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.” 


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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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.

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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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)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 08/06/14

Welcome to another week!

Jupiter is in Leo, which brings a boost to fun, passion, creativity, but there are several Saturn bumps which may be causing intermittent rain on your parade.  We are expanding the things embodied by the astrological sign of Leo, but more like one foot at a time than in a big burst.  My brother is 6 years older so growing up he had the advantage of having seen a lot of things before me.  On my first trip to the Rocky Mountains, my brother began drumming up my excitement by exaggerating their size and using grandiose descriptions.  “That’s it?” I said, when the Rocky Mountains were finally in sight.  I’m hesitant to over-emphasize the benefit of Jupiter in Leo because I think it is important to have your own experience with this transit.  Try and be patient and observant of the kinds of things (even the smallest things) and areas of your life that grow and flourish under Jupiter’s influence this year. 

THE THEME:  My uncle teaches poetry and film classes at a community college.  Over dinner he often goes around the table and asks everyone what their favorite movies are.  One of his ideas, which has not yet been implemented, is to write movie prescriptions.  For example someone might come to him and say, “Doctor, I’m feeling morose.”  And my uncle might say, “Take two Frank Capra films and call me in the morning.”  I decided to borrow his idea this week and found a movie for each sign and card which might be helpful in the navigation of your week.

THE MIX:  The songs for the mix were selected from each movie and relate to the astrological weather as well as your card for the week.  Where titles weren’t available a song with a similar vibe was selected.  Enjoy the immersive experience!


I will not be at Painted Bird this week because I’m hitting the road!  See you in two weeks!

PORTLAND! OLYMPIA! Email me if you are interested in setting up a private reading while I’m in town 9-12 (Portland), 12-13 (Olympia). <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. 

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supermoon in aquarius, in creativity bury us, to our individuality marry us, saturn squares the sun, accommodate fun, hot dog bun, not committing to the life of a nun, going for a run, races to be won, aquarius super moon, singing your own tune, making room, let yourself bloom, choices loom, out of the gloom and doom, time to dream, follow the stream, in the moons beam, not what they seem, 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):
"We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern Fact, the sad self, unrelenting identical that I fled from."
                                                                      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The image on this card in Amy Von Harrington’s deck shows a kitten bundled in hotdogs.  Once I asked Amy about this card in her deck and she said that she had wanted to convey the themes of this card more gently and more kindly than most decks depict the Devil.  The soft, fuzzy and friendly quality of this card suggest a good path for navigating the astrological indications this week.  This Devil card proposes we make friends of those things which we desire to outrun.  Recently, I observed a zit slowly introducing itself in a prominent location on my face.  I expected it to be like a horror movie reduced to a 100th of it’s speed, but, oddly, the longer I watched the zit grow the more I kind of liked the way it looked.  I had a similar experience in 8th grade.  A girl I admired had a mole on the edge of her upper lip that I found very attractive.  One day a zit popped up on my face in the exact same location and I found myself reveling in my good fortune.  You can go anywhere in the world, as the Emerson quote above suggests and still you will find yourself and all your troubles packed into your bag.  Uranus and Saturn continue to separate relieving some of the tension of their inconjunct aspect.  But while Saturn in Scorpio moves way from conflict with Uranus it moves on this week to create squares of tension with the Sun in Leo and the full Super Moon in Aquarius.  What does it all mean?  Where Saturn is concerned the emphasis is typically on restructuring, or even dismantling in order to make room for, where Leo and Aquarius are concerned, the creative expression of you and your ideas.  Stability can be, just as it describes, stabilizing, or when we allow structures to be established or created without our participation or voice, stability can be stifling.  Now is the perfect time to think about implementing changes that will lend greater support to your self expression.  It starts by acknowledging your demons, or your kittens wrapped in hotdogs.  
(You Can Get It If You Really Want- Desmond Dekker)

XV The Devil (Part III) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

This movie is incredibly satisfying on several levels.  Aesthetically the 80s decor and wardrobe is colorfully saturated and visually appealing, you want to be here, in the world this movie creates.  Rosanna Arquette does an amazing job of depicting a bored and sensitive housewife (Roberta) living a “ho hum” life in New Jersey to New York City where she begins to experience herself.  Besides coming to know, validate and appreciate who she is, Roberta finds romance with someone new who falls in love with the real Roberta rather than the false role she’d been playing with her husband. 
Aries, right now you may be feeling or can expect to feel good about being here, in the world you’ve created.  Perhaps you are also feeling satisfied with the love in your life knowing that the love is genuine because it comes from people who truly appreciate who you are.  
(Ace of Cups/ Into The Groove- Madonna)

This movie was a childhood favorite.  Even now I find myself in situations saying, “It’s kind of like in Adventures in Baby Sitting…”  At first it seems that Chris’s friend Brenda is the brave one because, in the beginning at least, she is the voice of reason, “We’ve got to get out of this place.  It’s like a Dairy Queen.  You only get one flavor.” Through out the course of the movie, however, Chris is put to the test and proves to be unstoppable, eventually delivering her infamous line, “Don’t fuck with the babysitter.”
Taurus, this week you may find yourself trying to hold your ship steady.  Consider watching “Adventures in Babysitting” for inspiration.  Perhaps life has been putting you to the test lately, but as an earth sign and the sign represented by the bull, you will likely rise to meet any challenge facing you.  
(Shaman of Cups/ 25 Miles- Edwin Starr)

One of the funniest things about this movie is that you can watch it over and over again, even back to back.  The reason this is funny, if you aren’t familiar with the movie, is that it is a rather fantastical story about a weather reporter named Phil who gets trapped repeating the same day (Groundhog Day) over and over again.  Because nothing around him changes, Phil himself is forced to change.  Like the groundhog, he is forced to confront his shadow.  
Gemini, this week you may feel impatient and at times that impatience could result in a feeling of defeat.  Watch this movie, watch it a couple of times.  While it may seem like nothing is changing, it is likely you who is being presented with the opportunity to change, to confront your shadow and win.    
(VII Chariot Rev/ I Got You Babe- Sonny and Cher)

This movie is extremely underrated, probably because it came out in the 90s before society or Hollywood or the mainstream or whoever had embraced female-driven narratives.  It’s sort of about a woman who is witness to a murder, but mostly it is about the woman herself.  When the movie starts she has just been fired from her job, which, she later confesses she, “was kind of bad at.”  No one seems to believe that she has seen a murder because she is the only witness and there seems to be no evidence or a body.  Though she does began to doubt that what she has seen actually took place, she never for a moment doubts who she is.  At one point in the movie she stumbles upon a mural her love struck professor painted of her.  “I don’t even look like that,” she tells him, before exiting the scene.  
Cancer, this week it seems you are feeling more sure of yourself because you are recognizing and validating who you truly are and it likely has nothing to do with what you do for a living or whether or not you are even good at it.  
(6 of Wands/ The Girl From Ipanema- Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz (not from the movie, but similar in style))

I really need to finally compile a list of movies that deal with one’s Saturn Return* because this movie would definitely be on it.  After Mary gets arrested for a variety of reasons related to a party she threw, her godmother Judy gives her a job at the library where she works so she can pay her rent.  “Your mother was a woman with no common sense,” Judy tells Mary repeatedly throughout the movie.  “I’m not good at anything,” Mary says to her boyfriend after she gets fired from the job.  When her boyfriend disagrees, she says dryly, “You know what we’re good at?”  By “we” she means the people in her family and then she lists off a few party-related triumphs such as, “maintaining when we’re fucked up.”  Throughout the movie, Mary struggles to assert her independence from the patterns and conditioning she no longer cares to identify with.  
This week, Leo, you are moving beyond your patterns and conditioning and clearing the path to achieve something on your your own terms, which, as a Leo, is probably a large part of what you came here to do.  
(XV The Devil Rev/ Turn Me Loose (Party Girl)- Ultra Nate)

*The time when Saturn returns to the same point in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person’s birth.  At this time Saturn’s influence helps to align a person with their path in life, sometimes through difficult lessons.  

I think the first time I saw this movie was in second grade when I was home from school with the flu.  I was riveted from start to finish.  It was extremely influential (I even used to mumble to myself when I would get in trouble, “Penny Pingleton is permanently punished…”).  This movie is all about pushing boundaries that are arbitrarily constructed, it’s about dismantling the box, not fitting into one.
Virgo, this week you may be noticing that what may have resulted in you feeling down or disappointed was actually just the result of trying to inhabit a box that couldn’t or wouldn’t accommodate you.  Move away from the frustration by making a new design or formulating a new plan that is more in line with who you are and what you want to accomplish.      
(5 of Cups Rev/ I’m Blue(The Gong Gong Song)- The Ikettes)

The first time I watched this movie was on our back porch one summer night in Iowa with the crickets chirping in the background.  We had moved the TV out there because it had gotten too hot inside the house.  I remember very distinctly the feeling of hearing Meryl Streep singing Amazing Grace, her voice standing out starkly against the hot summer night and the dramatic events of the film with the crickets as her backup.  It was this movie that first introduced me to the song, Amazing Grace and even now I can’t help thinking of it as Karen Silkwood’s song.  I think I was 8 years old at the time and didn’t totally understand the events of the film, but Karen’s determination and courage were easy to comprehend.
Libra, a portion of what motivates you towards achievement this week may come from a sense of injustice, a desire for things to be more fair.  As the sign associated with peace and justice you wouldn’t be wrong to make those things a part of your goal.  Consider watching or re-watching Silkwood for inspiration.
(Son of Discs/ Amazing Grace- Meryl Streep)

This was one of my favorite movies in high school, probably because it does such a good job of portraying the tumultuous feelings of anger and sadness that teenage girls often experience.  As a teenager it seems like things are always happening to you or around you that you have no control over.  “Girl’s Town” depicts a group of teenage girls grappling with their feelings of powerlessness who take revenge on the people they feel have attempted to victimize them.
Scorpio, while your feelings this week could trigger a few revenge fantasies, what is most strongly indicated (with Mars now in your sign) is a feeling of being able to change things and set them right.  You will likely feel empowered to achieve your goals and meet any challenges in-between with confidence.    
(VIII Justice R/ U.N.I.T.Y.- Queen Latifah)

Long before my parents ever lived in Indonesia, this was my mother’s favorite movie.  I grew up watching it.  I haven’t seen it in a long time, but I have a feeling it would be interesting to revisit given current global events.  The main idea that my young mind clung to about this movie was integrity.  The main character, Guy Hamilton, is struggling to establish himself as a journalist.  In the beginning he is cocky and somewhat opportunistic, but the political climate in Indonesia along with his friendship with Billy (played by Linda Hunt) compels him to trust his instincts and listen to a more intuitive sense of right in wrong.
Sagittarius, this week you may be setting all the books on any particular subject aside and instead leaning more heavily on your own intuitive sense of integrity.  This is a very good thing because, when you listen to this part of yourself, you end up where you want and need to be in order for you to be happy by your own definition rather than by anyone else’s.  
(V Hierophant/ L’Enfant- Vangelis)

This is one of my all-time favorite movies and one of the few movies I own.  It’s about a bus of senior citizens, all women, who get stranded in the countryside in Canada.  They’ve all been brought together by one woman on the bus named Constance and so many of them are strangers (thus the title).  They are forced to rely on various survival techniques (one woman uses her panty hoes to catch fish) and throughout their quiet adventure each of them has the opportunity to tell her story, to explain where she comes from and the challenges she’s faced.  Even at their ages, it becomes apparent that they have a lot to learn from one another and they do.  
Capricorn, this week you may find yourself getting more perspective on some area of your life.  Perhaps this has to do with distance, such as taking a trip or being stranded in the countryside or perhaps it has to do with meeting new people and being introduced to new ideas or both.  Either way this is a good thing, particularly for you goal-oriented goats.  This is a good time to direct your focus outwards for a while.
(8 of Swords Rev/ Waltz of The Snowflakes-Tchaikovsky (this wasn’t in the movie, but seemed appropriate))

This was another childhood favorite.  I desperately wanted to be Sally Salt clinging to a hot air balloon and ending up on the moon.  The Baron reminds me a little of an uncle of mine who is famous for saying, “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.”  This idea is what “The Adventures of the Baron Munchausen” is all about.  It is about the importance of using fictional narratives or hyperbole to enhance your life.  I know some of you might be thinking, “Yes, it’s called lying.”  But it is more about seeing the magic in life and in any situation and giving it another name that validates its specialness, the way the Baron uses hyperbole to tell what, in reality, might actually be a very boring story.  At one point before Sally convinces him to go on an adventure he sums up his disappointment with the “real world” saying, “It’s all logic and reason now. Science. Progress.  Laws of hydraulics. Laws of social dynamics.  Laws of this, that and the other.  No place for a three-legged cyclops in the South Seas.  No place for cucumber trees and oceans of wine.  No place for me.”
Aquarius, don’t give up on your dreams or set them aside because they seem too lofty.  They may be much closer to fruition than you think, especially if you look at things from the Baron’s perspective.  
(9 of Cups L/ Venus-The Adventures of the Baron Munchausen)

The other day when I was at my brother’s house my sister-in-law had just finished watching this movie.  “I’ve been watching all those old 80s movies, you know like Goonies and Romancing the Stone,” she told me.  “It’s cool to watch movies from an era because you can see what the themes are, what was happening even politically at that time,” I said.  “Yeah, but for me it is more about about nostalgia and revisiting all the movies I used to watch as a kid,” she said after a pause.  Later at dinner my brother, a borderline workaholic said, “I idolized Ferris Bueller when I was a kid.”   
Pisces, I mention this movie mostly because I think you might need a day off.  While you may be like me, trying to relate even fluff to some larger concept, it is best to take a break and just watch this or any other movie from this era for nostalgia or fun. It seems you are nearing the point of knowing that your body or your mind, or your body and mind need a rest.   Avoid pushing yourself too far past this point or you may end up actually sick instead of just pretending.  
(9 of Wands L/ Danke Schoen- Wayne Newton)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 07/30/14

Friends! Travelers! Wanders! Navigators! Welcome!

