Gemini New Moon: A Quick Tarot Spread

A new moon cycle is nearly upon us! The moon renews herself in Gemini at 12:05 am on the 17th in my timezone (check here to find your local time). Even if you're not big on astrology, observing the cycles of the moon can be a good way to pause, reflect, and mindfully set your course for the weeks ahead. Why wait for something big, like the New Year or the changing seasons, to make a plan, set a resolution, or align yourself with the cycles of nature?

I have a few different readings I use for the New Moon, depending on whether I have a particular intention for the month ahead. The one I want to share today, though, is short, sweet, and appropriate even if you don't want to set an intention. Although it's nice to plan ahead, I'm also a big fan of just going with the flow, being open to whatever happens. This month, I don't have any particular goals or intentions, apart from listening to and following my whims as they arise, and being open to whatever comes up! 

This simple, three-card spread offers some insight into the energies that are coming and going during the moon cycle (peaking and receding are the key rhythms of the moon's influence - think of the tides), and how we might best work with what arises during the month. Who knows, you may find that this spread inspires you to make a plan or set a goal. If not, that's ok too. Sometimes it's nice to just to ride the wave and see where it takes you!

1. What energies are waning in my life at the conclusion of the previous moon cycle?

2. What energies will be waxing in my life during the coming moon cycle?

3. How can I best collaborate with these energies during the month ahead?

Using The Starchild Tarot, here's what I came up with for myself.

The Page of Wands is skipping out of my life for a while, so I think the intense creative energy I experienced during Mercury Retrograde, the constant stream of ideas and whimsical notions, are going to take a break during this moon cycle. Instead, it's a chance for me to take a cooler, more analytical approach with the Queen of Swords. Whimsy is wonderful, but at a certain point it's important to let it mature and grow into something more grounded and useful. Certainly, when it comes to creative work, there must be room in the process for editing and self-evaluation. I'll be borrowing the Queen's critical eye this month. This is validated by the Eight of Crystals, which says a new task is at hand. The best way to take advantage of this energy is to take everything I've learned, practiced and envisioned so far, and put it to work. The theme of maturation is definitely strong in this reading, so I foresee less playfulness, and more serious, solid, and conscientious work in the month ahead. 

Now your turn! How will you mark the new moon?

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