Full Moon with Lunar Eclipse Reading for February 10, 2017

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The Moon is full in Leo, opposite the Sun in Aquarius.

This Full Moon also starts an eclipse portal.  A Lunar eclipse will happen within a few minutes of the Full Moon, and the portal will complete with a Solar eclipse at the next New Moon on February 26th.

Question:  How does this Full Moon and eclipse portal support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon and eclipse portal offer support to the Will to Love.  Through this support, a very stable, deep and abundant form of the Will to Love is accessible.  This support can be tapped through feminine processes such as meditation, the recording of dreams, and/or rituals.  The most timely channels for this resource are in the efforts the Heart makes to discover the holistic use of the sexual will in modern life, and in the ability to make clear, shrewd decisions in volatile situations in order to make a window for the nourishing presence of the Sun (Spirit and the Heart).  The masteries begun in this work counterbalance the isolated stance modern society stands in while excluding from its essential understandings the holistic sexual will to create and the presence of nourishing divine light.

Everyone is welcome to respond with questions and discussions.

Blessings.

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Full Moon Reading for January 12, 2017

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The Moon is full in Cancer, opposite the Sun in Capricorn.

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary of response:  The first Full Moon of 2017 supports nursing a new pregnancy.  The understanding between the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine is receiving fortification in order to carry the pregnancy to term.  Conflicts rooted in prior misunderstanding between the two can be illuminated while resolving to protect the pregnancy.  Integrity and the will to love are two gemstones that will shine brighter through the central work.  The masteries begun in this work convey from this birth to the next.

Everyone is welcome to respond with questions and discussions.

Blessings.

Full Moon Guest Forecast for December 25, 2015

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This Full Moon in Cancer, Shamanic Practitioner Lena Stevens has intuitively and simply written the significance of the lunation.  Additionally, astrologer Patricia Liles has written a summary of the lunation’s chart, and provided dates of astrological events occurring in the near future.

Tidbit about the use of astrology

This combined effort of Lena Stevens and Patricia Liles demonstrates two approaches to the use of astrological awareness.  One is to calculate the movement of the heavens and to explain the significance based on study, intuition, and experience of the symbolic characteristics of the planets, their movement through houses, and their relationships to each other from the perspective of the Earth.  The other is to develop relationship with the elemental spirits of nature including the celestial beings and the Earth, and to intuit from them what they are doing in their supportive relationship to the Heart, the human body, and the civilizations on Earth.

To find the collaborative Full Moon post of professional practitioners of each approach, click here.

Blessings.

Full Moon Reading for November 25, 2015

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon in Gemini supports the Heart’s work to show itself clearly as one who reaps a bountiful harvest from the seeds sown by its Will.  This support facilitates separating mental initiatives from the Will’s integrated steps forward, and validates the presence of inner qualities that have matured well in their own time.

The Spread (click on card name to view image):

Trump I

10 of Swords

Knight of Disks

Interpretation:

How could this Full Moon offer so much while the central card of this spread shows scattering of the Heart’s core identity (Sun in Gemini)?  Bad cards can fall in great places, that’s how.  In the 10 of Swords, the white glow of the Sun and its red and orange rays peers through ten swords whose only unified force is to pierce an image of the Heart from all directions.  This shows the Heart’s warm, living Will shining forth abundantly, but then being dominated by mental activities.  For example, over time, civilization, culture, family, politics, social media, and the presence of raw talents develop and sustain mental activities.  The mind then makes simple plans to use those abilities. However, in the 10 of Swords, this planning goes overboard, and invades the Heart’s domain. The Heart “plans” on a greater scale, in that it orchestrates a flexible agenda and a multi-faceted identity so that life can be graced with an ongoing, beneficial momentum.  When the mind overtakes the Heart and leans on its own initiatives in place of a solid identity, there is little stability.  Accordingly, a ten of any suit in Thoth Tarot is the unstable opposite of the Ace of that suit, and the pendulum is about to swing down from that extreme towards a point of balance.  This Full Moon offers to re-establish that balance for the Heart.

Looking to the left of the central card, Trump I supports the Heart’s true will directly.  Trump I shows the Greek/Roman god Hermes/Mercury; it represents the first alchemical element Mercury which is a dynamic, transmitting substance; and it is about the Will of the Magus.  The Magus (magician) is a high spiritual attainment in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  Aleister Crowley, who envisioned the Thoth Tarot deck, worked through the Golden Dawn’s degrees including the Magus, and developed the imagery of this card through vision quests.  In the context of this spread, the Will of the Magus appearing here creates a safety net as the wily mental processes fail to provide stability.  It shows that the Heart adeptly juggles maturity (symbols of each earth element), and wields healing powers (large caduceus behind Mercury).  It also shows a winged egg (fertility and potential) looking to land in the Magus’ space.  These qualities comprise the wide open yet solid sense of identity that the Heart in its wisdom creates.  Meditating and journal writing on this card would interrupt the unstable mental arrogance and reinforce the validity of the Heart’s Will.

