I feel like the concept of balance has become this elusive fantasy we all strive for. It is something we want but is perpetually out of reach. The balance between work and home, having a social life and being a parent, being healthy and indulgent. When we focus entirely on one area of our lives, even momentarily, we often experience guilt that we are ignoring our other areas of responsibility. With Saturday’s New Moon in the balanced and harmonious sign of Libra, it is without a doubt going to be an area of focus, and perhaps a gentler, more realistic understanding of balance can be found.
What is a New Moon?
When the moon is New, it has gone from total darkness, to showing the very first sliver of light. This light represents starting fresh, the first bud to break the soil in the spring, an opportunity for new beginning each and every month. We choose to set intentions during the New Moon as it offers us a clean slate for creation and a great chance to reset priorities.
How does the sign of Libra affect the New Moon?
Each month the New Moon will correspond with the astrological sign it appears in, thus changing the energy and invitation of that New Moon. Having just shifted from Virgo to Libra at the beginning of this week, we are moving from a sign of high productivity to a sign of balanced harmony. Libra brings conscious awareness to all we care about. It is about bringing the various areas of our life into one harmonious picture, with an emphasis on who is most important to us.
While Libra does promote balance, it is more about seeking clarity of WHAT you wish to bring into balance. Is there anything on your proverbial scale that is weighing you down or crowding out other priorities? The intentions you set for this moon cycle should focus on elevating what you love and releasing what you don’t.
Libra is also known to have a strong focus on relationships. You might find that all your relationships, romantic and platonic, feel like they are under a microscope this week. Take this opportunity for illumination and be willing to be honest about what is working and not working. If you are single, this is a wonderful time to journal or daydream about exactly who you are looking to call in. Make sure to prioritize the qualities that feel sustainable for a long-term relationship as Libra has no time for flings.
How do I harness the energy of this New Moon?
New Moon rituals can be quick and powerful. My favorite thing to do is sit down with my journal and free write for 10-20 minutes to get clear on how I am feeling. Then I light a candle to call in focus and on a loose piece of paper, I write my 3-5 intentions for the moon cycle ahead. Then I meditate with the intent of seeing these intentions coming to fruition. Once I feel connected to this process, I place the written intentions somewhere special, could be under a mattress or in a box designated for this purpose. The most important part of setting intentions is really believing that they can and will happen.
What else can I do to work with Moon Energy?
On the first Sunday of each month, I host a Moon Circle for Women at Shilo Farm. We will gather together to honor the changing cycles of the moon and the cycles within ourselves. During our time together, we will deepen our inner wisdom through connection, discussion, journaling, movement, meditation, and a sprinkling of magic. Follow the link below to find out more and to register for the next Moon Circle, which is Sunday October 6, 2019.
To say that Tarot is life changing, may seem wildly dramatic to some, and yet it has the potential to be undeniably true. For many (no judgments), Tarot has been seen as a party trick. It has conjured the image of a fortune teller sitting in a darkened room prepared to tell you what wild or weary future awaits you.
I'm going to burst this image and tell you straight up, Tarot doesn't predict the future. The future is never set in stone, free will is much too powerful a force to say with any guarantee what the future holds. What Tarot does show us is the TRUTH of the present. The truth you cannot always see because your brain takes the present moment and attaches all your past traumas, feelings, beliefs, memories, and associations to it and makes something different. And if this somehow feels less valuable I will remind you how often we are unable to see our own truth. We can't see when it's time to leave a relationship or job because we are attached to the familiarity of those things. We push love away because we are afraid of being hurt again. We turn to substances or avoidance to block painful memories. And far too often we think there is something wrong with us because we can't find the happiness we so crave. The future is created through our actions, thoughts, and beliefs, all of which are accessible through the Tarot. So while the Tarot does not predict the future, it does have the power to influence it.
Who should learn Tarot?
Anyone and everyone who longs to know and understand themselves, as well as the world around them, more deeply. Tarot can teach you to be present and to pay attention to the outdated patterns and triggers, as well as the invitations for change. The cards provide a mirror into the soul, all our thoughts, behaviors, patterns, fears, and perceptions are in those 78 cards. Though a reading you will be able to look yourselves straight in the face without the filter of the boisterous ego and fearful brain. The truth stares back at you, an invitation to be better. Not better through competition with anyone else, but the best version of yourself.
