Expanding with the New Moon in Sagittarius, December 6, 2018

Happy New Moon!  Another moonth has gone by and we again have the chance to renew or reinvent our intentions for the month ahead with the power of the newly waxing moon. This time around the Moon will be in Sagittarius, a fire sign bursting with expansive and optimistic energy. You want to make sure that you focus on those areas of your life where you actually want expansion and growth. If you find yourself getting caught up in what isn’t working, you may end of creating more problems and troubles for yourself! Make a special effort with this New Moon to practice gratitude for what you have and appreciate those parts of your life that are humming along just dandy. This positivity will be supported by Sagittarius’ optimistic outlook and extend evolution and healthy growth in other areas of your life that may not be so free and clear right now.

Know that Sagittarius loves to philosophize as well, so this New Moon time is the perfect opportunity to contemplate the meaning of your life. Make the effort to consider whether or not your actions are aligned with the goals and values you aspire to in this lifetime. We can easily get offtrack from our highest aspirations when we bog ourselves down in the day-to-day of what we want, want, want right now! This New Moon gives you the power to zoom way out and get some perspective on what it all means and how the little things you do either create or sabotage your best life.

Here is a little insight from the tarot for intention setting with the New Moon in Sagittarius:

Linestrider Tarot: The Emperor, IX of Cups, V of Swords

Where am I ready to grow and expand in my life?- The Emperor
Oh yeah! I love this message of The Emperor! You are ready to grow and expand in every aspect of your life because you are powerful, in control, and disciplined.The Emperor is self-possessed and regal in action, ruling the empire with a firm and steady hand. You understand the effort and the work that is required to realize your dreams. You also know that you are capable and willing to do whatever it takes. This will be a great month for consolidating family ties, getting your household in order, organizing your work and finances, and just being a boss at life. Perhaps you’ve been spending without thought, or earning less money than usual- time to turn that around. Perhaps you’ve been neglecting family time or disconnecting from your tribe- time to tune back in and reconnect. Maybe you’ve just felt out of control and chaotic in all aspects of your life- well, it’s time to put some new rules in place, create boundaries, and set things back in order. Sagittarius offers you expansion so set your sights bigger than ever before so you can make that super leap to the next level.

What actions can I take to move my life to the next level?- IX of Cups
The best action you can take to get yourself to that next level is to live in a state of gratitude and abundance. Even if you have to start with the smallest details, do it. “I am grateful to be breathing air. I am grateful to have a beating heart. Etc.” Hopefully, you can take a more expansive view if your personal life is shit and be thankful for the oceans, forests, colors, the internet, bears!, whatever it takes to get you in a state of wonder and joy about life. When you take satisfaction and feel fulfilled, the Universe recognizes you as a person who enjoys the good stuff in life and offers you more good stuff. You’re attracting what you’re putting out so put out a sense of appreciation for all that exists that is good. Practice swiftly letting go of negative emotions and vicious thought patterns whenever you notice yourself engaging in these types of destructive behaviors. You are blessed to be alive. Once you didn’t exist and then, out of nothing, you came into form. What amazing things are you going to create, birth, manifest, bring into form in this lifetime?

What do I need to release in order to create room for expansion?- V of Swords
You gotta release the negativity and the naysaying, the lack mentality and the competition! There is plenty of success and happiness for each and every person on this planet. Your success and happiness is not, and should not be, contingent upon someone else’s misery and failure. Let go of the idea that you have to be better than someone else. Let go of the idea that you need to earn more money than everyone else. Let go of the thought that you need to be smarter, stronger, have more, do more, be more than anyone else. This isn’t you against the world. We each get what we require and what deserve in this life. There is plenty to go around and then there is even still more for everyone again. When we separate ourselves, divide ourselves in to the haves and the have nots, the us versus them, the good versus the bad, the right versus the wrong, etc. we deny the basic fact that we are all human and all equal. Can you see that equality? Release all the rest of your cultural patterning that has taught you differently. It’s not going to be easy but it is a worthy cause that will make your world a more beautiful and happy place.

I hope you enjoyed this reading for the New Moon in Sagittarius. If you would like a personalized reading- just shoot me an email: thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com.  I’m available for email readings, Skype readings, or in-person reading depending upon your location. I look forward to connecting with you and helping you live your best life with the help of the tarot!  

Relationships Reflection with the New Moon in Libra, October 8, 2018

The New Moon we are graced with today is in Libra, the sign ruled by the planet Venus. If you’re into astrology at all, you’ve probably heard much talk recently about the Venus retrograde cycle that is currently taking place. Starting on October 5th, and lasting for the next 40 days till November 16th, Venus will appear to backtrack across the sky and the zodiac signs of Scorpio into Libra. The retrograde movement of the planets is associated with going within, reflection, and reassessment. These energies are particularly potent within the realm of Libra/Venus which rules relationships, the feminine, balance, love, and values. We will all feel a summons to reexamine our relationships: our romantic relationships, friendships, business partnerships, and most importantly our relationship to ourselves. This is a great time to ask the tarot for some guidance on what intentions can best help us navigate this moon cycle for optimum balance and harmony. Here are some prompts for you to try:

~What intention can I set to help me focus on emotional balance during this moon phase?
~What intention can I set to help me create harmony and equality in my relationships?
~What intention can I set to help me deal with Venus’ call for self reflection and reassessment of the past?

Here is a reading for us all using my favorite fall deck, the Zombie Tarot:

The Zombie Tarot: Five of Cups, King of Cups, Page of Pentacles

~What intention can I set to help me focus on emotional balance during this moon phase?
Five of Cups
The V of Cups signifies difficult emotions such as regret, longing, grief, and sadness. It often comes up at a time when it feels like all has been lost. You are faced with crushing disappointment and have no idea what could lift your dark mood. The world looks bleak. There is a tendency now to obsess about what has passed, what has caused you pain, what is gone and can never return. The imbalance in the world is that feelings, emotions, and matters of the heart are not as important and meaningful as power, money, and big business. When people’s lived experiences don’t matter, especially those of women, what is the point of society? Who does it actually serve?

