Tarot – An Archetypal Journey

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“There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. …Which group really gets the message?”

~Joseph Campbell~

I started working with tarot in late 2013, I have no idea why it finally jumped out at me after years of having no real interest in it. Astrology I had studied for years and loved, there seemed to at least be a physical base to Astrology, which I felt at the time tarot lacked. With Astrology at least it provided you with mythology around the planets while you were stargazing. Tarot, something about it never clicked, it was almost not physical enough for me.

But I’ll never forget the day, whilst on the tram, a thought popped into my head telling me to go buy a tarot deck. The impulse was too strong to ignore. Leaving the store the shop owner told me, “Its like Music, Astrology is the Major Key and Tarot is the Minor Key, they work together” It was then that I began to realised, this was the next phase of the journey and I, for some reason was ready to explore it.

Many people look to Tarot as fortune-telling device with “Will I get a boyfriend” or “Should I quit my Job”  being top of the fortune list. Tarot instead is a mirror to yourself and a tool to allow YOU to evolve, to help gain what you seek.

As an evolutionary tool  it allows you to look at the energies that are around you to help guide you to a better or more beneficial outcome. Tarot is more of a look in the mirror at how the metaphors of life and how the heroes quest or archetypal journey we are all on is working for you. Tarot allows us to pin point what we should consider to progress, whether you like it or not. It works by looking at how we can make better decisions or addressing things to help us progress. Tarot helps by looking at the differing options or things that will help you move forward in a more empowered fashion.

When it comes to the use of Tarot and other forms of divination freewill is always the key factor, as we have control over what actions we choose to or not take. We ARE in control of how we move forward in our lives. The outcomes may not always be what we choose but we certainly have power over how we react and move forward with things. Tarot  is a wonderful sign post, offering ideas, metaphors to consider as we go about our way, allowing us to reflect on what we are doing and to take a moment to consider the root causes and influences around us.

If we choose not to listen or look at these messages you will find that the same messages will come up over and over again. It’s quite remarkable how the same cards will come up over and over again, when we don’t take action. It was noted by many tarot readers at the time of pre September 11 how often the Tower came up. The Tower meaning sudden and life changing events which happens generally as a surprise and shock. The Tower marks to a life changing events in our lives on a fundamental and universal level.

In Europe the earliest recorded deck is the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck that dates back to 1451. Cards had been used for hundreds of years in Europe as entertainment and as an educational tool. Tarot cards, in line with this describe a spiritual and psychological journey that has spanned numerous years and cultures. This Journey is just as relevant today as it has been in the past.

Tarot has many cousins with Italian tarocchini and French Tarot (popular card games), being directly related. As for the rumour you can only do Tarot if you are given a deck, this comes from a time when having a deck saw your persecution hence people saying they were given a pack.

Tarot is a handy tool that allows you to look at what part of the journey your on and helps you assess where you’re at and what energies are currently around you and you are working with.  Tarot rather than a fortune-telling device is more of a philosophical and spiritual tool and one that is very much mis-understood. The more you explore it, the more you discover about yourself and that really is what the magic of life is all about and why the Tarot deck starts with the Fool. A person about to start a magnificent adventure with only themselves to rely on and life’s lessons as a guide.

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Mercury Retrograde in Gemini – Duelling with the Magician

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I’m a Gemini, so I change my mind every day.      Natalie Portman

Mercury Retrograde, everyone’s favourite little Astrology number is coming back around again … time to get prepped for Mercury’s retrograde of is ruling sign Gemini. Outside knowing the Moon Phase, Mercury Retrograde is perhaps the next most known or spoken about Astrological phenomenon, closely followed by the Saturn Return.  So what exactly is a Mercury Retrograde ?

Mercury Retrograde is when the planet of communication, thoughts, processes, learning, travel and ideas goes backwards in the sky traveling backwards for a small amount of time before moving forwards again. In doing so it retrogrades over elements of your birth chart. This is a time for reflection, delays and potentially opposition.This generally manifests in chaos in everyday life (for those who are at a loss as to what the hell is going on ! ). However  Mercury’s Retrograde is becoming so well accepted in mainstream society once a friend came into work all excited after seeing it mentioned on CSI: New York as a reason by one of the scientist as to why their investigation had so awry.

