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 – Queen of Cups
Attend to and nurture your emotional well-being.
The Queen of Cups is the mother of the heart. Here we are asked to nurture our emotional well-being.
Are you comfortable with sitting in your heart space? Do you know what makes you feel good and uplifted? Are you aware of what brings you down? Do you know how to work through difficult emotions in a healthy and functional way? In what ways can you improve these skills?
Spiritual Needs – Justice
Be mindful of how you treat others, hold yourself accountable, and make repairs as needed as soon as possible.
Laws don’t prevent crime. Laws are really just a means of defining what is socially accepted behavior and what happens when someone steps out of alignment with that. This is why the Justice card is about balance and accountability. And laws exist, both written and unwritten, on multiple levels of our daily lives.
So when we do things that create some kind of problem, intentionally or otherwise, and we don’t hold ourselves accountable for it or we fail to repair it, we end up creating a disconnect with others. This is unavoidable.
When we start creating a series of disconnects like this with someone, that relationship becomes severely damaged. There comes a point where we risk being unable to repair with them at all. Where the imbalance becomes too great and the scales break entirely. When this happens, the relationship is lost.
Now I’ve mentioned this many times before that spiritually we need our connections with others. So it is important that we are mindful of how we are treating others, that we hold ourselves accountable for our behavior, and that we make repairs when needed as soon as possible.
It doesn’t feel good knowing you dealt someone a bad deal, does it? Doesn’t matter how you slice it or justify it, it still sucks. And while you can’t undo it, you can ask yourself how you can make amends.
If a particular relationship is important to you then ego and pride has no place in this. Repairs need to be made and the connection needs to be restored. Otherwise, you need to let the relationship go for the sake of you both.
Emotional Needs – Three of Cups
Identify and strengthen your family of choice.
We need the quiet comfort of our social support network. What this looks like for each person varies, but this is essentially your nearest and dearest. Your village and your tribe. These are the people you rely on to be there for you and they rely on you in turn.
In a nutshell, this is your family of choice we’re talking about here. And it is the quality of the relationships that you have that make life worth living.
Are you able to identify your tribe? Do you know who in your life you can rely on? Do you know who can rely on you? If you are not able to identify the members of your tribe yet, how can you improve the relationships you have or meet new people at this time? If you are able to identify them, in what ways can you strengthen these relationships?
It’s not just about you gaining benefit from them, it is also about taking care of them too. Think of your village in the same way as you would a garden. If you don’t cultivate it, it won’t flourish. Make sure you are taking care of your tribe properly. In doing so, your emotional needs will be met in return.
The relationships you have within your family of choice are the most important ones in your life. So out of everyone you know, these are the people you must make repairs with when it’s needed in order to preserve the relationships and keep them healthy. Do not allow ego or pride to stand in the way of protecting something so precious to you.
Mental Needs – Three of Pentacles
Be willing to work with others as a team.
There needs to be a willingness to work with others. Teamwork provides perspectives, wisdom, and skill sets that your one single lived experience alone cannot. Whatever the group project is, whether it is at work, home, or somewhere out in the community, remain open to the contributions others make and being an active member. More will be accomplished through cooperation than if you are antagonistic to the process.
Know what your limits are. If you are truly unable to work with a particular group then it is best if you find a way to politely step out than to power through it. If stepping out is not an option, then self-care until the project is complete becomes absolutely critical .
Accountability is crucial during teamwork. Not just your productivity, but how you treat everyone during the project is important. Sure, you might get the job done, but are you pleasant or even fun to work with? Are you willing to do your share of the work?
Are you willing to celebrate with your team? Not just your wins, but theirs as well. Make sure to give credit where credit is due. No one likes to feel overlooked and forgotten.
Physical Needs – Two of Swords
You can’t pretend everything is fine forever.
Tension needs to be resolved, whatever the source may be. Unresolved issues will eventually create illness, if they haven’t already. You can’t pretend everything is fine forever. At some point you will need to address it.
Emotional stress creates inflammation within the body. Prolonged inflammation over time causes damage. And you guessed it, this damage can cause illness.
It is imperative for your physical health to get your emotional well-being in order. No part of you exists in isolation. Every aspect of you is intertwined with all of your other parts. So if any one part of you is going down the drain, it won’t be long before the rest of you goes down too.
It’s all about balance. Your body relies on the soul just as the soul relies on the body. You know what is best for you and your well-being. You get to set that standard and live by it. So hold yourself accountable when it comes to your health.
The Two of Swords often times deals with conflicting needs. With these two cards we are looking at the need for distance versus the need for intimacy. These two needs exist on the same spectrum line, can fluctuate like a rubber band, and (most importantly) there is a zone of comfort on that line for each person.
The placement of this zone isn’t really gender specific since roughly 50% of the global population has a Secure Attachment, which is pretty much the entire line, while everyone else has one of the three other attachment types. So no, statistically speaking, not all men are distant and not all women are intimate – which is the socially accepted stereotype.
Distance allows you to connect with the Self. Intimacy allows you to connect with the Other. Both are needed. Both have its own time and place. Neither of them are a threat so long as they remain in a healthy balance. What that balance looks like will vary between one pair of people to the next.
The important thing here is to recognize and honor the need for distance and intimacy as they arise in each of you to the best of your ability.
It is tempting to deliberate forever whenever conflicting ideas or needs pop up. However, it is important to remember that action is required if you ever want to move forward with something. A decision needs to be made. Sometimes this means making a compromise when you are working with a group. It’s less about being right or superior and more about what is best for getting the project done.
By focusing on the quality of your relationships, you focus on the quality of you life.
As we come to the end of the reading, let’s look at the entire spread and review the key points presented.
Queen of Cups
How can you improve the ways you nurture you emotional well-being?
How can you hold yourself accountable for your behavior better and be more mindful about making repairs?
Three of Cups
How can you identify and strengthen your family of choice?
Three of Pentacles
How can you improve your team work skills?
Two of Swords
What is the best way to release any tension in your life right now?
By focusing on the quality of your relationships, you focus on the quality of you life.
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