Venus in Astrology

Venus photoVenus is love. Venus is romance. Venus is beauty. Its planetary energy is peaceable, harmonious, unifying, and creative. Venus’ zodiacal sign defines your romantic persona. The planet’s position in your birth chart exerts a strong influence on your sensuality, self-image, and attachments to others. Venus’ natal placement is a clear indicator of the manner in which you approach relationships of the heart. Venus’ sign determines what gives you pleasure, how you express that pleasure, and how you go about sharing it. The planet Venus also denotes sensuality. Venusian energy relates to the principles of love and attraction, and the drawing together of two separate individuals to create a unified whole.

If you don’t know the sign positions of Venus on the day of your birth, you can look them up on the World Wide Web at CaféAstrology.com: Venus Ephemeris Tables: http://www.cafeastrology.com/venussignstables.html

The way Venus manifests itself in your chart is a clear indicator of what gives you joy. Your Venus sign defines the various ways in which you express your sensuality, how you attract love and affection, and how you go about satisfying your lover’s needs and desires. Venus also relates to the many different sides of a close relationship, and denotes friendship, compassion, and understanding between lovers.

People with Venus in the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are romantics. They love extravagantly, passionately, and dramatically. Spontaneous, impulsive, and full of surprises, they are never boring. Since subtlety is not their style, they are very open about their feelings. Fire sign Venusian natives are bold and usually willing to risk rejection. Their attitude is that there are always more fish in the sea.

Those with Venus in the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are serious minded and practical. Their happiness lies in the material realm and they derive great pleasure from a comfortable, settled home life. Cautious and controlled, Earth sign Venusians take love seriously. Sensuous, tactile, and very aware of physical sensations, they have well a developed sensual side and a strong need for physical contact.

Individuals with Venus in the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) flirt with love and romance. Airy Venusians want a relationship that provides intellectual stimulation, companionship, and witty, engaging conversation. Emotionally cool, the air signs feel as much with their minds as their bodies. They need to connect on a mental level. For them, the exchange of ideas is paramount in a love union.

People who have Venus in the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are sensitive, emotional, responsive, intuitive, and empathetic. Psychically, there are few barriers between them and others, and they often pick up on what those around them are feeling. Watery natives tend to over-use their imaginations, and the combination of intuition and imagination can make them feel exceedingly vulnerable in a romantic relationship.

Venus in Aries

Individuals with this placement are assertive, enthusiastic, self- expressive, and cheerful. You want excitement and adventure in your love life. Since you are passionate and idealistic, sex and romance are equally important to you. You’re likely to experience some inner conflict between your desire for a committed relationship and your need for freedom and independence. Naturally daring and flirtatious, you tend to become competitive when seeking the attentions and affections of others. Aries is impulsive and hopelessly addicted to conquest. Venus falls in and out of love quickly. The result of this mix is lack of foresight and a general instability where long-term unions are concerned.

Venus in Taurus

The planet Venus is generally well placed in sweet-tempered, indulgent Taurus. Thanks to your deep appreciation of the physical world and its pleasures, you experience love in a straightforward, sensual, tactile manner. You enjoy good sex in much the same way you take pleasure in good food and drink, luxurious surroundings, and beautiful things. Easygoing and cheerful most of the time, you know how to have a good time and to help others to do the same. Venusian bulls need a certain measure of predictability and dependability in their romantic relationships. Basically a materialist who dislikes disruption and change, you can be quite possessive of the people and things you love.

Venus in Gemini

For the sociable individual with Venus in Gemini, friendship is as important as romance in a love relationship. Driven by a powerful intellectual curiosity, you yearn to taste whatever life has to offer. With your restless nature and diversity of interests, you’re difficult to pin down. Easily bored, you resist relationships that might become too settled and comfortable. Variety, change, and excitement provide the spice you’re looking for in your love life. You have an excitable, playful attitude toward romance and approach each new affair with optimism and high-expectation. Communication and mental stimulation are your absolute musts for any relationship to have a chance of becoming permanent.

Venus in Cancer

The emotional Venusian crab is sentimental, nostalgic, kindhearted, moody, and unpredictable. Easily hurt, and extremely self- protective, you’re seeking a safe, secure, solid love relationship with few surprises. Deeply sensitive and easily hurt, you try to hide your vulnerability behind a dignified facade. Despite your total emotional involvement in a loving union, there is a sense of caution as well. Love to you is all about home and family, and your relationship style is nurturing and motherly. You can be clingy and rather possessive of those you care about. Rationality leaves you cold. You want a life partner who is romantic and affectionate and not afraid to show it.

Venus in Leo

In Leo, Venus is dramatic, enthusiastic, and self-confident. Warm- hearted and exceedingly generous, you are lavish with your affections and attentions. Glamour, excitement, and charm mark your courting style, and you relish your role as star of your own romantic drama. Venusian lions make passionate, ardent partners, and your love is sincere and whole-hearted. A born show person, with tons of physical and emotional magnetism, you enjoy being noticed and popular. Although never one to discourage or ignore your admirers, you are innately loyal and faithful in love. Your pride and ego are so wrapped up in your relationships that any break-up is likely to be extremely difficult.

Venus in Virgo

The Venus in Virgo person is seeking an ideal lover on the one hand, and a solid, down-to-earth partnership on the other. The perfectionist in you yearns to place your beloved on a pedestal and worship from afar. Your earthy, practical side wants a loving union that functions orderly and efficiently from day to day. Either way, you are extremely selective in your relationships. Despite a sensual, romantic nature, you would rather be alone than with someone who does not measure up to your high standards. You need to feel needed and appreciated by your loved ones; you demonstrate your affection by working hard for them.

Venus in Libra

The gracious peacemaker with Venus in Libra is polite, tactful, considerate, and generally aware of what other people are feeling. Innately civilized and refined, you are upset by bad manners and go out of your way to avoid disagreements or discord. An aesthetic as well as a romantic, you like being surrounded by beauty and harmony. Love makes your world go around, and you tend to fall in love easily and often. You are charming and agreeable, traits that attract many admirers. In Libra, Venus is at her most seductive. However, your seductiveness manifests in subtle ways that are never vulgar or overtly sexual.

Venus in Scorpio

In Scorpio, Venus confers magnetic intensity and a deeply emotional romantic and sexual nature. In a love union, you’re straightforward, direct, and determined. An extremist in life and in love, you give yourself totally and demand the same type of involvement in return. Your intimate relationships are based on loyalty, commitment, and complete focus on your partner. Because your desires are so powerful and overwhelming, you can become very jealous and possessive of your loved one. When Scorpio is involved, control is almost always an issue. Although you may express your domination in minor ways, there is little doubt that you’re the one pulling the strings.

Venus in Sagittarius

The idealistic roamers and seekers with Venus in Sagittarius have a rather carefree attitude toward relationships. You are upbeat and easy to like, but not particularly dependable where affections are concerned. In fact, you can be downright fickle, and your flirtatious behavior may cause problems with potential partners. You fall in love easily, but prefer that things stay casual for as long as possible. Threats to your freedom make you extremely nervous. The key to your romantic nature is companionship and shared interests. Your ideal partner is easy-going, open-minded, willing to accept you on your own terms, and respects your need for some personal space.

Venus in Capricorn

Venusian goats are proud, dependable, loyal, and controlled. Your romantic feelings can be very strong on the inside, yet you respond with reserve and caution when it comes to expressing them. You want a loving, committed relationship, but you’re basically insecure and fearful of rejection. You would rather repress your emotions than risk exposing yourself to ridicule. Consequently, you tend to come across as lacking in warmth and spontaneity. In truth, you’re a rather romantic soul who yearns for a caring partner to share your life. When you find that person, you expect your spouse to be a helpmate as well as a lover.

Venus in Aquarius

In Aquarius, Venus is emotionally challenged. Essentially an intellectual, you live more in your mind than in your body. Despite a friendly, open nature you come off as cool and detached. Your freewheeling attitude concerning standards of behavior is unusual to the point of eccentricity. You set your own rules, with little regard for what others think. With a sex drive that is not particularly strong, romance is often the last thing on your mind. Since your head is usually off somewhere in the clouds, you may be totally oblivious when someone is attracted to you. When you do find love, it’s likely to be rooted in friendship and companionship.

Venus in Pisces

Venus in this sign is romantic, idealistic, sensitive, dreamy, and sentimental. You possess a type of vulnerability and ethereal charm that is both attractive and attracting. Naturally kind and unselfish, you willingly give whatever is necessary to help others. Yet you’re highly dependent yourself, and very much in need of a caring, nurturing mate or partner. In your search for someone to share your deep, intense feelings, you spend a lot of time falling in and out of love. Strong emotions and a vivid imagination sometimes cloud your reality. What you are seeking is an otherworldly romance that is exceedingly difficult to find on the Earth plane.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

The Moon in Astrology

Moon photoThe Moon’s position in the natal chart is extremely significant, and second only in importance to the placement of the Sun. The Moon is the place to look when seeking the private side of an individual, the person that others don’t see. Your birth Moon shows how you come across emotionally. Your Moon’s sign is about the ways you express and deal with your feelings. It signifies unconscious patterns of behavior, and reflects the types of relationships you are likely to form and how you interact with the people around you.

If you don’t know your Moon sign, you can generate a free birth chart on the internet at Café Astrology: http://www.cafeastrology.com/articles/howtoobtainchart.html

Your Sun sign describes your façade, the outer you and how you present yourself to others. Your Moon sign describes your inner nature and interior hidden self. When you understand a person’s Moon’s sign, you gain greater insight into that individual’s needs, moods, and sensitivities. Because the Moon influences your deepest thoughts and fantasies and illuminates your innermost feelings, its sign shows what you really care about in life, and what you will be happiest doing or being.

The Moon represents the feminine or yin principle. The domain of the Moon is the subconscious mind and its relationship to emotions, instincts, habits, intuition, psychic ability, dreams, and memories. The Moon’s rulership includes women, conception, pregnancy, birth, childhood experience, emotional security, home, family, and the public. The archetypes connected to the lunar principal are the goddess, the mother, the queen, and the nurturer.

Like the Sun signs, the Moon signs are grouped by the three modes of being (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) and the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, Water).

The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) initiate change. Fast moving and goal oriented they make things happen, and then they often lose interest and move on to something new.

The Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are tenacious and determined. They complete, solidify, consolidate, and preserve the changes initiated by the Cardinal signs.

The Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) are flexible and adaptable. They take what the Cardinal signs have designed and the Fixed signs have built, and fine tune, alter, and adjust it to fit changing circumstances.

The Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are fiery, enthusiastic, passionate, energetic, and impulsive. Although filled with vitality, they work and play so hard that they can easily burn themselves out.

The Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) are down-to-earth, practical, careful, and efficient. Although they are grounded and extremely well focused, they tend to be over-cautious and stubbornly resistant to change.

The Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are intellectual, communicative, sociable, and intuitive. Innovative ideas are their forte, but they are often more concerned with probing and understanding theoretical concepts than seeking practical applications for their discoveries.

The Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are compassionate, imaginative, impressionable, artistic, and psychic. They tune into emotions the way other signs tune into radio or TV stations. Although their empathy makes them want to help everyone, it can also make them feel defenseless and vulnerable.

Aries Moon Sign – Impulsive

Aries demands a great deal of personal freedom and you vigorously resist attempts to dominate or tie you down. As a natural rebel you prefer making your own rules to living under other people’s restrictions. You don’t much care about the opinion of others, and almost never follow advice when it’s offered. Since diplomacy is not your strong suit, you generally come right out and say whatever you are thinking. As a born leader you thoroughly enjoy the authority and responsibility that goes along power, but what you really seek is total dominion over yourself and your own interests.

Ardent Aries loves passionately and with a whole heart. However, you tend to view love as another of life’s exciting adventures. For as long as it lasts your romance may be quite idyllic, with days that are filled with fun and nights filled with pleasure. However, when love dwindles into ordinariness you quickly grow bored and restless. Once you decide that an alliance is finished, your inclination is to end it as quickly as possible and take off in search of new experiences.

