Reflections on the Archetype of Strength

I picked Strength as my word of the year for 2018. It is more than just a word to me though, it is a whole archetype. It contains so much more than just one word or idea. Today, I’m going to write a little bit about what I think Strength means, how I’m working with it this year, and how you too can draw on the energy of Strength when you need a boost of energy, confidence, and stamina.

Shadowscapes Tarot

First and foremost, working with Strength for me is about building confidence. Strength is an energy that you can channel to prop yourself up when you need confidence, courage, and stamina. I know I often need more of that type of energy in my life. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and exhausted. Calling on Strength reminds me that I have deep reserves of inner fortitude, and that I can endure my challenges. In fact, I can do more than endure my challenges, I can blossom, grow, and build myself up throughout the process of confronting obstacles, roadblocks, and setbacks in my path.

Strength is also about perseverance and fortitude. It is the ability to just keep going even when I am worn out, struggling, or just plain tired to the bone. I have deep reserves of energy meant specifically for the areas of my life that are most important to me. If I really want something, if it really lights me up inside and gives me purpose, I will find a way to make myself keep going and strive. It’s easy to pinpoint the things that aren’t part of my life purpose, because there is just no energy or perseverance for completing them. When I don’t follow through on these things, I don’t feel deeply unsatisfied and disappointed. When something doesn’t get done and it doesn’t show up again at another time for a second chance at tackling it, it just wasn’t part of my ultimate path.

Strength means I don’t give up when things get tough, instead I dig deep and I find deeper answers and meaning because of that struggle and exhaustion. We are all trying to avoid pain and suffering, isn’t that only natural? But what else is natural is the meaning and purpose we derive from pushing through and doing the hard and difficult things that make us so uncomfortable. It’s in the pain and discomfort and feat that the story of purpose unfolds. When we are channeling Strength it’s easier to hear those messages of meaning. When we  ask Strength for assistance on something that doesn’t actually resonate with our soul purpose, Strength just kind of ignores us and no surge of endurance emerges to allow us to keep going. Working with Strength is working with our intuition.

Sometimes we do breakdown though. Sometimes we reach exhaustion, we fail, we shut down, we go into overdrive and burn out. In that moment, there is also a profound connection to Strength. Life tests us in excruciating ways simply to connect us to that extraordinary Strength we each hold within ourselves. It’s painful but it’s not wrong and we don’t have to suffer through it. We can lean into the pain, wrapped in the knowledge of our Strength, knowing we’ll pull through. This isn’t the end, it is simply a resting point.

Strength is not brute forth, it is endurance, it is the long run, it creates energy even as we are on our last legs, propelling us just a few steps farther. Strength is the tortoise, not the hare. Strength may even appear to crumple or stop or stagnate but she is just resting, and the resting point is crucial and beautiful. There is a subtle growth in the rest that indicates almost inpercetible continuation of movement. You can still feel that movement within you if you tune into that enduring vibration of Strength that is always pulsing in your center.

The Wild Unknown Tarot

Strength is also about control, aware of creating her life in collaboration with Fate. Fate is not running the show, but rather works in harmony with our shifting interpretations and perceptions of our reality. Strength allows you to be conscious and awake to the reactions you have to Fate. You can decide how you interpret and live in life’s troubles and problems. Strength allows you to choose your own reality, to decide how to react to the world around you. When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? Do you look for the silver lining? Do you treat misfortune as an opportunity to learn something, a lesson buried within? Strength allows you to entertain the prospect that everything happens for a reason. She also allows you to accept that you’ll probably never know that reason and just have to believe and have faith.

Strength is acceptance but she is also your internal badass who totally has your back, massaging your shoulders in the corner of the ring, “Now go out there and fight!” Most of the fight is just against yourself, the little voice of doubt in your head, “You are bad at this. You have nothing to offer. No one will understand you. People will misunderstand, misinterpret, and twist your words and then BLAME you for their mistakes. You will cause mistakes. You are not good enough.” Blah, blah, blah! That little voice could go on for days but Strength is the angel on your shoulder whispering that, “You are good enough. You are worthy. Your uniqueness is a gift. You can grow. You are ready. We are all one. People want to hear from you. You can do it.” She is really good at being the cheerleader and being the coach.

