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I made this new Tarot spread based on the phases of the moon. It is to help set intentions for the current moon cycle, and clarify the attitude and behaviour that will align oneself with those intentions.
I think because the seasons in Cambodia do not match up with the Wheel of the Year, I feel especially drawn to moon phase magic living here. Ideally this reading would be done at the new moon time, or before, but I think it will work well now, just before the 1st quarter moon.
1. New Moon: Gestation
How can I prepare to receive what is coming into my life now? Four of Wands
This is a card about joy and ritual. Celebrating the small and wonderful things in life. Fours are about stability and foundation, while wands are about energy and creativity. In the card we see a woman celebrating by arranging everyday objects (flowers and sand) in a sacred arrangement, and dancing! She seems to have extra time to just enjoy life now. I can be receptive to new things in my life now by being grateful for all I already have, by treating my environment as a sacred place (things like cleaning my house lovingly, clearing clutter, lighting candles, diffusing essential oils).
2. Crescent Moon: Intention
What goal should I focus on? Prince (Knight) of Swords
A young man with a book (learning), a sword (piercing, cutting), and a bird (freedom, perception): to me this speaks of expanding ideas, planning for the future, and using rationality to eliminate the unnecessary. This makes a lot of sense to me because I've been feeling very busy, but some of the busy-ness is due to me doing unnecessary things. Like I get an idea, and I pounce on it, adding to my to-do list without thinking through the big picture. It is wonderful to be creative, and have new ideas, but I feel like it is important for me now to prioritize and invest my energy where it matters most. Good goal!
3. 1st Quarter: Challenge
What challenge will I need to overcome to stay committed to my goal? Five of Pentacles
Worry may challenge me. I could have insecurities about future financial security, or worries about our future home (we're looking at moving pretty soon) which could pull me away from what I really want to focus on.
4. Gibbous Moon: Adjustment
What adjustment will help me stay aligned with my goal? The Tower
I may be forced, by circumstances beyond my control, to bring my focus back to what matters most.
5. Full Moon: Illumination
What changes or rewards will mark the initial achievement of my goal? Ten of Cups
At full moon time, if I've managed to focus on what's important, I may be rewarded with deep emotional satisfaction! Like the Four of Wands, I may find myself at a point where I'm able to relax, and enjoy good feelings.
6. Disseminating Moon: Integration
How can I integrate what I’ve learned to create long-lasting change? Seven of Pentacles
I need to continue to assess where I am investing my energy and resources. I may get pulled away by bright, shiny things, but I have to keep coming back to remembering what's most important.
7. Last Quarter: assessment
What no longer works in my life? Six of Pentacles
I think I will have a better idea of what this card means in two weeks time, at the time of the last quarter moon. I can speculate that it might mean that I am over-giving to others, when my time and energy are limited and I should really be focused on my top priorities.
8. Balsamic Moon: Letting Go
How can I gently release this cycle? Ace of Swords
I think in the time before the next new moon, spending some time reflecting on this moon cycle, and what I've learnt, will be fulfilling. Swords can represent writing, so spending some time journaling about this cycle will help me integrate and release.
|I'm using the Cosmic Tarot by Norbert Lösche (©1998 AGM AGMüller).|
I think this is a good spread, and one that would contribute to self-development if repeated over time. I think it might be good to return to every few days and think about the current moon phase.
Please feel free to try this spread out! I'd love to learn what you find.