Aug
10
2022

Full Moon Revelations: A Gathering of Stars to Guide Us into the Future

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

I’m looking at the last week with the eyes of the Spiral of Fortune searching for where, to quote the poet Seamus Heaney, hope and history rhyme.

Our Strength moon with its invitation to collective leadership was still young last week, but already showing us its power:

  • Diplomatic negotiations led to first grain shipment leaving Odessa, Ukraine since the war began on February 24th.
  • Kansas reproductive rights activists built a broad coalition to protection abortion in their conservative state.
  • Culminating decades of work by activists, scientists, policy advocates, youth leaders, and lawmakers, the U.S. Congress passed a bill—that weeks ago had been given up for dead!—with the most significant US climate legislation ever included.

Are these enough? No. No No..  Is this just a beginning if we want to move to truly transformative work? Yes. Yes. Yes.

But it is a beginning. And I do see the events of last week as breaking the spell of limited thinking about what is possible. They get us off the gerbil wheel version of change where we make the same moves but make no progress. They give us a break through to break free energy that had been sapped by the feeling that nothing changes.

From here we rise like the bird in the Shining Tribe’s Spiral of Fortune. 

And when we rise, we get closer to the stars and can tap into the energy of the Tarot’s Star, the archetype that corresponds to the full moon arriving on Thursday, the 11th (exact at 9:35pm ET, time zone converter). On this full moon, we could say that the Star is offering a blessing to Strength during its lunation.

In my Tarot for Your Soul manuscript, I write about stars as one of the 22 essential symbols of the Major Arcana: 

Stars help us to see our place within the universe. They are guides to navigation and most visible in the darkest times. We may miss them on a cloudy night, but they always return. The ancient Egyptians called the circumpolar stars (those that orbit the North star and never dip below the horizon) the Imperishable Stars, recognizing them as a gateway to eternity. A layer over the stars’ general meaning of constancy and support can be added by looking at the shape of the star in the image. Egyptian stars were five pointed inspired by the starfish of the Red Sea. A six-pointed star unites two triangles, one signifying the female and the earthly and the other the male and the heavenly. An eight pointed star is very common on Star cards, making a connection to the infinite (the infinity symbol is an 8 on its side) and the Magician and Strength cards that often include infinity symbols in their images. The stars are magic for times when we need strength.   

Was there magic involved in the happenings of last week? Well, I can’t help but notice that Starhawk began her Magical Activism series in July :).

For the first session, we gathered virtually for meditation, ritual, and to discuss the alignment of the stars. To be a part of the series, we also had to commit to taking action outside of sessions because, as Starhawk explained, magic needs a container in which to manifest. 

The container I am doing activism within in the lead up to the US midterm elections is the Working Families Party, which is building a multiracial party of working people to transform the country. I got involved because I share their values and trust who they endorse for candidates. I keep going back because of what we might name as another kind of magic: the weaving together of purpose and fun in a group of diverse people. Being in Working Families Party events lets me get a taste of the future I want to live in: democratic, multi-racial, respectful and welcoming of all, dynamic, and fun! It’s a future of collective leadership creating a world that works for all people, creatures, and the planet. 

Experiencing the future I want in the now we have certainly seems like magic to me. 

So in these nights where Strength meets the Star you are invited to make your own magic by living the future in the present. Do or be in a way that invokes your highest and deepest visions. In that hour or moment when you are living the future in the now, you will become like a star. As more and more of us live this way, our light will gather into constellations, into whole galaxies, into the Imperishable Stars that guide us surely and safely into that future we have created together. 

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 Strength 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: What shift is happening in the wider world now? What shift is happening in me? How to work with these shifts to move toward my highest/deepest vision of the future? How can I live the future in the now? 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 August 25th. offer your gift to the world.

Jul
31
2022

Moonthly Musings and Reading: The Wonderful, the Terrible, and the Leadership of Strength

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

This moonthly missive has been delayed because I was having a wonderful experience for a terrible reason: I co-taught Wisdom of the Tarot at Omega because I was filling in for Rachel Pollack, my Tarot teacher and the teacher of so many through her wisdom-filled books and decks, whose cancer has returned.

