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Thoth Tarot Daily: Tuesday May 23rd 2017

Creative enthusiasm and excitement, mixed with a slightly daredevil attitude, bubble away under the surface today and you may not be able to decide who you want to be or which way to turn! Remain calm if you can and consider what is occurring around you; Focusing on the physical aspects of what is happening will help you not to get too carried away by the potentials, whilst remaining open the new things that are arising in your life. Look within to try and understand what is happening intuitively, and this will help you to gain clarity today as your emotions are generally a clear indicator of which way to turn if you can still your mind long enough to listen to your feelings. Remain conscious of the process that is occurring within you and your need to act in the world in a way that you find emotionally fulfilling. If this requires change in your lifestyle or direction, now is the time to consider this, and the potential for healing that it may bring. Now is the time to let go of any fear that may be holding you back and to embrace division that you hold. All things are possible.


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives om the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsular in the South West of Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

Tarot Spread for The New Moon in Gemini: May 25th 2017

For those of you who like to do a Tarot Spread in order to set intentions for The New Moon, here is one inspired by the astrology of the moment.

The New Moon this month, taps into a tight Pluto Venus Square, in the rather unforgiving cardinal signs of Capricorn and Aries. Decisions regarding relationships may well be in the air, and if there has been conflict in regards to control issues, jealousy, freedom and personal independence, now is the time when things could flare up. Suddenly overwhelmed by the suffocating feelings that may have been limiting your personal independence, it may be inevitable that it becomes just the right time to finally make that break for freedom.

What is my Seed
Sun conjunct Moon at 4 degrees 46 of Gemini

What old structures do I need to let go of? 
New Moon Sesquiquadrate Pluto at 19 degrees of Capricorn 

Where do I need to move out and express myself independently?
New Moon Semisquare Venus at 19 degrees of Aries. 

What energy to I need to employ to find my freedom? 
First Decan of Gemini: The 8 of Swords

What outcome will I achieve by December 
2017- Full Moon in Gemini at 11 degrees 40.

Here is the chart of the moment.

New Moon in Gemini May 25th 2017

Read more about the manifestation of this New Moon here: New Moon in Gemini


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives om the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsular in the South West of Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

New Moon in Gemini: Thursday May 25th 2017: The Courage To Be Yourself.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” –

Mark Twain

The New Moon in Gemini on the Thursday the 25th May, taps into a tight Venus Pluto square, giving a decidedly intense flavor to this particular New Moon.

Decisions regarding relationships may well be in the air, and if there has been conflict in regards to control issues, jealousy, freedom and personal independence, now is the time when things could flare up. Suddenly overwhelmed by the suffocating feelings that may have been limiting your personal independence, it may be inevitable that it becomes just the right time to finally make that break for freedom.

One might ask though, how such a situation arose in the first place. Venus and Pluto have been involved in an intimate, daring and perhaps even rather aggressive dance since their meeting in the skies on November the 25th 2016. Through the various retrograde processes that these two planets have been involved in since then, it has taken them this long to really come to any clear perspective about their relationship, and where it is heading to next. The challenges of this particular New Moon, flood the consciousness with a huge variety of options, the potentials on offer seem endless, and if you are currently in a relationship which limits you or cramps your style in any way, then it is likely that you will at least be considering if you want out. If, on the other hand, you have the freedom to express your individuality, and take the time and space that you need in order to go it alone when you need to, then all will be well, (until the 3rd week of August, at least!)

Thoth 8 of Swords
The 8 of Swords

The card that governs this particular New Moon is this one, The Eight of Swords, suggesting that it can feel impossible trying to make a decision with all that you are faced with at the moment, although fighting against the issue is likely only to make matters worse. In some ways you may feel that you are “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t”, and for the sake of a peaceful life, you may decide that you are better off where you are, but will you be able to cope with the mental stress that this situation subjects you to? Look carefully at all that you are holding on to, and try to see what is actually relevant; what is weighing you down? Where are you actually heading? What things of value must you take with you? If you would like more insight into the dynamic contained within this card, click on the link beneath it to access what I found when I journeyed into it.

This New Moon, take the time to recognize all that you are, rather than all that you have. Consider the options of travelling light, the adventures that beckon you, and the joy of independence, and how far this sense of power can help you to break the bonds that are keeping you from the freedom of your own creative strength.