At this New Moon, set the intention to move away from the darkest depths of grief and despair. In order to bring balance into your life you will need to allow for hope and optimism to be present and acknowledged. There is no need to question the validity of your pain, the horror of your past, the sadness you have felt. That pain is real and that pain is acknowledged. The thing is, you can’t stay there and relive it forever. That isn’t for your highest good, that isn’t going to solve any of your issues, that isn’t going to make it better- ever. What will make your situation better, and consequently improve the lives of all those in your life that love and care about you, is to open yourself up to the possibility of future happiness. Appreciating the small moments of your day, practicing gratitude and kindness, and saying yes to what you DO want- this will help you move forward and heal. Set the intention to invite hope and love into your life and leave guilt, doubt, and grief behind.

~What intention can I set to help me create harmony and equality in my relationships?
King of Cups
The King of Cups is empathetic, diplomatic, generous, and deeply kind. He is compassionate, creative, understanding, and aware. These are all characteristics that we should set our intentions towards being in the month ahead. The King of Cups is the ultimate symbol of harmony and equality embodied in human form that the tarot has to offer us. This card comes as a very good sign that we have the emotional maturity and depth of character to manage and improve our relationships during this moon cycle and continue that through the whole Venus retrograde cycle.

There’s a certain amount of restraint to the King of Cups as well, he doesn’t overflow with emotion but rather balances emotion with intellect. He knows how to communicate matters of the heart without emotional manipulation, waterfalls of tears, or screaming matches about who cares more. He has control over his emotions, knows how to set boundaries between personal and shared feelings, and can provide stability and support for those around him. Set the intention this month to act as a King of Cups yourself when dealing with issues of balance and harmony in your relationships. How would you like to be treated? How would you like to be spoken to? How can you compromise and negotiate? The King of Cups is here to back you up with quiet, sensitive, and understanding vibrations.

~What intention can I set to help me deal with Venus’ call for self reflection and reassessment of the past?
Page of Pentacles
A Page is always a good sign for new beginnings, just like a New Moon. This Page has a rather responsible and determined youthful energy, bringing fresh opportunity or possibility to your life. His appearance signifies a real exuberance for learning about yourself by diving into the self-reflection and reassessment demanded by this Venus retrograde with an eagerness to learn new things about yourself. Now is the chance to see your past in the bright light and perspective of your present self!  Set the intention to go into this cycle with an open mind and a willingness to learn new things about yourself.

Maybe you’re not the type of person who delights in processing the past and rehashing old issues, well- you just might have to do it anyway this season. Don’t be afraid to go down this road of analysis. The Page of Pentacles is offering up many learning opportunities in a spirit of wonder, but also practicality. Don’t be surprised if your self assessment unearths some old dreams about home, finances, work, or your body that were lost along the way. You could find yourself revved up by a great business idea you had before, a renewal of a project around the house, a job pop up you always wanted, or a refreshed diet and exercise plan. The point is, set the intention to be wide-eyed and open to possibility, the Page of Pentacles isn’t adapt at reengaging with the past, but he sure can make the most practical use of what he finds there.

Okay, there you have it, a New Moon Reading for Libra. I hope you found it insightful and useful. If you would like to get a personalized reading, I am available!  I do email readings, online readings (Skype or Google Hangout), and in-person readings in Nashville, TN. Hit me up at thewilllowpath@gmail.com if you would like to set something up!

A Practical and Grounding New Moon in Virgo, September 9, 2018

Welcome to another Moon cycle. It’s time to take a moment to celebrate fresh energy and set intentions with the New Moon in Virgo. Virgo energy is earthy, practical, organized, and body focused. This is a wonderful time to set intentions around promoting your own physical wellbeing. What healthy habits would you like to incorporate into your daily routine? Maybe pick just one today to commit to for the coming 4 weeks. Even if you have 10 routines you’d love to make a part of your life, wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful if you did even one of those habits every day? You can start small, adding another routine each Moon cycle instead of trying to do it all at once. Trying to do it all at once is a recipe for overwhelm and burn out.

Let’s do a tarot spread to help us focus in on a particular habit or routine that would best suit us in the month ahead. Here are some handy questions you can ask your deck:

The development of what healthy habit or routine is best supported by this New Moon?
What advice will help me focus on and commit to this new practice?

How can I be gentle and patient with myself as I learn and grow?

Be aware that Virgo can bring perfectionist energy. This is where the need for compassion comes into your month. Developing a new healthy routine is not always a snap, in fact, it usually is quite hard. You will have slip ups, reverse your progress, take two steps forward and one step back. The key is to not be overly hard on yourself. Work on developing practical and reasonable expectations that don’t include perfectionism at all. If you believe that the only way to be successful is to be perfect, you need to take a step back and ask where this belief is coming from. Trust me, it is not valid. You can be wildly successful and abundantly joyful and make mistakes ALL THE DAMN TIME. You will need to constantly remind yourself of this in the month ahead as you work towards your healthiest life, develop new routines that support that healthy life. Accept slow progress, even agonizingly slow progress!

Here is a tarot reading I did for us collectively using the above spread:

Rider Waite Smith deck: Knight of Cups rx, III of Pentacles rx, The Chariot rx

The development of what healthy habit or routine is best supported by this New Moon?- Knight of Cups reversed
Emotional health is inextricably linked to physical health. When your emotions are out of control, chaotic, overwhelming, etc, that emotional pain easily manifests as physical ailments in the body. This month ahead, it is a lovely idea to make a daily habit of reflecting upon your emotional state. Check in with yourself to see if you are suppressing, avoiding, or hiding your emotions. When emotions get bottled up they reek havoc on our health. You could make a daily habit of sitting with an uncomfortable or unwanted emotion and letting it pass through you.

