I’m excited to announce that Divine Muses has partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every deck order!
Starting with the second edition releases of the Divine Muses Oracle, Lua Tarot, and Lua Lenormand decks last month. If you purchased a deck in July, your order went to planting a tree!
This organization gives me so much hope! One of the biggest news of the year for them was their partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to plant 3 million trees in the Albertine Rift Forest of Uganda to help protect the chimpanzee habitat!
They partner with many organizations all over the world, including those restoring the Oregon and California forests devastated by wildfires. Which has been completely heart-breaking to witness, as they get worse every year.
So, all orders from July will go to plant trees in Oregon due to this devastation. Oregon is near and dear to my heart, as it has been my home for over 20 years.
We all know that the climate crisis is big and it may sometimes feel as though one tree won't make much of a difference, but it does! Putting all those trees together creates forests to benefit people, nature, and wildlife for years to come.
One can feel helpless in the face of all this, but small actions can and do make a difference.
It lifts my spirit to say, for every order that includes a deck, Divine Muses will plant a tree for you!
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to global reforestation. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity. They also raise awareness about the importance of trees, offer businesses like mine a simple sustainability solution, and motivate younger generations to do something positive for the environment.
The Lion's Gate, a celestial stargate, is when the 2nd brightest star in the heavens, fixed star Sirius (aka our "Spiritual Sun"), aligns with Earth; and it is “activated” with the New Moon this weekend.
As I continue to read and travel through 36 Secrets, A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot by T. Susan Chang, I keep finding fascinating connections between the cards and the stars.
For example: The Lion’s Gate happens during this Leo II time, the decan of the 6 of Wands “Lord of Victory” card (Jupiter in Leo).
(Also, Sirius rises in the sky on August 11th, within the Leo II decan, which is 8/3 - 8/12.)
The Lion’s Gate is an abundant & creative time to tap into the opportunities that abound. This New Moon opens the Lion's Gate portal and gives our magical work and intentions an extra zap of mystical potential.
As Leo is about shining one’s light and Jupiter is about expansion and optimism, we can see how a positive attitude and confidence can lead to opportunities! Because if you believe you will succeed and trust in the abundance of the Universe, manifestation is within reach.
So, the Lion's Gate energies are ripe for the success we see in the 6 of Wands card!
One of the influencers of the "Lord of Victory" is the Wheel of Fortune card, which is ruled by Jupiter. It is all about opportunity, luck, and the cycles of change and getting into the universal flow of life.
This really feels like the energy of this Leonine New Moon coupled with this most potent portal. The energies of which are most powerful on August 8th, but can also be harnessed up to the Full Moon and through the rest of the month!
This convergence on August 8th is fortuitous! 8 is a blessed number. In China, the number 8 is a most lucky number of success and wealth.
8 also reflects the Strength/Leo card, which is the number VIII Major Arcana (in the RWS Tarot). In the card, there's a sideways 8, a lemniscate, that hovers over the lion tamer’s head, a symbol of infinity linking her to Universal Wisdom.
So, this New Moon is potent! Whatever intention setting you do today, whatever work you harness, or endeavor you set yourself upon, will have extra cosmic fuel!
May you have a blessed New Moon through this most auspicious Lion’s Gate portal!
Today's Lua Tarot “In the Card” description: The Chariot.
The charioteer is a Martinique woman wearing Madras headdress and a beautifully embroidered dress. As I’ve written before, many of these 19th century images are often unidentified and include captions like, “Martinique Madras.” This portrait came from a book about the French Antilles.
The horses are from a British children’s weekly called Chatterbox. The original image depicted one horse actualIy, so I digitally added the other horse to reflect the RWS Chariot. Though here, they are black and white horses to represent the opposing forces, which the charioteer harnesses to propel herself forward with her purpose.
Those opposing forces are Receptivity & Will—forward movement with the empathetic and sensitive energies of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. (Symbols are engraved on the Chariot like a license plate.)
I added the curtains to build out the rest of The Chariot. This acts as a shell of protection, or home, and reflects the meaning that one’s body is a vehicle for spirit. I added the stars to symbolize the cosmic forces at work in this card.