Category Archives: Astrology & Tarot

Live from Vashon Intuitive Arts

© Pat Paquette 2011

Today I’m blogging from Vashon Intuitive Arts in beautiful downtown Vashon.

I used to drive by this place all the time, thinking, “I wonder what that is,” but I was on a mission to the bank or the grocery store and didn’t take the time.

Then one day, there was clearly something going on – books on tables outside and lots of people. I did a U-turn and ended up getting an amazing Tarot reading with a gentleman who has studied Jungian psychology and who learned Tarot with the internationally acclaimed Angeles Arrien.

He was using a deck he created himself, with a couple of extra cards, including one he called “Hats,” depicting a UFO. I drew it as part of my reading and was told it was a sign of communications with beings in other dimensions. I keep telling him I want to put his deck on my site, but he drew all the cards by hand and hasn’t yet converted them to digital images.

I also found an old copy of Alice Bailey’s book, the one Ruth always cites in her posts. As I have discovered, synchronicity happens here with amazing frequency.

VIA is a metaphysical center started last year by four women with a vision, each with a special gift, whether in healing, art, or doing the books. The center has space for readings, group meetings, and body work, and there’s a great lending library for members. The shop sells books, crystals, jewelry, and lots of different items that are hard to describe. There are “Native American” rattles made by a local artisan. I was a bit skeptical about its being the real thing, until someone picked it up and shook it. The vibration was so powerful that I had energy spasms from head to toe for a good five minutes.

I’ll be doing readings here periodically over the summer, mostly astrology, but Tarot for anyone who prefers it. In the meantime, I’m helping out at the front desk. I can bring my laptop and do reports or write for my blog. I also get to play with the crystal singing bowls (that’s one at the bottom left of the photo). It’s hard to describe the effect of these things on anyone who hasn’t heard them. They are, literally, life-changing. Again, it has to do with vibrations. All we are is a mass of vibrating atoms, and we respond to certain frequencies. The bowls are attuned to the seven chakras and can help open those energy pathways.

So, here I am, live from VIA. If you’re in the Seattle area, you can schedule a reading with me here. Otherwise, I’m available on a limited basis for telephone readings, so be sure to schedule in advance. I also just posted my new Solar Return report, so if you have a birthday coming up, check it out. They make great gifts, too.

Taurus and The Hierophant

Pope Benedict in his Hierophant posePope Benedict’s visit to the United States just as the Sun is entering Taurus provides a perfect backdrop to discuss the meaning of The Hierophant, the fifth card of the Tarot and one that often elicits a negative response.

With a couple of exceptions, each of the 78 cards in the Tarot deck has an astrological correspondence. The Hierophant, called The Pope in older decks, is associated with Taurus. (How’s that for synchronicity?)

The creators of modern decks, in an attempt to avoid association with the Catholic Church, changed the name to Hierophant or High Priest, but retained much of the symbolism of the papacy, most notably the crossed keys. It’s no wonder, then, that many people have uncomfortable feelings about this card, which seems oppressive, intolerant, moralizing, and hypocritical – just as the Church has been for most of the past millennium.

Crossed keys on Vatican sealAmong the many ways the Church controlled the populace was to attach guilt to sex and to require intercession by a priest to talk to God. In other words, you couldn’t converse directly with the divine, but had to go through someone with more authority. The Pope had the highest authority on Earth and was seen as a “bridge” to God; thus the alternative name, “pontiff” (from the Latin root “pont”).

This wouldn’t have been such a bad concept if it hadn’t been enforced the way it was. In ancient cultures such as Sumer and Babylon, it was the job of the high priests and priestesses to interpret the signs in the heavens and offer divine guidance. It’s interesting to note that some of the early styles of papal headgear mirrored the hats worn by the high priests of Sumer.

The Hierophant, Smith-Waite deck. Notice the crossed keys at his feet.The true meaning of this card lies in the ability to communicate with the divine. It’s about intuition, especially through hearing the messages that come to us seemingly out of nowhere, but that we know are true and have come to us at the right time. Often, these messages help us decide what course of action to take, or they are the inner voice that stops us from doing something we’ll regret later.

Listening to your intuition can be tricky, because it’s easy to confuse with wishful thinking. Knowing that the higher voice you’re hearing is authentic requires a heavy dose of self-honesty and discipline. In that regard, this card does contain an element of a higher authority.

But we needn’t think of this as negative. Like any form of power, it’s only bad when abused.

Love and blessings,
Aquarius, associated with The StarPat