A way to practice allowing emotions to pass through you is to first sit quietly with 5 or so minutes to yourself. Now bring to mind a situation that is causing you pain, notice the emotion it causes you, be it anger, sadness, disappointment, etc. Then hold that emotion, feel it in your physical body. Now, for the tricky part- let the story behind the emotion go, let it fade away so that it is just you and the emotion without any story attached. Within a minute, 2 minutes at the most, you will feel the negative emotion slowly lose force and fade away. Now the emotion has passed through you and your physical health can feel the positive effects of releasing that emotion.

I’m going to try doing this practice daily for the next month, spending a little time each day letting emotions pass through me. When you practice something it becomes more natural and easy over time. I like the idea of a practice of experiencing my emotions and then letting them pass out of my experience instead of hanging around and hurting me. This type of emotional work is supported by a lovely placement of Neptune in Pisces at this time. We can allow Virgo energy to provide you with the structure and organizational energy to bring a new practice into your life.

What advice will help me focus on and commit to this new practice?-
III of Pentacles reversed
The idea of building something permanent, of working to construct a beautiful perfect structure, needs to get tossed out the window. Remember, there is no perfection in life. There also is no end goal to all this doing. If you focus on doing and making things as the point of your life, you will always have to make more, more, more. Is that how you want to live- never satisfied with what you’ve built, always putting on “finishing” touches until you’ve created something far beyond a Rococo monstrosity? The idea that life is linear and we are always on the up and up, is not helpful. It’s time for a new point of view.

We actually move and live in cycles. Energy ebbs and flows, in and out, up and down, this way and that. This knowledge is why I work with the Moon cycles to connect with the cyclical nature of life. You can’t get too attached to structures or even versions of yourself, everything is always changing. It’s all about doing what is right for you right now. Tear down the ego, take apart your identity, deconstruct your beliefs and then notice how you are still you. You have an essential self that isn’t subject to all these cycles of your life, it is your unchanging soul. Isn’t that nice? You can’t stop being you, but you can stop identifying with old versions of your personality and move on. Perhaps this month, as we all practice allowing emotion to move through us, we can confront the emotions that we think of as “us” and instead focus on releasing a past version of the ego. 

How can I be gentle and patient with myself as I learn and grow?-
The Chariot reversed
Ya’ll, this isn’t easy work I’m talking about doing. Deconstructing the self and releasing painful emotions- that sounds fucking tough. Let’s remember that we don’t have to be perfect about it, we don’t have to do it the “right way”, and we don’t even need to finish it. Is there any “finishing” before we die? The Chariot reversed reminds us to take it easy, to cruise along, to take side roads that look interesting, to sit back and enjoy the ride. Yes, we are making progress and we are doing things to try and live our best lives, but there is no rush. Rushing this can lead to frustration and impatience. Look for ways that you are making progress, take notice of the small steps, and be grateful for all that you do. You are doing so much!

You are so awesome for even trying, for caring, for being conscious, for making any effort at all. Does it feel like more people are making that effort, more people are waking up? It can be frustratingly slow progress but you have deep reserves of ambition and drive and determination. You’re not going to give up even when the road is bending out of view and it’s hard to say where you’re heading. You’re not going to give up when the ideas of “success” or “finishing” or “reaching your goal” are taken away. You’re inching towards a new paradigm, a new understanding of what your soul purpose is here on Earth at this time. The Virgo New Moon offers you energy to heal yourself by taking small daily action towards your health: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

Okay, I hope you enjoyed this New Moon tarot reading for the Virgo Moon cycle. I’m wishing you love, health, healing, and strength in the month ahead!

A Birthday Reading for my 36th Year!

A birthday reading for me! My birthday was already a month ago but I drew cards on the day and have slowly been writing up this reading for myself to share with you here on the blog. I love doing birthday readings just as much as I love doing New Year readings; they have a very similar energy of new beginnings and endless possibilities. I’m lucky to have a birthday just about halfway through the year so it’s a great time to check in with where I was at the start of the year, reexamine goals and growth, and determine the best path forward from here. If you don’t happen to have a birthday in June or July, a great time to do a check in reading for the year is at the Summer Solstice. Next year I’m planning on offering a package reading that includes a New Year reading and a Summer Solstice reading, so look for that option to pop up in December.  Fun, right?!

Okay, back to me and my birthday! Strength is my year card for this 36th year of my life. I determine year cards by adding together all the numbers of the current date for the birthday and then reducing it down to a number between 1-9. So for my birthday on July, 8, 2018 that looks like this:

7+8+2+0+1+8= 26 then 2+6= 8 viola!  8 is the number for Strength.

You can also find your tarot birth card in this same manner, to determine which tarot card acts as a theme for your entire life. So for example, with my birth date of July 8, 1982:

7+8+1+9+8+2= 35 then 3+5= 8 viola! 8 is Strength 🙂

So guess what? Strength is my tarot birth card as well! That makes this feel like a very special year for me. Double Strength! Who doesn’t love that? A year card is a tarot card that acts as a theme for the entire year ahead. It is a foundational energy that can be accessed more easily during the year, one that can be drawn upon and utilized to create great magic during this spin around the sun. I wrote a post about Strength earlier this year here, so you can get an idea of what a Strength year ahead holds. I also include a 4-5 page PDF about your year card if you order a birthday reading from me!  Something to consider 🙂

Next, using Strength as my theme card for the year, I drew six more tarot cards to address different aspects of the year ahead.  Here is what I drew:

Tarot spread using the Linestrider Tarot deck

1. How will the Strength card manifest itself in my life?- Page of Cups reversed
2. What lessons do I need to learn this year?- IX of Cups
3. What particular area of my life needs focus?- King of Swords
4. What obstacles stand in my way this year?- VIII of Pentacles
5. What can help me achieve my goals this coming year?- X of Pentacles
6. What kind of year can I expect to experience?- Justice reversed

Linestrider Tarot

Let’s explore this spread a bit! I’m also interested to look back at the reading I did for myself in January for 2018 and see if there are any repeating lessons, obstacles, etc. or if I’ve had some major energetic shifts since the beginning of this calendar year. What strikes me right away is that in my January 2018 reading I drew the Queen of Wands reversed as my theme card for the year. In today’s reading I’m using Strength as my theme card for my 36th year. The Queen of Wands reversed and Strength very much vibrate on the same energetic wavelength in my heart, mind, and body. Both are Fire energy, creativity, passion, bravery, charisma, and holding fast to what makes life worth living. The reversal of the Queen of Wands earlier in the year could indicate that that energy has been dormant or latent potential inside of me that is now ready to more fully manifest in action.

