The height of this lunar cycle comes in the days around the full moon arriving on April 16th (exact at 2:55pm ET), and offers a revelation about how the energies initiated on the April 1st new moon are developing. That new moon, guided by its association with the Three and Queen of Wands invited us to a moonth of exploring the power of our visions. Out of our full moon revelations, we are issued an invitation to return a gift to the world in the final weeks of the cycle.
The astro-Tarot correspondences align this full moon with Justice, the archetype of social and spiritual justice, cause and effect, truth, right order, and balance. So during this full moon time, we are invited to look at our visions with the eyes of Justice.
In honor of Passover—which is beginning as I finish writing this missive—
here is the Shekinah as Justice from The Raziel Tarot
In a contribution I made to Tarot for Troubled Times on Justice at the Heart of the Tarot, I wrote:
Justice is essentially collective. Justice is made manifest through laws, exists within groups and institutions (government, religion, and economy, for example), and is reflected in social and cultural expression.
While the work of justice can be inner-directed or outer-directed, the ultimate goal is to make justice’s ideals manifest in the world. Inner-directed justice work—such as spiritual practice, reflection time, training the mind as through meditation—serves the development of self-knowledge and resilience that are needed for effective action.
Connecting to our personal visions, which the new moon invited us to do, is also an example of inner-directed justice work. Now the full moon phase of the moonth invites us to connect the personal to the collective. Because if we are to bring our visions into form we will need to venture beyond ourselves. We will need to let the vision emerge into the world and be received by others. We will need collaborators to manifest the vision and/or help us spread the vision more broadly.
As the vision emerges and begins to have a life of its own beyond us, it may change and shift. Then we have an interesting balance challenge—we are still working with the dynamics of Justice here!—of not controlling the vision but also upholding its highest/deepest calling. We need to loosen ourselves from our expectations of how the vision would manifest. We can’t hold too tightly to our first idea of its form. But we must never stop listening to the guidance that comes from our Soul Selves, from the Greather Than Ourselves about the vision’s highest/deepest purpose.
Lately I have been puzzeling over the sources of our post-pandemic difficulties, our uneasiness and lethargy, our anger and rage. In this Vision-Justice moon cycle, I’m seeing the lack of a widely or well articulated vision that reaches people broadly as a source of our pain and why we are feeling stuck. This moonth calls us to begin creating that vision, starting from the personal but moving toward the collective. It won’t happen overnight, but it will never happen if we don’t begin now, even as we are still in the rubble of the collapse, even as the wars still rage.
What can offer us inspiration to find, expand, or renew the visions we need to meet the moment? We can look back in history to find the stories and strategies of life-giving visions emerging out of times of chaos. Or we can exercise our imaginations by looking to the future through reading works of science fiction or Afrofuturism, for example.
In Imagine the Angels of Bread, the poet Martín Espada does a bit of both to exhort us to work toward a better future. The last two stanzas of the poem are:
If the abolition of slave-manacles
began as a vision of hands without manacles,
then this is the year;
if the shutdown of extermination camps
began as imagination of a land
without barbed wire or the crematorium,
then this is the year;
if every rebellion begins with the idea
that conquerors on horseback
are not many-legged gods, that they too drown
if plunged in the river,
then this is the year.
So may every humiliated mouth,
teeth like desecrated headstones,
fill with the angels of bread.
When this poem appeared on Mass Poetry’s Hope in Hard Times blog, Martín offered this writing prompt:
No change for the good ever happens without being imagined first, even if, at the moment we imagine this great change, it seems absolutely impossible. History teaches us, too, that we are the agents of this great change. It doesn’t come from the White House; it comes from our house.
My wife, the poet Lauren Marie Schmidt, has used the poem as a prompt everywhere from urban high schools to homeless shelters. She says: “Imagine your life or the world as you want it to be. Make the poem into a list, and let the image, the language of the senses, do the work. Use the device of anaphora, repeating a key phrase related to time (i.e. ‘this is the year’) at the beginning of every line or stanza, except for the end of the poem.”
Whether you are writing to create a poem for sharing or journaling just for yourself, you might use this prompt as a way to more truly meet and speak of your vision. You might want to do it under the full moon light.
To draw together the energy of Vision and Justice during these full moon days, you might do one, some or combine all of these practices:
– Moon bathe by sitting or lying under a window or outside on the ground. Feel the unique strength of the moon’s light. Let go of your thoughts and soak in the glow.
– 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 the Three of Wands and/or Queen of Wands and the Justice 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 the questions raised from the alignment of personal vision and collective Justice: What can I turn to gain inspiration for making my vision real? How does my vision advance Justice? Who can I collaborate with to make my vision real? How can I open up to the visions of others while holding on to the most important aspects of my own? What is my highest/deepest dream for our World? Feel free to pull cards to gain insight into 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 April 21st, offer your gift to the world.
Program note: Next Friday, April 22, is the early bird price deadline for Encountering the Mysteries of Ancient Greece Tour in September. So if you would like to renew your vision with an immersion in mysteries of Demeter and Persephone, the sacred art of ancient Crete, and the Goddess encountered in the land sign up right away.