its discovery in 1930, Pluto
Symbol: Scorpion, Eagle (Because of the nearby constellation, Aquila, the Eagle)
Scorpius from which the zodiac sign of Scorpio gets its name, is a massive
and spectacular j- shaped constellation located in the southern hemisphere
near the centre of the Milky Way. In the Northern hemisphere it can be seen in
July and August, most visible in July at 9.00 PM. In the Southern hemisphere it
is visible from March to October, looking like a faint band in the Milky Way
Its name is Latin for scorpion and it is one of the 48 constellations identified by the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in the second century. Like Aries, Taurus and Leo, it is an ancient constellation, recognised as such pre-dating the Greeks.
Scorpius is the southernmost of all the constellations in the zodiac, and lies between Libra to the west and Sagittarius to the east. It used to be bigger, but its claws later became part of the constellation the Romans named Libra in the first century.
Its brightest star, one of the brightest of all in
the night sky, is the ‘heart’ of the scorpion, Antares, meaning ‘rival of Ares’
(the Greek name for the Roman god of war, Mars) It is so-named because it is
bright reddish in colour, like Mars, and also because Scorpio’s ruling planet was
Mars until Pluto was discovered in 1930. Now it is considered co-ruled by both
Mars (The Warrior) and Pluto (The Transformer)
Scorpius contains many bright stars, and interesting exo-planets.
The planet PSR B1620-26 b is sometimes nicknamed “Methuselah” being estimated at 12.7 billion years old. (The universe is about 13.7 billion years old.) Methuselah is vast, with a mass about twice that of Jupiter and it orbits around not one, but two stars.
Gliese 667Cc is a
“super-Earth” about four times as massive as Earth. It orbits a red
dwarf star, Gliese 667C; part of a three-star system only 22 light-years away
from Earth. It’s considered potentially habitable and the same system contains
two other potentially habitable planets: Gliese 667Ce and Gliese 667Cf –
both are about 2.7 times the mass of
is defined as a rocky world that is close enough to its parent star for liquid
water to exist on the surface, though other factors may later rule it out, such
as the variability of its star, or the composition of the planet’s atmosphere.
Mythology & History
Nature, religion and astrology were intertwined in the ancient world, and the scorpion has been here hundreds of millions of years, more than 450 million, compared with our six million or so.
Sometime around four
thousand years ago the Babylonians looked up, discerned the brightly leaning J-
shape in the summer stars and called this constellation MUL.GIR.TAB – the
‘Scorpion’, literally read as ‘the (creature with) a burning sting’.
The movements and relative positions of Scorpius were mapped by Babylonian magicians and astrologers, who left written records.
“When a halo surrounds the Moon and Scorpio stands in it, it will cause
men to marry princesses, (or) lions will die, and the traffic of the land will
comet appearing in Scorpius was read as a warning of a plague, but when the Sun
rose in Scorpius, alchemists saw their one chance for the transmutation of lead
In Greek mythology the scorpion refers to a story about Orion. According to one of these myths Orion boasted to his friend the goddess Artemis and her mother, Leto, that he would hunt and kill every animal on Earth. Demeter, the goddess of Earth decided this was completely unacceptable behaviour.
Artemis was a great hunter herself, but she did not kill for the sake of killing and was ultimately a protector of all creatures. Demeter sent a scorpion to deal with Orion. He fought back, and according to some accounts he killed the scorpion, but whether or not Orion killed the scorpion, the scorpion definitely killed Orion.
Zeus was much impressed by
the scorpion’s battle spirit, and raised the scorpion to heaven, and at the
request of Artemis; he did the same for Orion.
In other cultures it is not seen as a scorpion. In Indonesia
it is the Banyakangrem – “the brooded swan,” or the Kalapa Doyong,
meaning “the leaning coconut tree.” In Hawaii, it is “The Fishhook”
of the demi-god Maui.
mythology, the constellation is part of the Azure Dragon.
And yet, there is consensus
across not only continents but hemispheres. Thousands of years before the
Greeks and Romans established their societies, the Australian Aboriginal people
also saw the stars of Scorpius as a cosmic scorpion, as did the Aztecs of
Central Mexico. The Lowland Mayans had
scorpion constellations. These may have matched up with the Scorpion of the
zodiac, but there no clear proof. It is thought that the Mayans viewed the
celestial scorpion as an eclipse-causing agent.
arrival of Scorpio’s sign in the northern hemisphere coincides with the advent of
mystery, the fast fading autumn light, and the ghosts, myths and superstitions
of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, hence its association with the Tarot’s Death
Facts about scorpions
They are an ancient creature, the earliest evidence
dates from the Silurian period 450 million years ago, when the first scorpion ancestors left the seas for the land.
Fossils from the Carboniferous 300 million years ago indicate little change
since then. Early scorpions may have had compound eyes.
They are arachnids:
arachnida scorpiones, with a body in two sections, 2 pincers or pedi-palps,
8 legs like a spider, and an exo-skeleton made of chitin. They are more closely
related to Harvestmen than spiders.
They dance before mating, a stately promenade. They
give birth to live young and carry them on their backs until the babies have
their first moult when they disperse. The mothers may eat the young if
resources are desperately scarce.
They have a long life span compared with other
arachnids, 2-3 years in the wild but they have lived up to 25 years in
captivity. They can live a year without food and eat insects, spiders, other scorpions and
lizards. They also eat small mammals, such as mice.
They glow in the dark except when newly moulted. Scorpion fossils still fluoresce, despite spending
hundreds of millions of years embedded in rock.
They are famously venomous. However of the nearly 2,000 known species of scorpions, only 25
have venom powerful enough to be dangerous to an adult human. In the U.S.,
the Arizona bark scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus,
produces venom strong enough to kill a small child, but anti-venom means deaths
The Scorpio Zodiac Personality
Like the other water signs, Cancer
and Pisces, Scorpio is considered clairvoyant, or at least,
keenly intuitive. But Scorpio has far greater intensity. This is water behaving
as steam, while not overlooking the venom of its sting.