Knowing that I would like to take concrete steps towards living in my Strength is a good start. It’s great to know what you want, what you’re striving for, what lights you up inside. Just having any idea of what your goal is in this crazy confusing world is a major first step, so go me for knowing what I want! I want to strengthen my inner spirit, live closer to my passions, feel deeper into my inspirations, and lead a creative life. I don’t want to force things, constantly working myself to the bone, but rather allow my energy to flow. Like many people, I have the tendency feel inadequate if I’m not constantly working or pushing myself towards the next goal. To live in Strength means acknowledging, accepting, and surrendering to the times of rest, relaxation, and being. I am enough right now.

Linestrider Tarot

Let’s continue with the Page of Cups reversed as an indicator of how Strength will show up for me going forward. I see this as a kind and gentle message to work on re-patterning my emotional realm. The Page is a beginning, a start, something fresh and new and is the energy I need to take when reassessing and reconfiguring how I approach my emotions, my emotional responses, and my emotional patterns. The way that I have been experiencing my feelings for the past 35 years is something that I’m questioning right now. Do I have to have these reactions? Do certain situations have to evoke programmed emotional responses? Or can I decide to react differently and make new patterns that better reflect the way I want to live and experience the world? The Page of Cups supports this going within to reflect upon my emotional world and will hold my hand while I sort out what new ways I want to feel.

Strength and the Page of Cups seem like complimentary energies to me. Strength lends backbone and confidence to the immature and developing Page. Where the Page of Cups reversed could be scared or uncertain when facing the unknown landscape of creating new neural pathways for her emotions, with Strength by her side she bravely marches forward. The Page of Cups reversed does require a lot of support from Strength, thereby diluting some of the power of Strength, stretching Strength thin and limiting my reach this year. If I’m only at a beginning stage in creating the healthy emotional patterns I desire, I can’t expect Strength to magically transport me to the next level without doing the work. The Page of Cups reversed reminds me of to be patient and diligent. This will take time, but if I don’t start at all, I will never make any progress in my evolution. I need to constantly remind myself to accept where I am at in my development and surrender to the process.

Linestrider Tarot

Taking this emotional re-patterning a step further, the IX of Cups shows up as the lesson I will learn this 36th year. This card advises me to enjoy the work, revel in my emotions, find joy in expressing myself and my feelings. I have a tendency to hide my emotions in my little Crab shell, sidestepping direct communication of my inner world with those around me who seem untrustworthy, or simply unworthy, which ends up being most people. The IX of Cups says, “No, don’t hide. Be open. Be bright. Share what you are going through.” I can do that sharing here on my blog or in person with new friends and old. My natural inclination is to listen until I am absolutely certain that what I say will be heard, but maybe it’s just time to speak without any assurance that anyone will understand or care. That is scary, but that is owning my emotions as valid and authentic to me, and that being the only thing that matters when I decide how and when to express myself.

In my reading from January, I drew the VIII of Cups reversed as a message about how I would experience my Fire energy in 2018. Seeing the next card in the sequence, the IX of Cups come up here gives me a sense of progress being made. I have been putting in a lot of energy around understanding and examining my emotions. I’m not just saying I should do this, I’m realizing that I am doing this! This little step from the VIII to the IX makes me feel proud of myself. I want to acknowledge my progress. I’m by no means about to stop the process and call this book written, I’m just saying that I have been able to let go of certain modes of interacting with my inspiration and processing my feelings that I do not believe are in my best interest. It’s amazing to live with my Higher Self on a daily basis, allowing that self to be revealed to me as I am ready to understand me.

Linestrider Tarot

Then along comes the King of Swords, who is here to act as a balance or counterpoint to all that freedom of self-expression and pouring forth of emotions. The King of Swords lets me know that there is a logical and honest way to share my emotions. I can speak my truth and communicate my message in direct and straightforward ways. I can be emotionally open without having to go against my airy Aquarius Moon which makes me want to distance myself and share my emotions more objectively than subjectively. In other words, I don’t have to start writing flowery poetry using cliche metaphors, or share tear-filled Instagram stories all about my feelings. I don’t have to be someone I’m not. The King of Swords is deeply in touch with his feelings, emotionally mature, and controlled. He excels in the communication of those feelings with honesty, self-acceptance, and unquestioning knowing.

The King of Swords is that bit of intellectual support that tells me that I’ll live, speaking my truth won’t kill me. He knows that fear is a part of the process, it won’t stop me from trying. He is willing to get uncomfortable in order to grow and be himself. He doesn’t get all upset if someone criticizes him. My message isn’t for everyone, not everyone will need my words, explanations, or epiphanies. The King of Swords easily comprehends that we are all at various stages of our emotional growth and doesn’t look down or judge those that can’t understand or won’t understand his message at this moment. This card blends well with Strength as the King of Swords is very courageous and bold. Armed with my truth, I will speak my mind and live authentically.

