Gemini New Moon & Middle Beltane

New Moon in Gemini cards

It’s a New Moon & the fires of Beltane still burn brightly.

What can the Gemini New Moon provide us on insights?

We’re in the middle time between Beltane & as we’re approaching a new moon (which will be in Gemini at 20:45 25th May BST) I thought it prudent to see what energies are around us at this time.

Gemini’s love to ask questions & find out answers. If you’ve ever worked with a Gemini they can be fantastic & very “bulldog” like in their endeavours. On the receiving end, they’re not known for letting go until they’ve gotten what they’ve set out to find. Woe betide you if you even dare to lie to them. You’ll be done to them if you do!

Gemini attention to detail can be both fantastic and a proper pain in the proverbial. It depends on how they come across with their tenacity. They also love self-reflection. Some of us shy away from that, but even so, we need to be the horse that’s led to the water & we need to drink.  They don’t tend to throw stones as they too live in a glass house. They’re not perfect but they’re so close, it scares them!

The hot summer nights are on their way, so if you jumped over the fires at Beltane, your weather wishes came true!

The Spread & Cards

I created this New Moon spread with the analytical Gemini in mind.

Gemini new moon spread

Three of Arrows: This card suggests that I need to reflect on what I feel & what I let others feel. We can all be a little insensitive at times, but this New Moon, I feel I’m being told to have a little care & reflect on what it is I am saying, doing & acting towards others.

Knight of Arrows: this one is telling me to just be honest & direct both with myself & others. Be swift & take action when you need to. There’s no need to beat about the bush (well, I don’t tend to anyway) but if I being more sensitive, I can be a little “wishy” in how I talk. Do I need to be more eloquent, perhaps? Even say it with feeling!  Do you want to poke that hornet’s nest? If you do, be prepared to fly off when you’ve said your piece.

Three of Bows: The new pathways will be a few, but it’s your choice as to which one or ones, you follow! There looks to be more than one route to where you’re going, so just decide.

Major 12, The Mirror: This card adds to the card before. To decide on what path to take, decide on how it might sit with you. Decide what kind of person you are, how you want to be. Use that as your moral compass. You have to be true to yourself in all you do with how you act, interact & behave in life.

The Hooded Man: he suggests that the likely outcome is that I find better solace in my own company, again. Not that I don’t need or want my friends around me, but it’s time to work on me & that can be a hard, solitary thing to do at times. This is one of those times; I need to make me some “thinking time” & reflect on myself inside & out. It may seem that I’m more aloof; that may be the case, but I am working on me, inside.

New Moon in Gemini cards

Conclusion

I need to realise that I am worth more than I give myself credit for. It’s time for me to work on myself & decide what kind of person I want to be, how I want to be perceived. The way I do that is down to me, but it all depends on what I want to be known for.  I need to work on myself & at times, just leave situations that don’t better my higher self.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this New Moon Spread that I created. I’d love to know if you tried this & what your conclusion was!  I’ve used The Wildwood here, which you can order directly from their website.

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The After Effects of Trauma

Going through something traumatic such as a mugging can really bugger you up.

I explore ways of dealing with it & the after effects of trauma with the Tarot. 

Having something violently removed from you shakes you up, no matter what was removed, how it happened or where you were. Items are just that, items. When you’re physically assaulted to get that possession & you fight back, it adds to the trauma when the battle is over with, no matter how much “training” you’ve had.

Trauma can last for a time, or go away quickly. Some people are great at getting back into the saddle quicker than others, to “get back to normal” & act as if it never happened.

Some, play the events over & over in their heads as their brain processes the emotions & logic behind. Inevitably “shoulda, woulda, coulda” comes up pretty quick. If only I’d done X, I would have done Y & could have done Z. Well, the mind monkey’s are great at doing encores when this happens. Trauma does that, but it affects everyone in different ways.

The Question & Cards

The question was: How can I cope with the trauma?

The cards drawn were:
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Card 1 was 7 of Vessels. What is it I need to do here?

