Astrology and Tarot
Astrology and Tarot as Sister Disciplines
Astrology and tarot are sister disciplines. The tarot has astrological associations throughout both the major and minor arcana (sections of cards), and interpreting these cards benefits from an understanding of astrology. Likewise, astrology is better understood through the nuanced symbolism of the tarot.
Both astrology and tarot are languages of associations and references. If you want to go deeper into either a tarot card or a astrological planet/house/sign, you nearly always can. I read both tarot and astrology by peeling back layers, one by one, until we (you and I) reach the heart of the matter. Once we reach the heart of the matter, we can then use the materials in the reading (tarot cards or astrology chart) to consider options for responding to situations in a way that fits your goals and personal ethics.
What is Astrology and How I Practice It
Astrology is the discipline of examining personalities; life and world circumstances; and ideal actions to take in the future according to the relative timing, movements, and angles of the planets and other objects (such as the comet Chiron or our sun). To get the most out of an astrology reading, it’s good to have your natal chart or to know the closest time and location of your birth as possible.
I practice Western Tropical Astrology. This is a form of astrology that many, though certainly not all, western astrologers keep as their default. So, if you hear someone in North America or Europe simply reference astrology, they likely mean Western Tropical Astrology. Western refers to the tradition (Western astrology rather than Chinese or Vedic astrology) that focuses on signs (Aries through Pisces), houses (12 total, representing different areas of life), and planets (planets, stars, comets, asteroids, and the moon may be included in this). The word tropical refers to the way the zodiac lines up (we are floating in space after all!), and for the tropical approach, we use angles among planets rather than the angles out to the stars (this would be the sidereal approach).
What is Tarot and how I read it
Tarot is a discipline of examining situations, persons, and topics using tarot cards. A tarot deck differs from a normal deck of cards because in addition to the four suits (called the minor arcana) there are an additional 22 cards called the major arcana. The major arcana are sometimes called the keys to the tarot because they represent the major people, cycles, and catalysts in our lives.
There are many types of tarot decks, and while most follow a similar format and offer similar meanings, it’s good to know what sets a particular deck apart (for example the Crowley-Thoth deck uses a different numbering than the more commonly used Rider-Waite deck). I choose to do my readings with a Rider-Waite or a Gaian tarot deck. I read with the Rider-Waite deck because I find its deep symbolism and clarity to be accessible to many of the people I read for. I read with the Gaian deck because it is more inclusive of age, gender, and ethnic diversity and also depicts scenes from Oregon, which make it feel like home. I have one of my tarot teachers to thank for sharing her enthusiasm of the Gaian deck with me. If you come for a reading with me and would like to look at one of my decks, please let me know.