May
10
2021

Reading of the Moonth: The call to spiritual leadership

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

This new moon (arriving on Tuesday, the 11th, exact at 3pm ET) echoes and concentrates the celestial influences of the spring season and year as a whole: the pathways of and between the Hierophant—the leader of spiritual institutions and initiate of traditions—and Temperance—the transformer that offers healing after the breakdowns of death.

As well as being associated with this new moon, the Tarot’s 5th Major Arcana, the Hierophant, is the undercurrent of the year because of a numerological connection (2+0+2+1=5) while Temperance comes to offer us a full moon revelation on May 26th. This full moon is also a lunar eclipse.

Eclipses interrupt the usual dance of the sun, moon, and earth. During an eclipse, a shadow is created by blocking the usual flow of light. Stepping out of the ordinary into this strange light compels us to look again, to think anew about what we thought we knew. Shadow exposes shadow. And when we recognize that something we see no longer serves, it’s time to break the pattern, heal the damage, set in motion the transformation.

With eclipses come along the Hierophant-Temperance axis profound transformations related to our spiritual life, how it is organized, and who yields power within this sphere are possible.

Deck creators who have reimaged the Hierophant as Teacher, Messenger, or Singer show us how the Hierophant might be transformed.

  • The Gaian Tarot Teacher may be the humble human figure offering a healing weed you need to tend your body. Or maybe not. The tree, the coyote, the heron are just as likely to offer the teaching that illuminates.
  • In the Next World Tarot, the Messenger questions the status quo and exhorts you to as well. She calls out the policies and practices that seek to control through fear and reminds you already know that this is wrong, that there is a better way. She is the spokesperson not because she alone has the solution, but because she has listened to the many, synthesized their wisdom, and reflected back the truth of the community with eloquence.
  • The Minoan Tarot’s Singer has been taught the traditional songs. She knows that the singers of the songs become the voices of the Goddess. She does not sing alone. She teaches the songs to others. Helps each singer to find their own grace and range. Then guides the disparate voices to join together into a beautiful whole.

These versions of the card emphasize humility and collective wisdom as well as highlight the source of this archetype’s wisdom as flowing from the Greater Than the individual.

This year’s Summer Solstice-hinged retreat-in-everyday life, Walking the Ways of the Summer Light, takes inspiration from this re-envisioned Hierophant and offers practices to attune to the healing offered by Temperance.  We begin with a no cost orientation call for the whole season on Sunday May 23rd at 4pm ET. Element themes with prompts offered through daily emails and/or an overview booklet are containers for spiritual exploring and soul tending. Weekly sharing circles allow us to gather and learn from each other. Yes, we join together as Teachers, Messengers, and Singers! Full details are up and registration is open. Only 11 days until we start!

Even though emergence is beginning in some countries, the pandemic is still with us globally and in our memories of what we have lost. With the needs of a grieving planet so great, many spiritual leaders to help us  through and birth the next becoming will be required. The patterns of the year inspire me to believe that is possible if we will answer the call, and this season is particularly potent for doing this work. We all have a part to play. 

To help you explore the part you have to play, you can use these questions for reflection and card play:

CALL: How can I answer the call to a new kind of spiritual leadership this year?

WISDOM: What spiritual wisdom of mine meets the needs of this time?

NEXT STEP: What is the next step to take in sharing my spiritual wisdom this moonth?  

I do offer this as an e-reading in my collaborative initiative format for $23.  Sign up with Pay Pal or email me about sending a check. When I receive notification, I’ll be in touch to let you know about when to expect to receive your reading by email. I generally have openings to do these readings on Mondays and Saturdays.

Apr
26
2021

Full Moon Revelations: Transforming the Structures of Our Lives

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

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the full moon arriving overnight tonight, the 26th to the 27th (exact at 10:26pm ET on the 26th), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the April 11th new moon are developing. The new moon, guided by its association with The Emperor invited us to contemplate issues of power. Out of our full moon revelations 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 Scorpio associated with the Tarot’s Death card.

This meetup of Death and The Emperor reinforces the themes we explored at the new moon where I wrote:

“In this vision of power, our power grows because we are constantly releasing it. In flow, we don’t hold on, but instead open to receive but then let go, passing the power on. Once we’ve let go, we are open to the next wave coming to fill us. In this vision of power, a scarcity mindset and need to control are replaced with a dynamic relationship to the flow of power.”

In this way of working with power, we are constantly letting the power we have built up and given form (the work of the Emperor) die, shape shift, and be renewed (the work of Death).

Power becomes concentrated in the structures of our lives, both personal (daily habits, your place in work’s org chart, family dynamics, ect.) and collective (our institutions of government, education, and policing, for example). This full moon invites us to look with fresh eyes at these structures and then let whatever power we have flow through us to help these structures “die,” which means really to be transformed. Death and its Tarot representation are fearsome in part because we connect them to a hard stop ending, but Death is card number 13, coming basically in the middle of the 22 Major Arcana cards. Death comes in the middle. Death is a step in a continuing journey.