Linestrider Tarot

Next up in this reading comes my obstacle for the year ahead, for which I drew the VIII of Pentacles. Work, work, work. That’s what the VIII of Pentacles always makes me think. Is putting in the work an obstacle? I suppose we all suffer from just wanting to be done and perfect and understand and move on to the next level. Mastery is highly sought and lavishly praised. I have never been a master of much. I consider myself a bit of a Renaissance women, knowing a bit of this and that, good at a thing or two, a dilettante, or most basely- a dabbler. The idea of truly dedicating myself to one discipline, one project, one area, does seem like a huge obstacle. I’m not even sure what I would focus on, what I would want to be a master of?

Often the image on the VIII of Pentacles depicts a person creating physical pentacles. I like the idea that I could be creating something physical this year. I’ve been working on designing my own tarot deck for years now using photographs from my travels. I haven’t been particularly pressed to finish this deck, but I do want to make progress and get more of the images selected and description writing done. I can imagine myself as the worker bee from the VIII of Pentacles, diligently dedicating my time and energy to this project. I can also channel the Knight of Pentacles that I drew at the beginning of the year as a support card for the year ahead. The Knight is a wonder at diligence, follow through, and steadfastly plodding along after a goal. I’m optimistic that my dedication to my creative project will continue throughout the year ahead and that I’ll make major headway.

Linestrider Tarot

The X of Pentacles indicates what can help me reach my goals this year. My first thought- MONEY! Yes, money would surely help me reach many of my goals in the coming year. I could dedicate my time and resources to creating my tarot deck. I could buy a home. I could have really fantastic travel adventures, etc. Money can buy a lot of things. I’ll certainly keep myself open to the Universe offering me chances to bring abundant wealth into my life, but in the meantime, I can also work on my own definition of material abundance. What does it feel like to have enough? Am I appreciating everything that I already have? Can I do more or different things with the resources that I currently possess? Delving into these types of questions and exploring my money mindset even more in the year ahead will help me reach my goals going forward.

The X energy of this card is the energy of an ending and also of a new beginning. In other words, I’m in the middle of a transition. I’m wrapping things up as well as starting things fresh and in that process I get to make a lot of decisions about how I want to show up in the physical world. What ways of being in this body, in this world, on this Earth do I want to let go of and what new ways do I want to develop? In the past year, I’ve been really focused on creating a healthy lifestyle and the habits I believe support that healthy lifestyle. That was the active energy of The Chariot last year, a year in which I decided to eat vegan, moderate my drinking, sleep more, change my exercise habits, do work that is very physical (cleaning houses), meditate daily, align my body at the chiropractor, hydrate, make new friends, and move into a new living situation without roommates. Holy crap! When I look back on that list now and see all the things I have changed in the last year, I am blown away by the progress I have made, the changes I have made, the difference in the way that I feel in my body now. That makes me want to write a lot about The Chariot year!

Anyway, without getting too caught up in another idea for a blog post, I’ll simply say that the X of Pentacles combined with the energy of Strength lends me the energy to persevere in the year ahead. I can appreciate the healthy habits I have integrated into my life in the past year and use Strength to continue those practices. I know that not every day will be be perfect, but Strength helps me be consistent. This is all a practice and I won’t eat, drink, sleep, exercise, and relax to perfection every day, but I can trust that those practices are part of me now. I can begin a new phase with this lifestyle as my foundation for living. Now what can my life be like going forward from this point? The X of Pentacles reminds me to appreciate all that I have integrated and begin this year as a fresh version of myself.

Linestrider Tarot

Lastly, I drew Justice reversed as an indicator of what type of year ahead I can expect. I’ll admit, Justice is not a card that I connect with deeply. Whenever I draw it in a reading I am little taken aback- what does this mean? I welcome this opportunity to work with this card in the year ahead, to consider its meanings and implications, and watch this energy play out in my life. I immediately think, “Well, I’m going to learn a lot about how unfair life can be, how unjust, how dishonest.” And maybe that’s true! I’m not going to say I have a particularly rosy view of the world, especially our current Western political, economic, and social structures. Do I need to get more into that? Do I require more examples of how fucked up and unfair things are around me? I don’t feel like I need that, but it kind of seems like that’s what I’m going to get. Perhaps the world is bringing me to my breaking point, a point at which I will be forced to work harder towards solutions. I aim to create space for light, consciousness, and love in this world, but I’m sure I could do that on a bigger scale. Perhaps this year will bring me to that point of expansion. Boy, that sure doesn’t sound like very much fun, but if there’s one thing I’m learning right now, it’s that transition and growth often feel terrible, hard, and sad even as they bring deep meaning.

It will be important for me in the year ahead to make sure I am taking responsibility for my actions, thoughts, and feelings. Yes, there are lots of things in this world that are outside of my control, but I can’t shirk my role as the master of my own reactions. Many of my reactions are preprogrammed habits that do not serve me and do not exemplify how I actually want to react. It takes my time and effort to change these programs, to consciously move away from knee-jerk responses and instead consider what is actually a reasonably and fair way to react. I will work on that in the year ahead, work on my reactions to injustice and unfairness and reprogram myself to respond in a way that creates the change I want to see in the world. I will hold myself accountable for showing up the way I want others to show up, to be responsible, to be a role model, to treat others and myself with honesty, integrity and fairness. The King of Swords who came up earlier in this reading as a focus for this year also emphasizes this need for honesty and integrity to rule my year ahead.

Justice reversed as well as the King of Swords both speak to the reprograming of Air energy, of mental patterns in my life. The Page of Cups and IX of Cups are about emotional patterns. The Pentacles cards point out reprogramming of physical patterns. And Strength is the overarching mission to guide all this effort with spiritual energy. Obviously, I’m feeling ambitious and grand this morning as I read these cards for my year ahead. I will remember to check in with this reading occasionally, especially at the New Moon reading times to see what progress and development occurs. I hope you enjoyed reading this birthday reading for me. Get in touch any time if you need a little birthday reading for yourself!

