New Moon Reading for August 14, 2015

Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary of Interpretation:

This New Moon, being a time of new efforts, supports taking a leap forward with great risk involved.  In order to guide the Heart at the time of such risk, this New Moon also supports the Heart’s ability to be grounded in happiness that is constant and stable, and to be grounded in awareness of what has been left behind or outgrown.

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

9 of Cups

Knight of Wands

Trump XIII

Interpretation:

The Knight of Wands at the center of the spread shows a fiery burst of energy behind an armored knight on a horse rearing to go which relates to a strong will to go in a particular direction.  The knight holds forth a fiery torch as well.  However, in spite of all of this “go forward” imagery, the fire of the torch, and the hair of the knight and the horse are flying forward because of an explosion that is coming from behind them. Thus, not only are they moving forward on great impulse, but they are being compelled forth as well.  There is so much energy moving in a single direction.  Yet, as high-powered as this may be, the knight and horse may miss the target, pass it, fall short of it, or not even recognize it. So, in deciding whether this is a “good card” or “bad card,” keep in mind that the New Moon is supporting the wisdom of the Heart.  The wise Heart not only has a strong impulse, but also tools to manage the energy of the impulse, which the New Moon is supporting.

One such tool is simply in drawing attention to the Heart itself, where there is a constant sense of what makes happiness.  The 9 of Cups shows nine lotuses filling nine cups  in neatly organized rows and columns.  There is really nothing wasteful or off-balance here.  The Heart, symbolized by each cup, is full and able to give generously but in appropriate moderation.  Reflecting on what has always energized the Heart, made it happy in a stable way, and what has become a resource for sharing with others would inform the impulse shown in the Knight of Wands.  Then, instead of being a wild impulse that runs out of fuel, the impulse would be a leap forward in a direction that the Heart has always cherished, and because of this alignment, any motion in that direction would be gainful, whether or not the ultimate target is reached.

A second tool to manage the Heart’s strong will is in the processes of decay that have already been undertaken, as shown in Trump XIII.  In this card, a skeleton is in the act of stirring up new life out of the decay at the bottom of the ocean where dead, putrefied fish lay.  Wait, isn’t a skeleton a scary image of death that should send a chill of fear through the one who draws the card?  NO.  Here, there is triumph in the long awaited release of energy from old patterns and beliefs the Heart worked on hard enough to transform and release. The eagle rising over the skeleton’s headdress resembles the sense of stable, constant liberation seen in the 9 of Cups.  In the context of this reading, the energy harvested from such deep inner work adds a steady fuel to the impulse the Heart may undertake.  Additionally, it adds a sense of direction, in that the Heart would be wise to leave alone what has been put in the grave, and leap in a new direction . . . a direction of long awaited, long anticipated happiness.

A prayer to go forward with this spread:

May the spirit of this New Moon and all personal guides and saviors be welcome.  In this time of undertaking a risk, may the Heart be glad to go forward in a sacred direction.  May it be protected from digging in the graveyard.  May the Heart embrace new life and new beginnings courageously and fearlessly.  May the Heart value any amount of progress that can be made.  May unexpected support provide even more energy for the move forward.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all beings we encounter, and those we love.

Blessings.

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New Moon Reading for July 15, 2015

Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

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

8 of Cups

VIII Trumps

Princess of Swords

Summary of Interpretation:

This New Moon supports the Heart’s unconventional wisdom in its entirety, offering no resources to endeavors that have run out of time in reaching success, but sustaining clarity in practical matters.

Tidbit about Egyptian mythology:

Maat is both an ancient Egyptian word and the name of an Egyptian goddess.  The word maat meant all encompassing truth in the context of a pluralistic society and how the members of it should conduct themselves with honor and consideration for the forward movement of society on an ethical level.  Goddess Maat wore an ostrich feather in her crown.  This feather was used to determine the weight of the heart (soul) of an individual at the time of death.  If the heart was lighter or equal to the ostrich feather, the soul passed onward into Aaru (heavenly paradise).  If the heart weighed more than the feather, it was consumed by the lionness Ammit, who attended every weighing ceremony.  Therefore, the concept of maat in everyday life had prominent significance.  Additionally, it involved searching one’s own heart (soul) for its interpretation instead of referencing a set of codified dogmas and doctrines.

