How now mercurial cow?


“Believe nothing. Entertain possibility.”

Caroline W. Casey

Hello, hello! I’m Tango.

Gemini Sun | Capricorn Moon | Scorpio Rising

My love for all things academic matched with a deep disdain for modern academia led me out of Hell and into Wonderland. It’s been a process of shedding the scientist to reveal the alchemist underneath the witch that 12-year-old me predicted, 22-year-old me never saw coming, and 29-year-old me radiates gratitude for daily.

I am in service to Curiosity & Courage.
My modalities include astrology, tarot, internal alchemy, planetary magick, meditation, thought inquiry, etc.
Basically, I’m devoted to Knowing mySelf.

@tangotwitches on WP, Twitter, & Instagram

I also host a Mighty Network… Are you autistic? Are you 18 or older? Are you interested in joining a private community of peers, of fellow adult autistic folks? Check out AutiComm!

[Header art by the glorious Jane Goebel.]

AstroWeekly: 11-18 April 2021

AstroWeekly is cross between easy-to-access ephemeris & general astrology forecast. This series is here to assist your personal practice and provide pointers as to how the present moment is rhyming with you (your natal chart), externally and internally. All times are in PST.

Oh hey, y’all! It’s my first AstroWeekly, and it’s coming to you late. w00t! What a great introduction. I’m really putting “better late than never” to the test here. Since it’s weekly, I’ll have a chance to redeem myself in just a few days. And if you can’t hear my sarcasm yet, don’t worry. Stick around and it’ll quickly become apparent.

Honestly, what better time of the year to start a lunar weekly series than during the New Moon in Aries? I would like to tell you that I’m a master of planetary magick and that I’ve been planning this for months. But in full transparency, most of this just came as a download last Saturday — and I’ve been fighting with my inner editor to publish since then.

So now that my cool story is out of the way, I hope you’re ready for some astrology. This week wraps up a toasty, electric Aries season. We begin with Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus in Aries — ya know, the same sign that Mars spent over six ridiculous months in last year? What House does Aries rule for you, and like, are you okay there? With Jupiter and Mars providing sextiles from either side from air signs, a lot of heat & motion is being stirred up. Aries is high energy and sextiles are ‘exciting’, as in they hold the potential to spark. Sometimes sparks are just pretty for a moment; they inspire awe and then die out. Other times, sparks can set off entire wildfires. Harness this energy while it’s available. Aries especially loves a thrill and trying new things. This is neither a highly practical nor deeply emotional energetic atmosphere.

Feels like a “if you can’t take the heat, consciously remove yourself from the kitchen” sort of week, which will move into chiller territory as the month progresses. It’s difficult to really see and understand things when you’re in the thick of it. Pay attention to what you feel in your body this week; write down experiences that feel important but you don’t yet comprehend. Clarity will be easier to grasp in the following weeks, where you get some distance/perspective on your situation.


I plan on providing exact times for events like the new, full, and quarter moons. But when it comes to time brackets for void-of-course moons and moon mansions, I’m rounding. I’m looking out for my neurotic friends who get lost in derailing details, and I’m rounding this shit.

This is called ‘Getting Out of Your Own Way 101’. I care about you. Now let’s see what the Moon is doing this week…

Sunday, 11 April

  • Moon in ARIES all day
  • 2nd Moon Mansion (Al-Butain,the Little Belly, Musician): after 12:30a
  • New Moon @ 22 degrees of ARIES: 7:30p

Monday, 12 April

  • 3rd Moon Mansion (Al-Thurayya, the Many Little Ones, Palace): after 2a
  • Void of course: 5a – 10:45a
  • Moon into TAURUS: 10:45a

Tuesday, 13 April

  • Moon in TAURUS all day
  • 4th Moon Mansion (Al-Dabaran, the Follower, Stone): after 4a

Wednesday, 14 April

  • 5th Moon Mansion (Al-Haqa, the White Spot, Wheel): after 6a
  • Void of course: 5p – 11:30p
  • Moon into GEMINI: 11:30p

