Taurus in the Minor Arcana

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Moving on from the Aries cards, let’s take a look at Taurus in the Minor Arcana and how this zodiac sign can be interpreted in a reading.

While Taurus is linked to the Hierophant in the Major Arcana, it is also associated with the King of Pentacles and the following pip cards:

Five of Pentacles – Mercury in Taurus

Six of Pentacles – Moon in Taurus

Seven of Pentacles – Saturn in Taurus

As you can see, each pip card has a planet and zodiac sign assigned to it, but what does it all mean?

Let’s take one step at a time.

Taurus Characteristics

Taurus is an earth sign associated with stability, steadfastness and a practical, down-to-earth attitude.

Taurus people are reliable and loyal. They favour tradition and security over change and uncertainty, which can make them inflexible and stubborn at times.

Now we can link these traits to the individual pip cards:

five of pentaclesFive of Pentacles – Mercury in Taurus

This card is associated with hardship, poverty and insecurity.

Influenced by Mercury, the planet of communication and travel, self-reliant Taurus may need to overcome reluctancy to ask for help.

The mercurial energies of change and flux are a disruptive force for Taurus, who has to learn to do things differently in order to overcome this difficult situation.

Mercury and Taurus represent opposing energies, which are reflected in the stark image.

However, Mercury is primarily linked to the Magician, so it can also be a force for good. Taurus needs to tap into the Magician’s power to get back on track.

And while the Magician is focused on power, potential and purpose, the Five of Pentacles may also indicate (temporary) loss of these qualities.

six of pentacles aquatic tarotSix of Pentacles – Moon in Taurus

The Moon represents the divine feminine (linked to the High Priestess), intuition and our feelings and emotions.

Combined with Taurus, the energy of the Six of Pentacles is benevolence and charity.

Keywords and meanings that come to mind with this astrological combination are humility, gratitude, generosity, benefactor, favours, kindness.

Here, Taurus gets in touch with feelings, acting on emotions and intuitive guidance.

seven of pentacles aquatic tarotSeven of Pentacles – Saturn in Taurus

Saturn is linked to the World in the Major Arcana, which suggests a sense of completion in the Seven of Pentacles.

While the World is focused more on being established and content with where you are, the Seven of Pentacles indicates the growing urge to break out of the status quo and do something new.

But Saturn is also ruler of Capricorn – the Devil – and combined with Taurus can create inertia or complacency.  New ideas may never be turned into reality as that would involve leaving the familiar behind.

Taurus loves being in a comfortable position, and in the Seven of Pentacles we may also detect a hint of laziness and perhaps even unproductiveness. Lots of work to do, but another tea break, please! ?

If you would like to learn how to combine Tarot with Astrology in your readings, check out my course.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Mercury Retrograde Tarot Spread

mercury retrograde tarot spreadJust when I finished my last post about Venus Retrograde, Mercury Retrograde was looming on the horizon.

Everyone seems to get really flustered when Mercury goes retrograde, so I’ve created the Mercury Retrograde Tarot Spread to soothe your nerves ?

It’s the planet of communication (and all things Magician!), so expect misunderstandings, important emails ending up in your spam folder and computer breakdowns as from the 16th November.

On that day, Mercury goes retrograde in Sagittarius, and in Tarot terms that astrological constellation is linked to the Eight of Wands.

So, on that day anything can happen that relates to the reversed meaning of this card, but also bear in mind all the other cards linked to Sagittarius (Temperance, Knight of Wands, 8,9,10 of Wands)

The best way to understand what retrograde means in terms of energies surrounding us, explore the reversed meanings of the tarot cards linked to that particular planet, in this case all the cards linked to Mercury.

Explore these cards to discover specific areas you will need to pay attention to that can be affected by Mercury retrograde.

For the spread, shuffle your deck and draw a card for each of the following topics:



  1. Communication Hiccup
  2. A resource I’m lacking
  3. Where I self-sabotage
  4. Trickery
  5. What to leave behind (or not!)
  6. My power
  7. My special skill

tarot moon journal 2019Mercury goes direct again on 6th December in Scorpio – that’s Death in the Tarot.

It looks like quite a transformation is taking place for us over the coming weeks, and we’ll all have our stories to tell.