Taurus Moon Sign – Tenacious

In Taurus the Moon may be even better placed than in its own sign Cancer, because the stability of fixed-earth steadies and calms the erratic lunar influence. This Moon emphasizes the material side of life, and you enjoy all of its comforts including lovemaking, good food and drink, art and music, and relaxing in pleasant surroundings. Sensual and romantic, Taurus thrives on physical contact; no lover of yours is likely to want for affection or attention.

You don’t do well under pressure and can’t be rushed or forced into anything. When pushed to your limits, you respond by digging your heels in and becoming incredibly stubborn. However, once you settle on something or someone you rarely change your mind. Since you don’t enter into relationships lightly, when you make a promise or commitment you stick to it.

Your proud nature makes it difficult for you deal with slights and rejection. Bulls may forgive, but they rarely forget. Your propensity for bearing grudges makes you waste precious time and energy by doggedly hanging on to the memory of old resentments engendered by personal insults and disappointments.

Gemini Moon Sign – Clever

In lively Gemini the Moon’s influence becomes somewhat erratic. Lunar twins have keenly developed imaginations and minds that appear to be permanently stuck in overdrive. Mentally you are the “Fast Freddy” of the zodiac, and no other sign is a quicker study, or processes information faster. A born critic, with an inclination toward loquaciousness, your tendency is to analyze everything and then discuss what you’ve discovered with anyone who will listen. Your skills as a speaker and writer make you a perfect fit for any career where communication plays a major role, such as journalist, broadcaster, teacher, actor, salesperson, or preacher.

Although you take great pride in your own self-sufficiency, you are essentially a “people person” and love nothing more than getting out and spending time with friends and acquaintances. You like being where the action is, and you hate to think that you might be missing out on anything important. A walking encyclopedia of information with an affable open manner and the ability to converse with anyone on any subject, you are a welcome addition to any party or gathering. Like a chameleon you have knack for blending in with any crowd, causing some to label you superficial and others to wonder whether or not they actually know you at all.

Cancer Moon Sign – Emotional

The Moon is in its natural home in Cancer, the sign of its rulership. Lunar crabs are nurturing, creative, imaginative, patient, and intuitive, but also very, very sensitive. Members of this sign are among the most emotional in the zodiacal family, and also the most easily wounded by perceived slights and rebuffs. You are extremely self-protective, and although you are strongly motivated by your emotions, you are also afraid of them.

You rarely show your depth of feeling openly, preferring to hide your vulnerability behind the protective façade of your crab shell. Thus it is often difficult for people to understand where you are coming from, or know where they really stand with you.

Those born under this influence are strongly impressionable with an artistic temperament that works best when allowed to function at its own pace. You cherish the past, and have an extremely retentive memory and the ability to store away impressions, reactions, feelings, and information until the time comes for you to put them to use. Many artists, artisans, chefs, musicians, actors, poets, historians, antiquarians, and teachers were born under this Moon sign.

Leo Moon Sign – Dramatic

Many of the Moon’s natural characteristics are modified or nullified in Leo, the astrological home of the Sun. Here the Moon’s power is stable, positive, and upbeat, and even its shadowy side seems less dark than in other signs. Lunar Leos command respect, and are optimistic and ambitious with an instinctive urge to rule. They don’t like being told what they can and can’t do, and they generally function best in positions of authority.

Naturally extroverted and dramatic, you gravitate toward center stage and bask in the attention, admiration, and applause of your audience. Your warm, generous nature wins people over, and your easy-going charm and wonderful sense of humor keeps them interested and entertained. You have a flair for the dramatic and performing comes naturally to you. When nothing is happening that you find interesting or amusing, you may try to raise everyone’s spirits by playing some music, singing a song, recounting a dramatic incident, or telling a joke or funny story.

Virgo Moon Sign – Practical

The shifting, changing effects of the Moon are much less evident in the steadfast sign of Virgo. Stable, serious in outlook, and modest in demeanor, your mental powers are especially keen and you have an intelligent, thoughtful way of looking at things. You bring a sense of professionalism to everything you do, and could find success in virtually any occupation that demands accuracy, precision, and a keen eye for detail. Your practical realism makes you good at business and managing money, and your concern for security keeps you focused on long-term goals rather than immediate profits.

You have a discriminating mind and a critical nature that automatically questions everything you see and hear. Your approach to life is closely allied to your practical, pragmatic outlook. Basically you are skeptic who rarely accepts anything at face value, and you carefully sift through information and ideas searching for kernels of truth. Lunar Virgos are more practical than scholarly. You consider the pursuit of knowledge merely for the sake of learning a waste of precious time, preferring to focus on subjects that are useful.

Libra Moon Sign – Practical

The cardinality of this sign energizes the more tranquil characteristics of the Moon. Lunar Libras are ambitious, but somewhat slower to react than members of the other cardinal signs. Still, despite occasional bouts of laziness, you manage to motivate yourself enough to accomplish your personal goals. Scales are especially good at strategizing and planning projects, but often get bored before the actual work is completed. However, your specialty is teamwork and cooperation and you’re usually able to charm someone into helping you finish the job.

As the sign of esthetic perception, Libra accentuates the Moon’s allure of glamour and enchantment. The scales appreciation for beauty and all the finer things in life is unmatched by any other sign. You have a keen artistic sense, and an instinctive understanding of music, dance, art, drama, and literature. Many born under this influence have considerable talent along these lines, and you could be a professional artist or entertainer, or simply a patron of the arts.

Scorpio Moon Sign – Penetrating

This is generally considered a difficult lunar placement, because Scorpio’s intensity exerts a powerful influence over the emotional nature of the Moon. Your Scorpio Moon endows you with a deep-seated need for transformation and rebirth. Yours is a fighting spirit, with tremendous determination and a strong instinct for survival. Your specialty is recovering from setbacks that might devastate a less tenacious individual. You have an uncanny ability for bouncing back from failure, defeat, disappointment, illness, and even the very threshold of death’s door.

Lunar scorpions are able to concentrate their energies and focus on their objectives with a passion that sometimes approaches obsession. Always interested in what lies beneath the surface, your instinctive urge is to keep digging until you get to the bottom of things. This is an excellent placement for researchers, detectives, physicians, anthropologists, engineers, occultists, and psychotherapists.

Sagittarius Moon Sign – Enthusiastic

Sagittarius is a dual sign represented by the centaur, a mythological creature with the upper torso of a human growing out of the body of a horse. The Sagittarian centaur is usually depicted with feet firmly planted on the ground, and holding a bow and arrow pointed upwards toward the heavens. The duality of your nature comes from the split between your earthy animal instincts on the one hand, and your philosophical, rational mind on the other.

In Sagittarius the Moon is restless and unsettled in mind and body. Its archetype is the wanderer who explores both the material world and the realm of ideas. You require a great deal of personal freedom in order to fulfill your goals and follow your dreams. Typically archers love to travel and meet new and interesting people. A lover of nature and the outdoors, you thrive on lots of exercise and constant activity. Yours is an impatient, adventurous spirit that impels you to rush headlong into any enterprise, situation, or relationship that sparks your enthusiasm.

Capricorn Moon Sign – Ambitious

The sensitive, ever-changing Moon is basically ill at ease in Capricorn’s cool, controlled environment of rules and regulations. Naturally serious, industrious, and ambitious, you tend to place practical considerations ahead of emotional ones. In relationships you keep your feelings tightly under wraps until you know whether or not you are on solid ground with the other person. However, once committed you make a loyal, devoted, dependable mate, lover, or friend. Emotionally you aren’t very demonstrative, but you show you that you care by taking responsibility for your loved ones and providing for their financial and material needs.

Lunar goats are efficient, responsible, cautious, and mature in attitude and outlook. You set long-term goals, and pursue them with relentless, and sometimes obsessive persistence. Your tenacity and strength of will are such that you consider no obstacle or challenge too great for you to overcome. Your staying power is unparalleled, and your willingness to work hard and put in long hours mean that sooner or later you will achieve the respect, recognition, and power that’s so important to you.

Aquarius Moon Sign – Unpredictable

The Moon is not particularly comfortable in fixed, intellectual Aquarius. Naturally cool headed and cerebral, reason is your god, and your basic focus is a mental one. You distrust instincts, feelings, and emotions as being way too messy and irrational. Although outwardly friendly and sociable, at heart you are a loner. Lunar Aquarians are the quintessential outsiders. Your unconventional outlook and eccentric, unpredictable behavior make it difficult for you to “fit in”, and at times you may suffer from inner feelings of loneliness.

As a life-long student of human nature, you’re extremely observant of other people’s action. Although especially adept at analyzing everyone else’s motivations, when it comes to your own you’re often totally clueless as to why you do the things you do. Despite your innate emotional detachment (or possibly because of it), your forte is counseling and helping others. Career fields generally associated with this Moon sign include psychology, sociology, medicine, teaching, community service, and astrology.

Pisces Moon Sign – Imaginative

Both the Moon and the sign Pisces are about dreams and emotions, and the lunar fish is the archetypal dreamer of the zodiac. Much of the time you inhabit a fantasy world of your own creation. Romantic and idealistic in the extreme, you rarely look at things straight on, or see them for what they really are. You prefer viewing life through a pair of rose-colored glasses, to dealing with its harsh realities.

Psychic ability, intuition, imagination, strong creative talents, and a deep fascination with everything mysterious are closely linked to this placement. You flourish in a creative environment, and you either have artistic abilities of your own, or a great love and appreciation for the arts. Typically members of this sign are deeply spiritual, although their faith is often more mystical than religious. Careers associated with the Moon in Pisces include: artists, musicians, dancers, poets, actors, filmmakers, fashion consultants, interior designers, florists, chefs, nurses, psychologists, practitioners of alternative medicine, and spiritual leaders.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a practicing astrologer and tarot reader and has been a New Age counselor and teacher for 38 years. The author of eleven books, including What Your Birthday Reveals About Your Sex Life (Adams Media: Oct 18, 2011). Phyllis may be contacted via email at pvega @ bellsouth.net or through her personal website http://phyllisvega.com/.

Mars in Astrology

Mars symbol photoThe planet Mars in your birth chart represents strength of will and the desire to win and conquer. It is closely connected to your sense of personal identity and individual level of self-sufficiency. The key Martian qualities are aggression, anger, confidence, courage, independence, leadership, athleticism, passion, sexuality, and masculinity. The zodiacal sign Mars occupies in your horoscope shows your level of energy and how you use that energy to overcome obstacles. If you don’t know the sign position of Mars on the day of your birth, you can look it up in the Mars Ephemeris Tables at CaféAstrology.com: http://www.cafeastrology.com/marssignstables.html

The way Mars manifests itself in your chart is a clear indicator of the type of lovemaking you’re likely to enjoy. Your Mars sign defines what you desire, how you express that desire, and how you go about satisfying it. Mars also denotes basic survival instincts. It involves things like action, movement, and the “fight or flight” instinct.

Because Mars has so much to do with the projection of personality, its elemental position in your horoscope suggests whether your energies are going to be largely physical (Fire), material (Earth), mental (Air), or emotional (Water).

People with Mars in the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are assertive, daring, optimistic, and impractical. Impulsive and willing to take risks, fire sign individuals seize both the moment and opportunity as it arises. They rarely concern themselves with fortune’s ups and downs, because they believe better days are coming and that they will always win out in the end.

Those with Mars in the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) tend to equate security with worldly status, and their focus is on the accumulation of material goods. Inclined to work first and play later, earthy individuals are generally practical and goal-oriented. Willing to work hard, they give their all and expect tangible rewards in return.

Individuals with Mars in the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are more interested in abstract ideas and artistic concepts than in practical matters. The airy types tend to be motivated by a questing spirit and the ongoing need for communication and social interaction. They strive for intellectual independence, physical freedom, and the opportunity to use their creative imaginations in innovative ways.

People who have Mars in the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are sensitive, intuitive, changeable, impressionable, and impractical. Emotional security is their main concern, and watery Mars types often equate emotional security with material security. Motivated more by feeling than logic, they sometimes go too far in following their hunches. Nevertheless, individuals with Mars in Water signs are usually able to capitalize on their intuitive understanding of people and situations.