I have many more things I could say about Strength, but that is going to be all for today 🙂 I hope you connect deeply with your inner Strength whenever you need it! Did you pick a word of the year? Care to share?

Brighid’s Blue Moon Tarot Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop! For this hop each blogger is going to share a reading based upon a common tarot spread. This spread celebrates three cosmic events that are all happening this week: Imbolc/Brighid’s Day (the cross-quarter point on the Wheel of the Year between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox) celebrated on February 1st, a Full Moon, and a Blue Moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) on January 31st.  This is a very special tarot reading you should try out yourself at this time to connect with the triple potency of these special solar and lunar energies.

Let’s begin!
The Foundation: Draw three cards, one representing Land (Body), one for Sky (Mind), and the third one for Sea (Spirit). These will indicate for you the physical, mental, and emotional/spiritual focus of your year-to-come. These cards honor the Solar Festival of Imbolc and the Three Fires of Brigid.

The Deviant Moon Tarot- Queen of Wands, The Fool, VIII of Pentacles

Land/Body/Physical energy of 2018- Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is comfortable and capable in her body. She possesses an ideal of feminine physical strength and fitness. The image above from the Deviant Moon Tarot depicts this Queen as an Amazon type of woman, strong, yet sensual.  I welcome this energy, support, and wisdom from Brighid concerning my own physicality in the world. I am committed to gaining physical strength this year, increasing my physical fitness, and embracing my body as it is, without judgement. The Queen of Wands can be my role model, the embodiment of ease in the body that I desire to achieve. She is inspiring, inspired, creative, and glowing from within with health and vitality. What a great start to this reading!

Sky/Mind/Mental energy of 2018- The Fool

The Fool sets off on a journey, a new beginning, without fear of failure or self-doubt. There must be a start, and now is the time The Fool will set forth. I see him as an invitation from the realm of Sky to begin a new way of thinking and experiencing the world. This year ahead, I plan on working on my mindset, on becoming more self aware of what I am thinking and how my mind is working. The Fool encourages me to pursue this goal with an open mind, without preconceived ideas of what I should be accomplishing, and without the doubt that will have me scrambling to get back into my comfort zone. Brighid sends me positive support in the realm of the mind for choosing to experience and preceive my life in a new way, with an open heart and an open mind.

Sea/Spirit/Spiritual energy of 2018- VIII of Pentacles

Changing my mindset applies to more than simply how I judge and interact with my physical body, or how I aware or in control of my thoughts I am. My mindset also affects my self-development on a soul level, in the realm of Sea or Spirit. The VIII of Pentacles shows the effort and practice I will exercise to progress towards my goals. A spiritual practice is just that, practicing to get where you want to be. I am practicing yoga, meditation, and conscious transformation. I am practicing how to run, how to be still, how to eat, how to drink, and how to love. All of this self development takes discipline, hard work, and prolonged effort. Brighid gives me courage to keep practicing this year, to put in the work, to be motivated to make the effort. If this is what I want, why waste my time or energy working towards anything else?

The Construction: This Moon, according to the Celtic Tree Calendar, is the Full Rowan Moon. This tree is sacred to Brighid, and represents “Protection from Evil Enchantment”. It is considered a Guardian, a Guide, and a Gateway, so that we may be safely sheltered and receive direction as we walk down the new path of the year. So the three cards you draw for the second level, the Lunar energy of the year, will represent the answers to the following three questions: What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?  From what will I need protection on this journey? What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?

The Deviant Moon Tarot: The Hermit, VI of Pentacles, X of Swords reversed

What is the energy of the new path that presents itself?- The Hermit

The energy of my new path this year feels like it relates to the Seeker aspect of the Hermit. I am looking for new insights into myself. I am seeking answers to questions about what makes me tick, what I believe in, and how I can believe in myself. The Hermit likes to work in isolation and as an introvert I am always drawn to this inward probing energy. The question I have to ask myself is if I can find the answers within myself, or if I can use the guidance and wisdom of a Hermit or Guru who can help me access these inner regions of my subconscious. I have to be careful to balance my natural tendency to withdraw and do things myself, with the fact that there are limits to my understanding and what I can do alone. The Full Moon illuminates these dark places in my knowledge and beckons me to look to seek to shed light into all my blackest corners.