If you would like to learn more about how to combine tarot with astrology, then please check out my course.

You can also make a start with the Tarot Moon Journal.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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The Venus Retrograde Tarot Spread

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Venus cards, Universal Tarot (c) Roberto de Angelis, Lo Scarabeo

Venus went retrograde on October 6, 2018, and will go direct again on November, 16.

Hey, I’m a bit late to the party with my Venus retrograde tarot spread, but there is still time to explore how this planetary movement may affect you.

In the Tarot, Venus is linked to the Empress and all the other cards you see on the image above.

This means that Venus retrograde can affect your self-care, love life and money issues.

Venus is all about love, beauty, creativity and abundance. When it’s retrograde, we just need to pay more attention to those issues.

Imagine the cards above (especially the Empress) reversed; that’s what the energy of Venus Retrograde can be like.

Here are a few things you may want to avoid during Venus retrograde:



  • Major changes to your looks, like a new hair cut, hair colour or tatoo. You might regret it later.
  • A tendency to neglect your wellbeing, perhaps due to demands at work, home or self-imposed stress.
  • Extravagant purchases, which could leave you in debt, or spontaneous purchases, where you realise later that you don’t need these things.
  • Committing to a relationship. There may be a change of heart when Venus goes direct again.

So, to look at your personal DOs and DON’Ts, try this Venus Retrograde tarot spread by just using the Venus cards in the Tarot:

1. Reflect on…
2. Embrace…
3. Avoid…
4. Create…
5. Learn (from)…
6. See the beauty in…
7. Find abundance in…

You can also do a second reading using all the cards of your deck.

I’d love to hear how this spread works for you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Discover Your Tarot Love Match

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The Tarot Love Match Reading is a fun and insightful way of exploring the dynamics of your relationship (or a potential relationship you are thinking of pursuing).

As the twelve zodiac signs are assigned to twelve cards in the Major Arcana, you can pick the two cards that relate to you and your (potential) partner and explore your compatibility.

Here are the Tarot cards with their associated zodiac signs and elemental attribution:

Aries (Fire) – Emperor
Taurus (Earth) – Hierophant
Gemini (Air) – Lovers
Cancer (Water) – Chariot
Leo (Fire) – Strength
Virgo (Earth) – Hermit
Libra (Air) – Justice
Scorpio (Water) – Death
Sagittarius (Fire) – Temperance
Capricorn (Earth) – Devil
Aquarius (Air) – Star
Pisces (Water) – Moon

Before you start interpreting the cards, note the ruling element of each zodiac as the combination of the elements offer you a first impression of the potential harmony of your relationship:

Friendly: Fire/Air, Earth/Water
Neutral: Fire/Earth, Water/Air
Unfriendly: Fire/Water, Earth/Air

We also tend to have more in common with other signs in our own element group, e.g. Earth/Earth, which would also be a friendly combination.

Please note that if the zodiac card combination of your current relationship is an “unfriendly” one, don’t worry!

The Tarot Love Match Reading gives you an insight into how your personalities may interact, and there will always be individual exceptions, which can be explored further by taking into account a full birth chart and associated Tarot cards.

People who are already attracted and connected to each other may well have other planets in compatible signs.

On the other hand, an “unfriendly” match could indicate challenges arising in your relationship, which could result in having to put a lot of effort into making it work long-term.

But being aware of this possibility empowers you to being more mindful about your relationship and explore it on a deeper level.



Examples:

1. Taurus – Cancer

hierophant chariotFriendly earth/water combination.

The Hierophant likes structure, routine and tradition; he is patient, practical and faithful.

The Chariot is dedicated, protective and emotionally resilient; both enjoy comfort, security, and even accumulating material possessions.

Together they have the potential for lasting love and to build wealth and success in a long-term relationship.

2. Leo – Virgo

strength hermitNeutral fire/earth combination.

Strength loves being the centre of attention and perseveres with the object of its desire; passionate, energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic.

In contrast, the Hermit is down-to-earth, introvert and modest.

Whereas Strength enjoys Hermit’s need to please in a relationship, Hermit’s critical nature can be a turn-off.

Likewise, Hermit may be amused by theatrical Strength but put off by Strength’s lack of empathy.

Both need to be more tolerant of each others quirks to make this relationship work.