Mars through the Signs of the Zodiac

Mars in Aries:

In Aries, Mars represents high energy, courage, and initiative. Your sex drive is powerful and easily awakened. While living with you is never dull, it can be difficult. Impulsive and supremely confident, you’re not inclined to look before you leap. Action is your middle name; when your passions are aroused you don’t stop to consider possible consequences.

Mars in Taurus:

Mars in Taurus is hedonistic, sensual, and deliberate. Your sex drive is strong, but controlled. Your approach to lovemaking is straightforward and uncomplicated. Never rushed or anxious, you pursue your desires with dogged determination. Once you set your mind on someone, you’re not easily discouraged. Patience and persistence allow you to wait for as long as it takes.

Mars in Gemini:

Your sex drive is fueled by your mind as much as your body. Comfortable routine bores you so you seek out new experiences in order to maintain your interest. Since your intellect is your most active erogenous zone, your preferred form of erotic communication is verbal and your style of lovemaking apt to be playful and inventive.

Mars in Cancer:

The sensitive feelings of people born under Mars in Cancer are subject to powerful mood swings. Your strong sex drive is tied to your emotions. You must feel safe and secure before you can let go. When you do, your responses are intense, magnetic, and seductive. With encouragement and reassurance, you’re a romantic, thoughtful, and loving partner.

Mars in Leo:

An affectionate, physically demonstrative lover, you take pride in your sexual prowess. You’re as easily aroused as any Mars in Aries, but your passions generally last longer. Mars in Leo natives enjoy sex more than most, especially when heavy doses of love and romance are part of the package. In love, you follow your heart not your head.

Mars in Virgo:

An earthy, nervous sexuality characterizes those with Mars in this sign. Although your physical desires are strong, there is a shy, hesitant side to your nature that makes you fearful of letting go. Nevertheless, you are a perfectionist; in your lovemaking, as in everything else, you strive to be as skilled as possible at what you’re doing.

Mars in Libra:

Aggressive Mars is decidedly uncomfortable in Libra where its assertiveness is impeded by the desire for harmony, cooperation, and approval. More romantic than hot-blooded, you are seeking emotional and mental satisfaction rather than purely physical pleasures. Although you’re generally amiable and agreeable, you are no pushover. There’s a steely will lurking behind your smiling face.

Mars in Scorpio:

Martian Scorpios display a magnetic sexual intensity with strong physical and emotional needs. Your sex drive is single-minded and passionate. You become deeply attached, sometimes obsessively so, to whatever or whomever you fancy. Outwardly cool and composed, your powerful feelings smolder below the surface. An “all or nothing” extremist, you’re not content with halfway measures.

Mars in Sagittarius:

You approach sex as if it were a game to be enjoyed, but not taken too seriously. Companionship and friendship are as important to you as love. In Sagittarius, Mars is not renowned for constancy in relationships. You value your independence too much. Afraid of being tied down, you may suddenly decide to run off when life gets boring.

Mars in Capricorn:

Your sex drive is powerful, with a full appreciation of sensual pleasures. Nevertheless, you believe that you must always be in control of yourself and your feelings. Despite your strong physical needs and desires, you generally choose self-discipline over self-indulgence. Yet beneath your restrained exterior, you’re passionate, sensitive, and very much in need of love and affection.

Mars in Aquarius:

Your sex drive is fueled by intellect rather than physical or emotional responses. The sexual side of love is not all-important to you, yet you’re intrigued by anything new and open to experimentation. Intense involvement scares you, but Aquarius is a fixed sign and you dislike change. When you commit to another, it’s usually for the long haul.

Mars in Pisces:

The assertive energy of the planet Mars is tempered and diffused in Pisces. Innately romantic, idealistic, and sentimental, your greater need is emotional rather than physical. You “go with the flow,” letting life happen without attempting to control its direction. You look at relationships though rose-colored glasses, with high expectations that are rarely achieved in this world.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Celtic photoDepending on which source you believe, Celtic Astrology is either an ancient Druid form of divination based on the thirteen signs of their sacred Tree Calendar, or the comparatively recent invention of noted author Robert Graves, who first discussed the subject in his book, The White Goddess, published in 1948. Either way, the question is not whether Graves reconstituted an old system, or created a new one. What’s important is whether or not the system works. It is only through continued use and repeated empirical testing that we can actually prove an astrological method’s validity. In the meantime, if Celtic Astrology works for you, and adds something valuable to your understanding of yourself and others, it really doesn’t matter if it was founded by the ancient Druids in 500 B.C.E., or by a modern “Druid” in the 20th century.

The Druids were the priests, philosophers, educators, historians, judges, astronomers, astrologers, poets, and storytellers of the Celtic tribes that inhabited the British Isles from the second millennium B.C.E. to the first century B.C.E. The Celtic people revered and respected nature. Their priests were known as “the wise men of the trees”, and it’s said that the Druids believed that the human race was descended from trees. They envisioned the universe in the form of a tree, with roots deep in the ground and branches that reached into the heavens.

The Celtic Tree Calendar, also referred to as The Beth-Luis-Nion, consists of thirteen lunar months of twenty-eight days each, plus an intercalary day, The Nameless Day. The thirteen months and one day comprise the proverbial “year and a day” so often mentioned in legal documents, folk legends, and fairy tales.

The Druids encoded much of their knowledge in a mystical runic alphabet known as the Ogham. It is made up of simple strokes centered on or branching off a single line, each stroke corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. According to Robert Graves, the thirteen consonants of the Beth-Luis-Nion version of the Ogham alphabet correlate to the thirteen months in the Celtic calendar. Each month bears the name of a tree. Thus Beth is the birch month, Luis the rowan month, Nion the ash month, and so on. This calendar of “tree magic” was part of the religious system of the Celts, and was passed down by the Druids from generation to generation.

The word zodiac comes from the Greek zidoakos, and means “a circle of animals”. The zodiac in traditional astrology is a circle of twelve constellations that lie on or near the ecliptic (the path that the sun travels in the course of a year). People born during the days ruled by a specific zodiacal sign tend to exhibit characteristics associated with that sign.

As James Vogh points out in his revolutionary work Arachne Rising, a book that explores the possibility of a thirteen sign zodiac, “Above all astrology is a study of man in time, and time is what the zodiac (any zodiac) is meant to measure. Besides being a circle of animals, or signs, or constellations, the zodiac is a calendar.” In Celtic Astrology, the thirteen calendar months are each represented by a tree sign. People born during the days ruled by a specific tree tend to exhibit characteristics associated with that tree.

Tree Sign Chart

To determine your tree sign find your birth date in the following chart:

Birch (Beth) December 24 to January 20
Rowan (Luis) January 21 to February 17
Ash (Nion) February 18 to March 17
Alder (Fearn) March 18 to April 14
Willow (Saille) April 15 to May 12
Hawthorn (Uath) May 13 to June 9
Oak (Duir) June 10 to July 7
Holly (Tinne) July 8 to August 4
Hazel (Coll) August 5 to September 1
Vine (Muin) September 2 to September 29
Ivy (Gort) September 30 to October 27
Reed (Ngetal) October 28 to November 24
Elder (Ruis) November 25 to December 22
The Nameless Day December 23

Tree Sign Analysis

Birch

Tree Sign Dates: 24 December – 20 January
Ogham Letter: Beth
Ruling Deity: Lugh,
Druic Animal: The White Stag
Keywords: tenacious, hard-working, ambitious, loyal

To the Druids, the Birch represented renewal and rebirth because it was one of the first trees in leaf after winter. The outstanding characteristics of Birch natives are 0ambition, determination, resiliency, and the persistence to overcome setbacks. Birches are extremely loyal, and they are always ready to make sacrifices and take on responsibilities above and beyond that which their position demands. Where family is concerned the Birch individual often assumes obligations that should rightfully fall to others, even if it means that his/her own personal relationships suffer.

Rowan

Tree Sign Dates: January 21- February 17
Ogham Letter: Luis
Ruling Deity: Brigid
Druic Animal: The Dragon
Keywords: far-sighted, inventive, humanitarian, eccentric

Rowan people are individualists who hate conformity and resent any authority other than their own. Their most outstanding characteristics are idealism, progressive ideas, humanitarian principles, and eccentricity. More than anything these far-sighted, imaginative folks need a mission in life, and they often dream of reaching out to help others solve their problems. The typical Rowan tends to see things from a different perspective than members of other tree signs, has an unusual imagination, and often comes up with original ideas that other people may view as odd or eccentric.

Ash

Tree Sign Dates: February 18 – March 17
Orgham Letter: Nion
Ruling Deity: Manannan mac Lir
Druic Animal: The Tern
Keywords: sensitive, spiritual, dual-natured, artistic

Deeply caring, sensitive, spiritual, psychic, dreamy, and artistic by nature, Ash people can also be pragmatic, practical, and business-like when the occasion demands it. Although neither financial success nor fame are attributes that come immediately to mind when you think of this tree sign, Ash natives have an instinct for combining their creativity with a genius for success and money making. Ashes are born healers, actors, writers, filmmakers, sailors, spiritual leaders, psychics, philanthropists, and dreamers, but they also know how to harness their talents, sensitivity, and compassion and hitch them to a rising star.

Alder

Tree Sign Dates: March 18 – April 14
Orgham Letter: Fearn
Ruling Deity: Bran
Druic Animal: The Raven
Keywords: courageous, energetic, passionate, impatient

The courageous, adventurous, impatient individuals born under this tree sign can usually be found in the forefront of any action. Naturally competitive, they need to excel. When Alders take charge, it is not because they seek power, but because they need to always be first. If you want to get an Alder native to do something, just tell him/her that it can’t be done; Alder won’t rest until your proven wrong. In business Alders often have difficulty delegating authority. Their minds are fairly bursting with fabulous ideas for new projects, but instead of asking others for help and input they try to do everything themselves.

Willow

Tree sign Dates: April 15 – May 12
Ogham Letter: Saille
Ruling Deity: Cerridwen
Druic Animal: The Serpent
Keywords: practical, resourceful, enigmatic, resilient.

The practical idealists born under this sign are strong-willed, intelligent and articulate, with powerful memories and tons of common sense. They are also intuitive, imaginative dreamers, and spiritual seekers. Although Willows generally prefer to keep controversial beliefs to themselves, at times they feel impelled to share their experience of the unknown with others. The typical Willow native is shrewd, ambitious, and sensible, but can also be quite emotional and rather mysterious. In fact Willows can be difficult people to get to know because of an enigmatic aspect to their character that generally remains hidden below the surface of the rational public persona.

Hawthorn

Tree sign Dates: May 13 – June 9
Ogham Letter: Uath
Ruling Deity: Olwen
Druic Animal: The Owl
Keywords: communicative, mercurial, multi-talented, shrewd

Hawthorn natives are bight, innovative, creative, and confident. Gifted speakers, writers, teachers, and performers, the eloquent, charismatic people born under this tree sign are multi-talented, spontaneous, likeable, and adaptable. The Hawthorn person is mercurial and craves constant mental stimulation. Communication and study are his/her forte. These quick-witted individuals usually have a variety of interests, but a relatively short attention span that can keep them fluttering from one thing to another, without taking the time to learn any one subject in depth. They are, however, clever strategists, who know how to make a plan and stick to it when it suits their purposes.

Oak

Tree Sign Dates: June 10 – July 7
Ogham Letter: Duir
Ruling Deity: Dagda
Druic Animal: The Wren
Keywords: enthusiastic, optimistic, determined, royal

Oak is the sign of enterprise, generosity, and nobility of feeling. Individuals born under the sign of this tree are generally enthusiastic, determined and self-motivated. Natural leaders, Oaks generally seek the spotlight and are at their best in positions of power and responsibility. The typical Oak person is courageous and competitive, enjoys contests and confrontations of all types, and makes a formidable rival in business, sports, politics, or love. Proud yet gracious in victory, Oaks are magnanimous in defeat. Although they have the willpower to overcome most obstacles and setbacks, their ability to succeed is tempered by a high moral code and sense of fair play.