From what will I need protection on this journey?- VI of Pentacles

I need to be careful with my physical resources. I have a finite amount of energy, time, and money. It’s likely that other people are going to be asking a lot of me and I will need to know how to allocate my resources to properly balance my own needs with the needs of others. There is a careful balance that I can achieve between giving and receiving so that I feel the right amount of reciprocity and generosity in my life. I have an innate desire to be charitable and giving, but an equally selfish streak that wants to keep my hard earned riches to myself. I’m inclined to lean towards giving more than I receive, believing that absolute balance is unrealistic. But is it?

What energies of my own or of spirit will guide and protect me?- X of Swords reversed
I have the ability to ease my own anxiety and I can also call on the support my spirit guides to quiet my mind. This is one of my focus areas for the year ahead, learning to still my thoughts, lead them out of anxiety loops, and control the direction that they take. This work is internal, hence the reversal, and is much supported by the energy of The Hermit. The VI of Pentacles reminds me of the importance of staying grounding and coming into the materials world, when I have so much mindset, self development, soul questing going on in my life. The X of Swords reversed shows the futility and excessive damage of an overactive mind. it’s time to clear out the thought clutter.

 

The Surprise: Once in a Blue Moon, wonderful things come forth. Draw your final three cards connected with Body, Mind, and Spirit, in that order, to see what treasures the Universe has in store for you!

The Deviant Moon Tarot: VI of Swords, Knight of Cups, Knight of Swords reversed

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Body- VI of Swords

The VI of Swords gives me comfort and hope that I am on the right track, making progress towards changing my personal mindset, getting in control of my thoughts, and experiencing the world from a new perspective. All of these things are represented by the VI of Swords, even in the depiction above from The Deviant Moon Tarot. In it we see a figure who has put her thoughts aside and is allowing the expansion of her mind to take her sailing peacefully to a new land. I’m not sure I would say that my current mindset needs to be burned to the ground like in this image, but maybe it does. Maybe I need to start from a totally clean slate and enter an entirely new world within my mind. That type of movement would certainly help me get out of mindset that harshly judges and condemns my physical body and into a new way of looking at myself, my strength, and my body image. My physical home, physical health, and financial health could also use a makeover. The VI of Swords shows a surprising amount of potential for movement to a new way of thinking and experiencing myself.

Wonderful surprises in the realm of Mind- Knight of Cups

I like to see this as a new love affair or loving feelings in my mind. Instead of a hot mess of jumbled thoughts and anxieties as shown in the X of Swords, I can see my mind offering up messages and thoughts of love and self-acceptance. I’m not going to say that that would be a complete surprise, but to have that be the dominant form of thought going on in my mind would be a wonder indeed. The brain leans towards distressing and fearful thoughts, I don’t know why, something to do with self preservation and evolution. The fear-based thinking can quit is, as far as I’m concerned. I would prefer to have a love-based way of seeing the world with the Knight of Cups.

Wonderful surprises in the real of Spirit- Knight of Swords reversed
And here we see my shining spirit moving away from the hasty thinking and wild fear-based thoughts and actions of the Knight of Swords. My spirit will be overflowing with love with the Knight of Cups, putting away or moving away from the Knight of Swords combative, troubled, and anxious internal monologue. The Knights represent action so this Blue Moon surprises me with my ability to actually do something about what I’m thinking instead of just daydreaming about it and wishing it would happen. It’s good to daydream and get your goal honed and focused in on a particular objective. The next step is to take action towards that goal, even if you don’t know what action will yield results and which are just movement. It’s the intention behind the movement that counts, and the Universe will see my action and know that my intention is to move away from anxiety towards love. The surprise just might be success!

Thanks for reading my personal interpretation of this spread as part of the Tarot Blog Hop. Please use the links below to hop along or back to another great tarot blog!

Deep Dives into the Scorpio New Moon, November 18, 2017

The New Moon is the best time of the month to get in touch with the astrological energy supporting intention setting for your next four weeks. This New Moon in Scorpio encourages you to dive deep into your subconscious, your watery emotional realm, your most heartfelt desires and focus on self development and personal mastery. This is a wonderful time to confront your addictions or other bad habits and make positive changes towards the life you want. Scorpio asks you to question and examine what is motivating your excesses and bad behaviors. What is missing from your life? What do you need to let go of? How can you facilitate this transformation? This is the process of death and rebirth that is so strongly connected with the energy of Scorpio. Do not be afraid to really get to the bottom of things and do some soul searching. It’s worth diving into your shadow in order to move forward into the light as a fuller version of yourself.