Card 2 was 4 of Arrows. What is it I need to do now?

Card 3 was the 5 of Vessels. What is the next step to take?

The 7 of Vessels says to grieve, to let the anger & frustrations of it go. Sort it out, put it into certain vessels, deal with it in segments. I’ve got less of these than my husband, that’s for sure. He’s carrying the bruises to prove it.

The 4 of Arrows says; calm down. Stop. Take stock. Given the story that my husband told the police, he’s lucky it was only a black eye. That will heal. A broken arm would be more of an issue, but the bike armour did more than its job!

The 5 of Vessels is exactly what my husband is good at doing, far more than I am. When I had a serious accident (I got rear-ended in my early 20’s with bad whiplash) I wouldn’t take the car near the area the accident happened in. It took me 8 months to do that. He’s been back there within days, getting over the fear & working through it. I think he’s being very brave.

Conclusion:

It’s not a case of carrying on regardless, it’s a case of getting back into that saddle & not letting it stop us or slow us down. Slow it down, take a break, take stock, remember what is important.

This past week has been traumatic for that reason & a few more (and my cat is very much alive & purring away at my side as I type) details, so I’ll be glad to see the back of this week. I’ll also be glad to see the end of April, knowing that there are various planets in retrograde during April (Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn & Pluto) it’s just going to be horrendous! Can I hide in a basement anywhere, please?

I’ve used The Wildwood deck here with permission, though I wish the situation hadn’t happened; as do we all. 

Energies During a New Moon

Energies rise and fall. We can sense them more at the New Moon. Which way will they fall for you?

Finding your feet and keeping them grounded when your energies want you to fly, can be tricky. With the broom at the ready, what does this New Moon have to share with us all? If you’d like to find out, let me know.

I know that this month’s Full Moon is in Taurus. To me, this Sun Sign is stubborn, lazy, self-indulgent, hot-headed, temperamental, possessive. They can, however, be the most helpful and loyal of family members, staunch friends, great advisors and frugal. They’re dependable, generous, down to Earth. I designed this little spread with the question: What do I need to know about my Lunar energies this Full Moon?

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The first card drawn doesn’t matter, they’re read in a circle, for there is no light without shadow and there is no bright light without understanding the darkness. Lay your cards out any way you wish.  New Moon Spreads tend to last for about 2 or 4 weeks, depending on when the next Full Moon & New Moon hit. This is a long time to be stubborn!

Here’s what The Wildwood offered for this Taurus New Moon Spread.

earthNegative Energy To Release : The Onyx, Page of Stones.
This might be a strange one, but since the Lynx doesn’t and can’t actually speak, this suddenly becomes quite easy to understand. No more can you sit in the shadows and do nothing. Something has to be said and keeping silent isn’t going to help. Something has to be said, though it may not amount to much. When they (The establishment) come for you, who will speak up then? Release the silence, let them hear your roar. Be stubborn, be the bull in a china shop, cause havoc, make people think. For only by doing that, will a true and informed decision come to light.

energiesPositive Energy to Utilize : The Ancestor
There’s wisdom within us that we do not understand or comprehend. It’s there, guiding us. Call it intuition, our drive, Vulcan logic or something else, there’s the ancient wisdom passed down as it pulses through our veins.

We should tap into it, like the snows that fall, melt, vanish and fall again, it comes back to us again and again. What does your deep intuitive self, say when you meditate on this image? It’s the beat of that ancient drum in your veins that you need to listen to.

It’s time to pass through the gateway of the Silver Birch trees and connect with the elder wisdom within us. Please leave your emotional baggage at the gateway, you won’t be needing it where you’re going in this card. It will only take longer to talk with this lady if you wish to try to take that nonsense with you.

Dancing energiesGrounding Energy : 5 of Vessels ~ Ecstasy
This is an unusual card to have as the base card. It took me the time to write the other two to work out what this one was on about. It’s about being happy! And going through the motions. It’s about dancing through life rather than crying and whilst you’re dancing, you may as well do something useful, like dance a spell.