Guess what?  It’s a big week upstairs, but by now that probably comes as no surprise.  There are TWO Grand Water Trines in addition to all the more subtle movements of the planets and stars.  Hold onto your hats, actually don’t hold onto anything.  This week is a wave pool, the best tactic may be to body surf, but I will discuss that more under the card for the week, the 2 of Swords.  

THEME:  No theme this weeks, just a little of this and that. 


I will be at Painted Bird in Los Angeles this Thursday (tomorrow) from 3:00-5:30pm.  Come by with you quandaries and conundrums!  We will dig into those knots!  ($15 per question) <3 This is the last chance to see me publicly in LA because I will be touring the west coast for two weeks! 

<3 PORTLAND!  Look for me!  OLYMPIA too!  I will let you know the details as they unfold! <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.

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grand water trines, wind in the pines, fine lines, dressed to the nines, sun shines, spin on dimes, squeezing limes, making rhymes, listening to grimes or leann rimes, pallas/juno square, with whom do you want to share, about whom do you care, where do you want to stare, do what you dare, compensating for the glare, feeling rare, saturn features, planetary teachers, fuzzy creatures, sitting in the bleachers, take rest, adding zest, waves crest, mosquito pest, put to the test, do your best, scorpio 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):

There is a whole language of games and play that I had almost forgotten about until I pulled this card for the week.  When you are kid you use this language almost every recess.  Any game you play typically allows for Time Outs, or a T.O.  The universal sign for a Time Out is making a ‘T’ shape with your hands or arms.  I remember a few games of tag where the use of Time Out had to be limited because people were using it to avoid getting tagged by calling a time out right before they were about to get caught.  The card this week, the 2 of Swords, is all about the importance of taking a time out to discuss the rules or think about the established structures or patterns in your life that are perhaps no longer serving you.
There are two Grand Water Trines this week providing opportunities for emotional healing and growth.  Weigh all the options, consider all the feelings involved in any major decision facing you this week.  There will be a tendency to cling to the comfort and security of old patterns.  Kind of like the old t-shirt I have that at this point is more of a cotton bib than a shirt.  I can no longer pretend that it has any function other than being a symbol or a reminder of how I once took comfort.  With Saturn holding down one corner of one of these trines we will be presented with the opportunity to build a new structure that is more supportive of growth, and expansion, but this also requires making conscious decisions to change and being completely honest with yourself and others about the difficulty inherent in that change.  
A long time ago, my friend Math and I were driving an old car up a windy mountain.  The car didn’t seem to be handling the incline well.  “Come on car, I believe in you!”  I said.  Math joined in and we both began chanting, “I believe in you-ou-ouu! I believe in you-ou-ouu!”  To this day we will say this to one another when we are in need of words of encouragement.  I offer it to all of you wanderers of the astral plain as we set about breaking patterns and laying new foundations for the next 7 year Saturn cycle, “I believe in you-ou-ouu!”
(We Can Make It If We Try- The Sylvers)

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

Marco Polo was a game my brother, my cousins and I played frequently growing up wherever or whenever there was a pool to play it in.  The “It” person closes their eyes and calls out “Marco”  while all the other participants respond with, “Polo.”  The difficulty which frequently arose for the “It” person was when you called “Marco” and heard two voices in different directions that sounded like they were the same distance away.  You had to decide in which direction to move based on every other sensation, save plain sight.  
Aries, you may encounter a similar predicament this week, a choice, or a feeling you have to choose a direction.  It could feel unfair, maybe you feel like someone cheated at the game.  Perhaps you cheated and now you are trying decide where to go from here and how to get to a better feeling place.  Trust your gut and intuitions over mere visual cues.  As the old saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold.”
(2 of Discs Rev/ Echo’s Answer- Broadcast)

Circumstance found me driving surface streets from Santa Monica to Silver Lake the other day.  Somewhere between here and there I passed a store with giant red letters evenly dispersed across the top half of the building.  The letters looked like they were capable of lighting up in the dark and spelled out ‘VICTORY’.  The wall of windows beneath the sign were covered in a film of dirt and dust but I found myself searching through the glass anyway for evidence of what a store making this sort of proclamation would sell.  It took me a moment to realize the building was abandon and that there was nothing inside.  
Taurus, now would be a good time to take a moment to reflect on where you are trying to go or what you are trying to achieve.  You bulls are such hard workers that it is easy to put your nose to the grindstone and forget to look up and see in what direction all your efforts are sending you.  Take a moment this week to slow down, or stop activity altogether.  Consider that Victory might not be something you win, but something that finds you when you put your faith in a positive outcome.     
(XII Hanged One Rev/ Nothing To Be Done- The Pastels)

When I was a kid I often filled the bath tub too full.  When I got in, the water would go up over the overflow drain, which would then make a loud sucking sound like someone slurping soup.  To quiet the sound I would attempt to cover the mouth of the overflow drain with my toes.  Eventually, I would get tired of doing this and had to either drain some of the water out from the bottom, which was a less grating noise or allow the overflow drain to fulfill its function.
Gemini, this week you may find that the tub of feelings you are soaking in is too full.  You have many options for dealing with this excess, but those options might not be so appealing to you, or at least not yet.  You can try and plug the holes, but eventually you will have to find a release.  Consider consciously choosing the method of letting go that is least grating.  
(8 of Cups Rev/ It’s A Shame (My Sister)- Monie Love)

Growing up, my dad was very good at preparing me for physical discomfort.  “Dad, is the water cold?”  “You know, I would say that it is slightly cooler than normal, but not unbearable.”  Or if I was going to get a tooth pulled at the dentist, “You know, it does hurt a little bit, but just the shot at the beginning.  It’s sort of a dull ache with a slightly sharper pain at the end.  I would say on the scale of one to ten the pain doesn’t go past a six or seven.”  I think my dad got really good at describing discomfort and preparing me for it because that is what he has had to do for himself his whole life.  My dad is a Cancer and like many native to his sign he doesn’t deal with change or transition easily.  Even positive transitions can be experienced as discomfort.  
Cancer, this week the changes you may encounter are ultimately positive.  You may still find it helpful however to prepare yourself or ask others who have experienced a similar transition to prepare you for any discomfort you may experience in the process.  
(4 of Wands Rev/ Something Came Over Me- Throbbing Gristle)

A few years ago my aunt and uncle drudged up some old home videos that they shot in the nineties.  A few of us were watching them and at one point the camera turned on me.  I was about eleven years old and I was sitting on the couch with my grandmother who was sick at the time.  I was showing her my favorite book about a garden.  My uncle, who was behind the camera, asked me to show the camera what I was looking at.  I completely ignored him and turned away.  I had forgotten first of all how shy I was at that time, but also how adamant I was about protecting my own feelings.  As an adult my learned tendency has been to put my feelings aside to protect someone else’s which I don’t think is a fantastic solution either.
Leo, you may feel an instinctual desire to either protect or defend some part of yourself.  But both approaches tend to obscure who you really are.  Perhaps you aren’t ready to share publicly the things you are passionate or excited about, or perhaps you feel defensive of your feelings or passions because you are afraid no one will see you or understand you.  You don’t have to feel any differently than the way you feel, but you can practice getting more comfortable with allowing others to see you and not having to control or filter that image.  
(Ace of Wands Rev/ I Know Myself- Ernest Wilson)

As a kid, I remember being very influenced by the movies I watched.  After the “Little Mermaid” came out I wanted to brush my hair with a fork.  After I watched “A League of Their Own,” I wanted to play baseball, but where I grew up girls were only allowed to play softball.  I didn’t want to play softball because in “A League of Their Own” they played baseball so I didn’t sign up.  I still kind of regret this decision because, who knows, maybe I would have had a good arm.  
Virgo, this week, you may encounter a disappointment or setback.  As the sign famous for your attention to detail it is important every once and awhile to take a break and relax your gaze or loosen your focus.  Acknowledge the real feeling that motivates you to succeed in any given situation rather than feeling tied to the package or envelope in which it might be delivered.  
(5 of Cups R/ She Doesn’t Laugh At My Jokes- Jonathan Richman)

I never got into “Breaking Bad,” but I remember people talking about it.  If you aren’t familiar the whole series is about a chemistry teacher who starts making and selling meth to pay for his medical bills following a cancer diagnosis.  At some point during the “Breaking Bad” frenzy a friend of mine posted a comic on Facebook that showed what Breaking Bad would look like in countries that provides health care for their citizens.  A doctor is telling the chemistry teacher he has incurable lung cancer.  At first the teacher says, “But how will I pay for my medical treatments?  This will bankrupt my family!”  The doctor replies by saying, “Nonsense!  The government will pay your medical bills, taxpayer!”  The punch line is, “In that case I guess I’ll go back to teaching chemistry.”  
Libra, this is similar to the situation you might encounter this week.  It may be possible to make an entire television series out of just one event or you could wrap up real issue in one simple comic.  
(3 of Swords Rev/ Rich Girl- Nina Simone)

In one of my favorite movies, Mermaids, Rachel Flax played by Cher is sitting up in bed after having sex with Lou, her date.  She tells him, “Look, in my experience men lie about everything.”  And Lou says, “But women don’t?”  “Well I don’t know about women, but I don’t.” “But from me you expect it?” Lou asks.  “Absolutely,” she replies without hesitation.  “Well, when you expect the worst from people, they usually deliver,” he says after a pause.  Lou spends the rest of the movie demonstrating that he is someone Rachel can trust.  And it is the trust they ultimately build that allows her to acknowledge the space and freedom she really requires in her intimate relationships.     
One of the challenges that many Scorpios face is trusting that other people are going to fulfill their end of any bargain.  Allow the people in your life to show you that they are capable of keeping their promises and don’t waste your time with anyone that isn’t able to demonstrate that they are reliable.  That way you will have more time to figure out what you really want and need.  
(3 of Discs/ You Know What I Mean- Vernon Girls)

Growing up my best friend belonged to the Christian Science church.  They weren’t terribly strict, but they did follow a different set of beliefs than the ones at my house.  The main principle, according to my friend, is that your thinking can change your physical reality.  I didn’t disagree until I had a headache, asked for an aspirin and was met with some resistance.  The suggestion was to first think your way out of the pain by focusing on positive thoughts and/or relaxing.  I couldn’t understand why I would want to think my way out of pain when I knew I could just take a pill and achieve the same result faster and with much less effort.  Later however, as an adult, I would experience menstrual cramps that no pill could cure and was forced to develop breathing and visualization techniques instead.  Just imagining the pain on a cloud softened the acuity of it.
Sagittarius, this week you may be tempted to abandon the possibility of transformation or change.  But the difference you seek could be as easy as changing your mind.  One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein who said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.  It can be no other way.  This is not philosophy.  This is physics.”
(XVII Star Rev/ Halah- Mazzy Star)

