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In the Cards

Today’s Tarot: Six of Swords + New Moon Eclipse in Pisces

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"new moon eclipse in pisces" Now here’s a card I haven’t seen lately and synchronicity alert! A gal in one of the chat rooms was talking about this card – the Six of Swords, a card I have always liked. A soothing Swords.

We’re not piercing through like the Ace or undecided stalemate like the Two or in pain like the Three or even in repose like number Four and definitely not defeated like the Five. With the Six we are moving forward, we are in transition, we are crossing the water. 

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Now I did have a reading once where my Tarot gal saw this card as sad but I usually don’t. She saw it as… the person who I was having the reading about going in the same sad direction, as always, muddling along.

Context matters, yes. 

But when I see this card usually? I know things are getting better.

New Moon Eclipse in Pisces is this Friday. Eclipses END and BEGIN cycles and the sensitives are already feeling this rush of energy urgency in the air. Sometimes Eclipses usher in shocking change. Now if you are a reader of astrology blogs you will read all kinds of things, some doom and gloom, some talking about the end of a 19 year cycle but I think the most important thing to note IS indeed the NEWNESS of it all and that this baby is being born in the Pisces House of your natal chart, at 29 degrees which is pretty damn powerful accumulated Pisces energy. ALL THE POWER OF PISCES in one place! In your chart! What does it aspect?

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It may feel very Six of Swords to you, the slow crossing. Or it may feel very Judgement (another card I drew just now), the card of REBIRTH. I think you may feel BOTH: the huge hallelujah shift that hesitates before the breakthrough. Or it’s that you are totally reborn right here right now but you still have to… get somewhere and that somewhere is in real time. Know what I mean? You’re not the same person, but you still have to take out the garbage.

Set an intention for this one. Don’t miss it. I’ve got a spell going already and I know my candles won’t be done by Friday so it will cover and lover the Eclipse energy and I’ll make sure to include a special devotion before I got to bed on Thursday night and thus wake up from my dead slumber life Friday morning into the NEW.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: The Lovers!

posted by Aliza Einhorn
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I did not draw this card for this column. In fact I cannot remember why I drew it. Probably for someone today, in some context, maybe the class I’m running but I honestly cannot remember now. It’s a good card, the Lovers, the one we love to see, especially when asking love questions. I remember last year, November, getting a LOVE reading from a Tarot reader (yes I get readings as well as give them) and the Lovers was one of MY cards. And it came up again as well. I love the Lovers.

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Okay okay okay NOW I REMEMBER (and please excuse my fading memory) but now I remember. It was a card for ME. So count that as three times. I was drawing a few cards from the WildWood Tarot to see the “energy around” Venus entering Taurus and Venus is now at 0 degrees Taurus and I pulled:

The Blasted Oak (Tower! Boo!), Two of Arrows (Swords), and then The Lovers. And in this deck this Two has a far darker meaning than I ever feel from the Rider Waite (it’s called Injustice in this deck, the scales are not balanced).

So there I am. Thrown from a tree, blindfolded, and in love? Loved?

Ah Tarot Reader reads for herself. I admit, sometimes I can’t and sometimes I can and I never want to see the Tower. I don’t want to be shocked, surprised, or thrown from a great height, tree branches breaking, flames nipping at my ankles and heels.

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AND YET

Maybe we can see this card as freedom. Release. IF ONLY SHE KNEW WHERE SHE WAS FALLING. But does that defeat the purpose of a fall? To know where? And how? And when?

Change is scary. I was fine in that treehouse, wasn’t I, with all its branches intact? And then the Two of Arrows lady who refuses to see that the gold on the scale weighs the same as a feather. She refuses to see what has to change to GET to the Lovers.

Venus, they say, is at home in Taurus because she “rules” Taurus. If you are curious what this transit has in store for you, try pulling a few cards but don’t be surprised if they tell you what you may *not* want to know — that your happy ending may be paved with Towers and Arrows too.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Queen In The Middle

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"queen of pentacles"Court Cards are not always “them.” Court Cards are not always YOU. Court Cards are also situations. The environment. Events.

I did a simple three-card spread for myself this afternoon, to check the energy around something. This is a spread my teacher used to do:

Card on left: Person A
Card on right: Person B or matter at hand
Middle card: the energy between.

