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Neptune

Neptune is the planet of our subconscious minds, influencing our dreams and fantasies, our imaginations, hopes, beliefs and our connection to spirituality. Yet Neptune can also be deceiving, as there is a tendency to take the fantasies that Neptune delivers as true reality, only to realize later that we've been duped. Confusion can arise when Neptune's in the picture, yet there is also incredible potential for compassion, creation, and connectivity. Read More »


Uranus

Uranus is the rebellious planet of awakening, change, and surprise. It's the planet that makes us react -- it shocks us and pushes us into action through sudden events in our environment, or by revealing radical truths within ourselves. Are you a real risk-taker, or do you seize up when confronted with change? Whatever your style, you can thank Uranus for that. Read More »


Saturn

Saturn in Astrology Saturn symbolizes boundaries, limits, and crystallization. As the last planet visible to the naked eye it represented the end of the solar system, the point where our version of reality ended. Saturn is about necessity, responsibility, and dealing with the rules of life, and, therefore, was considered to be the most difficult planet of all. Read More »


Jupiter

More about Jupiter About Jupiter Direct | Jupiter's Promises Report Jupiter In Astrology Jupiter is the planet of expansion, guiding the way we open our minds, build our awareness, and grow our lives, our space, and our viewpoints throughout this lifetime. Our levels of luck and the type of opportunities that come our way are directly tied to Jupiter's influence, as are our unique skills and education. Read More »


Mercury

Mercury in Astrology Mercury is the planet of the mind and mouth, guiding the way we think, our communication style, and our level of focus. Is your thought process very methodical? Inquisitive? Scattered? Do you communicate on a logical, practical level, or in a more sensitive, emotional manner? Mercury's location in your birth chart in your birth chart influences all of this! Read More »


The Major Arcana: Fool's Journey

Modern interpreters sometimes refer to the Tarot majors as the Fool's Journey. The 21 images of the trumps are seen as stages in a psychological or mystical journey and the Fool is seen as the pilgrim. Read More »


Dr. Robert V. O'Neill

Dr. O'Neill recently retired as Senior Research Scientist and Corporate Fellow, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has more than 240 publications including several books on Ecological Theory. He has served on the National Science Foundation Panel on Ecological Sciences and the Editorial Boards of Ecology, Columbia University Press, Ecosystem Journal, and Conservation Ecology. Read More »


Fool Cards

Figure 1 shows the four intact cards from the 15/16th century decks. The fool appears in a variety of guises from the goitered idiot with feathers in his hair to the homeless man with bells to warn of his approach. In two cases, he is being played with or tormented by children. In all cases he is carrying an object: a staff, a branch, or a belt of bells. In two cases he has a foolscap with the ears of a jackass. In all cases his clothing is inadequate. Read More »


Tarot Bagatto Cards

In the 15th century, the modern Magician card was known as "Bagatto". The five surviving images of the Bagatto from the 15/16th century are shown in Figure 1. All show a man standing or sitting at a table. They wear Read More »


Tarot Death Cards

IntroductionThe material is this essay will eventually be developed into a complete analysis of the iconology of the 15/16th century Tarot images. But since I have decided to begin in the middle of the trumps, some brief introduction is required. Read More »


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