To encourage revelation about the structures of our lives transforming, 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 Emperor and Death 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 structures in my life need to be reshaped? How could I do that? Where can I most beneficially release my power? What transformation can this make possible? How can I be an agent of change transforming structures that no longer serve? 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 May 9th offer your gift to the world.

Program Note: The Summer Solstice-hinged e-retreat, Walking the Ways of the Summer Light, is coming up in May. We begin with wisdom wanders to loosen what binds us and seek the questions we most need to be asking. 

Apr
12
2021

Reading of the Moonth: Conduits of Power

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

Each year the first moonth of spring—its initiating moment is the new moon’s arrival overnight from the 11th to the 12th, exact at 10:30pm ET on the 11th— invites us to contemplate power as we walk the path of the Emperor, the 4th card of the Major Arcana. Also known as the Chief, Builder, or Sovereignty, for example, this wisdom figure when working from their greatest potential recognizes the source of their power and yields to it in service of the Whole.

This year’s path of power is shaped by its passage through the landscape and symbols of the 4 of Wands. In the iconic Rider Waite Smith image, two festive figures ahead of a crowd—perhaps it’s a parade—approach the four wands arranged to hint at a structure, but there are no walls. The “ceiling” is indicated by a garland of leaves and flowers, but creates little separation between the earth and sky. This structure is temporary, making its existence fleeting, but also easy to move and re-create.

a 1909 card scanned by Holly Voley and retrieved from Sacred Texts.
Deck available from US Games

The 4 of Wands’ open walls, temporary nature, and maneuverability reflect an understanding of power different from what I have experienced in mainstream culture. The messages I’ve received—how ‘bout you?—are that power is limited so to be grabbed, held on to, and defended in the form you receive it. If you let go, you’ll lose it.

As I’ve been contemplating this 4 of Wands power, I’ve also been reading Grieving While Black by Breeshia Wade (Especially for USAers, I highly recommend this book for opening your heart up to our current reality in this country. It’s only 165 pages, but it is the kind of book that you ponder and meditate on rather than speed through.) In chapter 6, she explores power, and writes:

Though we have perverted the use of power into something that we own and wield over and against other beings, power cannot be possessed any more than life can. We are conduits of power, not owners of it. Power is a force that flows through us in any given moment. It wields us, and through it, we respond to what is in front of us. 

In this vision of power, our power grows because we are constantly releasing it. In flow, we don’t hold on, but instead open to receive but then let go, passing the power on. Once we’ve let go, we are open to the next wave coming to fill us. In this vision of power, a scarcity mindset and need to control are replaced with a dynamic relationship to the flow of power.

Flowing power contains everything so to swim in it we must receive and pass power to our fellow human beings but also to nature and even the celestial bodies. Yes, I think, opening to new moon energies, developing them through the full, and releasing into the dark can be a beneficial practice for cultivating 4 of Wands power. Just think of what it would be like if every 28 days, politicians, or white folks, for example, consciously passed something of their power on to another. Ah, I can dream; we are in the realm of the moon after all.

This moonth we are invited to give extra attention to how power flows between us and the earthly, natural forces by our posture card associated with the new moon moment: the King of Pentacles or, as this wisdom figure is known in the Herbcrafter Tarot, the Curandera of Earth.

Deck creators Latisha Gutherie and Joanna Powell Colbert describe the work of this wise one and suggest how we can walk in her footsteps: The Curandera of Earth knows that when we share the sweetness of life with another, all may thrive. She brings attention to the rich bounty that nature provides. She instructs us: Braid together love, health, and wealth—then give it away.

This moonth’s questions for reflection / reading are offered to support your being a conduit of power:

POWER: What power desires to flow through me?

RECEIVING: How can I open to receive this power?

RELEASING: How can I let it go?

I do offer this as an e-reading in my collaborative initiative format for $23.  Sign up with Pay Pal or email me about sending a check. When I receive notification, I’ll be in touch to let you know about when to expect to receive your reading by email. I generally have openings to do these readings on Mondays and Saturdays.

Apr
8
2021

Dark Moon Release with with Arianrhod as our Guide

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

Before the moon is made new on April 11th at 10:30pm ET, it returns to the place on the astrological Wheel where it began its moonthly journey. The energy gathered through the moonth now flows away into moonless nights. What will you send with this energy to be transformed in the dark?

The moonth we are concluding began and now ends in Pieces which corresponds to the Tarot’s Moon card. In the Dark Goddess Tarot The Moon is Arianrhood, the Welsh Goddess of the Moon. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, creator of the Dark Goddess Tarot, description of Her includes:

Arianrhod – whose name means Silver Wheel – is a shapeshifter who often appears as an owl of the night, the owl who sees in the darkness, who sees at once ahead and behind, whose wings are soft and silent. She is the weaver upon her wheel, braiding and binding her magic into the manifestation of the world and the destiny of its creatures.

