“Emotion like water must be free to move and flow”
Pat Liles, from The Power Path
The New Moon in Cancer invites us to flow with emotions. This tarot reading for the New Moon reflects on ways that feelings can be paths to artistry.
Here are some thoughts on this New Moon in Cancer from Mystic Mamma to set the scene for the energies available to us:
*NEW MOON* SuperMoon in Cancer on the heels of the Solstice, brings us an opportunity to begin again. She brings acknowledgement of our feelings and helps us uncover a deep seated remembrance that renews our connection with Source. Her gentle Life Wisdom returns us back home to our hearts.
Being focused on water and emotion, this New Moon feels like it’s all about learning to flow with our intuition and letting our feelings wash over and through us. From this, we can learn what feels right and what doesn’t. We can identify what no longer serves us and move through to new beginnings and moving more fully into our creativity.
This Cancer New Moon provides an opportunity to set intentions around working with feelings: feeling any loss, disappointment, the ebb and flow, the rainbows of opportunity and the freedom of letting go of what no longer serves us. This way we can step openheartedly into a new beginning or continue on a more optimistic path to artistry.
New moon in Cancer tarot reading tools:
For my reading for the Cancer New Moon, I worked with:
This New Moon tarot spread by Sam Roberts aka @escapingstars on IG:
Tarot reading: The Star, The Fool, The Artist
So here’s the reading:
First up – I had to laugh in recognition at the Ten of Swords coming straight out the blocks around “Where am I right now in my life?” Yes, it is feeling a bit Ten of Swords right now, it’s true and I own my part in contributing to that feeling and getting stuck there. It’s great I can laugh about it now. Once upon a time, the Ten of Swords would freak me out with its direct imagery. But now I see it as a positive thing, a reminder to move on and through anything negative I’m focusing on that is holding me back.
It was so fabulous to see the The Star, The Fool and The Artist appearing in this spread with their individual and collective magic around artistry and creativity. I was especially happy to see The Artist arrive, a card unique to the Sakki Sakki deck and linked to the planet Chiron which focuses on artistry, doing our art and the process of creating our lives. And the Five of Cups, being a watery card, seems to be the key for setting intentions for this New Moon.
Tarot reading – card by card:
So here are some deeper thoughts, card by card, in relation to the questions. I worked intuitively with some key supporting words from the Mystic Mamma post above, the Sakki Sakki tarot guidebook, the The Nomad Guide to the Tarot, Colette Baron-Reid’s The Good Tarot guidebook and Jessa Crispin’s awesome book The Creative Tarot.
1 Where am I right now in my life? TEN of SWORDS
Yes, I’m feeling somewhat back-stabbed, a bit low and yes, it feels somewhat overdone at this time through my own thought patterns. And yes, some things are over and best left behind. It’s time to take what I need from those experiences and move on.
The Nomad Guide to the Tarot reminds us around this card that it’s how we replay any betrayal in our own minds that creates the biggest impact. Remaining a victim does not serve us.
So, this card reminds me that the only way is up. I need to look at how I am complicit in my own negativity. Working through feelings and being optimistic, taking what I need and moving on seems to be the message from this card at this time.
2 What is blocking me for growing? What do I need to leave behind? The STAR
- Worrying about others, comparisons and worrying about where I need to be.
- I need to leave this behind and follow my own orientation and constellation, my own bright star and know that that is exactly where I need to be.
As Jessa Crispin’s ‘The Creative Tarot’ reminds us:
..at the end of that process is the Star. Orientation. You figure out where you are, you figure out how to navigate your way to getting there. It’s card of healing, of feeling perfectly placed.
It’s time to let go of that comparison focus, that measurement against others, that tracking against others’ constellations. It’s truly time to navigate by the compass points of my passions and feelings. The healing is in trusting your own inspiration and influences and bringing them together in your own unique, incomparable way.
3 What intentions should I set in order to grow? FIVE of CUPS
- I should look at the full cups and not just the empty or fallen cups at this time.
- I need to accept the loss of some things and find the hope and excitement in moving on.
Key words from Sakki Sakki Tarot: “loss of one’s dreams, disappointment, incomplete relationships, accepting loss, regret, finding hope.”
There’s definitely some releasing of grief to be done here. It’s more the grief of seeing how you thought life was going and then finding it’s not going that way. It’s not bad; in fact, it’s possibly fabulous. But it doesn’t mean that there’s not some grief around identity, the person you thought you were or that part of you that you saw shining in that way.
‘The Creative Tarot’ reminds us for the Five of Cups:
The only way is through. Feel the loss, but then eventually get over it so you can get back to work. (Page 157)
The Good Tarot Guidebook, in its affirmative and optimistic style, offers positive ways of reframing for the future and these ones speak to me:
I feel the fullness of my emotions as they wash through me.
The ebb and flow are part of life, and I am present in my feelings today.
I deserve the freedom that comes when I release what is no longer working for me.
