Full Moon Revelations: Love to Propel Us Forward


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

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the full moon arriving on Monday, the 17th (exact at 6:48pm ET), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the January 2nd new moon are developing. The new moon, guided by its association with The Devil, Three of Pentacles, and Queen of Pentacles, invited us to meet and dance with the dark as well as the light aspects of our lives and being. 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 Cancer associated with the Tarot’s Chariot archetype.  When the Devil meets up with the Chariot, a challenge is issued to align disparate—perhaps seemingly conflicting—parts of ourselves and be propelled forward from where we’ve been stuck into new territory.

The key to bringing the most powerful and appropriate energies into this work is to align with your deepest/highest values. I find in the Minoan Tarot version of the Chariot, a teaching to engage Love. When we engage Love, we may find its seeming opposites arise. 

Your love for another, could also raise up great frustration for how they do not take care of or even abuse themselves. As you allow that frustration to flow you may find it is just another facet of love. 

Your love for the earth could turn to fear for its future, our human future, the future of so many species. As you allow that fear to flow you may find it is just another facet of love. 

Your love for the dead could raise another wave of grief from within you. As you allow that grief to flow you may find it is just another facet of love. 

Your love for people you do not know but that you see are suffering because of the injustice of our systems may raise in you a rage. As you allow that rage to flow you may find it is just another facet of love.

Weaving these elements together instead of setting them apart increased the power of the energy you have for moving forward in your life, toward your goals, into this new year. 

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 Devil and Chariot 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 is my heart’s desire? How can I be focused and directed in seeking my heart’s desire? How can I just go with the flow to seek my heart’s desire? Where can my love lead me? When I tap into my love what other emotions arise? How can I harness all that arises to move forward in my life? 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 January 29th. offer your gift to the world.

Full Moon Note for us in the U.S.A.: Today we mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but this year the King family has called not for celebration but for meaningful action, especially around voting rights. For example, today or this week you may want to call your legislators and ask them about what they are doing to push for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. You could also call the White House comment line (202-456-1414 from 11am to 3pm, not open on the holiday) and ask for the same influence to be exerted for voting rights as it was for bridges and infrastructure. You might want to find a local or national group working on Voting Rights and mobilizing those whose voting rights have been challenged such as Fair Fight or the Working Families Party. On Tuesday night, the 18th, Georgia Working Families Party is hosting an event on Dr. King’s vision of multiracial organizing. This year our action is our celebration. 

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