TAROTSCOPES for the week of 10/15/14

Welcome Back Navigators!

Right now we are sandwiched between two eclipses.  With the moon still waning we may continue to confront themes and concerns raised during the most recent eclipse.  To recap, that Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries emphasized relationships.  In particular, our primary partnership with ourselves.  We may be still releasing the thoughts, fears, relationships, dynamics that block our shine or don’t match up with who we are at our core.  And then…Thursday October 23 is our New Moon Solar Eclipse in Scorpio, which I discuss in greater detail under the card for the week the 7 of Swords.  In other astrological news, Mercury has moved back into Libra so there is an emphasis on communicating with diplomacy and tact as well as establishing balance and equilibrium thorough our communications.  Again, Mercury is still Retrograde, so there is a heavy emphasis on reflecting on the past, and in Libra the focus is often on past relationships.  The past, as long as we don’t dwell there, can be a helpful catalyst in the future and that is really one of the many gifts of the Mercury Retrograde.

THE THEME:  The 11th of October was National Coming Out Day.  At the college where I got my undergrad degree there was rumored to be a giant closet that they would wheel out onto the green on National Coming Out Day and all the queer students would have to jump out of it.  I never saw any evidence of this, but I loved the image.  I have one closet in my apartment and so I keep almost everything in it.  As we approach the Scorpio Eclipse next week there is an emphasis on digging up your deepest darkest obstructions, the ones you may have kept hidden even from yourself.  There is no more room in the closet for those things which prevent us from fully embodying ourselves and boldly walking our various paths in life.  In honor of both the eclipse and National Coming out day I’ve selected objects from my own closet which might help you in examining yours.


I had such a lovely time at the Models of Pride Conference.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met so many thoughtful and inspiring queer youths.  I highly recommend submitting a proposal for a workshop for next year!

Tonight! I will be offering readings for tips at Elysian as part of the De Porres Dinner Series!  RSVP for a delicious meal!


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

I am also available and EXCITED to participate in EVENTS!  I participated in the NY ART BOOK FAIR, LA ART BOOK FAIR and I also gave readings at FOR YOUR ART and a HALLOWEEN PARTY hosted by BOOBY TRAP.  Tarot readings could be the perfect supplement to your party, event, wedding, etc.  Feel free to contact me for inquiries or information. 

For comments and questions, to be added to the email list, or if you want to send links to music you would like to see in TAROTSCOPES please email me.


new moon solar eclipse coming, tunes to be humming, instruments we will be strumming, table top drumming, beach bumming, check the plumbing, mercury returns to the balancing scales, lifting veils, the wind in gales, never fails, hay in bails, riding rails, hammer and nails, in comparison pales, national coming out day, hurray for gay, go your own way, something to say, OK, stars above, fits like a glove, peace dove, lots of love,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

The mornings I wake up at 8 am I often hear a trumpet or a recording of a trumpet playing what I think is Reveille (you can listen here).  At first I thought I was still in a dreamy haze and that my mind had manufactured the sounds.  But when it persisted I concluded that maybe Reveille was a song that could be heard all over the Los Angeles area, maybe it was a holdover, a tradition spanning several decades.  Where I grew up in Iowa there was an 8 o’clock and 5 o’clock whistle that could be heard through out town to signal the start and end of each work day, so it seemed possible here as well.  More recently, however, I observed that following the trumpet, a woman’s voice can be heard mumbling something through a loudspeaker and I realized that the sounds are probably coming from the middle school around the corner and that the mumbling is the morning announcements.  I was a little disappointed by this discovery because I liked the idea that everyone in Los Angeles was hearing the same sound at the same time, that we were all sharing an experience in spite of the sprawl.
In the traditional Rider Waite tarot deck the image for the 7 of Swords, the card I’ve pulled for all of us this week, shows a man stealing swords form a military camp.  He seems to think he has gotten away with the theft, but in the distance you can see a group of soldiers, one with his sword drawn, indicating he has been found out.  The 7 of Swords is about secrets revealed.  It shows the difficulty of trying to hide something from others and perhaps the even greater difficulty of trying to hide something from ourselves.  This week we prepare for the second and final eclipse of the season which will happen next Thursday the 23rd in the sign of Scorpio at about 1 degree of the sign.  Scorpio’s presiding planet is Pluto and Pluto is the god of the underworld, of secrets or things we keep below the surface.  When Mercury stationed to go Retrograde back on October 6th, it stationed on the degree of this eclipse so we may have seen some hint then of what will now be made apparent.  When secrets, thoughts or feelings we’ve suppressed bubble up it can sometimes feel unfair, “Why didn’t you tell me that before?”  “That would have been nice to know earlier!” etc.  When eclipse season blows through the changes often come ready or not.  
Just now as I was typing I accidentally typed “service” instead of “surface” and then when I tried to re-read what I wrote I said “serve us.”  All of these words are actually quite fitting.  Secrets sometimes surface in order to serve us, as a service to our highest good over our egos.  October 11th was National Coming Out Day.  This is basically a day set aside to release secrets you no longer want or are able to hold.  It is interesting that this year the day came less than two weeks before the Scorpio eclipse.  When I lived in San Francisco I would go to the Pride Parade just to see the LGBTQ senior citizens come through on a trolley car.  I felt it was important to bare witness to their bravery, the echoes of which have made room for myself and many others to move more freely and to our own music.
This week would be a good time to look to models of strength and courage for support as we move towards releasing those things which we have been afraid to acknowledge.  We all can expect to be hearing a similar tune at the final Eclipse of the Season.  
(I’m Coming Out- Diana Ross (acapella))

7 of Swords (Part II) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

It’s funny that I’m turning this magnifying glass back into a metaphor because it was actually given to me as a metaphor for something else.  Aries, your fire is in someways the fieriest of the fires.  You may find that you would be happy to only make split second, spur of the moment decisions.  As the host of Uranus for the next few years this impulsive quality may be exaggerated, but right now Mercury is Retrograde and we are in the thick of Eclipse Season indicating a time of observation more than a time to make major life altering decisions.  Instead of making decisions, think about the possibilities that are currently presenting themselves as bugs you are looking at under a magnifying glass.  Now is a moment best served counting legs and observing the texture of wings.
(2 of Swords/ Be a Body- Grimes)

This is actually a prized possession I never wear.  It’s a tie that looks like a fish, a rainbow trout.  The trout was painted by a man name Ralph Martin and I often wonder if he was just someone who painted a trout that was later turned into a tie or if the fish tie was his idea in it’s entirety.  I’m very attracted to things that look like other things and this tie fell into that category.  I also thought it might be kind funny for me to wear it because I associate a “quirky” tie with dad’s in the 80s.  Maybe that association is because it seems like the kind of thing my own dad might have worn then.  The strange thing is, whenever I put it on, I just end up looking like a dad from the 80s, not like myself wearing an 80s “dad” garment.
Taurus, this week you may be feeling rather uncomfortable or misunderstood.  Perhaps your perception of yourself is changing and your surroundings are suddenly feeling rather foreign.  Or perhaps you are the same and your surroundings have shifted to something that doesn’t quite fit even when you try to find a point of humor or irony in the situation.  You can still appreciate where you are and who you are surrounded by, but do take note of the discrepancies.  
(3 of Wands Rev/ Papa Cha Cha- Marga Benitez)

This brush came from a street market in Singapore.  I wanted another giant brush which was probably about 3 ft in length, but it was too big to transport and didn’t fit in my budget.  This oversized brush was either designed for the application of some sort of face powder or it was intended to be a paint brush.  The hair on the brush is two-toned, a reddish color and also white so that it looks almost like a foxes tail.  I didn’t have any particular plan for it when I bought it.  I knew it was rather impractical, but to me it had some sort of magnetism or charisma.  I thought maybe it possessed magical powers or could grant a wish or could hold those powers if I designated it to.  The object was designed as a tool to empower its owner to create and I was ascribing power back to the object itself.  
Gemini, this week you may be reaching the end of a cycle.  Up ahead there is both the potential for greater independence but also an emphasis on collaboration.  The collaboration may or may not be with another person, but indicates not only an understanding of the strength and intuition i.e. magical powers that you yourself have cultivated, but also those powers you collaborate with everyday.
(XXI World/ Speeding Motorcycle- Daniel Johnston)

I got these at an antique shop in the desert.  I actually haven’t played Badminton since high school but when I found these birdies (made with real feathers, not as easy to find) I had a faint hope that it would inspire me to take up the racket again.  Metaphorically, their presence, even on a shelf in my closet, has been quite helpful.  Badminton is one of the few sports that doesn’t focus as heavily on physical strength or power.  You are made to collaborate with the birdie, hitting it harder doesn’t always produce the desired result.  What you deliver to it is more of an intention than powerful blow.  It’s interesting that the shuttlecock is sometimes called a “birdie” or even just a “bird” because I find that more than any other ball or puck it seems to have it’s own personality.  Playing the game often feels like a three-way conversation rather than just between two players.
Cancer, this week you may be relinquishing some control over a desired outcome, allowing yourself to cultivate more trust and faith in something outside of yourself, whether that is god, the universe, love, life or just another person.  This is good practice.
(7 of Swords Rev/ We’ll Meet- Millie Small & Roy Panton)

The word ‘faded’ always inspires a kind of sadness in me.  But even though this is my instinctual response, I know on a cognitive level that this word is not necessarily sad.  My beach towel for example is faded because it has been out in the sun, to the beach, the river and on several other excursions which were, for the most part, enjoyable adventures.  I think the sadness of the word comes from the idea that this thing is reaching the end of it’s life, that it will have to be discarded or recycled in the not so distant future.  Deciding when something of this sort, has reached the end of it’s life depends on the person.  One might get rid of a towel as soon as it becomes faded, while someone else may just demote it to a dog towel.  
This week, Leo you may find yourself wringing out your heart of past hurts.  It may be important to note that this feeling can be likened to a faded beach towel or just the word “faded” itself.  The “faded” quality is only proof of the love and experience that has been accrued along the way.   
(5 of Cups R/ I’ll Be Seeing You- Billie Holiday)

I can’t help laughing at this one, it’s more of an inside joke between me and myself, but I’ll share the joke with you Virgos at the expense of sounding like a 5th grader or maybe a grandpa.  You aren’t actually supposed to wear shorts if you are doing business and yet this pair of shorts makes me feel every bit a professional, which is also funny because there is no prescribed dress for someone in my line of work.  Wearing them I feel like I just stepped out of the movie “Working Girl” or like a cartoon grown up.
Virgo, you may feel that you are finally starting to see your life taking shape in your own two hands.  This is likely because you are making note of what truly contributes to you feeling empowered, important, strong, good etc. rather than adhering to a more traditional code of conduct or dress for that matter.   
(V Hierophant Rev/ Back To Life- Soul II Soul)

I can’t look at this microphone without remembering when I purchased it, what feels like a few life times, but was really only a few years ago.  My friends and I were formulating a band.  I say ‘formulate’ because it felt more like a scientific experiment than a music project.  Our first band practice, after we determined that the only instruments we knew how to use were our voices, was spent at Guitar Center trying to purchase microphones.  We were the only women in the entire store.  An employee ushered us into a room full of glass cases where he plugged in one of three microphones so we could test each one out.  Since none of us knew anything technical about choosing a microphone it all came down to a feeling, a level of comfort combined with the tone it produced.  He handed the microphone to me first and feeling rather self-conscious about the other shoppers and employees in the store hearing me I spit, “Testing!” quickly into the microphone and then away from it I said, “Hm, I can’t tell.  You try!”  I hurriedly pushed it into my friend’s hand.  She slowly took it up, raised it to her mouth and made a staccato of loud noises that filled the room but formed no words.  I was delighted by her bravery.  Later she confessed she was emboldened by our silent support.  
Libra, this week you may be feeling more confident because you are flanked with loving support, even if the room you occasionally find yourself standing in feels unfriendly or antagonistic.  Pick up the microphone.  
(VI Lovers/ Ready or Not- The Fugees)

When you blow it up, this flotation device looks like a big silver donut with a head rest.  My friend and I got matching ones for lazying about in the Russian River.  That was over the summer and now the thing is flat and folded on the top shelf of my closet.  I’m pretty sure it has sprung a leak, but not because I have any proof, only because this has been my experience with inflatable objects, they always seem to acquire holes rather mysteriously.  I’ve already held a small memorial service for it in my head, recalling all the good times we’d had.  I probably won’t blow it up again until Spring.  I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised and that I’ll be able to lean back into it and let it hold me under the sun and on top of the water.  
Scorpio, this week you may have trouble trusting that everything is going to be okay.  This might be because you’ve experienced disappointments or even minor catastrophes in the past.  As we pass through the final eclipse of the season in your sign, keep in mind that eclipses propel us forward by forcing us to confront and let go of things, or ideas that are no longer assisting our growth.  In fact it is possible that after this, you may never encounter a leaky flotation device again or at least in a metaphorical sense.       
(VIII Justice L/ Cause I Need It- Dorothy Ashby)

I thought this pile was rather appropriate for you Sagittarius’, in part, because I collected them on a road trip and you are the sign most closely associated with travel.  They are rather large slabs of rock.  The bottom rock, the Selenite is about a 5 inch square, the Adventurine is slightly smaller and the Rose Quartz slightly smaller than that.  There are various properties associated with each stone.  I’m most familiar with Selenite as a cleansing crystal.  It’s supposed to clear your other crystals of energy lint (negative energy or residue from being handled or carried around).  The Adventurine is actually a Sagittarius stone and brings luck as well as promotes happiness, optimism, friendship and prosperity.  The Rose Quartz is sometimes called the “love stone.”  It promotes unconditional love in its various forms.  I originally stacked these stones in order to store them, but lately I’ve begun to wonder if I’ve inadvertently constructed a sort of radio tower or antennae that is drawing these various attributes into my life.  So far I have no proof of this hypothesis, but sometimes wonder if somewhere there are zombies of love, happiness and optimism slowly making their way through deserted city streets to my front door.
Sagittarius, this week you may find yourself receiving intuitive transmissions.  They may or may not reflect the properties of the stones stacked in my closet, but I encourage you to pay attention to the messages which could be coming in unusual, although hopefully not zombie, forms.  
(II High Priestess/ Travel Dream Song- Meredith Monk)

I don’t have all of my passports anymore because one was stolen along with my bag from a restaurant in Iowa when I was 17.  I had just returned from Brazil after two years.  While I was away, I went through puberty and checked a lot of firsts off my list.  At home again, in Iowa, I felt displaced.  It seemed important to carry my passport with me at all times as evidence that I belonged there or in order to explain why I didn’t.  When my bag was stolen the only thing I really cared about was the passport because it literally charted a journey, a path of physical changes in stamps which I couldn’t begin to explain in words.  Now I keep my passports tucked away in a safe place in my closet.  I no longer need to carry them with me in order to explain a feeling or to remind myself of all the change I’ve experienced because I’ve assimilated those changes within myself and believe in my own feelings as proof enough.   
Capricorn, this week is a time to heal old wounds before you set your next intention or a new course.  Consider looking back at old journals, passports or photos to remind yourself just how far your come, whether or not those distances span space or time.  
(XVII Star/ Make Someone Happy- Jimmy Durante)

I accidentally took this key home in my suitcase over the summer.  It unlocks a cabin in Wisconsin where my family has been holding our family reunions for years.  The key is attached to what I believe is a leather key chain stamped with the name of the resort as well as the words, “Drop in any mail box.  We guarantee postage.”  I’m pretty certain this key and chain were assembled in the late 70s, definitely not beyond 1982.  For this reason I have a hard time believing that I could still just drop the key in any mailbox in California and it would end up back at the resort in Wisconsin.  The other day I was at the Post Office and I noticed that there was an old wooden shelving system still being employed for sorting mail.  It is somehow comforting to see the bones of things this way, to understand how it all works, to imagine an old key traveling through the postal system and then hand delivered by a postal worker to a resort that has stood in the same place for three generations.  
Aquarius, this week you may find yourself questioning your own strength.  Perhaps you are having a difficult time trusting your established systems of delivering information, messages or synthesizing information.  There really is no way to test your strength until you actually use those muscles, jump through those hoops or drop the key in the mail.  
(XI Strength Rev/ Aquarius- Freedom Singers)

I have several jars of this sort actually, but most of them are marked.  One of them I recently discovered isn’t and I have no idea what it is or what it does which means the only way I might be able to find out what it is or what it does is if I take the tincture and observe the way it makes me feel.  It will be like a scientific experiment, I may even have to bring in other test subjects.  
Pisces, this week you may be searching for meaning in the work you do or perhaps you are searching for work that has more meaning.  A good way to tackle this problem may be by experimentation.  Taking it bit by bit and making observations of the effects.
(8 of Discs R/ Hedi Hedi (Slowly, Slowly)- Omar Souleyman)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 10/08/14

Welcome Navigators of the Astral Plane!