Nourishing Our Wholeness with the New Moon in Cancer, July 12th, 2018

Another New Moon is upon us, and this one falls in the sign of Cancer. Cancer brings to the foreground the home, family, motherhood, security, emotions, food, the past/ancestors, and nourishing our very souls. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon, so every year’s New Moon in Cancer is a powerful time to set intentions for new beginnings in these areas, but this year’s New Moon is even more potent as it also involves a partial solar eclipse. An eclipse, in traditional astrology, is a time of change and new beginnings. This heightened energy for change means that the moves we make now towards creating the amazing lives of our dreams are much more likely to have long term effects. Take some time today to reflect on the changes you would like to make to your home, your relationships, your sense of safety and support in the world. You can use these questions to ask your tarot deck for guidance:

~How can I tap into and honor my deepest needs and feelings?
~What changes or new beginnings will best support my home and family life?
~What changes or new beginnings will create security and foundation in my life?
~How can I best nourish and care for myself and those I love?
~What aspects of my past do I need to process and then let go of?
~What aspects of my past serve me well now and into the future?
~How can I set boundaries within my family so I have the space and love to grow?
~How can I be more empathetic?
~Where do I need to foster more love and connection in my life?
~What adds to my sense of safety and security in the world?

Below is a tarot reading I did for us all, offering us guidance at this New Moon time. I didn’t ask any specific question, besides that Cancer give us a message for the moon cycle ahead. I drew one card from three different decks just for fun! It’s interesting to see how meaning can be combined across types of deck:

Mary-el Tarot 6 of Disks, Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards Rabbit, Lunar Nomad Oracle #28 Man

Let me start with Rabbit from the Animal Spirits Knowledge cards, our animal spirit guide for the month ahead. Rabbit is a lunar feminine energy, with many cultures actually seeing a rabbit on the face of the Moon in the sky overhead. The Rabbit guides us through the lunar energy of Cancer season with sensitivity, intuition, empathy, and warmth. Imagine measuring life with the Moon, how would we mark the months, the seasons, time itself. Rabbit as the Moon holds great power to demarcate the cycles of our lives, creating familiarity and patterns in a chaotic world. Many may not notice consciously the cycles of the moon, but the Moon revels in the subconscious anyway. She is a part of us, a constant, a pattern buried deep within us of light and dark even throughout the night. The Rabbit reminds us in the month ahead to appreciate cycles, take comfort in constants, celebrate our shadows, and own the personal power we hold deep inside.

The 6 of Disks in the Mary-el Tarot shows the angel Gabriel in both masculine and feminine form, representing the duality and non-binary aspect of the divine. This divinity is within us all. We each hold the outward, masculine, doing energy as well as the inward, feminine, being energy. Gabriel is the “Strength of God”, she is the messenger who tells us all that we can manifest whatever it is we came here to do. We have that power. We are each on an individual mission, a plan, a life with a purpose and we were born with everything we need to manifest that meaning. Yes, you were born with divine gifts, you are one with your higher self, you are a holistic being. Still the manifestation of your gifts requires your effort, your commitment, your blood, sweat, and tears. Never fear that it isn’t worth it, that it isn’t working, that you will fail. Do not doubt. Put in the work and earn your rewards. You are wholly capable and deserving.

The Man from the Lunar Nomad Oracle card strikes me in it’s imagery so reminiscent of the traditional Strength card of the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck. On Strength we see a woman with a lion, whereas on this oracle card we see a man and a lion. Generally, Strength is thought of as a feminine energy with it’s counterpart, The Chariot, representing masculine energy. Once again, as with the 6 of Disks, with The Man we are confronted by the duality within each of us, our ability to hold simultaneously both masculine and feminine energy. Subduing the lion, harnessing and pacifying that energy is a beautiful and courageous thing to do. At other times we need to provoke the lion within us, take action, be brave and daring. This melds perfectly with the 6 of Disk’s message to internally believe we are strong and capable and to USE that belief by acting out our passions and intentions. The Man gives us the impetus, the will to go for it!

There is so much we can manifest in this life. There is so much we are capable of doing. The key is to believe deeply in ourselves. We need to believe in our personal power, our ability to do great things, our meaning and purpose in this lifetime. We also need to take risks, to act, to work hard at what we want to be, create, and do. These are not two sides of the same coin, they are simply us, our wholeness. We don’t have to be this and then that, we can be everything all at once. That is connecting to the higher self, the divinity within us that doesn’t take sides, doesn’t differentiate, but simply allows it all to be present right now. Be fully present in the now at this New Moon in Cancer!

There you have it, another beautiful New Moon reading for you all. I hope you enjoyed it! If you would like a personalized New Moon reading, please get in touch. I’m available for email readings and in-person readings in the Nashville, TN area.

 

Burst into Action with the New Moon in Aries, April 15th, 2018

The New Moon in Aries today marks the beginning of the zodiac year of moon cycles. This is because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. I believe that each New Moon is an opportunity for new beginnings, but there does feel to be something extra special about the Aries New Moon. Aries is all about action, so now is the time to stop dreaming about your intentions and start to act on them. You can always make a fresh start, but right now the heavens have your back!

Oftentimes, we don’t take action towards our goals because we are fearful of taking that first step, or even the millionth step along our chosen path. This fear stems from leaving our comfort zone and taking risks. All the magic happens outside of our comfort zone, though, so use the Aries New Moon to give you courage to blast through your fear. The compulsiveness of Aries can help you here, as you don’t need to stop to think about or feel your fear, but simply forge ahead with determination and bravery. Remember, this is just a time for starting, just a beginning. You can set big, audacious goals right now to work towards throughout the year or years ahead. The key is just to kick it off with a quick, fun, and self-focused push in the right direction.