I don’t normally do this, but I was driving a car with a cracked radiator back from Santa Monica to Silver Lake and I couldn’t afford to make a mistake, so I used my GPS.  As soon as I got to Beverly Hills my GPS went haywire and all I could see on the map was where I’d been.  Where I was going was blocked out by what looked like a game of tetris composed of grey squares that had the words ‘no image’ in the middle of each one.  
Capricorn, there may be no image available for the road ahead of you.  One reason for this could be  to direct your attention to the past, to reflect on and solidify what you know about yourself.  And another could be to bring you more fully into the present moment, to make now as good a moment as the next.  
(XVIII Moon/ Twist Del Tren- Los Teen Agers)

Remember when they made footie pajamas for adults?  I found that really disturbing.  Actually, I just checked and they still do make footie pajamas for adults.  I try really hard not to judge people for anything, but I find footie pajamas for adults unfathomable.  The only two reasons I could come up with for why an adult would want to wear this to bed is A. you live in an extremely cold climate or B. there is something comforting and nostalgic about them for you.
Aquarius this week you may be tempted to take comfort from the changes you may be experiencing by doing something like, wearing footie pajamas as an adult.  The problem is you aren’t the same person you were when you wore them the first time and it no longer makes sense.  And while it may be comforting to you, it is probably deeply disturbing to someone close to you.  
(XIII Death L/ Grandma’s Hands- Bill Withers)

Following my 21st birthday I got a job baby sitting for a dancer and a construction worker who had two kids.  It was kind of how I imagine the sequel to “Flashdance” would go.  The construction worker would sometimes work from home, but mostly hid in his office.  When he emerged on a blue moon the kids would run and cling to his pant legs and he would pat their heads mechanically.  Once he poured me a cup of coffee in a mug that said, “You’re #1.”  Later the dancer came home and was upset because I wasn’t able to convince her four year old to get out of her pajamas.  She buried her face in her hands and said, “I can’t do everything.”  It was very tragic, “But,” I told a friend later.  “I’m not getting paid enough to be a husband and dad.”
Pisces, you are famous for being selfless and you likely go out of your way to help those in need.  But this week it may be important to have firm boundaries around the assistance you offer.  If it is a job, make sure you aren’t doing too much outside your job description or working extra hours without getting paid.  If it is a friend you are helping make sure that this is a friend who you can trust to help you out were you to find yourself in a similar bind.  
(6 of Discs R/ Thanks A Lot- Ernest Tubb)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 07/23/14


This is a big week!  Saturn is Direct and Uranus is Retrograde, last week the opposite was true.  Astrologer Anne Ortelee likened this aspect to ringing out a wet towel, first twisting one way, and then in the opposite direction.  This is a stressful and destabilizing aspect, weakened structures collapse!  On a more positive note, Mars moves into Scorpio on Friday, a placement Mars prefers.  It will likely feel much easier to act on your desires after Friday.  Saturday is a roar!  Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon will all be in Leo and there is a New Moon!  Make your wishes!  More than one, no more than 10.  For those who feature Leo prominently in your chart this is a particularly good time to set your intentions for your new year and tell Jupiter, the Cosmic Santa Claus, where you want all those gifts to go.

THE THEME:  When I was a kid one of my favorite stores in town was called Things.  In the basement was one of those coin-operated fortune telling machines that had a waxy-looking woman in a glass booth who ran her hand robotically over a crystal ball when you put a quarter in.  And upstairs was a stuffed bear, dressed as Amelia Earhart, I never seemed to have enough allowance to afford.  I visited her every time I was in the store.  I have always found Amelia Earhart and her mysterious disappearance compelling, but my interest was peaked when, as a kid, I found out she and I had the same birthday.  I was rather shy and timid then, but I found myself somehow connected, however thin the thread, to a woman whose life and work became a symbol of courage.  For me, her story and our small connection was proof of the potential for courage within me.  This week is Amelia and my birthdays.  To celebrate, the theme is a collaboration of sorts:  Amelia’s quotes coupled with the cards I’ve pulled for the week and my interpretations of both.  


I will not be at Painted Bird this week because…It’s my BIRTHDAY!


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leo moon new, witches brew, you know who, it’s my birthday too, mars moves on, changes spawn, day new dawn, brains and brawn, taking out the lawn, uranus goes back, pancake stack, time to pack, trains on track, clickity clack, paint it black, getting the knack, cutting some slack, crab shack, mourning dove, 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):

As I sat down to write this general Tarotscope for the week, I let out a deep sigh and thought “The news has been a constant stream of tragedy the past few weeks.”  Which is, I suppose, something lots of people say or have been saying.  But I realized how strange it is to phrase it that way because tragedy isn’t something that happens in the news, it happens in real life and is reported or covered by the news.  But we still talk about events as if they only existed in the news, as if the news was a location, a place where things happen.  The other night I wanted some relief from the saturation of sadness that was permeating everything so I watched a double feature on my lap top.  
First I watched, “Ever After,” which I think qualifies as a kids movie, but is cross-listed under romantic comedies.  The last line of the movie is, “And while Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after, the point, gentlemen, is that they lived.”  At first I was deeply annoyed because this conclusion seemed to be suggesting that a story is only really significant if it is a “true” story.  But this ending also reminded me of the news lately, the way events have been reported.  There is a sort of desperate way of reporting, of trying to tell a “true” story that I find difficult to stomach.  I understand the inclination.  There is a tone in many of the articles I’ve read that seems to be saying, “this is REALLY happening to REAL people.”  It is frustrating that it is so hard for many people to understand this fact without explicit evidence, without graphic photos or detailed accounts of violence.  It reminded me of, as I said before, the way people, at least in this country, often see the news as something self-contained.
Then I watched “My Girl,” which, I know, was not the best choice for someone looking for a reprieve from sadness, nor did it take my mind off of world events.  Towards the end, at the funeral for Vada’s best friend, Thomas J., Vada rushes the open casket sobbing and demanding to know where Thomas J.’s glasses are, screaming, “He can’t see without his glasses!”  I was reminded of the article I’d read that morning about the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down.  The article also pointed out articles of clothing that were missing from the victims, but the account was cold and clinical.  
The Page of Swords reflects the kind of energy and enthusiasm often associated with teenagers.  It is a card of youthful exuberance and curiosity, but also reflects the impulsiveness of youth.  It embodies both the potential of idealism that times of turmoil can inspire, but also, in it’s shadow side, it can represent the clumsy and insensitive reporting we’ve experienced.  The Page of Swords seeks information, wants to “be in the know” and investigate the world around them.           
When I was in Indonesia after the Tsunami I met a group of activists who were training media in the area on how to respectfully report on the situation without exacerbating the trauma for the victims.   This seems like valuable instruction now as well.  Sometimes it isn’t necessary to know the details of someone’s death, like how they looked, it is enough to know that they lived.    
(Hunky Dory- Dory Previn)

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

"Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done."
This might be Earhart’s most noteworthy quote and it might be where you find yourself this week, Aries.  Mars moves into Scorpio on Friday, a much easier placement for the planet that rules and motivates your sign.  In addition, Saturn is now direct in Scorpio helping you establish new ways (structures) to achieve your goals.  When I pulled your card for the week I had an image of you sitting at your desk or on your bed or where ever you do your best work, and you suddenly look up and say impatiently, “I’m busy!”  This comment is likely being directed towards the part of yourself that previously held your coattails or apron strings or ankles with skepticism.  Now it is full steam ahead as you silence your inner negative nellies, doing what they said couldn’t be done.
(VII Chariot R/ Don’t Let Go- Shirley Ellis)

"Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense."
After my initial excitement at discovering that Amelia Earhart and I shared a birthday, I became worried that I might suffer a similar fate.  I worried that the lesson of Earhart’s story was that when you finally get the courage to fully embody yourself and embrace your desires you end up dead.  I kept thinking that if I read Earhart’s story enough times I could figure out what really happened.  I wanted to re-write her disappearance.  I remember picturing her on an island with coconuts, palm trees and a little cave for sleeping.
Taurus, the home that you might find yourself traveling near or far from this week is one within yourself.  Don’t hold yourself back, embrace your desires.  The truth is that you are much more likely to disappear if you don’t.    
(Ace of Wands L/ I Just Need Myself- Easy Cure)

"By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly."
My grandfather talks about his age not in terms of time, but of distance.  “I’ve made 97 trips around the sun,” he’d say.  I find that the older I get the more emotional I feel towards the end of each lap around the sun.  The emotions have less to do with anxiety or fear of getting older than they do with a deepening sense of gratitude.  As my birthday approaches, I naturally find myself thinking about who and what I love.  The feelings grow exponentially with time and distance.  There is more of life to love every year.  
Gemini, this week you may experience a deepening sense of appreciation for who and what you love.  You may feel like you are “two or three hundred feet off the ground.”  From this place it may be much easier to see where you want to go or what you want do.  
(Ace of Cups/ Within You Without You- Patti Smith)

"There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls."
My mother raised me to value flexibility above most other traits.  In fact, I often felt that everything else was nailed to the ground and I was the only variable, the one who embodied movement.     
Cancer, as the sign that represents home, family, and roots you may find yourself identifying more easily with the stone that stays over the one that rolls.  But this week, and for several after, perhaps even for the entire year, the opposite will be true.  It is not necessarily that you are traveling distances, but that things in your life are beginning to move, maybe even make a sort of music and that momentum is inspiring you to action and even to dance.  
(0 Fool R/ More Today Than Yesterday- Dee Dee Warwick)

"Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture."
I used to think planning for anything was a sort of prison that squashed the possibility of spontaneity.  A long time ago, my then-girlfriend and I went camping and brought almost nothing with us besides a tent and a couple of blankets.  We ended up having to get all our food from a convenience store which meant dinner consisted of hot dogs and doritos and for dessert, marshmallows.  It was then that I realized planning and preparedness could actually make an experience more enjoyable and even create room for spontaneity.  Since that time I’ve even managed to look at planning itself as a form of fun, when I can see it as a map to the realization of a dream.   
Leo, this is a good week to think about the dreams you want to realize this year.  The sun, moon and Jupiter will all be in Leo at the New Moon on Saturday and it will be an excellent time to make wishes and plans.  You don’t have to stick to the plan, but just allowing yourself to imagine and dream is transformative.   
(7 of Cups R/ Holiday Time- Hildegard Knef)

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do…The process is its own reward."
Virgo, you may find yourself holding back from making a solid commitment in some area of your life.  Even if your fears are more like wax museum replicas than just “paper tigers” they still can’t bite.  Don’t be afraid to put one foot in front of the next towards a solid future.  The process of building your dream is, as Earhart says, “its own reward.”
(VI Lovers L/ Dalaginding- Maribel Aunor)

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace, the soul that knows it not, knows no release from the little things."
I read this quote a few times and said, “What?” to myself after every reading until finally I let go of trying to understand what Earhart might have meant and just thought about what the quote might mean to me.  And this was, in fact, right in line with the card I pulled for you and the astrological weather, Libra.  There is potential to feel rather diluted this week by other people’s voices, passions or opinions.  The challenge (and courage) may be standing in what you know to be true for you without needing anyone else to share your opinion with you.
(7 of Wands Rev/ Run Joe- Maya Angelou)

"The most effective way to do it is to do it."
The way most quotes are constructed or extracted often make the person being quoted sound like they are barking orders,  “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!” “Let sleeping dogs lie!”  I guess those are actually examples of sayings, but it is the same idea.  This quote starts out with a similar tone, but has a surprise ending.  It isn’t telling you what to do or how to do it, it is suggesting that you already know the best way for you to get where you are trying to go.  And Scorpio, you do, although you may not be feeling quite so confident about it this week.  Consider translating your thoughts into commanding quotes as an experiment.   
(Son of Wands Rev/ Hollywood- Jessica Pratt)