For me personally, this self-awareness has allowed me to see my faults with utmost clarity and through those realizations, step into more happiness than I thought possible. When my husband and I first started dating, I almost broke up with him because I was so triggered by his love. The Tarot reminded me of my inner strength, reassured me of my own capacity for love, and presented me with the invitation to take a fools leap, one that has proved to be full of blessings.
The examples of clarity, guidance, reassurance, and honesty found in the Tarot is endless. In my own practice, I have seen old patterns broken, new hope emerges, and giant leaps taken. The Tarot is so much more than a fun party trick, it holds the capacity for a type of personal discovery and self-love that can change lives. I want to share with you some examples of how Tarot can provide clarity in concrete and relatable situations. Although the specifics are fabricated, these are examples I have drawn from my own practice and experiences.
Different Date, Same Story
Kate find herself in relationships with the same type of man over an over again. He starts out kind and attentive, only to pull away as soon as the relationship reaches a certain levels of intimacy. She starts to feel discouraged and frustrated, are there no good men out there? She turns to her Tarot deck to find solace and guidance. Rather than see “what’s wrong with them”, she receives back an invitation to look deeper at herself. She pulls the 6 of Swords, The Fool reversed, and The World reversed. She sees her struggle to let go of control in relationships. She feels more comfortable when she is “driving the ship”. This pattern has encouraged her to find partners that don’t challenge or threaten her control. The Fool reversed most definitely suggests a pattern of the fear of leaping. Always worried about being played as the fool she keeps her guard up and keeps these men at a comfortable distance. The World reversed lets her know that some cycle she thought she had completed is still in motion. This leads her to ask herself why does she require so much control in relationships? Past traumas have taught her to stay guarded in relationships. Operating at this vibration attracts others at the same vibration. Even though she was longing for intimacy, she was attracting men who matched her subconscious fear of intimacy. This insight gives her a place to start to break this pattern.
Is it Time to Make a Change?
Gary has been going back and forth for weeks, months even on whether of not to leave his current job. He makes good money and knows he is good at what he does. It’s not a bad job and yet he finds himself irritable and discontent. He feels like he is dragging himself to work every day. Finally fed up with his own melancholy he pulls three cards for himself. The Eight of Cups, The Emperor, and the Three of Pentacles. Like a lightening bolt he feels a moment of total clarity. He knows the Eight of Cups appears when it is time to walk away from something that has served you well, but no longer supports your soul’s purpose. The Emperor highlights his desire to step into his power and shine in a capacity he has been unable to do in his current job. The Three of Pentacles paints a picture of what is calling him, a true collaboration with like-minded individuals. One in which everyone’s skills are being showcased. He feels renewed and inspired to start working towards a major career change.
How do I Listen to My Soul?
Learning Tarot can amplify your relationship with your Truth. Our soul is always trying to communicate with us, just usually in a whisper. The twinge of a gut feeling, the wariness we may feel meeting someone new, the dreams we allow to permeate our thoughts are all ways the soul is trying to communicate with you. In a society that operates on fear, tuning into this quiet whisper can be a challenge. This is one of the superpowers of the Tarot, to take that whisper and show you with your own eyes the truth we long to uncover.
Tarot for Today
I am honored to be bringing the wisdom of the Tarot to Shilo Farm in the upcoming course Tarot for Today on October 13th 2:00pm-6:00pm. During this one-day, four-hour course we will look at how the Tarot can be used to deepen your intuition and connection to self. Through lessons, discussion and an accompanying workbook, you will learn the meaning of the 78 cards in upright and reversals. You will also learn a variety of spreads to use for yourself or with others and then have the opportunity to practice with classmates. Learning Tarot in this environment gives you the opportunity to ask questions and deepen your understanding of the material. This course is perfect for those completely new to Tarot, as well and individuals looking to deepen and expand their practice. Our modern look at the Tarot dismisses the idea of “good card” and “bad cards” but rather sees the medicine of each card. We also transcend the idea of the cards being gendered and embrace their availability to each of us. Through humor, curiosity, and compassion, we will each find our unique path with Tarot.
For more details on this course and to register, visit the LEARN TAROT page of my website
Read. Relate. Repeat.
My hope is through my words, through my own experiences, you will relate to some piece of my story. Some desire that I've shared or insecurity I've admitted to will also belong to you. My words are my truth, but they may also be yours.