Whadda week, eh?  Have you been feeling it?  I’m guessing we all have in one way or another, in one astrological house or another.  Take extra care of your health this week, colds are not uncommon during eclipse season.  A lot is happening this week, much of which I discuss under the card for the week, IX The Hermit (a favorite card of mine, magical number 9!).  The only thing I want to add is Venus’ square to Pluto which often drudges up conflicts around love and money but with the intention of healing the wounds at the roots of those conflicts.

THE THEME: No theme, thoughts for pots.

I will be giving my Witch Way L.A. Workshop at the Models of Pride LGBT youth conference again this year on October 11th.  If you are an LGBT youth I hope to see you there.  If you are not an LGBT youth, but are interested in the Witch Way L.A. Workshop, stay tuned…

Also on October 15th I will be offering readings for tips at Elysian as part of the De Porres Dinner Series!  RSVP for a delicious meal!


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

I am also available and EXCITED to participate in EVENTS!  I participated in the NY ART BOOK FAIR, LA ART BOOK FAIR and I also gave readings at FOR YOUR ART and a HALLOWEEN PARTY hosted by BOOBY TRAP.  Tarot readings could be the perfect supplement to your party, event, wedding, etc.  Feel free to contact me for inquiries or information. 

For comments and questions, to be added to the email list, or if you want to send links to music you would like to see in TAROTSCOPES please email me.


one down one to go, listen to the wind blow, feeling slow, boat to row, people who glow, putting on a show, i don’t know, any which way we grow, season of change, home on the range, dogs mange, when you’re strange, refining your dream, going down stream, work as a team, letting off steam, ripped at the seam, moon beam, mars out of bounds, making the rounds, new towns, wearing frowns, send in the clowns, stars above, lots of love,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

The other night at dinner, my friend used the the word ‘hermetic’ several times and I found it standing out of his sentences as it echoed back in my mind.  I really appreciated the use of this rather under utilized word.  When I pulled the Hermit card this week, I found myself considering it as a word, alone, outside of a sentence.  It reminded me of my other favorite word to describe a similar situation, which is solitary or solitude.  Solitude comes from ‘sole,’ which means “the only one” and sounds exactly like soul which according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means, “the spiritual part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever.”  From my experience it is this soul that you connect and re-align with in your solitude.  Sole can also be traced to the Turkish word ‘ozel,’ which means ‘sole’ and also ‘special.’  The empty feeling of being alone or loneliness seems to occur when something prevents you from connecting with your essence.  When you’ve forgotten the specialness of you it can be exceedingly difficult to understand and connect with the specialness of others and that is a very lonely place.    
This week on Wednesday the 8th we encountered the first of two eclipses.  A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Aries.  Astrologer, Anne Ortelee (anneortelee.com), compared the Eclipses to flickering a light switch, it wakes you up, it gets your attention.  At the Aries Eclipse we are provided an opportunity to acknowledge and begin to remove the barricades that prevent us from connecting with ourselves, with our soles.  The Eclipse conjuncts Uranus which can contribute to sudden epiphanies or realizations facilitating rapid changes.  
There is also a Grand Fire Trine this week (Mars in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Leo), “I’ll see your rapid changes and raise you one,” or more, actually, since Jupiter in Leo expands on the awareness and changes instigated by Uranus in Aries in combination with Mars in Sagittarius who is currently “out of bounds.”  In the simplest terms a planet is “out of bounds” when it travels beyond the boundaries established by the sun.  Right now Mars in Sagittarius, already an inherently bold and freedom-loving placement for an action oriented planet, is even more impulsive and wild due to its OOB status.  Anger and frustration are the most common emotional manifestations of this fiery astrological weather system.  DRIVE CAREFULLY! and mind you don’t bump your head, Aries is the sign that rules the head and face.  
If you can, take a time out.  Hole up so you can whole up.  Consider that your moments of solitude are secret meetings with that part of yourself which “gives life to your body and in many religions is believed to live forever.”  
(Comin’ Back To Me- Jefferson Airplane)

IX Hermit from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

I think it has been a few years now since I joined my credit union.  I must have signed up during a retrograde or perhaps when the moon was void of course because my account has never worked properly.  I’m supposed to be able to deposit checks and take out cash at any 7-Eleven, but I’ve never had any luck with it.  Every time I’ve tried to call the help line at the credit union about the problem they just say, “It should work.  There is no reason why it wouldn’t work.”  No one at my branch has been able to solve the problem either, although they are much kinder and more apologetic about the issue.  As a result, I’ve committed to driving two highways and a considerable stretch of windy road to my branch whenever I have to make a deposit (thanks to online banking this isn’t very often).  Now I’m actually quite grateful for this drive.  It is beautiful.  California looks like an adventure and whenever I drive to my credit union I get a sense of it.  I pass mountains, a picturesque cemetery and a couple television studios.  I can even take two different routes if I get bored with one.  Many friends have suggested that I join a different credit union, but I’ve become rather attached to these small excursions.
Aries, this week you may find that things you previously found frustrating or inconvenient are actually providing you with a perspective that you may not have had otherwise.  Look for subtle and surprising events to expand your vision or understanding.
(4 of Swords Rev/ Somebody Keeps Calling My Name- Baby Grandmothers)

There are several sayings that mean, “Let’s get down to business.”  “Let’s get down to bare bones,” for example.  My favorite is, “Let’s get down to brass tacks.”  The words ‘brass’ and ‘tacks’ together sound like tap dancing.  They are lively and enlivening.  Brass has weight and tacks are sharp so you can feel the meaning not just hear and know it.  
The fog you may find yourself lost in, at times this week, Taurus, is one that most likely formed as a result of mental chatter rather than the fluff which typically gets tossed around during a meeting or phone conversation.  It may be helpful to locate your brass tacks or bare bones.  Call a meeting with your fears and get down to business.  Where does the weight and sharpness of this feeling lie?   
(9 of Swords/ Turn the World Around- Harry Belafonte)

“I manifest abundance really easily,” my friend Nancy said once.  “I mean right now I have more worm castings than I know what to do with.”  For those of you who aren’t familiar with worm castings they are, according to “The Tasteful Garden”, “the richest natural fertilizer known to humans.”  Of course when Nancy mentioned that she manifests abundance easily I assumed she meant money.  I imagined her diving in a pool of golden coins like Scrooge McDuck in the opening credits of DuckTales.  But her definition was a pleasant reminder of all the forms abundance can take and success for that matter.  
Gemini, this week, you might find yourself disappointed by something because it didn’t yield the form of abundance or achieve the kind of success you’d hoped for.  Take another look at the other doors this situation may be opening for you and the abundance it perhaps already yielded in another form.      
(Ace of Discs Rev/ They Can’t Take That Away From Me- Judy Garland)

The other night water started shooting out of somewhere behind our apartment building and gushing down the driveway.  It was a pretty horrific sight given the drought in California.  I was the first to discover the situation on my way to pick up some take out, which was unfortunate because that meant that I had low blood sugar, a potentially dangerous shortcoming of mine.  I tried to call my neighbor who lived back there, but had stepped out for the evening, “There’s water coming out of your house, out of the side of the house, just like near the hose, but not the hose.  I don’t think there is water actually IN your house, it’s just literally coming OUT of your house, you know what I mean?  But I would call the landlord.”  “Okaaay,” she replied.  “But I don’t know what to tell the landlord, because I don’t understand what you are talking about.”  Later, when I was finally sitting down to eat my dinner I thought about what it means to be “good in a crisis,” to have “quick reflexes,” to be able to “think on your feet” and all those things that ambulance drivers are probably good at.  I decided that I’m not particularly proficient in any of those action oriented areas, but I am good at surrendering.  Over the years, with practice, I’ve managed to decrease my reaction time, but my reflexes are still not as quick as I’d like.  I concluded, however, that it is probably easier to train yourself to react than it is to train yourself not to react.  
Cancer, this week you may be doing some extensive training in surrender.  Letting go isn’t easy for anyone even if you are more skilled at it than some.  But do try to go with the flow, even if that flow appears to be shooting out of no where and gushing down the driveway.  
(XIII Death/ Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain- Ladysmith Black Mambazo)

I know I’m lucky.  Most of the time I’m excited to wake up.  I’m excited to drink coffee.  I’m excited to pull a few morning tarot cards and write in my journal.  But occasionally there are mornings where I don’t feel anything at all drawing me out of bed and I lay there trying to entice myself with something new, “How about goat milk? Let’s put goat milk in your coffee.”  It doesn’t always spark my excitement, but the suggestion of something new does serve to get me out of bed.  The other morning I was having a partially deflated feeling.  By midmorning I found myself on the road, coming around a bend with a list of errands in my head when I was slapped with an incredible view.  The light was golden on the craggy mountains and the radio started playing “I Can See Clearly Now,” which was almost laughable, like the universe was trying too hard to cheer me up.  But it worked and I found myself enjoying being me again.
Leo, you may not be entirely sure, right when you wake up where you’re going or if you even want to get there.  But some time this week, I have a feeling that you will be feeling very good about where you are and where you are headed.  This is probably because you are falling in step with yourself, you just had to start moving to find your stride.           
(8 of Discs/ Looking For You- The Dukes)

I’ve been converting a lot of things from one form to another lately.  I turned black walnut husks into ink and sumac fruit into powder and I bundled white sage to burn.  My friend Nancy calls this, “processing.”  A process is, by dictionary definition, “a systematic series of actions directed to some end.”  I grew up in the midwest surrounded by black walnuts and sumac and never knew that they could be converted to any other form, that they could be processed in any direction other than their seasonal cycles of regeneration.
Virgo, you may find yourself going through new processes, carrying out actions that direct you towards a different end then you may have previously thought possible.  If you find yourself getting impatient, keep in mind that all processes take a certain length of time and involve a certain number of steps to reach some form of completion.
(XVI Tower Rev/ I’m Gonna Live Until I Die- Sammy Davis Jr.)

When I was a kid I thought certain things that grown ups did were rules, not a matter of taste.  For example my mom always planted impatients in the barrel in front of our house.  When I suggested we plant fuchsia and goldfish flowers instead, my mom said no, I assumed because it was an impossible feat.  It was years before I realized she had refused because she didn’t share my opinion.  I felt the same way about fruit salad at potlucks.  I couldn’t understand why people made fruit salad when the fruit tasted so much better by itself.  I decided it was because fruits in their peels were not permitted at potlucks.  Part of the joy of getting older and growing up was discovering all the things I could do and all the things I no longer had put on my plate.  
Libra, it is your birthday, eclipse season and mercury in retrograde.  You are riding a top a lot of change.  But this is a good wave to ride into your next year.  Life may be looking more and more the way you’ve always wanted.  This may, in part, be because you are following your own rules rather than allowing your life to be informed by the opinions of others.  
(XXI World/ You Never Can Tell- Emmylou Harris)

Growing up my parents made a point to welcome all sorts of guests into our home.  We had several exchange students from various countries.  One, who still stands out in my mind, was a boy my brother’s age from the Yucatan Peninsula who stayed with us only a few weeks.  At dinner on one of his first evenings with us he told us he was the youngest of 4 siblings.  My dad made the unfortunate mistake of pointing out that I was much younger than him.  From that day forward he referred to me only as his, “Little Sister.”  He took his roll as my “big brother” far too seriously, rumpling my hair and standing up for me unnecessarily.  I found myself lamenting to my parents in private about how “I couldn’t take any more” and “wasn’t one brother enough?”  One of my parents, I don’t remember which, pointed out that his version of being a big brother was actually a lot kinder, albeit more condescending, than my biological brother’s version so I might as well enjoy the experience while it lasted.  He did shower me with gifts, “For my little sister!” he would say.  
Scorpio, you’ve had a difficult house guest for a few years now, namely, Saturn.  But together the two of you have likely achieved a great deal.  This week you may see more clearly the rewards of the relationship you’ve forged with this planet of lessons.
(Priestess of Wands/ Hey Little Sister- Tom Wopat)

For some reason, as a kid, the only thing I could pick out as an American tradition was a bowl of cereal.  I wasn’t sure what else distinguished Americans from other cultures or what even made me an American citizen, except for my brother’s and my bowl of cereal snack ritual.  One of my earliest memories, I must have been 3 or 4, was sharing a bowl of cereal with my mom’s friend’s daughter from Tanzania who was the same age as me.   We were eating cheerios and I showed her how to sprinkle sugar on top to give it a taste.  She followed my demonstration but produced a mountain of sugar from the bowl which she dumped on top of her cereal.  I was delighted.  I’d been taught to use sugar sparingly so I appreciated her breaking this rule so unflinchingly.  Most nights, my brother and I would have a bowl of cereal before bed.  If we were fighting, we would barricade ourselves with cereal boxes so we could sit in relative silence.  When my brother joined the debate team in high school he would practice by reading the ingredients on the cereal box aloud as fast as he could.  
Sagittarius, you may find yourself shifting from one foot to the other this week, just to feel the weight of your bones and in order to better comprehend your impact on your immediate environment.  Small, apparently insignificant observations of yourself and others may help to solidify your identity, your understanding of the ways in which you are unique from others and the ways in which they are unique from you.  
(XIV Temperance/ Get Ourselves Together- Bobby Andy & Marcia Griffiths)

I think because of the Eclipse, I found myself at the grocery store caught up in an elaborate fantasy, wondering what would happen if a bomb was dropped or there was a level 8 magnitude earthquake and everyone was trapped inside the store.  On the elevator from the parking area to the store, a woman holding a toddler held the door open for everyone else.  I felt relieved.  She seemed like the type of caring, community-oriented person you would want around were you in crisis.  I looked around at who else was in the store.  There were mostly women of various ages and one minor celebrity that I vaguely recognized from some television drama in the nineties.  He was the only one I didn’t trust, the one I felt would be likely to mutiny.  I thought about all of us shoppers helping each other, old and young, to safety.  I glanced around the produce department feeling strangely intimate and tender towards this group of complete strangers.  
Capricorn, you may find yourself feeling vulnerable as you cover new territory this week.  Perhaps you are self-conscious or suspicious that others are judging you harshly.  It might be helpful to imagine how you would handle a real crisis and consider how this would bond you more closely with the same people you feel are judging or critical of you now.  
(Daughter of Discs Rev/ Everyone’s Gone To The Moon- Bette Midler)

Most walks involve making a loop.  You depart from one point and you come back to the same point, but you are never return in the same state as the one in which you left, even if you were just walking around the block.  My neighbors and I often take walks together because it provides an outlet for tensions that build up mentally and physically.  Our most common excuse for venturing out is to get a passion fruit iced tea.  “This tea IS good, but you could probably make it at home,” my neighbor said on one of these excursions.  “What they really get you with is walk.”
Aquarius, this week you may find yourself releasing built up tensions, even just by making a simple loop.
(10 of Wands L/ Buzz Buzz Buzz- The Hollywood Flames)

The other day was perhaps one of my most frustrating days in recent history.  I feel like the day gave birth to inconveniences I’d never conceived of.  I got stuck in traffic twice and my water and gas were turned off all day, unannounced.  By the end of the day I wanted to cry.  My neighbor and I took a walk and I made a small checklist of some of my irritations, but a feeling, like a giant pair of sharp talons were digging into my shoulders, persisted.  After we returned from the walk I sat down at my computer to write Tarotscopes, but I still felt like breaking dishes or throwing spaghetti at the ceiling.  A minute later my dog climbed into my lap.  The weight of her body tripped some invisible trigger and all my frustrations seemed to disappear into the ethers.  I’ve had my dog for over a year, but I’d never experienced the extent of her healing capabilities until that moment.  As cheesy as it may sound, that little 7 pounds of love was all I needed to turn my day around.
Pisces, this week you may encounter frustrations or setbacks that make you want to pull your hair out or kick a hole in the wall.  You can try all of that, but I highly recommend a hug or simply holding a chihuahua.  It seems a strange antidote to rage but it is surprisingly effective.   
(5 of Swords Rev/ All You Need Is Love- The Flaming Lips)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 10/01/14

Welcome Back Navigators!