"The soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay with courage to behold restless day and count it fair."
"What does "soul’s dominion" mean?" I asked myself after I first encountered this quote.  "Soul’s dominion- where the soul lives, or what the soul is responsible for, the territory it covers,"  I answered as if I was in a spelling bee.  The language of this quote doesn’t make the meaning easy for the average Mary to decipher, but that is part of why it fits with the astrological weather you may soon encounter, Sagittarius.  Courage is required on both sides of a choice, the courage to make a decision and the courage to navigate the outcome of those choices.  There is no easy route to opening your heart or making changes to accommodate that opening.  Muscles loosen in warm water and epsom salts, it is an environmental response.  You may experience a loosening of the tighter muscles around your heart this week, which is part of making a more comfortable home for your soul.
(4 of Cups Rev/ A Place in The Sun- Marine Girls)

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship."
Capricorn, this week there is a feeling of abundance.  What you need is coming in as easily as a breath and what you have to offer is exiting just as naturally.  This is probably a result of looking at your assets and wealth not just in terms of money, or food, or objects, but also in terms of people, experiences, opportunities and personal strengths which add richness to your life in their own way.    
(6 of Discs/ You Think You’re A Man- The Vaselines)

"In my life, I had come to realize that, when things were going very well, indeed, it was just the time to anticipate trouble. And, conversely, I learned from pleasant experience that at the most despairing crisis, when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful "break" was apt to lurk just around the corner."
This quote, in my opinion, could have been come from an Aquarius, at least the second half.  This would be a good week to tap into your inventive form of optimism, Aquarius.  You may encounter some turbulence as you navigate a deep transformation that is beginning to crystalize in your life.  It may be important to note that this is not an end as much as it is a beginning and that any “despairing crisis” also holds a strong possibility for a “delightful break” just around the corner.  
(XIII Death/ It’s Raining- Irma Thomas)

"We are running north and south."
In water the connection between things is easy to understand.  When you make a wave, the effects of it’s ripples can be felt far from the source, the way a bottle gets carried across the ocean.  This is a principle your sign represents, the idea that we are all connected, that what happens here isn’t separate from what happens there.
Your quote from Amelia Earhart was her last transmission.  It seems she was disoriented, unsure if her plane was pointed north or south.  This week, Pisces, you may feel that your nerves are wearing thin.  Whether your energy feels dissipated by personal concerns or by something that has been happening across the ocean makes no difference.  Take time for yourself, corral your energies for a little while until you get your bearings.    
(10 of Wands/ A Gritty Nitty- The Pazant Brothers)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 07/16/14

Welcome Travelers!

Today Jupiter enters Leo and will stay until August of 2015.  If you have planets in Leo or in your 5th house, you will get a big boost this year.  Jupiter has been referred to as the, “Cosmic Santa Claus,” bringing gifts and luck to the areas of your life that Leo embodies.  Emily Trinkaus wrote a nice summary of this rare event in her blog Virgo Magic.  I appreciate in particular, her list of ways to tap in and activate the gifts of this transit:  
    •    trust and act on what feels like fun
    •    follow your heart’s passion and wisdom
    •    come from a place of love, generosity, nobility and innocence
    •    use a playful, lighthearted approach
    •    express your individuality and uniqueness
    •    take a courageous creative risk and let your light shine.

THE THEME:  My dog Sally is named after the late astronaut Sally Ride.  I chose her name in the hopes that it would inspire in her a sense of adventure (I wanted her to be a good travel companion) and also because she can jump a good 4 feet in the air from a standing position.  The longer we’ve cohabited, the more I’ve observed in her other alien attributes.  I think of us as Mork and Mindy, I’m Mindy and she’s Mork.  The story I developed about her is that she comes from a planet where all the creatures look like she does and that her spots (she has many, like a miniature dalmation) are a map showing how to get from our planet to hers.  All this superfluous backstory is just to say that the theme this week is- SPOTS.  My friend, Abigail suggested it while she was staring at Sally’s map the other day.  


I will be at Painted Bird in Los Angeles this Thursday (tomorrow) from 2:30-5:00pm.  Come by with you quandaries and conundrums!  We will dig into those knots!  ($15 per question) <3

My essay:  When You Think The Night Has Seen Your Mind: Thoughts On Queers and Astrology, just came out in this issue of RECAPS Magazine.  I’m so honored to be included among so many great pieces.  If you aren’t familiar with RECAPS, check it out! 


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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jupiter in the sign of the lion, keep trying, no need a sittin’ and sighin’, soon we’ll be flying, negative attitudes dying, three planets “stand still,” milk may spill, do what you will, oh what a thrill, memories of brazil, trying to be chill, eat your fill, adding dill, swallowing the pill, climbing the hill, saturn full steam ahead, make your bed, removing shoes of lead, feeling well read, breaking bread, skins to shed, blood red, hearts and astrology charts, leather glove, mountains 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):

10 OF CUPS (Again!)
I feel like I’ve pulled this card a lot and I’m not complaining, it is a good one.  As soon as I pulled it I noticed the full moon at the top of the card shining and illuminating the entire scene.  Last week’s Full Moon in Capricorn set off the Cardinal Grand Cross which may have brought up and hopefully helped wrap up issues you were dealing with in January and October of 2013.  If you happened to catch sight of this Full Moon it was pretty impressive and, in parts of Los Angeles at least, it appeared shrouded, rather ominously, in clouds.  The moon will continue to have a heavy presence in the events of this week as well.  The Moon in Aries opposes Mars in Libra on Friday creating difficulty within relationships, fanning the flames of more than a few conflicts.  
The other day a couple of my friends were trying to wrangle me to go to the beach.  I texted another friend of mine who also often feels rather unmotivated when it comes to these sorts of excursions.  I figured I’d let her make the decision assuming she would probably decline the offer.  “I’m wobbling, much like the moon,” I said in my text.  [As an aside, the moon wobble, according to Emily Trinkaus of Virgo Magic, is when the Sun squares the Nodal axis contributing to an “exaggerated emotional energy” which can cloud your decision making abilities.] To my surprise my friend said, “Okay yes!”  I had in fact been thinking to myself the day before, “When is summer going to start?”  I even made myself a summer music mix to get me in the mood.  On the way to the beach we stopped for snacks.  We stood in front of a bag of chips for several minutes taking turns squishing it with our hands.  “Does it seem like it’s mostly air?”  My friend asked.  I gave the bag a shake, “I would say it is about half full.”  “Half full you say? That sounds familiar”  My friend smirked.  “Oh right, the glass…” I said not realizing I had inadvertently referenced the old saying.  
This week is a good time to see the glass, or bag of chips, as half full or at least recognize that it is both half full and half empty.  The 10 of Cups has been referred to as the card of “happily ever after.”   This card involves a certain level of commitment and the astrological transits of this week and last have been making similar demands (The Capricorn Full moon and this week Juno in Gemini replacing Venus in the Finger of God with Saturn and Uranus (anneortelee.com)).  What commitments in your life contribute to a sense of happiness and abundance and what commitments seem to be dragging on your happiness?  
Three planets will be stationing this week, Eris, Saturn and Uranus.  Following their station, Eris and Uranus will both be going retrograde and Saturn will, much to everyone’s relief, be moving forward.  I’m sorry to say it but, even with Saturn moving direct, these aren’t particularly easy aspects, which is why my advice to all is:  GO TO THE BEACH!  Let summer begin!  
For me happiness is a daily commitment and practice.  I’m motivated by reward to a ridiculous degree.  But I also practice feeling rewarded by unusual things.  Today, for example, was grey, which I appreciated because L.A. almost never is.  I had a great cup of coffee and on a dog walk I spotted a very appealing-looking slouchy mattress on the side of the road that looked like a giant slug.  At the gas station the attendant was an attractive older woman with a deep smoker’s voice, a tight pony tail and red lipstick who confided in me about her car troubles.  I had to stop at the grocery store and pick up some rather unexciting groceries, but while I was there I made sure to get my favorite beverage with cat’s claw in it.  Now I’m writing this and out the window all I can see is a pine tree which makes me feel like I’m on vacation in the pacific northwest.  And that reminds me of this, which is a good way to sum it all up: 
(More and More- Webb Pierce)

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

This is something I’m quite familiar with.  Since I went to school on the other side of the river, some distance from our house, and since both of my parents worked full time, I spent a lot of time waiting.  Waiting for school to start, waiting for my parents to pick me up from the after school program, finding the best spots to wait.  My mother still feels guilty, but I consider patience a talent I had the opportunity to develop.  I’ve waited at a recreation center, a doctor’s office, my aunt and uncle’s house, in front of school, behind school, in my dad’s office, in my mom’s office etc.  I always had a book and a notebook with me at all times in case I’d have to wait, or because I knew I would have to wait.  Some of my best ideas, stories, drawings, happened while I was waiting for something else to happen.   
Aries, right now you are likely being asked to develop your patience in some area of your life, or perhaps in all areas of your life.  As a fire sign and the first sign of the zodiac, you are starters, you get things going.  Waiting isn’t likely your strong suit.  Think about what you need to make where you are now a more comfortable spot to wait.  Even if you aren’t sure how long or what it is you are waiting for, know something good is on the way.
(7 of Discs R/ Sitting In My Room- The Ramones)

"A Hot Spot.  It’s where they have internet,"  my mom explained over the phone.  In the distance I heard a muffled voice.  "Oh, your aunt says it’s a place where everyone wants to go."  Actually, both definitions are quite appropriate for your situation this week, Taurus.  Remember that just because a restaurant or a doctor has good yelp reviews doesn’t mean it or they are going to be right for you.  You may feel pressure, either from an external source or yourself to be content or happy with something which, upon closer examination, may not feel right to you.  The most important "Hot Spot" for you this week will be more like the one my mother described.  It is a spot inside yourself where you can connect with your internal networks, your own wi-fi.  Try to give your feelings a good ear without pressuring yourself to take action.
(IV Emperor Rev/ Summer’s Eve- Hornet Leg)

One morning at my family reunion last week, my extended family was lounging around together in our pajamas.  My aunt was reading the paper when she suddenly looked up, “These damn floaters!  They make it so hard to read the news.”  She was referring to ‘eye floaters’ which are small moving spots that appear, for some people, occasionally in your field of vision.
Gemini, this week you may experience a sort of fogginess or confusion around something you previously felt sure about.  This may because the clamor of other people’s voices could be obstructing your vision.  Their voices may be similar to my aunt’s eye floaters, bobbing across your vision and making it very difficult to read a situation from your own perspective.  It’s okay to listen to what other people have to say, but in this case it seems, deep down, you already know how you feel and what is true for you.
(7 of Wands Rev/ Eyes- New Bloods)

I used to absolutely refuse to run with other people.  The first time my former girlfriend suggested we go for a run together around the Silver Lake reservoir I agreed but then said, “Which way are you going?”  She pointed to the right.  “Okay great, I’m going that way and I’ll meet you back here,”  I said gesturing to the left.  I’m not as adamant about running alone as I used to be, but it is still my preference. When I ran with my brother every time I wanted to stop he would say, “Just a little farther!  Just to that stop sign!”  It always looked like a tiny speck in the distance.  I like to stop when I want to stop and I like to run at my own pace.  
Cancer, this week you may be feeling a little out of step with yourself.  This could be because you are trying to run according to a standard set by someone else or even a societal standard.  Pay attention to when your body wants to stop and go and where it wants to stop and go.  Consider what it means for you to get back on your own track.
(Son of Cups Rev/ Harper Valley P.T.A.- Loretta Lynn)

The other day I was locked out of my house and my neighbor-friend, who has a copy of my key, wasn’t home.  It was about 8:30 or 9pm so I deduced that my friend was at dinner.  This wouldn’t be an easy conclusion to come to if it were anyone else, but I know my friend well enough to know that she frequently eats dinner late.  Her car was parked in the driveway so I knew that she must have walked to dinner.  That still left a handful of restaurants in the area, but my intuition told me that she had likely gone to one of our favorites.  “How did you know we would be here?” She exclaimed when I popped up next to the table where she and her girlfriend were dining.  “‘Cause I’m a witch!” I cackled, making the sign of a W with my hands.
Leo, this week you may start out using logic and reason to navigate a difficult situation, but the last few steps may still require a heavy dose of intuition.  This, to me, is the definition of wisdom, a combination of what you know from experience coupled with your intuition.  Intuition is not often an acknowledged part of wisdom, but if you relied on experience alone you might expect to arrive at a similar outcome every time, intuition can help you navigate discrepancy.       
(Priestess of Swords R/ Junkanoo- Exuma)