Rachel announced the return of her cancer on her Facebook page and ended by saying the way in which she would most like to be supported:

So now I need your help again.  Not financially, I am okay there.  But the support, and the love, and the healing energy, are incredibly powerful and wonderful.  So please, I want to hear from you.  I will not be able to respond to every comment, but I will read and take in every offering. 

The group gathered at Omega wrote messages of love and support on the back of Star cards and did a ritual to send energy to Rachel. Adding your Star-card inspired messages for Rachel—sent energetically or in some physical form—is welcome.

Which brings me to the wonderful. I got to spend a whole week with the Tarot Tribe co-creating a space for learning, playing, going deep, and transforming ourselves.Susie Chang and Jenna Maitlin joined us to bring their depths of knowledge and experience. I stayed through the week to collaborate with Mary Greer to create interactive Tarot learning experiences. Mary Greer! She says her work is to be the midwife of the soul and she has also been a midwife to today’s Tarot community and practices. She has certainly been a midwife to my way of working with the Tarot.

The group gathered was warm, welcoming, and brought so many gifts to the gathering. A number were new to Tarot but others had decades of experience. All were welcomed. Many combined their Tarot work with other healing modalities or divination systems like Reiki,animal communication, or the I-Ching, for example. We were curious. Some decks came accompanied by their creators: The Forgotten Tarot, Abstract Futures, and a peacemaking Tarot in development without images but amazing questions. We got to play with them.

Rituals and ceremonies were co-created throughout the week. I gathered us in circle on the dark moon where Ann led us into healing waters through meditation, June guided us in chanting Moon, and Yesbelt introduced us to mugwort before we poured renewed waters into a dry creek bed enacting Persephone’s movements on the Shining Tribe Star card. Bats flew overhead.

Yes, Yesbelt is our Yesbelt of Walking the Ways of the Summer Light, and though we had other plans together for the week, when I got the call from Rachel, she said, “Let’s change plans. I’ve always wanted to go to Omega.”

Together we created the flow of the ritual the group did for Rachel. When the workshop ended, we had the ritual ready to modify for sending loving energy to a family member in difficulty at the request of one of the participants.

All that happened and so much more. I’m telling you this story to let you know why the enews is late—and maybe a little to get you thinking about coming to this event next year :)—but also because it shows the energy of the new moon embodied in the events of our lives.

The moon became new on Thursday, the 28 (exact at 1:55pm ET), in the place on the Wheel of Astrological Year that corresponds to:

Walking the Path of Strength

Through the Passage of the energetic push and pull of a group in the 5 of Wands

With the invitation to take on the Posture of the King of Wands

The Path of Strength

At Omega, I introduced the Major Arcana through an exploration of 22 essential symbols, one for each card. For Strength I focused our attention on the lemniscate with:

At the top of many Strength images are two equal-sized and connected ellipses known as the lemniscate, a symbol for infinity. This abstract symbol that comes to us from mathematics is embodied in figures below: traditionally a woman and often a lion, though snakes and bears also appear. The woman and the animal are connected like the ellipses of the lemniscate with each exerting themselves and actively participating in the moment but neither dominating. Their flowing connection is the point of power. It takes strength to constantly be calibrating a relationship so that it remains one of balance—the process is infinite—but the reward is great. 

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

My lemniscate this week was the wonderful and the terrible. They were directly connected. I could not—and did not want to—partition off the terrible reason for my being there; I was bringing Rachel’s wisdom into the room so constantly thinking of her. At the same time, I couldn’t resist the wonderful energy of the group gathered,their brilliant insights into the Tarot, and their generosity to me. I was gratified when my processes served them. I had to—again, wanted to!—receive what was flowing to me.

This is an example from my life. What about you? Where are the wonderful and terrible contending in your life?

