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 – Five of Cups
Honor the pain you feel without forgetting the good you still have.
The need to process, release, and heal grief seems to be coming up often this year. Given the Covid-19 crisis that impacted the entire world, I suppose this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Many of us lost loved ones. We all ended up with cancelled and changed plans for the year. Autumn is just starting and the world looks very different from what it did in the beginning of the year.
There is no shame in experiencing grief in any of this. Perhaps you have other reasons to grieve and that’s completely fine too. What’s important here is to honor what you feel without forgetting the good you still have.
Spiritual Needs – Page of Swords
You are being called upon to use your mental gifts for the highest good.
The Page of Swords represents taking the gift that is the Ace of Swords and applying it. Thus, the page is the activation of the ace.
Here, you are being called upon to use your mental gifts for the highest good. What skills do you have and how can you apply yourself?
It is possible that your skills and talents can not only help you heal your grief, but also help heal others. If nothing else, you can connect and help others feel less alone. Remind yourself and them there is still good in the world.
Emotional Needs – Four of Wands
It’s the connection, the actual presence, with others that we truly need on an emotional level.
The Four of Wands is about rapport, rituals, ceremony, and the holiday type of stuff that families and neighborhoods connect with an bond over. We tend to associate this with joy, but this card is also about those quiet moments of daily life.
It can be cooking regular meals together, taking naps with our children, playing catch with a friend, or reading aloud a good book. Any number of activities that allow us to feel connected. They don’t need to include all the pomp and decorum. They just need us to be together. It’s the connection, the actual presence, with others that we truly need on an emotional level. This is what matters, not the fanfare.
Allow yourself to miss and grieve for those you cannot be with, but don’t forget the ones that still remain in your life. Don’t make them grieve for you while you still live.
How can you apply your mental skills and talents in such a way that will create opportunities to connect with others on a deeper and more meaningful level? Are you communicating in a clear and effective way? Are you actively listening to others?
Mental Needs – Two of Wands
What do you want next year to look like for you?
You have the opportunity to make some choices regarding your future at this point. What do you want next year to look like for you? Yes, it is only October but it’s not too early to start thinking about it and set up the framework for it in your mind. Once you have that framework you can start laying down the foundation.
It’s important to not let grief or regret hold you back or keep you stuck in life. Look at what you still have and figure out what you can do with it to move forward. Life isn’t intended to be experienced in a standstill.
Here is where your mental abilities can shine. Use your skills to plan and organize. Build your future according to your strengths.
What will make you happy? Plan towards that. Don’t plan based upon your fear. Go where you feel loved, excited, and at peace with yourself.
Physical Needs – Seven of Cups
Whatever it is you have going on physically, remember you have options.
Whatever it is you have going on physically, remember you have options. Whether it is a care provider, a medication, or an entire care plan, you have a choice and a voice. Insurances love to make you think otherwise. Doctors sometimes too.
Trust me though, advocate for yourself about what is and isn’t working to find a way through the system. Keep speaking up. Every time. Eventually what you have to say will land upon the ears of someone that can and will help you.
I feel this pair of cards. Both for myself and for my sons. There are times where it does feel like you’re getting no where, like things aren’t getting better, and that nobody is listening. It’s depressing and frustrating. But don’t give up.
Keep pushing and keep seeking the solutions. Focus on what you have to work with and build upon that. Operate from what you’ve got and look for more options as you go.
It might not make sense at first glance, but adapt your mental skills to help you with your physical needs. For example, if you are an excellent writer you can advocate for yourself in writing instead of over the phone or in person. The added benefit to doing it this way is there is now a paper trail of your requests and reporting.
Even as you are sorting out your options for your physical care, make sure you take the time to enjoy the little things in your daily life. Make sure you take the time to connect with your loved ones and be present with them. Also make sure that self-care is part of your daily practice.
Having options for your physical care doesn’t mean much if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want your wellness to look like. How do you know which options to choose without a goal to work towards? It’s easier to choose something when it aligns with what you’re aiming for, so get really clear on what you want.
Forward movement is possible with planning and implementation.
As we come to the end of the reading, let’s look at the entire spread and review the key points presented.
Five of Cups
Process and heal any remaining grief you have at this time.
Page of Swords
Which of your mental skills do you have can be applied to the highest good at this time?
Four of Wands
In what ways can you better appreciate the present moment in your daily life and connect with your loved ones on a deeper level?
Two of Wands
What do you want your life to look like next year and what steps do you need to be taking right now to make that happen?
Seven of Cups
What do you physically need right now and what are the options available to you in order to achieve that?
Forward movement is possible with planning and implementation.
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?
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