This is a card I relate to Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Going through the motions. Nothing seems to penetrate your heart, but you can’t sit back and wait for the feelings to come back to you, you still have to get up in the mornings, go to work, school, food shop, feed the kids, walk the dog, scoop the poop (bet you never thought I’d say that on this blog!)

Well, once you get going, you often forget to be miserable or forget why you’re doing what you’re doing.

There’s always a catch, though: Try playing a Taurus at their own game! See how far that gets you. If of course, you want to play their game at all. It might be wiser to just forget that and find something else to spend your energies on.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this New Moon Blog Post, I look forward to catching you soon!

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Wildwood : Endurance Path

It’s half term, time to hunker down, teach and not make it all such a challenge!

Endurance is certainly something any parent finds that they need when the little darlings are off school. This week, whilst I love time with all three, I’m reminded that it can be useful and not to wish the time away. I asked the Tarot what I needed to know this week and I’ve used the Pathway Spread from The Wildwood.

The middle card is first up and The Issue is to find the calm in the storm that the little minions come with. This time with them is a challenge, but it can be a good, if I make it that way. I don’t need to make it so my emotions, or my kids emotions, are left in tatters or neglected. It’s time to find the time to chill out, be with them, let them be with mum. Unfortunately, that in itself is going to be a challenge.

So, lets settle down and chill out. Not a skill I’m good at, but one I hope the kids will indulge and teach me.

Yes, it relies on team work, but it shouldn’t be a gauntlet, a challenge, a competition. There’s been enough of that around of late. The far left card is about Action to Avoid and indicates that things shouldn’t be squandered. It’s time to educate ourselves and the kids about a few things and enjoying spending time with them. Don’t make it into a challenge, holidays are for chilling out, not working out!

So, don’t take the kids into the dark den of doom, there’s no need.

The Action To Take is about instruction, passing on information, skills, wisdom, knowledge. What’s the best way to do this? Through play! I’ve a few activities lined up, but there are also the lessons of traditional wisdom, without the use of smart phones, tablets, pads and other things. We risk losing the interaction of the generations if we lose the gift of good instruction. It’s not just the kids that need to learn patience, share the experience. We risk losing the ability to teach without the younger generation. Google does not have all the answers 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little sample reading, knowing it wasn’t such an endurance. If you’d like me to read for you, you can book your private consultation right here.

I’ve used The Wildwood for this blog entry, as usual and all images used are with kind permission from the creators, Mark, Will and John.

Wildwood : Dodge Goat!

Dodge those arrows, you clever goat! Shortly after the last time this card came out, wheels fell off my home wagon. Time to ensure I don’t make the same mistake as last time!

The trick with the Tarot, when you get cards that haunt you, is to look at what you missed. We all miss things, chances, opportunities, details. Sometimes, we get to go over and redo things and it is ace when we can do that.

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Five of Arrows
Frustration

Not often, do we get told that things have come back around again (like the Carly Simon song) and that we should grab the opportunity to leap forth, like this goat seems to be. Last time, I took the weekly reading from the perspective of the goat. But what if you’re the fellow in the background?

What are you trying to aim for? Shooting a moving target is hard. Ask James Bond. Or Mark Ryan. Or anyone that has shot a bow or a gun. It’s possible, but it’s much harder.

So, this week, what impossible thing are you aiming for? Is what you’re aiming for, just a fantasy? Or is it possible to actually hit your moving target?

Before you fire a bow, a gun or anything, you take a deep breath and release it as you pull the trigger or let the arrow fly. Last time, I forgot that simple breathing trick. I’m sure the goat hasn’t forgotten to do that! Taking a big deep breath allows you to calm down and think. It gives you a few moments to engage your brain. I shall have to remember that a lot this first week of the school holidays. My few hours of quiet “me” time have gone out of the window this week, but it’ll come good come Saturday at the TABI Conference. I’m SO going to be needing that day!