How are you?  I’ve been feeling soft this week as we continue to move into the torrent.  According to my neighbor there is a cold epidemic in Los Angeles right now.  This is right in line with all the astrological indications for the week which are like a lite-brite road sign saying, “GO SLOW!”  Now is a time supportive of feeling and thinking and more feeling, but not much doing.  Of course, as my neighbor also pointed out, “You can’t stop doing things just because Mercury is in Retrograde.”  This is true, but you can make conscious decisions to work with Mercury rather than pushing against it and causing unnecessary frustration and exacerbation as described under the card for the week, the 5 of Swords.  Go slow or be slowed down is often the story here and being slowed down can sometimes look like a cold, so make sure to take lots of vitamin C or stand on your head or knock on wood or wink at yourself in the mirror three times or whatever you do that keeps you healthy and strong.

THE THEME:  This week, as we roll into Mercury Retrograde and barrel towards the first eclipse of the season, my mind has been pulling up an archive of images; hanging chads, buttons dangling by a thread, hang nails, the time I knocked my tooth loose and it was dangling from my gums, band aids threatening to come off of elbows and knees underwater, etc.  Eclipse season helps expose areas of weakness.  It shows us where things want to fall off or come apart or form their own opinion.  Similarly, during Mercury Retrograde we are also asked to let go, to stop fighting time, or each other, or yourself, when things get tangled or go haywire.  So the theme this week is things to release/ let go of.  

I will be giving my Witch Way L.A. Workshop at the Models of Pride LGBT youth conference again this year on October 11th.  If you are an LGBT youth I hope to see you there.  If you are not an LGBT youth, but are interested in the Witch Way L.A. Workshop, stay tuned…


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scorpio kicks off mercury retrograde, slow emotional parade, plans we’ve made, some things fade, don’t give shade, games played, fridges to raid, making lemonade, bills paid, reading jamaica kinkaid, full moon lunar eclipse in aries, picking berries, color varies, a feeling that carries, messages sent and received, things to be believed, feeling relieved, occasionally peeved, stars above, all my love,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

The other evening my neighbor-friend and I were walking to the farmer’s market and just as she said, “What is going ON in the universe right now?”  a clunky old truck rattling with a collection of bulky contents sped past us.  The driver was waving one fist out the window as he screamed at someone in the passenger seat.  We both exchange looks, “Whoa.”  What IS going on in the universe?  Astrologically speaking a lot.  The card for the week, the 5 of Swords, indicates both how we may be experiencing the astrological energies and also how we can best navigate these energies.
First of all, Mercury officially stations before going Retrograde on October 4th at about 10am PST.  Mercury begins this “backwards” (it’s not actually moving backwards, just giving the appearance of it) motion in Scorpio and will eventually move back into Libra before going direct once again on October 25th.  Scorpio is the sign that covers issues of commitment, intimacy, power, and transformation.  When Mercury goes Retrograde we are given more information about these areas of our life.  In the Greek myth which describes how the seasons came into being, it is Mercury who is sent as a messenger down into the underworld to speak with Pluto aka Hades (ruler of the underworld and the sign of Scorpio) to try and convince him to let Persephone go.  This is what we all may be doing in an emotional, spiritual, sense right now.  Mercury is bringing us messages from our own individual underworlds about how to release blockages and beliefs that keep us from transforming, or standing in our power, or in a place of fear which often contributes to the abuse of power.  There are also messages about intimacy and commitment, who and what we want to commit to.  How do we inadvertently commit to fear by letting that fear prevent us from embracing who and what we love?  
Again, we are also in Eclipse Season and we will experience our first Eclipse at the Full Moon in the sign of Aries on the 8th (next Wednesday).  The moon in Aries will oppose the sun in Libra so the conversation will be a lot about individual versus relationship needs and looking at what isolates us from others as well as what we may have given up in our relationships with others that we want to reclaim.  There is a lot contained in this event about power and how we deal with conflict.  This can already be seen on a global scale, but we will be seeing it much more in the months ahead as initiated by this eclipse.  
Okay whew! So…what do the cards say?  Well the 5 of Swords is one of conflict, but it also offers suggestions about how to deal with that conflict.  With all of these astrological storms and flurries we may feel more vulnerable and our sense of power in the world can also feel under attack.  This can contribute to all sorts of volatile responses, such as the one I described witnessing with my neighbor the other night.  “It’s hitting us all in our soft spots,” I said to my friends later that same evening about the recent astrological events.  When two soft spots encounter each other there are often two separate responses: to pull out your swords and barricade with your shields or to soften and become like two slugs meeting each other with the tender understanding of this exposure and vulnerability.  The second response is the suggestion of the 5 of Swords.  Group hug! We are all under this sky and on this planet together.    
(Dance This Mess Around- The B-52’s)

5 of Swords (Part III) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

The other day I was passing by the bird store and I noticed that several of the parrots were laying across their perch as if they’d collapsed.  Worried that they were dead or dying, I stopped to get a closer look.  They blinked a few times and slowly raised their heads.  Apparently, this is how a bird, or a bird in captivity at least, naps.  The birds that were awake looked so regal, their chests puffed in an almost prideful way.  It reminded me of a sigh and ultimately your card and astrological indications for the week, Aries.  Before you release a sigh, it often looks and feels the way an alert parrot appears, your chest is puffed up and your shoulders are tight, looped together as if with a rubber band.     
A sigh is the expression of surrender and of vulnerability.  Practice letting yourself collapse into this posture, Aries.  Allow something besides your own frame to hold you for awhile.  
(Daughter of Cups L/ Let It All Hang Out- The Hombres)

Have you ever wondered how time release pills work? Neither have I, but the theme this week inspired me to look it up.  According to an article in How It Works Daily, “the active ingredient is usually concealed in a ‘web’ of insoluble substances, so that the dissolving substance has to find its way through the gaps in the web.”  This was a more interesting answer than I’d expected, similar to the plot of the movie “Labyrinth.”  The story of an active ingredient going on a journey through a web of insoluble substances to find the symptoms it had been assigned since birth to alleviate, was a riveting adventure in my imagination.
Taurus, this week you may feel like an active ingredient on a mission, but the impending Mercury Retrograde as well as Eclipse Season, like the web of insoluble ingredients, demands that we all slow down.  Try not to become so fixated on a goal or plan that you ignore or miss out on the things the Retrograde and the Eclipses may be trying to bring to your attention.   
(7 of Swords R/ Soy Rebelde- Jeanette)

My cousins, my brother and I are famous for suppressing inappropriate laughter.  We all seem to have inherited the gene from our mothers that causes you to laugh when you are uncomfortable and it only gets worse if we are together in the same room.  I kind of wish that we had a crying problem instead because there is nothing worse than laughing and then feeling ashamed and embarrassed for it.  There is an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show like this.  Chuckles the Clown passes away and everyone who works at the newsroom goes to the funeral. Mary is unable to control her laughter, despite trying to mask it as sobs.  The minister invites her to laugh out loud, saying that Chuckles lived to make people laugh, but the minister’s invitation only causes Mary cry.
Gemini, this week you may be allowing a more genuine expression of your feelings, even if that expression does not always match up with the socially acceptable response.
(4 of Cups Rev/ I’m Glad- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band)

I still remember the word “Jettison” from a vocabulary test I took in sixth grade.  It was my favorite word on the list.  “Not to be confused with Jetson,” I would tell myself as I was studying for the test.  But the way I would remember the meaning of “Jettison” was to say, “The space ship can’t take off until the Jetsons jettison something.”
Cancer this week you may feel that your dream is too heavy to get off the ground.  Ask yourself what is weighing it down.  Perhaps it is full of water, or some emotion that needs to be released.  Now is the perfect time to jettison anything keeping your ship from taking off.  
(9 of Cups Rev/ Promised Land- Nairobi Sisters)

This morning, as I was preparing to write this, I was driving around, running errands and thinking about the theme this week.  I thought about all the things that catch my eye when I’m driving that I have to let go of in order to get safely to my destination; oddly manicured trees, the way a bridge arcs over the street, the shape of a street lamp or most dangerous, an open garage.  I realize I often hold the image in my mind for several seconds after I’ve passed it.  
Leo, this week you may be finding ways out of stuck places by understanding the speed at which you are moving.  You no longer have the luxury of chewing on obstacles for lengths of time.  There is an emphasis on actively releasing stagnant residue and old images so you can get safely to your destination.  This may involve outside input as well, so don’t be afraid to talk things over with a confidant.  
(8 of Swords R/ Plastic Bag- X-Ray Spex)

The clicking noise a pinball makes when it is released after you put your coins into the machine causes a rise of excitement but also a slight drop in my stomach as I realize “I’m really playing this game now,” and I only have one ball left or two balls left or no balls left to win or lose with.   
Virgo, you may feel hesitant about really stepping into the game this week.  Your sign’s famed attention to detail and perfectionist tendencies are gifts, but when turned in on yourself they can also create anxiety and fear sometimes preventing you from mobilizing.  It may be helpful to remember that unlike pinball, you aren’t limited to just three rounds.  You can play anyway you want, as many times as you want.  
(Shaman of Cups L/ Till I Get It Right- Tammy Wynette)

Once you make it through a yoga class you almost always end with shavasna, corpse pose, which I often find is far too short.  My favorite iterations of this pose are ones where the instructor guides you through relaxing and releasing various muscles, many you didn’t know you had like ones in your butt and face.  A friend once led a class I participated in and ended by smoothing everyones furrowed brows with lavender oil.  It still rates among my top corpse poses of all time.  
Libra, this week you may be surrendering to your body or some sort of physical circumstance.  Perhaps you’ve been neglecting your health recently, but now is the time to address some of these concerns.  Maybe you need to be reminded of muscles you didn’t know you have so that you can release them, or perhaps you need to give up something you are allergic to.  Take this moment to “drop into your body” (as they often say in yoga).  
(Priestess of Discs Rev/ When Banana Skins Are Falling (I’ll Come Sliding Back to You)- Slim Gaillard)

At the peak of my proficiency in Portuguese I was talking to a stranger on the street in the south of Brazil and they asked me, “What part of Brazil are you from?”  I was extremely proud that I had passed as a native speaker, but I was also amused that my accent couldn’t be located or tied to a particular region.  I attribute this, in part, to the fact that I learned Portuguese in Brasilia where there was an inconsistency in pronunciation because most people had relocated there either from the north or from Rio de Janeiro, two fairly different accents.  As a result I often found myself mixing the two accents together, saying one word the way someone from Recife might and another the way a Carioca (someone from Rio) would.  
Scorpio, this week you may find yourself trying to blend two things together.  Of course when you blend anything you are almost always creating a third thing whether it is a color, a recipe or an accent.  And this third thing you are creating may not be easily located, except within yourself.    
(2 of Discs/ The Music Played)

When I was ten my mom, my brother and I had the opportunity to go to China for a month.  My mom taught a summer course in English at a local university and my brother and I got to do whatever we wanted.  One afternoon, we were swimming in the pool at the university.  My brother glanced at the hands of a large clock on the wall, “It’ll be 5pm soon, they’re going to release the sharks.”  He knew I was deathly afraid of sharks.  “What sharks?” I asked skeptically.  “Pool sharks,” my brother replied.  “They only have them in China.”  I continued to express my disbelief, but couldn’t let the story go completely, “How big are they?”  “About two feet long, nurse shark size, but the pool will be full of them,” there was no question he couldn’t answer.  We were called out of the pool before 5pm so I never got proof of the tale one way or the other.  But I was also faintly aware that some part of me wanted to believe pool sharks existed because some part of me enjoyed feeling scared.
Sagittarius, this week you may become increasingly aware that some commonly held belief or something someone told you may only be true for you if you choose to believe it.  Consider how this way of thinking could actually be holding you back from exploring all sides of the pool.  
(V Hierophant L/ Anywhere Is- Enya)

Sometime in my early to mid twenties (I’m sure I was pointing fingers) I found myself saying quite frequently, “I just wish they could release their death grip on life.”  I was usually referring to someone who I perceived as being too uptight or controlling.  I still say this to myself occasionally when I feel a tightness or rigidity creeping up on me, the desire to hold onto the hand rails even though I’m steady enough on my own two feet.
This week, Capricorn, you may find yourself loosening your grip.  I’m not by any means suggesting that you had a “death grip on life” prior to this moment, but if you were experiencing tightness or rigidity last week, it is probably much less prominent this week.  This is likely because you are feeling more supported both by the universe and the people around you and in turn you are giving support in equal measure.   
(6 of Discs/ Living Sound- Maryanne Amacher)

When I was walking to dinner the other night with my brother we saw a herd of teens or maybe people in their early 20s gathered outside the local record store.  They were all holding the same album which I couldn’t make out very well, but I did notice it had a lot of pink.  Towards the end of the line a boy was playing an acoustic guitar.  That portion of the line had gathered around him, they were singing along as he played, his face, lit up with enthusiasm.  The lyrics sounded like self affirmations, something like, “I know I’m going to be just fine.”  
Aquarius, this week you may begin to feel that things are going to be just fine.  Whatever transitions you are currently experiencing do not seem to be made blindly.  There seems to be a sense of achievement, enjoy yourself.  
(4 of Wands/ Love, Love, Love- The Feminine Complex)
There is a moment in the movie “Sixteen Candles” where you see a kid being forced into the gym for the high school dance by his parents and he says something like, “I just want to stay home with you and dad!”  This was very similar to my experience of junior high.  My mom would say, “Why don’t you go see a movie with your friends?”  And I would usually answer with a question, “What movie did you and dad rent?”  The previews on movies that you’d rent then used to say, “Now Available on Videocassette.”  I found those words extremely comforting between the unsettling ages of 12 and 15.  Everything about that transition was so uncomfortable that I found myself taking refuge in small consistencies like “Now Available on Videocassette,” and spending time with my 50 year old parents and their friends.
Pisces, you may be entering a more internal and self reflective time.  This is likely in response to great upheaval and transition.  Instead of going to the movies, you may prefer to watch at home alone, or in the company of others who are experiencing a desire for calm.  
(IX Crone/ Alone Again Naturally- Now Generation)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 09/24/14

Welcome Travelers!

A lot has already happened which I will discuss under the card for the week, lucky number 13, DEATH!  This is a time of great upheaval and transition.  “A lot is happening astrologically right now…” I started to tell my neighbor the other day.  “There’s always something happening astrologically!”  She erupted.  It is true, there always is and there is always weather.  Sunny and 70 degrees is weather as much as a blizzard, but the blizzard is more noticeable because it is so disruptive.  This week Eclipse Season begins in the sign of Libra and some may find it rather disruptive, particularly because we will also soon be moving through a Mercury Retrograde on top of all this torrent of change.  Give yourself time and space around these changes, the same way you might give yourself extra time to navigate the streets after a blizzard.  

THE THEME:  A few weeks ago I was talking to a Libra friend about something I can no longer remember.  But what I do remember was her response, “Marty, would you sit on a teeter totter with a rhinoceros?”  It was a rhetorical question.  But as we move into Libra, the astrological sign of the balancing scales it seems an appropriate answer.  And so the theme this week is balance, two things that despite or perhaps as a result of their differences even each other out.   

I will not be at Painted Bird this week again.  I’m working on some new projects (updates soon) and have needed the extra time to devote to them.


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

I am also available and EXCITED to participate in EVENTS!  I recently participated in the NY ART BOOK FAIR, LA ART BOOK FAIR and I also gave readings at FOR YOUR ART and a HALLOWEEN PARTY hosted by BOOBY TRAP.  Tarot readings could be the perfect supplement to your party, event, wedding, etc.  Feel free to contact me for inquiries or information. 