Scorpio rules the eighth sign of the zodiac, to do with Birth, Sex and Death. No wonder the subjects can be intense, and they are often possessed of great personal charisma. They are watchful but keep their feelings hidden. Born investigators, spies or secret agents, they are shrewd judges of human nature, while less conscientious Scorpio subjects may make use of this to their advantage, and drop friends whom they no longer see as useful. But combined with their intense determination and loyalty where they decide to accord it, Scorpios can make great leaders, scientist, and devoted doctors. They are quick learners, very adaptable, often changing careers, going down new paths.
Scorpio can be vengeful…and patient, but also devoted, and they never forget a kindness either.
Katie-Ellen@ktlncartomancer· Will it be a hung parliament? Let’s look through the lens of playing card cartomancy. No opinions. Just cards. Shuffle blind, draw 5 cards, red/black, central card key. 10 Diamonds, Queen D, Ace Clubs (reps GE & a NO answer) 4 Spades (ugh) Ace Diamonds (future = new start).
Let’s look back to a previous reading on this blog, posted 1 October 2019 in which I used pendulum divination, asking this question and getting this response below……
“Will there be a General Election BEFORE the UK leaves?
The pendulum is swinging to NO. But I don’t know. I keep thinking of that Ace of Clubs card. I don’t see one occurring in September or October and that timing would be exceedingly tight. But, swinging the pendulum again, there’s something here, suggesting however unlikely, there may be one either concluded or announced before Christmas.” – (posted 1 October 2019)
Time permitting I will be posting further before the Election. Meantime, I find it curious that throughout these nearly three and a half years since the referendum, I have not detected any consistent signal for a clean WTO- style exit, nor the date.
Brexit presents itself through my cards as a series of steps. not a definitive event, though certain themes have been consistent during the past three and a half years.
It did look possible, if dubious, throughout September, that we would have a Halloween Brexit from which I deduce that the PM did absolutely sincerely intend to keep that promise, by whatever means. The chances were consistently detected as ranging between 2/5 and 3/5 .
For me, a definite yes, usually shows itself as a 4/5 or a 5/5. But I wasn’t getting a 0/5 either, or a 1/5.
Hedging its bets? Possibly, but the reader has no conscious control whatsoever as to which cards are drawn. The Tarot was perhaps mirroring the feeling and expectations of the collective psyche. But then something shifted and on 13 October, in a prediction written for astrologer Jessica Adams in which I was looking ahead to the month of November (you will be able to read it HERE on Tuesday 5 November) I said, based on 2 Tarot cards, that I was not being shown that the UK had left the EU today, 1 November, BUT it was still coming, events were moving on apace.
After such a long, acrimonious parliamentary stalemate, and bearing in mind deep concerns about the content of the proposed withdrawal agreement, perhaps this new general election campaign is to be regarded as today’s best good news.
I will have clearly have to have a stab at an Election prognostication well before we get there on 12 December if only for the laffs. How we are all laughing.
I still feel, based on my cards, that Brexit will happen. Asking this question, consulting with the cards, two cards have made multiple appearances since the 2016 Referendum.
The World Card has been one of these, Major Arcana 21, and in plain English this translates as the wide world, literally (WTO/global trade) and in terms of the Brexit process, project completion and the start of a whole new cycle.
The dates though. The dates. The figure on this card from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck, illustrated by Ciro Marchetti, is reaching out his arms, spanning the Scorpion of Halloween and somewhere between Aquarius and the Fish of Pisces, late February-late March. But is it 2020 or a continuum into 2021?
In other readings, I have noted many appearances of Leo the Lion for some reason I don’t understand, indicating a key development in late July 2020. I’ll have to watch that space.
Divination suggests the future prospects for Britain are actually pretty darn good. Expansive, while at the same time grounded on home soil. Cards of poverty, or war, do not figure in the picture, not because all in the garden is rosy, but they are not the defining destination feared by so many.
Again and again I have asked, what is the ‘destiny’ for Britain and drawn the same card over and over, the Nine of Coins suggesting a slow gathering momentum, a juggernaut, coming decade of hard work and economic achievement.
This card specifically suggests notable prospects including but not limited to financial services, manufacturing, horticulture/agriculture, farmer’s markets and a surge in demand for local produce luxury goods, the heritage industry and hoteliers. I would be happier to see a fish leaping in that pond, though at least there is a pond, and that is clearly vital business pending, fishing rights and fisheries, significant by a silence in the noise around the current withdrawal bill passed by this Parliament. This bill, may presumably, may be superseded by events.
There are 77 other cards I could have drawn, asking to see the future face of Britain. I could have drawn the pauper’s card, the 5 of Coins. I could have drawn The Tower, crash, ruin, war. I could have drawn The Devil, enslavement, entrapment, helpless rage and civil war. Or even the end of the world as we know it.
I have given my cards so many chances these last three years to show me any of these terrible tidings, and must conclude Brexit will somehow be resolved, and Britain should look to its people, and also look up the stars and horizons including Europe and beyond, and have more ambition, looking to the lessons of its history, which are all about the lessons for its future. It is easy to see that Brexit might not happen at all, and the Establishment has demonstrated an absolute determination that it will not.
I can only say that rightly or wrongly, I still detect, based on divination, that the UK will come out of the EU -which is not Europe-and when it does, it is because it must, or else be shattered, and be seen to be shattered at the very heart of its constitutional integrity, and with it, national and international integrity and repute.
What outcome card do I get for the Conservatives in the upcoming GE? The Fool. This is a major arcana card, number 0 and 22, the beginning and end of the ouroboros serpent, favourable card, and signifies new beginnings. It is also the birth sign card of Gemini subject, Boris Johnson.
What card do I get for Labour? The Eight of Swords. A minor arcana card and a deeply unfavourable card of getting stuck. I feel there are some good things in the Labour manifesto, but I feel what many previous Labour voters feel, and this card reflects it absolutely, that Jeremy Corbyn has been taken hostage by one section of the party to the wider detriment of the whole, and I sense he feels this, and is deeply uneasy, but can’t see the way out, or a way back to his party’s traditional heartlands. He too is a Gemini subject, so in theory, I could have drawn the Fool for him too, as the Gemini leader of the Labour party.
