New Moon in Capricorn, December 29th, 2016

It is the last New Moon reading of the year! Goodbye 2016! I hope you all had the best of years! 2016 was ruled by the soul-searching energy of The Hermit, which heralds the end of a 9 year tarot cycle. Many things came to an end during 2016 and you may have recently felt a sense of release and completion in certain aspects of your life. And even if you didn’t, now is the perfect time of year to let go of pain, sadness, angry, and resentment, leaving it behind you with 2016. At the very least we can recommit to the idea that our past does not control our present.

Capricorn New Moon energy is wonderful for taking back control of the practicalities of your life. It’s time to create plans and structures that will work to make your life comfortable and secure. Now is the time to sit down and write out all you are thankful for about 2016 and set down your goals for 2017. Special focus on the areas of home, finances, physical body, and owning your responsibilities are emphasized by this New Moon. What healthy and happy lifestyle do you want to create in 2017? Lay out those plans now in order to take advantage of the practical, Capricorn earth energy.

If you would like guidance and insight from the tarot at this time consider ordering an email reading. You could choose a personalized Capricorn New Moon reading to help with your goal setting strategy now. It’s also that special time of year when we all like to reflect on the past year and envision the new year.¬†I’m offering an Empowering 2017 Tarot Reading until the end of the Capricorn Sun cycle on January 18th, 2017. Order yours up today to help you create the best year ahead with the help of the tarot ūüôā Here’s what the tarot has to say for all of us in this coming moon cycle:

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The Hermetic Tarot: King of Pentacles,   Ace of Wands,   Two of Pentacles

What will help close out 2016, leaving behind that which you don’t want to bring along into 2017? What to leave behind now?-¬†King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles asks you to pay appreciative attention¬†to all that you have been working on for the past nine years (or just the last year if 9 is bit too ambitious for you!). This King represents abundance, achievement, wealth, and fulfillment. He points to all that you have accomplished, all your successes, all that you have built. It’s the perfect time to take note of the instances when you have been responsible, detail-oriented, and focused in order to reach your goal. I’m sure you can think of quite a few things you are proud of doing in the past nine years. Why not let that really sink in at this New Moon? Take time to reflect, make a list of some of your favorite accomplishments, or create a photo collage or slideshow of your greatest hits from this time period. Try to do some kind of ritual, ceremony, activity, or whatever! that brings you into reflection mode. Remember, when you focus on what you want to bring into your life, you attract more of that energy. When you tell the Universe that you feel good for having achieved X, Y, and Z, you become super-infused with that energy which can help you in the next 9 year cycle to achieve even more!

How can you stay positive and focus on optimism and success in 2017? What kind of year is ahead?– Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands is a fresh start, a new beginning, a spontaneous spark of inspiration or passion in the coming year. This goes along beautifully with the 1 (one) energy of The Magician who will rule over 2017. It is time to manifest something all together different and new to you. When you want to focus on the positive, one of the best things you can do for yourself is refrain from going over and over past failures and regrets in your head. Snap out of the negativity pattern by having something bright and fiery fresh to distract you and get you back into the present. Even if you want to be doing the same old routines that you really enjoy, it really couldn’t hurt to spice things up a little bit with the new year. Say you have a workout routine that has yielded great results, super! Now it can’t hurt to add a few new moves, try out a different run route, get some fresh workout music, or some other little change to keep you fired up about your fitness. If you have completely failed repeatedly to find a physical fitness routine that works for you, the Ace of Wands suggests that you do something totally different, maybe even something you have been avoiding or think wouldn’t be fun. Give it a shot anyway! The Ace of Wands is full of surprises and keeping your life full of new experiences and ideas will help keep you focused on positivity and inspired in 2017.