Moving forward with the meaningful seeds of the Spread:

Trump VIII signifies the weighing process the ancient Egyptians undertook in their spiritual reflections.  The ostrich feather of Maat is in the headdress of the central figure, and the scales are present.  Weigh the Heart’s satisfaction with one’s life in general, and then weigh the Heart’s response to the details and components of one’s life as well. Ask the Heart about any components of life that are altogether missing, and initiate their inclusion with the support of this New Moon.  Reflect on the difference between initiatives that have heartfelt values in the present moment, and initiatives aimed to move one up a ladder of wealth and status with some ideals mixed in.  Meet the utterings of the Heart with courageous optimism (the central figure of this card is the Fool/Harlequin from Trump 0) and appeal to the New Moon and one’s own guides for support.

Pay no further attention to that which has lost meaning (8 of Cups shows a few puddles of the water of life spilled over unfertile terrain).  Continue to attend to practical matters with ongoing skill and dexterity (Princess of Swords skillfully wields the sword of analysis and her green and blue attire contribute creativity and wisdom to matters the mind must manage).

Blessings.

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New Moon Reading for June 16, 2015

Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

The Spread:

Queen of Cups

V of Trumps

6 of Cups

Interpretation:

The New Moon supports the Heart’s effort to find the support necessary to stay on its path.  Imagination and a sense of well-being shine light on the stepping stones of this path.

Trump V shows us a shrine in which there is a priest-king on a throne who worships a goddess.  There are strong guardians at the corners of the shrine, and a window just behind the priest’s head.  Symbolism of multiple traditions abounds in this card.  At the simple center of it all is a dancing child, which is the Heart, happy in a sense of purity that comes from staying on the path it has loved over time.

Underlying the joy of staying on one’s path are spiritual concepts which provide a foundation for manifesting evidence of that path in life (throne of bull and elephant).  For one, there is a re-defining of how a priest could be.  This priest has the strength of a priest-king who uses his strength internally to endure a commitment (nine nails) to making earthly love (snake) and divine love (dove) harmonize.  The very window behind his head which brings light to the shrine is characterized by the harmonious interplay of masculine and feminine (phallic headdress that can peer through lotus window). As ancient as this masculine-feminine theme is, it still needs regular tune-ups and cyclical attention as the spiral of progress on the subject slowly rises upward in the general consciousness.  The Heart remembers to revisit the work in intervals of its own timing.

Second, there is also re-defining of how the sacred feminine could be.  This goddess (Venus who rules Taurus) wields the mysteries of the Moon (crescent in hand) with the clarity to discriminate (sword in other hand) between humanitarian uses of power and selfish uses.  This work is important in that using mystical powers for nothing more than the pursuit of material wealth and status eventually harms the user’s ability to be fully human and fully divine, and also shows a bad example of spiritual empowerment to those who do not yet know that state.  As important as that inner work may be, still, the Heart understands that the body must pay attention to supporting its worldly life, so the Heart patiently looks for opportunities for spiritual development amidst all the other activity.  One such opportunity may be timely now.

Trump V also signifies the Heart’s readiness for initiation into a relationship with a guide or holy guardian angel, so that higher learning can unfold.  Just like graduating from one school and going to another for intellectual/vocational growth, stages of spiritual development also have completions and initiations.  Some of those developmental stages touch on enough dark or unconscious places that they require guides.  For example, Trump XVIII in the Tarot involves examining ancestral hatred and the many ways one behaves in an obligatory way instead of an authentic way.  There is just too much raw matter and reprogramming of consciousness to do alone, and it is frustrating to just stand still internally while doing more and more of the same old same old externally.  Examples of how guides have a place in diverse cultures are the elders in indigenous cultures, angels referenced in religious literature, the ladder of hierarchy in established religion, parents in family units, therapists in professional mental health services, and senior members of support groups. This New Moon offers a pause for reflection on the direction the Heart wants to undertake next and who might be the best support for it.

The supporting cards in the reading offer further stepping stones to expand the search for a guide.  The Queen of Cups suggests two possibilities where guidance at the next level can be found.  One, that the Heart can look to a good-natured person who it admires to discover the qualities the Heart hopes to develop next (mirroring).  When the qualities are identified, the search for a guide who exists in the physical world would be clearer.  Two, that the Heart can use imagination and dreamwork to vision-quest for a guide in the next important part of the journey (Queen = water element, Cups = intuition, dreaming, imagination, emotion).  This would either provide clues to the right person in the outer world, or it would identify guides who are present in dreamwork, journal writing, prayer, meditation and active imagination (a technique practiced by psychologist Carl G. Jung).  In all these possibilities, there are ways that the self can realize itself more fully, the way the Queen of Cups is beginning to glimpse her complete self by studying her reflection in the water.

The 6 of Cups also indicates how to come in contact with the next guide.  One, the type of leadership the guide would be offering would match one of the Heart’s deep seated wishes.  Two, by pursuing an activity which seems satisfying at every level (not just the level of earthly desire), one would come in contact with like-minded individuals who could provide mentoring.