In the Celtic tradition, owls are associated with death, and could serve as guardians of the underworld and protectors of the dead. The newly dead encounter Arianrhod in her tower behind the dreamy glow of the northern lights, and here she serves as a guide to help them make their transition from life to death and then onward into their next incarnation.

Death and life are woven together at this time of year in the occurrences of the natural world and in wisdom of Arianrhod. In yards and forest around my town, early bulbs and spring wildflowers are pushing their way up through the litter of dead leaves that have been their protection until now. Acknowledgement and work with this interwoven nature of life and death can bring power to your dark moon release work this moonth. Starting the 2 -3 days before new moon’s arrival is the optimal time for engaging in reflection and ritual to make this release.

Reflection

Do you record your dreams? If so, you are invited to look back at the dreams of the moonth for images that capture your attention, patterns that appear, and perhaps to see if any dream images had an echo in your waking life.

If you don’t record or remember your dreams, you can pull 3 Tarot or oracles to show you the main themes of your dreams this moonth. (We dream each night, even if we don’t remember those dreams.)

Then working with your reflections or your cards, ponder questions such as:

  • What are my dreams telling me about what is dead in my life (i.e. ready to be transformed)?
  • What are my dreams telling me about what new is ready to emerge into my life?

After you’ve done some pondering on your own, select by choice or chance cards to represents each thing you feel is ready to transform and each thing that might be coming new in your life.

Dark Moon Ritual

Before going to sleep on the dark moon night, shapeshift into the role of Arianrhod. You might do this by gazing on an image of her, inviting her through meditation, or by feeling the power of the dark and moonless night.  

Then take up each of the cards from the reflection above that represent what is ready to be transformed in your life and spend some time in communion with the aspects of the image that most captivate your attention. Let them know that they are dead and now is the time to transition into something new. Imagining yourself as Arianrhod, give each aspect words of encouragement and advice for making the journey into death and then beyond into the next incarnation.

Then as you prepare to go to sleep ask that these elements be released and transformed in the dark of night. You might imagine them getting into some kind of conveyance – a boat or a chariot or a sports card – and moving away from you as you drift into sleep.

Trust that the night will do its work.

When the new moon arrives, you may want to take up the cards that represented the new in your life and let them inspire you to make new moon wishes. Be sure to write them down to revisit at the end of the moonth.

Mar
29
2021

Full Moon Revelations: The depths are now part of your truth

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

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the full moon arriving on Sunday, March 28th (exact at 2:49pm ET), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on the March 13th new moon are developing. That new moon, guided by its association with the Tarot’s Moon card, invited us to surface and shine a light on a message emerging from our depths. 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 Libra associated with the Tarot’s Major Arcana card of Justice. As the Moon encounters Justice, we are called to bring what has emerged from our depths into the balance of our lives.

What we encountered in the depths, might be a gift or a challenge—or a combination of both. The Moon might have inspired a long sought increased flow of intuition or it might have brought a pattern or a secret to the surface that is difficult to confront. No matter what we have encountered in the depths, now that we have brought it to light, it can’t just be returned.

Justice, especially as shown as Maat in the Dark Goddess Tarot, signifies truth. Through deck creator Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, Maat says to us: Speak only what is true. The depths are now part of your truth. You must include them on the scales of your life.

This applies to us collectively as well as personally. In the United States, the depths are a founding entwined with genocide of the native peoples, enslavement of those brought in chains from Africa, and explotation of and violence against immigrants. The last few years—just the last few weeks!—have been filled with events turning the floodlights on these truths of our founding and how they have embedded racism within our instuitions today.

But the U.S.A.’s depths are also resistance to this injustice by individuals and multi-racial people’s movements. Just a few examples for inspiration: A Pequot leader writes an “Indian Declaration of Independence,” spurring the Mashpee Indians to organize and gain the same rights as any other Massachusetts citizens in 1834.  White soldiers in 1864 refuse orders to particpate in the Sand Creek Massacre of Arapaho and Cheyenne people. Southern-born sisters becoming abolotionists who wrote and spoke across the country in the 1830s. A rabbi organizes a Freedom Seder for civil rights activists on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assisination. Thousands of people of all races, ages, and gender-identities worked with the BIPOC-led grassroots organizations of The Frontline on voter turn out, election protection, bringing joy to the polls, and the run offs in Georgia for the 2020 election. These depths of beautiful resistance and the joy of coming together with others for positive change are also truths to be integrated into the balance of our lives.

To support you in integrating your depths as we continue 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 Moon and 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 questions such as: What am I learning about what is arising from my personal depths ….. and/or from the depths of my community or country? How do I interate this learning into my life? What is the truth I am called to speak now? Who/what can help me speak or amplify my truth? 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 April 9th offer your gift to the world.

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