There is ALWAYS a list of things NOT to do in times of Mercury Retrograde which I think is good to be conscious of but to be honest I’m not really one to stop life because of Astrology and you know what sometimes you have no choice in the matter so you just need to move forward and TRIPLE check the finer details that’s all ! Be the Virgo (Mercury’s other ruling sign). So traditionally things not to do during a Mercury Retrograde are the following .. Don’t buy electronic equipment as it will crap out, Sign major contracts ie: work or buy a house because there will be information that hasn’t been brought to light yet. Don’t travel, if you do it will be plagued with delays, be prepared for everyone to mis-communicate, forget the key information, phones going down, mail not arriving and so on and so forworth.

But see what I mean, we can’t actually live under a rock for 6 weeks 3 times a year, this is where the old school idea of Astrology being a condemnation and a list of do’s and don’t is becoming outdated and the idea of doing things at your peril is just lame !

Instead we need to go ok this is going on, I’m going to have to be more vigilant, be more focused on the details, I’m going to go with my intuition, I’m going to do ALL my homework as the potential for something to go wrong has just increased. If I can push things out thats great, if not lets not get all dooms day on it.

There are times when the Mercury Retrograde is good ! it’s a wonderful time to review ideas and themes that are pertinent to the house of the retrograde. ie: Mercury Retrograde is a great time to review your daily routines and work habits, good for reviewing your career, or maybe you get the opportunity to work with a company or in a job that you haven’t done for a few years, which has just happened to me which is awesome ! Reviewing money how you spend it or earn it, your relationships how you engage in them, these are very valuable things that the Mercury Retrograde offers rather than shreeking in horror and starting dooms day predictions for your 2 week holiday in Fiji. People are paranoid enough without having to add to it right !

There is a really high proportion of  great writers being born with Mercury retrograde in their chart. Madonna has Mercury retrograde conjunct Pluto (the underworld /transformation stuff) in her birthchart … Hello in your face everything I’m going to say is going to challenge your beliefs so I can transform your ideas on Sex, Money, Class and Taste …  Like A Virgin, and her Sex Book weren’t exactly subtle and were tres controversial.  For a dancer whose vocal talent was always questionable it was WHAT she had to say and HOW she did it which made her a revolutionary. Without Mercury Retrograde conjunct Pluto, I don’t think she would have had such punch. It made her think outside the square and made her a very famous and rich woman along the way.

So Mercury Retrograde in Gemini what does this MEAN !  Mercury retrogrades are a 3 week period. However Mercury has to slow down, stop, be still before moving backwards so there is thing called a Mercury shadow period which actually extends it to be 6 weeks. Just be cautious earlier that’s all.

Mercury Shadow (4-18 May) Mercury Retrograde (18th May 11 June) Mercury shadow (June 11 – 27th). Mercury is the RULER of Gemini so this retrograde will be quite powerful but I think in a good way ! what you’re reviewing will be clearer ! The messages will be strong and clear. Gemini energy is a tricky little energy with a shortish attention span ie: reading 5 books on the go rather than just 1, and being a mutable sign it is both dualist in nature and manifestation. However mercury is happy in Gemini and its strong in Gemini which makes it a rather healthy retrograde. Mars will also be conjuncting for a time so it will be super strong, as the god of war and masculine intent – Mars power! adds a bit more oomph to these reviews/delays/confusion, just check your mouth before you mouth off as Mars might be putting more into it than you originally intended. Knowing which house (area of your life) that this retrograde effects is the key to knowing where this will be more pronounced in your life. For me, its in my 10 house of career and accomplishment. Interestingly enough I’ve just got work with the first company that hired me when I first moved to Melbourne and its in a very similar project to then. Very Mercury Retrograde.

So I guess the purpose for this blog is for you to own it ! Know the dates, know what you have to do, step forward with confidence and knowledge and laugh at the irony when these little hick ups come along. Mercury retrograde can and is a pain in the ass but if we change our thinking slightly it can encompass so much more that the normally thrown around fears traditionally associated with it. Time to turn the trickster energy of Mercury’s retrograde INTO the Magician. Be the Magician !