Below are three questions for you to ask the tarot at this Scorpio New Moon. I used the Mary-el Tarot to do an example reading for myself, and perhaps it will help you access your subconscious at this time as well. The Mary-el Tarot is beautiful and strange, and doesn’t read for me like other decks. I rely heavily upon the book of interpretations that Marie White includes with her deck in my reading here:

Mary El Tarot: IX of Wands, Page of Wands, X of Swords

What is unseen that needs to come to the surface?- IX of Wands
Creative Fire energy and the Free Will to create whatever my destiny prescribes are represented here by the lion and the woman in the card image, respectively. The lion is wild, untamed, passionate, creative, transformative, and intense. It is me without the armor of my personality and societal influences which keep me humble and in check. This fire lies beneath the surface of my conscious self that I present to the world. I can use my free will to access this fire and use it to create my future, though. I am limitless and unrestrained as long as I acknowledge that I am not a victim of circumstance. I can be whatever I want to be. Just because I don’t have something, doesn’t mean I can’t get it. Just because I have never done something, doesn’t mean I can’t do it now. I learn through my trials and errors and can continuously reinvent and reimagine who and what I am. Now, with the help of the Scorpio New Moon, I can dig deep to get in touch with my creative side, my inner fire, and bring my wild side into the light. There is no reason to be restrained and under control when we can each burn as bright as the sun, brilliant and genius in our life creations.

What emotional burdens, old habits or beliefs do I need to let die, let go of, clear away?- Page of Wands
It is time for me to accept that I have faith and strong beliefs and move onto using those strengths. I have a tendency towards nihilism, a willingness to feel that life has no meaning. This is reactionary behavior though, as it isn’t that I truly believe that life has no purpose, but rather that that purpose in unknowable. Faced with the idea that I may never consciously understand the purpose of my life, I reject meaning all together. Deep down I do believe and have a strong faith that my life, and life in general, has meaning. There is a reason that this all happening. It just makes me so tired to go over and over in my mind that I don’t know what that meaning is. This Page of Wands asks me to get out of my head, to move away from my thoughts, and just listen to my soul’s calling. My soul does call me to me, I can simply listen and accept, instead of going back into my mind to analyze and despair over mental failings of understanding. This life is not to be understood in words and numbers, it is to be known in the depth of my soul. Now is the time to set aside the old habits of thinking and the burden of needing logical explanations.

How can I prepare for rebirth and set the stage for growth?- X of Swords
“The ego is the eternal limited by words.” Here I set the stage for growth by living the message from the Page of Wands: it is time to break free of the prison of my thoughts. The Swords represent the mental realm and all the energy I’ve been expending upon thinking and living in my thoughts. I have built up my self image there, my ego is wrapped up in my mind, I create and protect this image of myself with words and my attachment to my intelligence. The X represents an ending, but also a beginning. It contains both 10 and 1. It is the space in between, where I ready myself for transformation. I’m preparing for a way of being that includes silence and trust, instead of constant words and doubts. We each create our lives by the limits of our mindsets. What if we each adopted a mindset of limitlessness? What if we didn’t draw conclusions based on fear and anxiety? What if we let anything be possible? The image of the X of Swords is Scorpio, is Death, coming to sweep away old ways of thinking and create an open space for limitlessness.

I loved doing this little reading for myself this morning of the New Moon. The Mary El tarot just blows my mind every time I do with a reading with it. If you’re interested in receiving an email reading for your own New Moon energy and intention setting, please get in touch. Happiest of New Moons to you!

 

ORGANIZATION CRAZY with the Energy of the Virgo

Long time, no blog. Don’t you fear, lovelies, I’m always thinking of you and investing my time and energy into The Willow Path Tarot. The blog rolls on, even if the ideas don’t always make it onto the screen. I spent the summer getting married, going on my honeymoon, and then doing all the fun summer things that people generally enjoy: swimming, hiking, being outside, and loving the sunshine.  

Lately I’ve been am in super overdrive, paying attention to the details of my life, my goals, and planning, planning, planning for change. At first I was attributing this drive to the Earthy, focused energy of Sun in Virgo and now I’m adding in the New Moon in Virgo this past week as well. I have been at the library multiple times a week, checking out books, getting practical, using my brain, strategizing, making checklists, getting educated, and taking it all in. I’m feeling a little crazy at the moment with how much new information is in my brain.