Until then, try to avoid those Wildwood arrows, keep safe and remember, breathe!

Wildwood : Dodging Them Tricky Hurdles

This week, I feel there’s a lot of dodging to be done, some hurdles to jump and basically, sharp pointy things to avoid.

Life I think, is an obstacle course. Only, it’s not a straight line, you don’t know what obstacles are coming or what you’re supposed to do with them. Keep a bean bag on your head? My five-year old can do that. Jump like a kangaroo for 10 meters? Yep, he won that race, because they’d practised and he knew what to do.

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Five of Arrows
Frustration

Life isn’t a rehearsal, it’s not something you can practice, like the sack race. We have to do the best we can at the time, hope we’ve dodged the necessary arrows and bullets. This feeling of flying through the air, for me, shows up in this card.

The goat is dodging the arrows, somehow. Either the archer isn’t very good, or the goat just has an advantage of moving fast! He could also be restless, unable to sit still and stick out a project. Or avoid a few crocodile pits and get the job done.

The questions this coming week, are varied.

What do you wish to avoid? What Do you need to avoid? Whom do you need to avoid? What situations require that you actually just jump over them and not engage? What will you be setting your sights on? I ask that, because that goat is focused on getting to the other side, jumping to safety. He’s not just jumping through the air for fun: or is he? Those arrows declare that he’s not, but this goat might be an adrenaline junkie! (How mad is that thought??)

I’ve got all the adrenaline I need, dodging the life my self-made minions throw at me! I love them all dearly, don’t get me wrong, but the amount of arrows they can throw at me!! Sheesh, I do feel like I’m jumping through hoops, or dancing over arrows that are aimed at tripping up mum! Perhaps I ought to turn them around? Hmm… interesting thoughts!

This week, I’ve used the Wildwood Tarot and if you’d like your own personal reading, you can book yours here.

Wildwood : A Hard Day’s Night ~ Endurance

The Wildwood’s Five of Stones comes out to join us and my immediate thought was: the night is long, we need endurance, then the Beatle’s Hard Day’s Night comes to mind, and the keyword suddenly comes into play.

And endurance is certainly going to be a keyword any parent of a newborn baby will testify to! In case you’re wondering, the Royal Family here in the UK have a new heir to the throne. He will be the third in line to the throne, so the country is all-a-flutter over the news. Now that we know he was born safely, that mum is doing well, I’m all for heading off and letting her and Prince William get settled in and get used to the task ahead.

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Five of Stones ~ Endurance

As privileged as they are, they’re living in a gilded gold-fish-bowl, they’ll have every decision monitored, scrutinised, criticized and in public. I know what it’s like to be at home and having the juggernaut of parenthood hit you. It hits you sideways, knocks you over, messes with your head so you don’t know which way is up any more.

I was lucky, I had a great group of people to help me (the local NCT Group) through the madness that I found myself in.

Unfortunately or not, this is something Kate and William will have to endure, something I am sure that they both were very aware of before they even married and things that they have endured since.

This is something all parents have to endure. Having the endurance to go through the fourth trimester (no, I don’t think that’s a euphemism) where the little ones are as dependant on you for everything as they were in the womb.

I just hope that they get left to enjoy the first few weeks in peace, but the media seems to be “on them” like a pack of wolves.  Look at the lightning in the background of this card. It is not something I would have liked to endure, as much as I love thunderstorms!

So, this week, lets remember that what we have to endure, others do too. You’re not alone, despite the fact that you might feel like that. Despite all the “help” Kate will have, I’m hoping she won’t feel alone. Best of luck Duchess!

I heard one sound piece of advice the other day on Radio 2: Listen to the one voice of experience you trust, use them as your sounding board. Don’t pay heed to others who may offer their expertise. Use this one voice as a sounding board, but trust your own instincts. What brilliant advice for the Duchess and us all!

Deck used is The Wildwood by John Matthews, Mark Ryan and (c) Will Worthington.