All Beginnings are Possible with the New Moon in Aquarius, February 4th, 2019

Happy New Moon in Aquarius! It’s that time again- time to set our intentions for the coming moon cycle. And guess what this New Moon is good for in the intention setting department? Any new beginning you can imagine! How awesome is that? There is so much potential to set off in any direction you desire at this time. If you are dreaming it, you are ready to go for it. And chances are that you have been dreaming it for a while now, clearing and cleaning space to make room for the new. Don’t let this amazing opportunity pass by. It’s time to seize the day and get your show on the road.

Your new beginning could be big or small, it is the intention you put into achieving that beginning that is most important. You can live that intention starting right now. Perhaps you, like me, haven’t gotten around to setting intentions and goals for the year 2019. Or maybe you just like to make your big plans for the year when the New Moon is in Aquarius, coinciding with the Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year/Imbolc. It finally feels like winter is tipping ever so slightly towards spring and there is a hint of kinetic energy in the air. Winter and hibernation will come to an end soon. What will you create during the next cycle of your life, both with the moon and with the calendar year?

Let’s look at what the tarot has to offer us for advice at this New Moon in Aquarius:

Ostara Tarot: Page of Wands rx, Wheel of Fortune, II of Cups rx, King of Cups rx, IX of Wands

What energy will help you best set intentions for the moon cycle?– Page of Wands rx
You need to go inside, dive into your essential center, and start to boost up your self-esteem. There is a tremor of self doubt undermining your creative vision at this time. You don’t quite have your feet under you. Perhaps you lack self-confidence due to past attempts to achieve your goals that didn’t end with the intended results. There are no mistakes! Everything you have tried before has taught you important lessons that you are ready to integrate into your next attempt. Never stop trying. There is a creative vision inside of you, full of inspiration and enthusiasm. It’s worth the effort to stoke that spark of fire inside of you. This your pep talk from me, but you could also use a good pep talk from your own soul. Look into your eyes in the mirror and affirm to yourself that you have killer ideas, plenty of energy, and you will go out and make things happen for yourself!

What area of your life is ready for a new beginning this moon cycle?- Wheel of Fortune
Like I wrote in the introduction to this reading, anything goes at this New Moon in Aquarius. The Wheel of Fortune is spinning and you can put out your hand to stop it at any point that ignites your interest. Your new beginning may come as a surprise, a stroke of luck, a feeling of destiny as an unlooked for door suddenly opens before you. Or your new beginning could be a long mulled over and highly anticipated step in a direction you’ve been considering for quite sometimes. No matter how the path opens up before you, do not fail to start walking down it. Keep your mind open and optimistic. Often the paths offered to us lead where we want to go, but not in the way we wanted to get there. You can’t always design your path, but at least you can design your attitude.

How can you be your unique self, honest and true?-  II of Cups rx
The thing about being your unique self is that this newly authentic and honest expression of yourself can rock the boat of your routine world. You may be super jazzed about changes you want to make and self-development work you want to do, but people around you, including your most cherished loved ones, might not be as excited to see you change. The pressure to conform, to stay the same, to keep the status quo can be intense. This is because you changing implies that other people have to change, and people don’t like to change when they feel pressured and out of control. So your challenge this month will be- not giving a fuck what other people think of you. Yes, easier said than done, but when the end result is you feeling like you are true to yourself- it’s worth the risk. Some people in your life may jump ship now that you’ve changed, but you can bless their journeys and steer your own course now. It’s going to take courage, but the love you have for yourself in your own heart will buoy you up during the storm.

