Amanda Angle's Living Tarot for Catland

Each fall, our staff and readers go to great lengths to work alongside local artists in crafting our house calendar for the following year. This has been a fundraising project for two years in a row, in an effort to help Catland afford necessary renovations, such as soundproofing, insulation, tiling, and new shop furniture. This year, local photographer Amanda Angle was inspired to join our team in reimagining the Major Arcana archetypes of the Rider Waite tarot. 

Co-owner Fred Jennings as The Hanged Man

Novitiate Gigi Mead as The Magician

Novitiate Dasha Zarina and reader Blue June as The Lovers

Novitiate Dasha Zarina and reader Blue June as The Lovers

Angle's work is stark, melancholic, and uniquely feminine. She uses the lens to explore wild & liminal spaces - destroyed homes, seashores, shadows, worlds between worlds. She approaches the occult gingerly and genuinely, without dipping into too much of it's pop aesthetic. It is nevertheless effortlessly present in her subject matter and the way she chooses to examine it.

No surprise, then, that in curating this project with us, Angle was drawn to breathing new life into the old robes of Rider Waite figures. While some characters are true to their origins, others divorce from typical iconography to varying degrees, in an effort to impart a more updated, modern flavor. These personalities, so overproduced that they have almost misplaced their esoteric nature, are re-enlivened in this mini-series, and given the freedom to act and dance and shift beneath the surface of the subconscious once more. 

Novitiate Aerrin Kolfage as The Empress

Co-Owner Melissa Madara and novitiates Cooper Wilhelm & Gigi Mead as The Hierophant 

Additionally, this annual project gives us the opportunity to showcase the members of our incredible staff. As a shop that holds space for such a vast and complex community, the members of our family are especially important to us. These are the faces of Catland books, and are a part of our history, our personality, and our future.

You may pre-order your 2017 Catland calendar, complete with a full listing of Pagan holidays, Roman festivals, Catholic feasts, and astrological observances, through our online shop. Funds raised will go directly to improving our ever-evolving space, and to allowing us to expand as our community grows. 

Status Quo for the Piscean Age : US Presidential Election & Astrology

The results of last night's election have shocked and horrified people around the globe. As a place that strives to hold space for all members of the community, regardless of background, gender, economic status, race, or tradition, Catland was especially shaken by this result. The new president of this nation stands for so many things that we do not- divisiveness, fear, control, disrespect, vitriol, and inequality. 

In the wake of this complex and nation-shaking decision, house astrologer Frederick Steinmann places our frustration and grief in the context of the stars, and offers us solidarity, validation, and blessing.

I woke up this morning with a feeling that I have failed and a deep sorrrow. With this thought that I could have done better, and I am not doing enough. Feelings of failure, failure itself and sorrow are ruled by Pisces.

We are still in the Piscean age, so Piscean lessons still hold water for all Humanity. With the Moon in Pisces today we will do good to reflect on the meaning of the sign of Pisces and its purpose for humanity- out of suffering comes greater humility, compassion and wisdom. The greatest spiritual scriptures and epics were written, told or occurred throughout the Ages while shackled on the floors of the deepest dungeons or in exile. Pisces also rules prisons, exiles and spirituality.

From the words of a one-time incarcerated Astrologer Alan Leo, “[Pisces] in human life often symbolizes failure and self-undoing; but out of the failure comes the realization that man’s[or woman’s] life or essence is a vapour to be distilled from the dregs of his[or her] emotions” 

Today I weep.

I weep for my own naïve, perhaps foolish, idealism and misplaced exuberance; may I remain anchored on The Path, is all I ask-this Time.

I weep for my wife; may Time, reward her with the Joy of her Soul for choosing blind justice, over blind loyalty.

I weep for my parents; may they find greater Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Joy, Freedom and Wholeness with their choice, in Time.

I weep for my children; may they understand what they are feeling, over Time.

I weep for all wives, grandmas, aunts, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, granddaughters and nieces; in Time, your father’s, uncles, son’s, brothers, boyfriends, nephews, and grandfather’s will "a" be, see and do better.

I weep for the person who made the decision to print Madam President on the NY Times; during these Times, may their family’s needs be provided for.

I weep for the main stream media’s rotting business model and the employees who hold it together; may Time, help them regain their true values. 

I weep for the baby boomers; may Time erode all their fears.

I weep for the millennials; may Time point them in the right direction.

I weep for those who forcefully impose their ill-will on others; may Time suddenly reveal- those who harm others, only damn themselves.

I weep for the sudden profitability to the pant suit industry; may Time grant you prudence, practicality and sensibility.