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here comes fall, having a ball, bracing for a squall, you’re a doll, going to the mall, hearing the call, saying it all, having the gall, wearing a shawl, standing tall, horse and stall, hey y’all, avoiding a brawl, pluto direct, somethings circumspect, changes I do detect, new words to inflect, a different dialect, what to protect, what to eject, eclipse season begins, new wins, growing fins, recycling bins, music dins, alligator grins, committing sins, cookie tins, new moon in the sign of the balancing scales, saving the whales, breaking out of jails, chip n dales, lifting veils, hammering nails, hay in bails, telling tales, hearts and stars above, all my love,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

Monday was a big kick off.  I’m sorry I’m only covering it in retrospect, but these transitions are not fleeting, which is why the XIII Death card is still the word for the week and I will likely still be discussing them in the weeks to come.  Pluto stationed at 5: 36pm PST and is now moving direct after having been retrograde for several months (since April 14th to be exact), just a few short hours later the seasons changed.  It is now officially Fall!  The nights will be getting longer by the minute (I might have said the days will be getting shorter, but I wanted to present the glass half full version).   And on Tuesday night there was a New Moon in Libra, the starting pistol of eclipse season!  What does all of this mean?  CHANGE!  For Pluto in Capricorn, it is about changing the structure of your life and acknowledging who or what has power and control over the creation and maintenance of that structure.  Are you making decisions about that structure from a place of fear? How can you create a more empowering and supportive structure in your life?  These are points Pluto in Capricorn will be making again and again for the next decade.  In Greek and Roman myth Pluto (Hades) is the God of the Underworld.  When Pluto goes Retrograde we are provided greater insight into our subconscious, our individual underworlds.  When Pluto stations and then goes Direct all of our internal investigations are provided the opportunity to manifest outwards.  If you reached new levels of self awareness while Pluto was retrograde, perhaps now that the planet is direct, you will be thinking about how to make external changes to accommodate your internal realizations.  This could mean changing jobs, locations, ending or beginning relationships, etc.
The Equinox also signaled the start of Libra season.  Libra is the sign of the balancing scales and at the Equinox night and day are in equal length.  This is a good time, especially with the New Moon in Libra (there is still time to set your intentions and make your new moon wishes by the way!  Do it today!), to think about how to establish a more rooted sense of balance in your life.  There are all sorts of things that you need and don’t need for that matter in order to maintain balance and those needs are different for every single person. 
This brings me to Eclipse Season, which is another astrological weather system the XIII Death card is likely pointing to.  Whenever people hear the word “eclipse” it often creates an instinctual panic.  The fear is that we are about to lose something, something is going to be eclipsed from our lives.  This is true, but the function of the human body (as well as almost every other living body) is built on this process of gains and losses, eating and excreting.  Eclipse season shows us where we need to let go.  With the lunar eclipses the changes are often internal, psychological, and with the solar eclipses the changes are much more palpable or literal.  Beautiful things can happen during eclipse season.  Sometimes accepting good things into your life means releasing old and established attitudes that prevent the good things from taking root (Speaking of roots, Emily Trinkaus wrote an excellent piece called, “A New Relationship to Your Root,” in her blog, Virgo Magic. Check it out!).
Eclipse season can be a time of radical changes and change is, at times, a painful process.  When I would get growing pains in my shins as a kid my mom would say, “Drink some milk.”  Because it wasn’t explained that the calcium in milk supports bone growth, I assumed that milk was some sort of liquid bone material and that’s why it was an important supplement to rapid physical change.  Now is a good time to think about what supports your growth and the growth of those around you and what is no longer able to adapt with this new transition.   
(Sweep it Out in the Shed- Little Ann)

XIII Death (Part II) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

Years ago, when I was 10 or 11, I caught my friend doing what looked like facial exercises in the mirror.  I watched her for a while out of the corner of my eye without her notice, trying to make sense of the activity. I didn’t want to interrupt her because it seemed like a rather private endeavor, one you wouldn’t necessarily want to get caught doing.  After a minute or two I realized she was practicing smiling.  At the time I found this mildly irritating, “Why would you practice smiling, why can’t you just smile as needed…as felt.”  As an adult I can understand the need to consciously engage these muscles which I find are most often pursed in concentration.  Not long ago I decided to try a similar exercise to the one I’d observed my childhood friend engaged in.  It’s true what the scientists say, it really does release endorphins and probably a lot of other beneficial things we don’t know about too.
Aries, this week it seems you’ve been engaging your facial muscles more spontaneously i.e. you’ve been smiling more.  Perhaps this is because you are feeling more open, more emotionally available and as a result more free. 
(4 of Cups Rev/ This Door Swings Both Ways- Amanda Ambrose)

If I had a dinner party and invited words I think Fall and Spring would be my guests of honor because they are so flexible both as seasons and actions, as nouns and verbs.  Autumn is a pretty word but Fall means surrender which is what we must do when everything turns brown, crisp and cold.  When Spring comes, following a more sedentary winter, we are ready to take action, to activate the will.  If we listen to the instruction of these words, if we listen to the desire in our bodies then we know just what to do when Spring comes around or Fall settles in. 
Taurus, perhaps your head is swimming from too much activity or an over load of information be it emotional, or some other form of environmental stimuli.  Take a moment to recalibrate.  Consider what your body wants to do.  What direction it wants to move in, what it wants to be fed, whether to fall or spring. 
(Son of Discs Rev/ Aht Uh Mi Hed- Shuggie Otis)

A while ago, a friend was giving another friend advice and I happened to be there to hear it.  She said something to the effect of , “Your life is pretty good.  You aren’t actually in a prison or physically trapped so what is holding you back must be the way you are thinking about things and that you have the power to change.”
Gemini, this week it seems you are feeling more free.  It might be helpful to think about the ways you’ve liberated yourself so you can come back to this moment at those times when you might be feeling trapped or stuck. 
(Daughter of Wands/ Gnossienne No. 1- Erik Satie)

Smells are often mysterious unless there is a source to trace them to.  One spring as a kid I remember walking to the library with my parents and smelling something horrific.  It was difficult to trace because it smelled like vomit, but there was no vomit to be found.  Later, after talking to several neighbors, we discovered that it was the fruit the Gingko trees were dropping, little rancid bombs.  Apparently, the fruit contains a chemical also found in rancid butter.  In recent years, the city has discussed cutting down all the gingkoes, originally planted in the 1970s, simply because of the smell. 
Cancer this week you may find it helpful to follow your nose.  Take note of your findings, but avoid any conclusions.  The source of the smells may surprise you, while the smells may be occasionally unpleasant the source could be quite beautiful. 
(XVIII Moon/ Three Cigarettes In an Ashtray- Patsy Cline)

When I was a kid I sometimes went down into the wooded ravine behind my house to be alone when my house felt too crowded.  As an adult I sometimes retreat into my house to be alone when the world feels too crowded.  Occasionally something outside helps you understand something about yourself and other times something inside yourself helps you understand something about the world. 
Leo, this week you may find yourself navigating between interior and exterior spaces, but with the same objective, to hear yourself think. 
(4 of Discs/ Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)- Monica)

I’ve never lived in a house with a basement and attic.  There was only ever one place at a time for ghosts to camp out, one place to keep all my fears.
Virgo, this week you may feel trapped on the ground floor, afraid to go up into the attic or down into the basement.  Don’t let your fears keep you from moving freely in your own home, or your own skin for that matter.  Confront either your attic ghosts or your basement ghosts, but don’t wear yourself out worrying about both at the same time.  Take it step by step. 
(9 of Swords L/ Let No Man Steal Your Thyme- Pentangle)

If only all sports were just the group huddle then I might actually participate in them.  But the group huddle isn’t as significant without the game on either side of it.  You really have to go through something with your teammates before you can throw your arms around each other and put your foreheads together. 
Libra, this week you might find yourself searching for a new team.  Remember that most bonds require time to build.  While it may be the huddle you ultimately seek, you might have to play the game together first.
(10 of Cups L/ Listen People- Hermans Hermits)

I’ve had more than one client come to me with the complaint that they feel stuck in their job.  They thought the job would be a stepping stone, but they’ve been standing on this stone for far too long.  This is how a bridge becomes a wall.  This isn’t the end of the story of course, because there is always a way out of the stuck places we find ourselves.  There are bridges to be built over the fears that previously blocked you. 
Scorpio, this week whatever walls you’ve encountered or helped erect are now more easily dismantled or skirted.  As the sign ruled by Pluto, planet of transformation, you are more than equipped to make deep changes which will support your happiness. 
(XV Devil Rev/ I’m Over You- Jan Bradley)

Connected to the internet, but disconnected from your body.  Connected to your body, but disconnected from your emotions.  Connected to your emotions, but disconnected from the internet.  Connected to the internet, but disconnected from the city.  Connected to the city, but disconnected from nature.  Connected to nature, but disconnected from the city.
Sagittarius, this week you may feel that the more connected you feel to yourself the more disconnected you are from someone or something else.  To maintain connection on all fronts requires balance.  Consider what you may not be getting enough of or what you are possibly overindulging in that could be causing you to disconnect elsewhere. 
(2 of Cups Rev/ Operator- Tori Amos)

In my first grade we had to say the pledge of allegiance every morning.  Our teacher would say, “All rise.”  And we’d stand with our hands on our hearts turned towards a flag in the corner of the room.  No one ever explained to us what we were doing or saying, just that we had to do and say it.  In first grade I was also a passionate environmentalist.  We’d have to answer questions about ourselves and I somehow managed to direct every answer back to the environment and how we needed to take better care of our planet.  Sitting there answering those questions I felt much more confident about what I was saying than I did when I would face the flag and mumble my way through the pledge of allegiance.  
Capricorn, this week you seem to be moving forward with some sense of conviction.  If you stand this week it isn’t likely going to be because someone commanded it, but because you believe in what you are standing for.
(2 of Swords Rev/ The Time Has Come- Anne Briggs)

I’m throwing a garage sale this week.  I’m calling it “throwing” because it is a party of sorts, a party of parting with things.  The onset of eclipse season seems like the perfect time to let go of things I’m no longer making use of, in order to make space in my life for new things to show up. 
Aquarius, an old way of life is slowly reaching the end of the spool and a new way of working and living is about to materialize.  Trust in the imminence of this change.  It will come sooner than you think and in ways you couldn’t have anticipated.   
(Ace of Discs L/ I’m Lucky- Joan Armatrading)

"What do you think builds strength in a person?" I asked a friend.  "What kind of strength?"  "Any kind, all kinds," I replied.  "Ups and downs," she said easily. 
Pisces, you’ve probably had your own share of ups and downs lately, but as my friend said, it is navigating these ups and downs that builds strength.  And strength is something that is difficult to lose, once established. 
(XI Strength L/ Time After Time- INOJ)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 09/17/14


If only I could blame Mercury Retrograde on the horrific technological breakdowns I’ve been experiencing in trying to get these Tarotscopes up and out to you.  Mercury is in it’s shadow but should not be contributing to such significant difficulties.  I won’t bore you with the details, unless you are an Aries and then you can read all about it in your Tarotscope.  In other news we have been experiencing record heat in Los Angeles combined with what everyone else has also been experiencing which are solar flares.  Solar flares are sudden blasts of brightness that release huge amounts of energy and clouds of electrons, ions and atoms into space and reach Earth a few days later (see wikipedia for more info).  Here on Earth we experience these solar flares as outburst of irritation or anger.  I have experienced this as an almost uncontrollable urge to complain about everything including the solar flares.  

THE THEME:  No theme, just thoughts for the pot.  

NEWS:  Thanks for all who came out to Pantssuit last night and got readings! I had a lovely time and hope to see all again of you in the near future!


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

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solar flare, secrets to share, hearts to bare, the sun’s glare, voices blare, choices rare, truth or dare, sit and stare, clothes to wear, going to the fair, pay the fare, god’s finger, feelings linger, bees stinger, winter glove, lots of love,


9 OF CUPS (Again)
The other day I received a postcard from Helsinki from a good friend who has been traveling that part of the world for the last few weeks.  The postcard was a photograph of an older woman with white hair swimming naked in some natural body of water with a crown of flowers on her head.  Her eyes were closed and her face was smiling.  My friend said that the woman was Tove Jansson who created a famous children’s comic called Moomins.  “She was a writer and an artist and her lover was a print-maker and together they lived and loved and made as much work as they could and danced and wore flower crowns in the water,” my friend wrote on the back of the image.  The arrival of this postcard was very timely with the card I pulled for all of us this week, the 9 of cups, as well as the astrological indications, featuring among other things a few Fingers of God.  Anne Ortelee told a story about Fingers of God recently in her blog.  A client of hers commented that a “Finger of God” sounded ominous.  Anne expressed surprise, but when she questioned him about his reaction she realized that he was imagining that the Finger of God was chastising or punishing him.  Anne’s interpretation of the Finger of God is much less menacing.  She suggests that God’s finger is pointing you in the right direction.  With astrology sometimes when the stars point something out to us it can cause painful realizations.  When there is pain involved it is easy to think you are “being punished,” but almost all change seems to have a sharp edge to it, which is actually quite helpful because it creates a more palpable distinction between where we are going and what we are leaving beind.  This will be good to remember as we enter eclipse season, a time when we are asked to release what is no longer supporting our highest vibration.  
Tove Jansson’s life, as depicted in the postcard my friend sent looked like a dream and very similar to my own dream.  This week the Fingers of God as well as the card for the week, the 9 of Cups continue to remind us to think about our dream, to hold an image or a postcard of our dreams in our minds and push past the limitations or fears that prevent or inhibit the realization of those dreams.         
(All I Have To Do Is Dream- Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen (Starman))

9 of Cups (Part IV) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

Recently, I dropped my laptop damaging the hard drive.  I’ve been borrowing a computer that runs surprisingly slow considering it is newer than my laptop was.  Every so often I have to restart the computer because it starts running 5-10 words behind what I’m typing and I forget what I’m trying to say.  When I tried out for the volley ball team in 8th grade our coach told us that “win” stood for, “What’s Important Now.”  I think about that every so often when life “throws me a curve ball” (so many sports references!) like this financial/ technological one.  Sometimes I change it to WRIN: What’s REALLY Important Now or WRINKLE: What’s Really Important Now Knowing Life Ends.  
Aries, it may feel like life is running a few words behind you and it is making you forget what your intention was when you started talking.  Consider making and writing down your own acronym or acrostic to help you remember what you are ultimately trying to accomplish at the end of the day or by the end of your life.
(XVII Star L/ Catch That Teardrop- The 5 Royales)

Part of my dad’s job is to test for academic proficiency or challenges in students grades K-12.  The other portion of my dad’s job is his own mission.  He has taken it upon himself to explain neuroplasticity to students.  He goes into different classrooms with images of the human brain and images of a girl’s brain who, due to epilepsy, had to have one half of her brain removed.  My dad explains to students that this girl’s brain changed and developed new neural pathways so that almost everything she had done with the portion of her brain that was removed, rewired to the remaining half of her brain.  My dad wants to impart this knowledge of the brain to kids who think they are “bad” at math or have trouble reading, so that they understand they aren’t doomed, that there are ways of strengthening and building new neural pathways.   
Taurus, this week if you find yourself feeling frustrated or defeated, ruling out things you want to do just because you aren’t “good” at them or don’t know how to do them, consider the plasticity of the brain.  The real challenge isn’t what you are capable of, it is silencing the voices that tell you can’t achieve your dreams or goals.    
(Shaman of Wands Rev/ Express Yourself- Rabbits and Carrots)

My grandfather loves meeting new people, particularly ones that he describes as “intellectually curious.”  When my friend Eden and I went to visit him recently he was excited to talk to her.  “Have a look around, Steven! There’s lots of interesting things to read.” My grandfather misunderstood Eden’s name and despite both of our efforts to correct him he still gave her an autographed copy of his book inscribed to “Steven.”  My grandfather did seem to understand that Eden and I were both queer which is maybe why he was so open to the possibility that Eden’s name might be Steven.  “Have you seen my dogs?”  He meant his jade foo dogs that support his favorite books on his coffee table.  “They were a gift to me when I was in Peking in 1945.”  “Have some pickled herring.”  When she picked up a copy of his book, “Love and Synchronicity,” he said, “My life has been full of synchronicity, Steven.”
Gemini, you may find yourself feeling slightly disconnected this week, the way my grandfather sometimes feels among his retirement community (“Everyone here is so old!”).  Perhaps you are surrounded by people who don’t share the same interests or curiosities.  Be on the look out for people who may not always hear you but can hear very clearly something deeper about you which may not be as plain as your name.  
(3 of Wands Rev/ Papa Can You Hear Me?- Barbra Streisand (Yentl))

"I want to show you girls something," my grandfather said when my friend and I went to visit him at the retirement home.  He parked his walker in front of a desk that was supporting what looked like television.  He sat down, flipped a switch and a light came on beneath the television screen.  He shoved a pad of paper under the light and what was written appeared enlarged on the screen.  "These are my medications," my grandpa said.  "I made this checklist to remember what to take and when."  "Wow," my friend murmured.  "You have to take all those medications?"  "Yep," he said cheerfully.  "And I can read my books and my mail too," he added, waving some unopened envelopes under the light.
Cancer, whatever barriers stand between you and what you love and need to do are no match for your desire to accomplish this week, Cancer.
(Shaman of Discs R/ Captain For Dark Mornings- Laura Nyro)

