New Moon, New Blog

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Two Sides Tarot Blog. Wish me luck on my maiden voyage! 

For some reason, I've been a little resistant to the idea of starting a blog for Two Sides Tarot. I think perhaps it was because I wanted the cards to speak for themselves. Being a tarot reader, though, the impulse to communicate, to write, and to tell a story inevitably won out. The cards will always speak for themselves, but working with a translator always helps them get their message across, and I have a lot of fun tarot stuff to share with you!

For now, I'm thinking about the moon. I'm no astrologer, but marrying up the cycles of nature and the rhythms in the messages of the cards feels, well, natural to me. The phases of the moon guide us through moments of action and reflection, and tarot guides us to make the best of each state that we move through. Over the past couple of months, I've been throwing a four-card reading for myself on the New Moon. This spread helps me to reflect on the month past, hone my focus for the month ahead (you can find out about ordering your own New Moon Reading here, if you're so inclined).

It was my intention to share this month's reading as my first blog post, and I didn't expect that it would be quite so personal. If this was ever to be a strictly business tarot blog, that cool and professional remove is now officially gone! Last month had me reflecting deeply on my attitudes to work, business, and money, which led to much tinkering around the site, and a little progress, I hope, in shifting my attitude about where my cash goes. This month, though, it seems I'll be going deeper. The topic of my New Moon Reading for this month is work on the self, the shadow, and the subconscious. 

1. What am I released from the lunar cycle just past? The Hierophant

2. What am I manifesting in the coming lunar cycle? The Lovers

3. How can I support myself in this process? Eight of Cups

4. A piece of advice, or something I should know, for the month ahead: Queen of Pentacles

The Hierophant always makes an alarm go off in my mind when I read for myself, because he is my Soul Card (find out how to calculate your own Soul Card here). Many people find it hard to relate to the stuffy old Hierophant (The Pope, in earlier decks), but, being a risk-averse, structure loving, list-making Capricorn, it didn't take me too long to make peace with him. His appearance here lets me know that in the month ahead, I will be shedding old notions of myself, confronting aspects of my personality and behaviour that are no longer useful, and discarding them. This is something I've been exploring for a little while now, and I'm not afraid to say that it scares the bejesus out of me!

The Lovers is a balm for my fear, though, suggesting that integration, unification, will be the theme of my month. Shedding The Hierophant rings scarily true with some deeply personal work I have been doing on diving into my shadow self, and The Lovers remind me that this process is not about losing myself, but making myself even more whole. I've been working with journaling, meditation, and dreaming over the past couple of months, and this has already begun to shed some light on the dusty corners of my subconscious. The Lovers says, persist. Draw out your hidden side. Bring it into balance with your conscious personality. Funnily enough, my Shadow Card is Temperance. Its absence from this spread does make it feel like the elephant in the reading!

The Eight of Cups advises to take some time out to allow this work to happen. Sit down, and take a long, hard look at what is really going on. I've been considering doing a silent meditation retreat, and perhaps now is the time to book it. Part of separating from a strictly Hierophant style of operating is perhaps the need to get out of my routine, to change things up. See what comes up when my roots have been shaken loose. I think it will take me a good portion of the month to understand exactly how the Eight of Cups should manifest, but I will be watchful for opportunities to deploy this energy of retreat, departure, and pilgrimage. 

Finally, the Queen of Pentacles. I had to smile when she came up. Just when I thought I was to discard my earthy, Capricornian nature, here is another card I strongly identify with. The Queen of Pentacles reminds me to marry my material concerns of last month's reading, with the deeper soul work that is ahead this month. How can I recalibrate my physical, material world, just as I am recalibrating my inner world? Like The Lovers, the two are connected and should be brought into harmony with each other.

This month, it seems I will be meditating on my shadow, Temperance. How do I quiet the domineering voice of The Hierophant, so a little more High Priestess can be heard? How do I marry conscious and unconscious, light and shadow, anima and animus, as The Lovers advise? All in a day's work for a professional tarot reader, apparently. I can see it's going to be a busy and challenging month!

What are your Soul and Shadow cards? Do you identify with them?