How can you look at your life in an inventive new way?- King of Cups rx
It’s time to develop a new relationships with your own emotions. Let’s be honest, sometimes our emotions get the better of us and run the show… often into the ground. You may use your emotions as an excuse for your escapist or addictive behaviors. You can also use positive emotions to make excuses, like doing things out of love or because they feel good. But we all know that our emotions lie to us all the time, they manipulate us and lead us astray. Yet, we still seem to go back to them, stoke them up, use them to get what we want. There’s gotta be a better way to live! Maybe a good first step for the month ahead is to simply acknowledge how you work with your emotions, especially how you seek to avoid the “unpleasant” ones and use the “nice” ones to cover up and avoid pain. Developing a new relationship with painful emotions, allowing them to exist and pass through you is the next step, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Start with just watching how you weasel away from unpleasantness and eventually the noticing will lead you to the next step of going through your darkest pain to come out again into the light.

How can you express yourself more clearly and creatively?- IX of Wands
Express yourself with courage and consistency. You have something to say and you will feel vulnerable, exposed, and revealed by proclaiming yourself. We already talked about how a lot of people may not like what you have to say. The IX of Wands assures you that you should persevere, though. Nothing good comes from conforming to the crowd and believing the naysayers. When it feels like everyone is out to get you and you’re depleted and losing ground, just stop and breath. You are strong. You are brave. You can keep going. Meditate on the paradox that you are your highest self right now and also constantly evolving towards your higher self. This moment is a test of your faith. Be resilient, flexible, and adaptable, but never give up!

Okay, that is the tarot reading for everyone at this Aquarius New Moon. If you’re inspired to get a personal reading from me, hop on over to my readings page and order one today! Blessed New Moon and keep up the good work!

Being Your Wacky Self with the New Moon in Aquarius, February 15th, 2018

Another Moon cycle comes to a close, while the next begins. Today, the Sun is in Aquarius and so is the New Moon and it’s an eclipsed New Moon so we can expect super, extra Aquarius energy today. I have my natal Moon in Aquarius so I’m pumped about the whole idea of more Aquarius energy in my day. I’m also excited about new beginnings with the New Moon, as I’m signing a lease on a new apartment today. Perfect timing! I can’t make this stuff happen, only magic sums up how this day came to be a lease signing day. This will be the first apartment that Kristen and I will move into without roommates, meaning we get to do the very Aquarius thing of setting our own rules and creating our own systems for our new home. We get to be innovative and our own unconventional selves in our space, something Aquarius revels in and enjoys to the max.

The New Moon in Aquarius brings high level, big picture, cosmic energy. Make it a priority to get present with your overall life vision under this New Moon. Mid-February can be a time when we sort of give up on our New Year’s resolutions and lose sight of what the point is of all the effort we put into setting our goals. Now is the time to realign yourself with that vision of your highest self that you are seeking to embody and ask for Aquarian guidance on how to keep yourself moving towards that ideal. Every little step is important, beautiful, and worthwhile. Keep at it! Here are some questions for you to ask the tarot to help you work with the Aquarius New Moon, followed by a general reading for our collective energy at this time:

Which area of my life needs new ideas and innovation?
How can I best be my unique, unconventional self?
What messages from the tarot will help me expand my life right now?

The Wild Unknown Tarot: Father of Wands, IV of Pentacles reversed, IV of Cups reversed

Which area of my life needs new ideas and innovation?Father of Wands
The Father, or King, of Wands invites you to breathe new, inspired life into your passion projects, your love relationships, your creative pursuits, and everything else that brings Fire energy into your life. This is a mature, responsible, capable energy that has you feeling strong and wise. Sometimes when we feel like we are in control and know what’s going on, we miss out on opportunities to see things in a different light. Look at the lighting bolt in the image above and think of a strike of genius from out of nowhere. You want to be ready to see and experience that lighting bolt. You don’t want to be closed down or shut off from inspiration and brilliant flashes of insight because you think you’ve already got it all figured out. Trust me, no one has it ALL figured out. The Father of Wands asks you to be open and willing to be always learning, always growing, ever on the look out for that next level of understanding. You can be a visionary leader, so let yourself have a vision and take charge of bringing that vision into creation.