What will help create structure and set achievable goals for 2017? Let’s set you up for success and happiness in 2017!– Two of Pentacles

It’s all about balance with the II of Pentacles when you’re working on setting goals for 2017. There is as much need to make the decision to get things done as there is a need to plan out down time for rest and recuperation. You want to look at all the different areas of your life that need tending and bring into harmony how much you are doing you with how much you are just being you. Think, for example, about your home. You probably have some projects you want to do around the house, some ways you can improve your living situation, making your home into your very own. This is a lot of action and doing, so you also need to make sure you are just being in your home. Plan out time to rest, relax, and appreciate your home environment. The II of Pentacles points out this need to bring both activity and stillness into every area of your life, with a special emphasis on the home, finances, the physical body, and the environment which are all ruled by Pentacles and Capricorn as Earth element cards. The II of Pentacles stresses the need for time management, creating priorities, and adapting to the ways you will change and grow during the year. You don’t have to have it all figured out now, I mean you’re never going to have it all figured out! So set yourself manageable and fun goals that you can focus on accomplishing with grace and ease.

There it is! Your last New Moon Reading for the year. I’m wishing you all a wonderful New Year 2017 and I’ll be back with lots more content in the new year. Don’t forget to get in touch if you would like a tarot reading of your own, jammed packed with direction and advice for your new year, sent direct to your inbox. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!! ¬†Happy New Year!

Tarot Blog Hop: A Tarot Art Project with the Kings

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Welcome to The Willow Path Tarot! If you are following along on the June Tarot Blog Hop, or are a regular reader of this blog, know that today’s blog is a special entry on a topic that many other tarot bloggers are writing about right now as well. The topic is “a tarot art project for non-artists.” We are all finding inspiration in non-tarot related artwork and then creating a tarot card out of that artwork.

This just happens to be something I do every Wednesday at The Willow Path Tarot! I take photos from my personal Instagram feed, which is about my travels and life outside of tarot, and associate those images to a tarot card. Eventually, I plan to print out all these images and make my own tarot deck from my travels. I’m still in the beginning phases of that process, so today I’d like to share with you how things are going with the Kings in this newly developing tarot deck.

King of Cups Gunnison National Forest Colorado, USA

King of Cups
Gunnison National Forest
Colorado, USA

So, in my travel tarot deck, which I’m tentatively calling The Travel Tarot Deck (ahhh, I know, so original!), the Kings are going to be represented by mountains.¬†I’ve chosen mountains to represent the Kings because I associate mountains with stability, security, maturity, and rulership, all personality traits of the Kings in the tarot deck. I chose this one on the left here to be the King of Cups because of the river in the picture, bringing together the Cups which represent water, and the mountains which represent the Kings. The King of Cups is compassion and welcoming, he goes with the flow, much like a river. He brings comfort and kind words, understanding and mediation. The King of Cups is balanced and generous, bringing peace and harmony with his careful demeanor. This river in Colorado definitely gives me that peaceful feeling of the Cups and the mountains add the dimension of the strength of a King.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

King of Wands                                                     Sedona, Arizona, USA

I’ve chosen this rock formation in Arizona to be the King of Wands. The red color of the rocks makes me think of dry, summer heat and the Fire of the Wands. I associate Wands with summer and this card has a summery feel to me. I think this might be a part of or near the rock formation called Devil’s Bridge, and the King of Wands always seems like a bit of a devil to me. He is charismatic, passionate, and tempting. He has the energy of someone who knows what he wants and knows how he can get it. Even so, he is an honorable person, responsible and hard-working, almost tirelessly so. The King of Wands has a vision and a plan to go along with that vision. This range in Sedona prickles with a brittle heat that causes visions to dance before our eyes. The King of Wands understands the visions seen in the fire and can¬†work with it to greatest effect.

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King of Pentacles                                                   Colca Canyon                                        Cabanaconde, Peru

This photo on the left is one I’m thinking about using for the King of Pentacles. There is a deep Earth energy to a canyon, and this photo is of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon hikes in the world. It was a long way down, requiring a lot of the strength and determination of a King to finish. The King of Pentacles is in it for the long haul in every aspect of his character. He is practical, calculating, and under control. He is disciplined and powerful. This King is also connected to the abundance of the Earth, offering brute strength like these canyon walls, but also fertile abundance much like the oasis at the bottom which has shade, water, and a place to rest after a difficult effort. I’m not entirely sold on the image because it seems a bit dry and I associate Pentacles with winter so I would like to do something more snowy, but… for now it has got me thinking.

