Sep
25
2022

Moonthly Musings and Reading: Joining the Truth Tellers

For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

The arrival of the new moon stamps the moonth with an initiating energy that shifts and develops through a cycle of growth, fullness, and descent.  Each moonth I look to the Tarot’s astrological correspondences for the new moon to find 3 cards (a Major, a numbered Minor, and a court/people card) to guide musings on soul tending as well as creation of a moonthly reading. The reading can be done any time, but ideally between the new and full moons. Revisit the cards you pull periodically up until the next lunation to gain new insight as the light changes. This new moon arrives September 25 (exact at 5:54pm ET) . The full moon arrives October 9th.

This moonth the Truth comes calling as we travel the path of Justice through the turning of the season and the happenings of the times we live in.  


a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from Sacred Texts. Deck available from US Games

In the iconic Rider Waite Smith image, Justice, clothed in bold red, stares straight at us with a sword of discernment in one hand and the scales of balance in the other. Modeled on the Roman Goddess Justitia seen in courthouses of the Western world, the Tarot’s figure differs from the original inspiration in a meaningful way: There is no blindfold. In 78 Degrees of Wisdom, Rachel Pollack tells us why:

Card 11 indicates the psychic laws of Justice, by which we advance according to our ability to understand the past and depends on seeing the truth about ourselves and about life. The Tarot Justitia, therefore, wears no blindfold.

Justice must be able to peer into any corner of the past or present. She cannot ignore what she doesn’t like or isn’t convenient. She must take the whole truth into consideration as she makes her rulings and initiates action. Justice’s vision must be unimpeded.

To walk with Justice this moonth, we, too, must see clearly. But the moon’s passage through the Two of Swords presents us with a challenge: Take off our blindfolds.


a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from Sacred Texts. Deck available from US Games

Like many of Pamela Coleman Smith’s images, the Two of Swords is multilayered. 

A first look shows the card as a problematic response to the call of Justice: a refusal to see what is in front of us. The woman’s tight hold on the swords prevents her from taking off the blindfold. Her tense posture also barricades her heart. The guidance of both eye and heart are lost to her. Her paralysis is like the inability to move felt in a nightmare. When she is a mirror to our reality, we share in the paralysis.

There is, however, a way to look at this image as a practice for moving into alignment with Justice. The defensive posture of the woman could become a protection against a world that moves too fast, presents ideas incongruent with our values, or tries to trick us with misinformation.

When this  defense is set up, our mind clears and space is created to connect with the heart. Then we can engage with our emotions and attune to the compass of our soul’s wisdom. From this place of inward focus, we can also reach back into that ocean of the beyond which holds collective wisdom, deep traditions, the ancestors, our beloved dead (this practice aligns well with this time of the year; what I call the  season of Persephone Descending). This inward time strengthens us for the work of Justice ahead.

Can you relate to this Two of Swords figure? If so, is your experience more like the challenge of looking or the gift  of inward practice? If it feels more like a problem, what practice might you engage in to move through the problem and into the gift of a Two of Swords’ timeout? (You can always pull a Tarot card for guidance on this.)

Whether problem or practice, the Two of Swords blindfold is not meant to be permanent. It must still come off. For help with the task, we can turn to the final astro-Tarot correspondence card of the moonth: the Queen of Swords. 


The Melanated Classic Tarot

Queens of Swords are clear. Their posture strong. Like Justice, they hold a sword in the left hand pointed upward. Unlike Justice the right hand holds nothing, but instead reaches out to us. They are ready to help us take off our blindfolds. They will do this by telling the truth.

The news—especially in the US—right now is full of cacophony of truthdeniers and truth tellers. They seem to be on a seesaw with truth going up and down. So we are invited to amplify and add our own truth into the mix to tip the balance.

We can join the truth chorus to raise up the reality of what is happening before our eyes. We can join with the women telling us their bodies are under attack in this cutlure. We can join with the whistle blowers and investigators bringing corruption and abuse of power to light. We can join with the historians bringing awareness of how the past shapes our present. We can join with the children saying they fear for the future, that they feel betrayed by adults’ inaction, that they are angry. The times we live in show us that a Queen of Swords can be anyone.