Hey Jupiter

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A storm on Jupiter

“Hey Jupiter, No one is picking up the phone, I guess its me and me” Tori Amos – Hey Jupiter.

Well, its been feeling a little bit like that since Jupiter turned retrograde on 9th December 2014.  Jupiter the great benefactor, our jovial Joie de Vivre, is turning his spirits around THIS Thursday after a 4 month retrograde in Leo. Retrogrades are tricky little pieces of time travel where a planet is moving backwards, so its energy is not manifested directly or in a forward and expansive motion. All planets retrograde with the Mercury Retrograde being the most commonly discussed retrograde.

Retrogrades are a great time for going inward – introspection, reviewing, analysis etc. With all the heavy hitting astrology of this year, Pluto (deep transformation) square (difficult aspect) to Uranus (surprise, change, revolution), New moons conjunct Pluto, Blood Moons, Mercury retrograde etc Jupiter going direct on Thursday is going to be a welcome relief and one that resonates with people sooner rather than later !

Jupiter is the planet of luck, expansion, travel, jovialness, enthusiasm, higher philosophy – so with luck and expansion being restricted and not able to properly assert his energy with all this tough other astrology going down, this Jupiter direct is going to be the hit we need to start moving forward after a challenging start to 2015.

Jupiter has been in Leo since July 2014 and will remain there until August 2015 before moving in to Virgo. Jupiter in Leo gives you a good hit of 12 year luck and expansion wherever you have Leo in your birth chart, your finances, your career, relationships etc.  Jupiter in Leo is NOT shy, it’s not quiet, its got quite a nice bit of flare and expansion. Best of all he LOVES being in the fire signs. So when Jupiter moves forward in Leo on Thursday there should be a wee jolt, a wee raising of the spirits – more optimism, more room for growth, expansion and possibilities. After 4 months of mulling over how to make such things happen I must admit, it’s going to be fucking awesome having Jupiter back onside again ! Time to pop the Champagne and embrace the new opportunities that await in true Jupitarian fashion. It will be something sweet after all this evolutionary astrology thats been hitting our decks !  And lord knows recently we have all earned it !

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Blood Moon on the Rise – The Full Moon Eclipse

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“I’ll see you again, when the moon has turned red over One Tree Hill” One Tree Hill (U2’s ode to a NZ roadie killed in Dublin in 1986)

“Only very strong souls enter and leave at the time of an eclipse”

Informing a friend today about this Saturdays full moon eclipse in libra,  as a visual event and energy shift, she replied, “The Last Blood Moon my partner had to have emergency surgery, I’m not a fan of Blood Moons”, my response was simple, “my grandmother died at the last one, I think there fucking evil”.  I was struck how history was still telling us personally how potent a Blood Moon Eclipse is in our individual lives, and how perceptions of them hasn’t changed much over history. The the imagery of blood being still very pertinent and a central theme directly correlated to that Moon.

Full Moon Eclipses have been feared by many cultures  for thousands of years. While it is exciting to see it as a visual phenomenon and spectacle, its impacts and change brought about with it has created much fear and at times anxiety throughout history. The Mesopotamian Kings would go into hiding at an eclipse and a false king would be put on the throne for fear of what the eclipse would bring. Ancient Japanese culture said it would foreshadow an earthquake and other natural disasters, the Romans saw its as a bad omen which saw deaths of rulers, while Indians would not let their pregnant women out of the house for fear of the effect on the unborn child. In some African cultures (Togo and Benin) it is seen as a positive thing, the Sun and The Moon in conflict with each other, encouraging people to end arguments and feuds, seeing it as a sign to put down arms and make peace. Islamic religions pray to it and see it as a direct communication from Allah, connecting to it ask for forgiveness and well wishing. Whatever the belief the power and the presence of the eclipse is undeniable, across many cultures practising many forms of religion.

The belief about the energies differ,  but the idea of a large purge links them. On the negative side is that the Sun and the Moon are blocking each other, with each others energies. The Sun (ego/masculine) is in conflict or not being able to shine as the Moon (emotions/feminine) blocks it, creating tensions. The blood moon is seen as an aggressive moon, with red giving rise to blood being shed, or life lost, war, blood, death, destruction being strong images and consequences. Something my friend and I could relate to.

From a more positive and slightly more feminist perspective, the blood moon eclipse can be seen as the masculine (the sun) and feminine (the moon) energies blending – harmonising with each other, the blood moon being symbolic for birth, menstruation, fertility (especially potent now at Easter which was originally a pagan fertility festival). The blood moon being a massive purge and released of blood / destruction with the rebirthing of another less intense purge 28 days later, at the next full moon. Death, birth and regeneration on a more grandiose scale, hence why the blood moon is seen with such fear and suspicion.

No matter what your leanings, one thing that both parties agree to is that the true message of the moon eclipse is not fully revealed at the time. It is either hidden or incubated with only small clues to hint at its conception. The true meaning or message from an eclipse can take up to 6 months to be revealed to the individual. However once revealed its often dramatic and life altering.

Eclipses come in cycles and pairs, this current full moon eclipse harks back to the full moon eclipse last April 15th 2014, any messages for lessons from that eclipse are coming to an end now. It’s the ending of that cycle.  What was going on at that time in your life, another signifier would be the New Moon in Libra last year, September 23/24th. This full moon is the completion of a cycle that started then. What was important or going on then can give you clues as to what Saturday’s eclipse might be about.

This Eclipse at 14 degrees of Libra ( the sign of balance ) is an ending of any themes important at that April 15th 2014 or September 23/24 2014 time, looking to where you have Libra in your birth chart is a good place to see where this Saturdays eclipse may manifest over the next up to 6 months.

Eclipses bring dramatic change through unforeseen events, the energy around the actual eclipse is emotional, tense,  scattered, zingy, hard to get a grip on. Things will come out of nowhere and are often dramatic. This is not the case for every eclipse as they happen 2x a year in pairs, however the past year has been very challenging astrology for a lot of people and these eclipses have been tuning into some of the heavy hitters at play.  The size of the eclipse also dictates its potency. Through a life time eclipses can often be looked back on and seen as triggering a great series of events. House and Family, Money and Worth, Relationships and Community, Career and Creativity. Spirituality and Service.

So when enjoying the splendor of this weekends Full Eclipse of the full moon and admiring the amazing show mother nature is putting on, tune in to what might be buzzing around in your life at that time and watch and wait for its evolutionary manifestation, no matter what it is, I have no doubt it will be life changing and liberating.

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Neptunian Musing ….

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Neptune is your Muse’ an astrologer once told me … ‘Neptune will give you what you want’.

I didn’t know much about Neptune when this wonderful line was given to me, But the two things I did know was  1). drug and alcohol addiction is common signifier for those with a strong and badly functioning Neptune. 2) When it rains on Neptune, it rains diamonds.  These two things alone made me realise the scope and room to play as well as the highs and lows of this mystical planet. I felt like I would need an a-ha moment to fully understand Neptune and I left scratching my head deciding to dig deeper into this Neptunian unknown.

Neptune is the ruler of Pisces, the 12 sign, the 12th house. The hidden. the mystical. Allegedly the house of undoing and redoing.  The hazy, foggy, blurred energy that is Neptune and exploring  how it manifests by permeating it uncontainable energy was going to give me what I wanted seemed contradictory to how I operated or wanted to at least.

Neptune is like a drug on both its high and low sides (or good and bad) with the difference being self creation and connecting with the divine, rather than ingesting something to create this personal mystical, creative, spiritual world or journey. Mind over matter if you will.

Learning to see the ways Neptune can operate was interesting and opened my mind to the possibility of real magick being at play in the world. Quite the achievement for someone whose grounded and intellectual processing stops them from drifting to far off shore.

Neptune when it is functioning well and is nurtured, is spiritual soul mating, its manifesting magick, its house magick, its mystisim, its spiritual retreat, visionary, its creative, its music, its dance, its film and television, its poetry, its writing. It is creative thought and art. Neptune is the Artist. Neptune is the Musician, Neptune is the Mystic, Neptune is your Soul Mate.

Neptune when its down – low rent – or not working as freely as it would like to is unclear, its blurry, its foggy, its unrevealed. It uses things like drugs and alcohol to procure the above experiences. It uses false idols to create this mystical experience of creation. Low functioning Neptune, will not allow you to see the truth of your situation and blinds you from seeing what is really in front of you. Blocked intuition, vision and when the rose tinted glasses come flying off you begin to recognise your in the throws of a bad Neptune transit.

Knowing your natal Neptune and its aspects allows you to see where this magick naturally takes place for you. Knowing where Neptune is transiting in your birth chart will give you a head start in knowing where the fog might be setting in and where things will be slightly unclear and at the very least not fully revealed.

The good news is that Neptune is in Pisces its natural ruler for the next 9 years, and its super potent right now especially with regards to creating your high end neptunian dreams. Perfect time for manifesting. You will notice you will be attracting more Pisceans into the transiting area of your life, (I shit you not !) It is also a really bad time to be delusional around Neptunian ideals. This whole new wave of young women discovering the esoteric and spirituality is a very good reflection of this as we enter our 4th year of the Neptune in Pisces transit. Now is a great time to keep a dream diary and to start exploring communication via creation. Any form of creation.

The houses are a great way to see how Neptune is affecting your life. Are you doing high level soul mating with your 7th house of one on one relationships ? Are you being delusional about finances with your 2nd house transit of money and self worth ? Is your creative world taking flight and buzzing with your 5th house of creativity or are you just getting too high lamenting all the grand plans that are on offer that your inspired to do but haven’t quite taken the first step ?

Neptune can never be controlled or contained but it can be managed or at least directed, Neptune can allow you to muse, Neptune says aim high with Soul Mates – they ARE out there don’t give up. With Neptune there is a fine line between the divine and the delusional – a VERY fine line. Knowing how to ride Continue reading

Pluto in Capricorn – How To Turn Goats Piss into Gasoline

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planet
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  1. a celestial body moving in an elliptical orbit round a star.
    • the earth.
      noun: the planet
      “no generation has the right to pollute the planet”
    • ASTROLOGYhistorical
      a celestial body distinguished from the fixed stars by having an apparent motion of its own (including the moon and sun), especially with reference to its supposed influence on people and events.
      “the planets are presently influencing you in a positive way”

Pluto, dear old Pluto. Lets not get started on this planet – non planet malarkey … and debates around its status can refer to the above ….. however let me continue …. Pluto, dear old Pluto … a planet I didn’t really know much about … until Pluto’s unscheduled (in my life) yet much-anticipated for astrologer’s entry in Capricorn in 2008. Pluto’s entry in to Capricorn had an immediate impact on the world, cue the global financial crisis and the partial collapse of the current banking systems of the most secure nations of the world. Pluto is moving through the sign of Capricorn until 2023, destroying and recreating as its heart pleases with the nature of its destruction based on how grand the nature of the delusion really is !

Pluto is the smallest planet in our solar system, discovered on Feb 18th 1930. Its astrological traits were given to it, with reference to what was happening in the world at the time of its discovery. The inner planets have been known about and mused upon since Babylonian times, however these ‘outer planets’, upon discovery have been given their meaning. Why ? because the reason we discovered it is to allow us to look at these themes in a bigger scale in society and in our selves. The concept of information being given to us – when we are ready to digest it, is not a new one and has been a thread which has woven its way through cultural evolution and the esoteric since file sharing began. Pluto the furthest planet from the Sun and takes 248 years to go completely around the zodiac (or move fully around the sun), meaning some of you lucky kids wont have to deal with pluto in its full force.

So what is Pluto ? What does in mean being in Capricorn ? and How does this affect you ? Why & How should we turn it into gasoline ?

Key words attributed to Pluto include:  transformation, destruction, creation, regeneration, healing, renewal, power struggles, upheaval. Pluto IS the phoenix rising from the ashes metaphor and if you’re a Scorpio or Scorpio ascendant – it is your ruler … lucky you ! But if you’re a Capricorn, have planets in Capricorn or aspects to Capricorn … its your best new, I can’t escape you friend.

Pluto (transformation, destruction, creation, regeneration, healing, renewal, power struggles, upheaval) entering Capricorn (the sign of money, government, structure, building, achievement, careers, professionals) IS a big deal especially if you ARE a Capricorn or have any planets in Capricorn or aspecting Capricorn.

Pluto Transits are when the traveling Pluto moves around hitting aspects or planets in your birth chart. Every person has their own astrological portrait and everyone’s transits are unique and they sure as hell are good to know about …. remember Nigella Lawson’s Cocaine use being tabloid fodder after she left her abusive relationship? She was doing a Pluto transit … Pluto (above traits) was conjunct (fueling this pluto energy) into her Sun (ego) … Yup ! Destruction and Rebirth kinda stuff. If you are born Dec 22 – Dec 31 you have just done Pluto, if your Jan 1 – Jan 6 you’re doing pluto as its conjoining your sun a la Nigella ! If your birthday is after these times your time is yet to come.

So now the fear of Pluto has been put into and everyone is getting a little nervous about their Capricorn aspects and placements, we need to look at all the positive attributes of traveling down the River Stix, to the underworld of self exploration, before being spat out the other side wondering what happened ? And Where the did that come from ? ( This is the goats piss being turned into gasoline bit ! )

One must understand that life is a journey of self discovery, if life was meant to be a general, homogenized experience of pairings, couplings, reproductions and job promotions,  without the high’s and lows and without challenge,  things would become very zombified and less expressive.  Without the highs and lows of feelings, emotions and transformative processes, creativity, evolution and progression would not  exist and neither would the joy of feeling and consuming artistic or evolutionary endeveours . We would be retarding ourselves to life and experience and the term personal growth would not exist. Imagery such as Snakes shedding skins, Butterfly’s coming from cocoons, Phoenix’s rising from ashes is what all this pluto transit speaks of !

What to know ?

Don’t run, don’t hide and don’t be delusional ! All aspects especially challenging aspects are good ! evolution and growth is good ! getting rid of false ideas, false idols, false ways of living IS good ! This is how we know we are alive and living truthfully, you may not want to but this Pluto transit WILL make you ! The further you are away from where you are meant to be – the bigger the impact Pluto will have.

Know what planets you have in Capricorn, or aspecting Capricorn to know what areas of yourself maybe challenged or feeling this plutonic (there is a reason it rhymes with colonic) energies, calling you to evolve. Know the house that your Capricorn is in, so you can denote what area of life this is going to be effecting you in. This will allow you to channel your focus and be more aware as to why you might be facing challenging or seeing ways for which to evolve yourself and this my friends is how you turn that magical goats piss into gasoline ! fuel for change to get the fires of evolution going !

Know that on a society level the structures around money, governance, structure and status ARE changing and as we can now see to how this is evolving us as a society – the GFC, The EU, Greece, Obama, Syria, know that by 2023 we will be looking at a new frame-work with regards to the globe and global politics.

If you are interested in finding out more you can go to Astro.Com to get your astro details or explore getting your chart done by an astrologer. Feel free to contact me if you want more help regarding this via the about section of this page

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Starting the Mix …

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So what is the Mix ?

Ideally this would be a space to create conversation and share the gifts and knowledge we come across in this journey called life, helping  and supporting each other, learning from each others insights and lessons. Talking witchy shit and self educating for growth and sanity ! to remind ourselves to look around  as the solutions are in clear cosmic sight…. with a strong focus to not get sucked down by life’s challenges and complexities.

So I guess the Mix is a place where people (even if its just me) can muse … compare tales – share secret tricks and advice each other on how to pull ourselves out of the muck when it all becomes to much and to keep us elevated when we get to our Turangawaewae (our place to stand on our feet empowered and connected)  …. to keep us there ! 

Born at the end of the Pluto – Uranus Square series – the final one is approaching … A Full Moon in Leo conjunct a visible to the eye Jupiter (Luminous Luck and Expansion anyone?), A Uranus conjunct South Node (surprise – revolution to our old fall back settings and comfort zones), a glorious Aquarius Mercury Retrograde in my natal 6 house (reviewing day to day habits and making this routine BETTER !) and finally as the North Node (destiny) sits conjuncting my Air Grand Trine … Its time to get out of the box, stop intelectualizing in my head and start communicating and using this Saturn conjunction of my 3rd House Uranus ! Who knows where this will lead but with such a great basis to begin this concept, Im really looking forward to seeing what comes outta the mix

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