The Moon

Swimming in the Shadow Zone of the Eclipse

This weekend we are deep in the Shadow Zone of the New Moon Eclipse in Gemini due on Thursday morning. Before an eclipse it almost feels like the rumblings of a deep volcano - we know something is coming but the feelings are not clear and so we can we easily become afraid or angry or frustrated. This is very similar to The Moon archetype of the Tarot. We are in the mysterious realm of the Goddess of the Deep. This card often represents intuitive flashes, deepening of connection to the unconscious and with this new understanding we find ourselves at an Initiation or standing at the threshold of the Gateway to an unknown path.  Eclipses are potent natural forces that bring what has been hidden into the light of the day. The Moon will reveal all to you in the bright and exciting birth of the New Moon on Thursday. What do you wish for at the New Moon? What are the thoughts and fears that come up in your mind when you try to imagine this dream? How do they block you? The New Moon is in the sign of Gemini, the Sacred Twins. The Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine. Or the Shadow (unconscious self) and Conscious Self. This is a powerful birthing time for the True Self, already within. We spend most of our lives striving to become the person we want to be when simply being aware of this True Self shows us that we are aware of it's presence already deep within us.

Working with our Shadow nature need not always be painful or scary, Our Shadow nature encompasses the elements of ourselves that we reject or are afraid to set free, we we integrate these elements, we embrace ourselves wholly and step into true acceptance and love. I love this video for I Follow Rivers by Swedish artist, Lykke Li - I see this as a beautiful metaphor for letting ourselves embrace and integrate the Shadow self so that we can see it is never as scary as we had thought when we were too afraid to face it.  And the second video for the same song is filmed 'Live from The Moon' - so apt for this weekend as we prepare for our rebirth with the New Moon.

The Wolf and the Moon

Last night there was a beautiful serenity and deep energy in The Path Within Tarot class. I have been feeling the energy of the Wolf around lately and she is urging us to go deeper, to be wilder, to step into the unknown and out of our comfort zone. I even recall that one of my students Bec was wearing a t-shirt with a wolf howling at the Moon. In the Tarot card The Moon we see a Dog (our tame and civilised self) and a Wolf (our wild, instinctual self) howling at the moon as a path sits between them. This path leads through a gateway to initiation, to the it time to be courageous and take the 'path less travelled'? In this week of the Waning Moon it is a beautiful time for reflection and stepping into the mystery. Perhaps for some, the Full Moon last week has already given you insights into a new pathway opening for you now and you are getting ready to sow the seeds of this new dream.

I love this video for Pearl's Dream by Bat for Lashes. Here is a wonderful depiction of the battle between our wild, mystical nature and our tame side that sometimes can become the cynical 'shadow' or inner critic due to the pain it feels from having to always play it safe and watch from the sidelines. Only letting yourself do 'what you should' or living only by other's expectations can create more pain and fear that actually taking that step onto the path that leads into the unknown. We all experience The Moon card of the Tarot differently and your Wolf nature may simply be urging you to look at the Moon and Stars outside tonight, or it might be urging you to really step outside of your comfort zone and plan a couple of days away just by yourself. Today my Wolf wants me to turn off the phone and computer and go 'beachcombing' just to see what I might find there today. Take a deep breath and there a Wolf howling in your chest? Listen closely, there is great wisdom in the call of this beautiful animal totem so linked to mystery, natural instincts and freedom.

Might watch this today too!