According to my phone app it is 95 degrees in Los Angeles as I write this.  Outside it feels more like 110.  The heat reduces everyone to a pre-verbal age or some age on the cusp of words.  At the grocery store a woman ahead of me in line was talking to the cashier.  Her face was furrowed in frustration, crumpled like a kleenex, “This heat!”  She exclaimed.  “I can’t take it!”  The cashier, an older gentleman, snorted and shrugged, “I’m from the south, this is nothing.”  Aware of my own irritation with the heat, I found myself consciously trying to decide how to respond.  I could get cranky and short tempered like almost everyone in the grocery store parking lot or I could try a different approach.  We were all experiencing the same weather after all, even if some of us responded to the experience in different ways.  I decided to initiate some sense of camaraderie.  I practiced smiling at everyone I passed.  Although, I may have looked something like this clip from Sudden Manhattan (0:34-1:45), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vorZ8e3q8QU.  
Leo, be conscious of the fire you are playing with this week.  Remember that you have a choice about how you use your gifts.  At it’s best your sign has what it takes to be a capable leader and at it’s worst an egotistical tyrant.  Under heat we often fall back on our instinctual reactions, but this week you have an opportunity to choose how you want to respond.   
(IV Emperor/ Moanin’- Charles Mingus)

At the pool the other day, the reclining chair nearest me was occupied by a woman who looked close to eight and a half months pregnant reading Milan Kundera’s Immortality.  I haven’t read this book, nor do I know what it is about, so for me the scene was reduced to the title resting on the globe of her pregnant belly.  In second grade my friend and I were obsessed with Carly Simon.  We’d sing and dance to “You’re So Vain” and, “Life is Eternal.”  Seeing this woman reading “Immortality” the lyrics to “Life is Eternal” suddenly popped into my head,  “Life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon…And a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”  
Virgo, perhaps your birthday has passed, or maybe it is coming up this week, either way you can expect to feel the abundance of this moment.  You are at the point of being able to look back over your year and forward into the next.  As you look forward know that the future is also only a horizon.  
(III Empress/ Life is Eternal- Carly Simon)

My friend and I were discussing how she might make a living as an artist and I said, “People make money for being famous on youtube.  I think there is a youtube star who is famous for her videos where she simply explains her likes and dislikes.”  “Really? Show me!” my friend exclaimed.  “I don’t know her name, someone else told me about her.  Maybe I made that up actually…”  “Well it makes sense,” my friend said after a reflective pause.  “Because it’s so hard to know what you like and don’t like.  It makes sense that someone would become famous for being able to know and say what they liked or didn’t like.”  
This week Libra, your feelings are strong.  You seem to know exactly what you do and don’t like.  This may not be enough to make you famous on youtube, but it is enough to make you happy which is probably more important in the long run anyway.      
(Ace of Cups/ Little Things Mean A Lot- Bettye Swann)

At the pool the other day I noticed a line at the diving board.  Everyone in the line was the same height, slightly under four feet tall.  It was like the whole line had been leveled off at this height. I wondered why there weren’t adults in the line.  It seemed to me that adults either don’t like to jump off of diving boards, are embarrassed to jump off of a diving board in front of other adults, or they are afraid of hurting themselves.  All of these options seemed to stem from the same place, fear and I’m guessing mostly the fear of making a fool of yourself.  I began to wonder if the height of the children in the diving board line was the height of bravery.  Perhaps on either side of this height fear slows you down.
Scorpio, this week you may find yourself debating whether or not to stand in the diving board line.  Consider bending your knees a little and seeing what things look like from the “height of bravery.”    
(0 Fool L/ Standing In Line- ESG)

"I don’t like going back," my friend said as we were driving a rural highway in Illinois.  I turned and looked over my shoulder.  "Back?" I asked, thinking she meant going back to our point of departure.  "Like going home, I don’t want to go home.  I just want to keep traveling.  So let me know if you see anywhere you want to stop."  We were en route back to Chicago from our rural adventure.  This friend is one of my favorite travel companions because she gets excited about being in new places and experiencing new things.  Before we arrived back in Chicago we had made two abrupt stops at a thrift store and a Swedish pancake house.  
Sagittarius, this week you may feel that your spontaneous nature is trapped under something heavy.    What is really weighing you down doesn’t even register on the scales because it is probably just the old echo of voices belonging to people who were afraid of your spontaneity or rebellious nature.  Don’t let those ghosts take you back to a time when you weren’t allowed to be yourself.  Keep moving towards the next adventure and make plenty of surprise pit stops along the way.   
(Daughter of Wands Rev/ Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man- Spanky Wilson)

"I want you to go out and see my Cottonwood,"  our friend Nancy, said several times during our visit.  "It talks to you."  She pointed to a large gnarled tree across a field of goldenrod and bee balm.  I had no doubts about the validity of this statement.  The tree rose out of the landscape and would have been easy to pick out of even in a forest of trees.  We had just come from Chicago which, like most big cities is always ringing with some sort of human generated noise.  Being out in the country it took awhile to acclimate to the more unobtrusive sounds of nature.  While my friends were picking wild grapes and carrying on a lively conversation I walked to the end of the row to hear the noises there.  I had to consciously quiet the chatter in my brain and the ringing in my ears in order to fully take in they layers of sound the field was making.  
Capricorn, this week you may find that the noise of your thoughts and the noise of the people around you is making it difficult to hear your intuition.  Like all natural sounds, your intuition is relatively unobtrusive and won’t always raise its voice above the human generated din.  Take some time to get quiet and hear the softest sounds.  Somewhere in there is your intuition helping steer you in your own best direction.   
(II High Priestess L/ Tundra’s Song- Yat Kha)

At 8am the other morning it was already 90 degrees and there didn’t seem to be a shadow to stand in.  My usual dog walk proved treacherous.  I may or may not have hallucinated several things, including a man shutting the passenger side of his car.  As I approached he went around to the drivers side to get behind the wheel.  I could feel him notice me or maybe just the sweat pouring down my face.  I wanted to look at him to confirm my suspicion that it was Ryan Gosling, but I didn’t.  I feel like it is important to ignore celebrities in Los Angeles so they can a. have an opportunity to feel like everybody else and b. so I don’t exacerbate the battle they already face with their ego.  But in my imagination I stopped him and said, “I’m a big fan of your feminist portrayal in the media.  I especially appreciate the statement you submitted about Blue Valentine’s NC 17 rating.”  Later, I re-imagined the situation again.  This time Eva Mendes was in the passenger seat and they both offer to give me a ride up the street to the juice bar.  They tell me they are big fans of Tarotscopes and I offer to send them their daughter’s natal astrology chart.  All these imagined scenarios are perhaps better than if I had been able to confirm my celebrity sighting.  
Aquarius, sometimes, as my uncle says, the truth gets in the way of a good story.  It may not be important to know what is happening or about to happen or whether or not you actually saw Ryan Gosling.  Rest in this moment and allow yourself to fabricate the possibilities for your own amusement or creative potential.  
(XVIII Moon R/ I Found You- Yvonne Fair)

In elementary school one of my good friends was Catholic.  I remember her telling me one day that she had given up chocolate for lent.  She explained that once a year you were required to give up something you loved, to sacrifice something for a month because Jesus had sacrificed his life for our sins.  Even as a kid I found the whole concept of sin irritating, but I did like the idea of having to give something up as a challenge.  Upon learning about lent I would throw the phrase around any time of year, “Oh I don’t wear jeans, I gave them up for lent.”  Or “I can’t have lasagna for dinner, I gave it up for lent.”  
This week Chiron (planet of wounds and healing) forms a Finger of God with Pallas Athena (the astroid that helps us see our patterns and where we are stuck) and Jupiter (planet of expansion, gifts and luck).  What this means for you Pisces as the host of Chiron is that you will be presented with an opportunity to make major strides towards healing and releasing patterns that may have been holding you back or holding you captive.  You are up for the challenge, not because anyone died for your sins, but just because you are likely at a point where you are ready to release the things that are no longer supporting you or moving you forward.     
(10 of Swords Rev/ Follow The Wind- Little Eva)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 09/10/14

Wanderers of the Astral Plain!

I will be brief as I don’t want to add to the delay in getting these Tarotscopes out to you.  Thankfully, following the Full Moon in Pisces, we have somewhat of a lull astrologically speaking.  Sunday we move into the Mercury Retrograde shadow.  The shadow is the steps Mercury will retrace when it goes retrograde and then again when it moves forward again.  The trouble won’t really be in full swing until around the first of October (the beginning of the envelope days).  Mercury will be in the sign of Libra during the retrograde so much of the difficulty will likely center around relationships and communication, but I will talk more about that as the retrograde approaches. 

THE MIX:  Special thanks to Eden Batki for her input on this weeks music mix!  (NOTE: The mix will be delayed due to technical difficulties. Apologies!)

THE THEME:  24 hours.  What a difference a day makes.  Observations taking place within one full day.  This is a Virgo theme as Virgo is associated with daily activity.  

NEWS:I will be at Pantsuit Sept 17th from 7:30-10:30pm.  Come by! Loosen your tie and I will help you loosen your psychic knots! <3


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

I am also available and EXCITED to participate in EVENTS!  I recently participated in the NY ART BOOK FAIR, LA ART BOOK FAIR and I also gave readings at FOR YOUR ART and a HALLOWEEN PARTY hosted by BOOBY TRAP.  Tarot readings could be the perfect supplement to your party, event, wedding, etc.  Feel free to contact me for inquiries or information. 

For comments and questions, to be added to the email list, or if you want to send links to music you would like to see in TAROTSCOPES please email me.


full moon is past, rest at last, days flying fast, the ships mast, all aghast, shadow of the retrograde, adjust plans made, summer fades, refridgerator raids, mercury in the sign of the scales, riding the rails, watching whales, wind in your sails, holy grails, so many jails, letters mailed, neighborhood bars, transit of mars, hearts and stars,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

In the wake of the watery Pisces Moon which conjuncted Chiron, planet of wounds and healing, it may be necessary to take a time out.  This is exactly what the 4 of Swords, the card for all of us aboard the, at times turbulent, astral plane indicates.  There will be more exciting weather ahead, but now is a good time for pause.  We can learn so much about feelings from water.  On my flight the other day there was one whole channel on the television just showing surfers riding giant waves.  “You missed the part where one of the surfers was riding a wave and playing the saxophone,” my friend said when she saw my jaw drop over the size of the waves and the ease with which the surfers navigated them.  This may be old news to many of you seasoned surfers, but unlike in the cartoons, the wave occasionally flops over and forms a tube so that the surfer is completely framed by the circle of the wave.  I have no doubts about the power of the ocean.  I know it could swallow me up in a second and I’d never be heard from again.  But surfers collaborate with the oceans strength and though they may not doubt the oceans power either, they are able to work with it in a way that I admire.  The Pisces Full Moon may have produced some very powerful emotions, but hopefully you were able to navigate them, perhaps even while playing the saxophone.  Now that we’ve all come to shore and the moon is in it’s waning phases, let yourself rest.  Do nothing and feel good about it.
(Close Your Eyes and Remember- Minnie Riperton)

As I was driving to my appointment at the “genius bar” I noticed a huge building complex off to the left that looked a lot like the chemical plant from the Simpsons.  I only realized it was a high school because it had a courtyard dotted with basketball hoops.  My second thought was how overwhelming it would be to be presented with so many hoops.  Which one would you aim for?  It felt very much like my day.  I had a whole slew of things to accomplish, but wasn’t sure what to aim for first.  
Aries, this week you may feel a little like you are lost in this field of hoops.  You may have forgotten, momentarily what you are aiming for.  Take a moment to step back from the trees or hoops to see the forest.  The way through this jungle will likely present itself in time, but what you can do right now is focus your attention on visualizing your destination.     
(Son of Discs Rev/ Marienbad- Julia Holter)

One of the things on my “To Do” list was to buy a warm layer to wear in Chicago’s cold snap this coming week.  In Los Angeles it has been hovering around 90 degrees all week.  Thankfully the store, where I made my purchase of one woolen shirt, was air conditioned so as I was trying on fall/ winter attire I could pretend more easily that I wasn’t sweating or that I didn’t have a sunburn on my legs.  
Taurus, you may be playing a similar game with yourself this week, but it likely has more to do with your emotions than any physical sensation.  Perhaps you are throwing wool sweaters over your feelings and yet, in your immediate environment it is close to 90 degrees.  Eventually you may have to reconcile this discrepancy.  Practice listening to the weather with your bones.  
(6 of Cups Rev/ Dancing- Hecuba)

At the “genius bar” I saw an old man with a snow white mustache and a younger gentlemen that looked like his son.  The younger gentleman had a cane in one hand and a leash connected to what looked like an older corgi in the other.  The man and his son looked like a comfortable pair.  The young man and his corgi also looked like a comfortable pair and oddly enough, so did the young man and his cane.  
Gemini, as the sign of the twins you are apt to be interested in the various ways people, animals and things form pairs.  Perhaps you are in the process of forming some sort of pair yourself.  Even if the relationship is most similar to the young man and his cane it seems you are feeling a little tentative about the partnership.  This may simply be because the relationship is new.  A little time may be all that is needed in order to fall in step with this formation.   
(2 of Cups L/ A Dream’s A Dream- Soul II Soul)

At the apple store there was a desk where young employees of the store in blue shirts were helping much older people in flamboyant tops understand the various technologies they had purchased.  One gray haired woman in a Hawaiian shirt was sitting in front of a giant computer screen and to the left of one of the blue-shirted employees.  On her left sat a smallish older gentleman who looked like he was perspiring slightly as he busily scribbled down notes with a fluorescent green pen that matched the gray haired woman’s socks.  I found their teamwork rather touching and also wondered what the apple store employee was saying that required so many notes.  
Cancer, it seems that a good portion of your anxieties this week could come because you are learing or integrating something new.  Perhaps you will need someone to help you take pages of notes but you probably won’t need those notes later when you feel more confident about what it is that you are integrating.  
(5 of Discs/ Holding Pattern- Deradoorian)

I like to leave the house around sunset.  I don’t really have FOMO (fear of missing out) except for watching the sunset.  I simply have to be there to see the whole orb sink behind the city.  On this day my excuse was dinner.  “Two slices of gluten free pizza and a drink,” I decided.  The drink was a special addendum that I don’t usually allow myself.  When I got to the pizza place the beverage selection was rather limited but one caught my attention, “What is Chinotto?” I asked.  “It’s an Italian drink.  Tastes kind of earthy,” the woman behind the counter told me.  “And one of those!” I said emphatically.  When I popped it open I was immediately reminded of a soda that I’d fallen in love with as a kid and had never been able to find since (a ginseng soda in a maroon can with a picture of a fat golden root on the front).  As I drove into the sunset I thought about how I never could have anticipated the Chinotto and that sometimes when you drive into the sunset with only a desire for something to drink, but no limitations on what that could be, you end up even more satisfied than you could have anticipated.  
Okay, whoa Leo!  Was that a stretch?  Maybe, but also so true given the astrological indications and your card for the week.  You are pregnant with possibility!  Something is coming, but you need not know what it is.  Just leave the door open and wait for the surprise.   
(7 of Discs Rev/ Citiest People- Melanie)

It’s funny how something small that happens in your day can be a portal to previous day.  If we are not living we are re-living it seems.  As I was driving I passed a sign for tap dancing lessons, I suddenly remembered a flea market I’d gone to in Oakland when I still lived in the Bay Area.  A man had sold me a pair of tap shoes at half the price because I said, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to tap.”  When he handed me the shoes he said dramatically, “Take them!  Follow your dream!”  I was touched although I can’t say that learning to tap dance was my “dream,” just more of a fleeting desire.  
Virgo, this week you might find that something small could be a portal to a memory which, unlike my tap shoe memory, isn’t altogether pleasant.  The difference however between the memory and when you first lived it is that you now have the opportunity to do it differently, to pursue your dreams if you want.  Take it! Follow your dream, by stamping out the old barriers.  
(XV Devil Rev/ Boum- Charles Trenet)

I had lunch at the cemetery.  Every so often I do this as a special treat to myself.  I get take out and then bring it to the cemetery for a picnic.  As I was twisting my way through the rolling hills and graves I noticed a car pulled off on the side of the road and a woman sitting by herself on the hill between two bouquets of flowers.  Most of the graves in this particular cemetery lie flat against the hillside so the only way to see them is if someone has staked the ground with a cone of flowers.  Her countenance tugged on my heart.  “She must be mourning someone,” I thought.  I drove a little further and parked in a shady spot.  As I slouched under a tree, eating my food, it suddenly dawned on me that I also might look like I was mourning someone or maybe that I was having lunch with a deceased relative.  And then I thought, “Maybe that woman wasn’t mourning anyone at all.  Maybe she was just treating herself to a picnic.”
Libra, this week try not to be too hard on yourself.  There may be big changes on the horizon and it will be important to give yourself room to navigate those changes without judgement.  One way to a gentler approach may be to notice the similarities and points of connection between yourself and a stranger.          
(Ace of Cups Rev/ Emotional Levy- The Aislers Set)

