Sunday, 23 October 2016

Still waters run deep

At 00.45pm GMT on the 23rd October, the Sun moved (astrologically) from Libra into Scorpio.  

Here in the UK, the leaves continue to change colour, but now they’re falling from branches, covering the earth in a blanket of gold, bronze, and orange.  The autumn winds lift them up; they whirl through the air, twisting and swirling in a vortex... Since the equinox, the nights are growing longer, giving us the opportunity to spend more time dreaming.   Here in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere, people are planting bulbs – the ‘seed’ of life being sown underground where it will lie protected and nurtured until it’s ready to ‘spring’ forth in a few months’ time.  Is it any wonder that Scorpio, the scorpion, is the sign of transformation?  All around us, in nature, the world appears to be going to sleep; animals are starting to hibernate, the birds are gathering and forming their migratory v-shapes as they head for warmer climates.  

‘Scorpio’ ©Alison Coals
Before long it will be Samhain (“summer’s end”) the end and start of the Celtic New Year, the Day of the Dead – times of transformation and change, which is what we’ve come to associate with Scorpio.  In astrology, Scorpio is one of the three Water signs, along with Cancer and Pisces, as well as being one of the four Fixed signs.   It ends the second cycle of the elements (Cancer through to Scorpio), and opposes Taurus on the axis of resources.  While Taurus is interested in material resources, Scorpio – as a water sign – is more interested in emotional resources.  As a fixed sign, Scorpio wants to know what’s going on at a deeper level, not at the bubbly surface – “still waters run deep” is a good description of Scorpio’s focus.  Only by diving into the depths can Scorpio unearth the root of a problem and attempt to transform it – and it will probably take a crisis or something similar before Scorpio will take that plunge. 

The traditional ruler of Scorpio is the planet Mars, providing passion and drive.  It also has a modern ruler, Pluto, named after the Lord of the Underworld, reflecting the cycle of life and death and the change involved.  Both planets are associated with power; “knowledge is power” is another good description.  We’ve just left Libra, with its 7th-house focus on partnership, and the need for harmony and balance through negotiation and diplomacy. Now we’re about to move into 8th-house issues with Scorpio –shared resources; the fall-out, if you like, or follow-on, of the partnerships.    Emotions run deep, and power struggles within relationships can ensue.  Intensity.  Any transformation, under the auspices of Scorpio, will be intense!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Rest and recovery - Margarete Petersen’s Four of Feathers

Four of Feathers (trimmed): © Margarete Petersen Tarot

Margarete Petersen’s Four of Feathers shows a single feather floating over the (by now ubiquitous!) large sphere. At the bottom of the sphere, a figure sleeps – contained, protected, recuperating. In the background of the sphere we see a range of mountains. As the LWB says, withdrawal, safety, and rest.  

It’s an incredibly peaceful image…

Time out from your thoughts.
A deep breath in, slow breath out.
Mind and body at rest.

Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA, 2004

Sunday, 16 October 2016

I've been interviewed!

Recently I was interviewed by the very lovely Ava, The Girl With The Cards, as part of her Tarot Chain.  Check it out here!

Ava is a member of TABI, which is how I've come to know her.  She writes a wonderful blog, so do have a look!  I especially enjoyed her take on The Hanged Man a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Hanging in the balance - Margarete Petersen’s Justice

Decks vary as to where Justice is placed – sometimes at number 8, sometimes at 11, and sometimes somewhere else!  But Margarete Petersen has chosen to place her version of the card at 8.
Justice (trimmed): ©Margarete Petersen Tarot
Here we have Ma’at and her scales – balancing, adjusting...   No bolt-upright sword (as far as I can see), as often seen in depictions of Justice, but there does seem to be a mirroring of light and dark (although not 50-50!). Not at all black and white, or straight.  “The karmic law of cause and effect”, writes Margarete Petersen, and “A lively process, ensuring balance.”  I like the use of the word ‘lively’ here – rather than it being a static thing, it’s a reminder that we constantly have to make adjustments in order to keep our balance.
The astrological link to Libra seems obvious!
Scales of justice, blind
Without bias, relentless,
 Maintaining balance. 

Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA, 2004.