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!

Creating Structure with the New Moon in Capricorn

Hello, and welcome to the first New Moon tarot reading of 2018. If you haven’t managed to start off the year with that bang! you were planning or imagining, this New Moon is the perfect time to finally set those intentions for the year ahead and get your plan mapped out for how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish this year. It isn’t too late. In fact, now is the time you are best supported in intention setting because the New Moon in Capricorn loves this stuff. You’ve had a chance to rest from the holidays and readjust to the changing of that digit on the calendar, and can look with clarity at the road ahead.

Even if you did manage to make an amazing plan for the year ahead with big and beautiful intentions scheduled out for each and every day, this New Moon in Capricorn still lends you support to reexamine and reassert your commitment to your plan. Capricorn is an Earth sign and therefore aids you in grounding and centering yourself for the time ahead. Look to your health, home, and finances to assess whether or not you feel connected to these areas and have solid intentions and plans for your Earthy sector. How does your body feel? What could improve in your home environment? How are you feeling about your finances? Let Capricorn give you ideas for creating a solid, stable, structured, and disciplined approach to your new year.

Here’s a tarot reading for the Capricorn New Moon!:

The Wild Unknown Tarot: Father of Swords, Father of Cups rx, The Empress rx

How can I commit to and take responsibility for my intentions for the coming Moon cycle and the year ahead?– Father of Wands

The Father of Wands is a King card, it is an energy that readily accepts responsibility, in fact, you were born for it. You were born to excel and to lead. Even if you are only leading your own life you will inevitably end up leading others by this outstanding example. You are fully capable of taking control of your life and making it what you want it to be. You have an inclination and an innate ability to use your creativity, to connect with your light from within, and to shine that light out into the world around you. This personality is one that takes action, follows her spirit, and lives out her destiny without doubt or shame. Capricorn, ruled by the planet/energy of Saturn wants you to connect with what lights you up inside and use that knowledge to plan your year ahead. Remember that you are in charge of your life. You are responsible for yourself and how you decide to deal with your challenges and your good fortunes. The Father of Wands asks you to commit to actions aligned with your soul purpose, to what ignites your passion and inspires you.

What structures do I need to put in place in order to live up to my intentions?– Father of Cups reversed

Another Father/King card, showing the mature and responsible energy of Saturn/Capricorn all around you at this time. This King deals in the realm of emotions, and with the reversal we see an even deeper and more pronounced need to go within yourself and wade through the emotions that are connected to your goals for 2018. How do you want to feel this year? What are the feelings that you want to experience or generate? Will working on and accomplishing your goals garner those feelings? All of your emotions are connected with all of your actions, and the Father of Cups wants to make sure you understand and accept those connections. The easier and more natural it is for you to engender the feelings you want to invoke through your actions, the more flow you will experience in accomplishing your goals for the year. You want to put into a place a structure that weaves your emotions in with your inspiration to create actions that further your progress. Spend a little time today connecting to your emotional realm to get clear on what you want to feel in the year ahead.

How and where can I apply more grounding energy in my life?– The Empress reversed

The Empress is a beautiful Earth energy of abundance and love, with the reversal suggesting an inward bent to this energy. In other words, make sure you are nurturing and loving yourself from the inside all the way to the outside. When we care for, respect, and love ourselves, we set ourselves up to best care for, respect, and love others. Apply grounding Capricorn energy inward to build a firm foundation of self respect and self love. The Empress reversed also warns against overabundance, though, asking you to make sure that you’re not overdoing it. Overindulgence in food, overexertion in exercise, overspending to create comfort, overwork, or even suffocating those around you with over nurturing are all possibilities of going overboard with the abundance of The Empress. Focus most intensely on the values of Empress, rather than the possible rote actions of mothering and creation that she implies.

Be aware that you need your goals to be fulfilling of your life-long values in order to create meaning in your life. For example, a goal like, “Do 100 tarot readings,” does not really fulfill a value. Rather something like, “Develop deeper understanding of humanity, intuition, and how to use the tarot to explore the meaning of life,” might be more useful and satisfying in the long run. You can go out and do 100 tarot readings this year, but the act of doing tarot reading #100 won’t be as soul-fulfilling as the feeling that you have learned so much and understand tarot and people so much more because of your actions. Connecting a core value attached to a core emotion to your actions will make the things you put on your To Do List for 2018 more satisfying and likely to get done this year!

I like how we got all ruler cards (2 Kings and an Empress!) in this reading, which really speaks to the responsible and structured vibe of this Capricorn New Moon. We have such great support for using our mastery of self in order to further our goals, learn, and grow in 2018. Don’t be afraid of using what you already know and love about yourself as a stepping stone to do good work. Yes, there is still tons to learn and you’re probably wrong about most of the things you think you know right now, but that’s how life works! We can’t live in fear of the unknown, of taking risks, of being wrong, or of failure. These things are so necessary and useful. The pain of failure creates meaningful experiences that help us learn way better and faster than if we do nothing at all and let things stay at the status quo until someone or something comes along and makes us change. Wouldn’t you rather be the instigator, living out your own dreams, rather than a bystander who has change forced upon them by outside forces? Take control now with the Capricorn New Moon. Boldly state your intentions and wishes for the month and year ahead without fear or dread of the unknown or failure. Taking responsibility for your life is wonderful!