Globally, so many of us are seeing that we are going through terrible times. The terrible is manifesting in so many areas of our lives. If you were making a list of the terrible, what would be on it? Mine would be long. But the wonderful also exists. I experienced it this week at Omega. We see it in inspiring art or activist projects. We hear it in women speaking the truth in the streets, on the page, and at the US’s January 6th Committee hearings. We enjoy it in a good meal shared with family or friends. Each day the sun rises and sets in beauty. The wonderful exists in equal measure to the terrible (even if it doesn’t get as much press). This moonth you are invited to gently hold both. 

If you have read my enews for a while, you will know this embrace of seeming opposites is a familiar theme. I keep coming back to it because: 1.) it is one of the great lessons of the Tarot and 2.) we return to the same archetypes again and again as the Wheel keeps turning.

We need the repetition.

Because we don’t learn the wisdom and know it and we’re done. We experience the wisdom, practice it, attain a certain level of mastery even. Then the Wheel turns and we move on to other lessons. But the year is a circle not a line and eventually we find ourselves making another spiral through the wisdom of Strength. We learn new lessons. Not so much because Strength has changed, but because we have.  

Passage through the 5 of Wands

Have you ever been in a group that looks like this?

When I see this image, I laugh and groan a little remembering groups where everyone had their own ideas or agendas and were pushing for them without listening to others. One way to look at this image is as participants oriented only toward themselves and having the goal of convincing others that their way is the best way.

But I also remember groups where the individual expression of unique—sometimes even conflicting—perspectives were a vital stage of moving toward a solution to a problem or the creation of something new that came from a synthesizing of the group’s brilliance.

In these higher performing groups participants had the strength to both fully express themselves and to listen to others. 

If we think of this card as giving us a hint of what is to come during the moonth, there may be more than usual group activity in your life. You could welcome these groups as places you can practice emboding Strength.

When you find yourself in a group of any kind—work, family, activist, art making, knitting circle—you could watch how the group balances expression of individuals’ ideas with listening to others. You can watch your own balance especially. If you see that you tend toward expressing or listening, you might try practicing the other. Perhaps you work this moonth to find that just right balance. You may or may not get there, but no worries. Opportunities to practice will spiral back to you again.

Posture of the King of Wands

This moonth we are called to be the kind of strong leader who balances the wonderful and the terrible, listens as well as expresses, and brings out the best in individuals so the group can function well.

This moonth’s leader is not one who stands alone, but one that stands with the group. I find that the King of Wands from Hilma’s Ghost’ Abstract Futures expresses this idea so strongly to me through its abstract imagery.


Abstract Futures Tarot by Hilma’s Ghost

As Kings we may provide a center line, a container, or a direction for a group’s working together. We see this work reflected in the strong vertical running through the center of the image. This then serves the unique expression of all members of the group as seen in the brilliant colored triangles appearing to the left and right of the center vertical. I see each triangle as a member of the group expressing their unique brilliance. The triangles appear to me to be wings.

The group’s brilliance gathered and directed gives them the wings they need to travel toward their desired destination, to meet their goals. 

Meditating on this image could attune you to the energy of this kind of leadership. If you’d like to combine that inner work with gathering leadership techniques for work with groups in the outer world, Situational Leadership has been a helpful model for me to think about when I facilitate groups. The essence of Situational Leadership is that leaders adapt how they work with the group as the group changes and grows, varying their levels of support and direction. At the core of the model is the idea that there is no one correct style of leadership.

Reflection Questions / Reading of the Moonth

These questions are offered for reflection and to spark practice throughout the moonth. Pulling Tarot and oracle cards in connection to these questions is appropriate, but not absolutely necessary. You might carry a question with you on a walk for example and observe what is happening in the natural world as a way to find insight into the answer to the question. You might carry cards pulled, too, and see what they want to interact with in the world.

LEADERSHIP: What of my unique leadership qualities does the Collective (feel free to pick a specific group to focus your inquiry) need me to express this moonth for the benefit of all?

SELF: How do I best express this quality this moonth?

OTHER: How can I invite others to express their unique leadership qualities 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. I am a little behind on my To Do list. It could take me a week to get to readings.