Holly

Tree Sign Dates: July 8 to August 4
Ogham Letter: Tinne
Ruling Deity: Danu
Druic Animal: The Unicorn
Keywords: trustworthy, capable, generous, compassionate

People born under the tree sign Holly have artistic temperaments and powerful, vivid imaginations. Considering Holly’s innate sensitivity and creativity, it is small wonder that this sign has produced some of our best writers, actors, painters, filmmakers, and musicians. Holly’s creativity is rooted in common sense and sound business principles that allows them to manage and promote themselves, and their creations, in a way that assures success in the real world. Whether he/she works in an artistic, professional, or business medium, at heart the imaginative Holly individual is a realist, with his/her feet planted solidly on the ground.

Hazel

Tree Sign Dates: August 5 – September 1
Ogham Letter: Coll
Ruling Deity: Fionn mac Cumhaill
Druic Animal: The Salmon
Keywords: intelligent, strong-willed, perceptive, idealistic

Hazel is sometimes referred to as, “the tree that wants to be first”, because on the European continent it is the first to flower in the spring; those born under its influence also want to be first. Although strong and resolute on the inside, they hide their determination under a ton of charm and charisma. Generally gifted with artistic and creative ability and a decided flair for the dramatic, they have the personal potential to succeed where others might fail because they have the will power to finish whatever they start. Basically loyal, noble, and trustworthy, those born under the tree sign Hazel don’t like having their honesty questioned or their dignity undermined.

Vine

Tree Sign Dates: September 2 – September 29
Ogham Letter: Muin
Ruling Deity: Etain
Druic Animal: The Swan
Keywords: methodical, analytical, sensitive, compassionate

Individuals born under Vine’s influence tend to be more serious in outlook and modest in demeanor than natives of summer’s Oak, Holly, and Hazel. Vine people invariably strive to “do the right thing”, but sometimes they come off as overly critical idealists, more interested in organizing and analyzing life than living it. Because of their need to be of help and service to others, Vines often take on extra responsibility for their family and friends; they feel impelled to try and “fix” whatever is wrong in other people’s lives. In personal relationships Vines set extremely high standards. Although outwardly cool and seemingly unemotional, beneath the façade the vine type is sensitive and much more vulnerable than he/she appears.

Ivy

Ogham Letter: Gort
Tree Sign Dates: September 30 – October 27
Ruling Deity: Arianrhod
Druic Animal: The Butterfly
Keywords: artistic, sociable, romantic, conciliatory

Ivy natives are among the most civilized of all the tree signs, and the epitome of elegance, charm, and good taste. These lovers of beauty and harmony are romantic and sociable by nature, and they don’t like being alone. Although Ivies crave partnership, they tend to love more with their heads, than their hearts. Those born under this tree sign are idealistic and they refuse to be emotionally compromised. They would rather let go of a relationship, than continue under less than ideal circumstances. However, should his/her partner decide that the relationship is over when Ivy is not ready to end it, he/she can become as possessive and clingy as the plant that rules this sign.

Reed

Ogham Letter: Ngetal
Tree Sign Dates: October 28 – November 24
Ruling Deity: Pwyll
Druic Animal: The Hound
Keywords: complex, mysterious, forceful, uncompromising

Reed individuals are born survivors with a strong sense of purpose and the independence of spirit essential to overcoming impossible odds. No other tree sign is blessed (or cursed) with their indomitable character and ability to take charge and control a situation. Their great inner strength and uncompromising tenacity makes it possible for Reeds to focus totally on a chosen task until their objective has been reached. Their judgment is shrewd and accurate, and their phenomenal memories can be of great help in their work, but also causes them to brood and jealously hang onto emotional wounds and slights. Those born under Reed have an innate belief in their own destiny and capacity to play an important part in transforming the world around them.

Elder

Ogham Letter: Ruis
Tree Sign Dates: November 25 – December 22
Ruling Deity: Pryderi
Druic Animal: The White Horse
Keywords: independent, adventurous, philosophical, outspoken

The Elder individual is optimistic, enthusiastic, and eager to expand his horizons and experience everything that life has to offer. Typically Elder believes that variety is the spice of life, and is always on the lookout for new challenges and adventures. Elder’s adaptable nature allows him/her to bend according to the situation and company. However, their restless temperament makes them dislike tedious schedules and repetitive routine, and they will generally resist any attempt to box them in or pressure them into doing things they don’t want to do. Although at times Elder may appear somewhat shallow or superficial, he/she is actually deeply philosophical. Elder’s tendency to move from experience to experience is part of an ongoing search for a higher truth.

The Nameless Day

Date: December 23
Plant Association: Mistletoe
Keywords: dedicated, responsible, persistent, devoted

The “missing day” in the Celtic Tree Calendar is the intercalary day, December 23. Although The Nameless Day has no Ogham symbol, and is not ruled by any tree, the Druids associated it with the mythology of the Mistletoe. Individuals born on the Nameless Day seem to function best when forced to deal with setbacks and adversity. Motivated by ambition and the desire to succeed, Nameless Day people absolutely refuse to give up on anything they consider important, and their natural aptitude for combining hard work with steely determination helps them attain their objectives. Although often tormented by fear of failure, those born on the Nameless Day somehow manage to overcome their insecurities and hang on until their goals have been reached.

Phyllis Vega is the author of Celtic Astrology: How the Mystical Power of the Druid Tree Signs Can Transform Your Life, New Page Books (July 2002). This article was originally published in Sydney Omarr’s Astrological Guide for You in 2005, Copyright 2004 © Phyllis Vega, The Estate of Sydney Omarr, and Writer’s House LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission of Phyllis Vega.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Sun Sign Mythology

astrology photoThe astrological principles associated with the Sun signs represent differing (and sometimes contradictory) aspects of human experience. To the uninitiated, a horoscope chart is little more than an inscrutable assortment of numbers and symbols. The astrologer is faced with the task of extracting an accurate interpretation from this seemingly arbitrary collection of squiggles and then communicating it to the client in a clear, concise manner. The exciting stories and dramatic images of the ancient zodiacal myths provide a handy method for relating traits typically associated with each of the signs to the lives of people born under that sign. By connecting the Sun signs with the universal archetypes found in mythology, we bring the astrological symbols to life and link them to everyday existence.

Mythological Correspondences and Archetypes

Aries

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Mars/Ares, Nergal, Minerva/Pallas/Athena, Atalanta, Helle, Phrixus, Jason, Abraham, Robin Hood
Archetypes: adventures, athletes, heroes, knights, leaders, pioneers, warriors
Traits: bold, competitive, courageous, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, fun loving, headstrong, idealistic, impatient, impulsive, independent, innovative, passionate

In the Greek myth of the golden fleece, the sea god Poseidon (Neptune) desires the beautiful maiden Theophane. When she rejects him, he changes her into a ewe and himself into a ram. The product of their union is a magical ram with a golden fleece. Phirixus, son of king Athamas and his first wife Nephele, lives in the land of Thessaly. When his jealous stepmother threatens his life, the god Hermes (Mercury) sends the golden ram to carry the youth to safety in the kingdom of Colchis. Upon his arrival, Phirixus sacrifices the ram to Zeus (Jupiter), and presents its fleece to Aeetes, king of Colchis. Aeetes places it in the sacred grove of a dragon that never sleeps. Later, Jason and the Argonauts journey to Colchis, recover the golden fleece, and return it to its rightful place in Thessaly.

Taurus

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Bacchus/Dionysus, Vulcan/Hephaestus, Venus/Aphrodite, Europa, Ishtar, Hathor, Ariadne, Parsiphae, Theseus, King Minos, Gilgamesh, Enkidu
Archetypes: artists, bankers, builders, conservationists, gardeners, musicians, singers
Traits: ardent, artistic, covetous, determined, materialistic, patient, persevering, plodding, possessive, reliable, romantic, security-minded, sensuous, sociable, stubborn

In the Greek myth of the abduction of Europa, Zeus (Jupiter) sees Europa, the daughter of the king of Tyre, gathering flowers. The king of the gods is seized with an uncontrollable desire for the beautiful princess, but she is constantly under the watchful eye of her father’s servants. So Zeus transforms himself into a handsome bull with golden horns, and conceals himself amongst a grazing herd. Struck by the bull’s incredible beauty, Europa can’t resist going up to him and draping a wreath of flowers around his neck. When he kneels at her feet she sit on his back and grasps his golden horns. The bull springs up and speeds her away across the ocean to the island of Crete. Once there, Zeus assumes his true form and makes love to Europa beneath a cypress tree.

Gemini

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Mercury/Hermes, Thoth, Nabu, Nike, Leda, Helen and Clytemnestra, Castor and Pollux, Romulus and Remus
Archetypes: messengers, journalists, publicists, salespersons, scribes, storytellers, traders
Traits: adaptable, amusing, clever, crafty, curious, eloquent, entertaining, informed, logical, multi-talented, persuasive, quick-witted, sociable, spontaneous, talkative

The story most often associated with Gemini is the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux. Although they are fraternal twins, Pollux is immortal because he’s the son of Zeus (Jupiter), but Castor, the son of their mother’s human husband, is mortal. The twins are inseparable friends and boon companions. Castor is a famous horseman and Pollux a championship boxer. Together they participate in many heroic adventures. They join Jason and the Argonauts in the search for the golden fleece, and lead the rescue of their sister, Helen of Troy, from her abductors. When Castor is killed in battle, Pollux is inconsolable and asks Zeus to take his life in exchange for Castor’s. The god refuses, but agrees to allow them to enjoy life alternately, each passing one day in the underworld and the next on earth.

Cancer

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Sin, Mah, Tsuki-Yomi, Ceres/Demeter, Selene, Hecate, Danu, Kwan Yin, Hercules/Heracles and the Hydra, Oedipus
Archetypes: chefs, financiers, goddesses, mothers, nurses, real estate agents
Traits: cautious, changeable, intuitive, maternal, moody, nurturing, patriotic, protective, retentive, security minded, sensitive, sentimental, shrewd, tenacious, traditional

The Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), son of Zeus (Jupiter) and the mortal woman Alcmene, is named “glory of Hera” for Zeus’ wife. But Hera, who hates her namesake, torments him whenever possible. When Hera causes Heracles to lose his mind and murder his wife and children, Apollo tells him he must atone for his crime by showing obedience to king Eurystheus. The king gives Heracles the task of completing twelve nearly impossible labors. One calls for the destruction of the Lernean Hydra, a venomous nine-headed serpent terrorizing the countryside. During the battle a giant crab sent by Hera emerges from a cave and manages to get a claw-hold on Heracles’ foot. Heracles eventually kills the crab and defeats the Hydra, but Hera is so impressed with the crab’s loyalty and courage that she places its image in the night sky as the constellation Cancer.

Leo

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Utu, Ra, Helios, Apollo, Belenos, Lugh, Horus, Amarterasu, Sekhmet, Surya, Hercules/Heracles and the Nemean Lion, Daniel, Samson
Archetypes: actors, celebrities, fathers, gods, heroes, kings, leaders, politicians
Traits: creative, dignified, dramatic, enthusiastic, extravagant, generous, honorable, industrious, loyal, magnanimous, optimistic, passionate, proud, self- confident

The tale most often associated with Leo is that of Heracles (Hercules) and the Nemean Lion. Hera, who hates Heracles, gets Zeus (Jupiter) to promise that the first-born prince of the house of Perseus will become king. Believing it will be Heracles, Zeus agrees. However, Hera contrives things so that Eurystheus is born first. When he realizes that Heracles is more famous than the king, Eurystheus sends the mighty hero on a series of dangerous missions. The first, involves killing an enormous lion with an invulnerable skin that’s terrorizing the hills around Nemea. Heracles shots arrows at the beast and hits him with a club to no avail. Then Heracles follows the lion into a cave with two entrances. Blocking one doorway, he goes after the lion through the other. By grasping the lion in his mighty arms, Heracles manages to choke it to death with his bare hands.

