Feeling Full: A Tarot Reading for the New Moon
People make a lot of full moons - harvest moons, super moons, blue moons, etc. Even people who aren’t interested in astrology tend to watch for news of these astronomical events. Contrary to some, I’ve always felt more strongly affected by new moons. My energy tends to be lower, sometimes sadder really. It’s harder to see the bright side of things until the moon begins to wax again.
Perhaps it’s the cool autumn breezes we’re finally enjoying in New Orleans, but this new moon feels different. My windows are wide open, and I’m feeling content. My intuitive self feels closer to the surface. I’d say it’s the perfect time to read some Tarot. In honor of the new moon, I’ve selected a spread from Little Red Tarot designed specifically for the new moon. Thanks to Beth for this great spread that helps me reflect on the past lunar phase and the one ahead.
The 8 of Swords shows me where I stand at this moment and the energy surrounding me. As a Libra, I find the Swords, the suit most associated with air signs, tend to give me the most precise and concise insight into myself. The 8 of Swords shows that I am too in my head about something, and I knew immediately that it had to do with my school work. (I’m a graduate student.) I’ve been feeling frustrated with where I am and somewhat helpless to change the circumstances. The 8 of Swords tells me that I need to take responsibility for my work and working relationships. Things aren’t so bad as I’ve made them out to be. I need to be tactful but direct in addressing the issues at hand. As in, I need to send some awkward but necessary emails this week. Fair enough, Tarot. Fair enough.
The reversed 3 of Staves tells me what I need to leave behind. This card often refers to delays to long-term goals. Recently, I left one of my part-time jobs because it was impeding my progress towards completing my degree. Even though I loved this job, I had to leave it behind for the sake of my long-term growth. The appearance of this card offers me affirmation that I did the right thing by leaving.
The reversed 5 of Cups refers to something I will receive from another person in the next lunar phase. This is actually the card about which I’m most excited. Over the next month, someone will teach me how to learn from what I would otherwise view as wasted time and opportunity. I suspect they will help me see what transferable skills and knowledge I gained from the job I just left. What a gift! Recently, I’ve wanted to figure out how to interweave lessons from seemingly disparate parts of my life into a cohesive whole. This may be the opportunity to do so.
The 7 of Pentacles shows an important lesson I’ve learned from this past month. I read somewhere (maybe a meme on social media actually) that actions express priorities. This encapsulates an important aspect of the 7 of Pentacles. I’ve learned that in order to achieve my long-term goals, I need to prioritize those goals when planning my time. In this sense, the 7 of Pentacles pairs nicely with the reversed 3 of Staves. I’m leaving behind time-consuming pursuits that don’t get me closer to finishing school. The 7 of Pentacles also encourages me because it shows that perseverance will pay off.
The Contemplation card reveals what I can share with the world as I go along. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this card in this position. The Hermit in the traditional Rider-Waite deck, the Contemplation card refers to solitude and introspection. What kind of outpouring does one do while embracing alone time? Through meditation and a deeper self-understanding, I can appreciate the value of other people’s choices. I can offer them compassion and hopefully some helpful guidance as they travel their unique paths. This card is a great reminder that through doing difficult self-work, we can become steadier, more helpful tools for other people’s growth as well.
What are my hopes and dreams for the next lunar phase? Judging by the reversed Tradition card, I’m feeling a little rebellious. In truth, I’ve entered a moment of transition. I’ve realized that my career path will not be what my academic advisors have planned for me. I haven’t figured out exactly what that means yet, and this card reflects my desire for clarity on this point.
Up to this point, we’ve figured out that I need to take responsibility for not being where I expected to be in my schoolwork. In the past lunar phase, I’ve made steps in a positive direction by leaving behind a job that I loved but was taking up valuable time. I will continue to grow personally through meditation as well as the help of a mentor, and this will enable to me to help others - with Tarot readings, I think it’s safe to say!
So what special skill will help me move forward into the next lunar phase? The Prince of Swords represents mental energy and enthusiasm. I’m going to make choices that won’t make everyone happy (reversed Tradition again!), but I’ll have the enthusiasm to see them through. I’m also feeling idealistic about the future. If I find the right mentors to teach me to channel my intuition and intelligence, I can learn a great deal. The reversed 5 of Cups suggests I will find at least one person who can help me in this way.
So there we have it. Although new moons leave me tend leave me feeling restless and dispirited, on this new moon, I’m quite full of anticipation and hope.
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