Tarot Reading for the New Moon in Aries

Today marks the New Moon in Aries, the beginning of a new moon cycle in the beginning of a new zodiac cycle. I am kind of excited about this energy, personally, but I think all of this “beginning” energy could be somewhat overwhelming for some people. Luckily, our Tarot energy reading for this new moon helps us out by showing us how we can keep from getting overwhelmed during this time. So let’s get right to it!

Energy Card for this New Moon Cycle

Queen of Pentacles from This Might Hurt Tarot by Isabella Rotman http://www.thismighthurttarot.com

The energy card for the New Moon in Aries is the Queen of Pentacles. This might seem counter-intuitive because Aries energy is very fiery and full of sparks of new life, but I think this is Spirit’s way of answering that question of how we keep from getting overwhelmed by the energy of this time.

Whenever I look at the card for the Queen of Pentacles, I see someone who is of the earth, who has that innate capability to communicate with earth spirits and who finds so much joy and healing in earth spaces. The way that this Queen of Pentacles is kind of cradling the pentacle, it brings to mind nurturing and tending. So I feel like this card is calling us to return to the cycle of the earth. Right now, the earth is coming alive all around us after the ling winter. Through the energy of the Queen of Pentacles we can touch in with this energy of coming alinve and find places of expression for it in our own lives.

We can also see the Queen of Pentacles as a call to find ways to stay grounded. With this Aries new moon energy, we can have plenty of ideas, new ways to move forward with new projects, new methods to use to manifest our dreams. This kind of energy has the potential to carry us up and away if we aren’t careful and don’t stay grounded in the moment. The Queen of Pentacles beckons us back to the grounding earth, back in the present moment as we sort through all of the new ideas that the Aries new moon energy brings forth.

Journaling with the Queen of Pentacles

So the Queen of Pentacles in the Aries New Moon asks us to think about:

  • How are you coming back to life after the more internalized energy of the winter?
  • Are there new ideas and new themes coming up for you?
  • How can you nurture yourself through this change of energy?
  • What are some grounding techniques you can use to keep from getting overwhelmed by this energy?

Attention Card for the Aries New Moon

The World Card from This Might Hurt Tarot by Isabella Rotman http://www.thismighthurttarot.com

The card for what we are being invited to pay attention to in the Aries New Moon is The World. The World card is the end of the Major Arcana cycle and shows us that we have everything that we need to move through this cycle.

Sometimes when we have a lot of new ideas for projects and new directions, our brain can tell us stories about how we aren’t ready or that we don’t have everything we need to carry out our bold ideas. We might be trying to do something great and innovative and our brain might just pop in and say, “Nope! You aren’t ready. You don’t have everything you need. You need to prepare more. You need to do more to get ready.”

The World card comes to us to let us know that we are ready. We are ready for the next step of the cycle. In the Tarot, the next step after the World is the Fool, the one who takes the great idea and takes that leap to make it a reality. In order to take that leap, though, we need to have the confidence that we can do it. That is what The World tries to give us by letting us know that it is okay and we can handle it.

Journaling with The World

  • When you begin thinking about all these great ideas that are coming up in the Aries New Moon energy, what is your brain telling you that you can’t do?
  • What reasons does your brain give you for why you can’t do these things?
  • Are the reasons true? Sit with each phrase that the brain tells you and ask your heart if any of them are true.
  • Write down the reasons why you know that the brain’s logic is not true.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that the reading and the journaling help you during this time. I would love to hear how the Aries New Moon energy is showing up for you. Let me know in the comments!

Entering Leo Season

We have been on a sort of journey through this zodiacal year. We have witnessed birth when Aries season came in, seen nature grow and take hold with Taurus. Gemini season brought about the exchange of information through the release of pollen into the air, as well as the mating signals of the animals. Cancer brought the sunlight and the rains that the plants and animals need to survive and thrive by taking them inside. Now we are arriving at Leo season, where nature is full of outward expression brought about with the help of the rains and sun of Cancer. Nature shows us this through putting forth flowers, fruits, vegetables.

Most of the time we think of Leo as loving to be in the spotlight and being the center of attention. But Leo energy is slightly more subtle than that. Leo takes all of the inner growth that took place in Cancer season and brings it to outer manifestation. So Leo is very much about taking what is brewing on the inside and bringing it out where everyone can see it and enjoy it, much the same as nature does during Leo season. And while for some people this may come more naturally than for others, everyone can do this – everyone has some expression of Leo in their lives. Our thoughts and ideas don’t just exist in a vacuum; we speak them, write them, draw them, cook them, play them – we are creators at our core and our ideas come out into the world. Everything on earth that has been created once started out as a potentiality (Aries), then an idea (Taurus), then a plan or communication to others (Gemini), then a gathering and building of resources (Cancer, and then the beginning of outward manifestation (Leo). It is all part of the creative process.

