Expanding with the Sagittarius New Moon, December 18, 2017

It’s a beautiful day for a New Moon! Well, depending on where you are, the New Moon might be on the 17th or 18th. Here in Nashville it’s at 12:30am on the 18th, but I’m just gonna go ahead and post this on the 17th because it’s written! In my opinion, the New Moon window of activating those intentions of yours for the coming month includes the day before, day of, and day after the New Moon. I mean, we can’t always do it all in one day so it’s good to have some leniency in your life, right? Ease into it, let the New Moon energy take you through a couple of days of intentional focus.

This time around we encounter the New Moon’s intention setting energy backed by the expansive vibes of Sagittarius. The Sun is also in Sagittarius right now, as well as the planet Saturn. That’s a lot of Sag energy for us to work with. Let’s all spend the day contemplating our own personal philosophy of the meaning of life. Imagine what you want to do with your life, where you want to go, what you want to learn. Do the values you hold that make up your life philosophy support and align with what actions you are taking in your life? I hope so! If not, it’s a wonderful time to make some changes and get your dreams and your actions on the same page. I asked the tarot for some guidance and advice at this New Moon and here is what I came up!

Linestrider Tarot: The Star reversed, III of Cups, VII of Pentacles

Which area of my life should I focus on now in order to best increase and support expansion?The Star reversed

Ah, The Star, what a beautiful card, what a beautiful energy. It tells us to focus on hope, faith, light, and possibility. The Star is the light at the end of the tunnel when you feel like you’ve been through great difficulty and darkness but finally see a way back to optimism, solutions, positivity, and the belief that there is goodness and light in the Universe. The reversal I see as a need to focus on the internal. This light and hope is something that comes from inside of you. You do not need to look for The Star externally, in the world around you, but rather shine that eternal light from within yourself.

The Star also reminds us to let go of hurt, regret, negativity, grudges, pain, and a way of looking at things that exacerbates damage and burdens. The Law of Attraction advises us to focus on what we want to create more of in our lives. When we obsess about the negative, we inadvertently tell the Universe to bring us more of that since we are so set on dwelling in that energy. When we focus on all the positive and wonderful things about ourselves and who we are and the light we bring, we get into a place of gratitude that allows us to bring more and more of those blessings into the world with the backing of the Universe.

Bottom line: Focus on the bright light shining within you, full of hope and inspiration, and that will be the beauty that you grow and expand in this Moon cycle.

Where am I cutting off expansion because of limiting thoughts about what is possible?    III of Cups

This III of Cups reminds me of an area of my life where I feel like possibilities are a bit stagnant- friendships and emotional connections with people. Perhaps you can relate to feeling like it new friendships don’t come easily. I moved to Nashville two years ago and I still haven’t really made any friends, no one I call to meet for coffee or share long conversations with about the things that really matter to me. I listen to ideas about how it is difficult to make friends as an adult, as if easy and natural friendships are the domain of youth alone. That seems super limiting to me, don’t you think? I don’t see any reason to hold that as my truth. That mindset certainly does serve me anything good. Perhaps during this moon cycle, you too can focus on and expand the friendships zone of your life. Use the Star as a talisman or focal point for that positivity. You can shine, just as you are, attracting friends, deepening connections and and  the life you want to live.

What is the meaning of my life?VII of Pentacles

So what does life mean? I’m not sure that’s the most fair question to ask a tarot deck and I certainly wouldn’t choose the VII of Pentacles as the meaning of life. It doesn’t yell a definitive answer or tell me very much at all right at first glance. Life is about growth and reflection. Life is about wondering and trying and thinking about it again and then trying some more. It’s about putting in a long-term, intense effort and never really knowing if all that trying was really the “right thing” to do.

I do like the idea of Pentacles being involved in the meaning of life, because I think the body and the Earth are very important; they are integral to why we are here. I believe our souls chose our bodies and chose to be on Earth at this historical moment. There are other worlds and other forms of being, but I chose to be here now in this body and time. The lessons of this life are the ones I am meant to learn. There is no struggle in that. There is no wondering why. There is just surrender and acceptance in the knowledge that “good” or “bad” experiences, this life is why I am here. The VII of Pentacles is all about the long haul, pacing yourself, and allowing things to develop as you go. Plant the seeds you want to see sown and you’ll be in a much better place than trying to grow something but planting nothing at all.

Bottom line: Build a big beautiful nest of your life to show your abundance, gratitude, and your positive mindset even if you don’t know why you’re doing it.