And from there you ride the intuitive wave :)

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What did I draw?

King of Pentacles. King of Swords. Queen of Pentacles.
THREE Court Cards.
One small spread.

To me, this itself is remarkable. More than one of ANYTHING and I take note. I take note of spreads that are mostly Major or mostly Minor or mostly Court and here with three chances they are all of a piece.

What does it mean?

Honestly, dear reader, I’m not willing, yet, to reveal the mystery and meaning behind this spread but I will say a few things, free-associating:

Pentacles are stable. Pentacles are not hungry (well the “good” Pentacles are not hungry). In the deck I’m using this evening the King of Pentacles is quite fatherly, even grandfatherly, an older man, with a young faery child by his side. He clearly loves her to pieces and is taking care of her. King of Swords is also stable but alone with his Sword, his mind, his skills.

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See, Kings have to be grounded; they have Kingdoms to rule. They aren’t Knights all rushing about and they aren’t Pages who aren’t responsible for rules or laws or being in charge. AND they are not Queens, which is the rank I find hardest to decipher and it really depends on who you read (and your intuition). Are they as powerful as Kings but merely in the social sphere and at home? Kindly, helpful Queens. Even the Queen of Swords helps you with her wisdom.

So if we are dealing with two people, we can say they are on an even footing as Two Kings, but with different strengths perhaps: earthly realm versus the realm of the mind, air. One of them enjoys the elements and the lushness of the grove and the other? Oh, he is thinking. Very busy THINKING. Preoccupied.

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Between them then is this Queen and her apple (as she is pictured in the Tarot of the Hidden Realms) and I do take her as more symbolic and situation-y than as a PERSON per say.

OR if she is a person then she is what the two of them create together. Nourishment. Feeding. Fertility. Sweetness. Apple-ness. Milk. The lushness of the grove. The first fruit. Edenic. Woman as PLACE. What they create together.

Another way to read this Queen: “a woman in the middle” i.e. if Card A and Card B represent people then this woman in the middle may literally be that, getting in the way of something desired by Card A, Card B, or both.

What I’m thinking: that the King of Pentacles SEES the Queen of Pentacles, WANTS to see the Queen of Pentacles but the truth is… his Queen may be a King. Know what I mean? The King of Pentacles is projecting somewhat and hoping for this lush grove of a mate when in reality, at this time… Person B is not embodying Queen of Pentacles energy at all, but King of Swords energy.

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And yes there are other ways to read it, but I think I will leave you with that one for now except to say this: Queen of Pentacles as what one would create with another, well, I very much look forward to what comes next :)

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Ace of Wands

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"the uranus pluto square" The Ace of Wands is an idea. A spark. The Ace of Wands is a great card to see when you feel like giving up and have no clue where or what or how or why. The Ace of Wands assures us that fire exists. LIFE exists. We exist. We are permitted to hope.

I was writing about the Wands suit the other day, that ALL the Wands are about courage and confidence and the Ace? The Ace, they say, is the embodiment of the suit thus even more so. More hope. More fire. More spark. The Wands DARE.

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In the Tarot of the Hidden Realms deck we see a cute fox (well, I think foxes are cute) with his attentive ears and smart snout and oh yes he’s fixated on something over there, in the distant wild, in the Hidden Realm. We can’t see it, we don’t know it, but he’s on to something.

This card is PERFECT for the skies right now. Difficult astrological aspects this week and next. You may feel stressed, upset, at your wit’s end, losing your grip, or maybe you thrive under this weather, as one gal in one of my chat rooms was saying.

And then I drew three SEVENS in a row and a quick Google search will lead you to all kinds of fascinating seven-ology but what I want to tell you about the Tarot seven is this: it is UNCERTAIN. It is not set in stone. It is not done. The Ace of Wands showed us that we’re alive and we’re allowed to dream still. The three Sevens then show the options, potential paths this foxy fire energy can take or that we can follow.

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The Seven of Pentacles sits still, resting, and will give birth in the coming months. The Seven of Swords is the night sky, already on his way, but pausing, contemplating. And the Seven of Wands peers up into the heavens, not knowing if she’s been heard but waiting for reply.

We are being shown the unknown here. We are being shown exile and confusion and faith.