For a Tarot spread that harnesses the Astrology of the Moment, please click HERE

New Moon in Gemini May 25th 2017


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives om the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsular in the South West of Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

Thoth Tarot Daily: Monday May 22nd 2017

The forces of change are sitting in the background today alerting you to the possibilities ahead, and on some level you are making preparations for a new phase in life that will offer you deeper emotional and spiritual connections than that which you have known already. This change has been in the process of developing for a long time but in that time you have been preparing for what lies ahead; the transformations that you have been experiencing have been necessary, for in order to complete this journey much has had to change for you, and much may have been lost. In this process of loss and adaptation to new circumstances, a new strengths has been found and it will be this flexibility and tenacity in the face of difficulty that will drive you forward into the new period of love balance and harmony that waits for you.


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives om the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsular in the South West of Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

 

The Nine of Wands

I choose The Nine of Wands today, the card that speaks of the powerful transformations that are possible in the depths of endless night, the illumination that can be found in the darkest pit of the soul, for I have known this place now, I have looked into the face of the darkness that lies there, I have discovered within it the strength that shows itself when all else has failed.

It is a strength born of the stuff of nightmares, the light that flares into life when all other lights have been extinguished. Despair and death have surrounded me, have been my daily companions, as I have lived  with torment in my heart, for day upon endless day…the incessant wraiths whispering in my ears, leading me into stranger places, dragging me through visions of unholy grace until I became a shadow of myself. Eventually I became a stranger in what had been a familiar land, where I lost forever my remembrance of whom I had become, lost to eternity the person I had grown to be, lost her into the shattered storms of my mind, lost her into the broken vault that had been my heart.

And so I sit in the Hallway of Beginnings, sentinel, waiting for the power to build, and today it is strong, and it comes quickly, for there has been a change, a revelation in the worlds that I explore. I rise with a power and a belief and a knowledge that sweeps my uncertainty away into the corners of the long hallway, to sit undisturbed with the modicum of dust that gathers there; I rise with the knowledge that I go forth with light and with life and with a vision that carries me with clarity into the realms that I would know.

I walk quickly up the wooden stairs, open the door, and walk through the dull red darkness that proclaims the portal of The Nine of Wands, and I am immediately assaulted by the vision of what I see there, for I see that I have arrived into the deep mud filled trenches of World War 1, and I am knee deep in freezing stagnant stinking water. Bodies of dead men are piled up at the sides of the trenches, where efforts have been made to keep them away from the water, and they lie there, empty eyed and despairing, lost to life, their soft warm bodies annihilated by cold lust, the greed that drives war. How futile the loss of life, the pain of love lost, every single one an innocent child, someone’s child, a child of hopes and dreams, of summer days and fields of grass, now lying broken and lifeless, rotting in the mud.

I walk in shock, through this god forsaken place, wading through the stench of death that fills every cell of my body, wondering when it will end, wondering if there is a way out, or if this is it, the horror of death and destruction stretching onwards into eternity. I turn a corner in the line, and top of a stack of bodies, burrowing into the drier mud, at the top of the wall, I see a small brown harvest mouse.  I approach this single spark of soft breathing living life, a solitary beacon in this world that is saturated with desperation and fear; I approach her and ask her what she represents.

She tells me that even a mouse can survive in places like this, and that I, like her, am surrounded by forces over which I have no control, forces that are greater than me, and which wage their own wars. She then tells me that in fighting my own battles, I am waging war against a history that has been passed down to me from my ancestors, and that I fight not only for myself, but for my children and my grandchildren; I fight to break the patterns of centuries, so that they will not have to.

I see here, a continuation of what happened in the 7 of Wands, the issue of the breaking of patterns, but see that I have now moved into the realm of ideals, of vision, of law, of the dictates of my clan and my creed.  She tells me then that the harvest will come, even though it may seem as if it never will.

I thank the small humble mouse, she has provided me much inspired wisdom, and I walk on towards a man that is still alive, that I see beckoning to me across the stinking grey mud. He lays there, a shadow of life remaining to him, but yet seeking a connection, his eyes burning with intensity in the ravaged torn hopelessness of his face. I kneel in the filthy swamp, shuddering as the ice cold water seeps up to my waist, creeping like the hands of death into the warmth of my own life blood.

The man tells me his name, and he tells me of love, the love of his heart, the love of his mother, the love of his comrades, and I see in him, that although his body has died, for it is so damaged and broken that there could be no life left within it, that his heart is full of love, that the love of his heart has erased the pain that he feels and he drifts aloft upon a wave of love that is carrying him into the light, a connection to spirit that is supporting him through the trauma and suffering of his body,, and on into the world of peace and forgiveness that he is bound for.

