The Tarot of Ideals
Astrology Oracle Cards
This is experimental. I never had much interest in astrology because the heavens are like a big clock, virtually 100% predictable, and I am more attracted to random or at least unpredictable events such as yarrow stalks or cards. But the archetypes of astrology would seem to be at least as meaningful as those of the Tarot, and the practice is much older than the I Ching. So why not use astrological symbols as an oracle that the user consults in Tarot-like fashion?
Well, here it is. The first three fans are planets, zodiac signs, and houses, respectively. They start out shuffled; shuffle again if you prefer. Click one card from each fan to select it. Then, if the “planet” was the moon, a fourth fan will appear below for the moon phase. You may show the planets, signs, or houses if you want to consult for a specific one.
If you are curious, the entire deck is displayed at the bottom of the page.
Choose a planet, a sign, and a house:
If your planet is the moon, choose a moon phase:
In a nutshell, planets represent “energies,” zodiac signs color the expression of those energies, and the houses are where the energies are most likely to manifest.
For example, let’s say your cards are Mars, Libra, and the third house. Mars is masculine, energetic, possibly aggressive. Libra represents balance and harmony. And the third house represents communication and one’s everyday relationships. This suggests the need to control the energetic and aggressive aspects of your interactions with others.
Note that this is an oracle that uses astrological symbols and archetypes; it is not any sort of horoscope.
Classical “planets” are the luminaries that move relative to the fixed stars, including the sun and moon. The keywords below are based on the characteristics of each planet and its archetypal associations.
Ruler of the day.
The source of life on earth.
Annual cycle, solstices and equinoxes.
The center of the solar system.
Helios (Sol), god of the Sun, life, and creation.
Apollo, god of archery, music and dance, truth and prophecy, healing and diseases, the Sun and light, poetry.
|one’s core being
law and order
arts and sciences
Ruler of the night.
The most changeable of the planets.
Waxes and wanes in a monthly cycle.
Has a hidden far side.
Selene (Luna), goddess of the Moon; brother of Helios.
Artemis (Diana), virgin goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, and chastity; twin sister of Apollo.
Hecate, associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, ghosts, magic and sorcery.
Always close to the sun.
Visible only briefly, in the evening and morning.
Moves the fastest.
Hermes (Mercury), messenger god; also of commerce, travel, thieves, trickery, and sports.
Mercurial: rapidly and unpredictably changeable.
The brightest object in the sky after the sun and moon.
Visible in evening and morning, when lovers are together.
Aphrodite (Venus), goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.
Veneral: having to do with sexual activity.
|personal||the Lesser Benefic|
The most variable of the planets other than the moon, as the relative difference in distances between opposition and conjunction is the greatest.
Brighter than Jupiter at its brightest.
A red object that flares up periodically like war.
Ares (Mars), god of war; father of Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror).
Athena (Minerva), goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare; brother of Ares.
Martial: having to do with war.
|personal||the Lesser Malefic|
Often the brightest object in the sky; ruler of the night when the moon is not visible.
More massive than the rest of the solar system (other than the sun) put together.
Complex retinue of moons, including Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system; it, Callisto, Io, and Europa are all larger than some planets.
Also controls the Trojan asteroids.
Zeus (Jupiter or Jove), god of the sky and thunderbolt, ruler of the gods; father of Hermes (Mercury), Aphrodite (Venus), and Ares (Mars), as well as Apollo, Artemis, and Athena; brother of Posiedon (Neptune) and Hades (Pluto); son of Kronos (Saturn), grandson of Ouranos (Uranus).
Jovial: cheerful, good-humored.
|social||the Greater Benefic|
Dimmer, colder, and more distant than Jupiter.
Moves the slowest of the classical planets.
Kronos, a titan who overthrew and mutilated his father Ouranos, and was in turn overthrown by his son Zeus.
Saturn, god of agriculture and plenty.
Saturnine: cold, slow, gloomy.
|social||the Greater Malefic|
The first new planet to be discovered since the dawn of man.
Faint, but actually visible to the naked eye at times; never recognized in antiquity.
Has a unique perspective as it is tipped almost at right angles to its orbit (97°).
Ouranos (Caelus), primordial god of the sky.
Celestial: having to do with the sky (caelum).
Blue like the sea, with vigorous weather and storms.
The most distant planet for part of its orbit.
Its gravity influences the many smaller objects outside its orbit (the Kuiper belt), including Pluto.
Poseidon (Neptune), god of the sea, storms, and earthquakes.
dreams and visions
The representative of all the objects past Neptune (we now know it is not the only one).
Very eccentric orbit, not aligned with the rest.
Highly inclined axis (120°) like Uranus.
