Cosmic Candor

Learn about the elements of Astrology at Tarot.comI remember the day I first looked at my birth chart and realized I’m Earth, Wind and Fire. Ok, technically Air (not wind), but I still got a great chuckle out of that.

I’ve been learning more about the four elements of Astrology — Fire, Earth, Air and Water — and how they work to define our personalities and temperament. It’s fascinating stuff!

I’ve long known that each of the 12 zodiac signs fall into one of those elements, and that I’m an Air sign — Gemini. But what I’m learning these days is how the elements of every planet in your entire birth chart work together to make us who we are and even help attract us to others (and others to us).

For example, my chart is mostly comprised of planets in the elements of Earth, Air and Fire — and I’ve got just one tiny drop of Water in my chart, by way of Jupiter in Scorpio. They say people lacking in Water have a harder time accessing their emotions and intuition, and can be less sensitive to others’ feelings.

Perhaps that’s slightly true. I do have a detached quality, but not because I’m insensitive — it’s rather because I’m usually off on an adventure in my airy head most of the time and don’t notice what’s happening around me.

Besides, I just read that having Jupiter in Scorpio strengthens my intuition, imagination, and compassion, so maybe that one powerful drop of Water I have makes up for the lack of Water elsewhere in my chart.

That’s my theory, anyway. It also explains why I attract so many Scorpios, because they say we’re attracted to those who have more of the element(s) we ourselves are lacking. Hmmmmm… not sure I really want to attract any more Scorpios, no offense. At the very least I sure don’t feel like dating any more of ’em.

I digress. Where was I? Oh right: If you’re curious about your own astrological makeup, and who it might help you attract, read this article about the elements of Astrology and take a look at your own chart. It can explain a lot!

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Learn about the New Moon in Virgo at Tarot.comI love how this Saturday’s New Moon in Virgo cuts the month completely in half. It falls on September 15, and the Astrologers keep saying that the second half of September is going to be action-packed.

So the fact that there’s a New Moon dissecting the month makes it easier for me to look at the two halves of the month and grasp what’s about to happen: Namely, as Maria DeSimone said, the “$h_t” is going to hit the fan.

But before that happens, this New Moon in Virgo kicks off the second half of September with a new beginning in our lives. This is a time we should use to organize and prepare for what’s ahead, and as far as I can tell in this case I think it means getting ready to deal with some major events — both personally and globally.

The New Moon in Virgo is smart, and it wants us to take care of business before things get crazy. So if you can think of how your life might possibly be rattled in the next two weeks, and what you might do to get ready for it — do THAT.

Do you know what I mean? I mean, if you’ve been thinking about leaving your abusive husband for years, it might very well happen this month — so start packing. Or if you’ve been wanting to quit your job, it’s possible you’ll leave quite suddenly this month, so start cleaning up your files.

For me, I think I need to update my earthquake preparedness kit. That’s a project I’d like to focus on now so if something happens I’ll be ready. I hope that doesn’t sound paranoid, but all this talk of change and the upcoming Uranus-Pluto square on September 19 are convincing me it’s time to replace those radio batteries and swap out some of the food items I added to the kit 2000.

See, I’m already getting more organized. How very Virgo!

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Learn about Venus in Leo at Tarot.comI must say, so far Venus in Leo isn’t working out exactly as I’d hoped. The planet of love moved into expressive and loving Leo last week, but since then I’ve only managed to make a mess of my relationship.

I thought this time was going to be all about love songs and big soft Lion cuddles, because this transit is supposed to inspire people to speak from the heart. But I didn’t think about what could happen if what’s in your heart isn’t all that.

My boyfriend has been consumed with work the past month and I’ve been doing my best to be patient and supportive (read: trying not to complain that I don’t see him enough.) But I’m a sensitive woman with a need for love, intimacy and companionship, and when I don’t get those things I suffer.

It’s been going on long enough now that I reached the end of my rope. So I made the mistake of telling him how I feel — lonely. And his response was to fly off the hook, get angry and tell me I’m making him feel guilty. It was a very defensive response, and it revealed very much what HE is thinking, too.

So, golly, good for us for getting our feelings out in the open. But what now? I’m angry that he was not compassionate about my feelings, and he’s angry that I’m adding more pressure when he’s under enough already. I guess the only thing to do is keep talking. Which I’ll do, er, if he ever calls me back.

In the meantime, I just thought I should fill you in on the flip side of Venus in Leo so you don’t make the same mistake I did and think it’s a get-out-of-jail-free card for saying anything you want. It ain’t, and now I’m in love prison. Wish me luck!

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Are there any Tarot enthusiasts out there? I know you’re into Astrology, or you wouldn’t be reading this. But when it comes to the art of divination, I like to think of Astrology as a map you can see and plot and calculate, whereas Tarot is more like the mysterious compass that is moved by unseen forces.

I’m a huge fan of Tarot, personally, and I’ve had many readings that changed my life. I find its insight and advice comforting in the darkest of times, and it also helps me pick a path when things are going well and I’m just overwhelmed with options.

Tarot is very mysterious to me still — I just can’t explain it, and I’m still surprised when the same card comes up in reading after reading, even though I know it’s trying to teach me something. But most of all Tarot just soothes my soul by allowing me to tap into something larger than myself and my own petty problems.

Aside from the spiritual reasons I practice Tarot, I’m also a huge fan of the artwork involved in creating so many of the beautiful, fantastical, quirky and imaginative Tarot decks out there.

I was just looking at the “Browse Tarot Decks” page on, which has something like 80 colorful decks all splayed out so you can see them at a glance. And in looking these over, I realized there are a number of Tarot decks that incorporate Astrology.

Three that pop out immediately are Celestial Tarot, One World Tarot and Hermetic Tarot, which all incorporate the wisdom of Astrology with Tarot symbolism. My favorite of these is Celestial (pictured here), but if you’re an Astrology lover who’s interested in Tarot, any of these would be great decks for you!

Let me know what you think!

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