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!

Learning to Try with the Page of Pentacles

The Page of Pentacles holds the pentacles symbol of pure Earth energy in her hands. This is the potential of the Ace through X pentacles cards ready to be put into form. The Page is ready to do something with all the potential of the suit. Pages are about learning, about taking risks, about starting out. The Page of Pentacles is ready to explore, learn, and try out all kinds of earth energy pursuits.

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Keywords:  student, apprentice, earthy, practical, new beginning, focus, connection to nature, financial opportunity, manifesting

Reversed:  unfocused, short-term focus, rejecting learning, impractical, fresh start still in the future, loss of financial stability

Element: Earth
Direction: North
Season: Winter

 

 

You can read my Court Card personal story of how to relate to the Page of Pentacles energy here. 

The Page of Pentacles holds the pentacles symbol of pure Earth energy in her hands. This is the potential of the Ace through X pentacles cards ready to be put into form. The Page is ready to do something with all the potential of the suit. Pages are about learning, about taking risks, about starting out. The Page of Pentacles is ready to explore, learn, and try out all kinds of earth energy pursuits

When the Page of Pentacles shows up in a reading, she usually is pointing you towards a new start, or a need to experiment in the realm of Earth.  This includes things like: career change, going back to school, building or buying a new home, redecorating, planting a garden, getting in shape, a healthy lifestyle change, financial planning, self-care, and sports or hobbies, especially outdoor ones.  Ask yourself where you need some fresh energy and direction in the Earth element of your life.  Ground and center yourself in your body and on this Earth and ask for guidance.  What does your body have to tell you? What does Mother Earth have to tell you?

The great thing about Pages is that there is little responsibility involved in the actions of this youthful figure. She is experimenting, she is trying things out, she doesn’t have to be perfect or even know what she is doing at all!  The important part is to try, to take a chance, to go out on a limb and say, “I can do it… maybe!” No one expects the Page to be exceptional or get it just right the first go around. There is a leniency and allowance with the energy of the Page.

Page of Pentacles Rider Waite Smith deck

Page of Pentacles Rider Waite Smith deck

This type of experimental behavior is youthful, but you do not have to be young to use it.  As children we are not particularly concerned with the outcomes of our efforts. We are eager to learn and nonplussed by failure.  As we grow older, we lose this urge to try without consequence.  We start to care about “wasted effort” and “failure”.  This concern keeps us from trying things that we don’t already know how to do or think will be very hard to learn and we might not be able to.

A good example of this would be learning an instrument. At age 8 we don’t care how terrible our violin practice sounds to ourselves and anyone else within 100 miles.  But when we are 28 or 48 or whatever, we are embarrassed and easily frustrated by how long and hard we have to work to sound anything less than humiliating on the violin.  We avoid anything we won’t be good at right away, and certainly anything we may never be good at!

The Page of Pentacles shows up in a reading to remind you of how silly that mentality is. She encourages you to try even though you may be scared or embarrassed. She says, “The only real form of failure is refusing to even try in the first place.” There is supportive energy now with the Page of Pentacles to act youthful and experimental.  Try something new, just do it!

Reversed Page of Pentacles:
This card in reversed is a non-starter.  Something or someone (probably yourself!) is stopping you from making a fresh beginning, starting a new project, learning, or experimenting.  Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemies, refusing to pursue our dreams or goals.  We want to be a violinist but the effort is too great, the noises we produce too horrifying, the long journey to Bach stretching endless into the future. The Page of Pentacles reversed wants to give up before she even starts because of illusions and fears.

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Page of Pentacles rx Shadowscapes tarot

The important thing to remember here is that you will never succeed or become a great violinist if you don’t ever try.  Each time you practice you are exponentially closer to your goal than if you never even get a violin to practice on in the first place.  If you’re worried about being 75 years old before you’re any good, what a silly thing to worry about! Wouldn’t you rather be a badass 75 year old violin player than a person who has never even tried to play the violin at all!?

The Page of Pentacles shows up in reverse in your reading as a indicator that you need to take a look at what you are not doing that you wish you were doing.  Do you want to be out hiking but haven’t planned a single vacation or left a free weekend all summer?  You need to get your priorities straight or you will miss out on summer’s abundance.  Do you want to get a new job or move up in your job but you haven’t filled out a single application or spoken with anyone about increasing your responsibility?  Well, it’s time to step up and ask for what you want.  It is very rarely that our heart’s desires are offered to us on a silver platter, but even if they are it’s often a silver platter of our own conjuring.  The Page of Pentacles reversed says, “Speak up! Act now! Try instead of letting your life pass you by! Are you going to listen to her?