At around 9pm my friend Zackary and I began the Pamela Smart documentary.  It’s called, “Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart.”  Like the Aileen Wuornos and Tanya Harding documentaries before it, this film implicates the media as the real villain.  As I was watching, I found myself weighing the evidence and trying to determine the validity of the testimonies, but gradually it became apparent that this story was much more layered than a simple “who done it.”  What was fair, what was right, what was just, felt completely distorted.  Whether or not Pamela Smart was guilty of conspiring to kill her husband or not it was painfully obvious that she was denied the right to a fair trial.
Scorpio, while the injustices in your own life may not have such a deep or lasting impact, it seems that something significant is being brought to your attention for closer examination.  Perhaps there are ways you’ve put yourself aside or sacrificed your happiness for someone else in the past and it no longer feels like a fair trade.  Now is the time to set things right.  Whether you are guilty of having perpetuated these injustices or were just a victim of circumstance, you can have a hand in setting things right.    
(VIII Justice Rev/ A Lie- Kelela)

Earlier in the day I observed a city bus dripping what I believe to be water out of what I believe to be the tailpipe (I probably don’t need to mention I know very little about vehicles).  For some reason the scene reminded me of Hansel and Gretel.  Just as Hansel and Gretel dropped breadcrumbs in a forest (which were, not surprisingly, consumed by birds), this bus looked like it was leaving a trail of water droplets on the cement which, in 90 degree heat, is similar to dropping breadcrumbs in a forest.  That evening I noticed a trail of black dots running down the driveway that I realized must have occurred an hour prior when I backed my car out.  There were certainly other warning signs pointing to this issue besides the rather surprising and seemingly unrelated city bus observation, like how my car smelled hot whenever I got out of it, but it wasn’t until I made the connection between the bus drips and the drips down the driveway that I was able to confront the problem.
Sagittarius, the fears you are now being asked to face, are probably somewhat familiar.  Perhaps they remind you of something you’ve read, or something you observed somewhere else, or perhaps you’ve encountered them before.  The situation is easily addressed if you can follow the drips back to the source of the leak, which may in fact be no bigger than the eye of a needle.    
(9 of Swords/ Alf Lela Wlela (Part 1)- Om Kalthoum)

When I arrived at my friend and traveling companion’s house, several members of the household exclaimed about what a light traveler I am.  It is true and I’m very proud of this fact as it has taken me a long time to perfect.  Unfortunately, part of the reason my bag was so compact was because I hadn’t brought everything I needed.  I only had one pair of pants which I was wearing and two shirts (one of which I was wearing).  “What are you going to do if it rains and your pants get dirty or wet?” My friend asked.  I stared back at her blankly.   
Capricorn, this week you might find yourself so focused on one particular goal/ wish/ desire that you may miss some necessary details.  Consider resetting or adjusting your goal/ wish/ desire in order to include and allow for other important factors.  
(Magician I R/ We Want Our Things- Nite Jewel)

In my imagination, time often looks like Dracula or like that cartoon character that laughs into his cape and ties people to the train tracks.  I’m constantly trying to work with time to accomplish things and it always seems that time has it’s own agenda.  I awoke at 5:15 am to catch a 9:40 am domestic flight with a friend of mine.  After I’d been awake for 45 minutes I realized that I could have slept in an extra 30 minutes.  I anxiously sent my friend texts, “Are you awake?”  “Are we catching the 7 am flyaway?” “Where should I meet you and when?”  These were all sent right around 6am.  My friend replied at 6:30, “Hi! I just woke up! I’m going to jump in the shower.”  She obviously didn’t know time the way I know time.  Their relationship seemed much friendlier.
Aquarius, this week you may feel trapped in your relationship to something or someone because you are used to looking at the situation or person from one angle or view point.  It may take a fresh pair of eyes introducing you to the same situation from a different angle in order to cultivate a more supportive relationship.
(8 of Swords/ Lulla- Tinariwen)

One thing that became apparent as my friend and I headed to the airport in the early morning hours was that we were both used to doing everything ourselves (probably me even more than my friend).  When we arrived at the airport I had to use the bathroom which I announced and then barreled off in the direction the signs were indicating, my arms loaded with luggage. “Wait, do you want me to watch your stuff?”  My friend called after me.  “Oh!…Yes!” I said swinging back around excitedly.  It took me a minute to relax into the ease of traveling with someone else.  
Pisces, your sign is known for it’s generous nature.  It may be much easier for you to offer your shoulder to cry on or support a friend in need then it is to ask for these things in return.  This week, however, you may find support necessary.  Don’t be afraid to relinquish your supporting role or your stiff upper lip and ask for help.  Your friends will probably welcome the chance to return your kindnesses.  
(IV Emperor Rev/ I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends- Janice (The Muppet Show))

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 09/03/14


This week is slightly more tame than others we’ve come through or will soon encounter (eclipse season is coming).  There will be a Full Moon in Pisces on Monday, heightening sensitivities of all kinds.  This moon will aspect Chiron providing an opportunity for healing, should you choose to accept it.  In other news, Venus enters Virgo on the 5th.  This is a difficult placement for the planet of love, but it can boost creative manifestation.  Mercury just moved into Libra, contributing to tactful, diplomatic discussions on a good day and passive-aggressive squabbles on a bad day.  All in all this week provides a slight breather before we dive into more challenging aspects in the weeks to come.

THE THEME: Thrifted items!  I went to thrift store and randomly selected items for each sign (I didn’t purchase all of them however because what would I do with a lizard tank, for example).  Below is how each item may be helpful to you in the navigation of your week.  Enjoy!


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Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

The image depicted in the card I pulled for all of us this week in Amy Von Harrington's deck is a set of shirt sleeves, lined up as though hanging on a rack or in a closet.  This image immediately called to mind a moment earlier this week when I was at a thrift store leafing through men's shirts.  I was mindlessly sliding the shirts along the rack when I was surprised and delighted to discover that one shirt was attached to two others, the sleeves had been braided together.  At that moment I heard a man saying, “Did you find anything?”  He was talking to his young daughter who was twirling around in circles.  “No,” she said still joyfully twirling.  I realized then that the shirt-braid was her handy work.
Astrologically speaking there is a lot of emphasis right now on recognizing and validating who you are and the ways you are separate from the herd.  Oddly enough, it is often through your unique expression that you are best able to make a positive contribution to the whole.  My friend Nora made a T-shirt for me based on a thought I shared with her once.  The T-shirt says “You Already Are.”  I’d been telling her, “You know I’m always wondering what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, who I’m supposed to be, but then I realized, ‘you already are.’”  My friend Dylan and I were discussing something similar recently as well, adding that not only are you who you are already, but you always have been.  
Sometimes when I’m hanging out in a group I notice a sort of desperation to the conversation, like everyone is trying to get their ideas out there before they dry up.  When you allow yourself to acknowledge that you and everyone else “already is”  then you can relax into your knowing and the conversation carries its own life.  This week may be a sort of ebb and flow of acknowledgement and letting go.  Move with that rhythm and don’t be afraid to let go of what is no longer supporting who you are.  
(Everything is Everything- Lauryn Hill)

7 of Wands (Part II) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

When I first stumbled upon this item I thought it was a melted candle.  It was jade green and white swirled together and the whole thing slumped to the left.  Upon closer inspection I realized that at one time it had been a sperm whale posed in a joyful and triumphant twist.  I thought of the phrase, “a whale of a tale,” and how this particular whale didn’t have one.  
This week, Aries, you may not recognize yourself.  The story you may be telling about your current situation doesn’t seem to match up with how everyone else is used to seeing you.  The solution may be to write a different ending, one that has your best interest in mind and set your sights towards that intention.  
(XX Judgement Rev/ The Sky Is Broken- Moby)

Growing up in the midwest, angel paraphernalia could be found in great abundance at any given gas station, convenient store or mini mall.  It was easy to forget the religious and spiritual associations these objects held for may of the people who acquired them.  For me there wasn’t anything particularly magical or powerful about them because, like the one I came across at the thrift store for you this week, Taurus, they were unattractive and mass produced.  
You may find yourself somewhat disconnected from your intuition this week, Taurus.  Perhaps this is because the form in which your intuition is being delivered is not at first recognizable as anything significant or out of the ordinary.  Or perhaps the message is being delivered in a package that is unpleasant or unpalatable.  If you are to find a viable and lasting solution to your current difficulties it may be necessary to take in all the information presented in its various forms.  
(II High Priestess Rev/ Love Buzz- Shocking Blue)

I noticed this item on the way out, someone must have decided against the hooded sweater and tucked it in with the blue jeans.  Seeing the sweater displaced in this way made it easy to personify.  The sweater was clearly an outsider with a unique perspective and its own collected wisdom that the jeans probably don’t share or understand.  The sweater was alone, maybe sometimes lonely, but could eventually find a complementary pair of jeans and make an outfit.
Is this the plot of the next Pixar film? No, Gemini, it is probably closer to your experience this week.  You may be noticing where your opinion or experience departs from those around you and also the way that your individual path in life has made you wise.
(Priestess of Swords/ I Held Her In My Arms- Violent Femmes)

I wonder if the idea for this napkin holder began with an actual piece of fruit?  Maybe someone was cutting an apple and realized that a missing piece actually provided the perfect holding space.  
Cancer, you may find that your week is rather quiet in some respects.  But in this quiet is the space for wisdom to collect.    
(IX Crone/ Chant 13th Hour- Redbone)

I was both surprised and impressed upon discovering an entire section of the thrift store devoted to patterned medical scrubs.  I’m a big fan of uniforms of all kinds, but I wasn’t as partial to this iteration of the uniform.  It seems this invention was created to quell children’s anxieties about visiting the doctor by distracting them with bright patterns and images of cats and cows or perhaps the idea was to provide some avenue for self-expression within the context of a uniform.  But this idea also seems to disempower the wearer by relying on a rather limited aesthetic to convey a message that would probably be best delivered by the person them self.  
Leo, it seems this week you may be questioning your talents and abilities.  Perhaps you are leaning on the appearance of a particular idea you want to convey rather than remembering that this is a quality you already possess within yourself.  It is fine to look the part you want to play, but also know it is you yourself who ultimately makes the magic.  
(I Magician Rev/ I’m In Love With the Ooo Ooo Man- The GTO’s)

A purse is something light that you carry with you which is why this box seemed so conceptually strange.  It was a ceramic box that was clearly meant to stay in one spot and hold jewelry or other small valuables.  It would make much more sense to have a purse that looks like a box then it does to have box with the appearance of a purse.  
This week, Virgo, you may feel the beginnings of a new adventure tugging on you.  It may not involve you going anywhere, perhaps it is just a desire for a fresh start or new perspective, but even so it would be helpful to lighten your load.  Is there anything in your life that gives the appearance of being light and free, but is in fact much heavier and constricting?  The time is right for taking risks, but you may have to donate the things that are no longer in line with the next chapter of your life.    
(0 Fool L/ Rain, Rain Go Away- Bob Azzam)

It was hard to miss this top, even on the rack.  The front was entirely sequined in a zig-zag pattern of black and silver stripes.  The back was sheer black.
Libra two things may be happening for you this week which are related.  First of all you may be getting more comfortable letting people see the “real” you, the most authentic version of yourself.   This transparency may in turn result with you receiving more attention and it will be all the more rewarding because it is attention for who you really are.
(Son of Wands/ California Dreamin’- Baby Huey)

I kept trying to take a picture of this miniature Jesus statue, but my camera couldn’t seem to focus on it.  When every other picture I took in the store came in clear, I casually began to wonder if this blurring was some sort of religious experience.  I’ve been to the statue that this 6 inch one was modeled after, in life it is almost 100 feet tall.  In my memory of it, the Jesus statue is clear and everything around it is blurry.  The small replica being sold for 1.99 was missing it’s hand.  
Scorpio, this week you may find yourself establishing boundaries or perimeters.  Perhaps you felt in the past that you’ve been treated like you are 6 inches tall or that you gave your right arm to accommodate someone else and now you need to define or redefine your boundaries to ensure that your needs are not blurred out of the picture.  There is likely a discrepancy between the blurry past and the self you now defend more confidently.  Of course the reality is you’ve always been close to 100 ft tall.
(6 of Swords R/ Plastic Jesus- Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke))

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what this object was when I first spotted it.  It was small, wooden and had the map of the world engraved on the front.  It wasn’t until I picked it up and noticed two holes on top that I surmised it might be a candle holder.  The holes were so close to one another that it felt like whoever made it was trying to maximize it’s potential.  It would have held one candle comfortably, but two seemed excessive.  “Isn’t it enough just to be a map of the world?”  I found myself thinking.
Sagittarius, you may find yourself stretched to capacity in some regards.  This is not to say that you are not happy generously providing more than one service or igniting multiple flames, but it may not be necessary and you may eventually find it taxing.  Consider that what you are doing may be more than enough.  
(III Empress R/ I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)- The Proclaimers)

It was odd to stumble upon a tank for the purpose of housing a lizard or snake here in Southern California where reptiles can be found in relative abundance in the wild.  Someone had tried so hard to replicate an environment that existed extensively right outside their own door.  It seemed the person had either discovered the irony of the situation or had given up on trying to create something that nature could provide effortlessly and freely.
Capricorn, this week you may be trying to fit your feelings into a similar tank.  There is likely a place where your feelings can roam freely, an environment designed to accommodate them, but you may have to acknowledge your feelings honestly and completely first.  And that includes acknowledging any discomfort which may accompany this admonition.
(6 of Cups Rev/ Dearest- Mickey and Sylvia)

I was very impressed by how perfectly round this handmade basketball was, it was obvious that the maker was very familiar with the bumps and grooves of an actual basketball.  Painted into the glaze was the word “Jaguars” and above the word was a smiley face.  A round donut-shaped base kept it from rolling away.  It wasn’t necessarily an award, but when I saw this ceramic basketball on it’s little stand, something about it seemed to promise of a future success.
Aquarius, this week you may be waiting for the next stage of your life to begin or the next big event.  In this waiting period is the seed of a future success, perhaps making this limbo period a little more easy to inhabit.   
(7 of Discs/ Dance Slow Decades- Angel Olsen)

This doll was positioned on the top shelf, posed in a rather dramatic stance making her difficult to ignore.  At first I found her rather comical in the context of the all the other junk in the thrift store.  I snapped a few photos and then double checked them on my phone.  The silver lace of her dress matched the exposed silver pipes running along the ceiling above her and the small white pearls on her hat matched the white lights dotting the ceiling.  I realized she wasn’t out of place or out of context at all.   
Pisces, this week a second look may change your perspective completely.  Whatever has been capturing your attention, there may be another angle to consider that will help free you from the difficulty of the situation.  
(8 of Discs Rev/ What A Difference A Day Makes- Dinah Washington)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 08/27/14


This past week the stars and planets were very busy.  What we may be feeling this week is the residue from that intensity.  Go slow!  Although you may be tempted to rush and push and shove at the onset of this new Mars-Saturn cycle, take the time to think about what you really want, how you want to feel and go from there.  When you say you want things like a convertible or a pool in Malibu, what you may really asking for is to feel what it feels like to be floating on your back under the sun or driving with the wind in your hair.  These feelings are free, but can sometimes be even harder to achieve than something material.  Consider that feelings are goals and think about what is required to experience these feelings, which, as I said are free and more sustainable. 

THE THEME: Lists!  I know it looks like I’m issuing commands, but when I made these lists I tried to put myself in the position of each sign, navigating the week ahead and thinking about what I would need, or want to do, given the astrological weather forecast and the cards for the week.  


More than 2 years ago (08/13/12 to be exact) I posted the first TAROTSCOPES ever!  In all that time Tarotscopes has not missed a week! Whew!  I can’t hardly believe it!