And you may have your personal truth tellers. A family member, a therapist, an inner voice.

While all these truth tellers are direct and may stir up uncomfortable feelings, those that can truly help you open our eyes, don’t reject us for what we are not yet seeing but instead invite you join with them to act in service of the truth. They recognize that we all have a role to play and they want you with them, not alone with your barricaded heart. They extend their hand to us. We are invited to accept their offer of the truth

Reading of the Moonth

These questions are offered for reflection and to spark practice throughout the moonth. Pulling Tarot and oracle cards in connection to these questions is appropriate, but not absolutely necessary. You might carry a question with you on a walk for example and observe what is happening in the natural world as a way to find insight into the answer to the question.

TRUTH: What truth do I most need to open my eyes to?

RESPONSE: How can I respond to this truth?

JOURNEY: Where can this truth take me?

I am in Greece on a pilgrimage to commune with the land, myth, and symbols of cultures that brought us the wisdom of the Demeter and Persephone. I won’t be able to do readings next this moonth. I hope you do this reading for yourself, take some 2 of Swords time, and let your inner guidance emerge!

Sep
10
2022

Full Moon Revelations: Welcome the strange on the moon of the Moon

For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with a full moon arriving on September 10th (exact at 5:59am ET), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the August 27th new moon are developing. That new moon, guided by its association with the Hermit and the Knight of Pentacles, invited us to embrace, blend, and express the many aspects of our parts within to match the needs of the moment. Out of the full moon revelation about this developing energy, we are issued an invitation to return a gift to the world in the final weeks of the lunar cycle.  

The astro-Tarot correspondences align the full moon moment with the Tarot’s Moon card. We are in the moon of the Moon!

Over their centuries of existence, each Tarot card has gathered up a whole range of meanings. Sometimes these meanings conflict with each other as ideas and mores of one generation are layered on to another. You can see this laying in contemporary Tarot books’ description of The Moon. The card is both a positive harbinger of increased intuition inspired by connection to the Divine Femine and also a warning about delusions, primal fear, and madness. There is an umbrella I would place over all these meanings: The Moon is about the strange. 

Today the mainstream culture would find it strange to make decisions based on intuition flowing from an invisible Source. The center of this culture has become estranged from this sense. But at the edges, intuition is encouraged. And God Herself invoked.

But as the institutions and norms at the center of culture fall apart, people are seeking further afield and finding themselves at the edges. You can see this in the growing popularity of not just Tarot but many other once marginal – yes, strange! – practices and ideas.

The edge is bringing the strange more and more into the center. 

At the new moon we looked at how young activists are being the wise Hermits and shining their lights on problems that have been swept into the dark for too long. It’s a strange flip of the script, but now we older folks are called to action – to once again be questing Knights – to change the institutions and policies that we have influence over. I was talking to a young climate activist the other day who told me: “Yes, it is positive that young people are acting, but we are not your silver bullet. We can’t be the safety net.”

We live in strange times, and this full moon invites us to move into the strangeness rather than away from it. To let it spark something that because it is strange is creative, generative, transformative.  

To encourage strange revelation, you might do one or combine all of these practices:

  • Take out any reading or your reflections from the new moon and look at them in a new light. How does your understanding of the cards shift now that time has passed and light has shifted? (If you haven’t done a reading yet, no problem, just do it now under the light of the full moon. You can try the one included in the new moon post.)
  • Bring out cards from your Tarot deck and connect them to your new moon reading / reflections. You might include The Hermit and The Moon or other cards that have inspired since the new moon. You could place/imagine these cards on either side of your reading or above and below, and then look at how they add meaning into the story your original cards offered you.
  • Moon bathe by sitting or lying under a window or outside on the ground. Let go of your thoughts and soak in the light.
  • Reflect on questions such as: What is the strangest possibility offered by these cards? How could I work with that possibility? What is my intuition guiding me to do? You can, of course, pull card for any of these questions. You may want to engage in Visio Divina to find the layers of wisdom within the cards.

