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At 04.30 GMT today the Sun moved, astrologically speaking, into Aries. This has special significance as 0° Aries also marks one of the two equinoxes, the points at which the celestial equator and the elliptic (the path that the Sun appears to follow, when viewed from the earth) intersect. The word ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin, meaning ‘equal night’ – because at these two points of intersection, we experience approximately (depending on our latitude) equal hours of day and night. The points of intersection are referred to as equinoctial points, with 0° marking the vernal point, and 180° the autumnal point. So, 0° Aries corresponds to the point of the vernal equinox, and – in the northern hemisphere - this day has come to be celebrated as the first day of spring.
It’s also the end of the financial year, in the UK at least. Our wrangler for this Vernal Equinox Hop, Ania Marczyk has asked us to turn our attention to finance – more specifically, how we use the Tarot in relation to financial matters.
I often do readings around financial matters – in fact, I quite enjoy them, as long as it doesn’t cross the line into giving financial advice. Then it’s time to recommend talking to a financial advisor, or the bank – someone who’s qualified to deal with the specifics. Usually it’s the cards themselves that emphasize the need for that; in the last reading I did around finances, both the King and Knight of Swords appeared, which I saw as indications to talk to a professional and to seek out more information.
For me, the end of the financial year conjures up an image of books being balanced, of adjustments being made. And the system’s supposed to be fair, right? Immediately I see the Thoth’s Adjustment (Justice) card in my mind:
|Adjustment (trimmed): Thoth Tarot|
But, astrologically speaking, at least, Adjustment is associated with Libra and the autumnal equinox (northern hemisphere bias coming out here, sorry!), so what opposes it here, at the time of the vernal equinox?
The card most commonly associated with Aries is The Emperor. Traditionally, astrologers view Aries as the first sign in the zodiac. It’s also a cardinal sign, so it’s a ‘mover and shaker’. Aries is the initiator, the pioneer – the one who comes up with the ideas. It’s the first of the three Fire signs encountered in the zodiac, bringing drive and passion to the creative process. It’s also thought of as ‘masculine’, or ‘active’ – ‘yang’ energy...
|Emperor (trimmed): Thoth Tarot|
Now, I’m one of those
people who does their taxes well before the deadline – usually just before the autumnal equinox! I like to get them out of the way so I don’t
have to worry about missing the end of January deadline. No surprise, perhaps, that the
Emperor is perhaps the one Major card that I struggle with most, while Justice
represents many of the ideals that speak to me...
But, as I dealt with my taxes months ago, I can greet the equinox and the end of the financial year with a light heart – bring on the bunnies and chocolate!!
|Two of Stones (trimmed): Wildwood Tarot|
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The next stops on the Tarot Blog Hop are - depending on whether you’re moving backwards or forwards through the list – Siobhan's Mirror or Pure Blessed Tarot. The Master List can be foundhere.
Thoth Tarot created by Aleister Crowley, illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris, published by US Games Systems, Inc.
Wildwood Tarot created by Mark Ryan and John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections