tarot tales: the Empress

This past New Moon in Taurus, I drew the Empress for the the next installment to Tarot Tales.

Precisely fitting!!

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The Empress III

  • Major Arcana—Earth Mother; the anima; Demeter; the Corn Woman
  • astrology: Venus, Taurus & Libra
  • numerology: three
  • basic themes: femininity, abundance, fertility, healing, feeling, love, productivity, generative forces, protectiveness

 

 


The last years of my twenties were spent living in a three storey communal punk house.  Man, that sounds so nice. But it was a nightmare! (You already guessed that, right?)

I won’t go into how it was awful—I’ll save that for other cards. No, I want to concentrate on something that was magnificent! This is about the Empress afterall, yes?

When I moved in, the tiny backyard was overrun with hip deep weeds. Where the weeds weren’t growing—tenants past had changed their car’s oil straight onto the ground! There were 4 feet wide hardened/slimy oil slicks in at least three different areas. There was trash everywhere.

It was a mess!

Blah.

Didn’t matter, though! I wanted a garden soooo bad and I was gonna have a garden. All my housemates were busy with other things, so my partner and I spent the Summer clearing out all the huge scrap metal and weeds and debris.  We put in a fire pit and compost bins. I fashioned flower pots from abandoned tires and made trellises from old bed frames.

I made it lovely.

Then the next Spring, I started seedlings and while they grew, we gathered up scrap wood and made raised beds. We kept and sold aluminum cans for money to get good quality soil. It took a year of planning and working but we got it done.

I was so proud. This was my first attempt at growing things on this scale, where I was ultimately responsible. I was worried I would be crap at it, but nope—it was awesome!

The whole process was beautiful. I would water my thriving garden every other day, if it hadn’t rained—a quietly potent meditation. The house’s compost went back into the veggies I grew for us all to eat. Even the ground somewhat healed from the abuse it had suffered beforehand. I showed neighborhood kids where food came from and they ate their fill on snowpeas and cherry tomatoes right off the vine.

We ate okra and squash and radishes and all sorts of yummy veggies. We had fresh herbs and flowers. We even had a watermelon one year—no small feat for Minnesota!! The butterflies and bees danced among the morning glory blooms and the squirrels stole my tomatoes!! When the harvest was in in late Summer/Fall, I made pickle relish, canned tomatoes and peppers, dried herbs, saved seeds for the following year and on and on.

I had myself a phenomenal garden for four great years!!

From trash to treasure. The bounty was endless.

In the decade since, my need to nurture and grow things has taken other forms, but that garden will forever be a source of joy and pride!!!

Lona


 

transits

  • Jupiter crossed AC; conjuncting natal Pluto, Uranus, North Node, Neptune, IC
  • Neptune opposite natal Moon
  • first Saturn return
  • Saturn transit 11H into 12H
  • Saturn conjunct natal Moon, Sun, Venus
  • Chiron opposite natal Saturn
  • Uranus opposite natal Venus

progressions

  • progressed Moon from Leo to Scorpio
  • Sun moved from Virgo to Libra
  • progressed AC conjunct North Node
  • packed 12H—Pluto, Mars, Venus, Moon, North Node, Uranus

 

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the necessity of truth—saturn through sagittarius—2014-2017

1tolkien_fermer_dzhajls_iz_hema_2002_Chjolushkin-6Another BIG change occurred Christmas week—Saturn moved from Scorpio to Sagittarius.

From Fixed Water to Mutable Fire—

Succedent Emotion to Cadent Creativity—

An Earth planet going through a Fire sign.

Saturn has been in Scorpio since October of 2012. And now will be in Sagittarius until December 21, 2017.

Here are a few key dates to remember:

  • Saturn retrogrades from March 14 to August 1, 2015 from 4º Sagittarius to 28º Scorpio
  • he returns to Scorpio on June 14, 2015
  • moves back into Sagittarius September 17, 2015
  • reaches a 2º orb of his square with Neptune in Pisces February 2015
  • the square perfects from November 19 to December 15, 2015
  • from March 25- August 13, 2016, retrogrades a 2nd time from 16º to 9º Sagittarius
  • retrogrades a 3rd time from April 5 to August 25, 2017 at 27º to 21º

So, what is this going to portend for the world at large,as well as we individuals chugging along?

I think we have already gotten a taste—right out of the gate!!

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