I’ve used a spotlight before under a different theme and in reference to a different tarot card.  For you, Virgo, for this week, the spotlight is a good metaphor because it shows where you are choosing to focus and direct your attention as well as the attention of others (although this last part may be a bit more unconscious).  As you know, a spotlight is meant to focus an audience’s attention towards something or someone on stage.  You have a similar power in your own life, Virgo.  Who, what, where, when and how do you want to direct or project your energy?  It seems this week you are focusing on positive outcomes and, as a result, the positivity you are illuminating is what others will see about you and your situation.  
(Ace of Swords/ All We Ever Look For- Kate Bush)

"What’s that?"  My mom often says.  "It’s a freckle," I will often reply.  "Is it a freckle or a mole?"  "What’s the difference?"  "Will you do me a favor? Will you get your skin checked?"  Skin cancer runs in my family, when my uncle finally arrived at the family reunion last week, several of my aunts rushed him at the door. But as they approached he said, "Before you get too excited just look at this."  He pulled down the back of his shirt collar and revealed a row of stitches running along the base of his neck.  "I had a spot removed."
Libra, this week you may be wobbling between feeling clouded with concern and worry and scoffing at those concerns.  It would be best to investigate the root of your fears before you chose to either brush them aside or catastrophize them.  
(9 of Swords L/ What Will Tomorrow Bring- Wendy Rene)

A tight spot can literally be a place where there isn’t enough room for your body to move, but it is usually, more generally, just an uncomfortable situation.  Where you might find yourself this week, Scorpio, is simply a new situation with an element of pressure, either a pressure of time or of knowledge/ skills or both.  You may be thrown into a sort of “crash course” or feel like someone is demanding an answer you need more time to think about.  In this case, your instincts may be the most helpful tool for navigating the situation.  If possible, think about how you can turn a potentially restrictive dilemma into an opportunity for expansion.    
(Daughter of Discs Rev/ I Woke Up This Morning- The Barrett Sisters)

According to one definition “hit the spot” means “to be exactly what is wanted or needed.”  I remember using this phrase frequently as a kid, I think I picked it up from my dad or maybe it was more popular in the 80s and 90s.  It is funny to me now to imagine a little kid saying, “That really hit the spot.”  I’m not sure why I think this is funny.  Maybe knowing exactly what you want and need seems like something you learn with experience.  In many ways the kid version of what “hit’s the spot” seems more simple, not just because there are less choices or responsibilities involved, but also because what is satisfying is easier to find.  When you are a kid what “hits the spot” hasn’t had time to collect as much dust from other people or societies judgements.  
This week, Sagittarius, you could be finding more easily what satisfies you in a more holistic way.  This ease may be the result of not allowing yourself to feel burdened by external pressures or guilt.  
(XIV Temperance/ One Monkey Don’t Stop The Show- Big Maybelle)

A good picnic spot, like a good beach spot, or camping spot for me is selected based on a few factors.  Number one is privacy, number two is easy access to a bathroom or bush, and number three is entirely based on a feeling, which is actually number one in terms of importance.  The right spot is found intuitively and when you’ve arrived you know it in your body, your body feels comfortable and relaxed in that exact spot.  Maybe a scientific investigation would reveal this process has to do with aligning yourself with the Earth’s magnetic field, the way a dog finds a good spot to poop, but scientific knowledge can’t replace how your body feels and knows when it is in the right place or on the right track.
Capricorn, you may find or get much closer to finding a spot that feels right to you.  Don’t confuse or distract yourself from this feeling by interrogating the feeling.  It is information in and of itself.   
(9 of Cups/ The Magic Number- De La Soul)

My mother’s family has their own words and phrases for things, but when I’ve suggested this to my mother she seems surprised, “Like what?”  “Like when you say Victoria’s Secret, I know that you a really talking about The Grand Victorian [my grandfather’s retirement home].”  The other day on the phone I asked her if she could name different kinds of spots (I was brainstorming for Tarotscopes this week).  “A night spot,” she replied.  “What is a night spot?”  I asked.  “Like a place, where you go out, at night.”  “Is that really a kind of spot? Is it really called a ‘night spot?’” I asked.  “You mean did I make it up? No…”  She was interrupted by a muffled voice in the background.  “Yeah, your aunt says it’s a real thing.”  
Aquarius, this week, is a good time to express yourself creatively.  You have energy to start things, whether it is a project, getting a party started at a night spot or inventing your own words for things.  
(2 of Wands/ Not Fade Away- Buddy Holly and the Crickets)

I think I may have mentioned this before in another Tarotscope at some point, but when I was a kid my imaginary friend was an old woman.  Sometimes she had a British accent and sometimes her accent was distinctly southern, but she always had advice to offer over a spot of invisible tea.  Tea wasn’t my idea, it was something I’d seen in movies and read in books, but as an adult I understand that having tea with someone inspires you to slow down and have a conversation.  There is usually a lot of implements involved as well, spoons, cups, a teapot, a tea ball or strainer, cream, sugar, honey, which makes it rather ritualistic and meditative.  It makes sense that there are ceremonies designed around it.  
This week, Pisces, you may be connecting with your own inner wisdom.  This is often a rather solitary experience, but it  doesn’t have to be lonely.  Consider thinking of your wisdom or your own process of internal investigation as having it’s own personality, give them an accent, invite them to tea.
(IX Crone/ Love Alone- Harry Belafonte)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 07/09/14

Welcome Navigators!

There is a lot happening this week in the universe.  As I just typed that I thought, “More than we may ever know”, but what we do know is that there is a Full Moon in Capricorn on Saturday.  This is a good time to think about your goals for the future.  I’ve been at a family reunion this week and my uncle always asks everyone jokingly, “So what’s your 5 year plan?”  You don’t need to make a 5 year plan, but you can start thinking about what you want, where you want to direct your energy and attention.  A Capricorn friend of mine has made it her goal to be more positive and I’ve already observed her looking at things differently since she set the goal for herself.  As Emily Trinkaus mentioned in her article, “Commit To Your Goals, Calm The Freak Out,” Capricorn is the sign of commitment and this moon asks us where we want to commit and what we want to commit to and also reminds us of our power to change a situation or at least our perspective which is a good start.  This Full Moon will form a Grand Cardinal Cross perhaps bring back situations or thoughts you were having or dealing with in January and April when the Cardinal Cross was also strong.  Now is a good time to find a resolution to some of those previous difficulties.  Again I will discuss a few more of the astrological aspects under the card for the week, The 9 of Wands.

THE THEME:  This week I was at a family reunion in Wisconsin.  Since I was surrounded by my family and there was at least one person from each astrological sign represented, I decided to collect a story from each of them for each card and sign this week.  I included their relationship to me as well as their age.  

My essay:  When You Think The Night Has Seen Your Mind: Thoughts On Queers and Astrology, just came out in this issue of RECAPS Magazine.  I’m so honored to be included among so many great pieces.  If you aren’t familiar with RECAPS, check it out! 


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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full moon in cap, feeling a tap, releasing old crap, feel a sap, getting a pap, that’s a wrap, using a map, escaping the trap, grand water trine, reading the signs, paying your fines, this old heart of mine, wood of pine, what’s my line, nodes of fate, let’s celebrate, no hate, cleaning your plate, patiently wait, a little bit late, unlock the gate, clean slate, libra 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):

This morning I woke up and thought I heard an owl hooting.  After a moment I realized the sound I was hearing was actually a mourning dove.  Wisdom and pain sometimes make a similar sound.  The card I’ve pulled for all of us this week is the 9 of Wands.  The 9 of Wands is a place of wisdom that has been gathered from experience.  Perhaps some of that experience was painful, but not debilitating; or a conscious choice was made to not be debilitated by the pain.  When pain is transmuted into wisdom it becomes a form of strength.  A week ago I went to visit my grandfather at the retirement home where he recently moved.  When we walked in the door he was just getting up from a nap and as he stood up he teetered for a moment finding his center of balance.  At 99 he is still almost 6 feet tall.  He sat down in a chair and gestured to box of letters on the floor, “I want some of those read at my memorial service.  That’s the truth.  But you’ve gotta get someone who won’t break up to read them,” he joked.  My grandfather had been a family physician and the letters were from his former patients, recounting gestures, big and small, he had made during his career which had left an impression all these years later.  My grandfather has lots of plaques and awards indicating other kinds of accomplishments, but the letters are far more important to him.  I always think of my grandfather when I think of someone who has managed to extract wisdom from all kinds of experience.  Even at 99 he still stands up straight and tall.  The Grand Water Trine between the Sun, Saturn and Chiron will emphasize the healing potential of Chiron.  Wounds often remain unconscious until pressure is put on those areas, reminding you of the original pain, which may be the case this week.  There are certain wounds that may always hurt when they are pressed upon, but when you get to know them, acquaint yourself with the pain, then you can more easily plan how you want to respond, you can choose to respond thoughtfully rather than reflexively.  
(Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?- Chicago)

9 of Wands (Part III) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

ARIES- Cousin 36
"I was always proud of not having ever needed physical support."  My cousin’s son was delivered via C-section almost three years ago and for the first time her physical mobility was limited.  "I focused on trying to be the ideal patient, but I definitely pushed my boundaries in order to assert my independence."  She wasn’t supposed to get out of bed on her own, but she would brush aside the pain and hoist herself out of bed anyway.  "I wanted people to be like, ‘Wow!  I can’t believe you just had a C-section!’  It was important for me to not feel like a victim."  She conceded that it was easier to surrender and ask for help if she had a sense of humor about the situation and it was far easier to ask for support from her partner, whom she was already intimate with, than anyone else.  
Aries, this week you may be in need of support, physical, emotional or otherwise.  This is not easy to admit, let alone express, for a feisty fire sign such as yourself.   Don’t be afraid to ask directly for what you need.  This is a good opportunity to explore your vulnerability and grow your strength there.  
(6 of Discs Rev/ Help Me- Joni Mitchell)

TAURUS- Cousin 45
When I asked my cousin to recount a time she knew she was on the “right track” she replied that she was still looking for the right track, but she did know when she was on the “wrong track.”  “I thought I wanted to teach Tae Kwon Do,” she said.  It wasn’t long after she began teaching a Tae Kwon Do class that she injured her foot and had to quit.  When her foot finally healed she signed up to teach a Tae Kwon Do class once a week at the local Montessori School.  “By the end of the class I didn’t want to do it anymore.”  “What didn’t you like about it?”  I asked her.  “The whole thing.  It was a gut feeling, I just knew it wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing.”
Taurus, you may feel very clearly what is and isn’t your path, what is or isn’t your job this week.  The form the message takes, might not be the most comfortable, but it will likely be very clear, if only to you.  
(8 of Discs/ Get On The Right Track- Phyllis Dillon)

GEMINI- Aunt 60
Whenever I pull out my tarot cards or take a look at her astrology chart my aunt humorously says, “Tell me when I’m gonna meet a man!”  But when I asked her about the card for Gemini for the week she told me that the times when she feels disappointed or has difficulty with relationships happens mostly at work.  “There is a lot of age discrimination at my job,”  my aunt told me.  “I don’t feel appreciated or understood.”  She shrugs, “So I stop putting it out there.  I’m not a fighter, I don’t compete.  I just keep my head down and do what I know how to do.”  This was a surprising confession from my aunt who I consider the epitome of a “fighter.”  Her road has been undeniably rocky at times and yet she has always, as she once told me, done what she wanted.   
Gemini, this week you may feel disconnected from a close personal relationship in your life.  Consider that what may really be getting in the way, is the harsh lens under which you are scrutinizing yourself.  This may not be an accurate reflection of the way others are actually seeing you.  It may be helpful to initiate a conversation about the distance you are experiencing in the relationship in order to get a clearer idea of how they are perceiving the situation before you fully withdraw from it.   
(VI Lovers Rev/ Just One More Summer Before I Go- Comet Gain)

