So, the Star of David is about to appear in our skies and everyone is getting rather excited. The last time the Star of David, or the 'Grand Sextile', appeared in our skies was on 7th February 1945, shortly before the end of World War II, and this month, a similar powerful and transformative energy is at work in our skies and lives.
A Grand Sextile occurs when six major planets are sextile to each other, or spread throughout the heavens at 60° to each other, producing pretty patterns on Astrological charts.
This configurations has a significant impact on our creative potential, but because it is all nicely balanced with a lot of sextiles and trines in the mix, this potential often remains potential.
In 1945, the planets of the Star of David spread themselves between the fire and air signs, but the Star of David we will experience on 29th July 2013 will see the planets lying with the earth and water signs. This means, to get the most out of the wonderful transformative energies, most of us will need an extra push into proactivity.
It is for this purpose, I have designed a Tarot spread to help you work with this rare and positive astrological aspect, which should enable you to harness the transformative energies and get the most out of this once in a lifetime astrological boon.
It is a six card spread which is read in two parts. The first part associates six cards with the seven planets of the Grand Sextile. The second part will look at how the astrological aspects of sextiles, trines and oppositions shed further light into the energies and opportunities currently at work in your life.
You can do the spread in advance of the Grand Sextile (which is due to hit the big skies on 29th July 2013), so you can prepare for the energies, or you can conduct the reading on 29th July, using the energies of that day to produce a knock out reading. On the 29th, the period between 20.00-23.00 BST will be the most potent due to the moon's position
If you wish to book a reading from me using this spread, contact me via the usual channels. (It will cost £30). As always, I will conduct your reading in a sacred space, and produce a PDF reading which will be emailed to you.
The Star of David Spread
Part One - The Planets:
The first part of this reading involves dealing six cards for the six points of the Star of David, and interpreting them in relation to the planets.
Card One: Venus (In Virgo, Earth Sign)
This position relates to the nurturing aspects of your life. Venus is the planet of love, lust, relationships and beauty. Take a few minutes to think about how this card relates to Venus and its relevance to your life at the moment.
What is this card telling you about the loving and nurturing aspects in your life?
Venus is associated with the Tarot card The Empress.
If you are familiar with the Tarot, but not so much the planets, you can read this card as though it has been paired with the Empress. If the Empress shows up in this position, Venus will be highly dominant in your life. Perhaps children, pets, pregnancy or gardening will be high on your agenda, and these areas of your life will be blessed.
Card Two: Mars/Jupiter (In Cancer, Water Sign)
This position represents the energy you project and your approach to the outside world. When Mars conjuncts Jupiter, the energy and action of Mars combines with the expansiveness and fortune of Jupiter to create amazing (although sometimes overpowering) results. Hold the card you deal for this position in your right hand and think about how assertive you are with other people, how you attempt to get your way in negotiations, and how you try to expand your world.
What is this card telling you about how you relate to the outside world?
Mars is represented by the Tarot card The Tower, and Jupiter is represented by The Wheel of Fortune. Think about how the Tower, the Wheel of Fortune and the card you deal for this position interact with each other.
If the Tower turns up in this position, be careful your energy and assertion do not become destructive. Take a deep look at the structures in your life, and ask if the things around you are helping or hindering your spiritual wellbeing. It could be time to let the Tower fall, quit your job, say good bye to a destructive or stifling friend or partner, or move to a new area and start a whole new life.
If the Wheel of Fortune turns up in this position, you will have more of the luck, charisma and philosophical approach of Jupiter, so your approach to life's problems is likely to be truly ground breaking and great things are on the horizon. You just have to go out and get them.
Card Three: The Moon (In Taurus, Earth Sign)
This position represents your subconscious, and all of the emotions and instincts that dwell in the darker corners of your mind. Hold this card in your left hand and reflect on how it makes you feel. Think about how you use your imagination in your life, and how well you are in tune with your inner voice.
What is this card telling you about how your conscious mind interacts with your subconscious mind?
The Moon is represented by the Tarot card
the High Priestess, so, when you interpret this card, imagine this card is
lingering in the shadows. If this card shows up in this position, your
subconscious will be doing a lot of talking to you in the near future, and you
had better learn how to listen to it. It would be a good idea to start keeping
a dream journal, indulge in meditations or shamanic journeying, or whatever your
preferred method is to listen to your inner voice. Whatever you do, give your
subconscious a platform, it has a big role to play in your cosmic awakening.
Card Four: Neptune (In Pisces, Water Sign)
This position represents the illusory Neptune. The things in your life that are hard to pin down, the friend who is not what they seem, the illusions and stories you tell yourself to stop yourself seeing the painful truth.