Hades (Pluto), god of the underworld and mineral wealth.
Plutocracy: rule by the wealthy.
Astrological signs are based on, but not identical to, the constellations of the zodiac, which follow the path of the sun through the sky (the ecliptic). Some of their qualities are suggested by their nature (Gemini, duality; Libra, balance), but they are generally understood by the combination of their assigned elements, polarities, and modalities.
|Aries, the ram||March 21 - April 19 (vernal equinox)||fire||positive||cardinal||Mars|
|Taurus, the bull||April 20 - May 20||earth||negative||fixed||Venus|
|Gemini, the twins||May 21 - June 21||air||positive||mutable||Mercury|
|Cancer, the crab||June 21 - July 22 (summer solstice)||water||negative||cardinal||The Moon|
|Leo, the lion||July 23 - August 22||fire||positive||fixed||The Sun|
|Virgo, the maiden||August 23 - September 22||earth||negative||mutable||Mercury|
|Libra, the scales||September 23 - October 22 (autumnal equinox)||air||positive||cardinal||Venus|
|Scorpio, the scorpion||October 23 - November 21||water||negative||fixed||Mars/Pluto|
|Sagittarius, the archer (centaur)||November 22 - December 21||fire||positive||mutable||Jupiter|
|Capricorn, the sea-goat||December 22 - January 19 (winter solstice)||earth||negative||cardinal||Saturn|
|Aquarius, the water bearer||January 20 - February 18||air||positive||fixed||Saturn/Uranus|
|Pisces, the fishes||February 19 - March 20||water||negative||mutable||Jupiter/Neptune|
The houses are twelve divisions of the ecliptic, beginning at the eastern horizon and proceeding downward (following the movement of the planets). They rotate through the zodiac during the course of one day.
|House||Related Sign||Motto||Modern Title||Interpretation|
|First||Aries||Life||House of Self||Physical appearance, traits and characteristics. First impressions. General outlook into the world. Ego. Beginnings and initiatives.|
|Second||Taurus||Wealth||House of Value||Material and immaterial things of certain value. Money. Belongings, property, acquisitions. Cultivation and growth. Substance. Self-worth.|
|Third||Gemini||Brothers||House of Communications||Early education and childhood environment. Communication. Happiness. Intelligence. Achievements. Siblings. Neighborhood matters. Short, local travel, and transportation.|
|Fourth||Cancer||Parent||House of Home and Family||Ancestry, heritage, roots. Early foundation and environment. Mother or mothers as figure. The caretaker of the household. Comfort. Cyclic end of matters.|
|Fifth||Leo||Children||House of Pleasure||Recreational and leisure activities. Things which makes for enjoyment and entertainment. Games and gambling. Children. Love and romance. Creative self-expression.|
|Sixth||Virgo||Health||House of Health||Routine tasks and duties. Skills or training acquired. Jobs and Employments. Health and overall well-being. Service performed for others. Caretaking. Pets and small domestic animals.|
|Seventh||Libra||Spouse||House of Partnerships||Close, confidante-like relationships. Marriage and business partners. Agreements and treaties. Matters dealing with diplomatic relations of all kinds, including open (known) enemies. Attraction to qualities we admire from the other partner.|
|Eighth||Scorpio||Death||House of Reincarnation||Cycles of Deaths And Rebirth. Sexual relationships and deeply committed relationships of all kinds. Joint funds, finances. Other person’s resource. Occult, psychic and taboo matters. Regeneration. Self-transformation.|
|Ninth||Sagittarius||Journeys||House of Philosophy||Foreign travel and foreign countries. Culture. Long distance travels and journeys. Religion. Law and ethics. Higher education. Knowledge. Experience through expansion.|
|Tenth||Capricorn||Kingdom||House of Social Status||Ambitions. Motivations. Career. Status in society. Government. Authority. Father or father figure. The breadwinner of the household. One’s public appearance/impression at-large (audience).|
|Eleventh||Aquarius||Friendship||House of Friendships||Friends and acquaintances of like-minded attitudes. Groups, clubs and societies. Volunteering. Higher associations. Benefits and fortunes from career. One’s hopes and wishes.|
|Twelfth||Pisces||Prison||House of Self-Undoing||Mysticism and mystery. Places of seclusion such as hospitals, prisons and institutions, including self-imposed imprisonments. Things which are not apparent to self, yet clearly seen by others. Elusive, clandestine, secretive or unbeknownst matters. Privacy, retreat, reflection, and self-sacrifice. Unconscious/subconscious, dreams. Unknown enemies.|
Links for beginners:
Planets in astrology
Free Astrology Lessons
Astrology: An Introduction