Virgo

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Mercury/Hermes, Asklepios/Aesculapius, Thoth, Chiron, Astraea, Isis, Dike, Tyche, Atargatis, Erigone, Merlin
Archetypes: accountants, counselors, nurses, nutritionists, physicians, veterinarians
Traits: analytical, articulate, clean, concise, critical, dependable, discerning, discreet, efficient, hard-working, humorous, meticulous, modest, organized, prudent, scientific

One Greek myth associated with Virgo is the legend of the girl Erigone whose father is visited by Dionysus (Bacchus). In return for the man’s gracious hospitality, the god gives him a grape vine and teaches him to make wine. The man introduces the intoxicating beverage to the people of his village. Since they’ve never tasted wine before, the citizens get very drunk. In their inebriated state they assume that the wine must be poisonous. The angry villagers murder the poor man, and bury him in an unknown place. Erigone, accompanied only by her faithful dog Maera, spends countless months searching for her father’s grave until she finally finds it. When she dies Zeus (Jupiter) honors her devotion by turning her body into the constellation Virgo, and setting Maera in the skies as the Dog Star.

Libra

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Anubis, Eros, Venus/Aphrodite, Themis, Maat, Freya, Irene, Psyche, Paris
Archetypes: artists, designers, diplomats, judges, musicians, partners, peacemakers
Traits: artistic, conciliatory, cooperative, cultured, fashionable, friendly, gracious, impartial, indecisive, loving, persuasive, procrastinating, refined, romantic, tactful

Libra is the only constellation of the zodiac represented by an inanimate object—the scales. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the scales figure prominently in the story of the soul’s passage from this life to the next. Anubis, the jackal-headed god, uses the scales to weigh the souls of those who have died and to judge their value based on what they did on earth. In the Hall of Double Justice, Anubis weighs the heart on one side of the scale, balancing it against a feather representing truth. The ceremony is presided over by Osiris, ruler of the Underwold, and recorded by his scribe, the ibis-headed Moon god, Thoth. The worthy deceased individual is admitted to eternal life in Osiris’ kingdom. The heart of an unworthy person is consumed by a beast known as The Devourer.

Scorpio

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Pluto/Hades, Arawn, Herne, Osiris, Orpheus, Charon, Hel, Ereshkigal, Persephone/Kore, Eurydice, Aeneas, Gilgamesh
Archetypes: alchemists, detectives, psychologists, researchers, spies, undertakers
Traits: controlling, determined, intense, loyal, magnetic, manipulative, obsessive, passionate, persistent, probing, resilient, resourceful, secretive, strong-willed, subtle

One legend associated with Scorpio comes from the Sumerian epic poem, Gilgamesh. An astronomical calendar myth consisting of twelve tablets, the Gilgamesh cycle tells of the many feats of the legendary hero-king. After the death of his friend Enkidu, Gilgamesh searches for the sage-king Utnapishtim, who possesses the secret of immortality. On his way, Gilgamesh must confront the Scorpion-men—the half man and half scorpion creatures who are the guardians of Mount Mashu, the great mountain that safeguards the rising and setting of the Sun. After this encounter, Gilgamesh is sent on a journey into the dark. Although he feels oppressed and abandoned, strength and courage help him survive until he sees the light of dawn. At the end of this ordeal Gilgamesh finds himself in the garden of the gods, where he encounters the Sun god, Shamesh.

Sagittarius

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Jupiter/Zeus, Thor, Marduk, Tesub, Tin, Chiron, Crotus, Fortuna, Diana/Artemis, Rhiannon, Epona, Orion
Archetypes: explorers, gamblers, philosophers, preachers, students, teachers, travelers
Traits: adventurous, boisterous, candid, confident, enthusiastic, freedom-loving, friendly, generous, idealistic, jovial, lucky, optimistic, outgoing, talkative, truth-seeking, versatile

The Greek mythological figure associated with Sagittarius is the centaur Chiron, a being represented as half-man and half-horse. Chiron is the son of Cronus (Saturn) and the sea nymph Philyra. Instructed by Apollo and Artemis (Diana), he is famous for his skills in hunting, medicine, music, and the art of prophecy. Chiron tutors numerous Greek heroes, including Heracles (Hercules), Achilles, Jason, Asclepius, and Actaeon. He founds the Chironium, a healing temple on Mt. Pellius, where he instructs his pupils and cures the sick. When Chiron is accidentally shot with a poison arrow, he uses all his great medical skills on the wound, but it proves incurable. The suffering of the wounded healer is so profound that the Titan Prometheus, taking pity on Chiron, allows him to renounce his immortality and die in peace.

Capricorn

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Saturn/Cronus, Pan, Ea, Janus, Amalthea, Vesta/Hestia.
Archetypes: builders, conservationists, fathers, financiers, organizers, strategists
Traits: ambitious, cautious, conventional, dependable, dignified, diligent, hardworking, honorable, humorous, particular, patient, persistent, practical, realistic, resourceful

The Greek myth related to Capricorn is that of Amalthea, the goat-nymph who serves as baby nurse to Zeus (Jupiter). His mother, Rhea, hides the infant god on the island of Crete to save him from the wrath of his father Cronus (Saturn), who intends to swallow Zeus as he swallowed all his siblings. Amalthea, half goat and half nymph, is sister to the half goat and half human god, Pan. She feeds the baby Zeus on her magical nanny goat milk. When he grows up Zeus breaks off one of Amalthea’s horns and turns it into the Cornucopia. Since the goat-nymph is capable of producing milk rich enough to feed a young god, the Cornucopia made from her horn can provide magical nourishment for all of Earth’s children. As a reward for her nurturing and devotion, Zeus places his one horned nanny in the heavens as the constellation Capricorn.

Aquarius

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Prometheus, Ganymede, Deucalion, Hebe, Pandora, Pyrrha
Archetypes: archeologists, astronauts, futurists, inventors, non-conformists, scientists
Traits: absent-minded, anxious, argumentative, eccentric, freedom-loving, friendly, idealistic, independent, original, radical, rational, sincere, skeptical, stubborn, tolerant

The Greek mythological figure most often associated with Aquarius is the Titan Prometheus. Zeus (Jupiter) assigns the task of populating the Earth to Prometheus and Epimetheus. Working swiftly, Epimetheus creates the animals and gives them strength, courage, cunning, and speed. By the time Prometheus finishes shaping man, who is meant to be superior to the animals, his brother has handed out the best gifts. Prometheus asks Zeus for some of the god’s sacred fire, so that mortals can keep warm and make weapons and tools to defend themselves and cultivate the Earth. Zeus refuses. So Prometheus, knowing once a gift is given it can’t be taken back, steals the fire and gives it to man anyhow. Zeus punishes Prometheus by chaining him to a rock on Mount Caucasus. Prometheus hangs in his chains and suffers, but he does not apologize. The Titan’s agony continues until the hero Heracles (Hercules) comes along and sets him free.

Pisces

Gods, goddesses, and heroes: Neptune/Poseidon, Manannan mac Lir, Jesus, Atargatis, Doris, the Lorelei, Ulysses/Odysseus, Taliesin, Telemachus, Cassandra, Penelope
Archetypes: artists, healers, mystics, poets, psychics, sailors, social workers, storytellers
Traits: artistic, charitable, dreamy, emotional, imaginative, impressionable, intuitive, mystical, psychic, sea-going, self-sacrificing, sensitive, spiritual, sympathetic, visionary

Homer’s tale of the return of Odysseus (Ulysses) from the Trojan War is linked to Pisces. After ten years of war, the ships carrying Odysseus and his men are blown off course and pitched into uncharted waters by the angry sea god Poseidon (Neptune). The heroes are cast up onto strange beaches, where they encounter many mythological creatures. Their long, dreamlike journey is one of amazing discovery and nightmarish confusion. Meanwhile in Ithaca, Odysseus’ wife Penelope awaits her husband’s return. She sends their son, Telemachus, to seek news of his father. The goddess Athena (Minerva) intercepts the boy and tells him to go home. Then she finds Odysseus, restores him to vigorous manhood, and helps him return to Ithaca. Before Odysseus is finally reunited with his wife, he and Telemachus outwit a plot by one of the queen’s suitors to usurp the throne by killing Telemachus and marrying Penelope.

This article was originally published in Sydney Omarr’s Astrological Guide for You in 2007, Copyright 2006 © Phyllis Vega, The Estate of Sydney Omarr, and Writer’s House LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission of Phyllis Vega.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Tarot Card Combinations (April 2010)

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The difference between the accomplished reader and the novice is often nothing more than the ability to synthesize the card meanings into a comprehensive whole. Although spreads form the framework of your readings, to weave the spreads into complete stories you need to be able to read the cards in combination. While the meanings of some card combinations will be obvious to you, others may require some study. The easiest way to learn how to combine card meanings is through practice. In the meantime, here are some simple guidelines for you to consider.

1. After you lay out the cards, examine them and look for the thread of the story.

2. Think about the individual meanings of each card. Consider how they work together in terms of the question.

3. Focus on the first two or three cards in the spread. Let the artwork speak to you. Allow your intuition to come into play. If answers come to mind that don’t seem to fit with the book meanings of the cards, go with your instinct.

4.  If a card doesn’t make sense, either alone or in combination with its neighbors, pull another card for clarification.

5.  Consider the court cards, if any, and try to determine whether they represent people or issues in the life of the person for whom you’re reading. If you are still unclear about a court card draw a second card as a modifier.

6.  Consider the cards of the major arcana in terms of the larger picture. Then look to the minors for hints on how these issues may manifest in daily life.

7. Start from the first card in the spread and begin telling a story in terms of the question and everything you have gleaned from your examination of the layout.

Let’s say that you are reading for a man who wants to know whether or not he is going to win at gambling. If he picks The Wheel of Fortune, nine of cups, and ten of pentacles you can assure him that he will win big time. However, what if he gets the Wheel of Fortune, the nine of cups and the five of pentacles? You might then surmise that although he may win at first, in the end he will probably lose most of it. In this case you might point out that although the cards point to the most likely outcome, nothing is set in stone. Then you might suggest that if he wins a substantial amount he should cash in his chips and go home.

If a woman is asking about her troubled marriage and future relationship with her husband, and she gets The Lovers, The High Priestess and the eight of cups, you may surmise that her marriage has come to a crossroads. The Lovers shows that a choice must be made, or that someone is coming between the couple. The High Priestess can represent a secret or a mysterious woman in the husband’s life. With the eight of cups, he may well leave the questioner for the other woman (or she may decide to leave him). However, if instead of the former combo the woman draws The Lovers, The High Priestess, and the two of cups, the choice is still there, but with this combination the husband may realize that the marriage is based on partnership and true love. Then, instead of leaving, he may agree to let go of the other woman in order to build a more meaningful union with his wife.

Consider the following combination: The Empress and the three of swords. What do you think these cards mean when taken together? Since The Empress may represent pregnancy and the three of swords loss, disappointment, heartbreak, or surgery, this combo often indicates miscarriage or abortion. If The Star was drawn with these cards you would know that the worst was past and healing had begun. However with the addition of the five of cups to the original two cards you might surmise that the woman in question was having great difficulty letting go her sorrow, pain, and disappointment.

During the course of a reading, new definitions for single cards or combinations may come to mind. If this happens, don’t be afraid to use the new definition. At some point you may find that you no longer need to “read” either individual or combined meanings. The answers will jump out at you before you can think about card meanings. When this happens it is as if an inner channel opens up and detailed pictures or words form in your mind. Trust your impulses and the images you receive. At this point the tool becomes incidental to the process and intuition takes over; just follow wherever it leads you.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Tarot Exercises & Games (December 2009)

Tarot Meditation

The tarot is an extremely useful and effective aid to meditation photo. You might even say that the tarot and meditation go hand in hand, since tarot imagery is rooted in a symbolic system that automatically resonates with the subconscious mind. If you are just learning the tarot, meditation is an excellent method for discovering the deeper meaning of the cards. However, you don’t need to know the history or conventional meanings of tarot in order to use it effectively in your meditation exercises. All you need to do is look at the images, then make them the focal point of your meditations.

One of the best ways to understand a tarot card is through meditation. In this trance-like state, you can get “inside” any card and explore its true meaning. Meditating on the cards is also a great way to broaden your understanding of the workings of the tarot archetypes and their relevance to your own life. There are many ways to combine the tarot with meditation. You may choose a card randomly, or you can select a specific card on which to meditate. You can also choose cards which represent specific issues that you wish to contemplate. In addition to providing focus, using the cards in your meditations will enable you to learn a great deal more about the cards themselves.