What outcome card for the Lib Dems? The Page of Cups? This is a court card, a favourable card; a bud, an offer, a young person, but it tends to be correspondingly minor in scale, except as the start of something that could become very big…but not for a while. (Jo Swinson is an Aquarius subject, and ‘her’ major arcana card would therefore be number 17, The Star)
There are other parties in play of course. I’ll hope to look at all this again in more detail before we get to voting time.
Update on a reading initially posted on this site May 2019.
I am a card reader not a politician but I am bound to look, and I have done a number of previous blogs about Brexit. Will the UK leave the EU? Yes. Will it happen 31 October? The chances are still showing as 3/5 as of today (6 October) Still possible therefore. I didn’t get 5 ‘no’ cards, but that’s not a strong signal, so near to the date.
Cards drawn today
3 Spades (no) The Red Joker (yes) 2 Spades (no) King Hearts (yes) 3 Diamonds (yes)
The central card is key. The 2 Spades reads as a no, but does it? The meanings are to be discounted in this spread but this card does indicate a severance of a partnership, often abrupt and sometimes acrimonious, so that’s a tricky one.
There are 3 jokers in my deck, one black, one blue, one red. The appearance of the red joker is the most positive one, and in this context, indicates the PM must plan for failure, but genuinely still thinks it can be done, despite the hamstringing of the Benn Bill.
It is hard to ‘see’ through the noise, and I’m still not being shown any unambiguous outcome, clear No Deal exit, and yet, I still see the UK Leaving, date uncertain, if not imminently, then Jan/Feb -July/August 2020 or within the next 2 years latest. Sometimes it is quite easy to see the answer. I get a 4/5 or even a 5/5 and read it as a straightforward yes or no. This, though, even after 3 years, is a future still in the making.
Brexit will happen. I see no sign of Article 50 revoked. The UK will not revert to the previous status quo. That position is now a phantasm in any case. The whole thing has now become a constitutional juggernaut with far reaching ramifications, while the EU itself is changing, and is publicly nailing far wider-reaching colours to its mast than are to do with trade and commerce as per the vote to join the EC in 1975. The Leavers voters will never forgive and forget such a monumental betrayal at the ballot box.
Sometimes the future exists, as in, we all know we will die someday. This can be predicted with 100 % certainty. Most things can’t, and cartomancy, like betting, is based on a sensing of some algorithm of pattern and form, in weighing the odds.
Who will be the next PM following the next GE, whenever that is? Late November or January seem likely.
ROW 1: left to right It is looking unlikely that Jeremy Corbyn will be PM after the next General Election, whenever that date will be. Still possible, certainly, but not likely. A weak 2 out of 5. Two minus rather than 2 plus, with challenging Spades cards looking towards the future. He is looking at The Joker. This represents two entities simultaneously. Boris Johnson, as a Blue Joker, because The Joker corresponds with Gemini, and Jeremy Corbyn is also a Gemini subject, but correlates with the red Joker in my deck. The Joker has surprises up his or her sleeve—here shown kept under the Joker’s skirts. It is possibly picking upon the current media furore about the inappropriate touch of someone’s thigh 20 years ago, The Joker is also anything young, new, or innovative, and so the Blue Joker is also a symbol of the ‘worried young voter.’
Row 2: left to right It is looking unlikely that Jo Swinson will be be PM after the next General Election, whenever that date will be. Again, it’s a 2 out of 5 and again with Spades cards, but more negative Spades cards looking to the future.
Row 3: left to right Of the two, Jeremy Corbyn seems to have the better chance. What about a new coalition government, Lab-Lib Dem? Again, it is a 2 out of 5.
This isn’t saying ‘never.’ The Conservatives won’t be in Government forever, obviously, but compared with previous readings done in August and May, it still looks more likely that Brexit will be realized before there is a change of government, than that there will be a change of Government without Brexit being done.
Brexit, and the referendum vote to leave the EU bloc may seem almost dead in the water at the moment, following all manner of trouble and the extremely controversial Supreme Court ruling , but it isn’t, and will survive further planned attempts to use the Law to strangle it slowly and surely to death. (The suits of Diamonds and Spades. Lady Hale shows up in my cards as a Queen of Diamonds, or in plain language, a ‘queen’ of Law but also money. Diamonds is money, where a Queen of Spades is purely a queen of Law or ideas, abstractions and concepts, number, logic, medicine and surgery. Jo Swinson is an Aquarius subject – a Queen of Spades.)
Parliament is dead set against it happening at all, in fact, and no longer making any bones about this, citing fears of a so- called No Deal (WTO) exit while not wanting there to be one, as evidenced by Jo Swinson’s letter to Mr Juncker. And it has since been disclosed in the public domain that her husband, Duncan Hames has a strong financial stake in the UK remaining.
The pro-EU element has a majority in Parliament, regardless of the mandate on which many Remain MP’s were originally elected. The Opposition plus the ‘rebel’ Tory MP’s appear to hold all the cards as of 14 September.
I am a card reader, not a politician, and have no idea of the ins and outs, but looking at this through the lens of cartomancy, the twists and turns are far from done, and Brexit may still happen by that Oct 31 deadline, but it is looking just as likely it will not, and if not, it could slip then till just before Christmas (King of Pentacles = Capricorn ) or late Jan/Feb 2020. (The Star card, Aquarius, late Jan-late Feb) If it misses that window, we seem to be looking at July/August 2020. (The Strength card Leo) The idea is intolerable. But if it takes so long, then it can be taken as proof positive of the nature of this beast, and that it was very nearly left too late.
But the Joker does not rule out surprises.
Brexit has become a juggernaut loaded with constitutional dynamite, and chaos is the alternative to delivering on the referendum result of 2016.