As the man closes his eyes for the last time, I see a ghost of a smile pass across his face, and I let go of the misery and pain, the heartache, the torture and the suffering that I am mired in. I walk free of the darkness and the mud, the fetid water and the rotting bodies, the stench of war, the blood and the pointless loss of life….. I walk free of this place of death…. I walk into the light.

I see The Sun & The Moon together in the sky, The Sun to my left, and The Moon to my right. I walk, with others, who are appearing in their tens, their hundreds, and eventually their thousands, I walk with them through a huge gateway, the gateway of The Sun & The Moon. We walk together in a valley of sheltered and golden beauty, the place that we can all remember, the place that we can call home., and that as we walk, we are joined, united within ourselves, for we have survived this place, we have found our contentment, we are strong, for we have looked upon the face of the divine.

I carry on walking into the light, and the features of the landscape fade away into dazzling white until I am blinded by the intensity of it: and when I open my eyes again, I am sitting, as I was before, but different, in the peace and calm of The Hallway of Beginnings.


The 9 of Wands
Strength
Moon in Sagittarius
10 to 20 degrees of Sagittarius
The Lord of Great Strength


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives om the Head Shot Fadebeautiful Beara Peninsular in the South West of Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

Stars In My Eyes: Seeking Contact With The Divine

For me, Astrology has always been first and foremost an art form, a language that has helped me to interpret my connections with the rest of the cosmos. When I first discovered this fascinating study, long ago, in my youth, it possessed me with a fervour bohemiaand excitement that threw me into a maelstrom of avid learning that enthralled me for the majority of the next seven years! I felt that it was more of a reawakening, rather than a new revelation, as since I  had become fascinated with Greek mythology from around the age of seven, much of the Astrological material that I was reading, mentioned concept as and archetypes of which I was already familiar.

I had already read at length on various different philosophies, and explored, although not in depth, the tenets of several different religions, finding within them that the theories surrounding re incarnation resonated with me particularly. One book especially, called “The Only Planet of Choice” which is a series of channeled answers to questions put to a body of beings referred to as the “Council of Nine”, affected me particularly. Looking back now, from what was then my “far future”, I can see that even from an early age, I was in need of a belief system, and that through my own research, experimentation, revelations, and finally with the language and insight of Astrology, I managed to develop my own creed, one that suited me!

What I love so much about Astrology is the way it unites the earth to the cosmos. The medieval-astrologer-science-sourcewhole statement, “as above so below” permeates every strand of what is written, and through it I find my connection with the divine. I feel and see the Gods working in my life, testing me, loving me, honouring me, limiting me… and yet it is not a religion, there is no fixed code, no absolute truth, no book of law…. for the human being is the random piece in the jigsaw… we always have the final say….

As I have matured, Astrology has become a lifelong friend, one who explains to me what is to happen, and in greater depth “what has happened”, giving me much needed insight and the necessary healing if required. Astrology shares its wisdom with me, illuminating my path, a path that sometimes seems dark and dangerous, and gives me the foresight and faith that I need, so that I may travel on, with renewed enthusiasm and bravery.

Recently I was trying to explain Astrology to an acquaintance, who seemed only to perceive the divinatory possibilities of the art. I said that a horoscope was similar to a map, in that you could go to a foreign country without a map, and find all manner of wom1interesting things, just by hearsay, and wandering around; but, travelling map in hand, how much more of an insight into that country would you have! The mountain ranges would be marked, the main roads, the big cities, the deserts, the forests and the wildernesses etc. and that although a map wasn’t the country, one’s knowledge of the country would be greatly enhanced if one had, and understood, the map!!

Astrology has always been, and always will be, a very magical thing for me, it unites the mystical, the psychological, the spiritual, the scientific, the historical, the mythical, the divine and the unknown….. weaves it into a pattern that is unique, and then puts my name on it… a mandala that guides me ever deeper into a profound understanding of both myself, and the world in which I live.

Coloured Flammarion crop


My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives in the wilds of Western Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me at www.joannakategrant.com.

Thoth Tarot Daily: Friday May 19th 2017

There has been a great deal of strong female energy in the cards this week and today we see The Queen Disks emerging for the third time! The theme today continues with the need to look back at the difficulties that you have overcome, and that which has sustained you through this period. You are called too to look at whether your hearts dream is a part of your future. You desire recognition, both from yourself and others, but also know that recognition in itself is not the key, but rather the deeds for which you are known. It is a case of connecting to that for which you wish to be known, and there may be decisions that are required today in order to help this to come about.

