Letters in the sky

The thing about chaos is if you look really really closely at the randomness patterns appear. Sam Seaborn said that on The West Wing.

Just lately, I’m seeing these patterns clearly. I’m more aware of, and I hate this word, the synchronicity, of seemingly random phrases, words and occurrences.

I’ve always been fairly well attuned to this stuff- after all, I’m seriously Neptunian and I have a 12th house Pisces Mercury- I learn and communicate through the absorption of sub conscious messages.

Just lately, the messages are everywhere- I can’t ignore them, so I’m listening.

It’s to do with Neptune being conjunct my Mercury. More of that when I can make sense of it.

Today I’m catching up on blogs and this one by Biddy Tarot rang a bell with me.

Anyone who has ever had a tarot reading gasps when they see The Tower or Death or The Hanged Man. They sound like cards you should be gasping at.

It’s a bit like when we see Pluto about to aspect our Moon or Saturn cross our Descendant or Uranus aspect the Sun…or something like that.

The thing is, those scary tarot cards can be read as a lesson, just like those scary transits. There’s a shitty literal meaning, but there can also be something that will one day be quite life changing.

Next up I read this blog by Zen Habits.

I love most posts by Leo Babauta. I especially love how he so freely shares his work and his ideas. He calls it uncopyright and it’s such a Neptunian idea- and so different from a lot of what I read these days. I actually read a comment on a forum during the week where one woman was accusing someone that she’d never met or spoken to or communicated with in any form of idea plagiarism- because that particular blogger had somehow, across the Universe, had the same idea as the woman whose forum post I was reading. Seriously?

Anyways, the blog by Zen Habits talks about how often we’re discouraged because something is tough or there’s a roadblock in the way.

Often we’re discouraged because of some tough challenge or obstacle in our way. But a shift in mindset from a Zen proverb can change everything: “The obstacle is the path.”

The obstacle isn’t something standing in our way. It’s the way itself.

I hear this a lot, the excuses, the coulda shoulda wouldas. I do it myself- I have seriously crappy follow through. I’ve had messages about my lack of follow through from other sources- but that’s another story entirely.

The point is, often we see “problem aspects” or difficult planet placements as the obstacles that stop us from achieving our goals. I’m running a bit of a series on these as a result of suggestions made by newsletter subscribers. We’ll be concentrating on how we can use these “challenges” as opportunities.

Astrologically, this proverb teaches us to find our successes through the difficult aspects, rather than the easy ones.

I get asked a lot when things will be over. When will they get better? When will we feel better? The answer isn’t easy. Nor is it conclusive. Many of us simply wait for it to finish, but we don’t actively do anything. Transits can move on, but unless the job is done, the lesson learned (however painful it is)…

Which brings me to the last piece in todays series of synchronistic messages, a Facebook post by Marc from Sydney Astrology School. It’s worth putting in colour and bold…

Don’t look toward the planets to save you

The planets are teaching you to save yourself

something about Thailand, tarot, transits (of a different sort) and eclipses…

view of Ko Khai beach from the bar...
view of Ko Khai beach from the bar…

So, I’ve been on holiday in Thailand.

It’s been amazing. Seriously amazing.

I’ve posted a few blogs (so far) over at and anyways, with more to come. Jump on over to see some of my bloggy postcards and photos.

Overall the trip was incident free- with the exception of the transit from hell yesterday.

For anyone who hasn’t been there, Bangkok airport is huuuuuge. Yesterday we flew in from Phuket with 90 minutes to transit to our connecting flight to Australia.

The plane parked literally miles away from the terminal so we were brought in by bus to the domestic arrivals. We then walked over a kilometre from that gate to the international transit gate. We then walked another kilometre (at Bangkok they very kindly inform us of the distance between gates) to our departure gate where our flight was already boarding. The process took over an hour.

We were then loaded onto more buses and driven literally miles across the tarmac to our plane…which was parked pretty well next to the one we got off just 90 minutes before!

Anyways, earlier this morning we had a lunar eclipse in Scorpio.

On the Facebook page earlier in the week we had a discussion about eclipses. Some people tend to feel them- either through specific events or electric charges. I don’t.

This doesn’t mean that things don’t happen, just that the impact seems to me to be more subtle than it is for others. I tend to think that the closer you were born to an eclipse, the more you directly or immediately feel their impact.

Since 2006, I’ve had a number of relatively close hits to key parts of my chart- direct hits by conjunction or opposition to my Ascendant, Descendant, Moon, Midheaven, Mercury. I’m talking about orbs of less than 1 degree.

Nothing has happened. Nothing catastrophic.

Looking back though, these were years when important issues were faced or changes occurred. Hindsight is a truly wonderful thing.