This chaos, suggests The Devil card, will be immediate, or long term, probably both. There will be short term disturbance upon Brexit happening, and short and long term disturbance upon it not happening this time. Political reform is now required it seems, whatever the outcome for an angry, frightened and now divided nation in which no-one is happy and Mrs May’s three years as PM, with her ostensible attempts at conciliation between Leave and Remain, finding a compromise, have instead muddied and made outright vicious the waters, compounding the difficulties. A great rift has been quietly yet inexorably opening up for many years, it seems, in the psyche of Britain, and now we all see it, and cannot un-see it.
Let’s look back at the cards drawn in August and May. Any inconsistencies, well, you may pick up on them, in which case, the explanation is that the cards are behaving as a mirror, not a crystal ball. Whatever has stayed the same, there is the potential manifestation of the ‘crystal ball.’
Tweeted 20 August
#Cartomancy Will UK leave EU by/before 31 Oct 2019? Chance is higher than 3+/5. Read L-R. 8 Spades, stuck state. Joker Rx, ie, new PM. (Gemini) Crux card= 9 Hearts. Red suit indicates yes. King D and 9 D. Money talks last minute. Ace Clubs. A deal. New start. GE?
So then, what does it look like? Will there be a No Deal Brexit, ie, an exit on WTO terms? Will it be a rehashed Withdrawal Agreement?
The so-called No Deal departure is the anathema of many Remain voters and the preferred option of many, though by no means all Leave voters, whether these are Labour voters or Tory voters. Meanwhile the Brexit Party has demonstrated its muscle, not only in the EU Elections, but in the UK sufficient that, although the Leave vote was split in Radnorshire, the very splitting of that vote also demonstrated the power of the Brexit party, even though this worked against both the Tory Party and the Brexit Party, such that the Lib Dem candidate was selected.
Be that as it may, what cards do we get?
Does this look like a No Deal Brexit?
Not really. If it is a NO Deal departure, then there is a special European deal on the side. This is not looking like a straight WTO exit. Or if it is, there is also some kind of a special trade deal with the EU. No, this is a beast of some other form. Is it Leave and is it good news for the UK economy ?
Ultimately, yes. It looks that way. Yes for both, 5 Clubs and Queen of Diamonds.
This reading starts as a classic Line of Five spread, where the cards are read left-right like a storyboard. For a yes or no answer, my system is the classic colour system that says more reds than blacks = a yes answer. More blacks than red = a no answer.
How and why does this work in practice? It’s simply a convention of self-programming. I could do it the other way around, blacks are yes and reds are no, and that would work just as well. But this is how I have programmed myself to read them, and with much repetition, like learning to play an instrument, this is how it actually starts to work and deliver accurate results. Perhaps the brain builds new synapses.
The results will not be accurate every time, any more than with any other form of forecasting. Of course not, and prescience is not omniscience, or anything like it, but this is the basic mechanics of how card reading is done.
So, back to Brexit and what it will look like, what did we get?
1 red suit card
3 black suit cards
The short answer is, cartomancy suggests there will very likely be at least some kind of trade deal with the EU, so that it will not be a complete WTO exit.
Does that mean that it’s going to be a rehash of the Withdrawal Agreement then, presumably minus the Irish Backstop? BRINO? Brexit in Name only?
No, it doesn’t look like that either.
This is looking like a trade- only deal, so far as I can see, possibly because the Backstop issue is resolved adequately for Parliament(just) and Mrs Merkel feels she has obtained for EU members some adequate measure of economic surety.
Let’s look at the individual cards for further comment.
That one red suit card, the 8 of Hearts, is representing the status quo, and the power of the Remain lobby in Parliament.
The Joker– cue the catcalls here from those out of accord with the new PM, (says a former Labour voter)- but this is a destiny card, and does not simply describe an actual Joker or clown or buffoon. But if it did, then take another look at the Joker. See the smile. Watch the eyes. They are serious. So is the skill. As an opponent, he is not to be underestimated.
The Joker is a card of surprises. It is the most powerful card in the deck, symbolically. Turning points in a nation’s destiny. My deck contains two Jokers and both have made an appearance in this 9 card spread.
Astrologically speaking, and rather curiously, this is also the card of the new PM, Boris Johnson, as a Gemini subject three times over. The Joker is Gemini. It suggests that, whatever he does in the end, he is completely in earnest when he says he wants us out. And he is not afraid of the EU, unlike Mrs May, and where she had Ollie Robbins, he has Dominic Cummins, one to be knighted, the other held up to public opprobrium. Mr Johnson is intellectually and politically agile, mercurial even, and not averse to sleight of hand. This is meant neither as criticism or a compliment. The stakes are so high, the situation demands nothing less than utmost cunning, or as others would call it, utmost strategic thinking.
There is a saying, that if you love someone they can do no wrong, but if you don’t like someone they can do no right, and this clearly holds true, and has been setting the tone of public discourse since 2016, to little benefit. Where all civility has gone, violence will surely follow.
So, the next card. The central card in that top row. And we have the 2 Spades. Split. Severance. Divorce. This is a Brexit divorce, so if there is an element of ‘fudge’ or compromise, it may not be as significant, or be the trickery into indefinite entrapment that Leavers fear.
This is reinforced by the next card, the 3 Swords. This is in itself a deeply negative card with grief and mourning attached. Our family of nations is unhappy, angry and uneasy. But here, it is also a 3 way plan and again, it signifies a parting of the ways enacted in law. I feel it represents Mr Johnson, Mrs Merkel and M Macron today, and that Mrs Merkel and M Macron will not be in accord re the best way to proceed. The news media suggests this is probably the case even as we speak.
The outcome card, the 5 Clubs…so what does that mean? Clubs is the suit of government and business. 5 is the number of change…and also conflict. This change is uncomfortable.
But as you see, red suit cards translate as yes in cartomancy, black suit cards translate as no, so my cards, rightly or wrongly, have produced that same card as I drew in May, suggesting some kind of trade deal with the EU either before we leave, or immediately upon exiting.
