Full Moon Reading for June 9, 2017

Full Moon through Cattails

Full Moon through Cattails © Open Portal Tarot


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The Micromoon is full in Sagittarius, opposite the Sun in Gemini.

Question:  How does this Micromoon support the Heart?

Summary of Interpretation: This is a time for the Heart to reach through the dimensions to shape reality in a way that conforms to its gifts, and to train the mind to entertain the possibility that the Heart’s gifts are about to manifest.

Expansion and Practice Points: The central card is Atu II which is about being the master of unseen energies at play in the physical world, the way the Moon re-directs light energy from the Sun to the darkened side of the Earth. In the image, a priestess figure sits on her throne between two pillars inscribed with ancestral knowledge.  She makes herself a vessel by wearing the crescent moon crown and lifting her arms in invocation.  With the motion of her arms, she alters the web of existence which should be linear and of a single dimension in form.  By the will of the priestess, the web takes on more dimensions and incorporates the shape of a heart — the heart of the priestess.  The camel in the card further demonstrates heart wisdom because it alludes to the Hebrew letter Gimel, which in further studies is a lesson of giving kindness to those in need.  The bow on the lap of the priestess is not so much a weapon as it is a three stringed harp.  The song of the harp invites journeying through the dimensions with imagination.  In the context of the spread, the Micromoon within this lunar cycle offers to support the Heart’s ability to reach beyond the physical world into other energy pools, and shape that which the Heart took this life form to shape.

To the left and the right of Atu II there are the 2 of Swords and the 4 of Swords standing supportively like the pillars in Atu II, and not interfering.  In the Tarot, very few planets are happy in the Swords suit because intellectual processes resist transforming limitations.  However, here we have the majority of happy Swords cards appearing in the spread for this lunar cycle.  The Moon is in Libra in the 2 of Swords, and Jupiter is in Libra in the 4 of Swords.  As the images suggest, the weapons of battle come together to enforce fairness, expansion, equality, and making good decisions after much consideration.  It might feel like the mind thinks the very best plan of action is to manifest the Heart’s gifts.  Make hay while the Sun shines!

There is a definite sense of “get going” to this spread, as if there is not a moment to lose.  If one were to support the Heart with practices aligned with this Micromoon spread, one could utilize the following:  1) Find or play Tom Tom drumming, and with the sacred intention of viewing the Heart’s gifts, ask for a guide and go on a visualization drum journey.  Visualize the Heart’s dreams.  If the attention wanders, focus on Atu II during the drum journey and make notes of images and ideas that come up.  2) Meditate on the image of this spread regularly and ask for support for the Heart’s dreams.  Make a list of what takes up space in one’s life without being from the Heart.  3) Appeal to the Moon, to one’s spiritual allies and to one’s guardian angels for power to manifest the Heart’s dreams.  If the mind becomes resistant, remind it to be fair to the work the Heart has to do while it has a short human life.

A Starting Point Prayer to Develop as the Work Unfolds:

Mother Moon, we thank you for your light and beauty, and for offering to teach us to see and work extra-dimensionally for the good of all.  We hope to be worthy students of your lessons during this cycle.  Spirits of the East, we thank you for teaching us to hold a space of visions and the unknown while we invite new life.  Spirits of the South, we thank you for mobilizing support for whatever seeds we plant on your beautiful, fecund, fertile ground.  Spirits of the West, we thank you for the ancestral knowledge that will be woven into the dreaming we are doing to master the lesson of Atu II.  Spirits of the North, thank you for awaiting our words of sacred intention and for surrounding them with a positive ripple effect when we have uttered them.  Father Sky, thank you for all the beautiful celestial bodies and the water-giving clouds you house.  We love the otherworldly feelings we have when we gaze at you.  Mother Earth, thank you for your vast beauty and variety, for giving us our bodies and supporting our lives, and thank you for being the source of sustenance for whatever we dream.

Blessed be. 



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.