When you are done, remember to offer gratitude for what you have received. Consider what gift you now want to return to the world. Pulling a card for guidance on the gift is always a fine thing to do. In the coming weeks and before the moon returns to dark around September 23rd offer your gift to the world.

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May the rest of this moonth be inspired for you. I am about to be inspired by Greece on trip with fellow Tarot lovers where we will seek the wisdom in the landscape, symbols and myth at Delphi, Eleusis, and on Crete. I’m not the best at social media, but will endeavor to post pictures on my Instagram and Facebook profiles. I will set up an end of September new moon enews for you all to go out while I am away and with the help of tech gods it will arrive in your in-box, but, FYI, I will be off line as much as possible and not doing any sessions or readings through October 2nd.

Aug
27
2022

Moonthly Musings and Reading: The Harvest of Our Steady Work

For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

As the season turns, we are nearing a completion here in the Northern Hemisphere. The landscape is green (if a little dulled by drought here in Massachusetts) and the fields full, but growth has slowed. The sounds have shifted; the birds are quieter and the cicadas’ hum solemn. We are turning toward the final harvests.

The August 27th new moon (exact at 4:17am ET) astro-Tarot correspondences also point us toward this theme of completion as we are invited to walk the path of the Hermit, Major Arcana number 9, the last single digit.

Hermits turn from the demands of the everyday world and embrace solitude to seek the wisdom within. Paradoxically, this looking inward also tunes them into the wisdom that flows from natural cycles, the Greater Than, and all that is beyond themselves. They integrate their personal insights with the larger patterns to find an understanding of the Whole.

Once in touch with their Inner Wise One, Hermits are called to return and share their insight with others. The lantern that is so common in versions of this card signifies this responsibility. Their periods of solitude are not permanent but periodic. They are still called to serve the communities from which they come, to respond to the needs of the world in which they live.

Being numbered 9 is apt for this card because to embody the archetype of the Hermit is an achievement that marks a cycle of growth’s completion.We may not be as old in years as the figures shown on Hermit cards, but we still have aged our wisdom selves when we’ve embraced a Hermit time.

So the path of the moonth calls us to completion, but there is still work to do before we are finished.  Our passage of the moonth takes us through the 8 of Pentacles.


a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from Sacred Texts. Deck available from US Games

The call of this card is: Keep at your work. In the fields, we will only have enough for the winter if we do the harvest and prepare the stores now. For our spiritual life, faithfulness to our practice is what truly tends our soul. With our activism, the troubled times we live in show us a world in need of our tending and healing. We hear the voice of the 8 of Pentacles in Maya Angelou’s words: Nothing will work unless you do.

And how shall we do this work? What will we look like as we travel the path? The correspondences of the moonth call us to be explorers and questers devoted to the earth, traditionally known as the Knight of Pentacles.

These exploring, questing Knights are devoted to their cause but move at their own pace. Cedar McCloud writes about the Numinous Tarot’s version of Night of Pentacles known as the Explorer of Tomes: “While, like the other Explorers, there is movement in this card, it’s much slower. [They] are someone who takes their time, never rushing or making any hasty decisions.”


From the Numinous Tarot

When we traveled this pathway in 2019 the description and the earth connection of the cards had me thinking about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who began school striking on Fridays to demand action on climate solutions with a consistent weekly presence outside of the Swedish parliament. Her action of withdrawal of action through a strike aligns with strategy choices of an earthly Knight.

But Greta Thunberg is also a Hermit. In describing the origins of her activism, she says she first learned of climate change when she was 8 years old and didn’t understand why more wasn’t being done to address this global crisis. She became depressed and stopped speaking for a while. This time in the dark was the impetus to begin her school striking. Now she speaks to the world and helps to lift up the voices of other young people. Her light escapes her lantern when she tells us: “Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. … I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”

What began as individual action, sparked a global movement of young people demanding action to address the climate crisis. I am lucky enough to have met some of these inspiring activists through my work at Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary which began organizing Youth Climate Summits for middle and high schoolers in 2017. The model has evolved to be youth-led and focused on systemic issues.