The central card is key, so I use it as my start point for drawing a new line of enquiry reading top to bottom now, asking, well, if it’s not a straight WTO Exit, what will it look like?
The 7 Swords is negotiation and intense effort. It is the card of the ‘workaholic.’
There seems to be a story line here of Mrs Merkel saying in so many words, we can’t risk the No Deal scenario, this would be crazy. (Joker Reversed) The risk has to be detected as real enough and actually, it is. It looks as though Mrs Merkel will say this if she decides Mr Johnson is not bluffing. And I don’t feel he is. But if he could offer a way out that would be more acceptable to the Remain MP’s, he may take a pragmatic view on that, or cynical as some might say. To get the thing over the line and try to heal divisions, which right now are more of a yawning abyss.
That 5 Clubs card is also a reminder that the UK is the 5th largest economy in the world. Mrs Merkel is naturally, acutely aware of this, and she does not let personal pride or vanity get in the way of her judgement.
This last comment is based on the cards. Mrs Merkel is being shown to me as the eminently pragmatic and shrewd Queen of Diamonds, and the 9 Diamonds says…money talks.
Incidentally, Diamonds is the suit of electricity, and may sometimes suggest a health problem of nervous origin. Nervous as in , signals misfiring in the body, such as with Parkinson’s.
OK, let’s try out a pendulum divination, ie; asking my central nervous system to use a movement to indicate its non-verbal response to a verbalised question.
On what basis does this hocus-pocus work?
Well, it ain’t hocus-pocus. It works on the basis that the mind does not reside entire within the brain, and we know things at a deeper level than language, so the challenge is to distract the conscious mind, notice body cues from the CNS, and turn those into language. This language is of necessity, restricted to yes, no or maybe, in varying degrees of emphasis or intensity, depending on the size of the swing, and the speed of rotation of the swing.
Will the UK leave the EU on No Deal/WTO terms?
The pendulum moves to YES, wobbles a while then moves towards NO and starts swinging rapidly back and forth.
Will the UK leave the EU based on some adjusted version of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement?
Again, the pendulum moves to YES, wobbles there awhile, then moves towards NO and starts swinging rapidly back and forth.
OK. So that Ace of Clubs card. I also drew it in May. Classic meanings. A new business agreement. Trade Deal. A new Government. A General Election.
Will there be a General Election BEFORE the UK leaves?
It is swinging to NO. But I don’t know. I keep thinking of that Ace of Clubs card. I don’t see one occurring in September or October and that timing would be exceedingly tight. But, swinging the pendulum again, there’s something here, suggesting however unlikely, there may be one either concluded or announced before Christmas.
When will Brexit be declared as having occurred?
The pendulum is swinging between Scorpio-early Sagittarius
Corresponding dates 22 October-21 December
But the arc stops well short of the later end of this date range. But I can’t shake off the feeling there is a twist to come, or a surprise. The Joker hints at surprises. Something may happen earlier than expected. And that Ace of Clubs can mean a General Election hoving into view, and if that’s correct, it suggests that Boris Johnson has already made a decision in respect of the next GE.
Update: I believe this coming twist was at least in part, the announcement made on 28 August, 8 days following the reading, declaring the proroguing of Parliament in which case that 5 of Clubs card, in addition to its more general meaning, specifically denotes the time frame; 5 weeks. That is, four weeks of the annual conference season plus another week.
In summary, What can I deduce from this cartomancy portrait?
There is a gap here, begging some question not directly articulated. It is very often the case in Divination, that one has to read between the lines and look for what is NOT present in the cards. As a reader for a client, I draw my cards, share my impressions and then I ask the client for their question. Context is crucial for interpretation, and I am but an instrument.
Public discussions have centred on whether Parliament will permit Brexit to proceed, or cancel it, defying the referendum result, which in many cases, would mean MP’s defying the majorities in their own constituencies. And assuming it proceeds, discussions have centred on whether this will be a Deal/No Deal Brexit.
But in terms of cartomancy, what is being sensed here I think, is that there is a third possibility. Another route out.
Excerpt from a much longer article in The Spectator by QC Marcus Howe, Chairman of Lawyers for Britain:
“…to achieve meaningful changes to the WA would require the EU to be willing to accept a massive loss of face. This seems unlikely to say the least. So the only viable route to leaving the EU with a deal is to leave May’s WA unratified in its box and bypass Article 50 altogether. This can be achieved via a free trade agreement (FTA) similar to Canada’s but with enhanced mutual recognition of services, as well as security and criminal justice cooperation.
Since it would take time to negotiate and conclude such a deal, we would need short-term bridging arrangements to keep trade flowing freely in both directions while the details of the long-term FTA were being hammered out. The UK and the EU would continue to recognise goods and services as conforming with their standards, unless and until relevant laws are changed. Most of these bridging arrangements could be implemented (at least in the short term) through the UK and the EU using unilateral powers under the umbrella of a political agreement, as opposed to needing a formal legal agreement.” – 25 July 2019
Lawyers for Britain
Things are mighty peculiar. They are at the same time intransigent, and yet moving on apace.
Back soon with more cartomancy 🙂
Until next time!
Original Post, May 2019
Brexit, hey? Where next? Your guess is as good as mine but let’s take another look at it through the lens of my playing cards, drawn three nights ago, May 4.
Will there be a second referendum, as called for by Labour, The Lib Dems, and a number of high profile campaign groups?
Or will we leave without a second referendum and if so, what does it look like from here?
#Cartomancy reads the rows of cards left to right & also sometimes top to bottom, noting the ratio of red: black cards before looking at the individual meanings of the cards containing extra comments.
ROW 1 Will there be a 2nd referendum?
Probably not. There is a ‘new’ king about to come into play. This is not Mr Corbyn. This is a king of Diamonds, an electric communicator with acute money sense and I always draw Mr Corbyn as a King of Hearts. So, is this is a candidate to replace Mrs May as PM, or it is Mr Farage and any effect of the new Brexit Party, or is both these things, and the same card is standing for two significant (new) figures coming into play (again).
