Tarot Clarity – Mars in Virgo – Nine of Cups

August 17th 2019: After being tested by the aggressive final degrees of Leo, Mars graduates to the sign of Virgo. Mars in Virgo is the ancient masculine monk/priest archetype, that is embodied best in the modern era by the archetype of a professor in a book-filled office, a world leading expert in his chosen field of study, never making time for a relationship or family, his passion directing him to use all of his life to research, collect a body of knowledge, and teach earnest students.

The Nine of Cups represents what Alejandro Jodorowsky calls “the autumn of the heart,” time to harvest the emotions in such a way that we are ready to move on. He also mentions sacrifice and detachment- core concepts of mutable earth sign Virgo.

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Mars in Virgo as the Nine of Cups is a symbol of the teacher/student dynamic, and the radical detachment strategy utilized by the most effective professors, in order to give all that they can give without micro-managing their students’ struggles in learning, their efforts in class, and their level of understanding of the material. His focus should not be up close on the student’s emotional experience, but from a higher perspective, on teaching the syllabus term after term and continually developing a deeper and more relevant curriculum- and most importantly, doing what it takes to be able to show up consistently. Mars in Virgo is the energy of the magnetic classroom connection that happens when students can rely on great professors to be predictable yet challenging, caring and yet totally impartial.

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Tarot Clarity – Pluto in Capricorn – Nine of Pentacles

Pluto, king of the Kuiper Belt/Underworld in Capricorn, the southernmost realm of the Sun: 2008 – 2023. Gutting and cleaning. Endgame for the corporate structures that are manufacturing the end of life as we know it. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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The Nine is a crisis that indicates something nearing its completion. The orientation of the coins on the Nine of Pentacles shows that in the material realm, crisis is the herald of a new arrival.

Pluto in Capricorn as the Nine of Pentacles shows that the old world is dying and it will not persist in its current form. It will fall no matter what because its time is up. Meanwhile the new world needs midwives- this is where Pluto is transforming our individual life paths and the barriers that separate us from each other, so we will be able to participate in creating a new society.
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