TO DO LIST:
Change my money mindset.
Change my living situation.
Change Kristen’s music career.
Change my diet and health.
Change how I perceive myself.

“That’s it?!,” you ask. Lolz. I swear I got 8 books out of the library about each of these topics. Here is what I’m reading today and the planners/goal setting notebooks I’m using to write down every little Virgo detail I want to remember and come back to:

Home buying research has me on http://www.zillow.com dreaming, dreaming, dreaming. What’s a loan originator versus a mortgage broker? What’s for sale? Where do we want to live? What kind of interest rates can we qualify for? Where do we want to live anyway?

Being a vegan has me at the farmer’s market, the grocery store, and in the kitchen A LOT. I’m learning how to defend my seemingly extreme lifestyle choice or let criticism just slip by me without judging others for their choices. This is a major transition for me and I’m just allowing it to be a time of flux. I can figure things out a little bit at a time and eventually it won’t be such an overwhelming deluge of information, new recipes, and questions from concerned friends and family. I’m also interested in upping my exercise game and developing a running and yoga regime. So many changes.

Helping Kristen become a Nashville success story has me researching every open mic, every music publisher, every indie record company that exists. I’ve gotten her to consider doing The Artist’s Way and figuring out her unique style. This introvert isn’t always primed to go out networking but if it’s work and it has an end goal, I can get my small talk on with the best of them. I do love music!

Changing my money mindset has me decluttering my life, which is great since being vegan means I need to get rid of most of sweaters and shoes. I’m reconsidering my distain for rich people and imagining what type of rich person I want to become. I’m actually looking at houses I want to buy instead of what I can afford. Well, let’s be honest, at this point what I can afford is nothing, but that’s why I need to change the mindset, right!?

At the end of all this, I see myself making a transition towards the person I inherently am already. Are you asking, “Wait, is that a possible? Can I transition into what I already am?” Well, I believe I can, so any contradictions be damned. I realize this post isn’t much about tarot, but believe me that many a deck deck is on fire delving into my options and giving me tons to think about and use in my decision making process. I love utilizing the tarot to help in situations where I have many options to consider and asking the Universe where to focus my attention most effectively.

What transitions are you making these days using this great Virgo energy?

More tarot to come soon. 🙂  Oh! and you may have noticed that my prices and offerings for email readings have changed. This is exciting for me, as I feel these changes are deeply aligned with my method, value, and aspirations. You can take a look here!

Gemini New Moon Tarot Reading, May 25th, 2017

This New Moon in Gemini, while the Sun is also cruising through the sector of Gemini in the sky, is a great time of month to lighten up with Air energy. Gemini loves a good laugh, seeing the comical side of life, and breezing through tough situations with flow and inspired solutions. Gemini energy sparks creative thoughts. You may find yourself wanting to learn and experience new things. Gemini also influences communication and technology so this is a great time of the year to brainstorm about your goals in these areas. How and what do you want to share with your community and social network? What is your relationship to technology and do you need to change or improve it in some way? Spend some time out in the fresh air while the New Moon is in Gemini, and all month long under the Gemini Sun, in order to infuse yourself with spring breezes and the winds of change.

Here is what the tarot would like to share with us at this New Moon intention setting time:

Linestrider Tarot: 7 of Wands reversed, 10 of Wands reversed, 9 of Cups reversed

What are you ready to learn, experience, and create this moon cycle?-
VII of Wands reversed
You are ready learn how to put your internal battles to rest. There are a million different interests, passions, ideas, and priorities constantly struggling for top spot in your consciousness. It quite simply can’t all get done and that’s okay. It shouldn’t make you feel bad about yourself or guilty for not doing it all. Who are you competing against for the most things done in a life anyway? How can you count that? How do you decide whether or not something was even worthwhile? Maybe the point of life isn’t how much you get done, but how present you are when you’re doing whatever it is that you get done. There is no way of knowing the point of life, so you might as well stress less and stop competing against others and especially yourself in the Cult of Busy, Busy, Busy Makes Me Important. Create more space with this Gemini New Moon. Create more Air, create more fun, create more ease, create more laughter. What feels better at the end of the day: an exhausted mind with a massive To Do list all crossed off, or a belly laugh on the back porch sharing beverages with friends? It’s time to redefine your idea of “winning”.