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Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

The theme for the week is quite fitting with the card I pulled for all of us as well, the King of Swords.  Lists are pretty much designed to take the emotion out of a situation, for example panic.  If you are feeling overwhelmed or panicked about the things you have to do, a list breaks those things down by naming them and extracts the anxiety associated with those items by putting them on paper in a numerated system for tackling each one.  Lists can also be quite helpful in situations where it is only feelings you are experiencing and not just tasks.  It can allow you put a name to the feelings, or at least describe them or pin point where you experience them in your body.  This rather clinical approach isn’t helpful for all situations, but may be helpful for ones where you feel stuck, frustrated, or cloudy, which is how many people were likely feeling at the New Moon in Virgo followed by the Mars-Saturn conjunction on Monday.
Astrologer Anne Ortelee, suggested that we all make New Moon lists of dreams and aspirations for the future.  It is helpful to make wish lists at every New Moon (you can look at these wishes as a form of prayer if you feel greedy making more than one and less than ten wishes every month), but this was a particularly potent one.  The moon opposed Neptune sharpening feelings (more painful) and in the same day we experienced the Mars-Saturn conjunction which set off a new two year Mars-Saturn cycle asking you what you are going to work towards and how committed you are to those dreams.  A Scorpio-influenced cycle such as this also asks us to let go of what is not working in order to make room for the achievement of our dreams and desires.  This is where the King of Swords can be a guiding light.  The King of Swords is rather detached, but fair because he does not let his emotions or fears cloud his judgement.  He would likely take emotions into account in the same way that I described above, with a list.  He is adept at knowing what needs to be released because he looks at the facts, including the facts of your feelings.  
(You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)- Sylvester)

King of Swords (Part III) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

1.  Feel weightlessness in water.
2. Turn thoughts into clouds.  
3.  Give a dog a bath. 
Aries, this week you will likely be presented with an opportunity, although it may not feel that way at the start.  In fact, you may first encounter this opportunity as something  unpleasant.  This is the time to remind yourself of all the ways you are held by invisible forces every day.  Whether you identify it as Luck or God is less important.  Allow your worries to condense into clouds and blow away.  Then consider focusing your remaining energy on a positive and tangible transformation.
(XVII Star Rev/ We Shall Be Changed- Kitty Parham)

1.  Weed out square pegs.  
2.  Acknowledge collaborators.
3.  Phone future self.
Taurus, you are probably capable of making anything fit into any kind of hole with dogged determination, but why put all that energy into “making it fit” when you could just work with the things that already do with very little effort.  It may be helpful to remember that things you don’t have control over, like time and unexpected surprises (among other things), also play a part in the achievement of your goals.  Consider taking a phone call from the you who has already accomplished these things.  What might you say to yourself now?    
(I Magician R/  Only Time- Enya)

1.  Cover seeds with dirt.
2.  Cross finish lines.
3.  Polish eye or sunglasses.
Gemini, the past is closing up behind you.  What do you want your future to look like?  How do you want to look at your future?  Set your intentions.  My friend Dylan told me something she’d read which said simply assuming the “victory stance” actually provides people with a feeling of confidence and a sense of accomplishment.  The victory stance is a gesture most people make when they cross a finish line.  As I pulled your card for the week Gemini, I imagined you stepping over thresholds and cracks with arms outstretched as though they were finish lines.  Step into the future with your arms and eyes wide.  
XXI World/ Green Onions- Booker T & the MG’s)

1.  Sit in someone else’s home.  
2.  Read book or short story in the first person.
3.  Wear someone else’s shoes out of the house.
Part of the difficulty you may sometimes find with change, Cancer, is simply being able to picture getting your needs and comforts met from other sources or different people.  This week you seem to be making headway in tackling your fears around change or breaking old patterns, perhaps because you’ve physically or mentally (through reading) put yourself in a position or a different set of shoes and found that there are comforts to be found here as well.
XV Devil Rev/ Cover Me- Percy Sledge)

1.  Make list of favorites.
2.  Sit in sun.
3.  Hold mirror.
When I pulled your card for the week, Leo, I imagined you lovingly holding a floor length mirror, wrapping your arms around it, falling a sleep in your own arms.  Monday’s new moon asked you to evaluate or reevaluate what makes you happy and to make a plan to support your joy.  If you keep putting off fun or consistently tell yourself that “life is hard” then you are not in synch with the gift you Leos have to give.  It is very difficult to bring joy to others when you are denying yourself the pleasure.  Take a moment this week to appreciate and validate that which truly brings you joy.  
(XIX Sun L/ You Are My Sunshine- Aretha Franklin)

1.  Make food or hors d’ oeuvres held with a toothpick.
2.  Put finger in dam.
3.  Push ball over a hill, watch it roll down.
I’m endlessly amazed when I see a precarious pile of food (like a diner sandwich for example) held together with one tinsel toothpick.  That is all it takes.  It is your season, Virgo and it seems you may be feeling more optimistic about the year ahead and that positive intention is really enough to hold the whole sandwich together or stop a dam from leaking.  
(Ace of Swords/ Happy Birthday- Altered Images)

1.  Go over pencil with pen.
2.  Write words in wet cement.
3.  Dedicate a memorial.
The recent Mars-Saturn conjunction set off a new two year cycle of commitment, commitment to things you began in August two years ago when Mars-Saturn formed a conjunction in your sign, Libra.  What things might you have consciously or unconsciously partnered with at that time?  Whatever you are now committing to, it seems there is cause for celebration.  This is a positive transition from partnering to deepening your commitment.  Now is the time to think about how you are going to continue to support whatever project, relationship, or realization was initiated then.
(4 of Wands R/ Djini Judy- Debbie Harry)

1.  Don the “revolutionary costume.” (Grey Gardens)
2.  Autograph books.
3.  Exaggerate walk.
Scorpio, as Saturn and Mars set off a new two year cycle in your sign, it will be important to think about deepening your commitment to yourself and your aspirations.  Consider what you want to continue to support, validate and strengthen within yourself and use this time to set those intentions for the future.  
(6 of Wands/ Skeleton Lines- Meredith Monk)

1.  Put eggs in one basket.
2.  Ask for a bag.
3.  Get suitcase with wheels.
Too many times I’ve found myself at the grocery store without a bag and a good 10 items on the checkout counter.  “Do you want a bag,” the clerk asks.  “No, I think I can carry it,” I always say.  Sometimes I can, sometimes I can’t.  I’ve dropped a few glass bottles in the process which is probably more wasteful than just accepting a paper bag.  Sagittarius, this week you may find that what you are trying to do you can’t do alone, or maybe you’ve been trying to carry too many things separately and you now need to consolidate, put them in one place.  This is a good place to start.  From this place of honesty you will likely accomplish much more.    
(2 of Discs Rev/ Let It Go- Grace Slick)

1.  Fly by seat of pants
2.  Find spur of moment
3.  Throw caution to wind
The other day my friend Zackary texted from the Flyaway (love this name, always have) bus.  “You free for dinner?” She asked.  And in another text, “I’m flying by the seat of my pants.”  Her texts came just as I was trying to figure out what to include in your list for the week Cap and were actually quite synchronous with your situation.  This is the perfect week to burn your lists or if you do draw up a list, let it be similar to the one above.    
(0 Fool/ The Breeze and I- Santo & Johnny)

1.  Make a loop, walk around the block or lake.
2.  Remember days backwards.
3.  FF/RWD cassette or video tape.
To remember your dreams it is often suggested that you before bed you remember your day backwards.  Unfortunately that means you have to live it forwards first which some days may be unpleasant.  Aquarius, this week you may feel that things are not quite fair.  You may be wishing you could fast forward or rewind through this part of things, but unfortunately to get to the outcome you desire you may have to figure out how to navigate this section first.
(VIII Justice Rev/ Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys- The Cookies)

1.  Eat when hungry.
2.  Scratch itch.
3.  Remove rock from shoe.  
Pisces, this week you may be following a feeling, which is an excellent idea.  Scratching an itch or removing the rock from your shoe is precisely how most problems in life get resolved.  Acknowledge what you are sensing and then following through with an action which will help relieve the situation/sensation.  
(6 of Cups/ Castaways- Hayley Mills)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 08/20/14

Hello and Welcome~

It is another wild week upstairs.  Featuring such ominous-sounding aspects as:  a mystic rectangle, fingers of god, a hammer of Thor, grand water trines, and one grand fire trine!  If you want to know more about the particulars of these transits I recommend checking out astrologer Anne Ortelee’s website.  Again, I discuss the astrological weather more under the card for the week, but I would like to emphasize one thing which is, when you are dealing with highly emotional aspects and astrological thunderstorms there may be nothing to do but ride the waves.  Water is a great emotional teacher.  When you are feeling a feeling (this week you may encounter more than ten feelings at once), consider how you literally navigate water.  Water is an element that must be worked with, it is very difficult to control without it’s consent.  Consider your feelings in the same way, work with them.

THE THEME:  I just got back from a road trip up the western coast of the U.S. with my friend Mari.  From the residual fumes of that trip comes your theme for the week: “Road Notes: Thoughts On Travel.” 


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feeling a lot, put it in the pot, handle is hot, nap on a cot, stock of what we’ve got, mars and saturn, take a turn, feel the burn, something to learn, virgo new moon, making room, new direction soon, stir with a spoon, inundated with neptune, hearing your song, won’t be long, a place to belong, nothing’s wrong, sound the gong, love, hearts, astral charts,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

"Love?!  Not love!" I thought when I pulled the VI Lover card for all of us aboard the astral plane this week.  Love didn’t feel like anything I wanted to talk about.  "Let’s talk about the Devil again,"  I thought.  Events recently have made it difficult to feel anything other than overwhelmed with anger, resentment and sadness. This is of course right in line with the stars.  The tarot card for the week suggests how we might best navigate the astrological weather.  On August 25th there will be a New Moon in Virgo and on the same day Mars joins Saturn, which is perhaps the most difficult and insistent aspect of the week.  Astrologer Anne Ortelee described this aspect as a water balloon popping, Mars in Scorpio dismantles Saturn’s structure.  This aspect, which has been building for a week or more makes it difficult to get things done, it is a bit like trying to push a ball up a hill, or maybe more like pushing a ball up a cliff.  It may be necessary to draw on a new method or find a new route to achieving your goals if not forever at least for this week.  It will be interesting to see how this aspect will manifest in current events.  
Neptune is very active this week contributing to oscillating feelings of hope and depression.  Here again the VI Lover card can be a guiding light.  Reach out to who and what you love.  Do what you love to do.  When you are feeling hopeful consider extending your optimism to a friend struggling with depression.  If you are depressed consider taping into your dreams for guidance (Neptune rules dreams) or talk to a friend you can depend on to be supportive.  Don’t wallow alone.  The Lover is about togetherness, it’s about joining forces, offering support.  Now more than ever, in the face of things falling apart (Mars popping Saturn’s balloon) is the time to conjure loves magic for strength.  
(I’ll Be There- Finesse & Synquis)

VI Lover (Part IV) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

The very last night of our road trip found us in Big Sur well after dark without much of a plan.  “This is the ‘adventure’ part of our trip,” I said.  We already knew that all the campgrounds in the area were booked, but we’d been told by a few friends that it was possible to find places to pitch a tent or if we wanted to, just sleep by the side of the road.  However, as we headed into the area it was so dark the world beyond our headlights was completely impenetrable and neither of us could get any phone reception.  After a series of mishaps we ended up at a bar next to a popular campsite.  Our plan was to go inside and ask some trustworthy, capable-seeming person’s advice.  But as soon as we opened the doors it became apparent that, were there anyone trustworthy or capable in the vicinity, they had buried their ability to answer our questions several drinks before we arrived.  Instead, we brushed our teeth in the bathroom, got back in the car and drove past the adjacent campground’s sign indicating ‘no vacancy,’ turned left and by some miracle turned right into an empty campsite across from a bathroom.  
Aries, you may be in for a similarly pleasant surprise this week.  Be on the look out for surprising gifts from the universe delivered as if in answer to a question, or in our case, prayer.  
(Ace of Discs/ Heaven Must Have Sent You- Bonnie Pointer)

It is a strange thing to navigate a place you’ve never been in the dark.  The morning we woke up in Big Sur just off Highway 1 we had already traveled up and down a portion of the highway several times the night before trying to figure out where we were going to sleep.  But in daylight I was stunned to silence by the view.  Besides being incredibly beautiful, the highway clung to the edge of cliffs which dropped off in many places more than a hundred feet.  I also realized we had crossed the Bixby Creek Bridge two or three times in complete darkness.  For those of you who, like me, aren’t familiar with this bridge, it stands 280 feet high and has about a 2.5 foot wall keeping you from certain death.  
The changes you may encounter this week, Taurus, may be something like what I’ve just described.  Perhaps you were unaware of both the perils and the beauty you’ve been made to navigate to get where you are now.  Your focus has likely been on getting to your destination.  This week would be a good time to slow down and appreciate what you’ve accomplished and the beauty of what is left ahead of you.
(XVI Tower L/ Is It Day or Night- The Runaways)

Midway between Los Angeles and Portland could be considered by some, the Middle of nowhere.  The campsite we were hoping for was full so we ended up at a KOA.  “You can rent movies!” I exclaimed when we were checking in.  “Like what?” Mari inquired.  I paused, “Contact.”  Later that evening I went to the bathroom and ran into two ecstatic freckled children brushing their teeth.  They smiled at me, their mouths overflowing with suds.  I took a stroll around the campsite and observed several older couples walking hand and hand through a grove of redwoods.  It felt as safe as a disney cartoon.  That night I was roused rather abruptly by a full bladder.  I tried to go back to sleep, not wanting to leave the warmth and safety of the tent, but the slight insistence turned to pain.  I slowly unzipped one corner of the tent and peered out.  The trees were strangely backlit and threaded with fog.  I rested there on my heels for a minute hoping that the burning sensation would magically dissolve.  It did not, so, tucking my chihuahua, Sally, under one arm I squirmed through the small door I’d unzipped.  For the moment I squatted, I imagined Bigfoot charging out of the woods and tucking me in a similar fashion under one hairy oak-like arm.  Though the situation did seem conducive to my nightmare, it did not materialize.  In the morning the campground was once again restored to it’s original cartoon.    
Gemini, this week you may run into your old devils, aka your deepest fears.  Something, perhaps only your bladder, may call on you to confront those fears.  It is up to you whether or not you decide to turn your back and shut your eyes or whether you take this opportunity to shrink those fears down in size or turn them into a cartoon and diminish their power.            
(XV Devil/ Well Well Well- The New Seekers)

For a long time humans thought there were only three dimensions, until Einstein introduced a fourth (time).  It has now been theorized that there may be more than 10 dimensions, most of which humans are not equipped or trained to perceive.  Similarly, I’ve observed that you can take one trip, in my case a road trip, but also be having several different kinds of trips in that one journey.  On one level our trip was physical, we were staying in different locations with a variety of climates and vegetation.  On another level our trip was relational, we were meeting up with people I hadn’t seen in years and we were introduced to new persons neither Mari nor I had ever met.
Cancer, the trip you are on right now may or may not include a physical component, but the relational aspect of this journey is what is most apparent.  Feelings of love and connectedness are available to you when you tap into this dimension.    
(10 of Cups R/ Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes- The 5th Dimension)

The evening I came home from our road trip I made Cowboy’s Cologne from Cowboy’s Cologne (aka Artemisia californica, aka California Sagebrush).  This is perhaps unremarkable for many of you, but for me it was a triumph of follow through.  Though it is painful for me to admit, I have been, historically, the type to start projects and leave them only partially completed for years at a time.  Tucked away in the closet are knitting needles with an unfinished scarf, half written letters, packages I meant to send to friends in distant places, scraps of paper I was going to turn into a collage, etc.  But coming off of camping I had fallen into a survivalists rhythm.  I had grown accustom to a new routine that involved considerably more steps: setting up camp, building a fire, making food, washing my face and brushing my teeth with a bottle of water etc.  Making the Cologne was incredibly satisfying because I did it without agonizing over each step.  It seemed the simplest task in the world, mostly because it is, but also because I wasn’t daunted by the process.
Leo, this week you may be in the process of synthesizing different parts of yourself.  With Jupiter and Venus in your sign you may be feeling an expanded sense of self.  You are seeing more clearly what you are capable of.  Although, it is more likely to manifest in the realm of feeling even if it starts with something you are doing.  
(XIV Temperance/ Zing Went The Strings of My Heart- Pearl Bailey & Louie Bellson)

My grandfather, a Cancer, used to say, anytime we were coming home from a long trip or even if we’d just spent the day running errands, “Home again, home again jiggidy jig!”  I don’t know if he made it up or if it is a reference to something, but when he said it I felt that home was somewhere I wanted to be.  As we neared Los Angeles, returning from our trip up and down the coast we were met with a slew of characteristic Los Angeles traffic, though it was rather uncharacteristic for a Sunday.  At the same time the sun was setting turning everyone’s driving elbows gold and orange.  I tried to say to myself, “home again, home again jiggidy jig” but it felt differently than when my grandfather said it when I was a kid.  Home is never quite the same as when you are a kid, because as an adult you have to deal with the traffic.  The sunsets, however, anyone can appreciate.  
Virgo, this week you may feel that some transition is rather anticlimactic.  This may be because it is tempered with a dose of Saturn aka grown up concerns.  But this should not, by any means diminish your enjoyment of the sunset.  
(4 of Wands Rev/ This Must Be The Place- Arcade Fire)