The Youth Climate Summit leaders realized that the program’s former focus only on micro level actions (composting or changing light bulbs at just one school, for example) actually makes young people’s mental health worse; they know it is not enough of a response to the crisis we face. So the leadership team shifted to work on macro level actions and intersectional approaches such as environmental justice and building bridges between the many groups working on climate in our area. They are also inviting younger and younger activists into their work. Last weekend, they hosted a Little Leaders Climate Convention for those 10 – 12 years old.

Looking at the example of these young climate leaders, we encounter the dynamic tension of this soul pathway: Hermits are at home in solitude; it allows for introspection to see the big picture, tend to their mental health, and come to know their unique wisdom. But Knights generally travel in groups; they know they are stronger together and everyone—no matter their age—has a role to play. The amazing turn around on national climate legislation (and my own state of Massachusetts’ passage of a climate bill despite last minute hesitations of our governor) show that persistent, collective action makes a difference.

This dynamic shows us that we don’t have to choose between being a Hermit or a Knight. In fact, often we can’t. All at the same time, we can be called to be the Hermit on the mountain top, the steady worker, and the Knight unfailing in service. When we embrace, blend, and express these multitudes within to match the needs of the moment, we can be more resourceful.

For the 2019 journey along this pathway, I wrote: “With increased resources, we just might find we have what we need to do the work, to achieve our visions, to reach completion.”  Today I am noting the conditional use of the word might. Reaching our vision was not assured then, and we are not done today. But the recent climate legislation leaps us forward. Achieving this major milestone on the way to our vision shows us that when we keep at the work like in the Eight of Pentacles we move forward. Let’s keep moving forward. Going back is not an option.

Reading of the Moonth

These questions are offered for reflection and to spark practice throughout the moonth. Pulling Tarot and oracle cards in connection to these questions is appropriate, but not absolutely necessary. You might carry a question with you on a walk for example and observe what is happening in the natural world as a way to find insight into the answer to the question.

HERMIT: What message does my inner Hermit have for me about how to keep at my work during this moonth/cycle?

EARTH EXPLORER: What message does my inner Explorer have for me about how to keep at my work this moonth/cycle?

INTEGRATION: How do I integrate these messages to serve the Whole (of which the Self is a part) during this moonth/cycle? 

I do offer this as an e-reading in my collaborative initiative format for $23.  Sign up with Pay Pal or email me about sending a check. When I receive notification, I’ll be in touch to let you know about when to expect to receive your reading by email. I generally have openings to do these readings on Mondays and Saturdays. FYI, I am helping my dad deal with a medical emergency so my schedule is topsy turvey. I will do readings as I can on a first come, first serve basis.

Aug
10
2022

Full Moon Revelations: A Gathering of Stars to Guide Us into the Future

For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

I’m looking at the last week with the eyes of the Spiral of Fortune searching for where, to quote the poet Seamus Heaney, hope and history rhyme.

Our Strength moon with its invitation to collective leadership was still young last week, but already showing us its power:

  • Diplomatic negotiations led to first grain shipment leaving Odessa, Ukraine since the war began on February 24th.
  • Kansas reproductive rights activists built a broad coalition to protection abortion in their conservative state.
  • Culminating decades of work by activists, scientists, policy advocates, youth leaders, and lawmakers, the U.S. Congress passed a bill—that weeks ago had been given up for dead!—with the most significant US climate legislation ever included.

Are these enough? No. No No..  Is this just a beginning if we want to move to truly transformative work? Yes. Yes. Yes.

But it is a beginning. And I do see the events of last week as breaking the spell of limited thinking about what is possible. They get us off the gerbil wheel version of change where we make the same moves but make no progress. They give us a break through to break free energy that had been sapped by the feeling that nothing changes.

