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):
3 of Disks
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.