Pat Liles from The Power Path suggests that this fullness of emotions connects right through to our deepest levels:
Under the influence of this water sign, our emotional, feeling bodies are opened up, we nourish ourselves at the deepest root levels, and we connect in new powerful ways to our ancestral roots and to our clans, tribes and families.
The image of a waterfall seems so apt now – that sense of being washed through with the freshest water of our emotions, feeling it at the deepest levels. I swam in a cool waterfall pool this week at the winter solstice and it felt so refreshing, like being washed clear but connecting deeply with what matters. This is what is called for now.
4 What knowledge do I need to gain to aid in the cultivation of my intentions? THE FOOL
- have a beginner’s mind, be open, see afresh, feel anew
- let it all wash through so I can start again
- embrace the unknown
Key words from Sakki Sakki Tarot: “blank slate, no mind, new beginnings, embracing the unknown, inner trust, naivete, leap of faith.”
As the Sakki Sakki Guidebook reminds us, it’s time to “follow unconventional paths into the unknown”.
So The Fool together with the Star and Five of Cups is suggesting that the knowledge needed is openness, a willingness to experiment and tread new paths. As with the reminder not to be focused on comparison, it’s about making new ground, new connections and not being afraid to be different.
Our own uniqueness can be a form of healing as Mark Nepo reminds us for the wisdom for the day I am writing (25 June) in The Book of Awakening:
We become so preoccupied with what we are not able to address, what we are not able to mend, what we are not able to leave behind, that we forget that whatever we are in the light of day is slowly, but surely, healing the rest of us.
It’s time to focus on what is rather than what is not.
5 What positive energy will emerge during this phase? The ARTIST
The Artist is a 79th card in the Sakki Sakki Tarot deck. It’s about the energy of creation. And it’s about process and the artistry of creating one’s own life.
Key words from the Sakki Sakki Tarot: “everyone is an artist, crafting one’s own life, living one’s truth, artist as a process, not a state. believing without knowing.”
It’s the card I chose to symbolise Quiet Writing when I launched my brand and business into the world in September last year with my new website. This post focused on The Artist and its message:
Quiet Writing is about the strength that comes from working steadily and without fanfare in writing and other spheres to create, coalesce, influence and connect. It’s an opportunity to muse and reflect on my core values and the interplay between them. In this, I draw on and connect my various experiences and interests as well as connecting with others who share them.
Many of us have been on what Elizabeth Gilbert calls, in one of her wonderful Magic Lessons, ‘the long runway’ and it’s valuable preparation we need to acknowledge. I want to honour the process as much as the product here; the being, becoming and journey as much as the arrival; the artistry behind the closed curtains and doors.
The Artist card in the Sakki Sakki Tarot deck beautifully symbolises this potential and opportunity:
This is not to say that publication, product and stage are not important and a desirable outcome; but we can focus too much on that external validation and not value our work and its process as it evolves in the present. The act of quiet writing and the solitude to capture ideas and craft them, especially for introverts who so need this, is the space from which so much can flow, connect and be created. The conditions, environment, relationships and influences which enable our creative endeavours to flourish are also crucial shaping factors.
I’m interested especially in the gift of writing and finding our unique voice to articulate our place in the world and express the artistry of everyday life.
So it seems this positive energy is about getting back to my original vision for Quiet Writing and honouring it in everything I do. Especially it’s about honing our unique voice to articulate our place and our personal artistry in the world.
As the Sakki Sakki Tarot Guidebook reminds us:
When you don’t know which way to go, focus on working your art, because this will show you the way.
Ways to honour artistry
So are your thoughts also around how we craft our own life, the process rather than the product and moving through the emotions that honour that?
If so, here are some questions around this prompted by the Cancer New Moon, the tarot spread by Sam Roberts and reflections on my reading.
They are around practically embracing artistry and moving through silencing the inner critic and being playful.
Journal, reflect or brainstorm around them to help your own artistry begin to unfold further at this time of opportunity:
- How is your art or your creativity showing you the way?
- How can you work further with your creativity to help you shift into the unknown in a positive way?
- Where are you still remaining a victim or focusing on negative thoughts?
- How can you move through this – waterfall and Five of Cups style – letting it wash through you and moving on eg journalling, unsent letter to whatever/whoever caused the pain, dialoguing with the pain, writing it all on a piece of paper and burning it or throwing it away?
- How can you be present in your feelings today?
- What are the full cups in your life – the ones you need to celebrate and nurture?
- Where do you need to practise having a beginner’s mind?
- How can you practically do this: vision board work, brainstorming, writing what’s in your heart, following your passions even thought you don’t know where they might lead?
- What does “the artistry of everyday life” meant to you and how can you practise it?
- What’s your intention, following your own journey, for this New Moon in Cancer?
Wisdom from The Star
And here is some final wisdom from The Star via the Art of Life Tarot:
May you follow the bright star of the constellation of you this New Moon. And may it lead you into prosperous and happier times. As Dante Alighieri reminds us, it can’t fail us.
Waterfall feature image from pexels.com and used with permission and thanks.
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