🌕 Full Moon in Aquarius – August 2022

Today is the full moon, and like all new moons and full moons, I did a spread aligned to the moon’s current themes as a part of my recognition of the moon’s cycle and influences upon us. Today’s spread is about the medicine within, and brought to you by Ethony‘s Tarot by the Moon series.

Full Moon in Aquarius Reading with the Dare to Shine Oracle

What possibilities are being offered to me right now?

Be the Reason Someone Believes in Goodness of People – Inspire others through leading by example. You can show them it’s possible to be good and kind and fair, no matter the circumstances. When you nurture others, it helps them see the world in as a better place and in a better light.

What area of my life is craving freedom and experimentation?

True Self-Discovery Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends – Stop letting fear and anxiety dictate what you do and where you go. Getting to know yourself on a deeper level involves moving past those fears, or moving through them.

Where can I be more open-minded?

To Activate and Open Your Third Eye is to Live a Most Awakened Life Rx – Instead of always searching for more and better, stick with where you’re at and learn to better appreciate what you have in the now.

What old habits/beliefs need to be released under this full moon?

Take Time Out to Reconnect with Mother Nature; We are One and the Same – You haven’t been able to get as much time out in nature as you usually need over the summer. Take a breath and release your expectations in this area. Self recrimination doesn’t help anything. Blaming yourself for not getting the time you need out in nature doesn’t solve anything. Just accept that reality hasn’t allowed for it right now, and look forward to times in the future when you can.

Where do I need to go with the flow?

It’s From the Deepest Wounds that Light Finds a Place to Shine – Don’t let disappointment set you back or tie your hands. Sometimes shit hurts, just because it’s supposed to. Even in these times of trouble, you will continue to grow if you allow yourself to go with the flow instead of resisting.

Full Moon advice from the Minoan Goddess Amalthea.

Harness Your Sexual Energy For it is Your Vital Source – Don’t avoid those things that make you feel good just because you feel like you want or deserve to feel like shit.

DECK USED: DARE TO SHINE ORACLE

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Magician

Prompt: Pull the card from your deck(s) that matches the card posted below. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the cards(s) from your own deck(s). How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realm - The MagicianTarot of the Hidden Realm – Right, so… Perfection, for me, is not complete without a flaw. This card is essentially the “flaw” in an otherwise perfect deck that makes the deck truly perfect.  (This deck is my “Soul Deck” and thus, perfect for me… not in general.)

I have issues with this Magician.  Issues! I tell you.  Because when I look at him? I see a porn star. A gigolo. A male whore.  That’s what I see, and I’m unable to see anything else.   So yes… he’s a man with all the tools (and what tools they are!) and all the skills as well. He’s ready to go, knows what he wants, and is not just well suited for his work but very good at it.  Interpreting this card leaves me with an awareness that not everyone’s goals and values are going to align with everyone else’s and sometimes you have to focus on what’s right for you and only you.

The Magician in the Four Twenty Tarot, Mystical Medleys Tarot, and Ema Poetica Tarot

Four Twenty Tarot – Classic imagery in a non-classic artform, the Magician in this card is empowered (and a bit baked) and has all the tools they need at their disposal including the four elements that lie on the table and the smoking pipe in her hand as well. Around her sprouts her desires, manifested into reality. I would see this imagery as encouragement to go after that which holds value to you, that you have all you need to accomplish what you want in life if you use your skills, abilities, and tools wisely.

Ema Poetica Tarot – All elements are again accounted for in this card, as is growth in the form of flowers, and the addition of an all-seeing-eye that speaks to me of a greater sense of awareness of the world around them than what is seen in the previous two cards. Not only is the Magician determined and equipped, but they are aware of the world at large and will see hurdles coming and adapt to them to ensure success.   I would read this card as a reminder that there is more to success than determination and skill, and that sometimes to obtain one’s goals we must look outside ourselves at what’s going on around us as well.

Mystical Medleys Tarot – Singular focus is the theme I see in this card.  There is still growth in the flowers at the Magician’s feet, and all the tools are there for his use.  But instead of looking -out- at the world, the eye in this card is the Magician’s head and it is singularly focused upon what he holds and what it can do for him.  Where the Ema Poetica card speaks of looking outward, this one speaks of bearing down one’s focus and buckling down for the effort it will take to manifest what they desire.

DECK USED: TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, FOUR TWENTY TAROT, EMA POETICA TAROT, MYSTICAL MEDLEYS TAROT

First Harvest 2022 – Lammas

Today is Lammas, which is known as the First Harvest of the year. This day marks the transition into the harvest season of August, September, and October (of which there is a Second Harvest and Last Harvest that correspond to these months).

Lammas

This holiday is often called Lammas, Lughnasadh, or Lugh, although I usually just refer to it as the First Harvest. On my path, it celebrates the beginning of Summer’s decline and ramping up of the busy season where we begin to reap in the abundance that the bounty of summer’s energies has encouraged to grow and flourish.