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King of Swords                                                              Red Rock Canyon National Park                               Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

This photo I’m thinking of using for the King of Swords, but am also not completely satisfied with it. That’s ok, though since I’m planning on seeing many more mountains before this deck is finished. ūüôā I like this one for now because there is something dark and brooding about it, which reminds me of the King of Swords. He is the King of logic and reasoning. His powerful intellect understands the concepts of truth and justice. Something about that kind of mental prowess is dark to me. There is a tendency towards black and white thinking, when so often the world is made up of shades of grey. The King of Swords excels at interpreting that grey area, defining it and forcing it back¬†to black and white. The light and dark interplay of the mountains in this photograph remind me of that balance the King of Swords achieves.

Okay, that’s my contribution to the June Tarot Blog Hop! ¬†I hope you enjoyed learning about the Kings in my Travel Tarot Deck and come back to the blog often to see the progress I’m making on my Instagram inspired deck. You can hop back or forward using the links below to see what other everyday picture and photos have been made into tarot cards by my fellow tarot bloggers!

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Jenny Lake Grand Tetons National Park, WY, USA

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Relationship Tarot Reading Example for Little Old Me

My favorite way to try out a new spread is to do a reading with the spread for myself. Below you will find an example reading of my latest special on The Willow Path Tarot: the love reading. Doing readings for myself is one of the best perks of running a tarot business.  I get to give myself lots of free advice and guidance!  You can try out this tarot spread on your own or order one done by me here!  (Pssst, I also have an amazing spread for all the sassy single people out there!)

The Heart of the Relationship:  Mother of Swords reversed

Mother of Swords Wild Unknown Tarot

Mother of Swords
Wild Unknown Tarot

The Mother of Swords is described in the Wild Unknown as “experienced and all-seeing”. ¬†Basically, she is one level-headed, rational, kick-ass Queen of the Mind. ¬†In this relationship reading, I see her as representing both myself, and my finance, Kristen, as a pair. ¬†We are not all-knowing, we don’t have everything figured out, this isn’t all well-traveled relationship territory for us. We are still experimenting and experiencing. We are still growing and seeing what happens as a couple. ¬†We are still on that journey toward the Mother of Swords’ level of sureness and calm understanding that years and years of a being with someone in a relationship brings. ¬†Yes, we’ve been together for about 3 years now, and we are engaged, but we are not in a place where we could offer sage advice to budding couples, or look back and say “Remember when we were young and just getting to know each other?” ¬†Sigh. ¬†There are a lot of things that we do know about each other, but there is so much yet to learn, so many experiences that will add to our ability to see and understanding each other and our relationship.
Also, this card reversed made me think that we are not the most logical of pairs. What brings us together isn’t totally rational. We don’t sit around and think our relationship makes sense because of A, B, and C. ¬†Often what draws lovers to one another isn’t surface level stuff, but rather the intuitive sense of emotion that makes love so obvious to those experiencing it. ¬†The Mother of Swords reversed reminds me that the heart of our relationship isn’t found along the level of the mind, but much more profoundly on the level of our hearts.

What Is the Relationship Weakness:  VI of Wands

VI of Wands Wild Unknown Tarot

VI of Wands
Wild Unknown Tarot

The VI of Wands points out that I feel one of my weaknesses in my relationship is my ability, or rather inability, to withstand public recognition. Kristen’s whole being in life demands to be seen and acknowledged. She’s an Aries with a Leo moon! ¬†She is a musician who wants to be on stage every night, entertaining the masses and being adored for it. ¬†I like to be on the sidelines, watching happily from a dark corner, part of the crowd but by no means the center of attention. Kristen is such an extroverted person, that perhaps the weakness of our relationship revolves around different way of expressing our passions in public. ¬†When someone hears I’m a tarot reader I just say “Yep!” In contrast, if someone asks Kristen about her music, she is whipping out a guitar and a business card instantaneously.
Another idea this card gave me with that maybe we need to sell ourselves as a power couple a little bit more. Maybe we should be putting ourselves out there as a couple, and asking people to appreciate and recognize how cool we are. ¬†It is really hurting me to write this! ¬†What if, instead our weakness is actually delusions of grandeur, that we have the best love, the best relationship, and people should be looking up to us? Ha, I certainly don’t feel that way, but I often ask myself: ¬†is everyone this happy in their relationships? ¬†Am I so good at living positively in the now that I have manifested exactly what I always wanted? ¬†And also, couldn’t we achieve so much more together if we had one unified goal instead of our separate goals?

