This week we are invited to remember that for as long as we are subject to the ups and downs of the external world – which will sometimes feel like it is spinning us at dizzying speed – true harmony and contentment is to be found through the rest and recuperation that allows our internal world to find balance. Care for the self is an act of love.
Have a good week and stay safe – normal Sunday service resumed next week! x
When we are surrounded on all sides by things that weigh us down; when life feels difficult and it seems we are beset by external circumstances over which we have very little control; what we need to remember in spite of it all is to act from the heart. More than ever, when things are tough we must act with love and do what we feel to be right. That’s our message for the new week and the new moon.
When we are faced with adversity we always have a choice as to how we respond. Do we use our blade in anger, or to cut carefully through the scrub blocking our path in order to move forward? Do we choose to become cold, or do we respond with compassion that arises precisely because we ourselves have been tested?
This week’s reading tells us that if we opt to continue to see beauty; to give what we can, where we can; to create; it is this that will lead us through to the other side of adversity and into new beginnings. There is great strength in tender choices.
It’s been a strange week (to put it mildly) in England and to be honest I wasn’t quite expecting to see such a nice spread today, but here we are and I certainly won’t be complaining about it.
Wands always feel like things are Happening (capitals quite deliberate) and these three together just after a full moon has the distinct air of shifting, clearing energy. We can expect communication to be front and centre this week: if there’s something we’ve been waiting for news about, someone we’ve been meaning to check in with or discussions to be had about next steps in a project, this is a good time. Harness whatever impetus you can to make progress, and don’t be shy about letting people know you’re on your way.
This week requires us to draw on our inner reserves of stamina and strength. Change is coming, material change, but it will not be instantaneous and in order to truly recognise it we will have to submit to a higher perspective. The vantage point we need may not come until further down the line: that’s where the strength comes to bear. Hang in there.
A simple message, if not always so easy to put into practice, for the new moon cycle just begun.
There will be ample opportunities for friction, miscommunication and confusion in the coming days: the atmosphere may be charged. We need to focus and work diligently on the things that actually matter, the things that will yield fruitful results, in order to avoid being drawn into petty squabbles or tit-for-tat exchanges that will get us nowhere. If we can do that, balance and composure are at our fingertips. Going with the flow is the order of the week.
The moon wanes into darkness at the end of this coming week, and here is Death to remind us that at such a liminal moment, we should consider the things we may need to let go in order to move forward freely to the next cycle. The Devil further points us to be scrupulously honest in such a process. What, truly, are the things we need and what are the things we simply cling to out of habit, fear or dependency? Are we serving ourselves well with the attachments we’ve made?
Answer those questions well this week and we may feel the light of Success urging us on.
At the heart of close relationships, a shared vision of the future is one of the foundations of intimacy. One of the biggest challenges to sustaining such a vision is when tensions, miscommunications and opposing forces – be they internal or external – disrupt our balance. These are the times when we need to pick our battles, or sometimes simply refuse to show up for conflicts where there is nothing to be gained but further antagonism. Waiting things out until clarity returns is a valid strategy! This week, we would do well to consider what our close relationships need, and if the answer is some perspective – step back and allow it to come.
This week we are reminded that there is enough for us all. Security, accomplishment, strong relationships – these things are possible if we are able to set forth with hope, even when we may feel we are leaping into the unknown. However, if we want to maintain them, we should travel onwards with one other thing: love.
The moon is waxing again and this week’s reading speaks of growth and looking outward. We are urged to spend time envisioning the future we want and how we plan to put our will into action to achieve it. Nothing too unusual about that, you might say: it’s how we make progress all the time. And that’s true, but we don’t always take time to stop and look around, review, think about where we’re at, remind ourselves of what skills we’ve used to get there.
Often, that’s because we get ourselves clogged up in other things – the demands society places on us, the less healthy habits and materialistic urges to compete that can hold us back and take our eyes off the real prize. This reading says that the start of the new month is a good moment for reflection on the negativity or unhealthy attachments we might be contending with. If we find that they’re standing in our way, it’s time to place our own will firmly back at the centre of our plans.