Every time a New Moon approaches I treat it as a mini-New Year. A new Lunar Month presents a new cycle of manifestation and release, a new chance to make changes in our own paths. This is also where I tend to utilize Tarot and Astrology the most in my daily life, especially if I'm running low on energies and can't do anything more ornate.
Every night before the New Moon, after reading other bloggers' takes on the astrological energies infused in the cosmic occasion, I lay out my cleansed tarot deck, and deal out my cards to match the spread I use. Those cards stay unflipped overnight, and then I turn them over the following morning to take notes. I leave those cards exposed until the Full Moon night, so it's like a little daily reminder of the lessons I have to learn.
Rinse-repeat for the Full Moon, until the next New Moon night. You get the gist *wink*.
*Note* the deck I use for my personal self-reflection is the Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn- which is certainly not an easy deck to just pick up and learn due to its depths in a Hermetic Order- so the Titles, astrological placements, meanings, etc. are not always going to match up to the 'usual' RWS deck traditions.
I also allow the position of a given card in a spread to determine whether or not I read it as a reversal- so if a spread calls for exposed a blocked energy [as the New Moon spread does in spot #2] then that one I automatically reverse.
Speaking of spreads: My spreads for the New/Full Moon come from Samantha of Escaping Stars and her site provides a wide variety of spreads for use. A great resource to have!
New Moon in Virgo [Sept 30/Oct 1]
Timing-wise, this spread took place upon the start of a training course related to the creation of this blog. So this reading was a great mix of encouragement and warning! The 7 of Swords though is still throwing me through a loop, haha. I think it's picking up the residuals of the last Lunar Month, where I was dealing with complications in immigration paperwork. Definitely much feistier lol.
Also not surprising, this was a pretty Earth-centric spread, with my dominiant planet Saturn making his presence know on the most importance card. My Virgo Moon appreciates the practicality of this result!
Full Moon In Aries [Oct 15/16]
Just like the New Moon reading, there is a lot here that was just on the nose- especially the appearance of the Hermit and the Moon, with the magic/writing-oriented classes I've been taking as of late. With the approaching end of my current living situation, I'm looking forward to the attainment of physical security the 6 + 10 of Pentacles point towards as well.
This spread erred more on the Air side elementally, but there is still a heavy dose of Water and Earth in the mix too. I always seem to be short on Fire when I do my readings, haha.
Alright, this was definitely a long one, so if you stuck through the end, I appreciate your time! Let's do this again next New Moon *wink*.
LINDSAY - Black Woman, Wife, Witch and Resident Blogger of DarkLake Tarot~
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