Tarot Card of Leo: Strength VIII

Strength card from the Witches Tarot by Ellen Dugan

The imagery on the Strength card shows a woman sitting with a lion. Both the woman and the lion are comfortable; neither one is scared to be with the other. In fact, they both look to be very comfortable with the other. The woman, the archetype, also has an infinity loop over her head.

So we have already said that Leo energy involves bringing inner processes into outward manifestation. Anyone who is or aspires to be a creator knows how daunting that can be, to reach into the depths of yourself, create something out of what you find there, and then bring yourself to that point of vulnerability where you offer your creation to the world. It’s daunting because of those “what ifs” that rear their heads when you offer something to the world: what if no one likes it, what if people hate it, what if its not good enough, and on and on. The Strength card is about making yourself that vulnerable, that you can approach that lion that represents those fears, and approach it undefended, in complete vulnerability. Could you imagine if the woman in the card went to the lion with any kind of defense? I doubt we would be seeing this picture if that were the case. The energy would be different because there would not be that level of trust there, and the level of comfort that the card shows would be unattainable. Just as, if we are unable to make ourselves that vulnerable, our creations would never make it into the world.

We don’t just have to approach our creation with vulnerability, though. We also have to approach the process of going within, completing those inner processes, with vulnerability as well. If we don’t, if we show up to ourselves and our work defended, on the defensive, we will never fully open up to who we really are and our creations will reflect that. We won’t fully know ourselves or be fully comfortable with ourselves, and it is hard to create from that place of authenticity. In order to be authentically us, we have to open up and be vulnerable, be honest with ourselves about our inner work.

This takes courage, to be able to look at ourselves, look at our shit, and do it in a way where we are undefended, not closing ourselves off to what we see or the lessons we could learn from it. It also takes courage to be vulnerable enough to put pieces of ourselves out there for the whole world to see. It takes courage to face and approach the lion undefended. But as we see in the card imagery, the lion is not necessarily as scary as we once believed.

The infinite symbol in this card is special, as only three cards in the deck have this symbol. I believe that this symbol means that there is more at work here than simply what I have already said. Lions and humans don’t simply sit together, no matter how open and vulnerable you make yourself. There is another power at work here as well. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to work at this. We do have to show up and we do have to be willing to be vulnerable. But that Higher Power, Spirit, the Universe – whatever you want to call it – shows up when we allow ourselves to be this vulnerable and open, and helps us bring that forth into outer manifestation. That is the power of this card.

Tarot Spread for Leo Season

This spread is designed to help guide you through the energy of Leo season.

Weekly Tarot Spread for 7/11/21

Well, I can now say I have done weekly spreads two weeks in a row! I’m not sure that I’ve accomplished that before now, and I’m glad I have done it. Last week’s spread really helped me, and I hope that it helped you too. Let’s see what this week’s spread has to offer.

Energy for the Week Ahead: Four of Cups

The astrological correspondence for this card is Moon in Cancer, which, we just went through the New Moon in Cancer so this energy is still very present right now. There is a lot of moving water in the card imagery, waterfalls, suggesting that emotions are moving, changing, in flux. Maybe we don’t know how we feel about what is going on right now, or our emotions are all over the place. We are invited to just sit with that this week, to feel into that, however that shows up for us. It can be uncomfortable, to have all of these emotions just swirling around, but we can anchor in the moon, which invites us to get still and listen to our guides, our bodies, and our intuition. Just listen and connect.

What are we being invited to pay attention to: Six of Wands

Spirit has given you ideas and a sense of purpose. The knight in the card imagery is not worried about what anyone else thinks about his purpose. He is venturing out to accomplish it, complete faith in his ability to do so. We are being invited to pay attention to our own sense of purpose and our views on what others feel about that. Does it matter what others think? Not really, if what spirit has given you is in your highest and best. And really, if you are in alignment with those guides who have your highest and best in mind, then there should be no question about that.

What should we be mindful of: Five of Pentacles

It looks like we are still dealing with some of that scarcity that came in like a wrecking ball last week. Where in your life did it show up? Was it real scarcity, or just a scarcity mindset that you dealt with? Be mindful of where you are feeling scarcity this week and avoid knee-jerk, reactive actions that you might regret later. Scarcity can be hard to deal with, but if you just sit with it a little bit and find something to do to ground yourself, you can move past the discomfort and begin to problem-solve through it.