When you set out on a trip, your goal is usually a place (a city, a landmark, a natural wonder), you are physically trying to get your body somewhere.  Of course some part of you is probably aware that the trip itself, the distance between where you are and where you are going, will likely change you or your perspective, or something unexpected will happen.  I’ve been unable to do anything in a car other than stare out the window since I was a kid.  For this reason, for me, trips are often an opportunity for introspection.  My mother is the type of person who likes to talk to her neighbors on the plane.  She’s always telling me about people she met on the flight from blah blah blah to blah blah blah. “My flight attendant just wrote a book.  Maybe you’ve heard of it?” She’ll tell me later.
Libra, the destination you have in mind this week might not be a physical location, but it may be just as transformative as actually taking trip.  Between where you are now and where you are headed is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and the world around you.
(XVII Star/ Space Race- Sugar Hill Gang)

Our west coast trip was carefully planned, but my favorite parts of the trip were the ones we couldn’t have accounted for.  For instance, on our way home we pulled over by the side of the road for souvenirs upon seeing an odd statue of Bigfoot with an uncharacteristically human face and then went into the gift shop only to realize that the face had been modeled after the owner.  Or when we ended up at a KOA because the regular campsite was full and the woman behind the desk had a white bob haircut and a matching giant dog that looked like a polar bear and when I asked what kind of dog it was she told me he was Native American.  
Scorpio, this week you may find yourself in planning mode.  It is comforting to have a plan, but make sure your plan is flexible enough to allow for surprises which may be the parts of your journey you remember most fondly anyway.     
(7 of Swords/ Octopus-Syd Barrett)

It was just two weeks ago that I quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson saying simply that you can’t runaway from yourself, even if you go half way around the world.  But for you, Sagittarius, sometimes it is necessary to travel in order to find parts of yourself that you’ve lost or tucked away.  For a globe trotting sign such as yourself, even short journey’s can make you feel more alive, positive, revitalized, with a fresh perspective.  This week you may be returning from such a journey, or perhaps you are reflecting on a excursion you’ve recently taken.  It seems this was enough to set a new cycle.  As you move forward you are likely to meet any obstacle feeling more collected and more wholly yourself.  
(XXI World/ Veio Queimar a Tua Coluna- Nidia Minaj)

"This is kind of frightening," I said glancing at my own white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel.  "I can’t see ANYthing."  "You want me to drive?"  Mari offered.  "Why?" I asked testily. "Well you said you couldn’t see anything."  "Well, yes, but NO one can see anything, right?" She was silent for a moment, perhaps trying to determine if she could adequately make out the road.  "Is there something wrong with my eyes?  Maybe I have cataracts," I wailed.  We were driving a curvy stretch of highway at night, cars were whizzing past us in the opposite direction and I could see only what fell with in the stretch of my high beams.  This was the real problem, the real source of my anxiety.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t see, it was that I couldn’t see ahead, I couldn’t anticipate where we were going.
Capricorn this week you may find that you can only see what is in your headlights and that is just fine, it is perfect.  Don’t panic, there is nothing wrong with your eyes or your ability to perceive things, it is simply that what is happening here and now is a key piece of what is to come.  Avoid the desire to rush through this part.  Pay attention to what is happening around you and how you want to make and build what is right in front of you.
(XVIII Moon/ The Road- Mirel Wagner)

Somewhere in Seattle at the top of our trip, our ability to make decisions began to crumble.  Travel weary, everything started to feel rather dramatic.  When we woke up that morning the sky was overcast and the air was cool.  We went to an excellent restaurant for brunch that my friend Erin had recommended.  It was in an old building that smelled like damp wood.  While we were there a light mist began to fall outside.  “I LOVE Seattle,” I said emphatically and Mari agreed.  Minutes later we discovered a parking ticket on the car.  We were not privy to Seattle’s system of sparsely distributed parking meters.  “I hate Seattle,” Mari said.  Later we were trying to plan the rest of our day, “I just don’t know what you do in Seattle,” Mari said and I agreed.  We both had an unusual amount of opinions about a place neither of us had ever visited before.
Aquarius, you may feel rather frayed this week, perhaps you are exhausted or emotionally worn out.  Take a moment to consider your feelings before you make any sweeping generalizations or bite off any heads, especially your own.  
(5 of Swords R/ Don’t Cry Out Loud- Rita Coolidge)

While we were camping I found myself thinking about how a tent is a lot like hiding by burying your face in your hands.  You are still vulnerable, but you can’t see the bears and wild cats and they can’t see you.  “Should we put our laptops in the tent?” Mari asked at one point towards the beginning of our adventure.  “Well we don’t have a way of locking the tent,” I started to say and then I imagined how comical it would be to thread a padlock between to zippers on the tent (though I’m sure it has been tried).  If someone really wanted to steal something out of your tent they could probably tear it open with their fingernails.  
Pisces, this week you may be feeling a little vulnerable.  Perhaps you are opening yourself up emotionally and are now feeling like you may need to secure the door with a lock.  Consider that most of us humans are little like walking tents, which is ultimately may be a very good thing.
(Daughter of Cups/ When I’m Feeling Kinda Blues- Gerald Wilson Orchestra)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 08/13/14

Welcome Wanders!

I’ve been on a west coast tour and for this reason I’m a little behind on getting your Tarotscopes up and out so I won’t babble too much here about the astrological weather this week.  I discuss it in more detail below under the card for the week the Queens of Sword.

THE THEME:  “Come on, we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Djuna says sitting me down on the couch to rifle through my tarot cards.  We are still in the throws of Leo season and Leo is the sign associated with fun, play and children.  This week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time with several of my younger friends, most of them between the ages of 5 months and 5 years.  For a few of the Tarotscopes I showed tarot cards to my friend Djuna who is 4 and a half and had her tell me what she saw, the rest are more of the traditional Tarotscope format.  


Thank you to Psychic Sister  for hosting me this past Wednesday in Olympia, WA!  I had a wonderful time!  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend this beautiful little shop of magic and unique clothing.


Looking for the perfect gift?  Consider giving someone or some one(s) a reading with yours truly.  I offer GIFT CERTIFICATES so please contact me for details and/or if you want to gift a reading to yourself. My rates are sliding scale $70-105/hr.  I also offer shorter readings for smaller prices.  If you are not based in Los Angeles I offer readings via SKYPE and phone.

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saturn and mars square, a potent pair, playing fair, based on a dare, squinting in the glare, the music blare, taking care, acknowledging the rare, wake of the supermoon, emotional typhoon, wooden spoon, sand dune, high noon, changing your tune, how you are unique, appreciating the antique, listening to monique, interest piqued, embracing your freakiness, jump starts, hearts, astrology charts, peace dove, love,


Without further ado! The general card from Amy von Harrington’s deck for all, for all the week (individual cards for the zodiac signs are pulled from the MOTHERPEACE deck):

I think of my mother as a quintessential Queen of Swords.  The other day I was blubbering on the phone to her about a whole slew of seemingly unrelated things that I had knotted together in my mind and she said,  “Don’t take this the wrong way, but are you premenstrual?”  “Yeesss…” I answered slowly.  While I don’t believe in reducing anyone to a menstrual cycle, I also found it helpful to remember that this particular situation didn’t necessarily warrant a crisis and that hormones (coupled with the Supermoon) may have been playing their part in drudging up all my deepest insecurities.    
The Queen of Swords is about getting to the truth of a situation, distilling any difficulty or drama to it’s essential wisdom.  Saturn has been a “heavy hitter” in the astrological weather of late, squaring both the sun and the recent Supermoon in Aquarius and this week moving closer to a square with Mars.  Saturn, like the Queen of Swords is practical and wise.  Saturn is often described as the teacher of zodiac, instructing us in valuable life lessons.  Sometimes Saturn’s lessons can feel unfair, “Why now? Why me? Why?”  But the discomfort associated with Saturn is just a side effect of steering you in the right direction.  The Queen of Swords suggests that by getting distance or perspective you may be able to navigate your present difficulties more easily.  Sometimes this feels impossible to do.  If you are having trouble being your own Queen of Swords, it may be helpful or necessary to talk to someone else with an aerial view.  This is one reason I appreciate Amy Von Harrington’s non-traditional take on this card, naming it, “The Queens of Sword.”
(Jazzy Alphabet- Sesame Street)

Queens of Sword (Part IV) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

"Tarantulas, on seaweed, getting food," Djuna told me when I asked her about this card for Aries for the week.  My friend corrected her, "Those are crabs."  "They are crabs, but they look like tarantulas."    
This may be precisely how you feel this week Aries.  Pay attention to the things that look relatively harmless, but could deliver a pinch, like a crab and things that look more sinister, but are actually quite benign like tarantulas.  This week may feel a little like freaky Friday, you may be discovering that places where you once took comfort or found sustenance are no longer providing the same level of nourishment they once supplied.  Don’t be misled by a pretty shell or a creepy demeanor.  
(5 of Cups Rev/ Over- Alice Boman)

The other day I was lounging on a blanket in a Portland park with my friends and their 10 month old son, Jasper.  At one point I noticed him smiling at something in the tree above us.  A smallish crow was perched on a branch with it’s mouth open.  I remarked at what a good eye he had and his parents told me he is an avid bird and rain watcher.  “That sounds so relaxing and peaceful,” I said.  “Yes and boring,” one of his moms said.  They both talked about how distorted time is when you have a kid.  Hours and minutes can move doggedly slow, but watching your kid grow happens in fast forward.
Taurus, typically you may feel an impatience about the speed at which things move.  But this week you will likely feel quite content observing birds and other animate and inanimate things in your environment.  Perhaps because you’ve been observing that, on the whole, life seems to move in fast forward and so your appreciation for even just birds and rain has increased.
(Priestess of Discs/ No Place I’d Rather Be- The Factory)

A while ago my friend introduced a few of us to a game called, “Essence.”  One person is it and silently chooses another person in the group.  Then everyone else has to guess who that person is by asking questions like, “If the person was a color what color would they be?”  My new friend, Cosima is 5 months old.  If she were a color she’d be lavender, if she were a cluster of colors she’d be all pastels.  I’m not the only person who has observed this about her.  Her soft light is a surprising contrast to the loud pterodactyl shrieks she spontaneously belts out for no apparent reason other than to stretch her voice.   
Gemini, this week you may have a sense of renewal or regeneration in your life.  Perhaps you are re-approaching life with the sort of innocence and optimism you did when you were experiencing things for the first time.  Others may even observe a unique glow about you.  
(Daughter of Cups/ Dreaming- Gilli Smyth)

I see my friends and their kids every 6 months to a year and those are the exact measurements of time that make huge differences in physical appearance and development in kids.  Every time I visit I can’t help but remark on the obvious changes, how tall, how much longer their hair is, their new teeth, their missing teeth, etc.  I’m at an age when time makes more subtle changes on physical appearance, but a change of heart or changing your mind can happen quite suddenly.  While the physical changes happening in the development of a child likely shape their internal landscape as well, the internal changes adults experience can contribute to drastic changes in your physical environment.
Cancer, it seems that you may have changed your mind about something, or perhaps you made swift decision and now you are seeing the manifestation of those changes in your physical environment.  This can be quite unsettling if you are the sort of Cancer that leans on the stability of their home environment, but know that these changes are right on schedule no matter your age.  
(XVI Tower/ Ticket To Ride- The Carpenters)

My friends told me that when they first decided to have a child they talked about parenthood as a sort of collaborative art project.  They laughed at the memory, “We were naive, but how would we have known? You just can’t anticipate what it’s going to be like until you’re in it.”
Leo, this week you could discover that your plans have changed, in a way that may be somewhat humbling.  Know that ultimately this shift is good, even if it isn’t totally comfortable in the moment.  
(IV Emperor Rev/ Pressure Drop- Toots and The Maytals)

"What’s happening here?" I asked Djuna, holding up Virgo’s card for the week.  "Planting new trees, having a good time,"  She answered hurriedly after a quick glance.  Virgo, this week you may be eager to get to the "good time" part of Djuna’s forecast.  You probably planted your new trees consciously or unconsciously quite recently and now it may be important to be patient with the time it takes for those trees to surface or bare fruit or even supply shade.  Know that you’ve done all you can and allow yourself to step back this week and survey the scene and appreciate the moves you’ve already made in a new direction.  
(VIII Justice R/ El Condor Pasa- Yma Sumac)

Several of my friends who are parents mentioned that one of the harder things about being a parent is dealing with other parents.  “Everyone has their own idea about the ‘right’ way to parent,” one friend said.  She also said that having kids has made her much less judgmental of the way other people parent.  “A lot of the people who are so opinionated about how you should give birth and raise your kids have money,” she said.  “It’s just not that simple for everyone.”  
Libra, there may be ways that you’ve done things that perhaps you’ve felt guilty about because they weren’t “standard” practice or they weren’t the way people have said things “should” be done.  This week you might begin to feel much better and much less guilty about the ways you’ve strayed or the turns your path has taken.  In this case, making your own tracks, ones that fit your own footprint, are strong indications you are on the right track.    
(V Hierophant L/ If You Didn’t Hear Me The First Time- Madeline Bell)

When my friends Cora and Djuna were called to dinner the other night they descended the stairs in costume.  Cora was wearing a bumble bee costume to which her dad said casually, “Weird, I’m not used to seeing you wear black.”  And Djuna was wearing a hooded green lizard costume with one sparkly silver mary jane and “one high heel!”  “What are you Djuna?” her mom asked.  “I’m a vampire!” she announced as though it were obvious.  The two dined at a table just their size and carried on a very boisterous conversation which occasionally involved them springing out of their seats and running over to Cora’s little brother in his high chair to serenade him.  I felt like I was observing the practices and rituals of a secret society which I could not quite make sense of.  
Scorpio, you may feel a little like an outsider in some situation this week.  It may be helpful to remember the people with whom you do connect.  As a Scorpio, you, yourself may have been mistaken on more than one occasion for a member of your own secret society.   
(3 of Cups Rev/ Wanda the Witch- Sesame Street)

"What do you think is happening here?" I asked Djuna.  She studied the card for a moment.  "They are having a musical party."  I loved this interpretation of a card that depicts three people pointing swords at one another.  Typically, the 3 of Swords describes a dramatic situation or conflict, but music can be dramatic while still remaining harmonious and that is the key to unlocking the potential difficulty depicted here.  What music would you choose if you were going to make a soundtrack for the struggles you may be currently dealing with?  How could you turn the situation into a musical party or a symphony?  
(3 of Swords R/ No Hope- The Vaselines)

"What’s this one, Djuna?"  "That’s a band."  Again, I am stunned by the joyful interpretation of this card which is often said to warn of a fight or struggle and depicts several people against a fiery background with a volcano in the distance.  If you’ve ever been in a band then you are probably familiar with the struggles that can arise both between members and also with the music itself.  When my friends and I had a band briefly, practice frequently lasted for four or more hours and involved us laying on the floor for three of those hours taking turns venting about the weeks trials.  We sometimes referred to band practice as "group therapy."  There may be potential for conflict this week, Capricorn, but the very same situation could also be a recipe for a good song.  Consider thinking of any struggle this week as "band practice."
(5 of Wands L/ The Coffee Cola Song- Francis Bebey)

"They are building a brick wall, but they forgot a piece.  On the other side is an animal shelter,"  Djuna tells me.  Aquarius, this week you may feel strain on a collaboration or anything that you are trying to accomplish that involves other people.  Perhaps you feel like others are not pulling their weight or maybe you aren’t feeling as invested in the collaboration yourself.  Avoid building holes into the fabric of what you are trying to create by reminding yourself and others what you are working towards, even if it isn’t anything as pressing as an animal shelter.
(3 of Discs L/ Life Is A Ball Game-Wynona Carr)

"The lady is resting with daises…oh, and the floor is fancy,"  Djuna tells me after looking briefly at the card I pulled for Pisces this week.  At long last, Pisces, it seems you are getting a much needed rest.  There is some indication that you may have to emphasize this vacation by consciously setting time aside.  The first portion of Djuna’s interpretation seemed relatively easy to understand, but what did it mean when she said the "floor is fancy?"  In the image the ground beneath the reclining woman is green.  I found myself starring at the floor at my feet as I thought about Djuna’s words later when I was at a coffee shop.  The floor under my feet was a polished cement and not particularly fancy.  My friend and I have been on the road for almost a week at this point.  There is a sort of luxurious quality to having any sort of solid ground under your feet when you become accustomed to moving at 60 or 70 miles per hour.  Perhaps you fishes have been feeling that life has been moving at this speed for a while now, whether or not you have had solid ground beneath your feet.  Allow yourself to savor and enjoy stillness this week.  
(III Empress R/ I’m On My Way- Barbara Dane)