From here we rise like the bird in the Shining Tribe’s Spiral of Fortune. 

And when we rise, we get closer to the stars and can tap into the energy of the Tarot’s Star, the archetype that corresponds to the full moon arriving on Thursday, the 11th (exact at 9:35pm ET, time zone converter). On this full moon, we could say that the Star is offering a blessing to Strength during its lunation.

In my Tarot for Your Soul manuscript, I write about stars as one of the 22 essential symbols of the Major Arcana: 

Stars help us to see our place within the universe. They are guides to navigation and most visible in the darkest times. We may miss them on a cloudy night, but they always return. The ancient Egyptians called the circumpolar stars (those that orbit the North star and never dip below the horizon) the Imperishable Stars, recognizing them as a gateway to eternity. A layer over the stars’ general meaning of constancy and support can be added by looking at the shape of the star in the image. Egyptian stars were five pointed inspired by the starfish of the Red Sea. A six-pointed star unites two triangles, one signifying the female and the earthly and the other the male and the heavenly. An eight pointed star is very common on Star cards, making a connection to the infinite (the infinity symbol is an 8 on its side) and the Magician and Strength cards that often include infinity symbols in their images. The stars are magic for times when we need strength.   

Was there magic involved in the happenings of last week? Well, I can’t help but notice that Starhawk began her Magical Activism series in July :).

For the first session, we gathered virtually for meditation, ritual, and to discuss the alignment of the stars. To be a part of the series, we also had to commit to taking action outside of sessions because, as Starhawk explained, magic needs a container in which to manifest. 

The container I am doing activism within in the lead up to the US midterm elections is the Working Families Party, which is building a multiracial party of working people to transform the country. I got involved because I share their values and trust who they endorse for candidates. I keep going back because of what we might name as another kind of magic: the weaving together of purpose and fun in a group of diverse people. Being in Working Families Party events lets me get a taste of the future I want to live in: democratic, multi-racial, respectful and welcoming of all, dynamic, and fun! It’s a future of collective leadership creating a world that works for all people, creatures, and the planet. 

Experiencing the future I want in the now we have certainly seems like magic to me. 

So in these nights where Strength meets the Star you are invited to make your own magic by living the future in the present. Do or be in a way that invokes your highest and deepest visions. In that hour or moment when you are living the future in the now, you will become like a star. As more and more of us live this way, our light will gather into constellations, into whole galaxies, into the Imperishable Stars that guide us surely and safely into that future we have created together. 

To encourage a revelation on these themes as we journey through this moonthly cycle, you are invited to one, some, or all of these practices:

~ Moon bathe by sitting or lying under a window or outside on the ground. Let go of your thoughts and soak in the light.

~ Take out any reading or your reflections from the new moon and look at them in a new light. How does your understanding of the cards shift now that time has passed and light has shifted? (If you haven’t done a reading yet, no problem, just do it now under the light of the full moon. You can try the one from the new moon.)

~ Bring out your Strength and Star cards from your Tarot deck and connect them to your new moon reading / reflections. You could place/imagine these cards on either side of your reading or above and below, and then look at how they add meaning into the story your original cards offered you. 

~ Reflect on questions such as: What shift is happening in the wider world now? What shift is happening in me? How to work with these shifts to move toward my highest/deepest vision of the future? How can I live the future in the now? You could, of course, pull cards as responses to any of these questions. You may want to engage in Visio Divina to find the layers of wisdom within the cards.

When you are done, remember to offer gratitude for what you have received. Consider what gift you now want to return to the world. Pulling a card for guidance on the gift is always a fine thing to do. In the coming weeks and before the moon returns to dark around August 25th. offer your gift to the world.

Jul
31
2022

Moonthly Musings and Reading: The Wonderful, the Terrible, and the Leadership of Strength

For Seekers – Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

This moonthly missive has been delayed because I was having a wonderful experience for a terrible reason: I co-taught Wisdom of the Tarot at Omega because I was filling in for Rachel Pollack, my Tarot teacher and the teacher of so many through her wisdom-filled books and decks, whose cancer has returned.