3. Libra – Capricorn

justice devil

Unfriendly air/earth combination.

Justice likes an ordered and serene environment; diplomatic, attentive listener, striving for balance in a relationship.

The Devil is ambitious, hard working and loves to be in control; he is often serious and reserved.

Justice can be irritated by the Devil’s tendency to be overpowering and ruthless at times, and overall there doesn’t seem to be a strong mutual attraction.

This relationship could well be a non-starter, or it may need a lot of hard work on both sides in order to succeed.

Tip:

When you look at the card pairs above, take a look at the position of the figures in the images and how they relate to each other.

What does their body language tell you about the dynamics of their relationship?

Now move the cards in each pair around, e.g. from Strength/Hermit to Hermit/Strength; what further insight do you gain from this swap?

If you enjoy this exercise, you can go deeper by adding the matching court cards, which have also been attributed to the zodiac signs:

Aries – Queen of Wands
Taurus – King of Pentacles
Gemini – Knight of Swords
Cancer – Queen of Cups
Leo – King of Wands
Virgo – Knight of Pentacles
Libra – Queen of Swords
Scorpio – King of Cups
Sagittarius – Knight of Wands
Capricorn – Queen of Pentacles
Aquarius – King of Swords
Pisces – Knight of Cups

So, using the examples above, we would be looking at the following card combinations:

1. Hierophant/King of Pentacles – Chariot/Queen of Cups
2. Strength/King of Wands – Hermit/Knight of Pentacles
3. Justice/Queen of Swords – Devil/Queen of Pentacles

What additional information do the court cards offer?

I hope you enjoy doing the tarot love match reading for yourself or even for your friends.

If you love journaling, you can also find this article in my Cosmic Faery’s Journal workbook together with a funky journaling sheet and lots of other tarot spreads and journaling ideas.

And if you want to learn more about how to apply astrology in your tarot readings, please check out my Starlight Tarot Astrology course.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Tarot Astrology: Saturn in the Tarot

saturn in the tarotAfter Jupiter, the next stop in the line of ancient planets is Saturn.

In astrology, this planet is associated with hardship, discipline and limitations, the latter being reflected in the famous rings composed of rocks and ice surrounding it.

Saturn is named after the Roman god of agriculture, who was also in charge of conformity, social order and creating civilisations.

Saturn is ruler of Capricorn, hence the presence of the Devil amongst the Saturn cards.

Saturn’s prime attribution in the Major Arcana is to the World. In the Rider Waite deck, we see the wreath around the figure, which we can link to Saturn’s rings.

Although the World is a card of completion, achievement and self-realisation, the Saturn energy also suggests boundaries and limitations.

Additional meanings of the World derived from Saturn: the end of the line; as good as it gets; the need for self-regulation; maintaining of what has been achieved.

Saturn reflects our innate desire for structure and order, and in the Devil its energy is reflected in a hard-working nature, which can easily descend into slaving along in dull routines, narrow-mindedness and lack of growth.

In astrology, Saturn is regarded as the greater malefic, which means it can indicate negative energy such as hardship and sadness.

Saturn in the tarot is linked to the following pip cards:

  • Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo)
  • Ten of Wands (Saturn in Sagittarius)
  • Eight of Cups (Saturn in Pisces)
  • Three of Swords (Saturn in Libra)
  • Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus)

How does Saturn influence the card meanings? Here are some suggestions:

Five of Wands – quarrels and misunderstanding due to narrow-mindedness; everyone is just focused on their own agenda. No discipline; rules not adhered to; lack of progress; a dull routine interrupted, pushing boundaries



Ten of Wands – awareness of self-limitations; bogged down; carrying the World on your shoulders; discipline and self-reliance creates suffering; sense of duty

Eight of Cups – leaving something behind that offered no more growth; having outgrown a situation; leaving the comfort zone; looking for something more unconventional; walking away from responsibility

Three of Swords – sadness, melancholy, emotional endurance, cold-heartedness; a painful lesson learned; having lost something comfortable or secure; being restricted by grief; absorbed by loss, not seeing a way out; stuck in a gloomy world

Seven of Pentacles – new growth outside the comfort zone; sowing new seeds; perseverance; hard work paid off; hesitating about taking a risk; security is important; frustrated about limited success

These are just a few ideas how Saturn influences the meanings of these cards. You are welcome to share yours in the comment box below.