Which Seven are you? Does the Ace of Wands provide enough light? And are you clever enough to figure out which road is right?

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Six of Wands!

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"uranus pluto square" So I keep seeing the Six of Wands. For myself, for others. I KEEP SEEING THE SIX OF WANDS.

And I was telling a client today that ALL WANDS are about courage and confidence. The victory may not be a sure thing. The sure thing is that you should try. Be brave and TRY. And that’s what creates the Sure Thing.

What is she holding in her hands? The Six of Wands from the Tarot of the Hidden Realms deck… her hands remind me of an energy-moving exercise like in Qigong. She’s showing us her palms, which then reminds me of a gal in one of the chat rooms talking about using her palm center (chakra) as her magick wand and I love the fiery red haired Wands women of this deck, but what is she holding, what is she showing us?

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So I draw another card: Temperance. Again with the important hands, with the mudras, but now the hands are away from us, not towards us. The hands are concerned with the water flowing between two cups. She looks down whereas Six of Wands looks up.

But the original question was: what is the Six of Wands fire lady showing us?? I think she’s telling us to open. Our heart. The heart. Your heart. See with the eyes of your heart. And from there? You win. You already are in balance.  Open. Soften. See.

Astrologically speaking, the next two weeks are nuts. Just know that. You may be perfectly fine but everyone around you? It’s a crap shoot. Unpredictable. We’ve got Mars making rough aspects this week, Saturn going retrograde, Mercury changing signs, the last Uranus Pluto square AND an Eclipse!

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I drew the Eight of Pentacles for all this, your advice card. You know this guy right? He’s very Virgo. Tinkering. I always think he looks like a shoemaker. I do a double take. It’s Pentacles that he’s hammering out. Making magick books maybe. Truth is he’s doing more than tinkering puttering.

I know a woman who recently had surgery and she’s in pain but she’s recovering. Her surgeon says everything is fine, all X-rays are fine, surgery was fine, perfect, but she’s got to do her exercises and stretches and possibly going to physical therapy soon and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE says the Eight of Pentacles.

Practice victory :)

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Queen Of Pentacles

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"queen of pentacles" The most important thing to know, the least you need to know, about the Tarot court cards is about RANK. A Page is not a Knight is not a Queen is not a King.

Queens are powerful, yes, Mistresses of Their Domain, yes, but you’ll sometimes read that their power is more, um, social (versus outright achievement). A Queen is not a King.

Thus today I was happy to see the KING of Pentacles when I drew for a long-time client who wanted to know whether she was going to “go up a notch” in her career this year. And she meant power. And she meant money. And my cards told me YES. Now EVEN IF I had gotten a Queen I probably would also have said yes, but the King? Even better. Yes.

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The Queen of Pentacles is the EARTH queen. I am trying to remember something I read in Angeles Arrien a while ago — about this Queen being in charge of eating well and diets and that sounds kind of small, but it’s not really because it’s about NOURISHMENT, getting fed, staying fed, and healthy in a real way, a grounded way, which is needed because without that we cannot grow, we cannot do, we cannot be. We waste away without apples. We waste away without salt. We waste away without the Queen of Pentacles who feels to me like a Ceres figure as I write here this evening. Ceres who decided when the crops would live and die.

I bought a new deck the other day. Tarot of the Hidden Realms and for the first time I am reading the guidebook as I get to know the cards and it is super fun and that’s the deck I pulled from this evening (although the classic Rider Waite is pictured here). Voluptuous, fire-haired, fruit-wielding, bejeweled Queen of Pentacles.

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She is practical. She is faithful. She is resourceful. She welcomes you home. She genuinely cares. Does she sound boring to you? She’s not boring in the Hidden Realms. She may be rooted, it’s true, and not all dramarama like the Queen of Wands or poetess like the Queen of Cups or knife you in the back like the Queen of Swords, but it’s the kind of rooted that is perfect for belly dancing (yes I was watching belly dancing videos yesterday). Many belly dance movements are about isolating muscles and making small adjustments. You are not supposed to wiggle and free-fall all over. There is frame and structure from which the undulation pours.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Six of Pentacles!

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"saturn in sagittarius" I like shuffling the Tarot Illuminati because it is so thick and hard to shuffle, and we see the Six of Pentacles this morning, one of those complex cards according to Rachel Pollack (who I love love love love).