A beautiful morning last February, 2016 in Ocala Forest in Florida, USA.

Best wishes for your Capricorn New Moon day. I hope you can take the time to connect with the Moon and with the Earth energy of Capricorn today. Spend a few minutes outside in nature to thank our Mother Earth for supporting us in our plans for the year ahead and providing us with a wonderful home in which to learn and grow. If you would like a personalized New Moon reading, I am always available for email readings anytime!  Get in touch, I would love to hear from you.

 

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  😉

 

An Abundant New Moon in Taurus Tarot Reading, May 6, 2016

There is a beautiful New Moon in the sign of Taurus today.  Yippee!  Taurus is an Earth sign so this is a great time to put your plans into physical form, perhaps by writing them down. What are you looking to create?  Where are you seeking abundance?  What fertile soil do you contain now that can optimize growth in your life?  Take some time for yourself to really relax and explore these questions.

Treat yourself not only to time off for meditation and journaling but also to luxurious treats at the Taurus New Moon. Think about scheduling a massage, buying a new outfit, eating a fancy meal, or beautifying your home with flowers or new colors. Focusing on the beautiful, lovely, abundant aspects of your life will help you attract more of these Taurus characteristics into your life with this New Moon. Venus is also in her natural sign of Taurus right now, so there is double potential for experiencing pleasure, intimacy and love at this time.  How lovely for us all!

The tarot has some great advice for us right now at the New Moon in Taurus for working towards financial security, loving relationships, and physical relaxation. If you would like a personalized reading, please get in touch at thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com or check out my email readings page!

Page of Cups Shadowscapes tarot

Page of Cups
Shadowscapes tarot

What will help me move confidently toward my goals for financial security and abundance?– Page of Cups

The Page of Cups brings messages of love, abundance, and fresh emotional starts.  This card is Venus telling you that you already have everything you need in order to be financially secure and abundant. What you really need is more joy, sunshine, and love in your life, not more money.  When you focus on what brings you happiness, on enjoying your youth or your fresh starts, and stop worrying about money, you will find that you actually are secure.  Does money buy love?  It seems to be common knowledge in all cultures that money does not equal happiness.  What is the point of your life then- to be happy or to be rich?  If you can’t have both, wouldn’t you pick happiness?  What would be the point of financially abundant life if all that money did not bring an abundance of love and joy? The Page of Cups is here to tell you that the more confidently you reach for happiness, the closer you will come to financial abundance. A life in which you focus on what you love instead of what you lack relieves anxiety, improves quality of life, and enhances your relationships by being a person that others enjoy

The Hanged Man Shadowscapes Tarot

The Hanged Man
Shadowscapes tarot

How can I create more love, acceptance, and intimacy in my relationships?- The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man asks you to be patient, to be still, to listen and observe.  Are you allowing your loved ones to be themselves?  Are you acknowledging the unique traits of the people in your life and allowing them to shine forth in their best capacity? Oftentimes, when we try to change people, when we try to put them in a box, or make them conform, we limit and suppress our ability to love.  People can change.  We all change every day.  Humans are not static, but that change works best when it comes from within. When we force others to change, it usually leads to unhappiness and doesn’t stick anyway.  The Hanged Man suffers a bit from not being able to influence the world as she waits for a shift in perspective, a change in the wind, the right moment to act.  There is much suffering in life, though, it’s a given.  The willingness to wait for a phase to be completed usually deepens our most intimate relationships.  We allow our children to be teenagers for years, knowing we will love the adults they become even if they are little nightmares in the meantime.  We accept that our partners will go through career uncertainty, Saturn returns, midlife crises, etc, but who they essentially are doesn’t change. Our souls are eternal and lovable. The Hanged Man goes with that flow, trying to see from new angles, and waiting to understand instead of reacting tactlessly.

IX of Swords Shadowscapes tarot

IX of Swords
Shadowscapes tarot

How can I invite more relaxation, patience, and luxury into my life?- IX of Swords

The biggest hurdle to finding relaxation is anxiety. Relaxation and anxiety are opposites.  They are mortal enemies.  If we put our anxieties aside relaxation enters to soothe, fortify, and rejuvenate us. When anxieties win out we exhaust, deplete, and confuse ourselves with striving and worrying.  The Taurus New Moon wants you to stay, “NO!” to anxieties for a little bit.  Will a facial solve your issues at work?  Will a gourmet meal solve your weightloss concerns? Will a bouquet of flowers help pay the rent at that apartment?  Probably not, but a little self care might just give you the strength to confront your challenges with renewed determination and clarity of vision.  You weren’t going to solve all of your problems tonight regardless, so why not take the night off, heat up some water, steam your pores open and then give them a scrub with some honey and sea salt.  It’s just an hour of your night, you already have all those things in your kitchen, and you’ll feel so lovely afterwards you won’t be so anxious about your work, weight, love life, kids, problems, etc. This goes along with the Page of Cups urging you to focus on love and positivity.  Take a break from anxiety and the negative, it doesn’t help anyone for you to be a dark storm cloud, least of all yourself!