You can also try this exercise: 

Pick out all the Saturn cards from your deck. Which of the pip cards would you relate to which Major Arcana card?

Take into account visual clues as well as similar meanings. For example, I see the Ten of Wands linked to the Devil, and the Seven of Pentacles to the World.

But you may have different ideas. How do you see the Saturn cards connected with each other? Post your ideas in the comment box below.

For this exercise I have created journaling sheets, which you can download from my Tarot Astrology online course page.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane 

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Tarot Astrology: Jupiter In The Tarot

jupiter in the tarotJupiter is the largest planet in our solar system signifying growth, expansion, luck and higher learning.

Jupiter in the Tarot is primarily linked to the Wheel of Fortune, and because this planet rules Sagittarius, we can also link it to Temperance.

Although Jupiter’s energies are regarded as mainly positive and beneficial, it can also indicate challenges and setbacks.

The Wheel of Fortune makes this clear: perpetual movement brings change, not always good but sometimes necessary and mostly unavoidable.

When you are at the top of the Wheel, rest assured that at one point you will be moving downwards again. And vice versa.

Change always brings some kind of growth, new knowledge and insights – the silver lining in the cloud, if the change thrust upon you isn’t what you wanted or were hoping for.

And you cannot apply the brakes on that Wheel, because there aren’t any. Stuff is happening totally beyond your control.

Let’s take this further to Temperance. Here we see the angel performing some alchemy, creating the perfect mix from two opposing extremes to achieve moderation and harmony.

There is no recipe or science to it, so a good result is simply a happy accident after some experimental trial and error.

Now take a look at the Two of Pentacles (Jupiter in Capricorn) and compare the image with Temperance. Can you see the similarities?

The Two of Pentacles takes us down to earth – juggling the day-to-day essentials like money, work, family… and all the while Jupiter’s influence in the background is helping us grow.



The Six of Wands (Jupiter in Leo) and Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces) show us some happy people, content and successful.

They are sitting right on top of the Wheel of Fortune. They are at their peak, but we also know that the wheel is turning….

And where are the people depicted on the Four of Swords (Jupiter in Libra) and Eight of Swords (Jupiter in Gemini) positioned on the Wheel?

The Four of Swords suggests rest, recuperation, retreat and healing, all of which can lead to personal growth, renewal and a higher understanding.

I’d say that this card is slowly moving upwards on the wheel, but then again that’s down to personal perception. Where would you place this card?

The Eight of Swords is the total opposite to Jupiterian expansion: restriction.

The figure in this card is dreaming of freedom, and although the shackles seem to be self-imposed, Jupiter may offer a lucky break to escape from Colditz

Now it’s over to you to explore the cards:

  • Which cards depict movement and which stagnation?
  • If several of the Jupiter cards appeared in a reading, how would that influence your interpretation of the spread?
  • What similarities can you see in the Jupiter cards to link them together?
  • In what way do the cards reflect Jupiter’s energies, especially luck and lack of control?

You can use the journaling sheets I have created by downloading them from my Tarot Astrology online course page.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Tarot Moon Journal 2017 News

tarot moon journal 2017The Tarot Moon Journal 2017 has finally hit the virtual shelves, waiting to become your trusty companion for the new year.

Since its first edition in 2013, it has come a long way, slowly growing and evolving.

The latest edition includes a mini tutorial on how to include the pip cards in your moon readings.

Each pip card is linked to a zodiac sign, and I show you how you can take the next step and dive a little deeper into your readings with the help of the zodiac and the moon.

If you are new to using astrology in your tarot readings, then the Tarot Moon Journal can help you make a start and take your readings to the next level.

Regarding the lunar phases during 2017, there will be no New Moon in Capricorn (which will happen this year on 29th December), but we will enjoy two New Moons in Leo (July and August).

Each year when I adjust the changing moon phases in the journal, it is fascinating to watch the shifting cycles and energies.

The Tarot Moon Journal 2017 is still priced at only £5.00 (GBP) and also includes a 20% discount voucher for my Tarot Astrology Self-Study Course.

For more information and to grab your copy, click here.

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