he height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the full moon arriving overnight Friday, July 23rd to Saturday, July 24th (exact at 10:37pm ET on the 23rd), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the July 10th new moon are developing. The new moon, guided by its association with The Chariot and Three of Cups, invited us to contemplate what is abundant in our lives and encourages us to share this abundance with others. 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 exact moment of the moon’s fullness comes in the sign of Aquarius associated with the Tarot’s Major Arcana’s Star. The Star is a beautiful support for The Chariot because it shines most brightly in the times of greatest darkness. So when the way forward on the Chariot journey seems most uncertain, The Star’s appearance guides us to keep moving toward the vision, even if we have to move more slowly, more cautiously.
The Star illuminates both our personal and collective journeys, and in these days collective journeys out of the pandemic, away from lifestyles fueling climate change, or into expanding rather than restricting democracyseem stalled or worse. I’m feeling the weight of the pile up of problems. How ‘bout you?
And yet the stars still shine. They’ll shine tomorrow just as they did a hundred years ago and before there were humans and as the earth was coming into being. Individual stars shift and die, but the constellations are always gathering in the sky to shine a light into the darkness.
Perhaps we need to cultivate the long view of the stars. They don’t exist within a news cycle or term of political office. Their time is expansive, beyond the life of individuals. They invite us to the deeper wells of history past and to present work that may not benefit ourselves but the generations to come. Star time is ancestral time.
In ancestral time, we can seek to connect with well and loving ancestors who want to aid us in work to heal the Whole. These may not be our most recent ancestors. Perhaps we can reach back to those who lived before the traumas of war, diaspora, enslavement, religious persecution. These ancestors of the far past wait like the stars to aid us if we would but turn our attention to them and open to receive their loving guidance.
In the Dark Goddess Tarot, the Star is Spider Woman, Hopi Goddess of Thought and Creation.
Deck creator Ellen Lorenzi-Prince recounts some of Spider Woman’s story:
In the darkness in the beginning of Time, Spider Woman is told she is too small and weak to help, yet through intelligence, persistence, and belief, she travels to and returns safely from the Lake of Fire. She succeeds in bringing light and warmth into the world where more imposing animals try and fail.
Spider Woman is an ancestor to emulate. We may feel small – and we are when seen compared to the whole of the sky! – but we can persist in bringing our unique light into the world and shining it where light is needed. This is our offering. We may never truly know the impact that we have. To know is not what is important. To make the offering is what is essential.
Guided by the ancestors and being a conduit of their radiance from the dark, we can dare to do the difficult with compassion. Because Spider Woman is inspiring our full moon explorations, I am thinking of how across North American we are being called to look at the history of inter-generational trauma inflicted by Indian Boarding Schools and the discovery of unmarked graves of Native children at more than one school. When announcing the US Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative in June, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said:
While it may be difficult to learn of the traumas suffered in the boarding school era, understanding its impacts on communities today cannot occur without acknowledging that painful history. Only by acknowledging the past can we work toward a future we are all proud to embrace.
This is Star work; work that reaches into the past to bring healing that will ripple back but also forward in time. This looking back keeps me moving toward a vision of renewal and repair that leads to justice. This Star work gives me hope.
To encourage a revelation on these Star themes as we move through these times of tension, you might do one or combine any 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 included in the new moon post.)
- Bring out your Chariot 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: How can I open to the support of the stars? How can I keep moving toward my vision? What guidance do the ancestors offer to me on the journey? What kind of ancestor do I want to be? What gift do I want to leave for those who come after me? You can, of course, pull cards 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. Note that this is the first of two full moons in Aquarius—the next one is on August 22—so we will really be able to bask in the starlight and contemplate ways to live its beauty and healing out in our lives.