According to folk-lore, the New Moon and waxing phases are fertile and wet. This is the best time to set intentions, start goals, and launch projects. Meanwhile the Full Moon and waning phases, the tide recedes and thus things dry up. So this is a good time to thin, weed out, and prune.
Another New Moon is upon us and now is the time to clarify our intentions and solidify our commitments for the lunar month ahead. With today’s reading we will explore the energies of the Four Pillars of Wellness and our current point in the Journey of Life. In doing so we can take the time to consider what we do and don’t want in our lives and set the appropriate intentions and goals towards what we desire.
Here is the spread for this New Moon’s reading.
Current Point on Life’s Path – The Chariot
The Chariot represents ambition, will power, self-discipline, internal drive, and the victory that comes from all that.
What this means for this new moon is whatever goals we set for the month, if we wish to achieve them we must align our behaviors with those intentions. We cannot just passively make wishes and wait for things to happen.
For example, those of us planning to participate in NaNoWriMo in November we already know we can’t say, “I’m going to write 50,000 words in 30 days,” and then do something else for those 30 days. You have to commit to writing no less than 1667 words each day to reach that goal.
Your behavior must align with your intentions. It doesn’t matter what your goals are. Lay out the steps for each goal and make the commitment to work on it every day.
Spiritual Needs – King of Swords
The King of Swords represents the sharpness of the mind, logic, and intellect driven by the need for enlightenment.
The trouble with this is that it can drive out human warmth and all other values. It can drive out emotions. At it’s very worst it can drop us down a path of deceit, arrogance, and tyranny.
Spiritually we do need to seek truth and enlightenment, but not in such a way that it disconnects us from others. Ego has a way of worming itself in and taking over without us even realizing it.
We have to remember than our path isn’t the only path. Every one has their own journey to travel and we must allow them the dignity to walk it.
Emotional Needs – King of Pentacles
The King of Pentacles represents patience, reliability, endurance, strength, and industriousness. All of these qualities are driven by a need for material success and wealth. Because of this there is a risk for jealousy, stubbornness, grasping like behavior, or even stagnation.
Since this card is in the emotional needs position, what we are addressing is the mindset we’re operating from as we approach life.
The practice of gratitude is the most powerful tool we have to fuel both of these mindsets. Gratitude generates abundance and growth.
When we begin to focus on what we’re grateful for, scarcity fades away and with it fear, lack, and shame. We become able to celebrate the success of others as well as our own. Competition and comparison is unnecessary. Equipped with gratitude, we are better able to move through life with grace and ease.
Mental Needs – Eight of Swords
The Eight of Swords deals with confusion, restriction, over thinking, and endlessly analyzing.
The mind needs rest. When you find yourself in a thought loop like this, take a break. Do something different for a few minutes.
It was Agatha Christie who said, “The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
So any time you find yourself stuck on a problem, give yourself a break from it for just a little bit. Especially if you’ve been perseverating on it for awhile.
If all else fails, seek the assistance from someone else. Get another point of view on the matter. By seeing the issue from a different angle, you may discover options you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Whichever route you take, it’s important to be mindful of the fact that your brain is not a machine. It still needs rest, relaxation, and time to repair. You only have the one, so take good care of it.
Physical Needs – Temperance
Temperance represents the ability to dissolve and combine. At its best, this is alchemy by taking what works and discarding the rest. It creates balance, harmony, peace, and fulfillment. At its worst, it becomes a cycle of extremes involving splitting things apart only to reassemble them.
What are you doing to your body right now? What would you like to be doing?
If there is something you would like to stop doing, consider using the progressive extremism method. Choose one small thing to remove from your diet, for example.
You could say, no more carbonated drinks or no more alcohol ever again as a means to lose weight. Seriously, alcohol has a lot of calories so if that is a sacrifice you would be willing to make for the rest of your life it would make a huge difference with your calorie intake.
The point here is, look at what small steps you can take that are tolerable to you that you can slowly build upon into bigger habits. Whether it’s to start doing something new or to stop an undesired behavior doesn’t matter.
You don’t want to start running 5 miles a day if you have never been running at all. Talk with your doctor about what’s appropriate for you first, but even with what they recommend there is a good chance that if you aren’t used to it that you’ll need to push yourself to do it in the beginning.
Whatever it is you’d like to do, start small and build up. Combine the steps into something bigger over time.
Keep Yourself in Check
To recap the reading, the Chariot calls us to align our behaviors with our intentions during this lunar cycle. It is only through self-discipline that we can channel our motivations towards achievement.
What is it that you really desire right now? That’s what’s going to drive your motivations.
The King of Swords reminds us that we need to remain humble as we seek enlightenment along our journey. Our path isn’t the only path in life and we must allow for others walk theirs in dignity.
We also must remain aware of our ego and to keep it in check. The purpose of a healthy ego is to allow us to know where Self ends and Other begins without blocking or obscuring authenticity. An unhealthy ego is one that creates disconnection from Self and Other.
The soul craves and seeks connection. It’s a big part of our sense of fulfillment. We achieve connection through authenticity and it’s through humility that we are better able to keep our egos in a healthy state.
Which areas of humility do you need to be working on right now? This is what triggers your ego in unhealthy ways.
The King of Pentacles encourages us to practice gratitude in order for us to operate from an abundance and growth mindset. Doing so increases productivity and improves patience.
Having said that, practicing gratitude also increases our sense of humility. It allows us to have a greater sense of how everything is interconnected and interdependent in our lives.
Where do you need to be more grateful? Are you working from an abundance mindset? Are you working from a growth mindset? This is what restricts your productivity by triggering fear, shame, and a sense of lack.
The Eight of Swords urges us to be mindful of our mental state and to take breaks when we find ourselves stuck in an overthinking pattern.
Once again, practicing gratitude and humility will allow us to move through our challenges with more grace and ease. Meditation would be beneficial. Don’t be afraid to seek outside assistance if necessary.
Have you been feeling mental burn out lately? Are you prone to overthinking things? Or maybe you just feel stuck in a particular situation? This is where the mind feels stuck or trapped for some reason. If taking a break or getting rest is truly not the answer, reach out and get help.
Temperance encourages us to combine small steps over time to produce the desired changes for our physical well-being. The idea here is to create a new sustainable lifestyle rather than a temporary short-term shift.
What is working for your body right now? What isn’t working? What small step towards better health can you take right now that you can build upon later? This is what your body needs you to do for you and your well-being.
Overall, the take away here is to not get carried away this lunar cycle. Keep yourself in check.
Talk to Me
Is this reading helpful to you? In light of what’s presented here, what are your intentions for the month ahead? What are you committed to doing?
Let me know in the comments below!
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