How can I best be my unique, unconventional self?IV of Pentacles reversed
You’ve got to let go and allow the Universe to work it’s magic through you! We all have a tendency to cling to our self-defined identities. This is called the ego. We like definitions, putting labels on ourselves and others, believing that something we do or have is who we are, but that is super stifling. It’s also just plain wrong. You’ve got to break that identity box and allow yourself to change, to grow, to expand, to be whatever it is that this moment demands. For example, I used to identify as a cheese person. I made a mean grilled cheese sandwich, worked in cheese shops, and never left home without a block of cheddar. Other people also thought of me and cheese being very much identified in the same sentence. But then I read too much about the dairy industry, health studies, and environmental degradation and decided to stop eating cheese. Was I not myself anymore if cheese eating was such a part of my identity? I know this might seem like a silly example, but there are so many things you are hanging onto that define you that really have nothing to do with your soul essence. The IV of Pentacles reversed asks you to let go of the material things you cling to as who you are, because you are not your stuff, your habits, your job, etc. You are a divine soul having a human experience. Now let that experience be wild and amazing! 

What messages will help me expand my life right now?IV of Cups reversed
Here we drew another IV card in the reversed position. The number IV is a highly stable and regular energy, one that adds structure and rigor to your world. With this number in reverse we are reminded how unstable and irregular life actually is. There are very few guarantees or sure things in life, and that can leave you feeling adrift, emotionally drained, or like hiding away. What can you accomplish from this withdrawn state, though? What does pulling yourself back and hiding your light accomplish? What is the point of playing it safe and not taking risks? Are you going to look back and be so happy and proud that you didn’t try to do any of the things you dreamt of and wished you could do? “Thank goodness I didn’t try in life, that might have resulted in too much fun and happiness (and figuring out how to deal with and supersede failure).” I don’t think so! The IV of Cups asks you not to waste your life by denying yourself the opportunities to grow and learn even if they are tricky, difficult, scary, or risky. You need to take risks and you need to be brave, that’s how you expand and that’s how you make your life meaningful.

I hope you enjoyed this little New Moon in Aquarius reading. It’s going to be another glorious Moon cycle, so spend a couple minutes today writing down an intention or two for the month ahead with the guidance of Aquarius. I intend to keep myself open to opportunities for expansion, to take risks in order to grow, and to create a beautiful and brightly airy home in our new apartment 🙂 Until next time…

Innovative Aquarius New Moon Reading for January 27th, 2017

The New Moon today arrives in the sign of Aquarius. This is the sign of innovation, originality, larger perspective, and revolution. If you want to shake things up in your life, this is the perfect New Moon to energize your intentions to make your own rules, take a risk, and be your true, unique, unconventional self. Open yourself up during this New Moon to receive completely new, unlooked for, and unprecedented ideas. You may be shocked and wonderfully surprised to have a breakthrough in understanding about your life purpose and what you want to do with that purpose. You have an increased capacity to learn and discovery new things with Aquarius now.

You are still only human though and have some limitations. Remember to set your priorities and not over schedule and exhaust yourself in the next two weeks of the waxing Moon. Pick the idea, project, or inspiration that you are most drawn to now and zero in your focus on huge progress instead of spreading yourself too thin over a ton of great ideas. You’ll have lots of other New Moons this year to work with so pick the intentions that will best be realized with the helpful energy of Aquarius! Here is some pertinent advice from the tarot on how to work with this gorgeous and bright Aquarius New Moon energy:

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The Linestrider Tarot: Queen of Wands, II of Pentacles reversed, IX of Swords reversed

How can I best be my unique, unconventional self? Queen of Wands
Oh yes! The Queen of Wands is a shining example of how to be authentic to yourself. As with all the Queens, she is deeply and maturely connected to her inner, emotional world. She understands herself, accepts herself, and wants to share that self-confident vibe with those around her. The Queens all have the capacity and the propensity to nurture and support. Right now there is a vibrant energy not only to be your own, unique self, but to lift others up to shine brighter as their true, magical selves.