Jul
13
2022

Full Moon Revelations: Keep Moving Toward the Future You Want to Live In

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

The height of this moonth’s cycle comes with the July 13th full moon (exact at 2:37pm ET, time zone converter), and offers a revelation about how the lunar energies initiated on June 28th new moon are developing. Guided by its association with The Chariot the new moon invited us to put our hands into the fire of the now and still imagine and start toward a future we want to live in. 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 Capricorn associated with the Tarot’s Major Arcana’s Devil.

The Devil is one of the trio of cards that make people fear the Tarot. (Death and The Tower are, no surprise, this figure’s fearsome companions.) This fear is triggered by The Devil’s portrayal in the Christian tradition as an all powerful figure of evil who stands in opposition to God’s light and goodness. But The Devil’s qualities are not consistent across cultures. There is no parallel figure in the Celtic tradition, for example, Though the horned god Cernunnos may have inspired some of the Devil’s iconography, his significance as a god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld is vastly different from the Christian Devil. Neither is there a Devil figure in most traditional African religions; rather, as Courtney Alexander writes in the DustIIOnyx guide book, “humans and deities alike choose whether to navigate the world from a negative or positive disposition.”

The Jewish tradition offers yet another face of the Devil as we can see in this depiction from the Raziel Tarot.

About this Devil, Rachel Pollack writes:

Quite simply, the idea of an all-powerful Devil, who was the highest and most beautiful of angels, who led a war in Heaven against God and was cast into the dark and fiery pits of Hell does not exist in Judaism … And while Jewish superstition, especially in the Medieval period and after, became more fixated on demons these all involved individual dangers. No great Devil holds the soul of all humanity in its grip. 

So this chicken-footed figure with a pleasant face and orangish hair is just a trickster who seeks to keep us in his grasp. In the image, the Devil has trapped Adam and Eve who stand before the Tree of Knowledge, symbol of their disobedience to God, into believing that a world of constriction and punishment are all that exist.

But this Devil’s reach is also limited. He controls only the small space he can hold. The rivers and mountains beyond do not belong to him. This greater world waits for Adam and Eve to open their eyes and see the truth of the world’s vastness.

This limited Devil is the guardian at the gates of our forward movement to the future we want to live in envisioned on the new moon. This figure will block your way and test your vision, but the beyond beckons. Don’t let the Devil’s limits constrict you. Don’t believe that the world the Devil is trying to sell you is all that exists.

What about that snake in the image? Most images of The Devil include a tail and so we could assume the same here. But I’m struck by how this snake does not seem to be attached to The Devil, but is rather on its own,looking out from behind.

Snake is a multi-level symbol and in the earliest cultures is associated with the Goddess. In the Minoan culture of ancient Crete, the Snake Goddess figurine is shown raising both hands holding poisonous snakes; she has learned how to work with the snake’s toxins to create powerful visions. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s Minoan Tarot was inspired directly by art from this culture. Ellen said that she found almost no images of strife or violence. So when it came time to create The Devil she had to re-envision this figure as Ecstasy.

Seen here dancing in the wild!

This figure shows us our reward for daring to reach beyond the limits of the Devil and to dare to move forward in our Chariot. It shows us dancing with our soul

To encourage illumination about how to break through the limitations that arise as you work to create a future you want to live in, you might do one or combine 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 included in the new moon post.)

~ Bring out The Devil and Chariot cards from a 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.

~ Pull a card or two in response to a question such as: What limits can I break through now? How can I break through? What can confronting these limits teach me about how to create a future I want to live in? 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 July 26th offer your gift to the world.

Jul
6
2022

Love’s Luck: Two of Cups Encounter

For Grievers – For Seekers – Tarot

Tarot cards are just bits of paper. As material objects, they don’t have intrinsic power. But their images and symbols as well as the accruing of meaning over centuries can make of them guides and instigators for connecting with the extraordinary, the mythic, the great forces that run under our everyday lives. 

On the Saturday before the  June new moon, I took a walk in one of my usual places. It was an ordinary walk, but I was carrying cards with me associated with the place on the Wheel of the Year where this moon would renew itself and start its journey to fullness. 

