New Moon Reading for October 12, 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 conjunct the Sun in Libra supports the Heart’s mad love for creating practical, life-giving results through engagement in all physical matter.

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

6 of Cups

Trump XV

10 of Wands

Interpretation:

The central card in the spread is Trump XV, which shows two particularly pointed images of fertility, and pairs them with the wisdom of bearing practical fruit that delights the self and moves the community and the world forward.  Although this card is named “Devil,” bear in mind that many ancient gods, historical characters, figures from the Old and New Testament, and Masonic concepts made their way into Tarot decks starting in fifteenth century northern Italy, before some slant on all of it was devised by Aleister Crowley and published in 1969 (DuQuette, Lon Milo.  Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot. San Francisco, CA: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2003).  The word says “Devil” which is traditionally a separate entity from the Supreme; an entity which embodies all the basic human drives and longings and categorizes them as that which should be avoided.

Looking at the meaning of the card through the images, we see a three-eyed Himalayan goat smiling wisely from the center of the card.  This takes the virtues of Capricorn to the next level.  The Capricorn spirit tenaciously pursues practical tasks in order to make them bear fruit.  That could be a lot of responsibility and not much fun, until we examine the life of the mountain goat, which is Capricorn’s symbol.  This goat loves its carefree life wandering the Earth’s summits, chomping the Earth’s vegetation and either fertilizing other goats or being fertilized.  No burdensome responsibilities there, just genuine enjoyment.  In this way, the Heart also wants to strike a balance between the freedom to follow the creative impulse and bearing practical fruit.

Another prominent image of the central card is a phallus with its tip in the heavens and developing male and female figures in the testes.  One could try to say this image is a tree with globular roots, but, come on.  The card states loud and clear that the sowing and reaping of seeds is an ecstatic experience at the outset and that the results would be heavenly (tip in the heavens), and pro-social (creation of more human members of society). In light of the original question for this reading, when was the last time the Heart was trusted to create life out of what gives it ecstasy?  Perhaps great fear or judgments about the authority of ecstasy as a primary guide intercepted the feeling until the Heart became silent.  This New Moon offers support to sow new seeds.  What would those seeds be?

This interpretation of the central card is further supported by the cards in the spread to the left and the right.  The 6 of Cups brings forth the Sun in Scorpio.  The Sun’s golden, creative energies sit well in the deep emotional sea of Scorpio, and the experience is not only physically pleasurable, pointing once again to comparisons with sexual ecstasy, but also profound, like the depths of the ocean.  As a picture of the wisdom of the Heart’s feelings (Cups), it validates the leadership that the Heart has to offer.

To the right of the central card, the 10 of Wands represents the end of all that represses the Heart’s wise, creative impulses.  In this image, Saturnian value for observing limitations oppresses Sagittarian love of travel, culture, social customs, philosophy and inspired participation in the arts.  The situation here is unbearable and unfortunate.  Fortunately, a 10 card means a natural segue to any other Ace in the deck, as the 10’s are the highest number in the minor arcana and, having run their course for their suit, they are reaching to return to the Supreme by transitioning to an Ace of another suit.  As a component of this spread, this card signifies the dawning of realization about the value of the ecstasy discussed in the central card, and the timeliness of effort to connect to a guide or a support (like the New Moon) to remember how unlimited potential feels (Ace = unlimited).

A prayer to go forward with this spread:

May the Moon be welcomed with gratitude as a faithful friend in the creative caves of the Heart.  May all other desirable guides and Holy Guardian Angels also be welcomed with gratitude.  May the Heart be reminded of how ecstasy feels, and become a channel for its flow into the world.  May that flow of ecstasy keep the Heart aligned with the Divine and humanity.  May life be a sweet journey of smiles and loving connections.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all those who we support, out of our sense of responsibility and commitment to their well-being.

Blessings.

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Full Moon Reading for August 29, 2015

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon supports the Heart’s current work of skillfully re-directing unfeasible desires for wealth and luxury to unlimited access to positive emotional and spiritual resources.