CANCER- Dad 69
"I’d done a psycho-educational evaluation of an 8th grader," my dad began (he works as a school psychologist).  "What is a ‘psycho-educational evaluation’?" I asked.  "Oh, it’s an assessment of memory, language, problem-solving, academic skills and in the case of this student, his social/ emotional skills."  My dad kept in touch with the student after the evaluation and they developed a repoire.  One day the student’s teacher called my dad because the student had walked out of the classroom and she wasn’t sure where he was.  My dad knew the student liked music so he went to the music room and found him sitting alone behind a drum kit.  They sat there together in silence for awhile and then the student started playing the drum kit.  My dad found some bongo drums and started tapping out a rhythm as back up.  After a little while the student switched to a keyboard and my dad started plunking on a piano.  "I think there was some acknowledgement… I’d connected with him in his form of expression," my dad concluded.  After that the student seemed happier and he would give my dad a high five whenever they passed in the hallway.  
Cancer, this week you may be discovering or rediscovering some aspect of yourself or your work that you love.  This is good information.  It is your own game of hot and cold and this week you are getting warmer as you move toward who and what you love.   
(Ace of Cups/ Go On Girl- Roxanne Shante)

LEO- Second Cousin 2 (as told by his mother)
Last week my 2nd cousin announced to his parents that he wanted to wear “big-kid” underwear.  He had begun his toilet training at school, but had always relied on a diaper at home, up until last week.  To prepare him for the potential difficulty his parents offered a reward if he was able to use the toilet for an entire week.  At dinner one night he started wailing.  Most of us assumed he had gotten hurt, but his wet pants confirmed that he had had another kind of accident.  “We couldn’t figure out why he was so upset about it,” my cousin said.  “No one had ever told him that it was wrong or bad.”  He seemed genuinely embarrassed or deeply disappointed with himself.  A few days later he asked for a diaper and flat out refused to use the toilet.  His parents reminded him of the prize that awaited him if he could try for a couple more days.  “It’s a lifestyle change,”  my cousin said.  “I don’t think he knew it would be so hard, or disruptive to his life.”  
Leo, this week you may feel ready to give up on a goal you’ve set for yourself.  Part of what may be holding you back or causing you to give up just short of the finish line is that reaching your goal means “a lifestyle change.”  Now is the perfect time to start setting intentions for yourself as you will have help in achieving those goals over the next year.  Jupiter enters your sign on July 16th bearing gifts and luck, but it helps if you are clear about where you want to direct that luck and those gifts.  
(XVII Star Rev/ I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free- Nina Simone)

VIRGO- Cousin 39
For his friend’s 30th birthday my cousin and his friends congregated at her house in San Francisco.  As soon as they stepped out of the house in formal dinner wear the door clicked shut and they realized they’d locked the keys inside.  They went out anyway, knowing they’d have no where to come home to.  At the end of the night they all piled into a cheap motel in the Tenderloin and in the morning they drove in their cocktail attire to Marin to find a locksmith to let them back into the house.  “It was a great night, considering it was a disaster,” he recounted.  
Virgo, this week you can expect to have a good time, in large part because you are in good company.  Even if, in a certain light, an experience was a “disaster,” it will probably feel like the opposite because you are in it together.   
(3 of Cups/ Chromes- Telepathe/ Kingdom)

LIBRA- Aunt 65
"I’ve always been perceived as an extrovert, but I’m not one.  What fuels me is being alone," my aunt told me.  "It’s a new perception.  I was raised to think of myself differently because I’m an actress and I like people, but it’s not how I recharge."  For my uncle’s birthday he wanted to provide music with his band at a Danish Mid-Summers Eve Party, which was an all-night party.  The idea of it made my aunt feel claustrophobic, "I knew if I went I’d be trapped.  So I made another plan for myself that felt better."  She made plans with her friend and let my uncle celebrate in his own way.  
Libra, this week an old difficulty or pattern may present itself.  You may be tempted to ask yourself, “why is this happening again?”  But it is simply providing you with opportunity to respond differently, to respond the way you want to respond, the way you wished you’d responded the first time you encountered it.  Remember that unless you are literally sitting in a bear trap or a booby trap right now, you aren’t actually trapped.  This means the trap you are dealing with is likely an old deeply held belief or pattern.  Now is a good time to break with tradition and break the chains.  
(XV Devil/ Spooksville- Nu-Trends)

SCORPIO- Uncle 69
"I worked for a place called ‘Consensus Power.’  It was one of those straight-laced, necktie-nice suit places," my uncle said.  "What did you do there?" I asked.  "I was hired to set up a system for dealing with their hazardous waste."  The supervisor my uncle worked under was extremely difficult to work for and was always waiting for someone to trip.  One day my uncle stumbled upon a memo the supervisor had written to his superior.  My uncle decided to resign.  It was the beginning of a winding path that led him to a much happier retirement working for himself.  "When I got drafted I thought it would be a good fit.  I liked shooting guns, I liked jungles.  But all my friends said, yeah, but you forgot about the most important part, you have to take orders."  
Scorpio, this week the emphasis is on letting go.  Are there any commitments you’ve made over the last year that you need to walk away from in order to commit more firmly to your own path and growth?  Perhaps the letting go is more of an emotional release than a literal or tangible one.  Trust that the weight lifted by this burden will leave you feeling more fully capable of handling any challenges you fear you may be met with on the road ahead.  
(10 of Swords/ On The Road Again- Canned Heat)

SAGITTARIUS- Second Cousin 13
"I’m helping my friend work on his book.  It’s called, "The Notorious Belamundus Warriors."  My friends and I are all characters in the book,"  my cousin’s son told me.  His friend, the author, asks my second cousin and his other friends, if they were warriors, what kind of weapon they’d use and what method they’d use to attack.  "What did you say?"  His younger sister chimed in.  "My weapon is a bow and arrow and my pattern of attack is snaking," he quickly answered.  After a little more prodding he said, "The book is based on my friends and I having a special power.  My special power is controlling plants."  "Like shooting bamboo shoots?" His sister cackled with laughter.  
Sagittarius, you may feel that you have a special power this week.   But what is special about it is not that you can control plants or shoot people with bamboo shoots.  It is the very special power of knowing who you are and knowing that who you are is unique and creatively inspiring to others around you.  
(6 of Wands/ Fire- The Pointer Sisters)

CAPRICORN- Second Cousin 10
I asked my cousin’s daughter if there are ever moments when she needs to take time alone to think about something.  She nodded, “When my friends fight and ask me for advice.”  “What do you do get the space you need?”  “I tell them I need to think about it and then I walk away and go to the quietest places I know, which there isn’t many because there is more than 400 kids in the school.  If I need to think about it over night I go to my favorite spots in my house.”
Capricorn, this week you may need time alone to think about something, plot your next points, or in order to find your way to a solution in some area of your life.  If it is difficult to find a quiet place, then one of your favorite places will suffice.  The Full Moon in your sign on Saturday will help you harness wisdom and energy you need to take your next steps.  
(4 of Swords/ As Time Goes By- Dooley Wilson (Casablanca))

"I was watching Masterpiece Theater and I knew when the next installment came out you would be here," my mom said recounting her pregnancy with me.  "You took a lot longer to come out than I expected."  My mother explained that a person’s second child is supposed come faster than your first child because your body is familiar with the process.  My mother had already given birth to my brother, but it had been six years.  "The doctor told me, ‘This is going to be awhile.  I’m going to go teach Sunday school and if anything changes the nurse will call me.’  He was a baptist," my mom explained.  "He went to church and when he came back at noon you still weren’t here."
Aquarius, this week you may be impatiently waiting for something.  It is likely something you are already anticipating, but the exact length of time you have to wait may be unknown.  It may help if you can at least tell yourself that  by the time the next episode of [fill in the blank] comes what you have been waiting for will have already arrived.  
(7 of Discs/ I’m Waiting For The Day- The Beach Boys)

PISCES- Cousin 34
"I was stressed out about money.  I only had a week and half to come up with a months rent.  I sat down at the piano and dropped my head down on middle C.  With my right hand I started plunking out a dumb little melody,"  my cousin paused and laughed.  "It was so dumb, but it made me feel better.  I started humming along, I made it into a song."  Nothing became of the song, but the process of making it removed the creative frustrations he’d been having.  In that one day he made a painting and started on another.  "I remember being really blown away by the simplistic nature of the human brain, that a few little notes of music could shift my perspective."
You may encounter a similar experience this week, Pisces.  Something, perhaps something very simple, may cause you to shift your perspective and just this slight shift in perspective is capable of moving and expanding even more.  
(X Wheel of Fortune R/ Doubles- I Ain’t Gonna Study War No More- The Dandridge Sisters)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 07/02/14

Welcome Wanderers of the Astral Plain,

Mercury went direct this week and many of us may be breathing a sigh of relief, or at least feel that Mercury’s winged-boot is not resting quite so heavily on our chests.  The load is certainly a bit lighter, but we are not in the clear just yet.  Mercury will be in what is called its “shadow” until the 20th of July when it finally surpasses the territory it covered while it was retrograde.  I will discuss this in more detail under the card for the week, but what this means is that we may still be dealing with some “ghosts” from the past.  You may run into people you haven’t seen in months or even years, which can be both good or difficult depending on the memories you associate with those people.  What these “ghosts” actually bring is more information and, ultimately, clarity about something we may be dealing with in our lives, or a change we are trying to make.
Many positive changes are stirring in the stars and planets this month, but I will discuss them in further detail in the months ahead.  Several planets will be changing signs including, one of my favorite planets, Jupiter- “Giver of gifts and luck!”  But again I will talk more about that in the weeks to come.  
I would also like to direct your attention to the site of another one of my favorite (Virgo) astrologers, Anne Ortelee (http://anneortelee.com/).  If you are interested in a more detailed astrological analysis of the weeks and month ahead, she is an excellent resource.

THE THEME:  No theme again! Just hopping on trains of thought.

NEWS:  I will be out of town for a few days and will not be at my usual post on Thursday at the Painted Bird in Los Angeles.  Find me in two weeks, there among the clothing racks, and I will help you un-riddle your riddles and de-tangle your tangles.  <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.

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mercury direct, futures to inspect, noises to detect, supportive structures to erect, words to inflect, lenses to correct, gifts from the universe on the way, well hey!, bills to pay, time to play, plans to lay, dawning of a new day, sitting on the dock of the bay, feeling gay, saying nay, hurray!, natal charts, big big hearts,


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):

This morning when I woke up I had a bad cold and they were jackhammering the fence in front of my door.  I was supposed to be sitting down to write Tarotscopes, but I felt clouded by the cold as well as the intermittent beat of the jackhammer.  It was all comically and cosmically in line with the astrological weather as well as the card I pulled for all of us on the astral plane this week, XVII The Star.  The Mercury Retrograde, which we just exited on July 1st, you may have experienced as both illuminating and confusing.  We are now in the shadow of Mercury’s Retrograde, which means that Mercury is retracing it’s steps for a third and final time (forward, backward, forward, 1,2,3).  At this point, the Winged-Messenger (as Mercury is known in Greek myths) has probably left a few footprints.  And now we are feeling the familiar weight of a message we are meant to hear, a message we are hearing for the third time (although the second time we heard it, it may have been garbled.  Now the message is coming through with much more clarity.  While the urge, post retrograde, can be to explode off in the direction of your goals and dreams, there may be another more insistent feeling that is slowing you down, like a hand on your shoulder asking you to listen one last time, to repeat back what you’ve heard and make sure you’ve got the information right.  Mercury’s Shadow, as well as The Star card, indicate a time of healing when you let go of the past, old patterns and decisions that were weighing you down, and recalibrate towards a brighter future.  It’s okay to go slow and let go.  
(If I Ever Cry You’ll Never Know- Betty Hall Jones)

XVII The Star (Part II) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

The other day I was spacing out and playing with a plastic ring that had been used to seal a carton of orange juice I finished.  I was noticing how it framed different objects and images depending on where I placed it.  It reminded me of a conversation my friend Amy and I had about collage, about borrowing images and changing them into other completely different images.  When  I encircled certain things with the plastic ring it made what was inside the ring look like something completely different than what it was when I took the frame away.  I think they used to do this on Sesame Street or another children’s show, where they’d show you pieces of images and you’d have to guess what the whole image was based on the piece.  On Sesame Street they made it easy.
Aries, this week you may be zooming out on something that you were looking at under a microscope and realizing how big or small that thing is or what it all adds up to be.  This can be quite humbling, especially if you were convinced you knew what it was.  Try to be gentle enough with yourself and open enough to incorporate the information this revelation holds.  
(Son of Swords Rev/ I’ll Be Seeing You- Brenda Lee)