Thursday, 15 April

  • Moon in GEMINI all day
  • 6th Moon Mansion (Al-Hana, Little Star of Great Light, Bridge): after 8:15a

Friday, 16 April

  • Moon in GEMINI all day
  • 6th Moon Mansion (Al-Hana, Little Star of Great Light, Bridge): until 10:30a
  • 7th Moon Mansion (Al-Dhira, the Forearm, Visitor): after 10:30a

Saturday, 17 April

  • 7th Moon Mansion (Al-Dhira, the Forearm, Visitor): until 12:30p
  • Void of course: 8a – 12:30p
  • Moon into CANCER: 12:30p
  • 8th Moon Mansion (Al-Nathrah, the Gap, Misty Clouds, Knight): after 12:30p

Sunday, 18 April

  • Moon in CANCER all day
  • 8th Moon Mansion (Al-Nathrah, the Gap, Misty Clouds, Knight): until 2p
  • 9th Moon Mansion (Al-Tarf, the Eyes, Pitcher): after 2p

Monday, 19 April

  • 9th Moon Mansion (Al-Tarf, the Eyes, Pitcher): until 3p
  • 10th Moon Mansion (Al-Jabhah, the Brow, Fountain): after 3p
  • Void of course: 5p – 11:15p
  • Moon into LEO: 11:15p
  • Waxing Quarter Moon @ 0 degrees of LEO: 11:58p

As the Moon moves from late Aries into early Leo, note which houses she moves through and which planets she touches along the way in your chart. The Moon rules the physical body & the subtle senses. So what she makes contact with, we tend to be the most sensitive to.


This lunar week features three ingresses: all leaving Aries and entering Taurus. This is the “chiller territory” I mentioned earlier. Venus, Mercury, and then the Sun step out of their scintillating stellium flanked by airy sextiles, out of the fire and into the forge.

So whatever you sparked in Aries season, put that shit in the forge my friend. The great idea or plan or opportunity or weird itch-urge (possibly related to your Aries House) that you had? Cook it. Run with it. Do the thing. At least let it simmer on a back burner, where the fumes’ll bring you around again later.

Plus, Taurus is one of Venus’ domiciles, meaning she’s dignified here. She blossoms here in ways she’s not as comfortable doing in other signs. Stay open to artistic downloads from your muse.


Nobody goes into or comes out of retrograde this week. (For future reference, I won’t be noting ‘shadow’ periods, as that’s a technique from modern astrology I’m not entirely convinced about the importance of.)

If your wondering “But what about the squares to Pluto everyone makes on their way out of Aries?”

Well, 1) good eye and good question, but 2) I’m saving transpersonal planets for future forecasts, possibly for extra content on Patreon. Only time will tell. Regardless, I encourage you to really feel out the classical planets and their functions before diving into Uranus, Neptune, Pluto — or even asteroids or lots/parts for that matter.

I want this series to be the astrology resource I’ve long been hoping to find, and I doubt I’m alone on this. So what sort of information would you find supportive or inspiring in this lunar-weekly newsletter of sorts?

Composting Consciousness: Tempering binaries

[This is an edited re-post from the archived Little Red Tarot Community Blog, originally posted May 1, 2018.]

Composting Consciousness is  aimed at re-enchanting reality via harvesting humility and redefining reason, for anyone working on mindset. Enter like you would a theater: with a suspension of disbelief.

While containing many concepts close to my heart, this piece is particularly inspired by the boom in shadow work I’ve noticed. Lots of folks out there are using different definitions for ‘shadow’ with wildly differing practices they call ‘shadow work’ – and I think it’s awesome. I’m absolutely loving this radical retaliation against what was becoming the overwhelming army of love and light. But here I also want to address other sorts of mindset practices – any form of becoming aware of awareness, of thinking about thinking, of observing the observer.