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

7 of Disks

Trump XIV

3 of Cups

Interpretation:

In some religious philosophies, it is stated that we are fully human and fully divine.  Somewhere in between, there must then be a crossroads where the two states act on each other, uploading and downloading experiences, and transforming the perspective the mind holds in order to accommodate the flow of new stimulus from both sides.

Trump XIV in this spread appears at the crossroads where this Full Moon can give supportive power.  The central figure is half light and half dark, equally balanced, aligned with natural elements which have already understood and undertaken a balancing transformation (Fiery lion is white, Scorpionic eagle is red).  The figure mixes an elixir of vitriol to dissolve the past while the future bulges and strains to emerge in the enlarged Orphic egg behind the figure.  The inscription on the egg translates to “”Visit the interior parts of the earth: by rectification, thou shalt find the hidden stone.”  What shall be the focus of rectification?

This Full Moon offers its power to rectify the fully human desire for excessive wealth and luxury.  It is there in every human consciousness, and some large percentage of people on Earth are exploring the range of experiences on its axis every day.  The 7 of Disks appears when such desires have bumped up against limitations such as one’s mortality, the number of hours in a day, and the rate at which wealth can multiply itself given current circumstances.  As much as more decadent experiences (Taurus) would have been enjoyed, limitations (Saturn) appeared as corridors to other experiences.  Would those experiences have to be as gloomy as the image in the card?  Hell no!

This Full Moon also shines its bright, silvery light on an alternative, that is, generating an empowering and resourceful experience of emotional and spiritual bounty.  This bountifulness, shown in the 3 of Cups, overflows with love and happiness and the sense of eternity of these feelings.  However, this is not the abundant bliss enjoyed by a fetus in its mother’s womb, or an infant suckling at his/her mother’s breast.  Going back to the central card’s connection to rectification of interior parts, the source of the 3 of Cups’ endless replenishment is a wise and mature experience.  The cups are studded with pomegranate seeds, alluding to the Demeter and Persephone mythology in which because of eating a pomegranate seed on her way out of the underworld, Persephone became obligated to return to that world and her husband Pluto, lord of the underworld every year.  There is a connection between having realization about the excessive desires in the 7 of Disks and the passage to the underworld in oneself.  We don’t tend to think of that passage as a magical, miraculous one, as Persephone was trying to leave the underworld when she ate the pomegranate seed, However, Persephone became acquainted with Pluto and the underworld as she was coming of age.  Adulthood has different rites of passage than childhood.

In adult life, maintaining a stable sense of inner wellness is connected to having some personal impact on the physical world.  The passage to the underworld is not simply an escape or a withdrawal from everyday life.  Rather, in astrology, Pluto is the planet that facilitates settling karmic accounts, orchestrating the appearance of task companions for one’s heartfelt initiatives and transforming global systems and perspectives that have passed their time,  These are tasks that the conscious mind of an individual simply can not tackle alone.  That does not mean that they should not be considered.  It just means that the passage to the place in the Self where those initiatives are fueled needs to be discovered.  This Full Moon is longing to help.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the Moon, all helpful spirit guides, saints, and the one Divine be welcome in the Heart.  May the Heart’s call for attention on matters of the Soul and global transformation be heard above all other noise.  May activities that nourish the Heart be done to fuel the passage to the underworld.  May that journey be protected and guided however necessary.  May new life that is magically bountiful emerge from that journey.  May the entrance to the passage be available again as a form of spiritual mastery.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all who we love and the people of the world who we lovingly pray for as well.

Blessings.

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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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Blue Moon/Full Moon Reading for July 31, 2015

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Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this Blue Moon/Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary: Blue Moon’s rare occurrence is offering a rare support.  That which the Heart has valued over time and brought to a state of maturity internally could move forward into physical reality.  This is personally and globally important in the effort to make the physical world reflect more and more of the balance, abundance, and compassion present in the seed of all experience.

