“The happiness of man consists in life. And life is in labor...The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people.” -Lev Tolstoy
Blessed New Moon in Virgo! Here we have the Lua Tarot Hermit who is: the Prophet of the Eternal and the Magus of the Voice of Power, ruled by Virgo.
The Hermit thrives in solitude, but she is service-oriented, connecting to humankind with deep compassion.
Blessed Full Moon! Tonight's Full Moon in Pisces (10:22PM PDT) is ripe for heart-opening magic, beaming compassion and love down to Earth. I invite you to cast and charge this Tarot Spell to raise the energies of unity and healing during these times of upheaval.
Calling all witches, mages, and practitioners of the healing and mystical arts! I invite you to erect this tarot spell, during the Pisces Full Moon, onto your altar or reading table to raise the energies of unity and healing during these times of upheaval. In the name of Oneness against the forces of division.
Sun is in Leo now, and it’s officially Leo Season with the Leo moon today too (through 4:40pm PDT) should bring a blast of creativity, and playful energy. And let’s be honest, some drama too, it is Leo after all!
The Strength card is from the upcoming Lua Tarot. It’s basically done! Booklet is in editing mode, and I’m now working on the box art. Cards are at the printer, and I’m waiting on the proof. Yay!
This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is exact tonight at 9:44pm PDT in Capricorn. It’s the USA’s birthday too, and it has been experiencing major difficult times. I keep talking about shadow work in my astrology posts, but, it’s a Capricorn Lunar Eclipse, and he rules the Devil card, so it comes up again!
The Devil card is about the shadow and the ego. He shows us where we have attachment and fear. It’s the card of materialism and being addicted to stuff, like money. It’s also the card of bondage and enslavement.
Can you believe it’s Summer?! It honestly doesn’t feel like it to me. But, it has been rainy and gray today here in Portland, and that vibe is certainly reflecting in the astrology.
We have a potent Solstice Solar Eclipse that is exact tonight 11:41PM PDT. The New Moon moves into Cancer at 11:02PM and the Sun moves into Cancer at 2:44PM. Which means that this powerful Solar Eclipse portal is a Cancerian one. It is emotionally-based with a focus around home, family and femininity. We will likely be super sensitive, needy and want to snuggle in with people or things for comfort.
Spring Equinox is exact tonight at 8:49pm PST (0° Aries) with the waning Dark Moon in Aquarius. While it is beautiful and sunshine-y here in Portland, Ore., we’re asked to practice social distancing, when what we really want to do is socialize and share in the buzz of excitement as the Sun brings life back to the earth in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring Equinox is the time to celebrate the sign of life’s return from Winter. However, it’s also a time to honor the balance of light and dark, since the Equinox splits the day and night equally. During the Spring and Fall Equinoxes we honor balance. The Sun rises directly in the East and sets directly in the West.
As much as we want to celebrate and be active, this year Spring’s entrance falls on a waning moon, a time when we are meant to honor the energy of discension and inner work. The Spring is about rebirth, but this year it is being born during the dark lunar time of going inward. And this lunar energy is certainly being highlighted!
As we quarantine ourselves, it’s an opportunity to use the Springtime energy of rebirth to reflect on our personal resurrection. To shine a light inward and honor the emotions we might be feeling during this strange and chaotic time.
We have been going through a Dark Night of the Soul together, and we are on the same ride for better or worse. As humans, we want to be productive, to stay busy and distracted from the things that cause us fear, and it’s much easier to ignore our feelings sometimes.
However, I think these intense times, which bring a lot of uncertainty, is ushering in a new era! There’s a huge shift happening this year, and we’re going through growing pains. The old ways aren’t working for the collective anymore and there’s a breakdown of old structures and traditions that are toxic and stagnant. As a result we are awakening to new ideas that will create significant shifts that I believe will not be temporary!
We will be going through these changes at least through December 21st--Winter Solstice—when many astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius will be fully actuated. I realize that's a long way off, but I'm sure it will be worth it!
In tarot, this is an Emperor year (2020=2+2=4) that has been tinged with the Tower card's energy. Saturn is 29° Capricorn and will move through 1° Aquarius through June (where we will see a relief of some of these energies), and then he will retrograde back into Capricorn until he moves direct again in December (back into Aquarius by the end of the year). This movement of Saturn in 29° Capricorn is showing us huge karmic changes that we have been, and will be, working through the rest of the year.
The established ways are broken. The Age of Aquarius will put a halt on what isn’t working anymore. The “me against the world” attitude and “every man for himself” is no longer going to cut it. And, we are seeing that it does not work in the current situation we are finding ourselves. We are in this together and the humanitarian energy of Aquarius—the visionary, the reformist, the illuminated mind—is what will save us! We are on the precipice of change!
Two bits of news. 1) I got my Lua Tarot sample cards today and 2) the Sun enters Pisces tonight at 8:57pm PST!
Pisces is a highly emotional and sensitive sign. Its dual energy can present us with two sides. On one hand, Pisces are artistic, compassionate and sensitive, and highly mystical and psychic.
On the other hand, they can become easily ungrounded, be isolating and tend towards denial, wanting to escape reality perhaps via addiction or dependency.
Here’s part of a card from my new deck, the Lua Tarot. Today at 12:02 pm PST, Venus goes into Aries. Venus in Aries is associated with the Four of Wands.
This card is about sharing in the joy and festivities of a commemoration, such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or milestone of some sort. The message is about the gratitude and abundance we find in our community or home and the stability gained from them.
Venus will be in Aries until March 4th. The transition today can create discomfort since Venus tends to focus on others and Aries is the sign of selfhood. If you are more of a giver, then the next four weeks will bring lessons around how to accept things...like love...and other gifts from others.
Venus in Aries wants to make love and mischief. Their combo brings adventure (and risk), excitement and passionate creativity!
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been stepping up her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves to travel and enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW U.S.A. with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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