Hello again, and welcome to another opportunity to change everything! We aren’t talking about simply choosing better outcomes or bigger dreams, though… this New Moon in Aries is full of actionable ideas that require a great deal of inner strength and honesty to unlock. Ideally, the intentions we set during this cycle will align our energy with the best outcomes for us. The best way I know to do this is to deconstruct our past experiences and learn about ourselves from them. Let’s dive into the tarot reading for this New Moon, then talk a little about how to process these ideas! Remember to download the journal pages at the end so you can keep track of your progress!
Setting the tone for the reading, the Perspective (Hanged Man) and King of Cups cards both came out of the deck at the same time. We have been waiting for something, but are being asked to wait a little bit longer, in order to develop a better understanding of who we are and how we feel about a situation in our lives. The next two cards, The Universe (World) and the 10 of Wands, describe the heart of the issue and the forces that either help or hinder our progress. Our own personal development is the central focus of the reading, and the build-up of annoyances, grievances, traumas, or other complications is making it difficult to see how this can possibly get resolved. It’s all just too much to process at once, which is why we are being advised to stand back and allow the path to be cleared.
We’ll get to what it means for things to be cleared from our lives in a moment… the next two cards offer us some insight on why we might be feeling disconnected from our power, and what we can do about it. The Lovers card suggests that we are giving away to others the medicine we need for ourselves, and the 4 of Crystals (Pentacles) suggests that we reassess our successes and failures to look for patterns that we have been repeating in our lives. Maybe we tried to move on from an experience without healing the wounds we sustained from it? If this sounds vaguely applicable to your life, the universe may be reaching out to remind you to come back and finish what you started.
The Queen of Wands in its reversed position (Rx) offers another handy hint, in case nothing comes to mind. Think of the people who might judge you, either what you do or what you have accomplished. If we are afraid of being judged because we are doing something that we are uncomfortable with, especially if we are making excuses for it, this is a good indication that we need to change. If we are living inauthentically because we can only define success based on what other people think of us, we are asked to consider what we might do if we realized that they just don’t. The Justice card suggests that we may have the opportunity to face the results of our choices in the near future, and once again it is suggested that we allow the dust to settle a little bit before making any of our own judgments about what is left.
Starseed (The Fool) Rx and the Page of Swords remind us that it’s okay to start from scratch, especially if this time, we keep hold of the pen. Our fears (The Moon) threaten to hold us back, but if we can understand them enough to move past them, there will be plenty of opportunities for us to choose a new adventure… as long as we are ready to make the leap. The final card, 9 of Cups Rx, suggests that we may need some practice seeing the blessings in our losses. Depending on our perspective, empty spaces can seem scary, exciting, peaceful, or even inspiring. Maybe all of those at the same time. Our stories depend on the ability to see many possibilities for ourselves, and also… we have to keep holding the pen.
So… back to that scary thought… does this mean that we are going to have to give up or lose out on some of the things we have going on in our lives today? I’ll say this is a definite, “maybe”. You are ultimately the one who decides the direction you will go, but I can give you an idea of what has helped me understand the impact of my busyness. (If you like this exercise, I published a journal prompt called “Time or Purpose” that you might also find helpful!)
1.) Use a blank page in your journal to write down all of the active projects and commitments in your life right now.
2.) Once that list is finished, make another column for the projects and commitments you want to start within the next few years.
3.) Now revisit the first list and think about the time you have spent on each line item… then rank it with an arrow. An up arrow means you want to spend more time on it, a down arrow means you want to spend less, and a side-to-side arrow means you are spending the right amount of time on it. If you want to get really fancy, grab a couple of colored markers and highlight line items that you enjoy a lot, and items that you really dislike.
4.) Once you’ve finished analyzing the first list, start to think about how you’re going to fit all the things from your second list into your life… is anything going to drop off? Will it have to? Are there any skills or experience you need to gain before you can accomplish something on the second list, and have you planned for those things?
5.) Create a summary of the changes you know you will have to make, and a list of the changes you want to make. Gift yourself at least 30 minutes every week, preferably at the same time each week, to plan your changes, figure out what works, and revisit these lists as they evolve!
That’s it for this week, my friends! I hope you enjoyed the tarot reading and the bonus exercise… it has definitely been a game-changer for me! As always, here is the free journal page for this New Moon, and you can check out any of the ones you might have missed below!