Sometimes we have a lot of expectation of the New Moon. It's as if we think it will suddenly transform us and our world in one magical moment. But of course that's just us being human and wanting transformation to always come easy and quickly. I was waiting for that kind of change this morning with the Gemini New Moon and when it didn't happen I was perplexed. I've been in a low mood during the recent Dark Moon and I kept getting the same message over and over - to make no move - not that I would listen! Instead of just surrendering, relaxing and doing nothing, just like my daily readings with the Tarot kept advising me, I kept pushing and striving - trying to make change happen. Why do we find it so hard to do nothing? Or why do we think nothing is happening just because it doesn't look like it is or because we can't see it with our eyes. I decided to go for a walk in the forest to shake off the heaviness and today the trees were shrouded completely in mist. I couldn't see very far ahead at all. And the whole forest was absolutely silent under the mist and yet I was acutely aware of the Life that filled the forest. The air was thick with life and it was moving silently all around me. I was reminded of how we are standing on the brink of Winter and how much the trees and animals slow down in this time to preserve energy and hibernate.
I've decided to take a deeper look into decision making and how we can become more accepting in times of quiet and stasis in our lives in our Tarot workshop, Tarot of a WaterWitch, tomorrow night. I'm eager to remember the art of doing nothing! Yesterday I created a spread to help in times of hard decision making, a spread that we can use when there are a several of paths or choices to take. These times often feel like we are standing at the centre of some divine crossroads. And usually this is where we can get very blocked and afraid of taking the next step - as if there is ever really a wrong or right step to take. Yesterday I included a new path choice into the Tarot spread. It is the choice to 'do nothing'. I'm interested to see what happens when this choice comes up for the readers tomorrow. I will share the ins and outs of this spread to subscribers on Saturday - so if you would like to receive it, you can add your email address to the Subscriber box in the top right hand corner or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The photo below is of the New Moon Crossroads Spread and in this photo you will see a curly-topped bell sitting beside the spread. This bell was created by a beautiful sister Sadie, as a trade for a medicine doll for her mother. Sadie created the magical saggar fired bell to help find what is lost - not necessarily objects. It was fired with seaweed, mango leaves and sawdust from a camphor laurel tree. I placed it beside my own Tarot reading to understand and find my sense of nothingness or no-time. I know what this feels like and I'm looking forward to remembering how to step back into no-time again.
And the photo below of the 2 black swans is for anyone feeling that they are riding difficult and deep waves tonight. Neptune is such a strong influence at the moment and is really affecting us water-beings. These 2 creature-teachers look so calm and still and yet on the day I took this photo near our old home in Williamstown, they were swimming in the middle of a raging storm.
Love to you all, however you find yourself tonight, it's all ok. Make a New Moon wish and set it free x
|Saggar fired bell by Sadie Jean Tansey|
|New Moon Crossroads Spread with Gaian Tarot|
Gaian Tarot - Four of Water: Time to fill your own well
Gaian Tarot - The Tree (Hanged Man) Letting Go
|Creature-Teachers: Black Swans - calm in the storm|
And the winner of the Moon Horse Spirit Doll is Emma Rochester! Thank you to everyone who entered and booked a Tarot reading last month. It was an exciting step over the threshold with you all. I loved discovering your gifts and teachings of last year and hearing all about your new dreams for 2014 - I hope we created pathways to help to make them REAL for you this year. Keep riding into the Sun dear Dreamers.
Emma Rochester is an amazing textile artistan and in her reading she shared with me that she had just completed a book that was 10 years in the making. So deserved! Moon Horse will be galloping to you this week Emma x
|New Moon feathers of Rosella wings around her heart and Kookaburra (tigresse) smudging feather|
|Spider Woman by Susan Seddon Boulet
Goddess Knowledge Cards
Weave your web
Raven is casting a black eye
I hope many of you gained new intuitive insights and flashes of bright clarity from the New Moon in Pisces. When we can honour our emotions and stay on the journey into the deep, we conquer or even merely come to terms with our fears and this immediately give us new strength and purpose to make the changes that we need in our lives. This is the gold waiting for us at the end of our quest. Stepping out of the Dark Moon and into the light of the new day I imagine we would be wearing our new wisdom like a cloak of raven feathers - perhaps a gift from An Cailleach the wise divine crone goddess and creatrix of Scottish and Irish mythology who is particularly potent to meditate with at the Dark Moon. In some tales, An Cailleach is born old and grows younger with every year. Are you ready to step into the gold that awaits us when we rise up from the Deep? Ready to grow young again?
I love these photos of Ursula Andress from the Hammer horror film, 'She', made in the sixties. In ancient Egypt the colour Black symbolised: Death, Night, Rebirth and Gold represented The Sun, Eternal Life and the quality of being Imperishable.
|Ursula Andress, 'She' 1965|
|"Lady of Ephesus', Artemis|