But even with my glasses, which I need to read, I get a bit overwhelmed by the detail in this card, far fussier than the Rider Waite version, which actually I think is KEY here.

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For me, this is a card of financial anxiety. I know we tend to see and feel that with the FIVE of Pentacles for example, but the theme continues with the Six, even though we are often assured that we’ll get what we need — specially if we ask.

Is this a card of charity? Of begging? Of getting? Of giving? They couple in the card hold open their hands BECAUSE they need. They wouldn’t be on their knees otherwise and thank heavens for this kindly gentleman who may be God or Angel or best friend or bank or mysterious benefactor. Important to note that he looks peaceful, not upset. I think he’s happy to help, and yet. And yet who wants to be on their knees hoping for a coin? To which bill today shall we send this coin?

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"six of pentacles" Thinking of the other Sixes: we don’t feel triumphant as in the Six of Wands. We’re not crossing the river as in the Six of Swords. We’re not rekindling old love Six of Cups style. Instead we are receiving gifts. REMEMBER THAT. You get what you need here. You’ll make it.

How to deal with being in this vulnerable position? What helps? I draw again. Empress.

Remember who you are, your true nature, despite any financial or physical (Pentacles rule over health matters as well) fluctuation.

You will harvest, you will harvest, you will harvest, says Empress. You ARE the harvest. Don’t give up.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Knight of Swords (And the Full Moon in Virgo)

posted by Aliza Einhorn
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It’s windy. He’s rushing. He’s rushing. It’s windy. Even the clouds are edgy, jagged edges. Horse in a hurry, aggressive sword, tilted. Trees tilted. It’s all a bit… skewed for the Knight of Swords. I think he’s too frantic to really know. Or he decided. He DID know. And then BAM. Out the door, onto the beast, into the day. And he will go all night, he will go all night, he will go all day and all night if he must. He’s on a mission, as Knights are. He is to rescue, as Knights do. No choice.

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Next week we have a Full Moon in Virgo and I know some of my readers are a bit on the witchy side (or more than a bit!) and shall be preparing their altars and spells and Full Moon manifestation and releasing spells in advance of that day, March 5th. They may even get Knight of Swordsy about it, with passion and power and pleasure yes pleasure in the ride, in the hunt. To where are you going, young Knight? 

He puts MIND first. He’s our intellectual, logical Knight, happy to debate you and blunt, he will cut you with his Sword which is his mind, his intellect, his logic and yet for me most of all this is Knight of Chase, Knight of Speed, and yes Knight Knowledge of Which He Is Certain m’lady. Sudden. Grasping. Exploring. Red cape, blue sky.

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So the Moon is waxing, fattening up, filling out. In the sign of Gemini as I write this, which is also Mercury ruled but what to make of a Full Moon (Full FEELING) in the sign of Virgo, the nurse, the servant, the tightly wound, the personal organizer, healer, kitchen witch, perfectionist, Hermit, do-gooder, give ’til it hurts Virgo maiden. She, also, rescues. She may not hunt except to see who she can help. My Moon sign actually. Since you asked. I LIKE ORDER. I like CLEAN too but I like order even more. I like the bins gone through and the bookshelves dusted and I like living with cats. I think I may be a cat. Mrrr.

Full Moon will trine Pluto this time around which means strong feelings yes but it’s manageable. And creative. Profound. That’s the Pluto part. Adding depth to the wave. The the trine makes it easy to feel. Not painful.

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From D.J. Conway’s Moon Magick book:

Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Wild Moon, Red & Cleansing Moon, Quickening Moon, Big Winter Moon, and some correspondences include: myrrh, sage, primrose, wisteria, amethyst, rowan, cedar, unicorn, eagle, Juno, Brigit, Diana, Demeter, Persephone, forgiving yourself, and making future plans. I love that book for her Correspondence lists alone!

The Full Moon is you coming out of hiding and the Knight of Swords is similarly unashamed and yet… VIRGO, who rules not shame but the untainted. You know what I think? I think Virgo lets down her hair this Full Moon. I think Virgo says what she wants and wants what she says and that Sword in her hand isn’t a weapon of sharp talk (she can be so very critical) or rabid advice-giving but, instead, slicing and dicing through her own small daily agony — and without shame. She need not learn it.