I found the perfect journal excerpt of mine from years ago to introduce Composting Consciousness:

I am eternally grateful to my ancestors and fore-bearers for all of the consciousness-raising facilitation and work they put in. I profoundly desire to continue that work. I want to help cultivate the gardens of our consciousness. I see so many other folks spreading and planting seeds, but the ground is so toxic and infertile. The soil is choked with all these pre-programmed, invasive species. We must first cleanse this garden bed. We must purify it with fire, fertilize it with ash. We must first RAZE COLONIAL CAPITALIST CONSCIOUSNESS.

What does it mean to raze consciousness in order to raise consciousness? It means using what we presently have – even all the bits we hate and deem despicable – and composting it into a frame of consciousness, a mindset, that is liberated and at peace.

I just want you all to be free and happy! Is that so much to ask?

Because mindset is so abstract, it’s easy to idealize and believe we can choose a frame we like and roll with it. But we’d all be automatically liberated if that were true. I’ve found it more helpful to imagine mindset as a garden. You don’t just walk into nature and plant what you want and, bam, you get what you want. You have to evaluate the land. What’s healthy and what isn’t? You have to put in lots of work – clearing, composting, seeding – before blooming.

This column is for all of us digging into the dirt of mindset work. We’ll discuss ego, thought work, bio-programming, shadow, emotional alchemy, duality, fractals, archetypes, and oh so much more.

Let’s begin with composting reasoning

Knowledge is the awareness of relationships. Reasoning is how we formulate coherent stories with those relationships. So what do we presently have in terms of reasoning? What equations, heuristics, systems are we engaging? What does the land presently look like?

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about thinking. What does my thought process look like? What do other folks’ thought processes look like? How are these processes serving or enslaving us?

Six years out of college and I’ve never stopped the cycle of reading, highlighting, annotating, and process writing. My Gemini Sun loves to learn and my Capricorn Moon loves being on a roll, always amidst a sense of progress. Among my many notebooks, I began to collate patterns of reasoning/logic/preferences I noticed. It was hard for me to socialize or participate in conversations, because I felt like folks were asking all the wrong questions and only ever ‘processing half of the equation’ – a frame of mind I’ve struggled to explain.

My notes developed into a dual distinction of reasoning I call the AND System and the OR System. These represent extreme ends of a spectrum of reasoning, not just two independent systems. Brackets not boxes.

Here are my raw notes…

OR System

a. every aspect of human identity (and reality?) is a separate and hierarchical (each is judged good or bad)
b. time is regarded as linear
c. anything above the absolute least needed to survive must be earned, because you are not inherently worthy (you are not enough)
d. organization is the opposite of / cure for chaos and must annihilate chaos
e. the mind and body are totally/discretely separate and mechanistic
f. success is defined by one’s ability to consume and climb, and authority is determined by one’s power-over status
g. we are all sharing a unified, singular, objective reality
h. feelings/emotions are opposite of / totally contaminate logic/reason
i. love is a finite resource with conditions
j. romanticizes terror, suffering, lament, shame, guilt, lust [to seem more tough] (grasping and aversion)
k. severe individuality and self-alienation (separateness)
l. obsessed with purity and perfection (objectivity)
m. control leads to happiness, love to weakness
n. having a mindset of scarcity is mature and responsible
o. your labor is your main/only value
p. if it doesn’t work, force it and push ahead

AND System

a. every aspect of human identity and reality is inter/intra-connected and relative (each is considered good and bad)
b. time is regarded as non-linear (in one way it’s cyclical, and in other ‘all time is now’)
c. you are inherently worthy and always have everything you need
d. in appreciating its function, chaos is seen as something to navigate (and to celebrate for keeping ‘the game’ going)
e. the mind and body are organically and energetically linked in reciprocal manner
f. success is defined by one’s level of happiness, and authority is determined by one’s..level of peace?
g. reality is fractal and holographic (hella subjective)
h. feelings/emotions are complementary to and broaden the scope of logic/reasoning
i. love is infinite and unconditional
j. works to acknowledge, satisfy, and dissolve grasping and aversion
k. severe unity and solidarity (all is one)
l. more interested in action/experience than outcome/reward (subjectivity)
m. love and surrender lead to happiness, control leads to being a slave of the ego
n. having a mindset of abundance is awakened and in agreement
o. your value is not tied to capabilities of your body or immaterial mind; you and your worth are far more vast and strange
p. if it doesn’t work, back off and review