One of these cards, the Two of Cups, seen here from the Melanated Tarot, evokes the gifts of love and companionship that flows between two people when they offer something special of themselves to each other. 

Midway through the walk, I turned on the spur trail that runs along the edge of the Mill River. The trail is well trough. The dirt packed smooth. But the knotweed spread its large ovate leaves over the path. I was swimming in a green sea, gently brushing with my hands in a kind of breaststroke through plants and air. 

Ahead of me I saw a man in a white shirt with a nearly bald head. Just tufts of white over the ears lifted into the breeze. Attached to his belt was a leather pouch, well worn. I imagined it once held tools, but guessed that it was now repurposed for a cell phone. 

We continued forward and I saw there was a woman ahead of him. Her shirt white, too, and her hair that touched her shoulders. 

Moving a bit faster than they were, I was close as they stepped from the trail to the open area of a small beach in the bend of the river. 

I’m not sure who reached out first. Maybe the movements happened at the same time. But then they were clasping hands. 

I smiled, held in the circle of their acceptance of each other. The poignancy of the moment heighted by their age. Very close to them now, I could imagine them being in their 80s. 

I wondered if they knew how lucky they were.

A memory surfaced from nine years ago. I was sitting in my Bereavement Group. The six of us had all lost our partners recently. We were raw. Our meetings exhausting but needed. We said the things to each other that we wouldn’t speak to anyone else, that we hadn’t heard anyone else confessing.

We were ready for the woman’s question: “When you see two old people holding hands, don’t you just want to scream at them? Don’t you want to run them over with your car?”

It was a horrifying image. We all nodded. 

Then we laughed a dark little laugh,  the signal that we knew she didn’t mean it literally, but it was still a truth we all were willing to embrace. 

Nine years later the accute pain that trained imagination to murderous scenarios is drained. Instead I feel a joy rise within me seeing this couple because my beloved’s long absence has been my strange teacher about how precious their love is. Precious for them. And precious for me too as I walked around the edges of its power. 

I pased in front of them. The man said, “It is a beautiful day.” I concurred and watched them settle themselves on a bench. 

I walked further to my usual spot for river reflection: the rocky bank looking toward a circle of boulders in the middle of the river. I call them the wisdom rocks. I often meditate here. I sometimes pull a Tarot card. This day the Lovers emerged. How can you not believe in synchronicity?

This is the Lovers from The Shining Tribe Tarot

Returning I found the couple still seated on the bench. I approached them from behind and as I drew nearer heard music. I knew it must be coming from a cell phone but it was grainy like a record playing. I heard plainative words in Spanish and the strumming of a guitar. 

The man seemed to be translating the words for the women. At the moment I walked by I heard, “My love, I am dying.” 

In those words braiding love and death and life together, I heard the answer to my question: Did they know how lucky they were? Yes, they did.

Jun
28
2022

Moonthly Musing and Reading: The Fire of Now and the Center of Love

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

The Wheel of the Solar Year keeps turning and the Moon finds its way to another re-birth. The alignment of sun and moon brings us to the wisdom images and figures of the new moon moment (exact on Tuesday, June 28 at 10:52pm ET) known as The Chariot, 2 of Rivers, and Gift of Rivers when using the Shining Tribe Tarot created by Rachel Pollack.

Contemplating these cards, I hear imperatives for the times we live in:

From the Chariot – Dare to put your hands into the fires of the now.

From the 2 of Rivers – Recognize the light within the dark, the dark within the light.

From the Gift of Rivers – Imagination and transformation are required to meet the moment. 

From the Wheels in all the cards – We live in circles not in lines. We must grasp and guide the Wheel if we would make our visions real.

THE CHARIOT 

The Tarot’s Charioteers often do not have an obvious way of directing the creatures that guide their vehicles. They hold septures or cups, but not often reins. Commentators on the Tarot name the will of the Charioteer as what guides forward motion.

In the Shining Tribe Tarot, the figure holds nothing at all and reaches into the flow of red above their head. Deck creator Rachel Pollack may give a particular meaning to this red flow, but looking at this image for us in our turbulent times of today, I see the figure daring to reach into the fiery flow of the now and feel the truth of its burning. 