Rachel announced the return of her cancer on her Facebook page and ended by saying the way in which she would most like to be supported:

So now I need your help again.  Not financially, I am okay there.  But the support, and the love, and the healing energy, are incredibly powerful and wonderful.  So please, I want to hear from you.  I will not be able to respond to every comment, but I will read and take in every offering. 

The group gathered at Omega wrote messages of love and support on the back of Star cards and did a ritual to send energy to Rachel. Adding your Star-card inspired messages for Rachel—sent energetically or in some physical form—is welcome.

Which brings me to the wonderful. I got to spend a whole week with the Tarot Tribe co-creating a space for learning, playing, going deep, and transforming ourselves.Susie Chang and Jenna Maitlin joined us to bring their depths of knowledge and experience. I stayed through the week to collaborate with Mary Greer to create interactive Tarot learning experiences. Mary Greer! She says her work is to be the midwife of the soul and she has also been a midwife to today’s Tarot community and practices. She has certainly been a midwife to my way of working with the Tarot.

The group gathered was warm, welcoming, and brought so many gifts to the gathering. A number were new to Tarot but others had decades of experience. All were welcomed. Many combined their Tarot work with other healing modalities or divination systems like Reiki,animal communication, or the I-Ching, for example. We were curious. Some decks came accompanied by their creators: The Forgotten Tarot, Abstract Futures, and a peacemaking Tarot in development without images but amazing questions. We got to play with them.

Rituals and ceremonies were co-created throughout the week. I gathered us in circle on the dark moon where Ann led us into healing waters through meditation, June guided us in chanting Moon, and Yesbelt introduced us to mugwort before we poured renewed waters into a dry creek bed enacting Persephone’s movements on the Shining Tribe Star card. Bats flew overhead.

Yes, Yesbelt is our Yesbelt of Walking the Ways of the Summer Light, and though we had other plans together for the week, when I got the call from Rachel, she said, “Let’s change plans. I’ve always wanted to go to Omega.”

Together we created the flow of the ritual the group did for Rachel. When the workshop ended, we had the ritual ready to modify for sending loving energy to a family member in difficulty at the request of one of the participants.

All that happened and so much more. I’m telling you this story to let you know why the enews is late—and maybe a little to get you thinking about coming to this event next year :)—but also because it shows the energy of the new moon embodied in the events of our lives.

The moon became new on Thursday, the 28 (exact at 1:55pm ET), in the place on the Wheel of Astrological Year that corresponds to:

Walking the Path of Strength

Through the Passage of the energetic push and pull of a group in the 5 of Wands

With the invitation to take on the Posture of the King of Wands

The Path of Strength

At Omega, I introduced the Major Arcana through an exploration of 22 essential symbols, one for each card. For Strength I focused our attention on the lemniscate with:

At the top of many Strength images are two equal-sized and connected ellipses known as the lemniscate, a symbol for infinity. This abstract symbol that comes to us from mathematics is embodied in figures below: traditionally a woman and often a lion, though snakes and bears also appear. The woman and the animal are connected like the ellipses of the lemniscate with each exerting themselves and actively participating in the moment but neither dominating. Their flowing connection is the point of power. It takes strength to constantly be calibrating a relationship so that it remains one of balance—the process is infinite—but the reward is great. 

a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from Sacred Texts. Deck available from US Games

My lemniscate this week was the wonderful and the terrible. They were directly connected. I could not—and did not want to—partition off the terrible reason for my being there; I was bringing Rachel’s wisdom into the room so constantly thinking of her. At the same time, I couldn’t resist the wonderful energy of the group gathered,their brilliant insights into the Tarot, and their generosity to me. I was gratified when my processes served them. I had to—again, wanted to!—receive what was flowing to me.

This is an example from my life. What about you? Where are the wonderful and terrible contending in your life?