I weep for the false prophets who intentionally lead good men and women astray; may Time have mercy on you.

I weep for all those whom are oppressed and fall while taking a stand; in Time, you will rise again.

I weep for all whom have felt hollow victories; may Time grant meaning to your life.

I weep for all the dreamers, revolutionaries and visionaries who have been betrayed; may Time teach you greater discipline and discretion.

I weep for those whom are suffering from lack vision and insight; may Time turn your wounds into Wisdom.

I weep for those whom lack creativity to create greater love and compassion; may Time grant them the blessing of an open heart.

I weep for those who divide nation against nation, man against woman and brother vs brother; may Time bring more inclusive and creative solutions.

I weep for all drawn into the wrong battle for the right reasons; may Time grant you greater discrimination.

I weep for those whom grow up with silver spoons in their mouths and golden parachutes in their back pockets; in Time, they will struggle with the joy of humility.

I weep for the lost souls who fight hate and fear - with greater hate and fear; may Time teach you the Wisdom is Love.

I weep for those who can’t see the large-impact of their small-self righteousness; may Time provide you with clearer mirrors.

I weep for bully’s across the ages; may Time teach you to be brave enough to love yourself again.

I weep for those that desire good, but create harm; may Time be gentle with you.

Frederick Steinmann is an astrological counselor at Catland Books. He spent over 10 years on Wall Street as an accountant and consultant. He is available for walk in appointments on Thursdays or by appointment for other days.

Monthly Tarot Forecast for November

Finally, we have some good news! After rummaging through the dark of our souls to see what we're truly made of, the lessons of the fall have come full circle. Which is good news, especially as we prepare for the winter season. It appears we will have some light in the coming darkness after all. We're also noticing a shift from focusing on our disembodied psychic and emotional selves to working on our daily lives, our careers, and of course, our physical bodies. This comes as no surprise as we begin to button up against the cold. 

Using the Primal Lenormand, a reprinting of the 1799 Game of Hope, house reader Blue June shows us the light after our shadows.

RELINQUISH: 36.  Cross, upright

Finally!  All the suffering we've been feeling in our jobs, bodies and hearts is behind us!  Many of us have found the past few months to be challenging in matters of business and have had difficulty in moving forward with our projects and goals.  There has also been a lingering threat of depression that should now be easy to move past.  This card can also sometimes specifically refer to lower back pain which is often caused by emotional stress.  Well, now it's time to move out of this phase and leave those low vibrations behind us.  It's okay to take a deep breath and release your worries.  Move forward with the outlook of success!

FOCUS: 2. Clover, reversal

Now, traditionally people don't very often read Lenormand oracle cards in reversals, however I think there is a bit of a modified meaning to this card that certainly still represents good fortune and good luck!  This card means that now is a good time to take a risk and put yourself out there, but be careful not to put yourself in a situation that is unsafe or could make you ill.  Immune systems are easily compromised in this season, and we just want to be sure we don't put our selves in harms way.  If you've been managing an illness lately, you should be on the mend shortly and if you've been waiting for the right time to take a chance on something, this month is going to be the time to do so!  Just make sure that you are analyzing your decisions before hand. 

CHALLENGE: 9. Roses, reversal

Because of the nature of this cards position "Challenge" we are going to put a little more emphasis on the fact that it is in reversal, but don't worry it's not so bad!!  So this is another card that supports the idea that now is a great time for health, but the nature of good health comes from your own efforts.  This card also suggests that things are going to go your way.  Everything's coming up roses, so to speak.  However, the reversed nature of this card encourages us to remain humble while these things are falling into place.  Don't let your ego trick you into feeling entitled to it; show your gratitude for these blessings coming your way!

EMBRACE: 12. Mountain, reversal

There are about to be so many things to celebrate and be happy about!  Yet another card that tells us physical health is improving, and obstacles are moving out of our way.  Remember to be patient if the road doesn't open quite as quickly as you hoped, things are moving in the right direction. This is why it's a good idea to keep your ego in check this month.  Some obstacles of the heart will need to be resolved this month, and it's time to accept that and deal with it.  As far as money is concerned though, the eight of club indicates you will receive whatever you've been owed this month.  Professionally, things should be smooth sailing!

Blue June, founder of Magick Talismans Tarot and The Broom Closet, specializes in tarot readings, crystal casting and oracle divination.  Blue teaches Catland's monthly Intro to Tarot class and is the creator/curator of the celebrated monthly Full Moon Market.  She has been featured in Omnifeed, Broadly, Vice, and Nylon Magazine.  Blue is available for walk-in tarot readings Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at Catland, and other days by appointment.