The gift of the suit of Wands is just that- magical. Wands is fire energy, the shine from deep within that lights up our lives and helps us light up the lives of those around us. The Queen of Wands asks you to get in touch with what lights you up inside. What is your divine spark? What is your inspiration you want to develop and share? What is your creation power? The Queen of Wands can be viewed as The Magician at work in this world, manifesting her ideas into reality. When you connect to what makes you special, different, unique, wild and free, you channel that ability to make your life and yourself into whatever you desire. You are not limited by societal values or regulations, you are encouraged and empowered to be whatever it is that you were born to be. Let the Queen of Wands be your guide in saying YES! to your soul purpose and your Higher Self.

What area of my life needs the most focused r/evolution right now? II of Pentacles rx
The II of Pentacles is all about multi-tasking, getting things done, taking on the world and it’s mountain of obligations and kicking ass. Yet, with this reversal we are being asked to narrow it down, to focus on one task at a time, to say no to that which we aren’t drawn to do. The world can ask us to do a hell of a lot. In fact, it can be an overwhelming and impossible amount that society demands of us. We are supposed to work and have a career, develop ourselves and have hobbies, be healthy, active, eat well, support our friends and family, buy everything that is made, have more fun than our neighbors, and never settle until we have lived our dreams. BLARGH- that is just too much.

Instead of doing, doing, doing, the II of Pentacles rx would like you to take a step back right now with the New Moon. Sit down and focus on just one thing- rest. What does it feel like to be still? Can you stop your thoughts? Can you stop your busy body? What visions emerge when you clear your mind of the day-to-day and allow for a larger perspective on your life. Instead of getting bogged down in the details of what is happening in your life right now, set yourself free into the joy and peace of the moment. Try to frolic and float on the idea that you are alive, you are possibility, you can create. When you are filled with that joy of being you and being able to do so much- then go ahead and ask yourself what you actually want to do with that ability. Dream big! This could be your entire life purpose that you are realizing, so remember that it takes an entire lifetime to fulfill a life purpose. Give it all the time you have.

How can I ground myself when I’m carried away with new ideas?  IX of Swords rx
The IX of Swords are the cyclical thoughts that spiral into negativity and anxiety. We all have them and we all are obliged to deal with them. Part of being human is having a brain that never wants to stop spinning out thoughts and tends to repeat and prioritize thoughts about fear, worry, defeat, and despair. Why it has to be like this, I don’t know. The good news is that we can learn to be aware of our thoughts, even if we can’t control their incessant nagging that we are the worst, and will fail, and are just not worth it. When you are aware that you are thinking bad thoughts about yourself and those around you, you can decide not to listen to those thoughts. They are crazy! They aren’t true! They are you!

The IX of Swords asks us to double down on that awareness and also to let those thoughts go. Try to work past the point of recognizing and dealing with your anxieties and move towards recognizing and dismissing them. Basically, try to spend less time with your thoughts and more time with a clear mind. Perhaps its time to step up your meditation practice and really get comfortable with a state of no thought. I know I am terrible at this, so I will try to start really small: 3 calming breathes or a 5 minute guided meditation or just a moment to put my hands on the ground or a tree and be one with the energy of this world. I am a part of it after all. Keep working to be the master of your thoughts and the effort will get easier. Your thoughts want to keep you from being your authentic self, but you know you don’t want them to succeed. 🙂

Thanks for reading the Aquarius New Moon Reading. I hope you enjoyed it! These monthly ideas and readings are all inspired by Lisa Michaels’ blog, so if you want to get even more into moon cycles, I highly recommend signing up for her newsletters as well. One of my goals for this year to get a little PDF together of all the New Moon tarot spreads I have done over the years so you can have a couple of New Moon inspired tarot spreads at your finger tips any time you want to work with the moon and tarot- two of my favorite energies!

Until next time XOXOXO!