THE NEW MOON
The new moon is a time for intention setting, new beginnings, and going within to determine what action needs to be taken, and what needs to be nurtured and cultivated within your reality. Just as the moon is new and will reveal more and more of itself over the upcoming weeks, so too will this new intention, seed, or project begin to grow and become illuminated with your focus, love and care
The energy of Taurus reminds us to take things slow and steady, by focusing on stability, self-care and nurturing ourselves in our physical realities. Take the time to indulge in creature comforts and luxury during this lunar cycle. Reconnect with nature, spend time with your family and enjoy relationships with loved ones. Now is also a good time to set intentions around finances, family, health, and career.
I was called to use the Animal Spirit Deck from The Wild Unknown, Connected and Free Oracle by Inner Hue, Goddess Guidance Oracle by Doreen Virtue, and The Wild Unknown Tarot. The crystals pictured here include clear quartz, an amethyst pyramid, rough amethyst, a rose quartz pyramid, and finally, my Lemurian quartz record keeper master healer. Palo Santo was used to cleanse and clear the decks, as well as cleanse the surrounding energy. A Reiki healing energy ball was placed above the cards, and the intention was set to infuse into the reading and deliver healing energy to all who accept it. The Animal Spirit Deck will provide an animal totem for this lunar cycle, and the Goddess Guidance will provide a Goddess we may connect with during this lunar cycle, as we set our intentions and plant the seed of new beginnings at this time.
VULTURE comes to us today as a guardian and purifier, and to remind us that in order to start fresh, we must clear out all of the old patterns and programming within us. VULTURE energy is essential for re-balance, as this very creature helps to balance our ecosystem by clearing away decay as well as dense and toxic energy. VULTURE is undervalued and misunderstood, yet is so important because it essentially does all the dirty work, cleaning up messes that nobody else would touch. During this new moon, ask your higher self, guides, angels, ascended masters, and even source, to reveal to you any stagnant energetic patterns that need to be released (which you can do at the full moon). Over these upcoming weeks, make a list of things you would like to release or get rid of, and all that is no longer serving you. If these stagnant or dense energies are not cleared out and removed, there is no room for new, fresh, revitalized energy to come in, and this energetic block can disrupt our own balance, harmony and stability.
This card symbolizes the need to be open to receive during this new moon. Just as VULTURE clears away toxic or stagnant energies that no longer serve our highest and greatest good, our CROWN CHAKRA serves as a direct connection to source. We cannot receive downloads and messages from our guides if we are blocked or disconnected, just as we cannot feel supported, connected or balanced when this energy center is closed off or stuck. We may feel unsupported or direction-less if we are experiencing an issue with our CROWN CHAKRA. When this chakra is open and balanced, we feel plugged-in, connected, supported, and in the flow of life. We experience vibrancy, creativity, and zest. This card comes to us to remind us that we are all divine beings, and this chakra represents our connection to the divine. Once you have identified any stagnant energies to be cleared, visualize pure white or violet light entering and filling your CROWN CHAKRA, which surrounds the top of your head. Imagine this healing white or violet light cleansing and clearing away any debris stuck within your CROWN CHAKRA. As you breathe in deeply, visualize this light filling up and surrounding your head. As you exhale, imagine any debris or toxic energy being pushed out of your auric field. You can also do this exercise with all of your chakras, at the end pushing out the “energetic debris” through the bottoms of your feet and root chakra, giving it back to the earth to be transformed and transmuted. The crystals that will assist you with this process include selenite, amethyst, moonstone, clear quartz, or spirit quartz.
ABUNDANTIA is the goddess of prosperity who is with us at the time of the new moon in Taurus. She reminds us that we must be open to receive, falling right in line with VULTURE energy, and the clearing and opening of the CROWN CHAKRA. Once we have cleansed and cleared, we must remain open to receive the abundance of the Universe. When we focus on our many blessings and offer gratitude for all that is good in our lives, we prompt the Universe to continue to give us this abundance and prosperity. Notice the stars around the top of her head or crown chakra, as this symbolizes that she is connected, balanced, and open to receive abundance. Do not worry about the source of this abundance, as the Universe will take care of that. It is your job to focus on becoming clear and open to receive, and also acknowledging this abundance we are gifted with currently. This card also allows us to focus on finances and prosperity, and is a reminder to acknowledge the support and comfort you receive from others. At this time of the new moon in Taurus, ABUNDANTIA reminds us to notice new ideas, feelings and visions within, as this guidance gives new direction about actions to take in conjunction with her assistance. Write down this “newness” in a journal, so you are able to reflect back upon their manifestation at the time of the full moon. Offer gratitude for all kinds of prosperity you receive during this lunar cycle, including increased time, ideas, other forms of support, and of course, financial gain.
THE WILD UNKNOWN TAROT
Seven of Pentacles
Keywords: Contemplation, Reward
The SEVEN OF PENTACLES represents a change of direction in our physical realities, falling right in line with the concept of new beginnings and earthly energy during this new moon cycle. We might find that it is a time to contemplate where we are currently, and where we want to go. This card represents hard work and a great deal of physical effort being put into a project, a career, or our health & bodies. Take this time during the new moon to appreciate how far you have come with this venture, and celebrate the accomplishments you have had up to this point. Do not forget to assess the direction you would like to move towards, by identifying where you would like to end up in the future. Now is the time for evaluation, in order to decide what changes need to be made, and what needs to remain for our highest and greatest good, so we are able to move forward productively.
Five of Pentacles
Keywords: Sadness, Illness, Loss
The FIVE OF PENTACLES, comes as an indication of what may happen if we do not take this time to reflect, rest and set intentions, as advised in the seven of pentacles. After acknowledging and appreciating our accomplishments, we need to decide what it is we should release for our highest and greatest good. This release may feel like a loss, but it will make room for the good that is to come. This card also comes as a warning, that if we do not stop and take this time to reflect and go inward (as described in the seven of pentacles), we might find ourselves becoming ill, for without rest, there is no room for appreciation, reflection, and acknowledgment. It is as though the rose pictured is weary, exhausted, and defeated, unable to see the resources and abundance that exists right above its head. This rose may have a blocked crown chakra! We become tired, drained, and sick if we are not consistently cleansing our energy and taking the necessary time out for self-care. Get back in line with source! It is so important to appreciate what you have, and let go of what no longer serves you, while taking that necessary pause for rest and relaxation. Give yourself permission to be taken care of. Give yourself permission to protect your energy. Sometimes, it is more damaging to hold on to something not meant for us, than it is to let it go, and this card is the perfect illustration of that.
Eight of Pentacles
Keywords: News, Change, Action
The EIGHT OF WANDS comes to us as our outcome card, and it is as if a rainbow colored bolt of lightning has struck us, and all of our creative endeavors are rejuvenated and refreshed. Our intentions will manifest, and the seed that has been planted during the new moon will be infused with new creativity and life force energy that will propel us forward in all of our ventures, fulfilling all of our desires. This is the card of reignited passion and potential, and you may find life being brought back into something that you had once forgotten or neglected. It could even be ourselves, as we recover from the five of pentacles. This is the burst of energy we get once we cleanse and release the past, and finally let go what no longer serves our highest and greatest good. This card may indicate an arrival of good news, inspired energy and creativity, and of everything falling into place, only to be then activated with the momentum of renewed inspiration. This card is a wonderful way to wrap up this lunar cycle, and gives us new hope for the future.