What should we embrace: Queen of Wands

Embrace that part of you that is the creator, with the ability to change your reality. If these is something we don’t like, we can change it. We can create the reality we want. All of this takes time, but we are invited to embrace that part of ourselves that can make this possible this week.

What should we let go of: The Wheel of the Year

We should let go of our linear concept of time and energy. Our society conditions us that we must be productive and grinding all of the time, go, go, go. But everything in nature works in cycles. The seasons, the moon. Our energy is the same way. Some days it seems like we can move mountains, and other days it seems like we barely have the energy to get out of bed. Embracing these cycles instead of pushing ourselves to be productive through them no matter what the cost can really help us as we move through the next week. Be mindful of your energy and your energy cycle and honor it in whatever ways that you can.

I hope that this spread helps you as you work through the coming week. Let me know how it goes in the comments!

New Moon in Gemini

Tomorrow we will celebrate a new moon in Gemini. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the exact time for the dark moon will be at 12:39 pm EST. My mind immediately started trying to figure out how to pull off a small ritual while I am at work, but I suppose just an acknowledgement until I can get home to do a real ritual will have to do.

I love new moons because they are all about beginning a new cycle. Whether it is starting something new such as a new business or new hobby, or beginning to learn about something new, a new moon is a time to reflect on something new for your soul. It can even be a new phase of something that you are already working on. During this new moon, take a moment to take stock of where you are and what you are doing, and figure out if there is a new way to work on it, or a new angle to focus on. Even if you are stuck in quarantine because of the pandemic, now could be a time to look into a new hobby or read about something new.

Gemini adds an interesting spin to this energy, in that it is about communication, travel, education, and knowledge. Because we are in the middle of a pandemic, communication and travel have been hard for a lot of people. I haven’t been around friends in quite a while. My Piscean daughter keeps up with her friends on the phone or Roblox, and she definitely misses seeing them. Even education has had a different spin with the pandemic, with schools moving everything online.

New Moon in Gemini and the Tarot

I have really been getting into how the Tarot adds more flavor and depth to astrology, and I have been enjoying not only melding the

two, but learning about them in tandem.

From the Tarot of the Spirit by Pam Eakins

Gemini rules the Lovers card, which is not so much about love between two people. It can be, but there are people out there that do not want to be in a relationship with someone else, or maybe can’t for some reason. My teacher, Lindsay Mack, says that if a card’s meaning doesn’t apply to everyone, then it is time to revisit the meaning. The Lovers card is about soul love and reconnecting to your soul. So many of us walk around disconnected from ourselves, and I have been one of those people for so long. I can’t say that I am completely connected with myself – I think that might not be entirely possible because we are all humans living in the world. There are all kinds of things out there that can send our focus flying away from ourselves. Other people may say something to us that make us start wondering about them instead of ourselves, or our job gets us hyper-focused on what it takes to do give 110% of ourselves, leaving nothing for us to focus on when it comes to our soul. So for the new moon what can you do or create that can help you reconnect with yourself on a soul level? This is all about deep self care and self discovery. And some of us may not have the time to go all that deep because we are required to work super hard right now as essential workers, and that can mean putting other people before ourselves in a big way. But even doing something as simple as stopping for a moment to take a deep breath, or paying attention to ourselves long enough to discern our own heart beat – simple practices like this can go a long way in helping us reconnect to ourselves even when we don’t have a lot of time to go deep with it.

The current Venus Retrograde in Gemini brings an added focus to our relationship with ourselves and others. Venus retrograde asks us to turn inward and look at our role in our relationships, and the basic foundations of our relationship with ourselves. This double focus on our relationships means that old relationship stuff may come up, or we may be asked to examine dynamics of old relationships in order to be able to learn from them and apply the lessons to new relationships moving forward.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, which is the planet of communication and travel. Physically, Gemini rules the lungs and hands. The lungs help us communicate as well, so we can also explore what ways we can communicate with our soul self. What expressions of communication resonate most with you? Are you a dancer, communicating through movement? Are you a musician who communicates through music? Do you communicate through speaking or writing? Think about what you can do to communicate with your soul self and perhaps build that into a new moon ritual.

