I’ve done readings at the last two dark moons. I’ve even analyzied them, to a point. But I never posted about them. So I’m taking a page from Aradia’s book and I’m going to decipher it before your very eyes.
Interestingly, this is the second time I’ve managed to do my reading on the first degree of the new sign.
When I did my annual reading at Samhain, the card I drew for for Gemini was the 5 of Cups, which I was to fix with the 10 of Pentacles (Robin Wood). I’m not sure if the decision I’m going to regret is one I’ve already made or one I’m going to make over the course of the month.
DARK MOON READING
1st – Self, Viewpoint – Princess of Disks
I am, apparently, laden with potential this month. Elsewhere in the reading, this card would make me very nervous. Here, it’s a hint of things to come, and the first hint of the amount of magic I’m going to need to do.
2nd – Finances, Income – VII Adjustment
I’m working again. That’s a bit of an adjustment. I’ve worked three twelve hour shifts in the last eight days. I am nowhere near adjusted to this shit.
And, after months of living on pennies, I’m going to get a four hundred dollar check. Two weeks from now I’ll get one for twice that. Most of which, granted, is going to go paying my rent and utilities back in Indiana. That’s not just going to take some Adjustment, that’s going to take discipline. See the 6th and 10th Houses.
3rd – Daily Experiences – 8 Wands “Swiftness”
I’m going to be energetic! Full of spunk and verve!
Who am I kidding? I’m going to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Working open-to-close shifts in the mall, attending Heartland Pagan Festival, trying to catch up with all my friends in Kansas City … it’s going to be a zoo.
4th – Home-place – XV the Devil
5th – Fun / Pleasure – XI Lust
So, I see there’s going to be some sex, drugs, and rock&roll in my sex, drugs, and rock&roll. I can live with that.
6th – Work – 2 Disks “Change”
Again, the meaning here appears straightforward and clear, given my transition from full-time student to part-time goon.
I think it may also be an admonition not to sink back into the employment ruts that were forming when I left Kansas City.
7th – Partnership – 7 Wands “Valor”
Aradia was sitting next to me as I laid out this spread. When I turned over the 7th House she said, “please don’t set me on fire.”
This is a fighting card in a place where I don’t really see that kind of difficulty. The most optimistic interpretation here is “Stay on top of shit. Do not let anything fester.”
8th – Taboo / Crisis– X the Heirophant
Of course I have issues with Tradition and Authority. What’s new?
Oh, wait. I’ve been studying at the feet of Tradition lately. That’s only going to make things more complicated.
9th – Higher Perception– VII the Chariot
Looks like I’m going places. The question is “where”? Crowley’s Chariot is a lot less about Will than the Chariot in other decks and a lot more about Destiny. Perhaps I should ask ZG about this one.
10th – Recognition– 5 Disks “Worry”
I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.
11th – Friendships – 5 Swords “Defeat”
This is worrisome. I need to stay on top of things.
12th – Secrets & Fears – 3 Disks “Work”
Between working for money, working on my novels, and the Great Work … there is a LOT that I want to get done this summer. I know I won’t be able to do it all. I’m afraid I won’t manage to do any of it.
+1/6 – Current Position – 5 Cups “Disappointment”
I feel like this isn’t really the 5C in particular so much as it’s a generic swamp. It’s my change of circumstances and Venus Retrograde. It’s my indecision and my conflicting goals.
+2/6 Current Influences – XVII the Moon
If 5C is a morass, the Moon tells me I have to cross it in order to continue my journey. Face the fear. Walk the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Descend to the Underworld.
+3/6 What Crowns It – Hexagram
And here, at last, we get to the point: whatever it is, fucking do magic about it.
+4/6 The Root of It – I the Magus
I am a magician. I do magic. See above. Sometimes divination is anvilicious.
To pass from the Magus to the Hexagram, I must cross the 5 of Cups via the Moon.
+5/6 Going Out – Queen of Swords
I’ve done an awful lot of thinking, talking, writing, and intellectualizing about my magic. That’s going to have to wane for a while in order for me to get back to really doingthe magic.
+6/6 Coming In – XX the Aeon
I’ve set myself on a path of transformation. If I pursue it diligently over the next lunar month, I’m going to undergo some serious changes.
1 – childfree for life!
2 – Snoop Dogg. Yeah. I went there.