New Moon Reading for November 11, 2015

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Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This New Moon in Scorpio supports riding the currents of deeply aligned worldly activities.  It also supports particularly subtle inner work, namely looking for areas of new creative potential, and reclining in the healing arms of the Divine.

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

Trump IX

3 of Disks

Trump XI

Interpretation:

Tidbit about the ancient Indian Festival of Lights, Divali

This New Moon conjunct the Sun in Scorpio marks the date of a major festival timed according to the lunar calendar.  That is, the ancient Indian Festival of Lights, Divali.  It is a New Year celebration as well, circumstantially determined by the end of the monsoon season, the cleaning and replacing of all household items ruined by monsoons (village life is vulnerable to the elements), and the lighting of many small oil lamps, diyas, to attract and burn the mosquitoes that multiply in the watery monsoon environment.  From the lighting of thousands of diyas and the survival of the terrible monsoon climate comes the festival’s theme of “the triumph of light over darkness.”  Because this New Moon and its regal festival of lights carries a theme that millions of people are celebrating around the world, it is not a surprise to find the interpretation of this spread also aligned with the theme.

The central card, the 3 of Disks, recurs from the Full Moon reading of October 27, 2015, stretching the time frame of unusually well-aligned circumstances in the physical world out over another lunar period.  This New Moon also supports the Heart’s arrival in and participation in such a state.  The card’s image shows a pyramid rising on the winds of spinning red wheels at its base.  The three wheels each carry the color of Mars, and the symbol of one of the three essential elements of alchemy which are sulphur, salt and mercury.  The red color signifies the high-octane nature of the energy generated by the wheels, and the balance of the three alchemical elements signifies an ideal state of balance.  Seeing such an image at very least raises the question of how such a balance feels and what can be tweaked to move in that direction.  At most, the image reflects a rare state of balance that the Heart has achieved. Such a rare and auspicious state should be celebrated with high spirits!  Congratulations, dear reader, on your efforts to reach this point.

New Moon and  New Year are both times for sowing new seeds. Accordingly, Trump IX and Trump IX together explore both the sacred masculine and sacred feminine in a way that supports the particulars of each Heart’s longings.  Trump IX explores life-generating creative potential.  The image shows a masculine sage whose posture is in the shape of the Hebrew letter Yod.  Yod is the form from which all other Hebrew letters arise.  Another masculine symbol is the sperm image nearly blended with the background of grain (plentiful state).  Nearby, there is the Orphic Egg, which the masculine figure stares at intently.  Where there is egg and sperm, surely there is creative potential.  Accordingly, the old sage carries a lantern lit by the Sun itself (a masculine planet) over the genitals, again reinforcing the theme of individual creative potential.  The question the Heart may have asked which has prompted this response from this New Moon is, “how can I honor my creative potential?”  Meditation on and journal writing about this image would prolong the focus  until possibilities consciously arise.

Where the path of Trump IX’s old sage seems solitary and arduous, Trump XI’s complementary path offers the Heart an abundance of divine love to sweeten the journey.  The card’s image shows a golden female figure straddling a golden beast, reclining under a golden snake, and reaching up to connect with a red vessel.  Here, the feminine figure, the vessel, and the beast are one, in that the vessel opens to receive the wine of life, and the feminine figure opens to receive the beast’s good, bad and ugly, indiscriminately.  The sacred feminine, which is part of what lunar study reveals, eagerly receives — and devours with love — the consciousness that seeks to dissolve itself there.  Does it mean that the Heart can disappear into a trance state instead of laboring to pursue its longings in the world?  No, it means that intense effort requires equally intense rejuvenation.  Trump XI depicts the ecstatic unconditional love and spiritual regard this New Moon offers to any Heart, no matter what has come before.

Prayer for going forward with this spread:

May the New Moon in Scorpio be a welcome consort for the Heart.  May all other chosen guides, prophets and godheads also be welcome.  Heartfelt gratitude to the Moon for its guidance and support for all the Heart’s longings.  May the next steps of individual creative power arise clearly.  May those steps be nourished by the light of Self and Spirit, and may they produce a plentiful harvest.  May the path to spiritual ecstasy be more seductive than the path of isolation and mental exhaustion.  May the feeling of rejuvenation be loving, sweet and easy.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for everyone around the world celebrating this New Moon and surrounding themselves with spiritual light.

Blessings.

 

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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.

 

New Moon Reading for October 12, 2015

Blackened Sky at New Moon Photo by Open Portal Tarot

Blackened Sky at New Moon
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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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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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New Moon Reading for September 13, 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 supports transitioning from logical life-visioning to spontaneous life-creation.  This supports the Heart’s ability to be aligned with non-converging forces that are all beneficial to the Self and others when those forces are in their positive poles.