Also, this is a good time to think about the ways we communicate with the people around us. This is something that I have to do constantly since I am an administrator. I communicate with the staff where I work, and I have to keep in mind that different people have different communication styles. I really have to tune in to my spirit guides when I talk to other people. One good thing about my Aquarius Sun and Moon is that I am good at intuiting what people are saying between the lines. It is something that I didn’t even recognize that I was all that good at until recently, and it is a skill that I have tried to get better at the more I work as an administrator. Is the way you are communicating with others in the highest and best of everyone involved? (I have to give major credit to Lindsay Mack for my wording here – checking in to make sure that something is in our highest and best is a habit that Lindsay teaches on her podcast and courses.) Is the way you communicate in alignment with your purpose?

The Magician from Tarot of the Spirit by Pamela Eakins

Mercury rules the Magician, which is all about the tools we use in our practice. One tool you have is the way you communicate, but there are so many tools we use in so many areas of our lives that we can explore. What tools do you use in your spiritual practice? Are they in alignment with your purpose? Are they getting you to where you need to go?

If you are going to begin a new creation or new hobby during this new moon cycle, what are the tools that you need for that process? Are they something that you need to learn how to use – how can you go about doing that?

I am truly excited about this new moon and the energy behind it. I hope that this post has inspired you to look within and explore some aspects of Gemini as we move through the season and this new moon. Let me know in the comments how you have been inspired!

Sagittarius Medicine and Tarot Spread

Sagittarius season is upon us, and as we enter this time of the end of fall and the change over to winter, I took some time to listen to some teachers and reflect on what Sagittarius season means.

I learn about astrology from some great teachers. My main teacher in this area right now is Sajah Popham, who runs the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. I am taking his Astro-Herbalism course, which has pretty much been my foundation and gateway into astrology, the Tarot, and herbalism. I have been able to follow each sign through the seasons and see how they express themselves in nature, as well as through people. My learning in this area is still definitely a work in progress, but as we go through each season and sign, I try to find other ways to connect with the energies that those seasons and signs bring, which is why I have been trying to blog about the signs in relation to the phases of the moon and other relationships.

Sagittarius season is all about moving forward in divine purpose. When you look at the glyph for Sagittarius, you see that it is the arrow from the archer’s bow, moving up and out. Sagittarius is an expansive time, a time to take what was learned in the underworld time of Scorpio and apply it to every day life. It is a time to identify the things in your life that distract you from your purpose and move beyond those things. And if you don’t know what your divine purpose is, Sagittarius season is a good time to do some exploring into what it is.

This medicine has been good for me because I constantly find myself distracted with something. Usually it is social media, which I have taken off of my phone (but I also know how to reinstall), but it also happens with games on my phone, television, and other things. I can’t even tell you how many times in recent tarot readings cards about studying and learning the craft have come up, which is a way I know I have strayed too far off of the path and have gotten myself distracted by something again.

Sagittarius season is also a good time to make sure that your mind and heart are in alignment when it comes to your purpose and path forward. Sagittarius is directly opposite Gemini, which is all about the mind gaining bits of knowledge about all of the things. Sagittarius energy is about taking that knowledge, putting it through the filter of the heart to find the truth of who we are and what our purpose is, and moving forward with that truth. It is a good time to reconnect with your heart space if you have found yourself ungrounded from it.

Tarot Spread for Sagittarius Medicine

This tarot spread is about bringing the heart and mind into alignment, identifying self-limiting thought and belief patterns, and beginning to recognize what your calling is.

For this spread, you will pull out Temperance and the 8, 9, and 10 of wands. All of these cards correspond with Sagittarius:

  • Temperance is Sagittarius being born out of Scorpio
  • 8 of Wands is Mercury in Sagittarius
  • 9 of Wands is Sun in Sagittarius
  • 10 of Wands is Saturn in Sagittarius.

With these correspondences, we will begin to identify blocks and how to move forward in Sagittarius season.

Ask these questions of the cards under Temperance:

  1. In what area of my life is there separation between my heart and mind?
  2. What can I do to bring my heart and mind into alignment in this area?

Ask theses questions of the cards under the 8 of Wands:

  1. Where in my life am I experiencing self-limiting patterns and beliefs?
  2. How did I learn these patterns and beliefs?
  3. What do I need to focus on in order to break these patterns and beliefs?

Ask these questions of the cards under the 9 of Wands:

  1. What has spirit called me to do?
  2. How can I bring myself more in alignment with this calling?
  3. What do I need to do to move forward with this calling in my life?

Ask these questions of the cards under the 10 of Wands:

  1. How are my self-limiting patterns and beliefs affecting my ability to move forward with my calling?
  2. How can I bring alignment to my heart and mind in order to move forward with my calling?

I hope that this spread can provide some clarity as we move forward in Sagittarius season. I know that it has had some very deep medicine for me. Leave comments on your experience if you would like – I would love to hear about what this spread offered you.