There is a wheel over the flow of red inspiring an association with the Wheel of Fortune, the Tarot’s great changemaker. The wheel here is decorated with eyes; four in the dark band and four in the lighter. The eight eyes here invite us to have the strength to truly look at what is happening in the now—and from a range of perspectives. Only out of that recognition of truth can we seek the potential of renewal.

I’m reminded of the book I have been working with since the last full moon, Imaginable by Jane McGonigal (you can read an excerpt on Slate) where she guides readers in imagining change making in 10 year increments. To make her case for 10 as the “magic number” (her words), she lists social and technological changes that took 10 years to reach a major success: US Civil Rights (1955-1964), the fall of apartheid in South African (1985-1996), Facebook growing from 1 to one billion users (2004-2015), and Zoom moving from being tested to becoming our pandemic communication tool (2011-2020). (Of course, these changes were seeded before the 10 year periods noted, but 10 years at the surface of action and consciousness resonates—and makes the Tarot connection to the Wheel.)

McGonigal encourages a practice of mental time travel where we create vivid scenarios for how life might be different in 10 years. To strengthen our imaginations and to equip ourselves better for whatever the future brings, she suggests scenario planning for what I’ll call best case, worst case, and ridiculous case. Best case scenarios give us an inspiring place to move toward while the worst case ones help us to confront obstacles to our desired vision and plan strategies for overcoming bad outcomes. Ridiculous scenarios build our creative muscle and just might be a seed of a surprising future element hard to imagine right now.

The past few years—the last few days!—have shown us that the unimaginable and horrifying can become reality practically overnight, but the unimaginable and inspiring is possible, too. If we are going to guide our Chariots forward we must prepare for changing realities.

TWO OF RIVERS

Whatever reality we find ourselves standing in, the seed of its opposite is close to us, too. The 2 of Rivers shows us this through the light fish with the dark eye and the dark fish with a light eye bending toward each other. This counsels us to take neither the disturbing nor the reassuring as a given. That they exist in a circle echoing the wheel reminds us that change will come; change is the constant.

GIFT OF RIVERS

The Gift of Rivers offers us three guides to follow along through the Two of Rivers passage on the Chariot path: the woman of imagination, the snake of transformation, and the bloom of fulfillment. 

The woman with the fish head is an enigmatic figure. When this card comes up in Tarot sessions, the client and I have to pause and puzzle over her. She isn’t expected; a fish for a head is strange! Preparing this posting, I am realizing that this strangeness is the great gift of this image. We don’t immediately understand this figure so we engage in a different way. We drop down deeper into our imagination. Wonder what it is like to have the consciousness of a fish. We imagine in new ways, intuitive ways, strange ways. She can help us with daring to imagine our best, worst, and ridiculous futures.

The strangeness of the fish woman makes the snake more approachable. We understand this snake even if we are scared of it. (Snakes are my phobia creature that I am learning to befriend.) We can take in its appearance and remember the snake’s significance as a teacher of transformation. They shed their very skin to grow, peel it off, and show that we can do the same. When we follow the snake we flow with change.

From imagination through transformation, we arrive at the flower in bloom. The seed planted has blossomed. The odds might have been against its existence and growth—some might have called it a pest, a weed—but we have brought this flower to bloom with our effort.

THREE WHEELS

Central to each of these images is a Wheel. The Wheel of the fiery flow of now. The Wheel of the Light and Dark reaching for each other. The Wheel that is the bowl at the center of the Gift of Rivers.

These visually echoing Wheels offer us inspiration for riding this new moon moment to another level of meaning. Writing about the 2 of Rivers, Rachel Pollack connects the image of Wheel to the idea of the Center:

The space between the fish is egg-shaped, like the number zero. While we may think of the world as sharply divided between opposites, all experience emerges from the center, which is neither one thing nor another. When we can see through the chaos and busyness of our lives to the quiet center, the nothingness, we free ourselves from the currents that sweep us from one event to another. Paradoxically, people who find this stillness handle events and crises more fluidly.

