Full Moon Reading for April 11, 2017

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The Moon is full in Libra, opposite the Sun in Aries.

Question:  How does this Full Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This Full Moon as a crystalizing point of the lunar cycle from the last New Moon to the next, supports the Heart’s discovery of false hopes and impatient timeframes held by the ego, and the replacement of those with very stable feminine gifts, particularly 1) being a receptive channel for new life and 2) having the power to establish clarity and solidity amidst storms.

Tidbit about Meditative work for Personal Transformation:  A Tarot spread presents beautiful images rich with meaningful figures, colors, knowledge bases, astrological connections, and symbols.  Meditating and reflecting on the spread during the portal period (the current lunar cycle), together with opening the Heart to welcome support from the Moon and one’s allies, supports the intention to accept the gifts that the Moon is offering through the communication tool of the spread.

The Work and the Gifts:  The central card indicates an emotional rut that is the pathway to discovery for this cycle.  The way the cups are bone dry and the lotuses are falling apart as the result of the hot wind blowing from the red sky relates to the way the ego obsessively holds false expectations that tie up a lot of emotion, which includes pursuing some subconscious goals aggressively in the outer world instead of consciously setting sacred intentions, tending the fertile ground within to be a receptive magnet which attracts important opportunities, and connecting to the natural sources of power to align one’s own success with the greater good.  The ego may have meant well, but it was not guided by the Heart’s wisdom.

The card to the left holds some of the greatest gifts of the Moon and also Venus who is the planetary ruler of Libra, where this Full Moon resides.  These gifts arise from the way the sacred feminine is a doorway to new life and a nurturer of natural pleasure, however, not in a transient, inconsistent way; in a stable, eternal way.  Tapping into eternal pleasure accumulates as a power that walks forward and benefits the world in a variety of ways, like how a benevolent Queen graces her kingdom with what arises from her own giftedness.  The image transforms the hot-headed sense of “I have to get what I want” to the cool as a cucumber awareness that “I have to hold still and cultivate pleasurable new life with spiritual practice.”

The card to the right further assists with the heartbreak (“egobreak”) of not getting what one wanted by encouraging the mind to attend to practical matters that are getting out of hand due to lack of shrewd and experienced attention.  If “egobreak” is going on, energy is being scattered and important matters may be ignored, but the antidote is to pay attention, and involve the Heart’s wisdom to look at those matters from multi-dimensional perspectives.  Looking away from the previous trigger of obsession to the other integral components of one’s life can provide a place for one’s true self to show up more clearly.  Those experiences of clarity can inform the “egobreak” about how to regroup and come back with a deeper self awareness.

Please feel free to write with questions and responses.

Blessings.

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New Moon Reading for December 11, 2015

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Question:  How does this New Moon support the Heart?

Summary:  This New Moon in Sagittarius supports using/developing inner sensitivity to metaphysical stimulus, a selfless use of the same to generate blessings, and a harmonious quality to life which results from such practices.

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

Trump III

Trump XIV

6 of Wands

Interpretation:

The archery symbols that are built into the chest of the central figure in Trump XIV are important symbols through which this New Moon sends its support to the Heart.  Not only is this New Moon in Sagittarius, the sign of a masculine archer, but also the central figure in Trump XIV has an arrow over her heart, symbolic of goddesses such as Artemis and Athena.  She also has multiple breasts showing over her garment’s low neckline, further specifying Artemis who became merged with the Roman goddess Diana, thus blending the attributes of both.

In light of the question posed to the Tarot, the arrow over the Heart of the central figure deserves careful attention.  First, the arrow is pointing upwards, the way statues of Artemis show her with bow and arrow aiming upward.  There is a goddess ritual that survives from pre-Christian times called “Drawing down the Moon,” which is alluded to by Artemis’ upturned bow.  The purpose and end result of this ritual includes feeling in better connection with the Goddess of the Moon or with the lunar aspects of the self, according to one’s spiritual orientation.  So, this New Moon invites the Heart to call on it to strengthen the connection and develop the pathway for the flow of energy.

Second, the arrow alluding to Artemis-Diana merits further discussion of this goddess’ virginal quality.  In the state of chastity, Artemis the archer could focus on that which was not a romantic distraction, namely finely adjusting the string of the bow to a precise tension.  As an embodiment of that precision, statues of Diana show her standing straight with a staring yet benevolent gaze, hands outstretched with palms upward to give blessings, as if she herself were a bowstring with a carefully adjusted tension.  The tension of attunement to both the divine flow of energy and the natural world of service were her primary focus.  And the result?  Just as Artemis-Diana herself embodied the qualities of a powerful, “mastercrafted” weapon, so also was her temple in Ephesus one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, originally housing a black meteorite, where a large number of ancient people were able to empower themselves through Artemis-Diana’s blessings.  This New Moon invites the Heart to explore this level and type of power through attitudes of chastity that heighten spiritual attention within.  If chastity has already been a spiritual discipline, then the springboard to harnessing more lunar strength is already present.  Setting an intention about lunar worship in the time that leads to the next Full Moon could be timely.

The cards to the left and right of the central card further sanctify the Heart’s work on Artemis-Diana themes.  Trump III depicts more goddess qualities.  The central figure sits calmly and regally in the midst of the plants and vegetation around her.  In short, she is like a passive doorway through this natural thicket.  She nurtures her devotees with her blessings, like a mother.  Her pregnancy is a symbol of motherhood and the pelican feeding its young with its blood is also a symbol of motherhood.  Mother goddesses represent selflessness, and this card’s association with the alchemical white tincture also represents a selfless state arrived at through effort.  The way the figure looks towards the spread’s central Artemis-Diana figure forms a bridge between the ability to give blessings like a world mother and the power accumulated through introspection and connection to nature.

To the right, the 6 of Wands depicts a state of being arrived at through effort, in which there is healing and harmony.  From a Qabalistic perspective, this card represents the suit of Wands’ version of the sixth sephira Tipareth, which is positioned in the Tree of Life in such a way that the other sephiroth below the abyss orbit around it harmoniously.  It is like the Sun with the planets orbiting around it.  In the psyche, this state of harmony does not happen without conscious attention, because inner qualities have to be understood and brought into connection, like a pantheon of gods and goddesses.  However, the methods to do so are not commonly practiced.  This conscious state of harmony goes hand in hand with the Artemis-Diana work of the central card.  It shows how much stands to be gained by allowing the Heart to journey further into connection with the Moon.

Here is a simple goddess chant that can be repeated to go forward with this spread.  There are more substantial Moon invocations and full rituals, but this is a good stepping stone.  It can be chanted to a slow rhythm of eight counts.  It has a little tune that I chant it with.

Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inana.

Blessings.

Full Moon through Cattails

Full Moon through Cattails © Open Portal Tarot