Full Moon Reading for February 3, 2015

Question for the Tarot:  What does the heart want for Full Moon?

Summary:  The heart wants to breakthrough to receiving a higher and more intense level of energy.  To do this, it needs to clarify what is in alignment with its intentions and earnestly vanquish that which no longer stands true.  As this effort moves forward, it will lead to the door of heaven: a fertile state of being which draws toward itself that which it wishes to cultivate.

Astrological background:  Full Moon is Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:09 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).  Full Moon is a celestial time marker for illuminating and intensifying attributes in the house of the current Full Moon.  This Full Moon is in Leo, a house of courageous-heartedness, visible expression, leadership, warmth, and generosity.  (For an astrological report of this Full Moon by astrologer Patricia Liles, click here)

Spread Layout: The Tarot has offered a path of progress to work with the Full Moon themes.  The spread has three cards: 1) 8 of Wands, 2) XVI Trumps, and 3) III Trumps. (Click on card name to see image)

Interpretation and study questions:

The 8 of Wands shows red lightning bolts dispersing over a pyramidal structure, carrying energy from the apex to the corners.  This creative energy moves swiftly to raise the level of inspiration — it seeks a bigger dream.  A rainbow overhead depicts unity of the colors in the light spectrum.  The dream being sought serves the Self and the bigger picture as well.

The XVI Trumps (Tower) shows a celestial eye shining down on a tower bending over and expelling fossilized figures into a fire-breathing mouth.  The simple red of the lightning bolts in the 8 of Wands has expanded to fill this whole image.  The discomfort with and fury towards anything that does not stand true must be offered to the flames of purification.  In seeing the mouth as the source of the flames, we are reminded that the mouth is both an end to that which is devoured and a beginning of nourishment for that which receives the offering.  In improving old systems and beliefs, we thank them for the part of the journey they have revealed, and put them to rest in the flames where the energy behind them becomes free to nourish the next phase of the journey.  What can’t you stand anymore?  What gets in the way of a bigger dream?  What ritual, perhaps with fire, can be done to consecrate removing that?

The III Trumps (Empress) shows a feminine sovereign figure seated on a throne flanked by twisted grasses, various birds, and the waxing and waning moon on each side.  The colors are all soothing pastels and the lines are flowing.  The feminine figure is pregnant, and also holding her arms in positions that depict the alchemical substance salt which is inert and passive.  As this image is meant to preview the result of the work done to honor what the heart wants in the previous cards, the result can be said to be an evolved and fertile state of being, in touch with beauty and bliss, but not making effort towards it so much as emanating it and attracting more of the same.

The progression of this spread mirrors nature precisely.  After a cultivated field has been harvested, it can be burnt to improve the level of fertility it offers to the next crop.  The burning requires perseverance and action, but the resulting fertility is born of its own.  After much energy has been spent around certain initiatives and lessons, the form and focus of that energy can be dissolved in anticipation of an even more evolved and fertile state of being.  Having prepared the fertile field, the passivity of the Empress will conserve one’s energy to draw towards oneself the next most suitable new endeavor.

Noteworthy is that “the answer” to what the heart wants for Full Moon does not lie in “finding the answer.”  Rather, the heart envisions an experience greater than it has known and in choosing these cards, says that it wants to fearlessly undertake the necessary work and become fertile ground for new seed.



New Moon Reading for January 20, 2015

Question for the Tarot:  What does the heart want for New Moon?

Astrological background:  New Moon is today at 8:13 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST).  New Moon is a celestial time marker for planting new seeds aligned with the attributes of the house of the current New Moon.  Today, the New Moon is in Aquarius, a house of truth-finding and wisdom seeking, not only individually, but also in the larger perspective of family, community, state and nation.  (For an astrological report of this New Moon by astrologer Patricia Liles, click here.)  Thus, this New Moon is a time that nature cooperates with new initiatives with Aquarian attributes.

Spread Layout: The Tarot has offered a path of progress to work with today’s New Moon themes.  The spread has three cards: 1) 4 of Swords, 2) 4 of Cups, and 3) Queen of Cups. (Click on card name to see image)

Summary:  The heart wants to breakthrough the temporary calm that the 4 of Swords depicts, into a place of satisfaction with integrity, which the Queen of Cups depicts.  Examining feelings of comfort which the 4 of Cups depicts can lead the way to the transformation.  

Interpretation and study questions:

The 4 of Swords with the four swords aiming at each other shows a state of agreement produced by conformity out of fear of negative consequences.  There is equilibrium there, mostly strategically maneuvered.  However, the urge to expand beyond the limitations set by conformity is present, so the New Moon work begins.  Where is there discomfort due to agreeing to buy into norms that ignore freedom of expression, within the law?

The 4 of Cups with the four heavy trophy-like cups squashing lotuses and sinking into the quivering ocean but for the support of the delicate lotus stems offers a guide to move deeper into the issue.  Creating a state of nurture and comfort where happiness abounds is an important life lesson, however, this card shows desire for more and even MORE placation of even the slightest ennui, perhaps at the expense of the self and/or others.  The sky looms dark overhead.  What is being squashed and drowned, and what level of discomfort could be acceptable in liberating that?  What recognition based on conformity could be put at lower priority?

The Queen of Cups radiates even more nurturing and royalty than what the 4 of Cups could dream of, however, she holds protectively the material of the womb (crayfish in shell) and the imagination, and she tempers the work of the intellect (ibis) with emotional connection (lotus).  The overall mirroring and reflections in the soothing water speak of seeing clearly the visage of compassion.  Compassion for that which was cut out in over-compromise can begin its liberation and re-integration.  On an individual scale, the Queen of Cups shows the compassion and intuition with which one can find unbirthed parts of the self.  On the level of community and nation, in the context of this spread, the Queen of Cups shows the integrity of a pluralistic society actively creating itself from diverse resources, and looking with compassionate sovereignty on that which arises for integration.