The arrival of the new moon stamps the moonth with an initiating energy that shifts and develops through the cycle of growth, fullness, and descent. The reading of the moonth can be done any time 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.
Don’t be afraid of emotional reactions …
Your soul will be able to bear several truths at the same time.
Johannes Fiebig, Tarot for Magical Times
This moonth we walk the path of The Chariot (ready to move forward) through the passage of the Three of Cups (… to play! … to celebrate!!).
It looks delightful, but I’m having a hard time giving my heart to the dance. My heart is inflamed from seeing a picture of a migrant father and his two-year old daughter face-down dead in the river, from hearing that children are kept in camps without even soap, toothpaste, basic care as they are separated from their parents. And these horrors are not just happening far away; there is an Immigrantion and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility 20 miles from my house here in Massachusetts.
How is your heart?
There are so many challenges to the heart these days from the planetary climate crisis to our personal losses. And when it gets to be too much, shutting down, looking away, tuning out are not illogical defense mechanisms.
But inflamed hearts beating together echo each other, resonate at a powerful pitch. When we let our hearts inflame with others a new music emerges. Beating together we are braver and more resourceful. We find our way to healing what has caused the pain, toward action that helps the Whole.
But where is the promised party? Can’t we just be happy? Actually something even better awaits us: Joy
Happiness is a lovely but a shallow state of being. We can be happy for awhile even amidst difficulty when we build a fence around that which troubles us, but the inflamed heart eventually pushes beyond any borders we’ve created. Better to let our hearts be open to all that would enter into its chambers.
Because the flow of the difficult makes possible the flow of the positive. Like the water element that inspires the cards of the moonth, emotions are boundaryless without solid ends and beginnings. They flow together or they stagnate and life feels flat.
When our emotions flow freely joy is possible. When we leave nothing and nobody out of our hearts, we expand. To expand is joyful. In joy we are fullest selves, our soul selves. We are Charioteers called by joy to start out on a new journey. We could have 3 of Cups going away party for ourselves before we set off :).
So I wish you joy for the journey of this moonth and beyond. May you cool your inflamed heart with the watery flow of emotion. May you gather with other flowing hearts to sing a song to soothe the darkness, to spark a light, to act for Justice, to celebrate the summer’s gifts.
Reflection and reading questions of the moonth for cultivating joy on the journey are:
JOY: Of what is my joy made? (Reading tip for Tarot cards: All cards have a shadow and positive meaning. Include both sides in working with this card.)
CULTIVATION: How can I cultivate this joy?
JOURNEY: Where will it lead me?
The work of cultivating the joy isn’t completed just at the time of the new moon. When the full moon comes on July 16th open to an encounter with The Devil who may be a challenger, a teacher, or some of both as we journey.
If your heart is inflamed by the detention and abuse of children, women, and men seeking asylum at the U.S. border, you may want to gather with others as part of the Light for Liberty vigils and actions happening all across the country. You can find one near year – or perhaps you’ll be inspired to organize one.