I suspect so. A second referendum would kill Brexit, which would be the aim, and this would be achieved by the ballot design, which would be designed to split the Leave vote as per an idea currently under discussion, but that 8 Spades is a pretty conclusive ‘no’ card.
ROW 2 Will we leave following a successful fourth attempt by TM to push through the deal already rejected on three previous occasions? After all, time and energy are not inexhaustible. Note the Queen of Spades which is clearly here representing Theresa May; a woman consulting the ‘legalese’.
Well, based on these cards, and however crazy it might seem, a deal is still looking possible, and is looking more likely at this point in time than NO Deal; and perhaps this is hardly surprising, since the No Deal negotiating option removed from Mrs May’s tool box.
But WHAT deal? The four of Spades is a tomb, a rout, a retreat. This prospective fourth deal or new deal is not Mrs May’s.
Those Nines surrounding the Queen of Spades represent both the failure of completion on 29 March, and Mrs May’s intense desire to get this deal passed. The 9 Hearts is the ‘heartfelt wishes’ card.
The cards indicate that Mrs May sincerely wants to find a way to (or to be seen to at least) to bring the UK out of the EU (not Europe) but the terms of course, are the issue, as we all know, except for those for whom it is not a question of the terms, but more the determination to see Article 50 Revoked altogether, and the whole thing put back in its box, and the lid slammed shut never to be re-opened. The threat of this seems very real right now, or the hope of this, depending on how you feel about it. But it doesn’t look to me as though it will happen.
ROW 3: A second Referendum?
This threat or hope notwithstanding, the cards indicated there will not be a second referendum, although this may not be necessary for the revoking of Article 50. And I don’t see that, so it look as though we will leave, but when? Is there an underlying sense of what it will look like?
If Theresa May should present the exact same deal to Parliament (shown as the 10 Diamonds) a fourth time, this will jam up the works, suggests the appearance of the 4 Spades. It won’t pass, plus, she may then quit as PM, and a new PM will come in (King Diamonds?) This could happen this summer, suggests the second column as I read it top to bottom like so:
6 Clubs ( within 6 weeks from the date of this reading, or, this is a summer card.
What is absent from this spread is the single clean strike of the Ace of Spades, that would say a less equivocal OUT on WTO terms.
Other readers and astrologers are confident in expressing their forecasts of a clean WTO Brexit, even now.
I am probably struggling more than they to see past the noise, but I draw another cards and get the Ace of Clubs. This is BRAND NEW BUSINESS with a broad geographical horizon, but lacks that more black and white binary quality of the Ace of Swords
The Ace of Clubs has another quality to it, transcending matters of business….it’s equivalent to the Tarot’s Ace of Wands. Ignition. Birth, Almost like a rebirth.
So what does this mean in plain English? Well, this cloud is still morphing, but it’s looking like a WTO exit BUT with a ‘special European add-on.’
Or it is a whole New Deal.
For the sake of transparency, I should say that while I would perfectly calmly have accepted a remain vote in 2016, I feel the original mandate should be honoured as a point of principle, according to the self same terms in which it was clearly presented by the government in the run up to the referendum.
Execution of detail follows direction which follows principle.
However, as always, the risk in consulting with any kind of oracle is that the reader will not see what they personally may hope to see, and they may equally see precisely what they do not want to see.
I want to see that I will get outta this wheelchair and walk again one day. So, do I see that in my cards?
I could be wrong, and I never say never, but meanwhile I am living with the fact that I do not see in my cards what I wish to see for myself.
You take my point. The reader asks a question. S/he may have personal ‘skin in the game ‘or not, but either way s/he shuffles and picks the cards blindly, and s/he may misinterpret, and be especially at risk of doing so if reading from a position of bias or prejudice, but s/he cannot fudge the reds and blacks except by doing so deliberately, and what the heck would be the point of that, when time will tell us all what’s what in due course?
Il Matrimonio, bless his ecologically right-on size 11 breathable bamboo socks, says he no longer cares one way or another. He just wants it all to stop, and he doesn’t mind how. And he’d quite like me to shut up with even trying to forecast about it.
What will happen will happen, he says.
I have to give this forecasting thing a go. Divination is my interest and my study, as well as my arena of work. Whether I get it right or wrong, – still, I will learn something, even if I have to fall flat on my face in front of you. So what? Life is short and…
I know nothing. This is not my core professional activity, which focuses on an individual. I do it to learn more, and explore the limits, and as always time will tell. This is for readers interested in the workings of cartomancy, and as for Brexit, we will all find out, *ahem* soon enough, won’t we?
And let us trust, it will be SOON before each and every one of us is rendered utterly and completely….
Image: Public Domain Review: William Cheselden, 1733, courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
Most of us know our sign of the zodiac or sun sign, but where did get its name from, and what does it look like in the night sky? Read on for the story of Libra…
(seek to) Balance
Lower back, buttocks, kidneys
September birthdays. Opal- October birthdays
Number: 6 (community, childhood)
Domain: Justice from the Rider-Waite Tarot
Libra (and I say Lee-bra too, like most people, but technically, it is correctly pronounced Ly-bra as in Library) is a small but distinct constellation next to the constellation Virgo in the evening sky. It looks like a lopsided diamond, or a small child’s drawing of a house, and is visible in the northern hemisphere between April and July.
Libra is most visible directly overhead at midnight in June, and is 29th in size of the 88 constellations.
Public Domain: Libra
Libra is bordered by the head of Serpens to the north, Virgo to the northwest, Hydra (the biggest known constellation of all) to the southwest, Lupus to the south, Scorpius to the east and the serpent bearer, Ophiuchus to the northeast.
Libra, like Cancer, is fairly faint from Earth in comparison with other constellations, and contains no spectacular first magnitude stars, but it contains a very old galaxy cluster, possibly around 10 billion years old, which is about the same age as our The Milky Way, our own galaxy.
There is a red dwarf star ,Gliese 581, in this galaxy, with three orbiting planets, one of which may possibly be suitable for life. This system is about 20 light years from Earth.