You can use your cards to ask the same questions  as a tarot spread or I’m happy to do a personalized reading just for you 🙂  As you can see above, I decided to ask what the meaning of my life is today! This is not something I’ve asked the tarot before and I thought- why not?!  Have you ever asked the tarot what the meaning of life is? Did you get a good response? Lots of love and light to you at this dark period of the Moon. Go set those intentions to make it an awesome month ahead  😉

 

Tarot Blog Hop- Union of Opposites

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Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot to everyone on the Tarot Blog Hop!  This season’s hop is about The Union of Opposites which come together beautifully at this fresh and fertile time of year at Beltane.  Spring is announcing itself loud and clear in the northern hemisphere (even though it may be only 45F here in Boston!  Eek!), with luscious flowers and budding tree leaves.  The great blue heron was back on the river today when I walked to work, which must be the first true blessing of May Day.

The Moon Rider Waite Smith deck

The Moon
Rider Waite deck

The Sun Rider Waite Smith deck

The Sun           Rider Waite deck

The very nature of our existence revolves around opposites.  We have no way of defining something without an equal definition of that thing’s opposite.  Try to understand what night time is without having any knowledge of daylight, and you will see what I mean.  One must exist for the other to exist. This is true of all opposites, making it easy for us to see how wonderful the creative union of these opposites can be.

The major arcana of the tarot explores the truly grand oppositions of our lives.  An example of this is The Moon as night, and The Sun as day, representing an archetypal oppositions around which our entire Earth revolves.  More major arcana oppositions can be seen in The Empress as the archetype of the feminine while The Emperor represents the masculine.  The Hermit can signify inward exploration while The World is indicative of outer exploration.  The Lovers, the tarot card of Beltane, is the essence of the union of opposites in just one card.  There are many ways to show these necessary and beautiful oppositions because the major arcana cards are guiding forces in our lives.

The minor arcana, being a mirror to reflect our daily lives, is naturally created out of oppositions as well.   The tarot can help us explores these everyday challenges in helpful and productive ways.  Often oppositions will present themselves in a reading, showing you the two sides of your question or issue.  Sometimes just one side of an issue will pop up and it can be helpful to then think to yourself- ok, now what is the opposite of this situation?  What do I want to bring into my life more, and what needs to back off a bit to create a happy union of these opposites?  Opposing cards are helpful for delving into the multifaceted lives that we live.  Here are a few opposing minor arcana pairs that I noticed while going through the deck for this blog post:

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V of Wands                   Rider Wait deck

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VIII of Cups                   Rider Waite deck


V of Wands:

Fighting for what you want and need, getting what you deserve

as opposed to

VIII of Cups:
Walking away from what you don’t need, leaving behind what doesn’t serve you


Union of Opposites:
 Recognizing what you should fight for and what you should walk away from, finding a healthy balance between your physical and emotional needs.

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VII of Swords               Rider Waite deck

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III of Pentacles           Rider Waite deck


VII of Swords:

Being a lonewolf, acting out of your own self interest, being fiercely independent

as opposed to

III of Pentacles:
Working as a group, doing what’s best for everyone, combining efforts


Union of Opposites:
  Knowing when to work alone and when to consult the group, integrating your own personal freedom with the needs of the group.

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VI of Pentacles           Rider Waite deck

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IV of Pentacles             Rider Wait deck


VI of Pentacles:

Charitable giving, giving freely of materials possessions to those in need

as opposed to

IV of Pentacles:
Miserliness, holding tightly to materials possessions all for oneself

 

Union of Opposites:  Balancing out how much you receive and how much you give, knowing when to hold on tight and when to release.

IV of Swords Rider Waite deck

IV of Swords
Rider Waite deck

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VII of Wands              Rider Waite deck


VII of Wands:

Spirited action, effort and movement, passion and attack

as opposed to

IV of Swords:
Spirited inaction, rest and relaxation, meditation and healing

 

Union of Opposites:   Finding the strength to carry on by giving yourself space and time to relax and heal, knowing when to go full speed ahead and when to stop and contemplate.

III of Cups Rider Waite deck

III of Cups
Rider Waite deck

IX of Swords Rider Waite deck

IX of Swords
Rider Waite deck


III of Cups:

Celebration with friends, harmony and acceptance, community

as opposed to

IX of Swords:
Dread and misery alone at night, anxieties and fears, isolation

 

Union of Opposites:  Recognizing the dual pitfalls of carefree partying as well as losing yourself in worry and anxiety, finding a healthy balance between alone and social time.

This is just the very tip of the iceberg on oppositions that are represented in the minor arcana of the tarot.  Exploring these opposites and how they explain and facilitate their opposing cards through an intrinsic union can be revelatory and inspiring.  I hope you enjoyed this post in the Tarot Blog Hop and stay to check out more of my blog or return in the future!  Don’t forget to explore your own tarot deck to find the meaningful union of opposites between those cards that most sing to you!

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