How can you more effectively communicate, network, and share your ideas?-
Ten of Wands reversed
It’s really is time to narrow your focus and stop trying to do too many things at once. This is an echo of the card before, huh? Well, it’s no secret that we’re all trying to do too much and it’s making us wicked tired and grumpy. Gemini brings up this energy since no one loves getting work done and also having all the fun more than The Twins. It’s pretty frenetic energy! But it’s unsustainable and harmful to your inner calm and sense of spiritual well-being. If the point is to get everything done that we want to do, that list will never end and we’ll never reach our goal. How could you possibly do everything that you set out to do with your life? When have you ever reached a goal and not set another goal farther out? It’s human nature, but it’s not particularly joyful. If your goals are: to have a million Instagram, Twitter, and FB followers, to have great friends, family, and community you do meaningful and fun things with all the time, and to write a book, blog, album, TED talk, etc., ummmm… that’s too much. Chill out! Narrow your focus, set limits, honor your boundaries, and make sure you are present.

How can you foster a positive relationship and productive with technology?-
Nine of Cups reversed
It’s important to realize that technology cannot solve all your problems. It cannot be perfect. It cannot be infallible. It cannot wave a magic wand and do everything for you. Of course, all these realizations may be why people can get so disenchanted with technology. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you read my rant about how Instagram is no longer instant and so- grrrrrrrrrr! I guess the way to a positive relationship with technology is to not get emotional about it, since it certainly isn’t going to get emotional about you. Why not channel that Air energy of Gemini and treat technology with a rational and logical approach. What is the point of Instagram?- to make it’s owners money. There’s an internal wish that technology should fulfill your desires, but it is something created by someone else who ultimately wants to fill their own desires first. Now, who deserves to have their desires fulfilled? Why should it be you?

Anywho, those are my musings from the tarot for the Gemini New Moon. I hope you enjoyed them and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter so you will always have these fun readings in your inbox every 4 weeks. Woohoo!

 

Taurus New Moon Tarot Reading for April 26, 2017

The Sun and the Moon are both in the earthy sign of Taurus today. It’s springtime in the northern hemisphere and the earth is awakening, each day blooming and opening just a little bit more. This is a profoundly potent time for personal renewal as the Earth renews its flowers and leaves and the Moon renews it’s waxing journey towards fullness. There is a recognition of the necessity of beauty and pleasure in life at this time of year. Make it a priority to spend time in nature, taking a walk, looking at the spring flowers, breathing in the warming air. These are not frivolous pursuits but rather the fuel for your soul to flourish. This process of flourishing should not be rushed. Taurus likes to take her time, reveling in the richness of life. Be patient, gentle, and indulgent in your self-appraisal at this New Moon. Let’s look at what advice for intention setting with the New Moon that the tarot has for us at this time:

Motherpeace Tarot: Priestess of Wands, VIII of Swords, The Emperor, The Devil

What will help you connect with the pleasure and enjoyment of the physical world around you?- Priestess of Wands

If anyone is out having a wonderful walk, connecting with the natural world, it is the woman on this card, the Priestess (Queen) of Wands. The image contains sun, clouds, rainbow, flowers, lion, salamander, and a naked woman confidently out for a walk- I love it! This Priestess wants you to follow your passion, do what lights you up inside, follow your inner fire energy. She contains magic and so do you. So do all of us. She isn’t afraid of nature and emphasizes the oneness that includes everything on this planet. If you think about what a tiny speck of existence the Earth occupies in the infinity of The Universe it is easy to see how we are all related and connected as part of this planet. That kind of perspective can quickly slip from your grasp on a daily basis when bogged down with the minutiae of getting by, though. It’s important to remember that it as often as possible! The Priestess of Wands advises us all to “Just do it!”, regarding the need to connect with all of Earth. Actually, it’s easy to imagine that this is an image of the goddess Nike…

What will help you connect with the pleasure and enjoyment of your physical body?- VIII of Swords

On the VIII of Swords we see a woman engaged in a sword battle with a brick wall. The message this card imparts is that most of the time the battles we engage in are only real within our minds. They are not based in reality and they are not physical. Our minds trap us into these seeming corners and by fighting against them we actually give these walls strength by the acknowledgment of their existence. These walls are not real though! Oftentimes, the opinions and perceptions we have about our bodies are equally not based in logic and reality. We follow unobtainable body standards shoved at us by marketing so that we will buy products to “fix” ourselves. I challenge you to not use any of those products today. Forget about putting paint on your fingernails or powder on your eyelids. Skip the HIIT workout and go skipping around a field instead. Do what brings you joy! Love your body exactly as it is in this moment because it’s a hell of a lot easier to find joy than it is to find six pack abs (not to mention that one is necessary and the other is so not.)