To begin any tarot meditation, find a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed. Examine the card you’ve chosen. Study it carefully, committing the details to memory. Hold the image of the card your mind. When you are able to picture the scene on the card with your eyes closed, sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Tell yourself that you will remember everything you see or hear during the meditation. Concentrate on your breathing, imagine a soft light gently enveloping your body, and let go of all your tensions.

Allow yourself to tune into the energy of your chosen card. When you feel ready, visualize yourself entering into the scene pictured on the card. Impressions will begin to come into your mind. Trust the process and don’t try to force anything. Just allow the images to flow without resistance, and absorb all the details. After awhile you will realize that the time has come for you to leave. When you feel the meditation ending, take a few deep breaths and open your eyes. Remember to record everything you saw and heard while in the meditative state in your tarot journal.

Changing Your Future Reality

What the forecaster comes up with when he studies the patterns of the weather, stocks or fashion are possibilities or probabilities. When a psychic or reader tunes into the tarot cards she also sees the future in terms of probabilities. Because of where you are in your life at the time of the reading some probabilities are stronger than others. However, the one that ultimately manifests in your life depends on you. If you don’t like a reading you can take positive steps to change the outcome. There are a number of ways to do this.

Daily Card: Instead of drawing a card for the day, choose one. Pick the card that comes closest to the energy that you hope to manifest. Put the card where you can see it, on your desk, next to your computer, on the refrigerator. Look at it often and imagine that the positive energy of the card is becoming part of your life.

Changing Any Spread: Suppose you ask a question, and you don’t like the answer. Instead of assuming that you’re somehow stuck with a future that you don’t want, think about the answer that you would have preferred. Then pick and choose the cards that will give you the answer you were seeking. Spread them out and study them. Leave the layout where you can see it. Refer to it often. Tell yourself that this is the future that you are creating.

Changing Limiting Beliefs about Relationships with Tarot

At first glance the following statements may seem like facts. However, if you think about it for a moment you’ll realize that they are actually beliefs:

“I’ll never find the right person for me.”

“The good ones are all taken.”

“Marriage is too difficult.”

“I’m too old for love.”

“All relationships start out great, but end badly.”

“Women are gold-diggers.”

“Men only want one thing.”

“Women are fickle.”

“Men are cheats.”

“Some guys have all the luck.”

Many of the beliefs upon which we build our lives are readily apparent to us. But in certain areas, we may hold deep-seated core beliefs that sabotage our best efforts to improve our circumstances. These core beliefs often exist in areas of relationships, money, work, health, sex, and romance, and tend to show up in repetitive patterns. If your love life keeps turning sour, perhaps you’re projecting energies that attract negative situations. Maybe you’re holding onto a belief that you don’t deserve to be happy in a relationship, or that you aren’t worthy of another person’s love.

In this exercise you will use tarot images to help identify and change your limiting beliefs about relationships.

1) Study the following list of sample negative/positive pairs of belief statements. Choose one set that contains a negative belief currently affecting your life, or make up one of your own:

* Nobody loves me/everybody loves me

* I don’t deserve to be loved/I do deserve to be loved

* I am too old for love/I will never be too old for love

* I am afraid to love and be loved/I am not afraid to love and be loved

* I am at the mercy of circumstances/I am not at the mercy of circumstances

* I’m not attractive to the opposite sex/I am attractive to the opposite sex

* I have no right to happiness/I have every right to happiness

* I am unlucky in love/I am lucky in love

* I never get anything I want/I always get everything I want

2) Pick out a card from your tarot deck as representative of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with regard to the negative side of your chosen belief statement. Then pick out another card as representative of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions with regard to the positive side of that belief statement. For example, if the negative belief statement is, “I am too old for love,” you might select The Hermit. If the positive belief statement is, “I will never be too old for love,” you might select the page of cups.

3) Study the card you have chosen to represent the negative belief statement. Think about how it makes you feel. Why do you think you chose this card? How do you usually react when you get this card when reading for yourself? If this card came up in a reading for someone else, how would you interpret it? Return this card to the deck.

4) Study the card that you have chosen to represent the positive belief statement. Think about how it makes you feel. How do you usually react when you get this card when reading for yourself? If this card came up in a reading for someone else, how would you interpret it? Place this card in a prominent place, where you can see it often. Each time you look at the card remind yourself of the positive belief statement that it represents.

What’s Behind the Door? – Remote Viewing Tarot Game

Any number of people can play this remote viewing tarot game. One person is designated as the “Sender” the rest of the group act as “Viewers”. The usual time for the game to last is one week. On the first day the sender chooses a tarot card and hangs it up behind a door in his or her home. The Sender then writes the name of the chosen card on a piece of paper and places the paper in a sealed envelope. At designated times during the week the Sender concentrates on “sending” the card to the Viewers who have entered a meditative state and are attempting to receive the images that the sender is projecting. At the end of the appointed period each viewer writes down the impressions he or she received on a piece of paper and puts the paper in a sealed envelop. When the group gets together at the end of the period they open all the envelopes and the number of hits and misses is tallied.

Who Am I? Who Are You?

This game combines elements of Charades and Role Playing. It has been designed to help you learn more about the way you view yourself and your partner. It will also help you develop a more intimate relationship with the tarot’s complex archetypal court figures. Begin by removing all the cards from the deck except the court cards.

Who Am I? Pick a court card to represent yourself. Do not reveal the name of the chosen card. Remove it from the pack, and place it face down on the table. Take a moment to imagine yourself as the selected card. Using words, gestures, and props, act out the role as dramatically as you can. The other player tries to guess which card you’ve chosen to represent yourself.

Who Are You? Pick a court card to represent your partner. Do not reveal the name of the chosen card. Remove it from the pack, and place it face down on the table. Take a moment to imagine your partner as the selected card. Using, words, gestures, and props, act out the role as dramatically as you can. The other player tries to guess which card you’ve chosen to represent him or her.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Keywords In Tarot (November 2009)

keywords photoKeywords can be a valuable tool when reading the tarot, especially for the beginner. The keywords can be combined with the in-depth meanings in such a way as to create memory pegs that make it easier to interpret the cards when you’re in the midst of a reading. Sometimes just the recollection of one or two keywords is enough to trigger total recall of a card’s meaning. Once the keywords have been mastered, the ability to combine and synthesize the meanings of each of the 78 tarot cards comes with practice.

Part 1 – Tarot Reader’s Keyword Cheat Sheet

The Major Arcana

0. The Fool: innocence, inexperience, new beginnings, fresh start, freedom loving, open minded, a trip or journey, risk, following your dreams, taking a chance.

l. The Magician: manifestation, transformation, metamorphosis, will and determination, magic, psychic awareness, self-confidence, creative intelligence, mental agility, crafty, a trickster.

2. The High Priestess: intuition, inspiration, secrecy, detachment, mystery, psychic ability, passive, receptive, the unconscious, memories, dreams, spiritual development, esoteric knowledge, hidden power, women’s mysteries.

3. The Empress: abundance, fertility, nurturing, motherhood, pregnancy, sensuality, sexuality, practicality, good luck, success, feelings, property, land, synthesis, comfort, luxury.

4. The Emperor: authority, government, logic, reasoning, solid foundations, leadership, organization, order, fatherhood, bosses, courts, society in general, police, war, conquest, victory.

5. The Hierophant: tradition, organized religion, family, conventional mores, conventional belief systems, rituals, marriage, organizations, groups, rigidity, orthodox guidance, the establishment.

6. The Lovers: choice, unions, partnership, a love match, unpredictable changes, travel, new experiences, duality, decisions, new relationships, someone interfering between lovers.

7. The Chariot: ambition, motivation, focus, power, victory, success, self-discipline, travel, determination, youthful energy, bravado, willpower, fruition.

8. Strength: fortitude, inner strength, courage, passion, perseverance, wisdom, knowledge, self-dominion, self-confidence, enthusiasm, endurance, patience, stubbornness.

9. The Hermit: guidance, contemplation, solitude, study, teaching, metaphysics, travel, self-containment, truth seeking, meditation, occult knowledge and secrets, spiritual teaching, higher self.

10. The Wheel of Fortune: good and bad luck, destiny, karma, what goes around comes around, spinning your wheels, cycles, risk taking, changes.

11. Justice: equity, balance, harmony, the law, deliberations, contracts, choice, impartiality, detachment, compromise, lawsuits, legal problems, law enforcement, looking at both sides, getting what you deserve.

12. The Hanged Man: stagnation, suspended action, unconventional behavior, frustration, delays, a new point of view, going your own way, sacrifice, loneliness, victim consciousness.

13. Death: regeneration, transformation, rebirth, permanent change, renewal, revitalization, metamorphosis, the phoenix rising from the ashes, complete turn around.

14. Temperance: moderation, compromise, alchemy, adaptation, tempering, self-control, modification, patience, mix and match, weave together, blend fire and water, harmony, balance, a delay.

15. The Devil: temptation, limits, burdens, restrictions, boundaries, misdirection, self-indulgence, sensuality, lust, bondage to the past, fear of change, obsession, passive choosing, lack of self-confidence.

16. The Tower: sudden and unexpected life changes, trauma, breaking apart of structures, a wake up call, violent upheaval, violent endings, catalyst for change, clearing away of the old to make room for the new.

17. The Star: renewal, hope, healing, inspiration, inner peace, calm, insight, meditation, guidance, purpose, light, reaching for the stars, purity, beauty.

18. The Moon:  illusion, the unconscious, dreams, visions, worry, fear, confusion, madness, paranoia, swamped by emotion, psychic ability, the mysterious, goddess consciousness, women’s mysteries, reflection, dark night of the soul.

19. The Sun: joy, energy, good luck, success, material wealth, things up front, god consciousness, exuberance, enthusiasm, attainment, empowerment, illumination, master of your own destiny, travel.

20. Judgement: enlightenment, a spiritual awakening, second chance, starting over, regeneration, critiquing and judging others, higher consciousness, wisdom, a more meaningful existence.

21. The World: fulfillment, success, growth, change, milestone, coming full circle, travel, having it all, ending one cycle and beginning another, journey’s end.

The Court Cards

King of Wands: entrepreneur, visionary, self-starter, enthusiastic, self-employed, independent, motivated, an inspiration to others, promoter, salesman, agent, manager, impatient, impulsive, con man.

King of Cups: compassionate, loving, kind, romantic, nurturing, family man, metaphysician, preacher, cook, counselor, psychologist, operating a home business, working at what you enjoy, tendency to over indulge in food and drink.

King of Pentacles: stable, astute in business, loyal, secure, dependable, successful, materialistic, family oriented, accomplished, square peg in a square hole, financier, CEO, manager, industrialist, banker, measurable risk.

King of Swords: logical, warrior/scholar/diplomat, professional man, lawyer, judge, doctor, writer, law and order, the justice of the establishment, authority, wise, impartial, detective, undercover agent, spy.

Queen of Wands: exuberant, spirited, creative, businesslike, energetic, enterprising, dramatic, ardent, passionate, honest, open, creative, outgoing, opinionated, fiery.

Queen of Cups: nurturing, loving, romantic, motherhood, psychic, clairvoyant, compassionate, emotional, dramatic, spirituality, sexuality, secretive, tendency towards overweight, loves animals and children.

Queen of Pentacles: practical, nurturing, responsible, secure, down-to-earth, business oriented, go-getter, materialistic, over-protective, efficient, earth mother, writer, actress, inventor, accountant, psychologist.

Queen of Swords: courageous, intelligent, creative, feminine, a woman alone, independent, a widow or divorcee, outspoken, sharp tongued, self-motivated, secretive, demanding, dominating, vindictive, deceitful.

Knight of Wands: informative, travel related to business or spiritual matters, heightened intuition, synchronistic events, a spiritual quest, eager, ardent, energetic, a messenger bringing good news.

Knight of Cups: romantic, travel, flirtations, social activities, new romance, improvements and increase, following a path with heart, flights of fancy, charm, excessive emotion, Don Juan.

Knight of Pentacles: dependable, serious, responsible, hard-working, practical, working behind the scenes, workaholic, smoldering temper, travel related to finances, business, investing, saving.

