Tarot for the 21st Century!
While perusing Facebook tonight I notice a post on the group page of the Tarot Guild in regards to the SuperMoon coming up this Saturday. Tarot Dactyl posed the question about doing readings during a “SuperMoon” and wanted to know other’s thoughts on the matter like would it be a good time or bad time to do readings. She needed to schedule one and felt drawn to schedule the reading for Saturday. A fellow group member Meg Davidson responded by letting her know that astrologically the moon is all about amplifying emotions and intuition. The moon will be the closest to the earth than it has been all year and the moon will be in Scorpio as well.
I had never until this point heard of a “SuperMoon” Meg’s brief description left me wanting to know more. So, I turned to Google and this is what I found. The name was first created by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and (according to wikipedia) is defined as a “New or Full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoon) Accordingly Astrologers prefer the term perigee-svxgy. A perigee is the point, at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the earth, and a svzgy is when a Full or New Moon, the Earth and the Sun are aligned. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoon) The Moon officially becomes full this Saturday May 5, 2012 and coincides with the Moon’s perigee. This will make this month’s Full Moon the biggest Moon of the year. (As an aside, It will also mark the first of six major celestial events expected to occur this month as well.) (http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/story/2012-05-02/supermoon-full-moon-may/54691328/1)
This caught my interest and started me thinking about the major arcana card “The Moon”. A card which surprisingly, I have had a bit of trouble with in readings? As a Witch, the Moon holds great significance to me on a daily basis. The Full Moon in particular to us Witches is when the highest energy occurs and is the most powerful time to do magical workings. It is also significant to us when it comes to intuition and psychic work. I have this knowledge in my folder under “Moon” in my brain that helps me during my readings. Alongside that tidbit of knowledge is the many meanings associated with the Moon card that can be looked up in numerous tarot books and Googled on the internet. But still sometimes, I am stumped. But, another thing Meg said caught my attention and turned on the proverbial “light bulb” in my head. This particular SuperMoon is in Scorpio. My son is a Scorpio so I have some understanding of this sign. The signs qualities are similar to the Moon in many ways. On its brighter side, it has a determined and forceful energy. Emotions and intuition are deep which can result in some very powerful and passionate energy as well. These energies enhance a feeling of excitement and can be magnetic to others. On the dark side (are you catching the correlation yet?) these energies can be secretive and stubborn which can lead to resentfulness and jealousies and can sometimes have harmful compulsive and obsessive behaviors. These energies tend to be expressed indirectly; because it is indirect it can hide very powerful and passionate natures or qualities.
I have found my answer to why I am stumped when The Moon card appears. It is telling me to look at the whole picture. Not just what’s in front of me. What is it I do not readily see? How are the energies being expressed? Because the Moon’s light is a reflection, what does it reflect? What is it attracting or deflecting? The answer is there if you are willing to look. I look forward to the next time The Moon card appears.