It becomes more important now to operate in a way that you entirely approve of, in a way of which you are proud, and through this understanding today the decisions that may be required become easier to make because you are acting from the heart. A new phase in your life is beginning and you’re able to leave the past behind, much will change, but you will be safe in the knowledge that you are acting with the best interests of all; moving forward with love and understanding.

The 6 of Wands, The Queen of Disks, The Ace of Swords


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Thoth Tarot Daily: Thursday May 18th 2017

An interesting bundle today where you are confronted with the matter of aligning your deep sense of passion and lust for life with your desire for love of beauty and peace. You crave the divine intoxication of lust, and the profound connection with the source that this brings, and know that this is vital for you. How to bring this into manifestation? How to find that place where you can lose yourself in the totality of the experience, yet also hold that experience forever in your heart. You want a lover and a husband, a mistress and a wife…. you want it all!! These sometimes disparate yet related longings unite today and you see that your challenge is to bring these passions together under one roof, and to recognize that you require no less than this.  The struggle to express both these energies finds its best home in the hands of the artist, who can mold and deepen the fiery passions of creation into the serene beauty of the finished product. If you’re working with relationships, nothing less than brutal honesty about who you are will meet with success; allow your intense passion to be expressed with pride and without fear through the face of love. The changes that you have undergone lately suggest that you are walking a new path of authenticity and honesty about who you actually are…. now is the time to live this out in your waking life.

The 9 of Wands, Lust, The Empress


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The North Node in Leo: Love Has The Face of a Goddess, But The Talons of a Lion.

I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up! Ingrid Bergman

For the next year and a half, the North Node of the Moon will be in the sign of Leo, with its corresponding South Node in the sign of Aquarius. If you are blessed with planets or angles located in the sign of Leo, watch out for new energy coming in, as the nodal axis passes these points. For other star watchers, you might notice which houses of the horoscope are being highlighted by the North Node in Leo. The nodal axis moves in reverse, i.e “retrograde motion” so is currently at 29 degrees, and will move “backwards through Leo, to finally enter Cancer in November 2018.

If you were born with the North Node in Leo you may be familiar with the ongoing struggle with the will that this can present, together with the challenge to develop personal strength in life. There is often a strong desire for a better life, and for personal recognition, but also alongside this, a difficulty with realising that this can often only come as a result of your own creative efforts.

For the rest of us, what does the transiting North Node in Leo offer us? And how can we use this available energy to its best effect?.

With Leo, creativity is king, and this 18 month period may be seen as a window of opportunity for fostering creativity, will, artistic projects, love, romance, playfulness and all things Leo, into whichever area of life this sign rules in your chart. Watch out for opportunities in the environment (indicated by the area of life where you have Leo in your chart) to develop artistic talents, achieve public recognition, find artistic acclaim, (or notoriety) be celebrated, or otherwise become talked of or noticed.

Thoth 5 of Wands
The Five of Wands

As we know, “by our vices and our virtues shall we be known”, so it may also be relevant to remember that hubris is also connected to Leo, and that one can also be known for ones misdemeanors as well as ones more laudable achievements.

Being able to stand forward and be seen as separate from the crowd, may be a challenge for some at this time, even if this is something that has been desired. When it finally comes to the crunch, it may feel safer to sink back into the anonymity of the group. Will you be able to face the challenge when it comes?

Thoth 6 of Wands
The Six of Wands

 Will you be able to speak out, be noticed, to stand by your beliefs, to be counted for your ideals, to assume the role of King? All this and more comes along with the shiny golden crown that Leo promises, and the heavy cloak of responsibility that it bears. Along with the promise of adoration,

Thoth 7 of Wands
The Seven of Wands

comes too the fear inherent in letting go of freedom, of the commitment to a chosen path, rather than the path of the group, and it can mean a lonely road, but also one of your own choosing.

The Tarot Cards from The Thoth that are associated with Leo are the Five, Six & Seven of Wands, which I feel are connected to the strife that is inherent in “battling” for the position, the sense of pride and victory that is won, when the position is achieved, a momentary phase, and finally the bravery that must be employed to uphold the position, the responsibility and the road ahead, the challenge of maintaining the vision, and recognizing that you must continue, or bow out to a new pretender to the throne.

Truth does not sit in a cave and hide like a lie. It wanders around proudly and roars loudly like a lion.

~ Suzy Kassem


 I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives in the wilds of Western Ireland. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice in offering guidance and empowerment, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here .

 

 

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