The thing is, eclipses are not necessarily something to be scared of. They can be invigorating, they can be momentous, they can be electrifying and unpredictable- a little like Uranus in nature, a little like Pluto in nature.

If you want to know more about eclipses- and their relationship to your chart (including those eclipses that occurred before your birth)- a Moonshadow Report from April Elliott Kent is a great investment.  The report covers eclipses from the previous year, the current year, and a year ahead. Great value…in my humble opinion…I use it myself.

In other news, I’m guest posting over at Biddy Tarot this week.

In mucking around with reversed cards, I took it one step forward and created some spreads for retrograde planets. It seems to work and gives more depth of meaning to my interpretations for retrograde planets.

Anyways, if you’re interested, jump on over and have a look. The link is here.

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and a little tarot…

Wow, check me out! I’m guest posting today for Brigit over at Biddy Tarot. We have a bit of a mutual appreciation thing happening, and she’s been kind enough to allow me to sprout some astro love on her tarot site.

Here’s the link…I think it comes up pretty darn well!

Wanna know more? Check out Brigit’s ebook. I reviewed it here.

How to read tarot in 31 days: an e book review…

I’ve long been fascinated by tarot.

I think it’s the pictures- there’s nothing quite like a gorgeous deck of intricately designed cards. I have a pagan deck that resonates with me, but a girlfriend recently purchased some Darkana Badass cards that I have to get my hands onto.

My neighbour and I have spent many afternoons with the remains of a bottle of wine, a tarot deck and an assortment of tarot books as we try and determine answers to the questions and life situations that perplex us.

I was first alerted to the synastry between the tarot and astrology a few years ago when a reader at Spellbox spoke about a particular card- the King of Pentacles- representing a man who works with money, is conservative, strong willed and steadfast- Taurean characteristics.

Even though my husband is a Scorpio, he is Taurus rising, works with money and has all of these traits. In every reading I’ve had since, the King of Pentacles represents my husband.

I won’t go too much more into this as I’m writing an (overdue) guest post for Brigit from Biddy Tarot on the subject. In fact as soon as I finish this piece, I need to email her with some grovelling excuses involving long running internet woes, editing challenges and a nanowrimo victory.

The other thing that rang bells in this Piscean head was just how closely the readings (especially when done by a good reader) minored the transits that I had coming through.

Suffice to say, I wanted to know more.

Since then I’ve done a couple of courses. I’ve learned not to be afraid of The Tower, but rather to see the possibility of change. I’ve also learned not to fear the Death card, but rather look to what needs to be eliminated in order to move forward. Did I hear the words Uranus and Pluto transit?

I was forwarded Biddy Tarots’ Tarot Foundations: 31 days to read tarot with confidence about a month or so ago.

Brigit sent me the ebook with no expectation of a positive review, but rather a request that I read it and let her know what I think… what I think is that I love it.

Oh, you want to know why? Here’s the review…

When I first started learning astrology, I was convinced that I’d need a textbook (or 20) beside me for every reading. How could I possibly remember all those signs, planets, aspects, houses and combinations?

Eventually I realised that somehow, some way, I’d absorbed the general nature and keywords of each sign, planet, aspect and house, and in doing so, could interpret the combinations simply through this understanding.

Brigit, in Tarot Foundations applies a similar methodology.

Each suit is studied in relation to its elemental association. Eg the suit of Cups is associated with emotions and feelings and therefore relates to the element of water.

Then we look at the Court cards- the Page, Knight, Queen and King. These too relate back to each of the elements- Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

Lessons in the major arcana, basic numerology and symbolism follow. After each lesson are activities designed to deepen the learning of the module.

Only after these building blocks are in place do we then start to put together combinations, patterns, systems. We are now ready to learn how to read the cards.

I have to confess to not following the ebook chapter by chapter. Nor did I take 31 days- it was somewhat shorter and longer than that.  I whizzed through the building blocks, and took considerably longer absorbing the deeper lessons.

I now keep a tarot journal and my deck handy and will draw cards most days.

I’m no longer reaching for the textbook, but rather trusting myself and the keywords that I’ve allocated to each card.

I’m nowhere near confident enough to read for anyone else yet, but I’m finding that I’m often casting a spread alongside a horary chart and looking for the correlations. The more comfortable I become with the cards and their meanings, the more I’m seeing the same message in both cards and chart.

Just like I get a feel for a chart and then back it up with the data, I’m also starting to get a feel for a tarot spread before supporting that with interpretation.

Tarot Foundations isn’t just an ebook.

Brigit has a passion for imparting knowledge, and follows up Tarot Foundations, with companion books, a blog and, more importantly a series of regular webinars to enable you to continue your learning in a virtual classroom. I like that.

Anyways, there’s the review, now to finish the post…and do a little grovelling in apology for my lateness!

Naturally this is all my opinion, but if you want to check it out for yourself, here is the link.