Full Moon in Pisces–August 28, 2007
I feel myself really drawn to this woman, as if she must be someone I know.
She is totally at home in her environment, her bare feet firmly on the ground. She is healthy and strong, although her life–like the yearly life of the sun–is “past its peak.” The ribbons on the beanpoles are reminiscent of the maypole; but they are simply the red of maturity (perhaps somewhat faded). Her life-long learning has become second nature to her, ripening into wisdom. She’s like a midwife to the earth, helping it bring forth its abundance. She is very practical, and also hospitable, offering food and drink to even the most stray passer-by. Everyone feels at home in her presence. By showing us the inside of the apple, she invites us to share in her multi-faceted satisfaction, and to discover our own.
Full Moon Cycle of Pisces–August 23 to September 22, 2007
I think this more than any other Temperance card gives me a real feeling for what Julie calls “betwixt and between.” How I’m noticing that in my life right now is in the twilight. I’ve always loved twilight and been fascinated by the way it makes me feel. Dull colors look duller and bright colors (like my calendula, or evening primrose) really stand out. I get a sense of the blending of past, present and future. There’s a transition from activity to relaxation (at least in my family), but it’s just the opposite of the pattern of daily life, as vacation ends and we go back to work, school, etc. It’s so freaking liminal, right on up to Halloween. Then we reenter the dark quarter, when twilight lasts from sun-up to sun-down.
There is never an empty void between opposites or phases. It’s a mix, a spectrum as varied as that which exists between black and white. There’s a clue here too about the Philosopher’s Stone: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And the alchemy of Love binds it all together in perfect harmony. Read The Soul of Lilith by Marie Corelli.
New Moon in Leo–August 12, 2007
Such an appropriate card for back to school! Summer vacation is over, and it’s back to work for everybody. And now that they’re out of my hair, there’s no more stalling my work either. I’ve been putting up veggies from the garden, and making calendula oil to go in a salve. Summer jobs for winter rewards. So I can relate to what Julie writes in her book, and don’t have any more to add. (But, isn’t that loaf a bit light for wheat bread?)
Last Quarter Moon in Taurus–August 5, 2007
There are times when we need to humbly ask for help from forces and sources divine.
Lammas/Lughnasad–August 1 or 2 or 8, 2007 (depending who you ask)
To me, this card indicates the ability or need to see what can come from what is passing. For example, when the field of ripe grain is cut down, an open space is created for people to gather and celebrate. “When a door closes, a window opens.” Change is constant, and if we can’t accept and deal with it, we stagnate and/or suffer. The Death and Tower cards indicate the experience of change, but The Hanged One addresses our perspective of it. Be still, listen. In the rustling of the sheaves, you may hear a whisper of what’s to come. Do you face the harvest with anticipation or with dread?
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