How to go forward with this spread:  First, study/review the qualities ascribed to “the masculine” and “the feminine” to note how those polarities are operating in oneself.  Second, determine what the Heart wants to do about that dynamic, and within 48 hours of this New Moon make a statement about developing that area in a way that involves the Heart (poetry, art, ritual, prayer, other spiritual practices).  Embark on the stepping stones of the Queen of Cups and 6 of Cups, and by the next Full Moon, formalize what and with whom will be your next stage of development.

Blessings.

Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Photo by Open Portal Tarot

New Moon Reading for May 18, 2015

Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

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

10 of Disks

XII Trumps

III Trumps

Interpretation:

Sometimes the Heart is working on very deep transformation and it calls for support from its team members.  This New Moon answers the Heart’s call with special support, in that it is very related to the support offered at last New Moon.  A recurring card in the center of the spread (Trump XII) shows that the Heart and its guides are still processing the experience of surrendering the the qualities symbolically associated with the element of water.  The cards to the left and right of the central card expand anew on how the experience can be fully understood.  With the occurrence of a card from the suit of Disks to the left, there is an indication that some of the work can be assisted by action in the world of physical objects.  With the appearance of Trump III on the right, there is an indication that some of the work can be assisted by applying oneself to healing activities for the self or others.

A New Moon’s creates an occasion to plant new seeds and work with lunar support in bringing them to fruition.  Using a Tarot reading as part of New Moon rituals creates an opportunity to prolong the time spent in the experience of the cards, and in this case, in the experience of Trump XII.  Since I expanded on the details of Trump XII in the April New Moon reading, I will now summarize those details and then simply share how this card opens into a deep, positive experience for me.

My most favorite symbols in Trump XII are the following:  1) the crucifixion nails and the disks they drive into (will focusing on the law of Love, 2) the figure’s legs in a posture of a cross over the figure’s arms in a posture of a triangle (love over power), 3) the paradox of being nailed to water (I have to make conscious effort to stay in my own deep waters, and 4) the snake inside a womb (a transformation is underway that I can not control).  These symbols speak of commitment to qualities of the soul that resonate with the Spirit of Water such as intuition, compassion, healing, nurturing, creativity, and interconnection.  For me personally, tears come to my eyes when I think of how important it is to abide by love for humanity, this Earth and my own spirit.  Such things as civil rights movements, plans to provide clean water and adequate food to the people of the world, works of art or writings that strive to unravel man’s inhumanity to man, and initiatives to conserve the earth-oriented cultures of indigenous people are all dear to me.  Furthermore, I am in awe of individuals famous and completely unknown who work to put love back on the short list of why they do what they do.

Having said that, the lesson that I have come to associate with Trump XII is the lesson of considering a new direction that also uses more of who I am.  As I continue to grow and deepen as a person, I have more of the Spirit of Water qualities to offer.  However, the world seems to undervalue those qualities in modern times.  Therefore, I may get stuck in a rut thinking that the way to survive is to over-use my mental and physical abilities, and forget about the rest.  Trump XII reminds me that I’ve got it upside down, and that the way to survive is to commit to who I am and use that to generate support and transformation.  Fortunately, according to Trump XII, this transformation of consciousness is not up to my little brain to resolve.  If I just do my part to make a commitment, there would be assistance with my inner work.  Also, as we can see by the card’s recurrence in the New Moon spreads, the New Moon itself will be my assistant for bringing the inner work to bear fruit.

The other cards in the reading also are very aligned with this lesson.  The 10 of Disks speaks of looking in a new direction for what to do with extra wealth.  Even though the image shows a tree of coins, still the bottom coin is black as if the foundation of the whole tree is going to decay so that it can be renewed.  The mind makes plans for “money management.”  What plans does the Heart make?  Getting the mind to participate in the Soul’s agenda could start with an exercise of putting the Heart in charge of “the Treasury” for a day.

Trump III reinforces the wisdom of committing to the qualities of the self symbolized by the water element.  The colors of this card are very similar to Trump XII, with just a little more red.  This image speaks of a stage of development in alchemical tradition, in which the soul has undertaken enough purifying austerities to create healing and psychically nurturing qualities.  In other words, this card is giving a “two thumbs up” to the Trump XII work the Heart is doing.  It furthermore suggests putting those qualities forth to flourish because they have been purged of the desire to use them to create wealth and fame for the ego.

