During the weekend of the 2013 autumnal equinox I attended a workshop in Massachusetts with Rachel Pollock and Carolyn Cushing. One of the topics that came up in our informal discussions was the astrological charts of tarot readers. Having done charts for several tarot enthusiasts over the years, I’ve noticed that they often have Neptune and the Moon prominent. In fact, these two planets are commonly in aspect, often by sextile in the sample of charts I have worked with.
This finding makes sense, given that in the tarot the Moon is associated with the High Priestess card and that Pisces, ruled by Neptune, is associated with the tarot’s Moon card. Although the Golden Dawn did not assign Neptune to a tarot card, modern tarot readers tend to associate Neptune with the tarot’s Hanged Man who has an alternate view of reality.
To see if my astrological impressions held water, I googled the birthdays of some leading tarot figures in America: Mary Greer, Rachel Pollock, and Eden Gray. Here is what I found (times of birth are unknown):
- Mary Greer: born October 14, 1947. Neptune, Sun and Moon all in the same sign Libra.
- Rachel Pollock: born August 17, 1945. Moon in Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Libra.
- Eden Gray: born June 9, 1901. Moon in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, and Neptune in Gemini. Moon trine Mercury, which disposes Neptune. Venus in partile conjunction with Neptune. (Eden Gray was the professional name of Priscilla Pardridge, an American actress, and author of books on tarot.)
Without a birth time, there is no way to tell whether one of these planets (the Moon or Neptune) was angular at the moment of birth.
Eden Gray was both an actress and a tarot reader. Her Moon is quite prominent as part of a grand cross with Moon opposing Mars and squaring the Sun and Uranus. Her Pisces Moon is also sextile a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. She has a stellium in Gemini consisting of Pluto, the Sun, Neptune and Venus. This stellium is disposed by Mercury which trines the Moon. The very close Venus/Neptune conjunction probably relates to her success in both acting and tarot. Mercury is a planet of communication and its dispositorship of the stellium in Gemini most likely relates to her success as an author.