What Is the Relationship Strength:  The Chariot

The Chariot Wild Unknown Tarot

The Chariot
Wild Unknown Tarot

Oh dear, this kinda confirms my last point about the VI of Wands and needing to work more ambitiously together as a couple. ¬†The Chariot is all about power, determination, assertiveness, basically: getting shit DID and letting people KNOW. ¬†I love this card from The Wild Unknown tarot as well- a horse! ¬†Kristen’s spirit animal is a horse, and currently we are caring for 5 horses on a farm in North Carolina. ¬†This is emblematic of our commitment to doing what we love. We want to spend time with animals, so we find some that need love for a couple of weeks. We want to see the whole country, so we figure out how to make money and live in a van. This adventure that we live together is so driven. ¬†We power along in our van, Chariot style, ready to ask for what we want, knowing that we deserve it. And don’t even talk about giving up or quitting!
I think it’s super interesting here that the VI of Wands and The Chariot, both representing triumph and victory came up as our relationship weakness as well as our relationship strength. So often the things that make us strong, are also the things that tear us apart. ¬†If we are both such passionate and ambitious people, and we cannot align our goals, we will soon drift far apart and fast, as our roads quickly diverge. ¬†I don’t believe that is what the future holds for us, given my personal feelings, and the energy of this tarot reading. ¬†We have the strength to combine our life purposes and move forward with self-confidence, determination and drive. ¬†The Chariot is an archetype, it’s the theme of our relationship, and can far outweigh the pull back worry of the minor arcana, everyday of the VI of Wands. ¬†I should look for more ways that we can work together, each of us using our own unique gifts, especially introversion versus extroversion, inner power versus outer power expression.

How to Deepen the Relationship:  Father of Wands

Father of Wands Wild Unknown Tarot

Father of Wands
Wild Unknown Tarot

If I’m to go along with along with the theme that this reading seems to be taking, I say the Father of Wands is here to tell Kristen and I to go into business together. The Father of Wands is a visionary and a self-assured entrepreneur. ¬†If I want to deepen my relationship, I could work with Kristen on more creative projects. ¬†We both currently support each other’s businesses, but perhaps there is more we could be doing. ¬†We have a travel blog website called CatvsOwl, that we both agree has a lot of potential but also ends up on the back burner every time. ¬†There are so many other jobs to do before sitting down to write a blog post about our vandwelling, travel life, that it isn’t much of a travel blog. Yet? Or perhaps there is some other creative collaboration that we could cooperate on. ¬†We have far off dreams to open a bar/bookstore called The Librewery (steal the name and DIE!). But that is not for now, it is for someday, so just something to keep in mind!
The Father of Wands is a fiery, passionate person who has so many ideas that are well-put into action. ¬†Unfortunately, all the responsibility doesn’t suit this personality very much. Although the Father of Wands is capable and responsible, he would rather be off starting something new, being creative, and following his inspiration. ¬†Perhaps Kristen and I could switch off being the creative and wild one in the relationship, and the one who is responsible and practical. ¬†That way we both get to follow the sparkle of our suns now and again without being weighed down with too much reality. ¬†Which leads me to my last card….