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

Prince of Swords

10 of Cups    (Ace of Disks)

Trump O

Interpretation:

Tidbit about the mystical Qabalah: A concept of the Tree of Life in mystical Qabalah studies offers a tree-like structure to organize worlds of experience.  At the “top” a seed of pure and luminous experience exists that is accessed through states of consciousness such as meditation, ceremonial intoxication, creative impulse, dreaming, and suffering.  At the “bottom” a world of material life exists that reflects fragments of the light at the “top.”  Between the “top” and “bottom” of the tree are worlds that extend the experience of the seed through branches and divisions of emotions, creativity and thought patterns until they reach material manifestation – fragmented and diluted, but shining with some original light anyway.  The Tarot uses this mystical Qabalah Tree of Life structure to organize the progression of cards from Ace to Ten in each suit, and to make a relationship between the end of one suit and the beginning of another, such as the way the central card in the Blue Moon spread is the beginning of a transition to the Ace of Disks.

The 10 of Cups shows the Heart’s experience (luminous liquid streaming from the golden cup at the top of the Tree of Life all the way through and beyond the many golden cups on the branches and trunk below) of a very peaceful, spiritual, pure, compassionate, generous state (symbol of Pisces on bottom cup).  It is not a static state, however.  Some cups are off-balance and others are overflowing.  There is tension to move forward like a Warrior (symbol of Mars on top cup).  This aggressive motivation seems unrelated to the peaceful experience the Heart has been incubating, however, it is necessary to transition into physical manifestation (10 of Cups transitions to Ace of Disks).  Therefore, this Blue Moon offers to add fuel to the flames (fiery red color throughout) that launch the Heart from a solid inner experience to a shared outer one — which the Heart has longed for but dared not attempt.

Given that this Blue Moon is the support but not the pilot of the Heart’s rocket, the Tarot has provided two assistants to mitigate the relationship between the Heart and the Mind; the Prince of Swords and Trump O.  Working with these assistants will keep the Heart in the driver’s seat and open a channel for higher support.

The Prince of Swords’ basic dilemma is the creation of many good ideas (sword raised in right hand) without follow-through (sickle for harvest held aimlessly in left hand).

The Tarot offers Trump O as the antidote.  Meditating on its image supports the Heart’s courage to act on one good idea at a time to achieve a goal.  The central figure is intoxicated with the divinity of the task at hand (grapevine sprouts from the heart).  Additionally,  the card shows numerous eternal gifts that always belonged to the figure (sun-colored diamond crown, bag of coins in hand with astrological symbols on each one, Holy Grail with fluid showering the figure in one hand, alchemical fire power bursting from other hand, suit of green creativity, and many more that have been the subject of entire books).

This character does not look for reasons to be courageous.  His/her divinity turns the key in the lock of the intellect, so that past experience does not obstruct his/her sense of ever-expanding good fortune and the relevance of all occurrences.  Anything is possible.  His/her Heart is in the driver’s seat (three spirals laden with symbols/gifts connect the figure’s heart to realms of unlimited potential beyond the top of the Tree of Life like an umbilical cord).  These images are cognitive supports that encourage the Heart to accept ideas from the Mind that can manifest the vision and fight for them.  The fighting will be more like flying forward (figure’s feet are in the air) than exhausting warfare.  Meditating on the images in the card will also help shield the Heart from the Mind’s fearful thoughts (the tiger biting the figure’s leg does not bother him/her).  This is the work this Blue Moon is available to support.

A prayer for going forward with this spread:  May the spirit of the Moon and all supportive personal guides, spirits and prophets be welcome into the Heart’s chambers.  May the Heart be comforted by their presence and through them remember the unlimited power that began the universe.  May the Heart surrender to the moment and fly forward to fight for its space in the world.  May all possible gifts and good luck come forth in assistance.  May the Heart be happy.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for every being in our lives and around the world.

Blessings.

Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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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Full Moon Reading for July 1, 2015

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Photo by Open Portal Tarot

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Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

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

VII Trumps

4 of Disks

9 of Swords

Interpretation:

This Full Moon supports focused, life-generating, forward motion in the physical world.  In the Heart’s effort to manifest that, this Full Moon supports taking strides to cover gaps between polar opposites that have perplexed people to the point that those opposites are resigned to the realm of the great mysteries.  The experience within those mysteries certainly is available to individuals who seek it.  Furthermore, following the Heart’s unconventional wisdom brings one to the door of the mysteries where another perspective and sustenance can be found.

