Fall is definitely in the air! The vibrant colours of Summer and Early Fall are beginning to subside into Yellows and Golds–colours associated with Spirituality and the Higher Self in many many cultures.
We’re nearing the end of the Growing Season and approaching this year’s Final Harvest, which was considered the end of the year by our ancestors. After the hard work of growing and tending crops, our ancestors took a minute to think about their harvest and themselves before having a bit of a rest and planning next season’s crops once again. Our ancestors believed that the weeks before the last harvest were especially contemplative, and that the “veil” between this world and the Spirit World was especially thin, allowing open communication. It is because of this belief that we celebrate Hallowe’en, the traditional New Years. And it’s because of Hallowe’en and its history that there tends to be an influx of general interest in the Occult, Fortune Telling and the Paranormal. There’s usually a bunch of Psychic Fairs and Exhibitions that come to town this time of year, and my Mum and I love to partake in them!
I had the most wonderful day on Saturday–I had the pleasure of attending a local Psychic Fair with my Mum and Auntie. If you’ve been following my previous Blogs, you know that I’m an avid reader of Tarot Cards, and I also enjoy having others read my cards for me. I read my own cards periodically, sometimes more frequently than other times, and I have my preferred Tarot Decks, which you can read all about in Me And My Tarot.
I usually have my cards read once a year or so professionally, and I really enjoy sharing this experience with my Mum and chatting about our individual readings over a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
While there were numerous appealing professional Tarot Readers at this particular Psychic Fair, the three of us decided to opt for something different this year and consult an Astrologist, who also incorporated some Palmistry and Clairvoyance into the Reading.
All three of us were exceptionally pleased with our individual readings, and felt that our Reader was able to gain a strong and accurate sense of our personalities, challenges and attributes. I have to say that this particular Reader knew things that no one else would know–she gave an accurate account (with dates) of my “struggles” over the past two years in being uprooted from my home, described my husband perfectly, and just “knew” many of the joys and challenges that I’ve recently faced–it was pretty amazing and quite touching.
I’ve found general Astrology to be a mixed bag when taken at its face value–reading the Sun Sign Horoscopes. I’m a Taurus, and for fun, I’ve read various generic Horoscopes for Taurus since I was a pre teen for amusement. I’ve read books on how to draw an Astrological Chart that I’ve been pleased with (“The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need” by Joanna Martine Woolfolk is a great example), but it was nice to have the “human touch” and individualized insight.
It probably goes without saying that there is far more to Astrology than one’s general “newspaper” Sun Sign.
As “mystic” Psychiatrist, and Astrology affectionado Carl Jung stated, “We are born in a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and season in which we are born.”
In order to have the most accurate Astrological Reading, the exact time and birthplace is needed. Most of us know our birthplace as it’s written on our Birth Certificate, but time of birth can be a little iffy for some people, including my Mother, who’s own Mother (now deceased) couldn’t remember at what time my Mum was birthed. I was born at an easy to remember 12:01am so my chart (and Reading) was able to be a lot more specific than my Mother’s.
Based on the time of birth and location of birth, the Sun, Moon and various Planets are alined in different positions, which purportedly have an influence on the individual. Certain Gems, Colours, Locations, Plants and Symbols are also associated with various planets and positions. Jet, one of my most favourite gemstones, happens to correspond with my birth time
The placement of the Moon during an individual’s date of birth is supposed to influence and reflect inward personality, and my Moon being in Pisces didn’t offer me any surprises–it was pretty right on. Those with a Moon in Pisces are supposed to be highly creative, sensitive, lovers of humanity and the arts. Their disposition is one that is drawn to metaphysics, the super-natural and all sorts of spirituality. Often those with a Moon in Pisces have a humble gentleness to them. Famous people with a Moon in Pisces include: Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Che Guevara and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Ascendant, or Rising Sign, is the Astrological Sign that is rising on the Eastern Horizon at the time of birth. Mine happens to be on the cusp, or border, between Capricorn and Aquarius. The Ascending Sign is supposed to influence how the individual would like to be seen, and how they tend to deal with people publicly. Despite the rather conflicting nature of my two Rising Signs (most people only have one), I certainly see that duality within myself.
If I’m feeling stressed, or uncomfortable, or with something special to prove to my audience, the Capricorn side takes over and I tend to project a reserved, competent, hard-working and no-nonsense persona.
If I’m comfortable, and feeling my best self, the Aquarius side takes over and I focus on making others laugh with my quirky sense of humour. I like to “show off” my flair for the arts with my unique fashion sensibilities and love of colourful language and conversation.
Of course, the alignment of my other planetary positions comes into play as well, and it was definitely interesting!
All around, I’m apparently in for a productive, successful and busy next few months, once the remaining dust from my recent upheaval finally settles. I’m feeling very good about the direction many aspects of my personal and professional life are headed and I hope that what was predicted is truly “in the stars” for me.
I was eager to hear about my Mum and Auntie’s Readings as well and we did enjoy a beautiful meal and glass of wine post Fair at one of my favourite restaurants. Such a nice way to bond with both myself and my family–I found the experience more enriching with my family’s feedback.
Am I a firm, die hard believer in Astrology?
No. But I believe there’s more to be gained from being open than being decidedly closed to these types of things. I find it to be entertaining, insightful and helpful if taken with a grain of salt, openness (and sense of humour).
For myself anyways, it helps to remind me that there’s something bigger than myself; a Universe full of mystery and possibility. It gives a link to our collective ancestors who looked to the sky (something larger) for answers and assistance. It reminds me that life is both trivial and serious–if you take anything too seriously, you’re missing the point and a whole realm of possibility.