Shining Guidance for the Relationship:  Father of Pentacles

Father of Pentacles Wild Unknown Tarot

Father of Pentacles
Wild Unknown Tarot

The Father of Pentacles is the pragmatic, responsible, and hardworking provider. If Kristen is going to be deep in songwriting mode, I will have to be in the role of practical caregiver, making sure we have money to pay the bills and healthy food on the table. Then when I want to run off and create my own tarot deck, she can be sure to cook me dinner and clean the bathroom. ¬†I like how we have two Father cards here, which correspond to the Kings in other tarot decks. ¬†The Kings are the socially responsible ones, the ones in command of their kingdoms, and in control of their destinies and lives. ¬†I like thinking that Kristen and I have that power within us. ¬†We are able to operate in our patriarchal, masculine energy dominant world. We can take care of each other and our lives. ¬†This authority is not exclusive to men, we all hold it for ourselves. We don’t have to be followers or subjects. ¬†Our relationship can be regal and colorful like the buck in the Wild Unknown Father of Pentacles card. The physical world, represented by the pentacles, is full of magic and wonder for us. ¬†Together we can enjoy all this physical reality has to offer us.

Wow, this reading was all kinds of fun! ¬†I didn’t expect these cards to show up at all, but you never know what the tarot will reveal to you at a given time. The issues and themes this reading brought up are not ones I had thought much about, but they make a lot of sense to me, and really open me up to new possibilities. I love The Wild Unknown deck, every time I use it I feel intrigued, inspired, and magical.

Feel free to use this spread to do a relationship reading for yourself!  I also have one for all the single lovers out there.  Let me know how it goes in the comments below if you try it out!

The King of Pentacles is a Green Man Indeed

King of Pentacles Rider Waite deck

The King of Pentacles is usually interpreted as generous, successful, powerful, and disciplined.  The pentacles representing the earth element, he has a firm understanding of the physical world and his place in it. This King is a ruler of wealth and abundance, which is shown in the imagery to the left in the Rider Waite tarot deck in the careful and sure way he holds and gazes at the pentacle in his hand.  He also sits in a beautiful garden, his cloak blending into the surrounding foliage symbolic of his connection to nature.  When a person embodies the energy of the King of Pentacles, he or she feels a strong draw to the natural world, as well as a mastery of the practical world of work and money. If you are feeling a lack of control over your job or your financial situation, try meditating on the energy of the King of Pentacles, drawing his steadfast and assured manner into your life situation.

King of Pentacles Shadowscapes tarot

King of Pentacles
Shadowscapes tarot

My favorite part of the of the King of Pentacles is better depicted in the imagery of the card in the Shadowscapes tarot on the right here. This picture clearly shows the connection to earth that is represented by this King as he merges and emerges from a tree. ¬†I knew when I drew this card this morning, that I needed to do some serious bonding with the great outdoors today. ¬†I’m currently living on a dude ranch in Wyoming, in a valley surrounded by high mountains, beautiful rock formations, wild animals and green plants. ¬†The sun is intermittently shining out from behind giant white puffy clouds. ¬†The temperature is cool but comfortable for the beginning of September. Why would I not go for a hike today? It’s the perfect day for a little communion with nature and the King of Pentacles reminds me to be present and aware while I’m on my hike. It’s important not to just think about how I’m connected to nature but to actually experience it! ¬†I want to be a part of nature, not apart from it as can so easily happen when I get stuck in my head and forget to be conscious of what I’m doing in the physical world.

greenmanAfter I drew this card, I went and checked my email and found a newsletter from √Āine √ďrga¬†over at Heart Story with an¬†article all about the Green Man. ¬†What synchronicity that The Green Man is well depicted in the image of the King of Pentacles from the Shadowscapes tarot- just what I wanted to read about this morning! The Green Man is a nature god, the very life force of the earth that animates us all. ¬†I love her explanation of the masculine fertility and abundance inherent in the Green Man/King of Pentacles as a constant life force in all of us. ¬†This clearly show the opposition to the feminine expression of fertility and abundance which is cyclical and constantly renewing. ¬†We all express both masculine and feminine aspects of fertility and abundance, and the King of Pentacles reminds us to tap into that today.

I think the King of Pentacles could also correspond to the deity Pan, who is an earth god with horns and a strong connection to the earth. ¬†Pan is the goat, or Capricorn, which is the earth sign that the Moon is currently transiting through. ¬†Fun, fun! with the Moon in Capricorn today and my tarot card of the day being the King of Pentacles, I’m feeling super excited about Earth right now! ¬†I hope you have a chance today to do something in celebration of earth, your physical body, and your constant abundant life force.