Tidbit about the Full Moon:  When the Moon is full, its position is opposite to the Sun from the position of the Earth.  As the two oppose each other, life forms on Earth like the human psyche can feel the tension.  The Full Moon tension “illuminates” conflicts that can be addressed in that time frame, to tune the channel even more to receive the voice of the Heart.

The New Moon and the Full Moon of previous months have both supported the Heart’s desire for 4 of Disks manifestation. This card’s third recurrence this year shows the Moon’s ongoing support for resurrection of life in the physical world — a miraculous, yet everyday occurrence.  From the perspective of the Northern Hemisphere where this deck was created, at the end of winter (the time of Capricorn), the Sun changes its Southward direction and returns to the Northern Hemisphere to resurrect life by nourishing the seeds sown in the land for the next season’s harvest.  This is the example that this card, governed by the Sun in Capricorn, offers to inspire the Heart to revisit its goals and dreams and set out in a practical, focused direction (the one single bridge over the moat between land and the castle).  This does not mean that the goal and dream should be practical, it just means that one small but practically visible step towards the Heart’s goal should be taken, and when taken, would receive the support of this Full Moon.

Indeed, the Heart may have felt many new stirrings since the start of Spring.  Since the New Moon of February 18, 2015 also supported the Heart through the 4 of Disks, reflecting back on what new seed the Heart sowed at that time would be helpful in sorting through the creative chaos and finding a step to take.  There may have been movement to exit out of an old activity or enter into a new one, since this card is about crossing an important bridge.  Since it is now mid-Summer, a sapling would have emerged from the seed by now.  Therefore, whatever bridge the Heart crossed in February, this Full Moon returns to that new life to water and nourish it.

This Full Moon further supports the Heart’s desire to move forward practically through Trump VII and the 9 of Swords.  Trump VII affirms the Heart’s ability to accurately interpret the glimpses of the will of the Divine that it has sought and to capture the ecstasy in itself.  Particularly, Trump VII affirms that the Heart knows non-duality and non-separateness in a way that 1) has brought about solid self-transformation (chariot wheels rolling on bricks); 2) has been guided by ancient guardians (minor sphinxes drawing the chariot forth); and 3) can be a resource to heal others (holy grail of amethyst holding elixir of Christ’s blood in the figure’s grip).  Note: for further research about the card’s many symbols of the masculine and feminine polarities condensing into one entity, Lon Milo DuQuette discusses them succinctly in Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, pages 114-116.

This Full Moon also supports the Heart by empowering conflict resolution between intuition and intellect related to the 9 of Swords.  In studies about the Qabalah in Thoth Tarot, the sephira Yesod (Moon) governs all 9 cards in the minor arcana, and the world of Yetzirah (thought) governs the suit of swords.  The 9 of Swords is troubled because the intuitive and creative influence of Yesod (Moon) and its symbolic counterpart in the psyche hit an iceberg in the realm of Yetzirah (strong intellect – 9 swords on a scale of 1 to 10).  When strong intellect leads the way, it distrusts intuition because it has no experiences in memory that support the intuition’s suggestions.  When intuition leads the way, it distrusts the intellect because expressing the Heart’s values may not be a linear, logical task.  Therefore, the two ways of knowing clash and the battle in the house of 9 of Swords rages on and on with no winners (swords damaged and dripping blood, and wings washed down from flight by poison rain).  The Full Moon is ready to “illuminate” this battle so that the Heart can free up more energy to do the central task of resurrecting life in a practical way.

To go forward with the support of the Full Moon:  The central longing of the Heart is to take a practical step towards resurrecting new life, If there has been failure, trauma, or resistance before, this resurrection stands on a foundation that also knows divine ecstasy.  As a point of reference, the Heart may have sown a seed in mid February.  That which is already sprouting in fertile soil can be cultivated and grown.  Stabilize the Self in loving non-separation from the will of the Divine, and apply the intellect to researching and identifying steps that would enhance the dream.  This does not mean to plan how to reach the goal, it just means to plan a useful next step and some related experiences to let the dream unfold.  When one step has been taken, then repeat the process to plan the next step.  Acknowledge where the intuition and creativity may have battled with the intellect, and ask for forgiveness and illumination during Full Moon rituals.

Blessings.

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