What is this card telling you about the things you can't see clearly?
The Hanged Man turns himself upside down to gain greater insight into the things he does not fully understand. This is the card assigned to Pluto. If this card comes up in this position, you need to take steps to uncover the false ideas in your life. Maybe you are being lied to, maybe you are lying to yourself, or maybe you are not being honest with other people. What is clear that you need to go on a mission for the truth, and cut through Neptune's murky waters.
Card Five: Pluto (In Capricorn, Earth Sign)
Pluto is the planet of creation and destruction. This position in the spread deals with the cycle of life: what needs to die and what is going to rise in your life.
To move forward in life, we need to let the past go: old psychological patterns of behaviour need to be confronted and released before we can move on to happier and more productive times; unhappy relationships, kept alive because it is less scary to stick with the familiar, need to be dismantled before the partners can find their true paths; and the security of a stable, but morally questionable, job needs to be discarded before a person can find a spiritually fulfilling occupation. In the end, we will be judged by our courage to change situations that do not serve our spiritual development, not how well we maintained the security of the status quo.
Look at the card you have dealt for this position. Does it represent something that you have let go, or that you need to let go? Or have you moved on in the cycle of life, and is it telling you how to cultivate a new beginning?
What is this card telling you about what needs to come to an end and what needs to rise?
Pluto is linked to the Tarot card Judgement. Through symbolic death and resurrection, we grow and thrive. If the card Judgement shows up in this position, you need to take a close look at how you are using your power, think carefully about what you need to let go, and put your energy into rebirth, not resisting death.
Card Six: Saturn (In Scorpio, Water Sign)
Saturn is often referred to as the Lord of Karma. This position in the spread brings into focus our Karmic pathway on our journey through life.
Sometimes we go astray from our karmic path because we want to do too much. But we are only here for a short time, and we have certain things to do and lessons to learn in our precious time here. So Saturn, the planet of restrictions, time and karma, steps forward to help us focus our life's lessons.
Take a good look at the card you have dealt for your karmic focus during this major astrological event. Think about the events in your life and the challenges that you are to face, and reflect on this card. What spiritual lessons are you here to learn in this incarnation.
What is this card telling you about what you can realistically achieve on your karmic path?
The World is the Tarot card associated with Saturn. If this card shows up in this position, it indicates you are mastering your Karmic lessons with flair. Perhaps you have mastered one lesson and are about to move on to learn a new lesson, in which case, expect a whole new situation to present itself into your life.
Part Two - The Aspects:
The next step of the reading is to interpret the cards in terms of the astrological aspects represented in the Grand Sextile.
Write down you observations for each aspect, taking your time, and letting your intuition find connections.
A sextile is formed when planets are positioned in the sky at 60° to each other. Planets sextile to each other have certain influences on each other.
Pair the cards sextile to each other, following the purple lines of the hexagon in the above picture.
Bearing in mind the planetary influences in the previous section, ask the following questions for each pair:
- How are these cards working in harmony?
- What is it about these two cards paired up together that makes you feel comfortable?
- How are they representing talents and abilities that you are using well?
- How might their influence make you too passive?
The Star of David forms two triangles: The Grand Earth Trine and the Grand Water Trine.
Cards in positions 1, 3 and 5 form the Grand Earth Trine and cards in positions 2, 4 and 6 for the Grand Water Trine. (See the blue and green lines in the above picture).
Look at the three cards of each Grand Trine and interpret them in terms of their element and the following questions.
- How do the energies from the cards support each other?
- What support do these cards give you?
- How are these cards showing you your potential?
- How can you better utilise the energies in these cards?
Pair the cards which appear opposite to each other (1 and 4, 2 and 5, and 3 and 6, joined by a red line in the above picture) and, bearing in mind the planetary influences in the previous section, ask the following questions:
- What tensions could these cards be referring to?
- How can use harness these conflicting energies?
- What conflicts arising from these two cards need resolving?
If you want me to do a reading for you using this spread, it will cost £30. Use the contact me box at the side of this blog, or email me. Other spread alternatives are available, details can be found here.
Books I Have Found Useful In Creating this Spread:
Clark, Brian (2006) Celestial Tarot (Stamford: US Games, Inc.)
Hall, Judy (2009) The Astrology Bible (London: Godsfield Press)
Parker, Julia and Parker, Derek (2001) Parkers’ Astrology: The Definitive Guide to Using Astrology in Every Aspect of Your Life (Dorling Kindersley: London)
Pollack, Rachel (1997) Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom (London: Thorsons)
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