The Page of Pentacles Love to Learn

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Page of Pentacles                     Rider Waite Smith tarot

The Page of Pentacles is the quintessential student. His energy brings new pursuits, such as a hobby, a project, a goal, or a job that requires you to manifest your dreams into reality.  He is always learning something, studying life to see its wonder, exuberant and natural.  I’ve been feeling this Page of Pentacles energy around me for the last couple of days, since I arrived in North Carolina.  As many of you know, I’m a vandwelling, nomadic tarot reader, always on the road, visiting and exploring as much of the USA as I can for the next year or so.  As much as I love living in the van though, sometimes its nice to have high ceiling and 24 hour access to bathrooms.  In pursuit of such,  sometimes my partner, Kristen, and I like to housesit.  We particularly love to housesit for people with animals because we loooooove pets, and don’t have any of our own due to financial and space considerations in the van. So, for the next two weeks we find ourselves in North Carolina housesitting for 5 horses, 4 dogs and 4 cats.  What an adventure!

Tabitha the 19 year old Maine Coon cat just started enjoying snuggles of 18 years of being too cool for school.

Tabitha the 19-year old Maine Coon cat just started enjoying snuggles after 18 years of being too cool for school.

So much to learn about all these animals too!  Hence the Page of Pentacles energy surrounding me at this time. I have lived with and loved many a cat and dog, but here are 8 totally new-to-me little fur balls.  Let’s not even talk about how little I experience I have caring for horses!  I did muck a lot of stalls at Girl Scout camp when I was 12 years old, still…. then there were 20 years with very little horsewomanship.  But I’m having a great time! Like the Page of Pentacles, I’m out in nature, connecting with the great outdoors and the creatures who inhabit that space.  I really have a lot of enthusiasm for this new educational opportunity.  Not only do I get to learn about horses, but I get to learn what it is like to OWN horses. I think Kristen has already learned her lesson that she does not want to own anything that requires her to get up, go outside, and spend an hour feeding and cleaning it at 7am.  Ha!

View out the window from the kitchen at our housesit.  Only two dogs visible from here, but doesn't it kinda look like the Page of Pentacles would just love it out there?!

View out the window from the kitchen at our housesit. Only two dogs visible from here, but doesn’t it kinda look like the Page of Pentacles would just love it out there?!

The Page of Pentacles is just a beginning, just a start on the learning train, just one step toward manifesting a future through your actions in the present.  I think, this Pages’s energy is wonderful to bring in when you have a spark of an idea or a dream (more Page of Wands type energy). Our dream was to care for horses, now we are learning what that dream means, but in a “safe way” that doesn’t actually involve us buying a farm and horses.  That’s kind of what school is like, learning the theory behind a job, before you go out and practice it.  The Page of Pentacles loves this kind of stuff.  The important thing to remember when you are working with this type of energy is that all that you are doing and learning adds to your wealth and abundance.  You are adding skills, experience, and knowledge through your actions.  You are by no means at a stage of mastery, but the learning phases can be ever so much fun. So enjoy the process!

Garnet the Arabian cutie likes to greet us out here little window in the morning.  Here she is waiting for the farrier to show up while she would rather be out in the sunshine!

Garnet the Arabian cutie likes to greet us out her little window in the morning. Here she is waiting for the farrier to show up while she would rather be out in the sunshine!

The Page of Pentacles also does things by the book. He has a super committed and responsible energy about him, which I using in my care of these beautiful horse friends. They have a schedule, which I follow to the letter. I take my job seriously and try to do it well, just like this Page. Since this is a Pentacles card, it is also focused on tangible things, like feeding, shelter, and healthy living.  I’m definitely experiencing that energy multiple times a day!  There are litter boxes to scoop, bowls to keep filled with water, food to be distributed each as they like it (one dog even prefers to be hand feed!), stalls to muck, and lots of snuggles to be given lovingly.  The Page of Pentacles in me is up to the task and enjoying North Carolina to no end.  It’s a beautiful day full of sunshine today.  I’m looking forward to having this wonderful place to write, do tarot readings, plan out our next tour, and enjoy enjoy enjoy the nature all around us.