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

Trump IV

7 of Swords

Queen of Cups

Ace of Wands

Interpretation:

This New Moon supports initiating work around issues related to the 7 of Swords. In this spread, the card stands between two diverging forces, Trump IV and the Queen of Cups.  Its relationship to those cards heightens the significance of the card.  In the card’s image, there is a central sword bearing the Sun’s symbol intercepted by six small swords bearing the symbols of the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn.  As much as each of these planets offers gainful qualities, no gain in any direction that serves the Heart’s work can be made while the mind gropes in the dark for a path of progress that logically combines all these forces.  Similarly, the mind gropes in the dark for a path of progress that logically combines the gifts inherent in Trump IV and the Queen of Cups.

Considering the two cards to the sides of the 7 of Swords and the question posed at the beginning of the reading, the reading does not so much indicate that it is useless to try to assimilate dissimilar gifts as it indicates the limitations of mental processes in achieving the task.  Even though the expression of all the planets represented in the image may draw heavily from skills and abilities which have engaged the mind, still, when those skills become channels for the flow of energy, it may be beyond the limits of the mind to orchestrate the activity.

To the left of the central card is Trump IV with its dominant red ruler sitting crowned on his throne.  This image speaks of successfully tapping into a very grounded sense of “I am.”  In that place of knowing, there is also a sense of untamed inspiration, adventure, courage, and advanced skills like the rams (Aries= Mars + Sun) flanking the ruler’s shoulders.  It is a mastery to be acquainted with oneself to the extent that no other influence interferes with self-governance.  A white light shines on the ruler from above, signifying an alignment with a greater consciousness.  Just as the ruler’s gaze is turned away from the central card, so also this card in the spread creates tension that the mind has not yet reconciled.

To the right of the central card is the Queen of Cups who proposes an entirely different ruler-ship in which mastery lies in the clarity with which one reflects others to themselves.  In the image, the crescent moons symbolizing the intuitive and creative consciousness veil the Queen mysteriously. She stands before water which in its tranquil state captures her reflection beautifully.  Having developed herself in a deep way, she now has a multitude of resources that can be engaged as necessary to reflect others’ qualities to them.  With that validation and acknowledgement, their gifts bloom and bear fruit.  She is therefore a mother goddess, capable of nurturing the multitudes.

So much is this Queen a maternal image that she herself forms the image of a cup, as in the suit of Cups where she reigns.  Her body forms the stem, and the crescent moons crowning her are the bowl.  She is an “empty vessel” like the Heart itself, into which the wine of life flows without effort from her.  This selfless surrender to containing whatever waters that flow, or reflecting whatever visage that approaches is the opposing force to Trump IV which has a very concrete sense of personal gifts to express to the world.

In the genre of children’s poetry, there is a book by Shel Silverstein entitled “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” This is relevant to this spread because the task of expressing Trump IV occupies time and energy in such a different way than the task of expressing the Queen of Cups that one becomes confused about how many involvements in the physical world one can undertake.  This New Moon supports the exploration at the end of the sidewalk of self-regulation as facilitated by mental processes.

Tidbit about Shamanic Practices:

Shamanic practices include vision questing.  In a vision quest, a guide may appear to assist the individual when he/she has reached the outer limits of known experience.  Thus, there would be guidance into safe new experiences, which allows for the growth of consciousness and the expansion of the Heart.

The Ace of Wands in this spread appeared when a guide for the spread’s work was requested of the Tarot.  This New Moon is still the spiritual force behind the work.  Additionally, the Ace of Wands and its image of the Qabalistic Tree of Life bursting with flames in the positions of the traditional sepiroths can assist the actual method of moving from mentally processing plans and intentions to navigating non-convergent currents which are aligned with the Heart’s visions for its gifts.  Use the image meditatively and therapeutically to discover how to raise levels of trust and surrender while allowing the Heart’s operations that are beyond the mind’s radar to operate.  This is the image that is the bone to throw to the barking dog of the mind which starts to tremble and chatter when it does not know the outcome.

A prayer to go forward with this spread:

May the spiritual support of this New Moon and the support of all desirable guides be welcome into the Heartspace.  May the Heart find companionship and food for its journey from them.  May the high-impact gifts that the Self has developed express themselves radiantly and accomplish the global service they are capable of in the world.  May the inner reservoir of all facets of the human being continue to help fellow humans give birth to their life-changing gifts.  May the walking of this path be simple and lit by an eternal light.  May it be so for you, dear reader.  May it be so for me.  May it be so for all our loved ones and the people of this Earth whose lives we touch.

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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