Knight of Swords: assertive action, aggression, travel, communication, social activities, courage, bravado, overcoming obstacles, headstrong, sharp mind, mental challenge.

Page of Wands: communicative, spreading good news, new projects, new beginnings, adventurous, spiritual, fun-loving, charismatic, easily bored, unfinished projects, messages about work and employment, advertising, promotion.

Page of Cups: expansive, pregnancy, birth, new beginnings, social messages, sensitive, emotional, romantic, psychic, creative, intuitive, immature.

Page of Pentacles: enthusiastic, student, scholarship, apprentice, perpetual beginner, solitary journey, vision quest, work as play, negotiations, financial communications, computer nerd.

Page of Swords: cerebral, intellectual, not taking things seriously, intelligent, outspoken communication, assertive, crusader, detached, watcher, ironic observer, active and curious mind.

The Pip Cards

Wands

Ace of Wands: new enterprises, creative beginnings, birth of an idea, new challenges, boundless energy, fiery enthusiasm, optimism, exhilaration, a journey, birth of a child, a sexual escapade, mail or phone messages.

Two of Wands: impending success, moving in the right direction, creative partnerships, collaboration of ideas, successful negotiations, ships just over the horizon, friendship based on common interests.

Three of Wands: imminent success, past efforts starting to pay off, ships coming in, commerce, overseas transactions, imports and exports, alliances with others, pooling talent and ideas.

Four of Wands: foundations, stability, solidly laid plans, architecture, property, building and planning, a new home, a happy family, committed relationships, business partnerships, friendship, births, marriage, engagement, rites of passage.

Five of Wands: competition, rivalry, aggressive action, standing your ground, struggle, beating the bushes for new business, flushing out opportunities, fighting for what you want.

Six of Wands: victory, success, triumph, overcoming obstacles, achievement, winning, honors, realization of goals, vindication for hard work and struggle, attaining a cherished dream.

Seven of Wands: holding your own, success against all opposition, winning out over unfavorable odds, position of advantage, fighting back successfully, taking a stand, self employment, writing.

Eight of Wands: swiftness, energy, messages, good news, moving closer to your goal, plans nearing completion, travel, mail, faxes, email, phone calls, advertising, promotion, new ideas, new projects, taking a risk.

Nine of Wands: final test, one last challenge, a pause in the struggle, wait and see, caution and patience, drawing on reserve strength, poised on the threshold of victory.

Ten of Wands: overburdened, excessive responsibility, carrying a heavy load, biting off more than you can chew, doing everything yourself, stress, pressure, all work and no play.

Cups

Ace of Cups: new relationships, new love, joy, fulfillment, pregnancy, birth, fertility, new opportunities, renewed passion, a new appreciation for life, a happy situation, the Holy Grail.

Two of Cups: partnership, true love, one-on-one relationships, marriage, engagement, emotional compatibility, mutual trust, openness, dating, good feelings, give and take.

Three of Cups: celebrations, rejoicing, reunions, the holidays, births, baptisms, engagements, good fortune, success, happiness, friendships, convivially, happy hours, fun, eating and drinking, overindulgence, oversensitivity.

Four of Cups: apathy, unappealing choices, lack of enthusiasm for the future, opportunities that merit a second look, jaded outlook, boredom, dissatisfaction, a ho-hum attitude.

Five of Cups: regret, disappointment, loss, holding onto past wrongs, sorrow, emotional pain, end of a relationship or job, reversal of fortune, demotion, passed over for promotion, burned out.

Six of Cups: nostalgia, old memories, new opportunities, children, childhood, appearance of an old friend or lover, birth, pregnancy, happy times, a new use for old skills and abilities.

Seven of Cups: indecision, imagination, fantasy, an abundance of options, inability to distinguish between good and bad choices, feeling muddled and confused, vacillating.

Eight of Cups: walking away, moving on, the gradual withdrawal of affection, loss of interest, conscious decision to leave a relationship or job, backing off, pulling back, searching for higher meaning.

Nine of Cups: wish fulfillment, happiness, joy, contentment, abundance, material success, physical well being, fulfillment of a dream, good luck, earthly pleasures.

Ten of Cups: happy family, joy and contentment in personal relationships, lasting success, complete happiness, emotional harmony, prosperity, security, commitment, marriage, children, a house or home.

Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles: financial opportunity, a fresh start, a new job, renewed health, expansion, material gain, a raise or promotion, auspicious time to launch a new business venture.

Two of Pentacles: Your relationships are going through a period of change and adjustment, and you’re mainly concerned with maintaining your equilibrium and striking a workable balance between the various aspects of your life.

Three of Pentacles: master craftsperson, an expert, public recognition, reward for expertise, master builder, payment of royalties or residuals, satisfying work, achievement.

Four of Pentacles: security, a solid financial foundation, stability, financially conservative, protective of possessions, seeking happiness from money, self-sufficient, professional advancement, a miserly disposition.

Five of Pentacles: insecurity, hardships, poverty, unemployment, debts, self-employment that tends to feast or famine, misfortune, out in the cold emotionally, feeling abandoned and ignored.

Six of Pentacles: financial aid, assistance, loan, social security check, welfare, a grant, a scholarship, a gift, an inheritance, bonus, raise, prize, benefactor, patron, what goes around – comes around.

Seven of Pentacles: financial harvest, evaluating accomplishments, weighing options for the future, royalties, a surge in sales, reevaluation of goals, a pause in progress.

Eight of Pentacles: apprentice, education, learning a new trade, polishing skills, attention to detail, fine tuning of ability, taking pride in what you do, a new hobby.

Nine of Pentacles: comfort, independence, financial security, alone but not lonely, contentment, well-being, self-reliance, a beautiful environment, love of animals and nature, a home body, material success.

Ten of Pentacles: wealth, prosperity, riches, purchase of land or stock, business travel, transactions involving millions, a windfall, improved health, happiness and contentment, security.

Swords

Ace of Swords: new ideas, new beliefs, new projects, invention, resolving old problems, solutions to a mystery, cutting through illusions, a sudden romance or sexual encounter.

Two of Swords: stalemate, deadlock, procrastination, a paradoxical situation, a temporary truce or compromise, a fork in the road, a decision yet to be made, the need to decide soon.

Three of Swords: heartbreak, loss, physical and emotional pain, letting go, deep suffering, a broken relationship, divorce, separation, open heart surgery, abortion, miscarriage.

Four of Swords: respite, incarceration, jail term, hospital stay, a period of rest and recuperation, time out for quiet contemplation, a spiritual retreat, inactivity, waiting.

Five of Swords: empty victory, winning through the use of deception and unfair tactics, sabotage, treachery, escape from danger, breaking of bonds, lifting of restrictions, a battle with no clear victor.

Six of Swords: travel, moving away from problems, change of residence, a turning point, improvement in a situation, a trip over water, an overseas visitor, assistance.

Seven of Swords: bold action, an impulsive act, furtiveness, stealth, outsmarting the opposition, playing your cards close to the vest, taking advantage of a person or situation, mistrust, a victory that brings only partial success.

Eight of Swords: restriction, illusion of limitation, a mental prison, mental distress, fear, insecurity, blocked exits, lack of options, feeling boxed in, looking for a way out, a sense of hopelessness.

Nine of Swords: worry, anxiety, sleepless nights, stress induced nightmares, fear, mental anguish, depression, concern for family, concern for the problems of the world, dark night of the soul.

Ten of Swords: betrayal, unhappy endings, treachery, misfortune, being stabbed in the back, loss, final and dramatic resolution of a situation, the end of a thing on which you had been counting.

Part 2 – Keyword Practice Exercise

1) Study the keywords and phrases for each of the majors

2) Examine the following poem.

3) Using different keywords and phrases from the ones in the sample, write your own poem about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana.

Innocent Fool says, “I begin”.

Crafty Magician says, “I manifest”.

Secretive High Priestess, says “I intuit”.

Fertile Empress says, “I nurture”.

Authoritative Emperor says, “I govern”.

Traditional Hierophant says, “I believe”.

Harmonious Lovers say, “We choose”.

Ambitious Chariot says, “I succeed”.

Courageous Strength says, “I persevere”.

Contemplative Hermit says, “I guide”.

Cyclical Wheel of Fortune says, “I change”.

Balanced Justice says, “I decide”.

Suspended Hanged Man says, “I don’t conform”.

Transforming Death says, “I am reborn”.

Alchemical Temperance says, “I compromise”.

Limiting Devil says, “I tempt”.

Traumatic Tower says, “I clear away.”

Healing Star says, “I inspire”.

Reflective Moon says, “I create illusion”.

Glorious Sun Says, “I energize”.

Enlightened Judgement says, “I awaken”.

Affirming World says. “I’ve arrived”.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Dreams, Past Lives, and Tarot (August 2009)

Part 1 – Dreams and Tarot

dreams photoBoth dreams and tarot help you to tune into your inner-self. They bring you messages that you can use to resolve life’s problems. Since dream images are often obscure and difficult to comprehend, tarot can be used to help you to understand their true significance.

It is my belief that the messages of your dreams are as important, or more important, than any information you glean during your waking hours. Dreams serve as intermediaries that allow you to experience other levels of reality. I created The Dream Interpretation Spread to help you translate the language of the psyche into practical terms that your conscious mind can understand and put to good use.

Before you can interpret a dream you must be able to remember it. Keeping a dream journal serves two purposes. First it provides a permanent account that you can examine, analyze, and review. Writing down dreams also serves as a stimulus to memory. The more time you spend recording and thinking about your dreams, the more dreams you will remember. When you are about to fall asleep tell yourself that you will remember your dreams. When you wake, write down everything that you recollect, even the smallest fragments.

Once you are able to recall your dreams you will want begin decoding their messages. Usually the meanings of a dream’s symbols are obvious, and translating them into everyday terms relatively easy. However, sometimes the significance of dream events is difficult to understand. When this happens tarot can be extremely helpful.

Dreams are a bridge between the material and nonmaterial worlds, blending elements of both. The smaller the gap between waking and dreaming consciousness, the more closely connected you are to your higher self. Nurture your ability to remember and understand your dreams and you will find yourself constantly in contact with your inner voice which is the source of much of your power and creativity.

Dream Interpretation Spread

  1     2     3     4
                      
       5    6    7
              
          8     9

             10

1-4) Factors that describe your dream.
5-7) How these factors influence your waking life.
8-9) What the dream images are trying to tell you.
10) How you can best use this information.

Tarot Dream Game

The original version of the Dream Game was the brainchild of Chicago actor Gary Joy, who created it as a remote viewing exercise. At the time Gary and some of his friends were into testing their psychic abilities. One member of their group would go into another room, concentrate on an object, and the others would try to pick up information about that object.

When Gary first signed on to the Prodigy Internet Service he got to know some people who were posting letters in a dream topic. The members of this group were also interested in the subject of remote viewing. Since they could not get together in person, Gary devised the Dream Game as a way for them to test their remote viewing ability through their dreams, and then share the results via the Internet.

In this version of the game the object sent by the Sender is always a tarot card.

Dream Game Rules

The Dream Game employs a Sender, an Observer, and an unlimited number of Dreamers. The object of the game is for the Dreamers to dream of the Senders’ selected object. The game is played for a specific number of nights decided upon in advance by the players.

The Sender: The Sender is responsible for selecting a card from the tarot deck. Each night before going to sleep, or anytime during the day, the Sender concentrates on that card, “sending out” images of it to the Dreamers. Part of the Sender’s job is to provide the Observer with detailed information regarding the card being sent.

The Dreamers: The Dreamers’ goal is to dream about the Senders’ card. During the duration of the game the Dreamers record all remembered dreams (including dream fragments). At the end of the game, each Dreamer gives a copy of his/her dream record to the Observer.

Observer: The Observer acts as witness. At the beginning of the game the Observer receives detailed information about the card from the Sender. The Observer and Sender are not to tell any of the Dreamers what the card is until the end of the game. At the end of the game the Observer studies the dream records, searching for hits and correlations.

