Tarot Reading: Will England Retain its Monarchy?
I have asked this question previously, in fact several times. Each time I do not get a definitive no. I have got the impression that the monarchy will remain but in a different form.
So I asked the question again, and I got a broadly similar answer. I used a three card spread, as I often do, the centre card being the overt position, the left card the covert position and the right card the outcome or resolution position.
The three of wands is a generally positive reply. For me this card corresponds to the third decanate of Aries, ruled by Jupiter. I think the monarchy’s future will come up for some debate rather soon, but not to remove it, at least I don’t think so. The three of wands is quite expansive, forward thinking, even joyous, creative, so I think we could see a very different monarchy in the future, one that both harkens back to the past, spiritually, but also looks forward to new possibilities. This might mean a change of dynasty, or in the role of the monarch.
The Fool in the covert position is an indication that in the background the discussion about the monarchy’s future is already being seriously debated – and I don’t think anything is being ruled out. Some of the controversies involving some members of the Royal Family will have certainly contributed to the situation. The Fool represents primal energy, endless possibility, but also cautions one to ponder on decisions. Look at the dog scratching The Fool’s leg; is he trying to caution him? I think we are being warned here not to ‘throw the baby out with the bath water’, so to speak. The monarchy is the one steadfast element remaining in the English ‘constitution’ and I believe nations will remain an important factor in the future. Yes, changes are almost certainly needed but we should be careful what some of us may wish for.
The resolution card is The World, card 21, which also adds up to three. For me this indicates that the future decision in regard to the English/British monarchy will have a profound and universal effect. It would seem that England, and thereby Great Britain too, stands to have much influence in the future world, particularly its new monarchy, whatever form that may take. I do not think this means a united world ruled by the British monarchy! No, that would be awful; however, it could be that somehow it will become a spiritual beacon for the rest of the independent nations of the world to follow, however unlikely that might seem right now.
Copyright Francis 2022
Royal History ╽The Deadly Sophxit of Count Konigsmarck and Princess Sophia Dorothea — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)
Today’s post will be the tale of a royal exit written by guest poster Simone T. Whitlow from the blog History and Imagination. Whitlow discusses and tells the life story of Princess Sophia Dorothea and her exiting the royal family. The consequences were enormous. it is a story filled with an unhappy marriage and daring […]Royal History ╽The Deadly Sophxit of Count Konigsmarck and Princess Sophia Dorothea — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY
The tales of kings and queens can be fascinating — even modern incumbents!
Start Afresh? New Moon in Leo – Astrology Today
The New Moon on August 18/19 2020 is symbolically important and very interesting. What does this mean?
New Moons, and the immediate period after them, when the sun and Moon are in conjunction and the Moon begins a new cycle, are traditionally considered good times to begin something new, new projects, a change in lifestyle etc. What does this New Moon indicate?
Enjoy Yourself and Start Something New
A New Moon in Leo is positive in itself. Leo is the sign of ‘love, luck and life‘. It’s about enjoyment, kids, sport, having fun, making the most of your spare time. So begin something new along those lines. If we were living in different circumstances, a last minute holiday might have been a good idea to kick start something new!
This New Moon is conjunct Mercury too, planet of communication. Any new project involving the mind, books, your immediate family, neighbourhood, or something to do with local travel or business, could be well favoured if begun now.
Supercharged! And with ‘Royal‘ Approval?
What is more, this New Moon is also in very good aspect to Mars in its own sign of Aries. Although this aspect is separating, anything begun now will be supercharged! Maybe its time to give it a go, despite the circumstances we are all in.
What is effectively a triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mercury, is also very close to the fixed star Regulus. This star, which is in the constellation of Leo, is one of the brightest in the sky, and it generally has a positive reputation, often to do with royalty. The sign of Leo is course also closely connected to royalty and celebrity. One might interpret this as giving an extra ‘royal’ assent to any new project begun around now.
*Interestingly, we may here some significant news regarding royal families over the next day or so.
One more layer to add here is this Leo New Moon’s positive contact with the nodes, which have a special karmic significance. At the moment the nodes are in Gemini and Sagittarius, both signs of communication and the mind.
I think this once more tends to favour new beginnings in anything local rather than global. Thinking smaller and more local is probably the way to go.
Be Careful Out There
However, I must ring a note of caution here. Saturn, the greater malefic, so called, is in a difficult aspect to this New Moon. Whilst this aspect (the quincunx 150 degrees) may not be as obviously difficult or challenging as the square or opposition, it may signify that you should be prepared for some unexpected difficulties to arise – considering the times we are living in right now, this would not be surprising.
So yes, make the most of the New Moon in Leo. It’s special, but it’s also up to us to use this energy and propel ourselves into something new and enjoyable.
Copyright Francis Barker 2020
“What’s Your Star Sign?” Is Astrology a Science?
Speaking as a long time astrologer, I get frustrated by the trivialising of this ancient subject, which is often simply referred to as ‘star signs‘.
Recently we had the reemergence of that ‘old chestnut’ regarding the supposed 13th sign of the zodiac, namely Ophiuchus. For me and many astrologically minded people, this is wrong. The zodiac, the equal division of the ecliptic into twelve, that’s the apparent path of the sun around us, is only nominally related to the constellations.
There was a time when astrology and astronomy were the same sacred science. There was the matter of observation, followed by prognostication and prediction.
A Royal Practice
The scientist-priests of Babylon were some of the earliest known exponents of this noble function, which was propagated by many a royal family over the millennia from ancient China to Britain.
This broadly remained the same until the so called ‘Enlightenment’ of the 18th century. Astronomy, the observation of celestial phenomena was finally divorced from astrology, the latter being largely demonised and ridiculed ever since.
Triviality and Bifurcation
Whilst it is true the present day astrological community might not do itself any favours by giving too much credence to sun sign astrology to ‘make a living’, it is also true that the practice of astrology has bifurcated to an alarming degree, a bit like the church into a myriad denominations.
Although I would not like to see more control of astrological ‘tenets’, per se, I do think there is a need for simplification and tradition being reintroduced. At the moment I believe it is up to every individual astrologer to self assess.
So is astrology a science? Yes it is – but it is also an interpretive art based upon what should be a sacred science. May the sacred return to us all – and soon.
Copyright Francis Barker 2020