Sing to it. Dance to it. Embrace this Full Moon. That’s my Virgo Moon suggestion for you.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: The Hanged Man

posted by Aliza Einhorn

"the hanged man" Are you or are you not a sacrifice?

I just drew the Hanged Man for someone and went to Google some images for her and saw a Charlie Brown Hanged Man and he looked so damn unhappy but the message I was delivering to her was not an unhappy one but “don’t struggle against the ropes” which reminded of a line from poet Killarney Clary:

“As you struggle with the boat it drifts out and turns until I see only your back…”

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I could not find this poem on-line but I found the book on my shelves. I used to have a habit of inscribing in pen or pencil where and when I bought a book, along with my name. Aliza Einhorn. Iowa city, Iowa. Fall 1994. I had had a class with her. She inscribed the book:  to Aliza, that what you hear feeds you.

So I pull the Hanged Man for the girl and I tell her it’s not a week for outcomes or results or perfect hems but waiting yes and surrender and devotion and the card of the mystic and then I pull The Magician thus she can, she must, do this skillfully, as she waits without struggling against the ropes.

“I don’t try to imagine that I hear you or that you had anything to do with what I see…”

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Obscure. I didn’t read a full review of this book but as I was searching for the poem on-line that word caught my eye in reference to her work: obscure poems. I don’t know what that means exactly or inexactly. And maybe the Hanged Man is similarly obscure. We don’t know. We wait.

What we DO know, in the words of Vickie Noble, who created the Motherpeace Tarot deck: voluntary surrender to a death and resurrection process.

I haven’t been outside yet today. I assume it’s cold but I don’t know how cold. The sun is shining though the clouds through the windows of the Big City. I will also take the Hanged Man’s wisdom for myself today and this week. Not rush but go slow. The process goes on whether or not we notice but better if we “see what happens” (writes Noble).

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Peace after some difficult time (writes Rachel Pollack) is another interpretation of this card.

So which is it? Are you suspended because you are grieving and waiting? Or are you done grieving, but still waiting?

I don’t know.  And that’s also the Hanged Man. We are uncertain, unsure but secure. Noisy Monday says shhh quiet now quiet now. Okay, Hanged Man. I surrender.

Wishing you good cards xx

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Today’s Tarot: Ten of Cups!

posted by Aliza Einhorn
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And what a beautiful card we see today, the Ten of Cups, one of the happiest cards in the deck. I’ve gone traditional this morning, got my Rider Waite here, and we see a happy couple with arms outstretched, dancing children under a rainbow. It’s more than contentment but contentment is part of it.  Joy. Dare I say… ecstasy. But the ecstasy of full heart family life. No one goes hungry. The ten cups are full. Are they showing it to us? What they have? They do not face us, but this gesture of… it’s a theatrical gesture oh what a beautiful day. No, they don’t notice us at all. They don’t have to.

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You know, Tarot shows you what is possible, within your reach and already there. The cards aren’t here to taunt you so… if you see the Ten of Cups then you have the Ten of Cups — or it’s on the way. It’s in your energy. You are drawing it in. You are giving it out. Important also to remember that Cups are feelings and this card, to me, is… the best most you can feel and positively. It’s not the delusional Seven of Cups or the shiny beginning Ace of Cups or even the self-satisfied Nine of Cups. The Ten is the top.

In astrological news, we have a busy busy week. TODAY: New Moon in late Aquarius (or early Pisces, depending who you ask), Sun enters Pisces, and also this week Venus and Mars enter ARIES. We swim, we fight ;)

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Sometimes it’s like this — energy shifting all at once, and then other weeks are relatively slow, with just the Moon making exact aspects. We are also not that far from Eclipse Season :) the first, a Total Solar Eclipse is at 29 Pisces on March 20th, the Spring Equinox.

Let me draw one more card for y’all: for the New Moon, which is the dark time, the time to wish and hope in secret. We set intentions.

"new moon in aquarius' Eight of Wands!! I would say… make sure to set one, set intentions, perhaps even a more complex ritual than you usually do. Because the Eight of Wands is a YES to me. Incoming. Remember the Eight of Wands is the one pip card (in the RW) without a person in it. Elemental. All fire. It is yours. Now what do you choose?

Wishing you good cards xx

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