How can you make solid, structured steps towards your financial goals this month?- The Emperor

Well, hello Mr. Emperor, might you possibly be good with money (read with loads of sarcasm)?! You can learn a lot from the structure and disciple of the Emperor. He is a wise, but conservative investor. He earns a steady income and keeps track of his spending. He knows when he can splurge and when to hold onto his money. There is a lot to be gained with the help of this financially savvy card and the prevailing Taurus energy of the next two weeks. Why not take advantage of that energy? Sit down and make a budget, a real one with actually line items and numbers on it. If you have to bribe yourself into doing it, that’s fine. Get a fancy coffee drink or drive to your favorite outdoor spot so you can get your finances straight. Once you know what money is coming versus going out, you’ll be in much better shape to rule over your little empire. Otherwise you’re just wishing and hoping with no solid base or plan in this reality.

Where do you need greater patience with your progress towards your life goals?- The Devil reversed

I love how the image on this Motherpeace tarot card for The Devil is basically a representation of the patriarchy. Yes, we all are impatient to break old, useless power structures and get on on with the evolution of the human race, but we here on this website are not the ones scrambling to hold onto that power dynamic, are we? Even so, we can all practice letting go of our egos, turning away from materialism and consumerism, and focusing instead on our spiritual connection. It is amazingly easy to slide into full on egomaniac mode though. We succumb to addictions, physical craving, anger and resentment of others, jealousy, and negativity loops. Right now we are steering clear of those Devil pitfalls and just allowing for life to be as it is. This is beautiful and encouraging. Perhaps we do not require greater patience but rather simply enduring patience. We are getting somewhere, just slowly, which is just how Taurus loves to do things! There is much to enjoy in the present, the way things are, so set the intention to do just that. Be present and grateful at this New Moon. You are getting somewhere!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this Taurus New Moon Reading for April 26, 2017. Go ahead and try this spread for yourself. I’d love to know if you received a similar message or other helpful advice from the tarot questions. If you would like a personalized New Moon Reading or a tarot reading in general, please get in touch. I am currently available for email readings. I look forward to hearing from you!

Pisces New Moon Reading, February 26, 2017

The New Moon in Pisces brings today a powerful, intuitive energy that is perfect for imagining the life of your dreams. Now is the time to bring your personal vibration into alignment with the energy of those dreams. Practice raising your energy up to the level at which you want to achieve on a normal basis by holding onto the wonder and happiness that your dreams inspire inside of you. Hold onto that wonder whenever, wherever you can and watch it become a natural part of yourself.

Pisces is a water sign, exposing the emotional depths of your soul. Use this New Moon to notice any blockages in the flow of your emotions and set the intention of clearing these blocks so you can live peacefully and openly with a loving heart. Pisces energy is compassionate and understanding, ready to bring the whole world to this next level of appreciation and love of one another. You too play a part in creating the vibrational energy of this planet. What do you want to contribute to that energy? Spend a little time today contemplating these messages from the tarot and integrating some Pisces New Moon energy into your life:

Linestrider Tarot

Linestrider Tarot:     X of Wands,    V of Wands,    II of Pentacles

What will help me bring my personal energy into alignment with the high vibration of my dream life?  Ten of Wands
There is a careful combination of effort and flow embodied in the X of Wands. At first it may seem like raising your vibrational energy takes a lot of energy. Yet, something about it is also somehow effortless. The energy of a 10 card in the tarot is one of transition. You have reached completion with the 9 but you haven’t quit gotten to a new cycle with the 1. You are in between and you have a decision to make. Are you going to level up, taking your vibration to the next level? Or are you going to stay at the status quo? The X of Wands reminds you that by laying down your burdens, leaving behind what no longer serves you, are you better able to raise yourself up. Think of making your heart light as a feather. You can’t carry around unnecessary past hurts, regrets, failures, and mistakes if you expect to become light as a feather.