What to do going forward: Use the occasion of the New Moon to do vision board work about what qualities symbolized by the water element could be better integrated into day to day life.  Give the Heart an affordable dollar amount that it could use according to its own wisdom.  Within 48 hours of the occurrence of New Moon, consecrate with vision board work or your own ritual a baby step commitment to moving forward as a whole person who is aware of his/her own qualities symbolized by the element of water.

Blessings.

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New Moon Reading for April 18, 2015

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New Moon is on Saturday, April 18 at 2:58 PM Eastern Time (EDT)

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The dark night sky absent of the light of the Moon offers an open canvas on which to paint new dreams for New Moon.

Question:  How does this New Moon support the work of the Heart?

The Spread:

IV Trumps

XII Trumps

Knight of Cups

Interpretation:

Living in greater alignment with the whole and with greater capacity to love and serve may require a point of standstill at the crossroads, during which a new way of understanding one’s own value is found.

Looking at the progression of the three cards, the colors, elements and directions change from one side to the polar opposite.  Red and orange change to light blue and green.  Fire images change to water. A ruler sitting on a throne looking in one direction changes to a ruler galloping forth on a horse in the opposite direction.  Man right side up becomes upside down and then right side up again. The spread shows in many ways that a time for a turnaround has come and the work of how and why the turnaround could take place in one’s personal life is underway.

Trump IV speaks of fiery leadership with its Emperor seated on a throne.  The red Emperor is ablaze with power and strength.  His golden crown symbolizes the Sun.  Two aggressive rams (symbols of planet Mars and the house of Aries) stand behind him.  A double-headed red eagle on his shield symbolizes an alchemical red tincture that is also about fire. The latter alchemical symbol for the red tincture taps into a deeper alchemical philosophy preserved in the Tarot, that a white tincture of the Moon’s qualities and silver should be mastered before the red tincture.  Thus, in the Tarot, this card is a progression from the lessons of the white tincture in Trump III to the lessons of the red.  However, in modern times, the fiery qualities, Solar creativity, independence, and leadership are discovered and employed without necessity for prerequisites.  This is seen in the way society values an individual based on what he/she can do or has done.  Additionally, selfish motivation is considered a natural vehicle to reach culturally acceptable goals.  This successful but unbalanced value system leaves a whole polar opposite in its wake, which is the subject of the next card of the spread.

In Trump XII, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction, seeking balance.  In stark contrast to the royally clothed Emperor in red, this card portrays an unclothed figure suspended upside down and surrounded by silvery-bluish air, water and light.  The figure’s legs form the same cross shape as those of the figure in Trump IV.  However, the image of the cross (love) in this card is above a triangle (power) formed by the figure’s arms, whereas in Trump IV the cross was below the triangular upper body. A backwards discovery is underway.  Having already built life with the mindset of Solar talent and the power it wields, out of the blue comes a turnaround to redeem and resurrect lunar qualities made possible by the Spirit of Water.  It is backwards, but the experience is not an unhappy crucifixion, alluded to by the nails and the posture.  It is the emerging will (crucifixion nails shaped like Vau – will) of the Adept that makes it so. The face of the figure is not sternly fixed due to misfortune, it is fixed with resolution to align will (nails) with the law of love (green disks symbolize Venus). Although modern culture pushes aside lunar qualities and love as a guiding principle, an Adept gravitates toward them even while passively following the herd. This creates an inner tension, until the Adept’s own will consciously strives to redeem these precious, undervalued qualities and integrate them in his/her lifestyle. This revolution of values allows exploration of the sensing and feeling nature, a sense of interconnection with others and the environment, and a deeper appreciation for music, art and poetry.  Life may be in limbo while the turnaround and integration are underway, because an authentic, wholistic sense of self worth takes time to incubate (snake in womb at crown of head).  Energy is needed in the inner world, and so the outer world stands still.

The Knight of Cups shows the balanced being that emerges after the incubation period of Trump XII.  Here is a ruler without a crown, but with the wings of an angel (freedom) instead.  He is no longer trapped in the herd mentality of the dominant culture.  He has integrated the cool blue and silver of Trump XII, and all that remains of red is the cup (heart) with a rising crab (Cancer, ruled by Moon).  The eyes of his instinct (horse) are open and aware. His passion is now directed towards engaging his heart and surrendering the reins to the lunar qualities that have awakened.  In this card, matter has become infused with spirit (alchemical symbolism of the white horse and the peacock).  The result is less external power than that of Trump IV, but more of the magical ability to create life with two opposite powers – fire and water.  Only humans can be vessels in which fire and water can both reside cooperatively.  It is clear that New Moon prayers and rituals would support this work.  How gratefully we accept that support from our place of limbo and surrender!