Globally, so many of us are seeing that we are going through terrible times. The terrible is manifesting in so many areas of our lives. If you were making a list of the terrible, what would be on it? Mine would be long. But the wonderful also exists. I experienced it this week at Omega. We see it in inspiring art or activist projects. We hear it in women speaking the truth in the streets, on the page, and at the US’s January 6th Committee hearings. We enjoy it in a good meal shared with family or friends. Each day the sun rises and sets in beauty. The wonderful exists in equal measure to the terrible (even if it doesn’t get as much press). This moonth you are invited to gently hold both. 

If you have read my enews for a while, you will know this embrace of seeming opposites is a familiar theme. I keep coming back to it because: 1.) it is one of the great lessons of the Tarot and 2.) we return to the same archetypes again and again as the Wheel keeps turning.

We need the repetition.

Because we don’t learn the wisdom and know it and we’re done. We experience the wisdom, practice it, attain a certain level of mastery even. Then the Wheel turns and we move on to other lessons. But the year is a circle not a line and eventually we find ourselves making another spiral through the wisdom of Strength. We learn new lessons. Not so much because Strength has changed, but because we have.  

Passage through the 5 of Wands

Have you ever been in a group that looks like this?

When I see this image, I laugh and groan a little remembering groups where everyone had their own ideas or agendas and were pushing for them without listening to others. One way to look at this image is as participants oriented only toward themselves and having the goal of convincing others that their way is the best way.

But I also remember groups where the individual expression of unique—sometimes even conflicting—perspectives were a vital stage of moving toward a solution to a problem or the creation of something new that came from a synthesizing of the group’s brilliance.

In these higher performing groups participants had the strength to both fully express themselves and to listen to others. 

If we think of this card as giving us a hint of what is to come during the moonth, there may be more than usual group activity in your life. You could welcome these groups as places you can practice emboding Strength.

When you find yourself in a group of any kind—work, family, activist, art making, knitting circle—you could watch how the group balances expression of individuals’ ideas with listening to others. You can watch your own balance especially. If you see that you tend toward expressing or listening, you might try practicing the other. Perhaps you work this moonth to find that just right balance. You may or may not get there, but no worries. Opportunities to practice will spiral back to you again.

Posture of the King of Wands

This moonth we are called to be the kind of strong leader who balances the wonderful and the terrible, listens as well as expresses, and brings out the best in individuals so the group can function well.

This moonth’s leader is not one who stands alone, but one that stands with the group. I find that the King of Wands from Hilma’s Ghost’ Abstract Futures expresses this idea so strongly to me through its abstract imagery.


Abstract Futures Tarot by Hilma’s Ghost

As Kings we may provide a center line, a container, or a direction for a group’s working together. We see this work reflected in the strong vertical running through the center of the image. This then serves the unique expression of all members of the group as seen in the brilliant colored triangles appearing to the left and right of the center vertical. I see each triangle as a member of the group expressing their unique brilliance. The triangles appear to me to be wings.

The group’s brilliance gathered and directed gives them the wings they need to travel toward their desired destination, to meet their goals. 

Meditating on this image could attune you to the energy of this kind of leadership. If you’d like to combine that inner work with gathering leadership techniques for work with groups in the outer world, Situational Leadership has been a helpful model for me to think about when I facilitate groups. The essence of Situational Leadership is that leaders adapt how they work with the group as the group changes and grows, varying their levels of support and direction. At the core of the model is the idea that there is no one correct style of leadership.

Reflection Questions / Reading of the Moonth

These questions are offered for reflection and to spark practice throughout the moonth. Pulling Tarot and oracle cards in connection to these questions is appropriate, but not absolutely necessary. You might carry a question with you on a walk for example and observe what is happening in the natural world as a way to find insight into the answer to the question. You might carry cards pulled, too, and see what they want to interact with in the world.

LEADERSHIP: What of my unique leadership qualities does the Collective (feel free to pick a specific group to focus your inquiry) need me to express this moonth for the benefit of all?

SELF: How do I best express this quality this moonth?

OTHER: How can I invite others to express their unique leadership qualities this moonth?

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