Is there really nothingness at the Center? I disagree with Rachel on this. I believe the Center is filled with the essential forces. I don’t think anyone one person has the say on what these forces are, but I’ll name the three I sense there: Life, Death, and Love. Yes, Love is there in the Center, not nothingness. To refute Rachel, I will cite Rachel—te, he—because the Wheel at the center of the Gift of Rivers she names as the Holy Grail:

The bowl is the Holy Grail, God’s gift of love and abundance. The Grail is not something we earn by moral correctness, or by fighting for, or by conquering. Its waters of love come to us purely as a gift. 

 When we have a Love that is free from control or condition at the center of our lives, we can look at the realities of the day and no matter what they may be, step forward to live that Love, spread that Love, be that Love.

A PRACTICE FOR DRIVING THE CHARIOT THROUGH THE WHEEL

To gain some perspective, develop strategies, and find the place where hope can be expanded into reality, you might take one of the many crushingly traumatic events of the last few weeks and do some scenario creation. You may want to have the Shining Tribe images here in the enews or your own favorite version of the Chariot, 2 of Cups, and Queen of Cups out for inspiration. Having a journal handy is good, too.

I suggest you start with the best case scenario for 10 years in the future. Let yourself really imagine positive change that aligns with your values and what you want at the center of your life. Remind yourself of the significant 10 year changes named above. Believe it can happen—even if you are faking it until you make it :). Know you can claw rights revoked. Imagine safety where there is little.  Trust that collective urgent action to address the climate crisis is possible and we can cool things down. Imagine an actual day 10 years from now and vividly describe it. What are you doing? Who are you with? What does the world look like? Let yourself bask in the beauty of this vision.

But also do a worst case scenario. Take the most dangerous trends and challenges to your vision and imagine them taking hold. Do a little reading; the news is filled with stories of how bad it could get. As much as you can stand it, imagine a day in detail in that worst-case scenario world 10 years from now. What would you be doing to make things not as bad as they might be?

Finally, think of something ridiculous, something unimaginable. If it makes you laugh that’s good, humor loosens us up. Aliens abduct the Supreme Court maybe? Or the US Congress is suddenly able to work together after learning Tarot on a weekend retreat? Once you’ve had your laugh, think about what deep desire or value this scenario surfaces. Imagine that desire as a driving force 10 years in the future.

Having done all your scenario planning, you might stand like the Charioteer with your hand raised into the fiery flow. Let yourself be with what is and all your feelings about it.

Then remember the present comes from the past where our ancestors have confronted challenges, too. You might call on them for help and to remind you that change is possible. Life is not linear. Our movement toward justice, beauty, and love has been one of spiraling development. Sometimes going up and sometimes going down.

Remember, too, that the present is connected to the future. Call into your memory all your scenario planning ideas. Imagine them mingling together in the Center that is without boundaries, that is filled with Love. Let a knowing come from some place within you—your head or heart or your gut—about what you are willing to work to make real over the next 10 years. When you’ve got that felt sense give a nod of gratitude to the past, present, and future, to the ancestors, to your Tarot guides for bringing you this vision.

Return to your journal. Create a record of the 10 years in the future that you are willing to work to make possible. You might represent it with words or doodles or artwork. Think about next steps for the weeks and months to come that will move you toward that vision. Brianstorm who you can join with to make the vision real and include in your planning how to connect with them. To turn the Wheel of Change many hands are needed.

READING OF THE MOONTH

These questions are offered for reflection and to spark practice throughout the moonth. You may want to integrate them into the scenario pratice above. Pulling Tarot and oracle cards in connection to these questions is appropriate, but not absolutely necessary. You might carry a question with you on a walk for example and observe what is happening in the natural world as a way to find insight into the answer to the question.

IMAGINATION: How can I expand my ability to imagine a future in which I want to live? 

TRANSFORMATION: What can I grow/change/shift in my life to move toward the change needed for this imagined future?  

BLOSSOM: What of my gifts and abilities does the world need most now to move toward this imagined future? 

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