Blessings.

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New Moon and Vernal (Spring) Equinox Reading for March 20, 2015

A great serpent appears for Spring Equinox on the Mayan pyramid of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá

A great serpent appears for Spring Equinox on the Mayan pyramid of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá

For this New Moon and Vernal Equinox, the power of the Lunar Cycle at New Moon and the power of the Solar Cycle at Vernal Equinox come together on the same day to offer support.  New Moon begins the next Lunar Cycle and is therefore a time to seek Lunar support for new initiatives, and similarly, Vernal Equinox (a day when day and night are of equal length in the Northern Hemisphere, and the days that follow will be longer than the nights) is also a time to seek Solar support for new initiatives.  The Lunar Cycle will unfold over one month, and the Solar Cycle will unfold over one year.

Tidbits about ceremony and rituals:  When working with elemental spirits such as the Sun and Moon, one works through the heart.  Ideas arise from the mind and desires arise from the body, but filtering them through the unconventional wisdom of the heart aligns them with a greater purpose than oneself and gives them power to summon support.  Ceremony and rituals which may include dance, music, song, poetry, art, prayer/meditation involve the heart, prolong the sound of the call the heart makes, and build a bridge between one tiny individual and the spirits of great beings such as the Moon and Sun.

The Tarot spreads for 1) the New Moon and 2) Vernal Equinox reflect the unity of support that the conjunct Moon and Sun offer.  We see this because cards one and three in each spread are the same (see image below). When identical cards appear this way, their importance increases, like the way a recurring dream arrests more attention than one with a single occurrence.

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Carrot on a String:  Starting at the end for practical purposes, the third card of each spread is a “freebie” in that it is an automatic result of the work of the spread. Both Moon and Sun are fervently luring us into the work with the 6 of Cups.  In this card, six golden lotuses fill six dancing golden cups with water from the ocean of whole-hearted fulfillment.  Whole-hearted fulfillment comes neither easily nor often, as the attainment of it requires the heart’s participation.  Unfortunately, many hearts have gone silent after not being included in daily life due to desire for conformity, or due to oppression. Nevertheless, the result of both spreads is not only a heart that re-connects to life, but also finds itself leaping with joy at the result.

Question:  How does this New Moon support the heart? (One may search the heart to identify a New Moon intention)

Interpretation:  This New Moon, together with this Vernal Equinox, support the heart in its work to reclaim its fragments that are stuck in the past by way of looking at some shady parts of the Self.

The 3 of Wands card has appeared showing three lotus wands united at the center with a blowing flame moving them forward from behind.  There is a unity of three . . . somethings.  Considering this card is paired with Trump card XVIII – The Moon to its right, let’s settle on unity of past, present and future, with a particular emphasis on retrieving the self from places it became fragmented in the past.

To better understand how to open the prison door and release the self from events of the past, Trump card XVIII – The Moon appears.  This card refers to the night travels that instead of being clearly lit by the sun, are dimly lit by the moon, and are therefore more dangerous.  Night travels symbolize journeys one goes on that have not been well traveled by either the collective or the self. There are some shady spots, in the context of this reading, there are spots where the self scatters vital energy lamenting about a past trauma or disappointment.  Why does the soul lament and pile up mountains of negativity there?  What are the other options?  Do those options arise from one’s own values and introspection, or are they cliches and platitudes?  When an authentic option is in place, then the forward moving, united feeling of the 3 of Wands will be there.

Question:  How does this Vernal Equinox support the heart? (One may search the heart to identify a Vernal Equinox intention)

Summary:  This Vernal Equinox, together with this New Moon on the same day, support the heart in its work to go forward as one united being, by way of standing as close to “the flame” as possible without melting away the unique qualities of the personality.

Interpretation: As previously stated, the 3 of Wands has importance as it has appeared in the same position for both the New Moon spread and the Vernal Equinox spread.  For the Vernal Equinox, the 3 of Wands positioned with the Princess of Wands to its right shows that the fire of the self burns with inspiration when its components are working together in unity towards the creative (Aries) and expressive (Sun) intentions of the heart. In the card’s image, the Princess of Wands ascends in a flame while admiring an altar on which a fire burns.  Her tiger’s head crest affirms that her exotically unique qualities are intact and in harmony with her overall direction.  How close can one stand to the source of bliss while discovering and retaining one’s own individuality?  How passionately can one embrace individuality without losing touch with a greater alignment? There is an art of balance here, to explore with Solar support and the repeated reminder that the automatic reward shown in the third card is the beautiful feeling that the heart is leaping with joy.

Blessings.