Let’s see how the tarot can help us set intentions with the Aries New Moon for the cycle ahead:

The Wild Unknown Tarot: Son of Cups, VIII of Cups, III of Pentacles

In which area of my life should I focus my new beginning on right now? Son of Cups rx
The realm of the emotions could use a little extra special focus this moon cycle. There is a pervasive sense that your emotional patterns are not in alignment with the action steps that you want to be taking. This mismatch is causing you to hesitate, something just doesn’t feel right. There is an attachment to where things are at, to the dreaming and fantasizing stage, and an internal desire to stay where you are comfortable and safe. There is also a strong introversion, wanting to keep your feelings to yourself, and really, your whole self all to yourself. You need to focus on moving towards a new emotional framework for yourself at this time.

Ask yourself: “How can I come out of my shell? How can I reveal myself to other people? How can I allow myself to be vulnerable?” We so highly value and appreciate vulnerability from other people. We think other people are valiant and brave for sharing their failures, doubts, and biggest challenges in life. Then when it comes to being vulnerable and opening up about our own inner demons, we cringe and believe that everyone will think we are hideous and terrible and judge us very harshly. This is the feeling that needs to be overcome! You too will be applauded and appreciated for your ability to be vulnerable. The Son of Cups asks you to reveal yourself, to be vulnerable, and to show your emotions to those around you in all their variations and nuances.

How can I access my courage to push myself out of my comfort zone?- VIII of Cups rx You’ve gotta break old emotional patterns and get out of that comfort zone! The VIII of Cups sees you leaving behind outdated and unneeded emotions that keep you trapped. You can now surrender the past to stay in the past. The first step away from an entrenched emotional pattern is to realize that you do indeed have a pattern that you are stuck in and believe that you can get out of it. You can change the way you feel. There is no law of the Universe that you must have a specific emotional reaction to a specific situation. You can decide to feel differently when the same old things come up.

For example, if you are mired in sadness and despair whenever you think of finding a partner, imagine instead if you felt enthusiastic and inspired to share you life whenever you think about finding a partner. You don’t have to feel sad, even if you have had no luck finding anyone. You don’t have to feel despair, no matter how long it is taking. You can believe that you will find someone. You can to trust that there is a partner out there for you and that you will find that person. The VIII of Cups reversed begs you to allow that things can be different and that you can feel in new ways than what you have been experiencing up until this point. No matter what the situation and how stuck you are in an emotional pattern, you can break free and feel and experience life in a whole new way. It is possible.

How can I express myself in a fun, creative, and fiery way with the Aries New Moon?-
III of Pentacles
The III of Pentacles asks you to work with a group of like-minded people, allowing each person in the group to bring diverse skills and perspectives to the table. Connecting and sharing with others brings you more fully into this world as you show yourself and you in return are seen. It can be best to focus on doing something physical, creating something, or at least sharing a physical space with those you are communicating with. The internet is a wonderful place to meet people, but the III of Pentacles suggests that now is the time to go to a party or a meeting or a class and share a room and breathing air with the people with whom you are talking. Maybe a simple first step is admitting to a friend, relative, or trusted pet, that you are trying to break free of your comfort zone. Every little step counts and just expressing your desire to change and feel/act/be different is a great place to start.

The III of Pentacles denotes learning, so remember that you don’t have to have an epiphany or have it all figured out in order to be making progress. Show up each day with the intention of leaving old emotional patterns behind and developing new patterns. Remember, it took you a very long time, perhaps your entire life, to create the pattern you are in now. It could take you a while now to develop and cultivate your new pattern. You are consciously choosing your emotions now and that will speed up the process for sure, but still, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be patient as you place each brick to build your new emotional patterns. Being gently with yourself and finding a support system of people who care about you and want to see you succeed, and might even help you build your new patterns, is a wonderful idea. Set an intention at this New Moon in Aries to kick off the zodiac year with trust, belief, and faith in yourself and the Universe that you can change the parts of yourself that are no longer useful and grow new habits that will serve your highest purpose.

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this tarot reading for the New Moon in Aries. I’m going to give this reading a good long think as I go about setting my own intentions for the next lunar cycle. I have emotional patterns of fear of vulnerability, turning in, and hiding in my shell that I am consciously working to reveal and dispel. If you would like to work with me and the energy of the New Moon in Aries, I’m available for email tarot readings at this time!

Brighid’s Blue Moon Tarot Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop! For this hop each blogger is going to share a reading based upon a common tarot spread. This spread celebrates three cosmic events that are all happening this week: Imbolc/Brighid’s Day (the cross-quarter point on the Wheel of the Year between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox) celebrated on February 1st, a Full Moon, and a Blue Moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) on January 31st.  This is a very special tarot reading you should try out yourself at this time to connect with the triple potency of these special solar and lunar energies.

Let’s begin!
The Foundation: Draw three cards, one representing Land (Body), one for Sky (Mind), and the third one for Sea (Spirit). These will indicate for you the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual focus of your year-to-come. These cards honor the Solar Festival of Imbolc and the Three Fires of Brigid.

The Deviant Moon Tarot- Queen of Wands, The Fool, VIII of Pentacles

Land/Body/Physical energy of 2018- Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is comfortable and capable in her body. She possesses an ideal of feminine physical strength and fitness. The image above from the Deviant Moon Tarot depicts this Queen as an Amazon type of woman, strong, yet sensual.  I welcome this energy, support, and wisdom from Brighid concerning my own physicality in the world. I am committed to gaining physical strength this year, increasing my physical fitness, and embracing my body as it is, without judgement. The Queen of Wands can be my role model, the embodiment of ease in the body that I desire to achieve. She is inspiring, inspired, creative, and glowing from within with health and vitality. What a great start to this reading!