As an act of infinite compassion, this Full Moon also supports the Heart’s battle with mental arrogance by drawing attention to the plentiful harvest surrounding the Heart’s recent work.  Somehow, the mind may have taken credit for the harvest, or considered it random luck.  In the context of this spread, any current bounty is the natural result of divine grace flowing through the Heart’s Will.  When asked, the Heart would utter gratitude and readiness to serve others with the resources.  The Knight of Disks to the right of the central card shows a knight mounted on a horse, both of whom are focused on leading a harvest, not a battle. The knight holds a serviceable flail for threshing wheat, not a sword.   His shield can double as a big plate to feed the multitudes.  His kind-eyed horse sniffs the sweet, ripe grain.  If out of ignorance, the mind feared the Heart’s Will, this Full Moon points out through the Knight of Disks that the will of the Heart not only creates substance and meaning, but also understands its connection to the Earth enough to create resources for itself and others (Will under the law of Love).  Meditation and journal writing on this card would remind one of all life’s blessings, ground one’s creative potential in the Earth, and lighten the weight of the world on one’s shoulders.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon be welcome on the altar of gratitude for this year’s harvest. May other saints, prophets and guides be equally welcome.  May the Heart’s overflowing gratitude be heard and received.  May the Heart continue to flourish as a being of high spiritual attainment.  May it continue to build a nest for future creativity.  May food, shelter, and natural resources continue to support life.  May mental processes clear away arrogance and allow the Heart’s will to work its magic.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all our close companions and fellow humans with whom we share the Earth.

Blessings.

 

Full Moon/Supermoon Reading for October 27, 2015

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon in Taurus supports the Heart’s life work in the “real world” that fully integrates the layers of the Self that have been discovered thus far.  It also facilitates checking-in with the Heart for bucket-list items to plan for before the end of life, and lights a fire under such planning through a heightened access to inspired power.

The Spread (click on card name to view image):

Trump VIII

3 of Disks

Ace of Wands

Interpretation:

This Full Moon comes at global harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere.  In the Southern Hemisphere, Spring is underway.  It is either time to harvest what was grown in summer, or observe the blossoming of what germinated in winter.  It is a time of fruition.

In that spirit, this Full Moon finds some of the toughest work undertaken through Summer and Fall Tarot spreads having brought about genuine re-alignment and having landed in the physical world as integrated action/activity, as the Heart would hope it would.  Trump VIII with Egyptian goddess Maat’s ostrich feather weighing the Heart’s freedom appeared in the New Moon Reading of July 15th (click to review).  At that time, the Moon supported working through tough ruts to embrace the wisdom of the Heart (maat) as understood by ancient Egyptian society.  Now, Trump VIII appears victoriously in support of the central card, the 3 of Disks, affirming that the Moon’s devotion was not wasted on any heart.

Similarly, the Ace of Wands with flames in the shape of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life appeared as the vision work guide in the New Moon Reading of September 13th (click to review).  There also, the ruts the mind fell into when trying to “figure it all out” had to find relationship with the Seed to navigate life differently.  Now, that cherished beacon of light appears still burning in solidarity with the central card, the 3 of Disks.

How then, does the 3 of Disks represent what this Full Moon offers the Heart?  The 3 of Disks’ astrological attributes are Mars in Capricorn.  The image shows an aerial view of a pyramid, with red wheels (disks) spinning on the vertices of the base like helicopter propellers.  They are forceful enough (Mars) to make the pyramid ascend and they leave a result on the physical terrain (Capricorn) by blowing the surrounding desert sand into dunes.  The secret fuel of these powerful red propellers can be found in the glyphs in their centers which represent Mercury, Salt and Sulfur, the three elements of alchemy.  These three elements and their interconnection with each other are designed into the Thoth deck, emphasizing a balance of three key inner qualities as the foundation of external monuments.  Here, the elements appear all together, functioning in synergy with each other.  Thus, the layers of the Self that formed in response to questions about what one’s heart wants to feel now and at the end of life (Trump VIII) have been integrated into daily activity, however subtly that may be.  Likewise, one’s connection to a source of inspiration (Ace of Wands) has also been integrated into daily activity.  Even if the activity seems the same, the inner world packs a grounded feeling of empowerment (pyramid) which sets different results in motion in the “real world.”  Additionally, the empowerment emboldens the Heart to continue to articulate its bucket list of states of being and modes of expression to step into before the end of life, without being inhibited by the mind’s inability to plan for it all.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon and all beloved guides and spirits be welcome in the Heart’s foundations.  May the Heart celebrate their contributions with abundant gratitude.  May this only be the beginning of irreversible transformation.  May the briefness of life be the walking stick that helps the Heart to venture forth courageously.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all our companions walking the journey all around the world.

Blessings.

 

Blood Moon/Full Moon Reading for September 27, 2015

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There will also be a lunar eclipse on September 27th which will be a blood moon because the moon will appear red in Charlottesville, Virginia during the eclipse.  To find the eclipse time in your time zone click here.

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon supports the Heart’s desire to put a decisive end to situations that continue to demand mental attention.  As a result, this Full Moon frees up energy to support unique, remarkable, charismatic personal qualities that the Heart longs to express.

