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I have seen this come up a number of times and so, I thought I would take a minute to sit and write this out. Okay, it was a lot of minutes. This is a bit of a sneak peek for a free, comprehensive guidebook I will be releasing on August 1st, so, please be on the lookout for that.
What to do with this:
You can further deepen your tarot readings by looking at the corresponding planet or planets in your own chart. You can either look at where that planet is in your natal chart- or you can look at the transits- or both, or I have even done this to look at planetary placements in my solar return to discern maybe if there’s something I’m not paying enough attention to. It’s up to you. Either way, this is one useful method of using basic astrology to deepen your tarot readings. As you’ll see, depending on where a planet is placed: the tone and advice may change.
For instance: say that my daily reading or weekly readings have seemed to always involve The High Priestess, and my partner Kurt’s has, as well. The High Priestess here, corresponds to the Moon.
I am going to simply outline the technique using natal planetary placements for this- If you need your natal chart and you don’t have an astrology program- you can either go to www.astro.com and create your own report using their AstroClick Portrait or, well, of course, you can order one from me or another astrologer you like.
Moving on to the planetary placement and what that can mean in terms of different interpretations-
If we look at Kurt’s natal chart, you can see that his Moon is in Scorpio, and it’s in the 8th house.
Now, you’d take note of this and go on to explore what those things mean in your particular case. I won’t go into these things too deeply as they’re just examples to show you what I mean- but you should be able to get the idea.
Moving on to my chart- this is what I want to use to illustrate: now, though we’re both drawing the High Priestess regularly- think about his natal moon and now, look at mine: you can see my natal Moon is in Leo, 10th house.
That’s probably going to carry a VERY different message than his, right? Scorpio and Leo, of course, aren’t all that similar- but, also, with his natal Moon in the 8th: he would be focusing on the hidden things, sex, relationships and possibly inheritances or shared resources, possibly even ritualistic things or some sort of transformation.
Mine being in the 10th, mine might involve my father, though I tend to think that it actually depicts the more influential parent. However, it also encompasses my social status, role in my community or any authority I may possess or encounter.
Of course, there’s a bit more to all of that, but for brevity’s sake, we’ll leave it there.
Let’s take a look at a bit more complex example by moving on to the 7 of Cups.
So, at this point- what we have is two people, same repeated card, but two very different possible expansions and messages contained within the reading. Now, if you take a look- another example, let’s go with a Minor Arcana example: every day, we’re both drawing the 7 of Cups. This card corresponds to …not just a planet. But, more specifically, Venus in Scorpio. How does THAT work? Neither of us have Venus in Scorpio. (Venus in Gemini and Venus in Sag, if you can see that- funtimes, sure, sure. Lol)
Here is where we get into the method I work with- whenever I get one of those repeat cards that carries something like this- a transit, for instance: I will look at both the upcoming transit and the one before it. I will also often take into account what that transit’s impact is in a general sense.
So, Venus in Scorpio- look at the ephemeris and Venus’s next trip into Scorpio will be on November 7th, later this year. The last time it was in Scorpio was September 23 of last year.
Venus in Scorpio, in a general sense denotes a time frame when we might be just a bit prone towards falling for some mighty pretty bullshit. Oh, sure, it looks wonderful but it’s often similar to when you’re a kid and you find your first big ass bar of baking chocolate. HUGE BIG CHOCOLATE BAR?! Yes, please! You think and then you take a bite. Oh god, it’s BITTER!
(And if the ephemeris makes your eyeballs cross- and I know it does for a lot of people: cafeastrology.com has an excellent planetary overview and a plethora of resources for you.)
You can either take a look at the prior transit- that is, the one from 2016 and figure out what lesson you maybe should have learned but did not, or you can look ahead to the next and explore from there to determine what exactly the heads’ up the card is trying to give you may be.
Of you can simply go with what the transit means: not everything is as it appears, if it looks too good to be true, it may well be. (In a nutshell.)
Now, being we are a couple, I’d take that into account regardless of which one of these examples we’re going with- because, obviously, we’re close and impact one another. However, if it’s just him getting the repeat card or me: then, it’s different, obviously.
So, let’s move on to the next card, say you’ve been drawing The Devil.
Now, if you want to just go with natal, you would look at Capricorn, and figure out what’s hanging out there. If you want, you can scroll back to the example charts: my Sun, Mars, and Mercury are all in Capricorn, and all in the 3rd house. The house thing may or may not apply, but, you’re going to specifically look at what you’ve got kicking around in Capricorn.
Let’s imagine for just a second that my chart has NO Capricorn– nothing in Capricorn at all.
Does this mean Capricorn has no influence in my chart at all?
Same holds true for empty houses, but this is another rant. The influences you see from empty houses or otherwise- may be more subtle. The first thing I do when I note there are no planets in a sign- I look at the other signs in that element. So, say I didn’t have anything in Capricorn, I’d look at the other Earth signs: Taurus and Virgo. We’ll pretend that I notice that there’s a distinct lack of planetary placement within those earth signs on the whole. Maybe one thing here or there- but it’s clear, Earth is not dominant.
But I drew the Devil- so, what does the Devil usually speak of, in a basic sense? Control issues. I might need to learn to take control in a better way- it may also mean that I do so to the extreme: perhaps I have such crazy standards for perfectionism that my ideals cannot come to fruition and are not realistic. OR…
Wait- I look and I note that freaking Virgo is placed right smack on my Ascendant or another important angle of my chart. That would negate the lack of Earth in my chart and indicate that perhaps the Devil is telling me that I’m being too nitpicky and need to unpucker my butt a bit.
So, anyway- you can see, these things go a bit above and beyond simply “The Magician ties to Mercury” and all that: but what do you do with this? Here is my method for tying astrology into my tarot readings, and it’s one I use with clients all the time with a lot of success. Of course, others will have other methods- and that’s awesome. If you find some, feel free to use those, if they work better for you.