STARTING OUT WITH THE ASTROLOGY GAME OF CARDS – A Quick Tutorial

The Astrology Game of Cards:    A good place to begin to enjoy the Basics of Astrology!

my cards learning layout

There are 4 cards for each Zodiac Sign in the above picture.

  • Column 1 shows  the Number cards
  • Column 2 shows the Constellation cards
  • Column 3 shows the Key Word cards
  • Column 4 shows the Symbol cards

Notice that on the left column, the Number cards start at the 1st sign Aries and go down to the 12th sign Pisces.  Each of the other columns do exactly the same, showing them in order from Aries to Pisces.   Shuffle the cards and find one card for each of the different types.  Then sort all of the cards into different piles; each pile made up of the same kind of card.  Then, starting with the Number cards, sort that pile into the order of their place in the Zodiac.

Notice that at the very top are two of the Helper cards…one showing the Order of the signs, and the other is an example of a Horoscope Wheel.

The helper card should now be used to help you sort each of the columns from Aries to Pisces.

If you play with the cards this way a few times, you will rapidly become familiar with them and this knowledge will be helpful as you begin to play all the fun games to follow!

If you look at the Symbols cards, you will learn the dates that each sign falls within.  e.g. Aries falls between March 22 and April 20th.  ( The dates for each sign can change according to your year of birth.  Birthdays on a cusp need a Birth Chart  done to determine their actual sign.  e.g. the beginning or end dates could change if you were born close to the beginning or end of a sign.

Now that you are familiar with the cards, a great game to start with is the “old fashioned” game of  WAR.   After shuffling, the deck is divided between the players.  Without looking at their cards, each player simultaneously plays their top card and the highest sign takes all the cards (Pisces being the highest card for this game).  If there is a tie, each then lays 3 cards face down spelling out w-a-r and turns up the 4th card proclaiming the word war and the highest card takes all cards in that play.  The largest pile wins!

Now you are ready to play some more great games!  See my Blog on How to Play The Astrology Game of Cards, which is also on the Menu Bar.

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HELLO PLUTO

One of the recent photos of Pluto - July, 2015
One of the recent photos of Pluto – July, 2015

Pluto was discovered in 1930 and is the furthest body in our solar system that we know of today..  Astronomers decided to downgrade Pluto to a planetoid several years ago, but Astrologers knew that Pluto would always be a planet and continued to use Pluto in natal charts.   Pluto has been given rule over the planet Scorpio and is associated with power, control and transformation.

The nature of Pluto is similar to that of the Hindu god Shiva, known as the creator and destroyer.  Pluto is known to begin a break-down phase, followed by something new.  The death, destruction and renovation cycle has a lot of power.  The Pluto process is about new life from the old.  This is also seen symbolically in the Tarot cards  “Death” and “The Tower”.

Pluto-ruled people want to be in control and during a Pluto transit to your natal chart, someone or something could occur that causes a transformation of some kind in your life.  Pluto generally refers to death as a metaphor; in other words, something that ends.  Sometimes there are power struggles over the changes that occur.  These changes are inevitable, because Pluto comes along with lessons, letting you know that you can’t patch things up anymore.  It’s time to reconstruct, or start over from the ground up.  Don’t waste time and energy trying to prevent Pluto from doing his job; because all that powerful energy will build up and become explosive.  The changes will happen and not in the best way.  This is necessary for your growth and evolution!  It’s certainly helpful to know when Pluto is about to enter a new area in your chart (your life), so you can be forewarned and handle things better.