A “hit” is a dream that actually contains the name of the chosen tarot card or images from it. A “correlation” occurs when the Dreamer dreams about something related to the meaning of the card. For example, if the card was the Queen of Wands, any dream about a queen, flowering branch, sunflower, wand, crown, throne, lion, or cat would be considered a hit. Any dream that contains an independent or self-employed woman or one with a fiery wands nature could be considered a correlation. Of course, the aforementioned images and meanings relate to the Rider Pack and may vary according to the deck that the Sender is using.

Part 2 – Past Life Exploration and Tarot

There are many ways to access past life memories. You might get a past life reading from a psychic; undergo hypnotic regression with an experienced past-life therapist; learn self hypnosis; use guided imagery meditation tapes; or study dream analysis. Or, you could simply examine your current life for likes and dislikes that might be holdovers from a previous existence. Known as the Resonance Method this means of analyzing strong tendencies, emotional and physical problems, moods, habits and talents is a simple and safe way of uncovering past life data.

No matter which method you use your answers may prove to be rather, sketchy with few clues to what concerns you most about a particular past life experience. Because the symbolism of tarot transcends time and space, it allows us to tap into the past, present and future in this life. Therefore it seems only natural to take it a step further and use the tarot to amplify and clarify past life data as well.

You may use the following spreads after you have received some past life data through one of the aforementioned methods. Or, you may use this spread as a means of garnering new past life information.

Past Life Spread

          1

2        3       4      

5        6        7

8        9       10
    
      11   12

      13    14

1) Basic soul nature coming into the past life in question
2) Environmental factors
3) Early years
4) Education
5) Occupation
6) Family life
7) Love life
8) Other relationships
9) Social status
10) Accomplishments
11-12) Lessons learned during the past life in question
13-14) Ways in which this past life impacts on your current life

Past Life Spread For Couples

Use the following spread after you or your significant other has received some data regarding a past life in which you were together. It can help you clarify your impressions. You may also use this spread as a gateway to accessing new past life information.

1         2          3

4          5         6

            7

1) Your basic soul nature coming into the past life in question
2) Your significant other’s basic soul nature coming into the past life in question
3) Shared past life environment
4) The nature of your relationship in that past life
5) Lessons you learned during that past life
6) Lessons your significant other learned during that past life
7) How that past life impacts on your current lives

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.

Tarot Spells (June 2009)

tarot candle photo
Photo by contemplicity

Call them spells, prayers, affirmations, programs, rituals, visualizations, or meditations. It matters not what name you give to your magical machinations. The real magic comes from your ability to focus your personal power, infuse it with your desire and intent, and then release it out into the universe. When I work spells I like to use the tools I know best: candles, quartz crystals and tarot cards. I use the cards to represent the people and circumstances involved in the situation that I wish to create. I use the candles to help invoke the goddesses, gods, entities, or guides that I will appeal to for help in reaching my goals. I use the quartz crystals to augment my personal power and direct it outwards.

In tarot divination, the beautiful artwork, rich symbolism, and archetypal images portrayed on the cards help the reader bypass the limitations of the individual conscious mind and dip deep into the collective subconscious for impressions about the past, present, and future. A similar principal holds true when the tarot cards are used for spell work. Since the tarot is universal in scope, the complete spectrum of reality is portrayed by the symbols on the cards, with every conceivable scenario of experience represented.

The first step, whether you are personalizing an existing tarot spell or creating one of your own, is deciding exactly what it is that you want to accomplish. Next, assemble the tools you’ll need to complete the spell. Create a proper atmosphere for spellcraft by preparing yourself and your altar or work area as you would for any sacred ritual. Set out the various items for the spell. Center and ground yourself with several deep breaths or a few moments of quiet meditation. If your spell calls for candles and incense, light them and then invoke your deities or guides. Study the cards that represent your desired outcome.

Always speak the words of the spell clearly and with conviction. Focus on the outcome as if it has already been accomplished, and then release it out into the universe. As you snuff out the candles and incense, thank the attending deities for their assistance.

The secret to success in spellcraft lies in your facility for visualizing your goal as clearly as possible and directing your energy toward it with total concentration. After choosing cards that portray what you want to achieve, focus your attention on the tarot’s images.

Make up a story based on the scenes depicted on the cards. Infuse your intent with desire and let it go. Trust that it is working.

If you are using your tarot cards for divination, spellcraft, and personal development exercises, you’ll definitely need to own several different decks. Some spells specify that you should leave the cards out where you can see them, place them in a spell box, or carry them around with you for a period of time. Others may require that you write on them, sew or bind them together, or even burn, tear, or bury them. Moreover, you may not want to perform readings with the same cards you’re using for your spell work. Fortunately, most popular tarot decks are relatively inexpensive. Also, you can usually find used tarot decks for sale on eBay, at garage sales, or in used bookstores. Another idea is to scan or photocopy your deck, and use the printouts or copies instead of the actual cards in your spell work.

The most important thing to remember when performing any spell is that you need to believe in what you are doing for it to work. Although tarot cards and other tools are extremely helpful when performing a spell, the real magick comes less from the spell’s elements than from your own power and belief in a successful outcome. Whenever possible, you should also take action in everyday life to help your spell along.

Lost Pet Spell

Use this spell to help find a lost pet or entice a runaway to return home.

In the following example “A” is the signifactor, a woman whose pet cat has run off. The woman and her cat are represented by the Queen of Wands. The cards used to bring the cat home are: 2) Six of Cups — nostalgia, renewal of old ties; 3) Strength — overcoming obstacles; 4) The Star — hope, healing, progress; 5) Ten of Cups — home, family, happy reunion.

Candle #1 symbolizes attraction and is pink
Candle #2 symbolizes healing and is white
“B” is an herb — in this case catnip
The crystal is rose quartz for love

(candle #1)(candle #2)
A
2
3
4
5
B
(crystal)
Place the cards, candles, catnip, and crystal on your altar or other safe, private spot. Light the candles. Focus on your lost pet. Imagine him or her returning home. Say:

Oh, Artemis, Lady of the Beasts,
And Protector of all animals
Shield (pet’s name) from hurt or harm
Keep him/her safe and warm
Watch over him/her from day to day
And guide him/her home, at last to stay
(Pet’s name) called and (pet’s name) won
By my will — It is done!

Focus on the end result as if it has already happened. Hold the image for as long as you can, then let it go and release it out into the universe. As you snuff out the candles, thank Artemis for her help. Place the cards, crystal, and herb in a spell box, envelope, or drawer and keep safe until the desired outcome has been achieved.

Prosperity Spell

Choose a significator to stand in for you. Pick the cards, candles, and essential oil that best convey the outcome you desire.

In the following example “A” is the signifactor, a man seeking a more prosperous life, and is represented by the King of Pentacles. The cards used to attract wealth are: 1) Wheel of Fortune — representing the positive changes he seeks; 2) Ace of Pentacles – a new source of income; 3) Nine of Pentacles — self-reliance and freedom from monetary concerns; 4) Ten of Pentacles — financial security

Candle #1 is green and symbolizes abundance
Candle #2 is gold and symbolizes wealth
“B” is the incense (choose from bergamot, basil, cinnamon, or honeysuckle)
For the crystal choose green tourmaline, malachite, opal, or tiger’s eye

(candle #1) (crystal) (candle #2)
A 1 2 3 4
B
Place the cards, candles, and crystals on your altar or other safe, private spot. Light the candles and the incense. Focus on the cards. Imagine the results you wish to achieve. Open your hands and say:

As I open my hands
Fortune’s Wheel turns in my favor
My financial worries recede
And Prosperity comes to me
As I will it, so may it be!

Make up a little story based on the cards you’ve chosen. Focus on the end result as if it has already happened. Hold the image for as long as you can, then let it go and release it out into the universe. After you snuff out the candles and incense, place the cards and crystal in a spell box, envelope, or drawer and keep safe until your desired outcome has been achieved.

Crone’s Protection Amulet

An amulet is a power object that has been magically prepared to protect its owner. Because the following ritual for consecrating the crone’s protection amulet calls on the goddess Hecate for protection, it works best when performed on the night of a new Moon, when the heavens are dark, since the dark of the Moon is Hecate’s special time. You will need:

Tarot cards: The High Priestess and The Moon
Candles: black and silver
Crystal or gemstone: clear quartz or moonstone
Essential oil: protection blend, cypress, or dragon’s blood
Small pouch or drawstring bag

Place the tarot cards, candles, and quartz crystal or moonstone on your altar or other safe, private spot. Light the candles. Focus on the tarot cards and imagine the results you wish to achieve. Hold the crystal or gemstone over the black candle. Pass it through the candle smoke. Hold it over the silver candle. Pass it through the candle smoke. Now say:

Oh wise and ancient goddess Hecate
Guardian of the Dark Night
Grant me your protection
And illuminate my way
When the Moon hides her silvery light

Anoint the crystal or gemstone with a few drops of essential oil and say:

Protection called, protection won
By the crone’s will, it is done

Leave your crone’s amulet on the window sill overnight so that it can soak up the energy of the dark Moon. In the morning put it in the pouch or bag. Carry it with you wherever you go.

House Blessing

Use this house blessing to cleanse your home or office of negative vibrations. The best time to perform this clearing ritual is on the night of a new Moon.

Tools you will need:

Sage or cedar smudge stick bundle
Small bowl or ashtray
The Emperor card (protection)
The Star card (hope and healing)
The Moon card (overcoming fear and insecurity)
The Sun card (joy and contentment)

Light the smudge sticks. Hold the lighted bundle of smudge sticks over the bowl or ashtray. When the sticks begin to smoke, walk toward the northern most point of your home or office. Fan or blow the smoke ahead of you as you walk. Place the Emperor card on a windowsill or small table in the north corner of the house and say:

Earthly Father, please guard and protect this house

Walk toward the southern most point of your home or office. Fan or blow the smoke ahead of you as you walk. Place the Star card on a windowsill or small table in the south corner, and say:

Wise Star, please bring the light of hope and healing to this house

Walk toward the eastern most point of your home or office. Fan or blow the smoke ahead of you as you walk Place the Moon card on a windowsill or small table in the east corner, and say:

Lady Luna, please drive fear and insecurity from this house

Walk toward the western most point of your home or office. Fan or blow the smoke ahead of you as you walk Place the Sun card on a windowsill or small table in the west corner, and say:

Lord Sol, please bring the warmth of joy and contentment to this house

Leave the cards in place until the next full Moon. As you collect the cards, you may offer a brief thank you to each for assisting in this ritual.

Love Charm

The purpose of this charm is to draw new love into your life. It will attract new friends and acquaintances. Among those who become your friends, there may be one who will become your special someone. The charm itself won’t cause another person to fall in love with you. You will have to accomplish that on your own.

The only materials you need to construct the charm are a couple of cards from an old tarot deck, and some pink or red thread or cord. Choose a card to represent yourself, and another one to represent your ideal love.

Study the card you’ve selected as your representative. Imagine that you’re transferring your inner essence into the card. When you look at the card, imagine your own face looking back at you.

Study the card that you’ve selected as representative of your soul mate. This card should not refer to a specific person, but rather to someone you hope to meet. Now, you are going to infuse the card with a composite of the traits you are looking for in a lover. Imagine that you are transferring all those qualities into the card.

Take your pink or red cord or thread, and tie the two cards loosely together. Place them somewhere where they won’t be disturbed. You should meet someone within a few weeks.

If after you meet that person, the relationship does not work out, be sure to unbind the cards. If no lover appears within two months, dismantle the charm by untying the cards and returning them to the deck. Wait about a month and then try constructing the charm again.

About Phyllis Vega

Phyllis Vega is a professional tarot reader and astrologer. She has been a New Age counselor and teacher for more than three decades. Phyllis is the author of 10 books, including Romancing the Tarot, Power Tarot (with Trish MacGregor), What Your Birthday Reveals About You, Your Magickal Name (with Debra Vega), and Celtic Astrology. Her new book, Erotic Astrology, will be in the stores on July 17, 2009.

Phyllis also does tarot readings and teaches workshops on a variety of topics including, SpellCraft, Crystal Power, Candle Magic, and Past Life Regressions at Five Sisters on South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest, Florida. Phyllis works out of her office in Miami, Florida where she is currently writing a new tarot book and giving private tarot and astrology readings in person and over the telephone. She can be contacted through her website.