Sky/Mind/Mental energy of 2018- The Fool

The Fool sets off on a journey, a new beginning, without fear of failure or self-doubt. There must be a start, and now is the time The Fool will set forth. I see him as an invitation from the realm of Sky to begin a new way of thinking and experiencing the world. This year ahead, I plan on working on my mindset, on becoming more self aware of what I am thinking and how my mind is working. The Fool encourages me to pursue this goal with an open mind, without preconceived ideas of what I should be accomplishing, and without the doubt that will have me scrambling to get back into my comfort zone. Brighid sends me positive support in the realm of the mind for choosing to experience and preceive my life in a new way, with an open heart and an open mind.

Sea/Spirit/Spiritual energy of 2018- VIII of Pentacles

Changing my mindset applies to more than simply how I judge and interact with my physical body, or how I aware or in control of my thoughts I am. My mindset also affects my self-development on a soul level, in the realm of Sea or Spirit. The VIII of Pentacles shows the effort and practice I will exercise to progress towards my goals. A spiritual practice is just that, practicing to get where you want to be. I am practicing yoga, meditation, and conscious transformation. I am practicing how to run, how to be still, how to eat, how to drink, and how to love. All of this self development takes discipline, hard work, and prolonged effort. Brighid gives me courage to keep practicing this year, to put in the work, to be motivated to make the effort. If this is what I want, why waste my time or energy working towards anything else?

The Construction: This Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar, is the Full Rowan Moon. This tree is sacred to Brighid, and represents “Protection from Evil Enchantment”. It is considered a Guardian, a Guide, and a Gateway, so that we may be safely sheltered and receive direction as we walk down the new path of the year. So the three cards you draw for the second level, the Lunar energy of the year, will represent the answers to the following three questions: What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?  From what will I need protection on this journey? What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?

The Deviant Moon Tarot: The Hermit, VI of Pentacles, X of Swords reversed

What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?- The Hermit

The energy of my new path this year feels like it relates to the Seeker aspect of the Hermit. I am looking for new insights into myself. I am seeking answers to questions about what makes me tick, what I believe in, and how I can believe in myself. The Hermit likes to work in isolation and as an introvert I am always drawn to this inward probing energy. The question I have to ask myself is if I can find the answers within myself, or if I can use the guidance and wisdom of a Hermit or Guru who can help me access these inner regions of my subconscious. I have to be careful to balance my natural tendency to withdraw and do things myself, with the fact that there are limits to my understanding and what I can do alone. The Full Moon illuminates these dark places in my knowledge and beckons me to look to seek to shed light into all my blackest corners.

From what will I need protection on this journey?- VI of Pentacles

I need to be careful with my physical resources. I have a finite amount of energy, time, and money. It’s likely that other people are going to be asking a lot of me and I will need to know how to allocate my resources to properly balance my own needs with the needs of others. There is a careful balance that I can achieve between giving and receiving so that I feel the right amount of reciprocity and generosity in my life. I have an innate desire to be charitable and giving, but an equally selfish streak that wants to keep my hard earned riches to myself. I’m inclined to lean towards giving more than I receive, believing that absolute balance is unrealistic. But is it?

What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?- X of Swords reversed
I have the ability to ease my own anxiety and I can also call on the support my spirit guides to quiet my mind. This is one of my focus areas for the year ahead, learning to still my thoughts, lead them out of anxiety loops, and control the direction that they take. This work is internal, hence the reversal, and is much supported by the energy of The Hermit. The VI of Pentacles reminds me of the importance of staying grounding and coming into the materials world, when I have so much mindset, self development, soul questing going on in my life. The X of Swords reversed shows the futility and excessive damage of an overactive mind. it’s time to clear out the thought clutter.

 

The Surprise: Once in a Blue Moon, wonderful things come forth. Draw your final three cards connected with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order, to see what treasures the Universe has in store for you!

The Deviant Moon Tarot: VI of Swords, Knight of Cups, Knight of Swords reversed

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Body- VI of Swords

The VI of Swords gives me comfort and hope that I am on the right track, making progress towards changing my personal mindset, getting in control of my thoughts, and experiencing the world from a new perspective. All of these things are represented by the VI of Swords, even in the depiction above from The Deviant Moon Tarot. In it we see a figure who has put her thoughts aside and is allowing the expansion of her mind to take her sailing peacefully to a new land. I’m not sure I would say that my current mindset needs to be burned to the ground like in this image, but maybe it does. Maybe I need to start from a totally clean slate and enter an entirely new world within my mind. That type of movement would certainly help me get out of mindset that harshly judges and condemns my physical body and into a new way of looking at myself, my strength, and my body image. My physical home, physical health, and financial health could also use a makeover. The VI of Swords shows a surprising amount of potential for movement to a new way of thinking and experiencing myself.

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Mind- Knight of Cups

I like to see this as a new love affair or loving feelings in my mind. Instead of a hot mess of jumbled thoughts and anxieties as shown in the X of Swords, I can see my mind offering up messages and thoughts of love and self-acceptance. I’m not going to say that that would be a complete surprise, but to have that be the dominant form of thought going on in my mind would be a wonder indeed. The brain leans towards distressing and fearful thoughts, I don’t know why, something to do with self preservation and evolution. The fear-based thinking can quit is, as far as I’m concerned. I would prefer to have a love-based way of seeing the world with the Knight of Cups.

Wonderful surprises in the real of Spirit- Knight of Swords reversed
And here we see my shining spirit moving away from the hasty thinking and wild fear-based thoughts and actions of the Knight of Swords. My spirit will be overflowing with love with the Knight of Cups, putting away or moving away from the Knight of Swords combative, troubled, and anxious internal monologue. The Knights represent action so this Blue Moon surprises me with my ability to actually do something about what I’m thinking instead of just daydreaming about it and wishing it would happen. It’s good to daydream and get your goal honed and focused in on a particular objective. The next step is to take action towards that goal, even if you don’t know what action will yield results and which are just movement. It’s the intention behind the movement that counts, and the Universe will see my action and know that my intention is to move away from anxiety towards love. The surprise just might be success!

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