Like with new moons and full moons, I usually do a spread to check in with myself and give myself some direction for the next couple of months for each solstice, equinox, and other Sabbats. This spread is an adaptation of my Self Care Saturday spread, so there are sure to be  some similarities in how it is read. The focus of this spread, though, is not about Self Care, but rather about progress and my path. The time period is also longer, reaching through the next handful of weeks until the celebration of the upcoming Second Harvest (aka. Mabon, Autumnal Equinox) in September.

Lammas Tarot Reading for the First Harvest with the Pagan Otherwords Tarot, Compendium of Witches Oracle, and Herbal Healing Oracle Deck Vol 1 & 2

Theme of the SeasonLammas, Waxing Crescent Moon, Elder (Sambucus nigra)

In this card a woman dances among sunflowers, celebrating in her harvest with the product of her labors cradled close under one arm and boline in the other hand ready to reap what she’s sown. There is pride in the angle of her jaw and tilt of her head, strength in her posture, and voluptuous elegance in her form.

The Waxing Crescent Moon is a symbol of growth, creativity, and attainment and welcomes the energies of positivity and expansion into one’s life.  It is a time for welcoming in new habits, new themes, and for leaning forward into changes that you wish to control the direction of with your actions and will.

The Elder (Sambucus nigra) is a tree of transitions and change, guarding liminal spaces and providing purification and protection within the transitional places that we travel between. The dried bits of this plant can be used for spellwork involving physical and emotional healing, as well as hex breaking, purification, and protection.

When looking at these three cards together, the theme that I see here is one of healing through progress.  You are at a place in your life and upon your physical path where you have choices to make and these cards encourage you to lean hard into positivity and optimism.  Don’t allow yourself to step out of the light, but instead take an active role in making sure your harvests this year are abundant and plentiful.

EarthFour of Wands – You are comfortable and relaxed in your path forward at this time. You know what needs done and have a solid plan as your foundation.  Use this energy to carry you toward your goals rather than wallowing in the comfort in more languid ways.

AirNine of Swords – Careful that you don’t let your worries become hurdles that hold you back.  Negative thoughts and a pessimistic inner dialogue won’t help you in making progress at this time.  Better to set these things aside so that you can move more freely and continue to charge forward toward your goals.

WaterThe Moon Rx – Moments of uncertainty can feed into negativity. Make sure that you are not giving uncertainty the chance to grow and thrive in your life. If you have to “fake it ’til you make it”?  Do so.

FireKnight of Pentacles – Business is slow right now and that’s a good thing.  Don’t become restless during the lull, but instead use this time wisely on other things.  It won’t last forever and you want to work on what you can get done now so that when things pick back up you can feel a sense of accomplishment from the slow season.

WaningThe Memory and Pruning – It’s time to set aside self reflection and deep exploration of inner thoughts and feelings. Action is needed, and you can’t stand in stillness and mull things over, and -also- act at the same time.

WaxingThe Explorer and Mirror – Movement and knowing yourself.  This is the theme you need to lean into at this time.  You know what you want and need, and it’s time to take the steps and action to reach the fulfillment you seek.

DECKS USED: SABBAT THEMED ART CARD, PAGAN UNDERWORLDS TAROT, COMPENDIUM OF WITCHES ORACLE, HEALING HERBAL CARDS VOL 1 & 2

📆 Transitioning from July to August

Month's End Check-In Tarot Reading with the Spirit Animal Tarot and Lisa Hunt's Fairy Tale Tarot (trimmed naked)

Here and Now I Exist – Who you are now, in your entirety.

Two of Wands and The River Walk – You are moving at a slow pace, but you have plans and you know what you want. Keep your head held high and stay watchful so that you don’t trip over any exposed roots or rocks along the way.

The Slough – What is to be left in the past as you move forward.

Eight of Pentacles and The Flying Chest – Wishful and fanciful thinking about the work getting done without actually putting in the work its not going to serve you. Plans aren’t enough, and wishes are not actions.

What Lies Ahead – An ideal state or ideal self you are seeking at this time.

The World and Midnight Garden – You wish to make your recent changes permanent so that your future is more pleasant and productive, filled with beautiful things, beautiful energies, and stability instead of uncertainty and darkness.

Limitations – Negative influences, opposition, or ill will.

Page of Swords and Puss In Boots – Remember that some of those that stand most strongly in your defense are not really on your side at all, but are being cunning and working towards their own motivations and goals… not yours.

The Boon – Positive influences, higher guidance, or divine intervention.

Queen of Pentacles and The Savior – Remember to appreciate those around you that love you, for they make sacrifices for you that you don’t even realize that they make in support of you and your need for stability.

The Wound – An unpleasant past experience or event that is ripe for some support and healing.

Queen of Cups and Pandora’s Box – Make sure you are seeking emotional support in the right places. You run the risk of getting hurt and setting loose destructive energies in your life when you seek out emotional support and validation in places you know it can’t come from.