Examine what you are holding onto and ask yourself the simple question of whether or not these commitments and projects, goals and opportunities light you up or whether they have grown dim and weak? Why hold onto ideas, tasks, and goals that you aren’t passionate about? Let me tell you that just because “You have gotten this far,” is not a reason to carry on. You get to decide your journey and what it means to follow through on that journey. If your path was leading somewhere but now branches off in a new direction, be content that this new direction in no way devalues where you have come from. Life works in mysteries ways and it’s best not to resist where your heart is leading you next.

How can I clear blockages in my emotional realm so that my vibration can be raised?
V of Wands reversed
This card is all about letting go of comparing yourself to others, FOMO, and creating unnecessary competition. Your greatest emotional goal is to love yourself. It is difficult to give yourself the love and appreciation you need to grow when you are mostly focused on what other people are doing. You gain nothing by thinking, “So-and-so is doing what I want to do and doing it better.” Only you can do you. By default that means no one can do it like you. So go do it! Go be you! Stop comparing yourself to the competition or even thinking that this is a competition. Life is not a competition. If you absolutely must think it terms of “winning” see if you can win at loving yourself the most, shining the brightest, creating whenever you get an idea or inspiration, and then loving what you created.

If you want to clear emotional blockages, your first step is to take your focus off the world around you and set that focus within. For a lot of people this is extremely difficult. We shy away from our feelings, from quiet time, from being still and going within. Maybe there is a way to ease into it for you though. Perhaps a long drive, journaling, meditating, cleaning the windows, yoga, long nature walks, a relaxing massage, cooking, running, mowing the yard, tightrope walking, etc could get you into the self-reflective mood. Bottom line is that you gotta make the time for yourself. It’s imperative. Look within and remind yourself over and over and over again, for as long as it takes to sink in, that you do not need to struggle or compete against other people. You do not need to fear you are missing out when in fact you’re just comparing yourself to someone else. You are doing your life your way and that is the best way for you. Now repeat all of that again as many times as needed until you GET IT.

How can I show compassion and understanding for the world around me? 
II of Pentacles
Let’s not just pay lip service to the idea of greater understanding and compassion for all humanity, while actually doing nothing to engender that goal. The II of Pentacles reversed says that maybe you mean well, but you’ve got a lot of other things going on in your life and never really find time for world peace. Okay, don’t feel like I’m judging or criticizing. We all live busy lives and this reading is as much for me as for you, so I’m included in this little rebuke. Even if you’re busy, you can insert compassion and love into your busy everyday. Complete your tasks with grace. Be immersed in what you are doing. Be present. Bring joy into your actions, especially when you find yourself mechanically repeating a process you have done many times before. The dishes always need to get washed, but what about finding the simple satisfaction in the washing. Don’t let your mind wander to what you will do after the dishes or what you did last week, but instead be present in that moment of washing and find that you are content and at peace. That is the peace you want to bring to the world. It is a singular focus on what is good right now. When we pay attention to the now, to everything we have to be grateful for, and all the details that make life wonderful and magical (and I’m including the dishes in that magic!), we easily raise the vibration of the planet.

Quickly remember a time when you were just brooding on hurt feelings or having a pretend conversation where you finally found the perfect abusive words to tell someone off who had wronged you. These types of negative energy don’t raise your vibration or the vibration of the planet. It’s okay to let go of insults and injuries. You can still keep the lessons and while releasing the pain. If you absolutely cannot stay in the moment and stay present, go to an imagined happy place! Imagine your perfect day, your perfect job, your perfect partner, etc. and run with that energy. You’ll find yourself in a much better mood and also may just happen to attract more positive vibes into your life through the practice. When we imagine a better world, a better life, and are infused with the hopeful and ecstatic energy of getting what we want, we easily raise the vibration of the ourselves and the planet.

I hope you enjoyed this New Moon in Pisces reading from The Willow Path Tarot. I love doing these monthly intention setting readings for this blog. I also love doing personalized readings for clients if you would like to book a New Moon reading, or other type of reading, get in touch at thewillowpathtarot@gmail.  I look forward to hearing from you!