OR / AND key terms

a. hierarchical / cyclical
b. separation / unification
c. linear / non-linear
d. literal / metaphorical/figurative
e. discrete / overlapping/ambiguous
f. conscious control / unconscious surrender
g. repress + resent / satisfy + dissolve
h. masculine / feminine
i. logic-based / intuition-based
j. binaries as boxes / binaries as brackets
k. absolutes / tendencies
l. judgment / agreement
m. doing (solid identification) / being (fluid identification)
n. concrete blame (cause + effect) / diffuse blame (synchronicity)
o. head brain (empathy as weakness) / gut brain (empathy as strength)
p. as ego / with ego
q. all-or-nothing / temperance
r. self-oriented / collective-oriented

It’s totally okay if this doesn’t make perfect sense yet! But I bet you already have a feel for it. I’ll be unpacking this as the column unfolds. The AND/OR Systems have been simmering in my thoughts and throughout my notes for a couple of years now, but I still didn’t know how to explain the ‘missing half of the equation’ I saw everyone ignoring.  And then I read Alan Watts describe a cousin of my systems as “the Game of Black and White”:

“To perceive all vibrations at once would be pandemonium, as when someone slams down all the keys of the piano at the same time. But there are two ignored factors which… [are] the mainstay of the ego-illusion…

The first is not realizing that so-called opposites, such as light and darkness, sound and silence, solid and space, on and off, inside and outside, appearing and disappearing, cause and effect, are poles or aspects of the same thing. But we have no word for that thing, save such vague concepts as Existence, Being, God, or the Ultimate Ground of Being. For the most part these remain nebulous ideas without becoming vivid feelings or experiences.

The second…is that we are so absorbed in conscious attention…that we are fully hypnotized by its disjointed vision of the universe. We really feel that this world is indeed an assemblage of separate things that have somehow come together or, perhaps, fallen apart, and that we are each only one of them. We see them all alone – born alone, dying alone – maybe as bits and fragments of a universal whole, or expendable parts of a big machine. Rarely do we see all so-called things and events “going together,” like the head and tail of the cat,…

In other words, we do not play the Game of Black-and-White – the universal game of up/down, on/off, solid/space, and each/all. Instead, we play the game of Black-versus-White or, more usually, White-versus-Black. For, especially when rates of vibration are as slow as with day and night or life and death, we are forced to be aware of the black or negative aspect of the world. Then, not realizing the inseparability of the positive and negative poles of the rhythm, we are afraid that Black may win the game. But the game “White *must* win” is no longer a game. It is a fight – a fight haunted by a sense of chronic frustration, because we are doing something as crazy as trying to keep the mountains and get rid of the valleys.

Because I run into OR thinking more times than not, I began prizing AND thinking (which led to the above journal excerpt). Later it occurred to me that kind of reasoning was hierarchical OR thinking! And I had to laugh at myself. We must learn to laugh at these moments, at this irony – it is the humor of the universe, not a bully.

I want to build and think and communicate with a system of reasoning that balances these poles. What do I need to pull and what do I need to plant for Temperance to blossom? And even before planting, how do I compost what I pull up? How do I work from where I already am? Because let me tell you, this mind is already growing oodles of sets.

The AND/OR Systems aid me in playing the Game of Black-and-White instead of the Game of Black-versus-White. I find them to be helpful in the same way that I find ‘learning what something isn’t to learn what something is’ helpful: it sheds light providing shadowy reference points. As brackets, the AND/OR Systems act as a meter for finding balance, for achieving temperance, in this landscape.

And I use the word ‘achieving’ intentionally. In 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack stresses Temperance as not a state of mind but a “behavior”, not a pose but a dance. Temperance is a doing more than a being. Though, aren’t we all?