I’ve been listening to rain recordings on my computer.  It all started the other day when I had a terrible cold.  I started out listening to whale sounds and in one of the recordings there was the sound of rain falling in the background.  I found myself immediately relaxing into the artificial environment it created.  In Los Angeles right now the weather is sunny and beautiful, but when I’m sick I want it to rain.   I think this is because, growing up in Iowa, the change of seasons did often pair nicely with cold and flu season.  When I felt cruddy the weather was usually cruddy too.  In Los Angeles the weather reminds me of a neighbor I grew up with, whenever you would ask her about her life she would give you a very honest account with all the ups and downs and then she would punctuate the report by saying cheerfully, “But it’s all just totally great!”  In Los Angeles the weather is often “just totally great” whether or not you are.  
Taurus, this week you may find yourself clinging to old comforts, but noticing that this requires more personal effort on your part.  A sunny day may feel like pressure, calling you to action.  But if you surrender to it, it is also a reminder that everything is and/or will be “just totally great.”
(XXI World Rev/ Southern Nights- Allen Toussaint)

When I was 7 years old I was in a modern dance class and one of our final performances was at a nursing home.  We performed with wooden spoons and inside of lycra sacks that made us look like characters from Gumby.  Some people may have thought the performance was too “modern” for a retirement community, but most of the audience seemed genuinely engaged.  Though it was “non-traditional,” it was visually stimulating.  My family was also in attendance in the back row and surprisingly proved to be the least attentive and supportive.  My brother, who was in junior high at the time, and my cousin couldn’t stop laughing and my mother kept trying to nudge them quiet.  
Gemini, something seems to be edging you out of your nest, or out of your comfort zone.  There may be a feeling that people don’t totally “get you”  or at least don’t totally understand the ways in which you’ve changed or are expressing yourself differently.  This doesn’t mean that you are “wrong,” but it could mean you need to find a different audience and/or give the old audience time to catch up with the new information you are now presenting.  
(3 of Wands Rev/ Come By Here- Norma Frazer)

The window in my bathroom is frosted.  A few leaves from the tree outside press against the glass and cast a green light on the rest of the window pane.  All of this makes it easy to imagine I’m showering in a forest and not on a residential street in Los Angeles.  At this point, I’ve almost convinced myself that there is an actual forest growing between my building and the neighbors’. The truth is that there is only one small tree sprouting out of concrete and only one scraggily branch reaches far enough over my window to drum its fingers on the glass.
Cancer, this week you may feel tentative to imagine the possibilities of something because you think it won’t come true and/ or you don’t want to get your hopes up.  While the dream may not be quite as good as the real thing, just the imagining of it can have a similar effect.  
(Priestess of Cups L/ Waiting-  Alice Boman)

My closet is a disaster area.  It was less than a year ago that I proudly built shelves into it to help organize what was there.  Now I’ve been trying to fit more things in the closet so they aren’t cluttering my apartment.  The problem with this is I can only get one foot firmly on the floor in the closet before I have to straddle a pile of musical instruments, books and bedding to reach the rest.  I’ve set a goal for myself that sometime by the end of July or August (keeping the dates vague so I don’t set myself up for failure) I will have built a new set of shelves and shelving units that will accommodate my things more easily.  I know I can do it, because I’ve done it before, last year.  
Leo, this is perhaps a rather mundane example of what you might be experiencing this week.  The main idea is that you are now structuring your life around a core of integrity and honesty.  It may not have been easy to get here, perhaps you had to figure out how to put away or deal with things that didn’t seem to belong anywhere.  But you’ve done it before, you know what it feels like when you make healthy decisions and build your life in the direction of your highest self and so you can do it again and again.   
(Shaman of Wands/ I Can- Nas)

Whenever I’m sick or on my period leaving the house becomes a bit of an ordeal.  This is because I have to dress better than I feel, but also what I wear has to feel good even while I’m feeling bad.  The experience of getting dressed during these moments reminds me of Little Edie’s line in “Grey Gardens” when she’s speaking directly to the camera and she says, “And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape.  So I think this is the best costume for today.  I have to think these things up!  You know.”  When I finally left the house the other day during a bad cold I had a number 2 pencil holding up my hair, along with a scarf with a map of Kyoto, Japan printed on it, round sunglasses, a hand-decorated T-shirt my friend Nora made for me, jean shorts (one size too big), two different white socks that I dyed yellow to make a pair and black boots.  I felt like a little like the socks I was wearing, one foot in a sense of self-assurance and the other foot teetering on the brink of mortification, wondering if, were I feeling better, I would assess the outfit differently and conclude I looked like a pile of laundry.
Virgo, this week you may find yourself leaning into the foot of self assurance.  Perhaps you’ve taken some risks with more than just your outfit.  Under normal circumstances you might feel a bit tentative about those risks, but this is not a normal circumstance.  In fact these are ideal circumstances to express yourself creatively, through fashion or any other medium and have people take note.   
(Son of Wands/ Clothes Line- Boogaloo and His Gallant Crew)

I often work through obstructions such as writer’s block or other forms of intangible creative blocks by thinking of them as something tangible.  When I feel stuck writing Tarotscopes, for example, I will go for a walk, literally moving myself through space.  If I can’t seem to see something from the angle I am looking, I turn myself upside down.  If I feel trapped, it’s time to take a trip, even if I just journey to another part of town.  These are not techniques I have invented, they have a history, a lineage.  Henry David Theroux used to take long walks in nature when he was in need of fresh inspiration and so did several of his contemporaries.    
Libra, you may be thirsty for change, at the very least a change of scene.  Now that Mercury is direct there will be fewer obstacles to any travel plans you make.  Hit the road, even if you only go a few miles.  Or start a new project, even if it doesn’t last.  The important thing is that you are accessing fresh pockets of inspiration.    
(8 of Wands/ Opening Theme to Auntie Mame- Bronislau Kaper)

My neighbor and I went to lunch up the block and when we came back there was a pile of rubble in front of our other neighbor’s door where the cement steps had been.  My neighbor said that the landlord had mentioned she didn’t like the way the stairs “looked” but she had no idea that they would be decimated.  We were rather speechless as we stood around staring at what was left of the short flight of stairs.  The sub-lettor, who has been staying in the apartment for a few weeks, appeared in the door way and told us that there wasn’t a key for the back door.  “I don’t know what I’m going to do,”  he laughed, glancing down at the pile.
Saturn has probably been rattling your bones, for a while now, in order to draw your attention to the places in your life that it wants you to strengthen and fortify.  You may have had to take a different route or find surprising solutions while you waited for the dust to settle.  It is not easy hosting Saturn in your sign, Scorpio, and you have been for a while now.  But this also means that you get Saturn’s focus and support in helping you emerge from the storm in the form you came here to embody and that is the picture that might ultimately be emerging with more clarity this week.  
(XV Devil Rev/ Rose And The Thorn- The 13th Floor Elevators)

I remember consciously strategizing and developing my signature as a kid.  This proved difficult because I first had to teach myself how to write in cursive.  My elementary school didn’t teach cursive because one of the teachers, whom I deeply respected for her unusual tastes, had a penchant for calligraphy (as well as standard poodles) and she insisted that we all learn calligraphy instead.  “How will we sign our checks,”  I protested one day in fourth grade.  “I carry a calligraphy pen in my purse and sign all my checks that way,” she replied.  One day after school I was practicing my signature with a friend and she told me that we should model our signatures after a doctor’s signature because they are known to be illegible.  All of these things did inform the development of my signature, but it really wasn’t until my early twenties that a clear and unique signature finally and quite naturally emerged.  The other reason it took so long, besides having to learn cursive, was because different people had different nicknames for me.  The one I ultimately chose to include in my signature is actually the most outdated, but proved to be the most fitting aesthetically, when reduced to a “doctor’s signature.”
Sagittarius, whether or not you spent any time developing your signature, you have probably spent a considerable amount of time (consciously and/or unconsciously) developing and getting to know your character, who you are at the core.  Perhaps there were set backs or parts of yourself that weren’t so readily accepted in your youth that you were reminded of during Mercury’s Retrograde.  Now that Mercury is direct you may feel more triumphant and ready to claim, reclaim or proclaim the parts of yourself that others, or you yourself did not always embrace.  
(XI Strength/ Without Reservation- Redbone)

When I was a kid my best friend and I loved making surprises for each other.  We would create treasure hunts for one another and collect treasure that we would hide in empty cream cheese containers (I’m not sure why we used cream cheese containers).  The one surprise, that neither of us could really figure out how to recreate, came from a children’s book we read about a birthday party.  To the best of my memory (although I can’t even remember the title of the book), a triple-layer birthday cake was floated down a creek on a bed of leaves and the guests and the “birthday girl” only knew it was coming because they saw the candles glowing, reflecting off the leaves and water.  My friend and I made some calculations and drew up a few designs, but never found the perfect location that would lend itself to the experience.
Capricorn, this week you may or may not see the glow of the candles, but some sort of cake is heading downstream towards you.  This is likely something you planned for consciously or unconsciously because you asked for it or let everyone know that you like surprises.    
(Ace of Discs/ A Veritable Smorgasbord- Charlotte’s Web)

Aquarius, I must confess that by the time I arrived at writing your horoscope for the week, not only was my creativity running dry, but I was also sick of telling stories about myself.  I went next door and called through the screen to my neighbor, which was actually a very Aquarian solution, as your sign rules the house associated with friendship.  She and her girlfriend were hanging out so I asked them both if they had any examples in their own lives of what you Aquarius’ may be experiencing.  Her girlfriend shyly offered that the situation reminded her of when she signed up for a gym membership.  At first she felt burdened by the financial commitment, but it wasn’t long before the strength she gained made her feel freer in her body than she had ever experienced before.  
Aquarius, this week you may be feeling more ready to make a commitment, which is a big deal for you freedom-loving air signs.  The reason this commitment may feel different and less constricting than other kinds of contracts is that it actually frees you up in many other ways.   
(7 of Cups Rev/ Fly Me To the Moon- Astrud Gilberto)

Forty years ago, my parents were living in New Mexico and wanted to buy a house.  The only way they could purchase a house was if they quit their jobs in New Mexico and used their accrued retirement money for the downpayment.  The only way they could quit their jobs, however, was if they had other jobs somewhere else.  By a synchronous turn of events, a job was made available in the Canal Zone in Panama for my father and a second job was promised to my mother, though she had to commit to a job without a job description.  Recently, my parents took my brother and I back to Panama to poke around their old haunts.  It was clear to my brother and I that their decision, forty years ago, was one of the best of their lives.
Pisces, this week things may work out in surprising ways, but you have to be willing to let go of one thing in order to make room for another.  It may seem like a difficult decision in this moment, but years from now you may look back on this moment as a turning point that sent you in a more positive direction.  
(6 of Swords/ I Get Along Without You Very Well- Chet Baker)

TAROTSCOPES for the week of 06/25/14

Welcome Travelers!

This week may be tricky for some, as it has potential to bring some tenuous relationships or conflicts to a head, but for those who have not already been experiencing difficulty, this week will likely feel much breezier.  Venus enters Gemini making for fun, flirty, and adventurous energy.  Jupiter reminds us of dreams we may have abandon and aspects the nodes of fate, creating opportunities to meet new and important people who may help or encourage us to activate those dreams.  I almost forgot!  There is a New Moon in Cancer on Friday!  Make your wishes!  More than one, no more than ten!  This one is a good one for thinking about home and abundance and setting intentions for creating comfort in a way that is supportive, but not stagnating. 

THE THEME:  No theme this week, just thoughts for the pot!

THE MIX:  The final mix of Pride Month featuring songs from your favorite movies!