The Spread (click on card name to view image or scroll down to view spread):

Ace of Swords

Princess of Swords

Princess of Wands

Interpretation:

In the tension of this Full Moon in Aries when the Sun is opposite in Libra, the Moon supports the Heart’s effort to move forward decisively on situations that drain mental energy.  The central card is the Princess of Swords.  While decision making can be a dry mental process, the decision making process fueled by this Full Moon goes much deeper, to the level where the will of the intellect is aligned in a greater way, as shown in the Ace of Swords.  This alignment perfectly supports unusual, charismatic personal qualities shown in the Princess of Wands because these qualities themselves can be dangerous if not balanced by awareness of context and relationship with others

The Princess of Swords carries the responsibility of implementing the qualities of her lord, the Ace of Swords, in the physical world.  In the image, she guards the throne of the Ace while wielding the sword of mental analysis as if to cut through the grey, stormy atmosphere around her.  She wears a Medusa’s crest upon her head.  In the context of this reading, this card from the suit of the realm of the intellect (Swords) says that the Heart needs the assistance of mental processes to organize a conclusion of situations of controversy.  The Heart wishes to take action/decision, and such motion in the outer world engages the mind.  There have been matters piling up that obstruct further expansion of the Heart, and in it’s own wisdom, the Heart knows that this is the time to bring these matters to an end.  This Princess represents skillfulness and adeptness at practical matters, so it is likely that one will easily clean up messy problems and move forward.  The Medusa’s head on this Princess’ crest represents the power to make solid whatever is volatile.  Since the head is not facing the viewer, it is optional to have/not have a vengeful approach when identifying solutions.  This Full Moon with heightened power due to a lunar eclipse and this Full Moon’s physical closeness to the Earth can be the unseen support for the Heart’s wishes.

The Ace of Swords not only has a special relationship with the Princess of  Swords, but it also appears in the reading to be reflected on in its own right.  This Ace carries the pure form of the intellect, including individual will and survival-instinct.  In Arabic-Demascened script, the blade of this magnificent sword (the sword of the magus) is inscribed with the Greek word thelema, which is a multi-layered word referring to the individual Will.  First, the meaning of thelema is not simply the will to do whatever flies into one’s head, it is the Will to go forward with the symphony of personal attributes that one has, while also offering them in alignment with the law of love.  The crescent moons on the hilt of the sword signify the subconscious and unconscious mental processes that also participate in the quest of aligning the Will with the law of love, such as dreaming, making projections, working out karma, organizing task companions, etc.  The Will would be connected to the Heart’s lifetime agenda, even though that agenda has to be intuited by non-intellectual processes.  Engaging in the Heart’s agenda is how thelema would align with universal love.

Second, the meaning of thelema also contains the survival instinct.  The intellect usually operates on the basis of preserving its organism, unless there has been trauma to that instinct.  If the instinct has been traumatized, one goes about over-compromising oneself such that others gain at one’s expense.  Meditating on the Ace of Swords card with the intention of healing the survival instinct would be timely during this Full Moon, especially with Tantric and Vedic chandra (moon) or soma (moon) mantras.  Gurus teach that these mantras support the mind.  In the context of this reading, the Heart puts faith in the intellect’s ability to achieve the balance of thelema under the law of love, and is ready to go to work.  This Full Moon offers empowerment to the success of that collaboration.

The Princess of Wands appears to emphatically underscore the Heart’s desire to carry out a few shrewd decisions so that it can have room to expand into its more exotic attributes.  One can wrap up one practical matter only to begin another.  As interesting and laudable as it may be to be adept at practical matters, the Heart also has unusual, charismatic qualities it expects to manifest in the near future.  This Princess defends her Ace’s rams-head throne (Aries = ram) by tending a sacrificial fire on it, and making herself part of the fuel for the flame.  Sound dangerous?  It can be.  Therefore, working on these gifts together with considering the state of the survival instinct would be wise.  This Full Moon offers support wherever one’s resources reach their limits.

Looking at the images of the three cards overall, there are two images showing priestesses faithfully defending their thrones/altars, and one in which the lord of one altar appears.  It is a visual signal from the Tarot about attending to one’s spiritual practice faithfully.  A Tarot spread can condense the many astrological dynamics at play on a given day into a few images.  There is a reminder here of the importance of one’s spiritual practice (ritual, ceremony, journal writing, meditation/prayer, yoga/chi gong, chanting, dreamwork, inner work, etc.).  The reminder is strong enough that it indicates the timeliness of improving the quality of one’s spiritual practice.  I humbly accept the challenge.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon and its powerful fullness and closeness be welcome on the Heart’s altar.  May all other cherished spirits who guide and protect the Heart also be welcome.  May the Will have ears for the Heart’s signals as it works towards greater clarity in practical situations.  May the Will experience its full potential in safety and in alignment with love.  May the most individualized form of talents and gifts find expression in life to the benefit of the self and others.  May this sense of all parts of oneself working together in harmony be a permanent step of consciousness and an irreversible mode of operation.  May the value of spiritual practice shine like a gem in the mind’s eye.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for anyone in the world who has longed for freedom to be themselves.  May their individuality be faithful to the law of love, and may they be loved, accepted and supported.

Blessings.

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