Libra used to be regarded, not as a constellation in its own right, but as part of neighbouring Scorpio and Virgo. This legacy remains in the names of its brightest stars. The brightest star in Libra is a binary star about 77 light years from Earth. α Librae. Its common name is Zubenelgenubi, meaning “the Southern Claw” in Arabic. The second-brightest star in the constellation of Libra is β Librae, known as Zubeneschamali, from the Arabic for “The Northern Claw.”
Public Domain: the Scorpionic Scales, from
Since 2002, technically, the Sun has actually appeared in the constellation of Libra from October 31 to November 22. But signs of the zodiac are not dependent on the positions of the actual constellations. Western or tropical astrology, which is based on seasonal phenomena, not the actual positions of the constellations, which remain the basis of Eastern or Sidereal astrology.
The Sun did used to be in the constellation of Libra at the northern autumnal equinox (c. September 23) to on or about October 23, when the hours of night and daylight were the same- hence the Libran key concept of natural balance, and the change of the seasons is still marked by the first days of the zodiac sign of Libra, 23 September.
But Western or Tropical astrology was designed as a construct based on arithmetic, not on current astronomy. The signs of the zodiac were inspired, modelled and named according to the heavenly bodies, but actually based on seasonal phenomena, these being presented as an arithmetic model, dividing into 12 pieces of a pie, the circle of the visible skies of the zodiac as seen from Earth, as calculated by the Greek mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Ptolemy in the 2C AD.
Mythology and History
Libra was once
included as part of Scorpio, and was known in Babylonian astronomy as MUL
Zibanu (the “scales” or “balance”) with an
alternative name, the Claws of the Scorpion. In ancient Greece Libra was also
seen as the Scorpion’s Claws.
The scales were held sacred to the Babylonian sun god Shamash, who was also the patron of truth and justice, and ever since these very early times, Libra has been associated with law, fairness and civility.
Libra was first recognised as a constellation in its own right in ancient Rome, when it began to represent the scales held by Astraea, also known as Dike, who in Greek mythology was actually associated with Virgo. In ancient times, the stars of Libra, The Scales, were also intermingled with those of Scorpius by the Greeks, but were always considered as a separate group by the Romans.
According to the writer Manilius, Roman judges were born under the sign of Libra. The Moon was said to be in Libra when Rome was founded, in a historical passage, which states “qua condita Roma.”
The start of Libra starts with the autumn equinox, when days and nights are almost of equal length, i.e. balanced, and Roman astrologers considered that the constellation of Libra represented the scales held by Astraea, the ‘star maiden,’ goddess of Justice and innocence. Astraea was a daughter of the Titans, god of dusk, and Eos, goddess of dawn. She dwelt on earth alongside humans during the Golden Age of Man, but the Iron Age dawned, bringing war and wickedness, and Astraea could not abide this, nor the injustice of the killing of the bull who pulled the plough, until, sometime during the Bronze Age, she left earth for the skies, where she transformed into the constellation Virgo.
Here is pause for thought. This is all rather confusing. We are discussing Libra, not Scorpio, not Virgo, but Libra is a subtle sign, a comparatively newly created one, pulled somewhat, and aspects of it shared between neighbouring Scorpio and Virgo.
The seasonal story is straightforward. Libra is the autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere. But the mythos is complicated, due to the merging of several mythological personas, Babylonian, Greek and Roman. Astraea was also known as Dike, goddess of human justice (where Themis was goddess of natural justice) To the Romans she was Justitia. She was the protector of fair judgement, and continues embodied in the blindfolded figure of justice used in our own law courts today. Virgo and Libra go together, and so do Libra and Scorpio. This close relationship was echoed in the sky, where Libra, the symbolic representation of Dike, lies alongside Virgo. According to the myth, Astraea will one day return to Earth, bringing a new Golden Age.
The Libra Archetype
Libra is one of the three zodiac air signs, the
others being Gemini and Aquarius.
Libra is the only sign that is not
represented by a human or animal, but the scales signify the collective and
enduring human hunger for justice, as well as Libra’s own especially keen
personal need for balance, order, and equality. Many astrologers view Libra as an
especially lucky sign because it occurs during the peak of the year when the
rewards of hard work are harvested.
Libra is suave,
clever and extremely easy to like. The classic Libra subject has charm and can
be a great listener with sharp observation skills and acute perception.
Because Venus, the goddess of love, rules Libra, the Libra subject is
especially, even acutely sensitive to beauty in anything, whether it is a
person, nature, art, or music. They dislike loud noises, cruelty, nastiness,
and vulgarity, as they are naturally extremely civilised people. Born
diplomats, Libras try to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them to
create a tranquil atmosphere. They can sometimes be a little tiring to be with
as they are constantly re-assessing and adjusting their thinking, and can be
more changeable even than Gemini.
Public Domain: Venus, the ruler of
Libra, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli.
Libras may show negative Scorpio traits just the same as a Scorpio subject. They may be touchy, thin-skinned, and tend not to handle criticism as dispassionately as they dispense it. They like to be the centre of attention and may resent it when they are not. Libra can be jealous, moody, and an expert practitioner of passive aggression, or go further as the ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’ – smoothly vengeful, or even ruthless.
But- lovely Libra. Smiling, civilised, smoothie side up, what’s not to like?
“The Virgin with her sheaf belongs to Ceres,” The Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD.
Virgo is known as a sun sign or sign of the Zodiac, but what does the constellation look like in the night sky, and what’s the seasonal story behind it? Let’s investigate Virgo, Corn- Goddess of the Zodiac, also known as Shala, Ishtar, Demeter, Ceres...
Date: August 23-September 22
Symbol: The Virgin
Quality: Mutable (Sagittarius and Pisces are also Mutable, suggesting these subjects are capable and versatile; and generally inclined to conform, going with the flow if it’s for the greater good.)