Nostalgia – A positive past experience or event to acknowledge, reflect upon, and enjoy.

Knight of Pentacles and The Insincere Courtship – Remember the other day when you had a reading the spoke about looked to the past to see people’s true nature? This is an echo of that, and speaks specifically of Gideon and how over the years he has shown his (nearly obsessive) dedication to you.

A Warning – Something coming that can be prevented or overcome.

Knight of Swords and An Idle Moment – Don’t let impulsiveness sneak up on you just because you’re feeling bored or uninspired. Action just for action’s sake won’t earn you progress, just wasted energy.

Empowerment – A future opportunity to work toward.

Nine of Pentacles and The Naked King – Don’t be so stubborn that you ignore your accomplishments and set yourself apart from others. Instead you have the opportunity to connect with others and increase your feelings of socially based security if you allow yourself to be open with them.

Message from the Spirit World – Moving too fast is not necessarily a good thing. Make sure you slow down and pay attention so that you don’t end up making an ass out of yourself.

Message from the Mind’s World – You’re going to need to start doing a little weeding when it comes to your surroundings. It’s hard work, but you need to lighten your load. Don’t disregard plans that you’ve made when making the cut. It’s okay if it’s crowded when you’re finished as long as it’s crowded with those things that you cherish.

Message from the Physical World – More self-care is needed. You’ve only barely touched the tip of the iceberg in this area, and are still learning to look at yourself in a more positive light. Don’t let slow progress create a negative atmosphere where your self-care becomes lacking and your personal needs are not being met.

DECKS USED: ANIMAL SPIRIT TAROT AND LISA HUNT’S FAIRY TALE TAROT (trimmed naked)

Tree Trimming Cartomancy Reading

River and Stone Playing CardsThe prompt for this reading came from one of my Discord servers and is as follows: “As I sit here listening to the trees around my apartment getting trimmed, it’s got me thinking, where could use some trimming in my life? So for this week’s prompt, let’s look at the things in our lives that could use some trimming, whether it’s what that should be, or if you already know, how you should go about doing so?”

What in my life could use a bit of trimming right now?

Two of Hearts – Social obligations. It’s too damn hard to be fucking around with all those social obligations. Beg off on the things you can so that you have more time to relax and catch what cool breezes you can.

How can I begin this trimming in my life?

Queen of Clubs – Let them know that you support their enthusiasm and that she would love to join in another time in the future. Assure them that your interest is there, but that is just not the right time. In this way you keep their enthusiasm alive, but can get the space you need for right now.

How will my life look after the trimming has taken place?

Six of Spades – Quiet, peaceful, and less chaotic. Like all things, it won’t last for long, so lean into the change for the time it’s here and enjoy it to the fullest.

What is the possible outcome if I avoid this task?

Go through a period of feeling as if you are not getting what you need (Five of Diamonds), followed by settling into a group dynamic (Three of Diamonds) that will orient you towards your goals in the future (Ten of Diamonds).

The question here remains, if you’re going to be heading towards these goals regardless, then why aren’t you taking the space you need when you need it. Don’t let this positive possible outcome keep you from self-care.

DECK USED: RIVER AND STONE PLAYING CARDS

🌑 New Moon in Leo – July 2022

Today is the new moon, and like all new moons and full moons, I did a spread aligned to the moon’s current themes as a part of my recognition of the moon’s cycle and influences upon us. Today’s spread is about the medicine within, and brought to you by Ethony‘s Tarot by the Moon series.

New Moon in Leo Oracle Reading with the Normal Tarot (oracle deck)

What do I need to purge in my life?

The Summer Knight III – Righteousness. Keep in mind that warm and understanding connects you with others far better than righteousness and indignation.

What is draining my energy?

The Book of War – You are too focused on victory, when you need to be focused on the moment at hand. Spend more time doing, and less time planning.

Where do I need to spark play into my life?

The Autumn Queen – Into the every day. Fun and play doesn’t have to be something that’s a special occasion, but instead can be incorporated into your life and activities as part and parcel of the things you do each day.

What relationships need examining?

The Waning Crescent atop The Sorceress – This is not about one particular relationship but rather about making sure that you pay attention to what has happened in the past and remember that people often don’t change, they just appear too. Look to the past for the knowledge you need to know what’s going on in the present.

Where do I need to speak my truth?

The Book of Secrets – You have a clever mind, and it and it would benefit yourself and others to share this more with others rather than keeping these thoughts to yourself. Don’t worry if your ideas are good or not, because they are.

New Moon advice from the Minoan Goddess Amalthea.

The Summer Lady atop The Caretaker – You need to put more focus and passion into taking care of yourself. Self-care is a learning process for you. You can do it. You just have to pay attention to your needs and make sure they are being met instead of punishing yourself by denying yourself those things.

DECK USED: NORMAL TAROT (ORACLE)