Feb
24
2020

Reading of the Month: The Way of Imagination

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Moonthly Renewal – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Sanctuary

Soul Shaping Path of the Moon
Walking the Way of Imagination


READING OF THE MOONTH 

IMAGINATON: What wants to emerge from my imagination?

NEW DIRECTION: What new direction does my imagination invite me to explore? 

EMBRACE: How to embrace and act on the imaginative flow of the moonth?

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SOUL PATH MUSINGS & PROMPTS FOR PRACTICE

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 February 23rd at 10:32am ET. The full moon arrives overnight March 9th. Dark moon days are February 21 and 22. 

PATH: The Moon

In the iconic Rider Waite Smith Moon card, a lobster rises from the sea where it has been walking the ocean’s dark depths. Its claws reach toward a golden path leading to the mountains. To reach the end of the journey, the tiny creature will have to pass by obstacles – the howling dog and wolf – and through a strange landscape – rolling hills as blue as the sea support twin doorless towers. Above, the moon shines as brightly as the sun. These incongruous elements give the feeling of a dream. Meaning can’t be made with the rational mind about what is happening here. We are in the realm of the emotional, otherworldly, and unconscious. We’ll have to use our intuition as we travel the Moon’s path.

The Haindl Tarot’s Moon draws us even more deeply into the dream. There’s a lobster here, too, and a path out of the sea. The path is not golden but watery and flows toward a unicorn with an enormous horn.

While the unicorn may be based on an actual animal – the exctinct aurochs? – they exist today only because of imagination: our human ability to form images and concepts that are actually not present to the senses or exist in physical form. Our imaginations have imbuded the unicorn with many meanings over the centuries. Today pink sparkly unicorns delight children in cartoons and on sneakers, but in centuries past the unicorn was a symbol of sacrifice representing Christ giving his life to protect a maiden, the Virgin Mary, embroidered onto tapestries of the nobility. The unicorn as symbol holds both delight and sacrifice. Is found in commercial and creative spheres.

The Haindl’s unicorn appears to be birtthing itself out of ancient rock, an impossible feat. The powerful horn extends beyond the image’s edge, breaking through into the beyond. When we take this unicorn as our wisdom guide, we are invited to break through to the:

  • Impossible because most of what now exists was once thought to be an impossible dream of the foolish – from social security to hand-held computers (i.e. our cell phones!), from women’s suffrage to same-sex marriage, from your creative work to your connection with your chosen beloveds. What is your dream – a woman president, the Green New Deal, having time amidst your responsibilities to tackle your passion project? When someone tells you that’s impossible, you can smile because that means it is on the way.

  • Invisible because there is a realm beyond that we cannot see. We all conceive of, and make our connections to, this realm differently. You may know this as the place of ancestors, beloved dead, spirits, saints, or ley lines. All offer support to us for walking the paths of our lives.

  • Greater Than that goes by different names –  Goddess, God, Holy One, Universal Energy, One that Holds the Whole, the Bone Mother. Although words may fail us when we try to express it, our encounters with the Greater Than are real truly experienced within our selves, our souls, our hearts. 

With breakthroughs of the imagination the way opens for the unreal to become real.

IMAGINATION: What wants to emerge from my imagination?

PASSAGE AND PRACTICE: Eight of Cups

When we embrace the images, messages, and possibilities flowing from our imagination, our perspective on the world changes. What we were satisfied with once may no longer be large enough now. We are called to move in a new direction. This is what happens when we walk the Moon path through the Eight of Cups.

In Gina Thies’ Tarot of the Moors’ Eight of Cups, a figure walks along the edge of a desert dune away from 8 small cups and toward a sky filled with a star constellation, the planet Saturn, and a full well of water. The contents of the eight cups may have once satisfied and in a desert environment the certainty of water is not left behind lightly. But the stars lure the figure toward the well, a source of new and deeper refreshment.

To shift course is not easy so we can work in an imaginative way to practice our way toward the leaving. At the 2019 Readers Studio, Gina and I used this Eight of Cups image to inspire a ritual practice for setting out on a new journey. Here are the steps for you to use or adapt:

  • Create ritual space with actions such as turning off your cell phone, lighting a candle, doing slow breathing, and/or playing meditative music. Close your eyes and go inward.

  • Imagine that there are cups set before you. Each one of them represents a particular aspect of your everyday life and responsibilities. Imagine reaching out to them, picking them up, and placing them behind you. Your path is now clear to move forward toward something different.

  • With the path cleared, you let yourself become aware of something new calling your attention. You might imagine it as a star guiding you to your new destination. You might actually get up and move about the room to be closer to the star. You may sit down under the star.

  •  Let yourself commune with this new star, which could be a value, a commitment, a desire. Feel free to choose consciously or draw randomly a Tarot/oracle card to represent this star.

  • Be in the presence of the star and its image for a while. Trust that you are intuitively receiving a message from this star about what direction to move in.

  • Close with gratitude for guidance offered on this imaginal journey.

  • Keep the card representing your new star out where you can see it and let it keep inspiring you to move along this new path.

NEW DIRECTION: What new direction does my imagination invite me to explore? 

POSTURE: Knight of Cups 

In the Herbcrafter Tarot, the Knight of Cups is the Adelita (Warrior) of Water who is refreshed by an encounter with Ocotillo. On a desert hike, she finds the plant in bloom with vibrant flowers rising from long, sturdy stalks studded with thorns. The Adelita risks the thorns to gather a few flowers to soak overnight, brewing a sweet juice of a delicate pink, the color of the heart. 

For us to walk along our path like the Adelita of Water this moonth, the Herbcrafter guide book advises:

  • Protect your heartwood, but let your love blossom.

  • Strong boundaries create healthy relationships.

  • Give your whole heart to your cause.

EMBRACE: How to embrace and act on the imaginative flow of the moonth?

The work of the imagination isn’t completed just at the time of the new moon. When the full moon comes on March 9th, we will open up to the Hermit’s practical mysticism to begin planning how to make the unreal real. Then the next lunation connects us to the active energy of the Emperor and the work in outer world will advance. Join my list to get these lunar updates in your inbox.

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