Ruling planet: Mercury (Travel and all forms of communication)
House: Sixth, ruling health, habits, and routines
Colour: green, white and yellow
Flowers: small bright flowers, clover, buttercup
Tarot card: The Hermit (introspection, perception, analysis, care for nature)
Source Wikipedia: The Hermit from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck
Virgo is the second-largest constellation in the sky after Hydra, and the largest constellation in the zodiac, located between Libra to the west and Leo to the east, and below the Big Dipper.
In the northern hemisphere, it is most visible in the evening sky in May- to late June. In the southern hemisphere, it can be seen in autumn and winter.
Find its brightest star, the brilliant-blue-white Spica, and you will work out the rest of Virgo with her feet pointing east.
It might seem a bit of a stretch, trying to picture a person from that photograph, but add in a few more of her stars, imagine her lounging, dangling a sheaf of wheat from one hand (Spica.)
And now you see her.
Author’s own image
Spica is a double star, brighter than our sun. Its name is from the Latin, meaning an ‘ear of grain’- or a sheaf of wheat.
It’s sometimes called ‘The Lonely One’ because it is so far from the others, and the astronomer and astrologer Ptolemy saw these stars as ruled by Venus and Mars respectively, mated together in a chaste, androgynous union, like the slightly remote purity of Virgo herself.
Vindemiatrix, ‘the Grape-Gatherer,’ seen at daylight, was once seen as a sign that now it was time to pick the grapes.
Galaxies: The Virgo Cluster
It’s mind-boggling to consider that our own Sun is just one star of the Milky Way, and the Milky Way is only one of a collection of galaxies known as The Local Group.
This contains three large spiral galaxies: the Milky Way, Andromeda, and the Triangulum Galaxy, and a few dozen dwarf galaxies. But The Local Group is just one member of the Virgo Cluster – a collection of 1200-2000 galaxies that stretch across 15 million light-years of space.
And the Virgo Cluster is just one cluster in the Virgo Supercluster.
Wiki Commons: the constellation of Virgo is especially rich in galaxies, with more than 1300 galaxies in the Virgo Cluster. One of these, NGC 4388, 60 million light-years away, is captured in this image, as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3.
But if the constellation of Virgo is most visible in May in the northern hemisphere, why are the birthdates for the sign of the zodiac August 23-September 22nd?
Astronomy is not Astrology. The sky as we see it is called the celestial sphere: a giant blue ball that rotates around us (its rotation axis crosses the poles). The Sun appears to move along with this sphere every day, rising in the East and setting in the West, but it also appears to move, in this sphere, at a one-degree-a-day pace, on the contrary direction (West-East).
This annual motion is on a circle called Ecliptic, a great circle in relation to the Equator.
Now imagine a belt around this circle. This is the Zodiac. Ptolemy divided this 360-degree belt by 12 for the elegance of arithmetic, based on 12 constellations described by the Babylonians, ignoring a thirteenth constellation, Ophiuchus, so that a zodiac sign represents roughly a 30-degree chunk of this belt.
But the constellations have moved in the last two thousand years, and changed positions relative to Earth, owing to wobbling of the Earth on its axis; an effect known as precession.
The dates for the zodiac signs named after the zodiacal constellations, however, have remained the same, but this great fact of astronomy does not affect the validity of the dates of your Zodiac Sun sign as calculated by Ptolemy.
The exact dates of the Zodiac signs can vary by a day or two each year and are calculated by astronomers every year at sunrise on the day of the Spring Equinox.
History & Mythology
Public Domain: Virgo: Urania’s Mirror
Shala was an ancient Sumerian deity (later Babylonia, the area now known as southern Iraq and Kuwait) She was the goddess of grain -and also compassion. Why link these two things? Famine is suffering. A good harvest was seen as a blessing of the gods. What is planted in the spring must yield a crop in the autumn, or famine is likely to follow. Shala was married either to the fertility god, Dagon, or the storm god, Ishkur, or possibly both, with one as her consort. This is significant. Virgo the Virgin is not about a state of physical virginity – but refers more to an attitude; a slightly elusive and rather refined quality, male or female.
Shala was associated with the constellation of Virgo, and vestiges of symbolism associated with her continue, such as the star Spica, the ‘ear of grain’, even as the deity’s name changed from age to age, and culture to culture.
In 10th century BC, the Babylonians called part of this constellation, “The Furrow,” referring back to the goddess Shala, and the Shala Mons is a mountain on Venus named after her.
In Egyptian mythology, the sight of Virgo in the night sky was also associated with harvest time, and with the goddess Isis, while in Indian astrology, she was The Maiden, Kanya.
To the Greeks, she was the harvest goddess Demeter, also called Ceres, (the root of the word ‘cereal’) and also by association, her beloved daughter, Persephone.
When Hades abducted Persephone to live with him in the underworld, Demeter went into mourning. There was no harvest that year. People and livestock starved and Zeus, the king of gods, eventually intervened, insisting that Hades return Persephone to Demeter. But Zeus also stipulated that Persephone must not eat until her return, and Hades, not wanting to part with her, gave Persephone a pomegranate, knowing fine well how much she liked them, and she ate some of the seeds on her way home.
So Persephone went home to her mother, but because of the pomegranate she has to return to the underworld for four months every year, and then Demeter grieves; winter returns, and the land sleeps.
The Virgo Archetype – Personality
Virgos are practical but artistically gifted. They are hard workers who love to better themselves. They love to analyze, and their perceptiveness means that they can always find or create order within chaos. They are honest friends although, being extra discerning, and analytical, they might have a tendency to analyze you, pointing out your strengths and also your mistakes and weaknesses. This will probably be annoying, very, but it’s usually well-meant. They may also give great advice because of those same analytical abilities.
Their quest of self-improvement includes their appearance. They are perfectionists, highly concerned about the impression they give, but at the same time, they are very ready to help others, which can make them targets of those who wish to take advantage of them. Virgo is ruled by agile, communicative Mercury, and Virgo’s brain is in overdrive much of the time. These folks can do great things and get a lot done – if they don’t lose sight of the original vision, and get overly bogged down in non-important detail.