I will be doing readings by the question at the Summer Bummer studio in Venice (1235 Electric Ave. Venice, CA) with Summer Bummer and Earth Tu Face this FRIDAY THE 27th.  Walk down to Electric Avenue and get a reading with moi, shop for awesome accessories by Summer Bummer and amazing natural skincare products by Earth Tu Face


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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mars uranus opposition, changing position, an inquisition, venus in the sign of the twins, new wins, getting the spins, growing fins, in the appropriate bins, navigating between pins, jupiter opens doors, hardwood floors, clean out your pores, healing sores, letting go of old folklores, new shores, grocery stores, summer is here, celebrating queer, releasing fear, slapping your rear, shedding a tear, looking in the mirror, leather glove, peace dove, love and hearts,


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):

This morning (Wednesday) Mars in Libra opposed Uranus in Aries.  This aspect amplifies intuition and can come as flashes of understanding or insight into an issue that may have previously felt like moving through wet cement.  Mars is about action and accomplishment and Libra is the sign of relationships as well as, peace, justice, harmony.  When Uranus enters the picture it can create an itchy restlessness or even flashes of anger as you come to some sort of deeper intuitive understanding of your present situation.  When we are unconscious of where these feelings are pointing we can say things we may later regret.  Try to stay with the discomfort you feel long enough to see where it is settling in your body.  There can be a tendency to project our problems on to other people or situations.  Which brings me to the card for the week, The Emperor!
The Emperor, as I may have mentioned when this card appeared during another astrological season, is considered the “father figure"of the tarot.  He has the potential to be supportive and encouraging or extremely controlling.  There is a lack of intuitive trust in this card.  It is more about getting things working in a concrete way, trusting your hands to do the work and probably being mistrustful of anything intangible.  This is not the time to give up faith that your current struggles will result in a positive outcome.
The other astrological storm cloud we are dealing with right now is the Mercury Retrograde, now moving through the sign of Gemini.  With Mercury in Retrograde you may have felt that things have been quite unfair and outside of anyone’s control (it was during a Mercury Retrograde that hurricane Dolly blew the roof off of a house my parents had settled on buying in south Texas).  When you work with the Retrograde instead of trying to resist or control it (The Emperor) then you probably won’t run into quite so many frustrations.  You may even enjoy the memories it calls you back to.  
I will leave you with these thoughts that came to me when I pulled the Emperor this week:  To whom or what have you given your dreams away?  What and who supports your dreams?  How can you lend more support to your dream?  When do you need to step back and trust your dream is in fact unfolding as it should?
(Never Never Land- Mary Martin/ Peter Pan 1960)

IV Emperor (Part II) from Marty_windahl on 8tracks Radio.

In almost every home I frequented as a kid there was a bar with stools.  I don’t know if this was a popular design element of the 80s and 90s or if it was just a coincidence, but it suited my fidgety kid nature well.  First of all, almost all of the stools turned, if not 360 degrees, at least back and forth.  This meant that, though I was not allowed to leave my chair until I finished every last drop of orange juice in my cup, I could at least swivel back and forth in between gulps.  Besides the movement of the stool there was also the added benefit of being up high.  When you are used to spending most of your time at the level of skirts and pant legs, seeing things from stool-height is an enlivening perspective.
Aries, this week there may be more movement incorporated into to your life.  Perhaps you are having the opportunity to swivel back and forth or see things from an aerial perspective.  Whatever you “have” to do, consider that when you add a little elevation or an element of fun it makes the difficulties much easier to swallow.  
(Daughter of Wands/ California Earthquake- Mama Cass/ Beautiful Thing)

Recently, my dear friend and neighbor went out of town for a month leaving me in charge of her maidenhair fern.  For those of you who have ever attempted to foster one of these plants (particularly in a dry climate) you know that it is a delicate undertaking.  You can’t just water it, you have to mist it, but not too much.  I put the plant and it’s mister on my kitchen table so that I wouldn’t forget about it or it’s needs.  While some form of bureaucracy had me on hold one day I found myself inspecting it’s leaves.  Almost all of the plants in my house are succulents because they are hardy and will still be there if I get lost in thought for too long, so it was interesting to see something that grows like a whisper.  I find the maidenhair to be very expressive and I have been surprised at how easy it is to anticipate it’s needs.
Taurus, this week you may find yourself in uncertain territory.  Perhaps you are being asked to care for or communicate with something or someone new or unfamiliar or in a new or unfamiliar way.  Try not to let yourself get too anxious or worry about how to respond.  If you listen in the way that is being asked of you, you will probably know just what to do.    
(Daughter of Discs L/ Why?- Bronski Beat/ Edge of 17)

My sunglasses turn everything into technicolor.  Lately, Los Angeles hasn’t needed much help in that department.  Flowers and fruits are exploding everywhere.  The other day I was in Glendale trying to get back to Los Angeles and the ramp to the freeway was closed.  As I was stuck in a line of traffic waiting to turn left, a flame of purple next to a burst of red, followed by a low bouffant of yellow in a bank parking lot caught my eye.  I raised and lowered my sunglasses a few times to make sure I was seeing the colors accurately.  They were beautiful without the filter, but I realized I liked the way they looked through my sunglasses better.  I realized I have a tendency to distinguish between “reality” and the way I am seeing something.  This is good some of the time, but it also sometimes invalidates the way I am appreciating something.
Gemini, pay attention this week to the way you are seeing things.  Consider NOT asking yourself whether what you are perceiving is “real” or not.  The way you are seeing things right now is sending you in a specific direction.  Even if, on a practical level, it seems like you may be taking a detour, there is value in what your mind makes real simply by validating the way you are seeing it.  
(8 of Discs/ Set It Off- Organized Noize/ Set It Off)

Perhaps all the flies know it is summer, but they have appeared somewhat spontaneously in my kitchen recently.  My dog, thankfully, is an avid flycatcher or fly-chaser actually.  She does her best to snap them up, but they are just too quick for her.  The other day I was laughing to myself about how futile her efforts were, but after a few minutes of her jumping around the kitchen I noticed the flies had cleared out.  I guess this is similar to the relationship between cats and mice.  Whether or not they are actually capable of catching anything, sometimes just the very presence of a predator is enough of a deterrent.   
Cancer, this week you may be finding creative solutions to difficulties you have been experiencing.  These solutions may not tackle the problem head on, but they are enough of a deterrent to keep anxieties at bay.   
(5 of Discs Rev/ Chick Habit- April March/ But I’m A Cheerleader)

I have a piece of glass hanging in my window that looks like a giant water droplet.  It is actually a crystal from a chandelier that I got when I worked at an antique salvage warehouse.  A friend of mine came over and saw it and said, “Oh do you use those to get rid of flies too?”  I raised an eyebrow and she explained that another friend of ours told her that the tear-drop shape is used as an insect repellent because it disorients flies by bending light and image in an unusual way.  
I’m not sure if that is all hearsay, but you may be feeling like you are in a funhouse this week, Leo.  It will be important to fact-check.  Don’t assume you know what someone or something is trying to tell you.  Mercury will be aspecting the Nodes of Fate bringing back old ghosts, thoughts and feelings from the past.  There may be new messages contained in old packages.  Avoid making any final decisions or blazing off in a direction before you are certain there is actually a trail there or that the trail exists in the form you think it does.  
(IX Crone Rev/ Mama Told Me Not To Come- Wolfgang Press/ Party Girl)

My mother trained me well.  “When we get through this line at the post office (or bank, or wherever), we’ll both have earned a treat,” she’d say.  To this day I associate long lines and difficult situations with some sort of reward.
Virgo, where you are now seems to be at the reward.  You’ve likely worked very hard to get to this point and from here on out I think things will be much easier for you.  This isn’t just a fleeting peak, it is a part of a whole new transition.  Don’t be afraid to let yourself enjoy it.  
(4 of Wands/ You Make Loving Fun- Fleetwood Mac/ Personal Best)

My friend and I were walking around the lake recently, having what a couple of my Austrailian friends call a “D and M” (a Deep and Meaningful conversation) when she spotted something draped over the branch of a tree.  It was a little beaded lizard with a note attached.  On one side of the note it said, “Take Me! I’m your Good Vibes Lizard!!”  and on the other side was a message that seemed very pertinent to the conversation we were having.  “I think you have to take that,” I said.  “But…it’s ugly,” she protested.  “It’s your Good Vibes Lizard,” I said.  We kept walking a little further when we spotted another one with the same “Take Me!” message on one side and on the other it said, “Nothing changes IF nothing changes.”  “That one’s yours!” my friend said.
Libra, you may be wrestling with some feeling of disappointment this week.  Part of the disappointment may be that you’ve attached a message to a particular person or situation and it isn’t delivering what you’d hoped it would yield.  The other part of the disappointment may be that a situation or person is asking you to change in a way that is difficult. Be on the look out for luck coming in strange or even ugly packages.  I would also add to the lizard’s message that, “Something changes if something changes” or even, “Something changes if someone changes.”
(5 of Cups/ I’ve Never Been To Me- Charlene/ Pricilla Queen of the Dessert)

I remember as early as preschool learning a game that I would come to dread playing.  Maybe you’ve heard of it.  It’s called, “Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?”  To begin everyone claps out a rhythm by alternating between slapping your knees and clapping your hands together.  As you do this, everyone says together,  “Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?”  The teacher usually begins and calls out the name of a student, “So and So stole the cookies from the cookie jar.”  And then that person says, “Who me?”  And everyone says, “Yes you.”  And So and So says, “Couldn’t be!”  Everyone, “Then who?”  And then So and So accuses someone else of stealing the proverbial cookies from the said cookie jar.  I remember trying different tactics to make myself less visible to whoever had been empowered to shout out a name.  I didn’t like the attention or the idea of being accused of a crime I didn’t commit.  
Scorpio, this week as Chiron begins its slow moonwalk through your 5th house of creativity and self expression, you may feel like someone is stepping on a bruise.  Is there an old image of yourself that no longer resonates with the person you have become?  Maybe you were, at one time, the type to steal the cookies from the cookie jar, but no longer.  Perhaps you were once afraid to have your name chanted in chorus, but now it feels far less intimidating.  Don’t get stuck trying to satisfy anyone else’s expectations.  “Who me?”  “Yes you!”  
(XX Judgement Rev/ Female Trouble- Divine/ Female Trouble)

Sometimes when I catch myself procrastinating I feel a pang of shame.  The feeling burns a little like when you eat a chunk of wasabi.  Recently, with Chiron traipsing back across old wounds I’ve been thinking about the different voices I use to talk to myself.  When I caught myself procrastinating recently, I recognized the feeling of shame and then decided that I don’t want my ideas to be born out of that feeling.  My favorite creative moments come when I’m enjoying myself, when I’m reveling in a feeling, like when I was a kid and I would go to the fabric store and run down the isle with all the silks.
Sagittarius, you may receive flashes of insight and new ideas this week, making it a good time to tackle creative projects.  Perhaps your creativity responds to a different voice then the one mine does.  Maybe you prefer a stern push to a gentle one.  Consider with what voice you want to bring an idea into the world.     
(9 of Discs/ When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold- Elvis Presley/ Desert Hearts)

Sometimes when I’m doing a lap around the lake with my headphones on I imagine my music is like a flame, like I’m a candle of sound and the closer I get to people the more they can hear.  But actually the opposite is true.  I’ve checked my headphones several times for sound leaks and they are completely sealed.  The reality is, the closer I get to other people, the more aware I am of the music I’m listening to.  Sometimes I try to imagine that they are moving to my music.  
Capricorn, this week your intuition may be getting stronger.  You may think that other people are hearing what you are hearing or seeing what you are seeing, but it is doubtful.  Don’t be afraid of the information your candle is bringing to light right now.  
(II High Priestess L/ Cattle Call- Eddy Arnold/ My Own Private Idaho)

A while ago, I was looking at pictures of homing pigeons that were used in World War I to deliver messages.  The messages were kept in little tube-shaped backpacks that were somehow fixed to the birds’ shoulders.  As I was walking around the lake the other day I noticed for the first time that each buoy in a strand of buoys strung across the lake, looks a lot like these capsules.  I wondered if anything was being kept in them.  
Aquarius, you may receive messages from surprising places this week.  This is partly because you are open to the form in which they may be delivered.  Perhaps this information will act as a sort of life raft in a difficult situation you are currently dealing with.  
(4 of Swords Rev/ The Humming Chorus- Puccini/ Heavenly Creatures)

The other day I was talking with my friend Zackary.  She suggested I listen to my body.  “Your body wants things too,” she said.  “It will let you know.”  I often feel like a cloud or, as some people have said, that my head is in the clouds.  Her advice resonated with me in a new way.  I use my body unconsciously all the time, but I don’t often think of really having a conversation with it.  
Pisces, now would be a good time to listen to the intuitive wisdom of your body.  What is it needing?  What is it telling you?  What does it want in any given situation?  Consider letting the answers you receive be your guide this week.
(Priestess of Discs/ Hello- Babes in Toyland/ All Over Me)